“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.
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.
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.
We just returned from our trip to Rome Italy with my parents. We arranged for Mario from the Grand Tour to be our guide. He was excellent. ... read more A wealth of knowledge, organized and energetic, Mario provided a memorable and informative experience for our family. We are excited to plan our next trip that will definitely include a request for Mario to accompany us.
Mario has an amazing knowledge of Italian and European art, architecture and history and first hand experience working with the Italian government archeological entities. I have attended about 15... read more of his virtual tours in both English and Italian, on a range of topics including Pompei, the Sistine chapel, the San Severo chapel in Naples, the Caserta Palace, the Quirinale, the Pantheon, the Vatican, castles in Wales, etc. He situates the tour geographically and typographically and provides an fascinating discussion supported by selected pictures. His virtual tours are even more interesting than first hand visits in some ways, and are excellent value for money!
What a wonderful way to see and experience the Appian Way and Catacombs. Our driver and guide were fabulous. At the end of our private tour they asked... read more what else we wanted to see and took us there. Would definitely recommend this tour.
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.
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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