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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It was the Romans that first dubbed this slice of southern Italy the ‘happy land’. They set up shop in fancy, frescoed villas along the seafront – and even the Roman Emperors plonked down palaces. It’s no wonder when you look at Campania’s assets. Its clifftop towns hug the Bay of Naples and itsy-bitsy islands like Capri and Ischia are the sprinkles on top of the cake.
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.
Sardinia might be just 120 miles from Italy, but it doesn’t always tow the motherland’s line. In fact, this large island is a bit of a rebel when it comes to conforming. Take the language – while Italian is widely spoken, Sardinian – or sardo – is the official language in these parts.
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