How to Choose the Best Italy Multi Centre Holidays
Have you ever spent an enjoyable holiday yet the return trip home has left you frustrated and disappointed that you were not able to take in more of the sights further afield in other parts of the same country?
Given the sheer diversity and fascination of so many different cities and locations in Italy, this might have been your experience when last visiting the country – or one you might face if planning your first trip.
That is where Italy multi centre holidays may come into their own. With a twin or multi centre holiday, you get to enjoy several holiday destinations in one trip.
So, how might you choose the best? Since holidays are intrinsically highly personal affairs, your guiding principle is to select those centres that you most want to visit because they are likely to satisfy your particular individual tastes and preferences.
Here are a few combinations that might whet your appetite when planning your next holiday in Italy.
Rome and Florence
Each city offers an entire holiday in itself – combine them in a twin centre itinerary and you get to enjoy two holidays in a single trip to Italy.
The eternal city of Rome is likely to be a mainstay of many an Italian holiday, simply because of the wealth of architectural majesty and works of art that serves to tell the long and illustrious history of the Roman Empire itself.
History also comes alive in the city of Florence – often described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world – and the birthplace of the Renaissance. Art continues to dominate the scene in everything from paintings and sculpture to architecture. Examples abound, but must-sees probably include the Uffizi Gallery (for Renaissance masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Giotto), the Accademia Gallery (home to Michelangelo’s David) and the architectural splendour of the Duomo Cathedral.
Venice and Lake Garda
Venice is known as the “floating city” because of its canals – both grand and small – which are the setting of the iconic gondola boats that bob in the water. Venice’s architecture and galleries provide so much to Italy’s famous wealth of beauty, making it a wonderful destination for those seeking a cultural holiday in Italy.
According to the website Europe for Visitors, the average tourist stay in the city is less than 3 nights – but a twin centre holiday can easily be tailored to give you more than double that time in Italy.
With this in mind, consider combining your visit to Venice with a journey north to Lake Garda in the Italian lake district. Here, you can shrug off the tourist crowds and find your own quiet haven of peace and relaxation.
Ancona and Rimini
The hilltop town of Ancona, overlooking the port below, has architecture that also echoes visions of its historic past and is likely to prove an altogether quieter and small-scale experience than the major cities of, say, Rome, Florence and Venice.
If holidays in Italy immersed in ancient civilisations, art and culture appeal, but you also want to spend some time in a coastal retreat, then you’ll be pleased to read that there are glorious beaches on which to soak up the sun, relax and bathe in warm seas on Italy’s coast. A twin centre holiday that includes the resort of Rimini may be the perfect Italy break for you as it is one of the most famous coastal resorts on the Continent and is widely regarded as the Miami of Europe.
These are just a few examples of what is possible on a twin or multi centre holiday to Italy, but thanks to the wonderful diversity of the country, there are many more combinations to enjoy!