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This is the original sentence: "I came to Italy last year for a business trip."

can I say: "I came to Italy last year for a vacation." ?

I want to emphasize "not a business trip".

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Either for vacation or on vacation would sound good to me (rather than for a vacation). Also note that came is only appropriate if it is already known to your audience that you were (or still are) in Italy. Otherwise use went.

I went to Italy last year for vacation.

I went to Italy last year on vacation.

  • I confess that I have never come across for vacation. I note the Google Books Ngram Viewer does record uses of the expression, although on vacation is eight times more popular. books.google.com/ngrams/… – Ronald Sole May 7 at 9:12

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