Discover Italy with Citalia the leading Italian holiday specialist

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Taormina in Sicily ©Citalia

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast ©Citalia

The Dolomites

The Dolomites ©Citalia

The Colosseum in Rome

The Colosseum in Rome ©Citalia

Palazzo Vecchio in Florence

Palazzo Vecchio in Florence ©Citalia

Italy is one of the most historically and culturally rich countries in the world. With famous landmarks, ancient ruins and world-renowned cuisine, there is plenty to discover and a host of unique learning experiences for those looking to enhance their knowledge while on a holiday there.

Citalia has chosen its top picks for Italian holidays and must-try experiences for all types of traveller, from foodies to adventure seekers. Be it a city break or a leisurely visit to explore one of the famous regions, with over 85 years of heritage Citalia’s team can help tailor make a holiday to Italy, with a range of exciting and affordable pre-bookable excursions available to make it an unforgettable trip.

There are added extras, such as free nights and private resort transfers, within select packages making a holiday to Italy with the leading Italian specialist even more great value-for-money, with savings of up to £390 per couple to be made and prices starting from as little as £249 per person.

Best for an ancient adventure: Visit Pompeii and the crater of Vesuvius from the Amalfi Coast

The iconic Amalfi Coast is an ideal area to explore on a holiday with multiple stop-overs in its beautiful hillside towns along the route. Each one with its own identity, holidaymakers can explore buzzy Sorrento, picturesque Amalfi and all that’s in between. From any one of the hotels that Citalia features along the route, holidaymakers looking for a culture fix and a bit of adventure can pre-book an excursion to take in Pompeii and Vesuvius – the only active volcano in mainland Europe that looms over the coast. The unforgettable experience allows visitors to head up the volcano itself to the edge of the crater where you can peer into the sleeping beast.

A 10-night holiday to Rome and Sorrento from £1339 per person – saving up to £390 per couple. The package includes three nights for the price of two at the four star hotel Metropole in Rome, followed by seven nights at the four star Imperial Tramontano in Sorrento, both on a B&B basis. Also included are internal transfers, 20% off the a la carte menu in Sorrento and return flights from London Gatwick with British Airways. Based on departures 14 August 2015. The full day Pompeii and Vesuvius tour costs from £33pp and is pre-bookable through Citalia.

Best for film buffs: Walk in the footsteps of the Godfather in Sicily

Set high on Sicily’s Monte Tauro, Taormina is widely considered to be the most beautiful town in Sicily with its semi-tropical palms, bougainvillea and orange trees. It has captured the imagination of great travellers and writers for decades – D.H. Lawrence wrote many novels based on his experiences in this picturesque town and wrote Lady Chatterley’s Lover there. Film buffs will also recognise the little towns of Savoca and Forza d’Agro, on Taormina’s outskirts, from the 1970’s classic, the Godfather, doubling as Corleone, which was too built up to be used as an actual location. Holidaymakers to Taormina can pre-book a laid-back tour through Citalia to sit in Marlon Brando’s chair in the famous Bar Vitelli, walk down the alleys in Al Pacino’s footsteps and visit the Church where Michael Corleone got married.

A seven night getaway to the four star Hotel Caparena & Wellness Club in Taormina on a Half Board basis from £749 per person – saving up to £170 per couple. The price includes seven nights for the price of six, complimentary spa entrance, private resort transfers and return flights from London Gatwick with Thomson. Based on departures 4 October 2015. The ‘In the Godfather’s Footsteps’ half day tour costs from £28pp and is pre-bookable through Citalia.

Best for getting active: explore the Dolomites from Lake Garda

The largest of the Italian Lakes, Lake Garda stretches between the Alps and the Dolomites mountain ranges with low-lying countryside on its southern borders and dramatic perpendicular cliffs to the north. To add an active element to a relaxing Lake-side getaway, travellers can venture through the heart of the majestic Dolomites on an excursion to reach the mountains of Catinaccio, Latemar, Sassolungo, Sella and the Marmolada Glacier, explore the valleys of Fassa and Fiemme by car, and practice speaking their unique language of Ladino. The tour includes a trip up Trentino province’s highest cable car to the top of Sass Pordoi (2,950 metres high).

A five night break to the four star Le Ali Del Frassino on Lake Garda, on a B&B basis, from £499 per person – saving up to £135 per couple. The package includes five nights for the price of four, private resort transfers return flights from London Gatwick with British Airways. Based on departures 16 September 2015. The Dolomite Mountains full day tour costs from £46pp and is pre-bookable through Citalia.

Best for foodies: Rome

Rome, the Eternal City, is one of the world’s finest open-air museums. Home to some of Italy’s most iconic sites, including the mighty Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, Rome is the ideal destination for both those visiting Italy for the first time and regular visitors to the country. For an extra authentic experience, visitors can take a trip outside of the city to learn how to prepare a traditional Italian lunch at a farm in the ancient village of Mazzano Romano where guests pick and forage all of the ingredients necessary to create the dishes during the cooking class. Then, from appetizers to dessert, the local chef will demonstrate how to properly prepare the traditional Italian meal.

A three night trip to Rome, staying at the three star Piccadilly hotel on a B&B basis from £329 per person – saving up to £121 per couple. The package includes; three nights for the price of two and return flights from London Gatwick with Norwegian. Based on departures 27 August 2015. The Cooking Lesson in the Roman Countryside full day costs from £108pp and is pre-bookable through Citalia.

Best for wine lovers: Florence

Known the world over for its world-class art and museums, Florence is an indoor and outdoor exhibition. The birthplace and epicentre of the Renaissance movement, Florence and the surrounding countryside has so much to offer its visitors. Wine-lovers will most certainly enjoy a leisurely excursion in the Chianti area to discover the region’s most renowned wines as ‘Chianti Classico’, ‘Chianti Riserva’, ‘Tuscan IGT’, ‘Chianti DOCG’, ‘Chianti Rosè’ and ‘Supertuscan’, as well as learning from the wine makers the process of the productions and storage of the wine. The tour will stop at Greve in Chianti, one of the most important towns of the Chianti area and take in the breathtaking countryside along the way.

A three night break to Florence, staying at the four star Grand Hotel Baglioni on a B&B basis from £249 per person – saving up to £168 per couple. The price includes; three nights for the price of two, and return flights from London Gatwick with easyjet. Based on departures 4 November 2015. The half day Chianti tour costs from £33pp and is pre-bookable through Citalia.

About Citalia

With more than 85 years heritage, Citalia is the leading Italian holiday specialist with an exquisite range of holidays throughout Italy. It prides itself on its passion and expertise for Italy and is renowned for offering the highest levels of service and expert knowledge from its experienced travel experts.

Its passion for the country has earned the brand the respective title of ‘Best Tour Operator to the Italian Peninsula’ for five consecutive years and it goes hand in hand with its unparallel level of knowledge. From mid-range Comfort properties to the Exclusive Collection of Italy’s finest hotels, customers have the flexibility to tailor-make their own Italian experience be it on a city break, beach stay, multi centre, rail or self drive holiday. Its longstanding relationships with Italian hoteliers allow it to constantly source the latest special and exclusive offers to bring its customers the best value for money.

For more information and to book any of these trips go to www.citalia,com