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Italy

Italy

Steeped in history and tradition, Italy provides a million experiences and emotions that no other place can rival. From stunning landscapes to dramatic architecture and passionate inhabitants, visiting Italy is a smorgasbord of experiences for any traveller. It's little wonder that Italy has been at the top of most traveller's itineraries for centuries. It's time to head out on your own 'Grand Tour' with Qatar Airways Holidays, and discover why this European country has been at the heart of culture and commerce for so long.

From the serenity of Venice to the magnificent history of Rome and the landscapes of Tuscany, your Qatar Airways Holiday will delight at every turn. Marvel at the Colosseum, Pantheon and Trevii fountain in Rome. Excite your senses with a culinary tour of Tuscany, or soak up the romance as you float through the canals on a private gondola in Venice. And of course, don't forget to tuck into an authentic Italian pizza in its home town of Naples.

Italy Destinations

Italy Holiday Packages

Browse the selection from Qatar Airways Holidays packages and build your perfect vacation.
 
Whether it is skiing, diving, history & culture, or an authentic taste of Italy, a tour, or culinary package can bring everything together for the perfect Italian travel experiences.
 
Chose a holiday package with Qatar Airways Holidays you can guarantee a lifetime holiday in Italy.

Italy FAQ (Frequently asked questions)

From the Dolomites in the north to the isle of Sicily in the south, Italy is alive with some of the world’s most impressive art, architecture, natural landscapes and food. The beating heart of the Roman Empire, cradle of the Renaissance and for centuries a Mediterranean superpower, the country offers a vivid and vibrant holiday experience that you’ll struggle to find anywhere else in Europe.

Home to the Coliseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo and St Mark’s Basilica, amongst others, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Italy’s main attraction is its landmarks. Though these monuments are certainly worth the visit, it’s the everyday beauty of Italian life and culture that really makes an impression on visitors.

Whether it’s sitting down for an authentic pasta alla norma in a local restaurant, joining the crowds of football fans as they make their way to the Stadio San Paolo, or enjoying the fresh waters of Lake Garda, you’re in for a fantastic holiday.

Welcome to Italy - il bel paese!

When is the best time to travel to Italy for a holiday?

Italian weather often varies considerably from region to region, so it’s always a good idea to check climatic conditions in your preferred destination before booking. That being said, some generalisations can be made.

If you’re looking for dry, sunny conditions, you’re most likely to see them in late spring, summer and early autumn. In the middle of summer, temperatures increase dramatically, particularly in the south of the country. In July and August, average highs of 28°C in the north and 31°C in the south can prove too much for some tourists. For this reason, spring (mid-April to late May) and autumn (September and October) are considered excellent times to visit Italy.

Where is the best place to travel in Italy for a holiday?

Italy is a diverse and historic nation that boasts the ideal destination for every type of holiday. Whether you’re a family looking for the perfect beach holiday or a culture vulture yearning to discover the treasures tucked away in Rome and Florence’s museums and galleries, Italy’s got what you’re searching for.

Regarded as the cradle of European civilisation, Rome is one of the most culturally and historically important cities on the planet. Ideal for those who love the cosmopolitan rush of the modern metropolis, it has great food, cafe culture, ancient monuments and manic Italian energy all rolled into one supremely enjoyable city experience.

The picture-perfect, rolling hills of Tuscany are where you’ll find some of Italy’s most impressive landscapes. If you’re into rustic village life, country cooking and outdoor pursuits, there’s probably no better holiday destination out there. A visit to Tuscany also means you’ll be within easy reach of Florence - one of the most romantic and picturesque cities in Europe.

And who can forget the remarkable marble city of Venice? Floating atop the shallow Venetian lagoon, this astounding feat of engineering is testament to Italy’s grand history and its role as a cultural and artistic giant.

What is the latest travel advice for holidays in Italy?

As well as being the hottest season, the summer months are also typically busier than the rest of the year. As a consequence, prices are a little higher in July and August. If you want to avoid the crowds and get a little more for your money, spring and fall are your best option.

