Italy is home to the arguably some of the best Renaissance art, Roman grandeur, and religious relics in the world, and the artistic and architectural treasures of Rome, Venice, Florence and Naples draw flocks of admirers in their thousands each year. In the cities the streets are filled with stylish Vespas, incredible architecture, high fashion, crispy pizzas and beautiful people – all demanding attention – and the nightlife here is glamorous and thrilling. The exquisite cuisine here is world-famous, and its rich wines offer up a taste of the divine. To the North of the country the mountains and the watery wonders of Venice are breathtaking, whilst the South serves up sizzling slices of sun of sandy beaches, volcanic Vesuvius and rolling vineyards. Whatever you believe makes an ideal vacation, you can be sure that Italy has it.

The country is easily accessible from the UK and Ireland, making it perfect for a short break. Flights are available from most major UK airports and happily flight time is merely a relaxing couple of hours. There are direct flights available all year round to over 20 destinations on the Italian mainland, Sardinia and Sicily. Most regional routes are flown by budget airlines easyJet and Ryanair – which means the cost of the flights will barely put a dent in your holiday wallet.