Anniversary Holiday Ideas on a Budget

Wedding Anniversaries are special days to celebrate together, especially if you have reached a milestone year like your 10th, 20th or 25th year.

Going away together for a four-day break to a romantic city full of history, fine wine and beautiful cuisine is a perfect way to share your celebration together and create a wonderful memory, with time to spend together away from the bustle of the daily routine.

4 Days in Verona

What could be better than a romantic 4-day trip to the beautiful Italian city of Verona in northern Italy, where you will stay in 3 Star accommodation set in the hills overlooking the city. Dine on the terrace garden of a family owned Valpolicella Winery, under the arches of vines, sampling fine wine and Italian cuisine.

The Tour Includes all this:

A cooking experience: Learn how to make pasta dishes from the Verona region and eat your creation for supper along with some of the famous wines of the region.

Tour to Soave Wineries and Lake Garda. Sit or stroll along the beaches, shop in the small boutique avenues of shops and relax in one of the many restaurants and bars.

Wine tasting evening:  Try the famous Valpolicella a red wine from the area between Verona and Lake Garda where it is produced and Soave, a delicious white from the village of Soave, just 20 kilometres away.

Visit Wine Cellars producing Valpolicella, Amarone and Soave wine: Experience wines with flavours you had never imagined, and choose a few bottles to take home with you.

Historical Walking Tour of Verona: Including the square of Piazza Brà, and the magnificent Roman arena where the Verona opera festival takes place in summer. See the famous shopping street Via Mazzini and visit house of Romeo and Juliet, complete with the famous balcony and bronze statue of Juliet.

Next Available Tour Dates:

17th to 20th June 2017 and 16th to 19th September 2017

 

For just £320 each, this is a fabulous way to celebrate your special years together. Click HERE for the colour brochure full of pictures.  Call Elaine on 0116 240 2330 or email elaine@hi2events.co.uk for more information or to book

 

3 Most Romantic Places in the World to Propose

Are you planning where and how to ask that important question?

There are many ways and romantic or memorable places to do it, and here are the top three:

  1. Relaxing in an outdoor café on the banks of Lake Garda with an Italian dish and large glass of Prosecco. The sun shining and reflecting on the deep blue water with waves lapping gently at the edge of the lake and pleasure boats chugging happily across the water, leaving curling waves in their wake. The Waiter delivering the ring to your Fiancée with a flourish of pure Italian style
  1. From the famous stone balcony at the house of Juliet on the night that she and Romeo declared their undying love for each other, in a small cobbled street in Verona. Your lady love can wait on the balcony while you dash down to the street and call the question up to her from below – just as Romeo did on the night they ran away together.
  1. In the vibrant Verona square of Piazza Brà, next to the magnificent Roman arena where the Verona Opera Festival takes place in summer. Then stroll along the famous shopping street Via Mazzini where the Italian designers: Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Versace, Gucci, Emilio Pucci, Laura Biagiotti, Roberto Cavalli, Brioni and Bottega Veneta, Diesel, Fendi, and Dolce & Gabbana, have shop windows decorated with unmistakable elegance, exquisite beauty, and unmatched creativity.

The Hi2 Events 4-day break in Verona, includes all 3 places,

With 4 days and  three fabulous nights in luxury 4-star accommodation, a fabulous Italian cooking experience, a visit to the Wineries of Soave and a wine tasting evening in a Valpolicella Winery set in the hills between and Lake Garda, overlooking the lights of the city of Verona twinkling below in the valley

The next available Tour Dates: 17th to 20th June and 16th to 19th September 2017

Verona, Lake Garda and Learning to cook Pasta while tasting the wine
Verona, Lake Garda and Learning to cook Pasta while tasting the wine

Hurry, places fill up fast! Contact us for an information pack, booking and availability.

Contact us now for more information on: 0116 240 2330 or info@hi2events.co.uk

http://www.hi2events.co.uk/Italy_booklet.pdf

Staff Reward Ideas – Four Days in Verona

Staff Reward ideas – four days in Verona organised by Hi2 Events in Leicester 

The best way to reward top employees is not with money – £300 may seem like a great reward, but it slips into the Bank Account and gets lost on bills, with no lasting impact on motivation, other than paying the Electricity Bill.

