The Mediterranean country of Italy
is one of Europe’s top destinations and boasts some extremely famous places, sights and top attractions. Italian culture and food is famous worldwide and Italian food such as pizza
and pasta can be found all over the world. Italy played an important part in establishing European culture along with Greece and part of the attraction of visiting Italy is immersing yourself in the rich history that surrounds you. Italy is a country of contrasts and there are several wildly different regions in the north and south.
Where to stay
Wimdu have a wide range of offers of accommodation throughout Italy and we have something to suit every budget and need - whether you are looking for a villa in Tuscany
or self-catering accommodation in the heart of Rome
. Chose where you stay carefully – if you want to fill your days with culture and interesting activities then perhaps the north of the country is more suited to you. If you are looking to get away from it all and relax then the south of Italy or Sardinia is where you should head to!
The pizza was first cooked in Naples in the 1860s.
The piano hails from Italy.
50 million tourists visit Italy every year!
Nearly 80% of Italy is mountainous or hilly!
Italy – things to do and places to go
Italy can be divided into several distinct regions, each featuring their own distinctive landmarks, culture and way of life. Let’s begin in the north of the country…
In Northwest Italy you’ll find some of Italy’s biggest industrial areas as well as the beautiful Italian Riviera
which includes the fishing village and popular yachting destination Portofino
and the area of Cinque Terre
. Two of Italy’s biggest and most financially significant are located in the north of the country – Milan
. Milan is one of Europe’s fashion and shopping hotspots whilst Turin is home to some of Italy’s grandest boulevards. Lake Como
is a hugely popular tourist spot and attracts many people who are drawn to the beauty of the lake and the surrounding area.
If you thought the northwest of Italy was full of interesting things to see and do, then you’ll be amazed to hear about the northeast! There are many interesting facets to this region including the Dolomite mountains and the ski resorts at Cortina d’Ampezzo
, beautiful cities such as Verona
, capitals of cuisine such as Bologna
` and of course – Venice
! There’s enough in this region to keep you occupied for days. We’re sure you’ll be amazed by the beautiful canals of Venice and the food available in Bologna is among the best you’ll find in Italy!
Central Italy is where you’ll find its capital – Rome
. Rome is without a doubt Italy’s most famous and beautiful reaction and the city is a living and breathing museum with history on every corner. Wonders of the Roman Empire can be seen on every corner and the Trevi Fountain
is a particularly staggering piece of design and so is the world famous Coliseum
. In Tuscany you’ll find the renaissance city of Florence
with its spectacular Duomo
, to its east lies the leaning Tower of Pisa
The further south you head in Italy, the more rural and agricultural the landscape becomes. Nestled in this beautiful and often hilly landscape are several of Italy’s best loved attractions. Naples is a vibrant and busy town worth exploring, as is the ruined city of Pompeii
which stands in stark contrast to Naples
. There are many miles of beautiful, unspoilt beaches throughout the south of Italy such as at the romantic Amalfi Coast
. It might be Italy’s least visited region but it’s gaining popularity as word spreads of its magnificent beauty, peaceful way of life and great eating options.
The fifth region of Italy is the large Island of Sicily
which sits off the southern coast of Italy. The island is famous for its beautiful architecture, vast stretches of exquisite coastline and great cuisine. Many people are drawn to the rugged beauty of the island and Sicilian wine in particular keeps people coming back year after year!
Lying 250km west of Italy is the tranquil island of Sardinia
. It’s a popular destination for holiday makers and the island offers great swimming, yachting, camping and windsurfing opportunities. The beaches are perhaps the island’s greatest asset and you’ll find some of Italy’s best beaches! There’s always the chance that’ll you’ll stumble across your own deserted beach that you can enjoy all for yourself! Wimdu recommends the beaches of Cala Mariolu and Cala Goloritze.
Italy has several major airports and is often referred to as the battleground for the low cost airline companies who take tourists often on package holidays from various European countries to Italy. All of Italy’s major cities including Rome
have airports – the country is very accessible. Getting around the country is straightforward thanks to a well-developed rail network and good roads. Hiring a car will allow you to choose exactly where you go and allow you to explore and discover interesting corners of the country!