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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!
May 31, 2014Announcements: 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
April 26, 2014Hello travelers! It’s hard for me to believe but it’s almost May! Time to plan for our next round of tours in the fall. If your life is anything thing like ours it is filled with many different interests and activities. Yes, we love our travel and various tours but when home we have a ... Read more
April 1, 2014Greetings on this wonderful springtime morning! What do you love most about this time of year? For many, it is a peek at the budding of greenery through the snow, signaling an end to “endless winter”. To others it is the chance to get back into the ocean as it warms up. For me it is ... Read more
January 6, 20142014 marks our 15th year of officially making two trips annually, with guests, to the central regions of Italy. And we are still as excited about traveling there as the first time we experienced these very special places. Along the way there have been a few changes in the way we travel but we are ... Read more
November 23, 2013Well, here we are again, coming to another end of a year. The holidays are upon us which brings to mind special gifts for loved ones to show our love and appreciation. To facilitate your gifting we are offering a discount of $250 on all of our 2014 tours, if you register with a deposit ... Read more
October 16, 2013We spent a day with Gusto Umbrian Wine Tours (http://gustowinetours.com) and this was our first stop. It was a farm that produced not only Sagrantino wine (FANTASTIC!) but also raised its own pigs for salumi and prosciutto. Local cheeses were added as were home made biscuits and bread. This farm was considered a small wine ... Read more
September 6, 2013We are launching a new idea and you can be part of it! Watch for an opportunity to offer the tour price you think is fair and we will consider it. If you value the style of slow travel in a small group, visiting the Italian countryside, but you would like a guide rather than ... Read more
June 3, 2013May was a challenging weather month in Italy but we thoroughly enjoyed our month long visit there, this year. We tried a few new things this time, like a day out in the Lake Bracciano area with a horse and buggy ride ala our friend Jackie. Horse and carriage is actually considered a sport in ... Read more
April 11, 2013Of course, we have shared some of our most loved places to explore in Italy, like Orvieto, Bagnoregio and Viterbo. However, fortunately for all of us, our list of small towns and villages that are quiet, un-touristed and interesting, just keeps growing. Here are a few of our favorites. Lujnano in Teverina, is set on ... Read more
January 24, 2013OK, six months passes and I return to Italy for vacation, tour leading and to finish the sale of a lovely piece of agricultural property in Bagnoregio. If you recall, I had completed the first step in the process of the sale by paying a deposit of half the amount of the agreed upon price. ... Read more