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See and Savor Italy
"Throughout the last 20 years, we have been constantly delighted by familiar and unexpected discoveries seeing and savoring Italy with our Italian family and friends"
"Our travel experiences endure and when we return we sit around the table of travel like hungry little versions of Oliver Twist pounding, fork in fist, demanding -Please, sir I want more”.
Off the A1 Autostrada, in Italy's Food Valley near Parma. Artisanal production of beer done with the same respect for the ingredients that you see in the production of the artisanal pastas of Emila-Romagna and legendary ragu’.
A charming bed and breakfast among the windswept hills south of Bologna with the most gracious host who makes her guests feel as if she has been waiting just for them.
The ducal residence of Francesco I d'Este in Sassuolo 16 km southwest of Modena. Also known as "the Delight" for its ornate architecture, pescheria, painted walls, ceilings,
fountains and parks.
A piccolo Versailles in the the Euganean Hills south of Padua. One of the largest and best kept Baroque gardens in the world with a centuries-old boxwood labyrinth, the Hermit’s Grotto, Rabbit Island and the Monument to Time. In 1631 the Barbarigo family took refuge in this location to escape the Black Plague outbreak that raged in Venice and the rest of Europe.
Castello Gropparello a castle -fortress near Piacenza built by Charlemagne in the 8th century. The current keepers have transformed the the castle and the surrounding wood into a site of gastronomic festivals and Parco delle Fiabe (Park of the Fairies) entering into a fairy-tale like experience.
Small bed & breakfast close to Modena and Parma with a stay that includes a visit to a balsamic acetaia.
Studio /atelier of artist Samuele Calosi
Via della Sapienza, 17, Siena.
Sample some of Italy's most sought after cheese, pecorino in Pienza. A cheese-centric city that is one of Tuscany's Renaissance treasures.
Travel to Panzano for a sideboard sampling of Chianti salami with wild fennel pollen, lardo (aka Chianti butter) and a Tuscan porchetta that is so good it will bring tears to your eyes from artisanal butcher Dario Cecchini.
If total immersion into the Italian lifestyle is what you are looking for, brush up on your Italian, climb into your Fiat 500 rental and stop at the COOP for groceries for a farmhouse stay in San Casciano in Val di Pesa in the hills of Chianti.
The iconic chapel on the hill in Italy's stunning Val d'orcia is one of the most photographed in Italy. On the road between San Quirico d’Orcia and Pienza, it is one of the most beautiful and evocative places Tuscany, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This Umbrian lake near the Tuscan border is the largest lake in central Italy where Hannibal made history and St. Frances made a Lenten fast. Well -known in the area for water sports and a popular destination for windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and water skiing.
One of the most significant spiritual centers in the world in a land where saints walked the hillsides and forests and lived lives that changed the world.