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Holidays to Italy offer a huge variety: from cities and picturesque towns to vast mountains, sparkling lakes and soft sandy beaches.
Begin exploring this wonderful country with the evocative history of cities like Rome, Venice and Florence. Immerse yourself in the romantic splendour of the Italian Lakes and mountains or enjoy a truly relaxing break in the dreamy countryside of Tuscany and Umbria. If you’re looking for a beach break, make the most of the unique charms of the Mediterranean coast and the distinctive islands of Sicily and Sardinia.
Italy is a nation of contrasts, so you’ll probably need several visits to really take it all in. One way to get the most out of your next trip is with a multi-centre holiday. From shopping and high fashion in Milan to the vibrant gastronomy of Naples, Italy’s cities are an adventure in themselves. Pair urban exploration with our selection of charming villages, secluded beaches or tempting vineyards and get the most from your time away.
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At Citalia our dedicated experts can help you decide exactly what you want from your next trip, offering you an Italian holiday like no other.
Some travellers will have Baroque architecture and famous Renaissance artworks at the top of their “to do” lists, while others will be more into relaxing on a rural patio by a traditional pizza oven. At Citalia we have it all covered, with captivating properties dotted around the whole of Italy, plus guided excursions to help you delve deeper into some of the country’s most famous sites.
Prefer the road less travelled? Southern Italy has a deep rooted culture, authentic cuisine, and its residents have a wonderful warmth about them. The pace of life feels slower when compared with the north, and many areas are virtually untouched by the tourist crowds. Sun baked Calabria and Puglia – with their dramatic coastlines and beautiful old cities – form the toe and the heel of Italy, while rustic Basilicata sits between them, with its mountains, forests and hilltop villages.
On a holiday in Italy you’re never far from a captivating museum or art gallery. But even if you never step foot inside the Uffizi or the Doge’s Palace, many Italian towns and cities feel like open air museums. From the grand ruins of ancient Rome to stunning little gems like San Gimignano and Pitigliano, there is plenty to be explored.
If you want to see a whole region in one trip, book one of our escorted tours for small groups. These include beautiful areas like Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, Puglia and Sicily, where you can enjoy scenic walks, wine tastings and even cookery classes, all with the help of a knowledgeable local guide.
If you’re staying in a single location, Citalia’s excursions are a great way to get more from your holiday. We offer a wide range of days out, from guided tours of historic cities to train trips through the Alps.
Flying is the quickest and easiest way to get to Italy from the UK and there are plenty of direct flights available to most airports within Italy. The biggest choice of flights are available from London and Manchester but you'll also be able to fly to certain destinations from regional airports. Flights take from 2 to 4 hours depending on where you fly from/to.
At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.
You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.
Listen to our Learn Italian podcast, where we cover everything from basic to intermediate phrases.
Italy is regarded as one of the world’s culinary hotspots. Each region and city has its own food specialities, based on what is available locally, but they all have a few crucial factors in common – fresh, colourful ingredients prepared with love and integrity. Even a basic bar or trattoria can serve up delicious dishes you won’t find anywhere else.
The Veneto region of Italy’s north east, around Venice and Verona, is home to the classic Italian risotto. Every eatery will have its own version of the famous rice dish, and some restaurants serve up multiple varieties. Visitors should try at least one, although patience is required – this is not fast food and the locals won’t be rushed when making it.
The region of Sicily is well known for the love of sardines, which are devoured by the locals almost as fast as the island’s fishermen can pull them from the Mediterranean. You’ll find them everywhere – baked, grilled, fried, stuffed, with pasta – and usually washed down with a glass or two of the local Malvasia wine.
In Italy’s hilly rural areas the food can be surprisingly robust. In the Apennine Mountains of Abruzzo, for instance, you’ll find lots of roast pork dishes and hearty goat stews. Enjoy the traditional Easter favourite of lamb cooked with egg and pecorino cheese. Up in the Alps and the Dolomites you can sample tasty game meats like venison, often served with polenta, plus some unique cheeses and cured meats which pair perfectly with the local honey.