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

 

 

 

Vicenza Palladian Villa Tour

The Veneto Region in Italy is a haven for tourists and locals alike. Whether for corporate functions or family vacations, you and your party will simply marvel over the world famous Palladian Villas. These amazing structures truly capture the allure and essence of fine Italian architecture and the Romance Period. The Region is also home to Vicenza, which is known for its rich cultural traditions and heritage.

Along with the “City of Gold”, your guided tour also includes a visit to the world renowned Andrea Palladio. This unique city is blanketed by ancient Italian and contemporary art monuments. If you are looking for a vacation quite like no other, the Veneto Region features breathtaking scenery and Villas that will simply leave you speechless.

Tour Itinerary and Details

Your Veneto tour commences at the Villa La Rotonda, which is a true symbol of art and spirituality. Located in the Valley of Silence, the Villa is synonymous with captivating and compelling architecture that simply cannot be missed. This is a true icon of Palladian architecture that is perfect for all art enthusiasts and aficionados. The Villa Valmarana ai Nani is only five minutes away and is the next stop on the tour. This enchanted villa features a myriad of frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo.

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Palladian Villas – source

 

 

The tour then moves on to the Berici Hills, which showcases the Villa da Schio. This is a 17th century structure that features an abbot on the hillside area. This is truly a picturesque landscape with wood decorated walls and a garden. The latter includes ancient ruins and the popular airy divinity statues and monuments. There is also a fully functional winery situated inside the hill. Guests and visitors will be able to sample local and regional wine flavors, while enjoying world class entrees and delicacies in the garden restaurant.

Book Your Palladian Villa Tour

The Veneto walking tour features expert guides at every turn. If you want to experience the magic of the Veneto Region, now is the time to book your tours.

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 Leonardo Da Vinci Tour in Milan

What will you see in Milan?

Meeting place: Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. Artistic introduction, visit of the Church  and visit of what used to be the place where Leonardo lived while in Milan. 15 minute walk to the castle Sforzesco. More art and historic information. possible visit of sala delle asse (designed by Leonardo) if interested (5 euros per person); 15 minute walk towards the Scala opera house (with Leonardo’s statue right in the middle of la Scala square) and end of tour with the cathedral of Milan for which Leonardo submitted some ideas for the dome.

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Discover Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan – source

 

Who is guiding this tour: 

Alessandra

I’ve been a guide in Milan for over 15 years now and in spite of the fact that Italy is a marvellous country no matter where you go, I wouldn’t be living anywhere else.

Length of the tour: approx 2.5 hours.

Options: It is possible to add a wine and food tasting to this tour. Please enquiry for details.

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!

 

 

Esoteric Tour of Padua

Unusual tour of Padova Italy

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Padova by night – source

 

Meeting in Prato della Valle, under Foro Boario Arch, Padova. The particular itinerary last 3 hours, from 9,30 a.m. till 12,30 p.m. with a pause for lunch at October Fest Pizzeria. It continues from 3,30 p.m. till 6,30 p.m. and dinner at Gemini Pizzeria. But if you want the trip can last just half a day. Also see Orto Botanico, Palazzo della Ragione, Caffè Pedrocchi and Cappella degli Scrovegni.
If the tour last half a day we have to choose the entry of just four monuments, while all the rest can be admired from the outside.

The guide proposal.

As you can guess from the title, this is a rare, if not unique, extraordinary point of view for the classical itinerary of Padua centre! It will be a symbolic and spiritualist enchanting description of the main sites. We will discover how shapes, figures, frescoes, statues, architectures, monuments, artists and purchasers hide another particular dimension. We start from the Prato della Valle with its ‘700 masonic elliptical island and its 90,000 mq- one of the largest square in the world-; the hidden worship of St luke the Evangelist body and all the other innumerable saints of the enormous S. Justine basilic- one of the longest church in the world-; the ‘500 esoteric remarkable circular Orto Botanico, the botanicol garden- one the the oldest in the world- with its numerous geometrical fountains, sundials and buildings inside; the Templar Black Madonna in St Anthony basilic, the ‘500 astrological frescoed clock and St Anthony incredible cotradicory story bisides Hthe worship of His incredible relics; the Palazzo della Ragione- the really exceptional huge medieval palace with its upside down ship shape and its 217 m length and 17 m hight of astrological and catholic frescoes inside-, the three main squares around it with the Torre dell’ Orologio- the ‘500 clock tower with its peculiar monumental astrological and astronomic quadrant-; only from the outside the famous university- one of the oldest in the world- with its strange cloisters, its ‘500 elliptical wooden anatomic theatre (one of the most antique in the world) and with Galileo desk and chair- not only a professor and scientist of astronomy but also a chiromancer, alchemist and astrologer!; the ‘800 masonic Pedrocchi Café with ite imposing architecture, with its mixture of styles, with its superb inside extravagant rooms; in the end- but you need previous reservation- the Scrovegni Chapel frescoed by Giotto with its cyclical teaching inspired by Dante: the first expressive painter together with the most enigmatic intellectual in the world gave life to an astral and moral treasure!

Tour led by Bruno:

I have got a university and an upper school degree in English and French. I took my tourist guide ability in 2003 and I performed that activity only from 2008 in Veneto and not only in Padua in Italian, French and English languages. I am a teacher of French and English, too.

 

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