If you’re looking for the perfect holiday location to celebrate a special occasion or milestone anniversary, Italy offers an amazing range of options. With its beautiful architecture, rich history and more architectural and artistic masterpieces than you can shake a stick at, Italy’s prominent place in European history is reflected in its abundance of iconic travel experiences, perfect for celebrating your special day. Here are some of our favourite iconic Italian holiday locations.
Nowhere in Italy has greater opportunity for iconic experiences than Rome, its famous landmarks including the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. Also unmissable are the vast Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, and Italian sights don’t come much more iconic than the breathtaking Sistine Chapel.
Another of Italy’s most iconic spots is Venice, the beautiful floating city. Explore its famous and historic network of canals, passing familiar sights like the Rialto Bridge before cruising down the Grand Canal to St. Mark’s Square. For an intimate Venetian experience to celebrate a special occasion, the Aman Canal Grande Venice offers amazing private use of its Altana roof terrace, one of the few private gardens on the Grand Canal. Offering incredible views over the city’s famous waterways, you’ll enjoy traditional Italian and Thai cuisine from the dining room’s creative menu.
No trip to see Italy’s iconic sights is complete without a trip to Florence, the home of some of its most famous artistic contributions and stunning architecture, and one of the birthplaces of modern Western civilisation. Visit famous attractions like the Ponte Vecchio and Michelangelo’s David, and take in extraordinary views of Florence’s stunning historic centre from the iconic Duomo.
When the history and culture of Italy’s amazing cities gets a little overwhelming, the fresh air, beautiful weather and gorgeous mountainous scenery of the country’s northern lakes offer the perfect escape. Lake Como is the most iconic of the Italian Lakes, widely regarded as among the most beautiful lakes in Europe, and is a great destination for a special occasion. A visit to the small wooded island of Comacina will make your time at Lake Como even more special, with great views of the famous villas of Tremezzo and delicious food at the Locanda dell'Isola restaurant, for a truly exclusive meal to mark your special day.
Italy’s holiday destinations each have so much to offer that the only way to really make the most of them is to scout out how the locals get around and follow suit, making your iconic Italian experiences all the more authentic. When in Rome, do as the Romans do and jump on a Vespa, an efficient way to wind your way through its ancient streets – if not for the faint of heart! Comprised as it is of over 100 individual islands, the only way to get around Venice in style is by meandering the city’s famous canals in a gondola. Florence’s pretty streets, meanwhile, are small enough to be taken in on foot, which is the best way to really get up close and personal with the city’s myriad architectural and artistic treasures.