Giuseppe Verdi once said, “You may have the universe if I may have Italy”. And you can certainly find all the luxury you could ever need in the cities found on Lo Stivale, “the Boot”. Take five minutes for a quick mental tour of all the best city breaks that Italy has to offer.
Let’s be honest – Rome city breaks have to be first on the list. Take a quick trip to the Eternal City, and you’ll more than likely find yourself planning another one shortly after. The heart of the Roman Empire and the cradle of the Catholic Church, Rome has a many splendored history quite unlike any other.
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You can make a pilgrimage to iconic religious attractions like the Sistine Chapel, or explore historical buildings including Roman ruins and Renaissance architecture. As well as being steeped in history, Rome is a thoroughly modern city. Foodies should tour the Michelin-starred restaurants, among Europe’s finest. Shoppers should try Via Condotti or Via Cola dir Rienzo.
You surely can’t fault us for picking Venice as the next city break destination. The gentle lapping of canal water and the jaw-dropping splendour of St Mark’s Square are just two reasons why this place is a feast for the senses.
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Make sure to indulge yourself by sampling the sophistication in Antica Osteria Cera, the Venice restaurant with two Michelin stars. Or savour the Venetian cuisine in Quadri while drinking in the view over St Mark’s. The luxury spas set amongst canals and lagoon provide the icing on this particularly delicious cake.
Let’s not beat about the bush: Milan is fashion. Women’s fashion, men’s fashion; shoe, bag and accessory fashion. But the capital of Lombardy offers so much more, including fitness centres, spas, restaurants and art galleries.
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More modern than many Italian cities, due in part to heavy bombing during World War II, Milan still offers historic architecture with one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world. And culture vultures should take time to reflect on pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Francesco Hayez or Umberto Boccioni.
Yes, it’s the home of the Renaissance. Tourists flock to Florence each year to gaze upon world-famous artworks and incredible architecture. But Firenze is also staking a claim as the fifth fashion capital of the world. Florentines just love to dress up and parade their favourite accessories.
Pay a visit to experience the gourmet delights of Enoteca Pinchiorri, the city’s three-Michelin-star restaurant. You can slum it for the rest of your city break, sampling the comparative poverty of floral Tuscan wines and traditional gelato made by specialists like Grom. There you have it – four delightful destinations to consider for your next Italian city break. Our tip is to book your stay at one of the many spa hotels as the perfect launching point for your luxury adventure.