Italy’s gorgeous new City of Culture will be your dream 2022 holiday destination

We might not be able to travel abroad right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start making plans for when the borders re-open.

And, Italy is a prime European location with tonnes of beautiful towns, coastal spots and even the City of Wine 2021.

Plus, in the ultimate wanderlust move, the dreamy Italian island pf Procida is set to be the country’s Capital of Culture for 2022.

And, oh my is it stunning…

The dreamy hotspot, of the coast of Naples, looks like a fairytale town with its buildings all painted in an array of pretty colours.

With a background of bright blue water, a picturesque harbour, charming shops and restaurants its the perfect place to spend a week away.

The location beat out 27 other areas which applied for the award by impressing judges with its landscapes and possibility for “sustainable development”.

Sun-bleached Procida is a little of the beaten track, but you can take bike tours around the island and there’s even an archaeological park and grottos to explore.

Or, you can take a romantic boat ride and gaze across the azure blue waters.

And, don’t forget… you’re in Italy.

So, enjoy the food!

The restaurants on the island are great for seafood lovers who enjoy Mediterranean style cooking.

And, pizza, duh.

The island was one of 10 finalists – the other hotspots which impressed included Ancona, Bari, Cerveteri, L'Aquila, Pieve di Soligo, Taranto, Trapani, Verbania and Volterra.

Dario Franceschini, Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism in Italy, revealed the winner earlier this year.

He said in a statement : "It is a complicated year for everyone, we are trying to support cultural and tourist activities in every way and today's designation of the Italian capital of culture for 2022 is a signal for the future, for recovery.

“In 2022 we will be back to normal and culture and tourism will be as important and very strong as they were before the pandemic."

Unfortunately, the pandemic is wreaking havoc on our holiday plans.

Ongoing restrictions and travel bans mean that Brits could be turned away from destinations or be fined.

So, if you’re planning a trip for 2021 or 2022 make sure you check the government guidance for your holiday before you book or set off.

Stay safe out there.

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