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Luxury Italy Holidays

La dolce vita


It's no surprise that Italy has been drawing in visitors for centuries. Its cities perfectly combine history with culture, hidden coves and luxury resorts dot the rugged coastline, and the countryside landscapes are some of the most photographed in the world.  

For a sightseeing break, head for one of the cities. Rome - the Eternal City - lines up big-name sights like the Colosseum and Pantheon, while across the Tiber River in Vatican City, you'll find St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Then there's Venice, with its network of canals dotted with gondolas. Or how about Verona, whose amphitheatre hosts one of Europe's most famous opera festivals?

If you fancy a beach break, take a look at one of the islands. Sardinia boasts some of the whitest sands in the Med, while Sicily teams its beaches with historical cities, road trip-worthy countryside and Europe's biggest volcano. If you'd rather stay on the mainland, look to the Neapolitan Riviera (home to clifftop Sorrento and pretty towns like Amalfi and Positano), glitzy Portofino, or undiscovered Puglia, down in Italy's 'heel'.

Up in the north, you've got the Lakes. They're framed by impressive mountain scenery and edged by picture-pretty waterside towns and villages. Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore, the biggest of the bunch, have a clutch of elegant hotels fringing their shores, while Lake Como's photogenic surroundings and chic restaurants have made it a celebrity favourite.
Destinations in Italy
Italian Cities
From Rome's ancient ruins and Florence's art galleries, to Venice's canal-side wine bars and Verona's ancient amphitheatre, Italy's cities are perfect for a short break or long weekend.
Italian Lakes
Head to the Italian Lakes for some of Europe's most spectacular scenery (think soaring mountains and shimmering waters), plus chic lakefront towns and palatial villas.
Liguria swerves along the dramatic north-west coast of Italy. The region ticks off historic Genoa, stylish Portofino and the Cinque Terre – plus a collection of award-winning beaches and vineyards.
Neapolitan Riviera
Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Capri... the Neapolitan Riviera packs in plenty of big names. You'll find quieter gems too, like lush Ischia and lofty Ravello.
Puglia paints the south-east corner of Italy. Architecture ranges from the baroque treasure box of Lecce to whitewashed trulli villages, while the landscape swings between beaches and vast olive groves.
Sardinia is the king of the Italian islands, featuring a landscape that ranges from exclusive port towns and ivory-white beaches to agriturismo farms and villages set beside megalithic ruins.
Sicily is the biggest island in the Mediterranean. Scenery-wise, it’s also one of the most dramatic islands, serving up cliffside cities, craggy beach-swept bays and soaring Mount Etna.

Tuscany goes above and beyond the clichés, matching hilltop villages, vineyards and fairy-tale cities with a year-long line-up of fantastic food and wine festivals.

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Luxury family holidays in Italy

Italy is a land of history, culture, stunning natural attractions, beautiful clear seas and more. And family holidays here allow you to explore all of this, whether you prefer to immerse yourselves in the many sights of the cities or relax on the beach. 

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Italy multi-centre holidays

Take a look at our suggested itineraries for inspiration, or call our Trusted Advisers on 01293 762400* for a bespoke multi-centre holiday.

Florence & Tuscany

10 day suggested trip

At a glance
  • Combine a city break with a week in the countryside
  • Tour Florence’s art galleries and museums
  • Stay in the scenic Tuscan countryside
  • Go wine tasting and explore historic hill towns
From £2320 per person

Rome & Amalfi Coast

11 day suggested trip

At a glance
  • Admire the Eternal City's ancient sights
  • Browse the boutiques of Via dei Condotti
  • Spend a week on the Amalfi Coast
  • Discover the chic island of Capri
From £2299 per person
Flight Information

Depending on where you fly to, flights to Italy can take between two and four hours.

When to go

The weather across Italy varies dramatically from the north to the south. During the summer months, temperatures can reach 30 degrees, while winter temperatures can drop to around three degrees.

Visa Information

British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.


When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy. 

Our pick of the top hotels in Italy
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Imperial Hotel Tramontano

Neapolitan Riviera, Sorrento

Chia Laguna Resort

South Sardinia

Grand Hotel Capodimonte

Neapolitan Riviera, Sorrento

Hotel Bouganville

Sardinia, Forte Village

Hotel Caesius Thermae & SPA Resort

Italian Lakes, Lake Garda

Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

Neapolitan Riviera, Sorrento
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