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  • 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 hills with a private drive far from the road and other neighbors.  Except for the possibility of wild boar (just keep the gate closed when leaving, the owner prompted), privacy and an idyllic setting welcomed us. http://www.villatripoli.com

     

    A view from the garden

    A view from the garden

     

    This eclectic group of women, including a young Smith College student, thrown together for a week, were kind, considerate and accommodating with one another.  The tiny, winding roads in Italy can wreak havoc on stomachs and there were times when tummies in the way back of the van were churning, so measures were taken to move people around or get more air.  I heard no complaints and much appreciation for the daily activities I had planned.  We had some wonderful meals out and a couple of dinners at home after long days of exploring the area.  Simona of www.sagraincasa.com entertained us while feeding us a scrumptious meal made with things from her organic farm.  She paired the wines perfectly, too, as she is a sommelier as well as a chef!

     

    Dinner on the portico

    Dinner on the portico

     

    Dinner out at Locanda Rosatti http://www.locandarosati is always special.  Giampiero, the owner, invites not only outside guests to his table like our group, but also the people staying at the inn.  His chef, Nicola, is brilliant in the kitchen and Giampiero is the perfect host for this family style meal, making sure everyone feels welcomed and well fed!  The large plates of homemade pasta and local produce and meats just keep coming until we say “stop”!  Then, of course, there is the dessert, grappa and limoncello before we can leave for home.  It’s a true experience of Italian hospitality.

     

    Dinner with Giampiero

    Dinner with Giampiero

     

    We didn’t just eat and drink great wines on this trip.  There were many other experiences, too.  A trip to Deruta which will be featured in another blog; two very different wine tastings; shopping frenzies in Orvieto and beyond!  And did I mention Luigi, a local man who rents out cars and vans?  So, more to come as this was a very fulfilling travel adventure.

    Ciao,

    Cheryl

  • My Italian Villa, Chapter Five

    January 24, 2013

    It occurs to me that this tale may not be finished before the end of the year!  In fact, even if I choose to end it on this blog, there are still ongoing subtexts that I am working  on.  But then, since this is all taking place in Italy, it’s no surprise that the story ... Read more
  • My Italian Villa, Chapter Four

    January 24, 2013

    The end of Chapter Three in this epic saga left me with my chin on the floor and my heart somewhere south of it’s usual resting place!  I had just been told by one of the relatives of the couple I was purchasing a piece of property from that she would not sign the paperwork ... Read more
  • My Italian Villa, Chapter two

    January 24, 2013

    So, once we settle on a price for the property we must hire a “notaio”, a sort of para-legal professional, who handles the creation and filing of contracts between the buyer and seller.  Bruno was a handsome, shy Italian man in his late thirties with an office in the center of Bagnoregio.  He spoke about ... Read more
  • My Italian Villa!

    January 24, 2013

    About ten years ago I came upon an opportunity to buy a small piece of property in the beautiful farming community of Bagnoregio, Italy. Having vacationed in this funny little town for several years, I’d made many friends of the locals and word of mouth is a powerful tool in small Italian towns. This can ... Read more
  • Register now for your 2013 Trip!

    January 10, 2013

    Happy New Year, friends!  We made it through 2012 and avoided most cliffs.  Now it’s time to plan for the fun in our lives.  Our tours this year reflect many of the requests we have had from travelers over the years to add a dash of something “more”.  Look what we’ve come up with for ... Read more
  • Last Minute Christmas Shopping!

    December 12, 2012

    Orvieto, Civita Castellana, Bagnoregio, Otricoli, Bomarzo, Lake Bolsena, Caprarola, Bagnaia may not be names familiar to many Italian travelers.  We enjoy seeking out places that are not over-run by tourists, thus we have come up with tours that are “off the beaten track”.  There are times that we are the only visitors to an archeological ... Read more
  • The Gift That Keeps On Giving

    November 24, 2012

    What could be more wonderful to experience than traveling to Italy? How about the gift of a week-long tour in Italy from someone you love? Holiday shopping has started and many people are tired of the same old Christmas presents like ties, sox, chocolates and sweaters. (OK,maybe not chocolates)! We suggest the gift of travel and ... Read more
  • New Tours, New Friends!

    November 21, 2012

    Italian Excursion is excited to present the new look of our website.  It has taken more than a few months, many talented people and “outside the box” thinking to bring more interesting and exciting tours for your pleasure. Niki d’ Sant Phall’s mosaic statuary It is delightful to offer new faces and activities for our small group ... Read more
  • Peek of Archeological Site

    November 21, 2012

    Wow! Ciao!  We have not blogged in quite awhile.  But that’s because we have been re-designing our websites and adding some wonderful things to our tours.  We have been listening to our guests as they ask for more and more “off the beaten track” Italy.  There are new sites to see, new wines to taste ... Read more
  • Spring 2011 Newsletter

    May 3, 2011

    Let’s travel “slowly” in Italy! by Cheryl Alexander Owner, Italian Excursion Italy and I have been fast friends for over fifteen years. My first trip there was a whirlwind for three weeks, stopping in all the major cities for a day, a week, a few days, having the most delicious time of my life. Three friends of mine, ... Read more