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  • What makes me happy in Italy?

    October 1, 2017

    So many things that I can’t mention them all.  In the 23 years I’ve been traveling to the countryside in Italy each trip is unique.  There is always more to discover and though I make the trip twice annually the excitement of arriving is always new.

    Of course the heart of any country is its people who have created the culture.  And that culture, which is so diverse in Italy, creates its past.  I never tire of hearing stories, new and old, of the creation of that past.  Knowing that mythology can be based in fact I am always prompted to explore the myths that are offered by the residents of small villages.  On our last trip in May we visited a restored castle which had a fascinating history.  Part of the story, as in all stories of castles, tell of a visit by some famous artist or notable historical character.  Sometimes it’s Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci; sometimes one of the noble Medici.  But no story is complete without a famous visitor!

    In about two weeks I will travel back to my second home country.  People always ask if I have some tie to Italy like family or heritage but no, it is a connection of heart, nothing more.  What makes me happy to be there is the pace of life, the appreciation of small things like a garden or greeting from a neighbor.  A walk among Etruscan or Roman ruins, paintings by the Masters, an orchard of olive trees or a vineyard.



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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 ... Read more
  • 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