Italy certainly isn't lacking in the activity department, and Getaway
has chosen a few places you may like to explore.
Capo Vaticano, an ancient granite outcrop on the tip of Italy's boot, is on the Calabrian coast near Tropea in Southern Italy. Calabria is an 800km peninsula of mountainous coastline overlooking the Mediterranean. Capo Vaticano is loved for its natural beauty, beaches and history. Tropea, the area's best-known town, is a short journey away. It has a modern harbour, an archaeological past and houses sitting on cliff terraces.
While northern Italy has fabulous beaches, so does the southern part of the country and it's much cheaper down south. The road curves high above a succession of beautiful beaches and Grotticelle is just one where you can holiday like the locals.
Pack some food from the markets and head for one of the best seaside holidays you will ever have. You can rent chairs and umbrellas, and for around $100 a night you can stay at Quattro Scogli Village Residence. It is run by families for families. You enjoy three meals a day, and have use of their boats and even your own banana lounge! It doesn't get much better.
The area is charming. Most of it was built in the 1950s and nothing much has changed. The water is flat so it's safe for children who can enjoy many seaside activities.
Florence, on the Arno River, was once the capital of Italy. These days the beautiful historic and cultured little city is comfortable being the capital of Tuscany. It focuses on being fantastically elegant and has given the world some of the most famous names in the world of fashion. Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo and Versace are just a few from an endless list. It is overflowing with clothes, shoes, leatherware, ceramics, its own recognisable stationery and tasteful items for the home.
For some, shopping rates as highly as the city's Renaissance and Via de' Tornabuoni is the place to head for stylish but costly fashion.
For a piece of show-stopping jewellery, Alessandro Dari is the place to go. His exquisite creations are pieces of sculpture based on such things as butterflies, crowns and castles and Gothic.
Luisaviaroma is fashion central. Stylists will help you to select garments and take you to a private suite for fitting. If you aren't planning a visit to Florence soon, check their website as they ship worldwide!
For furnishings and objet d'art from the 16th century, Via Maggio is the street to visit. Gold and silver can be found in the tiny shops of Ponte Vecchio. Via de Calzaivoli and the area around the Duomo are also major shopping areas.
Locals and tourists flock to the markets with the Market of San Lorenzo and Mercato Central being two of the preferred. They are colourful and busy and sell everything from T-shirts to leather goods, and cheese to wine.
A visit to Italy makes many people wish they could speak the language and CIT Holidays can help that wish come true and arrange it all before you leave home.
They will enrol you at one of the Lingadue schools they are in Florence, Rome, Siena, Verona and Milan where Getaway paid a visit.
The school is in the centre of the city in an art nouveau building with 18 well-equipped classrooms, a student lounge and small garden. They tailor courses for specialist fields such as music, business, fashion and design, but those just wanting to converse generally are also catered for.
The schools offer many recreational activities including visiting museums, theatre, opera and galleries. Optional excursions include social and sporting events or dinners.
There are various accommodation options available including furnished apartments, homestay with a family or a hotel.
Calabria, Florence and Milan.
Lingadue language schools cost $660 for two weeks and CIT Holidays can also assist with car rental, transfers, accommodation and tours.
Emirates has flights to Milan, Rome and Venice.
- Perth $2795
- Melbourne $2823
- Brisbane $2833
- Sydney $2841
- Adelaide $3464
Prices correct at August 28, 2008.
For further information
Via San Niccolò 115/r
Ph: +39 055 244 747
Via Scipione Ammirato, 100
Level 2, 263 Clarence Street
Ph: (02) 9267 1255
Fax: (02) 9261 4664
Level 4, 227 Collins Street
Ph: (03) 9650 5510
Fax: (03) 9654 2490
Italian Government Tourist Office
Level 4, 46 Market Street
Ph: 02 9262 1666
Ph: 1300 303 777
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