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Honeymoons
& weddings
  
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.
Authentic
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.
Spa
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.
Family
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.
Worldwide
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 Italian Cities

    Italy Cities
    Luxury holidays to Italian Cities
    Luxury holidays to the beautiful Italian cities of Florence, Milan, Naples, Rome, Venice and Verona are magical experiences. These fascinating cities all offer a range of luxurious four and five star hotels which provide the perfect base from which to explore the city.
    Venice
    is truly magical and is best described by some of the highlights of the city; arriving at St Mark’s by water-bus from the lagoon to be struck by its kaleidoscope of colours and images, sitting in St Mark’s Square at one of the cafés with a piano playing in the background and marvelling at the confusion of the architecture all around with the lagoon in the distance and the shimmering of light on the façade of the Doge’s Palace, the relaxing atmosphere created by the lapping of water wherever you go, the breathtaking glory of the palaces lining the Grand Canal and the wealth of architectural treasures yet to be restored hiding along backwater canals and in off the beaten track squares. Florence is a treasure trove of art and architecture and worthy of its cherished place in the hearts and minds of the northern European traveller. The Italian capital, Rome offers almost endless sightseeing treats from the extensive Roman sites such as the Coliseum and the Forum, to St Peter’s and the Vatican, and the Baroque monuments of the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Naples is an astoundingly attractive city, full of interest and with beautiful, historic buildings. Milan is an energetic, dynamic city with superb shops, architecture and the opera. We also offer you the smaller but fascinating cities of Bologna, Verona and Parma all featured in the pages of this Cities section. We also offer hotels in Pisa and Siena which you can find in the Tuscany section of the website. All the Italian cities make excellent combinations for rail holidays with train travel in between for which we can provide you with tickets.

    Local highlights

    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.

    Getting out and about

    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.  

    Travel arrangements

    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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    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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      Rail holidays and train journeys, tailor-made.

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      Italian garden holidays and tours for individuals and small groups

    • Family holidays

      Visit our selection of tailor-made family holidays to selected hotels and resorts around the world.

    • Cookery holidays

      Tailor-made cookery holidays in Italy

    • Spa holidays

      Rejuvenating, relaxing, refreshing, good for the body and the soul; spa and well-being worldwide

    • Authentic experiences

      Our selection of authentic experience and special interest holidays.

    • Worldwide journeys

      Luxury tours for individuals around the world

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