The 10 Ultimate Italian Vacations and How to Do Them in Style
This is the travel news that many of us have been waiting for. Especially those of us who dream of a nice glass of chianti on a warm evening, a sunny stroll in a wide square, a day of great art in glorious galleries, a villa in the Tuscan hills or a week on an Adriatic beach.
As of this morning (March 1), Italy is back on the map as a realistic destination for spring and summer getaways looming on the horizon. Before today, the land of Pompeii, prosecco and puttanesca was a tricky holiday proposition, requiring even fully vaccinated visitors to pass a PCR test to enter the country. But with a new month comes a new opening. Italy is now accessible to tourists via proof of full vaccination – or, if you cannot provide it, via a negative test result or certified recovery from Covid.
Of course, there are caveats to this happy title. On the one hand, there is the small obstacle that you still need a “Green Pass” (which is only available if you are fully vaccinated) to enter bars, restaurants and other places. But even here, change is afoot. “We will gradually end the obligation of the reinforced green certificate, starting with outdoor activities, including fairs, sports, parties and shows,” Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced last week. Although he did not specify the dates, the message was clear. The Italy we all know and love from pre-pandemic visits will soon be back online.
Reason enough to schedule a break immediately? Absoutely. And if you fancy anything from a Milanese shopping spree or a romantic weekend in Venice to a Sicilian villa and a fortnight with the grandkids, the following options will appeal to you.
Ideal for: Couples looking for a long weekend in a privileged setting
When should we go: march or april
There’s no better time than the present to see La Serenissima at its best. Famously busy in the summer, Venice puts on a calmer face in the spring. Go this month, and you should have St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge, if not to yourself, then with more room to breathe than in August. Take a walk at night, during this time, and you should find that with the day trippers gone, the cooler temperatures of March correspond to quieter restaurants and a mellow vibe.