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What an experience Italy offers to her visitors!  This ethereal, seductive land, redolent with the greatest of cultural artefacts and blessed with a stunning natural beauty, has mesmerised and charmed travellers since travelling began…. this land of exquisite style and heart breaking charm, of quiet villages still lost in time, bustling cities producing glamour for the modern world… this serene experience called Italy that leaves each visitor enthralled, entranced - and somehow bound by a wedding vow to return….

Each person finds a part of Italy that is theirs – for some it’s the rolling countryside of Tuscany that seems to have come alive from a painting of the quattrocento. For others it’s the mystery of Venice, the timelessness of ancient Matera, the Imperial grandeur of Rome or the hazelnut groves and lakes of Lazio, favourite of the Roman Emperors. There’s more art and culture than a human being can ingest in a lifetime of travels, great swathes of natural beauty inland and azurean coastlines by the sea, more cuisine to sample than is good for the palate, more sheer exuberance and delight than it is humanly possible to fully absorb.  For the wonder of Italy is that its wonder, its magical lure, its seductive nature permeates every region, every town and countryside, every moment of the day and night, and all for the delight and pleasure of the traveller to its lands.

Wordsmiths have tried for centuries to capture that wonder, the near mesmeric attraction that Italy has held over her travellers, whilst brochure copy worldwide has struggled to encompass the awe. We believe that mere words can never do justice to such majesty, and eschew all the hyperbole for the opportunity to help you create your own journey into this enchanted land and find that piece of Italy that is inside of you.

Please contact your Destination Specialist for more information on +44 (0) 1993 824198


Weather Overview

With its hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters, Italy experiences a Mediterranean climate. Read More

With its hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters, Italy experiences a Mediterranean climate. In the north and mountainous zone, the winters are cooler and more humid, whilst the coasts are kept warm by the high sea temperatures, and the south reaches temperatures upwards of 30 degrees C.

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What's On

January - Fashion Week, Milan
January (6th) - Regata della Befana, Venice
February - Venice Carnival
February - Viareggio Carnival
February (end) March - Marzolino Truffle Fair, Norcia in Umbria
February - Almond Blossom in Agrigento, Sicily
March - TASTE festival,  gastronomic festival celebrating small producers, Florence
April - Milan Design Week
April - November - Ravello Arts Festival
Late April - June - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - a celebration of theatre and music throughout Florence with numerous performances
May - A wonderful time to visit gardens throughout Italy as flowers begin to bloom
May (2nd Sunday) - Fish Festival, in Piazza Colombo, Camogli
May - International Piazza di Siena (showjumping equine event), Villa Borghese, Rome
May - ‘Mangialonga’ (the long eat) 7km tasting / gastronomic walk, Levanto Valley, Cinqueterre
May (last weekend) - Cantine Aperte (Open Wine Cellars) in many regions of Italy
May July - The Cycle of Classical Plays at the ancient Greek Theatre in Syracuse, Sicily
end April June - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – a celebration of theatre and music throughout Florence with numerous performances 
June (2nd) - Festa della Repubblica particularly eventful in Rome with military parade and a show from the national aerobatic team, the Frecce Tricolori
June (24th) -  San Giovanni – Final game of Calcio Storico in Piazza Santa Croce and fireworks from Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence
June - Verona Opera Festival
June (third Saturday) - Giostra del Saracino  - a mediaeval jousting tournament, Arezzo
June - August - Bari in Jazz Festival, Bari and other nearby towns
July (2nd) - Palio di Siena
July - Monteriggioni Di Torri Si Corona, Tuscany - a fabulous medieval festival
July - Fasano Music Festival, Fasano
July - Andrea Bocelli at the Teatro di Silenzio, Tuscany
July - September - Taormina Arts Festival, Sicily
August (16th) - Palio di Siena
Late August / early September  - The New Generation Festival, Palazzo Corsini, Florence
August (9th and 10th) - ‘Calici di stelle’ food and wine festival in two places, Dorgali and Romangia / Sennori
August - Ferragosto parties throughout Italy on the country’s biggest holiday
August (mid) - Dawn concert in Ravello
September - Formula One Gran Prix of Italy, Monza
September (1st Sunday) - Giostra del Saracino - a medieval jousting tournament
September - Regat​a Storica, Venice
September - Festival of Fire, Recco
September - Murano Glass Week - a week of events related to glassblowers and their work, Venice
September / October - Cantine Aperte (Open Wine Cellars) during the harvest
September - November - Sagre season, food and wine fairs throughout Italy
Late October - early November - Olive Oil Harvest throughout most of Italy
Late October - early November - Opera Opening Season with the last one always being La Scala, Venice
November - Truffle Season in Piedmont, Tuscany and Le Marche
November - Bacco nelle Gnostre festival, Puglia
November - January - Luci d’Artista, a transformation of the streets of Turin through lights
December - Christmas markets in many towns

Andrea Bocelli: Concert & Dinner

From €3,246/person (+ local costs)
24th - 26th July 2020

The world's most popular living tenor and a best-selling versatile artist, Andrea Bocelli is one of the finest artists of our generation. Every summer, a small number of lucky guests admire the Maestro’s legendary event held in his very own open-air amphitheatre, Teatro del Silenzio. After the show, the Bocelli Foundation holds a special fundraising dinner at the Maestro’s house where you will have a chance to spend some time with this extremely talented artist.

  • Enoy the Maestro’s legendary event held in his very own open-air amphitheatre, Teatro del Silenzio.
  • Spend 2 nights in the picturesque village of Castelfalfi (a few miles from the theatre)

Giuseppe Verdi at La Fenice Opera House

Price on request
Veneto

13th - 16th December 2019
La Traviata is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La dame aux Camélias (1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils. It was first performed on 6 March 1853 at the La Fenice opera house in Venice. Piave and Verdi wanted to follow Dumas in giving the opera a contemporary setting, but the authorities at La Fenice insisted that it be set in the past, "c. 1700". It was not until the 1880s that the composer and librettist’s original wishes were carried out and "realistic" productions were staged.

  • Stay for 3 nights at the beautiful Venice Apartment
  • An elegant 2 bedroom apartment occupying the "piano nobile" of an exceptional palazzo in the Dorsoduro district of Venice. 
  • The apartment is perfectly located, close enough to most of the alluring sights but a comforting refuge away from the tourist trail.
  • Enjoy a performance of La Traviata on Saturday 14th December

Venice Carnival weekend

Price on request
Veneto

21st - 24th February 2020
This is a fantastic opportunity to stay in our elegant 2 bedroom apartment occupying the "piano nobile" of an exceptional palazzo in the Dorsoduro district of Venice. The apartment is perfectly located to enjoy the Venice Carnival. Each year, Carnival includes celebrations whose history dates back to the times of the Serenissima, such as the famous eagle flight or the well-known Flight of the Angel, to name but a few. Carnival in Venice is the purest example of the perfect meld of tradition, culture and entertainment all in one, offering a chance of fun for visitors of all ages

  • Let your Venice Carnival experience begin...
  • Costume Fitting, Wine Tasting and Dinner on your day of arrival
  • Carnival Experience on Saturday 22nd February - enjoy a leisurely morning promenading around in your historical Venetian Costume.
  • In the afternoon in Saint Marks square there is the best mask competition, here you will see many wonderful mask and costumes
  • Enjoy 3 nights in the Venice Apartment

To speak to our travel planner please contact us at:

+44 (0) 1993 824 198