A Luxury and Chic Tour of Italy

Italy is undoubtedly one of the top places to visit on a luxury getaway, especially for couples or honeymooners. Historical cities such as Rome, Florence and Venice are world-renowned for their ancient Roman, Byzantine and Baroque style architecture, for their prized works of art, bridges, churches and cathedrals dating back centuries. These and of course the Amalfi coast (stretching for 11,200 hectares between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno) along with the island of Sicily in southern Italy and its surrounding Egadi and Aeolian archipelagos, provide the perfect settings for moonlit promenades in city squares or by the beach, romantic dinners in the many restaurants in the town piazzas or street alleys, art/archaeological tours, museum visits, relaxing in the healthy breeze of the Mediterranean, and for fashionable shopping trips. And if you want to make your trip even more chic, why not embark on a road trip and travel in style with a luxury convertible car, which you can rent on popular sites like Primerentcar.com, which offers convenience, luxury and style through its wide selection of vehicles that are perfect for any needs. This is also another important factor since public transportation in Italy at times can be quite unreliable- especially if going into the countryside; so a car rental is usually the best choice for visitors.

Start your trip in Rome (Fiumicino Airport) and pick the model of your choosing, relax at a splendid 3 or 4 star hotel like the Inn at The Spanish Steps-Small Luxury Hotel (By the Spanish Steps), or the Albergo Ottocento in Via dei Cappuccini if you have a more expensive taste and want to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Dolce Vita era, and eat in some of the best restaurants like Primo in the Pigneto district- a luxurious and chic restaurant serving vegetarian plates and soups or seafood dishes like fresh mussels and seared tuna served with green peppers; or the Trattoria Monti near Piazza Vittorio to savor their tagliatelle in duck sauce and the Tortello al Rosso D’Uovo (A huge ricotta and spinach Raviolo filled also with raw egg yolk), visit St. Peter’s square and the Vatican Museums and on go a shopping tour along Via del Corso or Via Veneto. 

Head north to Florence and check out the Uffizi Gallery- filled with masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raffaello ,and Caravaggio among others-, the Cathedral at the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori), Giotto’s Bell Tower, and of course the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s statue of David. Stroll down the Ponte Vecchio for a romantic walk down the ancient bridge. Travel through the Tuscan countryside and enjoy the scenery and a gastronomical tour of the agriturismo farms and the wineries.

In Venice you can have the most romantic experience ever, walking through San Marco’s square admiring its ancient Church, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Cathedral of Venice, and the 14th Century Doge’s Palace: the carnival celebrations are a real spectacle comparable only to Rio de Janeiro and an adventurous and fun experience for visitors of any taste. Take a private gondola ride around the city’s canals and walk along the many bridges lining the city for a truly romantic and chic tour of the city’s atmosphere and explore its exciting and exotic nightlife. 

Further south to west the Amalfi coast is almost surreal, with its scenic views of the Tyrrhenian sea, the Saracen towers and ancient architecture mixed with an exciting nightlife and some of the greatest beaches in the Mediterranean, renowned also for the number of celebrities that vacation there. 

To the south, you can admire the cross-cultural heritage of Sicily’s ancient Greco-Roman temples, Arabic and Norman monuments, Churches, Cathedrals, and beautiful natural habitats and preserved parks like Madonie, Nebrodi, Segesta and the Zingaro reserve. Relax by a beach in the Agrigento coast or by the lovely town of Taormina and its Isola bella (both UNESCO world heritage sites) and your chic Italian tour will be complete.     

Algene C.

The author is currently taking up law who blogs on her free time.

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