Italy Travel Updates, new tours and more virtual offerings

Italy Travel Updates, new tours and more virtual offerings
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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.

The latest articles:

Cultural Italy Blog
CondeNest Traveler
ANSA: Italy News
Guardian: Italy News

Official Advisories:
US Department of State
Italy National Tourism Board
Re-Open European Union Official Site
New Tour: Natural Wonders, Art and Yoga

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...
Ancient Roman Mosaic Found
Click the Image above to see the video from Telearena

From the CNN Story

Perfectly Preserved Roman Era Mosiac Found
New Tour: Eat, Drink and Love

An epicurean expedition of the markets, eateries and traditions of Italians, while exploring the historic sites and masterpieces of Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Milan.

Eight Nights include:

The sites and eateries of Rome
Cooking in the Tuscany countryside
The must see sites and tastes of Florence
Bologna the Fat and its culinary traditions
History and food rituals of Milan
Take Your Travel Outdoors
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:

Belvedere Trek Tour
Boat Fishing Tour of Cinque Terre

Vintage Car through the Tuscan Countryside

Horseback riding the Tuscan Hills

The Hills of Umbria

The Roman Castles of Frascati

The buried town of Herculaneaum at Ercolano
Archeological site of Paestum
Positano by Boat
The Cilento Coast

Erice & Segesta
Valley of the Temples & Agrigento
Ancient Taormina

For more ideas click here.

Or contact our Travel Designers for more ideas.

Here is the replay of our most recent Virtual Outdoor Travel Treks: Franco along the Path of the Gods

Events and Re-opening Precautions
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:

Lake Maggiore
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.
Doge’s Palace, Glass Museum in Murano and Lace Museum in Burano will be open every Saturday and Sunday

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 Lateran are 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.

Other Sites
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

Hotels implement extensive sanitation and PPE protections
How Resorts and Hotels Are Gearing Up Article

Healthy Tips for Travel
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.
Traditional Products from Sorrento
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
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:

Lets Make Lasanga Video  and the Lasagna Recipe

Cooking Risotto Video and  Risotto Recipe

Rosanna in Chianti Video and her

Fresh Pasta with Flowers & Spring Inspired Bruschetta Recipes
Vacations for the Soul
"In Paris, you learn wit, in London you learn to crush your social rivals, and in Florence you learn poise.”
Virgil Thomson, American composer.

Vacations for the Soul: The Four Elements
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