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Summer is Not Over Yet! 8 Ways to Extend Your Summer Vacation

September is a month with fewer tourists and often lower prices if you are thinking of streching summer vacations. Ischia in the Gulf of Naples continues to enjoy summer like temperatures in September and it is still under the radar even if it is so close to Capri. Matteo Della Grazia, who owns the tour company Discover Your Italy, which offers a six-day tour of Naples and Ischia (from 3,225 euros, or about $3,590).  

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How To Spend A Brief But Magnificent Day In Milan

The owners of Discover Your Italy, Matteo della Grazia and his wife, Daniela Mencarelli, were asked for their advice on what is there to do in the cosmopolitan city of Milan, for travellers, with only limited time. Whether one is interessted in sightseeing, history, art or fashion, Milan offers plenty of opportunities. One of the city's most famous highlights is The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci or the Duomo Cathedral, with its amazing view. Alternatively,  Castello Sforzesco and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana are suggested, for those who prefer to visit less touristy sights. As it is the home of many of the major fashion brands, designers and architects, Milan is definetly worth a visit for fashion lovers, especially during Fashion and Design Week, where you can get to see the latest trends. There is not only a lot to do in the center of Milan but also in the neighbourhoods of the city, like the charming Navigli district with its lovely canals or Isola which is perfect to spend an afternoon in one of  its little restaurants and cafes. In case there is a little bit more time left, visitors may explore the lake district outside Milan, as it takes only an hour by car. Also the Emiglia Romagna Region isn't far, which puts it in the perfect position for a day trip.

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From the Biennale to the Boat Show: The Ultimate Venice Summer Guide

Local Experiences

Discover Your Italy helps navigating through the crowded tourist areas of Venice, to access more authentic and local experiences, by highlighting Venice’s rich food traditions—especially the one of the aperitivo. The Rowing & Tasting experiences gets you out onto the Cannaregio canals and behind the oars of a gondola, then takes you to the some of the best bàcari—typical bars that offer the famous cicchetti snacks. The Aperitivo Experience dives deep into the city’s history as it is the the birthplace of Spritz and Bellini. You’ll start with a glass of the latter on an amazing rooftop terrace, then hit a few small wine bars in the neighborhood. Finally, the tour culminates at a bar on the Grand Canal, where you’ll sample different types of Spritz cockatails while watching the sunset over this unique city.

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From a Resurgent Puerto Rico to the Mexican Hamptons, the 13 Best Places to Travel in 2019

Every new year brings with it resolutions, a fresh start, and—for travel junkies—a new crop of bucket-list destinations. In 2019, Italy's got among the well-known itineraries something in the spotlight for cultural reasons.


Located in the southern Basilicata region around the “ankle” of Italy’s boot, “Matera is a journey back in time,” says Matteo Della Grazia of Discover Your Italy, which creates bespoke itineraries throughout Matera. “It showcases a part of Italy where history, traditional life, and natural and man-made beauty converge.”s. This year, the ancient city is getting a leading role among Itlian new destinations: It’s the 2019 European Capital of Culture. Twelve months of cultural programming: from contemporary art exhibits, poetry readings, dressmaking workshops to concerts, operas, and theatrical performances, including an interpretation from The Divine Comedy. In between the events, visit some of the more than 150 ancient cave churches in the area, savor the local Basilicata variation on Italian cuisine (and wine), and stay in boutique hotels like the Sextantio, where the atmospheric rooms and suites are set in converted grottoes.

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Explore Italy by Private Jet
Discover Your Italy is specialized in creating unique itineraries. This ultimo luxe itinerary includes two nights in Bellagio at Lake Como, two nights in Verona, two nights in Manarola (Cinque Terre), one night in Tuscany, two nights in Positano, two nights in Puglia, two nights in Taormina, and one night in Sardinia. This journey, which can be completely customized, will allow you to jet across ‘The Boot’ from top to bottom, taking in the very best of the destination. The cost of this spectacular jet set itinerary starts at $17,000.00 and includes 14-nights accommodations in exclusive luxury hotels or historic mansions.

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The Best Travel Agents for Europe

The A-List is Travel + Leisure's annual selection of the world's best travel agents and destination specialists, as chosen by the editors.  

Italy: Matteo Della Grazia & Daniela Mencarelli

Della Grazia and Mencarelli are the husband-and-wife team behind Discover Your Italy. Both have spent their lives exploring the country; he grew up in Milan and she was born and raised in Perugia, where they are now based. They are known for creating journeys rooted in Italian traditions. Both can do things like connecting travelers with their Italian origins by showing them around their ancestors’ villages and securing tickets to a summer concert by Andrea Bocelli at his Tuscan estate. Minimum Daily Spend: $500

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Under The Radar Umbria: Five Reasons To Visit

Matteo Della Grazia and Daniela Mencarelli are co-founders of Fuoritinerario: Discover Your Italy, a boutique tour company that designs personalized itineraries so visitors can experience authentic Italy. Although their tours cover all of Italy, the company is based in Perugia, which is both a city and province in Umbria. Under-the-radar Umbria is a less traveled region in Central Italy with many advantages over Tuscany. Its cities have remained more authentic, less pretentious and the region it's called Italy’s “green heart.” Five suggestion on must-see places according Discover Your Italy include: Perugia, Orvieto, Assisi, Spoleto, Gubbio.      

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Italy’s Best Foodie Vacation: Here’s How To Eat Your Way Through Sicily

Discover Your Italy is specialized in creating unique, immersive cultural journeys that showcase the best destinations and experiences Italy has to offer. Focusing on both small-group travel and private tours, their team can design a trip to your exact specifications, or customize their existing itineraries to your request and offer just the itinerary for intrepid gourmets. Matteo Della Grazia and his wife Daniela Mencarelli have created a tantalizing tasting menu of a trip that showcases many of the delicacies—and the locales they hail from—for which Sicily is celebrated. All the way from Palermo to Catania you could spend hours shopping, eating  and fervent foodies will want to set up camp and stay for days in eanch place. No visit to Sicily is complete without discovering all the aspects of the food of this incredible land.      

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5 Top Italian Destinations To Beat The Crowds

Visiting Lake Como, Venice or Cinque Terre at during the summer high season comes with a price; fighting hordes of travelers. Instead of adding to the overcrowding and over-touristing of certain cities and islands that are of course popular for a reason, Discover Your Italy offers not as crowded but still just as majestic perfect alternatives for your Italian summer vacation. Matteo Della Grazia, owner of Discover Your Italy a boutique travel outfitter known for leading you to discover and experience the "true Italy", suggests  charming Italian holiday locations including Lake Maggiore, Italian Riviera, Lecce and Siracusa.

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Five Hidden Gems of Italy

Based in Perugia, Italy, and founded in 2007, Discover Your Italy was born from a passion for travel and a genuine love of the country. Owned and operated by Italian husband and wife team of Matteo Della Grazia and Daniela Mencarelli, Discover Your Italy offers clients the opportunity to immerse themselves in the country as a local through the people and their traditions. With over-tourism becoming a desperate situation in many of Italy’s most well-known destinations (think Cinque Terre and Venice), Discover Your Italy,is encouraging travelers to look past the country’s famous locales and explore the “not-so-popular” ones: Lecce instead of Florence, Treviso instead of Venice, Italian Riviera (Liguria) instead of Cinque Terre, Siracusa instead of Taormina, Lake Maggiore instead of Lake Como. These lesser known gems still evoke the same wonder, elegance and history as your favorite Italian hot-spots, just sans crowds.

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