“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.
The way Mario guides adults and kids through the world of art is unique and fascinating. Apart from an extensive knowledge of the subject, he is able to captivate his... read more audience with his vivid interest and the uniqueness of his way of diving into the facts and events representing the background of each masterpiece. I have never seen anybody mastering the details and the biographies of artists as Mario. My kids are always enchanted by Mario’s presentations and explanations. This is a five star artistic experience. Highly recommended.
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!
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.
In these difficult times it is incredible how easy it is to have a trip around the world, and Mario is the best guide to make it real!
With... read more some friend we arrange a Private Guided Tour of the paint "Taking of Christ" by Caravaggio, one of the top italian painters!
Not only Mario accompanied us in Dublin, where this incredible paint is held, but also in Rome, in Scotland.... and back in time!!!
Great explanation of the art and the history behind a great italian artist!
Until the next one, Mario!
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!
I'm so glad we chose to tour with Mario at the Grand Tour, I felt like we saw the Vatican city through the eyes of an insider. Mario's art and... read more history knowledge was second to none and I feel I know Rome now in depth. He also gave us a great recommendation for delcious carbonara and tips for the rest of our trip. This is the best way to get an indepth and insiders guide of the city!
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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