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When: There’s never a bad time to visit Italy but if you’re looking to soak up a bit of culture, then why not visit in April during the Settimana della Cultura (that’s the ‘week of culture’ to us!). It’s a great time to check out some of the many city museums since they’re generally free to enter and also have extended opening hours. Go on – grab yourself a freebie!
Where: There are so many regions to explore in Italy that you’ll seriously be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to go (but at least you can’t fall out with anyone over it!). If you fancy a bit of retail therapy, why not head for the ever chic Milan and give your credit card a serious workout in the many designer stores and boutiques – or perhaps rub shoulders with A List celebs on the island of Capri?
Why: Italy is one of the friendliest countries you could ever come across so if you fancy travelling solo for a change, you’ve definitely picked one of the best places to do it. You’ll find that the Italians are extremely proud of their heritage and they’ll do almost anything to make sure you’re a happy camper.
When: It’s never easy deciding on a date, but why not head for Italy in February? If you’re heading over to the Milan area, you’ll be able to get in on the glitz and glamour of Fashion Week, a truly funky and star-studded affair where you’ll be sipping champagne and saying lots of “darlings” in no time! It’s also the right month to be heading over to Venice for its massive Carnival event (and when we say “massive” you’ll find masked balls and street parties going on for the ten day
Where: Although the cities are obvious choices for some great nightlife (and mad street parties!), you might want to try something a little different by heading off to the slopes! From the Dolomites to the Alps, Italy makes for a great skiing break and offers slopes from beginner to Eddie the Eagle standard. Again, it’s a great holiday option for groups and Italian apres ski is simply amazing.
Why: It’s not like you need an excuse for a group holiday away, just round your mates up and get packing. Italy’s a great place to explore as a team!
When: You can pretty much declare your undying love in Italy at any time of year so it really depends on which region you’re looking to visit. But forget about the weather – it’s all about spending some quality time together, so who cares whether it rains or snows … you’re going to be snuggled up together regardless.
Where: If you fancy a romantic city break, Venice is definitely worth a look, although it isn’t one of the cheapest places to stay. If you fancy kicking back and taking it easy for a few days then Tuscany’s a beautiful place to go – or perhaps even Florence with its breath taking architecture and romantic walks through the city.
Why: Boasting some of the world’s most romantic cities, Italy’s a great place to visit if you’re feeling a little bit loved up.
When: As you’ll be looking to travel during the school holidays, you can really take your pick between Easter time and summer as they’re both great times to travel. If you’re thinking of paying a visit to Siena, make sure you’re there on either 2 July or 16 August, when thousands of spectators turn up to watch horse racing in the town’s square (honest!). You’ve never see anything like it in your life!
Where: If you’re travelling as a family, any of the main cities are great places to stay although they’re probably not as pocket friendly as the outskirts! (And we all know how much money kids are capable of spending when they’re on holiday!). If you fancy something a little quieter, then head for the south east side of Lake Garda – to places such as Lazise or Bardolino. As for keeping the kids happily entertained, you only have to head to places such as Gardaland, the Movie Studios Park or Aqu
Why: The Italians are renowned for their friendliness and they certainly welcome kids of all ages with open arms.