Gardens and Villas of Tuscany

October 14 to 20, 2019

Florence Prologue: October 12 and 13

Fully booked

villa la pietra

villa la pietra

Originally, I’d planned to offer a six-day tour of gardens and villas inTuscany: 3 nights in Florence, 2 in Siena, a final night at the Rome airport, and a dozen or so beautiful properties in Tuscany.

“But what about Florence?” several of our regular travelers asked. A reasonable question.

So we’re now offering a Florence Prologue: 3 days of visiting favorite and for the most part out-of-the-way sites in this deeply historic city.

Campania Felix:

Rome and the Bay of Naples

April 1 to 11, 2020

Fully booked

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Ten days in and around the Bay of Naples: Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Ravello, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Naples. Fascinating ruins, wonderful local cuisine, spectacular views. It was for good reason that the Ancient Romans referred to this region south of Rome as the happy countryside, or the Campania Felix.

 Sicily

Early November 2020

Agrigento

Agrigento

We offer our Sicily trip every November, and it is without question our most popular destination. And for good reason. It is island of extraordinary riches: remains of highly sophisticated Greek and Roman populations, astonishing Norman chapels and palaces in Palermo, Baroque cities that lend new meaning to the term, beautiful scenery, and so much more.

We’ve promised to schedule next year’s trip AFTER the election. Stay tuned.

Sicily, November 2019

November 5 to 15, 2019

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Monreale

Monreale

Sicily is our most popular trip.  Conquered or crisscrossed by Ancient Greeks and Romans, Phoenicians, Normans, Aragonese, Spanish Bourbons and even, more recently, Allied troops, this small island offers an astonishingly rich cultural heritage in a setting of spectacular beauty.  

An island we return to each November, Sicily continues to dazzle and amaze us


Gardens of Oxfordshire

May 17 to 23, 2020

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No, Oxfordshire is NOT in Italy. But we’re going there anyway. And it is a splendid trip

Cities of the Po

September 15 to 23, 2020

Verona

Verona

The cities in and around the Po Valley have prospered since medieval times. Rich agricultural lands produced great wealth that in turn fostered major Italian family fortunes: the Sforza in Milan, the Gonzaga in Mantua, the Medieval Scala in Verona, to name a few. These families, many of them patrons of the arts, left behind a rich legacy of castles, palaces, and chapels decorated within and without by the great artists of the Renaissance: Bramante, Da Vinci, Mantegna, Giulio Romano along with a host of others. So a trip rich in aesthetics. Also rich is the cuisine. Indeed, from the Po Valley come some of the most prized foods of Italy: Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Aceto Balsamico di Modena, and more. Beautiful city centers, abundant masterpieces of Italian art, and fabulous food. This trip is hard to beat.


Quattrocento Italy

March 12 to 20, 2020

Fully booked

Umbria

Umbria

On this eight-day tour of Rome and Umbria, we  savor what are, for me, some of the most beautiful paintings in all of Italy.  While we do visit a museum or two, most of these artworks are still where they were meant to be: in churches, libraries or palaces.  In other words, this is a chance to see great art in situ.  We will also have the opportunity to connect with Umbria today: its artisan traditions, its agriculture, and its people.  Indeed one of the highlights of this trip, in addition to the surfeit of beautiful and delicious meals, is our program of evening "cocktail conversations" with local Perugini.  

Venice and the Veneto

October 9 to 18, 2020

Our trip begins at a villa hotel in the little canal town of Mira, from which we visit a handful of Paladian villas, a couple of important gardens, Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel, and more. Then on to the beautiful hill town of Asolo, with more Palladio and an introduction to the wonderful 20th c. architect Carlo Scarpa. Then four nights in Venice where we park ourselves in a lovely hotel on the Grand Canal. Much has been written lately about the crowds in Venice. We take pride in our Venetian itinerary that is made up of all the wonderful lesser known sites in out-of-the-way corners of the city.

Bespoke Tour

Whenever and to wherever you choose

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With no templates or fixed itineraries, we prefer to work closely with families, couples or groups of friends to create a trip that exceeds expectations.  One of the joys of designing these "Bespoke Tours" is pairing travelers, be they 8 or 80, trained art historians or wine merchants, seasoned travelers or neophytes, billionaires or graduate students, with trips that suit their interests, budgets and dreams.

Libby and Nancy, savoring the ruins on a sunny morning in Sicily.

Libby and Nancy, savoring the ruins on a sunny morning in Sicily.

We have travelled with Italian Journeys each year since 2001. These trips have given us the most wonderful travel experience of our lives. Nancy and Libby have a remarkable knack of including both famous sights and not-so-famous sights on their trips, and often the latter are as interesting as or more interesting than the former. Finally, Nancy's extraordinary knowledge of Italy's history and culture gives their trips a dimension that we have particularly appreciated. It simply doesn't get better than Italian Journeys!

Edith and Fred Byron; Amherst, Massachusetts

Many of the beautiful photos on this site are used courtesy of Elizabeth Matheson of Hillsborough, NC, David Cost of Santa Fe, Dani Friebel of Berlin, and David Lubin of Winston Salem.

Italian Journeys --  4400 Cold Springs Road -- Winston Salem, NC 27106 -- 336 794 1849 -- libbylubin@gmail.com