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Journey to Tuscany A Private Tour

6 Nights featuring Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Volaterra and Val d'Orcia

Includes: Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Land Program: Includes Guided Tours plus Some Free Time

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About This Journey

This Journey has been curated specifically for private touring, combining the highlights of the region with enriching cultural experiences. Whether you are traveling solo, as a couple, or with a small group of friends, a private tour offers an intimate travel experience.

Nestled in the heart of Italy, Tuscany is a region of unparalleled beauty and cultural richness. Its landscape is a picturesque blend of rolling hills, verdant vineyards, and charming medieval towns, each brimming with history and tradition. Renowned for its exquisite wines and culinary delights, Tuscany offers a sensory Journey through its sun-drenched countryside. From the Renaissance splendor of Florence to the rustic charm of rural farmhouses, Tuscany is a captivating tapestry of art, architecture, and natural beauty, inviting visitors to experience its timeless allure and vibrant heritage. Discover the architectural marvels of Florence, including the iconic Duomo and Michelangelo’s David. Embrace the heart of Tuscan tradition with a hands-on cooking class in a local home and savor the results over lunch. Wander through the medieval streets of Siena and San Gimignano, exploring historic towers and enjoying farm-fresh meals. Delve into the artisanal craft of alabaster in Volterra and the rich flavors of extra virgin olive oil at a local farm. Experience the serene beauty of Val d’Orcia, indulging in a picnic amongst breathtaking landscape and enjoy a sensorial wine tasting at a prized vineyard. Your Journey ends with a transfer to the airport or to the cruise port of Civitavecchia to continue your Journey at sea.

World Heritage, Toscana, Renaissance
Michelangelo, Italy, Florence, Tuscany, Civitavecchia, 99001

Journey to Tuscany A Private Tour

Itinerary
Day Destination
1 Arrive Florence – Transfer to Hotel
2 Florence – Walking Tour of Florence
3 Florence – Cooking Class in a Tuscan Home
4 Florence to Tuscany – Tour of Siena and San Gimignano
5 Tuscany – Val D’Orcia visit and Wine Tasting with Picnic
6 Tuscany – Volterra, Alabaster Workshop & Oil Mill Visit
7 Tuscany – Transfer to Florence Airport or Civitavecchia Cruise Port

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive Florence

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. Enjoy the evening at leisure to get settled in.

Day 2 – Florence

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

After breakfast, meet your private guide in the hotel lobby and begin your half-day walking tour of Florence. Start by admiring the beauty of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, commonly known as the Duomo, famous for its magnificent dome. Designed by Cambio in 1296, it was the renowned Renaissance architect Brunelleschi who completed it with the stunning dome. Next, see the adjacent 14th-century Gothic Campanile, or bell tower, designed by Giotto, and the Baptistry in Romanesque style, featuring Ghiberti’s Bronze Doors that depict scenes from the life of Christ.

 

Michelangelo’s David statue

Continue to Piazza della Signoria to visit Palazzo Vecchio and the beautiful 14th-century Gothic Loggia dei Lanzi. In the Piazza, admire the Fountain of Neptune by Ammannati and a replica of Michelangelo’s David. Afterward, visit the Accademia Museum with your private guide to see Michelangelo’s original David statue. Your tour concludes in the city center, where your guide can provide recommendations for lunch. (B)

 

 

Please note: this tour ends in the city center. Transfer back to the hotel is not included. This tour involves walking on uneven surfaces and cobblestones.

Day 3 – Florence

tiramisu cake lesson

Today we will experience the local cuisine during a cooking class! Learning the secrets of Italian cuisine in a local home offers a wonderful insight into Italy’s authentic culture. What could be a better souvenir than culinary skills that last a lifetime? During your lesson, you’ll learn how to prepare pasta and the famous tiramisu from scratch and discover the secrets of regional Italian cuisine. After the class, enjoy the fruits of your labor, accompanied by local wines. Cooking and dining with your local chef gives you the chance to be welcomed like one of the family and immerse yourself in the traditions of everyday Italian life. (B, L)

Day 4 – Florence to Tuscan Countryside

San Gimignano

Following breakfast and hotel check-out, meet your driver in the hotel lobby and board your private vehicle. Your first stop will be San Gimignano, also known as “San Gimignano dalle belle torri” for its numerous noble towers. These towers are believed to have been built for defensive purposes and to signify the power of the noble families involved in the internecine conflicts between the Ghibellines and the Guelphs. After a guided walking tour, enjoy lunch at a local farmhouse.

 

 

Palazzo del Campo

Next, take a thirty-minute drive through a region blessed with lush vineyards, olive groves, and cypress trees, before arriving in Siena, a prominent city within the Tuscan region with a centuries-old rivalry with Florence. Enjoy a guided tour of the medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the beautiful Palazzo del Campo, famous for its semiannual horse race and the Siena Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Finally, transfer to your hotel in Tuscany for your three-night stay. (B, L)

Please note: This tour involves walking on uneven surfaces and cobblestones.

