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 craggy coastline and sun-bleached beaches.

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Campania

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.

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.

Veneto

Venice is the first place most people think of when you mention the Venetian Riviera. This canal-scored city has a tendency to turn tourists into kids in sweetshops. Except, it’s not bonbons they want to binge on, it’s gondolas, masque shops, pontes and the mosaics in St Mark’s Basilica.

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.

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.

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