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Whilst the choice of short break destinations grows ever wider, Italy remains at the top of many discerning travellers’ lists – the delicious food, fine wine, spectacular scenery, wonderful art and music and the layers of intriguing history always brings us back for more. We have been creating tailor-made holidays to cities such as Venice, Florence and Rome for over 25 years, but our experienced consultants have discovered new corners of the country every year – from the unspoilt countryside of Basilicata, to the art cities of Emilia-Romagna. Our experts will craft the perfect slice of la dolce vita for your personal requirements: a city break to rediscover the beauty of Venice, a chance to relax in the Tuscan countryside and learn the art of Italian cooking or a Grand Tour of the country’s outstanding classical ruins. Our experience has taught us that it is crucial to make the most of your time on a short break, and we now offer priority museum tickets for all our clients visiting Venice, Florence or Rome whilst an exclusive Kirker Walking Tour is available in Venice. Our unique Guide Notes include some of the best recommendations for local trattorias and the Kirker Concierge is adept at arranging restaurant reservations, private guides, or perhaps tickets to a concert or opera performance at one of the legendary theatres such as Verona’s -M ADE H Arena or Milan’s La Scala. OR O IL Our Italian experts look forward to hearing from you very soon. Please call 020 7593 2283. DA

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Prices per person including flights, transfers, accommodation with breakfast, Kirker City Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing, and the services of the Kirker Concierge to book concert and opera tickets or reserve a table for a delicious dinner at a recommended restaurant.

Venice

Amalfi

Palazzo Stern **** Superior

This is a beautifully restored 19th Century Moorish palazzo directly on the Grand Canal. It has 24 bedrooms - all well furnished in Venetian style, a garden terrace overlooking the water and a rooftop terrace with an outdoor Jacuzzi which can be reserved privately. SPECIAL OFFER from 21 July - 28 August: 3 night price from £720, saving £60. 3 night price from £885 until 5 July Includes Doge’s Palace, Accademia or Guggenheim tickets and water taxi transfers.

Rome

d’Inghilterra **** Deluxe

This delightful hotel has the best location of any in Rome – close to the bottom of the Spanish Steps. A favourite of Hemingway and Mark Twain, it has been described as among the 20 most charming hotels in the world. There are 89 beautifully furnished bedrooms. 3 nights for the price of 2 for Sunday arrivals all year - price from £649, saving £160 Includes Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel or Villa Borghese tickets.

Bologna

Grand Hotel Majestic ***** Deluxe

Luna Convento **** Superior

Originally a convent dating from the 9th Century and a hotel for over 180 years, the Luna Convento is located within walking distance of the centre of Amalfi and overlooks the entire bay. All 43 bedrooms are furnished in traditional Mediterranean style and overlook the sea. There are two restaurants and a seawater swimming pool. 7 nights for the price of 6: price from £1,175, saving £131 until 31 May & 1 October - 28 December or price from £1,355, saving £163 from 1 June - 30 September

Set in an historical building with antiques and original works of art throughout, the Majestic is just two minutes’ walk from the Piazza Maggiore and the Basilica di San Petronio. The 109 bedrooms are beautifully furnished and there is a gastronomic restaurant with a stunning frescoed ceiling and a piano bar. 4 nights for the price of 3 to 30 June - price from £849, saving £138 3 nights for the price of 2 in July & August - price from £665, saving £120

Florence

Villa Medici ***** Superior

A patrician 18th Century palace, the Villa Medici is located three minutes from the River Arno and about 15 minutes’ walk from the Cathedral. Furnishings are an attractive mix of classical Florentine and contemporary style. The 100 bedrooms have all been renovated; some overlook the hotel’s private garden and small summer swimming pool. 4 nights for the price of 3 from 1 May - 17 July & 7 September - 5 October - price from £899, saving £195 3 nights for the price of 2 from 18 July - 6 September - price from £739, saving £140 Includes Uffizi Gallery, Accademia or Bargello tickets.

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cities · lakes · countryside · coast · islands Published April 2014


New Kirker Hotels We visit our Italian hotels regularly to ensure that properties maintain their high standards, but also have our ear to the ground so that we are aware of any exciting new openings which will enhance our portfolio. Here is a selection of our most recent finds. Prices include flights, private transfers or hire car, accommodation with breakfast, Kirker Guide Notes as appropriate and the services of the Kirker Concierge.

