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Agustina Lagos Marmol

Based in the Dolomites, a multi-lingual world traveler, climber and hiker.

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Nicola Seagroatt

Widely travelled, a keen skier and a passion for yoga and healthy living.

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Eloisa Bianchi

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italy

italy

Italy's unique style and heritage makes it a perennial favourite for holidays.  We have a selection of hand-picked recommendations for you, all with wonderful spas and plenty of activities to keep you entertained.

If you're travelling with your family or are looking for some exciting summer adventures or superb winter skiing, we can't recommend the Dolomites highly enough.  The scenery is breath-taking and the variety of action packed opportunities are legion - whatever your age or fitness level.  The same is true of the winter months.  Perfect for both adults and families.  We have a great selection of 4 and 5 star hotels to choose from.

Also in northern Italy, we recommend Lefay Resort & Spa for its wellness programmes and its setting on a hillside above Lake Garda in the beautiful Italian Lakes region.

The superb Verdura Golf & Spa Resort has recently opened in Sicily and has already been crowned Europe's Best Spa Hotel 2012 by readers of Conde Nast Traveller.  The perfect desination from March to October, and ideal for both adults and families.

Further south in glamourous Tuscany, we recommend Adler-Thermae which is a smart, traditional Italian spa with its own bubbling springs.  Not far away, but several notches up in terms of luxury, is the exceptional Castiglion del Bosco - possibly the finest residential, spa and sporting experience in the country.  It's actually an exclusive private country club, but we have persuaded them to let our guests stay and discover its delights.

Also in Tuscany, just 15 miles from Siena, is the stunning Castel Monastero, housed in a stunningly renovated 11th century village.  With a wonderful spa (including a selection of wellness programmes overseen by the famous Dr Ali), superb dining, and the perfect base from which to explore the cultural and historic gems of Tuscany.

Further south, we have recommendations on the west and east coasts.  Stay on the impossibly gorgeous and romantic Amalfi Coast at the sublime Monastero Santa Rosa, or on the eact coast in Puglia at Borgo Egnazia Golf & Spa Resort

Off the west coast of Italy, the island of Sardinia is home to two fabulous family holiday destinations.  Hotel Romazzino in the north on Costa Smeralda or, in the south, one of the world's best family resorts:  Forte Village

We know them all well, so do let us know what interests you most and we'll happily arrange everything for you.

Weather and seasons

With a highly diverse climate ranging from the hot and sunny associated with the Mediterranean to the cold and snowy winters in the Dolomites in northern Italy. The coastal regions south of Florence have a typical Mediterranean climate with long hot summers and short mild winters.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  2 to 3 hours
  • Currency:  Euro
  • Language:  Italian
  • Visa requirements:  Not applicable for EU citizens
  • Time difference:  GMT +1

 

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palazzo avino

palazzo avino


amalfi coast, italy    7 nights from £1,305

When it comes to views, few can compete with Palazzo Avino's. Thanks to its extraordinary position, perched high on the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, one-thousand feet above the Mediterranean, they are omnipresent from the terrace, from the pool, even from the alfresco fitness area.

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monastero santa rosa

monastero santa rosa


amalfi coast, italy    4 nights from £949

This 17th-century former monastery perches majestically on a cliff, close to Amalfi. The latest glamorous hotel to open on this stretch of coast has stunning terraced grounds, a fabulous spa and a swimming pool that seems to hover between sea and sky.

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la trasita

la trasita


amalfi coast, italy    7 nights from £1,445

A romantic, spectaculary positioned and spacious one bedroom apartment on the water's edge, complete with a circular roof terrace and sensational views. A 5 minute stroll from Positano beach.

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casetta angeli

casetta angeli


amalfi coast, italy    7 nights villa rental from £2,415

Set in the gardens of a private estate in Positano, this charming 2 bedroom villa enjoys sensational sea views from its sunny terrace; plus benefits from a shared swimming pool and a pretty beach cove.

