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Honeymoons and weddings abroad are tailor-made by Expressions Holidays. Contact us for a range of honeymoon and wedding destinations around the world and an amazing choice of honeymoons from island-hopping to visiting cultural sites.
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Experiences
  

With Authentic Experiences from Expressions Holidays you enter a world of genuine holiday and travel experiences within the framework of one of our tailor-made holidays, be its significance culture, gastronomy, wine appreciation, wildlife, sports or special occasions.
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holidays
  

Expressions Spas opens a world of tailor-made spa holidays that allows you to choose according to region, type of treatment desired, product type and recommends for your party type, whether it be for couples, singles or perhaps mothers and daughters travelling together.
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holidays
  

Expressions Families affords you an amazing choice of sophisticated resorts ideally suited to families in selected destinations worldwide. You can also choose according to required facilities in resort and we suggest holidays for families with grandparents and single parent families too.
Rail
holidays
  

Expressions Holidays offers you tailor-made rail holidays and journeys by train, including luxury trains, scenic journeys and classic rail tours.
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journeys
  

Tailor-made journeys and tours for individuals and small groups to selected destinations around the world from Burma to Italy, from Vietnam to India.
  • Tailor-made luxury hotel holidays to Abruzzo

    Luxury holidays to Abruzzo

    Framed by the Adriatic and the Appenines, Abruzzo is one of the most mountainous regions in Italy, famous for the monasteries and castles that seem to cling to every clifftop. Historically relatively cut off, the pace of development in Abruzzo has been slower than elsewhere in Italy, and life here follows a traditional pattern despite the fact the region’s western borders lie only 50 miles east of Rome.
    Here, in little-visited hilltowns and villages, some virtually unchanged in centuries, Sunday markets groan with local produce, and family-run trattoria produce unassuming but exquisite feasts. Though Abruzzo’s 80-mile coastline boasts some of the finest Blue Flag beaches in Italy, it is Abruzzo National Park in the rugged mountainous interior that draws many visitors to the region. Criss-crossed by ancient shepherd tracks, covered almost entirely by centuries-old beechwood forest still sheltering wolves and bears, the 190-square mile park is the oldest in the Appenines, offering fantastic walking either through its forests and flower-filled meadows, or up among its 7,000ft granite summits. A beautiful yet little visited region boasting the most southerly glacier in Europe and the highest peak on the Italian peninsula, Abruzzo is an unassuming, enchanting delight which is an ideal holiday destination.


    Local highlights

    Medieval castles abound, with Pescina, San Pio delle Camere, Celano and Ocre merely some the most spectacular; wandering the winding streets of the dramatic castletowns of Castel di Ieri and Fontecchio; Maiella National Park, with its 40 hermitages and chapels, wild-flower valleys and forests, and Gran Sasso (9,554ft), the highest summit on the Italian peninsula; the ski resort of Pescocostanzo, complete with 16th century palaces and 11th century churches; Ovid’s birthplace, Sulmona, a pretty medieval town in the shadow of Gran Sasso, with a 13th century aqueduct still supplying water to the town’s fountain, a stunning 11th century cathedral with Byzantine-style reliefs; 1st century Roman ruins of Alba Fucens; Gole di Celano, a 2,000ft gorge, with a twisting, dramatically narrow, well-marked track at its base; Ovindoli, a charming hilltop village and wonderful base for hikes and rides into Velino-Sirente Regional Park, where visitors can walk alongside an underground river at Stiffe past spectacular rock formations, giant stalactites, stalagmites and spectacular subterranean waterfalls; Castelli, another classic hilltown with vast views over the valley below Gran Sasso, famed for its contemporary art shops; the 9th century cathedral of Atri and its magnificent Renaissance frescoes; an abundance of monasteries clinging to the cliffs, including the baroque churches and 15th century cloisters of San Giuliano overlooking L’Aquila.


    Getting out and about

    We include a hire-car with all our holidays to Abruzzo.
    You could spend a lifetime driving the minor roads that branch off the A24 between L’Aquila and Colledara. Littered with monasteries and castle, hilltowns and Roman ruins, the area offers rich pickings for anyone with a hire-car.


    Travel arrangements

    By air: Daily flights to Rome with British Airways from Heathrow and Gatwick, or daily flights to Rome with Alitalia from Heathrow. Collect your hire-car on arrival. 
    By rail: You can take the Eurostar to Paris and then the overnight sleeper to Rome. Perhaps stay in Rome first and then collect your hire-car for your stay in Abruzzo.
    Self-drive: With your own car we recommend at least two overnight stops in each direction, possibly three one way at least, perhaps in Alsace, the Italian Lakes and Tuscany. Let us advise you on an itinerary and make the arrangements for you.
    In addition to holidays by air and by car, you may also be interested in holidays by rail (including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and an overnight sleeper service from Paris to Italy).


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    Castello Chiola in Loreto Aprutino is a four star castle hotel in a splendid hill-top location and stunning

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    Italy FAST FACTS

    Capital
    Rome
    Airport
    There is a very good scattering of international airports in Italy, with the main ones being Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Bari; on Sicily, Catania is served by several airlines from the UK and on Sardinia you fly to Cagliari or Olbia.
    Currency
    Euro (£1 = Euro 1.30)
    Size
    Italy is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide
    Population
    60 million
    Average temperature
    Italy's temperature varies dramatically, from about 4 degrees in Turin in winter to 33 degrees in Sicily in summer, with snow year-round on the summits of the Pyrenees and Alps
    National holidays in Italy
    Some tourist attractions as well as banks etc may close on the following days:
    1 January
    6 January (Epiphany)
    Easter Monday
    25 April (Liberation Day)
    1 May (Labour Day)
    15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    1 November (All Saints)
    8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    Christmas Day
    Boxing Day
    There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.

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