Ryanair Stories: Postcards from Italy

We know that the best part of taking a flight is all the stuff that happens after the plane lands in a new and beautiful place, so lately we’ve been asking you to tell us your Ryanair Stories, because we want to hear more about what you all get up to once you leave the airport… and it turns out our customers are pretty good at having amazing holidays! We’ve loved reading through them, and we’ve featured a few below that will make you want to book flights to Italy immediately.


Oh, and if you have your own Ryanair Stories you want to share, you can email them (with pictures please!) to intotheblue(at)ryanair(dot)com… and don’t forget to tag your holiday pictures in Instagram with #ryanairstories for the chance to have them featured on our feed!

From Treviso to The Dolomites

“We flew to Treviso. It’s a perfect starting point for the Dolomites region, which is really fabulous. We drove up north and stayed in Trentino, close to Trento. From there we took day trips to different towns –  Innsbruck in Austria, Merano, Ortisei, Alpi de Siusi, etc. So beautiful. 


Towards the end of the holiday, we headed back to the Treviso area, visiting Gardaland and Parco Natura Viva which are ideal destinations for children of different ages. We ended our holiday with a two-day-visit to Venice. Our hotel for this part of the holiday was very close to Treviso from where we flew – this was a great way to keep accommodation costs down. We do regret not seeing Treviso itself, but we will definitely fly there again as there is still much more to see, including Treviso itself and other places in Veneto and Trentino.” 


– Victoria & Family, Malta

Wine Pumps & Olive Harvests, Le Marche

“We were there to help with the olive harvest.  The weather was glorious and in between olive picking we lounged by the pool and drank wine from the local cantina that sells wine via a petrol pump into 5 litre containers.  Everyone was taking turns to cook and I have never eaten so well.  We visited the local olive mill and watched the process of turning olives into oil.  The smell is amazing, the locals so friendly and the green-gold liquid that is produced at the end really tasty and so satisfying.  


Montefiore is a beautiful village in Le Marche. In the village you can stand and look to the right and see snow capped mountains and then look to the left and see the blue sea sparkling in the clear sunlight.  We ate out a couple of times eating food that is cooked to perfection and bears no resemblance at all to the food found in Italian restaurants in England.  As for the local ice cream from the local cafe and their hot chocolate drink, what can one say?  We love Montefiore, the people there and the lifestyle and only wish that we could stay longer. Be prepared to forget about time, just relax and let the peace draw you in.”


– Fiona,  Cheshire

Undiscovered Italy

“This is a remote part of Italy with very little tourism. Nature is rugged and beautiful, with high cliffs towering over rocky or sandy beaches. Don’t expect too much by way of entertainment, but if you’re after a family holiday in the sun with a different twist, this could work very well for you. Hiring a car is strongly recommended if you want to visit the wealth of small villages dotted along the coastline and further inland. This being Italy, nice inexpensive food is plentiful and easy to find.


There isn’t much to see in Lamezia itself, but an hour’s drive will take you to lots of places of interest. Tropea is the top tourist destination in the area. Pizzo is renowned for its decadent ice cream, try the Tartufo dessert there if you go. Further inland, it’s hamlets and churches galore!”


– Nadia & Family, London

Romance in Venice

“It was our five year anniversary so we went strolling across the Rialto Bridge and wandered through the maze and across little bridges that makes up Venice all the way to Academia, it was beautiful; we strolled and ate Manet ice cream from the most famous ice cream shops, we stopped and tried lots of different chiccetti (baby tapas) and multiple little drinks at €1 each. 


As the sun was setting we found a tiny little Chiccetti bar – Cantinone Gia’ Schiavi where we experienced the finest tapas and drinks – a true wonder to Venice. And as it got darker my other half proposed!  Make sure you take good walking shoes, get up early and just stroll, don’t do big lunches and dinners, try and do lots of bars, drinks and food. Try something new….also by all means eat as much MANET ice cream as you can as you can’t get it in the UK!!”


– Despri, London

Rome on Foot

“After an early morning at the Centro Storico’s colourful Campo de’ Fiori market, I took a stroll to the Tiber and cross the river via the stone footbridge, Ponte Sisto, to reach Trastevere. Head towards Piazza di Santa Maria, the heart of this labyrinthine district; take Via del Moro, with its many shops and cafes, then divert into the quiet cobblestoned side streets lined with crumbling buildings with faded paintwork. Plants and religious shrines brighten up the streets, washing is strung up between buildings, and graffiti covers the shutters of closed bars. 


When I reach the piazza, I joined the locals, tourists and buskers and took a seat on the steps of the fountain – a great spot for people-watching. This lovely neighbourhood square was dominated by 12th-century Basilica di Santa Maria; step inside its dimly lit interior to see the glittering Cavallini mosaics depicting the font of oil that spouted when Christ was born – according to myth, the church was founded on that very spot. I really enjoyed this stroll to see all the beautiful architecture in Rome.”


– Desiree, Singapore

Surf, Sun and Parties on the Beach

“For me Catania is the best city of Italy. Nice people around, good food, very good food, so good that I came back with 10 kilograms more… The city is so beautiful and the people too, very open and kind with strangers and the rest. The city is full of art all around, everywhere you look, and the night life is amazing with lots of parties and places to go every day of the week.


Winter goes with cold for less than 3 months, so from March to November you can enjoy the Sicilian beach, so beautiful with the view of the snow on the Etna volcano in the distance. Surf, sun and parties in the beach, great lifestyle and lots of things to do and to eat in this small piece of paradise. Don’t forget to try the arancini and cartocciatte and don’t miss the pizza and pasta! I came there to visit for holidays and finally I stood there for more than two years. The best of Italy. Like at home.”


Flights to Italy


– Alvaro, Leicestershire