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

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

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

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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

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

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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.


Verona

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

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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.


Tuscany

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



Resource box

 

Italy

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

 
New Forest, Hampshire, England

One of Britain’s largest national parks is situated in the South of England. Walk around the cute villages of Christchurch and Brockenhurst and try not to buy some antiques or handmade curiosities in the artisan shops.  The new forest is very big and famous for its great cycle and walking paths. Enjoy the fresh air, the animals that are running wild and beautiful scenery for the day until you find that perfect spot to sit down and enjoy your home made picnic. Don’t feed the ponies though; they will never leave you alone.


Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh houses the world’s biggest collection of plants that are native as well as non-native to the UK. It is a great place for a day out especially during spring when the trees start to blossom and the flowers come out. You can easily walk around for an entire day in between the multitude of flora that the gardens have to offer. Take a look at the website for special events and festivals that are organised during the spring and summer months to make your visit even more special.

Fermanagh Lakelands, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Fermanagh Lakelands are part of the beautiful countryside of Northern Ireland. They are situated in the West of the country and only 2 hours away from Belfast. Within the parameters of this countryside jewel you will find a treasure of outdoor activities. You can do anything from caving to hiking and from cycling to paintballing. We suggest a nice horseback ride through the countryside of Irvinestown with a picnic at Enniskillen Castle.

Llangennith, Swansea, Wales

This beautiful stretch of sandy beach on the coast of West Wales is great for an outdoor picnic. The beach itself is gorgeous and deserted during low-season. However there are always some great surfers battling the crashing waves who are certainly of entertainment value. If the weather really heats up, you can also sign yourself up for some surf lessons in one of the many surf schools around the area.

Organising a picnic in a park or a forest is a great way to celebrate a birthday. Most parks are open to the public so you can invite as many people as you like, or make it a romantic lunch for two instead.  To make the picnic extra festive bring one or two birthday present hampers which you can find online via many Great British patisseries. All you need other than that is a blanket, sunglasses and a charged i-Pod.

Enjoy the spring!

 
Have you booked your summer holiday yet? If you want a hot mix-up of different experiences, Ibiza is where you need to be.
Situated east of Spain in the beautifully clear Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza has a real mixture of history, culture and- once the summer arrives- youth. As you walk around the capital, Ibiza Town, you will notice the diversity in your surroundings, with old buildings on the rocky edges and modern day super-clubs just around the corner.

Ibiza
has been renowned for being the party capital of the World, with clubbers from all around the globe coming together at summer time to go a bit wild. The list of famous clubs includes Space, Pacha, Privilege, Amnesia, DC10, Eden & Es Paradis. ‘Ibiza Rocks’ is a recent attraction for party-goers, with more live music being performed, with the ‘Ibiza Rocks Hotel’ as the accommodation.
But the number of clubbers arriving each summer has gradually dropped more and more since the turn of the Millennium; the famous DJ’s are getting older, and so are the regular clubbers of the 90’s.

In recent years the island has started to go back to its 60’s routes of the hippies; people would rather have a relaxed all-nighter on the beach; people would rather enjoy the vibes of the sunshine and mellow music than the constantly-throbbing bass of house music running through you. It’s almost by accident that the island is going back on itself, but this now looks like the future of the Ibiza.

Ibiza
has artistic roots going back to the early 60’s when artists - such as painters and designers – would flock to the island and gather to create a really unique, loving atmosphere. In the 70’s, Ibiza and Formentera became the centres of the hippie movement in Europe. For 40 years Pacha has hosted ‘Flower Power parties’; where everybody and anybody can come together and enjoy wide varieties of music, such as music form the 60’s, pop, soul, rock, underground & psychedelic. This attracts tourists, who are always more than welcome- but there will still be a good few old school hippies around!
The famous Hippy Market runs all through the summer; where you can find lots of unique items handmade by hippies that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else in the World! You can end up shopping and looking around for a good while, as the walkways are shaded by palm trees and it really gives you a chance to cool down, enjoy the market and chill with the hippies in Ibiza.

So whatever you want out of a Holiday- whether it’s a cultural experience, raving and clubbing, or you just want to chill and feel the vibes- Ibiza has it all.