With an impressive 300 courses across the country and a wide range of high-end hotels and resorts, it’s no surprise that the golfing community are paying very close attention to Italy as a choice holiday destination. Whether it is the northern areas around the prestigious Como and Milan and the verdant Emilia Romagna and Tuscany or the storied charm of Rome, golf in Italy is to be relished. The island of Sicily, which has two world class venues in Verdura and Donnafugata, is almost the perfect destination for a golf holiday, offering top-notch courses, mouth-watering gastronomy and stunning scenery.
It is not only the holidaying public that are focussing on Italy but the global governing bodies of the professional game also. The decision was announced in December 2015 that the coveted Ryder Cup will take place in Rome at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in the autumn of 2022. The decision will appeal to the historians and romantics alike, from an opening ceremony inside the Colosseum to a host course so close to the infamous capital that there are abundant positions on the course that you can see dome of St Peter’s Basilica.
European Tour Chief Executive, Keith Pelley said, “There is no question Rome will provide a wonderful backdrop [to the Ryder Cup].” He went on to say “With Paris in 2018 and now Rome in 2022, the magical appeal of the Ryder Cup is set to continue. In addition, we have exciting plans for the development of the tour and the Italian Open will provide an inspiring benchmark.”
It seems as though continental Europe is at the heart of the action for the amateur and professional golfing communities alike, so why not see what all the fuss is about? Turkish Airlines fly to ten different destinations in Italy, so book now to taste golf with passion.
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