Experience Epiphany in Italy with Citalia

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Citalia, the leading Italian specialist, is wishing its Customers a Merry Christmas and Happy Epiphany with last minute Italy holidays.

With Christmas only a few weeks away, people from around the world will be enjoying traditional celebrations with friends and family. Whilst we will be tucking into turkey and pigs in blankets in the UK, across the world people will be indulging in various traditional meals from stews and fish in Mexico to Kentucky Fried Chicken in Japan.

Not every country celebrates Christmas on the 25th December. Italy celebrates its holiday event, Epiphany, on the 6th January each year. There are some similarities between the traditional English Christmas and Italy’s Epiphany; the Italian Father Christmas, La Befana, also arrives to fill childrens stockings with sweets and toys, although she arrives on a broomstick during the night of 5 January rather than a reindeer-drawn sleigh.

Believed to have originated in central Italy, the tradition and celebration of Epiphany and La Befana spread throughout the whole country. Unlike our Father Christmas, La Befana is represented as an old lady wearing a black shawl and covered in soot. Unlike her scary appearance, La Befana is portrayed as a smiley lady who enters houses through the chimney carrying a bag or hamper filled with the childrens gifts. Epiphany is a loving celebration which sees Italians open their doors to friends and family to enjoy tables full of cakes and traditional Italian liqueurs.

Citalia, the leading specialist in holidays to Italy, is offering customers great deals on last minute Italy holidays during Epiphany. Enjoy a city break to Rome with Citalia from £359 per person. Stay four nights at the three star San Remo on a bed and breakfast basis and save up £106 per couple. This Rome holiday, departing 5 January 2014 from London Gatwick, includes one complimentary night and an online discount.

Alternatively, for those looking for a truly unique holiday experience, Citalia is offering a three night Venice holiday from £315 per person. This Venice city break, departing 5 January 2014 from London Gatwick, includes a three night stay at the four star Bonvecchiati on a bed and breakfast basis, one complimentary night, an online discount and a saving of up to £141 per couple.

Venice and Rome both offer visitors a festive atmosphere for those wanting to enjoy two Christmas traditions! Rome with its timeless magic, ancient history and famous monuments, has plenty to see and do during this festive time. The enchanting city of Venice is home to a maze of lagoons, delicious cuisine and stunning architecture. Enjoy a holiday to Italy during Epiphany and spend it with the Italians who love life.

For more information on Citalia and last minute holidays to Venice and Rome, visit http://www.citalia.com or call a travel expert on 0843 770 4443.

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