Festivals in Italian Cities Venice carnival: A boisterous time of merrymaking and elaborate masks and costumes. The Carnival takes place in February, finishing on Shrove Tuesday. Venice regatta: Historical regatta of boats held on the Grand Canal on the first Sunday in September. Rome jazz festival: An annual festival of jazz music which takes place in October. Gastronomy of Italian Cities The city of Parma is famous for its hams and cheeses. Bologna is a renowned gastronomic city, home to stuffed pasta dishes and the famous Bolognese sauce. Naples is the birthplace of the Margarita pizza.
Venice: Venice Carnival is in February, shopping for glassware and jewellery, a ride along the Grand Canal with its elegant palaces, the food markets of the San Polo district. Florence: Concerts, opera and ballet in Florence in May, jewellery and paper in Florence, the splendours of the Uffizi, the serenity of the Boboli gardens, a view of the city and the Arno valley from Fiesole. Rome: The Villa d'Este at Tivoli (we offer Garden Tour Holidays including a visit to Villa d'Este), clothes and shoes shopping, the Coliseum and Forum, the marvellous Baroque architecture, sites of religious significance. Naples: Waterfront and baroque palaces, archaeological museum. Milan: The Galleria, La Scala opera house, the cathedral and designer shops. Verona: Opera, Roman arena and tombs of the Scaligeri. Ferrara: The austere and dramatic architecture of the Castello Estense. Parma: Gastronomy, home to hams and cheeses. Bologna: The church of San Petronio, mediaeval palaces and the elegant city centre with its porticoed buildings.
How to get there By scheduled air from London to Venice, Pisa (for Florence), Florence (with Meridiana from Gatwick), Rome, Milan, Naples, Verona and Bologna for Ferrara and Parma. There are direct flights from regional airports to Rome and Milan. Transfers from the airports to the hotels are not included in our prices (although hire-cars are included for Parma and Ferrara) but either private transfers can be prebooked by us or details of public transport (the cheaper option) are provided with your tickets and holiday documentation. From Venice airport to St Mark's Square there is a public water-bus, costing about £7.50 per person each way. From Rome to the city centre we recommend the train service and then a taxi to the hotel. From Florence airport there is a bus service or taxis are available. From Pisa to Florence there is a regular train service from the airport to Florence city centre. From Naples airport to the city centre it is only a 15 minute taxi ride (costing about £15). From Milan airport a bus takes you to the railway station or it is just a 15 minute ride in a taxi (about £15).
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CapitalRome AirportThere 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.CurrencyEuro (£1 = Euro 1.30) SizeItaly is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide Population60 million Average temperatureItaly'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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