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Monica & Pete Petersen (Untourists of the Week) Italo-philes extraordinaire

on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:42
Pete & Monica Petersen

Every detail is taken care of for you. The staff, both in Media and at your destination, is top-notch and are to be commended for all their support. The Dream Book and travel suggestions and supplements are wonderful so you can really plan your trip. You can do as much as you like or as little. But the options to "Live like a Local" are there for you, just as Hal Taussig imagined it would be.

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Eileen & Carl Evers, Untourists of the Week "not-on-our-radar" Holland...unforgettable!"

on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:01
Untourists Eileen and Carl Evers share the story of their Leiden Untour in Holland

I love the local English speaking guides. They give us tips on what to see, how to get around, cell phones in case we need them and usually accompanied by a great meal! Our accommodations have always been comfortable and near sites we're interested in seeing.

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Quickie Quiz:pick your Untour pleasure --Lolling, lingering or 'local-ing'

on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:02

Our Untourists of the Week this week, Whitmel and Betty, had three favorite memories that they couldn't choose between. Which of the Swain's favorite memories would be your favorite, on an Italian Untour?  

Vote here

 

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Whitmel and Betty Swain, Untourists of the Week

on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:26
Whitmel....making another memory

1. Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.

We took a three week tour of Italy, in this order: Amalfi, Umbria and Tuscany. Our apartment in Amalfi was on the waterfront, with a balcony overlooking a delightfully Italianate traffic circle filled with life and a view of the sea. In Umbria, we were in a cottage rebuilt from an old hay barn and near the delightful town of Spello. In Tuscany we were in a ground floor apartment, part of the owner's house and near the town of Buonconvento.

2. Why did you choose to go there?

We had not been to Amalfi before and it seemed the best way to

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Quickie Quiz: Which Tuscan daytrip is for you?

on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 09:30

If you were in Tuscany, which day trip would appeal the most to you?

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Armchair Amalfi-ing

on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 10:30

Our Untourists of the Week, Andrew & Diana Stevens mentioned some of the more unforgettable aspects of their latest Untour, including the glories of walking  ("The Walk of the Gods" is an unforgettable one) the allure of the ubiquitous lemon orchards, 

We've curated a few gems from the internet to illustrate what the Stevens were talking about. If you can't actually BE in Amalfi, watching these can allow you to be in "armchair Amalfi"

1.  An introduction to the Walk of the Gods:

2.  A bit longer, more musical  Walk with the Gods

3. A lovely New York Times video about an Amalfitano and his

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Andrew & Diana Stevens, Untourists of the Week

on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 15:05
Andrew, with some of that cold beer

2. Why did you choose to go there?

We usually try to combine walking with our travels. When we walk, be it in a large city or less metropolitan area, we feel that we experience the place in a more personal way. We expected that Amalfi would offer a good opportunity for that experience and were pleased that it exceeded those expectations. We did our research and saw that Amalfi offered excellent scenery and a culture that retains its historic links. Choosing an unknown foreign destination carries uncertainties but today’s internet resources minimize those doubts. Before we decided, we found out about the hiking trails, what others had to say and what Amalfi actually looks like.

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Why go back to Venice? The answer in the superb photos of Untourists

on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 12:15

Our Untourists of the Week, Keith & Barbara Lawrence found their second trip to Venice was even better than the first. Their comments made us think again. Why does Venice draw some people again and again? As an answer to that, we went intoarchives of the pictures our customers send us.

Click on the four-pointed arrow to see,  on your full screen, their photographic answer to the question, Why go back to Venice?

 

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Keith and Barbara Lawrence, Untourists of the Week Go Back to Venice

on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 11:15
Keith and Barbara Lawrence

1. Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.

Our first week was a return to Venice, staying in the same apartment as on a prior Untour vacation so we knew beforehand where to shop, eat, pick up the vaparetto, and how to enjoy the special ambience and memorable sights of that ancient canal city. One plus for Venice is the pleasure of getting to and from the airport—a speedy motorboat all the way. Another plus is the vaporetto. With it and a little shoe leather you can go anywhere: from the opera at the new Fenice to the glass shops on Murano and back to the cafés of Piazza San Marco.

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Quickie Quiz: Which lazy Tuscan Moment is your favorite?

on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 11:30

Take our Wednesday's  Quickie Quiz here: Which lazy Tuscan moment (aka deliciously indulgent)  is your favorite?

  • Taste-testing Brunello with your host, the winemaker?
  • Taking a nap in your delicious room and then a dip in the pool?
  • Unwrapping your "treasures" for supper -- fabulous finds from the open market you picked up on your day seeing the sites, and now enjoy on your very own terrace?

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