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Mainland Italy holidays are always hugely popular and boast amazing scenery, well-known sights, beaches and, of course, tasty Italian food! With so many places and things to see, it can be difficult to decide where to book for your Italian holiday. Our Italian holiday experts can help you in making that decision; we also cover a range of ideas here on our website.
Northern Italy boasts some amazing cities - Turin, Milan, Florence and the romantic Venice. Our expert holiday advisors can help you book a package holiday which covers one or more Italian cities.
Southern Italy has many famous towns/cities to visit, including Rome and Naples . Rome is a must-see for many people. It’s simply dripping with sights and monuments with the famous Colosseum and Roman Forum being the jewel in the crown of this ancient city.
Italy also boasts a range of islands which are set off its mainland. Near the toe end of Italy is the island of Sicily which has beautiful beaches, great resorts and lots of ancient ruins to explore. Sardinia is another island famed for its beaches and rustic towns and villages.
Wherever you go for your holiday to Italy, you can be certain to see loads of wonderful sights and sample many Italian food delights along the way!
If you’re looking to save money, then why not book ahead? Great, cheap, deals and packages are now available for Italian holidays in 2018 / 2019.
Booking ahead for your holiday to Italy in 2018 / 2019 has real advantages. Whether you are booking a romantic getaway or a treat for the family, look no further. The sooner you book your holiday, the sooner you can prepare and look forward to it! With no worries about taking last minute time off work and bagging a great deal at the same time, booking your holiday early has its rewards.
Wherever you decide to book your Italian holidays, there are plenty of packages to suit your budget. Italy has many top quality hotels and villas - which can be booked on a bed & breakfast, full or half-board basis. However, many cheap holidays to Italy are set within self-catering accommodations. Look at the last minute Italy holidays Co-operative Travel have on offer for the latest deals.
All prices are based on 2 adults sharing. Prices & availability correct at the time offers were generated and are subject to change at any time.
Key Information: Italy is a great country that has given a lot to western culture. They’ve given plenty to modern cuisine, modern fashion, religion, art, etc. It is easy to forget just how diverse a country Italy is, but really it’s quite astonishing how very different and unique some of Italy’s cities are. A good example of this is Venice - where you need a boat to get from your hotel to the café.
Ideal Time to go: The ideal time to holiday in Italy all depends on your preference; if you choose savings over great weather, then we recommend a November-March holiday as this is low season so it will be much cheaper with fewer crowds - however, the weather won’t be as great. If you want the warmer holiday weather, then we’d recommend a May-September holiday as this is high season when the weather is at its warmest - however, this will cost more and you’ll see far bigger crowds of holiday-goers.
Weather: The average annual temperature in Italy is 16°C. Italy’s warmest month is July with an average temperature of 26°C. The coolest months are December-February with an average temperature of 9°C. The wettest month is December with an average of 96mm of rain over 9 days. August is the one month that doesn’t generally see any rain. The rest of the year is quite consistent when it comes to rainfall with about 20mm rainfall over 6 days each month.
Flight Time: A direct flight from London to Rome takes around 2 and a half hours
Time Difference: Italy is 1 hour ahead of UK time
Currency: Euro (€)
Fun Fact: Italy has only been a country for 153 years.
Top Tip: Drink the house wine – this is Italy, so the house wine is pretty much always great quality and very cheap too!
Direct holiday flights between the major cities of the UK and the major cities of Italy are available all year round at cheap prices. We recommend flying direct to your Italian holiday as this often proves cheaper and much quicker. Bear in mind that flights during off-peak seasons will often prove much cheaper too.
Italy is a wonderful country that has many beautiful sights to see and tons of culture to explore. Here are our top recommended places to visit during your holiday in Italy:
Lying off the west coast of Italy, Capri is a great location for a winter holiday, no matter what pursuits you're looking to enjoy.
Widely regarded as Italy's artistic capital, the beauty of this city in the south of the country is immediately apparent when you choose it as your Italy holiday destination.
Milan is defined by its designer boutiques, fashion malls and high-end clubs and restaurants. Of all the European city breaks on offer from us at Co-operative Travel, Milan is the one to make fashionistas rejoice the most.
The ‘Eternal City’, Rome, is the capital city of Italy and is known for its impressive landmarks, beautiful renaissance art and refreshing culture. If you’re interested in the historical culture and buildings, then book a holiday to Rome as this is one destination that you cannot miss.
The island of Sicily is located a mere 3km off the coast of mainland Italy across the Strait of Messina and a major infrastructure project is now underway to build a suspension bridge across the water.
Stunning scenery, bustling cities, an unbelievable wealth of culture and so much good food you'll be ready to diet for a month when you get home – the Italian region of Tuscany is a great choice whatever you're looking to get out of a trip abroad.
Venice is the capital of the Veneto region in Italy and is built on top of more than 100 small islands. Venice is a spectacular sight to see with the Grand Canal, Doge’s Palace and the Rialto Bridge. Their Venetian Gothic architecture brings out the most beautiful parts of Venice.
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