Italian Cities Holidays
Italy’s cities team ancient monuments and world-famous sights with some of the best shopping and dining in the world. Alone, they make fantastic short breaks, but you could also tick off two or three in one go – high-speed rail links mean it’s easy to travel between these buzzing metropolises.
Up in the north, you’ve got Milan, Verona and Venice. Milan is renowned for its fashion credentials and coffee shops, but it’s also the home of aperitivo, with most bars setting out buffets of antipasti and snacks in the early evening. Highlights of Verona include Juliet’s Balcony, Piazza Bra and the Arena di Verona – a Roman amphitheatre that hosts al fresco opera in the summer. Venice, meanwhile, is set on a network of postcard-pretty canals lined with grand palazzos and townhouses.
Moving further south, you’ll find Bologna and Florence. Bologna is known as Italy’s capital of cuisine, hence its nickname, La Grassa (The Fat) – order tagliatelle al ragu for a taster of the real spaghetti Bolognese. Florence is a treasure trove of Renaissance art and iconic architecture. Take a look at the paintings and sculptures in the Uffizi and Accademia galleries, then climb to the top of the cathedral’s duomo for views across the city.
Down in the Lazio region, you’ve got Italy’s capital, Rome. There are enough sightseeing options here to keep you busy for months – big-name sights include the Colosseum, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Trevi Fountain. To the west of Rome is the seaside city of Naples. Its UNESCO-listed centro storico (historic centre) is filled with centuries-old churches and cathedrals, while beneath the pavements there’s a network of ancient passageways and Roman streets to explore.