Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

Italy travel informationWhat is it that makes Italy one of the most-visited countries in the world? The articles below will give you an idea of what this amazing country has to offer the holiday-maker and why it lures us back time and time again.


Commonly referred to as the fashion capital of the world, Milan, in Italy’s north, offers a great blend of the old and new.  As Italy’s major financial hub and home to many of the world’s great fashion designers, Milan is sometimes overlooked by tourists but it makes a worthy destination for at least a day. Here's how you can spend a day in Milan.

With so much history, culture and amazing architecture, not to mention fabulous food and wine, it’s no wonder that Italy is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Travelling by train is a relaxing way to get around Italy and the great thing about rail travel is that it also allows you to get away from the major cities and enjoy some wonderful day trips.

Italy is famous for its magnificent scenery and for some travellers, the best way to see it is by car.  A road trip through Italy gives you the option of stopping where and when you like without the strict schedules of trains and tour companies.  If you would like to explore Italy by road, my 3 week self-drive tour itinerary might be just what you're looking for.

As so often happens on holidays, the unheralded places and sights you visit sometimes make the biggest impression.  My trip to Europe this year was a case in point.

 

The pretty, gelato coloured villages stacked above the sparkling Ligurian Sea aren’t the only attraction of Italy’s Cinque Terre.  Thousands of people visit the area every year to walk the trails through the Cinque Terre National Park that link the five villages. I was fortunate to be amongst them this year.

 

As one of the most photographed regions of Italy, the Cinque Terre features high up on the bucket list of many travellers and this year I finally explored this beautiful region for myself. My Cinque Terre Travel Guide includes tips on accommodation and travelling between the villages as well as some dining suggestions and general info about visiting the area.

With iconic cities like Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan and the most number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, it’s no wonder that Italy is top of the list when most people plan a European holiday. One of the most relaxing ways to see Italy is by train and the following 19 day rail itinerary gives you a great overview of the country from Rome right up to beautiful Lake Como in the north.

Italy has long been a popular tourist destination for travellers from all around the world and with its abundance of spectacular landscapes, priceless art, grand architecture and rich history, it’s not hard to see why. In fact, Italy boasts more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country with a total of 50 sites as at July 2014. Four of these sites are natural sites whilst the others are all cultural sites.

Just the name Amalfi Coast conjures up images of turquoise blue water, bobbing fishing boats, gelato-coloured houses lining the cliff faces and the well-to-do sipping coffee or cocktails on bouganvillea-draped balconies. The coastline, south of the Italian city of Naples, has long been a dream destination for many but it’s not just highly regarded by sun worshippers and tourists. UNESCO listed the Amalfi Coast as a World Heritage Site in 1997, confirming its status as a uniquely beautiful part of the world that is worth preserving.