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Tour Talk: New Tours Around the Globe

Discover Your Italy , which offers culturally immersive vacations, has released two new itineraries—Italy Hiking Discovery and The Spirits of Italy. The latter focuses on local spirits, and includes cocktail master classes and vermouth-making workshops while touring Milan, Turin and Venice. On the Italy Hiking Discovery, active guests explore Capri, Positano, Rome, Chianti, Tuscany, Manarola and Cogne.


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Skipping The Line To An Unforgettable Rome Vacation

  While Rome wasn’t built in a day, a lot of its iconic sights can be seen in that time with Discover Your Italy’s help. Try a private guided trip to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, or opt for a Colosseum “behind the scenes” tour. Your guide sweeps you through a preferential line, avoiding the typical path through the attraction most people take and brings the destinations to life with historical facts told in a lively, engaging manner. Discover Your Italy: this Italian-owned and -operated company normally books longer all-inclusive tours, with accommodations, sightseeing and meals for a week or more, but it will work with you on shorter custom-designed itineraries with advance notice. Excursions include entrance tickets and the guides, who all speak English fluently, provide interesting and insightful commentary as only a local can.


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Living One Night As a Venetian Aristocrate

Venice is a floating monument to faith and dreams. It’s a magical place where anything seems possible. Matteo Della Grazia and Daniela Mencarelli, owners of  Discover Your Italy, exemplify this spirit of passion and mystery saiyng “It is our passion to create a very specific experience for every client based on their interests, where they’ve already been, what they want to see and, of course, what they want to experience.”

Live Like a Royal: Attend a Gala at a Venetian Palace: Matteo enthuses about one of their company’s carefully planned, elegantly executed events built upon the magic and majesty of Venice. “For one night in Venice, guests will live the life of a noble Venetian aristocrat as they are whisked away aboard a private water taxi to a gala dinner set in a palace overlooking the Grand Canal. It will be an evening of total sensory experiences while guests linger over cocktails and dinner in this extremely unique historic mansion that has welcomed legendary A-listers from today’s Hollywood set to the doges of Venice and Italian nobility.”

“Fuoritinerario” is a word created by Matteo and Daniela to describe their company. Derived from a combination of Italian words, it literally means “Off the Beaten Path.” Perhaps in Venice’s case, you could say: “off the beaten canal.” Indeed, Matteo also mirrors the pride and passion that embrace Venetian culture: “Our job is to share the Italian culture with travelers. It is very important to shape and design itineraries with that kind of Italian style. A style famous all over the world.”


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Dig into the culinary delights of Italy with Fuoritinerario-Discover Your Italy

Fuoritinerario - Discover Your Italy is offering culinary delights from the romantic  canals of Venice and the historic palazzos by the sea in Sicily to open air-dining in the streets of Siena. Venice For one night in Venice, guests will live the life of a noble Venetian aristocrato attending a gala dinner set in a unique historic mansion overlooking the Grand Canal. It will be an evening of total sensory experiences! Sicily Guests who seek to learn more about Sicily's culinary fusion can embark on a gastronomical adventure beginning with a guided tour of Pescheria (the traditional fish market). After purchasing local ingredients, head to a stunning 19th century kitchen of the Catania Historical Society for a cooking class where traditional dishes will be prepared and savored. A fascinating journey through Sicilian culture and food: Rise early, meet 'The Duchess' and follow her through a colorful local market to buy the seasons freshest ingredients.. In the spacious and historic kitchen at her palazzo, guests will learn to cook a whole Sicilian menu under The Duchess' guidance. Siena On one of the two race days of Palio di Siena guests will enjoy the thrilling atmosphere of the Palio Horse Race in Siena and dine with one of the district teams in the afternoon. Belissimo!  Later, after guests catch their breath from watching the legendary horse-race, they will join one of the contradas for their open air dinner - hopefully it is the winning district!


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Italian Culinary Experiences Fit for Royalty

Fuoritinerario - Discover Your Italy is constantly seeking new and authentic immersive offerings for their guests. And what could be a more Italian than food? An exclusive culinary offerings feature true cultural immersion through the country's regional traditions and cuisines.

Live Like a Royal: Attend a Gala at a Venetian Palace: For one night in Venice, guests will live the life of a noble Venetian aristocrat as they are whisked away aboard a private water taxi to a gala dinner set in a palace overlooking the Grand Canal. It will be an evening of total sensory experiences while guests linger over cocktails and dinner in this extremely unique historic mansion.

Sicilian Cooking Traditions Revealed in a 19th Century Sicilian Kitchen: Guests who seek to learn more about Sicily's culinary fusion can embark on a gastronomical adventure beginning with a guided tour of Pescheria. After purchasing local ingredients, head to a stunning 19th century kitchen of the Catania Historical Society for a cooking class where traditional dishes, such as spaghetti rolls alla Norma or cannolo Siciliano will be prepared and savored.

