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The trip was FANTASTIC!
The hotels were great; most notably the Park Hotel Villa Carpenada in Belluno and La Canonica di Cortine in Tuscany. Tuscany was incredible and I am trying to bribe a girl friend to go back with me so I can have more time there and do the "girl" things like shopping and wine tours! We also...
Maryanne and Jeffrey Fiedler (Newtown, PA)
Customized Vacation, September 2012
Category Archives: Italy Tours
Whether you are planning an escorted tour or are doing a self-guided tour, here are some resources on how to tour wineries in Italy. Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world. With 19 different wine producing regions located throughout the country you are never far from a vineyard, no matter where you are in Italy. It is useful to know the names and regions of the top wine destinations Rome: Lazio Pisa or Florence: Tuscany Venice: Veneto Milan: Lombardy Naples: Campania Genova: Liguria Buy the book – or App Wine guides such as the ones published by Slow Food and Gambero Rosso and Apps like the one by The Wine Traveller are packed with information on locations and hours of vineyards and cantinas that are open to visitors. It is recommended that you plan your visit in advance. Hit the Road If you are not doing an [...]
How to Tour Italy There is a reason Italy is one of the most popular vacation destinations. It really does have it all; Art, music, cities, charming hill towns, beaches, mountains and more. You feel like you want to see it all. Tour Italy Now is here to help you figure out best how to tour Italy. Planning The first piece of advice is do your homework. With 47 UNESCO sites,more than any other country,95,000 churches, 20,000 historical cities and towns and 5,600 museums and archaeological sites, Italy has such a variety of opportunities that you need to decide what kind of vacation you would like and work from there. Don’t try to see everything in the entire country or you will end up overwhelmed and exhausted. Pick just a few major sites or experiences and work from there. You can spend a few days viewing art and walking [...]
Everybody loves Italy. Have you ever noticed how Italy is often a cover story on travel and food magazines? That’s because Italy sells magazines. It is a country that inspires such passion: people simply love reading about, talking about, dreaming about Italy. We see that passion for Italy here in our community every day. Of course, that passion is what inspires our clients and millions of others to take an Italy tour. There are so many reasons why people appreciate Italy the way they do… For its cuisine and fashion, for its music and architecture, for its art and history. Of course we all know that the Roman Empire was a turning point in world history, introducing advances in architecture, engineering and lifestyle that spread to other areas of the empire: Spain to the west; England to the north; north Africa to the south; until they eventually made their way [...]
What does it take for the stars to align to book a vacation, in this case, an Italy tour? It usually works like this. You carry around the idea in your head for ages. You don’t think about it each and every waking hour. You are reminded to book that Italy tour when you see a photograph of Venice in a magazine while waiting at the dentist office or strolling down the pasta aisle in the supermarket or chance upon a movie set in Italy, like Roman Holiday, with Audrey Hepburn, on the TV one quiet Saturday night. You are reminded when Italy visits you in your dreams, sometimes in the form of a Tuscan landscape, other times, posing in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Once you dreamed about an island that you think might have been Capri. You mention the idea of a trip to Italy to [...]
There’s no tour of Italy like a real, honest-to-goodness, on-the-ground tour. But to get in the mood, it’s fun to take one of these virtual Italy tours, whether it’s a virtual tour of Rome, Florence or Venice. In fact the Internet is popping with virtual tours, as well as cinema verite or documentary-style tours of Italy. This set, apparently produced by the wonderful folks at Google, recently caught our eye; we liked them so much we added them to the Tour Italy Now website. They have a rollercoaster feel to them, as the “eye” dives from one monument to the next, but that makes it fun. The music is different in each one, too. As pairings go, the music accompanying the Florence tour seems to work best, but the Rome one is fun and Venice, well, who’s ready for a ride on a gondola? Taken together, each one is eyepopping [...]