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.

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!

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Buy your dream house in Sicily for 1 euro!

Every year in Italy there is a competition between towns and villages to decide which one is the Borgo Più Bello d’Italia (the Most Beautiful Village in Italy).  This year 134,000 people voted the town of Gangi, located about 80 km southeast of Palermo. in the Madonie Mountains, as the winner. Artistic qualities, culture, local handicraft, traditions and…

Roman Serenade

Last weekend my boyfriend’s family was visiting from Spain, so we stayed home on saturday night and had a family dinner. We were just finishing dessert when suddenly we started to hear a lot of noise coming from the square below. Now keep in mind that I live in Garbatella, which lies just outside the walls…

Why Do We Wander So?

Experience. Explore. Learn. Enjoy. Visiting Italy…….. When traipsing through Italian towns I have to admit that I ponder on the past.   I pause as I pass a church, linger at a fountain, poke my nose into a doorway musing  “Who goes there…?” My mind echoing historical fiction at random moments as I mosey along until…

Guest Post: Puglia, Italy: Truly A Revelation

By Mary Lou and Richard Gross Stargazer Travel,Guilford,CT USA Not knowing what to expect, we discoveredPugliato be a wonder of unique natural, historic and cultural gems, gastronomic treats, and warm, welcoming people. It is also 30% less expensive most of the rest ofItaly. This is truly a region ofItalynot to be missed. FromNovember 13 to…