“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.
I highly recommend Mario's virtual tours. I organized it as a team building experience at work. It was a wonderful escape of 1 hour that at times was truly breathtaking.... read more The next day I immediately booked another trip.
I greatly appreciated Mario's deep knowledge, the relaxed atmosphere he created and the customer service that is deeply rooted in him.
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Mario has an unbelievable abiity to create a virtual experience by taking a person or a place, putting them in a setting of the art, music, and culture of the... read more time. Its extraordinarily entertaining. My wife and I have held 10 vritual cocktail parties for our friends.
Mario has provided entertainment for my companies prospects and clients. He is also speaking a several charity fund raising events. He has spoken a the downtown Rotary Club. He is so knowedgable that we pick a topic and he creates the experience. He is currently scheduled with a Rotary Networking group to talk on "The Racer and the Tractor maker: Ferrari vs Lamborghini, The Beatles: Graveyards and Submarines, and Dali: the Brillant but Bizzare Surrealist. So he is so much more that a tour guide.
Flying over roofs of Firenze, to have a look into the galleries of Uffizi, to see Santa Maria Novella from above and then to jump over the undulating hills of... read more Tuscany to Milano, go down to see the Sforza Castle and to hear how Leonardo da Vinci entertained Ludovico Moro and his court with gigantic machinery and robotic monsters, even to see it enacted on film – it seems that the pleasure of travelling returns to us, with more joy than before. And yes, it can be done now, in these tumultuous times, despite of all the restrictions imposed on travelling. Just take a virtual tour organized and guided by Mario. With his knowledge of Italian art and culture, he zooms us through the land and history with enthusiasm. So far, I have taken quite a few of these tours and plan to go for more. It is an immense pleasure for me, it is a journey like no other, and also a flight over the memory lane, with the warm feeling of satisfaction, I’m sure you all know why. Try it!
My Husband and I have been invited to enjoy this wonderful virtual tour of The Sistine Chapel. We are Italians, and in this period of time We are living overseas.... read more This amazing opportunity allowed us to enjoy the stunning italian gems with the comfort of our home admiring beauty virtually. We went phisically several times to the Sistine Chapel, but thanks to Mario's passion and knowledge, we had the chance to appreciate more details than ever before. The innumerables treasures and hints hidden in the frescoes, are better exposed in that innovative digital way. Mario let us absorbe the magnificent of this astonishing Church, never leaving aside any question or doubt. Thank you Mario for your professionality, We look forward to attend another tour with you, hopefully, not only virtually.
I had the pleasure of a virtual tour with Mario Bernardi, who was one of the best guides I've ever experienced. He was knowledgeable, entertaining, information, educational, passionate, inspiring,... read more charming and the time just flew by. I learned a lot about this magnificent creation and can't wait to visit it again in person. It was a very special virtual visit.
During the lockdowns I learnt to appreciate a new way to deliver artistic and cultural experiences by attending many of Mario's virtual tours. It has been a great discovery, for... read more the tours are informative, interactive and engaging. I found them enjoyable and useful not only to travel and feel somewhere else "virtually", but now that it is possible to travel again, they will still serve a purpose of preparatory research before visiting the actual places, in order to better appreciate and understand them. Recommended.
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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