Italy returns to say ciao

Italy has proven to be an increasingly attractive destination for many Australian travellers over the last 12 months as the nation, famed for its quality food and coffee, reacquaints itself with the sightseeing appetites of the local market.

Trafalgar was one operator quick to take advantage of this growth trajectory by recently offering 100% definite departures for its array of Italian itineraries.

“We are thrilled to be able to guarantee 100% definite departures now for Italy… we’re giving our agent partners the toolkit for a stellar selling season as we strive for mutual success,” said Trafalgar’s managing director Matthew Cameron-Smith.

One of the popular itineraries Trafalgar has on offer is its Wonders of Italy package, an 11-day trip that takes travellers through the iconic Italian attractions such as The Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, before making its way to the artistic mecca of Florence to take in the masterpieces of Michelangelo and Da Vinci. The trip includes buffet breakfast daily, transport and accommodation and is priced from $3,214 per person.

Another operator trumpeting the virtues of Italy is Insight Vacations’ Luxury Gold brand which has two specialist Italian itineraries available. The 21-day La Serenissima package employs all appealing modes of travel on this trip, taking travellers by cruise, rail and road through all the hidden gems of the Italian peninsula. Diversity is clearly at the forefront here — one day adventurers find themselves making pasta in Bologna and on another they are slowly drifting down a canal on board a gondola absorbing the tranquillity of Venice. Prices start from $12,734 per person twin share.