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01 December 2012

The Allure of Italy and a World of Possibilities

The Franchetti piste on Mount Faloria in the Italian Dolomites. Photo: Wikimedia.org.
The Franchetti piste on Mount Faloria in the Italian Dolomites. Photo: Wikimedia.org.

If you fancy something a little bit special for your next getaway, why not consider a holiday in Italy? This magnificent destination is full of wonder and just happens to be one of our favorite places in the world! Its ancient history is perfectly re-told through the streets, museums and monuments of Rome, once the seat of the powerful Roman Empire, which is brimming with crumbling ruins and architectural remains dating back over two thousand years. From mist-shrouded lakes and majestic mountains to historic hilltop towns and spectacular beaches, Italy appeals to all kinds of travelers who are seeking an escape of sublime proportions!

The Eternal City of Rome laid out before your eyes. This is the incredible view from atop Michelangelo's Cupola at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Rome. Photo: EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
The Eternal City of Rome laid out before your eyes. This is the incredible view from atop Michelangelo's Cupola at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Rome. Photo: EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited. 

Panoramic view of Amalfi. Photo: WikiMedia.org.
Panoramic view of Amalfi. Photo: WikiMedia.org.

Whether you're after family holidays abroad for a bit of fun in the sun in the Italian Riviera, or you fancy a more romantic getaway in a plush coastal resort backed by dramatic rugged peaks such as the Amalfi Coast, Italy promises to deliver unforgettable Mediterranean pleasures. Perhaps a journey to the golden sands of Maremma in Tuscany, or the beautiful isle of Sicily! If you've never thought of Italy as a beach destination, it's time you do!


Panoramic view of the coastline of Talamone in Tuscany. Photo: WikiMedia.org.
Panoramic view of the coastline of Talamone in Tuscany. Photo: WikiMedia.org.

If budget is high on your priority list, a trip to Italy doesn't have to break the bank. Bargain Italy holidays are available—it's just a matter of knowing where to look. You can start by looking for late deals and get a feel for the prices by searching for holidays departing within the next few weeks. Remember though that the time of year can be an important factor—traveling outside of school holidays and peak summer season can be a great money-saving tactic. Similarly, if you are looking for a winter getaway or end of summer trip, the prices around the coast may be significantly cheaper, but this is when the ski flights start taking over, so watch out for soaring prices if you're planning a winter break near the mountains.


Bocchetto di Sessera or Bocchetto Sessera Pass in the Piedmont Alps. Photo: WikiMedia.org.
Bocchetto di Sessera or Bocchetto Sessera Pass in the Piedmont Alps. Photo: WikiMedia.org.

The truth is that Italy is a fantastic holiday destination at any time of year. So what will it be—summer days on the golden coast, a voyage of discovery through ancient Rome, or winter fun on the slopes?

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16 comments:

  1. You're right Jeff, there is a multitude of options in Italy! You've got my mind spinning with ideas and dreams.

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    1. Oh I know exactly what you mean! There is so much to see and do on my bucket list in Italy alone! Can't wait to get back some day soon! Thank you Debbie for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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  2. I love Italy and there are so many great places to visit in Italy. I try to go at least once every year somewhere different.

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    1. Ciao Freya and thx so much for stopping by. Couldn't agree with you more about all that there is to see and experience in Italy! I wish I could go at least once a year. You must keep me posted on your travels! Thx again for stopping by!

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  3. for sure we can't talk about 1 Italy but rather "many Italies";)
    funny enough though, if you come to Turin, you'll simply experience the authentic essence of 'Italianness'. Plus, it is about 2h driving from the French Riviera, making it only 1h driving to the Italian side and 40min driving to the Alps.
    As for the food, suffice it to say that Slow Food was born here, Piedmont (Turin's region)is the real Italian Wine Country producing the largest number of red DOCG and DOC wines. Many renown Italian products are made here: NUTELLA guys!! yes!! and Ferrero Rocher they are all from Piedmont!
    Lavazza, Martini&Rossi, Asti Spumante not to mention risotto!

    What else is there to tell you?
    Italian mass national TV, cinema, fashion and sports were all born here!

    Financially speaking as it is still pretty much off the touristy beaten tracks it is much cheaper ;)
    What are you waiting for??

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    1. WOW! Now that's a response full of all kinds of tips and experiences! Mille Grazie for all of this wonderful content!

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    1. Hi Penny and thanks so much for stopping by.

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  5. These are such delectable shots, so enticing. But we don't need to be enticed to go visit Italy. ;-)

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    1. Too right you are my dear Marlys!! I couldn't agree more. Thx so much for stopping by to share your comments and your love of Italy!

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  6. Italy is a beautiful country full of history and wonderful places. my dream is to live in a little village between Naples and Salerno :) . Hope this will happen soon.

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    1. Hi there Eli!

      I couldn't agree with you more about all that Italy has to offer...this article is just the tip of the iceberg with so much more yet to see and explore. I too, share your dream of living in Italy but Tuscany or Umbria for me...if I don't get there before I retire, I will when I do. Thank you so much for stopping by to share your thoughts!

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  7. Italy indeed is a beautiful country with so many places to explore away from the main tourist locations; every village has got a story...and a few people eager to share it with visitors.

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    1. Ciao Davide and thank you so much for stopping by to share your thoughts. I couldn't agree with you more...one can never run out of things to do in Italy!

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  8. Major temptation! I would love to jet back now....and it's true. There is never a possibility of running out of things to see and do in Italy. Layers upon layers....

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    1. Hi there Susan and thank you so much for stopping by. I couldn't agree with you more about jetting back NOW! Wouldn't that be bellissima??!! Love your comment ..."layers upon layers." Isn't it the truth?!

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