Italy has it all. Essential Europe’s unique suggestions:

For art lovers: Ancient Rome, Renaissance Florence, medieval churches, stunning frescoes. This country is an open air museum.

For food lovers: Tuscan olive oil and Chianti wines, Amalfi Coast seafood, Emilia Romagna pasta, Sicily desserts and great ice creams everywhere.

For Nature lovers: the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, the rolling hills of Tuscany, the snowing peaks of the Alps, the deep blue Mediterranean Sea.

For sea and lake lovers:  private boat on  the island of Capri, relax on the beaches of the Amalfi Coast, enjoy the dolce vita on Lake Como, tour the Venetian lagoon, or hike in Cinque Terre.

For Shoppers:  great designer stores but also Prada or Gucci outlets.

This country is a feast for all the senses…Let us introduce you to the dolce vita and share laughter with Italians. 


Dine Italian Style

If the weather is fine and you’re dining outdoors with a view of, perhaps, a medieval church or piazza, you’ll find your experience the closest thing to heaven in Italy.  Dine out by candlelight, overlooking the Cliffside of the Amalfi Coast.  There is nothing more romantic than that!

Off the Beaten Path

Consider Puglia and its whitewashed towns, ancient ruins, Baroque cities, seaside resorts and superb culinary traditions.

Experience the Glories of the Roman Empire 

From the Roman Forum and the Pantheon to the Colosseum and the Baths of Caracalla. On the outskirts, the long-buried city of Ostia Antica, the port of ancient Rome.  Do not miss Pompeii, the city buried by volcanic ash from Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79.

Get Lost in Venice

This is like walking in a labyrinth, but the sense of the city’s beauty, timelessness, and slow decay will almost be mystical.

Hunt for truffles in Umbria

Imagine hills overlooking acres of vineyards and olive trees. Get lost in oak forests and hunt with your guide and your dog for precious truffles.  But also discover well preserved cities such Perugia, Assisi, or Gubbio.

Jewish Heritage

Italy is rich with sites related to Jewish history. We arrange visits to the Jewish ghetto in Venice, the synagogue in Florence and off-the-beaten-track towns with Jewish history such as Pitigliano. We also arrange opportunities to sample Italian Jewish specialties such as carciofi alla Giudia (fried artichokes) and anise-flecked cookies.

Spend a Night at the Opera

Milan’s La Scala is historically the world’s most prestigious opera house, especially for bel canto, and has been restored to its former glory. The outdoor Verona’s Arena, one of the largest surviving amphitheatres, is also a unique experience. Its acoustics is just perfect and the moonlight adds to the charm.


Hotel Il Borro

Set on a 1000-year-old castle estate, this refined farmstay is 8 km from the 9th-century Pieve dei Santi Ippolito e Cassiano church and 12 km from 13th-century Ponte Buriano.

Elegant, individually decorated suites and villas feature wood-beam ceilings and terracotta tile floors, as well as free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Restored, freestanding farmhouses offer kitchens, and some have private gardens. Room service is available.

A free breakfast buffet is served in an upscale bistro. There’s also a fine dining restaurant, a cafe and a wine bar, as well as an infinity pool, a spa and a fitness room. Pets are welcome.

Hotel Villa Franca

This high-end hotel overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and Via San Giovanni pedestrian street is 1.1 km from the beach, and 12 km from Grotta dello Smeraldo’s sea cave.

Upscale rooms and suites feature balconies with street or sea views. They also come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Upgraded quarters add in-bathroom whirlpool tubs. Room service is available.

The hotel serves complimentary breakfast. There are 2 posh restaurants and 1 is on a sea-view rooftop terrace that also has an outdoor pool, and a bar. Other amenities include an indoor bar, a spa with a steam room and wellness treatments, plus a fitness room.

Villa di Piazzano

Set in a charming 16th-century villa with annexes, this refined hotel in a rural area is 8 km from the Diocesan Museum.