Matera Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita **** Superior

The Sassi of Matera (ancient cave houses and churches) need to be seen to be appreciated. The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita hotel is located in the oldest part of the Sassi quarters overlooking the spectacular Murgia park and its rock-hewn churches. The hotel comprises 18 caves and an ancient church, now used as a bar and breakfast room, spread over different levels which have been renovated in full respect of the local heritage. 3 night price from £742

Tuscany Asilo Masi **** (an historic residence)

Over the years, Garibaldi, Puccini, Mascagni and Bocelli have all enjoyed the warm hospitality of Asilo Masi, an historical mansion standing opposite Saint Bartholomew Abbey in the centre of the village. It is now owned by the Countess Cristina Gotti Lega and has just seven beautifully furnished bedrooms, an elegant lounge and library with a complimentary open bar and a small, tranquil garden with a jacuzzi pool for the summer months. 3 night price from £659

Elba

Rome Inn at the Roman Forum **** Deluxe

This beguiling hotel is the only one in the city which houses Roman ruins. The location is perfect for those wanting to discover Ancient Rome as it is just steps from the magnificent Roman Forum.The Inn has just 14 sumptuous bedrooms and a top floor breakfast lounge leading to a terrace with wonderful views. Order a pre-dinner drink here and enjoy a complimentary buffet every evening. 3 night price from £599 Includes Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel or Villa Borghese tickets

Villa Ottone **** Deluxe

The fascinating island of Elba is 10 miles off the Tuscan coast and is reached by ferry from Piombino. The privately-owned Villa Ottone is hidden away along the coast from Portoferraio, within its own tree-filled park. It has 75 bedrooms, swimming pool, private beach and a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for those seeking peace and tranquillity, yet is also perfectly located for exploring the rest of the island. 3 night price from £718

Puglia

Sardinia Villa Las Tronas **** Deluxe

Located on a private promontory surrounded by spectacular gardens, a pleasant ten-minute stroll from the old town, this former royal residence is a tranquil haven offering panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea. The 25 bedrooms and suites are decorated in a traditional style with antique furnishings; many offering wonderful sea views (supplement on request). The outdoor seawater swimming pool is set within the spacious gardens and there are also sea bathing platforms. There is an excellent spa with an indoor heated seawater swimming pool, sauna and steam room. 3 night price from £799

Ischia San Montano Resort & Spa **** Superior

Perched above the pretty resort of Lacco Ameno with breathtaking views towards Vesuvius, this delightful hotel has 73 bedrooms, many with sea view, a restaurant, small bar and thermal swimming pools surrounded by flower-filled terraces. There is a shuttle to the village where you can catch the local bus service to all parts of the island. 7 nights for the price of 6 all year - price from £1,198, saving £114

Canne Bianche **** Superior

Recently opened, this is one of the few hotels in Puglia with direct access to a sandy beach. There are 55 bedrooms, all with a balcony or terrace and excellent facilities including a swimming pool, spa, tennis courts, kids’ club, non-motorised water sports and a cookery school. Ideal for couples or families looking for a relaxing, beach-side holiday and well placed for exploring the ‘White City’ of Ostuni (20 minutes’ drive) and Alberobello (30 minutes), famous for its Trulli houses. 3 night price from £685

Florence Villa Fiesole **** Superior

On the edge of the town of Fiesole, with panoramic views of Florence. There are 32 bedrooms and we were particularly impressed by the intimate restaurant where superb Tuscan cuisine is served under the watchful eye of the chef, Diego Puddu. There is a large terrace, ideal for an aperitif or for al fresco dining and a small summer swimming pool. A regular bus service operates from outside the hotel into Florence. 4 nights for the price of 3 to 15 May & 20 July - 4 September - price from £699, saving £95

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Multi-centre Holidays For those seeking a longer break, we offer a number of opportunities to combine two or more contrasting destinations in one tailor-made itinerary. Visit classic cities using stylish high-speed rail, explore the countryside of Sicily with a hire car, or allow Kirker private transfer drivers to whisk you along the panoramic Amalfi coast roads. Prices include flights, private transfers or hire car, accommodation with breakfast, Kirker Guide Notes and the services of the Kirker Concierge.

