Drumroll, please – we’re excited to announce the launch of our brochure for 2018-2019. You can order it here right now.
It’s got an all-new look, featuring everything from travel guides and expert tips to recipes by celebrity chef Gennaro Contaldo. We also reveal our brand-new destinations, including a foodie favourite that’s long been on our radar.
Need more convincing? Read on to see what you’ll discover in the new Citalia brochure…
The Venetian Lagoon – by boat
We’ve partnered up with sailing holiday experts Le Boat to offer you a new way of exploring Venice. You get to be your own captain, steering your chosen vessel through the islands of the Venetian Lagoon or along the countryside canals to ancient Padua. See our suggested itineraries here.
Even more character hotels
The Relais Santa Anastasia near Cefalu doesn’t beat around the bush with its historic credentials – it’s a medieval abbey with an in-house winery showcasing native grapes.
Or you could try the Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel in Syracuse. It’s a 15th-century baroque gem done up in white and gold. Then there’s the Hotel Monte Sarago. Your route to the swimming pool here is via a protected pilgrimage path with views of the white city of Ostuni, Puglia.
A recipe from Chef Gennaro Contaldo
You might recognise Gennaro Contaldo – he’s a regular on Saturday Kitchen and a mentor of Jamie Oliver. We’re also lucky enough to have him as our Brand Ambassador. Check out pages 20-21 to see a mini memoir of his time growing up on the Amalfi Coast, along with his favourite spots for food-lovers.
Gennaro also takes us back to the roots of spaghetti Bolognese – a classic Emilia-Romagna dish that traditionally uses tagliatelle and thick ragu. Order a brochure to try his recipe yourself.
From Palio di Siena to Italian Serie A
We can source tickets for almost any event in Italy. Even better – we can then shape your whole holiday around whichever festival or show you fancy. We’re particularly excited to introduce you to the Palio di Siena – the famously wild horse race that ricochets around Siena’s Piazza del Campo.
But you could also ask for a weekend designed around Venice Carnival, get us to create a three-city opera crawl, or book tickets to see Juventus or Inter Milan battle it out in the Italian Serie A.
Our top 5 beaches in Liguria
Liguria is best known for its coastline – the glam Italian Riviera. The must-see towns are obvious (Sanremo, Rapallo, the Cinque Terre), but what are the best beaches hidden away on this rugged coastline? Well, wonder no more – flick to page 96 in the brochure to discover our favourite beaches.
Revealed – our first exclusive hotel
Villa don Camillo, near Sorrento, is a first in our 87-year history – you can only book the hotel through us. Why were we keen to reserve this property for you? Our Italy Expert Lisian Gianni puts it perfectly:
“As soon as I walked in, the smell of lemon trees that grow in the garden hit me, and I knew I was entering a totally different property from all the ones I’ve seen before. The owners were so warm and welcoming – it felt just like being at home with family.”
Piedmont biking tours
While we’re on a roll (groan), we’d like to introduce a new Piedmont self-guided bike tour. The Gastronomic Barolo Cycling Holiday rolls together some of our favourite things – ridiculous scenery, characterful hotels, world-class vineyards and foodie cities.
New cities – Parma and Modena
Talking of foodie favourites, we’ve expanded our Emilia-Romagna offering by adding Parma and Modena to our books. These (along with neighbouring Bologna) are cities whose names speak for themselves, thanks to protected local specialities like prosciutto di Parma, the balsamic vinegar of Modena, Parmesan cheese and ruby-red Lambrusco wine.
We have a real soft spot for the undiscovered south of Italy, so we can’t wait to share our new Puglia offering. You can stay in traditional conical trulli guesthouses, explore bright white seaside fort-towns like Monopoli, or catch a weird and wonderful festival like the white-knuckle Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.