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Smart Tours in Italy is a cruise enthusiast's delight. Dedicated to shore excursions to all of the major ports with itineraries to make your dreams of Italy come true.
Imagine as you step of the pier from your cruise and there waiting for you is a comfortable, affordable, air conditioned luxury vehicle to whisk you into Florence, Rome, or Tuscany to enjoy a day sipping wine, enjoying the sights, or the wonderful Italian countryside all to have you back in time and in comfort to your ship? Too good to be true? It isn't.
They go beyond shore excursions to help you get to and from the port, or the airport, or train station too.
If you'd like to book them to drive you from sight to sight they're happy to do so.
The wonderful part is their experienced, speak perfect English, and are a much more affordable option than those delivered to you by your cruise line.
Enjoy the finer things in life (don't read expensive) and enjoy your time in Italy with Your Private Italy. They'll book all of the details from picking you up at the airport and scooting you quickly through customs, to a helicopter transfer, a private jet, cooking classes, wedding planning, car rentals, tours, scuba diving, kayaking, and property rentals.
Nicole and her husband offer a market experience in the rarely visiting by travellers Trionphale market of Rome. It's only steps away from the Vatican so you can enjoy the market, a privately enjoyed cooking class and lunch, then find your way to the Vatican.
The best thing to do is visit their site at www.yourprivateitaly.com or the Trionphale Tours facebook page (website soon to follow) at https://www.facebook.com/TrionfaleTours
The joy of Italian Food and Italian Cooking comes through in Domenica's voice. We talk about her 5 amazing cookbooks: The Glorious Vegetables of Italy, The Glorious Pasta of Italy, Big Night In - More than 100 Wonderful Recipes for Feeding Family and Friends Italian-Style, The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy, and Rustic Italian.
We talk about what makes Italian food so wonderful for your heart and soul, how to enjoy the simpler things that Italy delivers, and how you're now able to find many more Italian vegetables here in the U.S.
Domenica also shares her love of her region of Abruzzo and why her tours are a great way to enjoy Italy's greenest region. From hilltops dotted with castles to the beaches Abruzzo is the place to be. It's also home to my most favorite Italian wine.
Visit www.domenicacooks.com to learn all about her cookbooks, her tours, and Domenica.
Victoria DeMaio of www.postcardsfromtravelpizazz.com joins me to share her tips and insight on traveling through Italy with her organized groups and her independant travels.
We talk about the great things to do, how to get from here to there, and why indulging in getting lost is the way to go.
Even if you've been to Rome, Florence, and Venice 5 times there is always something to enjoy and a fun way to do it.
I'm inspired by Victoria and her passion for Italy and it comes through with her every word.
Think about enjoying the Sistine Chapel with no one else during regular visiting hours, using the new train option, tours with wonderful tour companies, and blogging about it all the while.
Victoria you put a smile on my face and I'm certain you'll help many others find their way in Italy.
I can live a happy and content life now. I've accomplished one of my lifetime goals in interviewing Italy Magazine on my little show. I'm excited beyond measure.
Georgette Jupe joined me to talk about Italy Magazine and why it's simply amazing. It is THE Italy resource, packed with glorious stories about all of Italy from Rome, Florence, and Venice to the nooks and crannies that all of us Italophiles yearn for everyday.
I remember when they were a printed magazine and I had them collected like prized novels on my bookshelf (still do). They've since gone green and are purely an online magazine to the benefit of us all. The content changes often, is packed with LOCAL insight, offers a community for all of us to tap into the collective braintrust of millions of readers and Italy experts, has a shop, and neatly organized content.
If you can't get enough of Italy Magazine at www.italymagazine.com be sure to follow them on all of their well managed, informed social network sites. You will discover a new Italy everyday.
Rick Zullo is touring Italy on his Blog Tour and doing a wonderful job experiencing Italy like a local with locals for the benefit of us all.
My friend Rick has been voted one of the best bloggers on Italy and now he's taking his blog on the road.
We talked about his time in Milan and the Lake Region, then how he fell in love with Tuscany.
The best part is Rick has enjoyed tours and guides throughout Italy to experience each place. From the hilltowns to Florence and he's not stopping there.
There are more segments to follow for Rick to share his experiences throughout his wonderful tour.
Visit Rick's site at rickzullo.com
Susan Van Allen joined me to talk about her amazing book, 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go. From museums, to beaches, to villas, to spas, to gardens, to women run wineries, to the insight of other great women writers like Ms. Francis Mayes, we covered it all.
