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Welcome to Italy

All the elements of a perfect holiday

With its fascinating architecture, rich history, culture & nature, Italy is a blend of all the elements which combine to create the perfect holiday. From a short break in Venice to relaxing on the beach at a delightful boutique hotel in Puglia, Sardinia or Sicily there is plenty of choice.

Art & architecture in abundance in cities such as Rome and Florence, rolling hillsides, vineyards and pure serenity in the Tuscan countryside, beaches and a unique culture in Puglia, breath taking coastlines in Amalfi, Barolo in Piedmont (!), the waterways of Venice, archeological finds in Sicily and of course Opera in Verona ……. The diverse choices for creating the perfect inspirational experience in Italy are endless!!

Verona – the home of opera, a romantic city with great atmosphere and charm!

This captivating city is famous is the home of Juliet, the Opera and a wealth of fascinating history and architecture. It is a truly magnificent place to visit all year round. At its heart is the ancient arena, where some of Italy’s finest opera seduces the senses every year between June and September. Shakespeare chose to set his romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, in this beautiful city and it is definitely a place to fall in love.

The history and architecture of this beautiful city have plenty to offer year-round and is a perfect city break destination. A short stay in the historic city of Verona coupled with a stay on the shores of Lake Garda makes for a unique holiday experience.

Florence is the capital of the stunning Italian region of Tuscany and the heart of the Renaissance; one of Europe’s great art cities.

The architecture, sculptures and references to renowned artists will astound the visitor to this city of splendour. No visit to Florence would be complete without admiring Michelangelo’s statue of David housed within the Accademia Gallery. The Pontevecchio Bridge, a famous landmark of Florence is a symbol of the city’s endurance over natural and man made disasters. The Uffizi Gallery is one of the world’s top art museums and houses some of the most important works by artists of the Renaissance period: Leonardo de Vinci, Giotto, Botticelli and Michelangelo. You will also find many fascinating Greek and Roman sculptures in the Uffizi. Named in honour of Santa Maria del Fiore is the magnificent Duomo (Cathedral): the grand immense dome designed by Brunelleschi is visible for miles.

The Puglia region of Italy is truly a treasure waiting to be discovered.

Also referred to as the heel of Italy’s boot, the region is surrounded by sea on three sides and has the longest coastline in Italy as well as one of the finest natural white, sandy beaches. A holiday in Puglia not only offers exceptional value for money, but will also give you the satisfaction of experiencing a true taste of Italy.

Known for their olive oil and wine production, Puglia produces almost 70% of the entire olive oil production of Italy and also have over 30 different types of grapes producing some of the best wines in Italy.

Rome is the capital of Italy and is known as the country’s Eternal City; it is also one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Rome is full of priceless treasures: ancient statues, Renaissance Frescoes, medieval piazzas and Byzantine mosaics. The city boasts some of the world’s most breath taking masterpieces: sculptures of Michelangelo, canvases by Caravaggio, fountains by Bernini! Ancient icons such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon take us back to the day when the city was the hub of the Roman Empire. St Peters Basilica is the greatest of Rome’s monuments, an absolute masterpiece of Renaissance Architecture and The Sistine Chapel, a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, official residence of the Pope is one of the greatest art treasures of all time, renowned for its incredible ceiling painted by Michelangelo. At Inspire Me Travel we offer the extremely rare and unique Scavi Underground Tour of St Peters Basilica – The Vatican Necopolis, or Scavi, is located directly beneath St Peters Basilica. Here you will find papal tombs and Roman cities of the dead, including the tomb of St Peter. In order to preserve this wonder, only 150 visitors are allowed per day

The Emilia Romagna region is a covers a large area of the north of Italy.

Daily scheduled flights to Bologna, Parma & Rimini from many UK airports, make it a very easy region to reach. The area is famous for many things including the long stretches of sandy beach on the Adriatic coast.

Bologna, the site of Europe’s first university, is best known as the gastronomic capital of Italy. It is regarded as one of the country’s most beautiful cities with a maze like network of porticoed, medieval streets.

To the west are the wealthy, provincial towns of Modena, Parma and Reggio Emilia. The Adriatic coast to the south is home to well known Rimini, with its seaside nightlife and historic town centre. .

Venice is a unique city, not just in Italy, but around the world.

