Italy tailor-made holidays
From Rome to Florence, Capri and more, Italy holidays have long been favourites of ours. The luxurious land of Vespas, espresso, and Sophia Loren, Italy is synonymous with style, sophistication and sheer indulgence. The country is splendidly varied, with great climate, culture and cuisine from the rolling Italian countryside to the historic cities.
The romantic canals of Venice are timeless, the turreted Tuscan hills beckon with unsurpassed beauty, and as for imperial Rome - well, it's been attracting travellers since the time of Augustus. And in Italy, every meal is a delight - Italian food has always been about fresh ingredients, family traditions, and stretching out a long lunch with local wines or limoncello.
Visiting Italy is not just about the classics, though - there are exciting new ways to explore this ancient country, such as a luxury rail journey from London to Venice, or a truly customised self-drive through Sicily to discover how this island has kept its culture unique from the mainland, developing its own twist on food, architecture, and language.
If the coast is calling you, we have a number of beach holidays in Italy that will bring you into the glittering azure waters of the Tyrrhenian or Adriatic Seas. There is nothing like lounging under the sun on a Capri holiday, smelling the soft fragrance of blooming flowers, to make a getaway into a truly memorable event. But if you get restless, consider a two-centre holiday to see more of the country.
And of course, since we specialise in tailor-made holidays, your Italian holiday can be as unique as you. Add nights in your favourite places, or try a new experience like staying in an agriturismo farmhouse, to build the luxury getaway of your dreams.
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Where to go in Italy
The Amalfi Coast stretches along the Sorrentine Peninsula in the south of Italy and is famous for its tantalising combination of historical sights - cathedrals, grottoes and ancient villas - fine Neapolitan cuisine and the outstanding natural beauty of its scenery.
The islands of Sardinia and Sicily combine tropical beaches and a sultry Mediterranean climate with an ancient cultural heritage and an array of attractive towns.
Venice, on the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy, is a floating treasure-trove containing more works of artistic and historical significance per square metre than any other city in the world.
When to go
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April to June and late September to October can be the best months to travel, when temperatures are mild and crowds aren't so intense. The summer rush begins as early as mid-June, and from July to mid-September the major attractions are very crowded. August is uncomfortably hot, and the whole country takes a break for at least the second half of the month, so many city hotels, restaurants and shops are closed, and the beaches and islands are crowded with Italian holidaymakers. From late October to Easter, most visitor sites are open for restricted hours or closed for renovation. Many hotels and restaurants shut down for a month or two between November and February, and beach destinations …
Top itineraries in Italy
Sicily's remarkable cultural diversity is a result of 25 centuries of tumultuous history. Peel the onion of its Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Norman, Arab and Spanish past, sung to the tune of cloudless sunny skies and clear azure waters.
Florence plays host to a clutch of famous museums with the Uffizi Gallery heading the list. Forty-five rooms are packed with masterpieces from the Renaissance, classical sculptures, prints and drawings so it's little wonder that you need to book in advance to avoid disappointment or long queues.
Few regions in Italy command attention like the Amalfi Coast, where vertical cliffs plunge into impossibly blue seas and storybook towns emerge from the folds of thick, scented lemon groves.
Top places to stay in Italy
A masseria or fortified farmhouse, this vast, walled estate dates back to the 16th century and today is converted into a five star country house.
This masseria or fortified country house dates back to the early 18th century. Once a watchtower, looking out for invading Saracens, it’s now a bijou resort although the charm of its original chapel and mulberry trees remain.
Hark back to the golden age of travel with opulent private berths, fine dining experiences and stunning scenery.
Special offers in Italy
Early booking discount - save up to £300 per couple
Book by: 30 September 2016
Rome, Florence and Venice are among the three most romantic cities in the world, not just Italy. Each one has its own unique atmosphere, style and history with iconic sights, fabulous architecture, gourmet restaurants, and world-class museums and galleries filled with timeless masterpieces.
Stay 8 nights, pay for 6 saving up to £460 per couple
Book by: 18 October 2016
We've combined two of Italy's finest hotels in this indulgent beach and city combination. The first is Baglioni Hotel Cala del Porto, which offers stunning views over the Tuscan Archipelago, and the second is the excellent Relais Santa Croce in Florence – a hotel that encapsulates Florence.
Stay 4 nights, pay 3: Save up to £300 per couple in 2016
Book by: 10 September 2016
The Baglioni Hotel Cala del Porto has wonderful views across the bay of Punta Ala towards the island of Elba in the distance. The hotel is just two kilometres from a private sandy beach where guests can enjoy pagoda-shaped cabins, sun loungers and deck chairs.
Complimentary night - stay 7 pay 6
Book by: 22 October 2016
On its own headland overlooking the bay of Naxos, this modern hotel is just a five-minute drive from the old town of Taormina. The 190 rooms are spacious with typical Mediterranean style décor and all boast a balcony or terrace.
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