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History is reflected in every aspect of Italian life from its wonderful art to its delicious cuisine and mesmerising architecture. This narrow boot of crinkled land extending gracefully into the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea has seen the birth of empires, cradled the growth of civilisations and shaped the destinies of continents. A strong cultural identity, independence and regional pride are characteristics found throughout Italy. Venice is a city that has endured both triumph and tragedy, rising from its marshy foundations to become a labyrinth of placid waterways and sweeping bridges. Rome is a heady blend of artistic and architectural masterpieces, classical ruins and extravagant baroque churches and piazzas. The city's 2,700 years of history are on display everywhere;the term 'living museum' has never been more appropriately used than with Rome. Surprisingly small but perfectly formed, history pours from every alleyway, arching doorway and soaring bell tower of Florence. As the city of art and birthplace of the Renaissance, millions throng here every year to the Uffizi, the Accademia and the Bargello to gaze upon the city's treasures. Rome, Venice and Florence are all great weekend getaways, or for longer stays, head to the glorious Tuscan countryside full of medieval towns, incredible wineries and rustic trattoria, or the sophisticated glamour, secret beaches, and sensational views of the Amalfi Coast followed by a relaxing break on one of Italy's stunning islands.

Italy with A&K
Contacts make a difference in Italy. A world of difference - and nobody knows that better than our highly qualified guides. The sun-kissed accounts of our returning guests testify to the little personal flourishes that made their Italian holiday truly memorable.

There's A&K's amazingly well-connected Donatella, who introduced guests to Siena's small but perfectly formed delicatessen, al Palazzo della Chigiana, for complementary tasting of cheese, meat and olive oil; a similarly convivial experience with decent wines in a Rome osteria; and another in Florence, where, after an introduction from A&K's guide, local artisans presented our clients' children with beautiful towels embroidered with their names.

And we're just starting. There were gifts of freshly roasted chestnuts in Verona's Piazza Erbe, and a night of free wine and mesmerising views after our guide informed a Positano bar owner that his guests were newlyweds. When you take an Abercrombie & Kent luxury holiday to Italy you'll also be able enjoy the fruits of higher level contacts: a tour of Florence's Vasari Corridor, home of the Medici's private art collection, or a visit to the atelier which makes Venice's elaborate carnival costumes.

As one part of A&K's multi-centre European team that has offered seamless travel across the continent for 25 years, we provide an insider angle on Italy's rich cultural heritage and contemporary life. Along with premium hotels and deluxe villas, we also have our nationwide 'Guardian Angels': super helpful locals who'll iron out any travel wrinkles.

You'll discover a Mediterranean country oozing with history and glorious landscapes: the north's imposing mountains and serene lakes; softly undulating central heartlands drizzled with hilltop villages and cypress trees; and the Neapolitan Riviera's ludicrously romantic resorts, across the sea from Sardinia's powder beaches.

Your A&K tour reveals centuries-old art and architecture, from Venice's palazzo-lined canals and Tuscany's renaissance showstoppers to Rome's honey-stoned grandeur and the South's ancient remains - all with a generous side serving of glorious cuisine.

Small wonder Italy's packed in high season, but, once again, our contacts make a crucial difference. 'Our guide walked us past the long snake of visitors waiting to enter St Mark's in sweltering heat,' wrote James Landsdowne. 'He took us to an innocuous side door, said "Ciao" to the guard, and we were allowed straight in. How wonderful.'



Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Italy

Nights: 9 | from £3,300pp

Combine Rome, Florence and Venice, Italy’s tremendous trio, on a trip full of ancient monuments, world-beating art, classy canals, romantic countryside... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Amalfi Coast

Nights: 4 | from £1,850pp

Sip Limoncello overlooking the romantic Amalfi coast each night after your adventures exploring Capri and Pompeii during your 4 night holiday. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Honeymoons

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Rome City Break

Nights: 3 | from £675pp

Rome is a heady blend of artistic and architectural masterpieces, classical ruins and extravagant baroque churches and piazzas. Bring Roman history to... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Florence City Break

Nights: 3 | from £650pp

Surprisingly small but perfectly formed, history pours from every alleyway, arching doorway and soaring bell tower of Florence. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Luxury Small Group Journey - Sicily: From the Mountains to the Sea

Nights: 9 | from £4,375pp

Set out on a comprehensive journey that spans this storied island and includes a ride up Mount Etna in a cable car, wine tasting in Marsala, ancient archaeological... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Belmond Hotel Caruso

Ravello  

A beautifully intimate property, the restored 11th Century Palace of Belmond Hotel Caruso instantly seduces with magnificent view from the garden. Within...Find out more

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Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Venice

Four minutes by private launch from San Marco, on the tip of Giudecca Island, this iconic Belmond hotel commands unrivalled views of the lagoon and Doge's...Find out more

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Hotel Brunelleschi

Florence

Located in the heart of Florence, only a few minutes away from the Duomo, the Brunelleschi Hotel has been completely renovated in 2012. The works have...Find out more

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Adventure & Culture | Honeymoons

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Hotel de Russie, a Rocco Forte Hotel

Rome  

A unique luxury hotel in the heart of Rome, Hotel de Russie is set in extensive, terraced gardens - the 'Secret Garden', which provides a tranquil oasis...Find out more

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Family Holidays

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Offer Verdura Resort, A Rocco Forte Hotel, Siciliy, Italy, Luxury Travel with Abercrombie & Kent

Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel

Sicily

Rocco Forte Hotel's first resort, Verdura Resort is one of Europe's most exciting destinations. Designed by Flavio Albanese, the architecture is a mixture...Find out more

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Silversea: A Cruise between Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome)

Nights: 7 | from £4,950pp

When it comes to great art, history, food and culture, the Mediterranean has it all. This journey brings you the best of all of these worlds as you venture... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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View a selection of our top offers:

Belmond Villa San Michele, Italy

Italy

Stay 3 Pay 2
Book a 3 night stay at Belmond Villa San Michele and pay for only 2 nights. Valid for travel now until 30th July and 3rd September - 31st October 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Casa Angelina Lifestyle Hotel, Italy

Italy

Stay 7 nights and pay for only 6
Book a 7 night stay at Casa Angelina Lifestyle Hotel and receive one night complimentary. Valid for travel from 24th March - 30th April 2016 and 1st October - 26th October 2016. Offer only valid on selected room types. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

Beach

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Castello del Nero, Italy

Italy

Stay 4 Pay 3
Book a 4 night stay at Castello del Nero and pay for only 3 nights. Valid for travel until 7th January 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Palazzo Avino, Italy

Italy

Stay 4 nights and pay for only 3
Book a 4 night stay at Palazzo Avino and receive one night complimentary. Valid for travel 26th March - 8th May 2016 and 6th October - 23rd October 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Verdura Resort, Sicily

Italy

Prices from £1,150pp saving up to £525pp for 7 nights
Book a minimum 4 night stay at the Verdura Resort and receive discounted rates. Prices from £1,150pp for 7 nights in a Deluxe on a B&B basis including international flights and airport transfers. Valid for travel 1st May - 31st October 2016. Blackout dates apply. Bookings must be made 100 days prior to departure. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

Beach

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

To find out more about our Europe team, click on the consultant links below or call them on 01242 547 703 or enquire online


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Best time to be there

Coastal areas and the islands are great year round, although July and August can be very hot. The arts and opera seasons are generally at their peak outside these months. August is very much a shut down month as Italians take their annual break.

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Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Milan, Pisa, Rome and Verona (British Airways), Naples and Venice (British Airways or bmi)

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2 hours - 2 hours 30 minutes

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