Romantic and historic, our holidays to Italy charm with their extraordinary natural diversity, world-renowned art, rich cultural heritage and mouth-watering cuisine.
With outstanding natural landscapes, a world-famous artistic heritage and a culinary soul that’s quite simply off the charts, it’s no surprise that Italy is one of our most sought-after holiday destinations. Once the epicentre of the Roman Empire and the birthplace of the Renaissance, Italy is a country that bursts with a wealth of historic legacies. Head into any of its well-loved cities and you'll discover large, medieval piazzas, frescoed churches, world-renowned art museums and extraordinarily haunting ancient ruins. From the southern coast of the chic Riviera to the rustic mountain scenery of the northern Lakes, our hand-picked holidays to Italy offer you the chance to explore the extraordinary cultures, history and natural charms of each unique Italian region. Home of ‘la dolce vita’, where else can you while away hours people-watching outside a pretty streetside café, or idle around cobbled backstreets until you stumble across a giant amphitheatre? Whether you’re a foodie, art-lover or looking for something well off the beaten tourist track, we can tell you all about the best spots in Italy. Give us a call or pop into your local store and we’ll help craft your perfect Italy holiday.
• The days are brighter and sunnier from March to October • If you're exploring the countryside or cities then it's more relaxing and less crowded during the quieter periods of the year (November to February) • From November to June many outdoor swimming pools are closed and from November to May a number of beaches are not accessible. We advise checking with your Personal Travel Expert before travel to avoid disappointment.
Italy is a real bucket list destination; a treasure trove of artistic masterpieces, jaw-dropping natural beauty and exciting gastronomy. It’s one of the most intriguing and charming countries in the world and whatever the season the history, food, the landscapes and the treasured Italian culture will wow you. Where is Italy? In southern Europe, in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy is made up of the Italian Peninsula and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. It’s a country of regions, as diverse as they are similar, where you can venture from the ancient ruins of obliterated Pompeii to the sculpted rolling hills of Tuscany in just a few hours.
From the dramatic Colosseum to the peaceful Palatine, Rome is a city like no other. Wander from one ancient ruin to another, discovering the city’s medieval piazzas, monumental basilicas and towering masterpieces of Reniassance architecture. Glide by gondola down the Grand Canal in Venice – a city of epic grandeur, and a perfect mosaic of islands linked by an intricate network of canals – and discover pure Italian romance in the city of Verona, where pretty piazzas, ancient operas and Shakespeare lies at its heart. Visit Florence – a feast for the eyes and the driving force of the Renaissance, which created an irresistibly beautiful city of cultural and artistic treasures. And compare this with stylish Milan, the immaculate and fast-paced metropolis of the north, and a designer city of the future.
The Italian Lakes
Relax on the dreamy shores of romantic Lake Garda, which sits in the foothills of the Dolomites and has charming restaurants and gorgeous trails for walking and mountain-biking. Mingle with the elite in elegant Bellagio, one of the most exclusive resort towns on the edge of Lake Como, or visit enchanting Stresa in Lake Maggiore, beautifully framed by the majestic Mottarone.
Where do you start with food and drink in Italy? As one of the most diverse and ingenious gastronomic destinations in the world, eating in Italy is serious business. Italian cuisine is a regional affair so there’s plenty of variety. If a Mediterranean-style diet tickles your tastebuds, we recommend heading down south to Campania. There’s lots of olive oil, vegetables, fresh fish and fruit used in this region, and with the humble pizza originating in Neapolitan cuisine, Naples produces some of the best pizzas in the world. In central Italy, particularly around Tuscany and Umbria, food is simplistic, and often more rustic. You’ll find lots of meat, beans and pasta on the menus, as well as delicious regional wines like Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Carmignano. Up north, the diet becomes much more rich and substantial – pasta is replaced with creamy risottos and polenta, and you’ll find lots of truffle and pesto used on the menus. With tiramisu and panna cottas a favourite on the pudding menus, you may think you’re sorted for dessert, but you can’t experience a trip to Italy without trying a scoop of authentic Italian gelato – head to one of the many artisanal gelaterias after dinner to try this tantalisingly creamy ice-cream with exciting flavour variations and combinations.
Head to the Neapolitan Riviera and take in the breathtaking views that wind their way along the Amalfi Coast. Seductive and beautiful, discover the string of small resort towns that frame the Riviera – explore sun-kissed Positano, wander the romantic gardens of Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, or visit the region’s clifftop gateway of gorgeous Sorrento. Explore the Old Town and charming castles of Sardinia's historic capital city Cagliari, and watch as a sea of pink flamingos feed in the surrounding marshes. Drink in dazzling blue waters and parasol-lined silver sands on the glamorous islands of Capri and Ischia, or head to the beautiful island of Sicily which seduces with its rolling valleys, vineyards and majestic Greek architecture.