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Your Opportunity to Experience Verona Hosted by Hi 2 Events 17th – 20th June and 16th – 19th September

Your Opportunity to Experience Verona Hosted by Hi 2 Events 17th – 20th June AND 16th – 19th September 2017.

Price is £340 per personbig-image sharing or Single supplement of £90

This unique itinerary allows guests the opportunity to experience…

Saturday 17th June / 16th September

15.15 – Flight arrival – meet in the arrivals hall at Bergamo look for someone holding a sign with Hi 2 Events on.  Price of flights are not included.

17.00  – Arrival at San Mattia http://www.agriturismosanmattia.it/en/    for 3 nights stay. The evening is free for you to stroll around this lovely estate or take a trip into Verona or surrounding area.
San Mattia is around 20 minutes from Verona with buses running up to 19.00. You will need exact amount of 2 euros to travel and tell the driver to drop you at Pizza Bra which is right in the centre

Sunday 18th June / 17th  September

7.30 – 8.45 Breakfast at San Mattia. Fresh coffee is available from the bar.
9.00 –  Transport to Lazise by the Lake, arriving at 9.45, time to stroll and have coffee…
10.45 – Transport to Wine Museum http://www.museodelvino.it/en here we will see the museum and taste some fabulous wines. With a chance to buy some to take home or drink back at base!
12.15 – Transport to Garda, by the lake, arriving approx. 12.30.  Free time to stroll, shop, have lunch or even take a short boat trip on the Lake.  (You can go from Garda to Torri which is a round trip of around 50 minutes. Can’t book it so for those that fancy going we can just meet at the boat at 15.00.  return at 15.50
16.30/16.45  – Return to San Mattia arriving approx.  17.15/17.30.    Evening free. (Restaurant suggestions are available)

Monday 19th June / 18th September

8.00 – 9.00 Breakfast at San Mattia.
9.30 – Transport to Verona for walking tour of the city (approx. 2 hours). Please bear in mind that it is also a 10 minute walk from where the bus drops us. You will need comfortable shoes!
10.15 – Walking tour of Verona accompanied by an experienced guide.  This starts close to Piazza Bra, where the Arena is and then continues to Piazza delle Erbe, the Market Square, Piazza dei Signori. With this tour you have plenty of time to admire the many monuments, the inside courtyards, the beautiful buildings and also the hidden spots and streets of Verona. Juliet’s house is naturally on the program!
12.15  – Free time in Verona for lunch, shopping etc.
14.30 – Transport to San Mattia arriving 15.00
16.00 –  And now time to don the aprons and get ready to cook our dinner!  This is a fantastic fun  experience learning how to make pasta from the region.
19.30  – Dinner is served!  This will be the pasta you make!

Tuesday 20th June / 19th September   8.00 – 9.30 – Breakfast at San Mattia
11.15 – Transport to Bergamo airport. Approx. 1 hr 20 minutes and time to say goodbye….
Address for Corte San Mattia – Agricola Ederle, via Santa Giuliana 2, 37128  Verona +39 045 913797

Business Expo held at Tigers’ stadium is a roaring succe

More than 600 people have attended an annual exhibition as part of Leicester Business Festival.

The Leicestershire Business Expo, which is in its 10th year and run by Hi2Events, attracted around 650 people to the Leicester Tigers stadium on Thursday.

A total of 106 businesses and organisations showcased at the event including Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Leicestershire-based solicitors EHL and the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.

The event also staged several seminars by the Leicester Apprenticeship Hub and the LLEP, and two ask the expert sessions by businesses such as Newby Castleman and Haines Watts.

Elaine Vandelli, managing director of Hi2Events, said despite 550 people registering to attend, she saw many more arrive during the day.

She said: “The event went very well. This is our fourth year at Tigers and the exhibitors seem very happy to be here.
“There are quite a few businesses that come back each year, for example, EHL, Bray & Bray, FSB, and Chamber of Commerce

“I would say at least 40 per cent of people here have been coming here year on year.

