Creating

EXQUISITELY DESIGNED
ITALIAN HOLIDAYS

Perhaps you wish to enjoy the spring serenity of Sicily or the milder, misty climes of the Tuscan hills in Autumn. Perhaps you are after that cosy B&B or the all-inclusive seaside resort. Perhaps the city apartment or the luxury villa. Whether you wish to experience the art and culture of Italy or head off the beaten track unearthing inaccessible villages or exploring new gems while of course savouring legendary wines and enjoying regional foods. Let us guide you and create a bespoke and unique trip to Italy which has so much to offer.  

We cover the whole of Italy, from its cities which house around 85% of Europe’s works of art and offering 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 offering 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, 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, 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.

Enjoy experiences like 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; enjoy a driving experience with a professional driver or a former F1 driver as an instructor; book your exclusive access to unique private palaces and gardens. Discover one of the most spectacular motorsports in the world in a very exclusive 2-day experience during which guests will first have a skill test and then delve into the world of powerboats under the guidance of a world champion. Revel in the world of opera from La Scala to La Fenice, San Carlo to Teatro Massimo; go fishing with the fishermen in Procida; discover the sunken city of Baia; go volcanic cooking or paint with local artists or what about going on an astronomical hike in Ischia. Enjoy yoga in Capri; relish the beauty of the byzantine mosaics in Ravenna; be amazed by Santa Maria Della Concezione crypts, decorated with the bones of over 4,000 friars in Rome or why not visit iIl Cimitero Acattolico which contains a number of artists’ graves, poets like John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley; become a Speleologist for a day in the complex of the Karst caves or 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; 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.
 
Dine in a former prison turned restaurant in Bergamo or enjoy Mercato Albinelli in Modena. Live the Stelvio Pass of Northern Italy, in the south Tyrol and hire one of our luxury cars as with 75 hairpin turns, the drive is simply mind-blowing, or why not head to the Sighignola summit which offers breath-taking views of Italy and is 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 the heavens, 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 bring tears to your eyes because of the intricacy of the sculptures  If you are feeling brave why not cross the two peaks in the Apennines of Basilicata. Ponte Alla Luna which is about 1,000 feet long and about 400 feet above the creek. Once on the other side, you will be rewarded with panoramic views and more. Or there is the Ponte Sospeso in Tuscany, one of the world’s longest suspension footbridges or why not the Via Ferrata Pisciadù in the Dolomites. Go shopping with your own personal shopper or just spend your holiday eating in small trattorias or Michelin star 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, 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 just relax with a Rossini, then just let us know as we can do it all.

If you are a curious traveller and wish to delve into the heart of Italy and find its true soul, then look no further as Spirito Italiano has created the perfect Italian Connection with only you in mind. You will find a few ideas throughout this website but for that bespoke holiday, honeymoon, anniversary, weekend break or family get-together, just get in touch either by phone, email or fill in our online enquiry form and we will then discuss your requirements and options. 

WHO ARE WE

  • We have been organising bespoke Italian experiences since the early 1990s

  • We do not produce a brochure as travelling with us is unique and each itinerary is different exactly like our clients.

  • We always go the extra mile, getting you to the front of the queue, introducing you to local people, creating itineraries where you are introduced to the local and the authentic.

  • Our quest is to provide you with a deeper insight into the peculiarities and idiosyncrasies of a country that is synonymous with art, design, architecture, history, scenery, style, food and drink, and true passion.

WHY BOOK WITH US

  • Destination expertise. 

  • ​24/7 assistance throughout the booking stage and support for the whole duration of your trip to Italy.

  • A passion for what we do.

  • We have personal relationships with our suppliers and together we ensure that everything runs smoothly

  • All our trips are truly bespoke and unique just like our clients. We start your journey from scratch. It may take more than  24-hours, but to us, it is more than just a holiday.​.

  • We work hard to provide new ideas, suggestions, and itineraries which take into consideration budgets, and the time available

  • We do not work on a commission basis so we do not promote a specific hotel or experience because the commission is the highest. We are here to truly inspire you and you will just love our itineraries.