Florence & Tuscany At the heart of Italy, Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance and sits amid the beautiful Tuscan countryside. In the warmer months, it makes a wonderful contrast to enjoy the breath-taking Florentine churches and galleries, before retreating to explore the Chianti vineyards, relax by a swimming pool and enjoy delicious local cuisine on a terrace overlooking the rolling hills. Spend 4 nights at the 5* Deluxe Helvetia e Bristol in Florence: a magnificent palazzo which has been welcoming guests since the mid 19th Century; followed by 5 nights at the beautiful Relais La Suvera, a papal villa set in landscaped grounds above the hamlet of Pievescola, 18 miles west of Siena.

Verona & Lake Garda

The city of Romeo & Juliet, and home to the famous summer opera festival, Verona is also a mere 45 minutes from the shores of Lake Garda. Enjoy a short break in the city, perhaps including an opera performance at the Roman Arena, before relaxing in the lakeside town of Sirmione, famous for its mediaeval castle. This 8 night holiday combines 4 nights at the 4* Deluxe Palazzo Victoria in Verona with 4 nights at the 4* Hotel Olivi on Lake Garda. The Olivi is set amongst ancient olive trees and a wooded garden in a quiet residential area, five minutes’ walk from the bustling centre of Sirmione and some 100 metres from the lake. Price from £1,139 for 8 nights until 19 June, saving £120

Price from £1,954 for 9 nights (including 2 free nights), saving £375

Ask the Kirker Concierge for details of Opera performances at Arena di Verona.

Includes entrance to the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia or Bargello in Florence

The Amalfi Coast SORRENTO & CAPRI TWO-CENTRE HOLIDAY

The most picturesque coastline in Italy, the Amalfi Coast is lined with panoramic views at every turn, with monasteries and villages clinging to the rock face, and a glittering blue sea below. Enjoy a two-centre holiday combining 4 nights in the popular resort of Sorrento and 3 nights on the captivating island of Capri. Grand Hotel Cocumella **** Deluxe, Sorrento

This fine hotel is located on the cliff edge overlooking the Bay of Naples and is surrounded by tranquil gardens. There are 35 comfortable bedrooms decorated with antique furniture and a lovely large swimming pool in the shade of orange trees. A private lift operates to sea level where there is a sun deck and bathing platform. There is a gastronomic restaurant, a grill restaurant on the terrace with wonderful sea views, a piano bar, and a wellness centre.

Casa Morgano **** Deluxe, Capri

Small (just 28 rooms), exclusive, understated luxury; the Casa Morgano is a favourite Kirker hotel, located just a five minute walk from Capri Town and with wonderful views of the sea. The emphasis is on elegance, comfort and service. Breakfast is served whenever you wish, either in your room or on the terrace; lunch is taken by the open-air swimming pool. The kitchen is closed in the evenings, but there are several excellent restaurants within a few minutes’ walk.

Price from £1,988 for 7 nights including a complimentary dinner at Grand Hotel Cocumella and private transfers throughout

The Sicilian Quartet PALERMO, AGRIGENTO, SYRACUSE & TAORMINA FOUR-CENTRE HOLIDAY

Sicilians are immensely proud of their island and its fascinating history and today delight in sharing their unique culture with visitors. As the largest of the Mediterranean islands, it has a strategic importance that has brought it under the influence of many foreign rulers. Apart from the temples, theatres, and churches which reflect Greek, Roman, Arab and even Norman influences, the delicious local food and wine adds an extra dimension to any visit to the island. The interior is wild and mountainous and has unspoilt lemon groves and vineyards; the main towns are located on the coast and can be combined to create an enticing multi-centre holiday. A 9 night holiday combining 3 nights at the 4* Centrale Palace in Palermo, 1 night at the 4* Deluxe Villa Athena in Agrigento, 2 nights at the 4* Deluxe Des Etrangers in Syracuse and 3 nights at the 5* Grand Hotel San Pietro in Taormina. This tailor-made itinerary is the perfect way to explore the best of the island’s fascinating history and culture as well as its natural beauty. Price from £1,698 per person, including car hire for the duration

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Fa mily Hotels Italy is an excellent destination for a family holiday and our experts have many years of experience finding the right rooms at the perfect hotel to suit your family’s needs. A number of Kirker properties offer swimming pools, gardens or a beach and activities such as cooking lessons, tennis or walking to keep children entertained. Family prices based on two adults & two children under 12.