“There are a couple of businesses here from outside of Leicestershire as well.”

EDC SUPPORT

David Eary, managing director of IT support company, EDC Support, in Lutterworth, said: “The event went really well. We had a really steady flow of people which is what we wanted to achieve.

“We’re members of the FSB and they offered us a stand which we decided to take as we’ve never showcased at an event like this before in Leicester.

“We thought we’d give it a go and we’re very happy that we did.

Leicester Business Expo at Leicester Tigers. David Orton, account manager Stanair Industrial Door Services Ltd.PICTURE CHRIS GORDON
Leicester Business Expo at Leicester Tigers. David Orton, account manager Stanair Industrial Door Services Ltd.PICTURE CHRIS GORDON

David Orton, sales representative for Stanair in Rugby
“I think events like these are great as we’re putting Leicester back on the map.

“They’re great for networking, getting exposure and we’re meeting lots of other businesses from different industries.”

He said: “We’re here as we do a lot of work with companies that are based in Leicester and I’m based all around the Midlands but I’m in Leicester quite a lot throughout the year.

“It’s a great opportunity to network with people and get to know other businesses in the area.”

Leicester Business Expo at Leicester Tigers.PICTURE CHRIS GORDON
Leicester Business Expo at Leicester Tigers.PICTURE CHRIS GORDON

Leicester’s Premier Business Expo Celebrates 10 Years

Leicester’s Premier Business Expo Celebrates 10 Years

The annual Leicestershire Business Expo held at the Leicester Tigers Rugby Ground every October is celebrating its tenth successful event this year.

Bookings are flooding in from businesses, not just in the City, but all across Leicestershire, who have been to the event as a visitor and decided to grab some of the action for themselves this year.

The Organiser of the event, Elaine Vandelli of Hi2 Events told us:

“I started 10 years ago because there was nothing for Leicester businesses to promote themselves to local people, without travelling to London or Birmingham. Now it is the longest running business exhibition in the whole of Leicestershire and it has been great to watch businesses grow and build new local clients.”

The Leicestershire Business Expo is now so well known in the City, that it is known as “LBE” to most businesses and represents a sparkling Showcase of the huge diversity of businesses across Leicestershire.

The Visitors and Guests list is geared towards local business owners, directors and decision makers.

Tigers building is well used to big crowds, so the 2 floors of inspiring exhibitors and the fantastic array of free seminars and workshops addressing business challenges, mean that LBE 2016 is a perfect opportunity.

The jam-packed, one-day event will fast-track the awareness of your business brand in a busy B2B environment, enable you to source new products, services and solutions, as well as network and chat with professionals and entrepreneurs all day, for free.

This year Hi” Events will be trialling a limited number of larger exhibition spaces in the downstairs exhibition hall for companies to have a dedicated demo area. With booking now flooding in, it’s vital to act quickly if you would like your business to be seen alongside more than 100 local businesses, who will all be hunting for new products and services.

Around 1,000 high profile visitors are expected to book a free visitors ticket, with many more arriving on spec, on the day.

The whole event is completely free to visitors, and includes free parking outside the Tigers Stadium. To book your exhibition space or to register to visit, please contact Elaine on:

T 0116 240 2330 or Email: info@hi2events.co.uk

expo, networking
Exhibition spaces, networking and lots more

Booking Details: http://goo.gl/Uwq4yZ and www.hi2events.co.uk

 

Your Opportunity to Experience Verona Hosted by Hi 2 Events 18th – 21st June 2016.

Your Opportunity to Experience Verona Hosted by Hi 2 Events 18th – 21st June 2016. This unique itinerary allows guests the opportunity to experience…

PRICE IS JUST £290 NOW TO INCLUDE

Saturday 18th June

15.15 – Flight arrival (best flights to book are with Ryanair – not included in the price of £290) to Bergamo from East Midlands, transfer to  Corte San Mattia – Agricola Ederle, approx. 1hr 15minutes.
17.00  – Arrival at San Mattia  for 3 nights stay. The evening is free for you to stroll around this lovely estate or take a trip into Verona or surrounding area.
San Mattia is around 20 minutes from Verona with buses running up to 19.00.

