dealchecker's guide to Italy

From the grand monuments of Rome, the rolling vineyards of Apulia and the soaring, snow-mantled peaks of the Aosta Valley to the terracotta-topped towns of Tuscany, the rugged cliffs around Sorrento and the winding canals of Venice, Italy is one of the undisputed jewels of Europe.

Once you've found Italy hotels to suit you, get ready for a pizza-packed adventure that has everything from romantic duomos to medieval villages, ancient history to sun-kissed sands. The Boot awaits…

City Breaks in Italy

Rome bursts with historic interest, culture and energetic life. Piazzas brim with pavement cafes and enotecas hide down alleyways in romantic Trastevere. Meanwhile, the great Roman Forum and historic Colosseum beckon, endless masterpieces await in the Vatican Museums and the Spanish Steps draw photographers aplenty.

A bucket-list-topper if there ever was one, Venice pokes into the Adriatic from the northern panhandle of Italy. Compare the best Italy hotels here on dealchecker to seal your place between the iconic dome of St. Mark's, the city canals and the sun-splashed Lido.

Florence gives Rome a run for its money when it comes to culture and art. Once the powerhouse of the Renaissance, this richly adorned town is spiked by one gorgeous Duomo and comes with the legendary exhibition rooms of the Uffizi Gallery - think Botticelli, Durer, Michelangelo et al.

Other Popular Hotel Stays in Italy

Studded with towering cypress trees and endless, sun-dappled vineyards, Tuscany is one of Italy's most popular destinations. Here, you can explore stone-clad Medieval towns like Siena, enchanting hillside villages like San Gimignano and culinary hotspots like Val di Chiana.

Italy is also prime ski country. Thousands of snow searchers head for the rising peaks of the Italian Alps each year, going for resorts like Breuil-Cervinia, Courmayeur and Livigno.

For romance, it surely has to be the Amalfi Coast. Shrouded by the mighty caldera of Vesuvius, travellers here can hit Pompeii by morning and enjoy sweeping vistas of the Gulf of Naples by afternoon. Amalfi itself is a charming town of Norman churches and ice-cream-coloured homes, while Salerno is a more down-to-earth and vibrant alternative.

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