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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.



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:

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

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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

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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

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Gladiators & Gelati: Family Fun in Italy

Nights: 6 | from £3,950pp

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

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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

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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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Mandarin Oriental

Set across four 18th century buildings, the Mandarin Oriental, Milan was once a bank but is now the newest addition to Milan’s glittering luxury hotel... 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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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

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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

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View a selection of our top offers:

Borgo Egnazia, Italy

Italy

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Book a 4 night stay at Borgo Egnazia and pay for only 3 nights. Valid for travel 2nd November - 29th December 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Castello del Nero, Italy

Italy

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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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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. 

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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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2 hours - 2 hours 30 minutes

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