Venice & The Veneto (72)
Friedrich Nietzsche, the famous German philosopher once said, "If I had to find a word that replaces "music", I could only think of Venice" ... well, because Venice is music: just like the best performers combine harmony and incomparable beauty, a Venice Tour is the best way to admire the countless beautiful spots in this whimsical city. The capital of the Veneto region is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular cities in the world, thanks to its location and shape of its territory and its importance in art and the history of its masterpieces: Venice holiday packages offer the opportunity to travel and discover its unique treasures. P >
Tourists who decide to visit Venice cannot avoid being fascinated by its timeless charm: St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco), overlooked by beautiful buildings such as the Basilica, the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and the Clock Tower (Torre dell’Orologio), the Campanile, where you can enjoy a breath-taking panorama over the city, or the Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto), where you can admire the Grand Canal, enriched by the passing gondolas, the Accademia art galleries, home to a rich collection of Venetian paintings up to the Renaissance era, and the numerous different bridges – both in shape and style - to cross in order to explore the city’s amazing hidden corners. It’s not just the regional capital, but all of the Veneto area is an interesting destination for those who want to discover the many sides of the region. Padua, with its churches, basilicas and frescoes including the Scrovegni Chapel, will leave a lasting impression, Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet and the great artworks in the Arena, Vicenza, rich in the landmarks of its most famous citizen Palladio, and Treviso, surrounded by ancient walls and embellished by canals, the Venetian Villas, the majestic mansions, a symbol of wealth and the glitz of the Venetian aristocracy, are just some of the must see destinations during a tour in Veneto. As well as the sea and its rich history, there are also lakes, nature and mountains awaiting tourists on a package holiday in Veneto. Among the places worth a visit during a tour in Veneto, are Lake Garda, with its picturesque villages, a fascinating blend of tradition and panoramas to take your breath away; the Dolomites, declared Unesco’s World Heritage Site and beautiful mountains to experience in both summer and winter seasons. p>
And those who appreciate food and wine will not be disappointed on a package holiday in Venice and a tour of Veneto. In fact, the territory is full of temptation for foodies, thanks to the geographic diversity of the region: cod alla vicentina (Vicenza style), pasta and beans, an amazing range of cheeses and cured meats, bigoli (a type of pasta) with duck, Venetian liver, polenta, soups and much more. All this combined with the right selection of Bacchus Nectar. P>
Milan & the Northern Lake (14)Milan is known as the economic and financial capital of Italy, but don’t be fooled into thinking that Milan is only a business city with little to see and do. In fact, Milan, is the ancient capital of the Lombard-Venetian kingdom founded by the Galli in the early IV century BC and then under the Roman dominion since the III century BC. A Milan tour is the best way to explore the city and discover it afresh. With our selection of Milan holiday packages you can make a pit stop and learn all about the ancient symbols of the city's wealth. The most representative icon of Milan is without doubt the Duomo di Milano (Cathedral); the church, dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente and dated from the XIV century, is one of the first things to visit as soon as arrive in the regional capital. The imposing building is a most representative symbol of Gothic architecture, a stunning fusion of northern elements with a Lombardia touch. More valuable evidence of Milan’s historical and cultural soul is clearly visible with the Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci, jealously guarded in the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie: the Pinacoteca of Brera, a priceless collection of significant artworks by Mantegna, Caravaggio, Raffaello and many others, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, urban expression of the evolution of the XIX century, and the Castello Sforzesco, a symbol of the city’s military power for over 750 years. A visit to Milan is often accompanied by a tour of the northern Italian lakes to appreciate better the landscape and natural beauty of these places. The Italian lakes holiday package includes a trip, with several stops, to the beautiful Alpine and pre-Alpine areas that touch the elegant Lake Maggiore, the charming Lake Como and the picturesque Lake Garda. Lake Maggiore is particularly rich in colour that embodies its timeless charm. The must-see places are Arona, with its historic centre, elegant shops and local restaurants, Stresa, where you can admire the small group of islands just a short distance from the shore, and Pallanza, for the fantastic waterfront promenade and the Botanical Gardens. Lake Como takes its name from the city which represents this important centre with its picturesque views and quaint old town. Don’t miss Cernobbio, with its stately homes and large villas, and Bellagio, with its unique and charming scenery. Last but not least, Lake Garda, offers visitors beautiful landscapes such as Sirmione, with its magic water castle, Riva del Garda, strategically positioned between the high walls of the shore and mountains of the Trentino lake, Gardone Riviera, home to the famous Vittoriale degli Italiani by D'Annunzio, and Limone sul Garda, with its pretty stone terraces with the naturally beauty of the citrus orchards.
