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Italy

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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.

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Useful information

flight times

From London: 2 to 3 hours

currency

Euro

time difference

GMT +1

visa requirements

Not Applicable for EU Citizens

Weather

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.

When to travel

Destinations

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Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is synonymous with romance and one of the most evocative names in travel.  With dramatic cliffs, impossibly pretty towns and villages, and...

Hotel Cortina Dolomite Mountains Italy

Dolomite Mountains

The Dolomite Mountains are one of the most impressive alpine regions in the world.  With a fascinating blend of cultures, sensational food and a vast...

lakeside terrace at il sereno hotel italy

Italian Lakes

Renowned for their beauty and timeless elegance, the Italian Lakes have long been a destination for peace and relaxation. Located a couple of hours north of...

beach at Borgo Egnazia hotel

Puglia

Despite being conquered by the Ancient Greeks, settled by the Romans and held variously by Goths, Lombards, Byzantines, Turks and even the French, Puglia, the...

Rome Italy

Rome

Bursting with magnificent ancient monuments, art galleries, timeless culture and endless shops, cafes and trattorias, Rome is a truly stunning city. With so much to see...

beach and pool at Forte Village Bourganville Italy

Sardinia

Sardinia lies of the western coast of Italy, just south of Corsica, and is a fabulous destination for both families and adults from late Spring...

resort and golf course view at Verdura Resort Italy

Sicily

Sicily is Italy's largest island and endowed with stunning beaches, mountainous interior topography and an astonishing number of significant ancient architectural sites. Our featured resort...

Tuscany Italy

Tuscany

Tuscany is one of the many jewels that Italy has to offer.  Gorgeous summer climate, stunning scenery and ancient culture - and three fabulous places...

Umbria Italy

Umbria

Not long ago Umbria was known as Tuscany’s less glamorous sister. Not any more!  These days Italy’s “green heart” is every bit as celebrated as...

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Venice

Venice is an ancient city encompassing 117 islands, interconnected via 150 canals and 400 bridges.  Its charm and beauty are impossible to exaggerate. A unique maze...

Where to stay

Palazzo Avino Amalfi Coast Italy

Perched high on the cliffs 1,000 feet above the Mediterranean, Palazzo Avino (formerly Palazzo Sasso) makes the most of its sensational location with light and...

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Gardens Full Moon at monastero santa rosa

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...

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Casetta Angeli Amalfi Coast Italy

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...

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Villa from: £2657
Winter view of Rosa Alpina Italy

This luxury 5 star “The Leading Hotels of The World” Hotel and Spa, nestled in the heart of the Dolomites, is an alpine haven for...

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Hotel Posta Zirm Dolomite Mountains Italy

In the heart of Corvara is a brilliant 4 star hotel with great character. Hotel Posta Zirm is one of the oldest buildings in the...

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Night view of villlage near Hotel La Majun Italy

This impressively stylish 4 star hotel which perfectly combines a traditional alpine feel with contemporary furnishings is an ideal place to stay in La Villa. ...

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exterior of hotel ciasa salares italy

Surrounded by the luscious green woods of Fanes Park and the peaks of Conturines and Lavarella, this charming alpine chalet-hotel is minutes from the village...

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Hotel Cortina Dolomite Mountains Italy

On the main drag of this stylish resort is the 4 star, Hotel Cortina - one of the oldest hotels in the resort.  In an...

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Facade at Hotel Ambra Italy

This lovely 4 star bed and breakfast in the centre of Cortina is a superb and authentic historic building with fantastic views and only 50m...

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Sharing from: £810
Rifugios Dolomite Mountains Italy

The ideal way to explore the mountain tops and experience the true history and cultural traditions of the Dolomites is to stay in a ‘rifugi’...

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

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lakeside terrace at il sereno hotel italy

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

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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...

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Sharing from: £759
Masseria Salentina Italy

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

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Villa from: £1518
Pool view at Trulli Volpe Italy

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...

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Villa from: £1313
Masseria il Papavero Italy

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

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Villa from: £1680
La Moresca Italy

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...

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Villa from: £2832
Villa Egnazia Italy

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...

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Villa from: £979
Masseria Giardino Italy

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...

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Villa from: £6187
Secret Garden at Hotel de Russie Italy

Located between the Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish steps, Hotel de Russie is right in the heart of the key attractions and designer boutiques....

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Pool at Forte Village Hotel Castello Sardinia Italy

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...

