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What Makes Arezzo So Special?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015

What a gem of a place and so often overlooked by places like Siena…but no more we say.  Here are some reasons why Arezzo is so special. The town provides a bit of everything and has that Italian feel about it. Once an important Etruscan centre Arezzo is the Antiques Road show. Try to go there the first weekend of every month and see the town totally transformed into a bustling art and...

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Top 10 Italian educational holidays

Top 10 Italian educational holidays

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015

Relaxing by a pool is truly inviting but when you check out our Top 10 Italian educational holidays, we think you will change your plans. Learn about Renaissance Fashion. We have now joined forces with a brilliant afecionado who can allow us access into places which are very hard to get into, if at all. Go behind the scenes to the storerooms in the attic with curators for a close-up look at...

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Our Top Italian Secrets to discover a hidden Italy

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015

Head off the beaten track with our top Italian secrets to discover a hidden Italy. In this post we want to introduce you to some well kept Italian secrets and we will continue to discover these and more with you. We start off with: Bussana Vecchia – in 1887 an earthquake destroyed Bussana, a small medieval village in northern Italy, near San Remo. It was then taken over in the early 60s by a...

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Italian Wedding Tips

20 Italian Wedding Tips

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015

So you have decided to have your Italian wedding in the Summer.  Well we can understand why, when the UK is having rain and thunder and the Italians are suffering a severe heat wave, well it all makes perfect sense. With our summer Italian weddings this year, it was hot… it was very hot but we all coped wonderfully and now here are our tips for you to consider….to keep cool and to also keep...

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new luxury holiday to Emilia-Romagna on this 8 night holiday with Exsus

New Luxury Holiday to Emilia-Romagna

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015

We cant wait to let you know about our new luxury holiday to Emilia-Romagna, a hidden gem wedged between the Veneto to the north and Tuscany to the south, but it has countless delights of its own – making it the perfect place for off the beaten track luxury holidays in Italy. Our brand new 8-night itinerary will have you indulging in fabulous Italian fare – this is the birthplace of...

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Gucci and Ferragamo included in Unique Fashion Tour

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015

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! Gucci and Ferragama included in unique fashion tour. The experience includes: • 6 nights in a boutique hotel in Florence, double room in B&B • 4 workshops in an authentic Bottega (artisan shop): learn how to make...

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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 great value touring and resort holidays in Puglia to its impressive portfolio. 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 Torre Canne in four...

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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. For those planning to go walking in Italy, this is a fabulous choice of destination. The...

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Fashion artisans in Florence: Ferragamo and Gucci

FLORENCE: A week with fashion artisans

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015

This authentic and unique offer for a week in Florence is a pearl amongst Italian city breaks. Explore the charming city of Gucci, have an informative fashion tour through Florence and surroundings, learn how to make your own shoes or bags and learn an art like ceramics or jewellery under the guidance of an artisan. This holiday is perfect for creatives and fashion addicts! Join a unique fashion...

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Aquae Venice exhibition from May 2015, part of EXPO

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015

Looking for unique Italian city breaks that have that extra special element to them? Why not visit Venice for AQUAE VENICE 2015? This international exhibition taking place around the corner from the city’s beautiful historic centre is all about water – a theme that fits Venice perfectly! You can visit the event, a side show of sponsor EXPO MILANO 2015, from May to October 2015. Find out...

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

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015

2015 is an excellent year for people looking for interesting and educational Italian city breaks to visit Milan. Why, you ask? Because the second-most populous city in Italy is hosting the renowned Universal Exposition this year from start of May until end of October. Expo Milano 2015 is all about facing the pressing food problems that exist in the world nowadays and subjects range from famine to...

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Easter procession in Sicily

Easter in Sicily

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015

Family gatherings, religious tradition, extensive dinners, celebration… Easter time is the epitome of all that the Sicilians love and value. Consequently it is the perfect time to join in the festivities and spend your holidays in Sicily! From the Good Friday processions to the merry-making of Easter Sunday, there is many a wonderful experience waiting for you in early April. Easter in...

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Skiing in Italy

Skiing In Italy

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014

The fans of winter sports amongst you might want to consider going skiing in Italy this season, because the snow over here is great! What’s more, our team at The Italian Connection can arrange your entire holiday for you, taking care of your airport transfers, ski passes, ski schools and accommodation and taking into account the specific size of your group as well as your budget. The skiing...

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Video Tour of Venice

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014

In the category holidays to Italy, city breaks are amongst the most popular options. And if you are visiting the magical city of Venice this year, you should have a look at this video tour of Venice to increase the anticipation even further! Enjoying a guided tour through the Castello District, we discover amongst others the gardens of the Biennale Exhibition of Modern Arts and Palladio’s...

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Cyclists get a make-over

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014

Headwater holidays is organising a dream trip for groups and couples planning to go cycling in Italy this summer. This self-guided cycling tour leading from the sun-soaked Alps to the palm tree covered shores of Riva promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience full of stunning views, adventure and relaxing activity.  Novices and the nervous – get your cycle helmets on and grab a piece of...

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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 on holidays to Sicily and a feast for all the senses. Noto has fabulous and exuberant architecture and the facades of each...

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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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