Trying to avoid the typical descriptions of Italy is difficult. One of the UK’s favourite destinations for short and city breaks. It also features heavily on our favourite cruise itineraries as well as a ski and lakeside holidays. It is a diverse and stunning country that really does cater for all types of holiday maker.
Synonymous with great food, wine and sunshine Italy is so much more than these things. Yes, the cities Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Venice and beyond are magnificent but it’s the sounds, smells and atmospheres that stay with you too. Italy is a Strawberry Holidays favourite, whether we’ve spent a day on shore during a cruise, or a few days exploring a city. It’s a country we adore to spend time in and we know you will too.
The more adventurous and active holiday makers will love the lakes and mountains, in the winter for skiing and in the summer for hiking, swimming, cycling and more. Foodies should enjoy the pastas, the seafood the cookery schools, the family-run trattoria. Shoppers and culture addicts will love to soak up the cosmopolitan in the capital Rome.
Coastlines not to be missed
The Adriatic Coast is quite the opposite of other coastal regions in the country. Long, sandy beaches have plenty of space for lying in the sun or playing games. The gentle shallow waters also make this a real draw to families on holiday. Want to avoid the crowds? There are plenty of private beaches as well as the Central Adriatic Coast which is quieter.
The stretch of coastline along the Sorrentine Peninsula is another popular holiday destination. It’s rugged shoreline, sheer cliffs and colourful fishing villages are deemed by UNSECO to be outstanding and it’s easy to see why. Aside from it’s beauty the area is renowned for its restaurants and hotels.
What to do
Head to Pompeii straight after breakfast before the intense lunchtime heat hits the cobbles. The ancient city ruin will mesmerise you.
Cruise the Mediterranean and enjoy at least 2 ports of call in Italy, Rome, Venice, Genoa, Naples, Florence & Pisa all feature heavily with many cruise lines.
Explore Rome on foot, as you head from site to site you will enjoy the city that much more.
When to go
The best months for travelling in Italy for a short or city break are from April to June and mid-September to October—temperatures are usually comfortable, rural colors are richer, and the crowds aren’t too intense. For a cruise it’s best enjoyed in July through early September.
Whatever you’re looking for from your holiday to Italy, Strawberry Holidays can tailor make your city break to Venice, a Tuscan villa or cruise holiday round the western Mediterranean. We’ll ensure you enjoy exceptional service and exclusive offers from the top tour operators for Italy.