Magnificent Castles of Italy

Castles in Italy


Italy appears to have its fair share of impressive, well-preserved castles that not only look fantastic in the Italian context but also in that of all of Europe. Easily distinguishable from its neighboring countries’ counterparts, Italian castles incorporate not only traditional elements of medieval military architecture and Gothic architecture, but also those of the Italian Renaissance, Byzantine, and Moorish architectural styles. Outstanding with their geometrical shapes and imposing appearance, Italian castles are not only awe-inspiring but absolutely marvelous – a splendor that is best observed in person. Interestingly, no two castles seem alike and each has unique features that correlate with historical events, natural surroundings, and political changes over the centuries.


The most difficult thing about eating in Italy is that you can’t try everything. Every day you have a finite number of meals, and a finite amount of space in your stomach, whereas there seems to be an infinite number of Italian dishes that you “absolutely need to try”. From regional specialties to the finest seasonal delicacies, you would need multiple lifetimes to sample all the best Italian food, and that’s before you even consider dessert and drinks. Typically, Italian food is characterized by its simplicity, focusing heavily on fresh, quality, seasonal ingredients. Of course, Italian cuisine is mostly known worldwide for being the home of pizza, pasta, and ragu.

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Italy is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for travelers. From the Dolomite and Apennine Mountains to the Italian Riviera, Italy offers something for every taste.


As cliché as it may sound, no trip to Italy is complete without a stop in Rome. So much of not only Italy's history but that of the world can be traced to ancient Rome. Get a feel for the way the emperor's lived and see the famous Colosseum. Christians and non-Christians alike visit the Vatican to see St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel while hoping to get a glimpse of the Pope himself.


The city of Venice was designed to face the water, not the streets of the city. Some of the best views of Venice are from the sea. However, no one should go to Venice without traversing the city in a gondola. Inland from Venice to the north and to the west are Milan and Florence.


Milan is the largest city in Italy and is full of bustling, big city atmosphere, but there is one must-see attraction there. The church of Santa Maria della Grazie has on display what may be the greatest painting of the Renaissance – The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.


Florence is famous for the part it played in starting the Renaissance period and has been home to Michelangelo's David for over 500 years. Italy is rich in history, art, and architecture. You can visit Roman ruins, get your fill of Renaissance art, stay in small medieval towns, go skiing in the Alps, discover the canals of Venice and be awed by beautiful churches.

Travel to Italy


To detail, every global route to Italy would be a vast task, so our flight lists and information concentrate on travel to Italy from the UK and Ireland. From many other countries, including the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, there are also direct flights to Italy, which you can research and compare on various flight comparison websites.


Traveling to Italy from the UK by car is not a very practical option unless the long drive through France is to be part of the adventure. ViaMichelin's estimated driving time from London to Rome is just under eighteen hours. Once upon a time you could load your car onto a plane in England, fly to Switzerland, then drive through the Alps to Italy. Nowadays even loading your car onto a train is not a particularly easy option - you will need to reach Germany or Holland in order to catch a monorail train which will take your car into Italy, although there is also a Calais-Nice motorail service, which would at least spare you most of the driving through France.


By train from the UK to Italy is a slower but more scenic option. The Eurostar service between London and Paris means you can make the entire journey by rail, over one long day, two days or by overnight sleeper train from Paris.