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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.



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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:

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

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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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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

Adventure & Culture

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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:

Four Seasons Milan

The Four Seasons Hotel Milan is a luxurious and exclusive hotel located on a quiet street in Milan's most elegant quarter, near La Scala and the Cathedral. In... Find out more

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Grand Hotel Tremezzo

 The Grand Hotel Tremezzo dates from 1910 and is replete with stylish Art Nouveau touches, as well as 100 windows to bring the outside in. The views from... Find out more

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Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

A truly magical property, situated in Bellagio on the shores of the spectacular Lake Como. The glorious gardens which surround the hotel abound in magnolias... Find out more

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Park Hyatt Milan

Park Hyatt Milan is one of the most opulent hotels in the city, just steps from the most prominent landmarks such as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II,... Find out more

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Adventure & Culture | Special Interest

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Villa D'Este

The magnificent Villa d'Este, formerly a grand Renaissance-style palazzo is now a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, offering a wonderful fusion... Find out more

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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.

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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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