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TRAVEL OPENS YOUR EYES AND CHANGES PERSPECTIVE  

THE WRITE OF YOUR LIFE

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A week of inspirational workshops, seminars and tours. We’d like to invite you to join acclaimed author Sophfronia Scott in the idyllic countryside of Italy for ‘The Write of Your Life’. Located in the inspirational Veneto region, Italy. 8 – 15 September 2019

NAPLES, VESUVIUS, AMALFI, CAPRI

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A week in the Italian sunshine, visiting Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Amalfi Coast and the magical island of Capri. Treat yourself to ten days of Italian sunshine, food and wine. Wonderful history and culture. Incredible scenery. Flying into Naples you’ll see Vesuvius, the volcano, a brooding mountain dominating the Bay of Naples. Head south to Sorrento or Amalfi for 4 nights on the coast. Then to Capri for a few days of island rest and relaxation. Finish off in Naples for atmosphere and fantastic pizza.

FERRARI IN ITALY

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A short break to the home of Ferrari - is a must for car lovers everywhere. Maranello is the home of Ferrari Cars. See the impressive Ferrari factory, dine at Il Cavallino Restaurant and marvel at the Ferrari cars on every corner........ The Maranello Ferrari Museum displays cars, images and trophies of Ferrari victories from all over the world. We will also include a visit to the Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena. The museum tells the story of Ferrari's life and the automotive history of the region. Next door is a gallery featuring unique Maserati and Ferrari models. For car enthusiasts a trip to Maranello is a must!

SICILY

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This is your chance to discover the real Sicily. Stay in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ragusa Ibla. Stay in a tiny bed & breakfast in a fishermen’s village, see the fishermen bring in the catch. Marvel at Greek Temples built at the same time as the Parthenon in Athens. Experience Sicily’s food and wine.

SOUTHERN ITALY

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Southern Italy is amazing. There's Naples, Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum on your doorstep. Just a short ferry ride away you can enjoy the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. A little further afield are the Greek Temples of Paestum and the medieval Medical Garden of Salerno. Discover a land of natural beauty and warm hospitality. This is the region of Campania well known for its mozzarella cheese and unique local wines. Join our next small group tour to Campania from 16-22 April, 2019. Or travel independently and we'll write the itinerary for you. The choice is yours. Procida is my latest find, so scenic it's been used in numerous films - including 'Il Postino' - my favourite.

TRUFFLE HUNTING IN ITALY

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Truffle hunting in Italy is a fun thing to do in the months of September, October and November. Truffles grow under the ground, like tubers, they are usually found on wooded hillsides. Each year we organise trips to Piemonte and Emilia Romagna to explore the countryside, meet the locals and discover a thing or two about truffle hunting.

VENICE AND VENETO

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Venice is an enchanting city. Palaces, bridges and canals link the numerous islands of Venice to each other. This is a city of boats, lapping water and polished paving stones. A city to walk, wander and dream. Why not join Grand Tourist for a short break in Venice and discover the city, Venetian Lagoon and the islands. Also the fabulous countryside of the Veneto - brimming with grand country houses and breath-taking countryside. Art, history and fabulous food and wine. What could be better. Alternatively we'll write an itinerary just for you - the ideal way to discover this idyllic region

VENICE & ASOLO

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The Veneto area of Italy is enchanting, the waters of the Venetian lagoon, the magical city of Venice and the rolling hills of Valdobbiadene make for a wonderful journey in Northern Italy. Add in the historic town of Asolo, where the poet Robert Browning, writer Freya Stark and actress Eleonora Duse lived for many years and you really have it all. History, culture, art and architecture. Not to mention wonderful food and wine. The vineyards around Conegliano are a 'must' for Prosecco lovers...

VERONA - CITY OF ROMANCE

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Verona is an enchanting historic city. There are medieval palaces, elegant squares and the finest Roman Amphitheatre in Northern Italy. The city of Verona was the home of Romeo and Juliet. You can visit Juliet's house and see the famous balcony. To this day Verona is associated with romance. Verona is an elegant city too, it has great shopping, numerous cafes and restaurants and a highly respected university.