Groundhog Day: Italian Tourism Edition

Groundhog Day: Italian Tourism Edition

Our version of "Groundhog Day" involves having the same phone conversations repeatedly with prospective clients. We’ve created itineraries for dozens of clients, and with a few exceptions, they've all come to us with the same travel goals:
1. “I want to see real, authentic places; experience the real Italy without the tourist crowds; and do it affordably.”
2. “I want to visit Rome, Florence, Amalfi, and Venice. And I have 9 days.”
Spoiler alert: Those goals are in direct conflict with one another. Is it possible to visit those famous places and see them in an authentic way? 

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9 Popular European Tourist Sights and their Hidden Doppelgangers

9 Popular European Tourist Sights and their Hidden Doppelgangers

Travelers to Europe always want to see the same things, checking off boxes on some “must-see” list.: The Roman Forum. Stonehenge. The Cliffs of Moher. It becomes a scavenger hunt, The trouble is,  everyone has the same ideas, so these places are often impossibly clogged with tourist crowds. The good news is, there are alternatives to the headline locations - easier to get to, nicer to see, and often cheaper to visit.

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Experience Tuscany As Tourists Rarely See It

Experience Tuscany As Tourists Rarely See It

Our recent week in Italy’s famous Tuscany region was a study in contrasts: From renting an entire 11-story, 12th-century tower to a small town B&B; from upscale dining to simple picnicking; from a popular tourist town to a tiny, quiet medieval village. Despite the wide range of experiences, there were common threads: Immersion into the history and the authentic lifestyle of the people who live in this magical and storied country; doing it all in an affordable way while steering clear of tourist crowds; and of course, eating and drinking very well.

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