Italy grabs hold of one’s senses and takes a traveler on a winding path replete with gorgeous architecture, fascinating history, ultra-high fashion and some of the best dishes ever created. You’ve got Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and the central point from which phenomenal discovery and enlightenment was born. Where impressive art and cathedrals continue to dominate, blending beautifully with the effortless, endless rolling hills of Tuscany. In this diverse country, one can ski one day in the magnificent Dolomites, lazing in a retreat along Lake Como the next, and then find themselves later on navigating the thrilling hairpin curves of the Amalfi Coast alongside lemongroves, oleanders and luxuriant vegetation ending the day dining seaside. Divine culinary treasures await around every corner, in cities that are filled with beautiful contradictions. Buildings and sites are stunning even when they’re flawed and aged, and its residents stroll with an air of both leisure and self assurance. Of course no visit to Italy would be complete without a browsing session of some of Italy’s finest designers- shops from Gucci to Pucci, Ferragamo to Prada, Armano to Frette in shops that line the streets of Milan and Rome, to the high end jewelry market stops that grace the famous Ponte Vecchio in Florence.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Country Code: +39
Do I need a visa? Visas are not required for most countries including the US, Canada and various points in Europe
How will I charge my devices? Italy’s electrical current is 230 volts, AC 50Hz.
How do I get there? Well, if you’re heading to Rome (FCO) and flying from…
New York: 9 hours
Los Angeles: 12 hours
Toronto: 9 hours
Sao Paulo: 14.5 hours
London: 2.5 hours
Geography: Shaped like a boot kicking into the sea, bordered by the Alps on the north, with serene lakes and rolling hills in between, while also staking claim to nearby islands as well, Italy packs a diverse punch of a landscape offering multiple holiday experiences in one visit.
Time Zone: GMT +1
How’s the weather? About as varied as the terrain. Cooler temperatures prevail in the summers up north, moving to wintry sporting conditions in the winter while the central part of the country remains temperate to hot year-round. In the south, you’ve got your beautiful balmy weather, highlighted by blissful heavier sunshine in the summer.
Retreat to a special villa we’ll hand-select based on your style, where you’ll be treated to a personal trainer creating bespoke programs for your fitness goals, art classes, and a private chef who you’ll accompany to source healthy local ingredients to develop into dishes you’ll love and can prepare when you return home.
Linger atop the slopes of the Dolomites in a superb chalet for an aperitivo apes-ski, surrendering to a dizzying kaleidoscope of colors.
Take a private tour of an auto factory- which will it be: Lamborghini, Ferraro or Ducati?
Discover a new type of “street food” with a privately guided gastro-cultural tour with a resident foodie in Palermo, sampling as you go.
Board a Land Rover or mount a horse to discover a curious mix of wilderness and Baroque history, ending in an experience spent bathing in natural springs around caves and wild fauna.
Visit one of the most highly praised Mozzarella and Provolone producers and taste until you’re beyond full.
Try a Michelin gourmet safari in Bolzano, the city with the highest density of Micheln-starred restaurants blended with personal chef interactions
Enjoy a cooking demonstration by a top chef in Venice who will prepare traditional dishes such as squid ink pasta, before an aperitif atop the San Marco Bell Tower as you prepare to spend an inspiring night in a villa that once belonged to Dante Aleghieri
Truffle yourself silly with an expert “Tartufaio” who, along with his dog, will accompany you along your discovery of this precocious product which will serve as the core of the meal you’ll be treated to by a personal chef afterward
Go one on one with Michelin-starred chef Massimo who will teach you his highly regarded techniques for curing meat and creating typical regional dishes
Special Italian pre-departure gift delivered to your door before you embark upon your journey.
Explorateur Concierge Guide for your regions of choice when you book an Explorateur Journey.
Exceptional amenities including room upgrades, spa credits, curious welcome gifts and private touring experiences at select hotels.