Optional Opera at the Arena can be booked for 20 euros

Sunday 19th June
8.00 – 9.00 Breakfast at San Mattia
9.30 – Transport to Soave for 2 hours with time to explore, wine taste and shop
12.00 – Transport to Garda, by the lake, arriving approx.  12.50. Free time to stroll, shop, have lunch or even take a short boat trip on the Lake.
17.00  – Return to San Mattia arriving approx.  17.50.   Evening free time.

Monday 20th September

8.00 – 9.00 Breakfast at San Mattia.
9.30 – Transport to Verona for walking tour of the city (approx. 2 hours).
10.15 – Walking tour of Verona accompanied by an experienced guide.  This starts close to Piazza Bra, where the Arena is and then continues to Piazza delle Erbe, the Market Square, Piazza dei Signori. With this tour you have plenty of time to admire the many monuments, the inside courtyards, the beautiful buildings and also the hidden spots and streets of Verona. Juliet’s house is naturally on the program!
12.15  – Free time in Verona
14.30 – Transport to San Mattia arriving 15.00
16.00 –  Wine Tasting with wines of the Estate.
17.00 –  And now time to don the aprons and get ready to cook our dinner!  This is a fantastic fun  experience learning how to make pasta from the region.
19.30  – Dinner is served!

Tuesday 21st June   
8.00 – 9.30 – Breakfast at San Mattia
11.40 – Transport to Bergamo airport. Approx. 1 hr 15 minutes and time to say goodbye….

Address for Corte San Mattia – Agricola Ederle, via Santa Giuliana 2, 37128  Verona +39 045 913797 Please do carry the itinerary with you or get a card from San Mattia.

MY MOBILE NO.  07802 492348    info@hi2events.co.uk

3 Nights in Corte San Mattia

We arrived at our Hotel called Agricola Ederle in Corte San Mattia, a vineyard estate making Valpolicella wine, set in the hills above the city of Verona and overlooking the winding river Ardige in the city centre. www.giovanniederle.it

The Vineyard Estate
It is a working vineyard and since many of its functions are now done by modern machines, the old building that used to house vineyard workers, have now been refurbished and turned into beautiful guest accommodation.
Booking in for dinner her means nothing less than a sumptuous 5 course sitting cooked by their in-house chefs and is very inexpensive. It starts with a typical Italian cheese tart, then the pasta starter, meat dish, vegetable dish and desert. The Chefs can be seen in ‘La cocina’ directly behind the large stone and wooden topped bar area, busy creating the evening meal.

The bar and restaurant has a glass wall that opens out onto a large terrace with tables set underneath rows of overhead vines and with a panoramic view over the city of Verona, directly in line with the winding river. In the evening the twinkling lights of Verona beckon, and a 2 Euro bus ride will take you the 10 minute ride down the hill into the city to explore the night-life. Taxi back at the end of your evening is just 15 Euros, and shared with 5 people, costs no more than the bus ride.

The Wine
Somehow, the Valpolicella tastes completely different to the bottles from a Leicester supermarket… It is a little cloudy, tinged with pink and has overtones of fresh fruit with a palate of sweet cherries, cinnamon and vanilla. The white wine made on the estate tasted of melon, desert apples and peaches, with overtones of ginger and a nose of vanilla, Extremely drinkable and most of the party ordered a bottle instead of messing about with glasses.

The Rooms

The rooms are spacious and the 6 foot bed is dwarfed by the white plaster walls, stone windowsills and giant exposed roof beams; with an ostentatious arrangement of flowers in a large jug that is almost 1 metre across, in shades of burnt amber and yellow. Two ingenious wooden slatted tables for suitcases either side of the room with a desk by the windows and another slatted table, this time with a slatted back inserted into the table top giving you an endless variation of back rest angles, from upright, to relaxation.
There is a separate dressing area with inbuilt wardrobes and off that, a chic modern bathroom with a curved and stylish suite. A flat screen TV is included and the view overlooks the city.

