Readers Digest
Magazine subscription Podcast

Most Luxurious Italy Holidays

3 min read

Most Luxurious Italy Holidays
Nowhere does luxury quite like Italy. With historical architecture, romantic canals, and train rides through the magnificent mountains, Italy offers luxury at its finest. 
Whether you’re looking for a romantic trip of a lifetime or to capture the wondrous essence of history, here are some of the most luxurious Italy holidays. 

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Train travel doesn’t get more glamorous than the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. This 1982 historical train is a recreation of the famous Orient Express, which embarked on its first voyage in the 1920s. Since then, train travel has well and truly left its mark on luxury travel throughout Europe. 
But nothing compares to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, offering luxury and glamour brought to life, transporting you back to the Golden Age of travel. From the exquisite dining experiences within the three dining cars to the creative cocktails in the indulgent bar cart, you’ll be travelling in pure style. 
If you’re worried about feeling cramped, have no fear, the cabins and suites onboard are beautifully decorated and designed with your comfort in mind. The cabins are transformed while you enjoy dinner, converting from a comfortable daytime seating area with a small table to a private upper and lower berth to lay your head for the night. 
The suites and grand suites onboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offer the epitome of luxury with twin or double beds, ensuite bathrooms, and superior steward service. 
Picture passing through the magical mountains and captivating countryside as you make your way from London to the calming canals of Venice or the romantic Verona where Romeo and Juliet first fell in love. 
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, London to Verona, or Venice takes you from London Victoria to one of these beautiful cities. You’ll pass through the incredible Swiss Alps while savouring the first-class breakfast before heading through the Italian Dolomites towards your final destination. 
Luxurious double cabin on the Venice Simplon Orient Express


Bridge over the river in verona
Holidays in Verona take you on a journey through historic galleries and Gothic architecture, offering art lovers an authentic Italian holiday of a lifetime. After all, Verona was the epicentre for artists during the Renaissance period. 
For history buffs, the amphitheatre will take you back to the 1st Century, while the Romanesque 11th and 12th-century churches await with awe-inspiring art and architecture. 
Romantics are in for a true treat. Verona is the backdrop to Romeo and Juliet’s infamous love story. You can visit the popular Casa di Giulietta, (Juliet’s house) and recreate the historic love scene on Juliet’s Balcony. 
Luxury awaits at the NH Collection Palazzo Verona. This gorgeous five-star hotel is located in the centre of Verona, putting you within 600 yards of Juliet’s house. You will be in the lap of luxury, with the exquisitely decorated rooms that exude charm and elegance. 
Atrium of NH Collection Palazzo Verona. Blue chairs and glass ceiling


Venice waterfront at dusk, with houses and domes in the distance
Luxury meets history with Citalia’s Venice holidays. You’ll be transported to a different time with the romantic architecture, canals, and enticing tours through one of the most famous cities in the world. 
A gondola ride through the captivating canals while being serenaded by the sweet sounds of Italian opera, Venice offers luxury on another level. Making your way past some of the most historic sites and bridges, a gondola is the best way to harness the essence of this romantic city. 
The Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal offers the perfect opportunity to hop on the canals for a day of sightseeing with its private water platform. But you don’t even have to leave this luxury hotel to experience the history of Venice with views of landmarks like the church of Santa Maria della Salute. The 17th-century building enhances the historic feel throughout your stay, radiating the glamour and elegance of years gone by. This is the perfect balance of history and luxury meeting to bring you the ideal Italian holiday. 
While most dream of sunny days on the canal, winter offers a truly magical experience in Venice. The weather is perfect for huddling up while taking in the sites without the hustle and bustle that the summer months are known for. Citalia’s winter city breaks are a fantastic way to take in the best of Italy with food and historical tours waiting to take your breath away. 
Restaurant at the side of a venice canal in the sunshine, with empty chairs and tables

Discover the Real Italy with Citalia 

Are you ready to experience authentic Italy? Citalia are the UK’s leading Italy specialist with over 90 years' experience in tailoring holidays to Italy. Experts are on hand every step of the way to ensure you make memories to last a lifetime. It’s never too late to start planning your Italian escape!
Citalia footer
Visit to discover the real Italy on your next adventure. Andiamo!
Loading up next...
Stories by email|Subscription
Readers Digest

Launched in 1922, Reader's Digest has built 100 years of trust with a loyal audience and has become the largest circulating magazine in the world

Readers Digest
Reader’s Digest is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (which regulates the UK’s magazine and newspaper industry). We abide by the Editors’ Code of Practice and are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalism. If you think that we have not met those standards, please contact 0203 289 0940. If we are unable to resolve your complaint, or if you would like more information about IPSO or the Editors’ Code, contact IPSO on 0300 123 2220 or visit