Exsus loves Italy. And just when we thought we’d discovered everything, we find more reasons to fall in love all over again. Whether it’s an under-the-radar destination brimming with hidden gems, like Emilia-Romagna; or the exhilaration of an Italian road-trip across ruggedly beautiful Puglia; or the Old World glamour of train travel with Orient-Express to Venice – there’s no denying that Italy has limitless delights up its sleeve.
Secret Italy: Emilia-Romagna
This gorgeous region, wedged between the Veneto and ever-popular Tuscany, might just be Italy’s best-kept secret. It’s a gastronomic landmark: the place that gave us Italian staples Parma ham, Parmigiano Reggiano, Bolognese and Modena balsamic vinegar, with traditional factories open for tours. But Emilia-Romagna is not just a hit with foodie travellers: it is also home to supercar giants Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani and Maserati, with museums and showrooms that’ll leave motor-heads speechless. Often overshadowed by its famous neighbours, Tuscany and Venice, Emilia-Romagna glitters with pretty medieval towns and Renaissance relics – just without the crowds.
Self-drive Italy Holidays
There’s no better thrill than the freedom of a self-drive holiday, and Italy offers some rather spectacular scenery to make your drive unforgettable. Take in the sights of Sicily with our Sicilian road-trip holiday, and stop off at ancient Greek ruins and glorious, sun-kissed beaches as you drive from one charming town to the next. Puglia is another dazzling corner of Italy, awash with sprawling hills and peppered with traditional villages, which works perfectly for a self-drive trip. Peek into rocky caves at the UNESCO town of Matera, marvel at Lecce’s Baroque architecture and surround yourself with olive groves at the decadent Masseria Torre Coccaro hotel.
Venice by Orient Express
Why not let the train take the strain and hop onboard the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in London and make your way to Venice in style – arriving on the Grand Canal is a perfect introduction to this beautiful, glamorous city. Stay at the regal Hotel Cipriani on the lagoon (a popular choice for royalty and celebrities) and make the most of your holiday by travelling on to another of Italy’s gems, like Florence. Dripping in history and the hub of the Renaissance, the Tuscan capital is simply stunning.