It is a city that needs no introduction, simply the romance capital of the world built on water, with awe-inspiring views, and traffic-free streets. Drift along the canals by gondola and float back in time as you admire breath-taking Byzantine, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

Our Italian Inspirations

Verona Opera: Between mid-June and early September, the city of Verona welcomes thousands of opera lovers from around the word to witness the most magical and powerful performances. Every year different performances take place in the Arena di Verona – Verdi’s Aida is always in the programme – satisfying the senses of opera-lovers. The Verona Opera is an event not to be missed.

2019 performances are

Aida : 22 & 27 June.  5, 9, 12, 21, 24, 28 July.  3, 9, 18, 25, 28, 31 August. 3, 7 September.

La Traviata :  21, 28 June.  11, 19, 25 July. 1, 8, 17, 22, 30 August. 5 September.

Carmen (new stage design): 6, 10, 13, 18, 23, 27 July. 2, 24, 27 August. 4 September.  

Il Travatore:  29 June.  4, 7, 20, 26  July.

Tosca:  10, 16, 23, 29 August. 6 September.

3 nights in Verona during Opera season …

From from £650 pp

Price includes:

  • 3 nights in a four-star hotel close to the Arena; name to be confirmed at the time of enquiry depending on your preferred dates and availability (please note that as the opera is so popular most hotels get booked up very quickly therefore for the best ones we recommend early booking!)Private airport transfers
  • Standard seats on the stairs (upgrade to a numbered seat is available at a supplement)

Optional: Pre Opera and Interval Champagne with your own host – please enquire at Inspire Me Travel for details.

Why not extend your stay and take a short train journey to Lake Garda; spend a few nights by the Lake relaxing and enjoying the delights offered by this beautiful region of Italy.

Accomodation in an authentic Trullo, typical of Puglia
Borgo Canonica is the result of the restoration of a rural Borgo (a settlement outside a city’s walls) from the 1800’s. The hotel is almost entirely composed of Trulli – traditional dry stone huts with conical roofs. Surrounded by the scent of the Mediterranean – secular olive trees and luscious vineyards. The hotel is only 3km from Cisternino where you can admire the beautiful courtyards, alleys, stairways and arches all painted in white surrounded by flowery balconies. Borgo Canonica boasts 16 elegant rooms and suites; the restaurant offers local specialities and the 70 square metre outdoor pool is surrounded by olive trees.
Price from £750pp 

Price includes:

  • Scheduled flights from a London airport with luggage included
  • 5 nights in a double room at Borgo Canonica on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Return private transfers

Optional :Wine Tasting and Olive oil tasting – please enquire at Inspire me Travel

3 nights in Rome including the unique and specialist visit to underneath the Vatican!!

Price from £ 650 pp

Spend 3 nights at the sensational 5* Palazzo Manfredi Hotel which actually overlooks the Colosseum. Centrally located so you can visit the many wonders of this eternal city. But this visit will be unique as your trip will include a very special tour to the Vatican : The Vatican Necropolis,or Scavi, is located directly beneath the immense St Peter’s Basilica and includes everything from the Papal Tombs to Roman cities of the dead including the tomb of St Peter. You will be put into a group of maximum 12 people with an English speaking guide; your tour will last 1.5 hours. In order to preserve this exceptional historical and archeological site and especially the revered tomb of St Peter, only 150 visitors per day are allowed on the tour. Tickets are therefore in short supply and need to be booked in advance. We do not recommend this tour if you suffer from claustrophobia.

Minimum age is 15

Price includes:

  • Return flights from the UK with luggage included
  • 3 nights at the Palazza Manfredi hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Return private transfers
  • Guided tour of The Vatican Necropolis

NB: Subject to availability.  Optional extra – car to collect you from your hotel and take you to the Necropolis (return)

5* hotel in the heart of Rome including a Dolce Vita tour by Vintage Vespa!

Price from £780. pp

Spend 3 nights at the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese; an enchanting Boutique hotel in the heart of Rome boasting splendid views over the Villa Borghese Park. Your stay will be in a superior twin or double room on Bed & Breakfast basis and will include a unique Dolce Vita tour on a Vintage Vespa! Your driver will collect you from your hotel and give you your scarf and helmet. Each person has their own Vespa and driver. The driver will take you round the enchanting city of Rome and as Vespas are allowed to drive anywhere in the city, it is the only way to discover the hidden corners of Rome. Your driver will take you back to your hotel after your tour.