Piedmont (15)The Langhe is a precious region in Piedmont, situated between the provinces of Cuneo and Asti, and bordering the Monferrato area. The landscape of the Langhe is unique in the world: there are twelve hills adorned with noble vineyards, hidden within timeless villages. The hills, in particular, take on a different shape depending on whether they are on the right side or left side of the River Tanaro. The right bank of the Tanaro is characterized by long and rolling hills, eroded by the weather over millennia, and the view is reminiscent of moving waves. The left bank, however, is characterized by steep and rocky cliffs, the result of a younger geology. A tour of the Langhe allows you to discover the landscapes, which give intense emotions throughout the seasons: splendid castles, villages set in colourful valleys and orderly vine rows are the images that accompany a package holiday in the Langhe. At the heart of a tour to the Langhe is a series of suggested evocative short breaks, to experience the local food and drink. Starting with a visit to Barolo, a charming hamlet situated on a plateau, surrounded by vineyards and a natural amphitheatre of hills; it offers a magnificent panorama of the hills, restaurants, bottiglierie (traditional wine shops), artisan shops, a Wine Museum and a museum just dedicated to corkscrews. Next we visit Grinzane Cavour, whose symbol is the imposing castle overlooking the vineyards, that stretch far into the hills, offering tourists a breath-taking vista with the Alps in the background. Then there is Serralunga, dominated by an imposing castle, built in the mid XIV Century, featuring an original verticality. To reach this delightful village you need to walk along a narrow street that offers enchanting scenery for the tourist. Finally, La Morra, sits on a privileged point to view all the Langhe area. The ancient village is, in fact, perched on a 500 metre high hill, where you can have an amazing 360 degree view of the whole of the Langhe. A tour of Piedmont, however, does not only include the beautiful area of the Langhe, but also cities of great historical, cultural interest and surrounding landscapes. Holiday packages in Piedmont, also include a visit to Turin, a very active cultural and touristic centre, with splendid museums and ancient buildings, Asti, the main town of Monferrato, famous for its numerous churches and towers, Alba, best known for its excellent wines and the refined culinary traditions, and Racconigi, which houses one of the oldest and best-preserved royal residences, dating back to the reign of Carlo Alberto.
Florence & Tuscany (6)Florence is recognized worldwide as the "cradle of the Renaissance": during the fifteenth century, in fact, the streets of Florence have hosted architects, painters and sculptors like Michelangelo, Donatello, Brunelleschi and Masaccio. Brilliant and genial artists have enriched the city with churches, bridges, museums and palaces; extraordinary painters have changed the history of art forever and this reflects positively on Italy in museums around the world. The well known film director Franco Zeffirelli, admiring this wonderful city, said: "if the human genius has come this far, then I can and must try to create, act and live”. Our Florence holiday packages will allow you to see the city including all its “jewels”. The Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, the Baptistery, the Campanile di Giotto and Brunelleschi's Dome are an extraordinary complex of buildings that welcome tourists in the heart of Florence. Ponte Vecchio is undoubtedly one of the most famous places of Italy and houses traditional goldsmiths with amazing skills. The imposing Palazzo Vecchio and la Torre di Arnolfo a 130m high tower, are together the symbol of Florence, guarded by a copy of Michelangelo's David at the entrance. The Uffizi Gallery is a treasure chest with the most important masterpieces from around the world, while the Gallery of the Accademia houses the works of the most important sculptors from XIV to XVI century, mainly work by Michelangelo. There are so many things to see in Florence: a holiday package is the best way not to miss anything. Apart from Florence, there are also other beautiful Tuscan gems there to be admired by visitors who decide to take advantage of one of our holiday packages in Tuscany. Tuscany, in fact, is certainly amongst the most beautiful regions in all of Italy, full of unforgettable landscapes. Pisa is another must visit destination: Miracle Square with the leaning tower represent the symbol of the city. Siena is a city of unique charm, full of narrow streets with cobblestones and brick houses: Piazza del Campo, with its unique shell shape, is the heart of the city. San Gimignano is undoubtedly one of the most characteristic villages of Tuscany, characterized by typical high towers in stone, narrow medieval streets and a landscape adorned by vineyards. But it’s not only art and culture, but also excellent cuisine and fine wines that await the tourist who decides to explore Florence and Tuscany. Salami (Cured Meats), bruschette ai fegatini (bruschetta with chicken liver), ribollita, Fiorentina (the Florentine steak) and tripe are just some of the delicacies that you can enjoy in these part of the world, all accompanied by a glass of wine, strictly red.
