Beach and sun, City breaks, Europe

Italy is a fantastic destination to visit in June, as the country bathes in its glorious summer weather. It is also a great destination due to the wide variety of holidays you can choose from. So whether you’re a stickler for city life or like to enjoy the country, there is an Italian holiday for you. Here’s my guide to visiting Italy during June.

Country Life

For the ultimate holiday in the countryside, there are not many finer places in Europe to take a trip than in Tuscany. This beautiful region is situated in central Italy and its landscapes are legendary. To enjoy the ideal break away to the Italian countryside, start by booking the perfect accommodation in an Italian villa which will allow you to soak up the country atmosphere.

Personally, I would recommend staying in and around Siena. Here you can explore hilltop villages, take in the many agricultural sights and enjoy some fine Tuscan architecture. Best of all, take a tour of the Chianti vineyards that are scattered throughout the region, discovering what makes this iconic drink so special, then getting to sample some yourself. Tuscany is also home to the famous cities of Florence and Pisa, is famed for its artistic heritage and for being the birthplace of the Renaissance. During June, Tuscany benefits from the Mediterranean climate, enjoying highs of 26C (80F) and minimal rainfall.

City Breaks

Italy is filled with iconic cities, from the fashion capital Milan to the centre of the Art world, Florence. However, if you’re visiting for the first time, then there truly can only be one place to take a city break in Italy. Its capital Rome has great historical and religious roots that have left an indelible mark on civilisation as it stands today. During June, Rome basks in glorious sunshine and enjoys highs of 27C (81F), perfect for sightseeing.

With so many amazing sites to see within the city, it is hard to know where to begin. Personally, I would start just outside the centre of Rome in the Vatican City. Declared a state within its own right, here you’ll find the home of the Roman Catholic Church. Marvel at St. Peter’s Basilica by taking a tour which will lead you into the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. From the Vatican, make your way around Rome’s Spiritual sites including the beautiful churches such as the San Giovanni Cathedral and San Pietro in Vincoli. Next up is Rome’s Ancient sites, including the Colosseum, Panthenon, Roman Forum and Palantine Hill. Of course no trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Trevi Fountain and enjoying the works on show at the Galleria Borghese.

Italian Islands

Along Italy’s Western coast, you’ll find an impressive cluster of islands which provide an irresistible chance to enjoy a relaxing break. Popular islands to visit include Sardinia, Capri and Corsica but by far the most visited is the island of Sicily. During June, you’ll find the weather on the islands nicely hot to enjoy the beaches with temperatures averaging highs of 25C (77F).

Located on Italy’s South Western tip, Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and it can feel like a microcosm of Italy. With such a large island, it is difficult to explore the whole place in one go so it’s best to plan what you want from your trip to the island. If you’re looking to indulge in the culture, visit the cities of Palermo and Syracuse or take trips to the ancient sites at Agrigento and Piazza Armerina. You should also visit the notorious Mount Etna to see this fearsome volcano in all its glory. However if it’s simply a beach island break that you’re looking for, you’re truly spoilt for choice. Either make your stay at one of the beach resorts at Taormina and Mortelle or head for one of Sicily’s Aeolian Islands.

  • For more information on Sicily, visit italia.it