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Enjoy a stay on Lake Molveno at the Hotel Alle Dolomiti, among the beautiful pink-hued mountains of the Dolomites.

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

Hotel Franceschi QQQ

Stay and Explore

Tucked away in the Tuscan mountain village of Gavinana, this small and friendly 3-star hotel is run by the Franceschi family who pride themselves on attention to detail. Highly regarded by previous Saga guests, you're assured great hospitality and will feel like part of the family.

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.

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

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

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

Enjoy the most popular and largest of the Italian lakes, Lake Garda, with a stay at the locally-rated 4-star Park Hotel Gritti situated in pleasant grounds, close to Bardolino, famous for its red wine.

From this delightful hilltop hotel overlooking the sea, you'll be able to explore some of Italy's most renowned sites, including Pompeii and Paestum.

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.

This exciting two-centre tour introduces you to the fascinating history and breathtaking coastal scenery of Slovenia and Croatia on the lush green Istrian peninsula.

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.

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

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Celebrate Italian-style!

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

Neapolitan Island Escape

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.

Enjoy a relaxing stay on the shores of the sparkling Adriatic Sea

Lake Garda by Rail

Escorted Rail Tour

Travel by train through Europe to Lake Garda. Stay in an enchanting, new-to-Saga, family-run hotel and discover local attractions and Lombardy's historic cities.

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.

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

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

Corsica and Sardinia

Escorted Tour Pace 2

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

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.

Discover the beauty of Italy's Lake Garda with a three night hotel stay before embarking on your cruise of the Venetian Lagoon.

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

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

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…

Discover the legacy left behind by the ancient Greeks and Romans on this magical island.

Discover some of the Mediterranean's grandest cities, from the ancient relics of Athens and the city where East Meets West, to romantic Rome and the wonders of Florence.

Discover the vibrant culture of some of Spain's liveliest ports, as well as calling at glamourous Monte Carlo. Visit Portoferraio on the island of Elba and Sète, the ‘Little Venice of Languedoc’ – ports that are only accessible to smaller ships like Braemar.

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

On this springtime cruise pause at Cornwall before making your way along the Atlantic coast of France, Spain and Portugal, and discover a new port for Saga – Pasajes.

Experience the Adriatic's enthralling heritage and enchanting Venice on this epic voyage aboard Boudicca.

See the colours of the western Mediterranean on this cruise that ends the summer in style.

Discover the charms of Gibraltar and Malta before heading to the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe, exploring Varna, Constanta and Odessa, and ending up on Russian shores. Enjoy an overnight stay in Turkey's capital, with a grand finale in Iberia.

Visit ancient capitals such as Rome and Lisbon, avant-garde Barcelona and sophisticated San Remo on a glorious summer cruise of the Mediterranean.

Cruise along the stunning shores of Croatia, soaking up the history and culture of some of its most fascinating cities. Enjoy an overnight stay in the timeless city of Venice and explore vibrant ports in Spain, Sardinia, Slovenia and more.

A Grecian Odyssey

Saga Cruises

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

Combine a classic Mediterranean cruise with the festive magic of Christmas aboard Saga Sapphire…

Delve into the fascinating cultures of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas on this month-long cruise.

This voyage aboard Saga Sapphire takes in the best of the Med – from the eye-catching architecture of Valencia, to the ancient ruins of Carthage.

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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