Whether you’re planning a family holiday with the kids, a sunny break with friends, or a romantic getaway with a loved one, Italy makes for the perfect holiday destination. And one of the most charming things about Bella Italia is that every region has its own distinct personality, which is part of the reason so many people visit year after year. So read on to discover more about five of our personal favourite Italian destinations, and decide where you’re going to visit first!
Few places in the world are as strikingly beautiful as the Amalfi Coast. Ramshackle houses painted in pastel shades tumble down cliffs towards an ocean of the most mesmerising blue. Take the time to stop and gaze out at the vast horizon, as the fresh scent of lemon groves carries on the gentle breeze.
Stroll through the winding streets of Sorrento, picking up souvenirs of ceramics and fine lacework. Or head out and explore further afield, with a day trip to historical Pompeii, or take a boat to the romantic island of Capri.
Stretching for around 100 miles along the glistening Adriatic coastline, Le Marche is one of the lesser-known regions of Italy, which means you can escape the madding crowds during the summer months.
There is more to Le Marche than its beautiful beaches, however. Visit Urbino, the hometown of Renaissance master Raphael, or book tickets to a performance at the famous open-air opera theatre in Macerata. For lovers of all things culture, this is the destination for you.
The beautiful island of Sardinia is completely unique in its take on Italian culture, drawing on cultural influences from Spain and even a little from North Africa. Every corner of the island has its own distinct character, which makes it constantly surprising to explore.
For the freshest lobster you’ve ever tasted, head up to Alghero in the north. Cagliari in the south boasts the perfect balance of cosmopolitan cool with a rich medieval history. And if it’s beautiful beaches you’re after, you’d be hard pushed to find better in the world than those along the Gulf of Orosei.
The island of Sicily may be small, but it certainly packs a punch, and that’s not just because it is home to fiery Mount Etna. From the chaotic vibrancy of Palermo to the fun-loving vibes of Catania, Sicily’s big cities won’t fail to entertain.
And if you want to get out of town, there is plenty to keep you busy in the great outdoors. Hike through the volcanic Parco dell’Etna national park, head to the coast for high octane water sports, or visit one of the many ancient Roman ruins. And don’t forget to punctuate your day with myriad meals of the fresh local seafood.
The endless rolling green landscape of Tuscany is almost hard to believe possible in its incredible natural beauty; the word ‘idyllic’ barely covers it. This, coupled with the laidback, easy going pace of life, is precisely what keeps visitors coming back year after year.
It’s not hard to see where so many of history’s artists found their inspiration in Tuscany, and hours can be spent admiring their masterpieces in the many galleries of Florence. But for a real taste of Tuscan life, head out into the country and simply enjoy watching the sun go down with a bottle of the famous local Chianti.
The idyllic views of Tuscany’s countryside
No matter where you go in Italy, you’re sure to find your perfect holiday destination, especially with your very own villa to retreat to at the end of the day. Gather round the barbecue and enjoy meals ‘al fresco’ on the terrace, with a bottle of chianti. Or sit back and relax on a sun lounger with an Aperol Spritz at the edge of your private pool – bliss. For more inspiration, head to our Italian Destinations page to find out more. Buone vacanze!
Dating back to the early twentieth century, Villa Maestra was lovingly restored by its owners in 2005 retaining its charm and history with original stone and wooden beams but with the everyday mod cons we have become accustomed to.