Pasta in the piazza and a posh place to bunk down for the night? Sounds like the recipe for a delicious Italian getaway read more...
Living la dolce vita in Roma
Somewhere in the centre of the boot-shaped nation of Italy is a little town you may have heard of called Rome – or Roma as the locals know it. Empirical, historical, artistic, spiritual and powerful, Rome is draped in both cosmopolitan establishments and crumbling ruins.
The majority of Rome hotels are concentrated in the city centre, interspersed with boutiques, ristorantes and iconic attractions such as the Trevi Fountain. Hostels and budget-friendly options abound across Rome in the modern and historic city centre as well as Colosseo, while the North Centre hosts many of the luxury stays such as the 5-star Hotel Lord Byron and Aldrovandi Villa Borghese.
Nestled in the north or cosied in the centre
In country's northwest and northeast lie a number of unmissable Italian cities: fashion capital Milan, the picturesque Riviera town of Cinque Terre and the water city Venice to name but a few. Venturing south, heading into the heart of the country will bring you to Florence, Pisa, Assisi and more.
Sleep in style in the financially flush Milan, where plenty of highly rated hotels including the Mercure, Crowne Plaza and Best Western make an appearance. In the renowned Renaissance capital of Florence, take your pick of hotels across the city from the Novotel Firenze Nord Aeroporto close to the airport, to the Hotel Savoy with stunning vistas over the piazza.
Savour the south all the way to Sicily
Perhaps one of the more overlooked sections of bella Italia, the southern end hides true aesthetic and appetite pleasers such as Naples, Pompeii, Capri, the glorious Amalfi Coast and the offshore offshoots of Sicily and Sardinia.
At the base of Mount Vesuvius, Naples is not only the best place in Italy to eat pizza, it's also a great base for exploring the south. Italy accommodation in Naples extends from grand 5-star hotels and boutique art hotels in the heart of town to spacious villas further towards the coast.