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 …
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: 13 October 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.
Stay 4 nights, pay for 3
Book by: 15 March 2017
Located on the central Via Veneto, moments from Villa Borghese, Piazza di Spagna and Via Condotti, the 5-star Baglioni Hotel Regina is supremely well situated.
No holiday to Italy would be complete without a pilgrimage to one of its famous wine regions, so we’ve made this at-a-glance introduction to buying wine in Italy with tips on how to read a bottle, match the wine and what to spend.
As crowds die down with the blazing heat, late summer and early autumn brings temperate climates to pristine beaches and unspoilt sights. With this in mind, we’ve prepared a collection of our best last minute holiday offe
From renting classic cars to planning high-end picnics, these tips will help you craft a luxury self-drive holiday.
We never get tired of holidays to Italy, and neither do our travellers. Here is a round-up of some of our top articles about Italy, as well as some of our favourite bloggers to read when you need a little inspiration for living la dolce vita yourself.
What our clients say about our Italy holidays
To meet my requirements, your agent Miranda had to fit in with a previous tour's flight plans and I was delighted with the hotel selected in Taormina, the Excelsior Palace Hotel was a step back in time with old world courtesy and excellent service. A night in Bari was added to fit in with flights and the hotel there was exceptional too but in such a different way as it was modern Italian design in its rooms and public places and really lovely to find in Bari. The hotel was on the seafront with easy access to the old town and was called the Grande Albergo delle Nazioni and part of a chain. I would love a stay in any other Italian City with this group as I found the hotel stunning.
We had a fantastic time thank you very much for all the help and advice. We would particularly like you to pass on our thanks to Miranda Berliand for making it all happen and for her excellent recommendations. We particularly enjoyed the long established family run, so tastefully decorated over the years, Hotel Poseidon in Possitano... they put on one of the breakfasts in the world! What impressed us so much was the effortless and smooth transitions at all stages of the trip. It was for us first time visitors to this magical part of Italy made all the better by your attention to detail. Faultless!
Excellent service and very good responses to the few questions I had about arrangements. Staff always got back to me with the required information either the same day or the day after. Changes that I wished to make regarding hotels were dealt with quickly and efficiently. Travel arrangements worked out perfectly and hotels were of the highest standard. A good service all round. Many thanks to the whole team.
Since I had no knowledge of the destination we were seeking I had to trust the Wexas team entirely. As before we had no need to worry: the advice and arrangements were exactly what we needed.
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Thank you for organising a very enjoyable holiday in a first class hotel. Accommodation and transfers were excellent. We both enjoyed the experience.
Excellent contact with Allison Nicolle of Wexas who kept us up to date with changes to flights and schedules. Thew service received was first class.
One of the best things about Wexas is that we have one agent (Tim Tan) who always looked after us and does so extremely well
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I have used wexas a number of times and most recently dealt with Tim Tan and have always been delighted with the results
Amy did a really fantastic job, and managed to get us a room I had not been able to book myself
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