Beaches in Italy come in all shapes and sizes. Sicily’s Lungomare Beach unravels like a ribbon along the coast for a kilometre. In Sardinia, Bidderosa Beach is part of a nature reserve and serves up picture-perfect golden sands. Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, however, are famous for their public pools and rocky sunbathing platforms. Head to Calabria, meanwhile, and you’ll be in for a beachy treat. Its 500-mile coastline is home to some of the best stretches of sand on the Italian mainland. Capo Vaticano’s the beach of the hour. Its white sand is tickled by turquoise waters and backed by granite cliffs. If you want to come home with a healthy holiday glow, book a break between May and August – the warm, dry weather lends itself perfectly to sunbathing sessions on Italy’s sun-bleached sands.
Book your time in the sun in Calabria
Italy’s iconic cities have a tendency to make tourists act like kids in a candy shop. Except it’s not sweets they’re going crazy for – it’s time-stamped architecture, winding canals and postcard-worthy landmarks. Think daytrips to Pisa’s leaning tower, Rome’s Colosseum and Venice’s basilicas. Then there are dramatic ruins, like the ones at Pompeii and Herculaneum – both near Sorrento. Sightseeing in scorching temperatures isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. Skip the heat and hustle of peak season, as well as the steep hotel prices, by opting for one of the quieter times to visit Italy. The tail end of September and October are both great picks – the weather’s still warm and you’ll be able to avoid the rainiest months of the year.
Fancying ticking off Pompeii and the toe of Italy’s boot? Try a TUI Tour
Italy’s northern regions paint the country in a different light. Here, you’ll see some of Mother Nature’s best work, from glistening lakes to soaring mountains. When it comes to Italian lakes holidays, Garda, Como and Maggiore are the big names. Their glass-clear shores are fringed with forested slopes, tree-lined promenades and lavish villas. This spectacular scenery’s ramped up by the Dolomites – a cloud-tickling mountain range, where snow-crowned peaks mingle with village-lined valleys. The best time to visit the lakes is between May and October, when days are bright and sunny and the greenery is in full bloom. Looking to avoid the crowds? The start or the end of the summer season is your best bet.
Find your perfect holiday to the Italian Lakes
The Italians know a thing or two about food. After all, this is the home of pizza, pasta and risotto – not to mention mouth-watering gelato and creamy tiramisu. And that’s not just in local trattorias – hotel chefs cook up traditional feasts each evening, too. The food’s good in Italy all-year round, but fresh fruit and vegetables aren’t so readily available in the winter months, when the high season has tailed off. If you’re an olive lover, consider booking your trip around the time of the yearly olive harvest. For green olives, that’s late September, while black olives are left to ripen until early December. Wine buffs, meanwhile, will be in their element on vineyard tours – the vines look their best between May and August.
Here’s everything you need to know about Italy’s Strada del Prosecco
The TUI MAGIC LIFE Calabria will line up a packed-to-the-rafters activity programme and an impressive five restaurants, just a pebble-skim from the Tyrrhenian Sea.
At ROBINSON Club Apulia you can keep busy day and night, with everything from cookery classes to yoga sessions and parties on the beach.
Things don’t get more traditional than TUI BLUE Il Castelfalfi. It might be a new build, but everything’s been designed to fit in with its Medieval village setting.
Our top deals tailored to you, straight to your inbox Sign up for offers
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel and Facebook.com/FCOtravel
More information is available by checking /destinations/info/travel-aware
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk.
The advice can change so check regularly for updates
Some of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. This website will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each holiday and travel service offered before you make your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk