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Italy

Europe's masterpiece

Italy tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Given that the Italian peninsula was only fully unified in 1871, it’s no surprise that its draws are richly varied. The country’s appreciation of the arts ranges from the opera theatre to the trattoria kitchen while Roman ruins sit alongside pretty medieval villages only to have their grandeur recalled by Renaissance flourishes.

Even its geography is undecided. The cloud-piercing Alps spill down to the glassy serenity of the Northern Lakes before an Apennine bump sees you into Tuscany and Umbria’s rural idyll of vineyards and picturesque farmlands. It’s all lined with an impressive coastline where Amalfi’s Crayola-coloured villages cling to dramatic cliffs and the beaches of Puglia and Tuscany vie for attention. They’re the perfect piers to discovering the equally eclectic beauty of the Italian islands. There’s paradisiacal Elba, the Aeolians’ wild volcanicity, Sardinian adventures among hidden ruins and, of course, Sicily. Here, lemon trees perfume everything from pretty bays and volcanic foothills to Byzantine cathedrals and whole valleys of forgotten Greek temples.

It’s all punctuated by some of the world’s most arresting cities, each with their own discrete charm. Florence gave the world the Renaissance, Venice stands – or floats – unique and Rome bears all the grandeur befitting a host of ancient, continent-conquering empires and the world’s most powerful – and largest – religious denomination. But if there’s one thing that the country’s 20 distinct regions share, it’s a heartfelt passion for la dolce vita – ‘the sweet life’. Whether it’s fine wines and world-influencing cuisine or the Sistine Chapel’s frescoes and Michelangelo’s living marble, Italy’s artistry knows no bounds. 

To begin planning your next holiday to Italy, browse our suggested itineraries. From tailor-made fly-drives to city breaks, beach holidays and luxury rail journeys, they've all been tried, tested and enjoyed by our Italy specialists who visit the country regularly. 

At a glance

Flying time from UK
2 hours

Time zone
GMT +1

Currency
Euro (€) = 100 cents

Language
Italian

Travel advice
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Special offers in Italy

Best of Sicily

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £690 pp incl. flights

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Free car hire

Free car hire – Save up to £305 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

With the flexibility to explore at your own pace, link Sicily’s highlights with spectacularly rural drives and stays in some of the island’s premier hotels. You’ll take in everything from Cefalù’s white-sand beaches to Agrigento’s temple wonders and Taormina's ancient grandeur.

Baglioni Hotel Regina, Rome

Grand & elegant hotel from £840 pp incl. flights

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offer

Stay 4 pay 3 – Save up to £155 pp
Book by: 31 October 2018

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.

Ca’Sagredo, Venice

Historic hotel from £425 pp incl. flights

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Stay 3 nights and pay for 2 discount – Save up to £110 pp
Book by: 31 December 2018

This 15th century private palazzo is a favourite among discerning travellers and Condé Nast’s judges alike.

Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence

Historic hotel from £715 pp incl. flights

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Long Stay Promotion – Save up to £40 pp
Book by: 31 December 2018

A repurposed medieval church complete with a Byzantine tower façade, this is one of Florence’s most atmospheric stays and is listed in the city’s register of historical edifices.

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Top itineraries in Italy

Best of Sicily

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £690 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire – Save up to £305 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

With the flexibility to explore at your own pace, link Sicily’s highlights with spectacularly rural drives and stays in some of the island’s premier hotels. You’ll take in everything from Cefalù’s white-sand beaches to Agrigento’s temple wonders and Taormina's ancient grandeur.

Gastronomy of Sicily

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £780 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire – Save up to £155 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

Sicily's rich past has given rise to a uniquely contrasting history and it's a similar story when it comes to its food and wine. You’ll take it all in with stays in boutique properties and pretty country drives, with the island’s famous gastronomy showcased in wine tastings and open-kitchen dining.

Capri and the Amalfi Coast

9-day tailor-made journey from £1,645 pp incl. flights

Let stays in world-class hotels and the services of private drivers showcase the best of Capri’s island paradise, the Amalfi Coast’s dramatic beauty and Sorrento’s clifftop views. In between, there's plenty of time for some beach-side relaxation and independent exploration.

Northern Italy and the Lakes

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,355 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire – Save up to £180 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

Calm blue lakes, snow-crested mountains, grandiose villas and some of Italy's finest Belle Époque hotels provide the backdrop to this tailor-made driving holiday through beautiful northern Italy. Its bookended by stays among Milan's ultra-fashionable repose and Verona's fabled past.

