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.
The list of famous Roman landmarks is nearly too long to endure, but any traveller new to the area simply must see three things: the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel. All three will surprise you with their size, setting the perfect backdrop for your holiday snaps - photography rules permitting, of course! See everything in one go with an open-top bus tour, or avoid the tourist crush by setting out in the early morning.
Grab a good lunch before losing yourself in the labyrinth of designer and vintage stores - pizza and pasta is naturally available in generous quantities, but seafood and cured meats are also a fine Italian specialty. Finish the evening in one of the city's many cosy and intimate bars, watching live music or enjoying a heady glass of Italian wine. Sound like your idea of heaven? Rome is just four hours away, the perfect excuse for a city break or last-minute escape.
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.
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 and Cinque Terre make it a must too.
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.
Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, visiting Sicily is like stepping back in time. Medieval towns and villages sit amongst the cobbled paths, and visitors can expect warm weather with a perfect coastal breeze, so it’s not too stifling.