We believe that travel is a wonderful way to celebrate the rich diversity of people and cultures of our planet. We also recognize the levels of injustice and inequality we see in our industry and world. We strive and hold ourselves accountable to be a part of the change both here in the US and Italy.
As Italy re-opens we want to send the latest in news and travel information. We recognize the need for safety first and up to date information. As one of our most detailed newsletters, we are including information about precautions and resources available when you're ready to travel, some fun things to do while still at home and a special offer for some Italian products you can purchase directly. According to one study, one of the best things you can do to elevate your mood is to plan your next trip.
So keep reading for some inspiration and keep this email handy as all links to official sites and advisories are also included. And always, please feel free to contact us for the latest information.
We are also including some of the video replays and recipe information from some of our excursions at home and will send out future invites when they occur.
Enrich your spirit and rejuvenate your body during this unforgettable week. Just outside Rome, far from the mass tourism area, where the Etruscans settled down in pre-Roman times, you will experience a yoga retreat without missing history and art.
This Six Night Trip includes:
Hiking and meditation in the Natural Reserve of Lake Vico Yoga and Tour at Archeological Park of Sutri and Vulci
Meditation at the River Flora Hermitage and much more...
As many travelers consider outdoor activities and remote destinations, we are staying up to date on current information on what is open. An exciting development is the Path of the Parks initiative between the Ministry of the Environment and Club Alpino Italiano. This Path of the Parks will sustain a current trail and expand to connect 25 different national parks through Italy and provide a wonderful hiking experience. As we navigate our 'new normal' there are many places and experiences that our Travel Designers can recommend. Here are a few 'Travel Outside' experiences that might surprise you:
Here is a brief list of events and places that are re-opening.
The standard precautions for most places are a limited number of visitors and hours, medical pre-screening, masks, social distancing and other protective precautions. Most places require reservations only with strict time limitations:
The Stresa Festival announced the 59th edition of the festival will happen from July 18 - 25 and August 20th - September 5th.
Teatro Stabile announced their summer play festival dates will run through September 13th.
Andrea Bocelli will be performing with the Veneto Philharmonic Orchestra Regionale in Marostica on September 16th.
Doge's Palace, Glass Museum in Murano and Lace Museum in Burano will be open Saturdays and Sundays starting June 13th.
The exhibit Banksy opens with over 100 original pieces at Palazzo dei Diamanti.
Saturday 13 June 2020 Doge’s Palace, Glass Museum in Murano and Lace Museum in Burano will be open every Saturday and Sunday until Sunday 26 July.
Aria by artist Tomás Saraceno opens in Palazzo Strozzi. Saraceno creates immersive works and participatory experiences that suggest a new way of living, this time creating an original dialogue between the Renaissance and the contemporary world, through November 2020.
The Uffizi Galleries are open with social distancing and pre-screening requirements and no groups over 10. Some exhibits will remain closed.
The Pitti Palace museums are open with social distancing and pre-screening requirements and no groups over 10. Some exhibits will remain closed.
Boboli Gardens are also open with social distancing and no groups over 10.
Brunelleschi's Dome opens June 19th.
The Colosseaum - Limited access to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine, with no connection to the common area of the Imperial Forums
BioPark - no indoor sites open, all animal enclosures no one to touch glass, children's park and picnic area remain closed
Borghese Gallery - limited number of admissions.
The Raffaello 1520-1483 Exhibit at the Scuderie del Quirinale that was temporarily closed is rescheduled to open and now runs through August 30th. Small groups of six escorted by staff with a time limit.
The Vatican Museum and Gardens re-open with limit of groups of 10 at a time, while tours of the Excavations of Saint John Lateranare suspended and the access to Saint Peter’s Basilica will remain closed.
David Garrett and His Band Tour appears at the Terme di Caracalla July 27th.
Pompeii Archeological Park opened with restrictions.
Leaning Tower of Pisa open.
As Italy begins to slowly re-open we will be closely monitoring all re-openings and events as they unfold. Stay tuned for future newsletters on late summer/fall events.
Staying Healthy While Traveling
This has now become more important than ever. Things we once thought were common sense are now rituals while traveling. We created a short list of things airlines and hotels are doing and some of the things you can do. We are also including what getting health care in Italy looks like:
Airline Protocols from the FAA includes links to all airlines and their protocols
Get Plenty of rest and drinking fluids before your trip
Pack masks & sanitizers in your carry-on
Plan your arrival day as a rest day with limited exposure
Plan around outdoor activities and a more leisurely pace.
Plan to eat plenty of fresh food and stay hydrated.
If you're going to drink wine hydrate before and after.
Enjoy that gelato but don't indulge on wine or alcohol later.
If you're feeling unwell, immediately let your guide know.
Even if you're feeling like you're missing out, be safe not sorry.
Let yourself rest and enjoy the rest of the trip.
Bring a piece of the Sorrento Coast into your home
with the traditional and local products of Fattoria Terranova.
From olive oil to limoncello, take an additional 10%
off your order through December 2020
with the code:
Online Opera: The Unihabited Island
Available now on Teatro San Carlo WebTV
Watch live content or choose the On Demand Link.
A Small Tuscan Village Tells their Own Story
Faced with an uncertain future, the documentary Spettacolo pulls back the curtain on a small Tuscan village and their theatrical performances. Read more on the Blog
Live from the Duomo
After the very successful Andrea Bocelli concert, the Duomo in Milan is live-streaming Saturday concerts on their You Tube Channel through June 20th.
Video Links to our Adventures at Home
Here are some Videos and Recipe Ingredient lists of the classes that we were able to record: