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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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  • 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
  • News!

    April 26, 2014

    Hello 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
  • Buongiorno! Ciao!

    April 1, 2014

    Greetings 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
  • Happy New Year, 2014!

    January 6, 2014

    2014 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
  • End of Year Discount for 2014 Tours!

    November 23, 2013

    Well, 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
  • Wine & Food in Umbria

    October 16, 2013

    We 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
  • Name Your Price Tour!

    September 6, 2013

    We 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
  • Just back from annual spring trip 2013!

    June 3, 2013

    May 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
  • Unknown spots we enjoy in Italy

    April 11, 2013

    Of 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