A great des­ti­na­tion for the family

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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.

Rome in all its glory. There are few Euro­pean cities that can match the splen­dour of the Ital­ian cap­i­tal.

Tus­cany and Florence are a won­der­ful part of Italy with rolling coun­try­side and cul­ture ga­lore.

It de­fies be­lief. A visit to Italy has to in­clude a trip to the fa­mous lean­ing tower of Pisa.

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