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Destination: Italy

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June 21, 2020

Meals We’re Dreaming of Around the World

One of the things we love about traveling is the food! Here are some of the meals and culinary treats that Artisans of Leisure travel experts are dreaming about for when we’re able to travel again.

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November 18, 2019

Wine and Truffles in Piedmont, Italy

We just returned from a food and wine immersion tour in Piedmont, Italy’s northwest region famous for white truffles, the Alba Truffle Festival, Barolo and Barbaresco wine, and the Slow Food movement.

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April 12, 2019

Iconic Tuscany

Artisans of Leisure’s bespoke private tours of Tuscany feature highlights of this iconic region, including ancient hill top towns, incredible art, renowned food and wine, and luxurious countryside resorts.

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March 15, 2018

A Private Day Tour to Capri

The idyllic island of Capri makes for an ideal day trip from the Amalfi Coast, with the chance to enjoy beautiful scenery, tour the historic highlights, savor local cuisine, shop for specialty goods and more.

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August 30, 2017

Postcard from Sicily

Few images evoke a sense of summer like a shot of the breathtaking blue waters off the Italian coast. In Sicily, short hikes along the coast–through beautiful nature preserves–lead to secluded beaches where locals and visitors flock to enjoy the sun. Our private Italy tours feature the best of the country’s gorgeous coastal regions, including […]

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April 23, 2017

A Day Tour to Mount Etna in Sicily

A short drive from the Sicilian town of Taormina brings you to the base of Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano. A day trip to Mount Etna is a great option for travelers wanting to explore the active volcano’s diverse landscapes, learn about its natural history, and see how frequent eruptions continue to […]

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January 6, 2017

Oplontis: An Undiscovered Archaeological Gem in Southern Italy

Close to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Oplontis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the most interesting yet least known ruins in southern Italy. Oplontis was once a cluster of villas on the outskirts of Pompeii and was also buried under ash after the infamous 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Though […]

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December 12, 2016

Must Experience: Truffle Hunting in Italy

Italy abounds in gastronomic treasures, but perhaps none is more highly prized than white truffles. Travelers visiting the Piedmont region in October and November—prime white truffle season— can see and taste the best of the best at the Alba International White Truffle Fair. We arrange for our travelers to visit the fair, and we also […]

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May 24, 2016

The Rich Culinary Heritage of Genoa, Italy

Genoa, a port town in the Liguria region of northern Italy, may not be the first city that comes to mind when thinking of culinary destinations in Italy, but that means fewer tourists and lots of hidden gems. Genoa’s culinary tradition is rich and vibrant. The city is best-known as the birthplace of pesto, but […]

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January 11, 2016

Where Do You Want to Go This Year?

The start of the New Year is a great time to finalize travel plans for the next 12 months. Plan Something Wonderful… Here are some of our favorite tours for the coming year: • Luxuries of Switzerland & Italy • Classic Argentina • Highlights of India • Best of Vietnam & Cambodia • Highlights of Spain & Portugal • Classic South […]

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September 17, 2015

Amazing Autumn Getaways: Plan Now

From glorious fall foliage in Japan to the start of holiday markets in cities throughout Europe, autumn is a wonderful time to travel in many of our destinations. Need ideas for an amazing last-minute vacation? We’ve selected a few of our favorite tours that are sure to inspire: • Essence of Japan • Classic Argentina • Luxuries of […]

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September 9, 2015

Just Back: Expo Milan 2015 – A Must For Architecture Lovers

Artisans of Leisure founder and CEO Ashley Isaacs Ganz just returned from a trip to Italy that included a stop at Expo Milan 2015, an ambitious World’s Fair focused on food. While the many international delicacies on offer were a highlight, the stunning architecture of the national pavilions left the biggest impression. At the top, geometric […]

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June 23, 2015

Just Back: Sicily

Sicily is an enchanting region of Italy and an ideal destination for travelers interested in history, food, art and design, culture, adventure and luxury.

