Luxury Italian holidays... where do we start? The fact that Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country on the planet? That the food is (discuss) tantalisingly close to perfection? That the landscape, from beautiful island beaches to cypress tree-topped hills and soaring mountains, has something for pretty much everyone? Suffice to say this is a country that gives France a run for its money as the perfect all round destination for a tailor made holiday, and as with our Gallic friends, it’s all there on our metaphorical doorstep. Lucky us.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Pizza, pasta, coffee and ice cream. Often imitated, never bettered and rarely sold at such thoroughly reasonable prices. The south of Italy, particularly Puglia and the Campania region (including the Amalfi coast) is perhaps best for the food
  • Rome, the "Eternal City". History at every turn, with more jaw-droppingly grandiose architecture than anywhere else so you can inject some culture into your luxury Italian holiday
  • The Dolomites - Europe's undiscovered skiing gem. If mind-melting scenery and low-key Michelin-starred eateries on a budget are your thing, you'll love this superb skiing area
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Original Highlight

Italian coast - luxury holiday destination

Marvelling at incredibly well-preserved Baroque architecture, swish boutiques and drinking some of Europe’s best wines in the sun…even in November. South-eastern Sicily has it all.

Dave, Original Traveller

A note on price

A no-expense-spared, tailor made Italian holiday exploring the country's artistic and cultural centres over a week – think Venice, Verona, Florence, Siena and Rome - staying in some of the world’s finest hotels can cost around £8,000 per person. However, a weekend city break can be done for £400 per person including flights. Learn more about our pricing

Where to go in Italy

Traditional Trulli house, Puglia, Italy

Puglia

Puglia, on the heel of Italy's boot, is a destination apart, both culturally and geographically.

Puglia
View of the sea from Hotel Raya, Sicily

Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

An extraordinary diversity of sights in one small area, from the classical ruins and beaches of Sicily to the volcanic outcrops of the Aeolian Islands.

Sicily & the Aeolian Islands
Amalfi Coast View, Italy

The Amalfi Coast & Cilento

Enjoy fine food, cliffs, coves, and hilltop towns such as Positano or Amalfi or in unspoilt Puglia.

The Amalfi Coast & Cilento
Hillside in Capri

Capri & Ischia

Rising dramatically from the waters of the Mediterranean are Capri and Ischia. Both can be reached by hydrofoil from Naples in under an hour and have excellent hotels at which to indulge in la dolce vita.

Capri & Ischia
Umbreallas on the Costa Smeralda Beach

Sardinia

Sardinia's north-eastern coast is impossibly glamorous and home to seriously luxurious hotels, whilst the rest of the Island is relatively untouched.

Sardinia
Marcus Aurelius Column, Rome

Rome

The world’s greatest open-air museum is also one of the most alluring and vibrant of modern cities.

Rome
View of Florence, Italy

Tuscany & Umbria

Historic towns and cities, peaceful county retreats and outstanding regional cuisine.

Tuscany & Umbria
One of Florence's Many Bridges

Florence

With its magnificent Duomo, Uffizi gallery and the Ponte Vecchio, Florence is quite simply one of the world’s finest open air museums.

Florence
The Venice Canal

Venice

Simply one of the world's most beautiful and romantic cities and a must-visit destination.

Venice
View of the Italian Lakes

Italian Lakes

Stunning scenery, elegant hotels, boat trips and excellent Italian cuisine.

Italian Lakes
View of Alta Badia resort in the Dolomites

The Dolomites

A well known winter ski destination, the northern Italian mountains are beautiful in the summer. The Dolomites became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.

The Dolomites

What to do in Italy

Boat Trips

Boat Trips

While nothing beats a traditional passagiatta or wandering around the streets at sunset marvelling at the sites of Capri or Anacapri, a boat trip gives a sense of the dramatic nature of the island and allows visits to parts of the island not accessible by land.

Boat Trips
Blue Grotto

Blue Grotto

A natural phenomenon and major attraction on the island of Capri, the Blue Grotto definitely lives up to its billing.

Blue Grotto
The Maddalena Islands

The Maddalena Islands

Rent an inflatable rib and head over to the beautiful Maddalena Islands Marine Park where the uninhabited islands have pink sand beaches and the water is as clear as any in the world.

The Maddalena Islands
Kite Surfing on the Italian Lakes

Kite Surfing on the Italian Lakes

Kite-surfing? In the Italian Lakes? Surely not? Actually, it’s one of the best spots in Europe to try this, the fastest growing watersport in the world.

