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EXQUISITELY DESIGNED ITALIAN HOLIDAYS

Fancy a Bespoke Italian Holiday? Doing things your way? Imagine not having to follow a strict schedule or stick to a generic tour itinerary. Are you yearning to bask in the tranquil springtime atmosphere of Sicily or revel in the mild, misty ambiance of the Tuscan hills during autumn? Perhaps you're in search of a cozy bed and breakfast or an all-inclusive seaside resort. Maybe a chic city apartment or a luxurious villa is more your style. Whatever your preference, we can help you craft a personalised and exceptional trip to Italy, a country brimming with art, culture, and hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. From unearthing inaccessible villages to savoring legendary wines and regional cuisine, we'll be your trusted guide every step of the way. Let us help you create an unforgettable journey to Italy, a destination that truly has it all.

Greetings and thank you for taking the time to peruse our website. Our mission is to create an unforgettable experience that celebrates tradition, culture, uniqueness, and authenticity. We want you to fully immerse yourself in the passion and charm of Italy, from the vibrant colours of its landscapes to the diverse flavours of its food and wine, the art and architecture, and so much more. Explore Italy's diverse regions, from its delightful towns and small villages to its hidden off the beaten track gems where peace and tranquillity await. Relax and allow La Dolce Vita to steal your heart.

If you're looking for a pre-designed holiday, then we're not the right fit for you. The Italian Connection & Spirito Italiano specialise in offering exquisitely designed and tailor-made Italian holidays, catering to a wide range of preferences. Whether you seek simplicity or luxury, authenticity or flamboyance, we have the perfect holiday experience for you.. We listen carefully to your preferences and use our extensive knowledge to advise you and help you create the perfect Italian holiday. Our goal is for our clients to savour every moment of their time away, from the sound of church bells on a sunny Sunday morning to the aroma of a fresh espresso, the lively chatter of locals dining alfresco, the evening passeggiata, and the cosy charm of a family-run boutique B&B or tucked-away cottage. Our holidays are designed to inspire and enrich, allowing you to learn and grow as you explore all that Italy has to offer.

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The Italian Connection & Spirito Italiano cover the whole of Italy, from its cities which house around 85% of Europe’s works of art and a wealth of history. Known destinations like Venice and Florence, Rome, Naples, and Palermo to lesser frequented locations like Verona, Genoa, Bologna, Bari, Arezzo, Urbino, Perugia, Vicenza, Padua, Mantua, Ferrara to name but a few. Savour its towns and villages hidden in the Italian landscape and offer a rich and varied past. Places like Gubbio, San Gimignano, Matera, Portofino, Orta San Giulia, Nerano, Pietrasanta, Chioggia, Vernazza, Saturnia, Bagnoregio, Isola Dei Pescatori, the list is endless.    

Discover the region of Abruzzo and its national parks and see how people and nature are able to coexist. Enjoy the stunning beauty and magnificent scenery of the Italian lakes where you are spoilt by uninterrupted views. Seek out the sea, the Italian Adriatic where acres and acres of sandy beaches stretch from the Veneto through to the well-known resorts of Rimini, Cattolica, Riccione, and Pesaro, breaking into Puglia. Enjoy the region of Liguria with its great diversity of coastline. Think of the Amalfi Coast, picturesque and dramatic with villages set up high on the Monti Lattari and overlooking the towns of Positano and Amalfi down below.  Head to the charming village of Castellabate or visit the world’s best-preserved ancient Greek temples of Paestum while enjoying a few days on the beach. Why not spend some time in the enchanting village of Caserta Vecchia while visiting the Royal Palace which is simply magnificent. Be bewitched by the olde-worlde glamour which is Lecce or Bari in Puglia. Discover the charm of Ostuni, the town of Polignano a Mare with its winding streets, the drama of Vieste, the pretty town of Martina Franca, and Gallipoli with its maze-like narrow streets and alleys.