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belmond hotel caruso

belmond hotel caruso


amalfi coast, italy    7 nights from £1,885

Perched 365m above sea level, Belmond Hotel Caruso enjoys truly spectacular views over the Sorrento Peninsula. This is an ultra-luxurious base from which to explore the Amalfi coast.

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villa sorrentina

villa sorrentina


amalfi coast, italy    7 nights villa rental from £10,500

Chic, contemporary, luxury 6 bedroom villa in Campania set in a commanding position in an exclusive area of Sorrento, enyoying panoramic views of the town and its famously scenic bay.

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rosa alpina

rosa alpina


dolomite mountains, italy    room per night from £290

5 star Relais & Chateaux hotel in the heart of the mountains that was recently voted by Conde Nast Traveller readers as the 'best spa hotel in Europe'. The perfect base for both winter skiing and summer adventures.

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hotel posta zirm

hotel posta zirm


dolomite mountains, italy   

In the heart of Corvara, is a brilliant 4 star hotel with great character. Hotel Posta Zirm is perfect for both winter and summer Dolomite trips. With an impressive wellness centre, lovely rooms and popular restaurant, this is a charming place to stay.

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la majun

la majun


dolomite mountains, italy   

A stylish 4 star hotel in La Villa, combining traditional alpine with contemporary furnishings. Attentive staff, great decor and a 'ski in - ski out' location, your experience at La Majun will be unforgettable.

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ciasa salares

ciasa salares


dolomite mountains, italy   

A sophisticated 4 star hotel only minutes from San Cassiano with warm lobby areas and roaring fires, surrounded by Fanes Park and the peaks of Conturines and Lavarella.

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hotel cortina

hotel cortina


dolomite mountains, italy   

One of the oldest hotels in Cortina d'Ampezzo, this charming hotel is traditional in style and in a fantastic location, on the main drag of the chic resort.

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hotel ambra

hotel ambra


dolomite mountains, italy   

An old-style, 4 star bed and breakfast in Cortina with exceptionally luxurious attic rooms and friendly service.

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rifugios

rifugios


dolomite mountains, italy   

A selection of charming mountain huts in the Dolomite Mountains. Comfortable, delicious food and great stop-overs for hiking / biking tours or ski-safaris.

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l'albereta

l'albereta


italian lakes, italy    7 nights bed and breakfast £1,075

An exceptional medical spa overlooking Lake Iseo, perfect for those looking for a healthy holiday in Northern Italy.

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lefay resort and spa

lefay resort and spa


italian lakes, italy    7 nights full board from £1,750

Lefay Resort & Spa is set high on a hill above Lake Garda, in the heart of the beautiful Italian Lakes. The nearby village of Gargnano is one of the most picturesque villages in the region.

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il sereno

il sereno


italian lakes, italy    3 nights from £1,350

Luxurious Il Sereno is an inspiring new addition to Lake Comos illustrious shoreline, providing a sophisticated and contemporary edge to this revered region.

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santa maria del sole

santa maria del sole


puglia, italy    7 nights from £995

Santa Maria Del Sole is a charming, family-run yoga retreat venue - the perfect location for a week of yoga, sun, natural beauty and relaxation. There is a lovely outdoor yoga platform and indoor yoga studio.

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borgo egnazia golf and spa resort

borgo egnazia golf and spa resort


puglia, italy    7 nights from £1,035

Borgo Egnazia is a gorgeous hotel that feels like a traditional Apulian village, located along this relatively undiscovered coast of Southern Italy. Perfect for luxury honeymoons as well as luxury family holidays. Best from May to October, though April and November are often wonderful too.

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masseria salentina

masseria salentina


puglia, italy    7 nights villa rental from £1,525

This traditional country property is a luxury 4 bedroom villa in Puglia, with smart contemporary interiors and set within 6 acres of private grounds.

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trulli volpe

trulli volpe


puglia, italy    7 nights villa rental from £1,425

Lovely little 3 bedroom traditional trulli house set in four acres of private grounds and just a short stroll from Alberobello, one of the regions loveliest towns.

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masseria il papavero

masseria il papavero


puglia, italy    7 nights villa rental from £1,545

A beautifully designed and furnished 4 bedroom luxury villa set in its own olive grove, and just a 10 minute drive from sandy beaches.

