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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 has always been to promote inter-cultural experiences, which we strongly believe promotes peace.
Having said all of this we are certainly aware that no one is immune to unsafe conditions. It is important to take stock of one’s own priorities and looking within, determine if travel still feels comfortable for you, the traveler. For the past two decades when we have traveled in and out of Italian airports we have noted the high levels of security. There have always been more checkpoints and questions from Italian authorities than in other countries, including the United States. That may be due to the problems with security and bombings that Italy encountered in the 1970’s. They learned some valuable lessons which are still being followed.
And as anyone would whether home or abroad it is wise to stay alert in new areas; be watchful of suspicious activity and report it to authorities immediately. Maybe staying away from large crowds or big cities at certain times is another way to be safe. Of course, heeding the recommendations of our State Department could prove important, as well.
So, in conclusion, traveling in these times is a personal choice which means an honest check-in with oneself. Then, go boldly forth if you choose to travel, with confidence and curiosity for your chosen landing spot!
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January 5, 2016Our 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
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February 2, 2015Yes, 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
January 8, 2015Here 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
January 4, 2015Wow, 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
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November 25, 2014It’s hard to believe another year is almost over but here we are nearing the Thanksgiving holiday, then Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza with be upon us, not to mention the Solstice. More and more people are being very thoughtful about gift giving for family and friends. I have a creative idea that may be appealing. How ... Read more
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