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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.

Luxury Italy Holidays 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 £2,995pp

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

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City Breaks to Rome

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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Venice City Break

Nights: 3 | from £625pp

Venice is a city that has endured a litany of both triumph and tragedy, rising from its marshy foundations to become a labyrinth of placid waterways and... 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

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Gladiators & Gelati: Family Fun in Italy

Nights: 6 | from £2,995pp

Immerse your family in the exciting world of Italian history on a luxurious tour of Rome, Florence and Pisa that makes learning fun – and delicious, with... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Offer Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy Luxury Travel with Abercrombie & Kent

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

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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 A&K Favourite 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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Barcelona to Monte Carlo Ft. Silversea Cruises

Nights: 14 | from £3,550pp

Contrast the glitz of Monte Carlo with the rustic prettiness of Elba on a voyage that brings out the best of the Mediterranean’s history, art, and culture. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Venice to Rome discovery Ft. Regent SevenSeas

Nights: 13 | from £4,650pp

Discover the Mediterranean’s evocative mix of culture and history, from the canals of Venice and walled city of Dubrovnik to the romance of Capri and... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Adriatic Wonders Ft. Seabourn

Nights: 13 | from £3,750pp

Sail away in style from Venice to discover the natural wonders and historic riches of atmospheric tucked-away Adriatic ports and islands, whose appeal... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Ponant speciality cruise - Mediterranean Flavours

Nights: 11 | from £4,299pp

Discover the enchanting culture of the must see towns and cities along the magnificent Italian and Croatian coasts. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Ponant speciality cruise - Masterpieces of the Adriatic

Nights: 9 | from £5,199pp

Discover pearls of the Adriatic and their wild beauty, gaining access to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Borgo Egnazia, Italy

Italy

4 NIGHTS FOR THE PRICE OF 3 - 2017

Valid for travel between 7 Jan - 17 Mar & 4 Nov - 27 Dec


Terms and conditons apply. Subject to availability. 

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Capri Tiberio Palace & Spa

Italy

SUITES OFFER 2017
€50 food & beverage credit and €50 spa credit.
Valid for travel 13 Apr - 14 Oct
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.

 

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Castello di Casole, Italy

Italy

40% DISCOUNT OFFER 2017
Stay 4 or more nights from now - 31st October 2017 and receive 40% discount.

Stay 2 or more nights for the below dates and receive 25% discount: 5th - 17th May 2017, 3rd-4th June 2017 and 8th - 14th June 2017

Book 21days or more in advance for stays of 2 or more nights from 18th June - 31st October 2017 and receive 20% dsicount
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 1 Apr - 7 May & 9 Oct - 22 Oct


Terms and conditons apply. Subject to availability. 

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Verdura Resort, Sicily

Italy

Save up to 25%
10% early booking discount available at Verdura Resort for all stays booked at least 100 days before arrival.

Valid for stays between 4th Jan 2017 - 3rd Jan 2018

Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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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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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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