A perfect Mother’s Day getaway: Italy

Italy is a hive of historic sights and attractions, and with so much to do, it makes a busy weekend!

We’ve focused on Rome, where you can not only sample delicious authentic food – pizza and pasta of course! – but also travel further out to Vatican City, Pompeii and Vesuvius for something different.

Rome is home to St Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Square, which make a fantastic day of sightseeing and guarantee you some beautiful holiday photos. Take a trip up to the roof top of St. Peter’s Basilica for a breathtaking view of the city, or, if you’re not crazy for heights, you could wander round the colourful gardens, home to creative water fountains and statues. For mums with an interest in art, Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are incredible, as are Raphael’s tapestries in the Palace of the Vatican.

With so much to see and do here you could make things a little easier for yourself and book onto a tour. They will take you around the Basilica, tapestry rooms, Vatican museums and give you an opportunity to see the stunning Greek and Roman art on show.

The world-famous Coliseum, where gladiators battled and entertained, is a great place to wander round on a free afternoon. You can see where the gladiators waited in the underground chambers before taking that nerve-wracking walk up to the arena.

If the hustle and bustle of busy Rome isn’t for you why not try something more relaxing? You may like to explore the ancient streets on Pompeii and Vesuvius; overlooking the stunning coastline. The panoramic views of clear sea and clean coast are not to be missed. Equally as beautiful are the Amalfi coast villages and the Positano cliffs.

Neapolitan Riviera is the most spectacular stretch of coastline surrounded by white washed villas and vibrant towns, where there are plenty of wineries to sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

Would you prefer to relax on the beach? Try a short break in Majorca.

Written on 5th March 2013 by

Holly Shackleton

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