Sunil Metcalfe

Italy Travel Expert

“In a country whose cuisine and artwork tie for first place, we’re team hotels. We know the galleries of Florence, beaches of Amalfi, and ruins of Pompeii will utterly dazzle you, we just think it’s important that your hotel does the same. Be it a villa or a castle, a palace or a penthouse, your Italian escapade should include sleeping in style.”

Sunil Metcalfe

Italy Travel Expert

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Italy Highlights

Italy becomes you. The country that gave us Versace couture, Botticelli’s paintings, and pizza bianca suits anyone – whether you want the laid-back life or serious history. Browse rails of garments reserved for you in Milan’s 150-year-old Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II mall. Frame the perfect shot of the shimmering Lake Como while you wander our handpicked trails through the ancient foothills of Monte Grona. Contrast the bark of your 1960 Ferrari 250 GT’s engine bouncing off San Cosma’s quiet cliffs with the serene sunset that fills your windshield as you drive westward along the Amalfi Coast.

MORE ABOUT LUXURY HOLIDAYS IN ITALY

Italy – the land of renowned renaissance masterpieces, rich gelato, rolling vineyards, and azure waters. Arguably the most infatuating country in Europe, there is something for everyone, from the gastronomic delights in Modena to the dazzling labyrinths of Venice, the striking ruins of Pompeii to the designer storefronts in Milan. Both romantic and family focused, your luxury Italian holiday awaits.

LOOK UP IN ROME

Thanks to the dazzling ceiling frescos at the Vatican and the gaping hole in the Pantheon, Rome doesn’t limit its wonders to eye-level. Be it tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain or standing small underneath the impressive Colosseum, Rome is a fascinating place that has you peering upwards in wonder. Nonetheless, Rome isn’t a place you get lost in the clouds, but in the tales of emperors, gladiators, wealth, and war instead.

GRAPES OR GROTTOS

Italy is diverse – from the snow-capped peaks of the Alps to the urban metropolis of Milan – there’s no shortage of landscapes to get lost in luxury. Experience the best of Tuscan wine by booking a private tour of exclusive wineries, or set up shop on the island of Capri, where turquoise waters lap onto sun-soaked beaches. The choice is yours.

DECEMBER IN THE DOLOMITES

While Italy doesn’t scream Winter Wonderland, we think it should. Cosy and homey, it’s not just for the skiers – think wellness spas, hot tubs with unbeatable vistas, sauna sessions and Turkish baths. Nights can be filled with horse-drawn carriage rides to charming villages, cluttered with Christmas markets and illuminated castles. It may not be your average Italian holiday, but it will be one that delivers everlasting memories.

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Tuscany

If Italy was an art gallery then Tuscany, both rural and urban, would be its masterpiece. Learn the little-known stories hidden in the Renaissance architecture of Florence on a private guided tour. Take an exclusive hot air balloon ride over Val d’Orcia’s calm and colorful hills en route to wine tasting at the region’s best-in-class vineyards before joining a truffle hunt with some locals.

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Verona

Romance runs through the city that provided the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Around the corner from every busy photo op are quaint streets and piazzas peppered with alluring architecture and fine dining. Private table at the much-loved Bottega del Vino? Space is limited and we make no guarantees about how much room you’ll have for dessert after you’ve mopped up the exquisite Baccalà con Polenta and Risotto con Vino Amarone.

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Milan

The home of Italian futurism and the motor car, Milan is an evolving city steeped in history. Why not experience its best contradictions? Indoors, you can get lost in an endless supply of 20th-century art, treat your taste buds with the aroma and soft taste of infused risotto alla Milanese, or stroll the Quadrilatero d’Oro for retail therapy via the world’s most exclusive brands, such as Salvatore Ferragamo and Bottega Veneta.

Milan

Magna Pars Suites, Milan

This former perfume factory turned hotel is designed to awaken your senses with its secret garden and perfumed suites. Located in the heart of Milan’s design district, Magna Pars’ state-of-the-art contemporary interiors echo the stitch-perfect style of the surrounding locale

Tuscany

Como Castello Del Nero, Tuscany

Recharge your batteries in the ultra-modern spa, dine on Michelin-starred cuisine or venture out for a cooking class to learn a nonna’s secret recipes in her authentic farmhouse. The calming retreat that is Castello Del Nero will leave you as relaxed as the rolling landscape you’re surrounded by.

