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Duration: Three hours

Type of Service: Trastevere stroll with Exclusive Private Dinner at a Villa

Quaint, charming and truly authentic, you will begin your evening with a leisurely stroll through the narrow streets of Trastevere. The neighborhood’s name translates to “beyond the Tiber,” and is, without a doubt, one of Rome’s most famous and characteristic areas.

After you’ve soaked up the atmosphere, you’ll enjoy an exclusive dinner in a private 17th-century villa. Here in the heart of this picturesque neighborhood, sitting in a gorgeous garden you’ve ever seen, you will enjoy a genuine, regional Italian 4-course meal paired perfectly with wine.

You’ll first meet your expert, local English-speaking guide in one of the city's most famous squares. This area is known as the beating heart of Rome, one of the most ancient and beloved quarters of the Eternal City. As your guide escorts you through the hidden alleys and narrow streets, you’ll be as enchanted by what you see as by what you hear and learn the history, culture, and stories only a local would know. You'll even be able to imagine yourself living in Trastevere as its secrets come to life before you. Look above at the charming homes and private terraces and soak in everything there is to see during your stroll.

On to the lesser known and less crowded section of town, whereupon an almost hidden street you’ll be invited into a spectacular private residence. Only the most privileged enter this villa. Its beauty will leave you speechless and be knowing that this family still lives here may leave you a little envious. But imagine how coveted your experience will be by those back home and even by other tourists in Rome who did not have this exclusive opportunity. Reserved for select groups of 15 people or fewer, it is a truly remarkable, intimate experience that cannot be rivaled elsewhere.  Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by the chef. The villa’s warm atmosphere will immediately make you feel like you’re part of the family. Seated in the charming garden, your taste buds will be treated to an authentic four-course Italian dinner, accompanied perfectly with wine. Your chef will delight you with his regional cuisine of the freshest and highest-quality ingredients, not to mention his commentary. This is a culinary quest not to be missed.

Things to Know:

  • Small group experience/tour with a maximum of 15 people
  • Walking tour/dinner offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday @ 7:00 pm (1900)
  • Trastevere Stroll along the cobblestone streets - learn the history of this neighborhood from your guide
  • Gourmet food, good conversations in a unique - this experience is unforgettable
  • Met the chef, savor a 4-course dinner with wine at an exclusive private villa
  • Casual dress and comfortable walking shoes
  • Meeting location - more details are given upon booking

Additional Info

  • Region Lazio
  • City Rome
  • Duration 3 Hours
  • Highlights
    • Enjoy a 45-minute stroll through the charming neighborhood of Trastevere, one of Rome's most authentic and vibrant areas with a private dinner at a villa.

  • Pricing & Booking

    The cost of this three-hour tours is $114.00 per person.  The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $114.00 Per Person
Published in Rome Half Day Tours

Duration: Two hours

Type of Service: Gourmet Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Class

Take a wine and culinary tour of Italy without ever leaving Rome. Our gourmet Rome food and wine tours introduce you to the best of the country's wine regions with an expert sommelier as your tour guide. You’ll sample the most popular and most prized Italian grape varieties and enjoy carefully selected local delicacies paired with each wine.

Our tour takes place in the specially designed, private tasting library of a famous local Roman restaurant and wine store. Surrounded by rows of books, olive oils, vinegar, and wines.  You will sit at a table with a small group of 20 people or less. In this beautiful, intimate space, your sommelier will be easy to hear and happy to answer all of your questions.

Our tasting menu of the day may change from time to time; our sommelier is always looking for something new. Our sampling will usually include wines like the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a Rosso di Montalcino, and a Barolo. As you sip your wines, your sommelier will help you define their flavors and explain the science behind wine - such as how different flavors affect different tasting centers of the tongue. He’ll disclose a few trade secrets. Did you know that famous doesn’t always mean good nor does good always mean famous in the wine world? Last but not least, he’ll give you tips on finding Italian wines to suit your palate.