Umbria

Rome

Villa di Monte Solare

(a superior, privately-owned country hotel) Monte Solare is an ancient patrician villa and farmhouse that sits amongst olive groves, vineyards and woods. The 28 rooms are situated in the main villa and outhouses surrounding the beautiful Italian garden, and are furnished in a classical Italian country house style. The restaurant serves excellent local cuisine and wines. There are two outdoor swimming pools, and a wide range of outdoor activities to keep all ages entertained. 3 night price from£2,119 for a family of four

Gran Melia Villa Agrippina ***** Deluxe

This stylish new property offers great facilities, and is well located just five minutes’ walk from the Vatican and close to the atmospheric streets of Trastevere. Perfect for combining some sightseeing in the ‘Eternal City’ with a few days relaxing - there is a wonderful heated outdoor swimming pool and a spa with outdoor jacuzzi. 5 nights for the price of 4 in July & August - price from£4,699 for a family of four, saving £900 Includes Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel or Villa Borghese tickets

Sicily

Lake Maggiore Grand Hotel Majestic **** Deluxe

Verdura Resort ***** Deluxe

With its formal gardens and fine villas, Pallanza is the most beautiful town on Lake Maggiore.This delightful, privately owned hotel is set on the shores of the lake with wonderful views of the mountains and the picturesque island of San Giovanni. Recently renovated, it has an indoor swimming pool, a tennis court, private gardens and a small private beach on the lake. 5 nights for the price of 4 until 25 May and 24 August - 4 October - price from£3,185 for a family of four, saving £400

Situated only an hour away from Palermo airport, Rocco Forte’s Verdura is the most luxurious resort Sicily has seen. It has 203 bedrooms, two golf courses and several restaurants which cater for all tastes. Children of all ages will enjoy water sports, tennis and cycling, as well as supervised activities including a Kids’ Club and golf, tennis or swimming lessons. There is also a large outdoor swimming pool and a private pebble beach. Special family offer to 28 June and from 1 September - price from£3,621 for a family of four, saving £800

Art Galleries All Kirker clients visiting Venice, Florence and Rome are offered complimentary tickets to the Accademia, the Uffizi Gallery or the Galleria Borghese. Don’t forget to ask the Concierge to pre-book tickets to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

Florence - Uffizi

One of the world’s greatest collections of Renaissance art from Giotto to Botticelli and Caravaggio, the Uffizi attracts crowds in all seasons, so Kirker’s timed entrance tickets are essential to avoid the queues.

Degli Orafi **** Superior

Located a few steps from the Uffizi Museum overlooking the River Arno, the Degli Orafi is housed in one of Florence’s most attractive ancient residences. All 42 rooms are delightfully furnished in the grand, Florentine style, many with wonderful river and city views. 4 nights for the price of 3 from 6 July - 31 August - price from £699, saving £95 3 night price from £830 in May & June

Carravaggio - Lizard

Includes Uffizi Gallery tickets

Milan - Brera Although lesser visited than some of its counterparts in other cities, the Pinacoteca di Brera houses a spectacular array of works by artists including Bellini, Veronese and Raphael.

Renaissance from Tiepolo to Titian are displayed in Venice’s most important gallery, set on the Grand Canal.

Centurion Palace *****

The Centurion is located on the Grand Canal, a few steps from the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. Behind a magnificent Gothic façade you’ll find a stylish modern hotel - the 50 bedrooms are all individually furnished with bold colours and modern art; there is an atmospheric courtyard and a restaurant with a terrace on the water’s edge. 4 nights for the price of 3 for Sun/Mon arrivals all year - price from £819, saving £140

da Vinci - Vitruvian Man

Includes Accademia Gallery tickets

Rome - Borghese An elegant villa amid the oasis of the Borghese Gardens, this gallery houses a former private collection which includes sculptures by Bernini and Canova.

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese ***** Superior

Carlton Baglioni ***** Deluxe

The Carlton Baglioni is very well located on the Via Senato, only 10 minutes’ walk from the Brera. There is an attractive lounge and café bar furnished with antiques, a famous gastronomic restaurant, a Guerlain spa and 92 classically decorated bedrooms. 3 nights for the price of 2 in August - price from £694, saving £200

Venice - Accademia The highlights of the Venetian

Piero della Francesca Holy Conversation

Includes Brera Gallery tickets

The Aldrovandi is in a tranquil location in the exclusive Parioli district of the city. Bedrooms are furnished in a classical style with views of either the beautiful Borghese Gardens or the hotel’s garden and its large summer swimming pool. Chef Oliver Glowig offers Michelin star dining in the open air courtyard. Special Summer Offer from 1 July - 3 September: 3 night price from £699, saving £95 Includes Villa Borghese tickets