Day 5 – Tuscan Countryside

Pienza

Following breakfast at the hotel, depart to explore the cradle of the best wines. Start with Pienza, a rare example of Renaissance town design. Often described as the “ideal city” or the “utopian city,” it represents one of the best-planned Renaissance towns, embodying a model of ideal living and governance aimed at satisfying the needs of a peaceful and hardworking population. Pienza’s location in the center of Val d’Orcia, a beautiful and untouched valley included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, epitomizes the humanistic architectural principle of a balanced relationship between man and nature. The town owes its beauty and fame to Pope Pius II, who transformed the ancient Castello di Corsignano into a Papal residence in the Renaissance style and renamed it Pienza.

cheese and wine

Next, visit a local farm to enjoy a delightful picnic with genuine Tuscan products. Here, you will have the opportunity to taste various cheeses and local cured meats accompanied by craft beers.

Continue to Montepulciano for a sensorial wine experience at a niche winery, located in the heart of Tuscany. This magical vineyard, featuring no less than five different soil types—stony, coppery, sulfurous, clay, and sandy—produces natural, indigo, and biodynamic wines. Visit the vineyards and the cellars, where you will taste the wine directly from the barrels. Transfer back to your hotel at the end of the tour. (B, L)

Please note: This tour involves walking on uneven surfaces and cobblestones

Day 6 – Tuscan Countryside

Volterra

Start the day with a visit to the hilltop town of Volterra, a former Etruscan settlement with a splendid view of the surrounding landscape. Besides the views, the city is also renowned for its alabaster, a beautiful pale stone that is soft enough to carve. Your guide will provide a tour of the most important sights of the town, then take you to visit an artist at his alabaster workshop. You will then enjoy some free time in the village to stroll along the medieval alleyways and have lunch on your own.

 

 

olive oil

Enjoy some free time for shopping before heading to a real oil mill nestled in the green hills of Tuscany. Immerse yourself in a sensory journey into the world of olive oil as you discover the history and process of extra virgin olive oil production, from past to present and future. You will have the opportunity to tour the production sites, interact with the millers, and observe the phases of production, culminating in an olive oil tasting accompanied by local products (light meal/snacks). Transfer back to your hotel at the end of the tour. (B, S)

Please note: This tour involves walking on uneven surfaces and cobblestones. The guided visit of the oil mill is a co-shared experience with a maximum of 12 guests.

Day 7 – Tuscan Countryside to Civitavecchia

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the Florence airport for your flight home, or to the cruise port for your cruise. (B)

Note: Guests who wish to customize this itinerary may do so for an additional charge. Please see the Extensions section for optional extension options.

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Journey to Tuscany A Private Tour

Included Features

  • 6-night land program in Italy
    • Florence, Italy – 3-night hotel stay
      • Private transfer from Florence airport to hotel
      • Half Day Florence walking tour
      • Cooking class in a Tuscan home
      • Tour of Siena and San Gimignano
    • Tuscany, Italy – 3-night hotel stay
      • Val D’Orcia visit and wine tasting
      • Volterra, alabaster workshop & oil mill visit
      • Private transfer from hotel to airport or Civitavecchia cruise port
  • Tour Guide during included tours
  • Select meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights)

Note: International airfare is not included in the land quote. If you would like a separate quote for international airfare, please indicate that in your request.

Journey to Tuscany A Private Tour

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Pacing 4 Out of 5

 

4 out of 5 – Land Program Includes Guided Tours plus Some Free Time

The overall pace is active, as we have included guided tours to most major attractions in the area. Most days will include a full-day or half-day tour, with some free time mixed in as well. Guests should be prepared to walk a couple miles per day while on full-day tours. Breakfast is always included at the hotel. Some additional meals may be included, while other meals may be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

Physical Activity

This Journey should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking.
The land portion of the trip should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking. Small towns and villages in Tuscany often do not have coach drop-off points in the center of town, so a short walk is required to get from the coach to the center of the village. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators, or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.

Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program.

Cultural Focus

The focus of this Enrichment Journey is local culture and gastronomic traditions of Tuscany. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. You will visit local family run establishments where traditional methods are kept and passed down from generation to generation on how to butcher, preserve and prepare certain dishes. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Transportation

While on tour:

Florence to Tuscany: 1-hour coach transfer

Tuscany to Civitavecchia: 3-hour coach transfer

Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.

International Airfare:

Guests booked on Private Journeys have complimentary access to our Air Department services. If you would like our Air Department to book your international airfare, please indicate on the Private Journey Request Form. Please note that air schedules are typically published 10 months prior to travel date. For requests more than 10 months in advance, the air portion of your quote will be provided at a later date.

