Three millennia of living it up have taught the Italians a thing or two about la dolce vita, and luxury holidays in Italy celebrate all that is dolce: good food, great wine and gorgeous people. Italy's heady mix of art, architecture, beaches and beautiful scenery is hard to resist so we suggest you give in to its obvious charms and take your time to soak up one of Europe's most vibrant cultures.

A tailor-made holiday in Italy or a luxury honeymoon in Italy works incredibly well for romantics who want to cherry pick from Italy's many exquisite highlights. From the cultural big-hitters of Rome, Florence and Venice to the clear waters of the Italian Lakes and off the beaches of Sardinia and Sicily, right through to the spectacular, world-renowned Amalfi Coast and Portofino, Italy offers enormous diversity. 

If you're looking for a luxury holiday to celebrate an anniversary or special occasion, Italy's treasure trove of iconic sights and ancient cities make it the perfect choice. Meanwhile for a family holiday in Italy, Tuscany is always a firm favourite, along with Sicily and Sardinia for wonderful beaches, child-friendly hotels and great food the kids will love.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF ITALY

Venice is a delight to wander round: explore the canals on foot or by gondola, and try and also visit the islands of Murano, where you can watch traditional glass blowing, and colourful Burano, home of lace-making, where you can purchase some unique souvenirs.

 

Don’t miss the beautiful Piazza del Campo in Siena.

 

Florence is full of gems, from the 15th-century shops on the Ponte Vecchio to historic churches, and of course, the art – make a beeline for Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David, one of the most famous artworks in the world, as well as numerous other interesting exhibitions.

 

Tuscany has some stunning natural scenery, including the beautiful island of Elba.

 

When you’re in Rome, as well as its iconic sights, such as the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, visit the historic quarter of Trastevere, and go to Tivoli to see Villa Adriana. Whether you’re religious or not, join the crowds in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican to hear the pope give his regular Sunday address.

 

In Puglia, visit the traditional trulli houses of Alberobello.

 

The Amalfi Coast is jaw-droppingly beautiful, and from here you can visit the equally beautiful islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, as well as the Royal Palace of Caserta with its splendid Italian gardens, and the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

 

Must-sees on the island of Sicily include the active volcano of Mount Etna and the majestic monuments in Agrigento.

 

On the island of Sardinia, visit the fascinating archaeological site of Tharros and the oak woods at the foot of the Gennargentu.

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