No matter how many times you've visited, it's hard to stop dreaming about Italy. This week's Smart Deal from Alitalia Vacations (tel. 800/914-9000; www.alitaliavacations.com) offers four nights in Florence, Rome, or Venice, with airfare for travel in late fall through early spring. During this off-peak season, Italy is less crowded with tourists and resumes a slower (and more appealing) pace.
Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli all left their mark in Florence, so there is no shortage of beautiful things to admire. And then of course there's the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, and countless opportunities to sit in piazzas while eating gelato (even in November).
The accommodations included in the base price of this Florence travel deal are either for the Hotel Meridiana, a small, tourist-class property within a mile of the major sites, or the much larger Grand Hotel Mediterraneo, on the banks of the River Arno and within walking distance of the city center.
If you've already been to Florence and want to go elsewhere, this Italy vacation package is also good for two other classic cities: Rome, from $769 and Venice, from $779, for the same time frame and inclusions.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from New York City to Florence, four nights' hotel, breakfast daily, and airline fuel surcharges.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Government and airport taxes and fees, which could potentially add up to $350.
Book By: As soon as possible to ensure best availability
When: Nov. 17, Dec. 1, 8; Jan. 19, 26, 2011; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9, 2011
Other Details: Additional departure dates are available throughout the fall, starting Nov. 3 at $789 and topping out at $1,039 for the December 29 holiday. Hotel upgrades are possible, from an additional $30 per person for Grand Hotel Cavour in the historical center, all the way up to the superior first-class Cerretani Firenze, which is close to the main train station and the Duomo, will cost you an additional $100 per person.
All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways and any single supplements, which is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.
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