Location: Italy Duration: 7 nights Price: From £1,150 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, private transfers, car hire and taxes

One of the best ways to explore Italy is on a self-drive adventure, where you can eat, drink and drive your way around at your own pace – and this Italian holiday takes you off the beaten track to some of Italy’s lesser-explored areas. It begins and ends in Rome, taking you to the hidden gem of Santo Stefano in between, where you’ll be able to explore attractive medieval villages, feast on gourmet traditional cuisine and relax in some of the region’s most characterful and luxurious hotels, and get under the skin of rural Italy with some unique and memorable experiences

Perfect for

Lovers of all things gourmet who are looking for the flexibility of a self-drive adventure.

In the know

Extending your holiday to visit the Amalfi Coast – more spectacular coastlines, beautiful towns and gourmet food await!

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Landscapes & Scenery
Off the Beaten Track

ROME – 3 nights

Your Italian adventure begins in beautiful Rome, home to landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps – and you won’t miss the latter - as its name suggests, the Inn at the Spanish Steps is right nearby, with views over the famous steps that Audrey Hepburn walked up in Roman Holiday – and the fashion boutiques of the Via dei Condotti are also nearby. This former 17th-century stately home has luxurious rooms and beautiful period décor, and after a day’s sightseeing, relax on the rooftop terrace. You’ll have three days here, so there’s plenty of time to immerse yourself in the charms of this famous city.

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SANTA STEFANO – 4 nights

From Norcia, it’s a 4-hour drive to Santa Stefano, a beautiful medieval village in the Abruzzo mountains, in Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park. Its fortified walls encircle pretty houses and squares that are a delight to explore. Stay at Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, which occupies a restored medieval building, ensuring its rooms and suites have plenty of original features such as antique furnishings, stone walls and fireplaces, and wooden-beamed ceilings, with scenic views of the village and Lake Santo Stefano (take them in from your balcony). Relax in the spa and dine in the attractive restaurant, where you can enjoy traditional local dishes recreated from original recipes. Take a cooking course to learn how to recreate them yourself – such as pastas, breads and ferratelle (traditional sweets). Other options include spending the day with a shepherd, including a milking and shearing demonstration and a traditional dinner by the centuries-old fireplace of a local palazzo. From here you will drive back to Rome (approximately 4 hours away), where you will catch your flight home.

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