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Italy Holidays

With the choice of north, south, central Italy and the islands of Sardinia and Sicily, there are plenty of great spots to choose for your Italian holiday. The capital, Rome, is home to art treasures and historic buildings, and among the 20  regions, you’ll find that the landscapes, food and dialects differ a lot. For a big family holiday or a longer stay, you might want to visit a couple of the larger cities. Whether you want to stay by the lakes, in the mountains or at the seaside,Italy holidays have plenty to offer you.

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Average temperatures vary according to whereabouts in the country you are and normally range from 12°C or 13°C in the winter months and 28°C – 30°C in July and August.

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Leonardo da Vinci Airport (Rome), which gives access to the capital city and central Italy. 

Malpensa Airport (Milan), which gives access to northern Italy.

Many other cities also have international airports, for example Naples (for south Italy) and Palermo (for Sicily).

Book a cheap holiday to Italy with Airtours and head for the summer sunshine at Lake Garda or enjoy winter skiing in the snowy Alps. 

Featured holidays in Italy

Tourist

Sorrento, Neapolitan Riviera

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Perfect for couples
  • On main road 20m from shops, bars and restaurants
  • Small swimming pool

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Based on 384 reviews

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Based on 2 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 415

Hotel Club

Sant'Agnello, Neapolitan Riviera

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Exclusively Adults
  • Rooftop terrace with three whirlpools
  • Family-run hotel

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 524 reviews

Reviews
Based on 1 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 422

Hotel & Village Baia del Sole

Marina di Ragusa, Sicily

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the beach
  • Swimming pool and terrace
  • Taverna-style restaurant

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 175 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 441

Hotel Albatros

Sorrento, Neapolitan Riviera

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Ideally placed for seeing the local area
  • Outdoor pool in courtyard garden setting
  • Free Amalfi Drive excursion

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 248 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 448

Don Pedro Hotel

Ischia Porto, Neapolitan Riviera

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Thermal pool with hydro-massage
  • Family-run
  • 1km away from the beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 147 reviews

Reviews
Based on 4 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 449

In Italy, you have a great choice of places to stay thanks to Airtours’ cheap packages and special deals. Italian hotels and resorts have great holidays for couples, families and friends. The seashores and the lakesides have lovely sandy beaches while cities like Venice and Milan are great for a romantic weekend away or a shopping trip. All Inclusive packages are really good value for money. You won’t have to worry about paying for your meals and drinks while you’re there, so you can spend your budget on day trips and activities..

Italy is so beautiful and has such a variety of things to see and do it can be hard to pick and choose. There’s a good variety of activities available if you love exploring nature. Take a walk in the mountains, relax by the tranquil lakes and make the most of the many beautiful beaches. The national parks set in the Mediterranean landscape are well worth a visit if you’re keen on wildlife.

The history, art and culture of Italy make for interesting trips to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, museums and galleries. Some of the country’s official ‘art cities’ are famous for their grand buildings and they’re also home to festivals, fairs, markets and entertainment shows. Rome, Florence and Naples are just three of these from a very long list.

Italy’s delicious food is world famous, the wines are excellent and Italian ice cream is probably the best in the world. A country that has something for everyone, sunny Italy greets visitors with ‘benvenuto’ (welcome) and before too long, ‘benvenuto indietro’ (welcome back).

Italy is best for...

Families: Italians love children and you’ll find they're warmly welcomed across the country. They’ll also be well catered for with the gelato (the Italian’s delicious ice cream). 

Globetrotters: Visit the historic old town areas, stroll through the streets and soak up the relaxed Italian way of life, especially the Mediterranean food and wine.

Winter Adventurers: Skiing in the Alps is an experience you won’t forget. Wrap up warm and head for the slopes during the day and then enjoy the social activities in the evening.


Fast facts

Language: Italian. 

Currency: Euro.

Local Time: As with much of Europe, the local time is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time. 

Fly To: Rome, Naples or Milan. You can also get cheap flights directly to the islands of Sardinia and Sicily.

Flight Time from the UK: Flight time to Rome is a little over 2 hours and to Naples about 2.5 hours. 

Tourist Information: Further tourist information on Italy can be found at http://www.italia.it/en/home.html.

Local Tax: In most areas of Italy you will be charged a local tax fee, you will pay approximately 1.5 - 4 euros per person per night to the hotel. Children under 18 don’t pay the tax.  Charges can be higher if you are staying in one of the major Italian cities.

Visa and Health: Before a holiday trip to Italy with Airtours get help and advice on visa requirements and health issues here


Weather and climate

Temperature: Temperatures in the mountains are generally lower than the local averages by a few degrees. In the north the temperatures at the coast are generally a little cooler than inland, where they reach about 29°C in July and August. From May to September you’ll enjoy a very pleasant 21°C – 27°C. In the south, the warm weather continues into October.

Best time to visit Italy: Temperatures differ across the different regions, but summer is generally warm and winter a lot cooler. Often there is high humidity in the cities in summer and in winter the further you go from the sea the cooler it’s likely to be.


Getting around

By Train: With a large rail network, getting around by train is easy whether travelling between cities, regions or local towns and villages. 

By Taxi: Authorised taxis have ‘Taxi’ written on top and are white. They're easy to hail when out and about or can be booked in advance.

By Hire Car: Cars can be hired although you normally have to be at least 23 years old (sometimes 25) to do so.

By Bus: Bus and coach services between smaller towns and villages are great. There are also routes that’ll take you across the whole country.

By Motorbike: Biking tours are popular and during the summer you can spot bikers on the mountain passes, at the sea and in the countryside.


Events

For foodies: Italian festivals take place every month of the year and lots of these feature delicious and fresh Italian food. The Alba White Truffle Festival takes place in October in Piedmont and also in Tuscany and Umbria.

For lovers of culture: The Venice Biennale is the star of the art world while the Tuscan Summer Arts Festival (June) is held in Florence each year and features excellent art, food, wine and music.

For racing fans: At Monza near Milan the Italian Grand Prix is held in September and is a great reason for Formula 1 fans to visit. In May, the Giro d’Italia cycling race takes riders through the Alps and finishes in Turin.


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