When you think of Italy, the food they are famous for probably comes to mind. While the fresh pizzas and pastas are delicious, there’s more on offer when you visit this amazing country.There are few places in the world that can match this Mediterranean idyll, as the landscape is so varied and diverse. It has all the right ingredients for the perfect getaway, including mountains, sandy beaches, rolling countryside and a rich history to explore. If you want to discover what Italy has to offer on a city break, then Rome, Florence or Venice would be ideal locations.
In Rome, the capital of Italy, you will find landmarks like the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, allowing you to delve into the history of the country. Florence is full of art, charm and romance, while canal-lined Venice is mesmerising. If you venture out of the cities, you will happen upon quaint and picturesque villages, such as the colourful, cliffside town of Cinque Terre or Castelmezzano in Basilicata, which sits at the top of a mountain. Only the natural beauty of Italy can rival man-made wonders like the Pantheon, Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Trevi Fountain.
In Sicily, you can also get up close and personal with Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Once you get to the top, you’ll be rewarded with views of the stunning Ionian coastline and Catania. In the Etruscan hill village of Saturnia, you will find its world-famous thermal springs, where the water temperature constantly rests at a balmy 37.5 degrees celsius. While you’re there, you can explore the nearby ancient ruins, Etruscan walls, old Roman gate and the Sienese fortress. Near the Swiss border you’ll find crystal clear waters at Lake Como, and you may even spot a celebrity as it’s become a favourite spot for the glitterati. You could indulge in a some island hopping while you’re in Italy, even when it comes to finding somewhere to stay.
The Des Etrangers and Spa Hotel is located just on the edge of island of Ortigia, providing the perfect accommodation for your trip. Enjoy everything you’d expect from a five-star hotel, including staff that cater to your every need, rooms fitted with modern creature comforts and eateries that serve the Italian dishes that you know and love.