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June 5, 2015

An Interview with the Duchess of Palma di Montechiaro, a Cooking Instructor in Palermo, Sicily

A great way to get to know the delicious and fascinating cuisine of Sicily is through a hands-on cooking class. One of our favorite cooking instructors is Nicoletta Polo Lanza Tomasi, the Duchess of Palma di Montechiaro, who conducts lessons at her beautiful 18th-century palazzo by the sea in Palermo. (The palazzo was once the home of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, author of the classic Sicilian novel The Leopard and the adoptive father of Tomasi’s husband, Gioacchino.)

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May 28, 2015

Plan Now: Dream Summer Trips

From summer festivals in Japan to al fresco dining and luxury seaside resorts in the Mediterranean, summer is a wonderful time to travel in many of our destinations. Need ideas for an amazing last-minute vacation? We’ve selected a few of our favorite tours that are sure to inspire: • Journey Through Italy • Best of Ireland & […]

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February 19, 2015

Private Cooking Classes in Puglia

We love Puglia for its excellent local cuisine, whitewashed villages, outdoor activities, sandy beaches, luxurious hotels, and interesting culture and history. A highlight of our private tours in Puglia is a private cooking class. Puglian cooking is distinct from other Italian regional cuisines in its simplicity and fascinating Greek, Middle Eastern and North African influences.

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February 13, 2015

Beautiful Lake Como, Italy

We love returning year after year to Lake Como, one of our favorite destinations in Italy. Villa d’Este is our preferred lakeside hotel. A classic grand hotel in the European tradition, it’s perfect for both families and seekers of Old World romance. We love its immaculately manicured gardens, excellent restaurants, clay tennis courts and the […]

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December 4, 2014

The Ultimate Gift: One-of-a-kind Tours for Everyone on Your List

This holiday season, spoil family members and friends with the ultimate gift of an Artisans of Leisure tour. Here’s a selection of new tours and perennial favorites that are sure to inspire and delight every sophisticated traveler on your list: • For foodies… Who wouldn’t want to eat their way through a Vietnam for Foodies tour, […]

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November 10, 2014

Letter from a Mother: Don’t Wait to Travel with Your Children

We were touched and honored to read this letter from the mother of a family that travels regularly with Artisans of Leisure. We hope you enjoy reading about how traveling together has become such an important part of their lives. As my eldest daughter enters her senior year of high school, with her two sisters not […]

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November 9, 2014

Must Visit: Milan Expo 2015 (A World’s Fair in Italy)

Italy is adding another must-see destination to its already long list with the Milan Expo, which runs May 1–Oct 31, 2015. This World’s Fair explores the theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” in individual country pavilions, as well as group pavilions with displays related to cacao, coffee, rice, spices and other foods. In […]

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February 20, 2014

Exclusive New Sicily Tours for Foodies, Culture Lovers and More

Lunch with a duchess in her seaside palazzo. A private cooking lesson with a renowned Sicilian cookbook author. Meeting a member of the Italian royalty and touring her exquisite Mediterranean garden. These are a few of the exclusive culinary and cultural experiences included in our all-new 2014 private Sicily tours. The tours define the best of […]

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October 17, 2013

Our Latest Luxury Travel Newsletter

Be sure to visit our website to read the latest Artisans of Leisure newsletter. It’s full of inspiring travel ideas and photos, including: Just Back: Holland, Belgium & Paris (slideshow) Just Back: The Best of Vietnam (slideshow) Ireland for Families New Zealand: Luxury, Landscapes & Lifestyle Insider Venice & Florence Festive Season in Europe Our Newest […]

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September 24, 2013

Thanksgiving Abroad: Unique Trips Families Will Love

The Thanksgiving holiday is an ideal time for a quick overseas getaway with family or friends. It’s also a great way to celebrate the tradition in a creative way. Artisans of Leisure’s private, customized Thanksgiving tours combine in-depth cultural touring with the best of the season, such as fall foliage, special cultural performances and holiday […]

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April 19, 2013

Read the latest Artisans of Leisure newsletter

The latest version of the Artisans of Leisure newsletter is now online. Highlights include: Interview: Summer Travel in Greece & Turkey Italy: A Few of Our Favorite Places Peru beyond Machu Picchu A Luxury Journey through Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Oman (slideshow) Exclusive Switzerland The Best of Normandy, France New Holland & Belgium Tours   […]

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January 11, 2013

Where Do You Want to Travel This Year?

