Many people head to the major cities like Rome, Florence and Venice when they visit Italy on holiday. Others travel down the Italian coast, which is another popular option. However, I’d like to tell you about the place where I live, which is still unknown to many tourists and can therefore provide you with an experience unlike any of the classic holidays in Italy. Read more
Previously they owned a leading Christchurch restaurant, they bring a sense of pure joy to the culinary arts, and they have for 12 years been leading TOURS IN TUSCANY, PUGLIA and PIEDMONT as well as running “The Gables”.
Here is their latest newsletter:
We have just returned to New Zealand after another fantastic summer, the 12th, hosting our Italian tours. Once again the beauty of Tuscany amazed our guests with picture-postcard views in all directions. The concerts and festivals added extra magic to the ancient hilltowns.
Our groups continue to fall under the charm of the people, the food, the architecture and the landscapes of Puglia. They were interested to see the major renovations underway at the trullo that we purchased last year and we hope to be able to prepare a meal there for each group next year.
After researching Piedmont for three years we were thrilled that all of our groups loved the majesty of Turin, the beauty of the vineyard draped rolling hills of the Langhe, the quaint villages and the commanding castles……not to mention the food and the wine.
We are delighted to release the 2013 dates for the same regions
See the dates of their tours here
Joan LaCroix wanted to visit the great cities of Italy – Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa,Verona. So rather than siting around, she decided to see if she can organise a trip herself and gather some people to join it. So she has organised an itinerary, a price, and now needs others to join her in April 2010.
15 October 2009 – Change of plans My trip changed I am going on a tour with women if anyone wants to come call up my tour director. It is a short stay for 9 days. From March 26 to April 3rd 2010. Call Dave Sklar at 18009411664 and tell him Joan LaCroix sent you.
Rosanna Capatini is the owner of Eliotropica - a travel company focused on women travellers to Italy. When I made contact with Rosanna about Women Travel the World, she was very interested and when I said we were coming Italy, she said “You must come and stay in Lucca – the most beautiful town in Tuscany”. Of course – how could we refuse?
Lucca is just 60 kilometres from Florence, still in Tuscany, but as a small walled city, it is is another world. Rosanna Capitani of Eliotropica a company helping women to travel, had suggested we stay and organised us a great apartment inside the city walls, right beside the open canal which cut through the city.
It only took us a day and we pretty much had the feel of the city Read more