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Departures: Hire an Italian island

INTERNATIONAL Chapters (071-722 9560), the self-catering specialist that offers one of the biggest selections of Italian self- catering properties, has published its new programme, Italian Chapters.

The brochure lists 61 properties, including a Venetian island complete with boat and boatman, two 16th-century Tuscan castles and a Moorish cliffside villa on the Amalfi coast. Weekly prices range from pounds 385 to pounds 4,900 for the Venetian island.

International Chapters is also the UK agent for the Italian- based firm Cuendet, which has more than 1,000 properties. Cuendet has just produced two brochures featuring Tuscany and Umbria, and the Veneto region around Venice.