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la moresca

la moresca


puglia, italy    7 nights villa rental from £2,945

Set in two acres of olive groves, with gorgeous sunset views along the valley, this luxury 3 bedroom villa brings a stunning contemporary dimension to a traditional trulli.

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villa egnazia

villa egnazia


puglia, italy    7 nights villa rental from £1,215

A chic, contemporary 2 bedroom villa with 15m pool and large gardens. Ideal for a romantic escape for a couple or a holiday for a family of 4. With a restaurant an easy walk away and just 2km from the sea.

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masseria giardino

masseria giardino


puglia, italy    7 nights villa rental from £4,890

Peacefully hidden in 5 acres of ancient olive groves, this luxury 5 bedroom villa has the added advantage of a private swimming pool and a private tennis court, and is just 8 miles from the beach at Sant' Andrea.

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hotel de russie

hotel de russie


rome, italy    4 nights from £1,230

Hotel de Russie is the place to be seen in Rome. In the heart of the hotel is a gorgeous secret garden, where many Romans come to enjoy an aperitivo. The hotel is situated between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps.

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forte village hotel castello

forte village hotel castello


sardinia, italy    7 nights from £1,995

Hotel Castello is the resort�s most luxurious and exclusive hotel, offering the utmost in privacy and seclusion in a quiet part of the resort, just a few yards from the beach and the sparkling sea.

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forte village villa del parco

forte village villa del parco


sardinia, italy    7 nights from £3,170

Villa del Parco, a member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World', is located amongst pine groves and tropical gardens, near to the Thalasotherapy Spa, with a private walkway exclusively connecting the two.

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forte village le dune

forte village le dune


sardinia, italy    7 nights from £4,125

A member of 'Fine Hotels & Resorts', Le Dune�s collection of gorgeous bungalows and suites nestle in stunning tropical gardens near the sea. Offering spacious accommodation, excellent personal service and a sense of peace, yet close to many of the resort�s legendary facilities.

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hotel romazzino

hotel romazzino


sardinia, italy    7 nights from £2,555

Overlooking turquoise seas and its own private beach, Hotel Romazzino encapsulates the beauty of the Mediterranean coastline. A fantastic destination for both adults and families that like to be active.

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cervo hotel

cervo hotel


sardinia, italy    7 nights half board from £1,879

Set in fashionable and exclusive Porto Cervo, on Sardinia's glamorous Emerald Coast, Cervo Hotel offers panoramic views across the bay, this 5 star hotel features its own private beach and wellness centre.

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royal pineta

royal pineta


sardinia, italy    7 nights from £2,570

With elegant furnishings and cool, peaceful gardens, the luxurious Royal Pineta is an oasis of tranquility and Mediterranean beauty. Perfect for larger families.

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porto ulisse

porto ulisse


sardinia, italy    7 nights villa rental from £3,005

Tucked away in a wonderfully tranquil setting, this lovely 6 bedroom villa enjoys stunning views of the sea and islands, and is a short stroll down to two virtually private sandy beaches.

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il palazzeddu

il palazzeddu


sardinia, italy    7 nights villa rental from £2,270

A wonderfully rustic old 3 bedroom farmhouse has been lovingly transformed into a charming family villa, with pretty gardens and sea views from its upper terrace.

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casa montessu

casa montessu


sardinia, italy    7 nights villa rental from £2,640

A relaxing, unpretentious 5 bedroom villa for a holiday with family or friends, and just a 600m stroll to a sandy beach in a very pretty little bay.

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forte village bourganville

forte village bourganville


sardinia, italy    7 nights half board from £1,465

Offering 5* luxury for you and your family and overlooking a magnificent beach, the boutique property of Hotel Bouganville (formerly known as Il Villaggio) is part of the beautiful Forte Village resort that sits on the coast of Sardinia and consists of a number of elegant hotels.

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beach retreat

beach retreat


sardinia, italy    7 nights villa rental from £2,620

A very comfortable 8 bedroom villa with wonderful sea and mountain views, good family facilities, and a good restaurant and beach within walking distance.

