HalalBooking guide to halal-friendly holidays in Italy
Italy is home to the most UNESCO world heritage sites in the world - just one of the reasons that tempt tourists to visit this incredible country. The collection of historical sites, ancient ruins, state-of-the-art museums, tasty food, cutting-edge fashion and beautiful coastline are just a few of the assets that make up the country's charm. With a list as impressive as the one above, it is easy to see why Italy always tops the list of the 5 most visited countries in the world and is a fantastic destination for your halal holidays.
Whatever you need on a halal-friendly holiday, Italy has you covered - create an impressive itinerary by visiting one of the cities, or decide to create your own mini-tour of Europe. Wherever you go, it will give you its own taste and personal experience of Italian culture and hospitality. With the pride of being Italian running in the local blood and a country renowned for its welcoming nature, proud heritage and culture, Italy will make a lasting impression on your Muslim-friendly holiday and set a high standard for any of your future holidays plans.
Practical information before visiting Italy
Flights are available from most international airports in the UK to many popular cities across Italy. Many European airlines offer budget prices that are affordable for the whole family. For a road trip or travelling between cities in Italy, many people choose to use public transport such as trains, buses or domestic flights. Some may even choose to rent a car - however, when visiting big cities like Rome it can be difficult to find parking or navigate the narrow streets. Many tourists choose to rent a car and drive from north to south - a good option for those who want a full tour of the country without time constraints.
In summer the weather is hot and humid and Italy's cities can get quite crowded due to tourists. The best time to travel is between April to June and September to October, when tourist hotspots are less crowded and the weather is still pleasant.
Italy and the halal-conscious traveller
Although Islam is a minority religion in Italy today, the presence of Islam in Italy is not a new development. In the 9th century, Sicily was under the control of the Abbasid Caliphate and was known as the "Emirate of Sicily" from 831 to 1091. During the Islamic Golden Age, the emirate and its capital, Palermo, became an important centre of trade east and west, with the region prospering as one of the wealthiest and largest cities in Europe at the time. The Muslim presence was felt until the 13th century when Muslims were still in the majority, after which many Muslims were expelled or converted to Christianity.
The Muslim community in Italy today is made up of immigrants from countries like Somalia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia - all cultures coming together to show that Islam is not based on race or ethnicity. Italian Muslims gather to pray in mosques across the country, particularly in Rome and Sicily, regardless of culture, and it's a heartwarming sight. Additionally, wearing modest dress and hijab is accepted and welcomed, so every Muslim will feel comfortable traveling around the country.
Italy is known for its wealth of natural beauty and amazing mountain regions. Revive a Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and embrace nature and its glory around us that the Lord created. Climb the peaks and valleys of the Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe.
Sites to visit in Italy
Visited by millions of people every year, the Colosseum is probably Rome's most famous monument. The imposing structure stands tall and is an architectural marvel built in 80 AD. Many are fascinated by the history of the Colosseum and the events that once took place in the stunning arena, such as gladiator flights, animal hunts and executions.
The Trevi Fountain is one of the most iconic and recognizable fountains in the world. The beautiful and ornate sculpture is one of the oldest water sources in Rome and a famous spot not only for history lovers but also for movie fanatics as it has been featured in many films. Fun fact: The fountain makes over €3,000 a day when people throw money into the fountain when it's open to tourists, which is collected and donated to a Roman charity helping those in need.
The Cinque Terre is only one of the jewels of the Italian Riviera. The rugged coastline is made up of colourful houses and fauna that many recognize as the iconic sight of the Italian Riviera. Enjoy the life of a local and stroll along the fishing boat harbour, seafood specialties and mountain walks and sea view villas.
Famous for the eruption that destroyed many Roman cities, including Pompeii, in AD 79, Mount Vesuvius is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. Combine a hike to the summit with a visit to the city of Pompeii, where the city was preserved under ash after the eruption.
Grotta Azzurra, Capri
This sea cave not far from Naples is nicknamed the "Blue Grotto" due to the amazing blue illumination when the sun passes through the cave. Take a boat and see the fluorescent wonder for yourself.
Piazza San Marco
The main area of Venice, known as “la Piazza”, is where all the action takes place. Many of the tourist hotspots, including the Doge's Palace, are located in this square and the atmosphere of the piazza is second to none.
Stroll across the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal and admire the sun's rays lapping against the flowing river. Alternatively, hop aboard a gondola and enjoy the peaceful ride of your dreams.
Built in 1173, the Leaning Tower in Pisa is known around the world for its accidental tilt caused by being built on soft ground. Visit this wonder and take souvenir photos.
Explore the red domes of Florence and unique architecture, including the impressive Ponte Vecchio bridge. This major crossing point in Florence is a busy market that not only offers stunning views, but also niche stalls selling jewellery, art, and souvenirs.
Visit the fashion capital of Milan and the impressive Milan Cathedral. The Cathedral is one of the spots that make up the city's skyline and a wonderful place to see it.
Built by a duke in the 15th century, the castle was one of the largest citadels in Europe. It is still an exciting monument to remember and absorb history.
Visit this picturesque valley in the Dolomites perfect for mountain spots such as skiing and spotting beautiful animals in the pine forests.
Seiser Alm, South Tyrol
The rolling hills of the Seiser Alm simply convey the dreamy halal holiday atmosphere. There is no better place to get close to nature. In addition to enjoying the moment, numerous sports such as skiing and hiking are also practised on the Seiser Alm.
Halal food and restaurants in Italy
With Italians dominating the culinary scene, there is so much to talk about when it comes to fine dining. A good place to start is the humble pizza. The birthplace of pizza offers an authentic, delicious and handmade experience of the dish we have all come to know and love. Prepare to have the bar raised with the simple yet delicious toppings, all made with fresh ingredients to enhance your experience of delicious Italian cuisine on your Muslim-friendly getaway.
For those following a halal diet, there are plenty of vegetarian options with a range of colourful dishes that are both pleasing to the eye and the palette when visiting Italy. Sample grilled seafood, bruschettas, soups, tiramisu and delicious pastries. All come in a variety of options. There are also halal restaurants in the larger cities.
For the coffee lovers, it is part of the culture to have coffee several times a day - whether it's sitting down and enjoying the atmosphere or grabbing it while exploring. Just like in Middle Eastern countries, the lingering aroma as you walk down the cobbled paths will lead you to the quaint cafes and coffee shops. As in every region of Italy, the recipes and flavours of the coffee vary depending on which area you are visiting. Derived from the cooking style and preferences of the region, the flavours still have that Italian touch, although the cooking method may differ slightly.
Halal-friendly properties in Italy
There are an amazing 35,000+ halal-friendly properties in Italy on HalalBooking, whether it is ski hotels, beachfront villas or city skyscrapers - use our halal filters to find the one that best suits you. With hotels that offer familiar Italian hospitality coupled with stunning country views, there's much to appreciate your holiday in Italy. Let HalalBooking take care of the little things that make your halal-friendly holiday what it is.
Discover hotels offering halal dining onsite or nearby, and the range of alcohol-free properties across Italy. Due to the diverse nature of the country, you can enjoy a variety of different properties in Italy, including stays with wellness and spa facilities, hotels and villas with pools, and accommodations with beaches that accept modest dress. Whatever you desire for a halal holiday in Italy, HalalBooking can fulfil it.