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Italy Food Tour

It is definitely true, you don’t need to go on a food tour in Italy to be exposed to some incredible Italian products because they are right in front of you every time you sit down in a trattoria, stumble across a morning market or find yourself examining the shelves in even the smallest alimentary grocery shop while you wait politely for the conclusion of a morning social exchange between customer and seller. Italy and food go together, it’s a given that you will find fabulous food available everywhere, but remember, it does pay to make sure you get away from the crowded tourist areas where people gather in the main piazza, usually too tired and hungry to go another step, and therefore falling into a seat on a pavement and chomping on disappointingly dry pizza. Any Italy Food Tour is going to bring you into close contact with amazing products, perhaps Parmigiano Reggiano, or Traditional Balsamic of Modena, or Prosciutto from Parma – all three among world class products produced around the charming city of Parma, but whether you are on a food tour or not you can still sample all those delicacies wherever you travel in Italy.

Your Personal Food Tour in Italy 

Wherever I travel with my small group tours in Italy, down in the south in Puglia or north in the Dolomite Mountains the local food specialities will be on the menu so you get to experience the very best food Italy offers, turning every one of my Italy tours into a personal food tour of Italy. Join me soon or email me at isabella@isabelladusi.com

 

 

 

 

Italy Tours in Autumn

A glorious time to travel in Italy, the grapes are under harvest, the summer heat is over and Italians have returned home from their seaside holidays. The season subtly changes and olives are ripening, chestnuts, too, and after the first falls of rain, well worn mushrooming baskets are retrieved from the cantina and mushroom hunters venture into the forests at dawn, the earth is still warm, and the rains bring porcini mushrooms up, and the truffles grow underground.

Harvest Time in Italy

In Autumn 2017 I’m travelling into chestnut territory during one of the major chestnut harvests. Its a fun festival, there will be plenty of long wooden ladders propped against huge branches hanging low with ripe chestnuts, and beneath the trees, scatterings of the first to fall, and the braziers already smoking. Lunch of chestnut pasta is aromatic and delicious, and so is turkey with chestnuts and honey!

Join me in Autumn in northern Italy for the chestnut harvest, and lots more – because chestnut harvest coincides with the Prosecco harvest – we’ll experience both on a marvellous journey among the autumn harvests on tour in Italy. Email me at isabella@isabelladusi.com

 

Italy Tours in Tuscany

When we mention Tuscany, you imagine an Italy Tour that takes you through the rolling hills, passing ancient stone farmhouses and olive groves, eating delicious Tuscan food every day, but thinking about a trip to Tuscany also prompts you to think about whether you will go to Florence.

Maybe you’ve been to Tuscany before, and to Florence. If you have an interest in the art of the great Masters, you cannot miss Florence, but even if you don’t, you know that no Italy Tour is complete unless you’ve been to Florence. Have you wandered around galleries of art and sculpture and dragged yourself blinking and frowning as you exited? Lots of people do that on a trip to Italy and if I ask what they’ve seen the response is often – “Everything – we went into every room!

What did you see on your Italy Tour in Florence?

If you remember a blur of Madonna and Child paintings, and if you were in front of Giotto, Donatello, Michelangelo and da Vinci – what have you taken home with you from your Italy tour? Did you ‘get’ what the Renaissance was really all about? If you think the Renaissance was all about art and sculpture, you might have missed the whole darned point!

Email Isabella to make sure you are not missing the whole point of a trip to Italy, because if your Italy tour is not answering that question  – you could be on the wrong tour! Travel with an expert on your Italy Tour in Tuscany and get in the know.

Guided Wine and Food Tours in Italy

One of the greatest pleasures of the guided wine and food tours in Italy, perhaps the greatest, is that you get to experience  genuine Italian cooking, pairing honest uncomplicated food, prepared with love, with the local unpretentious wines made from grapes grown incredibly close to wherever you are.

One of my favourite Tours in Italy is the Villages & Vineyards tour, because we stay several nights in small hamlets or villages where nothing is hurried, and where a couple of hours relaxing in the sun with friends, uncorking a bottle of a wine and learning the art of understanding the wine itself – its connection traditionally and historically to the people who have grown it for hundreds of years – rather than unthinkingly drinking it, makes this Tour in Italy a truly memorable and educational experience.

Sometimes we follow a known wine trail, other times our Villages & Vineyards Italy tour is about exploring the food and wine culture of Italy region by region. A question I’m often asked on any of my Tours in Italy is why such a relatively small country has so many regions, so many cuisines and so many wines. People are curious to find out why Italian food and wine culture became the number one and most exported foreign food represented in every country in the world.