Price includes:

  • 3 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis in a superior double or twin room at the
  • Hotel Sofitel Villa Borghese
  • Flights from the UK to Rome
  • private return transfers
  • 4 hour Vespa tour with driver.

5 nights in Bologna visiting such incredible places as San Marino, Modena, Ravenna and Rimini. A great holiday for all the ‘foodies’ out there – visit FICO in Bologna, the world’s largest agri-food park which is only a 20 minute shuttle bus ride from Bologna central station. Here you will see food from all over Italy on show! The kitchens in the restaurants are visible behind glass panelling and host over 30 daily sessions to educate the consumer on food production.

Price from £650pp

  • 5 nights in a 4 star hotel in Bologna on bed & breakfast basis
  • Flights to to Bologna from the UK
  • Private return transfers

NB – we can organise private or group tours to the above or we can organise transfers or car hire so you can visit Rimini, Ravenna, Modena and San Marino at  your leisure.

Stay at the fabulous 4* Hotel Orologio in the centre of Florence; visit the highlights of this magnificent city, such as the Duomo – the grand and overwhelming Renaissance dome designed by Brunelleschi; the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s top art museums, the Ponte Vecchio bridge, the Accademia Gallery which houses Michelangelo’s statue of David.

Why not include a  Florentine cookery class – Learn to cook a selection of classic Italian and Tuscan dishes alongside a local culinary expert at the Giglio cooking school.
You will be able to get stuck in, make pasta from scratch and test out other recipes for yourself before sitting down to sample your dishes at the end of your class. A standard lesson will involve the preparation of a traditional Italian meal complete with an appetizer, first course, second course and dessert. Alternatively, the class can be tailored to include vegetarian specialities or elements such as pizza and gelato making.

Price: from £900 pp (flights into Florence) or from £620pp (flights into Pisa and then train to Florence)

 

 

Price includes:

  • Return flights from either London City Airport or Stansted (date dependant) to Florence
  • Return private transfer from Florence airport to your hotel
  • 3 hour Florentine cookery class
  • 3 nights in the 4* Orologio Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Price based on 2 people sharing

If cookery isn’t your thing then contact us at Inspire Me Travel regarding our Guided Art Tours in Florence Or why not extend your stay in Florence by visiting some of the magical towns which make up the captivating region of Tuscany- San Gimigano, Siena, Lucca. Here we can organise wine tasting tours or just find you a relaxing week in one of our splendid villas overlooking the rolling hillsides and vineyards.

3 nights in a 4* hotel including tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum
Price from £700 pp
Spend 3 nights at the splendid Rose Garden Palace hotel, located just off Via Veneto. The rooms are spacious, elegant and beautiful. Step outside and you will find some of the best shopping,dining and sightseeing in Rome, all within easy walking distance. During your stay at the Rose Garden Palace your private Guide and driver will collect you from the hotel and take you for a fully guided tour of the breathtaking Colosseum and Roman Forum.

Price from £700 per person

Price includes

  • 3 nights in a superior double or twin room at the Rose Garden Palace Hotel on bed & breakfast basis
  • Flights from the UK to Rome including luggage
  • 3 hour private tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum;
  • Private return transfers.

A romantic luxury break in the floating city of Venice. You will be spoilt with private water taxi transfers, luxury hotel accommodation and a 30 min. private gondola at night in this 2 nights break. Truly amazing break not to be missed! Why not add on a Mask Making class; learn how to use traditional techniques for making Venetian masks from real cartapesta.

Price from £750pp

Price includes

  • 2 nights at Ca Maria Adele Annex Room Palazetto 113
  • Breakfast
  • 30 minute private Gondola tour for two (longer time is also available as well as champagne and canapés on the gondola to make the tour more romantic – ask for this at the time of booking)
  • Return Private Water Taxi from/to Venice Marco Polo Airport
  • Flights from the UK – hand luggage only

Venice is renowned for its famous Masquerade Ball and at Inspire Me Travel we organise sessions where you can make your own masks!!

Why not combine Venice with a visit to Verona or to the Italian Lakes – so easy to do and such contrasts too.

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