  • We save you precious time and stress and make sure that we have understood what you are after

  • We work to ensure that you come back from your holiday happy and fulfilled.

  • We truly provide THE BESPOKE

OUR PROMISE TO YOU

  • To provide a complete personal one-to-one service from the outset
  • You will have a dedicated travel consultant working just for you throughout the booking process and holiday. 
  • ​​To work hard at creating proposals that are unique to you. We will save you time and money and will also provide peace of mind as our main aim is to look after you on your journey.
  • To ensure that you travel safely and that you receive full financial protection and 24/7 support if required
  • ​​To provide accountability and delivering on all our commitments.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST

Due to the uniqueness of the holiday, there is no set price in place as the prices have to vary. It is all subject to the time of year, the number of nights, the accommodation selected, what is included, the type of flight, train journey or car hire, etc.  The packages we create reflect the budget provided by you, or slightly under or just over.  We will discuss all offers and discounts if available and we do provide you with choices, allowing you to mix and match, save money or perhaps add some other elements to the trip which you would not have thought of. We do charge a booking fee for all our package holidays. The fee is £ 39.00 which will be added to the overall cost of the booking.

CREATING YOUR TRIP

Step One: We can start by having a chat by phone or if you feel up to it, put a few ideas in an email so that we can start the dialogue. You may know the type of holiday you are after or you may just want us to “inspire” you. To do this we will need to get a sense of what you are looking for.  There will of course be a series of questions on our part and a bit of to-ing and fro-ing and then we will put the initial day-to-day itinerary together for you. This will not include the detail, flights, hotels, etc it will only review the itinerary as we need to ensure that it is not too much or too little for you. This part is often completed within 24 hours.

Step Two: Once you are happy to continue, it is at this point that the detail starts to take place which will also include the price. This part will also provide you with a range of choices as far as flights, accommodation, guides, and excursions, etc. These choices are important as it will show you what is possible within your budget.  As we progress a bit of fine-tuning may be required.

Step Three: When you are happy to go ahead and book, we will require a deposit which is 30% of the total value of the booking, plus of course the booking fee. There is often the possibility and we will advise you immediately, that the initial flight offered or the special offer on the villa may no longer be available due to the time elapsed so before we book and confirm we will advise you of any possible supplements.

Step Four: Before you set off, if you wish to add another element to the trip or you would like us to book that special tasting menu at Il Castello Restaurant for example, or perhaps have a bottle of chilled champagne waiting for you when you get to your accommodation, that is fine, just think of us as your private concierge.

Step Five: It is time for you to set off. You will have everything you need; tickets, documents and not forgetting a tailored itinerary created just for you so that you get to experience every moment within the time you have available.  We will provide you with suggestions and recommendations. 

NEED TO KNOW MORE

Financial Protection: For your peace of mind, we are a fully bonded ATOL Holder. Our ATOL number is 9613. All our flight-inclusive holidays are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay, we supply an ATOL Certificate. For further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate visit:  www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. We are also members of ABTA number Y0465. 

Reviews: Throughout the years we have received many reviews from our wonderful clients. For further details: Reviews.

FAQS: We are constantly updating to ensure that everything is covered. Find out more. 

Preparing for your trip: Here are just some tips to keep you going. 

We are all about the experience, the tradition, the culture, the unique, and the authentic.
We want our clients to truly connect and enjoy the passion and the charm of the Italians, the vibrant colours of its landscapes, the variations of its food and wines, the art and architecture, and more.   Explore Italy’s different regions, its delightful towns, and small villages, head off the beaten track in search of peace and tranquillity, enjoy the dramatic landscapes, relax and just allow La Dolce Vita to steal your heart.

We do not have set holidays where you are told what to do and when to do it, we are all about creating a bespoke holiday with only you in mind. We listen and then use our knowledge to advise you and then create the perfect holiday. We want our clients to enjoy their time away and be able to absorb the little things, the church bells on a sunny Sunday morning, the aroma of a fresh espresso, the alfresco chattering, the evening passeggiata, the stylish family-run boutiques. 

Our holidays will allow you to learn and to grow as there is just so much to inspire and to appreciate.