Tour Of Florence’s Most Elegant Balcony, Fiesole.

A Walking tour around Florence to discover Italy like a local. 

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Discover Fiesole – source

 

Total distance covered Km: 10
Escursion time : 5 hours
Meeting time: 9 am Fiesole main square

This is an itinerary that will show you all the beauty of Florence from its most elegant and
prestigious balcony: Fiesole.
Beginning from the heart of the Etruscan town, the walk winds through charming alleys, ancient churches, Etruscan tombs, olive groves and woods, villas, and stunning city views. Soon you leave the asphalt to enter the Park Monte Ceceri a path used for centuries by generations of stonemasons to reach the quarries of sandstone -

Michelangelo himself came here to learn his art – and with which most of palaces and castles in the surroundings are built with the stone mined here. Along the
walk memories of Renaissance artists like, Leonardo, Rossellino, Da Maiano, that lived and worked here. The way ends in the lovely hamlet of Settignano where the writer D’annunzio, Eleonora Duse,  Lord Acton, lived last century.

On request, I may organize a group lunch in a trattoria al fresco.
* Language: Italian / English
Tour lead by Angelica Turi

 

 

 

Sadali Water Tour in Sardinia With Food Experience

SADALI, a tour under SARDINIA where rivers, springs and waterfalls give rise to the “Water Paradise”.

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Water, a precious resource, which distributed through an old but useful irrigation system known by immemorial times, makes the vegetable gardens extremely fertile and productive, that yield excellent potatoes used for the realization of the typical bread and cheese along with fresh, of “culurgionis”, typical dish of Sadali. Generosity and hospitality still have a place in society where pastoralist remain alive certain traditions and certain values.

Discover the food of Sardinia.

The tour is divided into two days which provide, in the first, a visit to dairies and laboratories of bread and pasta typical of Barbagia (inner places of Sardinia), such as the famous ” culurgionis ” (a kind of ravioli with a heart of potatoes, mint, garlic and fresh pecorino cheese).
On the second day we will do a dip in neighboring “Sarcidano” to visit the typical house of Campidano with outbuildings experimental laboratories.
Waterfalls, springs, ancient watermills and enchanted forests will frame your stay.

Cost: please enquire.
The rate includes: Transfers to and from the Airport
Lunch the two days
Guided tours (English Language)
Dinner and overnight
Assistance guides for 2 Days

Why take this tour?

Because you can relive the ancient crafts and delight your palate with traditional Sardinian cuisine in a mountain environment rich in aromas and flavors untouched.

Wine Tasting in Vicenza and Palladian Tour

If you are a fine wine connoisseur, this unique experience is truly for you. The amazing tour features a visit to Gambellara, which is home to the popular Giovanni Menti winery. The winery specializes in Durella and Garganega wines–cultivated from the Lessini and Gambellara hills that blanket the area. From dry white to sparkling and sweet flavors, a myriad of wines are proudly produced here.

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Palladian architecture – Vicenza Italy – Source

 

Wine Production and Tour Highlights

From the finest selection of grapes to the bottling process, an exquisite team of experts handles the wine production from start to finish. The winery team truly captures the allure and essence of fine wine, while maintaining Italian traditions and respect for Mother Nature at every turn.

The tour also includes a trip to the City Center at Vicenza, along with the historic Olympic Theater. This is a must for that love sightseeing and shopping at local venues. Experience true tradition while taking a stroll on the main streets, which showcase the finest Palladian buildings and architecture. You will also marvel at the Palladian Basilica just adjacent to Piazza dei Signori’s Main Square. The tour ends at a local wine venue where you can sample the best regional wines, delicacies, and entrees. The wine bar is owned and operated by a sommelier who features the top wine-food combos, as well as interesting facts and tips about elegant wine flavors and lavish bouquets.

Tour meet up and end location: The train station at Vicenza – tour duration: 3 hours.

Wine Tours at Their Finest

If you love fine Italian wines, this tour simply cannot be missed. It features a visit to the regionally renowned Menti winery in Gambellara. The tour also entails a number of historic sites at Vicenza, including some of the most famous Palladian structures and buildings. If you are a wine enthusiast and aficionado, the tour combines the elements of traditional wine production in small wineries and mouthwatering local specialties. Sample the finest wines while enjoying the beauty of art monuments.

Sardinia: Stunning Sea and Mountain Holidays in Paradise

6 days all inclusive holidays in Sardinia

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Stunning beach holidays in Sardinia – source

 

Day 1: The historic town of Cagliari and the sparkling waters of Poetto Beach. Arrive in Cagliari, meet your chauffer/guide, and enjoy immediate sightseeing on your way to the elegant hotel for a scrumptious lunch. Visit the historic center in the afternoon followed by candlelight dinner and overnight stay in lavish hotel.

