Our 2016 year of travels in pictures

It is always a real pleasure to welcome new clients, groups and families but it is especially nice to welcome back return clients. This year of fabulous DI travels had it all, beginning almost as soon as the DI Italy office reopened in March and not finishing until the last group left in October. Our travels took us to many of the usual, much-loved places but also allowed time for some very special visits to new locations. An absolute highlight was the family journey we were able to plan with the Gleesons where DI travelled with them for awhile in Italy and then followed them on an amazing adventure through France, England and Ireland. For all of you who travelled with us in 2016, we thank you sincerely for the many great experiences shared and look forward to meeting with you back in Oz. We look forward also to those who are planning on travelling with us in 2017 and hope you can find inspiration in some of the images we share here. 

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  • VATICAN

    VATICAN

    Some details are well worth taking the time to view, as here in the Vatican Museum "Map Gallery." There are so many historical details, human-scale stories and anecdotes hidden away that enrich what can otherwise be an overwhelming visit to an amazing set of museums
  • VENICE

    VENICE

    So unusual to find both of us in a pic together, this time in our beloved Venezia. Thanks Pattie & Stu
  • FLORENCE

    FLORENCE

    Great and mysterious myths and legends can be talked about but nothing sticks in young minds like taking part in some traditional oddities - like sliding the coin from the "porcellino" - knowing the rules of the "game" is important though
  • VENICE

    VENICE

    As cliche as it might seem, everyone should take a gondola ride at least once. Just know the deals and the best places to embark and it is an experience never forgotten
  • VENICE

    VENICE

    Amidst all the hustle and bustle that is an inevitable part of this stunning place there are still quiet spots to be found where the locals continue their lifelong habits, even to fishing in one of the busiest waterways. Stop and chat and you will find the true Venetians love telling you about the REAL Venice
  • ORVIETO

    ORVIETO

    Australian students mixing it up with their Italian student counterparts - no better way to learn a language than to have to rely work with a partner to solve puzzles and clues, each in the other's language
  • VATICAN

    VATICAN

    Some places are so unique and so worth the effort of getting there, rather than just the usual tourist routes. Here we are atop the incredibly beautiful cupola of the Basilica di San Pietro. You just have to know it exists to do it . . .
  • DERUTA

    DERUTA

    Two Masters at the top of their professions, Victor Greenaway with Patrizio Chiucchiu - always top of our visit list for private clients
  • ROME

    ROME

    Feeding young student minds is one thing but it is equally important to ensure that the tummies are fed well before starting out each day
  • ROME

    ROME

    The area of the Pantheon is our favoured location to settle private clients when in Rome, so much within easy reach, so must to see, great shopping and even greater food options in traditional trattorie - if you know where to look
  • ORVIETO

    ORVIETO

    What a special treat in working in traditional arts and crafts, learning so much as you go but also, what an excitement in seeing the results and being able to take them home with you
  • VERONA

    VERONA

    The fantastical and colourful arena decked out for a performance of Bizet's Carmen
  • ROME

    ROME

    Staying overnight in locations allows for some great, atmospheric evening shots otherwise missed - here looking over the Roman Forum from the Capitoline Museum
  • VENICE

    VENICE

    Sharing our special finds and favourite places is one of the great delights in our work, as well as advising on the local specialities we have discovered over all the years
  • ORVIETO

    ORVIETO

    Taking time to reflect on fabulous interiors, with Samantha & Fergus
  • CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO

    CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO

    In an oasis of greenery, perched high on a rocky outcrop - very special
  • VENICE

    VENICE

    The travelling Gleesons with our fab, truly Venetian guide and facilitator, Alessandra
  • MONTEFALCO

    MONTEFALCO

    Sometimes it is the tiniest of places that end up providing the greatest, freshest and innovative food - what a find, now a favourite and one we highly recommend
  • VENICE

    VENICE

    At the end of a long day guiding and ensuring every individual is getting the most possible out of their stay, what better place to take a moment of quietude, looking out over the lagoon in the moonlight.
  • MURANO

    MURANO

    Watching the masters at work - glass blowing in Murano
  • OSTIA ANTICA

    OSTIA ANTICA

    Discovering the delights of an ancient Roman port
  • CERVETERI

    CERVETERI

    A continuing fascination with all things Etruscan keeps us researching new collections so we can introduce them to clients who are as intrigued as we are
  • VENICE

    VENICE

    Finding the "real deal" beyond the usual tourist traps - here with Pattie & Stu
  • VERONA

    VERONA

    What a very special and unforgettable experience of seeing the opera at the ancient stadium, a performance of Bizet's Carmen
  • ROME

