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Italy Immersion                                                                                            

See, taste and experience Italy in a way most tours won’t.

    You may have the universe if I may have Italy.Giuseppe Verdi

In order to immerse yourself in the culture and help you discover the essence of a place, we provide a full itinerary – we’ll see and do a lot, but also build in time to savor the flavor of the rich and diverse Italian culture.

February  2019 --  FULL, WAITING LIST

We’ve added a new trip for February, which filled quickly: celebrating Mardi Gras, Italian style. Their month-long celebration is second only to Venice, with parties, costumes and weekly parades with giant paper maché puppets. We’ll hunt truffles, visit vineyards, and try our hand at making pasta with longtime friend, Chef Gianluca Pardini. We may take in a Puccini concert and make a stop at Andrea Bocelli’s Theater of Silence. We’ll see what the weather brings us in February!

May 2019 -- NOW RESERVING for Trip 2 (Trip 1 is full)

In May we’re planning two trips to northern Italy (Tuscany and Veneto regions), just ahead of the peak tourism season. The weather is very pleasant, everything is in bloom and we’ll find treasures and seasonal goods at the open markets. A highlight of this itinerary is touring a Valpolicella vineyard and having dinner with the family who has run it for generations. We’ll spend time along the sea, visiting the fishing villages of the Cinque Terre and the famous Carrara marble quarry where Michelangelo sourced the white stone for his sculptures.

August and September 2019 --  NOW RESERVING for Trip 1 (Trip 2 is full)

In August and September, two groups will visit the historic and unique walled-city-on-a-plateau, Orvieto, and head south to Positano. The weather should be lovely, if not hot – which will make a swim in the sea that much more inviting. With this itinerary we’ll tour the ancient underground tunnels of Orvieto, visit wineries and hunt truffles. Then we’ll hop the highspeed train for the coast. We’ll spend a day in Pompeii and see how this once-buried city has been excavated, then move on to the stunning Amalfi Coast for boat excursions, wine tastings and learning to make their local gnocchi alla sorrentina.

Pricing
Cost for each tour, including winery tours and tastings, cooking lessons, private historic tours, all accommodations and ground transportation, receptions, most meals (everything but air):

        $3900 for the 11-day tour (Approximately $350 per day)

View sample Amalfi Itinerary

View sample Tuscany  Itinerary

For our European clients, you can join all or part of these tours, or we can customize a long weekend on either end of a planned itinerary. Send me an email and we can coordinate or create a custom tour.

 

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