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Italy Holiday

Admire the greatest works of Michelangelo and da Vinci, see the center of Catholicism and pose with the Leaning Tower of Pisa on this Mediterranean peninsula.

Italy began as a collection of city-states. Today each of its many cities still feels like its own little world with its own set of world-famous treasures: beautiful cathedrals and important da Vinci paintings. Move from city to city, investigating relics from the Roman Empire, some of the world’s largest and most spectacular churches and some of the best-known pieces of Renaissance art.

Start in Rome, the center of the world for both Catholics and classicists. See legendary Roman architecture and artifacts, including the 50,000-seat Colosseum, Rome’s ancient administrative center at the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. Then, step into Vatican City at Rome’s core, where the Pope’s residence is located. Walk along Saint Peter’s Square to reach Saint Peter’s Basilica, the largest basilica in the world and Catholicism’s holiest site. See Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in one of the Vatican museums.

Head north to the region of Tuscany, with the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence. Tour the city’s main art museums to see crowning achievements in Italian art, including Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell'Accademia delle Belle Arti and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus at the Uffizi Gallery. In the nearby city of Pisa, see one of Europe’s biggest attractions, the Campo dei Miracoli complex with its leaning Bell Tower. Finally, enjoy a tour of Tuscany’s wine country, including the famous Chianti region.

Italy’s northernmost region has two more great cities: Venice and Milan. Take a gondola tour along the Canal Grande of Venice. Then, head to Milan to see its Duomo, one of the most ornate Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Nearby, the relatively modest Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie features da Vinci’s Last Supper.

Arrive in Italy by flying into an international airport in Rome, Milan or Venice. Get around the country by car or train. If you need to rest after exploring all of Italy’s major cities, take a boat to the relaxing Mediterranean islands of Sicily or Sardinia.

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Hotel Quirinale AU$127
Hotel Quirinale

Hotel Quirinale

Via Nazionale 7, Rome
    of 5, from 3,209 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Central Rome hotel housed in a late 19th-century building retaining much Imperial grandeur, 500 metres from Quirinale Palace and one kilometre from the Colosseum.

    iQ Hotel Roma AU$131
    iQ Hotel Roma

    iQ Hotel Roma

    Via Firenze, 8, Rome
      of 5, from 3,418 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Centrally located in Rome, this hotel faces the Teatro dell'Opera and is within 2 blocks of the Repubblica metro station and Via Nazionale and within 1 km (0.5 mi) of Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

      ibis Milano Centro AU$107
      ibis Milano Centro

      ibis Milano Centro

      Via Finocchiaro Aprile Camillo 2, Milan
        of 5, from 2,360 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Central Station, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Piazza della Repubblica, Spazio Oberdan, and Porta Venezia. Porta Nuova and Indro Montanelli Public Gardens are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice AU$489
        Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

        Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

        Riva Degli Schiavoni, 4196, Venice
          of 5, from 937 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          This historic Venice hotel, dating from the 14th century, is located on Riva degli Shiavoni overlooking the Venice lagoon and 100 metres from St. Mark's Square and Doge's Palace.

          Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Center AU$193
          Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Center

          Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Center

          S.S. 336, Ferno
            of 5, from 2,197 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            The sleek Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Center is directly in front of Terminal 1, and next to the Malpensa Express, a 50-minute train service to downtown Milan. From there it’s 4 stops on the metro to the Duomo Gothic cathedral, and a few more to Castello Sforzesco.

            Holiday Inn Express Milan - Malpensa Airport AU$89
            Holiday Inn Express Milan - Malpensa Airport

            Holiday Inn Express Milan - Malpensa Airport

            Via de Pinedo Ang., Somma Lombardo
              of 5, from 2,689 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Somma Lombardo, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Volandia Museum of Flight and within 9 mi (15 km) of Congress Center MalpensaFiere and Robinie Golf Club. Safaripark and PalaYamamay are also within 16 mi (25 km). Malpensa Airport Terminal 1 Station is 28 minutes by foot.

              Hotel Artemide AU$139
              Hotel Artemide

              Hotel Artemide

              Via Nazionale 22, Rome
                of 5, from 2,337 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Repubblica, this romantic hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Pantheon. Circus Maximus and Piazza Navona are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Hotel Nazionale AU$181
                Hotel Nazionale

                Hotel Nazionale

                Piazza Montecitorio, 131, Rome
                  of 5, from 1,244 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Navona, this hotel is steps from Palazzo Montecitorio, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain. Via del Corso and Pantheon are also within 5 minutes. Barberini Station is 13 minutes by foot and Spagna Station is 14 minutes.