If you long to explore the real Italy, then Italian Connection’s insider knowledge and personal approach to travel is for you. We scout out the most scenic walking routes, hand-pick our accommodations, sample lots of food, and yes, we admit to tasting many wines, just to ensure that everything meets the standards of an authentic Italian Connection experience. What all this adds up to is a just a really good time, which is why many of our guests return again and again. See our Calendar Page for upcoming walking tours and culinary trips in Italy.
Great food and wine are an integral part of Italian life, and of every Italian Connection tour, with regional culinary delights that cry mangia!
We feature ala carte dining on our Signature and Blend tours, and select both fine restaurants and more casual trattorie so that meals are as unique as the atmosphere. Our Adventure tours offer limited menus with a focus on homey regional cuisine that is always fresh and varied.
Being part of an Italian family for an evening is a special experience, and some of our favorite meals are in the private homes of our friends, where we are treated to warm Italian hospitality and great home cooking. And even when dining in a top Michelin-starred restaurant, we’ll dispel any idea of stuffiness by personally introducing you to the chef, and hope some of that talent rubs off!
An impressive selection of wine is included with our meals on Signature and Blend tours.. Play "name that region" with glasses of Barolo, Chianti, Amarone, Nero d’Avola, Primitivo, Sagrantino... or just quaff!
Don’t be surprised if many of the hotels we stay in have not yet made it into the guidebooks — we find them before anyone else! Our small groups enable us to use exclusive hotels not available to larger groups, and you’ll find our accommodations are superior to many higher-priced tours.
Our Signature tours feature luxury and boutique hotels, and exquisite country estates. Our Blend tours offer a combination of boutique hotels and charming inns, which are often the best place to stay in a wonderful off-the-beaten-path destination. Our Adventure tours offer simpler accommodation in great locations, and offer excellent value.
We rate our trip accommodations from two to five diamonds:
= Simple B&B in excellent location
= Charming family-run inns
= Luxury inns and boutique hotels
= Historic hotels and spa resorts
Italy isn’t flat, so expect to be going up and down hills and enjoying great views! Even our easy walking won’t be easy if you haven’t done some pretour preparation (i.e. more than walking from the parking lot to your office). The best training for your Italian Connection walking tour is to do what you will do on tour—so get out there and walk, eat pasta and drink wine!
Daily distance of 2-5 km (1-3 miles) through archeological sites and in towns with stone stairways. Lightweight walking shoes.
Daily distance of 8-10 km (5-7 miles) on dirt paths and gravel roads, with short ascents & descents. Excellent van access for assistance along the route. Sturdy walking shoes.
Daily distance of 12-16 km (8-10 miles) with longer ascents & descents. May include cobblestone paths and steps, or narrow paths along terraced hillsides. Some van access or options for shorter walks. Sturdy walking shoes or lightweight boots.
Daily distance of 12-16 km (8-10 miles) with steep ascents & descents. Walks are at altitudes of 1200-2450 meters (3500-8000 feet) on trails and forest service roads, some rocky or exposed sections. Limited van access, options for shorter or longer routes. Lightweight boots.