Cozy rooms with elegant touches provide Wi-Fi access (fee), flat-screens and minibars. Upgraded rooms and suites add sitting areas and free Wi-Fi; some have 4-poster beds. There are 2 cottages; 1 offers a kitchenette and a private garden. Room service is available.

Breakfast and parking are included. A quaint restaurant features a fireplace and a terrace. There’s also a bar, a wine cellar and a piano room, as well as a cooking school, and a tranquil garden featuring an outdoor pool and a sundeck. Bike rentals are available

Hotel Lungarno

Set along the Arno river near the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge, this plush hotel in the Oltrarno quarter is surrounded by Renaissance buildings. It’s 12 minutes’ walk from the 13th-century Duomo and 2 km from the SS67 regional highway.

Decorated with items from the hotel’s private art collection, sophisticated rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars, plus designer toiletries. Some have balconies with river views. Airy suites add separate living areas, and some come with rooftop terraces and/or canopy beds.

There’s a chic acclaimed restaurant, a relaxed bar with a terrace, and a refined lounge, as well as a spa.


Hotel Caesar Augustus Capri

Set in an airy villa, this upscale hotel is 1.1 km from Monte Solaro, 4.7 km from Capri Ferry Terminal and 5 km from the Blue Grotto.

The bright rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars, plus marble bathrooms. Upgraded options add terraces or balconies. Suites offer sitting areas, tables and Jacuzzis; some have antique furniture, 4-poster beds and rainshowers, plus gardens and sundecks. Children 11 years of age and older are welcome.

Amenities include free breakfast and a restaurant, plus an outdoor bar and terraces. A heated infinity pool and an outdoor spa with a steam bath are available.

Hotel Il San Pietro Positano

Set along the Amalfi coast, this upscale hotel is 8 km from Grotta dello Smeraldo, 13 km from Amalfi Cathedral and 18 km from Museum Correale.

The elegant, colorful rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks. They also provide seating areas and minibars, as well as balconies with sea views. Upgraded rooms add separate living rooms with sofas. Room service is available.

A breakfast buffet is free. There are 2 upscale restaurants with sea views and outdoor seating, an outdoor pool and access to a private beach. Other amenities include a tennis court, a gym, and a spa with a Turkish bath and massage services (fee).

Hotel de Russie Rome

This sophisticated hotel is a minute’s walk from Piazza del Popolo, and a 7-minute walk from the 18th-century Spanish Steps.

The plush rooms offer free Wi-Fi, smart TVs and mosaic/marble bathrooms. Upgraded quarters have sitting areas with armchairs or sofas; some offer terraces with garden or city views. Suites add bedrooms and freebies such as airport transfers and breakfast. Room service is available.

There’s an acclaimed restaurant with a garden, plus a chic bar, kid’s activities, and a spa with a saltwater hot tub, a sauna and a hammam.

Masseria Il Melograno 

Set in a restored 17th-century farmhouse, this elegant hotel and spa is 4.3 km from the seaside town of Monopoli and 14 km from the Grotte di Castellana cave.

The refined rooms feature flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and minibars; some have patios. Upgraded rooms add Nespresso machines, while suites offer lounge areas. Room service is available.

Free perks include breakfast and parking. The hotel has a restaurant with traditional fare and terrace seating. Other amenities include a luxe spa with an indoor pool, a sauna and a hammam, as well as a heated outdoor pool. There’s also a private beach with a bar and dining.

Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Set on the promontory halfway out into Lake Como, this circa- 1850 hotel with Italian-style gardens is 3 km from the Villa Carlotta gardens, and 8 km from the Villa of Balbianello.

The elegant, traditional rooms with antique furnishings and carpeted floors feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and private bathrooms with bath tubs and double sinks. Some rooms offer private balconies with lake views.

Complimentary breakfast is served in the bright, open restaurant next to the pool and gardens. There’s also a trampoline and diving platform on the lake. Event space is available.

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