Make this summer sizzle with a break in beautiful Italy
Italy's a magnificent destination year-round, but Italian summers have a lot going for them. Firstly, there are annual festivals to discover, which cover a huge range of interests from around the world. Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto features opera, ballet and classical performances, whilst the Umbria Jazz Festival features, well, jazz! If music's not your thing, you can always make for a Medieval bonanza, or place your bets at the Palio horse race in Siena.
Of course, sunshine soars during an Italian summer, especially in the south. Aside from sunbathing, visiting sagra is a great highlight of an Italian holiday. These local fairs celebrate a particular food, and are a great place to find gourmet specialties to take home. Free tastings are guaranteed, of course, so don't hesitate to start chatting to the locals!
With delicious food, fun-filled festivals and sun-drenched shores, summer holidays in Italy are bliss, wherever you choose to go.
Top destinations for your 2014 summer holidays in Italy
Summer holidays in Rome
Summer holidays in Rome are warm, lively and packed with activities. This vibrant city is a fusion of ancient monuments and modern luxuries, with medieval and Renaissance architecture looming over cosmopolitan bars that you will enjoy.
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Summer holidays in Sicily
Sicily offers tourists a different experience to mainland Italy, laden with gorgeous beaches and trendy seaside towns. Taormina is one of Sicily's most popular destinations: perched on the side of Monte Tauro, it offers panoramic views of the volcanic Mount Etna.
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Summer holidays in Venice
Venice is a great destination in the summer, offering visitors a romantic location alongside plentiful sunshine. Explore the city's winding canals on one of its many gondolas, before relaxing in trattorias down narrow Venetian streets.
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Summer holidays on the Amalfi Coast
Summer holidays on the Amalfi Coast are always amazing, whichever of the coast's beautiful destinations you choose. Postiano is one of the most popular places to stay, offering stunning views of the sea from its cliffside location.
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Summer holidays in Tuscany
Florence is one of Tuscany's major cities, and one of Europe's greatest repositories of Renaissance architecture and art. It'll come as no surprise that the city becomes busy during the summer, but its Duomo, Baptistery and central piazza are no less magnificent.
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Summer is the height of the tourist season in Italy, especially in the country's largest cities. The likes of Rome, Venice and Florence can become extremely busy, but wander off the beaten track and you'll find a little piece of paradise. There's nothing better than discovering a traditional trattoria, and relaxing in the balmy evening with a glass of local wine.
Of course, by booking private accommodation you'll have more control over where you stay. HomeAway.co.uk can find you an apartment at the heart of the action, or a villa in a sleepy village - whether you want to get away from the bustle or become part of it, we'll find the accommodation to suit. You'll also save money by avoiding package holiday operators, so you can spend your hard-earned money on the things that matter most.
Spend the summer as it was always intended, and enjoy an Italian break in the sun.
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