Tuscan Food and Wine Tours in Italy

Probably Tuscany is the most popular of the food and wine trails in Italy, but my Villages & Vineyards Tours in Italy to Piedmonte, Veneto, Umbrian and Calabria are Tours in Italy where we get the greatest pleasure pairing genuine Italian cooking with delicious wines in some of the most splendid and enchanting villages in Italy.

Email Isabella to talk about your next guided wine and food tours in Italy.

 

 

 

 

 

Italy Tours

Travelling to Italy has never been easier, but deciding which of the hundreds of Italy Tours you might sign up for has never been harder. The last few years has seen an explosion of Italy tours and it seems every celebrity, artist, chef, author or anyone who has a following offers Italy Tours to Tuscany or Umbria.  One way to distinguish one Italy Tour from another is to check what you are paying for if you tour with a celebrity, compared to what you are paying for when you tour with Isabella, who began operating small group Italy Tours decades before the celebrity explosion.

Is a celebrity tour an Italy Tour you will really benefit from?

If there is a celebrity on your Italy tour, all his/her tour costs, including hotels, meals, activities, transport, are added to your tour cost. It’s common for a celebrity host to expect a “fee” of often thousands of dollars for being on tour. A celebrity name is there to attract you and can bump up the price dramatically. Would you rather travel in Tuscany or anywhere in Italy with an expert who can answer your questions and tell you enriching stories, bringing Italy to life for you?

Email Isabella and you will be surprised at the difference in cost when your Italy Tour in Tuscany or Umbria, or anywhere in Italy, is hosted by an expert whose Italy Tour knowledge is not related to celebrity status, but to years of research, study and personal experience.

 

 

Italy Holiday Packages

If you are one of those people who wants to know exactly what’s included in your Italy Holiday Package, then its important to check not just where you are going, but how long you stay in each place, how many meals, and especially if your Italy Holiday Package includes entrance fees. It’s a shock to find you are dipping into your pocket to get into museums and sites which you understood, because they were mentioned, were going to be included in your Italy Holiday Package.

Isabella advises you to check arrival times into destinations – if you arrive at 16.00 and depart next day, there is no time to get acquainted with that village. Check if wine, water or drinks are included with your meals. If drinks are not included in your Italy Holiday Package meals you will end up paying a heap of money for bottled wine and bottled water.

What’s in a typical Italy Holiday Package with Isabella?

Breakfast and a minimum of 1 main meal on every tour day with wine and water included.
Meals are at local and/or highly noted restaurants – not cheap board at hotels.
Menus are personally selected, typical of the region, and different every day.
Your day begins around 9 am – relax over breakfast, you are on holiday!
Tips and gratuities to all guides and drivers. (Isabella accepts no tips.)
Notes about history, culture, food and wine prepared personally by Isabella.
Brief day to day itinerary for your quick reference.
Storytelling is Isabella’s forte – history, culture, art, food and wine stories according to your trip route. No one droning on for hours giving you boring dates and impossible names.
Entry fees to all museums churches and sites on your Italy Holiday Package route.
Winetastings, olive oil tastings, street food experiences…all included.

When you join Isabella on an Italy Holiday Package you can be sure of the inclusions.
Email Isabella for more information.

Italy Travel

Lots of people travel Italy independently, and it isn’t hard to do because Italians are great people and they want your Italy Travel to be a happy encounter. But there comes a time when people who Travel Italy independently realize they are missing way too much, even if they love Italy, and even if they haven’t argued with their partner for 24 hours trying to find a hotel, or parking, or to get on or off the highway, although they have probably gritted their teeth through a mediocre lunch when they just KNOW Italian food is fabulous!

Italy Travel is a life changing experience

When you Travel Italy with Isabella Dusi you know your hotel is going to be perfectly located, you don’t worry about parking or highways and you know you are going to be eating where Italians eat. Even when Italians Travel Italy they do their homework, like Isabella, because they won’t settle for less than the best location, the best coffee and they want to eat regional cuisine on their Italy Travel.

Email Isabella to make sure you are not missing way too much on your Italy Travel. Get ready to Travel Italy with an expert so that your Italy Travel is a totally satisfying experience.

Trip to Italy

Every Trip to Italy means great food, fabulous countryside, unique wines and a never boring history which left a trail of masterpieces in art, sculpture, architecture and sheer enchantment that nobody should miss on any Trip to Italy. Scholars agree that life is not complete until you have made a trip to Italy, and one life does not seem long enough to capture it all – you need more Trips to Italy to understand why it is so enriching.

Trip to Italy and Rome
On your first trip to Italy it’s likely you are going to land in Rome, so get ready to be amazed – even though you’ve seen it all on TV – at the relics from the Roman Empire. For hundreds of years this city ruled up to 50 million people, spread all over the continent – you have to be in awe, especially when its your first Trip to Italy. We don’t even have to mention the specific monuments – they are household names!

