If you’re a fan of big-name sights, charming, clifftop towns and hearty grub, you’ll be sorted on holidays to Italy.
The famous boot
Italy holidays fit the bill for both beach getaways and city breaks. This place is the king of mixing sunbathing with sightseeing. Whether you’re dozing on Sorrento’s cliff-backed lidos or Sicily’s cosy coves, you’re never far from a top-billed landmark.
Campania’s the Italy you’ve seen plastered over postcards. Here, chocolate-box towns come with harbours full of tavernas – the blue and white tablecloth kind. Sorrento’s the head honcho, with its Bay of Naples outlook and cute, little shopping lanes. It’s also handy for daytripping – you can hop on a ferry, train or bus to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, massive Mount Vesuvis or glam Capri.
Sicily’s the island being kicked by the boot. It’s almost touching the mainland, but there’s a whole different vibe. This place does package holidays for history buffs. The isle’s scattered with all sorts of Greek temples, Roman villas and Norman cathedrals. All that said, Sicily’s got a family-friendly face, too. Its dinky villages are perfect for broods, with manmade beaches, lidos and café-stuffed proms.
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Whoever coined the phrase ‘la dolce vita’ was spot on when it comes to Campania. This stretch of Italian countryside curves around the bays of Sorrento and Naples on Italy's south-west coast, and lines up world-famous ancient ruins alongside cosmopolitan cities and the mighty Mount Vesuvius. It's safe to say this corner of Italy really has got 'the good life' sussed.
Sicily’s the big island being kicked by Italy’s boot. It technically falls under the Italy umbrella, but it’s a bit of a cultural mishmash. In the past, the isle’s closeness to Africa meant it was an easy target for invaders. We’re guessing they clocked onto its top weather, dramatic scenery and pristine beaches. Plus, you don’t just get one island – the off-shore Aeolian Islands give you seven extra.
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