World-class Milan and the Italian Riviera with sea views

10 nights
TYPOLOGIES

Car-Free Holidays

Settings

City, Coastal

Activities/Interests

Room with a view, Shopping

£ 1750 per person - 10 nights

A car-free holiday mixing a world-class city break with the timeless beauty of Lerici in the Gulf of Poets along the Italian Riviera.

Holiday at Glance

A 10-night car-free holiday staying in two attractive boutique hotels, perfectly located to explore the sights of Milan and for jumping from bed to seabed in Lerici.

Travel by train and walk to the local amenities.

Duration

10 nights

From

from £ 1750 per person

Including

Travel planning

Daily breakfast

Private transfers

1st class rail tickets

3 nights sharing a classic double at the Hotel Spadari al Duomo in Milan

7 nights sharing a superior double room with terrace sea view at the Piccolo Hotel del Lido in Lerici

We can help with

International flights

Private tours in Milan

Booking skip-the-line museum tickets in Milan

Planning a day trip to Lake Como from Milan

Walking and wine tasting excursions to the Cinque Terre

Extending your holiday in Lucca

Start with a city break in Milan

Indulge in an aperitif at sunset or stroll in a park letting yourself carried away by the sounds of this multifaceted city. It takes very little to breathe the "chic" soul of Milan, which slips from the skyscrapers of Isola, to the palazzos of Brera and the pompous architecture of the Arco della Pace, granting the city an appeal that never goes out of fashion.

 

Stay at the Spadari al Duomo

 

In a characteristic street in the center, an elegant and very atmospheric meublé that houses a private collection of modern art. Rooms equipped with every comfort, with attention to detail, and common rooms with pleasant modern design furniture; breakfast is a rich sweet and savory buffet in a beautiful, renovated and enlarged room

Reach the coast of Lerici with a 3h direct rail trip

Lerici, Terenzo and Tellaro, the jewels of the Gulf of Poets, are ideal for spending a beach holiday. Clusters of pink, yellow and ocher houses overlooking beaches and romantic coves.

 

And then powerful castles and ancient churches overlooking the sea. None is a coincidence that the three greats of Italian literature - Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarca - mention Lerici in their works.

The picturesque village has always exercised a profound attraction on poets and writers, Shelley and his wife Mary, George Byron, D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf all lived around here.

 

Along the coast, you can enjoy the long strecthes of sand of Lerici featuring beautiful transparent and crystalline waters that take on all shades from turquoise to blue. The sandy beaches alternate with rocks and small bays. In fact, the Lericina coast, due to its rocky conformation, hides many bays and coves which at times can be reached by stairways. By choosing to hire a dinghy, you can reach fascinating coves where the Mediterranean scrub descends directly towards the sea.

 

Stay at the Hotel Piccolo del Lido

 

Fab location, room overlooking the sea and with a private rooftop solarium.

 

This 8-room boutique hotel is a little gem resting directly on Lerici's beach.  From the bedroom you go up to the private terrace where there are sun loungers under a bamboo canopy and the views of the sea with the castle looming behind like in painting... a dream!

Want to make it a full two-week holiday? Just over an hour by train from La Spezia, Lucca is an opportunity that you can't miss!

An urban masterpiece framed by the Apuan Alps and guarded by its medieval walls with ramparts, doors, centuries-old trees and towers, in Lucca you can take a pleasant walk among artisan boutiques, history and monuments.

 

Discover Giacomo Puccini's homeland and experience its operas during the Puccini Summer Festival at Torre del Lago

 

Stay at the Hotel Ilaria

 

A modern hotel with an ancient soul. In the historic center of Lucca, the Hotel Ilaria was once the thoroughbred stables of Elisa Baciocchi, Napoleon's sister. Some rooms feature exposed brick walls from the 11th century, sleeping here is like stepping back in time.