Your Rome food and wine tours are about indulging the senses, and our gourmet tasting experience isn’t limited to wines. Your sommelier has paired a series of regional delicacies, so if you’re drinking wine from Tuscany you’ll sample local specialties like Pecorino sheep's cheese and salami. You'll even try real Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and pesto to see for yourselves what these famous foods are really supposed to taste like. You’ll also enjoy virgin olive oils as well as crostini and bruschetta.

Whether you’re an intrepid novice or a serious wine enthusiast, you’ll enjoy this sophisticated but informal food and wine adventure that takes you around Italy…without having to leave Rome.

Things to Know:

  • This small-group activity is limited to 20 people or less for a more personalized experience
  • Private wine tasting in library in a famous Roman restaurant with expert sommelier
  • Meet the owner and sommelier, and take a seat at your table to learn about the wines and cuisine of Italy’s Lazio region
  • Enjoy a selection of specially paired foods for each individual wine and learn which of their traits exalt the flavors and why
  • You’ll also enjoy virgin olive oils as well as crostini and bruschetta
  • Wine Pairing activity is offered on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday @ 5:30 pm (1730)
  • Meeting  - San Carlo di Catinari Church (more details are given upon booking)

Additional Info

  • Region Lazio
  • City Rome
  • Duration 2 Hours
  • Highlights

    Experience an expert-led wine class in a specially designed, private wine tasting room at a famous Roman wine bar.

  • Pricing & Booking

    The cost for this two-hour tour is $84.00 per person.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $84.00 Per Person
Published in Rome Half Day Tours

Duration: 2.5 hours walking tour and (includes 30-minute gondola ride) - tour begins at 11:30 am

Type of Service: Walking Tour of Venice with Gondola Ride 

Follow your expert, English-speaking guide through the quieter streets and piazzas of Venice. As you walk, your guide will captivate you with histories of Ca’ Dario, the cursed (and possibly haunted) house whose owners have continuously met untimely and often suspicious deaths. You’ll learn why music schools around the world are called ‘conservatories’ at Fondamenta degli Incurabili, the hospital where monks took orphans from the streets and trained them as nurses and world-famous musicians.

Along with local legends, you’ll hear tales of familiar characters. You’ll see Harry’s Bar across the canal, where Ernest Hemingway once kicked back after a long day of writing. You’ll see the home of Peggy Guggenheim, the heiress who lost her father to the Titanic but gained the means to build one of the world’s most interesting art collections. (Back in her day Peggy used to scandalize the locals by sunbathing naked on her roof and parading around town with a pack of tiny dogs on leashes.) Remember the play, Othello? You’ll see the house where Desdemona supposedly lived before her tale was transcribed by an Italian author and stolen by a man called William Shakespeare.

Your tour ends on the sweetest note with a gondola ride along the quieter back canals of Venice. Relax as a gondolier, in his ubiquitous striped shirt, rows along waterways built for these very vessels. With a maximum of five people per shared gondola, your tour will be intimate and, with no commentary on this section of the tour, quiet and romantic too.

Things to Know:

  • Discover the famous landmarks and hidden gems of Venice, first by land, and then by the sea!
  • Step away from the crowds and get off the beaten track with this original tour that explores Venice’s less seen, more romantic face on the other side of the Grand Canal
  • Accompanied by an English- speaking local guide, enjoy a leisurely walking tour around the city’s charming bridges, streets and hidden squares.
  • Admire unique architecture and Renaissance masterpieces while your guide shares fascinating tales from the history of this former maritime superpower. 
  • Small group tour for best experience - group size 24 or less
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide on the walking tour
  • Relax on our pre-booked and pre-arranged 30-minute gondola ride with a local gondoliere and just 5 other people.
  • Toured Offered only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Tour begins at 11:30 am
  • Meeting point - Accademia di Belli Arti (more details are given upon booking)
  • Wear comfortable walking or tennis shoes

 

Additional Info

  • Region Veneto
  • City Venice
  • Duration 2 hours walking tour/30 minute gondola ride
  • Highlights

    You’ll visit the fascinating district of Dorsoduro -  explore the back canals of the city by water. Relax on our pre-booked and pre-arranged 30-minute gondola ride. 

