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As you may know, this past weekend Italy experienced another earthquake, affecting one of our most beloved parts of Umbria: Norcia and its surroundings. Norcia, Castelluccio and the Sibillini Mountains embody all that is right in Italy. These are soul places for us, small medieval towns and striking mountain ranges we have visited for decades

Monday, October 31, 2016

As summer has now officially ended, and our travelers begin embarking on autumn adventures through Italy, we are already looking ahead to another favorite time of ours to visit the bel paese: December. Here are six reasons why December and the holiday season are the perfect time to head to Italy.

Friday, September 30, 2016

A week ago today, at 10pm in New York and 4am in Italy, I saw the first messages on Facebook and Whatsapp from team members and friends in Italy. An earthquake had struck in the middle of the night in the mountainous region near the border of Lazio and Abruzzo. Many we know in Umbria,

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ordering coffee in Italy is taking part in an ingrained ritual of Italian culture, and like many rituals, it is full of seemingly strange rules. Before you get your caffeinated fix from your local barista, make sure you know how to order your coffee like a true Italian.

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Today we bring you our Top 5 off-the-beaten path destinations as originally published by our friends at! Need inspiration? Check out some of our favorite itineraries! Milan, Florence, Rome: It’s no surprise that Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. But rather than hitting only the hot spots, carve

Friday, April 22, 2016

Every year, our Italy partners pay a special visit to the States during the travel off season. And when they do, one of our favorite traditions is to head to the homes of our past travelers where we lead private, in-home Italian cooking parties. This February, we ventured to New Jersey for a cooking class

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Planning a getaway to Italy? Whether it’s your first time to the bel paese or you’re an Italy travel veteran, here are some insights to help you navigate Italia like a local: Speak Like an Italian – When you walk into a small negozio (shop) or other establishment, it’s custom to greet the shop owner

Monday, December 21, 2015