Italy is often referred to as "Il Bel Paese" – the beautiful country, and for good reason! From the snow-capped peaks of the Alps in the north to the charming hilltop villages of Tuscany and Umbria in the central region, and all the way down to the rugged shores of Sicily in the south, Italy boasts a wealth of diverse regions and cultures waiting to be explored. Embark on a journey through Italy's picturesque villages and savor its world-renowned cuisine with Quay Travel.
Amalfi Coast: A breathtaking 50-kilometer coastal stretch, is renowned for its dramatic cliffs, rugged shoreline, charming fishing villages painted in pastel hues, and abundant lemon orchards. Sorrento, Positano, Ravello, and Capri are among the popular towns that beckon visitors to savor the good life, complete with exceptional cuisine and wines.
Lake Como: Lago di Como, is renowned as one of Italy's most famous lakes. It stretches for 50 kilometers, offering a long and slender expanse of deep blue waters. The southern end of the lake branches into two long "legs," and nestled between them lies the charming town of Bellagio. Lake Como has been a cherished resort destination since the days of the Roman Empire. Visitors have been drawn to its azure waters and have indulged in relaxation within luxurious villas perched on the wooded slopes that embrace the lakeside.
The Cinque Terre: A rugged stretch of coastline on the Italian Riviera, aptly named "The Five Lands." This enchanting region comprises five picturesque villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The entire coastline, along with the villages and surrounding hillsides, is protected as part of the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over centuries, locals have meticulously cultivated terraced vineyards and orchards on the steep, craggy landscape that reaches right up to the cliffs. Part of the area's allure is the absence of conspicuous "modern" development. The villages are interconnected by paths, trains, and boats, with no access for cars from the outside world.
Tuscany: Italy's largest region is celebrated for its stunning landscapes characterized by endless rolling hills, olive groves, and renowned vineyards. It's an ideal destination for villa stays and exploration of charming towns like Siena, Lucca, and San Gimignano. Florence, the region's capital, houses approximately one-third of the world's most significant artworks.
Venice: A city built upon 117 small islands, boasts 150 canals connected by a remarkable 409 bridges, with only three spanning the main canal. Wandering through its labyrinthine alleyways, you'll discover countless hidden backstreets and quiet squares, making it a perfect city for leisurely strolls. Venice's unique activities are plentiful, and as you explore, you'll encounter the famous watery villages built atop wooden posts driven into the ground, serving as the foundation for the floating palaces of today.
When to go / useful information
When to go
Italy welcomes visitors throughout the year, but our preferred months for travel are from April to June and September to October.
What makes it special: Italy offers a remarkable variety of landscapes, from the northern lakes surrounded by majestic mountains to the cliff-hanging villages of the Amalfi Coast, the tranquil Tuscan countryside, and the enchanting canals of Venice. Italy's relaxed lifestyle, excellent wine, and cuisine make it one of our top travel destinations.
Weather: Italy is a year-round destination. Winters (December to February) bring powdery snow to the mountains, while summers (June to August) can be quite warm, especially in the South. Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) offer pleasant weather for travel.
Social customs: In the more traditional southern regions, it's common for entire families to live under one roof, with the family playing a central role in social life. Italians are fashion-conscious and value the concept of "Bella Figura," emphasizing a good image in dress and personal style. Italians are warm hosts, skilled at making guests feel welcome. Arriving a few minutes late for dinner is considered normal, and it's customary to bring wine or chocolates as a small gift.