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Coastal Italy

Sicily with its classical ruins and multicultural heritage. Capri with its chic hotels and hidden coves. Sardinia with its famously idyllic, white sand beaches. The charms of Italy’s coastline are boundless.

Just off the “toe” of Italy, Sicily is more than just a place to laze on pretty volcanic beaches. Lying at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, the island’s succession of colonisers have left their mark in the form of crumbling Greek temples, majestic Roman villas, gilded Byzantine mosaics and astonishing Norman architecture. The Sicilian dialect is even peppered with the occasional Arabic word. Looming over it all, the fiery peak of Mount Etna – providing the island with its rich, fertile soil.

One of the most scenic islands in the Bay of Naples, glamorous Capri has been a popular summer retreat since the Romans. Today, visitors can expect a rugged landscape cloaked in olive, juniper and lemon trees. Brightly painted towns tumbling down hillsides. Upscale hotels, boutique-lined alleyways and villas draped in bougainvillaea. In a private boat, you can skim along the dramatic, cove-studded coastline to discover secret grottoes and admire the Faraglioni rocks. For sweeping views across the bay, take the chairlift to the summit of Monte Solaro.

For those who yearn for fine white sands and emerald waters, Sardinia is where you’ll find some of Italy’s dreamiest beaches - namely the stunning scalloped bays of Costa Smeralda. The island also has fresh seafood and water sports aplenty, alongside harbours brimming with superyachts. Away from the coast, the wild, mountainous interior is laced with hiking trails and dotted with thousands of mysterious Bronze Age ruins.

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Forte Village Resort, Sardinia Coastal Italy

Ask us to include the Fort Village Resort in your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Italy and get a taste of unrivalled pampering and relaxation. Accommodation is spread across several elegant hotels, luxury villas, seafront suites …

Monaci Delle Terre Nere, Mount Etna Coastal Italy

Centred on a 19th-century manor house, Monaci Delle Terre Nere proudly ranks amongst the three Eco-Bio certified hotels in Sicily. From the chemical-free cleaning products – all made on site – to the organic shower gel and …

Villa Sant’Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare Coastal Italy

Put Villa Sant’Andrea on the itinerary for your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Italy and you’ll find yourself torn. Between lounging on the superb, private beach watching the roll and rhythm of the sea …

Villa Igiea, Palermo, Sicily Coastal Italy

Walk through the Villa Igiea’s Donna Franca Florio restaurant and you could well imagine you’ve stepped into a grand, 19th century ballroom with its hugely ornate ceiling, chandeliers and airy terrace …

J.K. Place Capri, Capri Coastal Italy

In the distance the deep cobalt colour of the sea turns to a delicate shade of aquamarine and disappears into the sky. Closer to your privileged position in the beautiful J.K. Place is a …

Eremo della Guibiliana, Sicily Coastal Italy

The walls breathe history. And there is still a feeling of long ago times; of fortresses and convents, Arab invaders and passing Crusaders. Eremo della Guibiliana is part of an estate that included a 12 century …

Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa, Sicily Coastal Italy

You may well find that staying at the Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa is one of the high points of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Sicily. Expect a symphony of neoclassical style and elegance; bedrooms …

Centrale Palace, Palermo, Sicily Coastal Italy

If the idea of a palace of some grand duke from a previous century is your first impression upon entering the Centrale you will be entirely correct. Created in the 18th century for …

Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina Coastal Italy

The Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo is rated as one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats, and is a worthy destination on any luxury, tailor-made holiday to Sicily. Stroll amongst its fragrant, terraced gardens - or …

Chia Laguna Resort, Sardinia Coastal Italy

Enjoy stunning views of Baia Chia’s untouched natural beauty, as you discover a hotel resort in the south of Sardinia that is beyond dreams, at a destination that will enchant the senses.


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