Kite Surfing on the Italian Lakes
Ski The Secret Dolomites

Ski The Secret Dolomites

To many people the Dolomites are something of a secret anyway, but word is getting out about this staggeringly beautiful region, and its skiing (and eating) potential.

Ski The Secret Dolomites
Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata

Not recommended for anyone with vertigo, the Via Ferrata in the Dolomites, consisting of iron wrung ladders, footpaths and rope bridges, are an exhilarating series of routes that allow non-mountaineers to experience the higher peaks and most dramatic scenery of this most beautiful of mountain ranges.

Via Ferrata

Where to stay in Italy

Borgo Egnazia, luxury hotel in Italy

Borgo Egnazia

From the owners of the Masserias San Domenico and Cimono respectively comes Borgo Egnazia, the single smartest place to stay on the Puglian coast, with private villas for families and a boutique hotel for couples.

Borgo Egnazia
Masseria San Domenico hotel, luxury hotel in Italy

Masseria San Domenico

Located on the Adriatic coast of Puglia, the Masseria San Domenico is one of the finest hotels in south east Italy.

Masseria San Domenico
Masseria Torre Coccaro hotel, luxury hotel in Puglia, Italy

Masseria Torre Coccaro

Masseria Torre Coccaro is a 16th-century watchtower just outside the ancient fishing village of Savelletri di Fasano near Brindisi.

Masseria Torre Coccaro
Swimming Pool at Masseria Torre Maizza, luxury hotel in italy

Masseria Torre Maizza

The more elegant and sophisticated sister property of Masseria Torre Coccaro, is about five minutes’ walk across an olive grove and located on a nine hole golf course.

Masseria Torre Maizza
Grand Hotel Timeo, luxury hotel in Italy

Grand Hotel Timeo

If there was a 'hotel with the best location in the world' award, the Grand Hotel Timeo would be a serious contender... Set high in the rocky hills on the east coast of Sicily, Grand Hotel Timeo has long been known as one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats, and has now had a serious - and arguably much needed - overhaul by the Belmond group.

Grand Hotel Timeo
Capofaro hotel. luxury hotel in Italy

Capofaro

Set amidst a working vineyard producing Malvasia wine, Capofaro is arguably the best boutique hotel on Salina Island.

Capofaro
Aerial view of Hotel Raya, luxury hotel in Italy

Hotel Raya

Hotel Raya is one of the most beautiful hotels in the Mediterranean, an immaculate, whitewashed property of elegant simplicity on the tiny Aeolian island of Panarea.

Hotel Raya
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, luxury hotel in Italy
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Verdura Golf & Spa Resort

Located on the South coast of Sicily, this luxury Rocco Forte property caters for all, with extensive grounds, a sea front location, and fantastic facilities including a world class championship golf course.

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort
Villa Belvedere hotel, luxury hotel in Italy

Villa Belvedere

Built by the Bambara-Pécaut family at the end of the 19th Century, Villa Belvedere is still owned by the same family today.

Villa Belvedere
Aerial  view of the pool at Villa Carlotta, luxury hotel in Italy

Villa Carlotta

Built in the 19th Century for Sicilian aristocracy, this luxury boutique hotel in Taormina perfectly balances its historic roots with modern life.

Villa Carlotta
Villa Sant’Andrea

Villa Sant’Andrea

The Villa Sant’Andrea is located right on the sea just below the historic Sicilian town of Taormina, close to Mt. Etna.

Villa Sant’Andrea
Casa Angelina hotel, luxury hotel in Italy

Casa Angelina

With just 39 rooms, the boutique Casa Angelina hotel offers the luxury and comforts of a five star hotel in a charming and artistic atmosphere in laidback Praiano.

Casa Angelina
Hotel Caruso, luxury hotel in Italy

Hotel Caruso

Housed in an 11th Century palace, a historical charm is prevalent throughout. Frescoed ceilings and ancient walls have been expertly restored, and luxury is still very much the ethos.

Hotel Caruso
Terrace at the Le Sirenuse, luxury hotel in Italy

Le Sirenuse

Opened in 1951 by the Sersale family who still run it, Le Sirenuse has a deserved reputation as one of Italy’s finest hotels.

