Italy & Islands
History, romance, art and outstanding cuisine
Italy offers up a feast of contrasts from snow-capped mountains of the Dolomites to the majestic coastline of the Amalfi Coast where visitors get the chance to experience the Italian traditions of an era gone by. Choosing to immerse yourself onto one of Italy’s famous islands means you will be able to indulge in the luxury sandy beaches and enchanting hotels situated in Sardinia, Sicily or Ischia.
Explore the captivating cities of Italy and all they have to offer; Venetian canals, beautifully sculpted fountains in Rome and prestigious shopping locations in Milan, make up a cultured yet sophisticated backdrop to take in wonderful sun-kissed buildings.
With options to suit every occasion and budget, travellers looking for a range of holiday experiences like visiting the streets of Pompeii, viewing the beautiful Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna or looking at the period Renaissance art pieces, Italy has it all. If you want to extend your adventures to the outdoors, you can throw yourself into the hands of nature amongst seductive turquoise grottoes and glacial Italian lakes.
Tuscany's landscape is punctuated with villas, castles, farmhouses, olive groves and, of course, vast vineyards. There's also the golden sands at the beautiful coastal town of Viareggio where soft sands and shallow waters plus freshly caught seafood make this a firm favourite with locals and holidaymakers alike. The appetising seasonal produce and fresh ingredients make the home-style Italian dishes shine - reflecting the wonderful atmosphere of a beautiful country.
Designer Travel can help you make your luxury trip to Italy extra special. If you want to focus on a culinary adventure, we can find you the best resort and places to stay for that. Maybe you'd like a gourmet cookery course - no problem, just get in touch! Of course, there's the fabulous wines as well so we can source wine tours and tastings that will ensure you get to experience the rich diversity of wines on offer. Walking, hiking and trekking tours are a great choice as well and we have Travel Experts who have visited Italy and know the best routes, hotels and places to explore. Bespoke and tailor-made holidays are not a problem but we're also very happy to assist with any hotel or accommodation enquiry you have and we pride ourselves on making each and every customer happy.
- A wonderful and diverse country spanning beach resorts, quiet villages and the impressive Dolomites
- Sardinia has plenty to explore, prestigious shops and fabulous fresh seafood
- Rome is bursting with historic sights, art, fashion and great eateries
- Photographers love Italy, there’s plenty of Instagram-worthy snaps to be taken
- Highlights include Venice, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Throw a coin into the famous Trevi Fountain
- Fancy something a little different? Why not ask us about wine tasting, cookery or hiking holidays
- Car hire can be arranged but the easiest way around the cities in Italy is by public transport
- A wide range of accommodation is available – anything from boutique and remote retreats, to five-star luxury hotels
Time Difference: GMT +1 hour
Flying Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
We can provide general information about any health formalities required for your trip but you should check with your own doctor for your specific circumstances. Up-to-date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
The climate in Italy varies considerably from the North to the South. In the North, the summers are generally hot and humid and the winters are very cold. The climate in central Italy is milder with winters being less cold and the summers are longer. In Southern Italy, winters are mild and spring and summer are hot.
July and August are the hottest and sunniest months with average temperatures of 24°C although the Alpine region can be quite different, with frequent thunderstorms during these times.
Leisure & Activities
Palio di Siena
The most famous bareback horserace in history. Twice a year, ten jockeys and horses complete three laps around the piazza and, very often, the horses finish the race without their riders!
Experience one of the world's most breath taking drives along the renowned Amalfi Coast where a thin ribbon of road zig zags up and down the steep coastal hillside offering mesmerising views.
A World of Experiences
There's a abundance of memorable activities to choose from: horse riding in the hills of Sardinia, watch a sea of pink flamingos feed in the surrounding marshes just outside of Cagliari, ride in a gondola in Venice, see The Vatican and Trevi Fountain in Rome, visit Pompeii and Herculaneum on the Southern Coast, take a trip to Etna or go back in time to Cefula for an unspoilt day out at the beach.