Italy is not only full of vibrant colours and spectacular scenery, there's also fascinating history, rich culture and inimitable style. No matter where you choose to explore, you’ll find yourself falling in love with this unique country.

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

Charming open air markets bustling with local shoppers can be found all over the city. Stroll along the stalls and see what trinkets you can find. Walking past all the fresh food may make you a little peckish, so why not taste some of Sicily's finest street treats?

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 in a spectacular sandy stretch of Sardinia’s north coast. To make the most of your trip, we’d recommend spending a few nights here - the concierge will be on hand to help you organise adventurous excursions to anywhere you desire. Back at the resort, wind down with a dreamy spa experience - follow your luxury treatments with a dip in the six thalassotherapy pools, said to purify and lighten the body whilst freeing it from toxins.


Amalfi Coast



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 tranquility. After a day of exploring Amalfi’s Cathedral, which is only fifteen minutes away, or sailing to Capri to witness the magic of the Blue Grotto, you’ll be ready to relax in the serene infinity pool and while away the evening in the cocktail and piano bar, decorated with 18th Century frescoes.




9. Giardini

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 waterboat and immerse yourself in an authentically Italian experience as you travel down each waterway.

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.

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