Category Archives: Italy

Abruzzo Holidays

Abruzzo fascinates. Here we are at the gates of the south, or Mezzogiorno, as it often is called in Italian. The difference from the rich neighboring region of Le Marche is tangible. In the villages in the mountainous interior of Abruzzo the old women are dressed in black. Dialect is often so local that it is impossible to understand even for people with a good grasp of Italia.

Many are illiterate. Nobody seems to know where England is !. But people are smiling and laughing and offer wonderfully delicious food. Moreover the nature of The Abruzzo region is strikingly beautiful. In 1923 the Abruzzo National Park was founded. Today, Parco d’Abruzzo, is about 44 000 hectares, of which 33 000 hectares are located within the region’s borders. The rich flora includes about 1700 plant species. As regards the fauna there is the most famous wolf inhabitants of Abruzzo, but there are also many different animals and about three hundred species of birds.

Villa Holidays in Abruzzo

1) James Villas – Have 2 villas in Pietrantica and 1 in Cesena.

2) Holiday Lettings – Have over 100 villas / apartments in Le March & Abruzzo sleeping all the way up to 15 people. Compare flights to either Ancona or Rimini and pre book your car-hire.

Today there are a number of retreats in mountainous part of Abruzzo area, it is here that the Milanese come for a couple weeks of peace and quiet and de-stressing. Both the Gran Sasso and Maielle are national parks. In Abruzzo you can go skiing in the morning and anemone umbrella drinks on the beach in the afternoon. The southern part of the Abruzzo coast called pinjerivieran on the foundation of its wealth of great pine trees along the wide sandy beach. Here we find the picturesque seaside resorts in Silvi Marina, Montesilvano and Pineto.

Rome City Breaks

Recognize its history and enjoy pasta, Parma ham, ice-cream and wine. In Rome, it tastes better than anywhere else. If you are thinking of taking a city break to Rome here is our advice.

Hotel Booking Rome

When booking a hotel in Rome your best bet is to get something centrally located to either the historical sites or close to major shopping streets. If you like a bit of calm you stay in the green and exclusive district of Via Condotti. Here lies the main shopping street Via Cola di Rienzo, and it’s about a 15-20 minute walk to the Vatican and Spanish Steps. You can also get a hotel right in the historical parts, or near the train station Stazione Termini, from where you are within walking distance of the opera and the shopping street Via Nazionale.

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Food and Drink in Rome

It needs to be said many times: the Italian food is fantastic. Forget about international cuisine when you travel here, here is Italian food in force. Shellfish, fish and meat, and especially pasta and pizza, nowhere does it tastes better than in Rome. Here the food is both cooked and eaten with love, so take your time and enjoy both dinner and party. And if you have a sweet tooth after eating there are delightful desserts. How about tiramisu or the best Italian ice cream or sorbet? To the food they drink wine, of course, a drop of Italian goes down a treat.

Roma Football and culture

Romans compared to football is a love story worth experiencing. Go on a derby between Roma and Lazio with 80,000 others at Stadio Olimpico, you need not be especially interested in soccer in order to find it fascinating. If it’s highbrow culture you’re after then there are plenty of theatres and concerts year round. For the party-hungry the Rome district of Testaccio is a hot tip. There are many bars and nightclubs, and if are you girl, you’ll often into discos free. Italians are very happy to finish the evening with a chat over a cup of coffee.

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Excursions in Rome

All roads lead to Rome, as we know, and it is not difficult to understand why. Once this was the world’s capital and wherever you are you can still breathe the city’s history. Monuments, medieval churches, Renaissance fountains and palaces testify of old days, but also makes today’s Rome, a city which must be experienced. Vatican – a country and city, which is the Catholic Church and the Pope’s home. Here is Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest church and the Sistine Chapel with its magnificent ceiling paintings by Michelangelo. You can’t miss the Colosseum – a huge amphitheatre that was built in 72-80 AD. Up to 50,000 visitors could watch the bloody gladiatorial games from here.

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Shopping in Rome

Rome is one of Europe’s ultimate shopping cities. Italian fashion, designer bags, trendy shoes and jewelry make it difficult to keep your wallet closed. Several of the leading fashion houses such as Gucci, Armani and Versace are represented here. Their stores are well worth a visit. If you have travelled to Rome for the culinary experience then wine, cheese and salami might be something to bring home. The latest in interior design is also showcased here in the many wonderful shops.

Venice Holidays

Venice – I’ve never been to Venice, one thing I will probably never forget is my Geogrphy teacher being incredibly dissapointed with his trip to Venice – he went in August and the whole city stank due to the water going stagnant. Here’s a snippet of info on Venice :

The architecture in Venice is what gives this place its unchallenged reputation and it is where you will find some spectacular buildings, including the baroque church, Chiesa Dei Scalzi, and the Chiesa Di San Domenico, which hangs the painting, San Paolo, probably Vittore Carpaccio’s last work. But don’t forget the Basilica San Marco, a remarkable chapel, and Gallerie dell Academia, where artistic endeavors from Venetian old masters bring together high renaissance, baroque and rococo.

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Lastminute secret hotels Neopolitan Riviera

Apparently, just now there are some great deals where you can get a “Secret Hotel” on the Neapolitan Riviera for £30 per room, per night. How this works is that you won’t be told the actual hotel name and address until you have parted with your cash but you can see the star rating and the hotel description so it’s not too hard to work it out !

Be quick though, this particular deal at £30 is WIGIG (“when it’s gone, it’s gone”) and went live 19th May 2010.

More details Lastminute.com. For more options, please see our hotel deals page.