  • Pricing & Booking

    The cost for this small group tour with a 2-hour walking tour with a local tour guide and 30-minute gondola ride is $82.00 per person.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $82 Per Person
Published in Venice Half Day Tours
Saturday, 04 March 2017 02:55

Rome Limousine Tour - private tour

Duration: Three hours

Type of Service: Rome Limousine Tour - private tour

 

 Your driver will pick you up at your place, at the agreed time, by a spectacular stretch Limousine for a 3 hours itinerary.  A fascinating way to discover the city!

This Rome Limousine tour will start with the Colosseum, the most iconic symbol of Rome, with its amazing and unique architecture, the symbol of the city. This is the largest Roman amphitheater in the world, where over 50.000 spectators could quickly find their seats shaded by a huge awning. Cruel fights between gladiators and between beasts took place here. 

Next, down the narrow back streets, you will reach Trevi Fountain, the largest and most spectacular Roman fountain, built at the end of one of the aqueducts that provided water during the Roman Empire. Be certain to toss a coin over your left shoulder into its water, to ensure your return to Rome. The chauffeur will stop as close as possible to this site.

The following stop is Fontana Della Barcaccia (boat) and the Spanish Steps, a real tourist magnet. In Italian, it is called Scalinata (stairway) di Trinità dei Monti, named after the church on the top of the hill.

Our chauffeur will drive you to Piazza del Popolo. This large Square with a splendid Egyptian obelisk lies inside massive Aurelian Walls, where Northern Gate faces the fabulous twin Churches.  The last site of your Limousine Rome Tour is the Gianicolo romantic hill, where you will feast your eyes upon the stunning panorama of the Eternal City illuminated after dark. 

Things to Know:

  • See the sights of Rome like a VIP on a 3-hour private city tour with your own chauffeur, who provides personalized attention and interesting commentary.
  • A stylish ride admiring the most beautiful sights of Rome sipping an aperitif (a bottle of sparkling Italian Prosecco and snacks are always included in cost
  • Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-off
  • Celebrate a birthday, anniversary or just your stay in Rome in an unforgettable way with a chauffeured limousine tour

 

 

Additional Info

  • Region Lazio
  • City Rome
  • Duration 3 Hours
  • Highlights

    The best time of the day for a Limousine tour in Rome is the evening when the magnificence of its glorious monuments stands out in the play of lights and shadows.

     

  • Pricing & Booking

    The cost for this VIP driving tour is $228.00 per person.  Discounts rates applied for groups of 3 - 5 people.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $228 Per Person
Published in Rome Half Day Tours

Duration: Three hours

Type of Service: Borghese Gallery and Gardens Tour

One of Rome’s richest and most interesting villas, the Borghese Gallery houses a vast and diverse collection of sculptures and paintings produced by masters such as Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, Raphael and Titian. The Borghese Gallery is truly a magical setting in which the beauty of the artwork, fountains, and monuments combine with the rich and diverse flora of the vast surrounding park. In all a true pleasure for the senses.

Your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the breathtaking rooms of the Borghese Gallery and reveal the secrets, stories, and techniques behind the masterpieces. Then, you will go for an enchanting walk through the Borghese Gardens (Villa Borghese) and enjoy the surprises and silence of this Eden in the heart of busy Rome. The tour ends with a breathtaking view from atop the Pincio Terrace.

Tickets Aren't Easy to Come By and Because of its strict, reservations-only ticketing policy, the Borghese Gallery can sell out far in advance, leaving many a vacationer disappointed about not being able to get in. Highly Recommend Advance Reservations - to see one of the most beautiful art collections in the world.

