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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The TUI MAGIC LIFE Calabria lines up a packed-to-the-rafters activity programme, lots of restaurants and a private beach.
At ROBINSON Club Apulia you can keep busy day and night, with everything from cookery classes to yoga sessions and parties on the beach.
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