Put Italy at the top of your wish list.

23 Jun 2023

Gruppo UNA

With Gruppo UNA summer holiday hotels in 2019, you'll enjoy a warm Italian welcome and a taste of living like a local. 

We believe that Italy is one of the best summer holiday destinations in the world, so we've put together seven simple tips for your dream trip. 

Pick a holiday that suits you.

With over three dozen Gruppo UNA hotels in Italy's most beautiful regions, it's easy to plan the perfect trip whether you're looking for the best summer holidays for young families or a romantic getaway. Milan, Florence, Venice and Rome are ideal for both short breaks or longer holidays.

Alternatively, head south to vibrant Naples or take life at a slower pace by exploring beautiful Sicilian beaches or the Italian lakes in the northern region of Varese. Once you've decided on your dream destination, then...

And choose your hotel.

Do you want to be exploring on foot or using public transport in the centre of your favourite Italian city? If so, the UNAHOTELS Decò Roma is perfect. It has easy access to Metro stops and the airport, while top Roman attractions such as the Colosseum and the Galleria Borghese are on your doorstep. 

If you like to get out and about exploring, and are happy to hire a car, country house hotels could be among the best places in Italy for your summer holiday. Among these is the Villa le Maschere | UNA Esperienze. Set in the natural beauty of the Tuscan hills, but within an easy drive of the cultural attractions of Florence, a stay here offers a true blend of Italian luxury and hospitality.

Embrace the Italian way of life and ...

...take things slowly. You're on holiday, you're in Italy, so do what the locals do and get up later, have lunch and dinner later and go to bed later. Whether you're exploring the Venetian canals or driving around the Italian lakes, plan an itinerary that lets you take life at a leisurely pace. A good way to do this is to spend a few days in the Maison Venezia | UNA Esperienze, a charmingly intimate hotel located in the city's Cannaregio district. Then, journey north to stay in the UNAHOTELS Varese to discover Italy's Lombardy region which includes Lakes Maggiore and Garda.

Show your Italian sense of style.

The Italians dress well, and if they're going out for dinner, they do their best to impress. So show off your new summer outfits by the coast, your designer sunglasses in town or dress ‘to the nines’ when you step out to dine. Take advantage of some of the best cheap holiday destinations in Italy and you'll have more to spend on your holiday wardrobe. Look out for Gruppo UNA Flash Sales when planning your summer break, then shop in the fashion boutiques of stylish Milan. The Maison Milano | UNA Esperienze is the perfect place to stay and shop in style.

Surviving the summer heat.

Italy is hot in the summer, so follow these few tips on surviving the summer heat, especially when touring places such as Florence, Rome and Sicily. Always carry a bottle with you, filling it regularly from the public drinking fountains found everywhere in Italy. The water is perfectly safe to drink. Keep a fan and suntan lotion in your bag while a small umbrella doubles up as a parasol. When out and about, wear light cotton summer clothes and a hat. Talking about clothes: remember shoulders should be covered in places of worship. While pretty much anything is okay to wear on the beach, decent dressing is expected once you step off the sand.

Italian beaches.

Most of the best holiday destinations in Italy are never far from beautiful beaches, the perfect antidote to city sightseeing. Stay at the UNAHOTELS Capotaormina or the UNAHOTELS Naxos Beach Sicilia and relax on their private Sicilian beaches. Most Italian beaches have sunbeds and parasols for hire. For a little more seclusion, quiet stretches of sand and pretty bays are easy to find.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner (the Italian way).

Start your day as the Italians do with something sweet such as a croissant or a delicious pastry accompanied by freshly squeezed orange juice and a frothy cappuccino. But, don't be tempted to order a cappuccino after 11:00 a.m.; in Italy, it's strictly a breakfast drink. When it's time for morning coffee in the city, save a few cents by ordering and drinking your espresso at the counter. If you want to indulge in a spot of people watching or take in the views in Venice's Piazza San Marco, expect to pay more for the privilege.

In the evenings, enjoy the regional cuisine offered by our hotel restaurants. The UNAHOTELS One Siracusa is noted for its Akademia Restaurant while the renowned Noha Restaurant can be found at the UNAHOTELS Regina Bari in Puglia. 

Whichever Gruppo UNA hotel you choose to book for your Italy summer holidays in 2019, you can be sure of the trip of your dreams. Check out our other articles for more information and tips that’ll come in handy when planning your Italian holiday.