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Belvedere Restaurant at Forte Village Villa del Parco Sardinia Italy

Villa del Parco, a member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World', is located amongst pine groves and tropical gardens, near to the Thalassotherapy Spa,...

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Suite pool at Forte Village Le Dune Sardinia Italy

A member of 'Fine Hotels & Resorts', Le Dune’s collection of gorgeous bungalows and suites nestle in fabulous tropical gardens near the sea. Offering spacious...

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Sharing from: £4806
forte village at Royal Pineta Hotel Italy

With elegant furnishings and cool, peaceful gardens, the luxurious Pineta is an oasis of tranquillity and Mediterranean beauty.  Perfect for larger families. Set in sweeping grounds...

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Sharing from: £1962
Porto Ulisse Sardinia Italy

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...

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Villa from: £5813
Il Palazzeddu Sardinia Italy

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...

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prago sea at Forte Village Bourganville Italy

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...

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Beach Retreat Sardinia

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

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Villa from: £1926

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort is one of Europe's best resorts, located on Sicily's south-west coast near the seaside town of Sciacca.  Winning several prestigious...

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Villa del Barocco Sicily Italy

Set amid sun-soaked vineyards, this lovely 4 bedroom house exudes a sense of calm countryside seclusion, yet it is just 5km from sandy San Lorenzo...

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Villa la Costa Sicily Italy

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...

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Villa from: £2984
Villa Cozzo Italy

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...

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Villa from: £1899
Mare Nel Blu Sicily Italy

Mare nel Blu is a luxury, contemporary 5 bedroom villa with private swimming pool situated in a delightful sea front position in Marina di Modica,...

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Villa from: £3309
Tenuta di San Giorgio Sicily Italy

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

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Villa from: £7407
view at Adler Thermae hotel italy

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...

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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...

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Sharing from: £2155
pool at Castel Monastero hotel

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...

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Cassetta Miniato Tuscany Italy

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...

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Villa from: £1453

Experiences in italy

Dolomite Mountains Italy

The Dolomites is a fantastic terrain for those wanting to increase their levels of fitness.  With a combination of activities such as hiking, biking, climbing...

Aerial view of Forte Village Le Dune Sardinia Italy

Whether you choose to stay at Forte Village in the south of Sardinia or at the Hotel Ramazzino in the north on Costa Smeralda, you...

Gardens at Forte Village Villa del Parco Sardinia Italy

Whether you choose to stay at Forte Village in the south of Sardinia or at one of our other recommended places to stay on this...

spa at Castello di Casole Italy

A choice of three wonderful spa experiences in Tuscany.... Castel Monastero has superb spa facilities and offers a selection of 3 or 7 day wellness programmes overseen...

swimming pool at Verdura Resort Italy

Verdura offers guests of all ages and abilities the chance to learn or enjoy tennis on the floodlit clay tennis courts, supported by an excellent...

Thalassotherapy pools at night at Verdura Resort Italy

Once you've discovered the delights of the Verdura Spa you will understand why it was voted 2012 Best Hotel Spa in Europe by readers of...

forte village at Royal Pineta Hotel Italy

Sardinia is blessed by a gorgeous climate and some of the Mediterranean's prettiest beaches and coves perfect for watersports. Whether you choose to stay in...

Spa Hydropool at Hotel de Russie Italy

If you are planning a visit to Rome, the Eternal City, we would recommend staying at Hotel de Russie.  It's stylish, fashionable and has an...

spa at Borgo Egnazia hotel

If you're looking for an indulgent spa experience in Puglia, then you can't do better than Borgo Egnazia on the coast. The superb Borgo Egnazia Golf &...

indoor outdoor pool at Lefay Resort and Spa Italy

If you're looking for a holiday to the Italian Lakes that combines peace, tranquility and wellness, we would recommend Lefay Resort and Spa. Lefay Resort and...

Villa with private garden at Rosa Alpina Italy

Whether it's the summer or winter months in the Dolomites mountains, taking time out to enjoy some quality time in a spa is always important! There...

water sports club at Verdura Resort Italy

As Sicily and the sea are inseparable, Verdura's watersports centre provides guests with an impressive selection of watery entertainment. The Water Sports centre at Verdura Golf &...

vitial gourmet staff at Lefay Resort and Spa Italy

Perched high on the slopes above Lake Garda, Lefay Resort and Spa offers a selection of wellness programmes, including weight loss. Lefay Resort and Spa is a...

gym at Castel Monastero hotel

Join one of the award-winning in:spa retreats in Tuscany, which take place a few times a year at a beautiful private estate. Alternatively, just over an...

