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Honeymoons and weddings abroad are tailor-made by Expressions Holidays. Contact us for a range of honeymoon and wedding destinations around the world and an amazing choice of honeymoons from island-hopping to visiting cultural sites.

With Authentic Experiences from Expressions Holidays you enter a world of genuine holiday and travel experiences within the framework of one of our tailor-made holidays, be its significance culture, gastronomy, wine appreciation, wildlife, sports or special occasions.

Expressions Spas opens a world of tailor-made spa holidays that allows you to choose according to region, type of treatment desired, product type and recommends for your party type, whether it be for couples, singles or perhaps mothers and daughters travelling together.

Expressions Families affords you an amazing choice of sophisticated resorts ideally suited to families in selected destinations worldwide. You can also choose according to required facilities in resort and we suggest holidays for families with grandparents and single parent families too.

Expressions Holidays offers you tailor-made rail holidays and journeys by train, including luxury trains, scenic journeys and classic rail tours.

Tailor-made journeys and tours for individuals and small groups to selected destinations around the world from Burma to Italy, from Vietnam to India.
  • Italy luxury hotel holidays

    Luxury holidays to Italy: luxury hotel holidays, touring holidays and authentic experiences

    Our bespoke luxury hotel holidays can be:
    ● Single centre or multi-centre
    ● Long or short stays
    ● Combine a number of different hotels in different regions
    ● Utilise a variety of transport arrangements to Italy and within Italy, combining flights, hire-car, rail, ferries and private transfers.

    Italian Expressions has 30 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.
    Client testimonials
    Just a few of the very positive comments we receive from our clients about our service:
     “From the time of booking to the end of our holiday we felt spoilt and had a wonderful relaxing time.” “It is difficult to think of any areas to improve” Mrs L.
     "Attention to detail was impeccable and advice was considered and thoughtful. Could not fault", Ms B, May 2018
    “I would like to thank you for all your help and planning for our trip - everything worked like clockwork. The Orient Express was unbelievable, the hotels perfect and all the guides and transfers were on time and very professional. We had wall to wall sun for the whole trip, wonderful memories and a desire to explore more of Italy” Mr and Mrs T, about their touring holiday, October 2017
    'We had a great holiday. Thanks again for identifying such good and well-placed hotels, and for organising hassle-free travel and transfers.' Mr and Mrs T, Holiday to Rome and Capri, October 2016
    'Thank you to the Expressions team for planning and organising a wonderful trip for us along the Amalfi Coast. We has a terrific time, saw lovely places, drank great wines and stayed in some wonderful hotels.' Mrs M, Holiday to Italy, June 2016
    Search our website
    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.
    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.

    Luxury holidays to Italy: luxury hotel holidays, tailor-made touring holidays, and authentic experiences.
    Whilst it’s obvious to us at Italian Expressions and to our many regular clients, it’s worth explaining, if you are a newcomer to our site and our programme of luxury hotel holidays, what our holidays are all about and how they work.
    Our holidays are tailor-made package holidays that include several elements such as hotel accommodation, transport to Italy, transport in Italy and perhaps special arrangements such as pre-booked sightseeing, opera tickets, cookery courses, spa treatments or special meals.

    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 region
    Suggested touring holidays
    Special interest-themed holidays

    Then 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 nutshell
    Our hotels
    Each 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.
    The 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 events
    Other 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 service
    With 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 service
    We 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 holiday
    All 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 Guarantee
    We 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 Protection
    Full 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 Italy
    From 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. Italian 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, Turin, Milan, 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, Naples, Sicily, 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 Italy
    The 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.

