Why travel solo to Italy?
Timeless beauty, intriguing ruins and world-famous cuisine are just a few reasons why Italy is one of Europe’s best-loved destinations.
Rome, Florence and Venice. The sparkling isle of Sicily, the vineyards of Tuscany and the ruins of Pompeii. Even if you’ve never set foot in Italy, chances are you’re already familiar with images of its best-known attractions, such is the reach of its beauty. Rome is home to epic sights such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum. Here, coexisting alongside a timeless pagan legacy, you’ll find the epicentre of Roman Catholicism (and the world’s smallest country) in the Vatican City.
In Tuscany, medieval towns peek out between verdant hills, and it’s here that you’ll encounter the lifeblood of Italian agriturismo – the perfect location for a restorative wellness escape. Over in Venice, you’ll find a city of pure enchantment, where turquoise canals flow between faded buildings – as mysterious as the ebbing tides which keep Venice afloat. If medieval culture takes your interest, you can’t leave without visiting the Basilica di San Marco, a gilded masterpiece of Byzantine architecture.
Head south to Sicily for sun-soaked escapism, where the warm Mediterranean laps up on ancient, volcanic shores. There are canyoning thrills, lava field hiking and southern cuisine all to be savoured. Are you in?
What's the weather like?
Italy’s climates vary depending on where you are in the country. Summers are usually dry and hot across the country, with some storms around autumn. The average summer temperature in Rome is 31C (88F), while winter averages at 8C (46F).
Average temp in high season
What’s the national language?
What’s the currency?
Italy city is in the Central European Time Zone, which is GMT+1
Top three activities
1. Explore Tuscany’s vineyards
2. Take an Italian cooking class
3. Body-raft down the Alcantara Gorges
Top five dishes to try
Top places to visit in Italy
The Romans left their impact across the world, but it’s in Italy’s capital that you’ll find the pinnacle of their cultural and architectural influence. From the Colosseum and Roman Forum, to the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon Temple, there’s a whole host of history for you to explore.
Feast on Renaissance art and world-class food, all on the banks of the Arno River. This city is home to a host of paintings and sculptures by great artists like Botticcelli and Michelangelo. The architecture is just as impressive, with medieval candle-lit chapels and fresco-decorated churches.
This picturesque region is where lake-side charm blends seamlessly with Alpine surroundings. A popular resort area, this is the sort of place where you can while away an afternoon with a cappuccino and a book: the perfect relaxed escape.
This modern metropolis in Northern Italy is a global hub of fashion and design. A fast-paced city that doubles as an art-lover’s dream, here you’ll find galleries galore, a plethora of art deco and rationalist architecture, as well as a vibrant music scene.
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