Italy is the world’s most celebrated tourist destination. Its magnificent cities – Rome, Florence, Venice and Naples – are full of iconic sights, while its scenery, from the snow-clad Dolomites to the glorious beaches of Sardinia, is simply breathtaking and its cuisine beyond compare. Whether you want to take a Renaissance art tour of Tuscany, feast in Bologna’s finest trattorias, find the best gelato in town or shop with the smart set in Milan, use our map of Italy below to start planning your trip.

Italy boasts arguably the greatest art collection in the world, as well as an enthralling cultural legacy; admire renaissance masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s David, or marvel at the frescoes in Orvieto’s stunning cathedral before going underground in the extraordinary atmospheric cave-town of Matera. Visit the fascinating ancient Roman city of Pompeii, and view the cause of its destruction and preservation, Mount Vesuvius, Europe’s only active volcano.

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Unusual things to do in Naples

Unusual things to do in Naples

HBO’s adaptation of Elena Farrante's My Brilliant Friend has sparked a revived interest in all things Neapolitan. But Farrante’s Naples reminds us there’s…

18 Mar 2019 • Siobhan Lawless insert_drive_file Article
A guide to skiing in the Aosta Valley, Italy

A guide to skiing in the Aosta Valley, Italy

There are all sorts of reasons to love the Aosta Valley in Italy. Located in the country’s northwestern extreme between France and Switzerland, it could well…

28 Feb 2019 • Mike MacEacheran insert_drive_file Article
An expert’s guide: the best area to stay in Rome

An expert’s guide: the best area to stay in Rome

You’ve booked your flight to Italy, now where to stay? Whatever kind of trip you're planning, co-author of the Rough Guide to Rome Natasha Foges has the lowd…

22 Jan 2019 • Natasha Foges insert_drive_file Article
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