As we approach Valentine’s Day, what better time to fall back in love with an old favourite? Italy.
Kenneth Macleod Travel Consultant Judith recently visited Rome, Florence and Venice – the iconic cities of the Renaissance. Here is her travel postcard, written just for you.
Judith’s tips for a luxury romantic holiday in Italy
Take the train: high-speed intercity trains are inexpensive, clean and efficient
Be sure to sample Florentine Gelato – some say the best in the world
Book an evening tour of the Colosseum in Rome when it’s closed to the general public
Meet some locals over an Aperol Spritz in a Venetian back-street bar
The Romans themselves called their home base “The Eternal City” because they believed that no matter what happened to them, Rome would go on forever. How right they were.
Florence may be the art capital of Europe, but Rome itself is an art gallery. Wander through 2000 years of history in one day, and then reward yourself in one of the city’s exquisite trattorias.
Stay at Regina Hotel Baglioni, an exceptionally elegant and welcoming hotel decorated in Italian Art Deco style. The Regina Hotel Baglioni is located right on the Via Veneto, one of the most famous, elegant, and expensive streets of Rome. From there you can explore the heart of Rome by foot, including the iconic Trevi Fountain (left).
While Florence is known principally as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, it’s anything but stuck in time.
New chefs, designers and gallerists have introduced vibrant energy to the city in recent years, all without tinkering with its timeless beauty.
Stay at Hotel Relais Santa Croce, a boutique hotel located in the historic centre of Florence in an 18th-century palazzo. It’s one of the grandest private buildings in the city, because it was built by a treasurer to the Pope.
The hotel’s ideal location means that most of Florence’s iconic sites, including the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo Cathedral, are only a few minutes walk away.
While St Mark’s Square, St Peter’s and The Doge’s Palace are breathtaking, the real soul of Venice is hidden in its maze of quiet backstreets. Simply put away your map and let your curiosity guide you.
We promise that travelling in glamorous gondolas and water taxis will make you feel like you’re in a James Bond film. We can’t promise that yours will turn into a speedboat or a hovercraft…
Stay at Baglioni Luna which is just off St Mark’s Square, from which you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view over the Venetian Lagoon and the Royal Gardens.
Impressively grand yet welcoming and homely, the Baglioni Luna Hotel is Venice at it’s most romantic.
Feeling inspired to explore Italy’s cities of the Renaissance?
You can experience a 5* romantic holiday just like Judith’s from £2100 per person for an 8 night trip, including amongst other things guaranteed entry to Vatican Museum , Uffizi Gallery and the Doge’s Palace.