Tuscany, Lombardy, Venice, Rome… For visitors to Italy, the romance begins as soon as the world-famous place-names pass your lips. Consider too the sheer variety of Italy’s dynamic landscape: snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, postcard coastlines. Italy’s historical legacy needs no introduction, weaving its fascinating story from antiquity via the Renaissance to today’s world-leading arts, sport and fashion industries. Step inside any one of thousands of monumental churches, museums and galleries for a taste of Italy’s inspirational journey through the centuries. And speaking of taste, Italy and good food, of course, are inseparable.
Luxury holidays in Italy
Approaching our 40th year as a luxury travel agent doesn’t mean we’re ready to rest on our laurels. Continuing to reward our discerning customers with even more holiday choice remains at the heart of what we do, so allow us to introduce Italy: one of our newest and most exciting destinations - a destination that meets our luxury standards, and then some.
Great reasons to holiday in Italy
- Fantastic food – Italy is a veritable ‘territory of taste’, exporter of without doubt one of the world's most recognisable cuisines. We can all go for an Italian meal at home, but sample authentic pesto, parmigiano, parma ham, mozzarella, pasta and pizza at the source and discover the meaning of ‘delizioso’.
- Wonderful weather – Summers of the hot and dry variety are a main feature of Italy’s mostly Mediterranean climate. The mercury can often be found around the 32C mark, so don’t forget your lotion and sunglasses.
- World heritage – Italy boasts more World Heritage sites than any other country on the World Heritage list. The 50 official sites include Ferrara and the Po River Delta, Torre Annunziata, the Amalfi Coast, Florence and Rome.
- Scintillating scenery – From the soaring Dolomites and Adriatic coastline of Veneto in the north to the rolling valleys and tranquil lakes of Umbria in the heart of country. And from the Ionian Sea and charming waterfalls of the Calabrian hinterland in the south to the lush island escapes of Sardinia and Sicily: the fabled ‘boot’ of the European map enjoys no shortage of jaw-dropping natural wonders.
Things to do on holiday in Italy
Take a gondola ride along the waterways of Venice and view the ornate bridges and baroque architecture of this beautiful city from a unique perspective. Ice cream and accordian-playing gondolier optional.
Discover the Amalfi Coast by road trip. This iconic stretch of coastline is never far from the must-visit lists of true travel aficionados. Blockbusting Mediterranean views relent intermittently to impossibly quaint medieval cliff towns as you wend your way through the Neapolitan Riviera.
Sample pizza at the source. Pick any pizzeria in the historic port city of Naples and savour the true flavour of authentic pizza. It was the Nepalese, after all, who invented this gastronomic global favourite.
Explore an entire country without leaving a city. Housing less than 1,000 citizens within a mere 110 acres, The Vatican City in Rome is the world’s smallest independent state. Not small, however, is the scale of human achievement on show amid the Vatican’s tourist attractions. Look no further than Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Weather in Italy
Like its landscape Italy’s weather is highly diverse, attributable to its inner mountain ranges and its longitudinal peninsula. Expect temperatures ranging from humid sub-tropical to oceanic in the central and northern inland areas. Most of the southern and coastal areas however bask in a typically balmy Mediterranean climate, with mild winters.
Facts about Italy
Area – 116, 347 square miles.
Population – 60M
Currency – Euro
Time Zone – CET (UTC+1)
Italy holidays 2017 / 2018
Booking your Italy holiday nice and early is a sure-fire way to get the dates you want for a price you’ll love. At Kenwood Travel we work directly with our valued hotel and airline partners so there are no hidden costs to contend with. Speak to your Italy consultant here at Kenwood Travel and arrange a great saving on your 2017/2018 holiday today.