Florence: The Oltrarno

There are plenty of reasons to visit Florence every year! Take a trip to enjoy the city, the art, and the food.

Carnival of Venice

For a whole week Venice is transformed into a masked dance. A unique experience for all those attending the Carnival of Venice.

Where to Eat in Rome

Amazing restaurant locations with terraces and breathtaking views only Rome can offer.

Luxury Travel: Specialized Villas

TourCrafters representatives are experts on travel to Italy and we are here to help plan the perfect independent trip to Italy for you.

Romantic Getaway in Tuscany

“It was just the sort of place that I was looking for to get away from the big city, to relax and enjoy the company of my better half.”

Wine Tasting in Chianti

Just an hour’s drive from beautiful Florence, a day trip to the Chianti region can offer you a truly unforgettable experience!

JOURNEY INTO THE PARADISE OF FOOD: from EATALY in Rome to FICO in Bologna

EATALY – Rome – The Air Terminal of the Ostiense station, built by the architect Julio Lafuente, for the 1990 World Cup, has been transformed into four floors of good food: healthy frying with the best Italian oils, buffalo mozzarella produced according to the most rigorous Casertana tradition, leavened bread with 35-year-old yeast, express pasta,…

GOURMET TOUR OF ROME AND SOURROUNDINGS

And here’s the last gourmet tour! After having traversed the famous Tuscany and explored the mysteries and pleasures of Umbria, how not to dedicate the last episode of these gourmet trips to the eternal city. Because Rome is not only monuments, Roman empire and ancient culture. Among the strata of this city there are many…

GOURMET TOUR OF UMBRIA BY CAR

In the previous episode we dived in a gourmet tour in the most famous and appreciated region of Italy, Tuscany, but, as you know very well, the Bel Paese is a mine of fascinating and unknown places to the most common tourist routes. This is why I decided to explore with you a less famous…

A Streetcar Named Desire…

once upon a time .. and  it had wooden interior and few seats.  From its large windows you could admire the world that flowed. It’s been over a century since those old trams crossed the city for simple transport. But this old means of locomotion has not lost its old charm. The tractors of the…

GOURMET TOUR OF TUSCANY BY CAR

Tuscany is probably the most known region of the beautiful Italian peninsula, there are many traditional destinations, very famous are the typical dishes of this area. So, where to eat them? Where to find a truly Tuscan atmosphere and taste? I have found for you some places where culture, landscape and taste come together to…

Red gold from the Douro valley

From our good friend at saltoportugal.com I received some information I want to share with you. “God gave Douro precious wines so that people would come and find all the other treasures, says Abílio Tavares da Silva. He is a successful software engineer who fell under the spell of the Douro valley. After going back…

DISCOVERING CALABRIA

In this issue of the Photoblog I propose an “unusual” trip: an experience out of the classic routes of tourism in the Italian peninsula, in a wild land, Calabria, where the blue sea is the protagonist and the magical mythology of Homer intertwines with a present full of beautiful places. BELMONTE CALABRO We leave for…

Something special to do with your kids while in Paris

While in Paris with your kids here what I suggest for a lot of fun!! the Aquarium 20 000 leagues under the Trocadero Millions of litres of water and thousands of fish under the Trocadero Gardens… this is Aquarium de Paris. To give the children a better view of the fish, they are all welcome to…

Marrakech, not only the souk: visit its museums and unmissable gardens

A trip to Morocco always involves the five senses and, during the stop in Marrakech, between spices and purchases at the souk, we end up forgetting that the city also offers much more. One can literally lose oneself among the historical cultural sites of the Medina and the new museum of Yves Saint Laurent. It…

Rome – A tour of historical and oldest shops

Restaurants that have welcomed internationally renowned artists but also war heroes, tea rooms of English origin, which are now run by grandchildren to keep their rules and, above all, mythical addresses of antique dealers that, besides preserving art treasures, could to tell more stories than a book. Sometimes these places are hidden from sight, in…

The Enchanting Tarot Garden – Tuscany

Il Giardino dei Tarocchi – The Tarot Garden – was founded in 1979 by Niki de Saint Phalle, a volcanic writer, painter and French director, who took inspiration for her creation from a visit to the Guell Park of Gaudí, Barcelona and the Monster Garden of Bomarzo.  With 22 huge statues are scattered in the garden….

MAGIC CALCATA

“Calcata: a masterpiece medieval village perched on top of  tufa hills” On the border between the provinces of Rome and Viterbo, the medieval “twin” site of Civita di Bagnoregio is a magical  place  .. Perched on a tufa spur, the village of Calcata marks the border between the Viterbo and Roman Tuscia. It has remained…

CARACALLA IV DIMENSION

CARACALLA: NOT ONLY OPERA BUT A FULL DISCOVERY OF THEIR ORIGINAL APPEARANCE Archeology offers our eyes the vestiges of a distant past. Forty years ago, visitors to archaeological sites were few and in general had a preparation that allowed them to look at ancient structures and imagine their original appearance. In recent years, the use of…

It’s Ball season in Vienna

Nowhere are balls so romantically formal as in Vienna. This tradition is intoxicating to locals and visitors for far more than a single night! At the end of the blog you will read -courtesy of Austrian tourism office- a brief history of the Balls in Vienna. Here below you can find the program of the 2018…

Archaeological Park of Ostia Antica

After 4 years of major work the archaeological park of Ostia Antica has risen again from the infesting weeds, unveiling an entire portion of the city that really evokes the dimension of a modern metropolis In your travels throughout  the territory of Rome you can not miss a visit to the Archaeological Park of Ostia Antica, one of…

THE MEDIAVAL LIVING PRESEPIO AT CANALE MONTERANO

A FEW MILES FROM ROME A MAGICAL “BORGO” CANALE MONTERANO AND ITS NATIVITY CRIB The mediaval living manger is an event set in the splendid scenery of Monterano thanks to the collaboration with the Rione Monti di Bracciano.  In September 2012 the idea was born to revive the dead city of Monterano in all its…

THE TOUR OF THE NATIVITIES OF ROME

The “Eternal City” is decorated on Christmas days, with lights, garlands and the ever-present Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes.  In the city, heart of the Catholic Church, the cribs cannot be missed; some are among the most beautiful and amazing in the world. Some nativity scenes in Rome, are actually visible all year…

Sicilian Baroque Catania and the other cities of “Val di Noto”

Catania is a distinguished example of the Sicilian baroque and XVI century post-earthquake reconstruction. The old city still retains the urban layout designed by the Vaccarini architect, with her wide straight boulevards – lanes linking the main Etnea street; with open squares and gardens. Among these scenic streets is the Duomo the true center of…

October 12, Columbus day, a perfect afternoon in Rome for the inauguration of “Rinascente” the megastore in the center of the city in Via del Tritone the first mall-museum in the world.

I never expected such a large crowd:  ladies “le signore bene” from all over Rome in a perfectly ordered row along the Triton Street Sidewalk,  young people eager to hear  the live music entertainment marathon with pop stars, bands and DJ along with a multitude of curious people and  groups of tourist.  When the doors opened,…

From November 1st a NEW unique experience visiting the Coliseum

After a long and meticulous restoration, the highest levels of the amphitheater, the fourth and the fifth, the spaces that two thousand years ago were reserved for the “plebes”, with seats numbered on the wooden poles  –  will reopen and can be visited in groups starting  November 1st . The  view from the Coliseum from the…