Where to go on holiday in January in Italy

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What better month to unplug from the usual routine than January, the beginning of a new year that promises to be already full of all kinds of prerogatives?
If you are looking for the best destinations to explore in Italy in the first 31 days of the year, here are the most beautiful cities, from north to south, to visit in Italy in January!


  1. Northern Italy
  2. Center of Italy
  3. Southern Italy
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Post COVID19 travel advice
If you are planning a trip, make sure you are in line with safety measures. Follow government guidelines and only return to travel when the green light is given. Prefer natural and perhaps non-mass destinations, and in general promote local tourism: discover the wonders of your city, your region and your state. Try to avoid long-haul travel and at most choose destinations reachable with a few hours of flight.

Northern Italy

1 - Milan, Lombardy

And the Italian capital of fashion, chaotic and worldly metropolis, home to two of the strongest football teams in the top flight.
If you decide to spend your January in a big Italian city, the choice can only fall on Milan. Culture, entertainment, nightlife they will keep you more than busy, because the Lombard capital never sleeps.

On the occasion of the Epiphany then the procession of the Magi takes place, parade in historical costume that from Piazza Duomo passes through Corso di Porta Ticinese and ends at the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio, where the Magi offer gifts in front of the living nativity scene.

Events aside, Milan always offers a lot: from the Duomo to the museums of the Castello Sforzesco or the Cenacolo Vinciano, from parks such as Parco Sempione to the shows at the Teatro Alla Scala: in short, impossible to get bored!

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  • hotel and b & b starting from € 61,00 per night -

2 - Verona, Veneto

If you want to anticipate the Valentine's Day celebrations by a month, why not give your partner a weekend in romantic Verona?
The Venetian city, which has even captured the heart of William Shakespeare, is the hub of artistic and spectacular events in northern Italy, thanks to the presence ofArena di Verona, location every year of concerts and kermesse of wide international scope.

Also, if you leave the first week of January, until 6 in Gardaland there is the Magic Winter, with snow, ice skating, Santa's village, and even access to the aquarium!

And while you're at it ... take a ride on Lake Garda! Not sure what to do in winter on the lake? There are a lot of activities! From Christmas markets and ice rinks, to relaxing Terme di Sirmione and Lazise. Can you already imagine yourself on a thermal bath overlooking the lake, huh ...?

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  • hotel and b & b starting from € 56,00 per night -

3 - Dolomites, Trentino-Alto Adige

There are no winter holidays that do not include a stay, albeit short, in one of the most famous mountain resorts in Italy: the Dolomites. The local Eastern Alps, also known as "pale mountains", are one of the most popular high mountain locations for Italian tourists and beyond, who never miss an opportunity to get to know its narrow streets, the animals that populate this dream location and, above all, its peaks in a very safe way. A walk in the Dolomites is ideal for nature lovers and born explorers!

The Dolomites are also a perfect place for holidays with children: come on Christmas markets in Merano (until January 6) ai amusement parks in the snow! Nevelandia in Sappada (landing in Friuli), the Ski-Fun-Park Kids on the Alpe di Siusi, the Ursus Snowpark in Madonna di Campiglio, but also the King Laurin Snowpark in Bolzano, the largest snow park in Trentino, ideal for those who loves snowboarding and adrenaline-pumping freestyle!

If you are looking for relaxation rather than adrenaline, you are in the spa region! Pejo, Comano, Levico Terme, the thermal complexes are the flagship of the Trentino accommodation offer.

  • flights to Verona or Venice from € 27,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 90,00 per night -

4 - Venice, Veneto

For a dream stay, let yourself be lulled by the movement of a romantic Venetian gondola!
The Venetian capital is the ideal destination for lovers of all-round holidays, where to combine a day of culture with more "playful" activities, such as shopping or a walk through the lively city center. Venice is the ideal city for lovers of art, crafts and good food.

Also if you leave the first week of the month, Venice celebrates the epiphany with the Regata delle Befane: 50 men disguised as witches compete in a rowing competition on the Grand Canal, with the finish line marked by a giant sock hanging on the Rialto Bridge!

In January, the weather is certainly not mild, rather bring rubber boots with you in case of high water. However, it's a great time for two reasons: it is the cheapest month and the one with the least crowds of tourists. It will be like having Venice all to yourself!

