Summer Heats Up In Italy This Year with A Range Of Festivals in Popular Citalia Holiday Destinations

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Explore Italy with Citalia to experience the best summer cultural highlights and festivals on offer in 2012

With enviable coast lines, rich history and an al fresco culture, Italy has long been a fantastic summer holiday destination. Match the brilliant sunshine, passionate locals and exquisite cuisine with a world class summer events calendar and it’s not surprising to see why Italy ranks as such a popular location for summer holidays. The long warm days and mild pleasant evenings create an al fresco atmosphere perfect for open air concerts and festivals, many of which are almost as famous as the historic and world renowned holiday locations that host them. With over 80 years of Italian heritage, Citalia provides an expert range of holidays to Italy covering many of these destinations.

The summer event season starts with the Verona Opera that spans all the way from June 12th through to September 2nd 2012. In its 90th outing, Verona’s ancient open-air Arena features productions including Aida and Carmen, and has long been established as a prestigious world class opera. This creates an additional compelling reason to visit a city set on the River Adige that boasts wide esplanades, graceful Piazzas and classical wines.

Siena, another popular Citalia destination, is home to the Il Palio medieval horse race, run biennially on July 2nd and August 16th. This exhilarating bareback horse race thunders around the ancient Piazzo del Campo as jockeys from the various city wards compete in their specific colours on a day that thrives on tradition and medieval costumes.

Towards the end of the summer, on August 15th a festival based in both Roman and Catholic history that is now a national holiday brings the Piazza’s of Rome to life. With dancers flaunting styles from Tango to Samba, each square has a different type of dance that creates a truly varied and lively outdoor experience. As the leading Italian specialist, Citalia offers a variety of Rome Hotels and holidays to enjoy this festive period in the cultural and historical heart of Italy.

As well as city breaks to Rome, Siena and Verona, Citalia offer destinations across Italy including Sorrento, Sardinia and Sicily.

For further information on Citalia's extensive range of holidays across Italy contact Citalia on 0844 415 1956 or visit

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Mark Cronin
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