10 Italian Holidays you don't want to miss..

May 15, 2014
10 Italian Holidays not to miss

Heading to 
Italy or Europe in 2014? Or thinking you might need to escape the chilly southern hemisphere winter and seek out the summer sunshine somewhere north? Well, it’s not too late to bag an Italian summer holiday deal. Here are 10 not to miss…

1.   Cinque Terre Do-it-Yourself

Vernazza, Cinque Terre
Vernazza, Cinque Terre

One of CIT (and Italy’s) most popular places to visit, walk and experience…truly one of Italy’s gems and best from April to October each year. The ‘five lands’ (Cinque Terre) or small fishing villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are located cliffside, between the larger seaport towns of Genoa and La Spezia and on the spectacular Ligurian coastline (or Italian Riviera) in Italy’s north. 

This 3 day/2 night ‘do it yourself’ package includes pre-arranged hotel accommodation in La Spezia, rail and shuttle bus transport between the villages and maps and access to the Cinque Terre walking pathways.

Take a swim in the sea or walk the green hillside paths covered in vineyards and traditional drystone walls. Enjoy a seafood lunch and take in the ocean breeze. This is the life! 
Cinque Terre D.I.Y from $390* 

2.  Amalfi Coast

Positano, Amalfi Coast in Campania

Positano, Sorrento, Pompeii, Capri
…the amazing Amalfi Coast in the region of Campania, gateway to Italy’s South.  Picture perfect, the Amalfi Coast is the ultimate summer holiday spot. Discover bustling Naples, the ruined Roman city of Pompeii, the magical island of Capri and the spectacular beaches and lifestyle of the Amalfi. Kick back and enjoy an aperitif overlooking the Mediterranean ocean and soak it all in - this is an Italian summer holiday dream come true. 
Amalfi Coast Deals

3.  Italy Self Drive
Image: Piedmont, Self drive Food & Wine Tours Courtesy: Slow Food Travel

There is so much to see and do in Italy.  From Rome to Milan, Venice and Florence or the backroads of Tuscany, Umbria, Abruzzo or Sicily.  If you want the freedom to go where you want, when you want, look no further, this Italy Car hire deal is one of the best available.
7 days Italy car hire from $255*
And if you have the car but don’t know where to go, try one of our Self drive regional Italy tours of Umbria, Tuscany, Piedmont, Sicily, Veneto, Puglia and Lazio.

4.  Tuscan Villa & Car

Italian Villas  
Villa Podere Campinovi, Val d'Elsa, Tuscany

 Dreaming of a holiday under the Tuscan sun? In your own villa with a car to call your own for a week? CIT has a range of Italian villas & apartments in Tuscany and Umbria available per night and for week stays, some with 7 days car rental included in the rate. For couples, friends, and families, for 2 people up to 10 + people. So don’t miss out on living the dream…for a short time anyway ? Book your summer holiday Italian villa stay today.
Italian villa and car deals 

5. Italy City Stays

Magnificent Milan Duomo  
Milan Duomo

 Magnificent Milan

 Have you been to magnificent Milano, fashion capital and hub of Italian culture and style? 
Did you know that this fine city is home to one of Italy’s biggest Duomos (Cathedrals) and also one of the world’s great art treasures (Leonardo da Vinci’s 'The Last Supper')?  Despite summer time being one of the most popular travel times, August in particular is when Italians themselves head out of town on their summer holidays (you will see them at the seaside!) so you might just get to enjoy the city sights without the local crowds. But book ahead to grab these great Milan hotel deals and don’t miss ‘The Last Supper”!
Magnificent Milan  - save 15% 

Renaissance Florence
Ponte Vecchio & River Arno, Florence Tuscany

Renaissance Florence

Florence (Firenze)
is of course known as the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’, the rebirth of art and culture following the dark Middle Ages and home to world renown writers (Dante Alighieri), artists (Michaelangelo’s 'David' in Accademia Gallery & and Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ in Uffizi Gallery), great thinkers and wealth. Florence’s wonderfully preserved architecture and art remain the city’s unique treasures and it’s location in the heart of Tuscany makes it one of Italy’s most popular and enduring places to visit…again and again.
Florence Hotel Deals

