Major Attractions in Italy
There are so many diverse regions in Italy that no two Italy vacations are the same. In the north, visit Venice's famous canals and the fashionable city of Milan. In central Italy, do not miss Florence and Pisa in Tuscany where you can see the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral and take a photo by the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Further south are Rome, one of the most visited cities in Italy, with attractions like the Colosseum and Vatican City within its borders, and Naples. Within a day's drive of Naples you can visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii or the beautiful Amalfi Coast. At the tip of Southern Italy is the island of Sicily where you can you visit the Teatro Greco Taormina, a 2,000-year old amphitheater that's still in use today.
Recurring Festivals and Events
The famous Venice Carnival takes place each year before the beginning of Lent. Depending on when Easter falls, the Carnival starts in February or March. Easter Sunday in Vatican City is one of Italy's largest events. Thousands of people descend on the city to see the Pope's Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square. While tickets are free, you'll want to book them and your flights to Italy months in advance. Taking place each year in July, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia is one of the world's most-famous jazz festivals. Demand is high during these festivals, so make sure to search for the best Italy hotels well ahead of time. Search Travelocity today for package deals on vacations to Italy so you can secure your spot. Booking your hotel and flight together can save you up to $537.