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Vickie Kelber, Renaissance Woman

on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 11:42
Amalfi, Untours, Untourist of the Week

How is taking an Untour different from other ways of traveling?

"Fifteen years ago, I was so impressed with Untours that I wrote a letter to the New York Times travel editor and it was published. The things I liked enough to write about then have not changed; they’ve only gotten better."

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Caffé rules: Feel at home in the Italian coffee bar

on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 09:28
How to feel at home in an Italian coffee bar, by the Untours blog

Italian coffee rules. We don't need to tell you that. We've gotten much more sophisticated as a coffee-drinking people ourselves. Surely most of us know our cappuccino from our macchiato well before we set foot on a plane. (We may have even gotten a twenty ounce latte at the drive-thru coffee shop on the way to the airport!) But in Italy, there are some important differences to note. As with all rules, the Italians love to make exceptions. But here are some guidelines to aid in the quality of your Italian coffee bar experience.

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Glen McClure: Photographer & Untourist Extraordinaire!

on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 10:19
Photography, McClure, Italy, Untours
Glen and his wife, Marshall, have been on 5 Untours, travelling with us first in 1999: Tuscany (1999,2005), Umbria (2006), Venice-Umbria (2007),  Tuscany- Umbria (2011). 

Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.

We spent one week in Tuscany and one week in Umbria. I am a professional photographer and I love to photograph the landscape and the people too, so I pretty much spend my time shooting. That is when I am not sampling the great food and wine from these regions. What a combo, natural beauty and the beauty of great, simple food prepared well!

What is your favorite Untours

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A roadmap for some of Italian culture's more noteworthy features

on Thu, 09/06/2012 - 11:45
Festival in the village of Murlo, Marlene Hench, Untours
A festival at one of Untours' home villages, Murlo is one way that you can see the strong bonds of community that are typical in an Italian community; it's one hallmark of the Italian culture.

In an attempt to better understand Italy, today's culture clue is an overview of some of Italian culture's more famous features. Of course I begin with the usual caution and caveats, as there is no "typical Italian" so much as there are overall tendencies in a culture. Understanding some of these unspoken attitudes and common prespectives may help you understand and appreciate your experience, on your

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Our Untourist of the Week, Doris M! (her Untours Cafe moniker)

on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 14:28
Untourist Doris M has traveled with Untours to Switzerland, Tuscany, Provence, Alsace, Spain, Venice, Prague and Budapest
This week's Untourist of the Week, Doris Matick because of her lovely photos of Spain that you see in the slideshow below.  But when we asked her for her Untour impressions, she went all over the map. Which is not to say, she doesn't love Spain.  Check out her wonderful blog post on Untours Cafe, The Colours of Spain - Andalusia in Springtime
Doris and her husband have gone on nine Untours: Swiss Heartland, Swiss Ticino, Tuscany, Provence, Alsace, Spain, Venice, Prague/Budapest
Along with this beautiful essay on Priego de Cordoba, one of Untours hometowns, Doris has three more Spain
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The wise women behind Untours Prague, Budapest and Austria

on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 12:41
Untours staff Cathrin Baumbach and Sue Baker manage our Greece, Prague, Budapest, Austria and Germany programs!

As we move from May's focus on Prague and Budapest into June's insights on Austria, I want to introduce you to the dynamic duo delivering these delicious Untours - meet Cathrin Baumbach and Sue Baker!

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6 Ways to Travel Like an Untourist in Italy

on Tue, 01/31/2012 - 09:45

Always greet Italians and respond to their greetings. To ignore someone is considered rude, and a simple "Salve" or "Buon giorno" to shopkeepers, bariste, and hotel concierges will keep you in the locals' good graces.  Be respectful by preparing some common phrases, especially if you are visiting smaller towns in Italy where English is not as common.  Unless you are meeting old friends, you should address everyone formally with "Lei" (an Italian phrasebook will elucidate how to use the formal tense).  Make sure your thanks don't go to waste by pronouncing "Grazie" correctly as "Gra-tziay."

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The Brains Behind Untours Italy

on Mon, 01/30/2012 - 10:29

As we begin to close out January and, subsequently, our daily features on Italy (France is coming in February!), I wanted to take a moment to recognize our Italian dynamic duo, Andi Cancelliere and Andrea Szyper, for all they do to make Untours such a great place and this blog chock full of delectable Italian nuggets.

These women are the brainchildren behind almost all of this month's posts on Italy and handle all things Italy when it comes to booking an Italian Untour. If you've taken an Italian Untour with us, you've worked with either Andi or Andrea and, chances are, you had a wonderful experience.

Between the two of them, they manage 6 Untours regions throughout Italy and are always working toward improving our customers' experiences.