Her book is a glorious read filled with insight that can be used by both men and women for a great trip through Italy.
I was inspired by her perspective and her passion.
My favorite chapter title is Bernini's Beautiful Broads and the Galleria Borghese of Rome. Susan's ability to have fun with the content, yet deliver an insight that few books are able to will have you eager to run to enjoy all 100 sights in her book.
The best part is you can use it as a great read and a guide book. This is a great book to turn to when planning your trip to Italy and while you're there you can bring the printed copy or the ebook.
In addition to this great title you can also enjoy her other book Letters from Italy - Confessions, Adventure, and Advice.
Be on the look out for her soon to be released new title, 50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Women Should Go.
Visit Susan's Site and be sure to buy her book
You may also join Susan on a tour of Italy on her Golden Week in Southern Italy: For Women Only Tour this October. Go with her to experience the pleasure of Southern Italy, Magical Capri, Fascinating Pompeii, the Best Pizza in the World, and much more. Hurry though. There are only 4 spots left.
It's simple...just read the manual! I'm only kidding. Taking great pictures in Italy is an artform and Raffaella De Amicis talks us through how to work your camera, set up the shot, and click your way to awesome memories.
Visit her unbelievable gallery and buy some of her pics at www.molimogallery.com. My faves are of the Nonne, the Nuns, the Colosseo, the pavement at Pompeii, and the Bridge of Sighs.
So much to learn, but so fun to practice.
Raffaella also talks about her upcoming photography tour where she'll be creating wonderful memories for all of us. Be sure to support her. Learn more at http://www.trevolta.com/travels/Forza-Italia-Capturing-Italy-23533
I am joined by the Founder and President of Arte al Sole, Shannon Kenny. We talk about her camp, Arte al Sole for children in six locations throughout Italy and how the camps allow children to embrace, food, art, culture, natural history, and history. We talk about Shannon’s awesome background in Medieval and Renaissance History and what motivates her, and more importantly, the children at Arte al Sole.
Visit their site at www.artealsole.com for a profile of each of her programs and to catch up on the details of each location. There are six to choose from.
Arte al Sole is a summer day camp for international children offering week-long sessions based on the art, culture, and natural science of Italy with locations in Panicale, Umbria; Lucca, Montepulciano, and Florence in Tuscany; Rome; and Puglia. Children ages 6-12 will explore the artistic and natural wonders of these inspiring environments through exciting and engaging activities in art history, fine arts principles, nature walks, sketching and painting, collage, architecture, sculpture, craftsmanship, and science. Each session includes a cooking lesson preparing regional dishes and a fieldtrip to local museums and architectural sites. The program is entirely in English, offering an optimal language immersion experience for children of all ages and languages. A teen leadership program is also offered for students ages 13-17.
Is there a better way to experience a place than the food? While in Palermo join Marco Romeo of Streat Palermo Tours to enjoy a 4 hour tour of the famous, and best street food in the world and live like a local.
You'll earn a Passoporto del Mangione complete with the name of the food you enjoyed and a stamp after each stop. You won't be visiting any 3 language menu restaurants. You'll dive in to enjoy the local goodness at the carts and taverns throughout Palermo tasting foods like arancini, panella,or a spleen sandwich. The tour ends at a great, 100+ year old tavern to enjoy a local wine you can only find in Palermo named Sangue del Siciliano (Sicilian's Blood). This wine was created at this very tavern.
Marco is passionate and built his tours around how he likes to experience a place during his travels. Food, food, food, and more food. And, yes, you will get to enjoy the famous Canoli of Sicily too.
Check out their website at http://www.streatpalermo.it/en and book your tour today.
You can also find Marco's tours from Streat Palermo on www.italytravelmarketplace.com
Bring your appetite!
Victoria de Maio of postcardsfromtravelpizazz.com joins me live from Orvieto for our first live segment from Italy during her fabulous trip to Italy. Each segment is only 10 minutes long so you can enjoy her delicious trip with Victoria every step of the way.
In this short, but insightful episode we talk about being in Umbria, Orvieto specifically, getting caught in the rain, private tours, Italian hot chocolate, tufa, the chocolate festival, and why Umbria is awesome.
You can keep tabs on Victoria's trip on info.howtotouritaly.com/living-the-dream/
Victoria's Italy Travel Segment Series is sponsored by the Italy Travel Marketplace.