In rural Tuscany, make sure you book tickets to the Palio in Siena, the most famous bareback horserace in history. Discover the medieval charms of San Gimignano, an iconic hilltop town that dominates the surrounding hills, or experience one of Italy's oldest folklore displays with the famous Festa di Ceri in Gubbio, Umbria. The city of Matera in remote Basilicata is beautifully carved out of the white rocky cliffs. Wander around the underground labyrinth of streets and churches, and discover the region’s incredible caves. Explore the picturesque town of Alberobello in Puglia, which is famous for the distinctive conical roofs of the white-washed Trulli houses that pepper the pretty landsc
With so many Italian cities hitting your bucket list, hiring a car is one of the best ways to discover all that Italy has to offer. It gives you the freedom to explore historical sites and beautiful landscapes at your own pace, and, what’s more, you’ll have more of a chance to escape the crowds and venture off the beaten track. Follow winding roads through rolling hills peppered with tiny villages and castle ruins; explore the rugged coastline and find secluded beaches and coves; or choose your own wine route and stop off at vineyards for tastings and exquisite local cuisine. Driving around Italy opens up a world of fascinating sights and scenery, from the winding clifftop roads of the Amalfi Coast to Tuscany’s glorious countryside and medieval towns, and the majestic peaks that border the romantic shores of Italy’s lakes. It's also a great way to really get an authentic taste of your chosen destination – enjoy traditional meals in family-run trattorias, sip espressos with the locals in sleepy hamlets, and stop off at a farm shop to buy freshly-baked bread, delicious cheeses and organic olive oil.
The Complete Oman Tour Planned by Experts
- A multi-centre holiday – we recommend combining an art or culture-based city break with a beach, lake or countryside stay
- Foodies will be in their element in Italy and we have culinary themed tours in Sicily and Tuscany
- Spotting A-listers on the shores of Lake Como in one of the region’s grand hotels
- A tranquil escape, as well as fine food and wine, with a stay in a converted monastery overlooking Chianti’s rolling hills
- To discover the more adventurous side of Italy, spend a few nights in an ancient sassi, or cave, in the town of Matera, Basilicata.
Resorts & hotels in Italy
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Athens Riviera and Crete
Start your seven-night holiday on the Athens Riviera, a coastal area in the southern suburbs of the Greek capital, Athens. Spend time discovering the city sights from the Parthenon to the Acropolis or laze on one of the public beaches. A short flight (or ferry) will take you to Crete with its diverse landscapes, intriguing past and sun-drenched sandy beaches. Spend four nights working on your, eating at local tavernas and exploring the island’s history. If you’d prefer to stay in the city centre while in Athens, please give us a call.
Athens Riviera and Mykonos Twin-Centre
Your week-long holiday to Greece begins along the Athens Riviera, a stretch of coastline south of the capital. You’ll be close enough for a day (or two) of sightseeing in the city yet far enough away to enjoy the yacht-filled marinas and waterfront cafés and restaurants. Next stop: Mykonos! Get your dose of island-life on this vibrant island famed for its energy after dark and collection of windmills perched on the hillside behind the main town. If you’d prefer to stay in the city centre while in Athens, please give us a call.
Athens Riviera and Santorini Twin-Centre
A short drive from the heart of Athens, the Athens Riviera is a collection of coastal fishing villages, waterfront restaurants, beachside bars and high-end resorts. Spend the first few days of your trip sunning yourself on the beaches or taking a trip into the city centre to see its famous sights. You’ll then carry on to Santorini – an island in the Aegean Sea famed for its panoramic views, romantic sunsets and beaches with red, black and white sands. If you’d prefer to stay in the city centre while in Athens, please give us a call.
Mykonos and Santorini
What could be more quintessentially Greek than hopping between picture-perfect islands? Start your holiday on Mykonos where you’ll spend four nights soaking up the glitz, glamour and buzzing nightlife. It’s then on to Santorini – possibly the most romantic of Greece’s islands – for three nights of spectacular sunsets and unbelievable sea views.
Crete and Santorini
5 Nights at Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas in Crete with up to 25% Early Booking Discount Get cultural with a visit to the archaeological museum in Iráklion 2 Nights at Mystique Hotel in Santorini Simply laze on the beach – take your pick of black, red and white sands Flights between Crete and Santorini included; speak to us if you’d prefer to travel by ferry Go island hopping in Greece on this twin-centre holiday. You’ll have seven nights to discover the islands of Greece, starting with Crete. Affectionately known as the ‘Great Island’ here you’ll find varied landscapes, natural beauty and historic sites belonging to Europe’s earliest civilisation. Carry on to Santorini, a picturesque island in the Aegean Sea famed for its pretty villages and stunning views of an ancient caldera.
Rome is one of the most popular cities in the list of tourist attraction. It offers several things to explore from food to adventure to cultural history. The Forum, the Pantheon, the Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum are few top attractions you should explore in the beautiful city Rome.
Let's fall in love with this beautiful city where the streets are made of water, the mode of transportation are boats. The hub of the city St. Mark Square, Piazza San Marco, consist of various top tourist attractions. So are you ready to explore this beautiful destination with your loved ones?
Florence is heaven on earth! Sometimes it looks like a museum. Its beautiful surroundings and ancient beauty makes it the most popular stunning tourist attraction in Italy. Here you will find numerous museums with amazing art and sculpture. So if you are one of those who loves art and culture, this place should be in your bucket list!
Como is Italy's most beautiful lake which is famous for its beauty, view, and seashores. Travellers love to visit this place in summers. During a trip to Rome If you need peace, calm, and relaxing environment, Lake Como is the perfect place for you.
Italy is a shopper's heaven. Luxury goods such as jewellery, clothes, luggage and accessories can be found in Milan, Rome, Venice and Florence. Delicacies such as cheese, salami, parma ham, olive oil and wine are widely available – as well as the famous Italian espresso.
• A tourist tax applies to hotels in certain regions of Italy and is only payable locally.
• Italy's public beaches are free while its private beaches incur a supplement (payable locally) which includes access to the beach and a sunlounger.
A service charge of 15-18% will usually be added to your bill.