If you’re looking for a luxury holiday there are plenty of possibilities in Italy. The country is full of culture, style and great food, and you can easily find a destination that suits your tastes. To add a little luxury to your trip you can set up a holiday home exchange, which saves you money and allows you to stay in the comfort of someone’s home. In this guide you will find 10 suggestions for luxury holiday locations in Italy.

Italy is a fantastic destination, full of interesting cities and luxury locations. You can visit Italy in style and really live it up with a bit of planning. A home swap is one of the best ways to make a luxurious holiday affordable. In this guide you can read about 10 luxury locations in Italy, including Capri, the Amalfi Coast and Lake Como.


Venice is famous for its canals and romantic atmosphere. It’s the capital of the Veneto region and combines quaint Italian charm with all the amenities you would expect of a big city.


Florence is an amazing city, both to look at and to explore. The architecture is breathtaking, the food is delicious and it’s a really stylish destination. It’s an art-filled choice for a luxury getaway!

Lake Como

Head for Lake Como if you want a real taste of how the rich and famous holiday. You really want to stay on the lake itself, and if you do you’ll feel like you’re in a truly special location.

Amalfi Coast

If it’s a beach break you’re after, you should head for the Amalfi Coast in Campania. You can while away your days in the sun and maybe even hire your own beach cabana to add to the luxury.


Sardinia is another good place to visit for a luxury getaway. You could opt for the coastal town of Cagliari or, for a bit of peaceful luxury, you could head for Carloforte.

Madonna di Campiglio

Head up the Italian Dolomites to try your hand at skiing in Madonna di Campiglio. Spend the day on the beautiful white slopes, marvel at the scenery and then return to sip a cocktail in your chalet.


Combine luxury and romance by heading for the beautiful city of Verona. This is where Romeo and Juliet is set so, if you fancy a romantic break, it doesn’t get any more romantic than Verona!


Capri is the place for the wealthy and you can enjoy it too. You’ll be right on the coast and will definitely want to visit the famous Piazzetta. It doesn’t get more exclusive or luxurious than Capri.


You’ve read about Florence but what about the rest of Tuscany? Well, there are plenty of other places you can go for a luxury holiday, as well as great food, in towns like Siena and Lucca.

Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina d’Ampezzo is another of Italy’s fantastic ski resorts. It’s a great place for skiers and snowboarders and the après ski is pretty good too!

You can find holiday home swaps at www.lovehomeswap.com. And, if you like the idea of a house swap in Italy, you have plenty of options open to you.

Poll: where in Italy would you like to go?

A             Madonna di Campiglio

B             Capri

C             Lake Como

D             Venice

E              Other

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Lonely Planet’s guide to Italy

Amalfi Coast

Tourist information on this stunning destination

Italy and Skiing

A look at Italian ski resorts in the Guardian

What could be more romantic than enjoying the best of the UK’s countryside on a holiday break made for two? Walking holidays aren’t just for serious hikers – there’s plenty for everybody to enjoy, regardless of your fitness level. Take some time to enjoy each other’s company while enjoying the great outdoors. From the mountains of Ireland to the rolling hills of Shropshire, this article looks at five romantic walking breaks for couples to enjoy together.
Are you and your partner fitness fanatics? Or do you just love to take in the countryside? A walking holiday is a great idea for spending some quality time together, while exploring some of the best sights the UK has to offer. From rolling hills to lush green fields, enjoy the great outdoors during the day and relax in a country hotel in the evening. Still looking for your perfect match? Visit a dating site like eHarmony and start searching for your walking partner! I follow them on Twitter for dating ideas and romantic getaways- they give some good inspiration.

The Shropshire Hills

One of the most beautiful and unspoilt counties in England, Shropshire is home to the lovely hill country – voted ‘An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Couples can also take in the county town Shrewsbury, one of England’s finest medieval market towns.
The steep valleys of the Long Mynd walking trail are great for expert hikers, or you could visit the gentler trail along Wenlock Edge, which offers lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Views along the Welsh border are also not to be missed.

Wales Coastal Path

For anyone who has met their perfect partner while dating in Wales, the recently-opened Wales Coast Path is a treat for avid walkers. Choose a length of the 870-mile trail and enjoy the beauty of the country together.
Starting from the outskirts of Chester, the path meanders all the way to Chepstow, making it the world’s only coastal path which spans the length of a country. Visit the little-known area of Ceredigion, a beautiful spot for some lovely coastal views.

Offa's Dyke Path

Part of the Wales Coast Path, the Offa’s Dyke path totals 177 miles from Prestatyn, North Wales, to Chepstow on the Severn. The route follows the ancient barrier built by Offa, King of Mercia, to protect his kingdom during the 8th Century.
This is a long route for ambitious walkers, but there are many lovely sights and comfortable hotels along the way. Pass through the Clwydian Hills and cross the Dee Valley for breath-taking sights of the surrounding countryside.

The River Lune

If you’re looking for ancient intrigues and beautiful scenic countryside, try this trail along the River Lune. Winding its way down from the moors at Sedburgh, the Lune flows through timelessly charming countryside and fascinating stone villages. The poets Ruskin, Gray and Wordsworth have all been inspired by this lovely trail.
The Holiday Inn at Lancaster provides the ideal accommodation for holidaying couples, with modern facilities giving you the chance to relax after a hard day’s walking. The peaceful village of Halton can also be found nearby.

The South Coast

You can wander up to the downs to admire some beautiful countryside spots and phenomenal views of the south coast. Seafront in the summer can be the most romantic; many couples enjoy watching the sun set from Brighton Pier - one of the most beautiful things to share together. Another great walk would be along the coast to the Seven Sisters!
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Whether you're keen hikers or not, there are some great places to walk with your partner or your date. It's a great time to share stories, talk and get to know one another. You'll probably look back and say it was one of the most romantic things that you did.