Rome & the Vatican City (5)
The Emperor Hadrian described Rome with these words: "Roma will live forever. If Rome perishes, then it will be the last inhabited place by man." Taken from this quote, Rome is known as the Eternal City, linked to the traces of its greatness and continuity over the centuries: the architectural work, the artistic preciousness, laws, traditions, the language, and much more. P>
Walking around the city, on a tour of Rome, you will be enchanted by the beauty and by the charm of the ancient power that echoes down the centuries. The capital of Italy is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and there are so many things to see. The Rome holiday package ensures you will never miss any of the must-see sights of the city, allowing you to optimize travel time. P>
One of the main destinations on a tour of Rome is undoubtedly the Colosseum: the symbol of the capital. The building, born as the Flavian Amphitheatre in honour of Emperor Vespasiano of the Flavian dynasty, changed its name because of the statue placed nearby known as the Colossus of the Sun God. The Colosseum was once the scene of battles between gladiators and wild animals or simulation of naval battles. p>
The Pantheon is another of the most famous Roman monuments. It’s an ancient temple dedicated to all gods, erected by Emperor Hadrian. Its most distinctive feature is the large dome with a diameter of over 43 meters, with an opening (oculus) in the centre from which the light and the rain can penetrate. The Trevi Fountain is a majestic work dedicated to the sea, which combines baroque and classic style. The fountain is one of the most romantic and spectacular points in Rome. Piazza Navona, is one of the most appreciated spots by both tourists and locals alike; it is embellished by the Fountain of the Four Rivers, Bernini's splendid work representing the Ganges, the Nile, the River Plate, and the Danube. Piazza di Spagna and Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti are the beating heart and the icon of Italian fashion in the world, because of numerous cat walks and fashion shows, yet mostly due to their popularity in numerous films. The Parco di Villa Borghese is the green heart of Rome and a real open-air museum. Within its six km circumference it contains neoclassical statues, museums, fountains, a small artificial lake, gardens and an amphitheatre. P>
Once in the Capital, a tour of the Vatican is not to be missed, with the Pope head of the Catholic Church and Europe’s smallest independent state. On our package holidays to the Vatican, we accompany tourists to discover the treasures of this unique area. The Basilica of St. Peter's, the most important symbol of the Vatican, embraces tourists through the beautiful Bernini's colonnade. A must is also a visit to the Vatican Museum, an amazing collection of masterpieces by famous artists such as Giotto, Leonardo, Raffaello, Caravaggio and Canova, just to name a few, which see its highest and purest expression in the Sistine Chapel. P>.
Naples & the Amalfi Coast (3)
"See Naples and die" goes the famous saying that is the beauty of this city. Naples is so beautiful, in fact, that once you’ve seen it you will never look at anything the same way again. And so it is: Naples is the queen of the contrast where two souls collide and coexist at the same time, making it a unique city. Good and evil merged together in this land that offers glimpses of a scene and lifestyle like no other, and those who visit it for the first time can’t be indifferent to it. You can’t miss the landmarks of this controversial and extraordinary city on Tour of Naples. The holiday packages to Naples visit all the most characteristic and representative places of the city. Spaccanapoli is undoubtedly the soul of Naples and the best way to experience it with its contradictions is simply on foot. It is a road that connects the Spanish Quarter to the Forcella quarter, originally built by the Romans. Walking along this street you feel the ancient history and the modern heart of the city, churches and old buildings coexist with the scent of Neapolitan cuisine and modern craftsmen. If Spaccanapoli is the main artery of the city, Piazza del Plebiscito is undoubtedly the heart of Naples. Historically, it was created to host medieval tournaments, Piazza del Plebiscito today welcomes the rhythm and energy of Neapolitan life, overlooked by the colonnade of the Chiesa di San Francesco di Paola and Palazzo Reale. Naples is beautiful, as beautiful as the nearby Amalfi coast. A tour of the Amalfi Coast, allows you to discover the coastal stretch of the region overlooking the Gulf of Salerno, famous throughout the world for its wild and uncontaminated nature.