Savour the delights of Sicily and enjoy places like Cefalu, Taormina, Siracusa, Noto, Spiaggia Della Scala, Erice, and Piazza Armerina to name but a few. Discover Italy’s islands, from Elba to Ischia and Capri, to Procida which was the background for the film Il Postino and which in 2022 will be Italy’s Capital of culture. The Aeolians, the fabled home of Aeolus, the Greek god of the winds. The Egadi islands and Pantelleria known as “the Black Pearl of the Mediterranean. Head to the island of Sardinia, with over 1,850 km of coastline, endless horizons, mountains covered in dense brushwood, rocky escarpments, clear lakes, ancient prehistoric monuments, breath-taking beaches like Spiaggia Rosa with its pink sand, and Porto Flavia in Masua.

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Experiences

Enjoy a photographic experience with Gianmarco Maraviglia; discover the amazing history of Ferrari and be accompanied by the great Ferrari engineer, Mauro Forghieri, the heart and soul of Ferrari during the golden era of the 1960s and 1970s; a driving experience with a professional driver or a former F1 driver as your instructor;  Enjoy an exclusive sports car experience then delve into the world of powerboats under the guidance of a world champion.

 

Book exclusive access to unique private palaces and gardens. Revel in the world of opera from La Scala to La Fenice, San Carlo to Teatro Massimo. 

 

Go fishing with the fishermen in Procida or discover the sunken city of Baia; go volcanic cooking or paint with local artists or what about an astronomical hike in Ischia. Enjoy yoga in Capri or become a Speleologist for a day in the complex of the Karst caves. Be entranced by Le Grotte di Castellana; try the experience of swim trekking in the Egadi islands by swimming from one island to the other, guided by a swimming champion. 

 

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna. Marvel at the Santa Maria Della Concezione crypts in Rome, adorned with the bones of over 4,000 friars. And why not pay a visit to Il Cimitero Acattolico, where the final resting places of renowned artists and poets such as John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley can be found? 

 

Savour an unforgettable “Cultural Experience” on Isola Bella where you have the chance to visit some areas of the Palace normally closed to the public with the Curator or why not visit the amazing 8-hectare botanical garden with plants and trees of rare beauty in total exclusivity after everything has closed. Visit and of course taste chocolate at LAICA on Lake Maggiore, a leading company for the production of Made In Italy chocolate with a long family tradition. 

 

Play golf in one of the many golf courses; stay in a private house located in a 15th-century palazzo in Florence where frescoes line the walls and windows overlook a secret Florentine courtyard, or why not let yourself be thrilled by a truly unique palace in Naples, or get intoxicated by our amazing selection of truly luxury properties fit for a king.

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Dine in a former prison turned restaurant in Bergamo or enjoy Mercato Albinelli in Modena. Live the Stelvio Pass of Northern Italy, in south Tyrol and hire one of our luxury cars as with 75 hairpin turns, the drive is simply mind-blowing.

 

Head to the Sighignola summit which offers breathtaking views of Italy. Known as "the balcony of Italy".  Feel the simplicity of Salina and enjoy the village of Pollara, beautifully placed at the bottom of an extinct volcano.

 

Visit the many gardens on offer, from Villa Cimbrone in Ravello where you are touching heaven, to La Mortella in Ischia. Visit the ghost village of Craco or Balestrino or why not experience underground Naples or the elegance of la Cappella di San Severo in the historical centre with masterpieces which will make you cry.

 

Feeling brave why not cross the two peaks in the Apennines of the Basilicata region. Ponte Alla Luna about 1,000 feet long and 400 feet above the creek. Once on the other side, you will be rewarded with panoramic views and d more. Why not Ponte Sospeso in Tuscany, one of the world’s longest suspension footbridges. Visit the Via Ferrata Pisciadù in the Dolomites?

 

Go shopping with your own personal shopper or just spend your holiday eating in small Michelin-starred restaurants.

 

Be thrilled by the alternative in art, the giant skeleton in Foligno, Christ of the Abyss in San Fruttuoso, the giant hands on the Grand Canal, Venice, the statue L.O.V.E. created by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, La Palomba just outside Matera where an open-air art gallery is hidden in an abandoned quarry with some sculptures made from the rubble of 9/11. Casa Saldarini in Piombino built in 1961 and designed by Vittorio Giorgini. The Sculpture of Giovanni Paolo II in Rome, and the mural of San Gennaro in Naples. We can go on and on as there is still so much to explore but if you just wish to relax with a Rossini, then just let us know we will have one ready for your arrival! Spirito Italiano & The Italian Connection await.

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