HIGHLIGHTS OF ITALY
Venice is a delight to wander round: explore the canals on foot or by gondola, and try and also visit the islands of Murano, where you can watch traditional glass blowing, and colourful Burano, home of lace-making, where you can purchase some unique souvenirs.
Don’t miss the beautiful Piazza del Campo in Siena.
Florence is full of gems, from the 15th-century shops on the Ponte Vecchio to historic churches, and of course, the art – make a beeline for Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David, one of the most famous artworks in the world, as well as numerous other interesting exhibitions.
Tuscany has some stunning natural scenery, including the beautiful island of Elba.
When you’re in Rome, as well as its iconic sights, such as the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, visit the historic quarter of Trastevere, and go to Tivoli to see Villa Adriana. Whether you’re religious or not, join the crowds in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican to hear the pope give his regular Sunday address.
In Puglia, visit the traditional trulli houses of Alberobello.
The Amalfi Coast is jaw-droppingly beautiful, and from here you can visit the equally beautiful islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, as well as the Royal Palace of Caserta with its splendid Italian gardens, and the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Must-sees on the island of Sicily include the active volcano of Mount Etna and the majestic monuments in Agrigento.
On the island of Sardinia, visit the fascinating archaeological site of Tharros and the oak woods at the foot of the Gennargentu.