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Skiing In Italy

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014

The skiing season has arrived and here at The Italian Connection we have a  range of experiences and locations to offer and it is now possible to book your Italy ski holiday 2014/2015. If you have any requests or are looking at something specific just let us know as we have a list of available locations and properties and we can do it ALL for you from private to collective transfers and not...

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Video Tour of Venice

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014

We enjoy a guided walking tour to Castello District, perhaps discovering some hidden parts of the city of Venice: the gardens of the Biennale Exhibition of Modern Arts, Palladio’s Church of San Pietro in Castello, the Naval Museum with a model of the Bucintoro (Doge’s Boat) and the Pavilion of Gondolas housing Peggy Guggenheim’s own vessel. Watch our new video tour of Venice...

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Cyclists get a make-over

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014

Novices and the nervous – get your cycle helmets on and grab a piece of the gentle cycling action. Activity holiday specialist Headwater, announce their latest self guided cycling route in the sun-soaked Alps (a beautiful bi-lingual region at the crossroads of Italy and Austria, and close to the Swiss border) and finishes on the palm-fringed shores of Riva, “Pearl of Lake Garda” and famed...

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One of ‘The 100 Best Life Enriching Vacations’

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014

Baroque Splendour and Gastronomic Delights! The modern towns of Noto, Modica and Ragusa each rose from the debris left behind by the devastating earthquake that hit south-eastern Sicily in 1693. Rebuilt in a beautiful Baroque architectural style, they are a joy to visit and a feast for all the senses. Noto has fabulous and exuberant architecture and the facades of each church, palazzo, villa and...

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Extraordinary Race up Mt Etna

Posted by on May 6, 2014

Are you fit enough to take on the Mount Etna Ultra Trail challenge? Check out the latest YouTube clip by clicking here The largest active volcano in Europe is set to give you a run for your money.  For the fourth year in a row, the 64 km Mount Etna Ultra Trail Race will take place, this year on 2 August, and will see runners of all levels of fitness participate from across the globe. Three...

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The Festivals of Venice and a River Po Cruise – the Perfect Combination!

Posted by on May 6, 2014

Lovers of the beautiful city of Venice will know that its festivals are world-famous and this year is no exception for people wishing to be there to soak up the atmosphere. There are festivals like the Festa del Redentore July 19 & 20 near St Mark’s Square, where people walk across the Grand Canal on a floating bridge of barges for good luck, followed by an amazing fireworks display over...

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Gelato Festa 2014!

Posted by on May 1, 2014

Anyone lucky enough to be in Italy from now until end of Summer, should get the low down on the 2014 Gelato Festival and where to catch it. From 1st May, the Festival begins in Florence which is where Gelato was born, before moving to a different city across Italy for the next few months. The art of gelato making quickly spread from Florence, throughout Italy tempting the taste buds of Italians...

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Eat like a local in Palermo

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014

New from villa specialist soloSicily is the option of taking a Street Food Tour in Palermo, regularly voted one of the world’s top cities for street food.  Apart from being a great way of getting an insight into the atmosphere of the city, the tours are a good opportunity for holidaymakers to explore Palermo’s hidden sights and also find out where locals shop for the freshest and...

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Wine Fair 14 March London

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014

  The 2014 Arblaster & Clarke Wine Fair is being held in the prestigious setting of the Vintners Hall, London This is the fifth London based Wine Fair hosted by Arblaster & Clarke and possibly some of the very best wines to date.  They are always sociable events with a stunning array of wine from around our wine world. The historic Hall of the Worshipful Company of Vintners, London,...

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Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon: ‘The Trip to Italy’

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are walking barefoot along the white sand of a Ligurian beach, backed by houses the colour of birthday cake. It’s the fabulous setting of the sequel to ‘The Trip’, this time set in a glorious Italian location on which Coogan comments “we drive through the most spellbinding scenery that I’ve ever seen in my life’ The film has some side-splitting...

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Italy is still hot for 2014

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014

In its newly published Travel Trends Report 2014,  ABTA – the Travel Association has named Italy and specifically Sicily, amongst 13 destinations that are expected to capture the public’s imagination in 2014. As well as looking at where Brits are expected to holiday, the report considers how they will be doing it – identifying trends that are likely to emerge this year. ‘Same...

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Rockfest 2013 – ski and be entertained

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013

On 23 December 2013 the World’s top ski racers will descend upon the Italian Dolomites, in the Andalo Trentino region, at Paganella Resort at the 2013 Alpine Rockfest to race sprint giant slalom in 4 rounds of time elimination pursuing the largest single cash prize in Ski Racing – €75,000! Top ski racing personalities like Aksel Lund Svindal, Ted Ligety, Philipp Schoerghofer, Bode...

