Italy finds itself high up on the must-see lists of many and its place is most definitely deserved. The food, the weather, the abundance of sights to see and the fascinating history all play important parts in a trip to this beautiful country, topped off by the oh so welcoming and friendly nature of the locals who take great pride in ensuring visitors experience their beloved country and its traditions as if you were their own family. Whether you're escaping to Lake Como for a relaxing week with the family or squeezing in a long weekend in Venice, our travel experts are on hand to plan your perfect Italian holiday.
BORGO EGNAZIA, PUGLIA
Puglia is a southern region of Italy, forming the heel of the famously described 'boot' shape. It is known for its whitewashed hill towns, historic farmland and hundreds of kilometres of coastline. Its climate is perfect for hot Summer breaks but perfectly suits pleasant Spring and Autumn getaways all the same.
The resort of Borgo Egnazia really has something for everyone, from honeymooners to multi-generational families. Experience a true taste of Italy with a guided tour lead by genuine locals, a treatment with locally produced Italian products in the Vair Spa play golf among ancient relics, arable land and olive groves. Borgo Egnazia offers everything you would usually expect from a holiday resort with an authentic Italian twist.
GRAND HOTEL TREMEZZO, LAKE COMO
Grand Hotel Tremezzo boasts a unique setting perched right on the shores of Lake Como overlooking Bellagio, where the two branches of the lake meet against the cavernous beauty of the vast Grigne Mountains. This family owned and run hotel has a true authentic Italian feel complete with period furniture, sumptuous fabrics and antique artwork throughout.
Relax in the 'Water on the Water' pool which overlooks Bellagio or take to the waters of the lake for a peaceful boat tour, or water sports for the more energetic guests!
BELMOND HOTEL CIPRIANI, VENICE
Spring is the perfect time to visit Venice, with its ideal temperatures and very little rainfall. At the far eastern tip of Giudecca Island, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani gazes across the lagoon towards St Mark's square offering unrivalled views over the lagoon and Doge's Palace. Discreet and unassuming, the classical style and relaxed environment is a true haven that is easily reached by a short 10 minute private boat transfer.
Home to one of central Venice's only swimming pool plus a spa and wellness area, this hotel provides the perfect retreat after a day exploring Italy's most popular city. Take on the delights of Venice from the hotels private boat 'Shirley' and explore the 100 islands that make up Venice's archipelago.
VILLA SANTA LUCIA, TUSCANY
Photos of Tuscany's stunning vineyards, hilltop villages and historical cities always seems too picture-perfect to be true, but the reality is even better, with a new and impossibly beautiful scene around every turn of Tuscany's famously winding roads.
Villa Santa Lucia occupies an enviable position in the Tuscan hills and has a stunning, elegant interior to match its breath-taking panoramic views. From here, explore local towns and villages such as Florence, Siena or San Gimignano and sample local delicacies from cheese and wine to truffles.
FOUR SEASONS FLORENCE
Florence is the capital of Italy's Tuscany region and is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture including the world-famous Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio. Four Seasons Florence has been lovingly and meticulously restored since its heyday as Palazzo Scala, the residence of Lorenzo il Magnifico, head of Florence's ruling family, the Medici's.
With its convenient location in the centre of the enchanting city of Florence, this hotel is the perfect base for your Italian adventure. The hotel also has a truly unique addition, its very own 11 acre walled garden which has been kept private and unseen for hundreds of years; the perfect place to wander and enjoy a swim at your leisure after a busy day sightseeing!