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Expert travel guides and holiday advice

The boot-shaped country is not only loved for its fashion but also its food, wine, ancient sights, romantic cities, art galleries, rural landscapes and beaches. The Independent’s travel experts have explored each Italian region to find the best hotels, things to do and cuisine to try. From romantic relaxing lakeside breaks and weekend city breaks in Rome to family ski holidays in the mountains, read our handy Italy travel guides to help you book the best holiday for you.

<p>The Spanish Quarter is still noisy, alive, and full of intensity </p>

Chase Caravaggio through Naples and bring his dark past to life

The rebellious painter’s works reflect the drama of the Naples he fled to in the early 17th century – Michael Hodges traces the painter’s footsteps through the streets of the Spanish Quarter to learn what he can teach us about retaining the soul of a great city


Packed full of history with traditional ancient ruins, beautiful architecture, al fresco dining and delicious gelato, Italy's capital offers excitement for all types of travellers. Our experts have explored Rome to find the best bars, restaurants, sights and museums to visit on your next city break.

Best hotels in Italy

From luxury and boutique to budget hotels and B&Bs, our experts have reviewed the best accommodation for your next Italian escape. For lakeside views and central city locations, read our handy guides on where to stay in Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence, Lake Como, Sicily, Tuscany, Naples, Puglia, Bologna or the Amalfi Coast.


A little off the "toe" of Italy's "boot", you'll find Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island. The island is famous for Doric-style Greek temples, incredible sea and mountain views, cathedrals and vineyards boasting some of the world's best wine.


One of the world's top fashion and design capitals, Milan is known for its luxury shopping, independent fashion boutiques, high-end restaurants and beautiful scenery. You will find plenty to do when planning a weekend city break or a more extended holiday, from classic opera to walking tours.

<p>Piazza del Duomo, home to Milan Cathedral and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II </p>

The best things to do in Milan, Italy’s northern powerhouse

There’s more to this city than its reputation as a financial and fashion hub, says Alicia Miller – Milan is a city of staggering architecture, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes

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