2 DAYS ALONG THE SHORES OF ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKES OF ITALY LAKE GARDA : some proposal to get to must out of your visit!

FIRST PROPOSAL a two trip to Sirmione-Desenzano-Gardone-Salo’ On the first day: BETWEEN AND SIRMIONE DESENZANO:        In the morning begin your trip with a stroll through the picturesque alleys of Sirmione, entering the old town from the Scaligera Fortress, a rare example of a lake fortification, Sirmione has been the home of the famous opera singer…

Rome, new lights on the Forum

The bird’s eye night show over the valley of the Roman Forum is like a picture of Caravaggio, where the thick darkness that envelops the scene is suddenly pierced by light glows. No lighthouse stage, no theatrical exuberance, but a fine exaltation through the architectural details of the monuments that make this place unique in…

Carrières de lumières Chagall lives in light in an old query in Provence

In the wonderful village of Baux,  one of the most charming medieval towns of Provence, located between Avignon and Arles, 100 projectors create a spectacular and unique reinterpretation of the work of the great Belarusian teacher in an old query. The performance will be visible from March 4 and until 8 January 2017. The site…

Provence 2016: music,art and overall beauty

There are many reasons this year to visit Provence: history, art, culture, good food, not to mention sports. The matches of the European Football championship will be played in Marseille in June and July, the Tour de France will arrive of on the summit of Mont Ventoux on July 14th!  The calendar of events of…

MATERA   Awarded European Capital of Culture 2019

Matera, located in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata has been awarded the title of the 2019 European Capital of Culture in Italy. Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for culture, congratulate Matera on its successful bid.  Since the announcement  Richard Gere who filmed King David in Matera passed on his congratulations for the city and commented…

FISHERMAN FOR A DAY IN VENICE

A city like Venice must be seen from the water! So let me talk about the  new tour we suggest to our clients., an half day tour to be spend in the “laguna”  So you can relax, have fun and experience Venice from the open lagoon on a fishing excursion between the islands. From a…

The “Palio” is held in Siena July 2nd and August 16

The Palio  is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16, in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colors, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards. The race itself, in which the jockeys ride bareback, circles the Piazza del Campo, on which a thick layer of dirt…

Skellig: Star Wars and Ireland enrapture

The last scene for Star War , the closing chapter of the saga, with the meeting between Rey and Luke Skywalker, was filmed is a splinter of rocky land 8 nautical   from the coast of south-west Ireland   This place  is Skellig Michael,   accessible only by boat with few landings during  the summer season, from May…

Breakfast with a view!

Do you want to enjoy  the beauty of Italy sipping your cappuccino and having breakfast! You can do it  comfortably sitting on the terrace of one our hotels.  Trivago just published a list of   these  spectacular views of the most beautiful monuments   from Venice to Agrigento hotels but at Tourcrafters we always knew it and…

A wonderful evening!

On November 12 we hosted a dinner for Los Angeles agencies at Il Fornaio in Beverly Hills I was amazed of the attendance and by the interest all showed for our products. And most of all I was happy to meet with real professionals of the trade. Competent, trustfully travel agents that can prepare not only…

Some say Paris is an expensive city : my ideas for a low cost PARIS

Tourcrafters has prepared a low cost special package for this winter season. Starting at only $ 269 you can spend 5  or more days in the city of lights,   then .. take advantage of some “tips” to get the most of your dollars and experience something “new” for a tourist “A smart tour” Take the…

Trevi Fountain long and complex restoration almost completed!

More than a year after the beginning of the restoration works, sponsored by the fashion house Fendi, they started to “undress” the Fountain. The final term of the works is planned for the beginning of autumn, probably in October. The facade of the most photographed Italian monument setting for the famous bath of Anita Ekberg…

Florence “Opera del Duomo” Museum finally re-open

On the 29th of October, the “Opera del Duomo” Museum, part of Florence Duomo Complex, will finally re-open its doors – after an important restoration to reveal to the public its magnificent art treasures ..The restored museum will welcome its visitors in a fascinating exposition area of 5500 sqm (the double than before!) where to admire the biggest collection of Florentine and…

Fish pedicure: it only take 10 minutes and it is fun!

 It only takes 10 minutes and  zero effort: the trend comes from Thailand, with their  fish “cleaners”, the “garra rufa” , which, with the feeling of a massage (painless), “eat” and work toes, heels, calluses and cuticles as the best of the pedicurist. Moreover, they release an enzyme, Dithranol,  cure for many skin diseases that affect…

A vacation for your soul !

When traveling to Europe slow down, forget the clock, enjoy every minute. To unwind from the busy art cities don’t forget to include in your itinerary a cottage , a farmhouse , a monastery . Take the opportunity of new experiences: be a brew master for a day, learn how to make bread at home,…

Gourmand tour of Switzerland aboard the Chocolate Train

 The Chocolate Train is a discovery tour of Switzerland’s most famous specialties and a leap back in time. Passengers may choose to travel in an early 1900s fashion wagon that remembers a carriage-Pullman Belle Époque style. But for those who prefer to keep pace with the times, there is also the ability to sit comfortably…

What to do with your kids on your next vacation in Italy and France

Travelling with kids is so fun ! They have a different perspective of things we show them and they are  nowadays such good travelers. But we do not have to forget to add in our itinerary something just  prepared for them. Here  some suggestions if you travel in Italy or France this summer. MILAN is preparing a huge…

Strong dollar makes travel abroad cheaper for Americans!

If you’ve been putting off a trip abroad because it’s too expensive, start packing your bags. A stronger dollar has reduced the price of travel, from a hotel room to a glass of vino, in much of Europe. Hotels and restaurants in Europe become more affordable thanks to the currency rates. Other economies are shaky, making their…

What a surprise! The word “PIZZA” was not born in Naples….

The word “pizza” is one of the first Italian words. According to the historian Giuseppe Knuckle the word pizza was used for the first time in Gaeta, a fishing village in southern Lazio in  997 AD. (not in Naples!) According to his study the pizza, at least as etymology, would take its moves from a…

Family Friendly European Vacations

VIENNA Where to begin? Vienna has such a great selection of activities for kids that both parents and children can have a great time in the city. Here are just a few suggestions as to what you can do: Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial Habsburg family, is a palace, children’s museum,world’s oldest zoo and the…

Happy New Year! Top 20 Cities for Tourists for 2015…….Pick YOURS!

Every year, MasterCard puts together it’s Global Destination Cities Index, which tracks airline ticket purchases, souvenir purchases, and other travel spending data to figure out which cities are the most popular destinations for tourists in 2015. Can’t decide where your next vacation will be? Take a look at all the destinations listed below…….One just may be…

The culinary tradition of Bilbao is reflected in its ‘pintxos’

I read an article written by Iñaki Makazaga for the Spanish newspaper “ El Pais”   and I found it so interesting I want to share all the information with you! First of all because I love food, especially good food, second because I fell in love with Bilbao and its “Pintxos” during my first trip to…

Venice will ban trolleys & carts on wheels

Noisy and dangerous! The special commissioner of Venice is ready to ban, starting next May , the suitcases on wheels along the streets of the city as a standard anti-noise regulation. Trolleys and carts with solid rubber gauge wheels will be banned in favor of suitcases with wheels inflated with air. The goal is also…

The top 50 wines of Italy

Andrea Grignaffini and Luca Gardini universally recognized as the best sommeliers of the world have prepared a list of the 50 best Italian wines to give visibility to the excellence of these wines in Italy and abroad and to provide suggestions to caterers struggling with their wine lists. The first place go the Veneto region…