Kirker Holidays, which is celebrating 30 years of offering tailor-made itineraries to Italy in 2016, has added the Dolomites and the Canavese to its Italian programme for the first time.

In the Dolomites, clients can stay at either the five-star deluxe Castel Fragsburg – formerly a 17th century hunting lodge, set in a private park overlooking Merano and the vineyards of the Alto Adige valley, with prices from £745 per person.

Alternatively, the four-star deluxe Auener Hof Dining Home offers views from an altitude of 1,600m, along with sleek, contemporary interiors, with prices from £629. Both hotels offer Michelin-starred restaurants spas and access to local towns for day trips.

Meanwhile, the Canavese’s historical and artistic treasures make it a must for culture enthusiasts seeking a new region to discover, while walkers and nature lovers will enjoy the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso, Italy’s oldest national park. Located to the north of Turin, the region provides an ideal rural complement to a few days in the city as part of a two-centre itinerary.

Clients can stay at the four-star superior Relais Villa Matilde, an historic property featuring period furnishings just 30 miles from Turin, with prices from £549. Prices are for three-night holidays based on two sharing and include flights, private transfers or car hire, breakfast accommodation, guide notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing; and the services of a concierge.

Also new to the operator's Italy programme for 2016 are a number of hotels – ranging from city centre boltholes to seaside escapes.

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