Luxury Italy holidays

From trattoria kitchen to lakeside palace, from Tuscan countryside to Sicily’s seaside idyll, Italy is one of the world's great masterpieces. And, with a history steeped in the Romans and the Renaissance, along with more than 50 UNESCO-listed treasures to its name, it has a history to match its abundant natural allure.

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.

 


Special experiences in Italy

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.

Italian food

Discover the delights of Italian food on a cookery course

The canals of Venice

Take a gondola through the canals of Venice

Lake Como, Italy

Discover grand villas and scenic beauty on the shores of Lake Como


Where to stay in Italy

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. 


When to go to Italy

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.


Suggested itineraries

Florence, Italy

The Tuscan Coast & Florence

8 days from £2,155 pp

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, Italy

Capri and the Amalfi Coast

10 days from £2,515 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.

Taormina, Sicily

Best of Sicily

8 days from £1,740 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

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Venice

4 days from £7,665 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.

Murano, Venice Islands

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Venice’s Islands

4 days from £4,520 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.

Arena di Verona

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Verona Opera

4 days from £4,425 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.

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre in Style

7 days from £1,665 pp

Explore the myriad coastal delights of Cinque Terre on this luxury tour, enjoying everything from wine tasting in world-class vineyards to sampling local bruschetta in cosy trattorias.

Grand Canal, Venice

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to London

4 days from £3,610 pp incl. flights

A counterpoint to the classic London to 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

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Return to Venice

5 days from £5,960 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.

Grand Suite (Artist's Impression), Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Grand Suite Experience

4 days from £12,865 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.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Paris & Venice

5 days from £5,125 pp incl. flights

This is the ultimate in European luxury rail travel – the iconic southbound journey from Paris to Venice aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, paired with stays in two legendary hotels.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: A festive journey to Venice

4 days from £4,070 pp incl. flights

Enjoy festive perfection on this pre-Christmas journey across Europe, pairing luxury hotels stays in Paris and Venice with the delights of the world's most famous train.

Villa Cordevigo, Verona

Lake Garda: From Grape to Glass

4 days from £1,185 pp incl. flights

Indulge on fine wines, dine on Michelin-starred Italian cuisine and explore Lake Garda's stunning scenery from the 18th-century charm of Villa Cordevigo – a truly luxurious gourmet getaway.

contemporary building among green vineyards with gated entrance

Sicily: Vineyards and Volcanoes

5 days from £1,900 pp incl. flights

Escape to Sicily for four nights of relaxation at a romantic boutique resort. Experience the island like a local, tasting authentic foods and wines throughout.

Restaurant at Grand Hotel Convento Di Amalfi at sunset overlooking Amalfi coast.

Amalfi Coast with private chef experience

4 days from £2,865 pp

A short break for foodies. Spend three nights at a luxurious coastal hotel, originally a 13th-century monastery, coupled with an exclusive culinary experience in the company of a private-chef.

Fiat 124 Spider, Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast with sports car experience

4 days from £1,185 pp

Explore Italy's Amalfi Coast in style, with a stay at a luxury clifftop hotel and a day's use of a Vintage Alfa Romeo Spyder.

St Mark's Square, Venice

Northern Italy Cruise & Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

12 days from £10,895 pp incl. flights

Experience one of travel's great pairings as you combine a cruise among the treasures of Northern Italy with the luxurious delights of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Florence, Italy

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Florence to London

5 days from £4,875 pp incl. flights

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.

Rialto Bridge, Venice

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice & Paris

5 days from £5,190 pp incl. flights

Travelling northbound aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, this classic journey pairs the Renaissance treasures of Venice with the sheer romance of the French capital.

Brussels, Belgium

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to Brussels

6 days from £5,225 pp incl. flights

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.

Amsterdam Canal Sunset

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to Amsterdam

6 days from £5,425 pp incl. flights

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.

Verona, Italy

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Verona to London

4 days from £3,430 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.

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