Italy: amazing facts and reasons to visit

Coliseum - If you’re looking for one building that encapsulates Italy’s ancient history, you need look no further than the Coliseum. First used in 80 AD, the arena played host to numerous games, some of which lasted for as long as 100 days. Well maintained considering its considerable age, the Coliseum offers history-buffs and laymen alike the opportunity to step back in time and experience the highs and lows of the great Roman Empire.

The Grand Canal - While there may be plenty of hidden surprises and magical moments tucked away down Venice’s narrow side canals, it’s the Grand Canal that really captures the imagination. Lined with mind-boggling palazzos, ageing churches and several important artworks, it’s the city’s true showstopper.

Duomo (Florence) - Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance - one of Europe’s most important and influential cultural movements. While the streets and architecture reflect this heritage, it is the city’s most impressive monument that truly brings home the scale of Italian achievement during at this time. Beautiful, expansive and perfectly in keeping with Florence’s historic centre, it’s one of Italy’s greatest landmarks.

Which are the best places to visit in Italy?

Italy is not lacking in breathtaking holiday destinations and it’s no surprise a considerable number of visitors spend years and multiple holidays exploring all it has to offer.

Regarded as the most important city in the country’s more industrialised north, Milan is the epitome of modern Italy. Elegant and sophisticated, the Milanese have a reputation for style and good taste and the city has long been both a commercial and cultural hub. While you may visit other parts of Italy for the history, you go to Milan to see the future.

Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, Florence remains one of the most jaw-dropping cities in all of Europe. While it may be the photo-perfect streets and building facades that attract visitors, it’s the dazzling array of world-class art galleries and museums, as well as the superb Tuscan cuisine that keeps them coming back.

If you’re looking to head a little further south on your holiday, you may also want to check out the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Renowned for its awe-inspiring coastline, precariously-perched, cliff-top villages and world-beating food, it’s one of the hottest destinations in Italy right now.

What are the best tour packages in Italy?

Wherever you go in Italy, you’re likely to be greeted with traditional Italian hospitality and will almost certainly enjoy your stay. However, our tour packages ensure your holiday is truly special.

For instance, the Ambasciatori Palace in Rome combines classical architecture, five-star service and a central location, making it a popular option amongst those looking to explore Italy’s capital.

Why go on holiday to Italy with Qatar Airways Holidays?

When looking for a holiday destination, most people desire beautiful surroundings, a little history and culture, good food and plenty of attractions to keep you busy. Italy has all of these things in abundance. Home to one of the world’s truly great cuisines, blessed with endless natural beauty and able to trace its history back to the birth of European civilisation, it’s possibly the most enticing holiday destination on Earth. With package deals to Italy with Qatar Airways Holidays, we ensure you enjoy a luxurious holiday experience, where everything down to the last detail is taken care of. That leaves you to sit back, relax and enjoy all the wonders Italy has to offer.

Good to know

Time Zone

GMT+1 hour, Summer GMT+2 hours

Languages

Italian with English spoken in main tourist areas

Dialing Code

+39

Electricity

230V 50Hz

Currency

Euro

Italy Experiences

  • The Italians are passionate people. They are passionate about where they live and what they eat. Food is a big part of Italian culture and you will find fantastic restaurants wherever you go. Each region has its own cuisine and it’s likely that you will not be able to find local speciality dishes anywhere else in Italy – or the world!
  • Italy is the epicentre of the Roman Empire and is home to more Unesco World Heritage cultural sites than any other country in the world. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and David, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera, and da Vinci’s The Last Supper are just some of the cultural treasures that await you.
  • Bordering Switzerland means the north of Italy is covered in snowy Alps and glacial lakes, offering fantastic winter sport activities. Contrast this to the south, where you can dive in the coral studded Mediterranean Sea off the coast of the Campania region.
  • If you are history hungry, then head to Pompeii and Herculaneum. Sitting in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius these two towns were miraculously preserved, encased in an ash shell that froze a single, traumatic moment in time when the volcano erupted in 79AD.
  • 400 bridges and 150 canals create a beautiful maze around the extraordinary town that is Venice. Cruise around the canals on a private gondola, snack on cicheti or tour the Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco.

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