Uncover the hidden delights of Northern Italy
How We Offer This Experience To You
We are hosts, not guides
We treat you as a 'guest' and not as a 'client'. We are not your 'guides'; we are your 'hosts'. We treat you like you were friends visiting us, sharing the things we love about the places we call home. With us you will gain a deeper understanding of the Italian culture. We introduce you to our local friends and family, take you to places most foreign visitors do not see, take you shopping to local markets, and bring you to eat in neighborhood restaurants.
We keep it small, personal and intimate
We are your guides and tour escorts, but we are also your hosts, and we will treat you as if you are visiting friends and not just customers. We love sharing our favorite places with guests, and we know you will just love them too. Long before you get home, you will have started planning your return.
Unlike the big tour bus companies, our exclusive small group tours are 4 to 8 like-minded guests, with a sense of fun and adventure, not to mention a love of good food and wine. We keep it nice and small so that we can keep it personal. We travel like locals as we explore the path less traveled. Guests enjoy visiting small family-run producers, dining with the locals at their favorite trattoria, or savoring a multi-course tasting dinner at an exclusive ten-table restaurant.
True cultural immersion
We not only introduce you to the local culture, but also the local customs, and we ask you to embrace them as much as possible. So after dinner, we will guide you to order an espresso or an after-dinner drink like grappa or limoncello, instead of a cappuccino. Most tours and tourism establishments cater to North American culture. It is easier for them to simply do it the North-American way than to explain the differences. We believe this robs you of a big part of the experience. When you travel with us, we like to bring you into the local lifestyle as much as possible. During grape harvest time, you are out harvesting the grapes; when olives are being harvested, you are not only harvesting the olives, but also taking part in the process of the making of oil. You will gain a deeper appreciation for the place you have visited, and it is absolutely wonderful!
We go on orientation walks
All of our exclusive small group tour packages incorporate a mixture of cultural experiences, culinary delights and excursions. When you visit a city, you will have a local expert guide who shares with you the history and interesting facts about the place you are visiting. In all other locations you will visit, we offer what we call “orientation walks,” where we tell you about the places you are visiting, and show you what there is to see, but is done at a relaxed pace, with the freedom to explore shops and areas that you’re interested in. Our goal with every visit is for you to have a wonderful and relaxing time, taking in the wonderful atmosphere of the place.
Regional foods and local wines
Food is an all-important part of each and every one of our small group tours. We are foodies who love to savor the authentic flavors of each destination. Through food, we can learn about a region’s history, traditions and societal norms. Recipes and cooking techniques are passed down from generation to generation. Some dishes tell a story of an entire nation, whilst others may be specific to a region. In exploring the local food you learn about the country you are visiting at a deeper level. We favor farm-to-table local eateries and focus on family-run, local trattorias and "osterias". We like to pair each dining experience with regional wines, that you most likely will have never heard of before, and that are produced by small, family-run winemakers. When you eat out, you will always do it like locals, with locals.
Regional expertise & unique locations
Italy consists of many regions, with incredibly diverse cultures, histories, natural topographies, and cuisines. As you look at our chosen locations, chances are that you may have never heard of them. We have made a conscious decision to focus our small group tours in specific regions in Northern Italy, places we know well, have local expertise and call home. These locations were chosen because they offer good transportation access, are geographically well-situated for excursions to surrounding destinations, they are not overrun with tourists, they are beautiful, and they still hold true to real Italian culture.
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