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itlyWhen someone mentions Italy, normally visions of sites like the Coliseum, the Tower of Pisa or the canals of Venice immediately come to the forefront of one’s mind, intertwined with images of ancient locales such as Pompeii and Herculaneum. Italy in itself is filled with a variety of destinations, suited to cater to all tastes and interests. The luxury-seeking clientele enjoys the coastlines, rugged in some places, dotted with colourful towns amid a backdrop of sheer cliffs, with the occasional sandy beach to be seen. Truly, Italy has something for everyone.

Whether you are a history buff seeking to explore centuries past or you’re looking to relax in a five star luxury resort, there will be something to whet your appetite, says Dr Claudio Fontana, one of the driver-guides of luxury tour company A La Carte Italy Tours. Museums are only one way to sink your teeth into the past, but a much more hands on way is to explore the ancient sites such as the Coliseum or Pompeii. Each site boasts a different look into the past – the Coliseum often thought of as being a site of celebration and entertainment, whilst Pompeii being a typical run of the mill working village. While the villagers and the small town itself are long lost to the ashes of Vesuvius, the volcano has preserved the remnants to create a true, awe-inspiring look into the life of the locals.

There are a whole host of various five star, luxury travel companies that provide luscious and exquisite package tours to choose from. With several varying itineraries to choose from, ranging from a few days to 3 weeks or more, the luxury seeking traveller would have no problem finding the right itinerary to suit their needs or tastes whilst traversing Italy. In recent years, the trend for Gran Turismo style tours (an old Italian tradition, by the way) has been on the rise, with chauffeurs and limousines criss-crossing the coutry on extended private tours.

The Amalfi Coast is always a sure bet for the luxury traveller. With its main town set into the cliff side, against a backdrop of turquoise waters, the tiny, winding, back streets, cafes and restaurants are sure to please. There are many opportunities to find activities to suit all tastes and budgets, with harbour and coastline tours being one of the most popular options. Day trips along the coast are available, stopping off at Sorrento, Positano, and Ravello as an example of some of the possible excursions any traveller to Italy would be sure to enjoy.

A little more city-based, the back streets of Rome are a fan-favourite for any trip to Italy. Its small cafes and restaurants with traditional Italian fare are a delight to the palate, with pizzas and pastas a delicious and sure way to sample the local cuisine. Italian wines are an added bonus, fresh and often local, tours to vineyards and wineries to have a look at the process are also available from the larger centres such as Rome or Napoli, and even from smaller, local towns. Tuscany is one such location to which any traveller might think to head to in order to sample the grapes and fresh wines of the countryside. A private tour will take you to visit one of the many of the vineyards, with a range of quality and ratings to be chosen from, depending on your tastes.

If you’re a bit of a more hands on traveller, and want more of a local experience, vineyard harvest tours are a possibility, with you having the chance to stay in an Italian villa, and work alongside locals to bring in the grape harvests for processing into wine – a true experience, not soon to be forgotten!

Of course, the large Italian cities of Rome and Napoli are famous for their tourist attractions of the Tower of Pisa, the Coliseum, Vatican City, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. All of these a must on any to-do list for Italy, there will surely be no quiet day for the luxury traveller. Each attraction has a special place in the history of Italy, from its known historical love of celebration and show at the Coliseum, to the religious and spiritual side to be seen and experienced in Vatican City, there is something to delight all travellers to Italy.
Any trip to Italy is sure to please all luxury travellers, the only issue that will be had to overcome is truly how to fit everything into your trip – but that’s only all the more reason to book a future trip to Italy once you have seen and experienced all there is to do there.

– Thanks to Dr Claudio Fontana of alcitalytours.com for information provided

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