Nearly every mention of the word “Italy” is accompanied by a wistful sigh. To sing the praises of its natural beauty, food, culture and history is almost cliché. For centuries it’s been a muse and inspiration to some of the greatest minds, painters, sculptors and composers who have ever lived, and its charms remain to this day.
Sorrento, Lake Garda and Tuscany are three of Italy’s most deservedly popular locations. All of them are locales that have been seducing travellers for centuries. But each of them has their own allure, their own quirks and their own reasons for a visit.
Sorrento: Where Pierce Brosnan fell in love
is a charming, old Italian town and jumping off point to countless other attractions. This hilltop town overlooks the Bay of Naples, the Island of Capri and Mount Vesuvius. Its old port, Marina Grande, is built into its cliffs and remains a delightful fishing village to this day.
Take the Amalfi Drive along the hilltop for a spectacular, elevated view of its surroundings; take a lazy walk among the lemon groves with an Italian icecream (gelato); or chill out in the old central villa with a coffee or a glass of local wine.
Pompeii is a short journey away, and it’s one of the most well-preserved heritage sites in the world; walking through this 6th Century town is the closest one can get to travelling back to the Ancient Roman Empire.
Lake Garda: The largest lake in Italy
Carved by glaciers in Northern Italy, Lake Garda
is the largest lake in the country and one of its most popular destinations (which is saying something).
Sirmione is an ancient, fortified town that houses world-renowned spa complexes, restaurants, bars and shops. (The shopping is as good as you’d expect in a town that’s not far from Milan.) Scalinger Castle is a 13th Century castle with spas of its own. And there’s also the theme park, Garda Land.
Its gorgeous climate is sub-tropical, which makes it perfect for outdoor activities; whether it’s yoga, cycling, swimming, horse-riding, or something much more sedate, your needs will be met.
Lake Garda is world renowned for romantic getaways, solo travels, or even family holidays.
Tuscany: Where unbelievably good things can happen
Is it any wonder that Tuscany
was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance? The world is forever in Tuscany’s debt for Chianti, Florentine Steak, Tuscan Silk and Michelangelo.
Florence is abundant in humbling churches, cathedrals and museums. Its restaurants deal in simple, sumptuous cuisine with local truffles, beef, pork, wine and olive oils.
It’s surrounded by mild, scenic beaches and rolling, rural hills, while the city itself is arguably the birthplace of and a monument to man’s greatest achievements.
If you’d like a more laid back trip, you could have a therapeutic soak in one of the region’s many thermal baths; become your own Italian chef with a local cooking class and stay in either the elegant, ancient city or one of the many cute rural farmhouses.
To quote the Diane Lane rom-com Under the Tuscan Sun, it’s the place where “unthinkably good things can happen”.
Holidays to Italy: Where will you go?
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