Top 10 Italian resorts

Posted on May 25, 2015 by Guest Writer
Beautiful orange and yellow sunset over Venice

We look at the 10 most popular Italian destinations to enjoy the Sweet Life – as voted for by you, our customers.

Italy – it’s a land of stunning diversity and eye-wateringly beautiful landscapes. From its ancient Roman ruins and picture-postcard cities to its delicious national cuisine and graceful gondolas – it’s no wonder the Italians are renowned for enjoying La Dolce Vita.
To add to this heady mix you’ll find the world’s greatest collection of art, a temperate climate and Europe’s longest coastline. And thanks to its illustrious heritage, the land of gelato has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for the history buffs among us.

So where should you go to get the most out of Italy? Well according to our latest survey, these are the top 10 most popular destinations with our customers – so they are sure to impress. Buon viaggio!

Venice

1. Venice, Veneto

Touted as the world’s most beautiful city, it’s no surprise that Venice is at the top of our list. The sinking city is the stuff romantic weekends are made of, thanks to its cosy canals, iconic gondolas and stunning architecture. You’ll want to visit the magnificent piazza San Marco, St Mark’s basilica and the clock tower Torre dell’Orologio, which is more than 500 years old. Another Venice must is to climb the city’s tallest building, the Campanile (99m/325ft tall), where you can see the whole lagoon – don’t forget your camera!

Distance to Airport: Venice Marco Polo Airport – 8 miles (13 km)

 

Sorrento Italy

2. Sorrento, Amalfi Coast

Sorrento is a charming and colourful town that clings to the cliffs of the world-renowned Amalfi Coast. Across the emerald blue waters you’re treated to some enchanting views of Naples and Mt Vesuvius. Many use Sorrento as a base to explore the surrounding area – especially with Pompeii and Capri so close by.

Distance to Airport: Naples International Airport 30 miles (48 km)

 

Italy

3. Amalfi, Amalfi Coast

Further east along the Amalfi Coast lies the pretty little town of Amalfi. A former maritime superpower, nowadays it offers visitors sun-drenched piazzas, a small beach and a breathtaking landscape. It’s also one of the flatter towns on the coast, unlike some of its horizontally challenged neighbours, meaning you won’t get quite so tired roaming up and down its cobblestone streets.

Distance to Airport: Naples International Airport 30 miles (48 km)

 

Rome, Italy

4. Rome

Rome and ruins go hand in hand as this was the epicentre of the mighty Roman Empire some 2,000 years ago. As such, the Eternal City is like an open air museum, with so many ancient relics, statues and fountains that you won’t know where to point your camera. Among the must see destinations are the Vatican City, the Colosseum (pictured), the Forums and the Pantheon. But regardless of its history, Rome is a modern, vibrant and seductive city.

Distance to Airport: Leonardo da Vinci Airport Ciampino Airport 19 miles (31 km) and Ciampino Airport 16 miles (26 km)

 

Italy

5. Isola Rossa, Sardinia

Don’t be fooled by the name, for Red Island is not an island at all – but rather a sleepy fishing village in Sardinia. Boasting white-sandy beaches, hotels, a waterpark and a number of restaurants overlooking the bay – this resort offers a slice of quiet Italian life by the sea. Isola Rossa is also something of a scuba diver’s paradise, thanks to its underwater caves and grottoes.

Distance to Airport: Alghero-Fertilia Airport 54 miles (88 km)

 

Pisa Tower Italy

6. Pisa, Tuscany

Although this university town is world famous for its 14th century tilting tower, it also boasts an impressive architectural ensemble of Gothic churches, Renaissance piazzas and Romanesque buildings. What’s more, thanks to its bustling student population there are plenty of affordable cafes, bars and restaurants – as well as a few interesting museums such as the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo and the Palazzo Reale. The area around the cathedral and tower, Piazza dei Miracoli, is a picturesque place to spend a few hours people watching – over a delicious Italian coffee of course!

Distance to Airport: Pisa International Airport 4 miles (6.3 km)

 

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo), Florence, Italy

7. Florence, Tuscany

Florence is another stunning contender for the world’s most beautiful city, offering an overwhelming amount of spectacular architecture. Also known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, this riverside city has a relatively compact historic centre that is ideal for exploring on foot. Culture vultures can enjoy museums galore including the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia and the Pitti Palace. Make sure you climb the Duomo’s Dome or Giotto’s Tower for some outstanding views.

Distance to Airport: Florence Airport 5 miles (8km)

 

Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy.

8. Ravello, Amalfi Coast

Resting high on a hill top, the medieval village of Ravello is another gem on the stunning Amalfi Coast. It’s packed with winding streets, elegant terraces, sweet-scented gardens and gorgeous glimpses of the Mediterranean. Impressive entries on Ravello’s portfolio include the Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo gardens as well as the Cathedral of Ravello. And if you visit during the summer months (June 21- September 20), make sure you see the annual Ravello Festival, which celebrates local art and music.

 

Italy

9. Lake Garda, Northern Italy

This enchanting lake is the largest in Italy and is over 50km long. With Venice to the east and Milan to the west, its alluring climate and incredible landscapes act like a magnet to those lo
oking for an unforgettable holiday. There are a number of small resort towns peppered around the lake, which is known for its wide selection of water sports and outdoor activities, such as: sailing, kite surfing, windsurfing, mountain biking, hiking and climbing. Many wine aficionados also like to go vineyard hopping.

Distance to Airport: Verona-Villafranca 9 miles (15km) and Brescia-Montichiari, 19 miles (30 km)

 

Sicily Italy

10. Taormina, Sicily

Last but not least, this fashionable and chic seaside town is one of the most popular resorts on the Italian island of Sicily. Perched on the side of a mountain with commanding views over the Mediterranean, it attracts a well-healed crowd in the summer and a number of famous faces. As such, many hotels and restaurants are in the upper price bracket – but the incomparable views don’t cost anything!

Distance to Airport: Fontanarossa Airport 41 miles (66km)

 

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