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  • hotel and b & b starting from € 69,00 per night -

5 - Courmayeur and Valle d'Aosta

Courmayeur is one of the most renowned tourist resorts in the Alps, as well as the last Italian country before entering France. Its territory boasts the presence of the highest peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc. In the village you can breathe a sweet characteristic atmosphere, made of wooden huts and flowered balconies, artisan shops and authentic traditional flavors.
Here you can ski great: the Chécrouit-Val Veny area boasts over 100 km of slopes, and the long paths that climb from the town are a spectacle without equal.
Here you can climb to 3.500 meters high thanks to Skyway Mont Blanc: it is a cable car with the cabin that travels hanging and rotates on itself to guarantee everyone inside a breathtaking view of the ascent, even when the cabin is crowded.

For the little ones, at the foot of Mont Chetif there is the Fun Park Dolonne, an ideal playground for children to take their first steps in the snow. it is equipped with a treadmill for the ascent, a tubing track and a bob track for descents on the snow, as well as a play area with inflatables, trampolines and rides.

For lovers of walks and mountains, the Val Veny is an alpine valley west of Courmayeur, at the foot of Mont Blanc. It is a very quiet place where you can go for walks and excursions. There are also large car parks and benches where you can sit and rest while admiring the highest peaks in the Alps.

  • flights to turin (190 km) starting from € 60,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 93,00 per night -

6 - Valtellina, Lombardy

Valtellina is one of the most popular destinations for winter tourism: from the spas of the Alta Valtellina, in the province of Bormio, to the paths and views of the Lower Valtellina, between Sondrio and the Orobie Alps, this area really has everything for a perfect winter holiday.

In Livigno, a stone's throw from the lake of the same name, there is the Mottolino Fun Park, the largest bike park in Europe with trails for trekking, mountain biking and free ride, but also with spaces for families, adventure parks and gourmet stops.
In Stelvio National Park, above Bormio, you will discover enchanted landscapes, an alpine setting among the most beautiful in the world. Of course there is no shortage of ski slopes, and in the evening, you will find the right one relaxation in the renowned thermal baths of Bormio, in the Bagni Vecchi and Bagni Nuovi of Premadio.

  • flights to Bergamo (144 km) starting from € 29,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per night -

Center of Italy

1 - Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna

Emilia-Romagna reveals itself once again to be a "young" region, thanks to its cities rich in culture and charm, which wink at the much-coveted fun of young people during their weekday remnants. Ravenna is no exception, guaranteeing an "all inclusive" holiday to all those people wishing to combine business with pleasure by alternating "educational" moments with more "profane" distractions, such as shopping or an obligatory stop at a restaurant!

  • Flights to Bologna (80 km) starting from € 33,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 51,00 per night -

2 - Pisa, Lucca and Pistoia, Tuscany

If you love the more "intimate" side of Tuscany without giving up the charm of history and culture, then you can opt for a tour in the charming Pisa.
A guided tour of the Leaning Tower and the most important squares of the city is obviously a must. Let yourself be tempted by having lunch and dinner in the numerous restaurants that offer exquisite local cuisine before setting out for the alleys of the beautiful Pisa: it will be a stay that you will hardly forget.

Lucca, a young destination linked mainly to the graphic arts, does not fail to reveal its more "religious" and traditional soul. A perfect destination for lovers of the outdoors, because walking through the streets of the Tuscan province is a real cure for the body and the spirit. City recommended especially for young people and lovers of art and good food.

Finally, if you are traveling for Epiphany, go to Pistoia on 6 January: here you can witness the descent of the old woman from the bell tower of Piazza Duomo, flying over the square with a zipline and full of sweets and candies to be distributed to young and old!

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  • hotel and b & b starting from € 52,00 per night -

3 - Perugia, Umbria

On the streets of Perugia you can breathe a particular and ... delicious air! The Umbrian city, land of chocolate and good music, is a place designed for young people, but which can also give pleasant surprises to families.
Easy to access, Perugia is a center that never sleeps and where you eat (and drink!) Really well!

  • flights to perugia or Florence (126 km) starting from € 66,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 47,00 per night -

4 - Urbino and Urbania, Marche

The town, along whose streets it is possible to admire religious and civil monuments of considerable importance for the history of our country, could prove to be an atypical as well as pleasant surprise. In fact, there is no shortage of entertainment for the diehards of shopping and nightlife, demonstrating the fact that the saying "appearances can be deceiving" could not be more true than that.

If you travel in the first week of January, for the Epiphany move to Urbania, just 15 km. On days 4, 5 and 6 there is an incredible party, with a very rich program of events. Just think that in Urbania there is the befana house, where it resides all year round, complete with a post box. The party culminates with the acrobatic descent of the "old woman" from the bell tower of the town hall! And more shows with soap bubbles, the longest sock in the world, acrobats, jugglers ... in short, an event not to be missed!

