Following your feedback and requests we are delighted to extend our offer from Weekend a La Carte to include a whole wealth of fascinating experiences and breaks in Italy. These Italian city breaks centre on our core breaks and combine to offer a range of wonderful Holidays in Italy.

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At Italian Short Breaks we offer you a highly personal approach to travel as we strive to exceed your expectations and offer you a detailed tailor-made service delivered with passion from people who care.

I hope you will find our programme fun to explore, our team helpful to work with and above all that the break you choose provides a lasting memory.

Kevin Collins 


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Siena PalioDuomo in Florence
Siena PalioDuomo in Florence

What we do

Our sister company Weekend à la Carte has for 10 years offered you a highly personal approach to travel, focusing on destinations typically no more than 5 hours flying time from London.

Italy has been a popular destination for our clients for a while, and increasingly you have been asking us to combine different destinations in Italy to create longer breaks. As a result we have launched a new website called  Italian Short Breaks with a large range of short breaks to Italy focusing on combining our core experience Italian events with some culture and down time for relaxation. 

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Where possible we use the very good eurostar train network within Italy. We combine this where necessary with private transfers or self drive car hire.

Everything is tailor-made to your requirements and we will work with you to create the most effecient way to travel around Italy whether it is a 2 night Italian Short Break or a 14 night Italian Holiday.

Our in depth knowledge of all our Italian destinations is invaluable in assisting you to get the most out of your break.


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Rome ColleseumGondola Tour in Venice
Rome ColleseumGondola Tour in VeniceSirmione on Lake GardaThe David in Florence

Our Italy Breaks Explained

We have grouped our experiences together under broad themes that will hopefully help you in searching out a break that might suit. These are breaks that we have worked up that offer the most popular combinations. However if your required itinerary is not here please contact us and we can advise how to put it together, taking into account the best way to travel around Italy, as well as the calendar of events in Italy

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Italy Special Events

These are a range of one destination breaks in Italy, most of which focus on one off events - ideal for 2-3 nights away as a short weekend break to Italy. Our most popular include Verona Opera, Venice Carnival Masked Ball, Siena Palio. In most cases these trips focus on a unique event that is happening at the time. We can of course organise a break to this destination at another time without the specific event., with our most popular being a visit to Venice, Sorrento or Rome.

Italy Weekend Breaks

The Italian City Breaks combine two locations in Italy, giving you the opportunity to experience ar least one Italian event and another location giving you a relaxed Short Break in Italy. These breaks do not have to combine the specific event on those specific dates; Its just our recommendation as to how to make the most out of your trip and how to experience something a bit different. These range from 4-7 nights, but can be extended if required. Our most popular to date is the Verona Opera combined with the SIena Palio.

Italy Luxury Breaks

These are a range of Italian holidays for people with a bit more time looking to explore more in their summer Italian holiday, visiting 3-4 places. If you like, you could think of these as the mini modern Grand Tour in 9-10 days.

Of course if you have time for a longer Grand Tour we would be happy to help piecing it together for you, advising on the most effecient route and the best form of transport.

Italy Opera Breaks

Italy is aflush with wonderful Opera and this section offers up the best that Italy as to offer. La Fenice Venice Opera House, La Scala Opera House and of course the Roman Arena in Verona all offer up spectacular perfomances. Combine as many, or as few, together as you wish.


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At the Mascheranda Ball at Venice CarnivalArena di Verona in Verona
At the Mascheranda Ball at Venice CarnivalArena di Verona in VeronaOn Lake GardaRavello on Amalfi CoastPalio Siena Jousting in Arezzo

Meet The team

Weekend a La Carte is headed up by Kevin and Abigail Collins. Kevin set the business up 10 years ago and Abigail joined to support him 5 years ago . Both have travelled extensively, enjoying many an adventure.

Our philosophy is that life is an adventure to be experienced through travel. We are supported by a small team of highly motivated and experienced individuals who care greatly about giving you a special break packed full of experiences.

The values of our small family-run company permeate through everything we do; Personable, Caring, Conscientious and Approachable with a strong service ethos where no question is too much and we go the extra mile.  In these days of foreign call centres and inflexible large companies we think you will find it a joy to find a company where people, and your individual needs, are at the heart of every conversation.

These values are underpinned with professionalism and a rapid speed of response. Based on the superb feedback we get we seem to have got it right.

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Kevin Collins

Kevin grew up in the wilds of Africa and with family scattered all over the world was introduced to long haul travel from an early age. This turned into a lifelong passion which he has been fortunate to turn into a successful career. Having spent 20 years in marketing roles in a variety of business environments, Kevin's passion was to set up a business to provide the kind of experiential breaks that are increasingly being sought after by clients eager to find enriching ways of spending valuable leisure time.

Abigail Collins

Abigail has spent 20 years in Marketing and Product Development, and over 25 years avidly travelling around the globe. New experiences are her passion and as a result her travel has been as varied as partying at the Carnival in Brazil, Hiking in the Yukon, diving in the Cocos Islands and living with an Aboriginal community in Australia. Creating unique new breaks with new experiences is her forte!  Abigail has particularly enjoyed working on developing the Italian Short Breaks website having personally travelled to all of the Italian cities on offer. She regularly changes her mind as to which of the breaks is her favourite; as they all are so enticing!

Hannah Netting

Hannah has had the travel bug from an early age where she was fortunate enough to travel widely, including a four month trip around the world. For her experiencing new cultures, sights and wonders was very important. Lately her focus has been heavily on Italy enhanced by a trip to Venice and Verona where she got lost in true Venetian style in Venice and got to experience the amazing acoustics of the Verona Arena. She is even learning Italian in Florence to better understand the Italian culture. With plenty on offer in Italy, it will keep her entertained for many more trips to come!

Jan Oborn

Jan lived in Hong Kong and Cyprus during her childhood as part of an RAF family which inspired the travel lust which has taken her to Iceland, Europe and Swedish Lapland in the last year!

Most of her working life has been spent in administration including time with the MOD but the prospect of travel (and seeing the Northern Lights) was too hard to resist joining us in 2014.

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Kevin at Il Ballo del Doge during Venice Carnival
Kevin at Il Ballo del Doge during Venice CarnivalAbigail at the Metropole Hotel during Venice Carnival weekHannah in Venice in St Marks SquareJan with the Husky Dogs in Lapland

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Weekend a la Carte Ltd is an ATOL bonded travel operator, ATOL NO: 6578. Most firms who sell air travel in the UK are required by law to hold such a bonded licence with the Civil Aviation Authority. ATOL protects you from losing money or being stranded abroad when a tour operator goes out of business.

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ATOL is a protection scheme for flights and air holidays managed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CCA). £2.50 per passenger is  paid into the ATOL insurance protection scheme.

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Our Range of Websites

 As well as Italian Short Breaks the family run company also have 3 other websites to offer you a wide range of destinations and experiences to choose from

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Our Aurora Nights website has our full range of Northern Lights destinations in Sweden and Iceland. 10 years of offering trips to some of the best places on earth for Aurora Hunting has enabled us to create a portfolio of Once in a Lifetime journeys

Our Weekend a La Carte website offers breaks perfect for celebrating a special occasion such as a birthday or anniverary. Destinations as varied as Slovenia, Vienna, Jordan, Morocco await to temp you away for a short adventure or indulgence creating a lasting memory..

Our Big 5 Safari Company offers a unique range of African Safaris in some of the most original and most spectacular wilderness areas of Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as indulgence in Malawi and Mozambique.

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Aurora BorealisPetra in JordanLion in Botswana
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