2013 is an exciting year for Artisans of Leisure: it’s our 10th anniversary! We’re proud to be celebrating our first decade of offering the most luxurious and creative private tours available. Where are you considering traveling? For inspiration, we asked a few of our clients to comment on favorite aspects of their recent Artisans of […]

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November 29, 2012

Sicilian Food and Wine: A Delicious History

One of our favorite ways to experience Sicily’s unusually complex history is through its delicious food and wine. The beautiful Mediterranean island has been colonized, invaded and controlled by many different groups over the centuries, including the Greeks, Romans, Normans, Arabs and Spanish. Each wave of people brought its own ingredients and culinary traditions. The […]

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July 14, 2012

Learn by Doing While Traveling the World

Want to learn to make mozzarella by hand on the Amalfi Coast? How about a private karate lesson in Kyoto? A surfing lesson in Bali? Would you like to paint porcelain in Austria or assist on an archaeological dig in Israel? We offer hundreds of such learning experiences that can be incorporated into our private […]

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June 6, 2012

Traveling vegan, kosher, gluten-free or with food allergies

Many people with restricted diets or food allergies worry about finding appropriate meals when traveling overseas. Several of our in-house travel experts have food restrictions, so we understand firsthand the challenges. We also know how to overcome them. Artisans of Leisure regularly works with travelers who have food restrictions, including vegetarian, vegan, kosher, gluten-free and […]

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June 1, 2012

Conversations: Fabio León Ramírez, Hotel Ritz Madrid

Fabio León Ramírez, sales director at the Hotel Ritz Madrid, shares stories with us about this legendary hotel. Q: You have a long history with the hotel that goes back to when you were a child. Tell us more. Yes, my family lived in many countries when I was a child because my father was […]

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May 6, 2012

Top 5: Creative Ideas for European Summer Getaways

Europe is one of our favorite regions to visit in the summer, and there’s still time to plan an incredible summer vacation. Here are a few ideas from our travel specialists. 1.) For the Mediterranean at its best Recommended destinations: Italy & Sicily, French Riviera, Greece & more Inspiration for your tour: Enjoying beautiful views […]

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April 13, 2012

Our latest luxury travel newsletter

Artisans of Leisure newsletters are a great source of travel inspiration. Our latest issue includes the following articles and slideshows: •    A Great Time to Visit Burma •    Exclusive Japan (slideshow) •    Italy Our Way •    Just Back: Peru (slideshow) •    What’s Hot: Central Europe Destinations:  Asia, Austria, Burma, Central Europe, Czech Republic, Europe, Germany, Hungary, […]

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September 21, 2011

Last-minute Fall Travel Ideas

October and November are two of the best months to travel in many of our destinations—the crowds are gone and the weather is often ideal. If you are considering booking an overseas getaway during the next several months, here are a few of our travel specialists’ top picks for autumn trips. MOROCCO Autumn is a […]

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May 24, 2011

Private Shore Excursions the Artisans of Leisure Way

When taking a luxury cruise, a great way to make the most of your time in ports of call is with private shore excursions and private overland tours. Artisans of Leisure has a vast network of expert guides and drivers in cruise destinations around the world, and we work with sophisticated travelers to customize private […]

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January 14, 2011

A Tour of Tivoli: incredible gardens, ruins and food

We always encourage travelers on our Italy tours to visit Tivoli, either as a private day tour from Rome or during their private transfer from Florence or Tuscany to Rome. Tivoli is home to Villa d’Este, a Renaissance palace with one of the most famous, influential and delightful gardens in the world. Built in the […]

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October 12, 2010

Touring the Highlights of Sicily

On our recent journey around Sicily, we explored the highlights of Palermo and the Baroque cities, dined on delicious Sicilian cuisine and relaxed at the top resorts around the beautiful Italian island. Architecture in and around Palermo displays Sicily’s diverse cultural influences. Our local guides help travelers understand the meaning of the forms and symbols. […]

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December 22, 2009

Luxury Family Tours of Italy

Italy is one of our most popular family destinations for many reasons. Food is easy: nearly everyone loves Italian specialties such as pasta, pizza, antipasti, fried vegetables, cheese and gelato. Culture is everywhere: older children are fascinated by places where history is so tangible (and beautiful), and younger children are wowed by iconic places such […]

