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From this delightful hilltop hotel overlooking the sea, you'll be able to explore some of Italy's most vibrant towns and cities, and mysterious ancient ruins.

Hotel Franceschi QQQ

Stay and Explore

Tucked away in a Tuscan mountain village, this small and friendly hotel is run by the Franceschi family.

Enjoy an all-inclusive stay surrounded by Slovenia's picturesque alpine scenery.

Enjoy a stay on Lake Molveno at the Hotel Alle Dolomiti, among the beautiful pink-hued mountains of the Dolomites. The hotel provides the ideal base for enjoying the lakes and mountains and is located in the typical Italian mountain village of Molveno.

Stay right in the heart of Sorrento and enjoy one of the best views of the Bay of Naples

Enjoy the most popular and largest of the Italian lakes, Lake Garda, with a stay at the locally-rated 4-star Park Hotel Paradiso situated in pleasant grounds adjoining the hotel's own 18-hole golf course.

Explore Tuscany's riviera from this elegant hotel which is set in the seaside town of Viareggio.

Hotel Plaza QQQ

Stay and Relax

Enjoy Italian hospitality at its best, the long beaches of the Adriatic Riviera and the varied attractions of Emilia Romagna region with a stay at the family-run Hotel Plaza.

Acacia Resort QQQQ

Stay and Relax

Enjoy the Sicilian sunshine with a stay at this locally rated 4-star hotel which enjoys a peaceful position between the capital Palermo and the charming town of Cefalù.

Explore the mountain scenery, limestone gorges, tranquil lakes and flower meadows of northern Italy.

These varied and iconic walks offer a contrast of panoramas across the Gulf of Naples, to the slopes of Vesuvius. Explore the ruined city of Pompeii and discover the valleys near Sorrento where the renowned paper-making industry thrived.

Escape the crowds and see Lake Garda's magnificent scenery on this bewitching walking tour.

Discover some of the Italy's most important archaeological sites, from Pompeii and Herculaneum, to the lesser-known yet equally impressive Paestum and Phlegrean Fields.

Enjoy a special Christmas in the fashionable resort of Opatija in Croatia.

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Celebrate Italian-style!

Celebrate a traditional Tuscan Christmas with the Franceschi family at this small and friendly locally rated 3-star hotel.

Postcards from Tuscany

Escorted Tour Pace 2

A feast for both the eyes and the taste buds, this journey to Tuscany's world-renowned cities and less-frequented towns will reveal the true essence of the region.

Neapolitan Island Escapes

Escorted Tour Pace 2

With stays in two contrasting destinations in the Gulf of Naples, you’ll be able to enjoy the vibrant city itself, and then relax and explore on Ischia.

Italian Splendours

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Traverse the rolling hills of Tuscany, immerse yourself in the magic of Florence, explore ancient Rome and discover the Bay of Naples on this fantastic introductory tour of Italy.

A host of historic and cultural cities await on this lap of the western Mediterranean aboard MSC Preziosa.

Secrets of Central Italy

Escorted Tour Pace 2

This exciting tour takes in some of the country's most iconic sights such as the leaning tower of Pisa, the historic cities of Rome and Florence and the famed landscapes of Tuscany.

See the famous blue and white architecture of Santorini, stroll among the wonders of the Acropolis in Athens and lose yourself inside the walls of Kotor…

The secrets of unspoilt Italy are unveiled on this enchanting tour through Puglia, Calabria and on to Sicily.

Seriously Sicily

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Get a feel for the real Sicily on this comprehensive tour which combines the island’s best-loved destinations with some real hidden gems.

From sublime Lake Garda and Como, to hidden alpine tarns, this tour of Italy's northern lake district is a feast for the senses.

Experience the vibrancy of Barcelona with a three-night stay before tracing the west coast of Italy to Sicily and Tunisia

Experience the incredible atmosphere of this annual spectacle of music and drama performed at Verona's Roman amphitheatre.

Sicily's archaeology tour brings to life the island's occupation by the Greeks, Romans and Moors. Enjoy 12 excursions to some of the most important sites and five talks from your expert host on this fascinating 12-night tour.

Corsica and Sardinia

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Explore the unique identities of two of Europe's most beautiful islands

Delight in the fairytale beauty of this glacial landscape – a snow-globe fantasy made real and take iconic railway journeys on the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express.

Uncover the treasures of Rome on this fabulous Mediterranean cruise that also visits Greece, Turkey and Malta.

Experience Italy's la dolce vita with three magical nights in Genoa before contrasting a string of captivating Mediterranean cities and beautiful Atlantic islands.

The story of the Mediterranean will be brought to life on this exciting cruise beginning with a three-night stay in Italy.

Italy and Croatia

Cruise World

Enter a wonderful world of ancient history and colourful culture as you explore the Adriatic coast of Croatia, Montenegro and Italy.

Sail back in time and discover a realm of ancient history as you call at Jerusalem, Ephesus, Athens and the tiny island of Malta.

Explore the Eastern Mediterranean on this leisurely cruise aboard Celebrity Constellation®, visiting Italy, Malta and Turkey.

From Italy's Eternal City to Grecian shores, this unforgettable cruise uncovers the ancient sites of the Mediterranean.

Cruise the Dalmatian Coast and the Mediterranean, pausing at historic cities which include Split, Valletta and Naples.

Step aboard Black Watch for this epic Mediterranean voyage that takes in a dazzling and diverse array of cities on the Adriatic coast and beyond.

Step aboard Saga Sapphire as she heads to the Mediterranean Sea and traces the coast of the Iberian Peninsula.

Black Sea Odyssey

Ocean Cruise

Join this fascinating exploration of the Black Sea, visiting attractive resorts and some of the most important trading ports in history. You'll pause in a host of fascinating Mediterranean ports too.

A Grecian Odyssey

Ocean Cruise

Immerse yourself in classic mythology and Mediterranean sunshine on this voyage to Greece.

Spend the festive season taking in the rich history, awe-inspiring architecture and coastal charm of the Mediterranean.

Far East Explorer

Cruise World

Discover the wonders of the Old World on this epic voyage across the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean to the Far East.

Language

English,French,German -

Although English, German and French is spoken in the biggest cities, Italian dialects add colour to the different regions.

Tipping

You are not expected to tip in Italy and leaving something for hotel staff is at your own discretion. Restaurants will automatically add the service charge to your bill.

Population and size

Almost 61 million people live in Italy, two million less than the UK.

Italy is one and a quarter times the size of the UK.

Currency

Euro -

Gone are the days of six million lira being worth 20p, Italy now uses the euro.

Culture

Italy is a predominantly Roman Catholic country where the family is paramount.

Appearances are very important and you will be judged on your clothes, shoes, accessories and how you carry yourself.

A handshake with eye contact is the correct greeting. Football is by far the most popular sport.

An architectural delight, Italy is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and, according to one estimate, the country guards half of the world’s great art treasures.

Phrases

Yes – Si

No – No

Good morning – Buon giorno

Good evening – Buona sera

Good night – Buona notte

Thank you – Grazie

Please – Per favore

How much? – Quanto costa?

Timezone

Italy is one hour ahead of GMT.

Electricity

Mains voltage is 220 volts AC. All sockets take small, round two-pin plugs.

Climate

Hot and dry in the summer, cool and wet in the winter.

Health

Your health is only at risk in Italy if you seriously upset the Mafia!

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see www.nathnac.org, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Passports and visas

By law, you’ll need to carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in all public places.

Flight time

It obviously depends where you fly to, but as an example flight time from London to Rome is 2 hours 15 minutes.



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