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Weekend Breaks in Italy for a Girls’ Getaway

Are you a tired, stressed out, maybe even burnt-out mom? Or are you just looking to get away for a girls’ weekend? We are love our children but let’s admit it, we all need a break once in a while. So, why not head to the country known for its art, culture, delicious food, wine, and gorgeous coastlines? A perfect destination for a mom’s getaway with the girls, explore the best weekend breaks in Italy.

Whether you’re looking for an adventurous getaway, a city break, or a relaxing countryside retreat, Italy has something to offer for everyone. From the historic cities of Rome and Venice to the picturesque towns of Tuscany and Cinque Terre, Italy is full of beautiful destinations to explore. Indulge in the country’s famous cuisine, sample the local wines, and soak up the Mediterranean sun.

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Best Weekend Breaks in Italy: Northern Italy

Lake Garda

Recommended by Sabrina of Shades of Summer

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and one of the most amazing weekend breaks in Italy for a girls’ trip/mom getaway. Lake Garda is nestled in between famous Italian cities, such as Milan, Venice, and Verona, which is amazing for an Italian Road Trip.

Not only is the lake insanely beautiful but there is also a lot to do in the area. The landscape around the lake is very diverse, with big mountains on one side and rolling hills on the other side. Of course, there are also quite a few beaches with either rocks or sand around the lake. 

The villages surrounding the lake are nothing but cute and picturesque. The most visited village is Limone de Garda, Riva del Garda, and Torbole are also worth checking out. Grab your best girlfriends and enjoy some leisurely walks on the shore or have a delicious dinner in one of the many restaurants. You can go swimming, rent bikes or even visit a winery in the area – the options are endless. 

The best time to visit Lake Garda is May, June, or September. The climate is very friendly and not too hot yet. Also, there are far fewer crowds than in the main season. The Lefay Resort & Spa Lago Di Garda is an amazing place to stay at. The hotel has a wellness center for beauty treatments and an amazing view over the lake. 

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Lake Garda. Photo Credit: Shades of Summer

Best Weekend Breaks in Italy: Pisa

Recommended by Nes from Kevmrc

Although Pisa is primarily known for its Leaning Tower, the city has much more to offer. Pisa boasts a combination of stunning architecture, vibrant culture, and exciting nightlife that makes it one of the best weekend breaks in Italy for a mom’s/girls’ trip.

All tourists to Pisa head first to the Square of Miracles, the postcard of the city which gathers several famous Italian landmarks all classified as UNESCO world heritage: the Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, the Cathedral and the Camposanto Monumentale. These wonderful architectural gems all in white marble offer a unique setting for taking memorable group shots, admittedly a bit cliché, but very fun. 

A girl’s trip can be successful only with good food, and Pisa is actually perfect for foodies. The city has many great restaurants where you can sample local specialties such as ribollita (a Tuscan vegetable soup), panzanella (a Tuscan chopped salad) and cinghiale (wild boar). At night, Pisa gets very lively with plenty of bars, clubs and pubs that cater to all tastes and preferences, ranging from trendy cocktail bars to traditional taverns where you can try the famous Chianti wine. 

Shopping is another reason why it’s a top destination for a girls’ getaway. The city is full of small boutiques and markets selling local products such as leather goods and ceramics. And the main shopping street in Pisa, Via Borgo Stretto, is lined with trendy shops and cool cafés to take a break and enjoy the dolce vita.  

You simply can’t go wrong with Pisa: offering a perfect balance of relaxation and sightseeing, Pisa is definitely an unforgettable destination for all female travelers of all ages. If you decide to go there, I recommend going in May/June or September/October: weather is warm, and there are far fewer crowds than in summer months!   

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Leaning Tower of Pisa. Photo Credit: Kevmrc


Recommended by Lauren of Never Ending Footsteps

Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy and is known for having some of the best food in the country. Filled with historic architecture, museums, galleries, and a vibrant culture, Bologna offers the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, making it one of the best weekend breaks in Italy for a mom’s getaway.

One reason why Bologna makes for such a great destination is its accessibility. The city has an airport that connects to many major European cities, and within Italy itself, can be reached by train from Milan, Venice, Rome, and more.

Bologna’s charming medieval center is compact and walkable – easy to see in just a couple of days – with beautiful squares, portico-lined streets, and impressive buildings to admire.

One of the best things to do in Bologna is visit Piazza Maggiore, which is surrounded by some incredible sights, like the Basilica of San Petronio and Palazzo d’Accursio. For panoramic views of the city, climb the iconic Two Towers and look out over the terracotta rooftops. Art lovers won’t want to miss the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, which houses an extensive collection of Italian art.

The best time to visit Bologna is during the shoulder season, which is between April and June and between September and October. This is when the weather is most pleasant and the city less crowded. Avoid visiting in August, as many businesses close for the summer.

Bologna is a food lover’s paradise, so do be prepared to indulge in its culinary delights. The city is famous for its traditional dishes, like tortellini in brodo, tagliatelle al ragù, and mortadella. For a particularly local dining experience, visit the Quadrilatero, a historic market area filled with grocery stalls, street food, and traditional restaurants. 