Day 2: Cagliari – Iglesias – Carbonia (1h 30m driving, 75km) – Explore the rich mining history of Sulcis-Iglesiente. Hearty breakfast before departing for Iglesias–a medieval town featuring the Church of San Francesco, the Santa Chiara Cathedral, and historic Museum of Mining Art. Enjoy breathtaking scenery at every turn before dining at a Sardinian style restaurant for lunch. After lunch, depart for Carbonia to visit the Sebariu Coal Mine Museum. Guests will also enjoy the Phoenician Museum at Sant’Antioco, along with the Museum of Bisso and Christian catacombs. Mouthwatering dinner and overnight stay in first class Carbonia hotel.

Day 3: Carbonia – Cabras – Tharros – Orgosolo (3h, 225km) – Continental breakfast hotel before departing for Tharros—an ancient Phoenician city. Lunch at exquisite restaurant, then departure for Orgosolo and walking tour. The scenic tour is a must for sightseeing enthusiasts and aficionados. Tantalizing dinner and overnight stay in Orgosolo hotel.

Day 4: Orgosolo – Cala Gonone – Orgosolo (1h, 45km) – Depart for Cala Gonone after breakfast. Enjoy the white sands and crystal waters on your beach tour. Boat trips (not included in package) are available for those that want to see the spectacular and unique coves on the Gulf of Orosei. Late afternoon return to the hotel in Orgosolo—dinner, entertainment, and overnight stay.

Day 5: Orgosolo – Alghero (1 h, 175km) – Hotel breakfast and departure for Alghero. Points of interest along route: Santissima Trinit di Saccargia, which features unique Romanesque style architecture. You will also enjoy an extensive tour of Alghero—a catal town blanketed by local shops and venues. This is the perfect time for souvenir shopping before heading dinner and overnight stay in either Sassari or Alghero.

Day 6: Alghero/Cagliari (2 ½ h, 230km) – Breakfast at hotel and departure for Cagliari airport.

End of Sardinia tour and services. Safe travels and visit the Emerald Coast again!

This tour is organised by Guglielmo who is the owner of a tour company based in Sardinia and official tour guide of Sardinia since 2003. This company is a  leader in Cagliari city tour and boat excursions to the Villasimius marine park of Capo Carbonara, archaeological excursions to Brumini UNESCO world heritage site.

Walking Tour of Cagliari With Food and Wine Tasting

Discover Cagliari with an experience local guide.

This tour is meant for those who want to have a walk through the most interesting and attractive areas of the town. The tour departs from the very city centre and it takes inside the most ancient part of the city.

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Walking in Cagliari Sardinia- source

 

What is the tour like?

In this tour we will have a walk inside the ancient district of “Castello” where we will see the cathedral, the Royal Palace, the medieval towers and the Spanish fortifications both with a stroll through “Marina” district, the new gentrified area, full of shops and cafes.

The tour above mentioned is fully suitable on foot and it is specifically provided to enable the tourists to enjoy the very highlights of the city.

The tour is available seven days a week

The tour lasts approx 2hr 30mins.

Meeting point: The tour departs from via Roma, in front of “La Rinascente” Store

Wine and food tasting experience: A wine tasting can be optioned in this tour.
A great change to discover the Sardinian food and wine is included in this tour.

Shopping assistance: In this tour it is possible to include shopping assistance but it has to be booked in advance in order to manage times.
The tour includes an English speaking guide full assistance.

Who is the guide?

Hello! My name is Daniela and I am a local licensed tour guide based in Cagliari, Sardinia. I am specifically skilled in providing cultural tours, combining interests for history, art and archaeology with the passion for handicraft, local food and local traditions. I am fluent in English and Spanish and I am experienced in escorting groups, as well as individual tourists, around the most impressive areas of Sardinia, providing my guests with a full assistance during their staying in Sardinia. If you are interested in having a private guided-tour I am available for arranging your tailor-made tour specifically designed on your interests and budgets. Just let me know what you are interested in and I’ll arrange it!

 

 

Tour of Padua: The Scrovegni Chapel and More Unique Places

Welcome to Padua. During this amazing half day walking tour you will see all the most popular sights and experience the best parts of the city with a local tour guide.

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Amazing Padua – source

 

This tour is led by an experience local guide: Ruben

This tour is for people who are visiting for the first time. We’ll see all of the things you would see on an ordinary tour – they’re certainly worthwhile. But I will also show you the special things that make Padua great.

As your private tour guide, I can adjust the schedule, duration and activities to meet your needs.

Meeting up location and end location: Padua train station.
Duration of the tour: 3 hours.

The duration of the tour can be longer depending on the lunch in a traditional “osteria”.

Why take this tour:

If you love real, true, traditional and unique places far from crowded touristic cities like Venice or Verona but with better and unique masterpieces, primary historical monuments and authentic venetian people, Padua is your place.

