Our itineraries include private, comprehensive experiences, developed according to your own wishes and specifications. All feature charismatic local people sharing their expertise and love of Italy, and cover a range of themes including gastronomy, art, architecture, archeology, and history.
Prior to working in the travel industry, we had always considered ourselves to be independent travelers. We had proudly visited many destinations without benefit of a guide and thought we were doing fine with our myriad travel books and clipped articles. We now humbly acknowledge that we didn't know what we were missing until our first guided visit to a tiny Umbrian hill town. We had in fact visited the town several times and thought we knew the place like the back of our hands. We were flabbergasted by the end of our 3 hours with a licensed guide. A native guide with a wide range of knowledge and interests can bring insights and perspectives to an experience that our own backgrounds don't allow us to imagine.
Official guides are a revered and protected species, and for good reason. They undergo rigorous examinations on a variety of subjects including art, history, political science, language, and architecture. Unfortunately, not all guides are created equal. We have interviewed and auditioned all of the guides that we recommend. All of them are licensed professionals with affable personalities and strong English skills.
Of course you want to see the stars of the Grand Tour – the Coliseum, Venice’s Basilica San Marco, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, etc. These iconic monuments are such because they are incredible and they are worth seeing. It’s how you see them that makes the difference.
Indulge in a private guided tour of the Vatican – you won’t have to wait on line and you won’t have to move through the galleries with the herd. Cruise along the Grand Canal in Venice in a private water taxi tour with a local resident guide, explore an ancient hill town with a favorite son or daughter of that locale, join the winemakers for a private wine tasting and homemade lunch in Tuscany, tour the vineyards of an Umbrian vineyard on horseback, or see the ruins of the Roman Empire with an archeologist.
If you’re seeking exclusive experiences, reserve the Vatican Museum at night for only your family and friends, visit one of the restored houses in Pompeii that isn’t open to the public, tour the Vasari corridor in Florence, helicopter to Ravello and spend the day on a private yacht off of the Amalfi coast, or have a Venetian palazzo to yourself complete with candlelight dinner and string quartet. Carpe diem!
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