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villa sant andrea

villa sant andrea


sicily, italy    7 nights from £1,295

Villa Sant Andrea is a charming villa style hotel situated on beautiful Mazarro bay with its own private beach, close to Mount Etna. It's an exclusive seaside resort for guests seeking an elite and secluded holiday residence.

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verdura golf and spa resort

verdura golf and spa resort


sicily, italy    4 nights from £765

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort is one of Europe's best resorts, located on the south west coast of Sicily near the seaside town of Sciacca. Winning several prestigious awards since its opening in 2010, this luxury resort is perfect for both adults and families.

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villa del barocco

villa del barocco


sicily, italy    7 nights villa rental from £2,200

Set amid sun-soaked vineyards, this lovely 4 bedroom villa exudes a sense of calm countryside seclusion, yet it is just 5km from sandy San Lorenzo beach, and from the bustling Baroque streets of Noto, making it a well-placed base for sightseeing and days by the sea.

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villa la costa

villa la costa


sicily, italy    7 nights villa rental from £4,140

Villa La Costa is a very well appointed and equipped luxury Sicilian villa that sleeps 10 or 16, depending on the configuration. The villa makes an ideal base from which to explore fascinating western Sicily.

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villa delle saline

villa delle saline


sicily, italy    7 nights villa rental from £2,135

With the charming elegance of old Sicily, yet with all the modern comforts of a contemporary 5 bedroom family villa, this fine house has a fabulous swimming pool, and expansive rural and sea views.

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villa cozzo

villa cozzo


sicily, italy    7 nights villa rental from £1,620

Lovely 6 bedroom villa located in the south east corner of Sicily, in the heart of the famous baroque area, midway between the Iblean Mountains and Siracusa coast.

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mare nel blu

mare nel blu


sicily, italy    7 nights villa rental from £4,200

Mare nel Blu is a luxury, contemporary 5 bedroom villa with private swimming pool situated in a splendid sea front position in Marina di Modica, a small seaside resort on the southern coast of Sicily.

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tenuta di san giorgio

tenuta di san giorgio


sicily, italy    7 nights villa rental from £14,000

This luxury 10 bedroom villa is one of the island's exceptional private properties available for large family gatherings or a special celebration.

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adler thermae

adler thermae


tuscany, italy    4 nights half board from £895

This relaxed spa and wellness resort in the Tuscan hills is a lovely place to reclaim your mojo, with brilliant spa facilities, a genuine thermal water source and delicious Italian food.

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castiglion del bosco

castiglion del bosco


tuscany, italy    suites per night from £400

This must be one of the finest, most luxurious country clubs in the world, let alone Italy. Exceptional accommodation combined with first class facilities and services to keep everyone entertained; and all set in gorgeous quintessential Tuscan countryside.

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castel monastero

castel monastero


tuscany, italy    3 nights from £970

Castel Monastero is a gorgeous hotel that's housed entirely within a wonderfully restored 11th century medieval hilltop village. With a fantastic spa, restaurant menus overseen by Gordon Ramsay, and surrounded by quintessential Tuscan countryside with easy access to many historic towns and villages, this is a perfect base for a stay in Tuscany.

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villa sant alessio

villa sant alessio


tuscany, italy    7 nights villa rental from £5,900

Fabulous 8 or 10 bedroom villa set in a peaceful rural location just 4 miles from Lucca. With a swimming pool, terraces and both indoor and outdoor relaxation and entertainment space, the property is ideal for two or more families or a large group of friends.

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villa lucca

villa lucca


tuscany, italy   

Magnificent 7 bedroom private residence with immaculate 2 acre garden, large swimming pool, tennis court and conveniently close to Lucca, Pisa and Florence.

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cassetta miniato

cassetta miniato


tuscany, italy    7 nights villa rental from £1,165

Peacefully secluded in a large garden surrounded by mature trees, this charming little 2 bedroom house with its surprisingly large swimming pool has been sympathetically restored with contemporary comforts.

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