Cooking by the Sea in Sicily with The Duchess: This is not a simple cooking lesson in an 18th century palazzo by the sea. Rise early, meet 'The Duchess' and follow her through a colorful local market to buy the seasons freshest ingredients. In the spacious and historic kitchen at her palazzo, guests will learn to cook a whole Sicilian menu under The Duchess' guidance.

Dine in the Streets of Siena During the Palio with a Contrada: Twice a year, the 17 contrade of Siena compete against each other in the world-renown race, the Palio di Siena. On one of the two race days guests will enjoy the thrilling atmosphere of the Palio Horse Race in Siena and dine with one of the district teams in the afternoon. Belissimo!


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Expect The Unexpected

Meanwhile, Palermo, the capital of the Italian island of Sicily, manages to maintain its original soul of typical/traditional Mediterranean city with its layers of different cultures (Greek, Roman, Arab, Spanish, etc) deriving from centuries of different dominations. It is exactly there where the exclusivity comes in - a proper meditative slowing down combined with the fineries of life." A day cooking with the Duchess is not simply a cooking lesson in an extraordinary location - an 18th century palazzo by the sea - it's also a fascinating journey through Sicilian culture and food," says Matteo Della Grazia, owner of FuorITinerario Discover Your Italy, who organises the most intimate and unrepeated tours of Italy.For the most unique experience, Della Grazia organises a trip to the island of Pantelleria - south of Sicily very close to the African coast - to stay in the typical local houses (dammusi) plus day trips to hike to the top of Mount Stromboli volcano.


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Regional Adventures – Milan & Venice

Milan is a must-see, located in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region. The destination has long been known as haven for artists, fashionistas,romantics and creators. The “Northern Italy Jewels: The Lakes” itinerary by Discover Your Italy takes guests to Milan and the best part is that entrance tickets and a reservation for “The Last Supper” can be booked in advance and confirmed at the time of booking. Discover Your Italy will also take guests on a half-day walking tour of the city, where they will go shopping in the famedGalleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a four-story double arcade that connects two of Milan’s most famous landmarks, the Duomo and La Scala opera house; visit the central square Piazza della Scala; and explore the famous 15th-century castle, Castello Sforzesco and the last masterpiece of Michelangelo, the “Pietà Rondanini.” Travelers will also explore Corso di Porta Ticinese, a buzzing street that is known for its nightlife and is lined with shops, boutiques and top restaurants.
Venice is a city of colorful homes, intriguing history and famed waterways but also brings to mind romantic sunset gondola tours, and this, of course, is one aspect of honeymoon tours such as Discover Your Italy’s “Essence of Romantic Italy” tour. The customizable program also includes Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Verona.


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Iconic Islands = Idyllic Honeymoons

The Ultimate Honeymoon in Italy: Sicily, Taormina & the Aeolian Islands designed by Discover Your Italy is a plus- perfect tour that mix history and nature, relaxation and private times. “Customizing Italy trips, enriching each journey, offering local insights and crafting great experiences are all #1 priorities when planning itineraries,” according to Matteo Della Grazia, owner of Discover Your Italy. “For when tailoring itineraries of extra special interest—art, history, culinary, wine and certainly romance—we hope to enable our guests to truly discover ‘their Italy." On the Ultimate Honeymoon, couples spend five nights in Taormina, where arrangements include a private walking tour of this beautiful and historic town; a private jeep excursion on the Etna Volcano, stopping for wine tastings and a delicious lunch; and a full-day excursion to ancient Siracusa-Ortigia. Then they stay 4-night  in Lipari, swimming and sailing, exploring volcanoes, bathing in thermal waters and mud of Stromboli and then spend the final night in history-rich Catania celebrating with a farewell dinner. A unique feature included in all Discover Your Italy arrangements is a welcome pack containing a smart phone with a pre-paid Italian sim card to be used during the trip to stay in touch with local hosts at all times, Internet access, use of maps, etc.  


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5 Top Mother’s Day Trips for Mom

Does Mom want more perfume or flowers this Mother’s Day? Hell no, Mom wants the gift of travel! Discover Your Italy meets your needs and takes mom & daughter on a journey to a master perfume creator (ok, maybe Mom really does want perfume!) in Florence to learn the techniques and secrets of a historic perfumery. The workshop, which takes place inside an intriguing laboratory, is located within the historical cellars of a Florentine Renaissance Palazzo. Guests will be guided through the blending process that ultimately leads to the creation of their very own personalized fragrance to take home.


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Six Travel Styles to Suit Every Mom this Mother’s Day

Celebrate your Mum with a special tour made by Discover Your Italy: enjoy a journey with a master perfume creator in Florence and discover the techniques and secrets of a historic perfumery. The workshop, which takes place inside an intriguing laboratory, is located within the historical cellars of a Florentine Renaissance Palazzo. Following in the footsteps of Catherine de Medici and René le Florentin, guests will be guided through the blending process that ultimately leads to the creation of their very own personalized fragrance to take home.


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