Infinity Pool Close Up Guest at monastero santa rosa

The Amalfi Coast conjures images of majestic cliff top views, sunshine and romance.  And now, with the recent opening of Monastero Santa Rosa, you can...

Night view of villlage near Hotel La Majun Italy

From November onwards a white blanket drapes over the Dolomite region, creating a magnificent playground for ski enthusiasts. With 12 resorts and 746 miles of on-piste...

swimming pool at Verdura Resort Italy

Escape to the Mediterranean island of Sicily for a week of luxury at Verdura and join their weight loss programme for maximum results. The expert medicinal...

infinity pool with a view at Lefay Resort and Spa Italy

With its commanding position high on the slopes above Lake Garda, Lefay Resort & Spa is a fabulously beautiful destination for solo travellers looking to...

Tucked away in the Puglian countryside is a charming yoga retreat centre called La Rosa dei 4 Venti where Destination Yoga hosts a number of...

Dolomite Mountains Italy

With panoramic winding roads and the famous Sella Ronda circuit, road cyclists can clock up some impressive mileage while enjoying the spectacular scenery in the...

swimming pool at Verdura Resort Italy

If you would like to try Pilates for the first time or simply wish to maintain your programme whilst holidaying in Sicily, we would recommend...

If you would like to benefit from Pilates classes during your holiday in Puglia, we would recommend staying at the wonderful Borgo Egnazia. Borgo Egnazia is a...

out and about at Adler Thermae hotel italy

Rather like the walking and hiking opportunities, there's much to explore on bikes or mountain bikes around your residence in Tuscany. All our featured properties have...

Summer view of Rosa Alpina Italy

For any level of biking enthusiast, whether you are starting to discover the sport or already well-practised, the Dolomite mountain-biking itineraries are limitless. The Dolomite playground...

exterior at Castel Monastero hotel

Tuscany must surely be one of the most charming places in the world to go for a walk.  The landscape is dotted with medieval hilltop...

Hotel Posta Zirm Dolomite Mountains Italy

You will experience some of the best hiking in the world in the Dolomites.  An alpine playground with endless green meadows nestled amongst enormous limestone...

cliff view dawn at monastero santa rosa

The Amalfi Coast is world famous for its amazing topography, sensational views and pretty little towns and villages and one of the best ways to...

Casa Simona Tuscany Italy

If you would rather stay in a private villa during your holiday in Tuscany or Umbria, we would be delighted to recommend options and then...

Tenuta di San Giorgio Sicily Italy

Sicily is a magical island with superb beaches, ancient cultural heritage, magnificent topography and, for much of the year, plenty of sunshine. We have a selection...

Il Palazzeddu Sardinia Italy

Sardinia is just one of the many wonderful Mediterranean destinations where we offer some of our hand-picked private villas... Up in the north east corner of...

Masseria Salentina Italy

The charming, relatively undiscovered region of Italy is an original choice for a villa holiday - either as a couple, a group of friends, a...

Casetta Angeli Amalfi Coast Italy

We have a lovely little collection of villas and apartments available to rent along the peerless Amalfi coast and we would be delighted to organise...

hill view at Castiglion Del Bosco

Our featured properties in Tuscany have a good healthy outdoor exercise on the menu, but for an excellent structured group fitness option, we would highly...

indoor outdoor pool at Lefay Resort and Spa Italy

If you're interested in 5 days or more of fitness training during your holiday in the beautiful Italian Lakes, we would recommend a stay at...

view of accommodation and beach beyond at Verdura Resort Italy

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort on the island of Sicily is a brilliant family friendly destination during school holidays with a wonderful children's club and...

Aerial view of Forte Village Le Dune Sardinia Italy

Sardinia is a fabulous holiday destination from late Spring through to early Autumn. Sardinia has a selection of world class hotels (and priced accordingly), beautiful beaches...

spa at Adler Thermae hotel italy

There are two excellent wellness resort hotels in Tuscany, both offering a variety of health programmes, including detoxification: Castel Monastero and Adler Thermae. In addition, award-winning...

Outdoor dining at Trulli Volpe Italy

An adult-only yoga retreat Join an adult-only yoga retreat in beautiful rural Puglia with www.destinationyoga.co.uk Destination yoga holds 30 week long adult only retreats each year around...

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