Vita Italian Tours Latest News Archive


Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

With places already filling up fast, don't miss out on your chance to discover Italy's hidden gems, rich history, culture and culinary delights on one of our personally guided small group tours of Italy.

Small group tours (max. 14 people) to suit first-time visitors to Italy, as well as the seasoned traveller. Whether travelling solo, as a couple, with friends or with family, there is a specialised Vita Italian Tour to suit your personal interest.

Book Early & Save

Vita Italian Tours is offering an early bird saving of $250 per person on all our 2020 small group tour departures. That is a saving of up to $500 for twin share accommodation when you book directly with Vita Italian Tours before 30 November 2019.


The Grand Tour of Italy - APR-MAY - 17-Days
Cinque Terre & Portofino - MAY - 5-Days
Culinary Delights of Tuscany & Bologna - MAY - 10-Days A Taste of the Adriatic - MAY - 5-Days
Northern Lakes & Dolomites - JUN-JUL - 11-Days
Discovering Le Marche Region - JUN - 8-Days

Opera & Food Tour - AUG - 11-Days
Le Marche in Autumn - SEP - 5-Days
The Spectacular South: Puglia, Abruzzo & Matera - SEP - 13-Days
The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche - SEP-OCT - 13-Days

Tailor-made Travel

If our tour dates don't suit your travel plans, why not let us put together a personalised travel itinerary to Italy, Europe or any other destination worldwide. As a registered and trusted travel agent, the family team at Pronto Travel/Vita Italian Tours can provide you with a complete travel itinerary including airfares, travel insurance, private transfers, accommodation and cruises.

Contact Mario, Viny & Gianni on 1300 842 444 (cost of a local call) if you would like a detailed tour itinerary or make an appointment to visit the office for a coffee and a chat at 1/25 Little Oxford Street Collingwood VIC 3066.

We would love to help you realise your next holiday adventure!

Gianni & Mario & Viny
Vita Italian Tours/Pronto Travel


Thursday, May 9th, 2019

A man needing no introduction, 500 years after his death, Leonardo da Vinci, the Genius, is currently being honoured throughout Italy and the world. Celebrations will highlight this great Master; a painter, sculptor, scientist, engineer, mathematician, inventor, astronomer, architect, musician and writer. Known foremost as a painter, with famous works such as the Mona Lisa, Virgin of the Rocks, and, The Last Supper, there is much to celebrate.

Leonardo da Vinci

Official celebrations commenced on May 2, in Rome, at Palazzo Quirinale, the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic. Sergio Mattarella sounded the bell as a dedication to Leonardo da Vinci. This was the official opening to the Celebrating Leonardo event which will tour cities such as Florence, Milan, Paris, New York, Berlin, Madrid, to name a few.

Celebrations feature exciting aspects of Italian Excellence through Art, gourmet food, fashion, furnishing, design, science, technology and theatre.

In the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, an exciting exhibition of Leonardo’s annotations and drawings from 1504 to 1508 are on display. These works can be viewed interactively through a recently invented multimedia aid. This is befitting in honouring a true innovative Genius.

Leonardo da Vinci

At Palazzo Strozzi, an exhibition is showcasing masterpieces by Verrocchio, the Master of Leonardo, as well as other famous masters like Perugino, Ghirlandaio, and works by Leonardo, himself. Palazzo Vecchio will also display Leonardo’s Codex Atlanticus which he worked on whilst in Tuscany.

In Prato, outside of Florence, at the Textile Museum, a special exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci: Genius and Textiles is showing his research into drawings of the mechanization of materials such as silk, yarns and fibres.

In Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo, his first works ever recorded (at the age of 21) are on show. These works are quite fragile, so only on display for a brief period. Exhibitions in Turin, Milan and Venice will also be held throughout the year.

Leonardo da Vinci exhibitions outside of Italy

In the UK, a showcase of Leonardo’s famous drawings “A life in Drawings” including his ‘Invisible Ink’ drawings and ‘Mirror Writing’ drawings will be a major highlight.

