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Milan the fashion capital of Italy with its imposing Cathedral and world famous La Scala Opera house is home to EXPO 2015 from May until the end of October with a focus upon feeding the planet, energy for Life.
As well as being one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan is the business centre of Italy, and indeed arguably seen by many Italian's as the heart of their country. As well as designer boutiques, the streets are lined with lively bars and restaurants, traditional churches, the museums of the Castello Sforzesco and the relaxing and luxurious spas. Football enthusiasts will revel in being able to catch an AC Milan game or have a tour of the football ground, which is home to this world renowned club. Idroscalo, the cities man-made lake, is a great place to relax with the family, with leisurely walking and cycling routes as well as playgrounds and pedalos.
Calmer waters flow around Italy's lakes, where the tree-clad mountains tumble sheer into clear blue waters. Once the traditional summer refuge for Europe's aristocracy, these lakeshores are home to pillared palaces of breath-taking grace and beauty, built in the heyday of classical values and cultured living.
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.
Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Milan, Pisa, Rome and Verona (British Airways), Naples and Venice (British Airways or bmi)
2 hours - 2 hours 30 minutes
GMT +1 hour
Suggested accommodation in Italian Lakes Holidays 2015, 2016
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Suggested itineraries in Italy
Nights: 4 | from £1,850
Sip Limoncello overlooking the romantic Amalfi coast each night after your adventures exploring Capri and Pompeii during your 4 night holiday.
Nights: 9 | from £3,100
Spend 9 days living la dolce vita as you explore historical Rome, romantic Florence, peaceful Siena, and alluring Venice on this Italian journey.
Christie’s Art Journeys: Florence: Art of the Renaissance
Nights: 4 | from £2,995
Join Abercrombie & Kent and Christie’s on a journey through Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and once inspiration for masters including Brunelleschi, Bernini and Michelangelo.
Luxury Small Group Journey - Sicily: From the Mountains to the Sea
Nights: 9 | from £5,069
Visiting Palermo, Erice, Seges Ta, Marsala, Selinunte, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa, Modica, Syracuse, Taormina And Catania
Gladiators & Gelati: Family Fun in Italy
Nights: 6 | from £3,950
A fun-filled family Italian adventure over 6 nights, learning about gladiators, enjoying a private cooking class and taking a tour of Florence's oldest gelateria.
Christie’s Art Journeys: Venice: From Renaissance to the Biennale
Nights: 4 | from £3,795
Join Abercrombie & Kent and Christie’s in Venice as we wind through the canals and hidden passages in search of some of the city’s most magnificent works of art. Art and architecture are part and parcel of the city’s charm, from the Renaissance works found in the grand palazzos to the modern masters such as Picasso and Miró at the Guggenheim.
Connections - Italy: South to North
Nights: 12 | from £4,785
Explore some of Italy’s greatest sites and learn from inspiring chefs and artisans in Rome, Venice, Naples, Florence, Sorrento and Siena.
An all-suite private estate hotel bang in the middle of Tuscany with Siena, San Gimignano and Florence all within an hour. From a perfect cappuccino as the Tuscan sun sets, to a romantic picnic lunch in the vineyards and dining alfresco with friends and family, enjoy the best of the regions food and wine on a break in the rolling Italian countryside.
Enjoy three nights for the price two from 19th March - 30th May, 19th - 31st August & 1st October - 9th November 2015. Terms and conditions apply.
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Save from £85pp
Stay three nights at Palazzo Manfredi in a Prestige King on a B&B basis and save 20% when booking 60 days before travel. Includes international flights and transfers. From £840pp, saving £85pp. Valid for travel until 30th April 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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