Italy. Just say the word and a million things spring to mind; few countries are quite as synonymous with so much culture. Delicious food, fine art, fascinating cities, breath-taking architecture, stunning beaches, historic landmarks…there’s little wonder the roots of Western civilisation lie in this incredible country.
Whether you’re there for a weekend or your summer holiday, Italy is a place of infinite discovery; a wonderful combination of beaches and a wealth of fascinating history, something for the sun-seeker and culture vulture alike.
A truly year-round destination, Italy boasts hot summers- perfect for long, lazy days on a beach- and mild winters, making for ideal city-wandering weather.
Morning cappuccinos, freshly baked pizza, mouth-watering gelato, steaming pastas, rich wines…and repeat the next day! It’s easy to forget that some of our most well-liked and easy-to-make recipes hail from Italy.
Fresh ingredients and the expert hands of Italian chefs make authentic Italian cuisine a true palate-pleaser and are a world away from your usual fast-food fare. Whatever the meal, it’s best served enjoyed among friends and family, and finished off with an espresso.
The real question is where to go first! Rome, Italy’s capital and largest city is a fascinating and beautiful destination that draws visitors from all over the world, for good reason. The Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, The Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain…Rome’s history isn’t hidden behind museum glass, it’s visible on every street.
The canal capital of Italy, Venice is another tourist hot spot. A place of undeniable beauty, Venice’s scenic waterways are sure to put a dampener on your usual work commute! Hop on a gondola, glide around the serene maze of canals and see the incredible (if subsiding!) architecture, all to the dulcet tones of your very own singing gondolier!
Naples may be lacking the architectural beautiful of other cities but its draw is nonetheless fascinating. Looming above the city is the hulking Mount Vesuvius, and close by are the ancient ruins of the city of Pompeii, infamously engulfed by Vesuvius’ powerful eruption in 79 AD.
Whether it’s fair Verona, fabled home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Italy’s fabulous fashion capital, Milan, or Pisa, the world’s most famous folly, the boot of Europe is a place you can’t help but fall in love with.