Italy has many international airports offering direct connections, but visitors will likely land in Rome, Milan or Venice. Domestic flights are preferable for longer distances. On the ground, the best mode of transport depends on your intended destination. The narrow roads can be tricky but few experiences can beat driving a Ferrari or Lamborghini across the countryside. The railways are a decent option, as is a private yacht for exploring the coast and visiting islands.
Climate & seasons
Italy has something to offer year-round. Winter is snow season in the Italian Alps and that means a trip to the ski slopes of the Dolomites. Spring and Autumn – the months of April, May, September and October – are ideal for avoiding the crowds and the heat. The pleasant temperature of these shoulder months are superb for sightseeing and exploring Italy’s historic towns and cities. Summer can be hot and busy but it’s also prime beach and yachting season.
Where to go
Italy truly has something for all tastes. Relax by the blissful northern lakes of Como and Lago di Garda. Ski or hike the snowy peaks of the Italian Alps. Lose yourself in the canals of Venice. Shop in the fashion capital of Milan. Take in the F1 Roadshow at Monza. Marvel at the grand architectural wonders of Florence and Rome. Retreat to a Tuscan hilltop and drink carafes of wine in Siena, Pienza or San Gimignano. Sail the Amalfi coast. Bask in some beach bliss in Sicily and Sardinia. Indulge in the culinary wonders of Emilia Romagna and explore the underrated far southern regions of Calabria and Apulia.
What to do
Eat, drink and make merry. This one nation has given the world so many culinary delicacies that it would be a disservice on your part not to indulge in them all. Pizza, pasta, gelato plus so many more. All washed down with the finest local wines around. Once fed and watered it's time to experience the incredible natural and man-made wonders Italy has been blessed with. Explore ancient cities and picturesque villages, lounge on perfect beaches on Sardinia and walk cliff top paths. Shop for this season's fashions, watch a football match, drive a Ferrari or Lamborghini. Ski, hike, bike, sail. The list is almost endless.