Want to treat yourself to a VIP experience on your Italian vacation? With Select Italy, you are in good hands. We offer a variety of luxury Italy tours, from behind-the-scenes museum visits to exclusive cruises to private excursions complete with delectable foodie experiences.
Let’s take a closer look at the types of luxury Italy tours available through Select Italy. Consider spoiling yourself…after all, it’s your vacation!
A Round-Up of Top Luxury Italy Tours
Food, Cars, Countryside and Boat Trips in Northern Italy
Let’s start with what’s on offer in northern Italy, beginning in Venice. When it comes to Italian food, every region has its own specialties; learning about and tasting them is another way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Venetian cuisine may not be the most acclaimed, but, on the “Supreme Food of the Venetian Lagoon” tour, you will be in for a ‘tasty’ surprise. You will be cruising the enchanting – and quiet – Venetian lagoon, a respite from the hustle and bustle of Venice, on a typical bragozzo; these flat-bottomed wooden boats were once used for fishing in the shallow waters of the lagoon and there are only a few left. The cruise starts on the Island of Sant’Erasmo, nicknamed the “Garden of Venice,” where small farms producing the fruits and vegetables sold daily in the Rialto market abound. You will head to the deserted island of Lazzaretto Nuovo for a look around. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous, seafood-based, four-course lunch onboard, followed by a visit to the island of Le Vignole for a farewell Prosecco before disembarking.
Staying in Veneto, why not take a day to explore the scenic back roads and picturesque villages in the countryside north of Venice? A favorite among luxury Italy tours, the “Off the Beaten Path in Veneto” full-day private excursion will take you to such gems as Bassano del Grappa, with its magnificent Palladian bridge and decidedly strong grappa, the local ‘firewater;’ Marostica, famous for the giant chessboard permanently laid out in the town square; elegant Asolo, ‘the pearl of Veneto,’ featuring medieval houses, beautiful Renaissance palaces and spectacular views of the countryside; Villa Barbaro, the most richly-decorated of all Palladian villas, with Renaissance frescoes by Paolo Veronese; and underrated Treviso, a small city with canals and charming waterwheels that is a miniature Venice without all the tourists.
Moving on to the region of Liguria, our round-up of top luxury tours in Italy takes us to the Cinque Terre for a breathtaking, seven-hour private cruise that provides incredible views from the water of the five villages making up the Cinque Terre. This is by far the best way to appreciate the beauty of this stretch of land between mountains and sea. You will also have the chance to disembark and explore the villages on foot, and to just relax, sunbathe, and swim. Lunch will be in Vernazza, at one of the most famous restaurants in the area.
The ultimate luxury road trip? Speeding past beautiful country roads in a Ferrari! For anyone who loves cars, driving Italy’s most famous car is an experience not to be missed. With Select Italy, you can choose among three route options, depending where you are based. If you are in Milan, you will be heading toward Lake Como; if you are in Rome, you will drive to Lake Bolsena and Orvieto and if you are in Florence, you will drive through Chianti wine country and on to San Gimignano and Siena. Whatever route you choose, you will be in for the road trip of a lifetime!
Exclusive Museum Tours in Rome
Luxury can also simply mean the chance to experience something you would not normally be able to experience. Such is the case with the following visits at some of Rome’s top cultural institutions.
Rome’s Sistine Chapel is one of the Eternal City’s most visited attractions and, if you have ever been in there, you will recall it is not that much fun to be standing squeezed among hundreds of people while trying to catch a glimpse of Michelangelo’s masterpiece. With Select Italy, you have the opportunity to visit the Sistine Chapel outside regular opening hours: it will be just you, your guide and a small group of travelers. If you are traveling with family members or friends, this is the perfect luxury group experience to be shared!
Another favorite among luxury Italy tours is our “Behind-the-scenes Vatican”, a fascinating exploration of the Vatican Museums, with access to sections not normally open to the public: the Cabinet of Masks, the Candelabra Room, the Four Private Apartments, and the private Chapel of Nicholas V. Among the highlights, you will be able to see the much admired, 4th century B.C. Roman marble statue “Venus of Cnidos,” Fra Angelico’s magnificent Renaissance frescoes, and the Sistine Chapel, after the public has left.
Luxury Cruises on the Amalfi Coast
Moving down south, the Amalfi Coast is a great place to enjoy some luxury Italy tours on the water. How does the chance to admire the Amalfi Coast at the magical sunset hour sound to you? That is exactly what you will be able to do when you reserve your own exclusive cruise – this is a great way to celebrate a birthday, honeymoon or a special occasion! Or, you can be a shipowner for a day and go out to explore secret grottoes, private inlets, and the best spots to swim in the turquoise waters. Some of the highlights on these exclusive Amalfi Coast boat tours include Amalfi, the ancient Maritime Republic that gave the coast its name; Atrani, the tiniest fishing village on the coast; the famous Faraglioni of Capri; Grotta Pandora, with its clear blue waters; and the Marmorata Waterfalls. And if you’re lucky, you may even see dolphins swimming alongside the boat!
To conclude our round-up of top luxury Italy tours, we head to fabled Capri, which you can discover in your own personal yacht. Among other things, you can retrace the journey of Ulysses, see the Villa Tiberio that dates from ancient Roman times, be enchanted by the blue-green waters of the Green Grotto, and go for a swim.
So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to the trip of a lifetime with these exclusive luxury Italy tours – because wonderful memories are priceless.