Italy - land of sun, romance, history and culture and long a firm favourite with visitors from all over Wales, has never been so attractive by coach.
The joys of coach travel for those with a little more time on their hands is well documented and includes convenience, safety, value for money and – of course – an opportunity to make new friends and travel with like-minded people.
From the moment you step aboard your holiday coach, everything is taken care of. No need to worry about the best route, where to park, how to find your hotel or the attractions you are planning to visit! Just sit back, admire the view (from your seat high above anyone travelling by car) and let the coach and your friendly, knowledgeable drivers take care of the rest.
A coach trip to Italy can be the best kind of holiday, taking in dramatic scenery as you travel gently through France and Germany on the way but culminating in the splendour and majesty of the Swiss or Austrian Alps and the spectacular Dolomites as you plunge south into this sun-drenched country that promises so much for every visitor! And of course, you will enjoy one or maybe two comfortable overnight stops en-route that allow you to combine your Italian holiday with a tantalising glimpse of another culture, be that French, German, Austrian or Swiss!
For those keen to keep their journey times relatively short, then northern Italy offers a host of fabulous destinations to explore by coach.
The Italian Riviera offers a fascinating contrast to its French counterpart (and some pretty hefty cost savings too) and runs from the French border right around and through to Genoa and Portofino. Combining a brief visit to Monaco with some of the most beautiful spots on the Italian Riviera including romantic Portofino truly does give you the best of both worlds at a very competitive price. The beach resorts of Diano Marina and Alassio, with their classic beach bars serving fresh fish and glorious salads all washed down with a local glass or two, simply have to be the best resorts on this the coast in which to stay
For those visiting Italy by coach for the first time, then there is nothing like Lake Garda to give you your first taste of Italy – in every sense. At over 140 square miles, ringed on its northern coast by the Dolomite Mountains and boasting dramatic lakeside drives that have attracted tourists and celebrities alike for centuries, including one of the most famous James Bond chases in history, all ensures that Lake Garda truly does offer something for everyone. And that is even before you have tried the local wines (none of which is produced in enough quantity to be exported as the locals drink it all up!), enjoyed pasta made fresh in front of you or visited the iconic nearby cities of Venice and Verona. There is nothing quite like sitting on the terrace of your hotel or a lakeside trattoria with a chilled glass of the local rose wine, Chiaretto, watching the world go by and soaking up the atmosphere – all after you’ve had a dip in the lake of course!
But by far the most iconic of destination in northern Italy remains Tuscany, with its stunning array of historic cities, rolling hills and majestic coastline. From its most famous city, Florence, through to the historic towns of Lucca and Pisa, made most famous by its quirky leaning tower, and the coastal town of La Spezia, jumping off point to the stunning Cinque Terre, Tuscany never disappoints…
And if you do the whole thing by coach, you never have to worry about packing your toiletries into a clear plastic bag, how much local wine and souvenirs you can bring home and, maybe best of all, competing on the “wrong side of the road” with those lovely but entirely mad Italian car drivers – that is someone else’s problem…you are on holiday!
Check out some of lovely Italian destinations here!