Italy is not only full of vibrant colours and spectacular
The Italian way of life is truly seductive – old, narrow streets, beautiful architecture, lush gardens, breathtaking art and sumptuous cuisine can be found around every corner.
With so many alluring destinations, it’s hard to know where to start – so here’s our checklist of the best culture spots Italy has to offer.Lake Como
1. Duomo of Como
For architecture aficionados, the Duomo of Como is a must. The exquisite detail of both the interior and exterior is truly mesmerising. Take a break in the square and revel in its fantastical façade whilst sipping on limoncello, or indulge in some of Italy’s finest gelato.
2. Botanic Gardens
Open to the public, the gardens at Villa Carlotta are full of beautiful blooms – stroll among the orange trees, rhododendrons and azaleas whilst you take in the incredible views across Lake Como.
Further impressive vistas can be found at the family-owned Grand Hotel Tremezzo, just a short walk away from the gardens. Standing proudly on the front of Lake Como, the scenery is best appreciated from the infinity pool at the ESPA spa. If you’re feeling inspired by the breathtaking beauty, take part in the hotel’s painting classes – set up your art station at the highest point of the hotel grounds and create your own masterpiece to take home.
3. Mount Etna
Journey up Europe’s most active volcano and be rewarded with the best vantage point on Sicily. Take in a lunar landscape dotted with medieval towns, vineyards and rolling hills. Stop for a taste of Sicily’s finest pastries in the delightful café before you continue exploring the mountain.
4. Markets in Palermo
Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea is the perfect choice for foodies who also want to visit Mount Etna. For a delicious gourmet experience, enjoy fresh seafood and Sicilian specialities at Restaurant Oliviero.
A stay at Verdura Resort – A Rocco Forte Hotel, located in lemon groves just an hour’s drive away from Palermo airport, is a luxurious way for both couples and families to see the other side of Sicily. Spend a day or two trying out one of the three golf courses, perfecting your serve on the tennis courts or cooling off in one of the largest infinity-edge swimming pools in Europe.
5. Gorropu Gorge
Gorropu, otherwise known as the Italian Grand Canyon, is a must-see for anyone who seeks stunning views. The area is a hiker's idyll but, for an extra adrenaline rush, explore the gorge on a Jeep-guided tour.
6. Neptune’s Grotto
Named after the Roman God of the Sea, Neptune’s Grotto makes for a spine-tingling subterranean excursion. The stalactite rock formations bring the cave to life, creating a magical atmosphere for anyone who enters. The Port of Alghero offers boat rides into the cave, allowing you to see the breathtaking grotto from all angles.
Forte Village – Villa del Parco & Spa is located
7. Kayak to the Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is indescribably beautiful and really has to be seen to be believed. Illuminated by the natural light that shines through cracks in the walls, the kaleidoscope of blues creates a tranquil space for reflection.
8. Amalfi Cathedral
Amalfi’s cathedral is home to the relics of St. Andrew the Apostle in its crypt, hence the name ‘The Cathedral of St. Andrew’. Built in the early 1200's, it towers over the small Piazza Duomo atop a grand, steep staircase.
Belmond Hotel Caruso, located above the valleys on the Amalfi Coast, offers incomparable views and an unrivalled sense of
If you’ve had your fill of canals for the day, head to the greenery of Castello’s Giardini – a tranquil space to escape the hustle and bustle of Venice and appreciate its secret beauty.
10. Floating Markets
Shop like never before on Venetian floating markets, where gondolas come together to line the canals with fresh goods and hand-crafted treasures.
Explore all six neighbourhoods of Venice via
The world-famous Danieli, A Luxury Collection Hotel is fit for royalty with its grand interiors and luxurious suites. Enjoy an exquisite al fresco breakfast on the rooftop terrace before beginning another day of Venetian adventures.