  • flights to Florence Bologna (176 km) starting from € 33,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 52,00 per night -

5 - Florence, Siena and Tuscan Spas

Florence and Siena are two evergreen destinations, two of the most beautiful Italian cities that can be visited at any time of the year.
Enjoy a Florence less crowded with tourists, with fewer queues and less crowds in front of museums but also in restaurants or in downtown sandwich shops. In case of bad weather, there will certainly be no shortage of museums to visit, from the Uffizi Gallery to Michelangelo's David in the Accademia Gallery. And for the Epiphany, Piazza della Signoria is filled with the Magi, flag-wavers and, of course, witches!

Siena reveals a medieval face in all its layout, which culminates in the Piazza del Palio: visiting it, between climbs and descents, will be a pleasure, as well as eating and drink some excellent Chianti or Brunello di Montalcino.

And if you are a landscape lover, cross the villages of the Chianti region, between Siena and Florence, and then descend towards the Val d'Orcia and thethermal plants of Chianciano Terme, Saturnia, Montepulciano and Bagni San Filippo.

  • flights to Florence starting from € 38,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per night -

Southern Italy

1 - Pompeii and Sorrento Peninsula, Campania

For a January with a perfect blend of culture and worldliness, the ideal is to organize a stay between the Sorentina Peninsula and the remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
On the one hand, therefore, the excavations of the city that have made our nation so famous, although often "victims" of neglect, retain their charm intact. A visit to the museum dedicated to them is a must. Pompeii is the ideal destination for experienced "Indiana Jones" and history lovers.

On the other hand we have Sorrento and that strip of land that extends towards Capri: extraordinary landscapes, unique places such as the Vallone dei Mulini, and of course the postcard surroundings with the various villages of Amalfi, Ravello, Positano and the whole Amalfi Coast.

  • flights to Naples (42 km) starting from € 22,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 66,00 per night -

2 - Alberobello, Locorotondo and Cisternino, Puglia

Lovers of the characteristic villages they will not fail to appreciate the "gems" Alberobello, Locorotondo and Cisternino, charming towns in the provinces of Bari and Brindisi.
The most famous, Alberobello, is characterized by the architectural style of its houses: the trulli are in fact the workhorse of Alberobello, which every year registers a surge of tourists ready to immortalize the characteristic white houses with conical roofs.
Not least are the villages of Locorotondo and Cisternino: the first, the most beautiful terrace of the Murgia dei Trulli, with a very intimate and tidy historic center and surroundings rich in vineyards, farms and olive groves; Cisternino is a succession of flowered balconies, courtyards, arches, a real jewel in which to get lost as in a dream.

If you travel mid-month, from 16 to 18 take a trip to Focara di NoFlights, 15 km from Lecce, where it is held the most important winter event in Salento. Here, in fact, the vine shoots are burned in a gigantic bonfire. It begins with a procession on the 16th and a bonfire in the evening, and ends with the Sagra del Porco on the 18th, for three days full of events!

  • flights to Bari (55 km from Alberobello) starting from € 29,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 52,00 per night -

3 - Cosenza, Calabria

It is a lively city in constant ferment, like all universities.
Cosenza is a destination especially for young people, with a historic center full of charm and history, which is well placed alongside a lively street in the city center and specially designed to be accessible, an area dedicated to leisure and shopping.

  • flights to Lamezia Terme (72 km) starting from € 22,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 39,00 per night -

4 - Catania and Etna Volcano, Sicily

In winter, the summit of the Etna volcano does not stop smoking, but the blanket of white snow that covers it makes the landscape truly extraordinary. Whether for a simple excursion or for skiing in the Linguaglossa stations, visiting Etna is an unforgettable experience, magical, almost religious. In this period, given the uncertain weather conditions, we recommend hiking with professional guides, to avoid any complications.

The city of Catania is also very lively in winter, with its markets, its shopping streets and its neighboring villages always so characteristic and in turmoil, between festivals and country festivals with a Sicilian soul.

  • starting from € 33,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per night -

5 - Matera and Murgia Materana, Basilicata

The city of the Sassi, carved in tuff, such a unique place, it is certainly a destination suitable for everyone even in winter.
This nativity scene perfectly blended in the natural context is a feast for the eyes, a delight to visit on foot. But Matera is not just stones: the Cathedral, the Rock Churches and the natural areas of the Murgia Materana which preserve the remains of Neolithic settlements.

  • flights to Bari (67 km) starting from € 29,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 39,00 per night -

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