Best Destinations in Italy
Think of Italy and your first thought is probably Rome. There is much more to Italy than its capital, however, and with flights from Glasgow Airport to not only Rome but Naples, Turin, Venice and Verona, it's easy to experience all that this beautiful country has to offer.
Whether it's a weekend break or a longer getaway, you'll find plenty to keep you occupied in Rome. The city's ancient origins are all around you, from the magnificent Coliseum to a hill made from discarded pottery. Hire a scooter and get lost in the urban mayhem, or spend a relaxing afternoon in one of the city's parks. Enjoy contemporary and classic Italian cuisine, then launch yourself into Rome's busy nightlife scene.
For a completely different city experience, try Venice. Boats are the only powered vehicles you'll find here, going about their business on the vast network of canals. Look around the iconic cathedral, and enjoy panoramic views from the tower of St Mark's. Take a water bus, or vaporetto, to one of the islands in the surrounding lagoon. Murano is home to glassware shops and factories, Burano is picturesque with brightly painted houses, while Torcello is a haven of peace and quiet.
Milan is different again, famous for its designer clothes and accessory shops but also for the huge cathedral, the Duomo, which dominates the spacious and pretty piazza, and as the home of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper.
If you're interested in Roman history, Pompeii is unmissable. An easy journey from Naples, this ancient town, preserved for centuries under volcanic ash, is a unique trip back in time. Walk the streets, admire the mosaics and the amphitheatre, and get a feel for everyday life in the first century AD.
Verona, on the Adige river, is an attractive town with open squares and narrow, winding streets. Featured in three of Shakespeare's plays, including Romeo and Juliet, it hosts an annual theatre festival as well as an opera festival.
The Italian lakes are a popular holiday destination. Italy's biggest lake, Garda, is not far from Verona. Around its shores you can find exclusive tourist resorts, sleepy fishing villages, and secluded bathing beaches, all set among gorgeous mountain views. Further afield, Lake Como is famous for the magnificent villas which surround it.
The region of Tuscany has mile upon mile of rolling countryside, as well as some of Italy's prettiest towns. There's Florence, with its art galleries, the walled mediaeval town of San Gimignano, and Siena, home of the Palio horse race and featured in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Pisa, with its leaning tower, is in this part of the country too.
Whatever you want from a holiday, you can find it in Italy. Historic sites, bustling cities, peaceful countryside and sparkling seas are all within reach.