Trip to Italy and Florence
Next stop is likely to be Florence and you are are going to be blown away. Totally different to Rome, but jam packed with incredible sights, enough to make you pause and realize that this Trip to Italy is a lot more than a Trip, its a kaleidoscope of art in all its forms and even if you hadn’t intended this outcome, you are automatically being educated by taking part in a Trip to Italy where you find yourself in a city that changed the culture of the world.

Trip to Italy and Venice
People might say, “Don’t go to Venice, its dirty, it smells, it’s expensive, it’s not worth it.” But to miss Venice on a Trip to Italy is to cheat yourself. People who say they “don’t like Venice”, have no idea what Venice is all about – don’t be a closed minded tourist. When you take your first step off the vaporetta, you step into an unfamiliar world, a world of fantasy, of masquarade, where greed and vice prevailed, and, if you are open minded, you’ll find yourself falling under its spell. Ask yourself, Is this the Real Venice? or, Is Venice Real? You will never want to take a Trip to Italy without including Venice.

Isabella travels regularly on Trips to Italy to Rome Florence and Venice – go with an expert! Email Isabella to talk about your next Trip to Italy.

Tour of Italy

Have you skipped through heaps of guides trying to isolate where you want your next Tour of Italy to take you? You’ve set yourself a mammoth task – there are so many wonderful places to visit, but often the best of Italy is not only to be found in the biggest cities. The big three, Rome, Florence and Venice all must be seen, and you might love all three, or puzzle over one or two of them…but no-one can deny the richness they offer every traveller on a Tour of Italy.

Take this fabulous and unique opportunity to come with Isabella Dusi on a Tour of Southern Italy. We’ll go right down to the heel and toe cap of Italy where we find less of everything! Less tourists, less congestion, less frenzy and, yes, less autostradas, less mass produced food, less fake gelato, less frustrated shop keepers…so what will you find on a Tour of Italy to the South?

On this Tour of Italy we find Southern Italy!

We find Italy of decades past! Family run hotels with a handful of rooms, trattoria with mamma in the kitchen and babbo at the cash desk, proud to serve lunch from their garden and wine from their rows of vines. We don’t find queues when we visit the castle of the Stupor Mundi, King and Emperor Frederick II; we wander peacefully among cobbled alleys in some of the most stunning white washed villages in the whole world. We eat and drink locally – there is not enough tourists for the mega food chains to cash in on our presence, and instead we lunch with the farmer and his wife,. Read the itinerary about this Tour of Italy, and email Isabella with any questions. You can be sure that a Tour of Italy to the South is going to be an unforgettable treat.

Italian Walking Tours

An Italian Walking tour has to tick all the boxes – because walkers are unique people and have needs over and above pretty countryside. It’s true that walking on an Isabella Dusi Walking tour is always going to be more than pretty, it’s going to be glorious and nothing less than splendid as you traverse famous sloping green hills, skirt fields of swaying wheat nestled at the doorstep of ancient stone farmhouses, stop on a white ribbon road to sketch or photograph a lone cypress pine along a ridge, or feel the breeze in your hair as you watch birds hover, overlooking an amazing coastline.

Be sure to tick the boxes before you book your walking tour in Italy. Are you going to be Walking in Italy with an experienced qualified guide who can actually tell you what the crop is, what the wild flowers and berries are, and can name the bird life? Are you going to be trying to slow your pace, or forge ahead, to be clear of a noisy pack of 15 or 20, who are going to be Walking in Italy on a tour of way too many people, heads down, seeing only their feet and scaring every bird for miles? Or are you going to be one of 6 to 8 maximum on your Italy Walking tour – with time and space for your guide to make sure you smell the roses, stop and listen to the birds, and picnic on a hillside swaying with red poppies?

 

An Italy Walking Tour rewarding you with a genuine life experience.

That’s what you should be looking for, and you’ll find exactly that when you book on my Walking Tour to Cinque Terre, The Maremma and Island of Giglio, or on my Tuscany Walking & Cooking tour. Walking in Italy is all about the countryside, the freedom, the stunning scenery – but also about the tiny honeybird you sat unbelievably close to, the single red poppy you photographed, the nightingale you hear every evening outside your window, and the family that cooks for you.

Email me now, if you love to walk and want to understand much more about Italy, and want your Italy Walking tour to reward you with a genuine life experience.

Italy Holidays

Have you returned from an Italy Holiday and reached home feeling you haven’t actually had a holiday? You probably noticed how laid-back Italians are and wondered, like many visitors, how come they stroll around the piazza half the day, relaxed and chatting, and then arms linked they stroll into the bar for coffee. Don’t they actually work? If you don’t get it right it can seem as if they are the ones on an Italy Holiday and not you!

