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THE BASICS 

Italy: birthplace of the Roman Empire the Renaissance and a lot a very stylish clothing. Few countries have such a range of experiences: from fine dining, to some of the world’s greatest architecture and music, history all around you, skiing in the mountains and sun on the beaches. No matter what you’re looking for, it’s all packed into this long boot-shaped nation.

And there’s something decadent about Italy. Since the nineteenth century visitors have flocked to its piazzas and canals to drench themselves in the opulence and enjoy la bella vita. For where else will you be able to marvel at magnificent churches while you sit in the pavement cafes opposite with a truly excellent coffee in your hand? Or rent a villa in the Umbrian hills and watch the grapes slowly ripen in the vineyard below, before opening a bottle of last year’s crop with some friends?

So if you’re the type who loves to see, do and learn about the past during the morning and kick back in the afternoon, Italy’s the place to go.

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A whistle-stop tour of Italy’s finest historical cities. You can begin in Rome, centre of the world’s greatest empire, and visit the Colosseum which held up to 50,000 spectators. Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is full of architectural and cultural treasures that will probably inspire you to write at least a poem, if not an entire opera. From there, couples can venture to Venice, the most romantic city in the world, to take a gondola ride through the canals.

And for music lovers, the annual Puccini Festival takes place in Tuscany. Take a lick of Italian ice cream – gelato – in a genuine Italian gelateria and you will vow never to eat ice cream anywhere else. They come in a hundred different flavours, cost no more than a can of soft drink, and transport you to foodie dessert heaven. Just don’t have too many – a maximum of three per day seems sensible.

Skiing in the Dolomites or Alps is an experience every enthusiast should have. There’s a great range of resorts too, so whether you’re a complete beginner or an expert, on your own or with your family, there’s a resort for you. Our overall favourite is Madonna di Campiglio.

If you tire of skiing, there’s a variety of snowshoeing and hiking trails to keep you entertained. But if the sea’s your thing, divers can explore the waters around the islands Sicily, Marettimo and Sardinia.  

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The name Italy comes from the word italia,meaning ‘calf land’.
  • There are two independent states within Italy: Vatican City and San Marino.
  • Venice was founded over 1,400 years ago in a wide and shallow lagoon. It has been sinking into mud for centuries and is plagued by floods.
  • Pizza, the most famous Italian dish, was invented in Naples around 1860.
  • Rome is 3,000 years old.
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    Why not take a beachside villa for a week with friends or family. You can blend in with the locals and become part of the landscape to see the island from the inside.
  • Sardinia is known for its white sandy coves with the sea having an amazing dark blue to turquoise palette of colours. It is the second largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily. For your diving holiday in Sardinia we have chosen Palau, a small harbour town. Where boats of all ...
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Last minute Villa offer in Scopello

Destination: Scopello
Last minute Villa offer in Scopello, Sicily. We can offer you the following dates for Villa La Vela Scopello; 5th July x 7 Nights without annexe (7 persons) from £1385.00 or with Annexe (9) from £1703.00 Or 28th July 6 Night without annexe (7 persons) from £1385.00 or with Annexe (9) from £1600.00 We are happy to package it up for you including flights and transfers, please call us on 020 87440474 Villa La Vela 9+2 Scopello There are four bedrooms: One double bedroom with private bathroom, 2 twin bedrooms and 1 single bedroom. The main bathroom has a bathtub. Although the furniture is simple but at the same time comfortable and makes the rooms pleasant and relaxing. There is also a ‘dependance’ with a double bed and a bathroom with shower there is a possibility to add a single bed. Rich in history Scopello lies between the beautiful Zingaro Nature Reserve and the town of Castellammare del Golfo. The Tonnara di Scopello, a tuna fishery is an important part of Sicilian history and when it closed it became a popular place of interest to visit and explore. The Baglio also a major part of Scopello’s history, was once part of a historic settlement but now the heart of the village itself with a courtyard bustling with trattorias, cafe bars and gelato sellers. The pretty and picturesque town of Nearby Castellammare del Golfo bursts with energy and activity during the summer months. This coastal town, sits in the famous gulf of Northwest Sicily. Its harbour is dominated by its castle, claiming both Arab and Norman heritage, and is one of the town’s biggest tourist attractions with an interesting little museum (free entrance). There is a wonderful array of restaurants, pizzerias & bars here where you can enjoy a hand-made gelato or a refreshing Sicilian granita. You can also catch a boat excursion including a trip that sails around the peninsula allowing you to see the national park of Zingaro and the hilltop town of Scopello from the sea. The harbour is a hive of activity during the morning with fisherman in their typical blue and white boats, as they return with their catch of the day to supply the local restaurants and markets. If you wish to explore a little further afield for a real taste of Sicily, then Castellammare del Golfo is an excellent base for exploring. The nearby city of Trapani was almost all but destroyed during WWII, however the old town is still worth a visit including the restored Cattedrale di San Lorenzo. Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book Last minute Villa offer in Scopello and for further information.
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Last minute Villa offer in Scopello
Destination: Scopello

Last minute Villa offer in Scopello, Sicily.

