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Italy

Europe's masterpiece

Italy tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Welcome to Italy, the home of opera, the Renaissance, great art, fine wines, sumptuous food and dramatic landscapes, all wrapped up in the joy of la dolce vita – the sweet lifeAnd yes, life here really is sweet, from the sun-kissed islands of the south to the great alpine ranges of the north, from the sweeping farmlands of Tuscany to the great treasures of Florence, Venice and Rome. It's no wonder Italy is our clients' favourite destination. And, whether you choose to take it all in on a fly-drive, with stays in converted palaces and idyllic farmhouses, or aboard that icon of rail travel – the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – our specialists are on hand to help curate your perfect Italy holiday. 

Italy's rural idyll

Italy's landscapes are as varied as they are spectacular. 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.

Cefalu in Sicily, Italy
Cefalu, Sicily

Italy's island escapes

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.

Cefalu in Sicily, Italy
Cefalu, Sicily

Italy's urban treasures 

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. Many of our featured itineraries include stays in one or more of these cities, offering stays in their finest hotels and expert-led tours that take you right to the heart of each one's unique sense of style and artistry.

Rome skyline in Italy showing the Tiber river
Rome, Italy

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. 

 

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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

Rome

Baglioni Hotel Regina, Rome

4-night luxury holiday from £1,025 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

Stay 4 pay 3 discount – Save up to £230 pp
Book by: 31 October 2020

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 Portego Hall

Ca’Sagredo, Venice

3-night luxury holiday from £495 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

Stay 3 pay 2 discount - Low & Shoulder seasons only – Save up to £115 pp
Book by: 31 March 2020

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

Castello Banfi il Borgo

Castello Banfi il Borgo, Tuscany

Guide price from £1,270 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 5 pay 4 discount – Save up to £265 pp
Book by: 10 November 2019

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.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

4-night luxury holiday from £1,005 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

Stay 4 nights, pay 3 – Save up to £235 pp
Book by: 30 September 2019

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Como, Italy. The hotel faces directly onto Bellagio, where the two branches og the lake meet, against the backdrop of the Grigne Mountains.

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Italy holiday ideas

Isola Bella, Taormina, Sicily

Best of Sicily

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £975 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.

Backstreet restaurant, Taormina

Gastronomy of Sicily

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £995 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, Italy

Capri and the Amalfi Coast

9-day tailor-made journey from £1,695 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.

Como lake, Italy

Northern Italy and the Lakes fly-drive

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,545 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

  • 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

Rome

Baglioni Hotel Regina, Rome

4-night luxury holiday from £1,025 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

Stay 4 pay 3 discount – Save up to £230 pp
Book by: 31 October 2020

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

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

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.

Ca'Sagredo Portego Hall

Ca’Sagredo, Venice

3-night luxury holiday from £495 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

Stay 3 pay 2 discount - Low & Shoulder seasons only – Save up to £115 pp
Book by: 31 March 2020

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

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Where to go in Italy

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express exudes 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.

Rural Tuscany in autumn

Florence, Tuscany & Umbria

Tailor-made for both fly-drive holidays and short breaks, the stunning scenery, artistic heritage and delicious cuisine of Tuscany and neighbouring Umbria truly enchant.

Ravello, Campania, Italy

The 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.

Venice, Italy

Venice & islands

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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    Four of the best European road trips

    Between the headline acts and lesser-known gems, these are the finest self-drives on the Continent.

  • Lake Como, Italy

    Top 10 places to visit this autumn

    Whether it’s island relaxation in the sun or a Big-Five safari, this is a collection of our finest autumn escapes. There are also plenty of insiders’ tips, including America’s secret ‘fall foliage’.

  • Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

    Great train holidays

    Whether it's the old world charm, luxurious surroundings and service or the incredible sense of place that comes with train travel, the option remains one of the most sophisticated and sought after modes of travel around. 

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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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