Queen Elizabeth II inherited more than five hundred drawings by Leonardo which were purchased by King Charles II. These drawings will be featured in exhibitions in various English Museums. In New York there will be displays of drawings and reproductions of Leonardo’s inventions as well as a Tapestry of the Mona Lisa, a 360 degree replica, the largest ever made.

In France, at Chateau de Clos-Luce, in Amboise where Leonardo died, a tapestry of The Last Supper will be displayed, on loan from the Vatican. Leonardo went to France at the age of 64 in 1516, at this stage he was crippled with pain in his hands and could no longer paint. He died on May 2, 1519 aged 67.

All these exhibitions celebrate Leonardo by showcasing the diversity of this Genius. Money will also be raised to go towards building a pavilion for visitors to walk through 500 years of Leonardo's dreams, a sort of guiding expo showcasing Leonardo's art and inventions.

leonardo da vinci

Vita Italian Tours visit a number of galleries and museums on our tours which showcase the works of Leonardo da Vinci as well as other famous Renaissance artists. Contact us today to join us on one of our tours.

Vita Italian Tours and Pronto Travel can also help you plan your visit to other parts of Europe or the world, and organise a visit to any of Leonardo's famous anniversary exhibitions.


Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Matera, a small ancient city found in southern Italy, in the region of Basilicata, has been chosen as the Cultural Capital of Europe (2019). Believed to be the third-oldest inhabited settlement in the world, today, Matera is enchanting and well worthy of this title.

Rich in history dating as far back as 8,000 years when farmers, shepherds and their animals lived in caves called sassi, meaning stones in Italian. These famous stone caves are now where you will find restaurants, bars, hotels, and souvenir stores.

Image courtesy of Lonely Planet.

Matera’s highland plateaus are characterised by deep fault fissures, ravines, rocks and caves. The famous Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera were acknowledged by Unesco for their magnificent “Rupestrian” churches which feature ancient rock paintings dating back centuries.

Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera

In more modern times the people of Matera strive to improve their ancient city, making changes to embrace modern ideas. Their motto as the Cultural Capital of Europe is “Open Future”. An example of this is the new Open Design School established to promote new ideas. The school works towards creating new concepts such as luxury cave accommodation and restaurants to attract new visitors to the city.

So how is Matera celebrating the Cultural Capital of the World recognition?

Matera began its celebrations in January with traditional lighting ceremonies, followed by an grand parade of musicians from all around the world marching through the streets. Many exhibitions, festivals and parties will be held throughout the year to highlight the beauty of this ancient city.

To co-incide with this momentous event Vita Italian Tours will visit this breathtaking ancient city as part of its sold-out September tour, The Spectacular South - Puglia, Abruzzo & Matera. Travellers will have the opportunity to stay in a luxury Cave hotel in Matera and be able to marvel at the cave houses, churches with their ancient rock paintings, as well as many other beautiful attractions, both in the old and new part of town. Bookings are already being taken for the 2020 & 2021 departures.

Click here for the full tour details.

Read Article ▶ Win 2 free flights to Italy!

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Pronto Travel & Vita Italian Tours are giving away two free economy airfares to Italy with Emirates Airlines!

To enter, simply book any travel services, domestic or international with our fully accredited Travel Agency, Pronto Travel within the Promotional Period 1 Jan to 31 Aug 2019.

Spend $1,500 or more to be in the running to win!

Flights to be redeemed for travel to Italy in 2020, terms & conditions apply. Please click the link below for full T&Cs.

Win 2 Economy Airfares to Italy - Full Terms & Conditions.

Contact us today +61 3 9080 3440 to book your next travel adventure and go into the draw to win.

Read Article ▶ 2019 Small Group Tours of Italy

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Vita Italian Tours 2019 Small Group Tour of Italy.

Come and share our love and passion for Italy on a small group tour in 2019. Exquisite local food & wine, unforgetable destinations and fantastic local people and their stories. Don't just visit the destinatons, come off the beaten track and experience the difference of a personally guided tour with Vita Italian Tours.

