Dreaming of the Summer Holidays

April 20, 2018
Venice Bridge of Sighs

Have you thought about booking your summer holidays yet? The warmer weather has me dreaming of my Summer holidays. I am looking at short haul destinations and wondering where to go. Read on to find out what I decide.

Finally the weather has is improving. This year the winter seems to have been a long one. The last couple of days of sunshine has seen the flowers starting to appear and the leaves going green. It is as if the land has been in hibernation just waiting for some sun.

The sunshine brings warmer weather and longer days. It makes me want to sit in the garden and enjoy the birds singing and the feel of sun on my face. I am starting to think of the long hot days of Summer and where to go on holiday.

Booking a summer holiday

What do you look for when you book at summer holiday? Are you a fan of a city break or do you prefer to sit by the beach? I have recently been looking on the WWW.HOLIDAYGEMS.CO.UK website. They have a great range of different holiday destinations and breaks.  There is something for everyone. The only hard part is deciding where to go.

I had a look on the site and am now dreaming of the summer. The large range of low cost breaks and last minute cheap holidays means I can have a break without it costing too much. Fancy jetting off to the Algarve, Benidorm or Tenerife? Just have a look on the site.

Going on holiday to Italy

I have a soft spot in my heart for Italy. We went on our honeymoon there and it is somewhere I want to revisit. I have lovely memories of sitting on a gondola in Venice, walking the historic streets of Florence and Rome and admiring the leaning tower of Piza. The Italian people are so friendly and the language is lyrical.

Venice Palo Alto bridge

Where in Italy would I go?

This is such a difficult decision as there are so many lovely places in Italy. These are my top three picks and things you can do when you are there.


Milan is the fashion capital of the world and a lovely place to spend a short break. Why not window shop in the golden triangle, the area between Via della Spiga, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Montenapoleone. Here you will find all the luxury brands, Prada, Versace, Aramini, Dolce e Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and many more. Have a look and dream for a while.

Milan also has an extravagant Gothic cathedral adorned with spires and statues. It took 600 years to make. The Italians are proud of their cathedrals and they are often full of history.

Don’t miss Milan’s famous mural, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. You will find it hidden away on a wall of the refectory adjoining the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Milan catherdral


Rome is the capital city of Italy and has much of interest to visit. The picturesque city has Roman ruins mxed between modern buildings and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The river Tiber flows tranquilly though the centre.

Make a visit to the Collesum, the biggest amphitheatre ever built. You can almost hear the cheers of the crowds as they watch the gladiators. It is like stepping back into the past. Don’t miss the pantheon, a former temple which is now a church. The Corinithan columns and bronze doors are unique. Inside you can see the oculus (circular opening) in the middle of the dome where light streams inside.

Take the time to visit the Vatican City and see many wonderful artworks. The highlight is the Sistene Chapel with Michaelangelo paintings. Do take some water as it gets crowded and busy. Finally throw a coin in the Trevi fountain and make a wish to come back one day.



If you are looking for the ultimate romantic destination Venice should be on the list. This historic city is full of canals, winding streets and pretty bridges. Head to the piazza San Marco and sit and enjoy an aperitvo whilst taking in the sights. Why not enjoy an Aperol Spritz? A classic Italian drink for this time of day.

Aperol Spritz

Whilst in San Marco piazza you can see three of the major sights of Venice. St Mark’s basilica, the Doge’s Palace and Torre dell’Orologio, a clock tower built between 1496 and 1506.

No trip to Venice would be complete without a trip in a gondola. See the city from a different angle as you are driven along the waterways by a gondolier.


Have you planned your summer holiday yet? Where do you plan to go? Let me know below.

This is a collaborative post

6 responses to “Dreaming of the Summer Holidays”

  1. Galina V says:

    I think I’d give Italy a miss in summer, as it’s too hot, otherwise yes to all the places you mentioned, there is so much history and art to explore there. And food, of course, is marvellous.

  2. Apart from a few days whilst inter-railing around Europe many years ago, I haven’t visited Italy. Would love to though. We are off to Spain in the summer

  3. What! no Napoli!! not good 🙂

    id’ avoid august but june july is wonderful and you can take a trip to the islands too (Ischia is my favourite). Lots to do, too history, art, shopping and of course, eating!

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