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Published on : Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Celebrate Italy’s Republic Day today with an unforgettable trip to Italia! Ignite your passion for the region and feast on fresh food, explore magnificent architecture, indulge in incredible shopping and enjoy world-renowned wines. Trafalgar (www.trafalgar.com), the Insider of guided holiday’s offers 20 unique itineraries and six different trip styles to Bel Paese (the beautiful country). As the largest guided holiday operator year-round, Trafalgar offers the most comprehensive and in-depth trips to explore everything Italy has to offer and with our Country Explorer trip style, travellers will be able to meet locals who will share their stories, giving guests a deeper appreciation of the destination’s people and culture.
Trafalgar’s Italy Insider expert, Gavin Tollman, Global CEO of Trafalgar, has travelled to Italy many times over, and with each visit is still enthralled by the country’s charm and stunning beauty. With Trafalgar, we are delighted to be able to offer trips where guests can explore all aspects of Italy through our variety of itineraries and right now, it is a great opportunity to highlight this popular destination, especially during the high summer season.
“Italy is one of our top European destinations because our travellers have had a long standing love affair with this incredibly captivating place and Trafalgar reveals its iconic sites, culinary delights and wonderful locals,” says Tollman. “We are passionate about exploring the entire country and have over 25 Hot Deals to Italy between now and October so guests need to book fast as we have added capacity, but limited availability.”
Southern Italy and Sicily
Descending from Rome to Palermo, the south of Italy gives way to the fiery splendours of Sicily and the towering shadow of Italy’s largest active volcano, Etna. Beginning in the beautiful city of Rome, guests will enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica and other sights. Travelling south, a Local Specialist will take a fascinating walking tour of the excavations at Pompeii before travelling to Sorrento and the Isle of Capri. In Taormina, guests will admire the views from Monte Tauro overlooking the sea and will have free time to shop for souvenirs and handmade lace on the Corso. In the evening, guests will savour a Be My Guest dinner on a beautiful Sicilian winery and restaurant overlooking Mount Etna. After a full day of free time in Taormina and a day of visiting the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, guests will travel to the Sicilian capital, Palermo where they will spend two nights exploring the Piazza Bellini, the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral and the town of Monreate. This 10-day trip was US$2,625 and is now US$2,363 per person twin share for a 25 September departure.
Northern Italy including Cinque Terre
The 10-day Northern Italy Including Cinque Terre is the perfect trip for regular travellers to Italy that are looking to explore cities not included on other itineraries. Starting and ending in Milan, this trip take guests to the heart of each northern city, stopping in Baveno, Santa Margherita, Parma, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre, where guests will visit two of the hillside villages only accessible by boat or train. The north is known for its incredible cuisine, and foodies will delight in a visit to a working prosciutto factory, where they’ll sample the best the region has to offer, as well as a trip to a family-run “caseificio” to discover the history and process of making real Parmigiano reggiano cheese. Horticulturists will be happy to stop at the beautiful botanical gardens of Villa Taranto on the way to Baveno, where they’ll also enjoy lunch and free time to explore. The highlight of this trip, however, is the exclusive Be My Guest dinner at Isola Madre, in the middle of Lake Maggiore. Trafalgar guests will sit down to an exclusive meal at a family restaurant, with local delicacies like cured salami, fresh focaccia bread, fresh fish from the lake, and risotto cooked with Gavi wine and parmesan. This 9-day trip was US$2,195 and is now US$1,976 per person twin share for a 28 August departure. For a 25 September departure, price was US$2,175 and is now US$1,958 per person twin share.
With Italy being Trafalgar’s most popular destination, it’s no surprise that the 7-day Italian Holiday is popular amongst travellers. Starting and ending in Rome, the trip visits the country’s most well-known cities, such as Florence, Lake Garda and Venice. Guests will be treated to an exclusive Be My Guest dining experience at Lake Maggiore, as they head to an idyllic island on a private boat trip, where their host will share secrets of the island’s history as a delicious meal is served. Travellers will experience all the incredible sights, sounds and smells of beautiful Italia as they visit a traditional glass-blowing factory in Venice, gaze up at the extraordinary ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City and explore the renaissance architecture of Florence. This 7-day trip was US$1,975 and is now US$1,778 per person twin share for an 11 September departure.