Vita Italian Tours - 2019 Early Bird Sale Social Tile

Take advantage of our early-bird sale and you can save up to $500.00 per couple on selected tours. Book directly with Vita Italian Tours before 30 November 2018. Don't miss out, only limited places remaining.

It is also a great time to secure early-bird airfares. Our fully accredited travel agency Pronto Travel can devise a comprehensive travel package including flights, transfers, accommodation, cruises, villa stays, day tours and food & wine experiences.


We look forward to exploring beautiful Italy with you in 2019.

Mario, Viny, Gianni & Nadia Vitellone

Vita Italian Tours/Pronto Travel




Read Article ▶ Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Vita Italian Tours is very proud to be a supporting partner of the 2018 Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Now in its 18th year the festival is the biggest public celebration of Italian cinema outside Italy.

To celebrate we will be giving away a series of complimentary double pass movie tickets in your capital city!

Simply book on any Small Group Tour or Private Itinerary with Vita Italian Tours for travel in 2019 and you will receive 2 Complimentary Tickets! Hurry we have only 5 Double passes to give away!

Viva il cinema!

Contact us for more details on 1300 842 444 at the cost of a local call anywhere in Australia.

For session times and movies playing at this years festival check out the link below;



Read Article ▶ Vita Italian Tours on RAI International

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Vita Italian Tours feature on RAI International

Mario, Viny and Gianni of Vita Italian Tours were recently featured on Italian television program series 'Community'. The interview, in Italian, was shown in Italy and around the world on the international television service for the Italian public braocaster RAI.

There are approximately 100 million descendants of first generation Italians living abroad, and the 'Community' series tells the stories of these decendant who live in differrent countries around the world. The series also focuses on the family's immigration story, their life and tracing their origins back to their homes in Italy.

Mario and family were honoured to be invited to tell the story of their journey from migrating to Australia in the late 1950s. The interview also touched on the families early years in Australia to eventually becoming sucessful Tour Operators and Travel Agents in Melbourne. The venture completes the strong links the family continues to have between Australia and Italy.

To view the interview click on the link below. Apologies in advance to our english readers as the interview is all in Italian. 

Mario Vita Italian Tours RAI Interview

A big thank you to Paolo Massa from RAI for the invitation and for conducting the interview at our office in Collingwood, Melbourne.

Mario, Viny & Gianni

Vita Italian Tours/Pronto Travel


Read Article ▶ Culinary Delights of Tuscany & Emilia-Romagna

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

After several years of planning we are very proud to introduce to you our brand new tour for the 2018 touring season, Culinary Delights of Tuscany & Emilia-Romagna, 30 May - 7 June 2018.

Parma BaptisteryParmigiano ReggianoCibo Italiano

It is a nine day tour that takes in the very best of the central regions of Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. The tour will be led by Vita Italian Tours founders and father and son team Mario and Gianni and will focus on new and undiscovered areas of Italy that many of our travellers may not have experienced before. There is a strong emphasis on wonderful regional food and wine throughout in beautiful centrally located hotels and a stunning Villa in Tuscany complete with a swimming pool.

Highlights include tours and tastings at factories/dairies/acetaie that produce world famous produce such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Parma Prosciutto and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. As well as this there will be sumptuous banquet lunches and dinners in speciality restaurants and famous local osterie and trattorie. Apart from the food and wine there will be guided visits to cities such as Bologna, Modena, Reggio Emilia, Parma, Florence, Panzano, Montepulciano, Castellina and Radda in Chianti.

It is important to note that at this stage the tour is a one off departure and places are limited. We are only accepting 14 travellers on this tour and already have a number of clients booked.

Interested? If you have any questions or would like to request a complete itinerary of the tour please do not hesitate to contact us.


Vita Italian Tours/Pronto Travel

1/25 Little Oxford Street

Collingwood VIC 3066

Ph. 1300 842 444 (cost of a local call)


We welcome you to join us off the beaten track to discover Italy in 2018.

Cari saluti.

Gianni, Mario & Viny.

Gianni Viny Mario Vita Italian Tours


Read Article ▶ Vita Italian Tours Features in Segmento Magazine

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Vita Italian Tours and Pronto Travel are very proud to be featuring in the March/April edition of Segmento Magazine.

