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Why consider Italy for treatment

Bordered by France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia, Italy is a beguiling country with classical origins, a warm Mediterranean climate and charming people. The peninsula of Italy stretches from the Alps in the north to the sun-drenched beaches on the Mediterranean shore and boasts an artistic legacy from the Renaissance period along with fascinating archaeological monuments and architecture. Since Italy is synonymous with art, beauty and culture it’s not surprising that according to UNESCO, it hosts more than half the world’s historical and artistic heritage. Fashion and food are also national specialities; think healthy Mediterranean cookery and an array of delicious pasta dishes from spaghetti to ravioli, as well as pizza, ice cream and olive oil.  Italy is also one of the largest producers of wine.

Looking good has always been a high priority for the Italian men and women, and the country is now becoming a popular centre for hair transplant surgery. With just a short flight from the UK you can be visiting a country with breathtaking beauty and an outstanding healthcare system and receive excellent medical advice and treatment for hair restoration which is competitively priced.  Some of the doctors work regularly in the UK and offer high quality care at affordable prices. At Laser CosMedics, a trichology clinic in central Italy for example it costs between £3,000 and £4,000 for up to 2,000 grafts in one session.

Medical tourists can visit cathedrals, churches, monasteries, palaces, castles and convents and enjoy train journeys taking in the stunning scenery and hills of Tuscany or Umbria, marvel at ancient sites and monuments or simply enjoy sipping espressos in some of the world’s finest people-watching squares like Piazza San Marco in Venice or Piazza di Spagna in Rome. The capital, Rome, is an art enthusiast’s delight. The Vatican City, (the Pope’s home), houses the magnificent Michaelangelo Sistine Chapel ceiling. Other city must-sees include the ancient remains of the Pantheon, the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Many a tourist will throw coins in the famous Trevi Fountain to fulfil the myth that they will return to Rome some time soon.

Other major cities include Milan, Venice, Florence, Naples and Verona and there are a handful of airlines (scheduled and “no-frills”) flying to these destinations, making Italy a very accessible choice for treatment. The islands of Sicily, a fertile but mountainous island with its famous volcano, Mount Etna, and Sardinia boasting fine sandy beaches and rocky offshore islands are popular summer holiday destinations and during the winter the Alpine regions, the Po Plain and the Ligurian-Etruscan Appennines, Piedmont and Val d’Aosta contain some of the highest mountains in Europe so are great for winter sports.

The climate in Italy is Mediterranean with mild winters and warm summers, although it gets colder in the north with snow on the mountains. The best time of year to visit Italy is between April and October, avoiding August which is the busiest and most expensive month due to the influx of tourists at this time.

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Reasons to choose Italy

  • Highest ratio of doctors per capita in the world
  • World class medical facilities in Milan and Rome
  • Leading centre for hair restoration surgery
  • Excellent transport links with Europe and the US
  • Beautiful countryside in Tuscany and Umbria
  • Classic cities including Rome, Venice, Pisa and Genoa