“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
A TRIP TO REMEMBER! Mario made our trip to Italy and France seamless and stress free.
Our family of 4, parents and two teenagers, traveled to Europe November... read more 2021. The trip was originally scheduled for 2020. Due to the pandemic, we were not allowed to travel on our original dates. Mario was so easy to work with in adjusting our trip accordantly.
Mario planned an 11 day dream trip for us, beginning in Rome, traveling to Orvieto, Florence, Cinque Terre, Chianti, Sienna, Venice, Italy, and more. He handled all of our transportation, which was FIRST CLASS! This took a lot of stress away due to our family not speaking Italian and being from another country.
If I get to travel to Europe again, I would not hesitate to reach out to The Grand Tour of Europe to help make the most of my trip! Highly recommend!!!!
Mario is amazing. Very professional and knowledgeable. I have worked with him personally and also professionally. I send my clients to him for any and all tours... read more in Rome. He arranged touring for us in Milan and Lake Como that were both fabulous. Whatever you needs might be in Italy, Mario is the one to contact. Grazie mille.
After the pandemic stopped most foreign travel, I took several "virtual tours" with Mario through the Weekend in Italy web site. His knowledge base of history seems limitless and... read more the many images we looked at were thoughtfully prepared. He fills out the tour with many anecdotes that help bring the places, people and art to life. After I took the first tour on "Secrets of the Sistine Chapel" I immediately signed up for two others. None have disappointed. During this period in which we're forced to be armchair travelers, I can think of nothing more pleasurable than these virtual trips to Italy guided by Mario. Highly recommend!
During lockdown we discovered Mario and his wonderful virtual tours and visits. The man is a marvel - his knowledge is extensive and he has a wonderful way of sharing... read more it with his audience. So often he starts by saying the virtual visit/talk will last an hour and suddenly you realise that almost two hours have gone by! He is a delight to listen to and I can highly recommend his virtual events.
We had an excellent experience with Mario as our guide for two tours in Rome: a tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel as well as a tour of the... read more Colosseum and Forum Romanum. He is super knowledgable, excellent at putting events or buildings into their historical context and a very nice person to tour Rome with. Both tours were very engaging -- for us adults as well as for our children (aged 10 and 12). We learned so much about Rome and it was entertaining at the same time.
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!
The Grand Tour Europe Ltd
Unique Guided Tours
Boutique Tour Operator
Head Office 2 White Friars, Chester, CH11NZ, UK
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