Italy is fabulous for myriad reasons, but one of the best things about travelling in Italy is the diversity of the geography and the fascinating blend of old and new. When you take a break in Italy, there’s scope to experience an array of activities and excursions that enable you to explore and indulge a range of interests. In this guide, we’ll look at two of the most popular Italian hotspots, designing a trip that will take you from the heart of the city to the beautiful beaches of the coast.
The nation’s capital and one of the most popular city break destinations in the world, Rome is a unique city that enthralls, intrigues and captivates visitors. An ancient city with a modern, cosmopolitan vibe, this is an urban treasure chest for history, art, music, sport and food fans. Exploring Rome on foot is the best way to get around, and it’s almost worth getting lost to discover hidden gems and trample some routes that are less well-trodden. If you are short on time, and you want to tick off a list of sights and attractions, it’s worth joining a guided tour, arming yourself with a map or taking a look at tours provided by sites like WhereToRome.
The most popular attractions include the Trevi Fountain, the Forum, the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Pantheon. The Spanish Steps are also worth a visit, and for those keen to see how the locals live, a jaunt to the colourful, lively district of Trastevere comes highly recommended. You can do Rome in a day, but it’s best to give yourself a few days to meander at a sedate pace, take in the sights, sounds, and smells, and really get a feel for this enigmatic city.
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Just over 3 hours from Rome lies the Mediterranean jewel that is the Amalfi Coast. Drenched in sunshine for most of the year, the picturesque seaside towns of Positano and Sorrento are an idyllic base for a tour of this beautiful part of Italy. Occupying hillside spots that overlook the Bay of Naples, finding somewhere to eat or drink with a view is never a difficult task, and there’s also an opportunity to take a boat trip to the island of Capri or to travel back in time with a tour of the ancient ruins of Pompeii.
You can travel by train to reach the Amalfi Coast from Rome, and then it’s possible to plan a road trip, to hire a private driver or to use public transport to get from A to B. This corner of Italy is synonymous with la dolce vita, and it’s a truly wonderful place to soak up the sun, watch the waves roll in and sample the famous cuisine.
Italy is a holiday destination that offers all kinds of adventures. From sightseeing, city slicking and touring ancient sites and monuments to embracing the good life with a glass of wine and enjoying al fresco lunches with a view, a trip from the city to the coast won’t disappoint.