Visit Italy: The Complete Guide

Are you ready to explore the jewels of Italian culture? Explore our complete guide on how to visit Italy to make the most of your holiday in il Bel Paese!
Visit Italy: The Complete Guide

Italy is a country rich in history, tradition and culture. When you think of Italy, you conjure images of its rolling hills, lush green vineyards and noble olive groves. You can smell the traditional cuisine, pasta, fresh bread and local wine. Its ancient architecture tells the history of its timeless connection to the arts, and its deeply rooted culture.

Italy is all of these things, but there is so much more to explore. From the emerald, mountain forests and crystal waters of Lake Como, to the ancient farms of Puglia, and the seaside caves of Sardinia, Italy is a virtual cornucopia of adventure that will introduce you to la dolce vita.

This beautiful country has a place for people from all walks of life. Whether you want to sip wine in the golden fields of Tuscany or set sail off the Amalfi Coast, you're sure to find something to satisfy every taste in this diverse and exciting place. While Italians may aspire to "la dolce far niente," or "the sweetness of doing nothing," Le Collectionist's complete guide on how to visit Italy will ensure that you will always know what to do during your dream holiday in il Bel Paese.

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Northern Italy:

If you are eager to explore all that the North has to offer, get ready to discover the best places to visit in northern Italy. Famous for is gorgeous lakes, stately mountains and delicious food, the North is the perfect place to explore Italy. Whether you want to explore the waters and forests of Lake Como, learn about art and culture on the canals of Venice, or travel back in time to the Renaissance at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, northern Italy is full of endless pleasures to explore!

Southern Italy:

If you're asking yourself "what part of Italy should I visit?" look no further than the South! Be sure to check out the best places to stay in southern Italy to find the perfect place for your holiday in the south of Italy. Sojourn to the sea on the Amalfi Coast to explore the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, or Puglia to learn about the ancient agricultural foundations of the region through some delicious food and wine. Get a taste of urban life in Naples and taste some traditional pizza, or see the softer side of life on Sardinia and Sicily, two Italian islands in the Mediterranean. The South is sure to enchant you with lovely weather and even better food!

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The Best Cities in Italy:

Are you wondering which city will be the best fit for your personality? We've compiled a list the 7 best cities to visit in Italy, were you can find a city that sparks your interest! Explore art history in the gorgeous museums and galleries of Florence, and unleash your inner adventurer in the stunning landscapes of Lake Como.

Take a gondola ride through the classic canals of Venice, or taste authentic Italian cuisine in historic Lucca. Stop over in Siena to watch a famous horserace, and head to the sandy beaches of Puglia to let the sun melt your worries away. Whatever you prefer, you will be sure to find something you love in one of these amazing cities:

the best time to visit Italy

For Summer Travel:

If you're spending your summer holiday in Italy, there are countless things to do in the sun! Italy is a classic destination for summer, filled with beautiful beaches, lush vineyards and plenty of outdoor and cultural activities to explore!

The streets of its cities come alive under the summer sun, full of markets and festivals, while the sandy beaches are ready to be lounged on with a good book. With so many sights to see, foods to eat, and places to go, it can be overwhelming to narrow down your options for a perfect holiday. To see our selection, check out the best places to visit in Italy in summer:

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For Winter Travel:

If you're seeking to escape the dreary city or chilly weather, Italy is the perfect place to visit during the winter. Escape the tourist season and walk the frosted streets of Venice, or explore the Christmas markets in Florence! If you're a skier, hit the slopes in Lake Como or Sicily.

If you want a classic culinary experience, go on a winter truffle hunt to find your very own treasure to add to your next meal! Whatever you prefer, you can decide what's best for you by looking at what to visit in Italy in winter (to be published soon):

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Our Monthly Guide to Travel in Italy:

Wondering what is the best month to visit Italy? Or what to do during the month of your holiday? Why not spend a romantic Valentine's Day in Florence in February, or enjoy the August wine festival outside of Lake Como, and be sure to explore Bari's fishing villages in September. Check out our Italy guide for each month of the year:

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the best places to visit in Italy for families

At any time of year, there are plenty of fun things to do on you Italy family holidays. Whether you prefer to lounge on the beach with a cocktail, unwind in the countryside with a glass of wine, or explore sea caves on the coast, Italy is full of family-friendly spots to enjoy your holiday. Before you plan your stay, consult our list of the 5 best places to visit in Italy for families:

Set Sail on the Amalfi Coast: Explore the beauty of the coast via speedboat and see all the stunning grottos that line this beautiful part of Italy, and stop to snorkel in the crystal waters and explore the marine life below! 

Hike the Cinque Terre: This stunning national park overlooks the gorgeous sea of the Italian Riviera. Stop in one of the small towns within the park to explore their unique architecture and culture, full of winding streets lined with brightly painted houses. 

Marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa: Have a cheesy photo-op with the kids holding up the UNESCO world heritage site, then climb to the top for a view of the beautiful city! Explore the rest of Pisa for a taste of local cuisine and architecture.

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Hike Mount Etna: In the heart of Reggio Emilia lies Mount Etna. The trails wind through some of the most beautiful scenery in Italy, and hikers are rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. 

Lounge on Sardinia's Sandy Beaches: Saridnia's beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. With their crystal clear water and soft white sand, they are perfect for a relaxing day by the sea. 

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The Best Beaches In Italy

Sunny Italian Beaches:

Ready to go jet setting to the beach? Italy is a peninsula bordered by the Adriatic Sea to the west, the Tyrrhenian Sea to the east, and the Ionian Sea to the south. Pair this with the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, and you can see why Italy is such a hub for Mediterranean beach holidays. Before you go on your dream Italy beach holiday, explore the wide variety of scenery and culture there is to find at Italian beaches, and check out our top 5 Italy beach holidays:

  • Marina Grande, Amalfi Coast
  • Fontane Bianche Beach, Sicily
  • Grande Pevero Beach, Sardinia
  • Lama Monachile, Puglia
  • Mitigliano Beach, Sorrento

Experience the Amalfi Coast:

If you are looking for a classic beach getaway, the Amalfi Coast has an abundance of sand, crystal waters, and sunshine to bask in. Whether you prefer cliffside beaches lined with emerald pines, or warm white sand between your toes, you're sure to find the perfect spot to swim and have a delicious lunch if you consult our tips for your dreamy Amalfi Coast visit in Italy

  • Capri and the Blue Grotto
  • Positano
  • Sentiero Degli Dei
  • Duomo di Amalfi
  • Villa Rufolo 

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Where to Eat in Italy

Italy is famous for its world class traditional cuisine. Known for its fresh ingredients, local wines, and exceptional flavours that embody the different regions of the country, it is every gourmet's dream. If you want to taste a memorable dish during your trip to Italy, check out where to stay for: our favourite Michelin star restaurants, Italy:

  • Restaurant Mistral
  • I Tigli in Theoria
  • Kitchen
  • Santa Elisabetta
  • La Leggenda dei Frati
  • Borgo San Jacopo
  • Enoteca Pinchiorri

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However you decide to spend your holiday in Italy, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this beautiful country. Le Collectionist is devoted to curating your dream stay at whichever luxury holiday destination you choose. Explore our collection of luxury villa rentals to choose the ideal house for you and your family.

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