Take your summer holidays in Italy this year

From Rome to the Italian Riviera, Naples to Venice, Italy offers some of the most stunning holiday destinations in the world. If you want to spend your Summer Holidays in Italy, read on for some of your options, from romantic city breaks to family friendly villas.

Venice, with miles of peaceful canals, Renaissance architecture around every corner, and centuries of history right beneath your feet, is one of the world's leading tourist attractions. When in Venice you can feed the pigeons in St. Marks Square, visit the Doge's Palace or just take a leisurely boat ride in a gondola through the canals and lagoons of the city. Lastminute offer fantastic holiday deals for visiting Venice this summer, with return flights from Gatwick and 6 nights in a double bedroom at the Alla Salute in the heart of the historic city beginning at £457 per person. For a more luxurious trip, why not stay at the Dei Dogi? This is a five-star hotel housed in the former Savoy Embassy and close to the Campanile. Suites with return flights cost £766 per person for 6 nights.

For a bit of glamour, the Ligurian coast offers sumptuous cliff-top villas, forests of palm trees, and scenic winding roads. Country hotels in this part of Italy are highly prized by the Italians themselves, and the likes of Berlusconi and Armani holiday in this region. The sedate Hotel Torino in the Diano Marina area offers four-star accommodation right by the beach from only £70 a night. The hotel features a large pool, jacuzzi and gym.

If a week in the countryside is more your thing, then The To-Tuscany website offers villas and farmhouses set admist the rolling vineyards and lavender fields of Tuscany. Family sized villas can be rented from around £328 per week during the peak summer season, while the luxurious converted barn Il Pratino di Solata, with a large swimming pool and expansive grounds, just a short distance from Siena, can be had for £1083.

So what are you waiting for? With so many options for your summer holidays, visit Italy this year.

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