Things to Know:

  • Visit the Borghese Gallery and see works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Canova, Raphael and Titian Then take a guided stroll through some of Rome's most beautiful and peaceful gardens.
  • Take a guided stroll through some of Rome's most beautiful and peaceful gardens
  • We Skip the Line and guarantee your entrance ticket to the Borghese Gallery, which books out far in advance to the public
  • With only 20 people or less per group, your passage through the Borghese Gallery and Gardens will be peaceful and your expert, English-speaking guide will be able to tailor their tour to suit your group
  • Tour is offered Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Closed Mondays)
  • Tour times are 9:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • Meeting point location: Piazzale del Museo Borghese (more details are given upon booking)
  • Private Tours available with transportation pick-up from hotel - please inquire within

Additional Info

  • Region Lazio
  • City Rome
  • Duration 3 Hours
  • Highlights

    The Borghese Gallery is undoubtedly one of the most interesting, charming, elegant, and compact art museums in the world.  After visiting the museum, you will stroll around the renowned Borghese gardens, enjoying views of the Villa Borghese from the outside and looking out over the picturesque Piazza del Popolo below.

  • Pricing & Booking

    The cost for this three-hour tour to include local tour guide, and skip-the-line museum tickets are $84.00 per person.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $84 Per Person
Published in Rome Half Day Tours
Thursday, 21 January 2016 22:02

Central Regions

Select A Territory

Start in Rome, then discover the less touristed regions of Lazio, Le Marche, Molise and the Abruzzo as well as two regions teeming with visitors, Tuscany and Umbria. The heart of Italy has a lot going for it, from good wine and olive oil to the sunny climate and a good percentage of the world's fine art. On either coast there are numerous beaches; Italians flock to them when the mercury soars in summer. Explore Rome, then head for the isolated hill towns, monasteries and religious shrines in the rural countryside.

Published in General Pages
Thursday, 12 November 2015 19:26

Regions in Italy

So you’ve decided you are GOING TO ITALY! How Exciting! Many people dream of visiting Italy and experiencing la bella vita, and while you certainly can’t avoid it anywhere in the country, there are some things to think about before you take off that will make your time that much more enjoyable.

First, Italy is a large, and very diverse country. Traveling across regions is almost like traveling across countries themselves. The Italian people are very attached to their City, Region, and Country, in that order, so be sure to talk to locals wherever you go to get to know the intricacies of the very different regions of Italy.

Planning your trip’s itinerary won’t be easy since there is SO much to see and do, but a little background on the country’s layout is helpful when decided what it is you want to get out of your time: are you looking for sports? history? art? food? beaches? mountains? fashion? design? Italy has it all, but some places have it better than others!

Italy can best be divided into three geographical areas: north, middle and south, although again across those areas culture, food and tradition varies greatly.

 

Northern Italy: Alta Italia

Northern Italy is made up of the Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Trentino Alto-Adige. It boasts such famous cities as Milan, Venice, Turin, Genoa and Bologna. The weather is cooler than the rest of the country due to the northern location and proximity to the Apennines and Alps. This area is traditionally the more wealthy part of Italy, and houses most of the country’s industry. Cities like Milan and Venice can be slightly more expensive than some cities in the central or southern parts of Italy. However, public transportation and tourism services are much more developed and functional than in other parts of the country!

The major airport for the northern region is Milan’s Linate International Airport. There are many other airports in the region however, including Bologna, Venice and Genoa, so do some price comparisons before booking your ticket. The climate in this region varies considerably, both depending on time of year and location. Venice gets extremely hot in the summer, while Turin and the Lake District (Cuomo) stay much cooler and tend to be flocked by Italians trying to beat the heat during the summer months. The Italian Alps begin their ski season as early as November in some places.

