With Italy setting to be a popular choice for travellers in 2022, recommendations from The Luxury Travel Book can be helpful to choose the perfect destination.
Italy sets to be a popular choice for travellers in 2022. From springtime in Venice, Sicily to see the wildflowers and annual Ricotta cheese festival, to summer in Lucca, Umbria and on the Amalfi Coast’s lesser known island of Ischia, to autumn on the banks of Lake Como and exploring the beautiful Puglia. With families, couples and solo travellers aiming at discovering spectacular cities, ancient ruins, wonderful museums, great beaches, breath-taking natural scenery and fantastic food and wine, recommendations from The Luxury Travel Book can be helpful to choose the perfect destination.
With its museums, galleries and palaces, not to mention amazing Venetian bacari for local wine and chicchetti, Venice is the perfect destination for a luxurious cultural getaway. This year, the postponed Venice Biennale of 2021 ‘The Milk of Dreams’ is finally happening. Visit between 23 April - 27 November to witness its central exhibition.
Where to Stay: Casa Venezia 8 Guests | 4 Bedrooms
This historical luxury house is south facing and split across three levels, overlooking the gardens and canal. The house sits in arguably the most prime location in Venice, right on the edge of the Grand Canal, close to Piazza San Marco.
Rates start from £22,700 (€26,950) per week.
Why not tie in a trip to Venice with a stay in Lake Garda, with regular trains between the two from Lake Santa Lucia station in Venice to Garda’s Desenzano del Garda journeys only take around 1½ hours. Known for its amazing views and captivating lakeside villages, Lake Garda offers the perfect holiday experience at any time of year. From speedboat tours of local islands to botanical gardens, intriguing museums and enchanting medieval architecture, there are plenty of local gems to discover.
Where to Stay: Villa Caplone 10 Guests | 5 Bedrooms
Situated on the edge of Lake Garda, Villa Caplone is a beautiful architect-designed villa offering a wonderful combination of indoor and outdoor areas, with stunning lake views.
Rates start from £67,800 (€80,500) per week.
It’s not surprising that Sicily is such a popular destination, given its mild spring, March through to June, is considered an ideal time to visit, with fewer crowds, plenty of traditional local festivals, and mild weather. Whether you’re a fan of physical pursuits such as hiking, cycling and scuba diving, or take an interest in nature, annual local festivals and culinary delights, Sicily is a wonderful island to visit. From 23-25 April there’s a three day festival dedicated to the traditional Sicilian speciality, Ricotta cheese in the city of Vizzini, where the best is produced. Or visit in May to enjoy the wildflowers that cover the hillside slopes of the Madonie National Park in Palermo, which is a wonderful place for hiking and walking. If you climb high enough you will be rewarded with some amazing views, including those of Mount Etna and the Aeolian islands.
Where to Stay: Villa Letojanni 14 Guests | 7 Bedrooms
Designed in a contemporary and chic style, Villa Letojanni is set in a panoramic position, offering breathtaking views to the sea and Taormina Bay from its spacious terraces, garden and its inviting saltwater swimming pool.
Rates start from £11,670 (€13,860) per week.
As well as being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it has the advantage of being relatively small, so the city can be easily explored on foot. One could never ever tire of wandering down to the beautiful Piazza della Signoria, for a morning cappuccino and croissant at Rivoire, and looking across to the Palazzo Vecchio, and the Loggia dei Lanzi with its beautiful open-air sculpture gallery. From 19 March - 31 July 2021, Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi and Museo del Bargello, will exhibit Donatello: the Renaissance, billed as a once-in-a-lifetime show of this 14th Century Renaissance master.
Where to Stay: Palazzo Vista Duomo 6 Guests | 3 Bedrooms
Centrally located, the ultra-luxury apartment dates back to the mid 19th Cenutry, with outstanding levels of comfort and style throughout. The apartment has been renovated in a unique contemporary design, while retaining the atmosphere of the original building, with use of subtle colours and quality materials.
Rates start from £17,100 (€20,300) per week.