Breakfast
The coffee is heavenly in whatever form you wish, with the double espresso and brown sugar providing an instant remedy to all ailments as the hot black treacle instantly revives both soul and psyche.
Breakfast was meat, cheese and slightly sweet Italian bread, along with glass pots of fresh yoghurt and a selection of cakes dripping with lemon icing and chocolate brownie that melts in the mouth with liquid chocolate.
Then all on to the coach for a visit to the wineries in Soave…. look out for the next post or contact Elaine Vandelli for details, on www.hi2events.co.uk

A four day trip to Italy organised by Hi2 Events Leicester

The first of a series of articles describing four fabulous days in Italy in Sunny September…

A warm Saturday afternoon in September, we landed in Milan Bergamo Airport at 3.30 pm and got on a coach to Verona, passing beautifully manicured, shaped trees set out in regimental rows, which gave our first indication of the inherent style of all things Italian.

Natural Landscape

To the left of the Motorway and following us like an ancient giant, was a row of distant mountains; bare and rising to meet the sky, slightly out of focus in the mists of great height and distance. In front of them were lush green hills and mounds, dense with all manner of trees and bushes in a full palate of greens and browns. The landscape was verdant and rich with green foliage, with a distinct lack of concrete, tarmac and buildings. Random Church towers can be seen standing guard above the trees.

Architecture
The houses we passed set into the countryside, were all the colours of earthenware: cream, ochre, white, olive, sand and yellow; with many small windows framed by painted wooden shutters and almost flat, slightly pitched roofs in colours of terracotta tiles.
Small factories painted in soft shades of powder blue, pales lemon, silver grey and even orange, dotted the side of the motorway, nestled strangely in between fields of crops planted in beautiful straight rows, which looked far more stylish than most English front gardens.
Tall striking Cypress trees are juxtaposed against the random spreading of the olive trees framing the fields of low level crops of maize, corn and of course, grape vines.

Verona
Our first sight of the City of Verona was amazing. Driving off the motorway and rising up from an underpass into a plethora of tall buildings cream walls, stone façades and hundreds of balconies festooned with greenery from potted plants and shrubs. The winding roads through the city were clean and full of interesting looking shops, cafes and bars.
There were many more Church towers set into the skyline, with buttress tops and arrangements of pointed spires. We crossed the River Adige in the centre of the City which reminded me of the Thames in London, winding purposefully through another big City and flanked with tall executive apartment blocks, their balconies spilling with greenery that leaned towards the water.
It was now 5 pm Saturday and traffic was heavy here, which gave us time to take in the historic Italian style of the buildings and the flavour that can only be Italy.

San Mattia

Through the other side of Verona, the coach began to wind its way up into the hills and away from the hustle and bustle. Up and up we went, round another bend taking us even higher. Looking down at Verona, the roofs became like Lego bricks as we climbed up into the hills towards the village of San Mattia.

Look out for the next article about this trip, or contact Elaine Vendelli on www.hi2events.co.uk

60 seconds to sell your business at LBE2015!

Hi2 Events are running speed networking sessions throughout the day during LBE15, where you will have just 60 seconds to sell your business.

On the 29th October 2015, The Leicester Tigers Stadium will be buzzing with the sound of LBE15 and visitors 60 second speed networking pitches. There will be three sessions being held throughout the day and the first session starts from 9:40am.

If you haven’t experienced speed networking before it is similar to speed dating and is a fast and reliable way to meet new contacts and form strong business relationships.

Each participant will have 60 seconds to promote their business and to exchange important information with the person opposite, before moving to the next person. This will be a great opportunity as visitors will leave the session with a range of business contacts.

5 Top Tips for Speed Networking

1. Take plenty of business cards: You want to give out cards as well as receive them.
2. Listen to each individual: You only have 60 seconds to make an impact.
3. Take Notes: There’s a lot to take in, so write details on the back of business cards.
4. Follow Up: Don’t be afraid to call your new contacts or refer them on to someone else.