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  • 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 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!

    Ciao,

    Cheryl

    Civita di Bagnoregio

  • Holiday gifts!

    November 25, 2014

    It’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
  • The Garfagnana (northern Tuscan mountains)

    November 1, 2014

    I visited this region in September and it is a beautiful, wooded paradise in the province of Lucca.  Because of the dense forests and heavy rainfall it is filled with chestnut trees.  It is also filled with wonderful hidden villages where artisans are still doing what there ancestors did many hundreds of years ago; farming ... Read more
  • Do you use TripAdvisor reviews?

    October 18, 2014

    Below you can see one of the messages I received from trip advisor, #tripadvisor, about the reviews I have posted over the years on that site.  WOW, 6,988 people have read my reviews.  How astonishing! And how encouraging, as well. That just proves that this is a necessary travel service. Many travel websites accept reviews from ... Read more
  • Airfarewatchdog.com helps travelers find best air fares!

    October 18, 2014

    There are a multitude of websites to help travelers find the best prices for air travel, lodging and guided tours.  Here is one of our favorites with a tip for creating a travel route designed by the traveler.  I have also found that on some airlines such as American Airlines, that I can book my ... Read more
  • What happens in October & November?

    October 14, 2014

    October and November are wonderful months to visit Italy.  #smallgrouptoursitaly. True, the grape harvest is past but there may still be some truffles to snuffle out and the olives are ready to pick.  Olives need to be picked in one day, like the grapes and rushed off to the olive press immediately.  Some folks like ... Read more
  • Eco-friendly Travel!

    October 13, 2014

    With so much focus now on environmental impact it’s difficult to ignore the subject of traveling ecologically. For many years I’ve pondered the question about my own “eco footprint” since I cross the Atlantic two or three time a year, leading small group tours in the Italian countryside. It bothers me to think that I ... Read more
  • Your Specially Designed Small Group Tour!

    October 12, 2014

      Designing a tour for your pleasure takes more work behind the scenes than I think anyone imagines. I’m thinking of recent requests that I had from two different sources when travelers have asked me to put together an itinerary with certain specifications, for a group of their friends or colleagues. Keeping in mind there is ... Read more
  • Italy in September, 2014!

    October 6, 2014

    How invigorating to be in Italy when the harvest is happening; when the grapes look like they are ready to burst and the olives are the most amazing shiny green color just begging to be ready for pressing!  There is nothing I can think of that is as flavorful as the first press of olive ... Read more
  • A Week in Northern Lazio (reprinted)

    September 6, 2014

    A Week in Northern Lazio Cheryl Alexander Many people bypass this part of Italy on their way to Tuscany, Umbria, Venizia or Como. But a week in this region will surprise and delight; not to mention steals your heart. If you are a lover of Italy, don’t miss this special area. And I promise you will return, ... Read more
  • What are your travel plans for the coming year?

    May 31, 2014

    Announcements: 1) There are still a few spaces open on our September Wine & Food tour in Umbria. Please think about joining us as this is a wonderful time of the year to experience the Italian countryside. And we are offering a $500 discount for registrations by June 15th! www.italianexcursion.com Call now ... Read more