We can offer you the following dates for Villa La Vela Scopello;

5th July x 7 Nights without annexe (7 persons) from £1385.00 or with Annexe (9) from £1703.00
Or
28th July 6 Night without annexe (7 persons) from £1385.00 or with Annexe (9) from £1600.00

We are happy to package it up for you including flights and transfers, please call us on 020 87440474

Villa La Vela 9+2 Scopello

There are four bedrooms: One double bedroom with private bathroom, 2 twin bedrooms and 1 single bedroom. The main bathroom has a bathtub. Although the furniture is simple but at the same time comfortable and makes the rooms pleasant and relaxing.

There is also a ‘dependance’ with a double bed and a bathroom with shower there is a possibility to add a single bed.

Rich in history Scopello lies between the beautiful Zingaro Nature Reserve and the town of Castellammare del Golfo. The Tonnara di Scopello, a tuna fishery is an important part of Sicilian history and when it closed it became a popular place of interest to visit and explore. The Baglio also a major part of Scopello’s history, was once part of a historic settlement but now the heart of the village itself with a courtyard bustling with trattorias, cafe bars and gelato sellers.

The pretty and picturesque town of Nearby Castellammare del Golfo bursts with energy and activity during the summer months. This coastal town, sits in the famous gulf of Northwest Sicily.

Its harbour is dominated by its castle, claiming both Arab and Norman heritage, and is one of the town’s biggest tourist attractions with an interesting little museum (free entrance). There is a wonderful array of restaurants, pizzerias & bars here where you can enjoy a hand-made gelato or a refreshing Sicilian granita. You can also catch a boat excursion including a trip that sails around the peninsula allowing you to see the national park of Zingaro and the hilltop town of Scopello from the sea.

The harbour is a hive of activity during the morning with fisherman in their typical blue and white boats, as they return with their catch of the day to supply the local restaurants and markets.

If you wish to explore a little further afield for a real taste of Sicily, then Castellammare del Golfo is an excellent base for exploring. The nearby city of Trapani was almost all but destroyed during WWII, however the old town is still worth a visit including the restored Cattedrale di San Lorenzo.

Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book Last minute Villa offer in Scopello and for further information.

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Free British Airways Flights when you book Forte Village Resort

Destination: Sardinia
Receive Free British Airways Flights when you book a Forte Village Resort holiday! The holiday must be booked between 2nd May and 25th May and must be a minimum stay of 7 nights. You will receive maximum 2 FREE tickets per room. Offer is valid for departures: 29th June, 6th July. 13th July. 20th July and 27th July. *Subject to availability 29 June, Heathrow flights 7 Nights duration – 4* Bouganville – Deluxe bungalow from £2692.00 per person 8 luxury hotels, 13 villas and 40 suites the ultimate in comfort and privacy. One of the finest experiences of indulgence, relaxation and total pampering, the Forte Village Resort welcomes its guests into its wonderful subtropical park and provides pure elegance in its Four and Five Star hotels and fantastic suites and villas. Perfect for families and couples alike, the resort boasts unrivalled service levels, sport facilities, gastronomy and state of the art spa. Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book Free British Airways Flights when you book Forte Village Resort offer and for further information.
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Free British Airways Flights when you book Forte Village Resort
Destination: Sardinia

Receive Free British Airways Flights when you book a Forte Village Resort holiday!

The holiday must be booked between 2nd May and 25th May and must be a minimum stay of 7 nights.
You will receive maximum 2 FREE tickets per room.

Offer is valid for departures: 29th June, 6th July. 13th July. 20th July and 27th July.
*Subject to availability

29 June, Heathrow flights 7 Nights duration – 4* Bouganville – Deluxe bungalow from £2692.00 per person

8 luxury hotels, 13 villas and 40 suites the ultimate in comfort and privacy. One of the finest experiences of indulgence, relaxation and total pampering, the Forte Village Resort welcomes its guests into its wonderful subtropical park and provides pure elegance in its Four and Five Star hotels and fantastic suites and villas.

Perfect for families and couples alike, the resort boasts unrivalled service levels, sport facilities, gastronomy and state of the art spa.

Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book Free British Airways Flights when you book Forte Village Resort offer and for further information.

Price From
£2,692
Half Board
Price From
£2,692
29 June 2019
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