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Timelapse of the week: Florence

on Mon, 06/16/2014 - 19:02

I'll talk a bit more about my first time in Florence in our Eurozine next week so I'll just skip to the amazing timelapse I came across. Grab some limoncello and take a gander below. Bella vista, indeed.

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Jim and Claire Graves, Untourists of the Week: and their wine is so good

on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 09:22
Untourists Claire and Jim Graves recount their experiences with Untours in Tuscany, Umbria and Rome

We had been to Poggiarellino twice before, with friends each time. Anna and Lodovico Ginotti are so nice and the farm is so relaxing (and their wine is SO good), that we wanted to go back again. We had never been to Umbria or Rome, so we decided to include these while we were in the country. We had studied Italian a bit and wanted to use what little we had (this turned out to be a lot of fun, and the Italians seemed to appreciate our efforts). The first sentence we learned in Italian was "I am an American tourist, please speak more slowly."

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Ted and Margaret Ricks, Untourists of the Week, join up with their "Roman son"

on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:17
Untourists Margaret and Ted Ricks share their experience with Untours in Rome and Florence

We learned quickly that you will never outdrive Italians on the byways and highways for not matter how fast you go, they will pass you often and quickly and so we let them. We spent a week in Tuscany and then drove to Rome to meet our son, Jim, who, as an artist, became our docent for a week. Rome was incredible, a living museum where there are churches on every block, a Bernini fountain seemingly everywhere, and enough Roman history to satisfy any historian in you.

We loved learning from Untours about the "slow food" restaurants in Rome and took advantage of as many as we could find; also, the bargain of the week was the on/off bus/metro tickets that we used daily to get around the city as driving would be more than entertaining. We intend to return to Rome as you can not possibly see it in a week.

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Jean and William Tarr, Untourists of the Week, love the "small village" experience

on Tue, 04/29/2014 - 09:56
Untourists Jean and William Tarr share their experience with Untours in Umbria and Vienna

We arranged a visit to Bettona, Umbria, in Italy for one week and then to Vienna for the second week. We needed to make our own air arrangements but it was easy enough to do. We loved being in the hilltop village with access to Assisi and Perugia. We had coffee in the square every morning and read the newspapers. The village is small and charming. We had good help from Untours.

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The Abusivi Americani

on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 09:06
The chase!

You'll never believe what happened on this Tuscany Untour.

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Russell & Barbara Crum, Renaissance Untourists of the Week (Umbria..Switzerland and Austria!)

on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:00
Untourists Barbara and Russell Crum share their experiences with Untours in Kuchl, Austria, the Ticino region of Swtizerland and Umbria, Italy

Having made fourteen European trips, some independently, some with tours, and three with Untours, we feel each has its own unique advantages and disadvantages.

We feel Untours is an excellent compromise between the other two styles of travel. Concerns about your lodging are answered. Good advice on local attractions is available and up to date. Fundamental transportation issues are addressed, yet, you are free to explore, or not, each day. You also have local support in case of emergencies if needed. We have never required that but have first hand knowledge of other Untourists who did.

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Diane and Lawrence Brenner (Untourists of the Week) ...the more Untours the merrier.

on Wed, 03/19/2014 - 10:07
Untourists Diane and Lawrence Brenner share a bit about their Untours in Florence, Paris and Leiden

When we were in Florence in 1970, all the museums were closed for civil service strikes, so we wanted to see everything we missed. Without Mary Jane's help we'd have never poked around the south side of the Arno, nor figured out how to take the bus to Fiesole to see the Roman ruins.

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The 2013 Brunello Harvest - A Four-Star Vintage

on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:26
Brunello grape harvest, Le Chiuse Farm, Tuscany Untour

Benvenuto Brunello just wrapped up in Montalcino. This year the 2009 Brunello and 2008 Brunello Riserva wines were premiered. The 2013 vintage was awarded 4 stars, but you'll need to wait until 2018 to drink it as Brunello. In the meantime, enjoy these sunny photos from the wine harvest at Le Chiuse, an award-winning wine producer, and one of our most popular host sites on the Tuscany Untour.

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Kathy & George Patience (Untourists of the Week) love, love, love Italy

on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:08
Kathy & George Patience

You are independent to do tours, shopping, all on your own; but, have the security of someone to call, or a personal contact right in the village. On most Untours you have a car. However, on the Amalfi Coast, we used public transportation. At first, this seemed a challenge; but many people there spoke English & were very helpful in getting us where we needed to go. The pre-planned itineraries helped us organize our days. We had many wonderful day trips, including a shopping trip to Sorrento for my husband's new leather jacket...a beloved souvenir & special memory for him!

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Slow food? Slow travel? Slow Italy? I'll take Umbria!

on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 00:00
Castelluccio, an easy day trip on the Umbria Untour

Umbria offers a more laid back, off-road experience of Italy. It is a hotbed of slow food. Its bucolic farm settings make it a perfect choice for slow travel relaxation. With its warm people and beautiful local joys, it is slow Italy as its best.