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About Italy

From cultural wonders like the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, Pantheon and more in Rome, to the rolling hills of Tuscany, artistic heritage of Florence, meandering canals of Venice and everything in between, it really is a cocktail of delights. With pink bougainvillea growing wild across terracotta roofs, quaint little cafe's serving steaming espresso and homemade delights from secret, long-held family recipes. Italy will inspire you, delight you, move you and open your eyes like nowhere else on earth.

Books inspired by Italy

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood for your Italy holiday

The Talented Mr Ripley

Patricia Highsmith

Travelscoop's Stuart's favourite novel about the ultimate likeable anti-hero. Tom Ripley is talented and scheming with a burning ambition for success that he's prepared to kill for. A gripping psychological thriller which forces the reader to question why they're willing him to get away with it. Italy forms the wonderful backdrop - and it'll make you want to go!

Those Who Walk Away

Patricia Highsmith

A well-written, tense novel in which the dead bride's father-in-law is convinced the grieving husband killed her and becomes obsessed with vengeance. Set in Rome and the streets and canals of Venice, a deadly game of cat-and-mouse builds as each becomes the hunter and the hunted.

To Venice with Love

Philip Gwynne Jones

With redundancy and an uncertain future in Edinburgh looming, Jones and his wife took a huge leap and moved to Venice to live. Through often-hilarious exploits and an enormous passion for the beautiful city and all things Italian, this is a really enjoyable read.

The Enchanted April

Elizabeth Von Arnim

Tired of the drudgery of life in cold, grey London, four women - previously unknown to each other - answer a newspaper advert to stay for a month in an idyllic Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean - based on Cinque Terre. Escaping their daily lives, each transforms in the beauty and warmth of their paradise-like surroundings.

The Thief Lord

Cornelia Funke

Brilliant story for 9-12 year olds about two brothers who escape their aunt by running away to Venice where they join a gang of street kids. With a detective searching for them, they're forced into hiding all over the city - encountering even greater threats and plenty of magic along the way.

Italy Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers


1st November 2021 by Two Monkey's Travel

Top 5 best Italy regions to visit

Teeming with history, delicious food, great music, ancient and medieval architecture, unique culture, sacred sites, charming villages, and breathtaking landscapes, Italy abounds in all of the above. It has an atmosphere that you cannot refuse to enjoy. Plan your trip according to the following list of the best regions to visit in Italy. Andiamo!...


18th October 2021 by Hand Luggage Only

5 amazing places to visit in Sicily

If you're wondering where you need to visit in Sicily, here are 5 of the best towns and cities to visit in Sicily! (Plus a few extra spots worth checking out at the end of the video too). Best part - they're all UNESCO World Heritage sites and absolutely gorgeous!...


1st October 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Florence or Rome: which city for your next trip?

When it comes to planning a city break to Italy, it’s easy to get stuck on picking the city. Between the romance of Venice, the chic of Milan and the sass of Naples, you could spend weeks travelling around Italy and still not have seen it all. And that’s not an empty phrase. I’ve tested it, I’ve tried! More times than is decent to mention....


6th July 2021 by Two Monkey's Travel

Weekend itinerary in Lake Garda, Italy

Lake Garda is Italy’s largest fresh-water lake situated in the Northern part of the country. Its clear blue turquoise water is a holiday beach destination for many. The exciting view is a dream for any water sports enthusiast. Lake Garda has charming towns and villages lining its fine shores with a stunning view of the Alps. ...


6th July 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Why Trieste food stands out in Italy

When I sat down in the Buffet da Pepi, I stood out because I wasn't standing. In Trieste, it's customary to stand at the bar for lunch, as you wolf down platefuls of pork and mountains of mustard. You're supposed to know which cut you want and how you want it served, leaving me feeling sheepish under the gaze of the busy waiter....


21st June 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

21 hidden gems in Italy: How to get off the beaten path and discover unusual things to do

How do you narrow down the place that gave us Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo and Michelangelo? The country that invented pizza, pasta and gelato (thank you!) amid impossibly beautiful piazzas and romantic villas and canals? The place with more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than anywhere else in the world. What if you're you're looking for more unusual things to do in Italy? To get off the beaten path in Italy? To do something unique? To seek out hidden gems in Italy?...


26th April 2021 by Budget Traveller

Planning a mountain biking holiday this summer? Try South Tyrol, Italy

I have been to Italy umpteen times but never visited South Tyrol until this trip. I also had never been on a mountain biking holiday in South Tyrol or anywhere for that fact so this was a journey of a fair few firsts. We were based in the Biohotel & Bike Hotel Steineggerhof which is located in the picturesque mountain village of Steinegg, in the heart of the Eggental region of South Tyrol, just 13 kilometers from the capital, Bolzano....