Segmento, a free bi-monthly colour magazine, is the brainchild of Italian born Australian, Daniele Curto. Daniele believes that "The Italian community in Australia need a voice which highlights the achievements that influence our culture. Segmento is the Magazine of the people, whether they are multicultural enterprises, successful business people or young disorientated talents. The stories of their success, most of them from very humble beginnings, does Italia and Australia proud".

The Segmento article is written from the persepective of Sallie, Vicki and Shirley, three travellers who have been on a number of our small group tours of Italy. It is from their stories that we learn about their personal experiences from their time spent with us exploring Italy.

slide_10_02  Shirley and tour group

Pronto Travel & Vita Italian Tours are stockists of Segmento Magazine so drop past our office for a coffee at 1/25 Little Oxford Street Collingwood to grab your free copy today! You can also read the full feature on the Segmento Magazine website listed below.

Gianni, Mario and Viny of Pronto Travel Vita Italian Tours    Segmento Magazine Article



Gianni, Mario & Viny Vitellone

Pronto Travel / Vita Italian Tours


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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Pesaro Winter Wonderland. Pesaro, situated in Le Marche Region on the Adriatic Coast of Italy, is getting into the festive spirit transforming the centre of the city into a Christmas winter wonderland. Named Pesaro Nel Cuore, which translates as 'Pesaro in our Hearts', the exhibition features an installation in the main square, Piazza del Popolo', of the most illuminated Christmas tree in the whole of Italy.

Piazza del Popolo Natale Pesaro Winter Wonderland

The tree is a centre piece of the square and shines brightly decorated with 70,000 white LED lights. The ancient buildings surrounding the square such as Palazzo Baviera, the Post Office and Ducal Palace come to life displaying colourful projections of giant snowflakes.

Around the ancient fountain with its tritons, dolphins and seahorses, the Municipality has set up a skating rink where all can enjoy skating, children, teenagers speeding around the rink, parents and grandparents together. The square also has market stalls placed around the rink selling hot sausages, angels and Christmas gifts. The Pesaro Nel Cuore exhibition has attracted visitors from all over Italy and Europe to celebrate the festive season.

Mario, Gianni and Viny of Vita Italian Tours, call Pesaro home when conducting their boutique small group tours in Italy. Wishing all our friends and family a very Merry Christmas and safe and prosperous New Year! Buon Natale!

Pesaro Christmas Tree

See you in 2017!


Read Article ▶ Availability for Italy 2017 Tours

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Availability for Italy 2017 Tours - Places are already filling up fast on our small group tours for 2017 as travellers are taking advantage of the significant savings of our early-bird airfare and tour packages.

Lake Como Guided Vita Italian Tour

The 11 day Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour experiences some of the most spectacular scenery in Northern Europe and remains one of our most popular tours. All 14 places on The Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour have already completely SOLD OUT FOR 2017! We are already taking expressions of interest for the 2018 departure so get in fast to avoid dissapointment.

We also have still have limted places available on our other popular boutique tours:

The Grand Tour of Italy - 17 Days - May & Aug Departures - Spring and Autumn are wonderful times of the year to visit Italy. The Grand Tour captures the best Italy has to offer with visits to Rome, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Venice, Amalfi Coast as well as a stay in authentic regional Italy in the beautiful seaside city of Pesaro.

Cinque Terre Tour - 5 Days - May & Sept Departures - The best way to experience the beautiful Ligurian Riviera and the small quiant fishing villages famously known as The Cinque Terre. The tour captures the unique beauty of this area of Italy exploring by both land and sea, including visits to Portofino, Portovenere and Pisa.

Discovering Le Marche Region - 9 Days - June Departure - This beautiful area is nestled between the Appennines and the Adriatic Sea. These tours lead you to fascinating towns vibrant with daily life surrounded by beautiful country side.

The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche - 13 Days - Sept Departure - The rolling hills of Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche are dotted with vineyards and olive groves. This area of Italy is famous for being known as, the ‘Green Heart’ of the Peninsula. Each region has its own particular character offering spectacular scenery, authentic cuisine and romantic hilltowns.


