More UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country on the planet, food that is tantalisingly close to perfection and landscape that has something for pretty much everyone. Sold.
You may not have cottoned on yet, but we're major fans of Italy and all it has to offer for a luxury holiday. Where do we start? The fact that Rome has a vibrancy and buzz that is almost indescribable. Not to mention that it has more must-see cultural attractions than you can shake a stick at. Perhaps it's the stark contrast between the glitz and glamour of the Amalfi Coast and the relatively undiscovered gem that is Puglia. Or maybe it's the cultural overdose of sights to be experienced in the small area of Sicily, from classical ruins to picture perfect beaches. And that's before we even mention Florence or Venice. It's a heady mix and, in our humble opinion, Italy is the whole package when it comes to luxury holidays.
We've been sending clients on luxury Italian holidays since we started out, and as well as being home to some of the most popular regions in the world (think Rome, Venice, Tuscany), it is also perfect for those who want to experience something a little more off the beaten track. The Dolomites remain a relatively undiscovered skiing gem and even less appreciated is that they are a gorgeous place to visit during the summer months. There are activities galore (think walking, cycling, riding, Via Ferrata mountaineering) and, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the views aren't bad either. Puglia, on the heel of Italy's boot, has garnered more and more attention over the last couple of years but remains relatively undiscovered and is well worth exploring, if only for the legendary trulli houses.
There's something particularly alluring about the Italian way of life. As far as we're concerned, it really doesn't get much sweeter than la dolce vita, and staying in a luxury villa in Italy - be it in the hills near Florence or by the beach in Sardinia - it's the consummate way to spend a summer soggiorno.
Parade around the narrow streets of a Tuscan hilltop town on a sunset passeggiata or sample fresh Sardinian white wines at a seafront restaurant as oligarch-laden megayachts glide by - it's all part and parcel of an Italian luxury villa holiday, and Original Travel knows the finest luxury villas around.
From April to June and late September to October are the best months for travelling in Italy; the temperatures are usually mild and the crowds aren't quite so intense. Starting in mid-June, the summer rush really picks up, and from July to mid-September the country goes on vacation at least from august 15 to the end of the month, and many Italians take off the entire month. Many hotels, restaurants, and shops are closed (except for spas, beaches, and islands, where 70% of Italians head).
Our fantastic Europe team are here to help with every detail of your trip, from where to eat the best Tagliatelle Vongole ever (at the Monastero Santa Rosa on the Amalfi Coast in case you were actually wondering) to what time of day is best to visit Rome's main attractions. In essence, Italy is an oldie but a goodie when it comes to luxury holidays, which is why we've sent hundreds of our clients there in the past and will continue to do so until the end of time. Enough said.
|Sicily & the Aeolian Islands|
|The Amalfi Coast|
|Capri & Ischia|