Italy’s legendary ‘Dolce Vita’ is more alive than ever, infusing its art-filled cities, wine-rich countryside and jet set resorts. A landscape of endless variety forms the backdrop to ‘Il Bel Paese’ and Italy’s colourful history; the rumbling volcano of Mount Etna in Sicily, the white-washed conical ‘trulli’ of Puglia, the breathtaking Amalfi Coast and the sun-dappled beaches of Sardinia. Tours of Italy can begin with sleek gondolas drifting ethereally along the Grand Canal and a labyrinth of narrow alleys and open squares characterise inimitable Venice. Its peace contrasts with the buzz of Rome; the exuberant rush of Vespas forms a chaotic soundtrack to the city’s wonders. Here history is preserved in the dramatic Colosseum, where mighty gladiators once sparred before immense crowds.
Tuscany beckons with halcyon days filled with long, alfresco lunches and the exuberant flow of fine Chianti. Vineyards and patches of bright sunflowers skirt the lower slopes of the hills and inundate the mist-hazed valleys resting between breathtaking vistas. Renaissance opulence combine in Florence; its cobbled streets and animated piazzas dressed with unmistakeable Italian flair. Moving south, the sweeping Amalfi Coast seems to surge triumphantly from a shimmering blue sea. Positano clings to the vertiginous cliffside, speckled with lemon groves, a montage of pastel coloured buildings and mosaic-covered domes. The Mediterranean islands possess the reputation as a playground for the glitterati with their sophistication and style. A luxury Italy holiday of quintessential glamour – La Dolce Vita prevails.
Justine Picardie, Editor-in-chief at Harper's BAZAAR and Town & Country, recently visited the Amalfi Coast with Carrier - discover her journey.
Italy is a year round destination especially for city breaks, with a largely temperate climate with regional variations. Summers are hot especially from Rome southwards, whilst spring and autumn are mild. Winter in the south is warmer and drier than in the northern and central areas which can be much colder with snow fall in the mountainous regions.
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