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NEW! Italian Weddings under one roof

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013

With more truly beautiful venues now available for your Italian wedding, ranging from the luxurious and flamboyant to the historical and dramatic, the simple and rustic to the minimalist and boutique, from off the beaten track countryside to quaint and charming Italian villages. Whether you are after the extravagant or the rustic and authentic, the fantastic or the colourful, the unique or the...

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If you are planning a holiday to Sicily, Ragusa

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013

If you are planning a holiday to Sicily, Ragusa would make the ideal choice for many good reasons. This is an area steeped in history and it provides you with the chance to visit the lower and upper parts of the town. These are known as Ragusa Ibla (the lower town, and the oldest area of the two), and Ragusa Superiore (which as the name might suggest for those with a feel for Italian, is the...

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Snow fall launches ski season early

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013

Italy’s premier ski resort gets the winter fun well under way Thanks to an abundant snowfall at the beginning of October, the premiere Italian resort really has got off to a flying start. Located amid the majestic Alps in the beautiful province of Lombardy, Livigno is one of the most snow sure resorts in Europe. This is why it’s a mecca for snowsports lovers from all over the world, from...

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Sistine Chapel – things you never knew

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013

Rome is one of the top 5 most visited cities in the world and top of Rome’s ‘must see’ list is the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We have all gazed up in astonishment at the Sistine Chapel, but how much do you really know about this masterpiece? Consecrated to the Virgin Mary in 1483, the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel was created by Renaissance men in the late 15th and early 16th...

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Skiing and Michelin starred chefs

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013

 SLOPE FOOD Competition in Alta Badia In the heart of the Dolomites, a successful combination of winter sports and gastronomy once again emerges on the slopes of Alta Badia. ‘Slope Food’ was the new buzz phrase and the ski set loved it. So what is Slope food?  Think finger or street food on the slopes, then add several Michelin-starred chefs. To boot, the skier will judge the best...

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The Ultimate Bike Holiday – electric?

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013

First introduced in the late 19th century, electric bikes have, over the years, often been portrayed as stylistically naff, cumbersome contraptions and just a step down from motorised zimmers or mobility scooters! But, right across the globe things are changing, as e-bikes are losing their “potting shed” status and instead becoming the uber-chic, cool choice for lycra-shy, leisure...

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Sicily gets foodie in September

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013

Get ready for some foodie fun in September when Sicily hosts a range of festivals involving copious amounts of ice-cream and couscous – with concerts and entertainment thrown in. Quite apart from being a strong contender for one of Sicily’s top beaches, San Vito lo Capo also hosts the international CousCous Fest (24-29 September).  A reminder of Sicily’s North African gastronomic heritage,...

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Tuscany & the Beach

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013

SPOTLIGHT ON ……… Forte dei Marmi is  ‘Bond Street by the sea’ Forte dei Marmi is renowned worldwide as one of Tuscany’s most exclusive and elegant beach resorts, favoured over the centuries by royalty, noblemen, diplomats, business-men and artists who built their villas in the shade of Forte’s vast pine woods. Today, the area remains a favourite with...

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The Rossini – alternative to the Bellini?

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013

It’s Rossini, a satisfying twist on the Bellini  that uses strawberry juice combined with Prosecco instead of the peach juice that first made the drink famous at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. The Rossini cocktail honours a more recent artist, the Italian opera composer and Maestro Gioacchino Rossini, the author of famous operas such as The Barber of Seville, William Tell  and...

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Rome(antic) Hot Nights

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013

Anyone going to Rome this summer has some real treats in store for them. If you love music and the great outdoor lifestyle and hot summer nights, check out these big names and international icons.  From rock to pop to jazz to soul to classical, its all here. If you love Jazz, soul and classical, the following are for you. 5 and 6 July:       Mario Biondi will be performing greatest hits and...

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Alfresco in Venice

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013

If you are in Venice from end of July to beginning of September there are alfresco film screenings in the Arena di Campo San Polo    (San Toma stop on the Vaporetto). Don’t forget to take an evening of listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in the prison courtyard of the Doge’s Palace (San Marco stop on the Vaporetto) www.collegiumducale.com Or try some opera at the gorgeous Teatro La Fenice...

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The Famous Belini

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013

If you have been to Venice or intend to go, the very famous Belini must surely be on your ‘to do’ list or rather your ‘to drink’ list. The Belini cocktail was created in the 1930’s by Giuseppe Cipriani. He christened the white peach drink after Belini, the 15th century Venetian painter.  Made with Prosecco and not champagne, it is still know as the greatest...

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Liguria – 30th International Fiat 500 gathering 2013

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013

Savona > 5-7 July 2013 The 30th  International Fiat 500 Meeting of Garlenda takes place once again in Garlenda in Liguria for Fiat 500 lovers from all over Italy and the world. The structure of the meeting will be the same as the previous years’: the participants will have at their disposal the headquarters Villafranca Park (for the registration and the visit to the Multimedia Museum of...

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