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Escape to a world of beauty with Italy holidays. Italy is subdivided into 20 regions and their respective capital cities, with highlights including the Tuscan city of Florence, Venice and its famous canals, the ancient capital Rome, the Almalfi Coast and the island of Sicily.

Italy's appeal is derived from its ancient architecture, historical significance, its beautiful coastlines and the pleasant Mediterranean climate of its southern regions.

Italy tours traverse its unique geography from the Alps at its border with France to Sicily's year-round sunshine. The country is home to many internationally renowned tourist attractions, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Rome's Colosseum, and the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

Italy is also synonymous with high fashion as the birthplace of the Armani, Fendi, Gucci, Prada and Dolce and Gabbana labels.

Flights to Italy can take you to picturesque Tuscany and its capital Florence, considered the birthplace of the Renaissance movement – cultural and artistic rebirth of the Middle Ages which produced Michelangelo and Leonardo De Vinci's finest work.

A UNESCO-protected city, Florence is ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world courtesy of its fabulous architecture and stunning art collections. Michelangelo's most famous statue 'David' is housed in the city's Academy of Fine Arts gallery.

Just a short trip north of Florence, the romantic river city of Venice entices visitors with its stunning cityscape. Situated on 118 islands linked by a series of bridges and canals, Venice is known the world over as 'The Floating City'.

Take a gondola ride through the canals to experience the city's breathtaking architecture or visit Venice's unforgettably impressive church, St Marks Basilica.

From the depths of Venice to the peaks of Florence

Italy's capital Rome is steeped in history. The Colosseum is a monument to Rome's ancient history, while Old Masters such as Michelangelo, Carvaggio and Bernini are exhibited in the oldest galleries in the world at Capitoline Museums. Meanwhile, the Pope holds regular audiences in St Peter's Square and Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel remains one of the great artworks of all time.

South of Rome, the Almalfi Coast's stunning cliff-face architecture seems to tumbles into the ocean. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, the weather is near perfect year-round (though very hot in summer).

Many hotels operate lifts down the steep cliffs to the private beaches equipped with beach umbrellas and chairs, along with your own private waiter to help you refuel on Italy's famous pizza and wine.

The famous island of Sicily is surrounded by deep blue oceans which contrast markedly with the whitewashed buildings dotted along the island's cliff-tops. Some of the most beautiful vistas in Italy abound in the Siclian towns of Palmero, Messina and Catania, which maintain a distinct way of life separate from the hustle and bustle of the mainland.

 

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