From trattoria kitchen to lakeside palace, from Tuscan countryside to Sicily’s seaside idyll and from Roman ruin to Renaissance cathedral, Italy has allure in abundance. With 51 UNESCO-listed treasures to its name, no country features more World Heritage Sites.
Indeed, when confronted with Italy’s myriad cultural delights, it’s often easiest to think of the country as a collection of 20 regions, each with its own distinct identity. Sicily is a case in point; Greek temples crouch in valleys, vineyards terrace green hills and playful Mediterranean cuisine is served up in seaside villages. It’s a world away from Rome’s architectural exuberance – where you can trace the source of whole empires and religions between the crumbling colonnades of the Roman Forum and the Michelangelos of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. Then there’s the rural charm of Tuscany where medieval towns and wineries are dotted across rolling countryside.
That’s the joy of Italy. One moment you could be relaxing in a Belle Époque palace on the Italian Lakes, and the next looking out over the Amalfi coast. Here, centuries-old houses overlook dramatic cliffs to the beach-fringed waters below. And our multi-stop itineraries will bring you between the country’s richly varied highlights in style, enjoying stays in luxury accommodation and the services of private drivers and guides throughout. But, there’s one thing that’s found throughout the country – an appreciation of la dolce vita, the good life. You’ll be well looked after whether you’re feasting on a Fiorentina steak, sipping prosecco in Venice or waking up to an espresso in a piazza-side café.
Enjoy a private gozzo tour of the Amalfi Coast to a secluded restaurant or explore the region’s bohemian towns – whether you cruise around in a classic sports car or on a Vespa is up to you. Alternatively, take a hot air balloon and float over the ancient village towns and vineyards of the rolling Chianti hills. Let your charismatic guide bring alive the days of the Roman Empire while you investigate the eerie remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum or ask about how to visit after the crowds have departed. Explore the striking coastlines of the Aeolian Islands on a gullet-style tall ship or discover Sardinia’s pristine beaches and glamorous nightlife aboard a super yacht. Wander between the villas and gardens on the shores of Lake Como or explore the Italian Lakes aboard a timelessly elegant Riva yacht. Take to the roads of northern Italy and drive the route of the Mille Miglia in a classic Gran Turismo sports car. Lose yourself in the mystique of the masked carnival in Venice, we can even help you to arrange your own private masked ball in a palazzo, and experience a behind-closed-doors visit to St Marks or the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy a private visit to the most prestigious Murano glass factories or see behind the scenes of a fashion superbrand. Join a local and his dog to look for truffles in the Abruzzo or learn how to make the most amazing pasta in a cookery lesson with either a local family or an Italian Mamma. Imagine the stories you’ll tell.
Spoil yourself with a stay in an opulent Venetian palazzo such as Baglioni Hotel Luna or base yourself in a private Roman residence. Take time out in a traditional Tuscan farmhouse or restored fort, experience life in a converted Franciscan monastery or traditional Puglian masserie and immerse yourself in a restored alberghi diffusi in the Abruzzo. Indulge yourself with vintages available at your hilltop winery retreat or bask in the luxury and privacy on offer at your private lakefront Como villa or stunning coastal escape. Ask us too about travelling on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to experience old world glamour and serious style on a great rail journey across Europe.
Villa Sant'Andrea, Taormina, Sicily
5-night luxury holiday from £1,405 pp incl. flights & transfersSave up to £290 pp – ends 30 Apr
A private swathe of beach, almost tropical gardens, laidback elegance, old-fashioned, fine Italian furnishings and cutting-edge art make the Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea the most glamorous stay in Taormina.
Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice
Just off the Grand Canal, this Venetian palace is old-world luxury at its finest, complete with chandeliers, frescoes and gilded furnishings. Its private pier and fine-dining restaurant don’t hurt, either.
Baglioni Resort Cala del Porto, Tuscan Coast
5-night luxury holiday from £970 pp incl. flightsSave up to £280 pp – ends 30 Apr
Most of the rooms at the delectable Resort Cala Del Porto overlook the bay of Punta Ala, a glorious swathe of blue punctuated by the island of Elba. The Maremma, a less explored but most exciting corner of Tuscany provides the perfect counterpoint.
Relais Santa Croce, Florence
Set in an old palazzo, with original murals still gracing the walls, the Relais Santa Croce is as beautiful as the Florentine views it enjoys. Frescoed ceilings and fine art feature throughout, as do high standards and lashings of luxury.
Castello di Casole, Tuscany
Stay in a 10th-century castle ringed by vineyards, enjoying fine dining, spectacular views and superb spa treatments.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como
4-night luxury holiday from £1,360 pp incl. flights & transfersSave up to £340 pp – ends 30 Apr
This century-old grand dame is the best-located hotel on Lake Como – a setting taken in by a superb array of facilities. Expect everything from private-balcony rooms to an infinity spa pool
Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina
The Belmond Grand Hotel sits high on Sicilian cliffs, with glorious views of the sea and Mount Etna.
