Europe's culture is steeped in the arts, famous works of literature, enlightenment, philosophy and architecture. Whether it's the breathtaking fjord of Norway or the lavender fields of Provence, there's beauty to behold in every corner of the continent.
Where better to start than Italy? To get the best out of the nation that gave us the Renaissance and its peerless 20th century sense of style, we’ve prepared you an extensive cultural guide to the country.
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If you're looking for a short break, summer escape or winter adventure, our Europe tailor-made specialists will be happy to help you decide on just how to enjoy this culture-rich continent, with knowledge of the best sights and stays for you to enjoy.
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Explore some of Italy’s most stunning vistas and best-preserved history between ancient cities, quiet seaside towns and postcard-perfect islands
With the flexibility to explore at your own pace, link Sicily’s highlights with spectacularly rural drives and stays in some of the island’s premier hotels. You’ll take in everything from Cefalù’s white-sand beaches to Agrigento’s temple wonders and Taormina's ancient grandeur.
Spain's Parador Passport
Book by: 01 December 2017
Spain's 94 paradors are palaces, fortresses and castles, monasteries, convents and country houses. Our great-value Parador 5 night card includes a six-day stay across the majority of paradors and a 20% discount on meals. To tailor-make your own parador adventure, speak to one of our specialists.
Experience Belmond's award-winning luxury at this collection of converted 15th-and-16th-century manor houses nestled in amid the sandstone peaks of Mallorca's Tramuntana Mountains. From the gourmet El Olivo restaurant to its spa, pools and unique excursions, this is one of Spain's finest hotels.
Explore the regions of Languedoc and Provence on this seven-day self-drive tour. Feel the weight of history in Carcassonne and Avignon, walk among olive trees, lavender and vineyards, fill up on foie gras at centuries-old markets, and bask on the beaches of the Cote d'Azur.