    ROME

    Young Rowville students soaking up the immense interior of the Pantheon
  • ROME

    ROME

    Some traditions may be modern-day inventions but no harm if it means a return to the wonderful "eterna" that is Rome
  • VENICE

    VENICE

    No better way to understand the skills and patience of ancient traditions than getting hands-on - learning the trade of mask-painting in Venice
  • FLORENCE

    FLORENCE

    The newly - finally finished - Museo delle Opere del Duomo - now high on our list of recommended visits in the stunning city of Firenze
  • VENICE

    VENICE

    What a fabulous experience for the Forster family, taking part in the Rowville School travel
  • MIRABILANDIA

    MIRABILANDIA

    Travelling with a young family is an amazing experience for all, but it is so important to balance out the cultural intensities with other activities that are just fun - Lacey bubbles with excitement coming off the water play at the park
  • MIRABILANDIA

    MIRABILANDIA

    Splash down at the water park - making a hot summer of travelling fresh again
  • MIRABILANDIA

    MIRABILANDIA

    Family fun and relaxation was just as big a part of planning for the Gleesons as all the other cultural activities
  • FLORENCE

    FLORENCE

    After the tour, they get to play at some of Galileo's inventions themselves - another fabulous learning experience
  • FLORENCE

    FLORENCE

    Young minds pay rapt attention to all the marvels in the Galileo Museum, beautifully explained and illustrated by the in-house specialist guide
  • VENICE

    VENICE

    Hidden passageways, secret doors and lots of intrigue - inside the Doge's Palace
  • ROME

    ROME

    A favourite photo spot with our group of young travellers - Bernini's "chick"
  • TARQUINIA

    TARQUINIA

    The Etruscan Museum - one we love and revisit often
  • VENICE

    VENICE

    In the Palazzo Ducale
  • BOMARZO

    BOMARZO

    Il Sacro Bosco - an old favourite
  • ORVIETO

    ORVIETO

    A stunning backdrop for a great group shot
  • ROME

    ROME

    Galleria Doria Pamhilji - discovering a hidden Titian
  • ROME

    ROME

    An exciting first-day visit for first-time travellers
  • CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO

    CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO

    Another favourite where the long climb is always worth the effort
  • OSTIA ANTICA

    OSTIA ANTICA

    A new favourite, one we will go back to many times
  • ROME

    ROME

    The Roman Forum - what better place for this young group to replicate games young Romans would have played, on the same spot, in ancient times
  • ORVIETO

    ORVIETO

    DI's home-away-from-home office/meeting space, thanks to Alessandro & Cantina Foresi
  • OSTIA ANTICA

    OSTIA ANTICA

    Unravelling the mysteries of a great Ancient Roman port
  • ORVIETO

    ORVIETO

    A panorama one never tires of viewing
  • ORVIETO

    ORVIETO

    Il Pozzo di San Patrizio - makes for a great group shot
  • CERVETERI

    CERVETERI

    A stunning Etruscan site to add to our long list
  • ORVIETO

    ORVIETO

    All it requires is good food, great wines, stunning venue and the company of interesting/interested people
  • ROME

    ROME

    There is always time for gelati - Piazza Navona
  • VATICAN

    VATICAN

    With DI's fab, specialist guide, Margherita
  • VENICE

    VENICE

    Stunning views from atop the Basilca di San Marco
  • ORVIETO

    ORVIETO

    Language studies with Giuseppina
  • ORVIETO

    ORVIETO

    Learning new skills and old traditions with Italian Maolica Master Artist Marino Moretti
  • VENICE

    VENICE

    Discovering the magic of how best to travel around this amazing city on water - Pattie & Stu make the most of their time in Venice with us
  • VENICE

    VENICE

    No better way to appreciate these marvellous traditional arts than trying it out yourself
  • FLORENCE

    FLORENCE

    Always time for long walks and lots to learn about in this most beautiful city of art
  • RAVENNA

    RAVENNA

    A new love in exploring the Paleo-Christian/Byzantine mosaics and unravelling the mysteries symbolised in this ancient art form
  • ORVIETO

    ORVIETO

    Discovering the hidden secrets of this ancient town

Our 2016 year of travels in pictures It is always a real pleasure to welcome new clients, groups and families but it is especially nice to welcome back return clients. This year of fabulous DI travels had it all, beginning almost as soon as the DI Italy office reopened in March and not finishing until the last group left in October. Our travels took us the many of the usual places but also allowed time for some very special visits to new locations. An absolute highlight was the family journey we were able to plan with the Gleesons where DI travelled with them for awhile in Italy and then followed them on an amazing adventure through France, England and Ireland. For all of you who travelled with us in 2016, we thank for all the great experiences shared and look forward to meeting with you back in Oz. We look forward also to those who are planning on travelling with us in 2017 and hope you can find inspiration in some of the images we share here.

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