Luxury wellness holidays and retreats in Italy
Best months to visit
While summer brings excellent weather and constant sunshine, the best time to visit Italy is during spring and autumn, when temperatures are comfortable and there are fewer crowds, ideal for exploring all the country has to offer.
No one does wellness like the Italians, whose Mediterranean diet and easy-going lifestyle contribute to them having one of the best life expectancies in the world. Alongside this impressive statistic, Italy also boasts a fascinating cultural history embedded in its ancient ruins, cliffside towns and rolling vineyards, making the country an irresistibly alluring destination for lovers of the arts and culture and scenic getaways alike. Expect a luxury wellness retreat steeped in relaxation, set in some of the most impressive scenery Europe has to offer. From the terme di Saturnia - majestic, cascading thermal springs in Tuscany, to the 250 million year old Dolomites, to the mystical Blue Grotto in Campania on the island of Capri, illuminated in a vibrant blue by sunlight from a deep underwater cavity, Italy’s diverse landscapes will captivate you.
Top places to visit in Italy for health & wellness
The green heart of Italy, Umbria is unique as the only Italian region which borders neither the sea nor another country. Consequently, tradition thrives throughout its Medieval hilltop towns, where hand-made pasta, black truffles, and local wines elevate its regional cuisine to a truly special gastronomic experience. Scattered with dramatic architecture such as the Duomo and the Basilica di San Francesco, these luscious green hills are a must-see destination.
The biggest lake in Italy, Lake Garda’s crystal clear waters are also the most popular, and it’s easy to see why. For captivating, uninterrupted views of the lake, head to Lefay Resort and Spa for elegant relaxation and proximity to nature among the diverse landscapes filled with pine and lemon trees.
Forming the heel of Italy’s ‘boot’, Puglia is a region which combines ancient farmland and picturesque white-washed towns with expansive Mediterranean coastline. It’s filled with enchanting architecture, such as the remarkable, geometric Castel del Monte, and Lecce, dubbed ‘the Florence of the South’ for its rich Baroque buildings.
Here's 3 experiences to inspire you
A Via Ferrata in the UNESCO Dolomite Mountains
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009, the Dolomites awe-inspiring diversity of landscapes sets them apart from any other mountain range. A Via Ferrata, meaning ‘iron path’, is a protected climbing route that allows you to navigate this jaw-dropping terrain, from vertical walls, deep valleys, ledges, spires and sheer mountain faces.
Kayak across Lake Garda from Gargnano to Castello di Sirmione
Find yourself at one with the sparkling turquoise waters of Lake Garda on this serenely beautiful expedition. Gently kayak your way across the lake, from the sailing capital of Lake Garda, Gargnano, a picturesque town which evokes the romanticism of a traditional Mediterranean fishing village, across to the magnificent Castillo di Sirmione, which rises from the peaceful waters like something out of a fairytale.
Trek the Saint Francis Way from Assisi to Florence via Umbria
Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and ecology, representing love for the Earth and all creatures in it. What better way to embrace this love for nature than by trekking the Saint Francis Way through endless Italian countryside and UNESCO listed heritage sites? Indulge in stays at the Reschio and Four Seasons hotels to complete your experience.