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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.

    Mina M

  • 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!

    John J

  • 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.

    Colin C

  • I have booked through Wexas Travel for business and holidays for many years and have always found the service to be excellent and will continue to book through Wexas.

    A special thank you to Bert Hyatt for the last two years bookings to Italy and Madeira, always helpful with excellent knowledge of all aspects of travel and hotels.

    R R

  • As always Wexas provided us with a superb itinerary with informative guides. The hotels were exactly the standard we had requested and Miranda was very helpful in helping us find suitable dates, flights etc. We will certainly be using Wexas again in the future.

    David D

  • 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.

    W B W

  • As always Tim Tan came up with the goods. Good hotels and the transfer arrangements throughout the holiday were superb. Recommend that you look no further for a travel expert.

    Peter Charles P

  • Thank you for organising a very enjoyable holiday in a first class hotel. Accommodation and transfers were excellent. We both enjoyed the experience.

    Edward E

  • 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.

    David D

  • Each time we go away the comments are the same. Excellent and professional service. it is the reason why we keep using Wexas. Long may it remain so.

    Stephen Conrad S

  • 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

    Anthony W A

  • I have used wexas a number of times and most recently dealt with Tim Tan and have always been delighted with the results

    Alexander A

  • Thank you to Bert at Wexas Travel for going that extra mile ........so important to feel a valued customer.

    Ann A

  • Amy did a really fantastic job, and managed to get us a room I had not been able to book myself

    Andrew A

  • As usual Tim Tan provided us with excellent service and very knowledgeable recommendations.

    Ian I

Top places to stay in Italy

Grand Hotel Via Veneto, Rome

Contemporary hotel from £705 pp incl. flights

The perfect base in central Rome. It’s all immaculately presented in a delightful Art Deco style, and has gained its first Michelin Star in 2017 for its Magnolia restaurant.

Baglioni Hotel Regina, Rome

Grand & elegant hotel from £840 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 4 pay 3 – Save up to £155 pp
Book by: 31 October 2018

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.

Lupaia, Montepulciano, Tuscany

Small & intimate hotel

Located in the heart of rural Tuscany and within reach of the historical centres of Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Perugia, Lupaia occupies a lovingly restored farmhouse that oozes character and charm.

Hotel Danieli, Venice

Grand & elegant hotel

Spread over three palaces – 14th, 17th and 19th century iterations – art and antiques ensure a historically luxurious stay worthy of the Venetian aristocracy.

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Where to go in Italy

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is iconic for its luxury journeys that exude timeless elegance, remaining unchanged for decades. Guests are transported to a time more refined, enjoying the finest service, opulent bars and three exquisite restaurants as they travel to Europe's most romantic cities.

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast stretches along the Sorrentine Peninsula in the south of Italy and is famous for its tantalising combination of historical cathedrals, grottoes and ancient villas, fine Neapolitan cuisine and the outstanding natural beauty of its scenery.

Sicily

Sicily's long history as Italy's independent-minded island gives it allure matched only by it's ancient landmarks, sun-drenched beaches and cobbled lanes filled with tempting meals and boisterous Sicilian conversation.

Florence

Considered the finest product of the Italian Renaissance, Florence's historic city centre is filled with countless monuments, works of art and inhabited by some of Italy's most cosmopolitan and glamorous residents, Italian designer Gucci included.

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When to go to Italy

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Generally speaking, the best time to visit Italy is between April and June or September and October. These shoulder seasons avoid the crowds along with the worst of the heat – Sicily has been known to reach the mid forties. In fact, given its favourable latitude, you can expect favourable temperatures year round with southern waters warm enough to swim even outside the May to September period. That said, winter will see snowfall in the north, with ski resorts opening up.

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Italy articles

  • Italian Lakes in Focus

    From the vineyard lined shores of Garda to the glamorous towns of Como, discover why so many are fawning after an Italian Lake getaway this year.

  • Review: Therasia Resort and Spa

    Ronan Gay visits Therasia Resort and Spa based on Vulcano in Sicily, and provides a first-hand account of his experience.

  • Living La Dolce Vita: A cultural guide to Italy

    The art, music, food and festivals that have helped make Italy one of the world's most enduring holiday destinations. Read our guide to living the sweet life, and how to make the most of this beautiful country.

  • The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – a cabin guide

    Don't know your twin cabins from your grand suites? Product manager Andy Austen takes a closer look at the different cabin types on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to make sure you select the one that’s right for you.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0796 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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