For accommodation, Hotel Al Cappello Rosso is an excellent option, with stylish rooms and helpful staff, and a location that’s right in the heart of Bologna’s historic centre. It’s one of Bologna’s oldest boutique hotels, but still full of modern amenities.

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Bologna Church. Photo Credit: Never Ending Footsteps


Recommended by Robynne from Trueman Travels

For a girls’ long weekend getaway in Italy, Venice is a fantastic choice for a slower pace of exploration. While the city center near Piazza San Marco is busy in any season, there are plenty of peaceful neighborhoods and canals lined with boutique shops to visit. Venice is located in northern Italy’s Veneto region and is easily reached by train from Venice Marco Polo Airport. 

Venice is one of the best weekend breaks in Italy because the highlights of this charming city can be explored in a single day. It’s a highly walkable city which also keeps travel costs low. After spending a full day seeing the top sights of Venice, a group of girls will have fun booking a day trip to the nearby islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. The tour takes only a few hours and travelers can purchase tickets at the pier in Venice where the tours depart from. 

Murano is known for its glass production while Burano produces leather and has brightly colored homes lining its canals. Torcello has very few residents but is a unique spot to visit to see the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta and Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge). Most of the half-day tour options include a tour of the Murano glass factory. 

The best time of year to book this girls’ trip is in May or September. These months offer warm weather and sunshine but without the crowds that converge in Venice during the summer months. 

With a full day in Venice proper, the sights a group of friends visiting won’t want to miss include: 

  • Doge’s Palace
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • The Bridge of Sighs 
  • Rialto Bridge
  • The Peggy Guggenheim Collection 
  • Saint Mark’s Basilica 
  • The Grand Canal

Stay in the Dorsoduro district, which is the university district of Venice. This area is away from the main tourist center offering a more authentic experience. There are vintage shops, eateries, and bars that attract a local crowd in the evenings. Don’t miss out on the fantastic takeaway pizza from Pizza al Volo in this neighborhood.

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Venice Canal. Photo Credit: Trueman Travels


Recommended by PlacesofJuma

Viareggio is the one of the best weekend breaks in Italy for a girls’/mom’s trip. The centerpiece, of course, is Viareggio’s kilometers long sandy beach. It is one of the longest in Italy, well maintained and the crystal-clear waters are ideal for swimming and relaxing. The motto here is: See and be seen. In addition, there is a wide range of water sports, which provides the necessary action for you and your besties.

Another highlight and the main attraction in Viareggio is the wonderful beach promenade of Viareggio. It enchants with its colorful neo-Renaissance buildings and invites long walks, and you can do some shopping. The numerous stores, restaurants and ice cream parlors on the promenade provide culinary highlights and they are fantastic to soak up the grandiose ambience over an aperitif. Moreover, the area around Viareggio is also an ideal place for nature lovers, with its lush parks and gardens and its proximity to nature reserves such as the Parco Regionale delle Alpi Apuane and the Parco Regionale Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli.

The best time for a girls’ trip is from mid-May to the end of September. At this time, you can count on great weather with lots of sun.  An insider tip is also a trip to the carnival, because in Viareggio one of the biggest carnival events in Italy takes place.

For an unforgettable vacation we can recommend Grand Hotel Principe Di Piemonte. It is one of the best hotels in Viareggio and a guarantee for a stylish girls’ trip.

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Viareggio. Photo Credit: PlacesofJuma.

Val d’Orcia

Recommended by PlacesofJuma

A real insiders tip for the best weekend breaks in Italy for a girls’ trip is the Val d’Orcia. This UNESCO World Heritage site lies in the heart of Tuscany. Here is the Tuscany you know from the movies, as this region offers some of Italy’s most spectacular hillsides! Experience the authentic Tuscany on your girls’ trip and enjoy a few quiet hours in a magnificent landscape.

The rolling hills, the stunning views along the scenic road and the cypresses make for an idyllic setting. The Val d’Orcia is a dream, especially in the early hours of the morning or at sunset when the fields are covered in mist. In addition, the area is dotted with charming Renaissance villages, where strolling through the medieval streets is an unforgettable experience. Not to be missed is Pienza, the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Walking through the romantic old town with its rich cultural heritage, numerous historic sites, romantic places and beautiful houses, scenic viewpoints and greenery is an unforgettable experience. In the surrounding area there are many excellent restaurants and wineries. Take a break from your daily routine to taste the finest wines. In 2004, the entire Val d’Orcia was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is home to many medieval towns and unique landscapes.

The best way to explore the Val d’Orcia is by car or rental car. The nearest airport is in Florence, about 120 kilometers away. For a girl’s trip, we recommend Agriturismo Marinello, which has a great pool and breathtaking views of the town of Pienza.

