Italy is a country famed for its passion, where celebrations are jubilant and festivals are pleasingly frequent and fantastically varied. From the traditional to the outlandish, there is a celebration or festivity to suit every interest.
The Palio horse race in Sienais one of the largest and most spectacular festivals in Italy, and arguably the most dramatic horse race in the world. But despite the scale of this vibrant event, the crowds in attendance remain predominantly Sienese and contain less tourists than you might expect.
The historic port city of Genoa on the Italian Riviera has opened the doors of a brand new boutique hotel. Hotel Le Nuvole, located in Genoa's UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, is built inside the walls of 16th century Lamba Doria Palace and offers a luxury stay in a historic setting.
From tea breaks with a goatherd and wine tastings on a volcano, to cooking lessons with Turkish villagers and visits to food markets, Peter Sommer Travels’ expertise extends to cuisine and cooking, as well as archaeology and culture.
April, May and June rank among the very best months to enjoy a walking holiday in Europe. Temperatures are pleasant and rainfall generally low; the countryside, warmed by spring sunshine, comes alive with fresh greenery and delicate flora, and birdsong fills the air.
With the days becoming longer and warmer it’s time to think about that summer holiday, and where better than the Med? With Coastline Villas you can enjoy the luxury and comfort of one of these fabulous new villas this summer in Corsica.
Holidaymakers who yearn for natural wonderlands and fresh air can now enjoy the pristine beauty of the Italian Lakes up close and personal thanks to the new Lakes, Gardens and Majestic Mountains Tour from Hedonistic Hiking.
Alta Badia is preparing to commemorate the soldiers that fought during the First World War on and around the mountains of the region. Events through the summer will recognise perils involved with battles in the Dolomites and the ‘Peaks of Gastronomy’ will honour the soldiers’ diet with a gourmet twist.
The Watermill at Posara – a 17th century mill in rural, north-west Tuscany known for its painting and writing courses – expands into knitting with a brand-new holiday which combines leisurely knitting sessions with wonderful food and wine, plus time to soak up the Italian atmosphere.
This month sees Hedonistic Hiking launch its European range of gourmet guided walking tours in the UK.
Those looking to visit the slopes before the end of the ski season should head to Alta Badia, Italy, where two sumptuous gourmet events are taking place with a focus on wine and food.
Golfers across Ireland have more reason than ever to discover the new rising star of Italian golf, Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa in Sicily, with the impending launch of a new flight route from Dublin to Comiso this spring.
In Livigno the locals take having fun very seriously. Located high in the beautiful Italian province of Lombardy, this Alpine mecca for skiiers and boarders is one of the most popular and snow sure resorts in Europe. Now it is also one of the safest . . . and that’s because the locals take safety seriously.
A great destination for an active family trip all year round, the Umbrian countryside will capture the interest of even the hardest to please young adventurers! Take the family on a memorable break in 2014 to embrace the authentic Italian lifestyle with pizza and pasta making, grape picking in the vineyards of Palazzone and long BBQ lunches amongst the olive groves.
easyJet has announced it will serve a new destination from the airport today to Catania in Sicily, Italy’s largest island.
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