Time difference: GMT +1
Flight time: 2.5 hours
Europe’s ‘boot’ is ironically as famous for its footwear as it is for its cuisine, shopping, history and rolling landscapes. From north to south it runs the gamut of snow-capped mountains, tranquil lakes, glorious beaches and rolling countryside, with a rugged interior and plenty of history. Romantic Rome is replete with well-preserved ruins, so you can literally walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans as you stroll among the columns of the fascinating Roman Forum; for history buffs, Naples and the Amalfi Coast also bridges truly ancient sites like Herculaneum and Pompeii, with Italy’s long and tumultuous timeline displayed like a rich tapestry throughout its streets. Art lovers will find treasures galore in Florence, fashion mavens can seek solace in Capri and Milan, outdoorsy types will adore the Lakes while explorers can seek out hidden coves in Puglia and Sardinia while foodies can go wild for Portofino’s seafood and Sicily’s cucina povera. As a travel destination, Italy is as rewarding as they come.