Sassi di Matera, Matera

Not one hotel but several, Sassi di Matera refers to a series of dwellings dug into the rocky hillsides of the Italian city of Matera. Hotels bump into streets and footpaths throughout this UNESCO World Heritage Site. A one-of-a-kind experience.

Blink

Blink luxury camping

We don’t limit you to bricks and mortar hotels. Luxury Blink camping lets you spend a night anywhere. Explore breathtaking Tuscan hilltops, escape to alpine serenity at Lake Lugano, or head into the untouched wilderness along the Amalfi Coast. Whether you’re planning a remote retreat or simply getting away from city life for a night of bliss, Blink allows you to experience a different side to Italy and feel true tranquility.

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Enjoy exclusive access to the Vatican

Soak up the history of the Sistine Chapel and stroll around the Raphael Rooms at your leisure, enjoying the papal city in complete privacy. The iconic St. Peter’s Basilica presents the finest hour of Renaissance architecture and is also the ideal spot to appreciate panoramic views of the Vatican gardens. Visit as part of ‘The Young Pope’ tour (inspired by the landmark 2016 series) and spend eight nights in the lap of luxury, with your very own private jet, prestige hotels, unique dining experiences, and more.

Emilia Romagna

Explore Lake Como from a private helicopter

Take to the air with a unique helicopter tour over Lake Como and enjoy the neoclassical architecture set against the hypnotic waters from above. Survey the striking green hills and take in the dramatic scenery with the wind running through your hair. When you’re ready to take a break, stop off for a bite to eat at the breathtaking Isola Bella island, privately catered for with fresh-caught pesce persico ready to satisfy your taste buds.

Sicily

Get close and personal with Europe’s highest volcano

With a private Jeep tour taking you through the winding slopes, explore the ever-changing lunar-esque environment of the explosive Mount Etna. From bubbling lava to the smoking cap, feel the heat of the active volcano like nothing else, with exclusive views of the wondrous Sicilian landscape.

Italy Highlights

Italy becomes you. The country that gave us Versace couture, Botticelli’s paintings, and pizza bianca suits anyone – whether you want the laid-back life or serious history. Browse rails of garments reserved for you in Milan’s 150-year-old Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II mall. Frame the perfect shot of the shimmering Lake Como while you wander our handpicked trails through the ancient foothills of Monte Grona. Contrast the bark of your 1960 Ferrari 250 GT’s engine bouncing off San Cosma’s quiet cliffs with the serene sunset that fills your windshield as you drive westward along the Amalfi Coast.

MORE ABOUT LUXURY HOTELS IN ITALY

Italy is a vast country and we want you to experience it exactly how you’d like. We know a big part of any holiday is where you sleep, be it a romantic villa, luxurious hotel, or quaint bed and breakfast. We have front-row tickets to some of the most iconic resorts, as well as tight-knit relationships with the under-the-radar gems that are far from the tourist trail. We’re confident you’ll stumble upon an accommodation of your liking.

VILLAS ON VINEYARDS

We know a holiday in Tuscany is intrinsically linked with a stay at a villa and quite frankly, we have no problem with that. There are few things more delightful than waking up in effortlessly rustic digs, going for a dip in a stunning infinity pool, cycling through emerald cypress trees and golden rolling hills, and ending the evening at a postcard-worthy wine estate. Just outside of Florence, Villa Cora ticks all of the boxes (and more) for an authentic villa experience.

LUXURY ON LAKE COMO

We’re convinced nowhere does luxury quite like Italy’s great lakes. Lake Como, to be specific, is home to some of the most remarkable hotels we’ve come across in the country. Showcasing anything from floating pools to hill-side tennis courts, on-site galleries to multi-level spas, these palaces (yes, palaces) are the epitome of a luxurious holiday.

BEACHSIDE BOUTIQUES

Nothing says Dulce Vita like a holiday in the sun. A treasure trove of white-sand beaches and seaside villages, staying at the right accommodations on your Italian getaway makes it all the more magical. With the Adriatic to the right and the Tyrrhenian to the left, we’ve covered all of the bases in discovering the best of the best boltholes, ensuring your sun-soaked holiday is all you’ve dreamt it be. A stay at the dreamy Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea in Taormina is the quintessential luxurious beach-side holiday.

  • Population Population 61,000,000
  • Capital Capital Rome
  • Language Language Italian
  • Currency Currency Euro
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT+1| ET+6
  • Expert Tip Expert Tip

    "Explore the southerly region of Puglia, where you can find charming hill-top towns such as Ostuni and taste traditional home-cooked Apulian cuisine."

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