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Val d’Orcia. Photo Credit: PlacesofJuma

Lake Como

Recommended by Una from Wandernity

Lake Como is the perfect backdrop for a girls’ weekend trip, a true gem nestled in the foothills of the Italian Alps. With its serene waters, quaint villages, and vibrant landscapes, Lake Como provides a much-needed escape from the rigors of everyday life, making it one of the best weekend breaks in Italy.

A leisurely boat ride on the lake offers breathtaking views of villas and gardens adorning the shoreline. It’s the perfect setting for simply basking in the company of your girlfriends over a glass of Prosecco. Apart from the boat rides, there are plenty of attractions and day trips from Lake Como that will cater to every taste. Visit Bellagio, known as the ‘Pearl of the Lake,’ with its picturesque lanes, upscale shops, and charming cafes. For art lovers, a trip to Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo should be on the cards. Its stunning art collection and botanical gardens are a feast for the eyes.

The best time to visit Lake Como is from March to November when the weather is delightful and outdoor activities are aplenty. However, those who love a winter wonderland might find the snow-dusted landscape in December and January enchanting. For a truly special dining experience, book a table at Trattoria La Costa. With its famously good Italian cuisine, you’re in for a treat. And don’t miss out on the delightful range of gelatos while you are in Italy.

In essence, Lake Como is an Italian paradise that offers rest, relaxation, and a touch of adventure. Perfect for a girls’ weekend getaway, it’s a slice of heaven where moms can unwind, recharge, and indulge in some well-deserved ‘me’ time.

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Lake Como. Photo Credit: Wandernity


Recommended by Kristin of Global Travel Escapades

Another lovely place that’s perfect for weekend breaks in Italy for a girls’/mom’s trip is Milan. The city is the second most populous city in Italy and the ideal destination for a weekend trip as a couple of days is just enough time to see and do the main highlights without feeling rushed!

For example, a crowd-favorite activity is going shopping. And one of the best places to do a bit of retail therapy or at least window shop is at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This is the oldest shopping gallery and is where you’ll find several high-end luxury stores!

Then after you’re done shopping, you can walk right over to the Piazza del Duomo, which is where you’ll be able to admire the city’s most iconic landmark, the Duomo Cathedral. For those who don’t know, this cathedral is the quintessential example of Gothic architecture and has been standing tall for over 7 centuries!

Finally, when you’re ready to indulge in some heavenly Italian food, head over to the Navigli district. Here, you’ll see the city’s canals and find a handful of colorful streets, filled with bars and restaurants! Overall, Milan is a wonderful city that offers plenty for girls’ weekend getaway. So, if you’re interested in visiting, try to plan your trip around September, as this is when the weather is usually sunny and pleasant!

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Navigli District. Photo Credit: Global Travel Escapades.

Best Weekend Breaks in Italy: Dolomites

Recommended by Diana from Travels in Poland

Located in the northern part of Italy, the Dolomites emerge as a perfect destination that offers a retreat for a mom’s getaway or a girls’ trip. It is an amazing mountain range, unlike any other in its form and beauty.  The Dolomites are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site with charming alpine villages in between the ranges and a wide range of activities and experiences to enjoy.

The Dolomites are one of the best weekend breaks for a moms and girls’ trips due to its unique combination of natural beauty, tranquility, and adventure. The serene environment and stunning vistas provide a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, allowing moms and friends to relax, unwind, and reconnect with nature.

There are plenty of activities to indulge in during a visit to the Dolomites. Hikes are among one of the more popular activities as there are numerous levels and distances that can be hikes in the Dolomites. Activities such as mountain biking, and rock climbing expeditions are also one of the best experiences to have in the Dolomites.  

For a more leisurely experience, there are numerous small boutique hotels, some with spas and wellness centers that make for very relaxing experiences. The region is home to several renowned spas, where you can rejuvenate with luxurious treatments and soak in thermal baths surrounded by panoramic mountain views. A scenic drive along the winding roads with stops for picnics is a great experience as the views you get from the road are unparalleled.

The best time to visit the Dolomites depends on the desired activities. Summer offers pleasant weather for outdoor adventures, while spring and autumn provide stunning foliage and fewer crowds. In winter the region turns into a winter wonderland, similar to Zakopane in Poland, which makes for perfect skiing and snowboarding conditions.

When it comes to food and accommodation, the Dolomites offer a range of options. Mountain lodges or charming hotels tend to cater with Italian food, particularly that of the northern part of Italy. Some dishes worth trying include speck, polenta, and delicious cheese fondue. With its unique landscapes, the Dolomites promise a memorable escape for moms and friends seeking rejuvenation and relaxation along with adventure surrounded by serene nature.

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Dolomites. Photo Credit: Travels in Poland.

Cinque Terre

Recommended by Jo from World Wild Schooling

Cinque Terre, located on the Italian Riviera, is one of the best weekend breaks in Italy for a girls’ trip/mom’s getaway. Comprising five coastal villages – Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore – Cinque Terre offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and delectable cuisine.

This enchanting region is known for its coastal landscapes, with villages nestled amidst rugged cliffs and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Cinque Terre offers a serene and laid-back atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities.

