Destinations

Italy

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

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