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VENICE - PERFECT WEEKEND

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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. A city of romance. Why not join me, Janet Simmonds, tour guide and travel writer in the city that has inspired and influenced me for more than thirty years. My next small group trip will be April 2018. Alternatively I'll write an itinerary just for you and you can visit Venice any time. Winter is especially atmospheric and much less crowded.

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; Capri, Ischia, Procida. A little further afield are the Greek Temples of Paestum, Medical Garden of Salerno and the Trulli houses of Alberobello. Don't miss Matera, Basilicata's UNESCO world heritage site of cave dwellings and rock-hewn houses. Discover a land of natural beauty, warm hospitality and fabulous food and wine. These are the regions of Campania, Basilicata and Puglia. We can write an itinerary for you and you can travel independently OR join one of our small groups. The choice is yours.

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.

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.

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.