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Italy

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Italy tailor-made holidays

Introduction

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 multi-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.


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

Lupaia, Tuscany

Small & intimate hotel from £745 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save £168 per couple
Book by: 31 October 2017

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.

Ca’Sagredo, Venice

Historic hotel from £585 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 4 pay 3 nights
Book by: 15 December 2017

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

Castello Banfi il Borgo, Tuscany

Historic hotel from £1,195 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £392 per couple Stay 5, pay 4
Book by: 01 November 2017

Enjoy the ultimate Tuscany experience, step back in time with this idyllic Tuscan countryside stay. Here, a medieval castle looks out heritage vineyards and traditional restaurants dish up fine dining evenings.

Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice

Grand & elegant hotel from £945 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 4 nights, pay for 3
Book by: 17 August 2017

Just a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco, Baglioni Hotel Luna looks out towards the island of San Giorgio, across the lagoon and the San Marco Basin in Venice.

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Top itineraries in Italy

Best of Sicily

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £995 pp incl. flights

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 £889 pp incl. flights

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 & the Amalfi Coast

9-day tailor-made journey from £1,475 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 £1,305 pp incl. flights

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

  • 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

  • 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

Top places to stay in Italy

Grand Hotel Via Veneto, Rome

Contemporary hotel

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

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, Tuscany

Small & intimate hotel from £745 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save £168 per couple
Book by: 31 October 2017

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

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.

Venice

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.

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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

  • Multi-centre holidays in Italy for 2017

    Try a multi-centre holiday in Italy this year, and enjoy more of the rich heritage sites and lush landscapes that make up this iconic destination – all while maintaining the relaxed dolce vita attitude that makes travel here so enjoyable.

  • Vintage travel posters that have stood the test of time

    We take a look at the spectacularly bold travel advertisements of the 1930s and their promise of golden temples in India, lakeside retreats in Italy and deers grazing outside of Japanese temples. You'll be surprised at how much holds true to this day.

  • Top tips for visiting Florence

    Simply put, Tuscany’s capital is a world wonder. But since other travellers know this too, you'll want to use these insider tips to see Florence in a new way, from quiet walking routes to the best spot to catch a sunset.

  • Floating in Venice

    Fergal Keane learns to take the slow lane in Venice. We arrived by night and crossed the lagoon towards the lights of the city. The boatman was sullen. He had kept us waiting and we upbraided him. Now he refused to speak at all. It recalled a scene from Thomas Mann’s...

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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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