“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.
Mr. Bernardi is a knowledgable. professional,and enthusiastic tour guide.
He explains in a remarkable way the story behind the Sistine Chapel's stunning ceiling, sharing details and facts going... read more along with everything.
During the "walk" my attention and interest were highly engaged throughout the virtual tour which allowed me to view the beauty of the paintings up close.
It blew my mind!
I highly suggest this virtual tour. It is a MUST.
The virtual tours with Mario Bernardi are wonderful. If you can't get to Italy right now, do the next best thing with an entertaining and informative online tour. ... read more If you're planning a trip, this is also a great way to learn about the things you're going to see before you visit. So far, I've seen his virtual tours on Caravaggio, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Botticelli, Donatello, Bernini, Borromini, Ravenna, and St Peter's Basilica. All of them were excellent. …
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.
My wife and I toured the most famous sites of Venice, plus a few behind-the-scenes spots, for a full day with Cristina. She was amazing! Cristina conveyed the rich history... read more of Venice, back to the days of its inception with barbarians forcing the local Romans into hiding in the archipelago of islands which is now the Venice we know. We navigated in and out of St. Marks and the Doge's Palace, through the crowds, never having to wait for admission. In St. Mark's she took us up to the altar, and the sarcophagus of St. Mark, and showed us the great gilded Byzantine altarpiece turned currently away from the sanctuary. Behind the busy square, we popped into the small workshop of one of the few remaining Remeri, the carpenters who specialize in creating the forcola and oars for the gondolas (like stepping back in time). In a city which could appear like little more than an anachronism and tourist trap, this tour highlighted an Italian city with a very special and rich history, and ongoing artists, musicians, and craftsmen who keep alive the creativity we cherish in the Italian culture. Kudos to Cristina, and the Grand Tour Team!
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.
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!!!
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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