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Winding Tuscan road, Village, Tuscany, Italy

Italy

It’s almost impossible not to be captivated by the romance of this land. Step away from the buzz of Rome or Milan and retreat to Tuscany – where fine wine, delicately-crafted dishes and sunset views are staples.

Is it the rolling Tuscan hills, the crenellated hilltop villages, the honey-coloured architecture of Rome, the lakes of Lombardy or the Duomo of Florence that make us fall so in love with Italy?

Or is the list so long that not one distinctive aspect to Italy stands out above the rest? Perhaps our love of Italy stems from an amalgamation of it all.

View of Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy
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Castel Porrona Relais, Montalcino, Italy
Lake Como from the Mountains above Bellagio, Italy
Lake Como, Italy
Gondola on Canal, Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy
Mount Etna
Otranto, Puglia, Italy
Puglia, Italy

What to Expect on Holiday in Italy

Expect open roads made for fast cars, delicious food in the simplest of restaurants, leaning towers, gridlocked traffic in the main cities and beautiful hotels ranging from the most stylish and chic to traditional palazzos full of family treasures. Vibrant colours, fabulous art collections and little villages where you can sit for hours with an espresso soaking up the atmosphere. Lakes for sailing, mountains for walking or skiing, a few beaches and lots of olives – and then, of course, there is the ice cream. Someone remind us why we live in England…

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Venice Carnival

Time your visit with Venice Carnival, famous for its magnificent costumes.

Palazzo Ducale

Take a behind the scenes tour of Venice’s superb Gothic palace, Palazzo Ducale.

Private Gondola Ride

Explore Venice’s canals by water taxis or private gondola to get a true sense of the city.

Piazza San Marco

Beat the queues and reach Piazza San Marco and the Basilica early morning, an amazing sight with its 4000 square metres of golden mosaics.

Perugia

Explore this city on foot, home to cathedrals, palaces and a wonderful medieval centre.

Sample Gelato

Wonder at the colours and flavours of the famous gelato shops.

Blue Grotto

Take a rowing boat to the Blue Grotto in Capri.

Venetian Mask Painting

Learn the art of Venetian mask painting and take a workshop run by local people.

Gladiator Experience

Learn how to be the best gladiator for the day.

Villas on the Lakes

Visit elegant palaces and extravagant villas, with inspiring botanical gardens and follies.

Explore Italy

  • Amalfi Coast
  • Florence
  • Milan and The Lakes
  • Puglia
  • Rome
  • Sicily
  • Tuscany
  • Venice

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.
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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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Frequently asked questions about Italy

Is it necessary to pre-book a table in a restaurant?

Usually it is not necessary to reserve a table in a typical/medium class restaurant such as a Trattoria or Pizzeria. However, reservations are required for top class restaurants.

What is each region in Italy best known for?

Veneto – ‘Art cities’ like Verona and Venice, Lakes, Wine, Opera and Theatre

Lombardia – Shopping in Milan, Lake Como, La Scala Theatre in Milan

Tuscany – ‘Art Cities like Florence, Siena, Pisa, Wine, Palio di Siena

Lazio – Rome

Campania – Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Capri and Ischia

Puglia and Basilicata – The beautiful cities of Lecce, Otranto, Bari, Matera

Sicily – Art

Sardinia – Beaches

Are there regions in Italy that are better visited at certain times of the year?

The main ‘art cities’ are wonderful to visit at any time of the year. Coastal regions are most popular from June through to September. Mountainous regions/Dolomites are wonderful for winter sports between December and March and extremely attractive for summer stays from June through to October.

Can I book concert tickets on arrival?

It is far more preferable to pre-book tickets for concerts or sports events well in advance as ticket sell out quickly. Tickets can be pre-booked on line or through Steppes Travel.

Do I really need a local guide?

Hiring a local guide in certain towns and cities is crucial if you don’t want to miss anything and wish to better understand Italian history, art and culture.

Where can I taste Italian wines, go truffle hunting, learn to make pizza etc.?

Activities like this are extremely popular with visitors who are looking to get a taste of Italy’s wonderful food culture. Talk to your Travel Expert; they can let you know where these opportunities are available and help to make the arrangements.

Can I use my mobile phone in Italy?

Italy has excellent mobile phone coverage. Since the 15th of June 2017, roaming charges in the EU are the same as those in the UK. However, there are still instances where you may be charged extra. To check the current EU charges, visit http:// consumers.ofcom.org.uk/phone/mobile-phones/mobiles-abroad/check-yourphone-before-you-roam/.

What is the international dialling code for Italy?

39

What is the time zone in Italy?

Italy is one hour ahead of GMT. It observes daylight saving time.

How long are the flights to Italy from the UK?

From London to Rome, direct flights take two and a half hours. Flights to Florence or Milan are a little shorter, whilst it takes around three hours to reach Sardinia or Sicily.

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