The top 4 city breaks and tours in Italy
Autumn is the perfect time to book a city break in Italy. Long hot summer days and crowded piazzas e way to cooling afternoon breezes, quieter streets and fewer tourists.
Florence is a year-round destination, and offers a wealth of things to see and do whenever you visit. Autumn is the harvest season throughout Tuscany, and Florence hosts several wine and food festivals throughout September, many taking place in local vineyards. On September 7, the Festival of Lanterns is held. One of Florence´s biggest and most traditional events, the Festa della Rificolona includes a boat parade on the Arno River and a lively fair is held in the Piazza Santissima Annunziata, and features street performers, food stalls and live music and dancing. The day commemorates the eve of the birth of the Virgin Mary and hundreds of people carry hand-made lanterns. Aside from the autumn events, Florence is home to incredible architecture, history and artwork, not found anywhere else in the world. Book a guided tour of the old part of town.
There is no real ´low-season´ in the eternal city, but by booking in autumn or winter you will avoid the heat and crowds of mid-summer. Classical ruins sit beside baroque fountains and buzzing piazzas. Lively pavement cafés and quirky restaurants provide plenty of places to chill relax and watch the world go by. Rome is nearly 3,000 years old and although visitors flock to its major sites including the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, it has plenty of hidden gems, which few tourists know of. A guided tour of the historical and cultural sites of Rome is a must if you are lucky enough to be visiting this stunning city.
Most people associate Siena with its famous Il Palio horse race, which takes place twice a year on July 2 and August 16 in the Piazza del Campo. The town is equally famous among Italians, however for its food and its art. The centre of Siena has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city´s architecture, history and monuments attract visitors from all over the world. Siena´s cuisine is simple yet delicious. Local meat, cheeses, olive oil, vegetables and wine (particularly the Chianti) are of the highest quality, and the region is famous for its pork and beef. Soups also feature heavily on most Tuscan menus, along with wild game and of course, hand-made pasta. Take a gastronomic tour of Siena and sample the very best wine and food this part of Italy has to offer.
A city for lovers, writers, artists and dreamers, Venice offers stunning architecture and a wealth of great attractions. No trip to Venice is complete without visiting the piazza San Marco, which was once referred to by Napoleon as the ´drawing room of Europe.´ Three major sights are situated in the square and include: St. Mark´s Basilica, Doge´s Palace and the Torre dell´Orologio, a fascinating clock tower build between 1496 and 1506. Enjoy a gondola tour down the Grand Canal, combined with dinner or a walking tour of Venice, or tour the Venetian masters of art. Italy is a land of stunning cultural sites, some of the world’s best food and architectural masterpieces.