Our Mission

Discovering Italy has been offering innovative specialised art and cultural tours to Italy since 2001. It is our mission to provide travellers with an extensive variety of travel options from group travel to independent, fully guided itineraries and programs.  We aim to provide travel opportunities that cultivate a passion for travel, food and culture.

Our Values

We pride ourselves on offering a very high level of professional service and consultation, creating high quality custom itineraries and opportunities for our clients. We have an extensive knowledge of the Italian Peninsula, its history and its culture, and are passionate about providing unique opportunities and experiences.

Our Solution

We have offices in Umbria & Australia which enable us, personally, to ensure your needs are met. We seek to engage in developing collaborative opportunities for schools, groups & individuals.  We are highly technologically capable allowing us to think outside the box when it comes to developing opportunities for groups and individuals around the world.

 
 
  • Judith Greenaway

  • Kylie Greenaway

  • DI Facilitators & Guides

  • Kylie (BA. Education, Vis Art, Art History & Culture / G. Dip TESOL) is a Director of La Cultura d'Italia P/L. Kylie has been a registered teacher for 20 years, a coordinator/leader of Junior and Senior Schools, and a state exam assessor for Art. Kylie is passionate about developing opportunities for young people that broaden their horizons, but also add real value to their educational experiences. She uses her enduring passion for culture and history along with a comprehensive understanding of current educational practice to advise on programming for school groups and to liaise directly with schools. Kylie is our chief advisor for private programming options as well as the coordinator for all conference events and "incentive travel." Having travelled widely throughout Europe with a young family she is also the perfect person to ask about family travel options.
  • In Italy we select and work with facilitators and guides who are all highly experienced within their respective fields. We choose each one according to the program's needs, whether for private individuals or groups or for our school programs, according to the range of cultural activities required. All come together in their love of language, travel knowledge and people and all display an enduring passion for the diversity and richness of each region or focus of interest. They bring a great warmth and enthusiasm to Discovering Italy and we appreciate their continuing good efforts, enthusiasm and dedication to their work, on our behalf.
  • Judith (MA-Lib, BA Hons-English Literature & Classical Studies, Cambridge/RSA-ESL English Language) is the Principal Director of La Cultura d'Italia P/L, program developer and very experienced leader/guide of the small group travel programs and customised/private itineraries.  She is a writer with an extensive background in language, literature and cultural studies, with a special interest in medieval history, in particular, in the development of the "city states" in central Italy in context with the broader centres of power such as Rome and Florence. Having travelled widely throughout the world, she is now resident in Italy, living in the ancient centre of Orvieto. Together with her partner Victor, an esteemed Australian/international artist, she shares an abiding interest in all things Italian.

For Ready-Made Groups: we can facilitate your travel arrangements from Australia by arranging and coordinating airfares and advising on all travel requirements including personal or group travel insurances.

Getting There: if you need assistance, or would just enjoy being looked after, there are a lot of little things we can do to make a difference to your trip. Before you leave Australia, we offer to support you throughout the organisation of your trip, we can arrange airfares and insurance, offer advice on climate, currency, and many other things to help your trip get off to a great start.

Once in Italy: we can offer 24-hour assistance. We can arrange for you to be met on your arrival by a host, at the arrivals hall in Rome airport. We understand a long haul flight is difficult for everyone and that you may be jetlagged. Assistance on arrival, therefore, is always appreciated. We can be there to welcome you, offer support, language assistance, help sort out any arrival problems and escort you to your accommodation.

Medical facilities: Italy has a large number of excellent health and medical facilities, and all our accommodation facililties have good emergency procedures. It is imperative that all travellers have adequate travel insurance.

Transport , airport transfers and excursions: professional transport agencies and drivers are used at all times.

Program costs: typically include your selection of accommodation with private bathroom facilities and breakfasts, a variety of lunches and dinners with venues carefully chosen to provide the best overview of local cuisines. These will be indicated on your personal program. Depending on your program: entrances to museums, guides, excursions (ie to oil and wine tastings, etc.) and all internal transport costs will be included. All class costs will be included. Cooking classes typically include an apron and all recipes prepared as part of the class (no minimum participants). Program costs do not include: passport and visa fees, travel insurance, excess baggage charges, airfares*, airport departure and other taxes, gratuities, extra meals, telephone charges, laundry, drinks, optional tours, and any item of a personal nature.

*we can quote air travel and insurances for you, and include these prices in our individual quotation or make travel agency recommendations for you.

The SAMPLE PROGRAMS outlined here & in our brochures are a suggested basic package, however, we are more than happy to discuss alternatives or additions to our programs depending on your needs. If you like, we can also write a completely customised program in consultation with you. We can also offer a discount for ready-made groups of 4 or more and for return clients.

At Discovering Italy we are happy to work with you to develop an itinerary with inclusions that are just right - ask us how . . .

education programs

Our education programs are tailored to the travelling needs of young students. We use the spectacular ancient city of Orvieto as a base, home to the breathtaking Signorelli frescoes housed in one of the most impressive cathedrals in the country. Programs include fully escorted excursions to the remarkable cities of Rome, the Vatican, Assisi, Florence, as well as the North and South of Italy with guided visits to the most important sites and museums. All cultural activities are presented in an informative, but relaxed and enjoyable environment. Our programs are designed to broaden the horizons of young people, open them to new experiences and to the possibilities of travel.