There are plenty of activities for your visit when visiting Cinque Terre. Explore the villages and wander through their narrow streets, capturing the vibrant colors of the houses and immersing yourself in the local culture. For beach lovers, Monterosso has the nicest beach where you can relax, sunbathe, and take a dip in the sea. Indulge in the local cuisine, well-known for its fresh seafood, homemade pesto, and delightful wines. Sample delicious focaccia, a Ligurian specialty. Don’t miss the restaurant Nessun Dorma in Manarola with the iconic view. 

Take a leisurely hike along the famous Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Trail), which connects all five villages, offering iconic views of the coastline. You can also visit the Via dell’Amore (Path of Love), the cliffside path with stunning vistas between Riomaggiore and Manarola.

The best time to visit Cinque Terre is during the spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) seasons. The weather is pleasant, and the crowds are relatively smaller compared to the peak summer season.

Accommodation options in Cinque Terre range from charming hotels to cozy guesthouses and bed and breakfasts. Situated a 5-minute stroll from the bustling town center of Monterosso, you’ll find Hotel Porto Roca. This charming hotel near the beach boasts a pool area and views of the sea.

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Cinque Terre. Photo Credit: World Wild Schooling.


Recommended by Anita from Anita Beyond the Sea

Looking for the perfect getaway with your girls? Then you should go to the surroundings of Piacenza. Even though the city itself isn’t extremely interesting, the region boasts three magnificent castles: Castell’Arquato, Vigoleno, and Grazzano Visconti. Each with its unique charm and historical significance.

Castell’Arquato, perched on a hilltop, showcases medieval architecture. Its narrow cobblestone streets, are lined with small shops and cafes, create a charming atmosphere. The fortress was also the set of the movie “Lady Hawke”. Nowadays you can visit it and climb on top of its tower that dominates the town.

Vigoleno Castle, surrounded by vineyards, transports visitors to another era with its intact medieval architecture. The castle’s imposing towers, drawbridge, and cobbled courtyards create a magical setting. Grazzano Visconti, also known as the “dream village,” resembles a Renaissance court. Its fairytale-like atmosphere includes a captivating castle, gardens, and a moat. Visitors can explore the village’s streets and shop for traditional crafts.

While exploring these beautiful castles don’t miss the opportunity of enjoying wine tastings and the excellent regional cuisine one of the best in Italy (says an Italian). With specialties like Tortelli di zucca, Pisarei e Faso or the famous Salame di Piacenza there are many excellent traditional dishes to try.

When deciding where to stay why not consider the beautiful Vigoleno Castle? Or the locanda of Grazzano Visconti? The two places grant a full immersion in the enchanting area.

The best time to visit is during summer. The weather is pleasant, and there are many lively cultural events and festivals. The area isn’t also very crowded and if you are a hiker you can check one of the many hikes around. Would you like to know more enchanting places to visit in Emilia Romagna? Check out the 13 most beautiful towns and villages to explore on your Emilia Romagna trip.

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Piacenza Castle. Photo Credit: Anita Beyond the Sea.


Recommended by Denise from Chef Denise

Lucca, located in western Tuscany, is one of the most incredible weekend breaks in Italy for a girls’/mom’s getaway. It is steeped in history with incredible architecture and, of course, amazing food. From pastas to pastries, you’ll find all of the traditional Tuscan dishes in Lucca. Don’t miss the signature dish of the city, the meat ravioli-like Tordelli Lucchese. At least you’ll have ample opportunity to walk all of the delicious food off as cars are not allowed in Lucca without a permit.

The medieval walls that surround the city are one of its greatest attractions. Exploring the top of these walls offers some of the city’s greatest views of the iconic towers the town is known for. Lucca is often referred to as the “City of 100 Churches,” and many of them can also be seen as you stroll these walls. But you’ll also want to explore the cobble stone streets and see these amazing structures up close.

The Piazza Anfiteatro is also a must-visit spot for architecture and history enthusiasts. The square retains the shape of the ancient amphitheater that once stood on its grounds, with remains still visible in select places. Another beautiful square, Piazza del Giglio houses one of the best places to stay, the Grand Universe Lucca. In this square, you’ll find some of Lucca’s best restaurants including the Michelin-starred Ristorante Giglio. Lucca is a fun and beautiful place to visit any time of year. Filled with flowers in the spring and summer, autumn colors in the fall, and snowcapped mountains in the distance in winter.

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Lucca Plaza. Photo Credit: Chef Denise.


Recommended by Chelsea from Adventures of Chels

Verona is located in northeast Italy, about 1.5 hours away from Venice by car. The best time to visit Verona is between September-May when the temperatures are comfortable, and crowds are smaller than the busy summer months.

Verona is the city in which William Shakespeare set his classic play “Romeo & Juliet,” and it offers numerous sites to see and take in. While you’re there, make sure to visit Juliet’s House. The balcony inside the courtyard is believed to be Shakespeare’s inspiration for the famous balcony scene in “Romeo & Juliet.” Don’t forget to write a letter to Juliet about matters of love and leave it in the designated mailbox inside the courtyard. It may take a few months, but you’ll get a response!

