Italy Holidays

With Britain's days in the European Union now numbered, holidaymakers looking to take advantage of free movement face a finite window to squeeze in their last few visa-free trips to the continent.

Italy, along with Spain and Greece, remains one of the most popular destinations for Brits - and with good reason: its history, cuisine and climate makes the country an ideal place for an all-inclusive family holiday or a weekend getaway.

Here's what you need to know if you're planning a trip.

What's the appeal?

With quiet, sedate streets, gorgeous Mediterranean beaches and some of the best museums and galleries anywhere in Europe, Italy fits the profile of a family holiday or relaxing getaway far more than it does a boozy party weekend.

That said, the country has excellent continental rail links, and is therefore an ideal stop on a back-packing trip around Europe. Hostels are affordable and tourist-friendly, and major cities like Rome and Milan tend to be cheap compared to London.

Italy also has a proud sporting tradition, with many British tourists heading there in the football season for a sample of a unqiue night-time atmosphere not found anywhere in the English game.

There's a lot to choose from, in other words, which is why we've narrowed it down to our top three must-see landmarks below.

The Colosseum

We're not breaking any new ground here - everyone knows that the Colosseum is Italy's trump card - but it really is one of the best tourist attractions anywhere in Europe, and a prerequisite for anyone heading to the capital.

Venice Canals

While heading to Venice probably isn't a good idea if you've got rambunctious little ones in tow, but any couples looking to put the finishing touches on their romantic weekend need to add it to their itinerary as a matter of priority.

Amalfi Coast

A slightly more left-field choice, the Amalfi Coast is a picturesque stretch of coastline just outside of Naples. There are few better ways to take in Italy's natural beauty than a boat ride around the shore.

How much should I budget for?

Unless you absolutely can't go without luxury, the most sensible way to travel to Italy is via budget airlines. Ryanair will fly you from London to Rome and back for under £50, and though they drop you off in the Italian capital's "second" airport, it's still only a short bus ride away from the major hotel districts.

Book all of your accommodation in advance. Italian hotels, particularly in the major cities, tend to be busy, and if you're turning up on the day expecting a room, you could find yourself out of spending money very quickly.

Anyone really trying to pinch the pennies is best off avoiding places like Rome, Florence and Venice altogether. Italy has a booming tourist industry in its small, south coast fishing villages - which can offer a holiday experience every bit as idyllic as the ones you've been reading about in the brochures.

Remember: sightseeing is generally free, and some of Italy's major museums - even in the capital - waive their entrance fees a couple of times a month. If you're coming for the culture, do your research ahead of time and try and plan your trip around when they will be free to enter.

When should I go?

As ever, it's best to avoid peak tourism season - both in terms of flights and accommodation. In Italy, this means the summer months: June, July and August.

For a comparatively affordable holiday, think about going away in the spring time. The weather in the south of Europe is fine this time of year (and, happily, the football season is still on - which means you can catch one of Serie A's top teams in full flow).

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