Northern Italy has many attractions and offers activities for everyone. Those who enjoy sport and the outdoors may want to visit the lakes for water sports, or go hiking in the Italian Dolomites. Everyone should see Venice at least for a day while they still can! Milan is great for anyone interested in design or fashion, and also has a wide selection of galleries and museums for those interested in both Renaissance and contemporary art. One can also visit the Italian Riviera for some great beaches.

The cuisine of this region is also quite variable, but generally tends to be no the heavier side of some of the traditional Italian specialties we normally think of. This is where Italians eat risotto with saffron, polenta, LOTS of parmigiano reggiano (from the Emilia Romagna province – an area that all foodies must visit), heavy meat dishes and stews, etc. Closer north near the Austrian border we see a lot of Austrian or Slovenian influence in the cuisine, as well as the wines. Prosecco is from the Veneto, and Gewürztraminer is from Trentino Alto-Adige. Think lots of nice white wines, and a LOT of grappa!

 

Central Italy: Tuscany and Rome

Central Italy is made up of the regions Lazio, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria. Geographically it also contains Abruzzo and Molise, but they are traditional grouped with Southern Italy due to cultural similiarities. This is where the rolling hills of Unbria and Tuscany call to mind Napa Valley. This is wine country. Central Italy is home to cities like Florence, Siena, Perugia, and of course Roma. Still quite wealthy, but more varied wealth across regions, central Italy is also extremely easy to explore via bus or train, so you can visit some little hill towns in the Val D’Orcia, or take a train and ride up and down the coast. This section of Italy is full of tiny medieval towns, and if you do your research ahead of time, you could get to participate in one of their on-going traditional medieval festivals!

Rome and Florence both have international airports, as does Pisa. Flying into Bologna is also an easy way to get to Florence as they are connected via both fast and regional trains. The weather in the region is quite temperate, with clearly distinct seasons similar to the weather on the mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. The winters are cold, and although snow is uncommon it is not unheard of. The summers get quite hot, going up to one hundred degrees, and the air tends to be humid, especially inland.

Florence and Rome are the dominating destinations in Central Italy, and rightfully so. Rome as the capital and Florence as the birthplace of the Renaissance are not to be missed if possible. I would argue each city really deserves its own trip to truly get the most out of what they have to offer. Rome is a massive metropolitan center, filled with tourists all year round. The Vatican is a major destination, its museums housing some of the most beautiful and famous Renaissance artwork, as well as the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The City of Rome of course has many ancient Roman ruins that would excite anyone remotely interested in human history: the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Catacombs, just to name a few. Florence on the other hand is the must-visit for anyone interested in Renaissance art or history, and is also a good base to explore some of the smaller towns in the region that will have you thinking of Under the Tuscan Sun. The Chianti region is full of tiny gems to visit and have an amazing meal at, as is the area between Siena and Rome. You’ll have to get to know the regional bus lines though!

Again, each region has its own traditional cuisine, but Central Italy has some of the healthiest, heartiest, what traditionally would have been peasant food but has now been elevated to an incredible level of International renown. Bistecca alla Fiorentina can only be truly enjoyed in Tuscany, just as Rome is the place to eat Saltimbocca or Osso Buco. Siena is famous for its sweets, traditionally eaten at Christmastime, and the Umbrian town of Norcia, in the Appennine foothills is where the best black truffles can be found, as well as some of the best pork products like prosciutto and salame. The hills are home to wild boar, which is cooked into many traditional stews or sauces. This is also wine country, so look out for Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. I could write a whole article about Tuscan cuisine, and I probably will, so check our blog frequently!

 

Southern Italy: Untouched

Southern Italy is where many Italian Americans origins are. It is the poorest part of the country, and encompasses the “foot” part of the boot of Italy, as well as the island of Sicily and some other Islands off the coast of Naples. It is made up of the regions of Abruzzo, Apulia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Molise and Sicily. Due to traditional poverty and well-known corruption, transportation to many less-frequented yet extremely beautiful areas is difficult without a car of your own. The trains are regional and buses connecting cities are infrequent. We’ll talk more about renting cars in Italy later, but this may be the area to do so if you are up for the challenge!