Hotel Splendido, Portofino
Choose between luxury stays in a 500-year-old convent or down by the waterfront at this opulent property, complete with spa, gourmet restaurants and stunning setting.
4-night luxury holiday from £2,120 pp incl. flights & transfersSave up to £625 pp – ends 31 May
The Belmond Hotel Cipriani is true old-world Venice at its refined best. Expect complimentary rides to the splendours of the city, chandelier-adorned rooms, a gorgeous swimming pool and two exquisite restaurants offering superb authentic Italian dining.
Villa San Michele, Florence
A façade by Michelangelo, frescoes of The Last Supper and fine dining informed by Tuscan heritage – this is a truly unique proposition.
Il Borro, Tuscany
Nestled within a 700-hectare estate in the heart of rural Tuscany, this historic hotel combines fine food and wine, and indulgent spa treatments, with Relais & Châteaux’s signature brand of elegant luxury.
Casa Angelina, Amalfi Coast
4-night luxury holiday from £1,105 pp incl. flights & transfersSave up to £160 pp – ends 30 Apr
Simply, this is the Amalfi Coast at its chic best. Expect everything from a private beach club to a rooftop fine dining restaurant.
Escape to a historic palace with spectacular views over the Amalfi Coast. Here, infinity-pool modernity is paired with classic fine dining and paintings by old masters.
Alberi Del Paradiso, Cefalù
Secluded above the beautiful town of Cefalù, this four-star hotel, with its pool, wellness centre and extensive gardens, is just 20 minutes' walk from the beach.
Villa Athena, Sicily
At the heart of Sicily’s Valley of the Temples, the deluxe Villa Athena is blissfully boutique, with just 27 rooms. The only five star property in this historic part of the island, with five-star views of the Temple of Concordia.
Borgo Santo Pietro, Tuscany
From Michelin-starred dining to exclusive spa treatments, this is your chance to stay in one of the Tuscany’s most luxurious properties.
Hotel Lungarno, Florence
Discover luxury amid Florence's myriad delights in this opulent hotel whose walls are adorned with more than 400 pieces of art, some dating back to the 900s. Evenings are spent in the Michelin-starred restaurant on the banks of the river – with the option to dine on your own private terrace.
Palazzo Avino, Ravello
4-night luxury holiday from £1,245 pp incl. flights & transfersSave up to £295 pp – ends 30 Apr
This exquisite five-star hotel was once a 12th-century private villa, perched above the dazzling coast of Amalfi in medieval Ravello. Opulent rooms are adorned with hand-made Vietri tiles and the highest-level suites feature private decks with hot tubs.
Hotel Danieli, Venice
Spread across three canal-side palaces, this landmark hotel offers rooftop fine dining, grand architecture and sweeping views across the Venetian Lagoon.
Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda
7-night luxury holiday from £1,295 pp incl. flights & transfers
Having welcomed the likes of Winston Churchill through its grand waterside doors, this elegant hotel was one of the first to grace Lake Garda’s picturesque shores.
Step back to the Golden Age of Travel aboard the world’s most iconic rail journey. And, as Europe’s great vistas sweep past, you’ll sit back to enjoy piano-accompanied cocktails, multi-course gourmet dining and that famous white-gloved service.
San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice
A private Venetian island, complete with spectacular lagoon views from pool bars, stylish rooms and fine-dining restaurants.
Due Torri, Verona
This esteemed Verona hotel lies just moments from the cobbled lanes and Shakespearean sights of Verona's ever-so-romantic streets, with handcrafted marble rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a wonderful panoramic roof terrace.
Hotel de Russie, Rome
The historic but hip Hotel de Russie sits right at the heart of Rome, a five star setting for a five star hotel.
Golden Eagle Danube Express
Travel in style aboard this elegant hotel on wheels, enjoying superb full-board dining, lounge and bar-car relaxation and beautifully appointed cabins and suites that provide home-from-home comforts on some of Europe's most spectacular rail routes.
Villa Igiea, Palermo
A luxurious palazzo languishing alongside Palermo and the Tyrrhenian Sea, Villa Igiea boasts scenic views, manicured grounds, elegant rooms and gourmet Sicilian cuisine.
Baglioni Hotel Regina, Rome
Staying in Art Deco luxury where fine dining vies for your attention against spa indulgences, you'll be sited right among the movie-star cafés and restaurants of the leafy Via Veneto. The next-door Borghese Gardens making for a tranquil retreat from the city's bustle.
Baglioni Resort, Sardinia
7-night luxury holiday from £1,435 pp incl. flights & transfersSave up to £1,740 pp – ends 31 May
The latest gem to join the Baglioni Hotels & Resorts Italian Collection. Immersed in a sublime natural landscape without parallel in the Mediterranean, in area of Tavolara on Sardinia’s north-east coast.
Because Italy can be exceptionally busy, ask us about how to explore the country in the shoulder seasons, travelling to the cities and countryside in spring or autumn instead of high summer. Alternatively, grab a towel to travel to the beach in June or September. Otherwise, look out for annual events such as the Venice Carnival in February or the Palio in Sienna in July and August and plan ahead to secure the best bases from which to experience these exceptional events.
