Italian Vacations: How to Explore Il Belpaese
Italian vacations: the phrase itself speaks romance. It’s no wonder people have been calling Italy Il Belpaese (the Beautiful Country) for centuries. Italy’s historic and cultural heritage might date back thousands of years, but as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Italy has romance in the air.
An Italy tour is an experience of a lifetime. Whether you are exploring Rome’s magnificent ruins, marveling at Renaissance masterpieces, enjoying a peaceful getaway amidst the medieval villages of Tuscany, skiing in the breathtaking Alps, gliding down the canals of Venice, or simply enjoying the country’s celebrated cuisine, an Italian vacation delights all of the senses. You’ll be overwhelmed with the wealth of tantalizing sights, sounds and tastes waiting for you as you explore Italy.
Virgin Vacations has a variety of Italian vacation packages designed to give you the best possible Italy experience. With itineraries spanning from flexible city breaks with optional tours, to fully-escorted tours with access to hidden gems and local hangouts, you’ll find the Italy vacation perfect for you, your must-do list, and of course your budget.
Italian Vacation Destinations
Every Italian vacation should include at least one of the country’s greatest cities: Venice, Florence and Rome. It’s easy to book a tour or independent vacation which includes all three. Often, you can explore each city within a week, making Venice, Florence and Rome vacations very budget-friendly.
But if you want to get out of the city, you’ll find Italy’s extraordinary beauty extends into shining lakes, dramatic coastlines, rolling hills, sun-drenched vineyards and even Alpine mountain peaks. The Amalfi Coast is one of the world’s most fantastic coastlines, with winding roads leading between colorful villages clinging to the cliffs and rocky bluffs of the Mediterranean Sea. Visit it with one of our Escorted Tours which includes the region, or explore on your own with a fun and flexible Fly & Drive vacation package, which includes a rental car and sightseeing itinerary.
In the north, Italy’s Lake Region beckons with shimmering blue water. Medieval villages look at their reflections in shining lakes as flowers nod along the shorelines. The famous old city of Bellagio waits on the shores of Lake Como, plus you won’t want to miss the historic cities of Turin or Bologna. Along the west coast, you’ll find the Cinque Terre, a chain of five astonishingly beautiful coastal villages nestled amongst the cliffs overlooking the sea. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site unlike any other in the world.
Summer, winter, spring and fall: every season in Italy has its own charms. In summer, Italy’s beach resorts are bustling with vacationers of all ages. In the winter, the snow-capped peaks of the Alps offer some of the most scenic settings for winter sports in the world. And with the blooming of spring flowers and the gentle fall of autumn leaves, the so-called off seasons are ideal for an Italian vacation of unmatched beauty.
Italian Vacations and ToursAre you ready to start planning your Italian vacation? Take a look at our different vacation package types:
- Escorted Tours & Small Group Tours: Enjoy a seamless vacation with all the details taken care of, from itinerary and accommodations to transfers and tours. Escorted tours of Italy are an economical way to see destinations you’ve only dreamed of.
- City Stays: Bundle your choice of hotels and flights together to save on a stay in Rome or other Italian cities. Excursions and tours can be added to customize your vacation.
- Multi City & Rail Vacations: Like City Stays, but with included transfers to other cities. Enjoy a Venice, Florence and Rome by rail vacation and find everything is taken care of, eliminating the hassles of booking separate legs of your vacation one by one.