Take an autumn short-break to Vicenza where the city's Basilica Palladiana, built by the young Andrea Palladio in the 15th century, re-opens to the public in October following a 5-year restoration.
The opening will be celebrated with a stunning exhibition of hundreds of paintings from the fifteenth to the twenty first century, gathered from a range of countries and featuring artists from Raffaello, Botticelli, Tiziano and Rubens, up to the Impressionists Manet and Van Gogh and the great painters of the twentieth century, from Munch and Matisse to Modigliani and Bacon.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994, the 'city of Palladio' features some extraordinary architectural treasures, including the Teatro Olimpico, the world's first indoor theatre, the magnificent Renaissance Palazzo Chiericati and Palladio's Piazza dei Signori, which now regularly hosts antique and farmers' markets.
Stay at the recently-refurbished G Boutique Hotel, an uber-cool hotel just 200m from the city's historical centre where bedrooms combine chic design with custom-made furniture and state-of-the-art technology. A three-night stay on a B & B basis starts at £285 per person in October, inclusive of car hire. Fly to Verona, Treviso or Venice.