You can't help but think of style and sophistication when you imagine Italy. That is exactly what you will find wherever you visit in the country. All-inclusive holidays to Italy offer fascinating sights, chic accommodation and incredible scenery. From snow-capped mountains in the north to Mediterranean islands in the south, Italy is a country of contrasts.
Italy offers a variety of different holiday experiences from the classic city break option with incredible world-famous sights to skiing in the Dolomites and beautiful beach holidays in the sun. Here are some of our top places to stay in Italy on your all-inclusive holiday:
Sorrento - a pretty coastal town overlooking the Bay of Naples. Colourful hillside buildings create a classic Italian backdrop for the peaceful beaches below. Hiking along the trails in the mountains or shopping in designer boutiques, Sorrento gives you plenty of activities to choose from. Visit the 14th-century Chiostro di San Francesco monastery or Museum Correale for a glimpse of the art and history of the area.
The Dolomites - the ideal destination for exciting skiing in the winter and scenic hiking or mountain biking in the summer. Set in the north east of Italy, the mountain range offers the best range of outdoor activities in the country. Breathtaking mountain scenery and 14 Michelin-starred restaurants make this region a joy to visit at any time of the year.
Sicily - the largest island in the Mediterranean, with its own unique culture and cuisine, Sicily stands out from the rest of Italy. The famed Mount Etna looms over the eastern coast creating a dramatic backdrop to the otherwise picturesque island. Byzantine mosaics, Greek temples and the remains of Arab castles are among the fascinating sights to see.
Venice - a unique city with waterways in place of roads. Venice is on every must-visit list with very good reason. With stunning architecture and a peaceful atmosphere, floating along on a gondola gives you a true perspective of this extraordinary location. Pass under the iconic Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs, hop off the water bus and visit St Mark's Basilica in the piazza of the same name.
Sardinia - with almost 2,000 km of coastline and a rugged, mountainous interior, this Italian island gives you dramatic views from many vantage points. Peaceful sandy beaches lie at the foot of steep cliffs where Bronze Age statues lie dotted along the edge. Whether you prefer to challenge yourself to scale a cliff face, drink in the Mediterranean sun on the beach or explore colourful, vibrant towns, Sardinia has something for you.
With so much to do and see in this vibrant country, it is advisable to plan your itinerary ahead of time. Official apps are available for some cities which have a map and tips on where to go. Here are some of the top things to do in Italy:
From ancient ruins of the Roman Empire to works of art by innovative artists, Italian sights are world famous. Wherever you go in Italy there are bound to be glimpses into the past, whether it is in the architecture, archeological sites or museums and art galleries. Exquisite cathedrals in Milan and Florence, the excavations at Pompeii and the Leaning Tower of Pisa are just a few of the top places to visit.
Italians tend to eat dinner later in the day, so restaurants are often busier from 9 pm onwards. Whether you are overlooking the sea or wandering cobbled streets, you will find your location comes to life at night. Stylish bars, rustic trattoria or music events give you plenty of choices in where to spend your time after the sun goes down.
Carnival is a huge annual celebration that is held between the end of February and mid-March. During this time, visitors will see vast floats with paper mache characters which are the result of months of work. With parades, competitions and shows, masked revellers are entertained every weekend and well fed with traditional cuisine which is specific to each region.
Italy and fashion go hand-in-hand, so it's no wonder that shopping is excellent here. With so many home-grown designers, you will find showrooms and boutiques, department stores and vintage shops everywhere you go in Italy. Milan and its dedicated fashion district is the prime destination for clothes shopping in Italy. Antique stalls, souvenir shops and Christmas markets make buying home decor and gifts a joy too. Check when local markets are being held during your stay and be sure to visit and pick up some unique treasures.
When taking all-inclusive holidays to Italy you will be able to experience the classic simplicity of the world-famous cuisine. Familiar dishes are pared down with a few flavours which perfectly complement each other. Bottarga, air-dried caviar, or white truffle add rich, unique flavours to pasta dishes. Ossobuco alla Milanese is a slow-cooked veal shank cooked in white wine, a must-try if you are lucky enough to see it on the menu. Seafood restaurants by the sea or on the islands serve delicately seasoned, freshly-caught fish and seafood along with seasonal vegetables. Finish off your meal with a genuine Italian coffee, an aperitif and a refreshing gelato or a rich tiramisu.
From the mountains in the north to the beaches in the south, Italy has a varied landscape and, therefore, the weather can change dramatically depending on where you go. In the north annual temperatures average between 0 and 18°C, in central Italy it is a little warmer, between 2 and 21°C on average, while the south sees the highest averages of 9-22°C. Family holidays in the summer are great, warm sunny weather and temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s during July and August. For sightseeing with fewer crowds, travelling to Italy in the spring or autumn is another option with warm temperatures in the low 20s in May and October.
Italy holiday packages offer great value for money and flexibility to choose the ideal accommodation to suit your preferences. Save money when you book a flight and a hotel in Italy together at lastminute.com. From chic city hotels to relaxing resorts by the sea, we have accommodation options to suit all budgets in various parts of Italy. Check out the lastminute.com for cheap all-inclusive holidays in Italy, to the Amalfi Coast, Lake Garda, Tuscany and more beautiful destinations.
It is advisable to cover your shoulders and knees when visiting religious places of interest, such as cathedrals and churches. Check for the availability of tourist or city passes in places like Rome and Milan which can give you unlimited travel on public transport, discounts or free entry into events and sights and deals on restaurants and shopping.