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Siena, as its bigger sister Florence, is one of the most famous cities of Tuscany region. It is located in the heart of Tuscany hills and its location has helped during the centuries to display the small town as one of the propelling engines of the Italian Renaissance. Home to one of the world renowned saints (Catherine from Siena), the small town has its own peculiar soul. The symbol of the city is the black and white shield called Balzana. They say that the unpredictable mood of the Senese people is related to the color transformations over the local emblem. Siena has long fought against Florence for the supermacy over this part of Italy, and has kept many traditions of the past conflicts. In fact, in Siena during the Summer, there takes place the famous “Palio di Siena,” where the local “clans” compete against each other in a crazy horse riding competition in the heart of the town. The Palio is scheduled in July and in August. During those weeks the small town is full of curious people that want to discover who will be the winner of the year. More then fifteen clans compete and for weeks the town is set up with medieval flags and horns. Throughout the entire town you will discover some amazing churches and fountains of great beauty that will mesmerize you. We also include within our tour a special collaboration with Italian cuisine and local chefs that will teach you how to prepare real Italian pasta, as well as uncover all the hidden and traditional secrets behind such amazing cuisine. Please check our cooking lessons tours for more information about the times available to join in this incredible food and art experience.
Not many are aware that Naples is home the the world renowned Pizza! The first pizza ever created was dedicated to Princess Margherita of Naples, and it was bestowed to her from a man at that time considered the lowest level of society. The first pizza was made of wheat, water and tomato. Today, many more ingredients have been added to the pizza, but only in this city will you discover the actual real taste of such a simplistic but delicious dish. Naples is also a city that is connected to its religious roots. Neapolitans are passionate believers and have built countless of beautiful churches spread about the small streets of the old city. As you turn the corner, and venture towards the middle of a crowded street, don’t be surprised if you run into a Baroque white marble finely decorated church. Yes, the grandeur of Baroque. A typical evening tour of Naples would be comprised of the sampling of Neapolitan ice cream, a walk on the seaside as you gaze upon and listen to street musicians playing Italian love songs… or you can choose to take a ride (by car or bicycle) to the upper part of the city and experience a breathtaking view overlooking the Gulf. Within our excursions, we include the possibility of visiting several of the churches and many of the museums of the city. Naples’ National Archeological Museum is considered one of the most important museum’s of its kind in the world, with works of the Renaissance, the Romans, and the Greeks of the highest caliber. And if that is not enough, the house of the Royal family has been converted into a museum. A must see spot when visiting Naples.
This small town is the center of Umbria region in the heart of Italian country. Perugia is home to several universities, and is renowned for its student population that crowds the narrow streets of the medieval town all year long. The astonishing Etruscan Walls are just one of the many historical spots to be visited during one of our tours to Perugia. The city has warred and contended against the Vatican throughout the centuries. Today, remnants of this battle can be found in the bread… Why the bread? Because the Peruginis refused to pay the Church tax for salt, and they stopped using the salt in their bread. And for this reason, today people from this city still eat bread without salt in remembrance of the independence they pursued through such harsh economical battles. The city was built by Etruscans far way in the past approximately in the X th century BC and still today Perugia’s infrastructure (the main streets that was developed by Etruscans) are the same of the past centuries. Perugia is a pivotal and significant location to visit many other towns of this beautiful region. When is the best time to see Perugia? The Springtime! The enormous woods and forests all along the city are filled with blossoms of vibrant and animated flowers. One amazing “natural” show is in the Colfiorito Valley, where thousands of flowers blossom at the same time, offering to the visitors the impression of a rainbow in the valley. Colfiorito Valley is close to the town of Assisi, where Saint Francis used to pray.
Home to one of the greatest families of Italy, The Visconti Sforza, the city of Milan has been in the center of many disputes throughout its history due to its central positioning. Milan is a crossway between Europe and the rest of Italy. Located in North of Italy, Milan has two souls: one that talks about its past through the Duomo, the splendid churches and the Sforza Castle, and one modern, as Milan stands as the world capital for fashion and design. Milan today is one of the most important cities of the country, and this is because the Italian Wall Street is located in Milan. With its modern buildings and fashionable hotspots, you will be guided to discover the modern fashion culture of Milan. The Via Condotti is one of the most expensive streets in Italy where the major fashion designers and jewelers have at least one shop. The Prada Museum of clothes and design is another must-see place for those interested in the evolution of fashion in Italy, and in the world in the last century. But even fashion designers can be religious… also to be visited is the gothical church called the Duomo di Milano in the heart of the major squares of the city. The Sforza Castle, once a military defensive castle, is today a magnificent museum, where there is on display some of the most exquisite artifacts of the centuries past. Last but not least, a visit must be paid to the Convent of Holy Mary where Leonardo Da Vinci painted one of his masterpieces: The Last Supper of Christ.
The surrounding hills, the calmness of the river and the magnificent architecture all over the city offer a superb perspective to what art might be defined as, even today. The greatest artists of world recognized Florence as the perfect location to share their masterpieces. The Uffizi Museum is one of the many amazing locations to discover in this city, along with the Certosa monastery, the fountains… and we can go on and on. Our tours of the city will take you around the streets of Florence in a comfortable 3 hour Walkabout. Plus, it’s possible to have a specialized guide to lead you in uncovering the infinite collection of masterpieces held in the Uffizi Museum. Our guides will make you understand the past as never before, recognizing, at the same time, the true spirit of art.
All roads lead to Rome… All roads lead to Italy. It’s our motto and it is taken from this Roman proverb because during the time of the Empire the city was very active in specifically building roads that were strategically routed, connected, and all leading to the capital of the Empire. Some of the important history of the city has been lost in time and only through our excursions, will you discover some of Rome’s immense hidden and forgotten secrets. Home to one of the greatest empires of all times, The Romans have spread the seed of culture and citizenship all over Europe. Today, it is vital to keep the history and the roots of Europe in its past glories alive, so that we can learn and walk informed towards the future. Rome once stood as the capital of huge and mighty Empire (from Spain to Iraq). The architecture of the city holds a history of many centuries from IIIth century BC to the new born Republic of Italy in 1948. The presence of fascist monuments, the grandeur of the Roman Empire buildings and the historical dominance of the Church make this city one of the great wonders of the world. Today, the Vatican has its small but independent state within the city itself, and from this location every Sunday Pope Francis blesses the population of the city as well as the entire world.