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When: Why not head out for carnival season in early March? As a single traveller, you have a considerable amount of freedom in choosing your holiday times and a trip to Italy might scare away the winter blues!
Where: Venice, where else? The Carnival is one of the most iconic cultural festivals anywhere in the world and is distinguished by the rich and elaborate costumes and ornate masks that are worn in the streets. Venice also holds arts and architecture biennales in the summer months which also make a great excuse to visit this magnificent city.
Why: Venice is quite unique in the world and is a place that everyone should see at least once in their lives. As well as the various cultural events held here, you'll get the chance to see the St Mark's Basillica, the Doge's Palace and the excellent Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art.
When: Head out in the summer months. For the peak of the Mediterranean heat and the top sunbathing conditions, you should go in June or July but if you wish to miss the bulk of the crowds you could head out in May or between August and September when it's also very nice.
Where: Veneto offers a variety of options for lazy beach holidays on the Adriatic Coast with the towns of Eraclea and Jesolo offering both gorgeous golden sand beaches and proximity to the stunning city of Venice. Alternatively, book in for a holiday on the shores of the stunning Lake Garda.
Why: Because The Veneto Coastline boasts 100 kilometres of gorgeous sandy beaches sloping down to the crystal clear, blue waters of the Adriatic sea. There are numerous attractive and historic cities along the coast and there are also opportunities for cycling trips into the gorgeous countryside of the region.
When: Head out to Veneto in the early summer months to catch the early flush of the hot summer whilst avoiding the - often stifling - crowds of June and July.
Where: Verona is a fantastic destination for a romantic holiday. It is a very ancient city with a history stretching back to the days of the Roman Empire. There are many top attractions in the city including the ancient Roman Amphitheatre, the fortified castle of Castellvechio and the stunning Verona Cathedral.
Why: Because holiday destinations can't get much more romantic than the setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet! Verona is a stunning and very historic city whilst, at the same time, being considerably less crowded than Venice.
When: Head out to Veneto in the children's christmas holidays to catch the action on some of Veneto's fantastic ski pistes. Most resorts have snow makers ensuring that you'll be guaranteed some snow even in early December.
Where: The Dolomites boast a number of ski resorts. Perhaps most famous amongst these is the Cortina d'Mapezzo which is a former host of the winter olympics and is regarded by those in-the-know as offering some of the best skiing conditions in Europe.
Why: Because Cortina d'Ampezzo boasts seventy five runs totalling over a hundred kilometres. There are runs suitable for skiers of all abilities and there are good powder runs for those who prefer to snowboard.