Italian Coast, Italy & Islands
Taking hospitality and style to a new level
Riserva Naturale Statale Litorale Romano, Viale Castellammare, 00054 Fiumicino RM, Italy
Tuscany has to be one of the most stunning and well known Italian holiday destinations. In this part of the world you will find rolling hills, fine wines, the loveliest towns and villages and locals who are so proud to live in this area.
Florence is ever-popular as it is home to iconic sights such as the Duomo, a cathedral with an impressive terracotta-tiled dome which was engineered by Brunelleschi plus a bell tower by Giotto. The galleries are simply amazing with the Michelangelo’s ‘David’ being on display at The Galleria dell’Accademia and Botticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus’ is housed at The Uffizi Gallery.
From the countryside, head North and you will find palm lined promenades, grand hotels and beautiful beach side restaurants and beach clubs. The most popular seaside towns in Tuscany are Viareggio which has a famous Carnival each year, the multicultural port city of Livorno and Portoferraio on Elba Island.
Of course, the region is also famous for it’s fine wines like Chianti and Montepulciano. Luxury wine tasting, vineyard, winery and cellar tours can be arranged – please ask us for details.
Twin-centre stays are a great way to combine a beach holiday with a countryside break or art/culture/wine based holiday. You could spend a week relaxing your days away on the sands before heading to another destination for a culinary or wine tour or to explore the ancient side of Italy.
Designer Travel have an experienced team of Travel Experts who will be delighted to assist you with booking your dream luxury break to Italy. We are an independent, award-winning travel agency, who have access to a huge range of flights and holidays so we can book anything from a small boutique break to a five-star villa with a private pool. We can find you a five-star hotel or a quiet sanctuary off the beaten track. Tailor-made itineraries are our speciality, so if you want a twin centre break, an activity holiday, food and wine tour or something out of the ordinary, we can help with that too. Our highly personalised service doesn’t end when you travel either, as we have a full after sales service to ensure everything goes smoothly from start to finish. To start your next luxury holiday journey with Designer Travel, please get in touch via the enquiry form or give us a call – we’re happy to help.
Time Difference: GMT +2hrs
Italy enjoys four seasons, although winters in the south of the country can be extremely mild with temperatures tending not to fall below 15°C.
The months of July to September offer the hottest months with temperatures reaching 30°C.
In winter (December to February) temperatures can dip to almost zero. Most rainfall is from November to April.
There are so many places of interest in Naples, it would take you weeks to investigate all possibilities. Naples Cathedral is certainly high on the list. Originally built on the site of an earlier church constructed in 570AD, the current building was built in the thirteenth century. If you would like to explore further afield, Pompeii is the obvious choice of destination.
Palio di Siena
Held twice a year, on 2nd July and 16th August, the Palio di Siena is the most famous bareback horserace in history. There are three options to consider in order to see the race. The first one is the cheapest (it’s actually free) and that is to turn up very early, about 5 hours before the race, and find a spot in the central piazza. Secondly, you can pre-book a seat in one of the stands but they need to be booked months in advance. Thirdly, and the most expensive, is to book a place on one of the balconies of the various houses overlooking the square.
Portofino is a stunningly beautiful town on the Italian Riviera, southeast of Genoa. It’s like stepping back in time to the 1950’s and 60’s when Portofino became famous for its’ visiting celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Ernest Hemingway. One of the best things to do in Portofino is to simply walk through the streets and “people watch”.
Taking hospitality and style to a new level
Located in one of the most picturesque parts of the Italian countryside
A newly restored 10th century castle located in the heart of Tuscany
Cascading pool, excellent service and conveniently close to Sorrento