It is almost everyone’s dream to travel to Italy. Whether you are heading to the beach or to the mountains, to the vineyards or to the cities, there are endless possibilities for you to explore this extraordinarily country.
Ancient ruins to explore, mouthwatering meals to enjoy and heady wines to discover are just the beginning of your travels Italy. I find the people to be warm, welcoming and happy to share their culture and lifestyle with you.
A good place to start is the capital city of Rome, the birthplace of Western civilization and the site of numerous historical events.
All the regions of Italy are different and cater to different kinds of vacations—from skiing in the Dolomites to sunning on the Aeolian Islands.
THINGS NOT TO MISS
Take a gondola along the canals in Venice
Climb to the top of the Duomo in Florence
Tour the volcanic city of Pompeii
Hike through the five cities of Cinque Terre
Swim in the Blue Grotto on Capri
Take a bike tour through the vineyards of Tuscany
Catch an opera performance at Teatro Massimo in Palermo
WHEN TO GO
Italy’s Mediterranean climate makes it a year-round destination with thrilling activities for every season. Generally, the summers are hot and dry, and the winters are cold and damp. The best months to visit Italy are April to June and September to October when the weather is comfortably warm. July and August can be stiflingly hot and muggy, and most Italians go on holiday in August, shuttering many shops and restaurants.
Traveling around Italy can be done by train. I suggest First Class on longer journeys as it’s not much more expensive, you have more room and an assigned seat. That makes it more convenient and comfortable. Most cities are easily walked and public transportation is readily available. If you have a long distance to cover, air travel may save you the most time.