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Discover the beauty and charm of Italy
16th Mar 2012 by Just You
Travellers embarking on solo holidays in Italy in the near future can rest assured that they will come back with enough memories to last a lifetime.
This exciting and endlessly charming country is home to an array of varied destinations waiting to be explored, from exhilarating cities to gorgeous stretches of sun-soaked coastline.
Venice and Tuscany
One way for holidaymakers to see the famous city of Venice is by taking a river cruise combining the destination with other highlights in the region. Guests can enjoy a sailing along the Po river and an optional trip to the old university town of Padua.
A walking tour of Ferrara provides the opportunity to see the city's grand squares, while a visit to Verona allows travellers to explore a historic location that provided the setting for Romeo and Juliet.
In Venice itself, guests will have time to take in the main sights and attractions, including the Basilica di San Marco, the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.
Another region that is highly popular among solo travellers and other visitors to Italy is Tuscany, which encompasses everything from beautiful countryside to thriving cities rich in art and culture.
Escorted tours provide the opportunity to combine the highlights of this part of the country, including the cities of Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena.
Lakes Como and Garda
The lakes of northern Italy are among the country's most striking natural attractions. In Como Town at the southern tip of the lake of the same name, there are museums, gardens, an impressive cathedral and much more to be explored.
While staying in the town of Tremezzo near the lake, solo travellers can choose from an excursion programme including a visit to the Villa Melzi gardens at Bellagio, a full-day tour of Lake Maggiore and a day in chic and stylish Milan.
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and one of the nation's most appealing tourist attractions. While staying near the western shore, holidaymakers can take in some of the area's beauty spots and head to colourful resorts full of shops, restaurants and scenery.
Other unforgettable experiences on offer include a scenic drive along a route featured in the latest James Bond film and a visit to the gardens of Sigurta, which encompass ponds, gardens, lawns and other features.
If Italy is a boot, then Apulia is the heel, with stretches of coastline along the Adriatic and Ionian seas and the Gulf of Taranto. It is a visually stunning region that can be enjoyed during single holidays in the resort of Selva di Fasano.
Among the destinations waiting to be explored is Matera, a city that is famous for its cave dwellings carved directly into rock, which were once home to Turkish monks. Walking tours with a local guide provide an insight into local culture and history.
Apulia is home to many unusual sights that visitors will remember for many years to come, such as the beehive-style Trulli houses in the Itria valley, the medieval palaces and churches of Martina Franca and limestone caves full of stalactites and stalagmites.
As well as visiting the region during the spring, summer and autumn months, solo travellers have the option of arranging a Christmas holiday in Apulia and celebrating the occasion in welcoming local towns such as Ostuni and Alberobello.