Italian Expressions has over 25 years’ experience in offering luxury, tailor-made holidays to Italy for individuals (plus a few special interest tours for small groups), featuring a personal selection of luxurious hotels, full of regional and local charm and character, which offer exceptionally high standards of comfort, service, facilities and cuisine. Many of our personally selected luxury hotels are among the most acclaimed in Italy; others are full of rustic local Italian character and charm.Italian Expressions offers tailor-made luxury holidays to regions throughout Italy, from the Alps and the Veneto in the north to Calabria and Sicily in the south. With Italian Expressions you can visit popular destinations such as the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany but also venture to less well-known areas such as Basilicata, Puglia and the Veneto.Each of the regions featured here contains a personal selection of luxury hotels. Holidays are created for stays at each hotel, of any number of nights and include a flight and a hire-car or local private transfer, depending on the location of the hotel. However, travel arrangements can be varied to include self-drive from the UK, rail travel from the UK, rail travel within Italy and hotels and regions can be combined to give a multi-centre or a touring holiday.We will construct a holiday according to your requirements, based on our knowledge and experience.A strong feature of Italian Expressions which reflects our specialist knowledge and expertise in Italy is our range of special interest holidays, such as opera breaks, wine tours, cookery holidays and garden tours, offering a real flavour of authentic Italy. Some of these are for small groups (between 2 and 6 people for the cookery breaks and up to 14 people for the garden and wine tours) with set departure dates but all our special interest holidays can also be tailored for individuals too.Search our websiteSearch our website for ideas of luxury holidays to Italy by region, by holiday type and by activity. Regions will give you suggestions of hotels to stay in as well as touring holidays that feature that particular region and special interest holidays and activity holidays that take place in that region. Full financial protection Expressions Holidays offers clients full financial protection with our ATOL (3076) for all holidays including a flight and our ABTOT for all non-air holidays.Find out more Click on the tabs above to find out more about us and our holidays. Regions of Italy can be viewed from the menu on the right above. Click on the ideas boxes below to discover more about our luxury holidays to Italy.
Expressions Holidays provides a framework for flexibility, personal requirements and individual arrangements. Everything we offer on this website and in our brochure can be booked as it is, or more often than not, customised at the request of clients. This might mean adding extra nights, reducing nights from suggestions, upgrading room types and including special arrangements. A typical holiday to the Italian countryside will include 7 nights in one of our hotels, a flight out and back and a hire-car. However, there is always a choice of departure date, duration, hotel room, flight route and cabin, local transport (perhaps a private luxury transfer instead of a hire-car or even with a hire-car, an upgraded model, perhaps automatic or cabriolet), combination of places (you can choose to visit as many different hotels for as many nights in each as you want) and local arrangements. Instead of flying into Italy, you might want to drive yourself or go by train. We can accommodate all these options.So, one of our holidays offers numerous elements that you, the client, choose. How to look for a holiday that is right for you?We suggest you search for the type of holiday you want to start with. This might be a straightforward hotel stay in Tuscany, so search hotel stays by region. Or, you might want to visit a number of places, so have a look at our suggested touring holidays, which give you suggested combinations of hotels and regions that complement each other well. Or, you might know that you want to take an opera break, a cookery course or visit Italian gardens. In this case, start with our special interest-themed holidays.Hotel stays by regionSuggested touring holidays Special interest-themed holidaysThen once you have had a look, speak to us and let us guide you using our knowledge and experience of the country.What we do after speaking to you and finding out about what you are looking for, is to put together the ‘package’ for you, creating a day by day itinerary and a price, often with upgrade and downgrade options. We find it most productive for us and our clients if we talk through the quotation, explain the day by day details and the pricing options. Then you have the full facts available in order to make your decision about your detailed holiday arrangements.Our holiday components in a nutshellOur hotelsEach hotel featured by Italian Expressions has been personally selected to deliver exceptionally high standards of comfort, service and cuisine. Many of our luxury hotels are among the most highly acclaimed in the whole of Italy. Some have more local or rustic charm and character, but all are authentic and typical of their region. Although most of our portfolio of hotels tend to be 4 or 5 star hotels, each hotel has unique qualities and an authentic individuality. We offer you a choice of room types at each hotel, so whilst the sample prices we quote are usually just based on a standard or entry-level room, we can offer you upgraded rooms, junior suites and suites. Really according to the variety of rooms each hotel has. In Italy, we almost always include bed and breakfast in the basic holiday price. Some hotels offer only half board and at others we can offer you a supplement for half board if the hotel offers this. We know the hotels we work with and we have built up an experience of them over many years. Let us share this knowledge with you can guide you in your choice of holiday hotel. TravelThe travel options we offer reflect the diversity possible for holidays to Italy. Travel can be by air, by train, by own car, with hire-cars, with private transfers, and by local ferry and hydrofoil.Again, the choice is