Category: Deals and Packages

LUXE City Guides: Now in Italian and On Sale

With the release of new Italian language travel guides, LUXE Guides is offering discount of its guides to Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan.

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Learning Vacations in Italy

Continuing on the topic of New Year’s resolutions: one of the things that people resolve to do with the arrival of a new year is improve themselves by learning a new skill. Italy holds numerous possibilities for the traveler looking for self-improvement (and not just fitness-wise). So here are a few ideas and tours to …

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Get Fit in Italy

Here we are, staring down another full year and wondering if or how we are going to make the most of it. For a lot of us, that means giving up vices or improving ourselves. For others, a new year holds the promise of traveling to new places or enjoying more of what life has …

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The Ultimate Italian Driving Adventure

If you’re the type of traveler who likes to go it alone and doesn’t mind injecting a little technological know-how into your trip, then a GPS-driven self-guided tour may be the ticket. Information about Zephyr Self-Guided Adventures through Italy just crossed our desks over the weekend. The company offers walks, biking, and driving tours through …

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Touring the Venice Lagoon by Pénichette

While browsing the web recently, I happened upon Emmanuelle Jary’s excellent primer on touring the Venice Lagoon on ViaMichelin (full disclosure: I have written for Michelin Travel Guides). But what, I wondered, was a pénichette? Turns out that it is a small barge-like houseboat – just the perfect type of transportation for getting around the city …

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Swimming in Sardinia

An article today in the New York Times on Swimming Vacations inspired us to see if there were any swim adventure tours in Italy. In fact, one of the companies profiled – Swimtrek (located in London) – offers a one week swim trip around Sardinia’s Maddalena Archipelago. The tour features: Swimming from Maddalena to Spargi. …

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Giro d’Italia Underway

The 2008 Giro d’Italia – Italy’s answer to the Tour de France – kicked off in Sicily this past weekend. And, before it’s all over on June 1, pro cyclists will have traversed a big section of “the boot,” riding along the west coast up to Civitavecchia, then over to Tuscany and the Marches. You …

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Free Airfare to Italy with Perillo Tours

My friend Jessica over at Italy Logue found this (pretty) great deal from Perillo Tours this summer. Here’s the gist: In order to take advantage of the (admittedly generous) free airfare offer, you have to fly from New York’s JFK into Rome, Bologna or Palermo. You have to fly on EuroFly airlines. The flight must …

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Gastronomic Tour of Emilia Romagna

You can eat well just about anywhere in Italy. But Italians know that Italy’s culinary heart lies in Emilia Romagna. Ragú alla Bolognese, premium balsamic vinegar from Modena, Parma ham, parmigiano cheese, mortadella – all of these scrumptious items come from Emilia Romagna. That’s why epicures who want to get the most out of an Italian tour …

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Walk for a Cause in Italy

As I was preparing to post information about the Italy Breast Cancer Walk 2008, which will take place in September, I learned that registration for the event had closed. At any rate, what a wonderful way to see Italy and raise money for a worthy cause. This year’s walk will be through the region of …

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Italy Tour Operators

Have our posts inspired you to go to Italy but you just don’t have the time or energy to plan a vacation all by yourself? The Italian Government Tourist Board website (a great research tool in and of itself) has a comprehensive list of U.S. tour operators who specialize in Italy. They also have a …

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Be a Renaissance Man (or Woman)

It may sound like the latest droll tour to capitalize on the wildly popular Dan Brown thriller. But, happily, the Da Vinci Capers is a unique tour package for men and women looking to tap into their inner Leonardo. As the trip packager’s website announces, the Da Vinci Capers is “an experience, not a tour.” Indeed, the Da Vinci …

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Italy Scores as Top Destination for Packaged Travel

For the fourth year in a row, Italy has placed first among tourists for packaged travel, according to the USTOA. This is hardly surprising to us, as Italy is one of those destinations so full of attractions that it pays to have someone to plan your itinerary. One reason Italy ranks first is because of …

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