Italy is a unique destination combining 2000 years of living history with cultural events that draw discerning travellers from around the world each year. To be able to experience the treasures of ancient Rome, the majesty of Florence and the beauty of Venice whilst including a cultural experience like Italian Opera, the Siena Palio or Venice carnival makes for an exquisite Italian short break.
Italy and opera are synonymous with each other and we offer short breaks to all the leading Italian opera houses or arenas.
The outdoor Verona opera festival, staged in a 2000 year old Roman Amphitheatre, draws audiences from around the world. Its vast stage brings to life some of the most dramatic opera scores and it is most famous for its staging of Verdi’s Aida, the visually stunning opera set in Ancient Egypt. If you want to experience this festival in style take a look at our Verona opera breaks with our unique guarantee.
Verona is located about an hour north of Venice or a similar travel time from Lake Garda, both of which integrate into a Verona opera trip to create a longer Italian holiday. Take a look at our full range of multi destination breaks that link into the Verona opera and include other Italian Treasures.
Venice needs little introduction, its iconic status is only threatened by the forces of nature. With an array of historic sites to see during the day, include a performance at the Venice Opera House into a Venice Short break is richly rewarding. La Fenice Venice is one of the Italy’s finest opera houses and it situated a stone’s throw from the Grand Canal. With some unique places to stay and the option of private guiding we can bring you the very best of this majestic city.
La Scala Milan Opera House is widely regarded as the home of Italian opera and draws aficionados from around the world to its broad range of opera performances each year. Milan has many attractions such as the Duomo and its famous Last Supper painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, its designer shopping outlets and its proximity to Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. A Milan opera break that includes a stay at one of the Lakes makes for a very special break for anyone who enjoys the finer things in life.
Continuing with the Opera theme the open air Puccini opera festival held in Torre Del Lago near Lucca in Tuscany celebrates the works of Puccini. La Boheme, Tosca and Madame Butterfly are a few of the acclaimed Operas that are regularly performed and this experience can be combined with the treasures of Pisa and Florence for a rich Italian cultural experience.
Further afield a trip to Rome can include a magical opera or ballet performance at the open air opera at the baths of Caracalla for a short break that brings alive some of Italy’s historic ancient Roman beauty.
Moving down to Naples the Teatro San Carlo is one of Italy’s finest and longest standing. With the beauty of the Amalfi coast on the doorstep with the historic ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, this part of Italy offers a different combination of beauty and culture.
Away from opera Italy is home to one of the longest standing historical events in the world, The Siena Palio,
which takes place each year in July and August. This 700 year old event comprises a bare back horse ride around the Campo in Siena. Competing Contrada (districts) challenge each other with a fervent passion for the coveted prize of winning this event.
If you have seen the Bond Film the Quantum of Solace the opening scene captures the unfolding drama of this event! Our long association with this event allows us to offer you an unrivalled choice of viewing positions and Siena Palio short breaks that bring you the best of this unique event which truly bears the Italian soul!
Returning to Venice, the Venetian Carnival which dates back nearly 1000 years draws tourists from all over the world. Promenading around Venice in historic costume and mask has to be one of the most special experiences that Italy offers. Held in February each year 2 weeks of celebrations culminate in a series of historical costume masked balls which provide the perfect setting for anyone celebrating a special occasion. Take a look at our unique range of Venice Carnival Masked Ball breaks.
If you prefer a simpler Italian City break with a focus on taking on as much of the cultural history as possible we offer private city Italy trips to most of the key cities in Italy. Beat the queues in Rome, Venice, Florence or Milan by having fast track tickets to the key sites and benefit from private knowledgeable local guides sharing their historical insights.
For our special occasion clients there is nothing like arriving in Italy in style aboard the world’s most iconic train the Venice Orient Express. Revisit the age of art deco
as you journey through the Alps on the way to Venice and then arrive fresh for an exhilarating culture break tailor made to your exacting standards.
The Italians have a wonderful expression ‘La Dolce Vita’ – the Good life and it’s not hard to see why. Whether it’s a short break or a multi city holiday you are planning Italy offers scintillating cities, an abundance of cultural events, exquisite food and wine and summers packed with fine weather. Plan your once in a lifetime Italian short break today!