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					Living La Dolce Vita
Ferrara, Modena, Lake Orta & Salina
join Kirker’s new Italy programme
Kirker Holidays’ enduring passion for Italy is evident once again as the specialist tour operator launches its
2010 brochure, featuring more than 90 hand-picked hotels in over 40 locations.

With more than 23 years’ experience in offering short breaks and tailor-made holidays to this ever popular
destination, discerning travellers could be in no better hands as they plan next year’s Italian itinerary. Whether
it’s a classic city break, a lake, coast and countryside escape or a more adventurous excursion to one of Italy’s
lesser-known delights, Kirker’s expert team is on hand to create the perfect holiday.

Kirker’s Italy 2010 brochure includes four fascinating new destinations, each guaranteed to impress even
the most ardent Italophile. Boasting more bicycles than people due to its flat terrain, the picture-perfect walled
city of Ferrara is famous for the magnificent Castello Estense. Culture lovers will swoon, too, at Palazzo
Diamanti’s fine picture collection and the allegorical frescoes at Palazzo Schifanoia and the Casa Romei.

Famous as the home of balsamic vinegar as well as Ferrari and Maserati, a short break to Modena promises
relaxing strolls around its atmospheric old quarter filled with pretty squares and arcades, as well as visits to
one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Italy (the Cathedral) and The Palazzo Ducale,
containing important works from the Este collection.

Set against a dramatic backdrop of snow-capped mountains, Lake Orta is among the most picturesque of the
Italian Lakes. Just eight miles long and two miles wide, its pretty water’s edge blossoms with gardenia, wisteria
and rhododendrons, whilst vistas dotted with the spires of several churches and an atmospheric early-morning
mist make Orta the idyllic choice for a romantic escape.

Joining Vulcano and Lipari in Kirker’s Aeolian Islands’ programme, Salina is a horticulturalist’s idea of heaven.
With over 400 different types of plants, ranging from poplars, ferns and chestnut trees to caper bushes and
olive groves, the island appears almost entirely green when viewed from a distance. Vineyards abound here
too, producing Malvasia – a delicious white wine that is only made on Salina.

Also new to Kirker’s Italy programme for next year is an expanded selection of hotels, including the iconic
Grand Hotel Gardone (four-star superior) on the Gardone Riviera, one of the most famous hotels on the
Italian Lakes; the lovely 16th century Villa Del Quar (five-star deluxe) near Verona, with a superb open-air
swimming pool and its own vineyards; and the Villa Spaletti Trivelli (four-star deluxe), offering an oasis-like
ambience in the heart of bustling Rome. Gastronomes in the know will love Alain Ducasse-owned L’Andana
(five-star deluxe) in southern Tuscany – home to the famous chef’s first restaurant in Italy – while hydro-
massages with champagne rosé and facial treatments with gold dust await at Naples’ four-star deluxe Grand
Hotel Parker’s.

Allow Kirker Holidays to tailor make next year’s trip to Italy and be assured of knowledgeable and attentive
service at all times, including advice on every aspect of a single or multi-centre itinerary that extends to
recommending restaurants, booking opera tickets or arranging a private guided tour through the
company’s Concierge Service. All prices include return flights, private car transfers or car hire (where
applicable) and Kirker’s guide notes to restaurants and sightseeing in the major towns and cities. Visitors to
Venice receive complimentary tickets to the Doges’ Palace and water taxi transfers while a short break to
Florence wouldn’t be complete without timed tickets to the Uffizi Gallery, which are also included when
booking with Kirker Holidays.

For further information about Kirker’s Italy programme and/or a copy of the new brochure, please call
020 7593 2283 or visit

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Press: Please contact Karen Carpenter at Travel PR on 020 8891 4440 or email
At Kirker, contact Ted Wake on 020 7593 2281 or email
AT A GLANCE – Kirker Holidays’ Italy brochure 2010
The new Italy brochure from Kirker Holidays is packed with suggestions for single and multi-centre holidays,
special occasion trips and cultural tours. The following destinations feature hand-picked three, four and
five-star accommodation options:

CITIES:                Bologna, Ferrara, Florence, Lucca, Mantua, Milan, Modena, Naples, Padua, Parma,
                       Pisa, Ravenna, Rome, Siena, Turin, Venice and Verona.
                       Kirker added value: Complimentary entrance tickets for the Doges’ Palace (Venice),
                       complimentary timed entrance tickets for the Uffizi Gallery (Florence) and a
                       complimentary 72 hour pass providing access to over 160 cultural sites in Turin.

COAST:                 Amalfi Coast (Amalfi, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Sorrento), Ligurian Riviera (Camogli,
                       Portofino, Rapallo, San Remo, Santa Margherita Ligure), Maratea and Santa Maria di

COUNTRYSIDE:           Puglia, Tuscany & Umbria, Valpolicella and the countryside around Florence,
                       Rome, Turin and Venice.

ISLANDS:               Capri, Ischia, Sardinia and Sicily (the Aeolian Islands plus Agrigento, Falconara,
                       Palermo, Sciacca, Syracuse, Taormina, Taormina Beach and Trapani).

LAKES:                 Lake Como (Bellagio, Como & Cernobbio, Tremezzo), Lake Garda (Gardone Riviera,
                       Sirmione), Lake Iseo, Lake Maggiore (Pallanza, Stresa) and Lake Orta.


Kirker Holidays can take care of all the arrangements for discerning couples wishing to marry in some of
Italy’s most romantic locations. Venues include the 17th century Palazzo Cavalli with views over Venice’s
Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge, the towering ruins of Rome’s most beautiful and luxurious public baths – the
Baths of Caracalla - and a summer wedding at the Town Hall in stunning Positano. All wedding arrangements
are tailor-made by a dedicated team, who can take care of every last detail including flowers, music, and


Travelling by rail is a superb way to combine two or more cities - or a city with coast and countryside - in
a tailor-made itinerary that includes first class rail travel and private transfers on arrival and departure. One of
the most elegant ways to travel is onboard the world-famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express while the new
high-speed train between Rome and Florence has cut the journey time to just over 90 minutes.


Kirker’s 2010 cultural tours programme includes the new Art & Wine in Tuscany tour (14 April & 3
November) and Classical Rome (20 March & 22 September) whilst music lovers can choose from a selection
of independent opera holidays (including Milan, Prague, Verona and Vienna), an escorted tour to the
Puccini Opera Festival in Tuscany (29 July & 19 August) or Kirker’s exclusive Ischia & the Bay of Naples
Music Festival (18-22 October). For a copy of the new Cultural Tours & Music Holidays brochure, call Kirker
Holidays on 020 7593 2284 or visit

For reservations and further information about Kirker’s Italy programme, call 020 7593 2283 or visit For brochures, please call 020 7593 2282.

Ends                                                                                  December 2009

Press: Please contact Karen Carpenter at Travel PR on 020 8891 4440 or email
At Kirker, contact Ted Wake on 020 7593 2281 or email

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