EXPERIENCE IDYLLIC ITALY
Italy is not so much a nation as a masterpiece, undoubtedly a country of contrast and diversity. Magnificent meandering hills with fields of corn and sunflowers, stunning coastlines with awe inspiring mountain backdrops, romantic cities, mystical medieval hill top towns, glorious lakes and wonderful food, wine and hospitality.
There is something special about a country that can exists so comfortably with such contrasts and contradictions. From the southern alps to the southernmost tip of Sicily it is a country awash with breathtaking natural beauty which inspires romance and passion. Italy is a magical land steeped in history and culture that evokes a sense of splendor and style. Come and experience this beautiful part of the world for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
ITALY COUNTRY PROFILE
GETTING TO ITALY
Flying from the UK: There are many flights to Italy Please check www.skyscanner.net for details of routes from your local airport.
Internationally: Please check with your Travel Agent.
Driving to Italy: More and more people are choosing to drive to Italy or to put their car on the train. Taking your own car adds flexibility to your holiday. You can avoid stressful airport queues and luggage restrictions as well as enjoy a leisurely drive at a pace that suits your, through some of Europe's most stunning scenery with an overnight stop en-route.
GETTING AROUND ITALY
By bike: Bring your own or let Bridgewater organise the bicycle rental for you – it’s a fantastic way to explore Italy.
By train: The train network in Italy is affordable and most journeys offer fantastic views – great for longer journeys and visiting cities such as Florence to avoid parking and traffic. For fares and timetables see www.trenitalia.it
By taxi: Authorised taxis are white and fitted with a meter, you can normally pick up a taxi from a yellow taxi rank. In some areas we will provide you with a local number.
ITALY WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Italy has a very favorable climate with mild winters and warm dryer summers. If you are not tied to high season holidays, we recommend visiting Tuscany and Umbria, May, June ,September October.
Springtime in Italy: April, May & June are the perfect months to visit. There are fewer tourists so sightseeing is a pleasure. The weather is warm and pleasant, days are long and the scent of jasmine and roses fragrance the air.
Summer in Italy: July & August are the most vibrant months when even the sleepiest village comes alive. Italians generally head for the sea at this time of year. August 15 is a National Holiday.
Autumn in Italy: Autumn is a tranquil season and the ideal time to discover towns and the countryside, mellow with tones of russet and ochre with fields of ripened grapes ready to be harvested. Autumn sun-seekers need to head south of Rome to be assured of warm weather.
Winter in Italy: Winter is usually crisp ,mild, bright and can be a delightfully relaxing time to explore
ITALY...DID YOU KNOW?
MORE USEFUL INFORMATION;
Visa & Health:www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for advice on visas and health
Passport Agency for information on UK passports: www.ukpa.gov.uk
Worldwide Weather Forecasts: www.bbc.co.uk/weather/