  • A taste of Italy breaks

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    A range of short breaks to Italy with cultural, opera, gourmet, wine and garden visits included. Ideal for autumn, winter and spring months.
  • Wine tour of Tuscany

    A Castello Banfi panorama
    4 night wine tour of Tuscany for small group of up to 14 people. Visit Chianti and Brunello. 2019 booking now.
  • Italian garden tours for small groups

    Giardino Giusti gardens Veneto garden tour
    Small group tours of Italian gardens with local garden guides. Up to 14 people only. Tuscany, Veneto, Lakes, Amalfi coast and Rome area.
  • Wine tour of Sicily

    A La Foresteria Wine Tasting
    7 night wine tour of Sicily for small groups of 14 people accompanied by expert food and wine guide. 2019 booking now.
  • Wine tour of Piemonte

    Barbaresco Langhe Roero Tourism
    Discover the region of Piemonte and the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco on our small group tour for up to 14 passengers, accompanied by a wine expert. 2019 booking now.
  • Italy two centre holidays

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    Our selection of luxury two-centre holidays and combinations in Italy affords you complementary and contrasting regions and stays, so that you can really get the most out of your holiday.
  • The Italian Lakes garden tours

    Villa Monastero gardens Lake Como Italian Lakes gardens tour
    Combine the lakes of Como and Maggiore and explore the parkland gardens and the structured gardens of this region, on the lake shore and on islands in the lake. 2019 tours booking now.
  • Tuscany garden tours

    Palazzo Pfanner gardens Tuscany garden tour
    Visit the delightful gardens of the villas of the Chianti and Lucca regions of Tuscany. 2019 tours booking now.
  • Touring holidays in Italy

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    Multi-centre touring holidays in Italy that allow visitors to experience the diversity of the countryside, landscapes and horizons.
  • Rail holidays to Italy

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    Luxury rail holidays to Italy that allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic countryside of Europe change in front of your eyes.
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    Special interest and authentic experience holidays in Italy that allow visitors to indulge, enjoy hobbies or learn new skills.
  • Franciacorta gourmet break

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    A 5 night luxury stay at Hotel L'Albereta near Lake Iseo, featuring tastings of Franciacorta wine and locally produced olive oil.
  • Verona Opera holiday

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    Enjoy a luxury and tailor-made opera holiday at the Verona Festival in Italy this summer, watching world-class performances in the famous Arena.
  • From Naples to Sicily tour

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    A 12 night fly-drive tour where you travel the length of southern Italy, from bustling Naples down to the Basilicata region, on to Calabria and finally to Sicily.
  • Rail holiday to Sicily

    Travel by train all the way to Sicily: cross the Alps, follow the Mediterranean coast south of Naples into the toe of Italy and then board a ferry to Sicily.
  • Highlights of southern Italy

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    Enjoy a luxury holiday to the popular Amalfi Coast or the less visited, southern regions of Basilicata and Puglia, each with stunning scenery and cultural attractions.
  • Three Lakes & Venice tour

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    A 10 night fly-drive tour of northern Italy, visiting Lakes Como, Garda and Maggiore before experiencing the unique surroundings of Venice.
  • Highlights of Tuscany

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    Discover the diversity of Tuscany - in addition to the rolling scenery of the Chianti region, visitors can also discover the cultural cities of Florence and Siena or relax along the Tuscan coast
  • Terme di Saturnia

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    An elegant spa resort which promises a unique wellbeing experience with facilities including thermal pools and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • L'Andana, Tuscany

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    A five-star hotel set in extensive grounds in the Maremma region, offering relaxation in charming surroundings and outstanding cuisine.
  • Il Falconiere, Tuscany

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    A traditional and charming palazzo hotel which stands in utter peace and tranquillity in eastern Tuscany.
  • Italian Lakes trip visiting three iconic lakes

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    Reporting on the three iconic Italian lakes of Garda, Como and Maggiore.

    Tuscany trip report

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    Tuscany is a favourite destination for our clients and many choose to combine some time in the wine villages o

    Historical tour of Sicily

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    Historical tour of the ancient sites of Sicily

    Italy luxury cultural holidays

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    Find out more about Italy, a cultural medley of authentic experiences.

    Italian Gardens

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    A selection of some of our favourite gardens that feature in our garden tours of Italy.

    Footsteps through Italy

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    This journey takes you down through the Italian Alps, to Piemonte, then to Tuscany, and finally the sunny Amal

    Lake Como luxury holidays

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    Find out more about Lake Como, 'a treasure which the earth keeps to itself'.
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  • Italy holidays of the month

  • Italy

    Find out more about Italy

    Italy FAST FACTS

    There 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.
    Euro (£1 = Euro 1.30)
    Italy is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide
    60 million
    Average temperature
    Italy'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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