Peaks, Ports & Palazzi
Discovering north-east Italy from Piedmont to the Ligurian coast including the treasures of former royal capital of Turin and Genoa, home port of Christopher Columbus plus elegant Portofino and dramatic ‘Cinque Terre’
Visitors have been flocking to this country of contrasts for centuries to enjoy its Renaissance and Baroque delights, excellent cuisine and fine wine, cities full of antiquity, culture and sophistication and sun-kissed coastline. This is a beautiful land that caters for both the body and the soul.
The lakes of Italy hold a great deal of allure, attracting and inspiring poets, painters and botanists for many centuries. Lake Como, peppered with pastel pink and yellow houses and set against a backdrop of the Alps, remains the most elegant of them all.
Visit Naples to enjoy striking waterfronts and breath-taking views of the Gulf, as well as palaces, castles, churches, catacombs and Medieval and Renaissance monuments. Then, embark on an expedition to the nearby volcanic island, Ischia, for hot springs, numerous bays and tropical vegetation.
Italy is a treasure trove for travellers, revealing gems in every port, town and city. From Puglia’s unique and mysterious Trulli and Sassi buildings, to the preserved towns of Pompeii and its neighbour Herculaneum. Furthermore, you’ll find elegant spa towns, rolling green hills and secret streets filled with history.
It really is impossible to paint a perfect picture of what’s on offer in this welcoming, warm, colourful country. Come and see it for yourself.
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Departures up to 2020!
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Within this compilation of travel arrangements we have sought to ‘amaze and surprise’ the first-time visitor and enthral the returning traveller.
An exceptional collection of Solo Groups and Classic Tours, all with No Single Supplement
Our ‘Secret’ itineraries have been specifically designed to introduce lesser-visited places that afford a more personal but equally rewarding experience
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Weather & Climate
The weather in Italy varies considerably from north to south. Summer lingers longer in city centres. In the south, summers are far hotter and drier and temperatures more akin to those in North Africa prevail, often reaching above 30°C.
When to go
Around the northern Italian lakes a mild microclimate prevails, benefitting the olive groves and tropical gardens that surround the lake, most of which come into spectacular bloom between April and June.
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"Visit the 'home of Inspector Montalbano' at Punta Secca; a picture perfect setting for the series of Inspector Montalbano"
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For all 2019 bookings made by 30th January 2019, deduct £35 per person
Visit Venice and the lagoon on board the MS Michelangelo with time to explore independently or on optional excursions
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30 March and 19 October 2019
Stay at the stunningly beautiful centre of Italy's most exclusive lake with included cruises to its villas - relax or explore by boat, bus and train
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21 November 2018
20 & 27 March, 23 Oct, 6 Nov 2019
(Villa Crawford only)
A week in Sorrento on the beautiful Neapolitan coastline with included excursions by train, mini-bus and on foot with a choice of hotels