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.
... All you have to do is to start dreaming and design your own package!
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I nostri clienti sono sempre parte della nostra grande famiglia…grazie!"
Ross Bentley & Laurie Robson - I just wanted to thank you and everyone at Ciao for all your help with our trip to Italy. My experience was limited to the last few days and principally with the walking tours but as per our last trip with you to Italy everything was fantastic. I‘ve coped Laurie in case she had anything to note but I would specifically say that I found the tours with Giovanni absolutely exceptional. read more
Jolene and Jeff Senn -Thank you and all of your staff for organizing such a lovely trip! We enjoyed every minute of it. The private tours (and the guides) were exceptional. We truly appreciated how much more we learned and saw with the private tours. read more
Jean and Leighton Miller - I would highly recommend Ciao to others because of your attention to detail, your follow-up (through Didi) in Italy, and the quality of your guides. We can see you have built a strong relationship with them: several commented that they love working with you and one noted she appreciated that you come to Italy every couple of years or so. Their knowledge is fantastic and they seem to be well respected in the tourism industry (based on how they interacted with people in different venues).read more
Sherry Rooks, Travel Plus - Hi Arlene! Just wanted to thank you for everything you and your staff did for my clients. They were in today and raved about the trip. She said everything was perfect and there wasn’t one thing she could find fault with. My client said the cooking lesson was fantastic..in fact everything was. read more
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
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FESTIVALS IN ITALY
MITO Music Festival in Milan and Turin (September 5th-24th)
September 5th marks the start of one of the most important music festivals in Italy and Europe, with 20 days of music: classical, ancient, contemporary, jazz, traditional and experimental. In 180 concerts at 95 venues, more than 2,600 musicians from 33 countries come together for the annual jamboree that spans two cities: Milan and Turin.
For info: www.mitosettembremusica.it/en
REAL ITALIAN RECIPES
Recipe of the Month: Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta with Beans)
One of the best classic Italian soups ever!
1 lb. podded, fresh Borlotti beans and 3 tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, 1 clove garlic, 2 tbs. parsley, chopped
1 ripe tomato, quartered, 2 tbs. lard
1/3 lb. mixed dry pasta (maccheroncini rigati, or maltagliati)
5 tbs. grated Parmigiano
salt, white pepper
Put 2 qts. of water in a pot; use very little salt since, as the water evaporates, the salt will intensify. Add the beans and simmer with pot covered till ready. Finely chop the lard, onion, garlic, parsley and tomato.
Sauté in oil over medium heat until the lard has melted and the vegetables begin to get tender. Set aside. When the beans are done, add the soffritto, bring to a boil and add the pasta, stir and let it cook until the pasta is al dente (about 8 mins.). Add more hot water or broth if you feel it is getting too dense. When the soup is ready, add a pinch of freshly ground pepper and 2 tbs. Parmigiano. Serve with the remaining Parmigiano.
Note 1: Before adding the pasta, you may pass about half the beans through a food mill and return resulting purée to the broth.
Note 2: The soffritto may be eliminated. When cooking the beans, add the crushed clove of garlic, the onion, tomato, parsley and olive oil when the beans are almost done.
Note 3: You can also use other types of beans such as cannellini, navy beans, etc.
Note 4: If you use dry beans, you must soak them overnight.
Note 5: Practically every region of Italy has its own version of Pasta e Fagioli