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…

The 2017 best ice cream in the world? The Umbrian Crispini Pistachio

Between dozens of creative and innovative tastes, including exotic fruit and complex combinations, a great Italian classic from a Spoleto ice cream maker  won the finale of the Ice Cream World Tour. At the end of the Ice Cream World Tour, 36 ice-cream shops from all over the world were compiting , but the great…

A great place to indulge:  Fiumicino Rome airport.

Once on a time “eating at the airport” was synonymous of just take a bite and settle for mediocre.   Now, all around the world airports are becoming a welcome place to enjoy your time.  The Roman airport of Fiumicino follows the trend and now offers to travelers 10,000 square meters dedicated to shopping and dining.  “The…

A new discovery for American sophisticated travelers: LANGHE region

 Everyone will love the Langhe. And it could not be otherwise: wonderful landscapes, beautiful accommodations, wineries among the best in the world to match crazy gourmet products. A rich, unbelievable territory to discover, offering all sorts of travel options, ideal for those who want to relax and pamper yourself, perhaps in a romantic weekend, but…

Do you know it? March 21st is Tiramisu day in Italy!

Well at least is an opportunity to prepare or  taste it. For my side I have read the book Tiramisu – History, curiosity, interpretations of the Italian most loved sweet, sponsored by Eataly and I have discovered that there is a fight between Gorizia and Treviso to earn the title of city of origins. Flavia…

and now a taste of Apulia .. another food & wine experience

Here I am again! Now is  time to experience more Italian Excellences: the food,  wine,  oil and the perfumes of the Apulia region! From Bari to Lecce an itinerary prepared with love for our gourmet foodies. Our tour leader is an expert and ..  a foodies himself. So let start our journey ! DAY 1  From Bari…

Packages for Foodies: a Venetian discovery

Yes I know!  Generally when I speak with friends who want to visit Italy they always talk about Tuscany Countryside and the Tuscan food; movies, books, articles are full of news about the heart of Italy. But I am Italian and I love all the Italian food and wines. So now I will propose to…

Pompeii excavations are now accessible to everyone: a 2 miles path opens on December 2nd and is free of architectural barriers.

The  project “Pompei per  tutti” has made a route that allows those with walking difficulties to visit the archaeological site and Roman houses . Now everyone can stroll through easily and without architectural barriers.  The archaeological site of Pompeii from the entrance of Porta Marina Amphitheatre, to strolling along Via Abundance, along with access to…

A new experience see ARA PACIS AS IT WAS

Would you like to see the Ara Pacis – the big altar, built by Augustus between 13 and 9 BC in Campo Marzio to celebrate peace in the territories of the empire – as it was originally?  Now a new multimedia project allows us to admire the “ARA” as it was and this is the…

What to do in Florence this winter

our suggestions to make your next vacation an unique experience! Make plans to visit the newly opened Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and be prepared for the visual itinerary which will have you feeling the power of the more than 1000 artists who contributed to the Duomo in Florence. With over 70 rooms, a panoramic terrace…

The Best Island in Europe: ISCHIA

Ischia was declared the best island in Europe by the results of the “2016 World’s Best Awards” just announced by Nathan Lump, Chief Editor of Travel + Leisure of American Express Publishing Group. Ischia, a wonder of nature entirely made in Italy  that all the world envies. It is no coincidence that Ischia has been crowned “Best Island Europe”,…

Sloppy Joes? Try the gourmet international original versions of it: Picchiapo in Rome, Bifana in Lisbon and Porto or.. in Fort Lauderdale  the best Cuban sandwich..

A sloppy Joe is a sandwich consisting of ground beef, onions, tomato sauce   and other seasonings, served on a hamburger bun. Someone suggests that the “sloppy Joe” was a creation of a cook named Joe   in a Sioux City cafe  in the early 30’. But the idea of it is way older than that! As for all the street food  you just need…

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…