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  • All
  • Art
  • Culture
  • Etruscans
  • Family
  • Florence
  • Food&wine
  • Gardens&palazzi
  • History
  • Lazio
  • Rome
  • Saints&miracles
  • Shopping
  • Tuscany
  • Umbria
  • Venice
    • Culture
    • Food&wine
    • Umbria

    Medieval Secrets & Sagrantino Wine

    The valley of Assisi is one of the most beautiful in Umbria. Bevagna itself is one of those simply stunning Roman/Medieval towns that are sprinkled around the valley but here, there are the hidden Roman baths, and workshops of Medieval crafts: paper making, icon painting, candle making and silk weaving - a perfect way to experience the transition from Roman to Medieval life, where it is still evident in the modern-day urban structure. We visit the workshops and then have lunch and a tasting of the wines at a vineyard close by to Montefalco where they produce the very special Sagrantino wines, among other delights.
    • Art

    Art Tours with Victor Greenaway

    Di offers 2 fabulous new tour suggestions for 2016, led by internationally renowned artist, Victor Greenaway. Both offer amazing opportunities to explore the world of art at a personal level of appreciation, aimed at bringing that world alive in front of original works across some of the most amazing collections in Europe. The tours may be configured for individuals, couples or small, ready-made groups and may concentrate on the major centres and regions in Italy alone or include travel into Northern Europe to reach those incredible collections of the northern masters. It is also possible to include some hands-on classes as part of these programs.
    • Art
    • Family
    • History

    Family Friendly

    One of the greatest pleasures in travelling is being able to introduce your children (and grandchildren) to the great treasures and simple pleasures of another culture. DI are specialists in school group travel so understand how to pitch all of our journeys to cater for all age groups and interests, with lots of time for distractions and rest - and food as it is needed and family-friendly accommodation. All tours can be adapted to give everyone the time and information they want along with keeping children interested and engaged.
    • Art
    Create your own Travel Journal. DI is delighted to be offering this small group, Grand Tour again, with some exciting additions. Classes include drawing, painting, & mixed media to illustrate, decorate, & embellish a lasting keepsake of your journey. This time we have the program begins in Venice, with an option to move onto Orvieto and ends in Rome - all programmed to ensure you get to experience the REAL Grand Tour with all the delights and experiences that can offer. A further extension is offered also to include Florence.
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    • Food&wine
    • Umbria

    Tastes & Traditions

    Umbria is that magical land of the saints, land-locked into gentle rolling green hills, as the saying goes, but presenting one of the most traditional and wonderful "peasant tables" where cuisine, bread and wine are matched in a simple but unforgettable, true palette of delights. This journey can encompass all, from cheese and oil tastings, to a cooking class of genuine, locally sourced produce including organically grown, ancient grains, to an early morning search for the most magical of all produce in the black & white truffles - all, of course, blended beautifully with the best wines of the region from the Orvieto Classico to the velvety smoothness of Sagrantino and the nectar of the very special Passito. It includes many simple tastings of the best produce to more formal wine pairing with more creative cuisines along with the warmth of genuine offerings from those very special family-run restaurants and trattorie that are the very back-bone of this beautiful region of Central Italy.
    • Florence
    • History
    • Tuscany

    Walking FLORENCE

    You will feel immediately immersed in the rich history through anecdotes and interesting insights to enliven the way through this most amazing city. We will find our way through the same small streets and byways taken by one of its most famous sons, Michelangelo and, depending on time and interest, visit the Accademia to see that most iconic of all Renaissance works in the David. Again, depending on time and interests, the walk may include places such as the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Piazza della Rebubblica, the Cathedral, Bapistery and Giotto Tower, Piazza della Signoria, Orsanmichelle, Palazzo Davanzati, Palazzo Strozzi, Santa Croce, Uffizi Corridor and the famed Ponte Vecchio. Shopping and eating well are always a priority.
    • Art
    • History
    • Venice

    Art Focus - VENICE

    What better way to appreciate this amazing city than through the illustrious works of its most famous artists, Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepoli, Sansovino, Palladio, to name just a few. First,we journey through the monumental edifice of the Doges Palace, adorned with ceilings and walls of such splendour, then onto the cycle of churches displaying the most precious of works and architecture, typically in more sedate surroundings, but also some surprising, tucked away masters typically missed by most tourists. Depending on time and interests, this may also include a close look at the marvellous Byzantine mosaics in the St Marks Cathedral and also in the ancient cathedral on the island of Torcello. This is part of a series of day tours that may take 2 or 3 days or more in Venice as part of a packaged program.
    • History
    • Lazio
    • Rome

