You may not have cottoned on yet, but we're major fans of Italy
and all it has to offer for a luxury holiday. Where do we start?
The fact that Rome has a vibrancy and buzz that is almost
indescribable. Not to mention that it has more must-see cultural
attractions than you can shake a stick at. Perhaps it's the stark
contrast between the glitz and glamour of the Amalfi Coast and the relatively undiscovered gem that
is Puglia. Or maybe it's the cultural overdose of
sights to be experienced in the small area of Sicily, from classical ruins to picture perfect
beaches. And that's before we even mention Florence or Venice. It's a heady mix and, in our humble
opinion, Italy is the whole package when it comes to luxury
We've been sending clients on luxury Italian holidays since we
started out, and as well as being home to some of the most popular
regions in the world (think Rome, Venice, Tuscany), it is also
perfect for those who want to experience something a little more
off the beaten track. The Dolomites remain a relatively undiscovered skiing
gem and even less appreciated is that they are a gorgeous place to
visit during the summer months. There are activities galore (think
walking, cycling, riding, Via Ferrata mountaineering) and, as a UNESCO
World Heritage Site, the views aren't bad either. Puglia, on the
heel of Italy's boot, has garnered more and more attention over the
last couple of years but remains relatively undiscovered and is
well worth exploring, if only for the legendary trulli houses.
Private Luxury Villas in Italy
There's something particularly alluring about the Italian way of
life. As far as we're concerned, it really doesn't get much sweeter
than la dolce vita, and staying in a luxury villa in Italy - be it
in the hills near Florence or by the beach in Sardinia - it's the
consummate way to spend a summer soggiorno.
Parade around the narrow streets of a Tuscan hilltop town on a
sunset passeggiata or sample fresh Sardinian white wines at a
seafront restaurant as oligarch-laden megayachts glide by - it's
all part and parcel of an Italian luxury villa holiday, and
Original Travel knows the finest luxury villas around.
When to go...
From April to June and late September to October are the best
months for travelling in Italy; the temperatures are usually mild
and the crowds aren't quite so intense. Starting in mid-June, the
summer rush really picks up, and from July to mid-September the
country goes on vacation at least from august 15 to the end of the
month, and many Italians take off the entire month. Many hotels,
restaurants, and shops are closed (except for spas, beaches, and
islands, where 70% of Italians head).
Our fantastic Europe team are here to help with every detail of
your trip, from where to eat the best Tagliatelle Vongole ever (at
the Monastero Santa Rosa on the Amalfi Coast in
case you were actually wondering) to what time of day is best to
visit Rome's main attractions. In essence, Italy is an oldie but a
goodie when it comes to luxury holidays, which is why we've sent
hundreds of our clients there in the past and will continue to do
so until the end of time. Enough said.