Spring 2024 Italy Newsletter

Dear Fellow Travelers,

Early spring greetings from the Bluegrass of Kentucky. We hope this missive finds you well and rested after the coldest part of winter and the promise of spring knocking on our doors.

As we prepare for our two Excursions this year, we thought we would send out a few more details and tell you what spaces remain. We have space for a single or couple for our first week in May in Tuscany and two couples our second week in May in Genoa. We have space for 2 couples/4 singles each of our weeks in October.

Here are some details you might find interesting or helpful in making up your decisions on when to travel with us:

May 15-16 Assisi, Italy

Lodging: Hotel Giotto, breakfast room.

Activities: Basilica of St Francis (Francis’s tomb), Basilica of St Claire (Cross of San Damiano), walk village of Assisi and see fortress of Rocco Maggiore above village)

Assisi from above at Rocco Maggiore

Basilica of St Francis at night

May 17-21 Siena, Italy

Lodging: Casa Mastacchi (Family owned B&B)

Room in our 15th Century B&B

Activities: Visit Cathedral of Siena and Picolomini Music Library, Piazza di Campo, walk streets of Siena, visit Basilica of St Catherine of Siena (see her relics), Basilica San Francesco (Eucharistic Miracle), day trip to San Gimignano, day trip to Florence. Breakfasts together in B&B. Dinners at individual selected restaurants.

Cathedral of Siena
San Gimignano

May 22-28 Genoa, Italy

Lodging: Casa Rame B&B

Common Room in Casa Rame B&B
Salon where we have cocktails and conversation

Activities: Walk through Ancient City Center, Guided tour through Basilica Santa Maria di Castello, take funicular above city of Genoa to republic walls and eat in old restaurant in the ancient wall, see old churches and Cathedral and relics of St John the Baptist, visit bluewater bay and 10th C Abbey of San Fruttuoso by boat, National Museum of Palazzo Spinola and Palazzo Reale, visit mountain village of Ovada. Breakfasts together in B&B. Dinners at carefully selected restaurants in small private settings.

Basilica of the Assumption
Abbey and cove of San Fruttuoso
Dinner at du Richetto above Genoa
Piazza de Ferarri

Oct 5-11 Genoa, Italy

See above for details

Oct 12-18 Bologna, Italy

Lodging: Residence Cavazza (House for the Blind in Bologna)

Activities: visit Bologna City Museum, Cathedral, major Basilicas, walk longest covered portico in the world, visit old city of Modena and experience private Balsamic tasting. Breakfasts at Residence Cavazza and dinners at selected restaurants.

Parking lot in Modena
Michelangelo’s angel on St Dominic’s tomb
Bologna, city of porticos

Oct 19-1 Nov are Overflow dates reserved if the first two weeks fill

We’ve built these Excursions around the notion that there are plenty of options for people who want to see everything in one trip on a large group coach bus tour. That is exactly what so many people desire or else those tours wouldn’t be booked. We believe there is a great desire for people that want something more intimate, more targeted to a different pace, a curated experience of breakfasts, daily activities and long dinners. Each day will have a theme, such as architecture, culture, the influence of travel, etc, and that days curated activity will focus on the theme. You will have some free time and time to gather for our cocktail hour before dinner. As always, once you arrive at the lodgings, all your breakfasts and dinners and entry to our activities are covered in your cost.

For the Cultural Debris Excursion, your cost is $4000 per person per week. Depending on your choice of airline and how early you book, you can normally find a round trip ticket for $1500 or less, and more if you upgrade to Comfort Plus or Business Class. We stand ready to help you with your flights and we’d be happy to meet with you over the phone or via video call to answer any questions you have about the Excursions.

We look forward to hearing back from you and traveling with you either again or for the first time.

Peace be with you,
Alan & Tom