Italy’s Winter CharmReading Time: 3 minutes
When it comes to winter destinations, Italy is one of the most preferred by tourists and travellers alike. The reason being that you get a full bouquet of benefits: low-cost airfares, a throbbing cultural scene, good hotels for less money, and perhaps most important of all – fewer crowds.
In other words, you get much, much more from the travel experience for a lot, lot less.
Experience Italy’s True Charm
The true magnificence of Italy lies in its splendid renaissance architecture. And the true beauty of these timeless monuments comes alive at night, under the lights. With the days being shorter during winter, the breath-taking structures and statues are illuminated earlier, making for a spectacular open-air experience. Florence serves as a perfect example.
The Tuscan city boasts some of the most mesmerising architecture: the Duomo, the Baptistery, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Ponte Vecchio. When they light up, they will have you spellbound.
The City And The Countryside
Visiting Florence during the off-peak season enables you to experience more of its majestic charms. This means short queues for museums and other tourist attractions, and with fewer people around, you have more time to appreciate the iconic artwork and sculptures.
No visit to Florence city is complete without experiencing the mesmerising Tuscan countryside. The special package we offer will take you to the rolling hills of Siena where you experience the most quintessential Italian hobby – hunting truffles.
Experience Warmth In Winter
If you prefer experiencing a bit of warmth during the cold winter, head to the south of Italy. Sicily offers warm temperatures even during the end of the year with thermometer touching 20°C.
Apart from the warm weather, the city also provides a great base from where you can explore some magnificent sights such as the bustling island of Catania that sits near Mount Etna – Europe’s highest active volcano. The black lava stone of the volcanic mountain has been used in the Baroque palaces and churches of the island’s historic centre.
We created a package that include a stay at the Relais Monaci delle Terre Nere. The eco-friendly hotel has rooms that feature chestnut wood-beamed ceilings and décor detailing in the iconic volcanic rock. You can also indulge in some lip-smacking local treats served at the in-house restaurant. As a part of the package, they offer a welcome cocktail and four-course dinner.
Another highlight of your Sicilian sojourn is the opportunity to indulge in a bit of adventure with a trek up Mount Etna. You can also go for a walking tour to Syracuse, an hour away from Catania, and experience its historic centre.
With warm temperatures and a buzz of activities, the southern island offers many reasons for an extended stay. Made in Uvet offers additional activities that include a visit to the hillside town of Taormina with an active ancient Greco-Roman theatre; and a unique chocolate-tasting excursion to Modica, that sits in the heart of the Unesco-inscribed Val di Noto.
Shop Until You Drop
For shopaholics, there is perhaps no better reason to visit Italy during wintertime than to indulge in shopping spree after a shopping spree.
During the end of the year, the fashion capital of Italy, and the world, is flush with designer clothes and accessories available at rock bottom prices. Take a stroll along the Quadrilatero della moda and you will be greeted with one sale after another. The upscale fashion district houses some of the most prestigious shopping streets such as Via Montenapoleone. You can also experience one of the world’s oldest shopping mall- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
Once you had your fill of shopping, you can then delight yourself with many of the historic and cultural centres that magnificent Milan has to offer. The many great museums of the city not only provide a great mirror into Italy’s rich historical past, but also a warm shelter away from the biting winter cold. And as far cultural experiences go, it does not get better than the Pinacoteca di Brera that contains one of the most important collections of paintings in Italy; and the Santa Maria delle Grazie, where you can admire the iconic Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.
Revel In The Mountains
From a shopping spree, you can transition to the peace and calm of the Alps. The Dolomites offer an ideal spot to ski, offering one of the largest ski areas in the world – the Dolomiti Superski.
The true beauty of Italy in winter is that the mountain region hosts more than 300 ski areas: from places like Courmayeur, Cervinia, and Cortina. Then you have the well-hidden Valle d’Aosta in the Western Alps that open to the breath-taking sights of the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, and the Gran Paradiso.
Once the skis come off, you can explore the regions at the foot of the mountains that are dotted with castles and fortresses.