ADVERTISING FEATURE Italy is captivating all ye

Italy’s stunning coastline isn’t its only draw – sell the art and architecture of Florence and surrounding towns and take advantage of these quieter times. And for those clients who like some late summer sun, suggest they head south to the Amalfi Coast or the islands of Sicily and Sardinia

There’s no bad time to visit Italy. With miles of sun-drenched coastline, an enviable clutch of historic cities and a never- ending supply of sumptuous cuisine, there’s a reason why this European gem is beloved by so many.

Cultural delights

The central regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche have so much to offer post summer. In Tuscany, find verdant green valleys and rugged olive groves, world-class wineries amid quiet Tuscan hills. Florence, Siena and Pisa usually teem with tourists, but in September and October, clients can tour these cities in relative peace. Handy, considering Florence is home to some of the world’s most recognisable Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s David and the duomo basilica.

But while most flock to this captivating country in the busy summer months, Italy is alluring year-round. In the shoulder seasons the weather is milder, the streets are quieter, and the prices are lower, making it a great option for an autumnal break. Make the most of smaller crowds in one of its central cities or head down to a resort in the south to soak up some late summer sun. Whenever you go, Italy is open for business and ready to welcome your clients with open arms!

Nicknamed Italy’s green heart, Umbria is full of winding mountain roads, medieval hill towns and a distinctive cuisine of black truffles and cinghiale (wild boar). The walled cities of Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto and Gubbio provide endless entertainment for wandering feet – and are much better explored when Italy’s summer sun isn’t sweltering overhead.

An autumn break could also include the lesser-known treasure of Le Marche, sandwiched between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, where white-stone beaches meet provincial towns and snow-capped peaks. This is an area that thrives on its insider status and you will feel like a local in no time whether in the art-packed town of Urbino or the sandy shores of Ancona.

PICTURES: Unsplash/ Ali Nuredini /Jarno Cobbaert

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