Italy Vacation | Custom Tours | Design Your Own
Experience the real Italia! Our Custom Tours and travel packages of Italy are designed to take travelers off the beaten track and into the Italy familiar to locals. From cooking lessons in Tuscany, to hunting for treasures in a glass museum in Venice, or discovering the outdoor markets of Florence, it's our mission to make your vacation in Italy vibrant with the spirit of adventure. Our Custom Tours itineraries cater to curious, active travelers determined to explore Travel to Italy and Italian culture. Leave the vacation planning to us and Travel to Italy like you have never traveled it before! We provide packages, hotels, transportation, activities and events.
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John Bodenburg & Nancy Helmer - First, let us say how much we appreciate your effort in making our Italy vacation fabulous. We really had a great time, and much of that was due to Ciao Tours. At our age, we want someone available to guide, direct and teach us as we go. That is exactly what we received, and we're so glad for the experience. So, we are going to write a nice review of Ciao Tours in Trip Advisor. read more
Barbara and Tom, et al (Palmer Group) - Our Dear Arlene: On behalf of our group we would like to say thank you so much for the wonderful tours and contacts you provided for us in Italy; and especially for the exceptionally professional guides and drivers you sent our way. read more
Gail McKernan and Brian Morwood-Clark, I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank Ciao Tours for arranging such an amazing trip to Italy for us! The way I look at it, normally we’d have spent huge amounts of time researching all of the below items had we not gone with Ciao Tours, and still have had some uncertain conclusions. Ciao Tours clearly knows what the best elements of an Italian vacation are, from every aspect. Putting our trust in Ciao Tours far exceeded our expectations and gave us memories that we will never forget. Our recommendation to others would be – you only have so much time in life. If Italy is on your bucket list, make it easy and special with Ciao Tours. read more
Maddox Family - I have to say that our trip was FANTASTIC! It was the trip of a lifetime for our family. We had been planning on going to Italy for many years. Ciao Tours made the trip “stress free” which was most important to me. I would have been the one to do all the planning and I didn’t have the time nor the knowledge. You have great connections and all of your “people” from Didi to our personal drivers were so helpful and thoughtful. Everyone was wonderful and we were truly “taken care of”. It was worth every penny we spent. We all agreed we would not have changed a thing. We all loved the fact that the guides could get us into the museums and cathedrals ahead of the long lines. Being an accountant, I am very detail oriented and so is Ciao Tours. It meant a lot to us to have everything planned out down to the smallest detail. read more
Michael and Delma Rosseker - The tour you arranged for us was PHENOMENAL!!!!!!" We’ve been back in Canada for a month and are still marveling over it. It was the BEST, and this will present a problem for you. We are planning another trip to Italy in 2014. How will you ever exceed our new expectations? On our 2013 trip everything went flawlessly. read more
Marilyn & Ken King - Ken and I would like to send you this note of appreciation for all of the effort and diligence put into out trip to Italy from you and all the staff at Ciao Tours. Thomas was exceptional as our guide through the Vatican and around Rome the following day. We found him extremely knowledgeable and energetic!. read more
Lorne and Lori Stafford - My wife and I would really like to thank Ciao Tours for putting together a wonderful holiday for us. We were in Italy for three weeks all told, and we packed a lot in. Everything went right according to the plan laid out in our itinerary. Every place we stayed we showed up at the hotel and everything was in order, they were expecting us, and we had no unpleasant surprises. The accommodations were all first rate. In Sorrento, especially, we had the best room in the entire hotel, thank you Ciao tours for that little surprise. read more
Robert & Madelyn Cacchione - We had a wonderful time and are ready to go back. Maybe next year. Everything was as promised. Our pickups were on time and Laura was most solicitous. The most valuable thing she did was inform us about the beginning of daylight savings time the night before our departure from Italy. I don't think we would have known otherwise and would certainly have not been ready for our ride to the airport. I'm also glad you suggested we stay in Positano rather than Amalfi. . read more
Mark Love, Custom Travel Solutions - Hi Arlene, As discussed I have talked to my clients, about their recent travels to Italy and they noted that they had a trip of a lifetime. Once again thank you to yourself and your team for making their experience in Italy out of this world. read more
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FESTIVALS IN ITALY
April 21 - The Founding of Rome (Rome's Birthday). The celebration of Rome's birthday is typically held the weekend that falls closest to April 21. Rome is said to have been founded by the twins Romulus and Remus in 753 BC. Special events, including concerts, a parade, and historical re-enactments are held at the Circus Maximus, the large field where chariot races were once held. Fireworks and gladiatorial displays at the Colosseum are also part of the festivities.
REAL ITALIAN RECIPES
Torta di Pasqua al Formaggio (Cheesy Easter Pie)
This is actually a bread, rather than a pie, and is common over a broad swath of central Italy, from Umbria to the Marches, and goes by a number of names. In Umbria it's a Torta di Pasqua, whereas the Marchigiani, and especially those of the provinces of Pesaro and Ancona, know it as Crescia Brusca, and others still call it Pizza di Pasqua. It's often served as an antipasto, and is very good with cold cuts.
3 eggs and 2 yolks
A little rendered lard
1 1/4 cups (150 g) unbleached all purpose flour
9 ounces (250 g) bread dough (buy this from your baker, or make your own bread dough from scratch -- see below)
2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (100 g) olive oil
1/4 pound (100 g) fresh pecorino (a mild sheep's milk cheese; Romano will be too sharp here), finely diced
Crack the eggs into a bowl and add the two yolks as well; salt lightly and stir in the cheese and the olive oil. Let the mixture rest for at least four hours. Flour your work surface, spread the bread dough out over it, and work the remaining flour into it; shape the dough into a mound, scoop a well into it, put the cheese mixture into the well, and incorporate it. Put the dough in an oiled bowl, cover it, and set it in a warm place to rise for at least two hours.
Once it has risen, grease a high-sided bread mold with the lard and put the dough into it. Cover the pan and let the dough rise another hour; towards the end of the hour preheat your oven to 360 F (180 C) and cook for 1 hour.