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26 April, 20192 minute read

USA vs Italy: what our top 2 destinations have to offer

Last year, the USA was our most popular destination, just ahead of 2017 top spot Italy. These two countries have vied for the number one position for several years now, but what is it exactly that makes both destinations so popular with travellers? Come with us, as we take a closer look…

Live life the Italian way

Our first stop is the land of pizza, pasta and piazzas. Italy has one of the world’s most popular cuisines, with the Italian restaurants commonly found on every continent a testament to this. While delicious, they are never quite the same as the real deal, be it eating pizza in Naples, its spiritual home, or tucking into freshly made pasta in Bologna.  

And then there are the surroundings, with towns and cities filled with centuries of history around every corner. Whether it’s world-famous landmarks like the Colosseum or the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or lesser known but just as stunning monuments like Scaligero Castle on Lake Garda. Not to mention the lush rolling hills of Tuscany and the picture-perfect Amalfi coast. It’s no wonder Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country.  

Head for the US-of-A

Our number one destination last year, the US has truly got something for everyone; bustling cities, spectacular nature and major areas of popular culture - like those found on our music tour of southern USA, which for the first time, overtook California and the Golden West as our most popular US tour last year.

Sharing a common language and history no doubt helps the country’s popularity among our UK travellers, a history that can be explored in further detail on a tour of Boston and its surrounding areas, or by visiting the charming towns and cities of several south-eastern states.

The country is also blessed with areas of outstanding natural beauty, and for nature lovers, it doesn’t get much better than a holiday to Yellowstone National Park. Our tour takes in not one, but two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, as well as Mount Rushmore and the Rocky Mountains.       

Finding your dream destination

With so much to offer for every type of traveller, it is no wonder the US and Italy took the top two spots in our most popular destinations list last year - but whether they make up the top two spots again in 2019 remains to be seen. In the meantime, you can explore all of our Italy holidays, covering the width and breadth of the country and including the beautiful islands of Sardinia and Sicily. Don’t forget to also take a look at both the popular and lesser-known highlights on our escorted tours to America.      

Wherever you choose to go, you can enjoy our award-winning VIP travel services, including door-to-door transfers, flights from your local airport and the reassurance that you’ll be paying the best possible price thanks to our Price Promise.  

Image of blog author Laura Weeden

Although she loves a lie-in at home, Laura is often up and about before dawn on holiday. She’s watched the sun rise over the Grand Canyon, Uluru and Angkor Wat, but her favourite was seeing the first light of the New Year sweeping across the yacht-dotted waters of Sydney Harbour.

Laura | About the author

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