A great destination for the family
Many years ago, when our daughter was little, we went off to Lido di Jesolo for a week of fun in the sun at this delightful family friendly resort on the Italian coast. It was the start of a love affair with this wonderful country.
We stayed in a small and simple no-frills hotel where, in the afternoons, the staff would come down to the beach and play with the young guests. It was almost like staying with family friends. Such a memorable, and good value, holiday.
Since then we have returned to Italy from time to time and it just gets better.
The cities, the lakes, the mountain scenery, the coastlines and rolling countryside.
The scope for an enticing holiday in Italy is boundless.
With so much choice, however, knowing where to start can be a little daunting.
Leading Italian holiday expert, Citalia, has launched a host of inspirational ideas, including accommodation and internal transport suggestions as well as points of interest.
The itinerary suggestions can be seen on the Citalia website, and also include a range of ideas from Italian brand ambassador and cook, Gennaro Contaldo.
You could head for Rome and Sorrento or how about Venice, Florence and Rome or perhaps Bologna and the Adriatic Riviera.
And multi-stop Italian breaks are made easy by taking advantage of the fantastic Italian rail network which is extensive and also value for money. For example, Citalia offers: Seven nights to Liquria and Florence from £799pp. This includes four nights’ B&B at the four-star Regina Elena hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure followed by three nights’ B&B at the threestar San Giorgo hotel in Florence. This also includes four nights’ car hire, rail transfer from Pisa to Florence and return flights from Stansted on July 11.
Seven nights to Ischia and the Amalfi Coast, from £ 985pp. This includes stays at the four-star Continential Mare and four-star Minora Place, private transfers and flights from Gatwick on June 2.
Nine nights at Rome, Sorrento and Capri from £1,335pp and this includes three nights at Rome, three in Sorrento and three on Capri in good standard hotels plus rail, private resort transfers, hydrofoil transfers and flights from Gatwick on September 2. For all the details of these and other holidays in Italy from the company, go to www.citalia.com or call 01293 765 066.
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