“We are all pilgrims who seek Italy”, Goethe wrote in a poem in 1790, two years after his return to Germany from his almost two-year spell in the land he had long dreamed of. But don’t worry, you do not need to be a poet, a genius or spend two years travelling through Italy to feel the same enthusiasm and capture the same memories of Italy. Even a 24 hours flight layover will give you a flavour of the boot-shaped country, that will make you fall in love with Italy, just like Goethe.
Below you will find some of our featured locations and highlight tour, although we are always happy to design custom experiences.
Mario has magically whisked me from my sofa to Italy with the quarantine talks. He's entertaining and extremely knowledgeable. I really enjoyed the opportunity to see up close... read more so many of the sites that I've visited in person. These tours have made me appreciate the artistry of Italy even more. Brava!
Mario has lead us around the famous chapel and I'd like to thank him, because I visited a lot of times that site but, with Mario's knowledge of italian art... read more and gather to 3D images and the flight of 360° around the vault, I have never seen in this way. He has gave us the possibility to climb the whole Chapel and the care of "PARTICULARE" like the Francesco GUICCIARDINI, Mario has shown us the essence of one of the most important masterpiece of the universal art. Thank you and I'am looking for the next virtual visit... Bravo!
Mario gave me and my friends an online presentation about Leonardo da Vinci as a man and painter.
It was a great experience in this lockdown town: we had a... read more interesting and inspiring night toghether with friends each in his own house.
Sitted on the sofa, a glass of red wine in one hand and enjoying the great paint on the flat screen.
Of course there are thousands of video in YouTube but this is a really interactive experience, you can ask your curiosities and share your comments with your friends.
Also the kids were entertained and fascinated!
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We went for some tours in the past with Mario and due to the quarantine we decided to take the opportunity to join the online tour that he is arranging... read more in this period. It was a great experience and we had a great time following the story of this masterpiece from Rome and across Europe. Murders, fakes, law suits and a lot of misery to be guided through by your private guide. We really spent a nice evening. Now looking forward to seeing the Vatican palace. Don't forget to bring your glass of wine to accompany you along the way!!!
I was lucky enough to have Mario as a guide for my time in Rome recently - one of the best travel experiences I have had. He was so welcoming,... read more knowledgable, and fun to be around, and made my time in the city an absolute delight, with perfect suggestions for the best places to eat and drink. Not only is Mario a fantastic host, but he's also incredibly knowledgable and charismatic, with a tour of the Vatican Museum and Basilica a true highlight, blending detail and narrative expertly. Booking with the Grand Tour is an absolute must if you are visiting Rome, thank you to Mario for such a fantastic experience!
Just had the most perfect day in Rome thanks to Mario from the Grand Tour Europe.
After picking us up at the airport, Mario took us to an authentic trattoria... read more for our first Roman dinner. The pasta was delicious and atmosphere simply perfect.
The next day we met Mario for a food tour in the Testaccio area where only locals live and shop. A true Roman experience and a fun moment of passion and food sharing.
Last but not least, we spent our last full day in the Vatican where Mario is an incredible art specialist and in the heart of baroque Rome going from a beautiful piazza to an even more stunning basilica.
Wether you are visiting Rome for the first time or 10th time, Mario and the Grand Tour Europe are most definitely the go to agency for a genuine and brilliant Roman vacation.
Just drop us a few lines about your upcoming trip to Italy and we will be glad to come back to you with our ideas and suggestions. You can put as many requirements as you want or just ask for inspiration, we at The Grand Tour are always happy to take any challenge!
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