This summer, you could travel to Italy with one of Trafalgar’s custom last-minute travel deals to Venice, Florence, Capri, or Rome. Who wouldn’t want to spend their summer vacation in Italy?
Thinking about the ultimate foodie vacation? Just imagine being welcomed to an exquisite 600-year-old private villa in the Tuscan Hills where Tea with Mussolini starring Lily Tomlin, Judi Dench, and Cher was filmed. The estate produces Laudemio, one of the finest olive oil brands in Europe. Guests are treated to a private tasting by the estate’s owner, Count Francesco Miari Fulcis, and learn the secret to appreciating quality olive oil made from hand-picked olives from an organic grove of over 20,000 trees. Start with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil in a warm glass and cover with one hand. Rotate the glass horizontally, gently swirling the oil to release the aroma from the oil. Uncover the glass and inhale deeply. The olive oil quality can be determined by its aromatic bouquet: good quality olive oil will smell of green grass, while bad olive oil will smell of old fruit. Taste the oil while inhaling deeply at the same time to allow more sense of the scent and flavors on the tongue. Light and spicy olive oil in the mouth that leaves your mouth clean after a few minutes indicates good quality olive oil, while strong, rancid olive oil indicates poor quality and won't leave the mouth feeling clean and fresh.
This is just one of many exclusive Insider Experiences offered by Trafalgar, guided vacations with the perfect blend of unique experiences, authentic local adventure and expertise, free time, and all the major items like hotel, land transportation, many meals, baggage handling, and gratuities included—making your vacation hassle free. Trafalgar offers over 250 high-quality itineraries across a diverse range of budgets and travel styles in Europe and Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Central and South America, USA, and Canada.
Is the Italian Dream more your style, with breathtaking vistas and historic Roman legacy, such as an up-close look at the Colosseum? Trafalgar offers an Italian Dream vacation itinerary that exhibits the best of Rome, Venice, and Florence with free time to explore each city on your own. Visit Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet to see Juliet’s balcony, then delight in the soul of Venice as you glide through its heart, St. Mark’s Square, by private boat.
Maybe you’d prefer the Best of Italy, the essence of la dolce vita explored through the art, cuisine, and landscapes of Italy over 14 days. You can experience everything from Italy’s iconic cities and turquoise lakes to its balmy southern shores. This trip includes every romanticized Italian location, beginning in the Eternal City of Rome to Pompeii, Isle of Capri, Sorrento, Venice, Lake Como, Pisa, and Florence. Tour the Vatican Museums and experience a cultural insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth, helix spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent Sistine Chapel, and then visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. The best part is Trafalgar guests can visit the Vatican an hour before it opens to the public with VIP entry, saving hours of standing in line which means more time to explore.
Excursions on this Best of Italy tour sound incredible. You travel to the beautiful Lake Como with time to explore or simply soak up the scenery. You can take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special dinner experience.
Are you ready to book your Trafalgar vacation? I know I am. Visit www.trafalgar.com for more last-minute Italy deals or for a free brochure.