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An Art Happening in Murlo, Tuscany

on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 10:43
Subject and portrait

Glen McClure, loyal Untourist and brilliant photographer, recently mounted an exhibit of his portraits at the Etruscan Museum in Murlo, Tuscany. "The Italians are beautiful," he says. "So open, engaging and friendly." Untours guests and local residents joined Glen to view the works and celebrate the exhibit at its opening.

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Deb and Don Wise, Untourists of the Week

on Tue, 07/23/2013 - 10:31
Untourists visit the Louvre in Paris on a 3-week Untour Sampler including Paris, Rome and Florence

We like to have the ability to stand in front of a painting for as long as we want without keeping to a schedule. We like to see real neighborhoods and talk with local shopkeepers, etc.

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Untourist of the Week: Susan & Lawrence Tittle

on Tue, 07/09/2013 - 10:00

Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour and why you chose that particular destination?

Our last traditional Untour was to the Rhine, staying in St. Goar in September 2007. Since then, we have stayed in Beaune, France with The Right Vacation Rental program, and we are booked on a Russian River Cruise in June, 2013!, We went on our Russian cruise with AMA Waterways booked via Untours in June. It was a huge treat for us and we enjoyed the wonderful staff, the excursions, the food… all of it! Thank you again lasting vacation memories!! 


Why did you choose to go there?

We chose the

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Untourists of the Week: Robert Farkas & Barbara Mellerski-Farkas

on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:00

Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour and why you chose that particular destination?

Our last Untour experience took us to Atrani on the Amalfi Coast for two weeks and then for another two weeks to Locarno, Switzerland to enjoy the beautiful Ticino Region. Both areas suited our needs to for a combination of wonderful scenic views and historic venues.

Why did you choose to go there?

We love Italy and a previous excursion to Cinque Terre while staying in the Tuscany town of Calci through Untours, made us want to experience the Amalfi Coast.

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January in Amalfi, scouting apartments in a deluge

on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 14:21
Bright Sea, Amalfi

Why would anyone go to the Amalfi Coast in the depths of winter? I asked myself this question as we arrived in a mid-January deluge, our driver zipping along switchbacks to crest the mountain in Agerola. Rivers of water poured into the roadway, and soon after, the hail started. Water poured off staircases like waterfalls and lights flickered in the houses around us.

Yes, the weather may be dodgy, many restaurants on holiday and even some major sites closed. But winter is a great time to visit and inspect empty apartments. In fact, it is the only time we can get in to inspect apartments, when the tourists are gone and these popular accommodations sit vacant. It is a fantastic time to find new apartments for you!

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Amy & Laurie Calhoun, the Sisterhood of Traveling Untourists - Our Untourists the Week

on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 10:10
Untours, Untourists
Amy & Laurie are sisters who travel together a lot. The photo is of Amy and the words are Laurie's.

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

Our most recent trip was to Provence, though we've been there twice and cannot wait to return for a third time! This is one of the wonderful aspects of Untours: instead of going to ten cities in five days, you learn to slow down and focus deeply. Much like the slow food movement, Untours encourages slow travel, and it is a valuable concept to adopt.

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Untourists of the Week: Carole & Ivan Edelman

on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 17:07
Here are Carol & Ivan!

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

Our lastest Untour was to Paris last spring. We stayed in the Daguerre (sp) apt for two weeks and loved it! The street market around the corner was wonderful and we enjoyed shopping for great things to eat each day. The metro stop was within one block and we got quite good at getting ourselves around. We explored as many of the suggested places as we could and we took 3 or 4 Paris walks. We had also arranged a side trip to the landing beaches in Normandy and stayed in Bayeau for one night. It was truly a trip to remember.

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Untourists of the Week: Elsa and Raymond Heald

on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 09:13
Raymond Heald, Untours

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

It was a dream vacation: 8 days on the Variety Voyager, the sleek 73-passenger yacht that put us ashore at the fabled ports of Capri, Lipari, Malta, plus 4 ports in Sicily. Then, a train ride to the sparkling Cinque Terre for 4 nights and a heavenly 2 weeks in the fabulous Bonalumi apartment in Locarno, with a breathtaking view of Lake Maggiore.

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Book Review: An Untourist Recommends 'An Italian Affair'

on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 09:51

The Book:  The Italian Affair by Laura Frazer

What our recommending Untourist, Whitmel Swain,  says about it: 

Tell us in a sentence or two what it is about?:

When the author's husband leaves her, she goes to Ischia to nurse her wounds & discovers a number o wonderful things including, of course, love

Why did you like it?:

It tells of the human heart and how it can rebound, and for my wife and I, in Italy
In what region or city is this set?: Florence to start then on to the island of Ischia
In what country is this set?: Italy
Can you tell us, briefly, what it captures about the place it
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Pearl Clark, Untourist of the Week

on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:19
Tuscany, Umbria, Untours, Untourist of the Week
Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.: My last one was to Umbria and loved it.
Why did you choose to go there?: I had done Tuscany twice near Buonconvento at Poggio alla Rosa farmhouse. We had explored much of the region and Umbria was a new experience
What is your favorite Untours memory?: Sitting outside in Tuscany, having a glas of wine, looking across the Tuscan Hills, listening to the tinkle if the sheep bells aacross the way. Beautiful...peaceful.
How is taking an Untour different from other ways of traveling?: The freedom do make your own choices of adventure, grocery