From its 'over-the knee' boot like shape to its exquisite cuisine, chic lifestyle, unique culture and tantalising history... there has always been something sexy, alluring & inviting about Italy and its enviable way of life.
The rolling green hills, richly fertile and bathed in sunshine, coupled with its wealth of artistic and historic heritage have made Italy a world renowned tourist destination. Add some beautifully designed golf courses and the best food and drink in Europe to the scenery and you have yourself the perfect golf holiday destination.
Some people still think of Italy as being expensive or elite... but nothing could be further from the truth. The Italian people are some of the friendliest and most welcoming in the world and the cost of food, drink and everything else is certainly on a par with Spain & Potugal etc... representing the best value in Europe.
Italy boasts almost 300 courses and amongst them are some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world and the good news to overseas visitors is... they tend to be under subscribed by the Italians themselves. This means they are more accesable, relaxing and competitively priced to play on compared with their other European counterparts.
The surge in the love of golf and the provision of spectacular couses in Italy is thanks in no small part to the emerging Italian born pro-golfers who have broken through onto the world stage to become household names.
These include the Molinari brothers ... Edoardo and Francesco. Edoardo is a two-time winner on the European Tour and Francesco a three-time winner including the prestigeous WGC-HSBC Championship.
Francesco was also a member of the 2010 winning Ryder Cup team at Celtic Manor in Wales halving the final match on the final hole on the final day against Tiger Woods meaning Europe had turned around a 6-10 deficit at the start of the day to win the Ryder Cup by an amazing 14.5 to 13.5 points which sent the stunned Americans home with their tails most certainly tucked between their legs!
Other Italian stars on the circuit are European Tour winner Marco Crespi, Matteo Manassero... a four-time European Tour winner and also the youngest ever player to win one and Costantino Rocca... a five-time winner on the European Tour and the most successful player Italy has produced.
And the Italian women are no mean players either with Rome born Diana Luna being a five-time Ladies European Tour winner and a member of the 2009 Solheim Cup. Scoring 24 under par in the Ladies German Open, Diana also played all four rounds in par or better (not one bogey or worse) setting a new record in the history of womens golf in the process.
A golf holiday in Italy is not something that can be generalised about nor acurately compared to ones taken in Spain, America or most other European countries.
The spectacularly & diverse landscapes present so many different opportunities to other countries. You can choose to base yourself around the ‘eternal city' of Rome, the magnificent centre of
Florence or chic Milan, where the cultural and historical attractions all but match the fine array of golf courses.
Alternatively, head to the glamourous Italian lakes of Garda and Como for a golf escape in style, where the magnificent hotels exude class.
If a slower pace sounds appealing, then consider rural Tuscany, the countryside of Emilia Romagna, or Puglia in Italy's south, while the island destinations of Sicily and Sardinia combine great
golf with quintessential traditional charm and outstanding beaches.
All these options are different, but every one benefits from the Italian constants of fantastic gastronomy and amazing hospitality, which is why so many people are choosing Italy for their latest golf holiday.
The country also boasts some of the most famous names in the sport as designers of its excellent golf courses with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones amongst them.
All of the golf courses in Italy we recommend are set in breathtaking scenery and of course some of the courses are quite challenging.
Add to this the fact that the major courses are usually within easy reach of a major city which offers plenty of art, history, culture and good food for days away from the golf course.
Venice. Florence, Rome & Naples plus dozens of other Italian Cities have unique culture & artistic wealth that is envied by the world. Golfing in places where art & culture have such deep roots lets you combine the joys of the greens & fairways with the magnificent history on view all around Italy.
And never forget...
"No one has mastered the art of living well as successfully as the Italians"