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Juliette's House in Verona

Nobody said anything about the doors!

Casa Giulietta (Juliette's House) is one of the most popular sights in Verona, Italy. Millions of people come to see where the famously star-struck lover of Romeo lived (Spoiler Alert: she's a fictitious character), and many want to leave a little memory of their visit behind. Modern day residents and businesses share the courtyard where the house is located, and obviously get a little tired of people writing on their walls.

Small group tours of Italy

Experience the best of Italy this fall with a small group tour (maximum of 24 people).

– Encounter spectacular scenery around every bend on a drive along the celebrated Amalfi Coast – the perfect blending of earth, sea and sky.

– Stay at chic, smaller hotels in fabulous locations.

– After-hours guided tour of remarkable St. Mark's Basilica in Venice.

– After-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, without the crowds – see the Vatican treasures at your own pace.

– Wine tasting from local vineyards in Umbria

– An in-depth briefing by an art historian before a walking tour of Florence and a guided visit through the famed Galleria dell'Accademia, the oldest art school in Europe.

– A cruise along the Mediterranean shores of Cinque Terre for an in-depth look at these remote, centuries-old coastal villages.

– Attend a private wine tasting reception in Florence hosted by a member of the Ferragamo family, and visit the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum.

– Airport transfers upon arrival and departure

– 25 meals; service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage.

Many dates available in September and October.

Book with peace of mind – no changes fees up until the day of departure if you want to postpone your tour to a later date, or switch to another destination.

Contact me for details.

Italy joins the growing list of countries prepared to accept vaccinated travelers

Woohoo, this is my happy dance.

Yesterday Italy added its name to the growing list of countries that will accept travelers from outside the EU, provided they have been fully vaccinated against COVID with an approved vaccine. After a meeting of G20 tourism ministers, Italy's Premier Mario Draghi said that Italy will re-open in the second half of June.

Iceland and Greece are already open. France plans to open from June 9, and Spain announced that they will open "in June", but with no definite date.

Buon compleanno, Roma!

Today is Rome's birthday. According to legend, the Caput Mundi was founded on April 21, 753 BC. The city looks pretty good for being 2774 years old. Auguri!

View of Mount Vesuvius

View of Mount Vesuvius from Sorrento on a peaceful day. Looking across the Gulf of Naples, water like glass.

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