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Ciao bella! Sink your teeth into the Italian experience, from the cannoli and Bocca della Verita to the Courmayeur ski resorts. Linger on the beaches of Sicily and Sardinia, or wander through medieval hilltop towns in Tuscany. Shop your way across Milan, and find frescoed beauty and flying buttresses in the Vatican, Umbria and Sienna. Fill your glass with limoncello in Naples, and write postcards in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence. Drink cappuccino in Rome, and toss coins in the Trevi Fountain.
Whether it's a pilgrimage to the Sistine Chapel or a honeymoon in Positano, let Orbitz show you the Appian Way. Our insiders highlight the top 10 attractions, the best time to go on an Italy vacation, plus Italy's hidden gems.
For a more Italian experience, visit between April and June, and late September through October. Beach towns are vibrant and packed throughout summer (especially August), then sleepy and cold from November to February. High season spans across Italy from July through mid-September, with the exception of hot, humid August -- many hotels, shops and restaurants close and Italians head to the coast.
Italy is especially festive with fireworks and pageantry during Holy Week, Easter and Christmas. For a uniquely Italian experience, celebrate the feast days of the city's patron saints: Saint Mark, Venice (April 25), Saint John the Baptist, Florence (June 24) and Saints Peter and Paul, Rome (June 29).
Experience medieval pageantry living on in the Palio di Siena (July 2 and August 16). Each year, thousands of onlookers watch ten Sienese jockeys race their horses around the Piazza del Campo in honor of the Assumption of Mary.
See New Orleans from a Naples perspective. This rugged bar serves cold beer on tap, live jazz and that Big Easy vibe.
Maremma wines have been causing a stir in the wine world with their experimental grape blends and techniques. Hit the Maremma trails to explore wineries and festivals.
Enjoy the open-air opera house Macerata Opera. The structure was built between 1820 and 1829 and is considered to be one of the most highly-renowned neoclassic buildings in Italy.
Practice your Italian literature with some vino and wordsmiths in a Roman book bar. Find a crop of them in the Travestere (namely, Bibli) and the hip pockets of Mattatoio.
The NH Porta Rossa Hotel was build in the 12th century and maintains the elegant architecture for which Florence is so famous. The beautiful entrance gives way to the magnificent interior. The staff at the NH Porta Rossa Hotel is attentive and on hand to assist with... More
Situato nel cuore di Napoli, accanto alla zona marittima e circondato da alcuni dei negozi pi esclusivi della citt, l'Hotel Majestic costituisce un'eccellente opzione di soggiorno. Indicato specialmente per coloro che ricercano la faccia pi dinamica di Napoli e ugualmente... More
The Una Hotel Cusani lies at the heart of Milan, just steps from the Castello Sforzesco and within walking distance of the breathtaking Milan Cathedral. The 92 guest rooms and suites offer sleek and elegant accommodations with air conditioning and satellite TV.... More
Nestled in the heart of historic Venice between St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge, the Starhotels Splendid Venice's building has hosted guests since the 16th century. Fully renovated in 2007, the hotel offers modern comforts and service in the midst of... More
Although the hotel's double glazing is good, rooms at the back of the hotel overlook an internal courtyard and tend to be the quietest. However, given the chance to see the 14th century bell tower of Santa Maria Maggiore right out the window, most guests prefer a... More
Just opposite the Santa Maria Novella Station and a short walk to Florence's top cultural sites lies the The Style Florence, a sleek and modern space focused on spacious comfort and relaxation. The minimalist décor stands in sharp, yet peaceful coexistence with the... More
Designed for both business and leisure travel, Eurostars Excelsior is ideally situated in Lungomare Caracciolo; one of the city's most popular locales. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the... More
The Starhotels Rosa Grand is a 4-star design hotel just steps from the Duomo Cathedral of Milan, Italy, where artsy furnishings set the stage for trendy happenings in this exhilarating Italian city. Spend evenings among fashionistas and businessmen passing under a... More
Built in an ancient convent, the Best Western Premier Sant'Elena Hotel Venice is a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the busier tourist areas yet still within walking distance of St. Mark’s Square. Rich in history and architectural delights, the... More
A sunny lobby lounge with brocade sofas and marble floors ushers guests into Starhotels Michelangelo Rome, which sits in the heart of baroque Rome along the ancient walls of Vatican City. A candlelit piano bar with button-tufted leather couches and mirrored walls is... More
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This painterly paradise is home to green meadows, the Apennine Mountains and medieval towns Perugia and Assisi. Swim and sunbathe in Lago di Trasimeno and climb the Rocca Maggiore fortress. Visit the cliff-top town of Orvieto for gnocchi, and marvel the frescoed Duomo di Orvieto.
Salute wine country. Wander medieval towns (Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni) where art galleries, cathedrals and trattorias are edged in rolling vineyards. Soak in therapeutic hot mud baths or go rafting at Marmore Falls. Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Isola d'Elba to swim in the azure-blue sea.
Swim off the island's golden beaches, and enjoy a bella sera of Malvasia wine and fresh-caught seafood. Climb a rope near the unpredictable Mount Etna -- the largest live volcano in Europe. View the Byzantine mosaics adorning the Palatine Chapel in Palermo.
Zesty and spiced with gastronomic traditions, bring your appetite to this pizza capitol. Burn calories shopping the Galleria Principe di Napoli, or hiking the dormant Volcano Solfatara. Relive Pompeii history in ancient ruins, and refuel on gelato and limoncello. Visit on St. Joseph's Day (March 19) for a festival filled with zeppole.
Visit Naples, Capri, Anacapri and Sorrento, a popular resort town on the Amalfi Coast. Spend time in the cliff-top towns of Amalfi and Positano where pastel buildings hug the coastline. Find the ruins of Emperor Tiberius's villa just east of Capri town.
Peer into the gladiator and toga worlds of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. See the sun spill onto the Pantheon's marble floors, and toss coins into the Trevi Fountain. Climb the Spanish Steps, and drink grappa in Campo de'Fiori. Explore Vatican City's spiritual and artistic treasury: St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.
Ciao Prada, Gucci and Versace! Stock up on Italian gear in the Galleria Vitorrio Emanuele II, one of the world's most upscale shopping malls. Dine by the Stazione Centrale, thin hit the vibrant nightlife in Porta Ticinese, Brera and Navigli.
Get sucked in by terrain aglitter with lakes, islands and charming towns. Navigate Lake Maggiore's Borromean Islands, including artistic gem Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Bella. Visit the serene Orta San Giulio on Lago d'Orta, or Lake Como set against the snow-capped Alps. Shake it up with a trip to Gardaland -- the third largest theme park in Europe.
Art star Florence draws sculptors, poets and Vespas to its winding streets and rustic piazzas. See Botticelli's goddesses, Giotto's Madonnas, and the etched world of Durer in the Galleria degli Uffizi. Meet the Statue of David, twirl your spaghetti in Oltrarno, and laugh with the satyrs at the Fountain of Neptune. Shop the open-air market near Piaza del Mercato Centrale followed by a night of opera at the Teatro Verdi.
Take a gondola through the watery streets of Venice to churches, museums and more. Stroll zigzagging paths dotted with cafes, markets and shops. Snap photos of the Rialto Bridge and see the flurry of pigeons in Piazza San Marco. Visit the famous gardens of Villa Pisani in Stra village, and the shoe museum in Villa Foscarini Rossi.
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