When you tour anywhere in Italy with Isabella Dusi, all the cultural curiosities are answered, and more than that, your Italy Holiday really will be a holiday you will remember forever. You’ll relax in the atmosphere of charming villages, staying in family run accommodation, and your Italy Holiday schedule is not about meeting deadlines, giving you 10 or 15 minutes to tour a village piazza – and find your lunch – and be back in line on the dot. No way!

 

Your Italy Holiday will open your heart to Italy.

Isabella knows you need time to sit and absorb what is going on around you. Italy is not only about fabulous masterpieces and world famous monuments, it’s also about getting into the slow lane, feeling stress evaporate over a cappuccino – and making friends with the Barman because you are there three or four mornings in a row – and he is genuinely happy to be your friend. Italy is all about lifestyle, about life’s priorities, and the world knows Italians have a really good handle on that!

So does Isabella! Email today for all you need to know about an Italy Holiday of your dreams.

Italy Tours

You’ve decided you want a tour to Italy, maybe you think you might join one of hundreds of Italy Tours described on hundreds of web sites, but now you need to find an Italy tour that will take you to the places you dream of visiting, with plenty to see and do, offering good value for money, without being rushed through your Italy holiday.

Isabella Dusi has been operating personally designed Italy Tours for almost 25 years. She has the experience and the know-how to fulfill your dream Italy Tour. If you want to travel Italy with an expert, with someone who won’t push-n- pull you, who won’t expect you to follow behind every step, but who will help you capture the Italy of your dreams, email Isabella straight away.

An Italy Tour with special interests?

Do you have special interests, specific reasons for coming to Italy? Do you want an Italy Tour to discover more about the delicious food and wine, or are you a history buff? Do you want to see Renaissance art on your Italy tour because you want the chance to stand in front of masterpieces – or do you want to soak up the atmosphere in small villages and towns, slipping into the relaxed rhythm of simply being in Italy?

Email Isabella today and she’ll answer your questions about the best Italy Tour to suit your travel plans, and get ready for a fabulous Italian experience.

Small Group Tours to Italy

Nobody likes to be herded around Italy, to be constantly watching the clock, to be looking at someone’s back as you plod from monument to monument, and that’s why so many people want a small group tour to Italy, to be with a leader like Isabella who shares the horror of being herded, and who knows how to make you feel like an individual. On Isabella’s small group Italian tour you get the benefit of an expert looking after the details, but at the same time you get the pleasure of looking after yourself when you want, spending longer at a splendid museum or monument, or lingering over a glass of wine and wandering back to the hotel when you are good and ready.

What will you do on a small group tour to Italy?

Italy offers so much to travellers it is often hard to choose where to go and what to do but you can be sure that on an Isabella Dusi small group tour to Italy there are no dud days: every day is planned to take advantage of the small and yet significant things that make up the Italian lifestyle. Italy is not just about recognised world icons, it is also about the people, the small shrines that tell a story, the naïve art in a local church, the annual festival that brings out the fervour of the village, the blood ancestors left on a hillside to protect their village – and how that transpires into living in a medieval village today.

Isabella Dusi offers small group tours to Italy where you can decide to stay with your leader, or you can make your own plans, giving you back your freedom to choose while Isabella takes care of logistics. You’ll understand, in the end, why so many people on Isabella’s small group tours to Italy end up staying very close to Isabella – they don’t want to miss a wonderful story!
Email Isabella straight away for all you need to know about small group tours to Italy.

Guided Tours in Italy

Joining a guided tour in Italy, especially with Italy tour expert Isabella Dusi as your guide, means you are going to be seeing Italy up close and personal, and you are going to be doing things most guided tours in Italy never do.

With time to absorb the culture and traditions of small villages, to get to know locals, to taste the regional cuisine and enjoy the splendid wines, and, letting Isabella take care of 101 logistical things to give you an exceptional experience, your guided tour in Italy will be a warmly remembered experience, in fact, you are probably going to join many of Isabella’s guests who come back over and again for yet another of her splendid Italian guided tours.

What will you be doing on a Guided Tour of Italy with Isabella?

You’ll sit in the piazza of a village in Tuscany with a fine glass of wine, letting the rhythm of life in the village draw you under its spell. You’ll listen to Isabella’s storytelling about Renaissance Masters, giving you insight into not just their masterpieces, but also each personality and the legacy left behind.
You’ll be guided by Isabella through the back lanes and byways most visitors never find in medieval villages. Eating not only in local trattorias, but also in a private home or at a vineyard, you’ll savour every mouthful of genuine Italian cuisine, falling in love all over again with that illusive Italian lifestyle.

Email Isabella today and she’ll answer your questions about the best Guided Tours in Italy to suit your travel plans, and get ready for an incredible and lasting Italian experience.

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