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Where years of history, culture, and cuisine have come to a breathtaking crescendo.

Guide to Luxury Holidays in Italy

Italy is one of those destinations that you'll never grow tired of. Stylish and sophisticated but with the substance to back it up, Italy boats an abundance of historical riches, cultural charm, incredible gastronomy, and stunning scenery. Whether you choose to visit the architectural treasures of Rome, the remarkable coastline of Amalfi, the enduring romanticism of Venice, or the pristine beaches of Sardinia, there's always something new to come back for. As the epicentre of the Roman Empire and birthplace of the Renaissance, much of Italy's appeal comes from its remarkable past, and it's unsurprising that Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world. But whilst historical artefacts are seemingly around every corner, so too is Italy's contemporary culture, which places an emphasis on design, something which is evidenced in the mighty fashion houses of Milan. Even with all this bounty, one aspect of Italian life is consistently highlighted: the universally appealing cuisine. Each region has its own style, but you can count on fresh ingredients combined with simple, yet finely-tuned dishes. And when your dining experiences can take place by the sparkling waters of Lake Como, on a balcony overlooking the Capri, or beside the rolling green hills of Tuscany, you'll see why so few countries come close to Italy's eternal magnetism.

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With its diverse landscapes and locations, Italy is a great destination to visit year-round, especially if you're taking a city break. High season for the country is typically between July and August, excepting the Alps and Dolomites, where snow-based pursuits are most popular from late December to March. Italy is characterised by a Mediterranean climate and benefits from warm, dry summers. In July, the hottest month, temperatures regularly top 30 degrees. For more comfortable climes and fewer people, consider visiting between April and June or late September and October.
British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Italy, but your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. For more information about entry requirements, visit GOV.UK.
Renowned the world over, Italian cuisine promises flavour-packed dishes made using tried and trusted techniques as well the finest ingredients and seasonal produce. For top-end restaurants, booking as far in advance as possible is highly recommended, especially if they've earned a Michelin star. In addition to pizza and pasta, Italy has a great deal of regional variety, with noteworthy dishes often named after their birthplace. These include Milanese risotto, Sicilian sardines, Florentine steak, Tuscan bean soup, Parma ham, and Pugliese bread.
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