Venice Like a Local With Food and Wine Tasting at Local Bacari

Explore the Food Wonders of Venice

The Venice walking tour commences at 6pm at Rialto Bridge. A professional tour and food guide will lead you to the best authentic delicacies and fine wines at ones of Venice’s leading bacaros. This is a traditional osteria, which can be found throughout the city and world renowned Veneto Region. From cicchetti and snacks to ombra (fine wine), your taste buds are guaranteed to sizzle! The 2 hour tour also includes visits to 3 unique bacari locations selected by the tour guide. These popular Italian venues have received stellar reviews and are a must for fine wine and food connoisseurs. The Venice walking tour is available for small private groups, and perfect for families and corporate clients.

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Eat like a local in Venice – source

 

 The Venice Art Scene

Venice is a wonderful city blanketed by historic architecture and contemporary works of art. As the “City of Merchants”, Venice is surrounded by the sea and known for its romantic allure and captivating scenery. The walking tour features picturesque landscapes, along with breathtaking masterpieces and Venetian sculptures that are a must for art lovers and enthusiasts. From traditional architecture to modern art, you will simply be in awe while exploring the magic of this beloved and romantic city.

Venice Tour Highlights

In addition to the scrumptious wines and tantalizing aromas, the tour also includes a trip to the globally popular Basilica. The tour will depart at Saint Mark’s square where a professional guide will take you on a journey of a lifetime. The Basilica is a stunning venue that houses some of the most incredible mosaics and views Italy has to offer. This includes beautiful sunsets from the terrace, along with the Venetian culture, sidewalk cafes, live music and so much more. The tour also showcases impressive architectural designs and styles that will truly impact the soul.

Venice: The City of Dreams

Venice is the epicenter of art, music, history, and world class cuisine. While you can surely plan your own tour, nothing compares to a guided tour that pinpoints all the cultural events and sights this remarkable city is famous for. With summer right around the corner, now is the perfect time to book your walking tours and experience the magic of Venice like no other. As always, slots are filling up fast so it is best to schedule your tours ASAP. Whether for family vacations or corporate gatherings, Venice is truly the city where dreams come alive!

 

Explore Florence with Valentina (Food Tasting Included!)

Florence is a breathtaking city and the epicenter for Italian culture, cuisine, and history. From world class art museums to ancient architecture, explore the wonders of Florence with the lovely Valentina. As an experienced and certified tour guide, she specializes in exquisite tours of Florence with a touch of class. Whether you love sampling Italian delicacies or the world renowned Chianti and Brunello wines of the region, this amazing tour will simply leave you in awe. As the city of romance, Florence is also blanketed by countless outdoor cafes, lavish restaurants, and elegant scenery at every turn. If planning a family or corporate vacation this summer, Florence welcomes you and yours with open arms!

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Let Valentina be your local guide.

 

The Tour

The exciting walking tour commences from Piazza San Marco. For your convenience, the tour can also start at the hotel or venue you are staying at. The first stop is the famous statue of David located at the Museum of the Acaddemia. The world renowned gallery showcases the timeless and priceless sculptures and art of Michelangeglo and several Renaissance period artists. The gallery is also home to literary and artistic works from Russian painters and artisans. The next stop on the tour is the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, which is the highlight of the religious center in Florence. Your walking tour includes plenty of sidewalk food and wine stands, along with presentations and historical facts by Valentina.

Tour Highlights and End

The walking tour continues with a visit to the Piazza dell Repubblica, which is a must see for art enthusiasts and historians. The City of Florentia is also home to the ancient roman forum, the Church of Orsanmichele, and the popular leather market at Porcellino. Tour highlights also include the political center of the city at Piazza della Signoria, which features the incredible Palazzo Vecchio. The tour ends at Ponte Vecchio and the Bridge of the Goldsmiths. If you have always wanted to experience the wonders of Florence, now is the perfect time to book your tours with Valentina.

Food and Wine Tasting

No tour of Florence is ever complete without sampling the local favorites and fine wines. Upon request, Valentina can easily organize food and wine tasting tours in Florence, which feature world class cheeses and several other mouth watering entrees and specialties. Also you can come to Bologna and try our best selling food tour in Italy.

Exploring Tuscany With a Personal Tourist Guide

I started working as a tour guide in Tuscany in 1987, when I was 23. I’m now almost 51. I started with German guests. As a tour guide I travelled almost everywhere through Europe (France, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece) and also to Canada (Ontario and Québec) and to New York. In 2002 I specialized as a licensed tour guide for Lucca, a medieval town in Tuscany. I am also a graduated translator and interpreter and I’m about to get my second deegree in ?Mediator in Foreign Languages and Cultures’ at the University of Siena. I speak fluently following languages, beside Italian as a mother tongue: German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese. I speak also Swedish at a A2 level and I’m dealing also with Russian (A1 level) and Chinese at the moment! Continue reading

If you are are looking to visit Tuscany or any other area in Italy with an experienced local guide please keep reading below. This can truly enhance your vacations! 

This tour is guided by: Massimo

I started working as a tour guide in Tuscany in 1987, when I was 23. I’m now almost 51. I started with German guests. As a tour guide I travelled almost everywhere through Europe (France, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece) and also to Canada (Ontario and Québec) and to New York. In 2002 I specialized as a licensed tour guide for Lucca, a medieval town in Tuscany. I am also a graduated translator and interpreter and I’m about to get my second deegree in Mediator in Foreign Languages and Cultures’ at the University of Siena. I speak fluently following languages, beside Italian as a mother tongue: German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese. I speak also Swedish at a A2 level and I’m dealing also with Russian (A1 level) and Chinese at the moment!