The nearest major international airport is Rome, but there are two smaller airports on the east coast: Bari and Brindisi, both in Apulia. Naples has an international airport, and the island of Sicily may be reached via Palermo in the north or Catania in the south. The climate in the South is Mediterranean, so again variable across seasons but markedly warmer than the north or center of the country. The area is frequently overlooked as a tourist destination, so it is a nice respite from the throngs of Florence or Venice if you have the chance to visit. The beaches are spectacular, overlooking truly crystalline water. On clear days you can even see Africa from certain points along the coast.

While Sorrento, the Amalfi coast and the island of Capri are all beautiful places to visit, they are also the most famous tourist destinations in this area. If you are looking for beautiful vistas and country club style and treatment, these resort towns are a perfect place to pamper yourself or take a boat out. If you are more on the adventurous side, continue south and explore the towns of Calabria, famous for its spicy peppers and warm inhabitants. From Naples you can climb Mount Vesuvius and eat a traditional Neapolitan pizza. Matera, in the Basilicata region, is slated to be the European Capitol of Culture in 2019, and boasts what are thought to be among the first ever human settlements in Italy carved out of the rocks that make up its ancient city center. Those interested in architecture will enjoy the cities along the southern coast of Sicily, where due to volcanic and seismic damage, many buildings were rebuilt in a new Sicilian Baroque style.

Southern Italian cuisine is what most Americans think of as Italian cuisine: eggplant parmigiana, pizza, calzone, spaghetti, maccheroni, and the list goes on. The region is big on short, dry pasta, as opposed to the soft egg pastas of the northern, wealthier regions. Mozzarella is from this area, as is ricotta, made light and fresh. San Marzano tomatoes are grown in the volcanic soil under mount Vesuvius, and are used ubiquitously. Many of the dishes served in the south have Italian-American counterparts due to generations of Italians emigrating to the US from these regions due to extreme poverty. This part of Italy also of course produces much of its own wine, but the wine tends to be drunk young and domestically, rather than bring preserved and shipped. So come here if you are okay with some chilled red table wine or a beer with your pizza!

This has just been an EXTREMELY brief overview of what you might expect as you plan your trip to Italy. Every part of the country has its own secrets, cuisines, and traditions, but if you can’t move there, these generalized descriptions should help you tailor where you want to start and end your visit to the big boot. Once you determine your itinerary, be sure to check seasonal weather charts so you can pack accordingly to where you will be visiting. Read on for more about the items that you will need to bring with you to get the most out of your Italian vacation!

Published in Tips & Tricks
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 19:47

Gavi

My friend and I vacationed in Italy for a week and visited Venice, Florence, Rome, and Pompeii with the help of Hali at L&B Italian Tours.

Her planning and knowledge of the touristy and not so touristy attractions was exceptional. Hali recommended visiting the Grand Bazaar, which we found rather easily to navigate to with the rail system leaving directly from the airport.

Once we arrived in Italy, she suggested various restaurants and some main attractions. Additionally, she was great help on
finding the best deals for connecting trains between the cities, quality places to stay though Air BnB, and booked us tours that included “skip the line” passes so that we could avoid long lines at major attractions like the Vatican and the Coliseum.

We found her overall knowledge of the cities, transportation and room and board to really give us an incredible trip abroad without breaking the bank!

Published in Testimonials
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 19:46

Sharon B.

We loved your tours - Wonderful - meraviglioso / Fantastic - fantastico

 My family and I had an amazing time while in Italy. We visited Venice, Florence, Rome - Thank you L&B Italian Tours!

Your tours, tour guides, and customer service were excellent.  I will highly recommend you to all my family and friends.

We will be ready to go back in 2 years and I look forward to using your services again.  

Published in Testimonials
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