yours. You choose your departure date, method of transport, duration and number of hotel stays.By air. We include British Airways flights from London in the basic price but we can book other airlines for you if the route is more appropriate. Easyjet, Monarch, Jet2 and Flybe are the most popular airlines in addition to British Airways but there are also charter flights from regional airports that we can book for you too. With British Airways we can offer you Club Europe as an option. Many of our holidays will involve flying into one airport and out of another. By rail. Rail travel to Italy is a popular method of travelling, both with overnight sleeper services from Paris, daytime services from Paris to Turin or Milan for example or taking a train from Paris to Switzerland and breaking the journey there for a night or two, before continuing through the Alps into Italy. Rail travel within Italy too is a very popular and convenient (and quick) way of travelling between the major cities, for example from Venice to Florence, Florence to Rome and Rome to Naples. The route from Naples to Sicily is particularly scenic with the train travelling by boat across the Straits of Messina.By own car. Some clients choose to travel to Italy in their own car, taking Eurotunnel and then driving through France and perhaps Switzerland. We can organise overnight stops for you and have a sample touring holiday on our website which takes you from Calais to Tuscany and back by car.Hire-car. A hire-car is an absolute necessity for many of our holidays as without one the transfer is long and expensive and you need to be able to get out and about whilst at your holiday destination. Certainly for all the country areas such as Umbria, Tuscany, Puglia, Basilicata, the Veneto and most of Sicily, a hire-car is a must. We offer you a choice of cars of various sizes.Private transfers. We organise private car transfers for many of our clients. A transfer is particularly appropriate for places such as the Lakes, the coastal areas eg Portofino and Rapallo, the Amalfi Coast, Taormina in Sicily and of course, the Cities.Local ferries and hydrofoils. In Venice our private transfers are by water taxi from the airport to your hotel. For visiting the islands of Capri, Ischia Sightseeing and eventsOther items we might include in certain holidays or you might ask us to include can be opera tickets, private guides for sightseeing, entrance tickets and wine tastings.Expressions concierge serviceWith Expressions Holidays we don’t advertise a separate concierge service as all our clients have a concierge service automatically with all our holidays. Your sales consultant will act as your personal concierge and make sure that we arrange all aspects of your holiday that you want us to arrange, from opera tickets to restaurant reservations.Search our website for ideas of luxury holidays to Italy by region, by holiday type and by activity. Regions will give you suggestions of hotels to stay in as well as touring holidays that feature that particular region and special interest holidays and activity holidays that take place in that region. Expressions Holidays offers clients full financial protection with our ATOL (3076) for all holidays including a flight and our ABTOT for all non-air holidays.Click on the tabs above to find out more about us and our holidays. Regions of Italy can be viewed from the menu on the right above. Click on the ideas boxes below to discover more about our luxury holidays to Italy.
Italian Expressions is an independent specialist tour operator which was established in 1989 and offers tailor-made holidays to Italy, providing personal service with a professional approach. We pride ourselves on interpreting your demands and requirements to provide you with the holiday that you want, ensuring a successful match between client and holiday.Personal and professional serviceWe personally know the majority of the hotels that we feature, and we put together our holidays with our clients in mind. Contact with Italian Expressions means contact with the people who know the holidays, who will share their knowledge and experience with you – our team of Italian travel consultants know the country, culture and language very well, and operate a concierge service that helps you to explore every aspect of special interest or activity that fits with your holiday. All aspects of your holiday are personalised, from the itinerary to your holiday confirmation and documentation which provides you with information that is relevant to you. From the point of initial contact with us, you will deal with the same sales consultant, who will handle all aspects of your booking and ticketing. We approach your holiday in a way that offers you the arrangements you want, not to slot you in to pre-existing arrangements. This might mean juggling dates, securing the last available room at a hotel or tailoring a complex itinerary involving numerous components. Your holiday is as individually fashioned and tailor-made as you want it to be.How we price your holidayAll prices mentioned on our website and in our brochure are simply guides, as there are many variations that might affect the price including exchange rates, flight costs and special offers. To find out exact prices for the holiday that you are interested in, contact us for a tailor-made quotation.All our holiday arrangements have been designed to afford you maximum flexibility and freedom of choice. We include travel arrangements, whether it be flight, ferry or tunnel crossing or rail travel as well as many nights' hotel accommodation as you want, in as many different places.Our Price GuaranteeWe guarantee that once you have made a firm booking with a deposit payment, there will be no increases in the price of your holiday due to currency movements. If, for any reason, there have been changes in the price of the holiday you want, you will be advised at the time of booking.Full Financial ProtectionFull financial protection is offered when you book a holiday with us. Our air holidays are ATOL protected, and we are a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited to protect non-flight packages. We are also members of ABTA and AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), an organisation of some of Britain’s best specialist tour operators.