Enchanting Venice

Enchanting Venice 

Located in the Veneto region in Italy’s north, Venice (Venezia) is truly one of the most unique cities in all the world.  Arrive by train, escorted or on a self drive tour and lose yourself in the wonder of this enchanting city with its 117 islands, waterways and canals, bridges and lane ways…there is no where like it on earth.
3 nights in Venice 

6.  When in Rome

Italian Living
Rome wasn’t built in a day and to really experience the eternal city, you will need atleast 3 days if not a week to really get a sense of Roman life. Walk amongst the Colosseum and Roman Forum ruins, sip a cappuccino in Piazza Navona or your local piazza, get lost in the laneways and cobblestone streets of Trastevere and around Trevi Fountain. Discover Villa Borghese parklands above the Spanish Steps and  the catacombs, museums and major sights of Christian Rome. When in Rome, discover the heart and soul of this ancient and eternal city…and come back again and again.
Rome – 20% off  Or when you are next in RomeStay a week in a Rome Apartment  or upgrade to 5 star luxury 

7. Southern Italy

Trulli of Alberobello in Puglia

Searching for the road less travelled in Italy? From Campania with bustling Naples and gateway of the Amalfi Coast to Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot with its white washed ‘trulli’ houses of Alberobello and the prehistoric cave town, the ‘sassi’ of Matera, the south of Italy offers mystery, contrasting landscapes, plenty of sunshine and wonderful Southern Italian cuisine. It could just be the road (and summer holiday) you need to travel next!
Magnifico South ‘Sassi & Trulli” Tour

CIT has a range of tour and travel options across the southern regions of: Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia and the Aeolian Islands.

8. Sicily Packages

Visit Sicily

Discover Sicily and discover the world! Sicily is Italy’s most historically cosmopolitan region full of art, archeology, history, folklore and breathtaking scenery…and wonderful food! This island is the sun is a melting pot of heavenly beaches, majestic mountains and of course, Europe’s greatest natural wonder, Mount Etna.
Want to explore Sicily on your own? These 4 day/3 night ‘do it yourself’ Sicily packages with recommended itinerary from Catania or Palermo allow you to pre-book your 4 star accommodation, rent a car or book a driver and local guides to explore at your leisure.
Sicily D.I.Y 

9. Liguria Getaways


Villa Edera, Moneglia in Liguria

On the Ligurian coastline (or Italian Riviera as its known) is a little village called Moneglia between Portofino and the Cinque Terre.  And if you are looking for la dolce vita (the sweet life) or Italian living, then look no further! With food, wine, walking and cooking available, this just could be the perfect summer holiday for you. 
For lots of Ligurian goodness, check out these Tastes of Liguria

10.  Undiscovered Abruzzo
Touring Abruzzo 

Hillside hiking in the Appenines. Photo courtesy: Touring Abruzzo

Looking for something different in Italy? Why not  explore Abruzzo in central Italy with a culinary tour or Italian cooking class…This undiscovered gem of Italy, set amidst the Apennine mountains, spectacular national parks and countryside, offers charming hilltop villages, medieval castles, colourful local markets and seasonal produce including saffron, wine, olive oil and truffles bought  together with traditional regional cooking and cuisine.. and the passion of the Abbruzzese! Come and discover undiscovered Abruzzo on your next Italian holiday adventure.  

For more Italian holiday ideas and deals speak to your local travel agent or CIT’s Italian travel team or connect with CIT on Facebook.

Buon viaggio in Italia!

*Conditions apply. Prices per person twin share subject to availability. Tour single supplements and hotel single and triple rates available. Italy city taxes may apply and are payable direct to hotels in Italy. Service fees and charges may apply. 


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