Meeting the clients.

I will meet my guests either in Montecatini Terme, a very well-known spa resort in northern Tuscany, where I am at home, or in other towns like Florence, Siena, Pisa, Arezzo, etc. but also outside my region, all over Italy, and show them the beauties of my country.

In which area in Tuscany are you specialised?

I’m of course specialized for Tuscany (my ‘highlights’ are Lucca, Florence, Siena, Pisa, Pistoia and Arezzo), but I can also guide my guests through other regions like Lombardy (Milan, etc.), Emilia Romagna (Bologna, etc.), Umbria (Assisi, etc.). We will do a guided tour in town, where we can organize a lunch break in a typical restaurant, then also hire a car or minivan to travel through the countryside and see something else of our marvellous landscape.

What the clients can see? 

We can also visit some typical farms producing wine and olive oil, cheese, ham and other alimentary products, we can also taste and do shopping in town or in wholesale factories where they produce and sell typical handmade products such as leather shoes, bags, marble or alabaster souvenirs, etc. It will last up to about 8 hours with some breaks for a coffee or so.

The costs of my tours depend on how we will organize them, i.e. if I have to move to my guests hotel/house and live there with them for the whole period or just meet them each morning at their premises.

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Explore Tuscany with Private guide Massimo

 

Chauffeured Tours of Verona, Palladian Villas, and Lake Garda

Guide and Chauffeur name: Laura

I am a professional private-taxi driver, English speaking. Most of the time I cooperate with my partner’s agency which offers any kind of rental car service with driver dedicated to transport of passengers, available 24/7 all year long.
We offers any kind of travel to agencies, to businessmen and tourists, personal travels for individuals or groups, to and from any destination as well as airport/stations transfers. Reliability, punctuality and courtesy, knowledge of English, German and French languages are our strengths. 

The Services Offered:

I offer trips on board of top quality cars (Minivan Ford, Mercedes Viano and Mercedes Class E), for visiting and discovering the area of Garda Lake, Palladio Villas and Vicenza, Mantova, Bergamo , Franciacorta, Soave (the area where I live) and Mezzane and Illasi Valley (is the extension of the Valpolicella area) wine tastings and tours at major historical local wineries , food tasting at Villa de Winkels in Tregnago, as well as Amarone wine tours in Valpolicella classica area. All these wineries are ready to introduce their products ( english speking) and to host the guests at any time.

I offer free consulting for visits throughout the province of Verona, Garda lake and the surrounding areas, also recommending restaurants, agriturismo where they can taste many Veronese and lake specialties, and partecipate at a cooking classes.

The Guide Experience.

The large amount of contacts gathered over the past years allows me to recommend routes, tracks, tours, as well as accommodations in cozy and comfortable apartments, B&B, hotels in the center of Verona and nearby.

The tour guides who I can introduce to, will be more than glad to accompany the guests to visit Verona and the province in order to let enjoy the wonders of art, history and culture of this beautiful city.

Tours from Verona.

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tours from Verona – source

 

 

Market Tour and Cooking Class in Milan

You will meet the guide early in the morning for a market visit in the center of Milan followed by hands-on cooking class at Atelier dei Sapori School. Here you will be welcome by Cristina, Paola e Patrizia chefs and food lovers who will lead you step by step in preparing recipes of the Milanese and Italian tradition.

What will you cook?

You will prepare a complete menu Appetizer, First dish, Main dish, Dessert.
THE BEST PART? At the end you get will sit down and eat all you made.
To remember your experience you will be given a cooking diploma.

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Food Market Tour in Milan.

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Food in Milan – source

Milan continues to be a haven for tourists and visitors that love world class cuisine and fine wines. From local eateries to posh and elegant cafes, the city is blanketed by a myriad of restaurants and food markets. The latter are perfect for those than want to sample local favorites, while shopping for fresh Italian produce and delicacies.

Mercato V Alpini

Mercato V Alpini is one of the tiniest yet top food markets in the city. Situated in a lavish and wealthy area, the market is known for its choice selection of fresh fruits and veggie stalles. Tourists can also stroll at a leisurely place, while shopping for genuine leather bags, wool, cashmere, and lovely floral arrangements. As a central hub for locals and visitors, the market features a classy outdoor café with steaming coffee, tasty snacks, and tantalizing beverages. Largo V Alpini is also adjacent to the market, and showcases a range of shops within a newly renovated area. With convenient underground parking and two residential towers that date back to 1955, you will simply love the immaculate weather and the history that surrounds this popular 19th century locale.

Mercato Garigliano

Located in the heart of Quartiere Isola, this lively street market features continental cuisine and the latest in Milan fashions. Tourists can also purchase house-ware tools at unbelievably low prices. With live music and street vendors at every turn, the market showcases the perfect blend of historic and contemporary architecture. No truer is this than when it comes to the recently revamped Porta Nuova skyline.

Mercato Papiniano

This is the largest food market in town, which is set in a trendy and upbeat neighborhood. Visitors will enjoy the wide selection of high quality wood products and clothes. With fresh fish, fruits, dairy products, meats, and veggies daily, the market is a simply a must for all tourists and locals. There is also an Italian delicatessen and a variety of Indian and South American stalls for your convenience.

Sadali Water Tour in Sardinia With Food Experience

Why be our guests? 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. Continue reading

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

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

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.