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Travel Guide: Italy City Breaks

Italy is a diverse country, packed with stunning destinations for city breaks & sun holidays. Rich in history, sightseeing & tasty cuisine, it’s easy to see why millions of travellers flock to Italy, year in, year out! So, in this week’s destination guide, we’re focusing on three North Italian city break hotspots: Venice, Milan & Verona.

Milan, Italy

Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy

The buzzing metropolis of Milan is full of colourful streets, world-class sightseeing, fine dining, contemporary cocktail bars and high-end stores. So, get yourself ready to immerse yourself in traditional Italian culture, fine artsfashion & years of history in this beautiful Italian city. During your trip, some must-visit sights include:

  • The Last Supper (Crso Magenta & Sant Ambrogio)
  • Pinacotexa Di Brera
  • Teatro Alla Scala
  • Duomo & San Babia

Also, Milan is a city that is recognised worldwide for fashion & design. So, if you’re into art, fashion and culture, Milan is the perfect destination to tick all the boxes!

Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy

Great eats in the city

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Contraste – TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 from 701 reviews

Glittering red silicon chandeliers hover above diners at this restaurant, which is decorated with touches of Art Nouveau here and there. The cuisine is traditional yet reinterpreted in presentation and appearance, offering contrasting flavours that leave guests impressed and delighted.

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Shaolin State of HarmonyTripAdvisor rating: 5/5 from 217 reviews

Rated number 1 restaurant in Milan. The cultural vegan restaurant offers tasty, healthy & contemporary to guests. All food is served fresh.

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TramTripAdvisor rating: 5/5 from 210 reviews

A street food eatery serving up classic Italian Cuisine at a fantastic price! And, if you check out the reviews you’ll see why this place is rated number 3 in Milan!

The best times to visit Milan are April and May, and September and October. Falling in spring & autumn, these months straddle the peak tourism season. During these months the weather is comfortable, accommodation is reasonably priced. But, not only that, visiting outside of peak season means for a less manic trip for you!

Verona, Italy

Famous across the Globe for its Shakespeare associations, Verona attracts tourists from all walks of life. But, beyond the tales of romance and tragedy, Verona is a bustling centre full of gorgeous piazzas and labyrinths of lanes. It’s also home to countless churches, some architecturally fascinating bridges over the Adige and some incredible art.

Verona, Italy
Verona, Italy

Must-see sights include:

  • Roman Arena
  • Museo Di Castelvecchio
  • Giardino Giusti
  • Piazza dei Signori
  • Galleria d’Arte Moderna Achille Forti
  • Casa di Giulietta
  • Sunday Flea Market

Add all of this to the local wine and food from the Veneto region and Verona becomes one of most attractive cities in Northern Italy. Plus, it’s only a short hop from the stunning Lake Garda.

June throughout August marks the Verona Arena Opera season, So, if you want to visit the city to experience an evening performance, this is the perfect time to go! Also, during summer you can make the most of the outside dining & drinking establishments located by the river.

Verona, Italy
Verona, Italy

Great eats in the city

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Trattoria dal TaioTripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 from 797 reviews

Rated Number 4 restaurant In Verona, Trattoria serves up stunning Italian classics, complemented by an extensive wine menu.

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ArchivioTripAdvisor rating: 4/5/4 from 225 reviews

This fusion cocktail bar & restaurant serves up handcrafted drinks that have crowds spilling out the doorway each night.

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Formaggi e Salumi GirondaTripAdvisor rating 5/5 from 136 reviews

Sat on the river, this budget-friendly eatery serves up tasty Italian and Mediterranean foods complimented by a great view. But, all of this comes without a huge price tag.

Venice, Italy

Home to beautiful canals, narrow backstreets, priceless marbles & neighbourhood churches, Venice is the perfect destination for an Italian city break. So, if you enjoy architecture, history, incredible cuisine & world class shopping, then Venice is the place to be!

Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy

Must see sights include:

  • Basilica Di San Marco,
  • Gallerie Dell’Accademia
  • Palazzo Ducale

However, if you are keen to explore more of Italy during your time in Venice, jump on the train to Verona, it can be reached in just over an hour on the fast train service. Or, continue another 15 minutes to visit the small town of Desenzano del Garda for a view of Lake Garda.

Each year, travellers come from far and wide to join in the city’s biggest part of the year. Venice carnival packs the cities winding streets with elaborately costumed people & colourful sights! The carnival kicks off in February and continues until Shrove Tuesday. So, if you’re looking for a great time to immerse yourself in traditional Italian culture, then February is the month for you!

Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy

Great eats in the city

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Ristorante Alle CoroneTripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 from 1,245 reviews

In the heart of Venice, this restaurant serves up Italian, seafood & Mediterranean delights. Plus, diners can opt for a tasting menu, with great drinks to go alongside.

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Impronta CaféTripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 from 1,466 reviews

This small & intimate restaurant brings diners tasty & affordable classic Italian menu with a Mediterranean twist.

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Café FilermoTripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 reviews from 1,014 reviews

Rated Number 2 out of 1,257 dining options in the city, this cheap eatery is definitely worth a visit for an affordable, but memorable dining experience.

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