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Whether you fancy exploring the art-filled museums of Florence, discovering the centuries-old ruins of Rome or the Grand Canal of Venice, for a hit of history and culture, there’s nowhere better than Italy’s iconic cities. As well as packing in plenty of sights, they also have fantastic shopping and dining scenes. Go for a well-known name or take a look at some of the smaller cities – simply scroll down to see the full selection of city deals.
Italy’s capital is packed full of history and culture; around almost every corner, you’ll find a baroque fountain, ancient Roman ruin or time-worn statue. Don’t miss Vatican City, home to the Sistine Chapel and the cavernous Basilica di San Pietro, or a trip to the mighty Colosseum. Rome’s cuisine is another highlight – if you’re a bit of a foodie, we can arrange tasting tours and cooking classes.
Venice is a city unlike any other. Built atop a lagoon, the best way to see its baroque churches and elegant palazzos is by taking to the water – hop aboard a water bus along the Grand Canal, or hire a gondola to steer you along quieter stretches. Back on dry land, there’s also the frescoed Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica to discover.
As birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is an art-lover’s dream – the halls of its museums are filled with paintings, sketches and sculptures by the likes of Michelangelo, Titian, Da Vinci and Botticelli. Art aside, you’ll find bustling markets, hillside churches, and trattorias serving up traditional Tuscan fare (accompanied by bottles of local red, of course).
Fair Verona is small and easily explored on foot – ideal for short breaks. Get your bearings from the top of the Torre dei Lamberti or the stone steps of the 1st-century amphitheatre, then delve into the boutiques and cafes that line the cobbled streets below. The River Adige splits the city in half; pick a sunny day for a walk along its banks.
Italy’s cities are easy to travel between, so combining stays in two (or more) in one trip is a cinch. We’ve laid out some of our best-value city itineraries below – you can book them by calling our Italy Experts.
London Gatwick | 20 August 2019 | 10 nights
Call our Italy experts on 01293 762410 to book.