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Best custom Italy tours: Pienza – Tuscany

Best custom Italy tours: Pienza – Tuscany
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Pienza, a small picturesque town in southern Tuscany, famous for its sheep milk cheese and stunning Renaissance architecture can be visited on our best custom Italy tours. Encircled by medieval walls, Pienza sits on a hilltop overlooking the rolling hills of Val d’Orcia Valley. It is known as the ”ideal city of the Renaissance” created by […]

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Private Italy Vacations: Pitigliano – Tuscany

Private Italy Vacations: Pitigliano – Tuscany
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Despite its dramatic position, undeniable charm and many historic sites, Pitigliano has not been overrun by tourists like many of its neighbouring hilltop towns in Tuscany and can be visited on private Italy vacations. Perched on a volcanic rock ridge the village was once settled by Etruscans, Romans, ruled by the powerful Aldobrandeschi, Orsini, Medici and […]

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Custom vacations in Italy: Livorno – Tuscany

Custom vacations in Italy: Livorno – Tuscany
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Although not high on the must-see list of every traveller, Livorno is a pleasant place to spend some time on custom vacations in Italy to sample great seafood, stroll along charming canals and lazy on a beach. Livorno is one of the largest seaports in Italy and the Mediterranean Sea with many cruise ships passing through […]

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Personalized tours of Italy: Jewish communities in Tuscany

Personalized tours of Italy: Jewish communities in Tuscany
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Since Middle Ages many towns in Tuscany have been home to Jewish communities. On personalized tours of Italy, you can visit Livorno, Pitigliano, Sovana, Sorano, Siena, Pisa and Florence to learn about the fascinating past and present of Italian Jews. For a long time Jews fled the Papal State and moved to smaller independent Tuscan […]

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Best Custom Italy Tours: Agnone in Molise

Best Custom Italy Tours: Agnone in Molise
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Agnone is a beautiful town in the little-known region Molise that can be visited on one of the best custom Italy tours. Often called “the town of the bells”, Agnone has fourteen belfries and is home to the world’s oldest bell foundry. The Marinelli Pontificial Foundry has been making church bells for almost a millennia and […]

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Private excursions of Italy: picturesque Sorano in Tuscany

Private excursions of Italy: picturesque Sorano in Tuscany
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As you approach the beautiful hilltop village of Sorano on private excursions of Italy  prepare your cameras for some dramatic shots. The village, located in Southern Tuscany, clings to a high volcanic tufa cliff and is often called “Matera of Tuscany” as it has numerous ancient dwellings carved out of rock. Sorano was known as “zolfanello d’Italia” […]

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Private Holidays in Italy: the best Italian National Parks to visit

Private Holidays in Italy: the best Italian National Parks to visit
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Although sometimes overlooked by foreign visitors, Italy’s nature is on the par with its artistic and cultural heritage. There are twenty-four national parks that cover about five per cent of the country’s territory, each of them with a unique landscape and character. Here we pick some of the best national parks that can be visited during your private holidays […]

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Custom Italy Tours: discovering Otranto in Puglia

Custom Italy Tours: discovering Otranto in Puglia
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The region of Puglia in southern Italy is growing in popularity as visitors discover its stunning architecture, rich history, white sandy beaches and delicious traditional cuisine. Otranto is one of the cities on the “heel of the boot” that is worth visiting on custom Italy tours. Snapshots of the picture-perfect city of Otranto with its […]

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Customized tours of Italy: how Parma ham is made?

Customized tours of Italy: how Parma ham is made?
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Parma ham (prosciutto di Parma) is one of Italy’s national treasures. Visiting Parma ham producers on customized tours of Italy is a fascinating experience that reveals secrets of this ancient quintessentially Italian product. It is believed that origins of prosciutto di Parma go back to Etruscan times. In 100 BC Cato the Elder, celebrated statesman […]

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Top places in Rome: the Caelian Hill – Lazio

Top places in Rome: the Caelian Hill – Lazio
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The Caelian Hill, one of the top places in Rome, might not draw the crowds that some other city’s hills do but it, certainly, has its charm. A short walk from the Colosseum or the Circo Massimo, the Celio as Italians call it offers refreshing shade and tranquillity. In times of Imperial Rome, the Caelian […]

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