    Walking ROME

    It is the small "vicoli," streets and piazzas that evoke a real sense of the eclectic mix that is modern day Rome, with the ancient city emerging every now and then among the iconic emblems that attract the modern-day tourist as much as the old. The walk allows for a gentle pace with stops for refreshments, distractions & discussions as we go but will include those on everyone's list such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon and Piazza Navona, among others, perhaps not so well known but equally important in getting to this, the "eterna" even better.
    • History
    • Umbria

    Orvieto In Context

    This is one of our "base" tours that provides a great introduction to the city of Orvieto, from its Etruscan origins, through the Medieval period, into the Renaissance and up to the present day, finishing with a visit to one of the most extensive, privately owned caves or grottoes, in use since Etruscan times. A light lunch and small wine tasting is included which is then followed by a guided visit to the magnificent Orvieto cathedral and the apocalyptic Signorelli frescoes. It may also include a dinner to introduce you to traditional Umbrian cuisine such as the wild boar and truffles, in a local, family-run trattoria.
    • Gardens&palazzi
    • Lazio

    Gardens - Bomarzo

    The ancient city of Bomarzo provides the setting for one of the most astounding "theme" parks of the later Renaissance. We take a gentle wander through the "Sacred Grove" of this amazing and fanciful creation, strewn with monumental stone carvings that both challenge and delight, questioning interpretation and awakening the imagination. Known more as "the Monster Park" by the locals, it tells the story of a family as it fails in the continuing struggle for power and of Vicino, the Duke of Orsini, venting his anguish for lost love. It is a lovely escape for a meander through a quiet but magical landscape. It is typically taken over one morning but may also include a casual, picnic lunch within the grounds.
    • History
    • Lazio
    • Rome

    Layers of Christian ROME

    This is a journey of discovering as Christianity emerged from being a hidden, underground cult into the dominant and most powerful religion in the western world, providing an unrivalled backdrop to a world of art, archaeology, culture & myth that still informs our world today. We travel through some of the most amazing and precious jewels this amazing city has to offer including the excavations under San Clemente and, for the more intrepid (and time permitting), a visit to the Necropolis under St Peter's Basilica.
    • Art
    • Culture
    • Umbria

    Arts&Crafts - UMBRIA

    The great ceramic/maiolica tradition of Umbria dates back to the early Middle Ages. This visit includes a very special sanctuary with votive tiles dating back to the early 16thC - way off the usual tourist route, it gives voice to the local townsfolk in expressing their long-held beliefs in a guiding spirit but also, demonstrating a genuine commitment to the art for which they are most famous - maiolica ware. We then move onto the beautiful Renaissance ceramics of Deruta with a personal introduction to some very talented MASTER artisans as well as a guided visit to the fabulous collection in the "Museo della Ceramica". Lunch is included in a local, typical trattoria.
    • History
    • Venice

    Walking VENICE

    This is a great walk of discovery, through small streets and "calle" to quiet hidden spots, through fabulous shopping streets and small squares, onto the most famous of all, Piazza San Marco and then, time permitting, back through the artisan workshops and art precinct of Dorsoduro. All the way, you will learn the amazing feats of ingenuity that built this city on water and how they managed not only to live but also to build an empire that rivalled all others before falling into a sad decline, saved only by travellers of the Grand Tour. It is a fascinating story that will have you sympathetically intrigued and immediately feeling "at home" among the tiny byways. Usually combined within a series of days as part of a packaged program.
    • Art
    • History
    • Lazio
    • Rome

    Art Focus - ROME

    In this journey of discovery we move through some amazing collections from the ancient Greek/Etruscan/Roman periods, to the Byzantine and into the High Renaissance and the overtly Baroque, depending on particular interests and time. It includes a selected, guided visit to the unrivalled collections of the Vatican Museum (Sistine Chapel), Doria Pamphilii and the Galleria Borghese, with some quirky and less travelled collections as a bonus, all with their own unique stories to tell that say as much about the collectors as the collections.
    • Shopping

