Its La Dolce Vita as Italy Tops the Travel Hot List… and Solo Trips are on the Increase

With its stunning cities full of history and culture, the beautiful lakes and beach side towns, delicious food and style, Italy does hold a special place in the heart of the Irish holidaymaker

With its stunning cities full of history and culture, the beautiful lakes and beach side towns, delicious food and style, Italy does hold a special place in the heart of the Irish holidaymaker. It continues to be Travel Department’s most popular holiday destination year-round. Whether it’s a city break, opera, cultural trip, or a sun holiday there really is something for everyone in Italy.

This year has seen many people return to the popular Italian hot spots such as Lake Garda with trips to Venice and Verona and Lake Como with a visit to Milan and St Moritz and a trip on the Bernina Express, Sorrento with its closeness to Capri and with Pompeii on its doorstep and the beautiful Tuscany including Florence and Pisa.

While these destinations are still high on Irish holidaymakers’ Italian lists, Travel Department has seen an upsurge in bookings for the lesser visited locations such as Lake Maggiore, Puglia, and Italy’s Adriatic Riviera with many people now wanting to experience more of the wide-open countryside spaces and best kept secret little seaside villages.

For those still looking for an Italian getaway this year, Travel Department’s Lake Garda online exclusive offer of €50 off pp is available for bookings made right up until the 29thJuly by using the Code GARDA50.

For customers looking to travel to Italy in the quieter autumn months when the sun is still shining but everywhere is less crowded, there are some great offers available. Customers can save up to €100pp* on specific September and October 2022 holidays until the 31st of August. With Rome, Umbria and Assisi from €939 pp, Tuscany including Florence and Pisa from €999pp for 7 nights; and Highlights of Puglia from €1,099 Autumn Offer Holidays Here

With over 25 years’ experience designing its tours, Travel Department makes booking a holiday easy and provides peace of mind for customers with flights, accommodation, transfers, excursions and expert local guides all organised by their team. Travel Department’s thousands of customers know they will be looked after from start to finish, so that all they have to do is relax and enjoy the experience.

That’s true for all of Travel Department’s customers but is perhaps appreciated most by those travelling on their own. This year, the trend of people travelling alone on Travel Department’s group tours has continued, with the numbers joining the company’s Solo Traveller tours up over 50% on 2019.

After a long period of forced isolation during the pandemic, many customers are again looking to connect with new friends and old and are booking solo adventures and joining like-minded travellers on holiday. Travel Department is known for its choice of solo holidays and has plenty of destinations on offer from Andalucia to South Africa and Croatia to River Cruising. Solo Holidays Here

With the full range of 2023 holidays on sale now Travel Department has 100s of destinations worldwide for customers to choose from. They also have some new surprises in store in the coming months from Portugal to Croatia and Italy. Watch this space.

Sara Zimmerman, CEO of Travel Department: “After a difficult couple of years, it’s great to see travel back in full swing again and we’ve been delighted by the positive feedback and appreciation from the thousands of customers who have travelled with us so far this year.

“Inevitably, Italy remains the top spot for our customers, with so many different types of destinations and experiences, there is something for everyone – from culture and history and amazing food and wine to stunning landscapes and beaches.

“We have some great deals now available for the autumn across Europe and beyond, so there’s really no reason for anyone to miss out.”