Gourmet Tour of Tuscany by Car

We have found for you some places where culture, landscape and taste come together to savor something unique with eyes and mouth….

Romantic Getaway in Tuscany

With its large garden and terraces, Borgo Il Melone is the ideal location for anyone seeking a villa in Cortona, Italy

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Roman Sabine Hills, among Legend and Tradition…

Legends about ancient Rome tell the famous story of the Rape of the Sabines… According to the legend, Romulus founded the city of Rome and prosperity and military strength were quick to follow. The new establishment soon became a force in a territory that was filled with different cultures and tribes. There was only one…

My culinary trip to La Rioja, España.

Last year I went to visit a very good friend of mine in La Rioja. His name is Juan and he’s from Logroño. We have lot’s of things in common Juan and I, but none of these compares to our common love for good food and good wine! He and his family showed me a…