Category Archives: Italian Vacations

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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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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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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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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Best places to eat in Italy: cuisine of Puglia

Best places to eat in Italy: cuisine of Puglia
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The region of Puglia, on the heel of the Boot, is a great destination for foodies as one of the best places to eat in Italy. Predominantly agricultural and among the most productive regions in the country, Puglia produces  40% of Italy’s olive oil as well as a significant proportion of wine. The region’s cuisine […]

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Italy Private Tours: visiting Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso

Italy Private Tours: visiting Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso
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Italy’s oldest national park Gran Paradiso is a perfect getaway from the hassle and bustle of the big cities to visit on Italy private tours. The park used to be the hunting grounds of the royal House of Savoy, who gifted 5000 acres to the nation in 1920. Today the park’s territory covers 173,000 acres […]

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Best places to visit in Italy: the top beaches in Liguria

Best places to visit in Italy: the top beaches in Liguria
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With almost 200 miles of coastline, Liguria is one of the best places to visit in Italy for the sea and sun lovers. The region has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and every year receives the highest number of the prestigious Blue Flag (Bandiera Blu) awards that is given to the […]

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Best museums in Italy: The Egyptian Museum in Turin

Best museums in Italy: The Egyptian Museum in Turin
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The Egyptian Museum in Turin (Museo Egizio di Torino) houses one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities in the world and is undoubtedly one of the best museums in Italy. The museum was founded in 1824 when the Savoy king, Carlo Felice, acquired a large collection of Egyptian artefacts. Today there are 6,500 objects on display […]

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