Luxury Tailor-Made Holidays in Italy with Inspiring Travel

Holidays to Italy never disappoint. Whether it's heavenly food, fine wine or sprawling scenery, every moment in this iconic country is made to impress. From the mountainous lakes and ski slopes, to the rolling hills of Tuscany, ancient cities and rustic beaches, a journey from north to south would reveal myriad experiences. You could take an Italian holiday every year, and discover something new each time.

Where to go for your Iuxury Italian holiday

Explore the best places to go, from sun-soaked Italian islands to balmy lakesides, rural hills and bustling cities. 

Your luxury Italian getaway

From strolling through romantic cobbled streets during a Florence city break to enjoying wonderful wine tours during a Lake Garda escape, Italy offers an impressive range of experiences. Families, couples and solo travellers alike will fall in love with 'dolce vita', as this enchanting country has a side to it for almost every occasion.

At Inspiring Travel, our team have extensive first-hand knowledge of Italy, having explored the open piazzas and dined at the finest restaurants. We'll listen to you and get to know what you're exactly looking for, allowing us to create your bespoke and personalised trip.

  • Our Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of Italy's best hotels, resorts and villas and will help find one that suits you best
  • Our concierge team know everything about the best activities in Italy and can arrange bespoke experiences in advance
  • We’ll tailor-make every detail just for you, so every moment is seamlessly arranged to your requirements
  • Your trip will be smoothly organised, with 24/7 support while you’re travelling as well as private transfers, premium flight cabins, lounge passes and any other travel essentials pre-booked for you

To start planning and to find our more about our luxury Italy offers, speak with our Travel Specialists today. As the luxury experts, we’ll make sure your trip is entirely perfect.

Clare

Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect Italy holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

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Time zone:+1 GMT

Flight time:Around 2 to 3 hours

Currency:Euro

Tipping guideline:At discretion

Health considerations:No major health risks

Capital:Rome

Population: 58,697,744 (2023)

National languages:Italian

Electricity and plugs:Type C/F - 230V, 50Hz

Mobile phone coverage:Good coverage

UK passport visa requirements:No (For stays of up to 90 days)

Explore the best luxury hotels in Italy

Your luxury holiday to Italy is personal to you. So, whether you'd prefer a beautiful boutique hotel, a gorgeous beachfront resort or a historic hotel in the heart of the city, our handpicked collection of luxury hotels in Italy is the best place to start.

Uncover the best things to do in Italy

Tailor-make your holiday with our bespoke experiences in Italy. In Lake Como, you can take boat ride out and explore the shimmering waters, while the Amalfi Coast offers private cooking classes at authentic lemon farms. Explore some of the best things to do in Italy or speak to your Travel Specialist for personalised ideas. 

Luxury Italy Holidays FAQ's

Time difference: Italy is 1 hour ahead of the UK (GMT +1 hours).

Flight duration: The flight to Italy is about 2 hours and 30 minutes long, though can be more or less depending on your departure city and where you are visiting.

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Capital: Rome

Language: The official language of Italy is Italian.

Telephone Code: +39

Tipping: Although not the norm, tipping is very much appreciated.

Etiquette: In Italy, it's considered respectful to stand up when an older person enters the room and important to dress neatly; hats should also be removed indoors.

Religions: There is no official religion as Italy is a secular state. But the Roman Catholic church has deeply influenced the religious and social landscape in the country.

Visa Information: British passport holders can travel to Italy for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa as a tourist; to visit family or friends; to attend business meetings; and short-term studies.

Vaccinations: Ensure you've checked the most recent updates on health risks or outbreaks and where to get vaccines at least eight weeks before your holiday.

Getting around Italy is easily done by either car, train or internal flight. Aside from your private transfers to and from your hotel, there are many ways to explore further afield.

Discover the magnificent sights and sounds of areas like Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast via car or bike. Self-drives are a wonderful way to get around in the Tuscan countryside, allowing you to visit more rural locations and get a sense of the authentic Italian way of life. Bikes, on the other hand, are perfect for meandering around the cities.

While embarking on a Tuscany trip, you can even ride around on a classic Italian scooter. Immerse yourself in the terracotta-tiled farmhouses and acres of vineyards populating the area.

As for luxury Venice holidays, you'll likely find yourself exploring the iconic city via canal. Gondola rides are incredibly intimate and offer a unique perspective of the beautiful baroque architecture on display.

The unparalleled grandeur of ancient cities; the artistic innovation of the Renaissance; the effortless style of the modern fashionista; there's a treasure trove of discoveries with luxury holidays to Italy.

Whether it's the beautiful cities on the Southern Coast or the charming villages on the Aegean Coast, this European country is brimming with dazzling places for you to discover.

With the timeless sights and elegant atmosphere of tailor-made Amalfi Coast breaks or romantic allure of exceptional Lake Como trips, you're truly spoilt for choice. Enjoy the gastronomic delights and explore to your heart's content. 

In Florence, not only do you have the opportunity to climb to the head-spinning heights of the Duomo steps, but you're also able to see the most exquisite architecture and some of the world's finest artworks. For more city break ideas, head to Rome for ancient history or Venice to wander the winding canals - you could even board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train from London for a truly stylish arrival.

For a beach holiday, go to Puglia or the enchanting islands of Sicily or Sardinia. Each region has its own character, though the north of Sardinia, Costa Smerelda, has been termed the 'Seychelles of Europe' for its stunning white sands. 

Enjoy the peace and quiet in the Tuscan countryside, where green hills create panoramic views over the vineyards. Sip on exquisite wines and savour farm-to-fork cuisine, perhaps heading out truffle hunting before enjoying your own authentic cooking class.

Hugely influential in cuisine found all over the world, Italy's authentic dishes are simply divine.

Both luxury Rome breaks and relaxing Sardinia escapes are incomplete without sampling the host of gastronomic delights. From crispy slices of pizza al taglio to sweet scoops of gelato, there's nothing better than dining out on a mouth-watering meal at one of the many fine dining restaurants.

Further south, the Amalfi Coast serves up fresh seafood specialities such as Gli Scialatielli All'Amalfitana, a tasty pasta dish combining a mixture of calamari, mussels, shrimp and clams. Whereas northern areas like Lake Como feature culinary delights consisting of ingredients sourced from the mountains – savour flavours like Tartufo di Alba: a sharp, prestigious truffle treat.

When it comes to an aperitif, swap the better-known Aperol spritz for a limoncello spritz – and, don't miss ending your meal with a classic tiramisu! 

Whether it's a memorable afternoon admiring the spectacular artwork at the Sistine Chapel or hiking around the marvellous Mount Etna, there's an array of things to do during your escape.

Explore the sparkling azure waters at Lake Como via relaxing boat journey or take a trip to the Amalfi Coast for a chance to stroll through its charming villages. From artistic treasures to cultural delights and spectacular views everywhere you turn, Italy is a treasure trove of experiences.

How about a romantic Sicily getaway? Or why not visit the gorgeous national parks and pristine beaches at Lake Garda in Northern Italy? With the help of our Travel Specialists, we can tailor-make every element of your journey; from planning each excursion in advance to booking the most sumptuous restaurants.

The Inspiring Difference

Personal to you

  • We get to know you personally
  • Tailor-made holidays that are unique to you
  • Enhancing your escape with personal touches

Experts in luxury

  • Expert Travel Specialists with first-hand knowledge
  • Only the best premium travel experiences
  • Handpicked selection of world-class luxury resorts

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  • Nearly 50 years of bespoke luxury travel
  • Strong Relationships with industry partners
  • Diverse portfolio and exclusive experiences
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