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    andrew Smith
    andrew Smith
    16:49 02 Aug 20
    Expertoitaly (and Antonio) first came to our attention in 2014 when we were... planning a celebratory trip to Italy for 2015. Although we approached a number of household names about our plans and itinerary by e-mail Antonio immediately stood out. He phoned back almost straight away to get to know something about us and what we liked to do. On the back of that discussion he quickly put together a trip and budget. Given his obvious knowledge of the country and his quick grasp of what we were looking for together with the attention to detail it was a 'no brainer' to put our trust in this company. As a consequence we duly enjoyed a 3 week multi-stop trip in July 2015 tailored to suit us perfectly! On return we almost immediately booked to return in October for a short break to 2 of the locations in Tuscany we particularly enjoyed - Lucca and Montepulciano both of which are delightful. We fell in love with Italy and have returned several times since then all courtesy of Antonio: 2016 - A short break to attend the Opera in Verona. 2017 - 2 weeks in Sicily 2018 - the same - we love Sicily and would urge anyone to go. (where we finally got to meet Antonio in Ragusa which was great) We were due to return to Italy this year for a 3 week road trip - albeit with private transfers rather than actual driving - from Verona to just south of Naples - all immaculately put together by Antonio of course. Alas Covid-19 had different ideas. We can only say that Expertoitaly have dealt with this professionally and as speedily as circumstances allowed and have refunded all the monies. We have no reservations about using them again in the future. In fact Antonio is already on standby to reprise the 'lost' trip as soon as this madness ends and unhindered travel becomes possible again - just extended an improved. Andrew & Susan Smith Tadworth Surreyread more
    Vittorio S.
    Vittorio S.
    11:22 19 Nov 19
    Very comfy!
    Jane Domb
    Jane Domb
    17:12 28 Aug 19
    If you are looking to go to Italy for a holiday, Antonio at Experto Italy is... amazing. We have just come back from our fourth holiday he has arranged for us. He sent us to places that days of googling would never have found.He also has a knack of keeping to budget even with my numerous demands! Fabulous fabulous!!read more
    Debbie Law
    Debbie Law
    11:10 27 Aug 19
    Just returned from a fab trip to Italy - all organised by Antonio. His time... and effort to get what was just right for us was amazing.. he had a lot to put up with! We have used Expertoitaly before and will do again. We visited Ischia and Naples. Both very different and wonderful. Ischia is perfect for a good rest (visits to the Giardini La Mortella and the Ravino Gardens are a must). The Gardens & Villas Resort is a beautiful setting, very private, calm with amazing staff. Also the little town of Lacco Ameno has some really nice restaurants. Naples was very HOT! but we still managed to spend 7 hours walking about just soaking up the atmosphere and visiting some of the fantastic historic sights. Visit to the underground roman town is well worth it - it is mind boggling to think it was built thousands of years ago.read more
    julie frenchman
    julie frenchman
    09:16 09 Jul 19
    This is the third occasion that Antonio has organised an Italian holiday for... me. As it was a Birthday celebration involving a party of 10, the arrangements were complex, involving a villa, guides and attendance at the Palio on July 2nd. Without exception everything went exactly as planned. The recommended villa on the Montestigliano Estate, south west of Siena, was wonderful. Our guide made sure we had a full understanding of the history and culture of the Palio which meant that, with a spectacular view over the Campo from the apartment booked by Antonio, we were able to appreciate the event that much more. We shall certainly be going back to Italy with Expertoitaly.read more
    Kay James
    Kay James
    12:08 03 May 19
    We had an amazing trip organised by Antonio, we visited Naples for a few days... then stayed in Sant’ Agata. Both hotels had fabulous amenities and restaurants. The trip was effortless and everything was meticulously arranged. Antonio was also on had for anything we needed during the trip. I would definitely recommend Expert to Italy and we will definitely use this company again in the futureread more
    Grant Stupart
    Grant Stupart
    18:31 16 Aug 18
    Antonio with his meticulous planning and caring service has been solely... responsible for the best Italian holidays we have had. His ability to offer excellent hotel accommodation which provides for every need and requirement is second to none . Hotels that are not main stream , that provide high quality of service in excellent locations are one of Antonio’s strength. It’s great to have a provider that know and understands his market. Grant B Stupartread more
    Jonathan May
    Jonathan May
    18:06 01 Aug 18
    July 2018 _________________________________ Have just completed another 10 day... holiday arranged by Antonio at Expert to Italy. We went with Antonio's suggestion and spent 2 days at Matera and then the remainder in Pisciotta in the Cilento. Matera was amazing and felt completely different to anywhere else we have been in Italy. We loved Pisciotta and the hotel was wonderful with lovely owners who were great at suggesting things to do. We visited a buffalo farm, a vinyard and tooks boats to isolated coves with lovely clear water. All arrangements were absolutely faultless. We would never have found such lovely places without Antonio! 2016 _________________________________ We have just returned from a fantastic holiday suggested no arranged by ExpertTo Italy. Once again the organisation by Antonio was flawless and everything worked perfectly. We spent 5 nights by lake Maggiore and 3 in Cogne in the Italian Alps. Both hotels and locations were fantastic - particularly the Bellvue in Cogne. Please see trip advisor if interested in the hotels as I will give a more specific review there - I'm not a fanatic reviewer but both really deserve it. We have used this company for the past 5 years and Antonio seems to have a real gift for finding fantastic hotels and matching locations to his clients. I would not usually put the level of trust in anyone to arrange holidays for me that I have with Antonio but he has delivered every time and I can unreservedly recommend his services. Italy is a beautiful country with huge variety - if you describe what you like to Antonio and let him make suggestions then you will not be disappointed. Very definitely 5 stars from me. So - Antonio and team, please keep it up! Jonread more
    Amanda Chapman
    Amanda Chapman
    22:28 25 Aug 17
    Antonio delivered more than expected! Our family of four stayed at two... beautiful villa's on the Amalfi Coast. Both of the locations were top class. Antonio provided excellent service and was always available if we had questions about the details of our trip. He was easy to work with and we would recommend his services to others traveling to Italy.read more
    Susan Davidson
    Susan Davidson
    09:04 19 Jun 17
    This was our second holiday with ExpertoItaly, and it was just as good as the... first! Antonio provided us with fast, efficient and personal attention. His choice of hotels was first class. Real attention to detail means that you get a holiday that really suits your personal requirements. Brilliant!read more
    Andrew Rogers
    Andrew Rogers
    09:36 09 Jul 16
    We have just made an amazing journey by train, taxi, boat and bus through... France, a night in Paris, then a night on a mountain in Switzerland, train across the alps on the Bernina Express, 5 days on Lake Como and 6 days on Lake Maggiore. We stayed in the most glorious quality hotels. We made visits to local towns and attractions using buses and boats. Every connection on the journey was planned and executed wonderfully. This is 5 star planning, 5 star service, 5 star experience all personally organised by Antonio at ExpertoItaly. We must never forget the James Bond moment of being whisked across Como by Luca in his luxury Taxiboat from Varenna to the Hotel Filario in Lezzeno with Pavarotti as our musical accompaniment then met on the jetty by a lovely suited receptionist. A dream. Thanks Antonio. See views from our rooms Como then Maggiore.read more
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