Blending competitive action against international opponents with a variety of cultural and culinary experiences creates travel memories of a life time. Italy is full of hidden treasures and we enjoy sharing them with our guests.

We also pride ourselves staying in or visiting “Emerald in the Ruff” venues such as beautiful  mountain villages, coastal fishing towns, exotic beaches, underground wineries, and more! In addition, most all of our amazing restaurants will be unknown to the average tourist.

Our experienced Italian Staff and Guides enjoy interacting with North Americans and are not only extremely knowledgeable, but also very entertaining.

 

Como is in Lombardy, 45 km North of Milan and is only a few miles from the Swiss border. Lake Como is 50 kilometers long and east of Menaggio where the lake splits in two is Bellagio, the most famous town on the lake. The mountains around the lake are up to 2000 meters high and the lake is 1350 feet deep, making it one of the deepest lakes in Europe. Como is an ancient town over 400 years old with magnificent churches and historic monuments. Cernobbio is the first town north of Como and considered the most beautiful area on Lake Como. With its charming streets, boardwalk cafes, chic shops and world famous Villa D’ Este Hotel which attracts hundreds of actors, musicians, Heads of State, and tourists every year. From the hotel in Como you can take a 5 minute boat ride to Cernobbio which is well worth it!

Called the “Pearl of the Lake”, Bellagio’s world class hotels and restaurants provide the perfect place to soak up the lake’s famous panorama. The village is characterized by century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares.

The popularity and fame of Bellagio, a town which many regard as the most beautiful in Italy has almost eclipsed Lake Como as the point of reference for this particular part of Italy. It seems that every facet of this town’s character and appearance has been fine-tuned to create a magical wonderland that seems to create the Italian dream of many tourists visiting Italy. Around the harbor at night, like the orchestras of Piazza San Marco in Venice, the visitor is invited to enjoy and indulge in the celebration of Bellagio and “La Dolce Vita”.

As a “metropolis of experiences” by the water, with a magnificent view of the snowcapped Alps on the horizon, Zürich offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and Zürich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. Recreational activities range from a visit to the riverside and lakeside bathing areas in the very heart of the city, to a spectacular hike on the Uetliberg Mountain.

Another highlight is the Rietberg Museum, one of the leading centers of non-European art in the world. Just a stone’s throw from Zürich’s main station, the Swiss National Museum – housed in an over 100 year old building reminiscent of a fairytale castle –  contains the country’s most comprehensive collection of exhibits relating to Swiss cultural history.

Milano is one of the largest cities in Italy, located in the plains of Lombardy. The municipality has a population of 1.3 million people and there is a total of over 7 million when counting all the suburbs.  Milano is also renowned as one of the world capitals of design and fashion. The Lombard metropolis is famous for its fashion houses and shops, such as along Via Montenapoleone and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo, reputed to be the world’s oldest shopping mall. Milano is also one of the artistic centers of northern Italy, has great nightlife, and home of many famous professional sports teams including AC Milan and Inter Milan Soccer Teams, along with basketball, hockey, and volleyball teams.

Rapallo is a municipality in the province of Genoa, in Liguria, northern Italy. As of 2007 it counts approximately 34,000 inhabitants, it is part of the Tigullio Gulf and is located in between Portofino and Chiavari. Rapallo has been known for its climate that made it over the years the winter residence of preference for most of the affluent Italians living in the North West of Italy. Its proximity to the coast makes for mild winters where people can enjoy easy strolls on the sunny promenade and the golfers can enjoy one of the oldest courses in Italy, opened in 1930. Many of the villas are built in the hills that rise immediately behind the city to protect them from strong northern winds.

Venice is truly the most intriguing, fascinating, romantic, and unique city in the world. Dating back to the fifth century when inhabitants of the mainland settled there to escape the barbaric invasions after the fall of Rome, Venice elected its first leader the ‘Doge’ in 697. Venice eventually became a major trading center which bridged the East and West.

It is regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Tourism has been a major sector of Venetian industry since the 18th century, when it was a major center for the Grand Tour, with its beautiful cityscape, uniqueness, and rich musical and artistic cultural heritage. In the 19th century, it became a fashionable center for the rich and famous, often staying or dining at luxury establishments such as the Danieli Hotel and the Caffè Florian.

Cortina d’Ampezzo is commonly referred to as Cortina, is a town in the heart of the southern Dolomites Alps in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Situated on the Boite river, in an alpine valley, it is a popular winter sport resort known for its skiing trails, scenery, accommodation, shops and apres-ski scene, and for its jetset and aristocratic European crowd. In the Middle Ages, Ampezzo fell under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Aquileia , and of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1420, it was conquered by the Republic of Venice. It then spent much of its history under Austrian rule, briefly undergoing some territorial changes under Napolean, before being returned to Austria, who held it until 1918. From the nineteenth century, Ampezzo became a notable regional center for crafts. The local handmade products were appreciated by early British and German holidaymakers as tourism emerged late nineteenth century. Among the specializations of the town were crafting wood for furniture, the production of tiled stoves and iron, copper and glass items.

The history of Rome spans 2,800 years of the existence of a city that grew from a small Italian village in the 9th century BC into the center of a vast civilization that dominated the Mediterranean region for centuries. Its political power was eventually replaced by that of peoples of mostly Germanic origin, marking the beginning of the Middle Ages.  Rome became the seat of the Roman Catholic Church and the home of a sovereign state, the Vatican City within its walls. Today it is the capital of Italy, an international worldwide political and cultural center, a major global city and is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world. The traditional date for the founding of Rome, based on a mythological account, is 21 April 753 BC, and the city and surrounding region of Latium has continued to be inhabited with little interruption since around that time.