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For culture, cuisine, climate and effortless cool, Italy is a destination that delivers time and time again. Its historic towns and cities, ravishing landscapes, incredibly varied regional dishes and the romance of a gelato enjoyed in a cobbled square at sunset, all make Italy one of the most popular European destinations for Americans.
For those dreaming of lazy days under the Italian sun, then a flight to the Italian Riviera between June and September should do the trick.
But, if you’re planning a skiing holiday in the Italian Alps or the Dolomites then the winter months will place you on the slopes amid the perfect conditions.
A Tuscan walking holiday or Italian city break, however, is probably best enjoyed during the spring or fall months, when the weather is warm but not too hot.
Be warned: August sees most Italians leaving the cities and heading to the coast for their own summer break. During this time the beaches are very crowded and you’ll find many local bars and restaurants in Italian cities closed.
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Italy has a number of large, international airports – and direct flights to these are on offer from many US departure points.
The busiest airport in the country is Roma-Fiumicino – and there are plenty of connecting options to other Italian destinations should you land here.
Milan, Venice, Naples and Bologna are also home to busy airports with excellent onward connections.
Airlines offering direct flights to Italy from America include:
Within most Italian cities there are excellent public transport networks, making it easy and affordable to navigate the country’s top destinations.
If you want to explore a region car hire is your most convenient option. You’ll find car rental companies at all major airports and within most Italian destinations.
Italy’s train network links most popular spots, with buses supplementing the coverage in areas not connected by rail.
The heart of Renaissance culture lies in the beautiful region of Tuscany, surrounded by hill towns and vineyards.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is located just 60 miles west of Florence. The jaunty tower has become an Italian icon, alongside other less-flawed masterpieces such as the Vespa and the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling
In a city filled with the most awe-inspiring ruins and architecture it can be truly hard to know where to begin. Thankfully there are plenty of inviting cafes, bars and restaurants to plan your route ahead in. Take in the Coliseum, the Pantheon, Vatican City and the Trevi Fountain – and you’ve barely scraped the surface.
Admire the colorful villages perching on cliffs, known as the Cinque Terre, or just kick back on the classic Italian coast.
Poetry, romance, history, art and more waterways and ornate bridges than you can dream of.
Coperto is the amount charged, per person, to sit down at a table. It’s not a tourist scam! While a coperto is not the same thing as a tip, tipping in Italy is not necessary, and anything more than 5-10 percent will appear flamboyantly generous.
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