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October 9, 2009

An interview with one of our Sicily insiders

Sicily has become a favorite destination for many of our clients who have already traveled extensively in Italy and for those interested in tracing their family heritage. Sicily is also great for first-time visitors to Italy who are attracted to the fascinating Mediterranean island for its complex history, abundant culture and delicious food.  We recently chatted […]

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October 6, 2009

Top 5: Quick getaways over the Christmas and New Year holidays

Looking for great options for a short international trip over the Christmas and New Year holidays? Our luxury travel experts have selected five of their favorite destinations. 1.) Marrakesh A week in Marrakesh promises over-the-top luxury, thriving traditional culture, great shopping and dining, and plenty of outdoor options. We recommend using Marrakesh as base for five or […]

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September 25, 2009

Porticos of Bologna

Porticos are as essential to Bologna as gourmet food and university students. The distinctive covered walkways course 38 kilometers (more than 23 miles) through this attractive and very walkable city in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, sheltering pedestrians and window-shoppers from the elements while providing access to daylight and fresh air. Porticos typically flow […]

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August 12, 2009

An interview with one of our culinary travel experts

Artisans of Leisure is well known for our private culinary tours in destinations around the world. We hope you enjoy this interview with one of our culinary travel experts. Q: How does food influence how you travel? A: Basically, I travel to eat. Quite often I plan my touring around a certain restaurant I want […]

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June 24, 2009

A conversation with hotel designer Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Collection

Olga Polizzi, director of design for the Rocco Forte Collection, is the creative mind behind many of our favorite international hotels, including Hotel de Russie in Rome, Brown’s Hotel in London, and Hotel Astoria in St. Petersburg. Olga works closely with her brother, famed hotelier Sir Rocco Forte. We recently spoke with her about travel, […]

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June 10, 2009

Just Back: Italy

Highlights from our recent trip through Italy, including Lake Como, Bologna, Florence, Tuscany and Rome.

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June 2, 2009

Top 5: the most romantic travel destinations

Our travel experts have created a list of our Top 5 favorite romantic destinations–these locations are perfect for honeymooners or anyone seeking a special romantic getaway. 1.) Morocco Our favorite way to experience the most luxurious and romantic side of Morocco is to stay in Marrakesh for several days at luxury resort such as the […]

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March 24, 2009

Private Jewish Heritage Tours

Many travelers ask us to incorporate people, places and activities of Jewish significance when they are traveling internationally with us. We can incorporate Jewish touring into any of our tours around the world, from Sydney to Shanghai and most places in between. Many travelers simply want us to incorporate some Jewish-related sightseeing in Europe, Asia, […]

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February 27, 2009

The perfect dramatic opening to Venice

Cruising by private boat from Marco Polo airport to your palace hotel is a quintessential Venice experience and the best, and most romantic, way to arrive in this city of islands. As you depart the airport and glide through the lagoon, watch as the views of rural islands and sparkling water slowly give way to […]

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February 24, 2009

An interview with one of our art and architecture travel experts

John is one of the travel experts based in our New York City office. He’s passionate about art and architecture, and helps design our tours around the world. Q: What are your favorite travel destinations? A: I firmly believe that each destination is fascinating in its own way, and I love exploring new places and discovering […]

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February 18, 2009

Top 5: Best food markets in Europe

We feel that food is a window into culture, history and traditions, and we always encourage our travelers to visit local food markets as part of the private tours we arrange. It’s a great opportunity for people-watching and to sample the tastes and flavors of each destination. Here are a few of our favorite food […]

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February 13, 2009

Padua: a perfect day trip from Venice

Known as the City of Frescoes, Padua is a compact historic town less than an hour from Venice. It has a lively university atmosphere, great outdoor cafes and a wealth of cultural treasures well worth seeing. In fact, fitting all of them into one day can be a challenge! For our travelers, we take care […]

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February 12, 2009

An Interview with One of Our Honeymoon Specialists

Artisans of Leisure has developed a real following with honeymooners who want our expertise when planning their unique, totally customized, once-in-a-lifetime honeymoons. We asked our travel specialists for their tips: Q: What advice do you give honeymooners? A: Don’t try to do too much (or too little)! We find the best honeymoons have a perfect balance of […]

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