Europe's shoe-shaped country is one of the most identifiable on a map, and Italy has plenty of attractions to boot. From its beautiful beaches to its long history and iconic structures, not to mention its much-loved menu options, Italy is a country that has it all.
Rome-Fiumicino Airport is a hub for both Alitalia and Vueling, making getting from Italy to see the rest of Europe and other international destinations a breeze.
Where to go in Italy
The words 'ancient' and 'Rome' go together like 'spaghetti' and 'bolognese', and the Italian capital has treasure troves of attractions for those interested in history. The Coliseum may be the most famous, but don't forget to visit the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain or the Pantheon either. Also within the boundaries of Rome is the Vatican, currently home to Pope Francis.
Venice is a one-of-a-kind city, with its streets made out of water for the most part. While there are attractions such as Saint Mark's Basilica worth visiting, the best thing to do is to pay for a boat ride around the unique city and get a guided tour.
The Amalfi Coast is famous for its sheer cliff faces and picturesque beaches, and for a relaxing break it's one of the best options in Italy. The surrounding countryside – made up of mountains and forests – gives nature lovers a chance to explore, with hiking trails available in abundance.
Where to go after Italy
Northern Africa is just a stone's throw away, with a direct flight from Rome to Tunis taking little more than an hour. Learn about ancient Carthage, visit some stunning mosques and take in the aromas and colours of the local souks. Typical Tunisian cuisine includes couscous, tajine and a wide variety of pastries.
The Greek capital is another short-haul option, with several flights leaving Rome for Athens on a daily basis. As well as being home to the Acropolis, Greece has some of Europe's most attractive beaches and wildest party scenes.
For those looking to explore all that Europe has to offer, a trip to Ukraine shows another side to the continent. The former Soviet state has come into its own, and there's plenty to enjoy from the delights of the capital – such as St Sophia's Cathedral – to organised tours of the area around Chernobyl and former sites of nukes, where you get to press the (disarmed) big red button.
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Please note: all information is correct as of November, 2016.
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