Italy Inspiration: 6 Great Multi-Centre Ideas

From cities to countryside, lakes to islands, Italy has so much to offer and with brilliant transport links, you can combine several destinations to see and do more in one trip. Have a look at our sample itineraries below to get you started and leave you feeling inspired. Andiamo! 

Best for first-time visitors: Rome & Sorrento

Perfect for first time visits to Italy, Rome and Sorrento offer a fantastic introduction to the country. Firstly, you have the capital, the Eternal City. Rome’s historical landmarks such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and the Vatican make travelling there feel like a real-life history lesson as you step back in time. On the Campo de’ Fiori you can enjoy a day shopping in the stylish boutiques and stop for a bit to eat at one of the restaurants, pizzerias and trattorias found around every corner. A jewel of the Neapolitan Riviera, Sorrento is just a three-hour train ride away. Situated on a stunning clifftop, Sorrento enjoys expansive views of Capri and the Bay of Naples. Take your time exploring the maze of winding cobbled alleys, dine on hearty dishes, or sip on espresso in one of the cafes in the piazza.

Best for city lovers: Venice, Florence and Rome

Covering off three of Italy’s greatest cities, this multicentre takes you to Venice, Florence and Rome. Before boarding a train and travelling north, fly into the capital to experience la dolce vita with designer shops, excellent coffee and the best pizza as well as take in some of the major attractions of old Rome such as the Forum and the Colosseum. The train will then see you in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, just a few hours later. Explore the Uffizi Gallery, take a stroll over the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge and ascend to the top of Il Duomo at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. You can reach Venice after taking one more short train ride. Admire St. Mark’s Square and then climb on board a famous gondola to glide down the iconic Grand Canal or one of the quieter neighbourhood canals. 

Best for romance: Ischia, Capri & Amalfi Coast

It couldn’t be a better time to visit the Amalfi Coast and the islands of Italy – Ischia and Capri. The island of Ischia is a hub for natural spa treatments thanks to its volcanic qualities. In between admiring the island’s charming villages, spend a few days relaxing in thermal pools, soaking in natural hot springs, and covering yourself in mineral-rich mud. Alternatively, the island of Capri offers natural beauty with its rocky outcrops, remote bays, secret caves and dramatic mountains. This island is a favourite among the A-list crowd thanks to its upscale boutiques and five-star hotels. A short boat journey will take you back to the mainland and the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Spend your days hand in hand wandering through the quaint alleyways and drinking limoncello on sunny patios establishing your base in one of the most picturesque villages – Positano and Amalfi are two of our favourites. Take a drive along the coast and enjoy the breathtaking views around every corner.  

Best for wine lovers: Tuscany & Umbria

A self-drive holiday is perfect in Tuscany and Umbria where meandering roads cut through the rolling hills and reveal charming cities, historical villages, and a range of rural retreats. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir grapes hang from the vines in the vineyards that cover the sunny slopes with the perfect conditions to grow. Numerous wines of protected origin can only be found in these regions including Umbria’s Orvieto and Torgiano and Tuscany’s Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vin Santo. You can pair these wines with delicious flavours crafted from the finest ingredients, including freshly made pasta, caprino goat’s cheese, black truffles, and tart extra virgin olive oil. 

Best for explorers: Sicily self-drive

On the tip of Italy’s boot, the island of Sicily sits just 12 miles from the mainland. Few places are able to pack so much into a small space, but Sicily does just that. We’re talking craggy outcrops, dramatic mountains and the iconic Mount Etna as well as cities filled with influences from the Phoenicians, Greeks and Arabs. The easiest way to see everything this island has to offer is by car. The roads are good for navigating and the route along the coast allows you to enjoy all of the main sights. One of the most picturesque towns on the island, Taormina showcases 10th century buildings and winding alleys. Up on the cliff you can enjoy gorgeous views across the Mediterranean as well as Mount Etna. Head north to the ancient Greek city of Cefalù where you’ll find beautiful architecture and a Norman cathedral. Finish your trip in the capital of Palermo with its bustling markets, ancient buildings, and friendly feel.  

Best for relaxation: Liguria & Tuscany Coast

Relaxation and the Italian Riviera go hand in hand. The most well-known destination in northern Tuscany is the city of Viareggio, situated between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Apli Apuane. The perfect location to recharge your batteries, the spotless sandy beach allows you to relax. Liguria, which has a stunning coastline, and a variety of thermal springs is only a short drive away. According to legend, the iron and sulphur rich waters in the ancient towns of Pigna, Diano Castello and Genova Voltri are said to be able to treat a range of illnesses. Additionally, you can choose relaxing therapies such as massages and mud baths.

Discover the real Italy with Citalia 

Are you feeling inspired? We can create a bespoke itinerary just for you – just give one of our Personal Travel Planners a call. They’ve travelled all over Italy and know the best routes and transport options, so they can help you design a trip that ticks all your boxes. Here is our commitment to you; with over 90 years’ experience we pride ourselves on ensuring you Travel with Confidence.
 

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