With our knowledge and passion for Italy, we will take you on a journey to uncover its crown jewels and hidden delights, exploring from beautiful region to region, with the inside track.
Meander the canals of Venice in a private gondola, immerse yourself in the incredible Renaissance art of Florence’s churches after-hours, indulge in the foodie highlights of rural Sicily’s rustic villages and markets with your local expert, feast your eyes on the ancient ruins of Rome, drenched in history and culture, and drink in the spectacular scenery of the cascading cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, boasting the awe-inspiring Mount Etna. These destinations are wonderfully diverse and all complement each other with their individual appeal.
With our little black book of specially chosen luxury hotels and private under the skin experiences at our fingertips, begin your in-depth discovery of the wonders of Italy’s unique culture and local charm.
Spotlight on Florence – Under the Skin Art Experiences
1. Enjoy a private exploration of The Vasari Corridor in Florence. An absolute must for art lovers, this enclosed elevated passageway holds over 1000 paintings, some dating from the 17th & 18th centuries. Wander along this spectacular exhibition and just drink it all in.
2. Go behind the scenes to one of Florence’s most important art restoration laboratories with a private art conservationist as your guide. On this VIP experience, watch experts at work in restoring paintings and sculptures, and learn about the techniques and ethics of art conservation.
3. The art and architecture of the Duomo in Florence, the city’s largest cathedral, are unbelievably mesmerising. Enhance your visit with our special access and local expert to privately guide you. It is guaranteed to be completely enthralling.
4. Explore the antique shops and antique markets of Florence with a private guide, whose local know-how will find you the best hidden gems in the city.
Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Florence’s iconic hotel amazingly located a stone’s throw from the Duomo with almost all rooms offering incredible views of this stunning architectural gem. Although its restaurant is rated as one of the best in the city, another serious highlight is the well-connected concierge. Whilst in Florence, a must visit is the extraordinary Uffizi Gallery, one of the most impressive art museums in the world.
5 nights from £739 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe Room including breakfast. OFFER: Stay 4 Pay 3 between 01 March - 01 September 2017.
Relais La Corte Dei Papi, Tuscany
The charming Papi family own and run this authentic Tuscan gem; a romantic, luxury hotel in the picturesque countryside. Typical dishes from fantastic Puglian chef will blow you away, best sampled with the hotel’s delicious own wine produced in a nearby vineyard. Discovering Tuscany off the beaten track is easily arranged, whether your intrigue lies in wine-tasting, private cooking classes, horse riding through breath-taking countryside or learning about local history, we have a host of fantastic private guides at our fingertips.
5 nights from £769 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe Room including breakfast. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save up to 20%
Borgo Egnazia, Puglia
Ultra-luxurious and well respected hotel boasting one of Italy’s best Spa’s and a food lover’s haven with a cooking school using all fresh and local ingredients. Explore a more traditional side of Italy in stunning Puglia; white-washed fishing villages along the rocky coast, local food markets selling fresh catch of the day and beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Trulli of Alberobello are just some of Puglia’s many highlights.
5 nights from £839 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a La Corte Bella Room including breakfast.
Forte Village, Sardina
Forte Village is a one of a kind destination in Europe and we could talk about its outstanding features all day. 7 hotels in 1, this is a secluded all-singing, all-dancing resort. Forte Village’s staggering array of accommodation and dining options and more impressively, family-friendly activities and facilities, knocks just about anywhere else in Europe out of the park. The modern Sardinian style and unbeatable luxury service are complimented by an extensive program of activities for all ages and experiences to enjoy; in addition to the Chelsea FC football academy there are programmes covering rugby, cricket, basketball, swimming and even boxing – it’s no wonder the resort is hugely popular amongst celebrity sports personalities. Adults are spoilt for evening entertainment at the unique Forte Arena, where the likes of artists such as Anastasia and Andrea Bocelli have been known to perform. You’ll need plenty of time here to try out all the exciting things on offer, but for some down-time, the beach is one of the best we’ve seen anywhere in the Mediterranean, a broad swathe of perfect white sand lapped by crystalline waters and from here you can go canoeing, diving, jet skiing or windsurfing. Each hotel within Forte Village appeals to a different guests, we will help you select the one that suits you perfectly. Pineta is the place to stay for a peaceful ambience, Il Castello boasts an exclusive location near the sea, and Il Borgo village works well for families wanting to be close to Kids City.
The amazing Leisureland complex dedicated to entertaining children contains a go karting track, ten pin bowling alley, climbing walls, trampolines and a disco, and is cleverly located at the back of the resort so the kids can make as much noise as they like.
Golfers can perfect their swing at the driving range or pitch and putt, and there is a 27-hole course a short drive away.
7 nights from £1,329 per adult and £699 per child. Based on a family of four sharing a Deluxe Family Bungalow on Half Board.
Verdura Resort, Sicily
Set amidst 570 acres of Olive Groves on the gorgeous Sicilian Coast and privy to a secluded beach, the charming Verdura Resort is a stylish retreat and a great destination to get stuck in to a range of fun and active experiences on holiday, whilst also being a peaceful place to relax. The exceptional facilities here, even more exciting with fabulous views out to the azure Mediterranean, make it a highly appealing option for an action-packed getaway at a luxury hotel, topped off with generously large suites to settle into and a wonderful team working hard behind the scenes to make your holiday seamless. Verdura’s beautiful grounds are calling out to be enjoyed, there are 3 golf courses to play on, with the 9-hole course being perfect for some family bonding time, or take the bikes out on the numerous cycle trails to explore the local area. There are even tennis and football academies (football from July to August) here so the children can improve their skills with the help of excellent coaches. Easy to get to, particularly as British Airways have launched a new flight schedule to Palermo three times a week, and promising a range of adventurous excursions from a gorgeous setting, this is an amazing destination for short-haul holidays with that something extra special.
7 nights from £1,369 per adult and £529 per child. Based on a family of four sharing two Deluxe Rooms including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 35%