It’s all about a love affair with Italy as we awake each day with a sense of wonder, curiosity and adventure ready to explore and discover this gorgeous country.
What better way to discover Italy than to be led by the hand through a secret Italy you could only imagine. It’s authentic. It’s passionate. It’s a true experience of Italy as seen through the eyes of a local.
Like most stories, it began with an idea in 2008 . . . to create an exclusive travel adventure for a small group of like minded people who enjoyed being active, had a passion for wandering Italy and wanted a truly authentic experience.
Planning a trip to Italy with the internet and guide book may not have you walking a hidden path without a tourist in sight; eating glorious food in a tucked away cobblestone alleyway or engaging with locals in the daily rituals of Italian life.
Groups are small with no more than 12 people – perfect if you are a solo traveller, a couple or a few friends seeking an unforgettable adventure in Italy.
We wander narrow, winding streets in walled medieval hilltop towns, order cappuccino Italian style (al banco), explore outdoor markets, discover artisans working in tiny shops, are spellbound by thousands of years of history, walk ancient, awe inspiring trails and eat simple, delicious food amidst loud Italian families.
Meticulous planning and research goes into every trip to ensure you are getting a perfect balance of local experiences and time to wander and explore at your own pace. Not too structured because often the most treasured memory will be something unplanned and totally spontaneous!
It is a passionate, intimate, authentic journey, allowing you to experience Italy from a local perspective rather than a tourist.
Groups are small with an average of 10 and a maximum of 12. We visit and stay in small, quintessential hilltop towns, eat in tiny trattorie where the locals eat, explore places off the tourist grid on foot, in a wooden boat, on a bicycle or a vespa.
A three night minimum in most places is the difference between experiencing a place or seeing a place.
Nine years of organising and guiding tours through Italy, including time spent in Italian Language School in Tuscany.
Everything is booked directly including accommodation, private transfers, tours and places to eat.
Not too structured with the perfect balance of organised local adventures, choices of special interest activities and free time for wandering and exploring.
Accommodation in historical, often family owned 3-4 star boutique hotels and villas centrally located in the centro historico, town piazza, lake edge or seaside.
On the best local places to eat, drink and shop where artisans are at work in their small shops or factories.
Walks on ancient, hidden trails with rarely a tourist in sight.
Recommendations and assistance with booking flights and travel insurance.
“Loved your quirkiness and sense of adventure. Every day was filled with delightfully unexpected morsels of great food, laughter and FUN! The walks were sensational and challenging and I loved every minute!! Thanks, Deb, for helping me to fall in love with Italy all over again.”
Deb took us to many amazing little out of the way places as well as many of the 'must sees'. She knew all the great little cafes, bars, restaurants and sights that were off the normal tourist grid. This made the experience an authentic and truly memorable one. Unlike many tours there was plenty of flexibility in the itinerary to do your own thing and explore on your own terms. I thoroughly recommend anyone who wants the real Italian experience to travel with Deb. Buonissima!
“What an incredible holiday you created for us. Your delightful enthusiasm was contagious! I could never have found all the beautiful walks in stunning out of the way places that you took us on. So much fun. Best holiday ever!”
“Deb’s energy and enthusiasm, along with her research and local knowledge, make her personalised tours absolutely stress free and totally enjoyable. The Hotel or Villa accommodation was always in wonderful positions. Consider it a treat in store to travel with Deb.”
Wow! I love Deb's tours so much I have done five. Every trip has been an amazing experience full of unexpected delights. Deb is so passionate about putting together an Italian adventure that will literally change your life forever. I know I will go again and continue my love affair with Italy!