Journey to Tuscany A Private Tour

Journey to Tuscany A Private Tour

Florence Hotel Extension (pre-cruise)

With this optional hotel extension, you can add hotel nights in Florence to relax at the hotel, adjust to a new time zone and explore the city on your own before the tour starts. Florence hotel extensions are typically priced between $200-$285 per person, based on double occupancy at 4-star hotels, depending on the dates requested. Note: tours are not included.

Journey to Tuscany A Private Tour

Dates & Prices

This Private Journey to Tuscany is typically priced between $5,699–$6,799 per person, based on double occupancy at 4-star hotels, depending on the departure date. International airfare is not included in the land quote; however, all guests on Private Journeys receive complimentary access to our Air Department for assistance with their airfare.

For questions regarding this Private Journey to Tuscany or any of our Enrichment Journeys, please speak to a Personal Vacation Manager at 888-546-8617.

When you are ready to request a custom quote, Start Your Request Online, or speak to a Personal Vacation Manager. Requests for Private Journeys require a non-refundable deposit of $200, which will be applied toward the total cost of your land program. Guests who wish to make alterations to the itinerary may do so for an additional charge of $300. Once your request for a Private Journey has been accepted, a team member will contact you to review the next steps and to collect your deposit.

Each Private Journey will have its own deposit and cancellation terms, which will be specified in the quote. Quotes for Private Journeys are valid for 14 days. Final payment is typically 150 days prior to departure. Private Journeys will typically be fully refundable, minus the $200 non-refundable deposit and any additional charges for alterations, up until final payment; after final payment, the entire land package is non-refundable. Certain factors (such as the inclusion of airfare, local festivals or holidays, luxury properties, etc.) may necessitate a deviation from our standard policy and/or require a separate non-refundable deposit to be obtained at the time of booking.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

Journey to Tuscany A Private Tour

Hotels options will be included in your quote. Please indicate your preference for a 4-star or 5-star hotel. Please note that in most major cities, 5-star properties are typically a few hundred dollars more per night.

Accommodations
Please Note:

Hotels are always subject to change. Unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted, and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.

Journey to Tuscany A Private Tour

Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key items to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)
  • Camera(s)

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period. Please speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

Journey to Tuscany A Private Tour

Journey to Tuscany A Private Tour

Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Note: as of May 2024, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone may have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) for travel starting in May 2025. We encourage you to verify at the official website listed below as the requirements may change. More information can be found at https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip.  To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. We recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

Italy uses the Euro (€), currency code EUR

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/  for the current exchange rate.

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

Gratuities are included for included meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $10–$12 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

The best months to visit Tuscany are April, May, September and October.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Siena 48/39 48/39 54/43 59/46 68/54 73/61 81/66 81/66 73/61 66/55 55/46 48/41
Florence 52/36 54/37 61/42 67/46 76/54 83/60 90/65 89/65 80/58 70/51 59/43 52/37
Rome 54/38 57/38 62/43 66/47 75/56 83/62 89/67 89/66 81/60 72/53 62/46 55/40

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:

Italy: Italian

  • Buon giorno (Bwohn JOHR-noh): Hello
  • Come sta? (Koh-meh STAH?): How are you?
  • Non c’è problema (Non cheh proh-BLEH-mah): No problem.
  • Mi scusi (Mee SKOO-zee): Excuse me
  • Grazie (GRAHT-tsyeh): Thank you
  • Sì (SEE): Yes
  • No (Noh): No
  • Uomini (WOH-mee-nee): Men’s (restroom)
  • Donne (Dohn-NEH): Women’s (restroom)
  • Che tempo fa? (Keh TEHM-poh fah): How is the weather?

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/italian/ for more phrases with sound.

Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

Italy

  • The name Italy comes from the word “italia”, meaning “calf land.” This is due to the bull being a symbol of the ancient Southern Italian tribes.
  • Tuscany has a long wine history; it can be traced back to the 5th century BCE. Grapes were first cultivated by the Etruscans nearly 3,000 years ago, grown in such wide abundance that they were often sold overseas and quickly became the area’s most trusted cash crop. 80% of all wines produced in Tuscany are produced with red grapes, the vast majority of which use Sangiovese as a grape.
  • Italy is approximately 116,400 square miles, including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, which is slightly larger than Arizona.
  • Famous Italian explorers include Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci.
  • No other country in Europe has as many volcanoes as Italy. This is because the Italian peninsula stands on a fault line. Three major volcanoes have erupted in the last century.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • Italy: The Italians by Luigi Barzini
  • Italy: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (also a movie)
  • Italy: The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici by Christopher Hibbert
  • Italy: A Room with a View by E.M. Forester (also a movie)
  • Italy: Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (also a movie)

Travel Guides

Films

  • Italy: Eat Pray Love (2010)
  • Italy: Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
  • Italy: Roman Holiday (1953)
  • Italy: Gladiator (2000)
  • Italy: Angels and Demons (2009)
  • Italy: La Dolce Vita (1960)

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