The Tuscan Coast & Florence
8 days from £2,540 pp incl. flights
Tuscany is famous for Renaissance art and architecture, with the city of Florence at its forefront. Less well known perhaps are the region’s beaches, each as lovely as the Botticelli Venus. This trip combines the beauty of both.
Capri and the Amalfi Coast
8 days from £2,195 pp incl. flights
Capri and the Amalfi coast are characterised by vertiginous cliffs and grand, salt-encrusted villas. Crescent beaches in secluded coves line an aquamarine sea, and there’s history at every turn.
Best of Sicily
8 days from £1,370 pp incl. flights
From glorious swathes of golden sand to millennia-old ruins framed by scented lemon groves and sun-soaked vineyards, Sicily’s highlights are as enchanting as they are varied. Take it all in with stays in iconic hotels and scenic country drives.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Venice
4 days from £3,615 pp incl. flights
Between indulgent fine dining, champagne receptions and private city tours, this elegant journey pairs the ultimate in luxury rail travel with a palace stay in the heart of ancient Venice.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice & London in Luxury
4 days from £3,705 pp incl. flights
This version of the classic the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express's northbound route pairs the world's most iconic rail experience with luxury stays in both Venice and London.
Venice by Hotel Cipriani
5 days from £3,030 pp incl. flights
Not only will this city break see you stay in one of Italy’s most iconic hotels, but you’ll indulge with sunset cruises, food and wine tastings, and private water-taxi transfers throughout.
Florence & the Tuscan countryside in luxury
9 days from £3,440 pp incl. flights
With ultra-luxury stays in a millennium-old castle and a monastery designed by Michelangelo himself, this curated itinerary showcases Florence and Tuscany at their very best.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Venice’s Islands
4 days from £3,195 pp incl. flights
Before travelling on the world’s exclusive train, hop between Venice’s archipelago, centring on a luxury stay on your very own private island.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Verona Opera
4 days from £3,815 pp incl. flights
This spectacular short break combines a journey on the world’s most elegant train with a stay in a converted palace and of opera at the iconic Arena di Verona.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Lake Como
6 days from £4,560 pp incl. flights
Travel from London to Verona onboard the world’s most famous train, finishing off with a truly opulent stay on the shores of Italian lake country.
Cinque Terre in Style
6 days from £1,330 pp incl. flights
The coast of Italy has long been the epitome of romance and charm, and this is perhaps nowhere more apparent than among the pastel-hued villages and yacht-lined harbours of Cinque Terre.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to London
4 days from £3,310 pp incl. flights
A counterpoint to the classic London-Venice route, this journey aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express starts among the exquisite architecture of Italy's floating city before crossing the Alps in style en route to London.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Return to Venice
5 days from £5,945 pp
Travel from London to Venice, and back again, aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, enjoying all the luxury and elegance of the world’s most famous train.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Grand Suite Experience
4 days from £7,985 pp incl. flights
From free-flowing champagne to complimentary caviar, experience the ultimate in luxury rail travel with the butler-served indulgences of the new Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Grand Suites.
Amalfi Coast with private chef experience
4 days from £2,535 pp incl. flights
A short break for foodies. Spend three nights at an adults-only retreat, coupled with an exclusive sunset dinner experience in the company of a private-chef.
Amalfi Coast with sports car experience
4 days from £1,700 pp incl. flights
Explore Italy's Amalfi Coast in style, with a stay at an adults-only hotel and a day's use of a Fiat 124 Spider.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Northern Italy River Cruise
11 days from £5,455 pp incl. flightsSave up to £1,070 pp – ends 30 April
Discover Venice and its surrounds in unmatched style as you pair the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express with a five-star river cruise.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Florence to London
4 days from £2,670 pp incl. flights
New for 2021. Journey aboard the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, starting amid the exquisite architecture of Florence before crossing the Alps in style en route to London.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Geneva to Venice
6 days from £4,170 pp incl. flights
New for 2021. Take the world's most elegant train on a journey to savour, travelling in unmatched style through the pristine heart of alpine Europe between Geneva and Venice.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to Brussels
6 days from £3,800 pp incl. flights
New for 2021. This journey aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express starts among the exquisite architecture of Italy's floating city before crossing the Alps in style en route to the gastronomy, architecture and cafe culture of Brussels.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to Amsterdam
6 days from £3,820 pp incl. flights
New for 2021. This journey aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express starts among the exquisite architecture of Italy's floating city before crossing the Alps in style en route to the canals and museums of Amsterdam.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Rome to London
4 days from £2,785 pp incl. flights
New for 2021. A counterpoint to the classic London-Venice route, this luxury journey aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express takes you in unmatched style between Rome and London.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Verona to London
4 days from £3,150 pp incl. flights
Beginning with a luxury city stay and included walking tour in Verona, you'll board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for an unforgettable journey across Europe, steeped in the elegant traditions of 1920s rail travel.