Most are surprised to learn that Italy is a year-round destination. Some Italian cities offer the most spectacular authentic Italian holidays during the winter, inviting you to take in the sites without the hustle and bustle that the summer months bring.
Here are the best Italian cities to visit in winter. From the architectural marvels of Rome to the romance of Venice, it’s time to start planning your Italian winter city break.
Often referred to as the best open-air museum, Rome is a history lovers' dream destination. Hundreds of historical marvels await around every corner, for you to learn and admire their significance along the way.
The great thing about Rome is that you can get a sense of the real Italy in a short amount of time. Most of the awe-inspiring must-sees are within walking distance of each other. With so much to see and do, you’re guaranteed to have something fun and exciting on the cards each day.
A fantastic way to take in some of Rome’s most treasured history is on Citalia’s Archaeological Wonders of Rome excursion. This wondrous tour starts at the Roman Forum, which was originally the political and social hub of the city. These ruins will transport you back to the 6th Century BC. Then it’s off to the famous Colosseum to learn about its legendary history and marvel at its greatness. Last, a stop at Palatine Hill, where it is said Romulus founded the famous city. The ruins here are a true testament to Rome’s incredible history.
Located in the heart of Rome, Hotel Nazionale puts you within walking distance of some of the city's most famous monuments. The hotel is elegantly designed with contemporary furnishings to ensure you have a comfortable stay. An aperitif in the hotel bar is a must before exploring the historic cobbled streets of the surrounding neighbourhood.
If you’re looking for Italian history, holidays in Florence are one of the best ways to take in all this culturally significant country has to offer. The vibrant city with incredible architecture, nestled among the rolling hills of Tuscany, Florence offers something for everyone.
The small size of the city lends itself to the romantic and intimate setting, where you can wander through the old streets, feeling as if you’ve taken a step back in time.
For history buffs, the fascinating galleries and museums invite you to spend your days taking in the historic marvels. Step through the immaculate architecture and learn about Florence and its days gone by. Viewing the artworks of famed artists such as Filippo Brunelleschi, Leon Battista Alberti, and Michelangelo is something you won’t soon forget.
A brilliant way to take in some of the best art is with Citalia’s Small Group Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Tour. This excursion gives you the opportunity to experience the galleries with an expert guide, giving you better insight into the history of these great works of art. Marvel at Michelangelo’s David, one of the most famous sculptures in the world. Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and many other famous artists also make an appearance, making this tour a must for art lovers.
Foodies, you’re in for the trip of a lifetime with Florence being home to seven Michelin Star restaurants that present the most forward-thinking and pristine dishes. The bustling Mercato Centrale (Central Market) is a treat, with artisans preparing some of the best local cuisines. During Christmas, be sure to visit the market at Piazza Santa Croce to explore true Italian traditions and savour some local holiday feasts.
To be close to all the action, Grand Hotel Baglioni offers an Italian holiday filled with grandeur. The Florence Hotel is a short walk to the city centre, making various points of interest easy to reach. Panoramic views of the city from the onsite restaurant and rooftop terrace are extraordinary. This is a comfortable and luxurious hotel that is sure to meet your high expectations in one of the most romantic cities in Italy.
Romance is in the air, with holidays in Venice offering some of the most stunning historic buildings alongside beautiful canals that wind through the city. While most think of being serenaded in the sunshine, winter offers a much more romantic atmosphere, where huddling together and taking in the sites will have you falling in love all over again.
The Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal will put you right on the water's edge with its own landing on the Grand Canal. The hotel offers classic Venetian decor mixed with contemporary style, bringing together elegance and history. The views from here are incredible, with some famous landmarks nearby. This is the perfect place to soak in the sights while enjoying pristine service.
While in Venice, Citalia’s Bacaro and Cicchetti Evening Food Tour is the place to be for foodies. This two-hour tour will take you to three traditional bacaris (bars on the lagoon) that serve Venetian Cicchetti (finger foods). Here you can savour the cultural cuisine with some of the best ombras (small glasses of organic house wines or spritzers). The friendly guide will take you beyond the tourist hotspots to where authentic Cicchetti is served to locals when happy hour begins. This is a great way to make friends and learn from locals about where the best spots are in the city.
Citalia’s Venice, Florence and Rome multi-centre holiday will take you on a ten-day history-filled adventure to all three of the above cities. Starting in Venice you can take in the architecture by Gondola. Florence will whirl you through some of the most famous artworks in history at the various galleries and museums. The tour concludes in the Eternal City of Rome where the Colosseum and Sistine Chapel await with tales of days gone by. This is the perfect way to take in all three cities without missing a thing.
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