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Art History tour Venice: An authentic experience in the city of bridges

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015

Join a unique art history tour of  Venice, an extraordinary city full of history and charm! It’s not easy to find a city as full of artistic and architectural masterpieces as Venice. In every sestiere, campo or calle there is something that is waiting to be discovered. This art history tour gives you the chance to discover Venice and its artistic treasures with a local art teacher. Thanks to...

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New Opera Cruises on Hotel Barge La Bella Vita

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015

Two wonderful new ‘Opera Cruises’ July 11-18 and September 5-12. Each itinerary will be for 7 nights and will include 1 night’s stay in a 4 star hotel in Padua and most importantly, an evening at the opera in the magnificent Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona, to watch either Puccini’s “Tosca” or Verdi’s “Nabbuco” from the best seats in the house! That is after a tour of...

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Posted by on Mar 3, 2015

Italian touring specialist, Archers Holidays has introduced the stunning region of Apulia to its range of great value touring and resort holidays in Italy. The new twin centre holiday features guided sightseeing through the ancient sites and picturesque towns in the area. The new holiday includes a two night stay in the historic city of Lecce followed by five nights in pretty coastal town of...

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Gargano Peninsula – Spectacular Guided Walking

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015

The Gargano Peninsula is the spur of the boot of Italy, pushing out into the Adriatic from the heel. Geologically speaking it is a massif rising to the high point of Monte Calvo (1,064m). The forests of the highlands are of great importance and most of the upland area is protected as a national park. The Italians enjoy the fabulous beaches here particularly in July and August but for the rest of...

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Fashion artisans in Florence: Ferragamo and Gucci

FLORENCE: A week with fashion artisans

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015

An authentic and unique experience in the city of Gucci and Ferragamo Join a unique fashion tour in and around Florence, a beautiful city full of history and charm, as well as one of the most exciting fashion and shopping hotspots in the world! The experience includes: • 6 nights in a boutique hotel in Florence, double room in B&B • 4 workshops in an authentic Bottega (artisan shop):...

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Aquae Venice exhibition from May 2015, part of EXPO

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015

AQUAE VENICE 2015 is the international exhibition dedicated to the water that will take place in Venice from May to October 2015 in collaboration with the EXPO Milan. AQUAE is promoted by Expo Venice and is a side show of EXPO MILANO 2015 who is also the sponsor. AQUAE is located in an area very close to the historic centre of Venice. Heart of the exhibition is a new building of 14,000 square...

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MILAN hosts EXPO 2015 ‘Feeding the Planet’ from May 2015

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015

From 1st May to 31st October 2015 Milan will host the Universal Exposition. The theme chosen is “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life”. Expo Milano 2015 wants to face the pressing food problems: nowadays over one billion people in the world go hungry or suffer from obesity; and in 2050 the Earth will host more than 9 billion people. Experts from all over the world will work together to...

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Easter procession in Sicily

Easter in Sicily

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015

Easter in Sicily is an especially magical time. By early April, the winter has been left behind, the landscape explodes with flowers and wild birds, and travelling through the countryside fills one with joy. It is in these months before the torpor of the summer sets in, that the light is still fresh, intense and the expectations of Easter awaken an energy across the island. Sicilians themselves...

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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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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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Visit Palermo's markets on a Street Food Tour

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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An Italian Wedding

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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