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Discover Your Italy is taking Italophiles on the whirlwind trip of their dreams with its 15-day Grand Tour of Italy by Private Jet experience. Priced from about $17,000 per person, the fast-paced itinerary will have travelers cruising Italy’s Lake Como at sunset one day, and touring the Verona Arena the next. Additional stops include the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Sardinia, and Sicily. Experiences at every stop are customizable, regardless of whether you fancy a gourmet lunch in Padua, a boat ride in the famed Grotto, or a tour of the Mt. Etna volcano.
Flying commercial on your vacation? News flash: That’s so last year. Jet tours, as in you and a few others in a private jet with a laser-focus mission, are arriving at mach speed in 2017. Discover Your Italy’s Grand Tour of Italy : Led by Italian in-the-know pros, hit all of the country’s most popular destinations (plus some off-the-beaten path, too), from Lake Como to Capri, over 15 days. And what’s unique is you can choose to go when you want—that means you can have that jet all to yourself. FYI, with this tour, you better love sailing on the high seas as much as you do hailing a private jet. Itinerary highlights: A boat tour to visit stunning Italian islands you’ve never heard of…Borromean Islands; sailing around Lake Como—say ‘hey’ to Clooney for us; hiking Cinque Terre trails plus a sunset cruise; vineyard tours and tasting in Moltacino wine country; full day excursion on the island of Capri; a jeep trek on Mt. Etna Volcano; play time on the white sandy beaches of Sardinia. Cost: Starting at $16,400
Fuoritinerario – Discover Your Italy is a boutique travel tour company that has a long history of of find off-the-beaten path opportunities. They have in depth knowledge of Italy and have offered to provide details on five Italian Christmas Markets.
These five Italian Christmas Markets provide tourist that chance to experience the rich culture of Italy. Enjoy great tasting food and drinks, plus a variety of products and souvenirs to purchase: Sant'Agata Feltria (Emilia Romagna) this medieval town is also known as Il Paese del Natale (the Christmas village). The market square hosts Santa’s home and lots of fun activities for children organized by the elves; Candelera (Pesaro) is the first Italian Christmas market dedicated to candles. During the celebration all electric lights go dark at fifteen minute intervals and the town glows only with candle light. Visitors can also wander through the town’s traditional Christmas market; Bolzano (South Tyrol) is the most renowned town in Italy known for hosting the country’s largest Christmas market or mercatini di Natale; Aosta (Aosta Valley) the Marché Vert Noël turns Aosta‘s Piazza Caveri into an alpine Christmas wonderland with twinkling lights, glimmering decorations, and adorned Christmas trees and Manarola (Cinque Torre) hosts one of the most beautiful and original nativity scenes in the world – The Presepe di Manarola – with over 15,000 solar-powered light bulbs and 300 characters made from recycled or unused materials.
Italy Hiking Discovery, a new 16-day multicity adventure through the Italian splendor from Discover Your Italy Tours, taking reservations now. Yes: it’s a big, long trip. But there’s so much to see. We’ll give you some of the highlights below, and ways to prepare:
In the Amalfi Coast, you’ll... Take a private boat to the island of Capri, take a quick swim, visit hidden grottoes, climb the Path of the Gods to sniff out hidden caves. Get ready by: Figuring out what a cave smells like.
In Rome, you’ll... Explore the ruins of Pompeii, have lunch at wine estates, crane your neck up at that Sistine Chapel. Get ready by: Taking neck yoga classes. In Chianti, you’ll... March through vineyards, poke into countryside hamlets, drink wine made at an all-female vineyard, sleep in a castle. Get ready by: Bingeing on Game of Thrones. In Liguria, you’ll... Hike up the craggy five-mile Cinque Terre, learn the secrets of good pesto, have a pleasant encounter with a waterfall. Get ready by: You were born ready.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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!
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.