Where to go and what to do in Italy.
Famous for its long and interesting history, delicious cuisine, and fashion industry, Italy has always been and will continue to be a popular tourist destination. While Italy is a charming place all year round, it takes on a distinctive charm in the winter.
From adrenaline-inducing ski slopes on snow-capped mountains to festive markets selling Christmas decorations, we take a look at some of Italy’s best locations to visit in the winter.
While the temperature can reach some lows in Naples during the winter, it is actually ideal for exploring the city. Naples rarely sees snow and attracts fewer crowds, making the experience much more enjoyable.
During your time here, you must explore the castles and palaces of Naples. The old historic centre is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, having been lived in by various kingdoms throughout the millennia. Naples is also known for its Christmas markets and luxury retail stores, so don’t forget to go on a shopping spree.
Naples’ most famous attraction is the town of Pompeii, which was destroyed after the great eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Visitors are able to walk among the remains of the town and also wander around the crater of the volcano.
Italian tours to the Amalfi Coast often include a trip to Naples, where you’ll be able to visit the ancient city of Pompeii in all its glory before heading out to further incredible locations.
A mountain range shared by three regions in northeastern Italy, the Dolomites are a great place to visit in the winter, especially if you’re an avid skier or snowboarder. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is also a haven for hikers, who can traverse its stunning alpine landscapes.
The main town in the region, Cortina d’Ampezzo, offers gorgeous views of the mountains. You can use the gondolas and cable cars to get close to the peaks before grabbing a mulled wine and watching the skiers fly past. And if you want to spend time relaxing, there are plenty of wellness spas dotted around the town.
The best time to visit the Dolomites is during sunset, when the region is bathed in golden hues, producing a truly magical spectacle.
Renowned for its architecture and canals, Venice takes on a calm ambience in the winter. With the crowds thin, it allows for a more intimate exploration of its charming waterways and streets. The air is also cleaner compared to the summer months when the pollution can distract from the beautiful surroundings.
As the city of fashion, it only seems right to visit the designer stores in Venice and dress to impress. Afterwards, you can head out on a gondola ride or sit and relax in St Mark’s Square with a coffee. In the Square, you’ll find the Basilica di San Marco and Campanile di San Marco, two must-see attractions in the heart of the city.
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