The islands offer a beautiful and relaxing escape and there are some lovely hideaways to stay. We can arrange wonderful itineraries by private boat.
Lipari’s acropolis spans 5,000 years of history and is layered with Neolithic, Bronze Age, Ancient Greek and Norman ruins.
Elsewhere, wonderful archaeological sites are waiting to be discovered.
Lava fields, rugged coastlines, vineyards and hot springs that jet up out of the ocean bed are some of the natural phenomena to be explored on foot and by private boat.
"Milan is studded with treasures. James McDonaugh guided me expertly around... My perfect weekend."
Clive Aslet, Country Life
Milan serves as a base for exploring the jewels of Lombardy: the Italian Lakes, from Lake Como to Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, with their villas and churches; the art city of Bergamo, one of Italy's delights; and the barbarian Lombard capital of Monza, which preserves the Iron Crown of the Holy Roman Emperors.
The Lakes are a haven for relaxation amid majestic scenery and a refreshing climate.
We arrange tailored trips to the region, and can arrange for clients to stay in magnificent private villas.
The most famous of these is Isola Bella in Lake Maggiore, transformed by the Borromeo family in the 17th century from a small fishing village into a vast baroque palazzo with elaborate terraced grounds.
The lavish villas and gardens that sprang up along the shores in the successive centuries are highlights.