Many of our personally selected hotels are among the most highly acclaimed in the whole of Italy; others are full of rustic character or provide rest and relaxation amid an atmosphere of luxury and style. Explore Italy and its contrasts by car or by rail, or enjoy an authentic experience holiday - choose between cookery courses, wine appreciation breaks, garden tour holidays and opera stays, some of which are for small groups. Click on the 'More Information' tab to find out more about the regions of Italy and their highlights, or be inspired by the suggestions below.
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.Highlights of a holiday 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.
Roads are good in most of Italy, with excellent autostrada links between cities, although these often come with heavy traffic and tolls. Off the main routes, most roads are quiet and well maintained, making cycling a very pleasant – and popular – way of getting about. In terms of public transport, the easiest way to get around Italy is by train. Italian trains are among the least expensive in Europe, pretty comprehensive, and in the north of the country at least, pretty efficient. It’s also far preferable over long distances to the fragmented, localised, often grindingly slow bus service.
Flights time from London to Italy is between 2 and 3 hours, depending upon which area you fly into. Italy’s airports are served by several airlines from the UK, including British Airways and Alitalia.
In addition to holidays by air, you may also be interested in travelling to Italy by rail (including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express), rail travel within Italy or taking your own car all the way to
Italy (self-drive holidays).
Our top 10 all-time favourite hotels and resorts in Italy
Tours of stunning Italian gardens.
Borgo Egnazia has a village-like atmosphere of hotel and villas amid olive groves.
The Verdura Golf & Spa Resort is a luxurious resort hotel with superb facilities on the coast.
We are open Mon 8.30-17.30, Tue-Fri 9-17.30 Sat 9.30-16.00.
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Stunning cuisine, a divine spa and convenient proximity to Lake Iseo.
The Plaza e De Russie is a charming hotel right on the sea front in the timeles
The Cipriani is a legendary hotel in an exquisite location in Venice.
The luxurious Palazzo Avino occupies a very privileged location in Ravello on th
Borgo Egnazia has a village-like atmosphere of hotel and villas amid olive grove
Kahanda Kanda near Galle offers the ultimate in relaxation, seclusion and intima
A romantic all-inclusive west coast resort.
Il Salviatino is a cosy and luxurious hotel in the hills above Florence with out
The Terre Blanche Hotel and Spa Resort (formerly the Four Seasons Provence) is a
Le Meridien Limassol offers attractions for children and adults alike with <a ti
An elegant resort with outstanding service set within beautiful Mauritius surrou
The House is a refined hotel that offers truly outstanding personal service
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 1.24) 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.
Italian garden holidays and tours for individuals and small groups
Rail holidays and train journeys, tailor-made.
Visit our selection of tailor-made family holidays to selected hotels and resorts around the world.
Rejuvenating, relaxing, refreshing, good for the body and the soul; spa and well-being worldwide
Tailor-made honeymoons and weddings abroad to personally-selected hotels and resorts.
Our selection of authentic experience and special interest holidays.
Luxury tours for individuals around the world
Tailor-made cookery holidays in Italy
Sample the best of Italian food and wine
British Airways will be flying to the Caribbean more frequently
Celebrity chef will be in residence at Cobblers Cove in January 2014
Discover the Gardens and Villas of the Veneto in 2014
Follow in the footsteps of Inspector Montalbano, the fictional Sicilian detective
Beachfront hotel voted ‘best of the best’ in Conde Nast Traveller’s awards
Escape to the Caribbean in February and March to enjoy the England cricket tour
Cycling, Surfing, Walking and Yoga weeks on the Algarve this autumn
Our Families Specialist reports on her trip to Borgo Egnazia