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Italy appears to have it all, its landscapes seem made for romance and its 3000 years of history, culture and cuisine seduce just about everyone.  You can visit Rome, see Renaissance art, stay in tiny medieval hill towns, go skiing in the Alps, explore the canals of Venice and gaze at beautiful architecture.  You can also indulge in the pleasures of la dolca vita; good food, good wine and extending your wardrobe. 

In its 2500 years, Rome has acquired a marvelous concentration of history, architecture and legend. Its narrow medieval streets together with its modern charms make it one of Europe's most exciting cities. It is a colourful, vibrant city that is a great place whether you are interested in food, culture or just having a good time.

VeniceThe city in the world built entirely on water. It stands on dozens of islets linked by some 400 bridges. Originally a merchant city, its has for centuries inspired poets, painters and writers, who left a legacy of architectural and artistic treasures.  The best way to see the city is to travel along the canals either by water-bus, water-taxi or on one of the famous Italian gondolas.

Full of beautiful Renaissance-style buildings including wonderful churches and enormous palaces. Florence is steeped in culture and atmosphere and has not changed greatly since the 16th century. Many of Italy's most famous artists had a
hand in designing and creating some of the magnificent artwork and interiors including Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo Da Vinci.

MilanAn important financial, commercial and industrial centre but Milan is also known throughout the world for its leading high fashion and design excellance. There are a host of attractions in the city itself and nearby are the many splendid and unforgettable lakes with shops, restaurants and cafès lining the shore.

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When to go

The best time of the year to visit Italy tends to be when the weather isn't too hot or too cold. April to June and September to October are ideal times to visit weather-wise - with calm, mild temperatures. In July and August temperatures can rise and cities can become stiflingly hot. Italy is not particularly humid which can make scorching summer days a bit more bearable - and the nights cooler. Winters are cold with snow in the north and a ski sesson in the Alps that can start in November. It can rain at any time of the year but is usually heaviest in October and November.

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