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Holidays to Italy
Whether its Grand Tours or terracotta-coloured villas, Italy has always been a travel A-Lister. The challenge comes in picking a particular brand of la dolce vita. Italy’s cities offer time-proven fodder for culture-lovers: Florence’s art, Pisa’s wonky tower, Venice’s canals and Rome’s, well, everything all contenders. Seaside Puglia and hilltown-happy Tuscany represent rental hotspots, while nowhere’s more chic than an Amalfi Coast hotel. Further south, the quasi-autonomous, sun-scorched isle of Sicily scores for sandy shores, still-standing Greek temples and superb food.
What keeps me coming back? The climate and lovely language help, as do those moreish Baci chocolates. But, ultimately, its Italy’s apparently never-ending supply of secret spots which have me hooked: the Pian Grande’s extraordinary poppy blooms, which once made me cry, the trabacchi: rickety wooden fishing piers turned hopelessly romantic fish restaurants in Abruzzo, or up-your-sleeve beaches like Sardinia’s incredible Cala Biriola, rewarding a two-hour trek with near-heaven.
Behind Closed Doors: Connoisseur's Rome from CICERONI Travel. Exceptional level of private access. Rare opportunity to visit the Sistine Chapel, privately, at night & with no others present. Explore the unprecedented riches of Villa Borghese with its six Caravaggios & the finest collection of Bernini sculptures.
- Holiday duration: 6 days
- Price from: £2,290
- Operator: CICERONI Travel
A Gastronomic Tour of Sicily
On Foot Holidays - Amalfi Coast
A self-guided hike along the Amalfi Coast from Amalfi to Sorrento, taking in Ravello, Praiano, Positano and the Sentiero degli Dei (Footpath of the Gods). Our own version allows you to walk the whole way without using a single bus or taxi - the only company that offers this!
- Holiday duration: 8 days
- Price from: £995
- Operator: On Foot Holidays
Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc
Family-Friendly Wine Tour
Have you always loved the idea of going on a wine-tasting holiday in rustic Italy, but felt that the kids wouldn't enjoy it quite as much as you? We thought so!
That's why we work with guides that know how to make it an interactive and fun experience for all ages. So while you learn about the famous wines, the kids can explore the wineries!
- Holiday duration: 6 days
- Price from: £510
- Operator: Fleewinter
IZMRSC: Madrid to Rome
Verdi Festival in Parma
• Enjoy a rare performance of I Lombardi alla prima crociata alongside celebrated classics Rigoletto and Macbeth
• Visit locations associated with Verdi’s life and work, including his villa in Sant’Agata
• Make an excursion to Cremona, home of the violin, where master violinmaker Antonio Stradivari established his workshop in the early 1700s
- Holiday duration: 7 days
- Price from: £3,295
- Operator: ACE Cultural Tours
Pay a visit to glorious Sicily and discover the wealth of history, archaeology and culture it harbours. Visit Arab-Norman churches with their intoxicating blend of Byzantine and Arabic art, see Monreale's cathedral with its opulent mosaics, discover Agrigento's Valley of the Temples, and pay a private visit to the glittering Cappella Palatina.
- Holiday duration: 11 days
- Price from: £3,145
- Operator: Andante Travel