For a great view of the city hike up to Castel San Pietro. The view is worth the climb! And for a little history and entertainment, visit Verona Arena which is a well-preserved amphitheater that hosts a yearly opera season.

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Verona. Photo Credit: Adventures of Chels.

Best Weekend Breaks in Italy: Tuscany

Recommended by Linn Haglund of Brainy Backpackers

One of the best weekend breaks in Italy for a girls’/mom’s getaway is going on a road trip in Tuscany. Spend at least a couple of days in Tuscany’s capital city, Florence, before driving into the idyllic countryside, through the picturesque Val d’Orcía, and through small, quaint villages. There is so much to see and do for every kind of traveler.

Explore charming small towns like San Gimignano, Siena, and Lucca where you can wander through medieval streets and climb up to the highest towers for sweeping views. Eat pizza and pasta rounded off with some local Tuscan wine or maybe stay at a vineyard for a night to learn more about the Tuscan wines.

While driving in Tuscany is a great experience, you might want to leave the car for a day and rent a Vespa to get the authentic Tuscany feeling while you are there. There are also several thermal baths in Tuscany. A great option is to spend an afternoon in the Saturnia Thermal Baths. You can either visit the free area or spend a day at the spa at the hotel to pamper yourself to the max. Spring is a lovely time for visiting Tuscany when you can eat local strawberries and enjoy the sunny spring weather.

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San Gimignano. Photo Credit: Brainy Backpackers.

Best Weekend Breaks in Italy: Central Italy


Recommended by Lisa of Waves and Cobblestones

Rome is the perfect place in Italy for a weekend girls’ trip!  The Eternal City has something for everyone in your group to enjoy.  And plenty of Rome’s top attractions are in a compact area, so it’s easy to see a lot of incredible sights in just a weekend, making it one of the best weekend breaks in Italy.

Rome is like an open-air museum, filled with jaw-dropping sights around every corner.  No trip to the Eternal City is complete without a visit to the Colosseum, one of the most iconic attractions in Rome. Or take a tour of the Vatican and admire the stunning works of art in the Vatican museums and the world-famous Sistine Chapel!

Rome is known for its beautiful piazzas.  They’re filled with fantastic fountains, stunning sculptures, and incredible architecture.  Piazza Navona is one of Rome’s must-see piazzas, and of course you’ll want to visit Piazza de Trevi. Don’t forget to bring a coin to toss into the fountain to ensure your return to Rome!

Rome, Italy, and delicious food go hand in hand. Even the simple dish of handmade fresh pasta is incredible, and enjoying a scoop of gelato is the perfect midday break.  A memorable way to sample the city’s best dishes is to take a Rome food tour – your gal pals will have lots of fun and discover local favorite restaurants.

With so much incredible art, history, and food, Rome is a popular destination year-round.  The best time to visit is in the spring and fall, when temperatures are pleasant and you can enjoy long days of sightseeing.   

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Colosseum. Photo Credit: Waves and Cobblestones.

Best Weekend Breaks in Italy: Southeran Italy


Recommended by Samantha Tatro of Undiscovered Path Home

The picturesque port city of Bari, situated in the southern part of Italy, is the perfect destination for a quick getaway featuring sun, beaches and plenty of tasty food. The city is full of charm and history, offering an unforgettable experience to its visitors and making it one of the best weekend breaks in Italy.

Bari is a perfect place to relax and unwind, especially if you’re seeking out beaches and sunny weather. With its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters, it’s an ideal spot for sunbathing and swimming. With just a short train ride, you can visit some of Puglia’s best beaches in Polignano a Mare and Monopoli. For those seeking some retail therapy, never fear: Bari is also home to numerous shops, boutiques, and markets, perfect for shopping and finding the perfect souvenir.

For ladies interested in culture and history, Bari has a lot to offer. The old town, known as Bari Vecchia, is a maze of narrow alleys, beautiful churches, and historic buildings. It’s a perfect place to wander around and get lost in the city’s rich history. One of the most popular attractions in Bari is the Basilica di San Nicola, which houses the remains of Saint Nicholas. The church is an impressive piece of architecture, with stunning frescoes and intricate decorations.

When it comes to food, Bari is a true paradise for foodies. The city is famous for its delicious seafood dishes, such as octopus, squid, and anchovies, which are freshly caught from the Adriatic Sea. The local street food, such as panzerotti, is also a must-try.

The best time to visit Bari is from May to September when the weather is warm and sunny. This period is also the peak tourist season, so it’s important to book accommodations and tours in advance. There’s no better way to get off the beaten path and enjoy quality time with your favorite girlfriends. 

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Recommended by Amber from Amber Everywhere

Naples is the birthplace of pizza and is one of the best weekend breaks in Italy for a girls’/mom’s getaway. You can eat your way through this southern Italian city, eating perfectly prepared pastries and delicious plates of pasta. For dinner, you’ll definitely want to try one (or all) of the most famous pizzerias in the city: Pizzeria da Michele, Starita, and Sorbillo. 