Luxury holidays to Italy are all about the appreciation of things Italian: the way of life, the culture, the art, the design, the landscape, the food and the wine. The Italian countryside exudes a classical harmony that is all but imprinted in the Western psyche, while the charm and humour of the Italian people creates an endearing sense of well-being. Regions of ItalyFrom the snow-capped mountains of the north to the arid boot in the
south, Italy is a country of remarkable contrasts with more Unesco World
Heritage sites than any other country on the planet. Popular
options for holidays in Italy are touring itineraries and rail
holidays to and within Italy, as there are so many iconic
attractions to visit.
cities are almost unbelievably beautiful and well preserved;
Italy's countryside is a picture-postcard collage of hilltop villages
and vineyards; Italy's islands are fringed with bone-white beach and
turquoise coves. And through it all, Italy’s passion for food and
fashion, for family and fun, its sheer appetite for life, is summed up
in two words: dolce vita – it’s Italy in a nutshell.To the far north, the Dolomites
offer spectacular walking whilst the Alps have
wonderful skiing. Each of the northern Lakes has its own character and atmosphere, while the nearby cities – Verona,
Bologna and Venice
– drip so tangibly with antiquity, each city more improbably
beautiful than the last, that at times you just have to put down the
guide book, sit back in a piazza café, and soak it all up over a long,
lazy cappuccino. In the middle of the country, Tuscany is
awash with treasures, from the Palio horse race in Siena to the Renaissance gems of Florence. Littered with hilltop villages and enchanting yet luxurious hotels, Tuscany –
and its less visited but no less lovely Umbria –
make for a fabulous holiday. South of Tuscany, the countryside flattens
in the heat, the pace of life slows to a languorous, elegant stop, but
the beauty of the landscape and its myriad attractions make it
impossible to slow with it. You can’t help but explore. The Amalfi Coast, Rome,
the vineyards of Puglia –
they’re each worth a holiday on their own.Wonderful climate, a glut
of architectural and cultural treasures, a nation of warm effervescent,
beautiful people – it’s possible you may never want to travel anywhere
else again after a holiday in Italy. Every evening Italians stroll the
streets in a tradition known as the passeggiata. A gentle, timeless
celebration of simply being, it’s everything we love about Italy – and
everything we feel sure you’ll fall in love with too.Unmissable holiday experiences in ItalyThe simple pleasure of sightseeing between gelati; regional cuisine; Renaissance architecture and art in towns and cities throughout the north; walking the Cinque Terre’s perilously cliff-hugging footpath between its spectacular villages on the Ligurian coast; the little visited region of Le Marche; truffle season in Piemonte; Pompeii; climbing Mt Vesuvius; seafood restaurants and sultry chaos of Naples; stepping back in time on Sicily; the beach holiday islands of Elba and Sardinia, as well as quieter Ponza and Pantelleria.
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The Villa del Quar in Pedemonte is a property of charm and elegance within easy
Palazzo Belmonte is a stunning 17th Century palazzo in an idyllic setting by the
Castello del Nero is a sumptuous and elegant retreat in Chianti.
The Castello di Velona is an enchanting hotel and a perfect place from which to
Il Pellicano in Tuscany is one of our personal all-time favourites. Elegant and
The Hotel Villa del Sogno is a charming hotel, restful, with beautiful views.
Le Sirenuse in Positano is full of character, charm and superb quality. An excep
The Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi has an historic ambience and a convenient loc
Jade Mountain Club at Anse Chastanet is an exclusive and private retreat that ha
Le Mas Candille in Mougins is a luxurious five star hotel combining a beautiful
The five star Anassa in Polis is of world-class standards, and continues to be o
The Pine Cliffs Hotel and Resort, near Albufeira in the Algarve is an immensely
Finca Cortesin is an elegant hotel with plenty of special touches to guarantee a
Amirandes is conveniently situated a short distance from the airport and occupie
Find out more about Italy
CapitalRome AirportThere is a very good scattering of international airports in Italy, with the main ones being Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Bari; on Sicily, Catania is served by several airlines from the UK and on Sardinia you fly to Cagliari or Olbia.CurrencyEuro (£1 = Euro 1.30) SizeItaly is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide Population60 million Average temperatureItaly's temperature varies dramatically, from about 4 degrees in Turin in winter to 33 degrees in Sicily in summer, with snow year-round on the summits of the Pyrenees and Alps National holidays in Italy Some tourist attractions as well as banks etc may close on the following days: 1 January 6 January (Epiphany) Easter Monday 25 April (Liberation Day) 1 May (Labour Day) 15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) 1 November (All Saints) 8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) Christmas Day Boxing Day There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.
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