Le Sirenuse
Locanda San Fantino Italy, luxury hotel in Italy
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Locanda San Fantino

Cilento, to the south of the bustling, preening Amalfi Coast, is one of Italy’s least explored regions, and all the better for it. There are wonderful fishing villages, hill farms and – the clincher – a ten mile stretch of coastline accessible only by boat or on foot. No wonder Conde Nast Traveller called it ‘Italy’s best kept secret.'

Locanda San Fantino
Santa Caterina Hotel, luxury hotel in Italy

Santa Caterina

Founded in 1880 and run ever since by succeeding generations of the Gambardella family, the Santa Caterina is one of the great hotels of the Amalfi Coast.

Santa Caterina
Monastero Santa Rosa, luxury hotel in Italy

Monastero Santa Rosa

Owner Bianca salvaged the 17th Century monastery in 2001, and thanks to her painstaking restoration project, it has now been restored to its former self and is home to the luxury boutique hotel Monastero Santa Rosa.

Monastero Santa Rosa
Exterior of Palazzo Avino, luxury hotel in Italy

Palazzo Avino

Housed in a converted 12th century palazzo, Palazzo Avino is a charming boutique hotel located on Ravello’s eastern ridge and has stunning views across to Monte Avvocata and the Bay of Salerno.

Palazzo Avino
Romeo Hotel

Romeo Hotel

On the exclusive Naples waterfront lies the 5* Romeo Hotel, a unique boutique residence with views of Mount Vesuvius and the Amalfi coast.

Romeo Hotel
JK Place Capri, luxury hotel in Italy

JK Place Capri

JK Place Capri is an attractive white villa dating from the late 19th century and a hotel since 1885, opened in its latest incarnation in 2007.

JK Place Capri
Capri Palace hotel, luxury hotel in Italy

Capri Palace

Situated at 900ft above sea level, the hotel has superb views over the Gulf of Naples and the nearby islands of Ischia and Procida.

Capri Palace
Caesar Augustus hotel at night, luxury hotel in Italy

Caesar Augustus

If you appreciate a good view and don’t suffer from vertigo, the family-run Caesar Augustus on Capri might be the place for you.

Caesar Augustus
Mezzatorre Resort & Spa, luxury hotel in Italy

Mezzatorre Resort & Spa

The hotel is located in Forio d'Ischia, on the north-western side of the island of Ischia, in the Bay of Naples.

Mezzatorre Resort & Spa
Hotel pool at Hotel Cervo, luxury hotel in Italy

Hotel Cervo

The Cervo Hotel is situated in the centre of Porto Cervo Village - the heart of the Costa Smeralda - and facing the famous Piazzetta.

Hotel Cervo
Exterior at Hotel Romazzino, luxury hotel in Italy

Hotel Romazzino

One of the finest hotels on the exclusive Costa Smeralda of north eastern Sardinia, and child-friendly? Yes, they've cracked it.

Hotel Romazzino
Forte Village hotel, luxury hotel in Sardinia, Italy

Forte Village

Voted the ‘World’s Leading Resort’ for 13 years running, the Forte Village Resort in Sardinia pretty much has it all.

Forte Village
Garden view at Hotel de Russie, Luxury hotel in Rome, Italy

Hotel de Russie

The five-star Hotel de Russie is ideally located just off Piazza del Popolo and close to the Spanish Steps.

Hotel de Russie
The lounge area at JK Place Rome, luxury hotel in Italy

JK Place Roma

JK Place Roma is the third opening from the JK group, after the immaculate JK Places in Florence and Capri, the latter of which is one of our all-time favourite hotels in Europe.

JK Place Roma
D'Inghilterra hotel, luxury hotel in Rome, Italy

D’Inghilterra

This former palazzo is located near the Piazza di Spagna, home of Rome’s famous Spanish Steps.

D’Inghilterra
Interior at Gigli D'Oro, luxury hotel in Italy

Gigli D'Oro

Behind the Piazza Navona in the old city centre, the Gigli d’Oro suites celebrate the aristocratic history of their home, a 15th century Roman residence.

Gigli D'Oro

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A little more info

Luxury Italian Holidays

It's no coincidence that we offer more places in Italy than in any other country on the planet. There is just so much to see and do from exploring the temples of southern Sicily to skiing in the drop dead gorgeous Dolomites on the northern border with Austria and a few highlights (Rome, anyone?) in between. With so much to do, Italy is perfect for a tailor made holiday, enjoyed in complete luxury.

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