Just a train ride away from the center of Naples are the ruins of Pompeii, a city that was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. You can explore the ruins on a day trip from Naples, and you might consider adding in a stop at Herculaneum to see those ruins if you have time. 

At night, make your way to one of the bars with outdoor patios or seating at street level. From here, you can sip Aperol Spritzes and enjoy the little snacks that are served on the side. The Centro Storico area will be bustling, and there are lots of options for takeaway pizza if you don’t feel like waiting in line for a table. 

Although Naples is safe for travel, you’ll want to choose a centrally located hotel to avoid traveling too far at night. A hotel in the Vomero or Centro Storico neighborhood would be a great choice for your girls’ trip. The shoulder season (April-May and September-October) is the best time to visit Naples, as the weather will still be mild, and you’ll find smaller crowds. 

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Pompeii. Photo Credit: Amber Everywhere


Recommended by Dymphe from Dymabroad

One of the best weekend breaks in Italy for a girls’ getaway for moms is the village of Positano. This is a cliffside village that you can find on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The village is known for its picturesque colorful houses and amazing viewpoints. Also, there are a lot of beautiful Instagrammable places in Positano. The village can be reached from the city of Naples by car in about 1.5 hour, and the city can also be reached by bus or boat.

Positano is the perfect place for a moms/girls’ trip because the village has a very peaceful atmosphere, there are many relaxing things to do, and there are beautiful things to see. For example, it can be great to relax at the main beach, Spiaggia Grande, or at one of the other beaches in the village. Another great thing to do is to hike the Path of the Gods, which is a hiking trail with amazing views.

Furthermore, it is possible to do relaxing spa treatments in the village. For example, this is possible at the spa of Le Sirenuse. Le Sirenuse is a luxurious hotel and restaurant, and it is a great place to stay and have a great meal as well! The best place to visit Positano is the month of June as during this month the weather is great, but there aren’t a lot of tourists yet.

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Positano. Photo Credit: Dymabroad

Best Weekend Breaks in Italy: Ischia

Recommended by Helen from Helen on Her Holidays

Ischia is a wonderfully relaxed destination for a girls’ trip in Italy. From the moment you step off the ferry in Ischia Porto, you’ll be captivated by the beautiful surroundings and chilled-out vibes on one of Italy’s favourite vacation islands. Ischia is really easy to get to, so ideal for a quick weekend away. From the airport in Naples, head to the port; from there it’s less than an hour on a fast ferry to Ischia.

Ischia is a small island but it packs a lot of great things to do into a small space, making it one of the best weekend breaks in Italy. The top thing to do in Ischia is to visit the island’s thermal spas. Ischia is a volcanic island and over 100 naturally hot springs pop up on and around the island.

Lots of hotels in Ischia have their own hot springs to serve the hotel spa, but even if yours does, don’t miss out on a visit to the Negombo thermal park, where you can spend a day hanging out in the 14 thermal pools, surrounded by gorgeous gardens with views over the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Other things to do in Ischia include visiting the lovely car-free village of Sant’Angelo on the south coast of the island, relaxing on one of the lovely beaches, visiting the two world-famous gardens and shopping in Forio and Ischia Porto. Ischia has amazing food and wine, and it’s much cheaper than nearby Capri so you and the girls will be able to really indulge.

The best time to visit Ischia is in the summer shoulder season, when it’s warm enough to go to the beach but not too hot to enjoy the thermal baths.

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Negombo Thermal Spa. Photo Credit: Helen on Her Holidays.


Recommended by Milijana of World Travel Connector 

Stunning Matera is among the most spectacular places in Italy. The Old City of Matera is carved into stones and made of caves and stone-cut buildings. These unique structures make Matera one of the best weekend breaks in Italy for a girls’/mom’s getaway. Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most magical places in Italy. The city is several thousand years old.

Matera was a filming location for many movies. Probably, the best-known movies filmed in Matera are the latest James Bond’s No Time to Die and The Passion of Jesus Christ by Mel Gibson. So, if you want to feel like being in a movie, book your trip to Matera. Matera is about one hour drive from Bari airport in southern Italy. Don’t forget to book a room in a cave hotel in the Sassi Caveoso district in Matera. Consider staying at La Corte Dei Pastori Luxury. You will love sleeping in a cave room in Matera. It is a unique and unforgettable experience! See the cave homes and visit rock-cut churches in Matera in the daytime.

Touring the fascinating rock-cut churches and visiting stone-cut monasteries are some of the best things to do in Matera. Make a break in Zipa cafe, a lovely cave cafe, and enjoy the views of Matera over your Aperol Spritz. Apart from that, book your table at Regiacorte – Restaurant & Lounge Terrace for dinner. You will love the views from its outside dining area as much as its cuisine. 

You will fall head over heels in love with Matera. The best time to visit Matera is from spring to autumn. However, avoid July and August because of inflated prices, heat, and crowds.

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Matera. Photo Credit: World Travel Connector.

