If you are dreaming up your luxury Italy holiday 2018, look no further. Italy is always high on our luxury travel agendas, thanks to its mix of history, culture, stunning scenery and heavenly cuisine – what’s not to like about basking in the sun with a glass of world-renowned wine and a bowl of pasta, cooked to perfection?Enquire Now
This year, we have decided to introduce a few hidden gems into our mix. Read our guide below to our latest regions and the best places to stay to discover your perfect luxury holiday to Italy in 2018…
Cinque Terre is the type of scene you would spot on an Italian postcard. Located along the beautiful Italian Riviera, this string of centuries-old seaside towns is what you dream about when you think of an authentic luxury holiday in Italy – fishing boats bobbing in the harbours, seafood served along the waterfront and, of course, those iconic pastel villages tumbling down the hillside.
Meaning ‘Five Lands’, you can walk the scenic pathways between the five villages – Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso – and forget that the real-world whirs on beyond lazy days spent sampling gelato on the rocky beach, sipping sweet wine from local vineyards and taking peaceful boat trips along the coast. Like anywhere you go in Italy, the food is exceptional, and you must try the Ligurian pesto smothered on pizza or pasta.
Where to Stay: Grand Hotel Portovenere is located within easy distance of Cinque Terre, with a boat departing from the dock across the road every morning to transport you to its shores. Peacefully set in the charming medieval town of Portovenere, where the beautiful Bay of Poets is named for its artistic inspiration, this coastal hideaway boasts a fabulous restaurant, where divine Italian dishes are served along with mesmerising views from the terrace, making a perfect spot for your Cinque Terre holidays.
Perfect for: Scenic hikes and those who like to wander cobbled streets
Sanremo is where to go to get the best of both the Italian and French rivieras. Located just under twenty-miles from the French border, you can visit the sought-after cities of Nice and Monte-Carlo, within an hour’s drive, or head out a little further to Cannes or Antibes. However, you may want to go nowhere at all. Like Monte Carlo, Sanremo boasts its own legendary casino, with a dazzling white exterior that once drew in royalty and dignitaries in the early 20th century and still caters perfectly for a luxury holiday to Sanremo in 2018.
Despite its close proximity to France, Sanremo has a distinctly Italian character. While here, you can spend your days strolling the beautiful manicured gardens that gave Sanremo the moniker ‘City of Flowers’, exploring the tightly wound streets of the Old Town or playing a round of golf on a world-class course. If you have already done the Côte d’Azur and highlights of the Italian Riviera, this is a perfect spot to relax for your Italy holiday 2018.
Where to Stay: Once home to European royalty, Royal Hotel Sanremo captures the sense of old-school glamour that Sanremo is loved for, with classic décor, a blooming sub-tropical park and a fittingly indulgent spa. If you love Italy’s beaches, you will find one just steps away, with sunbeds and umbrellas laid out for your arrival. Foodies, meanwhile, will love the olive oil tasting menu in the restaurant, plus the array of dining options nearby, while if you want to get active, you can hire a bike and cycle the old railway line than runs in front of the hotel. This is one of the best spots for visiting Sanremo in 2018.
Perfect for: Enjoying the French Riviera and Italian Riviera in laid-back elegance
Foodies should be flocking to Bologna for their Italy holiday 2018. Not only is it home to the first concoction of Bolognese sauce, but the proclaimed Italian capital of gastronomy was nicknamed ‘La Grassa’, meaning ‘the fat one’, due to its hefty array of delectable dishes it specialises in. Tour the Medieval markets to see the produce laid out in all its glory, where you will find riches of tortellini, tagliatelle and jars of ragu that you can pack into your suitcase and savour at home.
When your belly is finally full, this historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region has a patchwork of Medieval and Renaissance wonders to behold. Mixed in with characteristic terracotta rooftops, you will find the largest sun dial in the world, the world’s fifth-largest church and over fifty museums. Head to Piazza Maggiore in the centre of the city, which has been the heart of the action since the 13th century, to admire the architecture and take it easy with a cappuccino or Aperol Spritz. The list of Bologna things to do can stretch on, so be sure to explore it for yourself.
Where to Stay: If you are looking for the best luxury Bologna hotels for your holiday to Italy in 2018, look no further than Grand Hotel Majestic Già Baglioni. Located in the centre of the city, overlooking the main street, you’ll be just minutes from Piazza Maggiore. The hotel’s famed I Carracci Restaurant has been awarded three forks in the Michelin Guide, where a rustic menu is complemented by fine wines, plus you can hire the wine cellar for a private dinner if you want something extra-special.
Perfect for: Those who love Italian cuisine and the country’s rich history
More Hot Hotels for Italy Holidays in 2018
Our hotel portfolio for luxury holidays in Italy continues to grow for our existing destinations, too. Find out what our latest additions are to make your Italy holiday 2018 one to remember.
Just a short hop of a flight away, Rome is perfect for a quick Italy getaway. To be located on the stylish streets of Via Veneto, Baglioni Hotel Regina offers chic interiors worthy of the notable guests who used to sip their coffee just steps away. Another hotel highlight in Rome is Villa Spalletti Trivelli; just minutes away from the Trevi Fountain, rest in the rooftop Jacuzzi after a day exploring the ancient streets or with a book from the original collection of Count Spalletti Travelli.
The beauty of Venice never fails to impress for a luxury holiday in Italy. Baglioni Hotel Luna is said to be the oldest hotel in the city of Venice, yet its timeless interiors and award-winning restaurant seem to only get better. For more of a contemporary base, Hotel L'Orologio Venezia offers a quirky design inspired by the owner’s collection of vintage watches and boasts a brilliant location within walking distance of the Rialto Bridge.
Head to Tuscany for your Italy holiday 2018 and stay at the wonderful Borgo Pignano. Still a hidden gem, this country estate boasts its own organic farm, where food and ingredients are harvested for divine dishes at the restaurant and incorporated into blissful spa products. With cooking, painting and bee-keeping experiences, plus hiking and biking in the surrounding area, this is a true piece of Tuscan heaven.
It may have staged the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, but Verona’s heart still beats on as one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. If you haven’t seen it, 2018 is the year to go. Stay at Due Torri Hotel, a former palace set in the historic centre, and you will find yourself just a short walk away from the magnificent Church of Santa Anastasia, with stunning views from the summer roof terrace.
With a luxury city holiday to Italy, it’s all about location, location, location! In Florence, Hotel Brunelleschi is spot-on. Just steps away from the iconic cathedral, stay in the spectacular Pool Suite to admire the magnificent domed roof from your private Jacuzzi terrace.
Portofino continues to be one of the best places for a luxury holiday to Italy in 2018. Tucked away on the exclusive Paraggi Bay, near Portofino, Eight Hotel Paraggi is a stylish boutique hotel that is perfectly suited to the elegant Italian Riviera. On the enviable sandy beach, you will have your own private lounger to relax on with incredible cuisine just steps away at the brilliant Asian Fusion restaurant. To be closer to the action, its sister hotel, Eight Hotel Portofino, offers a great base and use of Eight Hotel Paraggi’s facilities.
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