Italy

The good life

Postcard-perfect scenery, gorgeous beaches and cities stacked with big-name sights – long-legged Italy manages to pack a lot into its borders. And no matter which part of the boot you plump for, you’ll find fantastic food, fine wines and a healthy dose of la dolce vita.

Explore the boot

In the north, romantic Venice reigns supreme, while nearby Lido di Jesolo supplies the sands. A bit further south lies Campania, home to the dramatic Amalfi Coast and cliff-hugging towns like Sorrento, Ravello and Positano.

Italian islands

Holidays to Italy aren’t just confined to the mainland, though. At the toe of Italy’s boot is Sicily, which ticks off gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins and friendly resorts. And then there’s Sardinia, with its wild interior and sun-bleached beaches. Olbia's your gateway to the island's most famous stretch of coastline – the 34-mile-long Costa Smeralda.

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Sicily

This triangle-shaped island at the bottom of Italy’s boot is a constant travel award contender. In fact, Condé Nast Traveller readers voted it ‘The World’s Favourite Island’ in 2009. And it’s easy to see why this romantic slice of Italy has clocked up so many devotees over the years.

Sardinia

If you’ve never been to Sardinia before, you might expect the island to be a condensed carbon copy of the Italian mainland. But you’d be wrong. The differences start with the language. Sardinian or Sardo is as commonly spoken as Italian here.

Alghero Area

As Italy’s most westerly point, Alghero has strong ties with neighbouring Catalonia – the region of Spain that’s home to Barcelona. It spent several centuries under Catalan rule and, to this day, local residents still consider themselves more Catalan than Italian. They nickname the city Barcelonetta – AKA little Barcelona – and even speak the Catalan dialect.

Campania

Campania, also known as the Neapolitan Riviera, is the second most populous region of Italy. And it’s easy to see why everyone wants a piece of the area’s pie. Its coastline curves around the sun-soaked bays of Sorrento and Naples on Italy’s southwest coast. Inland, meanwhile, you’ll find ancient ruins like Pompeii and natural wonders like Mount Vesuvius.

Tuscany

As far as holiday destinations go, Tuscany has one of the most impressive resumes in Europe. Its skill set includes city breaks, country escapes and beach getaways. And it’s qualified in the subjects of history, cookery, art and architecture, to name just a few.

Olbia Area

There’s a reason this stretch of shore is named after a gemstone. Sardinia boasts some of Europe’s most sought-after beaches, and around Olbia you get the best of a good bunch. With hourglass-fine sand and sparkling see-through waters, they rival those in the Caribbean.

Sicily

This triangle-shaped island at the bottom of Italy’s boot is a constant travel award contender. In fact, Condé Nast Traveller readers voted it ‘The World’s Favourite Island’ in 2009. And it’s easy to see why this romantic slice of Italy has clocked up so many devotees over the years.

Sardinia

If you’ve never been to Sardinia before, you might expect the island to be a condensed carbon copy of the Italian mainland. But you’d be wrong. The differences start with the language. Sardinian or Sardo is as commonly spoken as Italian here.

Alghero Area

As Italy’s most westerly point, Alghero has strong ties with neighbouring Catalonia – the region of Spain that’s home to Barcelona. It spent several centuries under Catalan rule and, to this day, local residents still consider themselves more Catalan than Italian. They nickname the city Barcelonetta – AKA little Barcelona – and even speak the Catalan dialect.

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