Best Weekend Breaks in Italy: Sicily


Recommended by Catrina from 24 Hours Layover

Palermo, the capital city of Sicily, is a perfect destination for a mom’s getaway or a girls’ trip in Italy. This historic and vibrant city is renowned for its rich culture, beautiful architecture, low prices and delicious food! The city is filled with charming piazzas, lively markets, and colorful streets that offer endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation. Palermo’s vibrant atmosphere and unique blend of cultures make it one of the best weekend breaks in Italy for a girls’ trip or mom’s getaway.

Whether you prefer to go sightseeing and explore the city’s stunning architecture, or just relax at an outdoor cafe, sample some of the region’s delicious cuisine and then enjoy the nightlife, you can do it all in Palermo! The atmosphere here is so special that you won’t want to leave – it will make you want to live in Palermo! Plus it’s always sunny in Palermo, so you can even head to the beach just 20 minutes away!

The best time to visit Palermo is during the spring or fall, when the weather is mild and the crowds are smaller. This time of year is perfect for strolling through the city’s streets, visiting the markets, relaxing at the beach and enjoying the local food and wine.

For food, be sure to try the famous Sicilian dishes, such as arancini, pasta alla norma, and cannoli. Some top-rated restaurants to visit include Antica Focacceria San Francesco, Osteria dei Vespri, and Trattoria ai Cascinari. As for accommodation, some top-rated hotels include the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea and the Palazzo Brunaccini.

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Palermo. Photo Credit: 24 Hours Layover.


Recommended by Tamar of World by Weekend

For a perfect girls’ weekend trip getaway in Italy for moms, look no further than the seaside town of Taormina. With beautiful beaches, fine shopping, and delicious restaurants, Taormina is the perfect place to forget the responsibilities of motherhood and remember what it feels like to relax.

While in Taormina, be sure to visit Isola Bella, the city’s premier beach. Lined with restaurants, it’s the perfect spot to lay your towel. When you’re ready for lunch, head to Ristorante Da Giovanni. There you can dine on fresh seafood and pasta dishes, all while enjoying Mediterranean views.

Culture lovers will enjoy visiting Taormina’s ancient Theater. This wonderfully preserved Greco-Roman theater has Mount Etna and the Mediterranean as its backdrop. During the summer months, you can even put yourself in the shoes of the ancient Romans by attending concerts here.

If you’re open to renting a car in Sicily, you can explore the greater Taormina area. One easy day trip is to the neighboring town of Castelmola. Perched on the hill above Taormina, this charming town is worth spending a few hours. You can stroll along the winding streets and take in the panoramic views from the castle. Moms with a sense of adventure can drive out to Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, and make the trek to the top. Whether you decide to hike up or take the cable car, ascending up a smoking, active volcano is not for the faint of heart!

You can plan a girls’ getaway to Taormina at any time of year, but the fall and spring seasons are the best for mild temperatures and reduced crowds. Beachgoers should opt for summer when all beach amenities are open and water temperatures are warmest. With its mild climate, Taormina can also be a great winter destination, although some restaurants along the beach are closed.

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Taormina. Photo Credit: World By Weekend.


Recommended by Iphi from Travel Choreography

More than any other Sicilian seaside town, Cefalù encapsulates the island’s timeless beauty. With a limestone cliff towering over the quaint historic center and boasting a broad sandy beach, it’s no wonder that  Cefalù is so popular with travelers looking for the perfect sunny getaway.

Just a quick train ride from Palermo’s international airport, the town retains a quiet charm while being easily accessible from outside Italy. Mothers and daughters will find here everything they look for: full-service spas, hole-in-the-wall cafes serving dainty cannoli, and even a picture-perfect plaza where they can sip countless Aperol Spritz.

While spending a good amount of time at the beach is an integral part of any trip to the Tyrrhenian coast of Sicily, there are other ways to enjoy some time in the sun. After winding through the labyrinth of ancient buildings, the duo can hike up the Rocca di Cefalù . The joint effort to get to the top of the rocky outcrop will surely be remembered for years to come.

The best time to visit Cefalù is when springtime ends. That’s when the weather is at its best, and the crowd is still limited. Whether you’re visiting Cefalù for a few days or as part of a larger Sicily itinerary a trip to Southern Italy wouldn’t be complete without classic regional delicacies, like caponata or Pasta alla Norma.

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Cefalù. Photo Credit: Travel Choreography


Recommended by Sam Opp from Find Love and Travel

Sorrento in Italy is truly beautiful. From the most picturesque coastlines, lemon and orange groves, and the sweet smell of Italian food filling the streets, this location is one of the best weekend breaks in Italy for a girls’ trip.

While summer may initially seem like the best time to visit, Sorrento will likely be filled with tourists during this time, and shopkeepers will often go on vacation and close their shops in August. So it would be better to visit anytime from April to May or even in late September to October when every attraction is open, and they are less busy. 

