Italy has been the world’s most celebrated tourist destination since tourism began, many centuries ago. This is a country that has it all: one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in Europe, the world’s greatest hoard of art treasures, on display in appropriately great settings; a benign Mediterranean climate; and, not least, a delicious and authentic national cuisine.
Yet Italy only became a unified state as recently as 1861, and Italians still tend to feel more loyalty to their region than to the nation as a whole, which is very much reflected in the great diversity of cuisines, dialects, landscapes and even standards of living. Naples, Venice, Savoy were once independent world powers in their own right, and of course the Roman Empire was perhaps the greatest the world has ever known. However, if there is a single common national Italian trait, it is to live life to the full, be it in the myriad local festivals throughout the year, the importance of good food, the close-knit family, and the obsession with clothes and appearance - the ritual of the evening “passeggiata” in any Italian square is a fashion show open to all
The country’s cultural heritage is second to none. Tuscany alone has more classified historical monuments than any country in the world; there are remnants of the Roman Empire throughout the country; and every region retains its own relics of an artistic tradition generally acknowledged to be the world’s richest. Rome, Florence, Milan and above all Venice are among the world’s most beautiful cities, but what makes them all so special is the unmissable theatre that is daily Italian life
As well as the cities featured on this site, we can also book travel to and hotels in lovely regional centres such as Naples, spectacularly set in its eponymous bay, Sorrento, Turin, the resorts of the Italian Lake District (Como, Maggiore and Garda), Bologna and Verona, inter alia. Please phone or e-mail for further details and prices.