Discovering Italy is a journey of joy and we have luxury villas and boutique hotels to excite. Along the sparkling canals of Venice
, to the splendour of Florence, the cradle of renaissance, up through the rolling hills of Tuscany
with their charming castellated hilltop villages, through the ruins of Ancient Rome and finally down to the vibrant south to Amalfi
with its conical-roofed trulli houses, Italy enchants. Thanks to the Etruscans, Romans and the Renaissance; Italy is considered the art capital of the world. Extraordinary paintings, sculpture, frescoes, Byzantine mosaics and architectural masterpieces in Rome, Florence and Venice form this astounding cultural treasury. However the major cities are not the exclusive repository of these riches. Hundreds of towns offer elaborately painted duomos, rich histories and medieval antiquities. Not to be forgotten are the lovely lakes of Como
, Garda, Iseo, Orta and Maggiore rich with historic palazzos and gardens of stately trees, flowering shrubs, manicured lawns all framing the lake views and mountains to the north. And what would Italy be without its food? Through the centuries, invasions by the Greeks, Arabs and Spanish, other political upheavals and even the discovery of the New World influenced its development. Italian food as we know it started to form after the fall of the Roman Empire when cities separated and developed their own traditions. Today regions are known for certain cuisine: the north for risotto and osso bucco, the central provinces for tortellini and the south for pizza and spaghetti.Whether the Eternal City pulls at your cultural heartstrings or escaping to a historic hill town is your dream, we have luxury villas and boutique hotels in which to uncover all the delights Italy has to offer.