Holidays in Italy
Italy dips down out of Europe and into the Mediterranean like a women's leg firmly planted in a sleek stiletto, so it's hardly surprising that Italians are known for their impeccable style and fashionable dress sense. They're also known for once having an empire that stretched across the globe, and for having the most spectacular churches, frescos, sculptures and Renaissance paintings in all of Europe. The Italy of today is littered with the relics of more than 3,000 years of history, and an atmosphere that ranges from the Armani-wearing-scooter-driving-espresso-drinking buzz of its cities to the quiet, pastoral existence of its hillside olive farms and seaside fishing villages. From the depths of the canals in Venice, which floats on a series of islands in an Adriatic lagoon, and the bleached sands of San Remo on the Riviera, to the rocky crags of the Alps, Dolomites and Apennines, Italy has everything from beach holidays to luxury mountain ski resorts.
The main four city's that attract tourist from around the globe are the Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Rome, the island of Sicily and Venice. A brief description of these are shown below. You may also want to run a search for the Italian Lakes such as Lake Garda, the Milan built for shopaholics or perhaps a more relaxing holiday in Sardinia.
Naples is a helter-skelter city in southern Italy and even the locals would agree that it isn’t the most interesting or prettiest city in Italy, yet the Amalfi Coast is a different story. By far the “must see” excursion is to visit Pompeii, which is about 15 miles southeast of Naples, which buried its population of around 20,000 in ash due to the fateful eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. The site has been excavated revealing the city which was preserved by the ash for over 2,000 years. Beyond Pompeii other areas around Naples beckon such as Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, Ravello, Positano, and Capri, to mention but a few. If you intend to stay within the city of Naples the city has all the requisite cafes, trattorias, and frenetic, death-defying drivers you will ever want to see again.
Rome has one of the world's most important collections of once-in-a-lifetime sights to see, including St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Forum and the list goes on and on. Like most capital cities Rome as big and congested but you will be surprised by the scenic layout, with the Tiber River running through the city which is surround by its famous seven hills. A few of the places you must visit are the Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica irrespective of its religious significance and sites such as the Colosseum - where gladiators once battled, and the well-preserved ancient symbol of Rome which is the Pantheon. To break up the footwork take a rest in any of the piazzas aplenty with lovely cafes where you can get away from it all and unwind. For shopaholic’s the Via del Corso is where you will see the latest Italian fashions and will be able to mingle with the well-dressed crowd of Roman shoppers. As the saying goes "when in Rome...” do as the Romans do and simply relax and enjoy the sights.
Beautiful Sicily is an island where the mountains meet the sea. With an abundance of glorious beaches, quaint medieval towns, pretty gardens and citrus orchards and the awe-inspiring presence of the Mediterranean's greatest natural wonder. Mount Etna, you cannot help but succumb to Sicily's ample charms. Most of the main tourist resorts are in the southern part of the island and you would need to fly in to Catania airport for these but on this page we show you hotels in the quaint resort of Cefalu which is serviced by Palermo airport in the north of the island.
Of all the cities in the world very few apart from Paris get close to matching Venice in terms of sheer beauty and romance. Most tourist picture Venice as a host of gondolas slipping down watery alleyways and the famous squares, such as the Piazza San Marco which link to make up the Venice we all want to visit. In this city made up of over a hundred small islands you can easily get lost but if you do you will see the true Venice that very few tourists get to see. Once you’ve seen the famous sites spend some time and get lost. You’ll soon come across the hidden Venice with its small neighbourhoods each having its own small shops and eateries (trattoria's) where you can mix with the locals and sample the catch of the day and at a fraction of the cost you would pay in the centre.
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