For those seeking the perfect base for a magical break in Tuscany, the medieval walled city of Lucca offers a multitude of charms. With its narrow cobbled streets and picturesque squares, you can easily explore all the main attractions, including the famous 16th-century walls which surround the city, on foot, or by bicycle. From its position on a plain at the foot of the Apuan Alps, and less than a 30-minute drive from the coast of Versilia, it’s also easy to enjoy day trips outside Lucca, including a day on the beach at Forte dei Marmi, trips to local fattorias for wine and olive oil tasting, as well as visiting some of the large historic villas nearby, which are open to the public, including Villa Reale, and the Villa Olivia. From June - July 2022 the annual Lucca Summer Festival will take place in the historic centre of the city and feature a selection of performances by internationally renowned musicians.
Where to Stay: Via San Giorgio 4 Guest | 2 Bedrooms
Originally a Carriage House dating from the 1600’s, Via San Giorgio has been totally renovated and is a beautiful luxury apartment with bright interiors and a stunning garden.
Rates start from £530 (€630) per week.
Few Italian destinations offer luxury R&R for food and wine lovers quite like the verdant idyll of Umbria. Whether you want to sample the fruits of the vines while lazing by your private pool or take a tour of the vineyards and olive farms, a feast of culinary and countryside delights await in Umbria.
Where to Stay: Villa Castiglione Ugolino 20 Guests | 10 Bedrooms
Situated in a beautiful hilltop location, Villa Castiglione Ugolino is an ancient castle, and adjoining church, dating back to the XI century, which has been meticulously renovated and converted into a unique villa.
Rates start from £11,700 (€14,000) per week.
The Amalfi Coast is famous for the unique beauty of its sheer cliffs, clear blue sea, and its spectacular corniche road which twists around, revealing secluded bays and promontories. The beautiful town of Ravello is set high on the cliffs with breathtaking views over Salerno and is famous as a centre for art and culture, inspiring many musicians and artists for decades, it’s the perfect place to settle in and relax under the sun.
Where to Stay: Villa La Rondinaia 14 Guests | 6 Bedrooms
Set within terraced gardens, and with sensational views of the Amalfi Coast, Villa La Rondinaia is an elegant and historic property with recently renovated interiors, respecting the historical features and
traditional Amalfi coast architecture.
Rates start from £46,300 (€55,000) per week.
The small island of Procida, in the Bay of Naples with its pastel-painted streets has been named Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2022. Only two square miles wide, the best place to stay is the beautiful hidden island of Ischia, which is a ferry journey away. Lesser known to tourists, Ischia is a favourite amongst Italians and is famous for its thermal spas and natural springs.
Where to Stay: Villa Ischia 18 Guests | 9 Bedrooms
Villa Ischia is split across two different buildings, both of which are built with beautiful natural stone. Surrounded by lush mediterranean gardens, the villa benefits from incredible views over the sea, extending from Capri to the northern part of the Bay of Naples and the charming island of Procida.
Rates start from £12,600 (€15,000) per week.
The charming, traditional whitewashed trullo houses of Puglia are a true symbol of the region, but also of Italy itself in the world and the trullo of Alberobello were granted UNESCO World Heritage List status in 1996. The best time to explore Puglia is in September, when the temperatures are warm and it’s a good time for walking, cycling and the crowds have left.
Where to Stay: Trulli Chiobbica 10 Guests | 4 Bedrooms
Trulli Chiobbica sits on a beautiful six-acre plot of olive groves, meadows, and woodland and consists of 12 conical-roofed trullos. It is immaculately renovated throughout with contemporary furnishings and open-plan spaces.
Rates start from £6,200 (€7,450) per week.
The enduring charm and beauty of the Italian Lakes has lured everyone from Roman emperors and Hollywood celebrities to the cream of European society. The clear blue waters of Lake Como are nestled between rugged mountains and fringed with elegant villas and quaint villages that tumble down wooded hillsides to the lakeshore, it’s a stunning setting for a holiday. Temperatures in September and October can be mild and are often still warm enough for a pleasant stay. With fewer visitors you can bask in the autumnal sunshine and admire the region at your own pace. While many fine days are often on the cards at this time of year, wet days are not uncommon but are typically outweighed by pleasant conditions. In autumn, Poetry on the Lake takes place where poets from all over the world come together for a poetry festival on Lake Orta.
Where to Stay: Villa Serbelloni 14 Guests | 6 Bedrooms
Villa Serbelloni is a decadent neoclassical residence with immaculate manicured gardens, lavish halls and a majestic dining room. Situated on the banks of the Riviera della Tremezzina, the opulent villa has over time, become a historic and artistic landmark.
Rates start from £47,100 (€56,000) per week.