A striking landscape, unique in its genre, and enchanting places await tourists who decide to travel on our holiday package to the Amalfi Coast: Amalfi, is famous for its cathedral and its streets in the affluent centre, with shopping opportunities and its typical shops, Ravello, full of famous villas and numerous churches, Vietri sul Mare, home of master potters and home to the museum of ceramics, Positano, famous for its beautiful beaches and its gentle position in the mountains, Atrani, a small fishing village that is a real masterpiece, Cetara, known around the world for its excellent food and for the production of anchovies, and Conca dei Marini, which is home to the enchanted Grotta dello Smeraldo. This cave is an inlet of the coast that encompasses all shades of blue and blue sea to dazzle the eyes of many visitors each year who feel speechless by the beauty of this unique place in the world. P>
Puglia & Salento (3)
Puglia is the Italian region with the highest growth rate in the tourism sector in recent years. Puglia satisfies the tastes of all visitors offering sea (or rather the "seas"), nature and cuisine. This territory is bathed by two seas, the Adriatic and the Ionian, each of which gives the region a different coastal geology, more than 800 km long. The Adriatic coast is characterized by rugged coasts and white cliffs animated by sea caves, whilst the Ionic coasts are sandy and surrounded by large pine forests. A tour of Puglia, and in particular a tour of Salento, is the best way to travel to discover the spectacular scenery and the most beautiful places of this amazing region. P>
The name Salento is used for the southern part of Puglia and, if you imagine Italy like a shape of a boot, Salento is the peninsula "heel". P>
There are many locations and attractions in this area: the holiday package in the Salento will allow you to admire all of them with our amazing itinerary. Lecce is the largest city in Puglia, offering an evocative atmosphere thanks to its streets, buildings and churches all built using local stone. In Lecce, there are many workshops still doing handmade papier-mâché, a local tradition. Otranto is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, marked by the typical white colour of its houses and for the blue crystal-clear waters that surround it. P>
Presicce is another delightful village characterized by an original underground city, formerly dedicated to the production of olive oil thanks to particular local conditions, humidity and a constant temperature. Gallipoli, is a famous all over the country for its beaches, the colour of the sea and for the lively nightlife. Gallipoli also hides other precious beauties able to win the hearts of its visitors: the narrow streets of the village, the historic courts and the blossoming flower balconies. It’s not just Salento, but the entire region that is visited each year by thousands of tourists. We accompany visitors on our holiday package to Puglia to discover unmissable destinations: the Grotte di Castellana, a fascinating underground karstic near Monopoli, Castello del Monte di Andria, with its unique structure, Gargano, an area full of seaside resorts, including the most famous Vieste, Lecce, with its charming old town, old Bari, and the San Nicola area, the beating heart of this timeless city. p>
Other destinations (46)
Italy is a popular and loved destination by travellers from all over the world, and each year millions of tourists choose to visit its every corner. No region and no area are spared from the tourist flow and there are many areas that deserve to be visited in any tour of Italy. The great beauty of Italy is represented by the variety of its regions that can satisfy all visitors’ tastes for those who decide to take advantage of a holiday package in Italy. There are so many reasons to choose to visit Italy: the sea, capable of satisfying all desires, the mountains, among the most beautiful in Europe for nature and the tourism services on offer, culture, the result of centuries of history like no other, the food, our culinary products are healthy, wholesome, often homemade and appreciated throughout the world, and the wine, always excellent from of our regions. In Italy travellers can choose from a wide range of destinations to enjoy memorable holidays by the sea. The Italian peninsula and its beautiful coastal islands make up a total coastal area of nearly 7500 km, affording Italy the distinction of being one of the most important bathing nations of the world. A beach holiday in our beautiful country is, no doubt, a memorable experience thanks to the many wonderful choices: a wealth of wonderful islands, including the larger ones of Sicily, Sardinia, Elba, Isola del Giglio, Ponza, Capri and Ischia, the Tirreno coast with destinations such as Liguria, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Amalfi and Tropea, the Adriatic coast, with places such as Rimini, Riccione, Cattolica, Jesolo and Bibione, and the Ionian coast, with pearls like Vasto, Conero and Gargano. Italy also offers alternative holiday destinations in the mountains, to explore in winter and in summer. The Alps constitute Europe's largest mountain range and, together with the Pre-alps, are the corollary of all the northern regions of Italy, and also defining its geographical boundary. The vast Alpine area includes different regions, each boasting famous places: Liguria, Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta, Trentino Alto Adige, Lombardia, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. P>
Many of these are also locations chosen for a tour of Italian cities. These cities are rich in culture accumulated over the centuries from the Roman Empire to the present day. Each region has many places worthy of a visit on a tour in Italy. P>