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Italian city breaks

No other country can boast as many world-class cities bursting with character than Italy. Work your way up the boot from the gritty Naples to the capital city Rome and Vatican City. Stroll the cobbled streets of Florence, fall in love with Verona, and drink in the cosmopolitan fashion capital of Milan. Eat your way through Bologna and stare in awe at the most audacious city on Earth - Venice.

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Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood to travel

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.

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!

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 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.

Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers


19th April 2016 by Emma's Travel Tales

7 things to do in Venice, Italy

Venice is definitely one of the cities that I love and that I try to return to often. I'm actually going to be spending four days there at the end of June with my family before we head to Sorrento and I cannot wait to get back to a city I adore so much. Having been to the city probably around 20 times (told you I like to take advantage of being so close by flight!) here are some of the best things to do in Venice… 1. Get lost If you're a first time visitor to Venice, or even if...


15th February 2021 by Andy

The Scoop: Rome

Rome serves up history, fine art and food like nowhere else in the world. Italy’s capital city is famed for its historic city centre, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its inhabitants live and breathe La Dolce Vita and to top it off, The Eternal City is regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world.Unrivalled rich history has seen Rome become a top destination for visitors with an average of 7-10 million per year. Dating back to 753 B.C., it’s history spans more than 2000 years...


23rd February 2021 by Andy

Romantic destination ideas for Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and you may start feeling like you’re scrambling for ideas to make this day a special one with your significant other. And you are just in luck! V-Day in 2022 falls on a Monday meaning you can extend the celebrations into a long weekend and make it all the more romantic. So, how exactly should you spend your romantic couple of days this year? We’ve picked out the best destination ideas for this Valentine’s Day right here for you:Paris, FranceParis is...


22nd January 2021 by Paul

Venice on a budget

Venice is incredibly beautiful; it is just one of Europe’s many treasures. But it is also very expensive. Knowing this is the first step so that you can take the time to research your trip and create a plan, allowing you to have fun without emptying your bank account. Today I will be explaining a few of the key ways to save a few extra bucks when travelling through Venice.Package dealsIt goes without saying, but search for travel deals on a comparison website like Travelscoop. Our Venice...


19th July 2012 by Emma's Travel Tales

Venice - Love it or hate it?

Whenever the subject of the Italian city of Venice comes up in conversation there’s always a split in the proverbial camps. There are always people who say they’ve been to Venice and adored it and would love to return and then there are always people who say something along the lines of ‘oh isn’t Venice smelly and dirty?’ I’ve found that a lot of the time the people who are in the latter camp haven’t actually even been to the city and yet have preconceived ideas about it.I’m...


29th May 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Best things to do in Verona, Italy

The historic Italian city of Verona is somewhat synonymous with Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, and having read the play multiple times, I’ve certainly envisaged my own Verona. So when I had the opportunity to finally visit Verona recently, I was very excited. Naturally, visiting the setting for one of the world’s most famous plays is top of the list, but there are plenty of other things to do in Verona too. In fact, this the pretty, peaceful and compact city is one of my favourite...


23rd May 2019 by ScribbleStu

A day trip to Florence

During our month in Italy we were hoping to spend a few days exploring Florence. But circumstances forced us to stay in Rome during the time we’d allocated for Florence. In the end that worked out pretty well: the kids got to see Rome for the first time, and we were there during the big Easter celebrations. And we did still manage to make it to Florence for a day trip…...