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Summer Holidays With its mild Mediterranean climate, beautiful coastline and unspoilt countryside, Italy is perfect for a summer holiday. From the spectacular lakes in the north, to the island of Sicily in the south, we offer a range of relaxing retreats where you can enjoy wonderful views, a delicious al fresco lunch, and a swim in an outdoor pool. Prices include flights, private transfers or hire car, accommodation with breakfast, Kirker Guide Notes as appropriate and the services of the Kirker Concierge.

Sardinia

Santa Margherita Ligure

Don Diego **** Superior

This beautiful island has some of the Mediterranean’s most breathtaking coastal scenery and plenty to explore including Roman and Carthaginian ruins, fortresses and churches. The charming, family-owned hotel Don Diego is our favourite on the island and has an idyllic seaside location just eight miles south of Olbia airport. It sits in flower-filled gardens that lead down to a private sandy beach and has a tennis court, a lovely seawater swimming pool and a great restaurant with views of the nearby islands of Molara and Tavolara. 7 nights price from £1,449

Grand Hotel Miramare ***** Deluxe

Grand Miramare stands in a wonderful position in Santa Margherita, ideal for exploring the Ligurian Riviera and nearby Portofino. The hotel has a heated seawater swimming pool from where you can enjoy the sea views under the shade of date palms. There are 75 attractive bedrooms many with balconies. 3 nights price from £978

Lake Maggiore

Verona

Grand Hotel Des Isles Borromees ***** Superior

Villa del Quar **** Deluxe

Set in its own extensive park in the popular lakeside town of Stresa, this imposing Belle Epoque hotel has welcomed distinguished guests from around the world since 1861. There is an excellent restaurant, a large summer swimming pool and a spa with a small indoor pool. 3 nights for the price of 2 for stays including a Sunday night all year - price from £685, saving £145

This lovely 16th Century villa is seven kilometres from the centre of Verona. The seven hectares of land include a large private garden, with a summer swimming pool, and the hotel’s own vineyards which produce fine Valpolicella. This is a typical patrician house, comprising several buildings; the main house accommodates the lounge and a Michelin-starred restaurant. The 21 bedrooms are all different and are decorated with antique furniture. 7 nights for the price of 6 all year - price from £1,394, saving £184

Tuscany

Sorrento

Borgo Scopeto Relais **** Superior

Set against a dramatic backdrop of rolling Chianti countryside and overlooking the city of Siena, this beautiful historic property has retained a unique ambience of peace and tranquillity. The excellent facilities include two swimming pools, tennis courts and a wellness centre, whilst the surrounding countryside is perfect for walking and cycling. 4 nights for the price of 3 from 16 May - 28 September - price from £698, saving £135

Grand Hotel Cocumella **** Deluxe

Originally a 16th Century monastery, this fine hotel is located on the cliff edge overlooking the Bay of Naples and is surrounded by tranquil gardens. It is just one kilometre from Sorrento – the hotel operates a shuttle bus to and from the town centre. Nestled in the gardens is a lovely large swimming pool and a private lift operates to sea level where there is a sun deck and bathing platform. There is a gastronomic restaurant and a grill restaurant on the terrace with wonderful sea views. 7 nights for the price of 6 (excl. 3-19 Aug) - price from £1,448, saving £183

Sicily

Rome

San Domenico Palace ***** Superior

Villa Grazioli ***** Superior, Frascati

This historic hotel is Sicily’s most famous property and offers high levels of service in a unique atmosphere and spectacular views across the Ionian Sea. The original monastery dates back to the 15th Century and was joined to the Grand Hotel in 1896 to create this delightful 108 bedroom hotel. Kirker prices are based on sea view rooms in the Grand Hotel wing. The beautiful terraced gardens include a summer swimming pool with a well stocked bar where you can enjoy a light lunch in the shady pavilion. 7 nights for the price of 6 - price from £1,788, saving £235

Built in 1580, the Villa is set in a peaceful location in the Frascati region with wonderful views of the Eternal City. The original decoration has been restored and the public rooms are spectacular, with intricate frescoes. The 58 bedrooms are furnished with simple elegance and there is an excellent restaurant with a large terrace and a summer swimming pool. Rome is easily accessible in 40 minutes – a shuttle bus operates to Frascati rail station. 3 nights for the price of 2 all year - price from £499, saving £84

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Escorted Music Holidays Our programme of Cultural Tours & Music Holidays has been created to provide discerning travellers with a range of carefully crafted escorted itineraries. Key subjects covered include Art, History, Architecture, Archaeology, Gardens and Music and tours typically consist of between 12 and 22 like-minded travellers. Prices are per person and include flights, accommodation with breakfast, meals, guided excursions as described and the services of a Kirker Tour Leader. Single room supplements on request.

