Italy is open to visitors again with relaxed Covid entry rules, but some restrictions remain for visitors. Tourists must produce either proof of full vaccination; a negative PCR or rapid lateral flow test or a Covid-19 recovery certificate.
To enter bars, restaurants and other venues, travelers will need to present the “Green Pass” which is currently available to fully vaccinated tourists. The long-awaited relaxation of travel rules has put Italy back on the radar and there is a wide range of experiences to really enjoy The good life in the destination this spring.
Here are some of the attractions and activities that are now available to UK visitors.
Pasta Making Class in Florence
Local chef Massimo was born in Peccioli, a Tuscan village home to some of the most delicious cuisine and fresh produce in the world. You can follow Massimo to a small, family-run olive farm, where the resident “Mamma” will teach visitors how to prepare traditional local pasta before settling in to partake in a family meal with a selection of local wines.
ToursByLocals (www.toursbylocals.com) offers the 9.5-hour Olive Farm and Pasta Factory Cooking Class Full Day Tour for £1,215 for four people (prices vary by size of the group). The tour includes guide services, private transportation, entrance tickets, lunch with Tuscan specialties including wine, and aprons as souvenirs.
Go back in time in Trento
Trento is a cosmopolitan city steeped in history and heritage, surrounded by towering mountains and teeming with lively bars and world-class restaurants. The fascinating city center – restored in recent years – is full of ancient sites to discover, including Roman remains, the magnificent Piazza Duomo, Buonconsiglio Castle, churches such as Santa Maria Maggiore, Palazzo Pretorio, the Fountain of Neptune and Cathedral of San Vigilio.
Visit the stylish hotspot Villa Madruzzo Hotel & Restaurant which is a foodie favorite offering traditional Alpine cuisine championing local Italian produce. After exploring Trento, you can enjoy the hotel’s idyllic wellness center thanks to the Madruzzina gallery, equipped with a Finnish sauna, a Turkish bath and a tea house.
Enjoy a 5 night stay at the 4* Villa Madruzzo Hotel and Restaurant for £580 for two adults. The hotel was the home of a noble family in the 16th century. Based on two people sharing room and breakfast. Dates: April 14-19, 2022. Book here.
Explore the picturesque Piazza Giglio, where Puccini’s opera was performed, Piazza Napoleone where the Lucca Summer Festival shows take place, and Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, which offers a mix of historic charm and the perfect place to watch people. Visitors can enjoy a aperitif in one of the countless cafes and restaurants in the courtyard. This is home to Grand Universe Lucca, Autograph Collection, still a must-visit destination in Tuscany after opening last year.
Stay at Grand Universe Lucca, Autograph Collection, a former Renaissance palace overlooking two of Lucca’s most beautiful squares. Enjoying an ideal location, the Grand Universe Lucca has 55 rooms and nine unique suites. Prices for a one night stay over Easter 2022 start from £279.50 (based on two adults sharing). www.granduniverselucca.com.
Enjoy history and romance in Rome and Venice
Spring is the best time to enjoy two of Italy’s iconic, beautiful and breathtaking cities, Rome and Venice. Very different, the two cities complement each other to create the ultimate Italian twin city getaway.
Travel deals platform HolidayPirates is offering a five-night package holiday to Rome and Venice for £269 pp. Enjoy a unique and memorable Italian getaway and spend two nights in Rome at a 4-star Napoleon Hotel and three nights at a 4-star Smart Hotel Holiday in Venice. Flights included from London Gatwick and London Stansted, plus train transfer between Rome and Venice. This package is based on two people sharing a room with breakfast.
Barga, the charming medieval destination of Tuscany
The hilltop town of Barga is largely still under the radar, but it has a captivating setting, with views of the Apennine mountains and many acres of vineyards, olive groves and woodland. Barga is famous for its rich cultural life in summer with exceptional music festivals. Travelers will enjoy strolling through the winding streets of the old town away from the hordes of tourists.
The Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa offers 180 classic-style rooms, a full-service beauty spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and an upscale restaurant offering regional and international cuisine. Prices for a one night stay over Easter 2022 start from £185.23 (based on two adults sharing).
Majestic black city in Sicily
The beautiful city of Catania is on the east coast of Sicily. The city is bathed by the Ionian Sea and governed by Etna, the most important volcano in Europe. Once, the metropolis was destroyed by the catastrophic eruption of the volcano but was redesigned in a true baroque style, built with lava!
ToursByLocals (www.toursbylocals.com) offers an eight-hour tour of Catania – Myths, Art and Culture, Local Food and Traditions of Sicily for £1,246 for eight people (prices vary by group size). The tour includes guide services, private transport, entrance tickets, lunch in the city of Catania and the option of wine tasting.
Learn the art of wine tasting in Piedmont
Nestled in the Italian Alps, Piedmont features some of the highest peaks in the country, as well as five wine regions with stunning views of vineyards, medieval towns, Grinzane Cavour Castle, and Lakes Maggiore and Orta.
For budding sommeliers, the Albergo L’Ostelliere Villa Sparina offers guided tours and tastings in its 18 and century wine cellar. Located in the heart of Piedmont, the winery is the perfect place to hone your tasting skills.
Citalia (citalia.com) is offering a 7-night stay at the 4-star Albergo L’Ostelliere Villa Sparina Resort from £739 pp. This includes a free night’s accommodation, flights from London Gatwick and daily breakfast, saving up to £305 per couple. Rate is based on two people sharing and June 3 departures.
Relax at the Grand Palladium, Sicily’s only five-star all-inclusive resort
Launched last summer, Grand Palladium Sicily is the only five-star all-inclusive resort on the beautiful island of Sicily. Consisting of two hotels and 469 rooms, the resorts offer an exciting mix of entertainment options, high-quality facilities and an incredible location.
TUI is offering a 7-night stay at the five-star Grand Palladium Garden Beach Resort and Spa with spa facilities and four swimming pools in Sicily from £701 pp (all-inclusive), including return flights from London Gatwick. Based on May 1, departure for two adults sharing. Full details of the agreement can be viewed here.
Discover the Amalfi Coast from Pompeii to Pizza
The Amalfi Coast, on the southern coast of Italy, is famous for its beautiful beaches, quaint towns and of course its wonderful pizza and ice cream. This tour explores its dramatic coastline as well as the famous ruins of Pompeii, the winding streets of Positano and Amalfi.
Exodus Travels 8-Day Amalfi Coast: Family Vacation in Pompeii and Pizza is priced at £1,699 per adult and £1,275 per child and includes return flights, group flight transfers, B&B accommodation, four lunches, five dinners, all transport and listed activities . (Exodus.co.uk, 0203 1312 785)
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Navigate Sardinia by bike
Visitors will cruise through the quaint former mining village of Nebida and the colorful town of Pula passing through expanses of vineyards and olive groves. The route passes between the islands of St Pietro and St Antico where visitors can enjoy delicious fresh fish alongside locally made cheeses and flatbreads.
The eight day Headwater Undiscover Sardinia Cycling trip costs from £1579 pp and includes flights, all accommodation, daily breakfasts, an evening meal, routes and maps, high quality bikes, luggage transfers and a transfer from Cagliari to Nebida on day one. (Headwater.com, 01606 369121)
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