The diversity of destinations

Whether you’re looking for a long weekend or a fortnight by the sea, Italy has something for everyone and every budget.  Italy boasts stretches of sandy beaches and exclusive private beach clubs where access to the sea is at a premium.  The beautiful destinations of the Amalfi coast or Capri should not be missed for the stunning scenery and crystal waters.

On a smaller budget the southern regions of Basilicata, Campania and Puglia have sandy beaches and private coves to offer the right touch of holiday relaxation at a fraction of the cost of many more famous locations.  Rimini or Sanremo have bars and nightclubs to accompany the beach life but also the historical centres of these towns are hidden gems in themselves.  The stunning coastal towns of Cinque Terre is perhaps a destination you would find on a hiking holiday, five hillside villages linked by footpaths; not necessarily destinations for sun seekers.

If walking is your thing the northern reaches of Italy boast the Alps, Dolomites, mirrored lakes and the coolness of mountain air to refresh and reinvigorate any weary traveller.  Check out destinations such as the romantic Lake Como, the deepest of the lakes where you can take a boat ride to Belaggio, the jewel of Como.  Lake Garda reaches to the Dolomites and nature reserves abound here, perfect for hiking and bird watching breaks for nature lovers.

The Islands around Italy offer something a little different with the obvious beauty of Sardinia as a popular tourist destination to the little known Pontine islands situated between Rome and Naples, offering great swimming opportunities and boat hire.  On land you can discover ancient Roman ruins, cave tombs and breathtaking views from local bars and restaurants.  The island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples has natural thermal springs which attract huge summer crowds, coupled with the natural volcanic beauty of this island make it a better off peak destination in order to fully appreciate the whole island.

The ubiquitous city breaks are not to be sniffed at, Rome is an incredibly walkable city offering famous landmarks and hidden secrets.  Rome is the kind of city easily visited over a long weekend and at the same time offering something new for the seasoned tourist who wants to return time after time.  For the first time tourist to Italian cities visit Rome, Venice and the renaissance town of Florence.  If you change your itinery or step off the beaten track you won’t be disappointed in Italy.  For every famous destination known worldwide, there are a thousand secrets, hidden pockets for you to discover and truly see the beauty of the real Italy.