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TOP FIVE ITALIAN CITY BREAKS

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TOP FIVE ITALIAN CITY BREAKS

1. Matera
Recently named Italy’s European Capital of Culture for 2019, the city of Matera and its relatively undiscovered region, Basilicata, offer a unique destination for a city break. Located in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata, Matera is a city divided into two areas: the old town built into the rocky landscape and the new, boasting luxury boutique hotels, authentic restaurants, and glorious historic churches. The old town, known as the “Sassi” district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, perched on top a dramatic ravine, scattered with historic cave dwellings dug into and carved out of the rocky landscape. Matera is full of breath-taking narratives; rock churches which are home to frescoes and magnificent architecture, delicious local specialties, and festivals all create a burst of cultural heritage against a backdrop of narrow streets and stacked houses, while chic new hotels and restaurants in old carved stone structures blend contemporary chic with history. The city of Matera is a truly undiscovered delight for a unique Italian city break.

2. Florence
The capital of Tuscany and a previous European Capital of Culture, the bustling city of Florence has been called the centre of the Renaissance. Packed with galleries and museums, the city offers a break full of art and history set amidst the glory of lovely buildings and squares, particularly Florence’s incredible duomo (or cathedral).

3. Rome
The unmissable Rome binds together an array of impressive historical buildings and modern Italian culture into the large and famous capital of Italy. The towering classical structures of the Pantheon and Collosseum compete for attention with the Vatican’s gorgeous buildings whilst fashion and food wind through the city’s streets below.

4. Venice
Spread over a mass of meandering waterways, the city of Venice is associated with excitement and romance. Canals, bridges and gondolas offer a unique and different experience with architectural scenery. With buildings ranging from sumptuous to quaint and many thrilling places to explore and discover, the visitor to Venice has the added bonus of seeing all its beauty twice; once above them, and once reflected in the water below.

5. Maratea
Caught beautifully between the mountains and the sea, Maratea, the ‘Pearl of the Tyrrhenian’ lies on the border between the stunning Italian region of Basilicata and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Charming and intimate hotels offer secluded, sophisticated places to spend the night, often overlooking the sea below, while Maratea itself offers plenty to do during the day. It is a cluster of 11 localities which range from medieval village to stylish harbor and create a unique and quirky place to explore. The city’s many churches and monasteries provides splashes of art and culture which punctuate a landscape of diverse beaches and sea caves, all overlooked by its 22 foot white marble statue of Christ the Redeemer, to provide a city break with a difference.

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