Sorrento is perfectly located between popular destinations within Italy, including Positano and Naples. Additionally, you can easily take a day trip to Pompeii from Sorrento. You won’t be short of things to do in Sorrento, though. To start your Sorrento itinerary head to Piazza Torquato Tasso and browse the boutique shops. 

Then, spend time at Corso Italia Street, which is filled with clothing stores and lined with charming streetlights that perfectly encapsulate Italy’s vibe. Or you and your mom/girl squad can hang out at one of the beach clubs.

Head to the Sorrento Lift or Marina Grande in the evening for some beautiful ocean views. After, enjoy freshly caught seafood while watching the sunset. If seafood isn’t your meal of choice, you should stop by The Little Things Bistrot. This is a cozy family-owned restaurant that serves traditional Italian pizzas and pasta dishes.

Make your girl’s trip even better and have a luxurious overnight stay at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria. Here you will gain access to a swimming pool, spa, and manicured gardens to unwind in. Just make sure to book in advance as this Italian hotel is very popular!

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Sorrento. Photo Credit: Find Love and Travel.


Recommended by Lori from Travlinmad

One of the best girls’ weekend breaks in Italy is to the beautiful isle of Capri, Italy, off the coast of Napoli. The island is easy to get to. From the city of Naples, the island is reached by ferry boat in about 45 minutes. If you are staying in Positano or Sorrento, the ferry is only 30 minutes.

Well-known for its history of ancient Rome, the island today has great restaurants for dinner and casual cafes for grabbing a bite during the day. The island is famous for its Caprese sandwiches made with fresh mozzarella, tomato, sweet basil, a little salt and a generous drizzle of olive oil served on a ciabatta roll.

For relaxing in the sun, the island has several beautiful beaches on calm clear azure water. When you’ve had enough sun there are boutique and artisan shops and of course high-end shopping. For a memorable weekend take a boat tour to the amazing Blue Grotto. Pack a picnic and make the easy hike through beautiful gardens to Villa Jovis, the palace built in 27AD by Roman Emperor Tiberius.

Most visitors coming to the island are on a day trip and return to the mainland by 5 o’clock. Spending the weekend on the island will let you wander the quiet narrow streets in the evening after the tourists have left and in the morning before they arrive. La Minerva is a lovely boutique hotel with an excellent breakfast buffet and a great location. Plan your weekend anytime from Spring through Fall when the weather is at its best and flowers are in bloom.

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Capri. Photo Credit: Travlinmad


Recommended by Roxanne from Faraway Worlds

Steeped in ancient history and adorned with stunning architecture, Syracuse makes for a great destination for a moms’ getaway. The beautiful buildings and charming streets will make you feel like you’re far away from everyday life. And the blend of culture, relaxation, and outdoor activities, will be enough to keep you pleasantly busy, even if you have different interests to cater for.

The historic centre of the city, Ortigia Island, is sure to be a highlight of your visit with its boutique shops, inviting cafes, and narrow, photogenic alleyways. Once you’ve wandered through the streets, explore the Greek and Roman ruins scattered throughout the city, or visit the vibrant Ortigia Market, where you can find delicious fresh produce and seafood.

If you’re after a beach break, you’ll find several idyllic beaches a short drive from town, including Spiaggia dell’Arenella and Fontane Bianche. Both are ideal for sunbathing or a refreshing swim, but go early if you’re visiting in summer as they do get busy. Otherwise, head out of the city to one of the local vineyards or make a day trip to the nearby Baroque towns of Noto and Ragusa.

Active members of your group can explore the outdoors in the beautiful Cavagrande del Cassibile, a nearby nature reserve perfect for hiking. Then take the time to relax after a busy day out at one of the wellness centres in town.

If you want to spend some time swimming, visit during the warmer months. Otherwise, travelling in winter will let you enjoy the city without the crowds. For the ultimate relaxing trip, stay at the Wellness Spa Hotel Principe Fitalia, about 20 minutes out of town.

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Cathedral Square of Syracuse. Photo Credit: Faraway Worlds.

Best Weekend Breaks in Italy: Taormina

Recommended by Rai from a Rai of Light

The old but charming hilltop village of Taormina is renowned around the world for its beautiful coastline, ancient archaeology, excellent shopping, and good food. It is also known for its history, heritage, architecture, and an abundance of things to do. The most beautiful town in Sicily, with its uniquely painted buildings and Baroque church spires, offers a number of possibilities for a good time as a quick getaway trip in Italy. Highlights of a visit include the St Nicolas Cathedral, Villa Comunale, Madonna della Rocca, and Isola Bella.

Don’t miss the Greek Theater, a historical monument built way back in the third century as well as the Temple of Apollo. Every girl’s trip must include some shopping and the best place to do this would be from the many boutique and specialty stores along the Corso Umberto.

With a Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers and mild winters, the best time to visit would be between the months of June and September. However, it can also get very busy during this time, particularly over the holiday season. So a little planning goes a long way. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to get from Catania to Taormia, with the fastest way being by train with over 30 trains connecting the two Sicilian cities. 

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Taormina. Photo Credit: a Rai of Light

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