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Bella Italia!

It can’t be easy to know where to start when pressed to find the 50 best holidays in Italy, as the Times did last weekend with its annual round-up of ideas.  We were delighted to see two of our clients featured amongst the collection of holidays which incorporated hiking, cycling, sailing, riding and a fair amount of wine-tasting and foodie-related suggestions.

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Where to find the best holiday ideas

We’re back at the top of the calendar which means the travel press are in full flow and anyone who knows what’s good for them will be checking the weekend travel supplements over the next few weeks for the best holiday ideas for 2018.

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Heard the one about the theme park with no rides?

We’re delighted to have been taken on board by Puy du Fou, France’s second largest theme park. A 3-day recce in September was enough to convince us that this was something special – a theme park with spectacular shows but no rides, upmarket accommodation and, judging by the visitors, one that appeals to every generation. Read more here

Autumn sunshine

Fiery foliage and crisp autumn leaves are undeniably lovely – but then so is the prospect of some last gasp sunshine during October half-term. The Telegraph’s round-up of sun and sea packages for families includes a Wish Sicily holiday in the hills above Cefalù on Sicily’s north coast.

Go with the flow

Get the lowdown on how to find those feel good moments from Wellness Central which is packed with lifestyle, fitness and travel ideas.

Great to see two of our clients featured in the website’s travel section. Fresh mountain air, spectacular scenery and some wonderful spa indulgence are just some of the treats on a Hedonistic Hiking guided walking holiday – but gourmet food and superb wine also play their part (cue ‘Hedonistic’). The Italian Alps tour includes a stay at the fabulous Hotel Bellevue where the spa area offers no less than five different saunas, a Turkish and Roman bath, and salt and ice caves. Read more here

The Insider’s Guide to Sicily

Anyone planning a trip to Sicily would do well to start with the Guardian’s recent Holiday Guide to East Sicily. Compiled by Liz Boulter, the guide gives the complete low down on everything worth seeing and doing on the island’s Ionian Coast, from the best beaches and nature reserves, to its towns, villages, castles and palaces.

Great advice too on where to eat and stay, including Wish Sicily’s gorgeous Villa Lo Scoglio, a two-bedroom villa situated just south of Syracuse, with 270° sea views and direct access to rocks for swimming.

JG Communications appointed by Hedonistic Hiking

We’re thrilled to be working with Hedonistic Hiking whose guided walking holidays in Italy focus as much on food and wine as on the landscape. So, as well as some spectacular hiking, there is wine-tasting, gourmet picnic lunches, visits to cheese producers and, in the autumn, truffle hunting.  Guests stay in hand-picked, locally-owned hotels including Italy’s distinctive alberghi diffusi, an initiative which supports the conversion of empty or abandoned homes in a rural village to provide ‘scattered’ rooms, rather than building a new hotel.

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Budget holiday ideas from Prima magazine

Get some top tips on keeping holiday costs down from the April issue of Prima magazine. If you thought that a maximum budget of £50 per person per night meant camping and baked beans on toast, think again. Suggestions from Prima include holidays in France, Spain, Tokyo and the Big Apple and, for those who just want to crash by their own private pool, Wish Sicily’s Casa Turchina. The 3-bedroom villa has a garden and pool and is just 100m from the beach. Read Prima article here.

Marie Claire visits Sicily

Editor in chief Trish Halpin writes about her stay at Wish Sicily’s Villa Atena, near Ragusa, in Marie Claire’s April issue. With so much to see in the area, one week is just about long enough to explore the fascinating town of Ragusa Ibla, visit the beaches at Punta Secca and Marina di Ragusa and, of course, experience, the best of Sicilian cuisine. Read about Trish’s Wish Sicily holiday online or in the April issue of Marie Claire.

Floral fantasies from Woman’s Own

Spring still seems a way off here in London although the lighter mornings and longer days haven’t gone unnoticed. At Woman’s Own, thoughts are turning to all things floral and this week’s edition features a selection of flower festivals – in Japan, Madeira, Cornwall, Holland and Sicily. Sicily’s contribution is the L’Infiorata di Noto festival, when artists transform Noto’s Via Nicolaci into a floral carpet made up of mosaic-style pictures, overlooked by the baroque balconied palazzi which characterise the town. Wish Sicily features a selection of villas and apartments in and around Noto.

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