48 Hours

City Breaks: Italy

Whether you’re just passing through or making a weekend of it, we give you the 48-hour lowdown on cities across the globe. What to see, what to do, what not to miss...

  • Verona

    Verona Europe, Italy

    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    Try ‘fair Verona’, the Italian city that captured Shakespeare’s imagination and is sure to have a similar effect on yours. It’s a feast of Renaissance architecture and the food scene is spectacular. Expect risotto with Monte Veronese cheese, washed down with lashings of full-bodied Amarone.
  • Florence

    Florence Europe, Italy

    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    An epicentre of Renaissance art and architecture, the Tuscan capital is also seeing a fresh breeze blow through its already stellar food scene, says Renate Ruge.
  • Venice

    Venice Europe, Italy

    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    Blessed with history, incredible architecture and superb seafood, this city never fails to seduce its guests. Hop aboard a gondola, or get lost amid the labyrinthine streets...
  • Rome

    Rome Europe, Italy

    Travel Time

    2hrs 30mins

    It’s difficult to know where to start in a city filled with such riches, but Guy Woodward plots a path through the thronging streets to pick out the must-see attractions.
  • Ferrara

    Ferrara Europe, Italy

    Travel Time

    1hrs 10mins

    A romantic realm of piazzas and palazzos shaped by its Renaissance ancestors, this city has much to inspire. But it’s no museum – as the food on your plate will reveal.
  • Girona

    Girona Europe, Italy

    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    Costa Brava’s capital offers all the draws of Spain’s larger cities, but on a more intimate scale. Alicia Miller dines on fine Catalan cuisine and explores the Jewish quarter.
  • Trento

    Trento Europe, Italy

    Travel Time

    4hrs 10mins

    Alicia Miller takes in the intricate frescoes of this northern Italian city and finds that, thanks to the local sparkling wine, cured meats and cheeses, it’s hard to go hungry.
  • Sorrento

    Sorrento Europe, Italy

    Travel Time

    2hrs 50mins

    Jane Labous makes an authentic Neapolitan pizza and enjoys views of Vesuvius in this lemon-scented city, surrounded by olive groves on the Amalfi coast of Italy.
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