    Shopping Trails

    It is a given that history, arts, culture, food and wine are a big focus (and our passion) for all destinations in Italy, but shopping also comes high on the list for many travellers. Shopping excursions are often seen as "designer" and/or "outlet" fashion shopping for big name brands, but at DI we also "get" the simple pleasures of finding great bargains while searching for those memorable items to pack every corner of your suitcases. So, as part of your larger journey, we will always allow sufficient time, with assistance from our facilitators, to ensure you can indulge in whatever type of shopping you fancy, according to your budget.
    • Art
    • History

    ArtFocus - Fresco Cycles

    Story telling is one of those ancient arts, practiced across all the eons of existence from cavemen, to the Egyptians, the Etruscans, through rich heritage of the Anglo Saxons and the Medieval Mystery plays and so into the early Renaissance. The latest, richest of narrative cycles are to be found in that “golden age of fresco painting” in Italy, stretching from the 13th to the 16th centuries. This is a journey through a feast of colour and light, from all the pomp of church and state, to humbler passions and fealty for revered personalities, to the profound philosophical and social harmonies and disharmonies but, most importantly, to a deeper appreciation of the significance and continuing fascination that was this greatest of times in art history.
    • Saints&miracles
    • Umbria

    Saints&Miracles-Bolsena

    The communal museum at Bolsena, with links to the Etruscan city of Volsini (Orvieto), presents a clear historic overview of its origins with all its famous artefacts and also offers some stunning views from the ramparts. But, as always, it is the personal stories of the trials and tribulations of the local saints and miracles, encapsulated in the ancient shrine to Santa Cristina, that captures the essence of this quiet parochial village, home to one of the most famous eucharistic miracles of all. Lunch is included offering great dishes of the delicate fish of the lake and from the close by Tyrrenian Sea. This day may be extended to include a further drive around the lake or a return to Orvieto after lunch.
    • Culture
    • History
    • Tuscany

    SIENA - a Race for Power

    Siena holds such fascinating links to the great power struggles in Medieval and Renaissance Central Italy and as the origin of many famous (and infamous) powerful family names that resonate throughout the peninsula. With so much to see, including the amazing mosaic floors of the cathedral (depends on the time of year), the views from the top of the museum and the famous piazza/arena of the Palio, it is a full and fascinating day out, including lunch with a Tuscan flavour. Normally departs from Orvieto.
    • Gardens&palazzi
    • Lazio

    Gardens & Palazzi 2

    In contrast to the Villa Farnese, BAGNAIA gives us the amazing Villa Lante with its wonderful "Mannerist" style garden, very "modern" al fresco eating areas with a number of fabulous water features and statuary arranged over several terraces, topped at the summit by a marvellous grotto with views across the distant rooftops and flanked by a "wild" wood. The Water Chain rivals that at Caprarola as one of the best and earliest examples of a stepping cascade. Lunch may be included and the day may also be combined with the Villa Farnese at Caprarola.
    • Gardens&palazzi
    • Lazio
    • Umbria

    Gardens & Palazzi 1

    The village of CAPRAROLA offers the perfect opportunity for an insider's view of how the Pope's "played" and how their families made the most of what was typically a short but most ardent moment of power and glory. We visit the imposing, octagonal-shaped Villa Farnese, a stunning 16thC country villa and the beautiful adjoining gardens with its typical Renaissance grottoes and surrounding parkland leading up to the Hunting Lodge - the "playhouse" where secret rendezvous and parties could take place, unseen from below. Lunch may be included and the day may also be combined with the Villa Lante at Bagnaia.
    • Culture
    • Food&wine
    • Umbria

    Villages & Valleys

    In this series of journeys, starting out from Orvieto, we trace a gentle trail through some of the most beautifully understated and traditional villages and green valleys not otherwise easily reached by public transport. Depending on time and preferences, we include private transport and your own private guide along with tastings of local produce and always a lunch in some special, hidden away gem offering the freshest of ingredients and local wines. Village and towns that may be considered are places such as Montefalco, Bevagna, Todi, Civita di Bagnoregio, Baschi, Montecchio, amongst others.
    • Culture
    • Food&wine
    • Umbria

    Oil&History - UMBRIA

    As part of our focus on "Food & Wine Culture" we take a drive through the countryside, through small villages, past ancient vineyards and olive groves, to the oil museum in Montecchio. It includes a guided visit to the oil museum set up by the current generation as a proud testament to their heritage and to the quality of produce that is still created today, with the same passion and devotion to the land. An oil tasting or light lunch is included on site with their own local produce.
    • Saints&miracles
    • Umbria

