Small but perfectly-formed - aside from one rather obvious hiccup in its building regulations a few centuries ago - Pisa combines an excellent location with stunning architecture and culture. Excellent transport links to Florence make it a must too.
Found just a few miles away from the Mediterranean coast in the country's north west, Pisa's excellent transport links to Florence make it an essential stop-off for anyone looking for a quintessential Italian experience. It's also a great place to run wild in the aisles - with city shopping opportunities at town prices, it's the perfect place to stock up on your favourite fashions and fayre.
A short flight to Pisa International Airport - which is so close to the city centre, you could walk there in half an hour - will soon acquaint you with the (in)famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, part of the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Five colourful seaside towns make up the much-loved national park, Cinque Terre. Translation "Five Lands" in Italian. The Sentiero Azzurro cliffside hiking trail links the towns with sweeping sea vistas, old castles and small beaches to explore. Stop off throughout to enjoy the specialty seafood and the familiar local sauce, pesto.
Naples is the home of the historic Pompeii ruins, the breathtaking Mount Vesuvius and a whole host of opportunities for fine dining. It's an understated Italian food lover's dream.
Clashing gladiators, ancient religion and staggering architecture, the capital of Italy is one of the world's most impressive historical destinations. It's also an epicentre for fashion, art and great food, giving it plenty to boast about as a holiday location.
Turin is your way into the white stuff on the Italian & French Alps with connections to 214 ski resorts. And though the city is quite literally in the shadow of the hills, great shopping and historic squares make the place shine.
The ultimate location for a romantic retreat, Venice is full of beautiful architecture, gondola-filled waterways, intricate bridges and luxurious restaurants. You'll find festivities, attractive shopping spots and plenty of photo opportunities everywhere.
Revel in designer delights in Verona. Soak up the culture of open air festivals and Verona's four beautiful churches, or head out for a romantic meal in this beautiful city.