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  • Show me the $$$

    July 25, 2017

    Too often people tell me that they would love to go on a trip to Italy with me but that money, or lack of it, is an issue. Wishes won’t manifest travel dreams, of course. But I’m here to tell everyone that if travel is something one is serious about there is a simple exercise to do that could help you find hidden treasure in your bank account!

    A cloistered inner garden on Orvieto

    In a past life I was a financial planner and I always recommend a simple tool for finding hidden money in anyone’s budget. Simply spend 30 days jotting down each time you spend money on a daily basis. Don’t change your spending habits, just record what you normally spend for a month, no judgement. So, if you made an impulse buy at the register or swerved off the road at the last minute when you saw a Starbucks, just record it, don’t stop yourself from the purchase. At the end of the month add up all the expenses you recorded. Some banks or phone apps have programs to help you with this project.

    Just before olive harvest in Massa Martana

    It surprises most people that there may be as much as $3-400 spent that they could have lived without. That’s the extra travel money, the hidden treasure for a travel account. If you saved $400 a month for a year, you could come to Italy with us!  Most of our tours include all of your ground expenses and you may have enough rewards or miles to purchase your airline ticket.

    Dinner with Giampiero & friends, Porano

    So, stop wishing for things to be different just make a conscious effort to have the life you imagine!  A vacation in Italy will give you not only a rejuvenating experience; it will give you a sense of abundance you may have been ignoring.




  • Artisan traditions in Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

    June 9, 2017

    Having just returned from a research trip to Italy I am still processing all the wonderful people and places I encountered. Of course, being a research trip, we stayed in five different agritourismi and ate out twice daily, so we could cultivate the most comfortable places to stay and the best food.  It was well ... Read more
  • Be a fearless traveler, but safe!

    January 5, 2017

    These are interesting, yet uncertain times in the World.  If one follows the news it is evident that there are places around the globe that are less safe.  We have found that traveling in Italy and some other parts of western Europe feel safe and protected.  And one of our missions for small group tours ... Read more
  • Nine Women in a Van! (part 1)

    May 31, 2016

    The Italian countryside with nine women in a van!  Nightmare or dream vacation?  Lucky for me, this tour turned out to be a dream vacation for me!  First, I found a comfortable, art filled, state of the art villa in a tiny village outside of Orvieto.  Villa Tripoli is located on beautiful acres of rolling ... Read more
  • A Night to Remember, by Dr. Diana Hoppe

    May 31, 2016

    http://www.drdianahoppe.com/a-night-to-remember-trulli/ Read more
  • Announcing tours for 2016 & 2017

    January 5, 2016

    Our tours fill up quickly because we limit the size and number of trips annually.  Why do we do this, you ask?  We like to keep things simple, leisurely and relaxed.  If we have too much planning to do in one year we lose the joy of traveling to this lovely country.  Our focus is ... Read more
  • Time to travel!

    August 25, 2015

    Europe has become the premier destination for American traveler’s, according to The International Business Times (http://www.ibtimes.com/europe-travel-deals-euro-weakening-americans-can-travel-cheap-dollar-exchange-rate-1773732).  Why?  Well, the euro is now 1.2 to the US dollar, the lowest it has been in more than a decade.  That means your trip to Italy will be hundreds of dollars less this year than it would have ... Read more
  • Low gas prices & good euro exchange!

    February 2, 2015

    Yes, it is time to make your plans for traveling to Europe.  Low gas prices are proving to be a boon to air travel and the euro is leveling off to the dollar.  This year will be a good year to see most of Europe. One of the things I like to do to get ready ... Read more
  • Packing tips from Huffington Post Travel!

    January 8, 2015

    Here is a great article that we wanted to share with you to enhance your travel experience.  Some of these ideas are even new to us and we have a lot of miles under our belt at Italian Excursion.  With more and more luggage restrictions by the airlines this might save us a few headaches. ... Read more
  • Happy New Year!

    January 4, 2015

    Wow, this year came and went so quickly it seems like a blur!  Italian Excursion wishes everyone a peaceful, healthy year that fulfills all of your dreams.  Is travel on your list?  How about travel to Italy?  Our tours for spring and fall are going to be even more beautiful, relaxed and interesting as we ... Read more
  • Friends in Umbria

    December 6, 2014

    We are starting to plan for our 2015 tours.  It’s always exciting to begin a new project or travel with a new group.  That’s one of the things about travel that is so invigorating.  One never knows, even after creating a plan, how it will actually turn out.  The mystery is so inviting!  There are ... Read more