 

 

Tour at Venice Rialto Market and Cooking Class With a Chef

The art of Cooking with a professional chef in Venice.

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Half a day or Full day programme

The Chef will escort the guest at the Rialto market where he will explain how to recognize the best local products , from fruit to seasonal vegetables , fresh fish of the day and shellfish , etc. Then return to the location (to be defined ), the Chef will teach the art of Italian cuisine with an emphasis on Venetian cuisine , explaining a starter and two main course one with pasta and one with fish or meat.

Please enquiry for pricing.

The half-day package includes :

Lesson with a chef cooking for 3 hours
Visit at the Rialto market and back to the location by walking, if the guest wants a different location we will have to talk about conditions, a supplement will be charged ) Guests will Taste what they prepare and will be servd a Flute of prosecco or wine glass.
Attendee certificate
The lesson recipes
Chef Assistance in Italian and in English

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Rialto Market – source

 

Villa Holidays In the Heart of Tuscany

Amazing Tuscan Villa Stay with wine and food experience.

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The Soleado holidays home is situated on a beautiful hill resort in Pillo, in the municipality of Gambassi Terme. The Pillo village was founded thanks to the Old Via Francigena that crossed it and which even today numerous pilgrims still follow its historic route on foot. It is a pretty village set among the hills of the Chianti region from where you can easily reach the art cities and medieval villages.

Therefore, Soleado is located in the heart of Tuscany, a few kilometers from the most important historic-cultural city as Florence, Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano; set among hills and the most important historical tracks, it offers the opportunity to enjoy pleasant days between history and nature at the same time.

Soleado is not only that!

The enogastronomic experience that awaits you will be unique! You really have to try flavors and smells of the Tuscan tradition through itineraries in old cellars and real winemakers ready to accompany you in this unforgettable experience. Nearby the Villa you can find “Villa Pillo”, a traditional Tuscan Farm located in the heart of the Chianti area. Because of a strong focus on quality in both the vineyard and winery, Villa Pillo is fast becoming a point of reference in the Tuscan wine world.
Furthermore, they will be right the owners of the villa that on your arrival will recommend places where you can taste traditional Tuscan food or just where you can buy excellent fresh bread every day.

Why stay here?

The Soleado holiday home is thus the ideal place to spend your vacation in perfect harmony between relaxation and the desire to discover Tuscany’s artistic, landscape and food and wine attractions.

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Hiking in the Conero Natural Park, Gem of Central Italy.

Italy best kept secret the Conero Natural Park.

Not too far from the hustle and bustle of northern Italy big cities such as Milan and Bologna, there is a gem that many tourist forget to visit. Conero national park is one of the best places in Europe for hiking, walking, beaches and wine tasting. 600 hectares of untouched Mediterranean landscape with white sand beaches it is everyone dream of a holiday. Do not forget to also visit Sirolo and Numana as they are little gems of a town surrounded by lush green Mediterranean.

Hiking tours of the Coneral Natural Park with wine tasting.

The best track in Conero Natural Park is the Traversata del Conero, it’s an hike across the mountain of Conero with fantastic panorama points over the Adriatic sea. During the hike, we are surrounded by mediterranean shrub and typical animals of this region, like peregrine falcon, passerines, badger, green frog… The hike is interesting also for the history of Conero: infact, there are some points in the track that we can discover about that, for example The Roman Caves. At the end of the hike, we can go to a wine bar to taste the Rosso Conero wine.

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Conero national Park in Le Marche Region Italy- source

 

Guide name and profile: Niki

I’m a naturalist guide of Marches region since 2009, so I know very well the nature of my region and the best tracks to enjoy the Marches nature. I like very much combine my hike with wine tasting or historic spots. I speak English and Spanish. Please enquiry for pricing.

 

Bologna Food Tour and Cooking at Local Farm Agriturismo

Content of this activity: A beautiful visit in Bologna city centre, not as a tourist but as a real Bolognese. It will be possible to sleep at San Giuliano, in our beautiful rooms. Breakfast included. Please enquiry for prices.

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Cooking class at Farm house in Bologna

 Highlights of the Day.

9:00 Meeting point in Piazza San Domenico

Visit at the Principal church of San Domenico’s Order of Preachers. Inside there is the organ where Wolfang Amadeus Mozart played during his stay in Bologna. There’s also the San Domenico Arca with a sculpture of young Michelangelo

9:30 Galleria Cavour, the most beautiful boutique in Bologna
Archiginnasio Library, the most ancient and important palace of Bologna.
Is the first venue of the most antique University of the world

10:00 Fresh meat and vegetable market. We buy what is necessary for our
cooking lesson.

11:00 transfer to Podere San Giuliano.
At their arrival guests get started with a sweet coffee break and…let’s cooking!!!

I will be their Cicerone across our beautiful town and …maybe more
2-4 people maximum 

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Podere San Giuliano in Bologna