    Saints&Miracles - Assisi

    No visit to Assisi is complete without first visiting the basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Porziuncula - this tiny chapel now located within the imposing walls of the monumental church that was built around it to protect it from the environment and to house the thousands of pilgrims who come every year to worship at this most sacred site of St Francis of Assisi. It is only a visit here that allows a clear understanding of the true humanity and humility of this most revered saint in all of Italy. Once up in the city of Assisi itself we take a guided tour through the town to the the basilicas, Upper and Lower, with their amazing cycle of frescoes by the most talented and revered late Medieval / early Renaissance Masters. Includes lunch in the town at a local pizzeria.
    • Culture
    • History
    • Lazio
    • Rome

    ROME b/n Myth&Legend

    Ancient sources speak of an inhabited settlement founded by Saturnia on the Capitoline Hill well before the foundation of Rome itself. It was here that the Greeks came with Heracles, followed by descendants of Aeneas after their flight from Troy. We will follow these great myths and legends to the founding of Rome (753BC?) and follow the trail through the Roman Forum to discover the reality of daily life in the ancient centre. Includes entry to the Capitoline Museum, Roman Forum & the Colosseum.
    • Art
    • Florence
    • History
    • Tuscany

    ArtFocus-Florence

    This Florence tour takes us on a journey of ideas and beauty, from the Medieval world into the Renaissance. We discover through that great and powerful family, the Medici, the resounding impact and influence this city had on the rest of the known world and, in particular, on the lives of its most famous "sons", Ghirlandaio, Donatello, Fra'Angelico, Brunelleschi, Giotto, Michelangelo, Benozzo Gozzoli (to name a few). It is a story told in images & anecdotes that will bring their wonderful city to life. This theme may be conducted over one day or several, depending on time and interests, It may include guided visits to the Uffizi, Accademia & others as agreed, as well as time to indulge in the great cuisine & wines of the region and assisted shopping in the markets and stores.
    • Culture
    • History
    • Lazio
    • Rome

    All Roads Lead to ROME

    This journey may be measured from the "Golden Mile" marker in the Roman Forum (but usually starting from Orvieto) to the remains of one of the most famous ancient Roman roads, the Via Flaminia, and a typical "way-stop" settlement along the ancient route, now the tranquil archaeological park at Carsulae, where we can trace the grooves of the ancient cart-wheels and rediscover the urban layout among the ruins, shedding light on the every-day lives of ordinary people, as well as appreciating more that amazing ingenuity of the Romans in not only conquering far lands, but also maintaining that power base from afar, over many centuries. This is particularly delightful in spring and early summer with an abundance of wild flowers and sheep grazing in the gentle pasture. May also include other Roman remains of particular interest in the area.
    • Culture
    • Etruscans
    • History

    Etruscan Places

    As part of a series of visits in seeking out these amazing, enigmatic, intelligent and exquisitely accomplished people and the important part they played in the life, history and cultural development of the region, we travel to Tarquinia and visit, according to D.H.Lawrence, one of the most sympathetic Etruscan museums of them all. After a great journey through this ancient culture, we take lunch (with choices from the Tyrrenian Sea) close by and then drive onto the outskirts to the burial mounds and underground tombs to see the paintings - as they were meant - in situ. Of course, this "journey" begins in Orvieto, one of the most famous of all Etruscan cities and may also include other fabulous archaeological sites such as: Volterra, Cerveteri, Vulci, and the Etruscan Museum in Rome - and many more.

tours include

 
  • Accommodation packaged as part of the tour program and depending on location(s)
  • Transport or pickup daily from and return to your accommodation
  • English speaking hosts and/or guides - guides are always experts in their fields
  • Entries to museums and sites as specified as part of each program
  • MEALS - lunches or dinners - as specified. We always choose small trattoria who provide the best examples of local cuisines
These modules are typically included in a larger program and accommodation package for private individuals, couples or groups.
These tours may also include other OPTIONS such as art classes, cooking classes, specialist tastings and may be fully customised to suit individual interests.
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Tours & Locations

Innovative specialised art & cultural tours providing an extensive variety of options for groups to independent, fully guided itineraries & programs.  

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Putting A Tour Together

Your package tour, compiled just for you. There are no minimum number of participants. Larger groups may also be accommodated.