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Via Ferrata, Italy

World War I soldiers built the Via Ferrata, or Iron Road—a system of cables, ladders, and tunnels that string through Italy’s Dolomites—to help them navigate the mountainous front line between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Kingdom of Italy. Though they look daunting, the trails allow a wide range of hikers to access some of the Dolomites’ most dramatic, beautiful limestone peaks. And a trek in the Dolomites isn’t complete without a visit to a rifugio, the Alpine huts that dot the mountains, providing meals to hikers on the go. Discover Your Italy designs custom walking, hiking, and food tours with local Alpine guides. A good place to start is the Via Ferrata Maximilian, which traverses the Denti di Terrarossa ridge and provides excellent views of the Alpe di Siusi (the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow in Europe) and the peaks beyond. The route isn’t technically demanding, but a sure foot and a steady head are essential.  


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Discover Your Italy Puts Beautiful Music in Traveler’s Hearts

Known for showcasing the “Italian’s Italy,” boutique travel outfitter Fuoritinerario – Discover Your Italy offers two new musical journeys inspired by upcoming festivals. This travel season, celebrate the masters Verdi and Puccini. BOCELLI & PUCCINI FESTIVAL July 29 – August 4, 2018 This six-night journey offers all the splendor that Tuscany has to offer, from the stunning countryside (Castellina in Chianti) and charming towns (Lucca) to the picturesque seaside (Viareggio). This is all enhanced by the beautiful soundtrack of Italian opera, starting with an outdoor Andrea Bocelli concert in Lajatico and ending with the Giacomo Puccini festival in Torre del Lago, where he lived and composed his operatic masterpieces. The cost for this private tour for two travelers starts at Euro 4,475 per person (approx. US$5,500.00). VIVALDI & VERDI FESTIVAL September – October 2018 (dates flexible) This seven-night journey starts in Venice and ends in Milan, taking in Cremona along the way, known for its centuries-old musical tradition boasting outstanding composers, musicians and, most of all, string instrument makers. The experience can be further heightened by adding in the Verdi Festival which takes place throughout October. Happening during the month of his birth, the festival celebrates the Maestro with opera performances, concerts and more. The cost of this private tour for two travelers starts at Euro 4,975 per person (approx. US$6,000.00). Like all Fuoritinerario – Discover Your Italy journeys, these two music-inspired itineraries can be completely tailored to fit individual taste and style.  


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The Next Great Destinations: 8 Places to Beat the Crowds this Summer

Instead of Florence: Lecce “Florence is famous for being the Renaissance city,” says Matteo Della Grazia of Discover Your Italy. “Lecce in Puglia has equally amazing Baroque buildings and a young, vibrant atmosphere in its restaurants and cafés.” The surrounding coastal area has charming beach towns like Gallipoli and Otranto, while the countryside has many masserias (typical Puglia farmhouses) producing wine, olives and so on, where it is possible to organize cooking classes, tastings and often overnight stays.


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3 Experiences to Travel Like a Royal Through Europe

One of the Mediterranean’s least-known vacation destinations, Pantelleria is a wild, rugged speck closer to Tunisia than to Sicily, which claims it as a satellite. The sparsely populated volcanic outcrop is considered the black pearl of that sea and is a favorite hideaway of the likes of Giorgio Armani, who owns a villa there. For those just passing through, the new Sikelia is an ideal home base for exploring the otherworldly isle; each of its stylish suites are housed in ancient dammusi dwellings (a traditional Pantellerian building style), and the spa takes full advantage of the island’s healing mineral hot springs and nutrient-rich mud.


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3 Experiences to Travel Like a Royal Through Europe

Cooking with The Duchess: this is not just a simple cooking class, but a journey through Sicilian culture and food, set in an 18th century palazzo by the sea, and guided by chef and Duchess of Palma, Nicoletta Lanza Tomasi. Discover Your Italy itinerary will have guests joining chef and Duchess Tomasi in an early morning market session as they purchase the freshest ingredients and learn about Palermo. Later, the Duchess takes guests back to the palazzo where they’ll create a Sicilian menu under The Duchess’ guidance, and enjoy their finalized meal in the elegant dining room.
 


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Three Ways To Travel Like A Royal This Spring

EAT LIKE A ROYAL Discover Your Italy’s Cooking With “The Duchess”: cook hand to hand with Nicoletta Lanza Tomasi, chef and Duchess of Palma. She will  guide her guest through a colorful local market, buying the season’s freshest ingredients and learning about the hidden treasures of Palermo. Next, will take travelers back to her beautifully restored palazzo, the last home of Prince Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa, a world-famous novelist and in-law of The Duchess. In the palazzo’s historic and welcoming kitchen, travelers will create a mouthwatering Sicilian menu under The Duchess’ expert guidance and enjoy the fruits of their labor in the elegant dining room.


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Multigenerational Travel Update

“Families are always looking for itineraries which include unique and memorable experiences to share with their families and friends on social media and/ or when they get back at home,” said Matteo Della Grazia and Daniela Mencarelli, husband and wife owners and operators of Discover Your Italy They find a good mix of traditional cultural guided tours to sites and museums, along with experiential activities such as a pizza-making class in a real pizzeria in Naples, truffle hunting in Tuscany or Umbria, or gladiators’ school in Rome, is key for a successful trip. “Families are very much interested in trips with a true local feeling that allow them to interact with the local community,” they said. “That’s why Discover Your Italy offers several experiences that create that sort of interaction, like participation in traditional local festivals where clients mix with locals or dine at communal tables in the streets of villages to live a truly local culture experience.”


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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

This Perugia-based husband-and-wife team makes it their mission to create rich cultural journeys grounded in Italian traditions. Unlike most advisors, they’ll organize day trips as well as multiday vacations. Best for: culture buffs, foodies/epicurean travelers, families Extras: The duo’s expertise extends to Italy’s many islands, so think of them if you’re interested in traveling to destinations like the Aeolians, Pantelleria, Ischia, and Elba. Minimum daily spend: $450  


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Perugia in a Day: With a Little Help From Our Friends

Fuoritinerario: Discover Your Italy is a boutique tour company owned by Matteo Della Grazia and his wife, Daniela Mencarelli. "A friend in the travel industry introduced us to the couple who arrange bespoke, individual and small group experiences throughout Italy, enabling visitors to “discover Italy,” based on their personal passions." Matteo and Daniela organize a perfect day trip to Perugia, and made the group feel like “insiders” rather than tourists no wonder Fuoritinerario means  “off the beaten path.”  


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Three (unrelated) families: One vacation

Sarah wanted to go to Spain, but that was soon abandoned and decided to go to Italy with her family. “Discover Your Italy” set up a day trip from their house in Sorrento, complete with a driver and a guide and a walking tour of Rome, which included visits to the Vatican, the Forum, the Colosseum, and the Palazzo Valentini museum. The company provided guides who spoke excellent English and procured VIP tickets, which meant no immense entrance lines.


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