Puccini Opera Festival At Torre Del Lago

Opera at the Arena di Verona

FIVE NIGHT ESCORTED HOLIDAYS | 20 AUGUST 2014

FOUR NIGHT ESCORTED HOLIDAYS | 31 July & 4 SEPTEMBER 2014

Anyone who loves Puccini should make the journey to the composer’s beloved Torre del Lago where he spent so much time away from the glaring spotlight in which he lived. Every summer, Puccini’s operas are performed on the stage by the lake and this year you can enjoy La Boheme, Madama Butterfly and Turandot. From our base in nearby Lucca (Puccini’s birthplace) we will visit two great Tuscan gardens and spend a day in Florence. We will also explore Lucca itself. Price from £1,848 for five nights including four dinners and three operas. Lucca

The history of opera in the vast Roman arena in Verona dates back to 10 August 1913 when Aida was staged in a monumental production. Our tours, which are based at the 4* Palazzo Victoria a few minutes’ walk from the Arena, provide the opportunity to attend Aida, Carmen, Turandot, Madama Butterfly and Romeo et Juliette, depending on your chosen date. Price from £1,778 for four nights including two dinners, two performances with tickets in the first category in the arena (an optional third performance is available) and a walking tour of Verona. Arena di Verona

The Macerata Opera Festival

The Rossini Opera Festival In Pesaro

A FIVE NIGHT ESCORTED HOLIDAY | 30 JULY 2014

A FIVE NIGHT ESCORTED HOLIDAY | 18 AUGUST 2014

The Macerata Opera Festival is held in the beautiful rural region of Le Marche in south east Italy, surrounded by hilltop villages and unspoilt countryside. Open air performances are given in the intimate Arena Sferisterio in the centre of Macerata. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the festival, and the operas are Aida, La traviata and Tosca. We discover the region from our base in the picturesque town of Recanati, birthplace of one of greatest singers of all time, Beniamino Gigli. Price from £1,787 per person Arena Sferisterio for five nights including all dinners.

The Rossini Festival, held every summer in the composer’s birthplace on the Adriatic coast, attracts opera aficionados from all over the world. There will be rare performances from Rossini’s catalogue of more than thirty operas, some being performed for the first time since their debut. Aureliano in Palmira is one such opera this season, being given alongside the composer’s most popular work, Il barbiere di Siviglia. During the tour we will make visits to Urbino and Ravenna. Price from £2,263 for five nights including three dinners Urbino and three operas.

The 9th Kirker Ischia Music Festival A SEVEN NIGHT HOLIDAY | 13 OCTOBER 2014

Join pianist Tim Horton, classical guitarist Gary Ryan, tenor Thomas Hobbs and violist Simon Rowland-Jones on the idyllic island of Ischia for six exclusive concerts at La Mortella, the home of Sir William & Lady Walton. Our concerts are held in the lovely concert hall overlooking the garden and the sea, next to the villa where the Waltons lived. We stay at the 4* Albergo San Montano in the small resort of Lacco Ameno, a few minutes drive from La Mortella with spectacular views overlooking the Bay of Naples. Price from £1,998 for seven nights including all dinners and seven concerts. Lacco Ameno

La Scala, Milan

A FOUR NIGHT HOLIDAY | 17 JULY 2014

La Scala is still the world’s most revered opera house. Madama Butterfly, Otello, Falstaff, Norma and Turandot all received their premieres here. Staying at the 4* hotel De la Ville just a few minutes’ walk from La Scala, we include visits to the Duomo, Leonardo’s ‘The Last Supper’, the Brera Art Gallery and the intimate PoldiPezzolo Museum. Price from £1,878 for four nights including two operas and one dinner. Departs 17 July 2014 (Cosi fan tutte and Le Comte Ory).

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