Ever since watching Stealing Beauty with Liv Tyler, I’ve had a love affair with Italy.  There’s something about the food and the wine with the wonderful people, what’s not to love?!  We asked our lovely friends at Smith & Family to give us an insight into a few of their favourites. Travel consultant Gemma Miles of boutique hotel experts Smith & Family shares her tips on the perfect Italian summer holiday for you and your little ‘uns.


Masseria Torre Coccaro, Puglia, Italy

‘Masseria Torre Coccaro is a historic Pugliese farmhouse on the Adriatic coast that everyone in the family will love. The grown ups can relax in the sumptuous spa and Turkish baths, while the kiddos learn pizza making in the cookery school (or trot along the beach for their horse-riding class). Then there’s also the heated pool, Jacuzzi, beach club, watersports and a 14-metre yacht, so if you’re pros on the water you’ll be in heaven.’


Doubles from £130 a night (including breakfast)

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Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily, Italy

‘As well as a luxury family-friendly bolthole, Verdura Spa is also an award-winning wellbeing hub, with thalasso therapy pools, a juice bar, a huge hammam and medi-spa programmes. In short, it’s pampering paradise. Younger guests can enjoy the giant outdoor pool, and the kids club keeps them busy with beach volleyball, ping pong and karaoke. They can also borrow bikes and explore further afield, or use the Wii consoles for rare rainy days. For sun worshippers, two kilometres of private beach await, and if you’re feeling more adventurous, scuba diving can be arranged.’


Doubles from £162 a night






Monteverdi, Tuscany, Italy

‘Set in the peaceful Tuscan countryside, intimate hideout Monteverdi has just 10 rooms, but heaps of mediaeval charm. I love the lavender-framed outdoor pool overlooking the Val d’Orcia, and the exceptional restaurant Oreade serves farm-fresh regional delights. The hotel can organise cookery classes for young wannabe chefs, wine tasting evenings for adults in the hotel’s generous wine cellar, yoga classes and in room massages.’


Doubles from £276 a night (including breakfast)







Smith & Family gives you the best price, guaranteed, as well as a little something extra on arrival. Book online at smithandfamily.co.uk or by calling the expert Travel Team on 0330 100 3180.