VIT Italian Landscape Photo

Book Early & Save! 

Only pay 2016 prices when you book directly with Vita Italian Tours on any 2017 fully guided itinerary. Valid until 30 Nov 2016. Ask about our flight and tour packages.

If our itineraries do not fit with your travel plans, don't worry! With well over 15 years experience in the travel industry and our unique local knowledge of Italy and Europe we can devise a suitable itinerary for you including airfares, travel insurance, transfers, guides, cruises, rail and car hire. As well as unique experiences such as Villa Stays, Food and Wine expereinces, cooking classes, language classes or meeting and staying with an Italian family!

Call us today 1300 842 444


We look forward to travelling with you in 2017.

Mario, Viny & Gianni




Read Article ▶ Travelling in 2017?

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Travelling in 2017? As our 2016 touring season is nearly over, we at Vita Italian Tours/Pronto Travel are in full swing planning 2017 and beyond. One of the things we are focusing on is making sure our itineraries meet the needs of our discerning travellers wanting a genuine experience in Italy and Europe.

2017 sees many exciting additions to our tour program. Including an increase number of tours to Le Marche Region, an undiscovered area of central Italy which has been our specialty since our inception as tour operators over 15 years ago.

Urbino Le Marche Region Italy Positano Amalfi Coast

We would like to also draw attention to our customers that with many years of experience travelling and organising holidays to Italy and Europe we can devise excellent personalised itineraries to meet your unique travel needs. Whether it be a performance at the famous Arena in Verona, a stay in a Villa in Regional Tuscany, traditional cooking workshops with local chefs or guided tours with one of our many local guides and partners visiting areas such as Sicily and Puglia.

Thinking of travelling in 2017? Book early and save. Take advantage of early-bird airfares and limited offers on our tour packages. Contact us today for a flight quote and holiday package.

We look forward to travelling with you in 2017.


Mario, Viny & Gianni Vitellone
Vita Italian Tours & Pronto Travel Agency


Read Article ▶ Merry Christmas | Buon Natale

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Christmas Colosseum Rome


Vita Italian Tours would like to say a special thank you to all our customers, family and friends for your support during 2015. We enjoy Christmas as it brings all our family and friends together enjoying traditional food and sharing the warmth and happiness of the festive season.

Best wishes for 2016

For our family and friends overseas:

Tantissimi auguri per Natale e per 2016 che siano ricolmi di gioia, felicita`, buona salute e prosperita` Ci vediamo nel 2016.


Gianni, Viny & Mario


Read Article ▶ 2016 Tour Availability & Our New Collingwood Headquarters

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Pronto Travel Office Collingwood

We have moved to Collingwood!

Our new office is located at:

1/25 Little Oxford Street
Collingwood Vic 3066

+61 3 9080 3440

Postal address: PO Box 1650 Collingwood Vic 3066 Australia

With over ten years experience working as tour operators and tour leaders, the successful family team of Gianni, Mario and Viny Vitellone of Vita Italian Tours have broadened their services to start Pronto Travel.

Pronto Travel is all about customer service and giving you, the customer, a positive and friendly experience from an expert personal travel consultant. Airfares, airport and hotel transfers, villa stays, food & wine tours, cooking classes, car hire and cruises. We can devise a suitable travel itinerary tailored to meet you individual travel needs. With more than a lifetime of travel experience, let Pronto Travel help you plan and book your next holiday adventure to Italy, Europe and the world!

Vita Italian Tours Office Vita Italian Tours Inside Office

Vita Italian Tours - 2016 Tour Availability

Apologies for all the travellers who have called us to book on our Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour: the tour is fully booked.  We have some vacancies on our other tours. There is still time to book before 30 November and receive our early bird discounts.

Please contact us on 03  9080 3440 if you would like any information on our tours and if you are travelling independently Pronto Travel our travel agency branch will provide all your travel needs for your next holiday overseas. Together with Pronto Travel we can organise everything from your airfares, travel insurance, transfers, accommodation, tours, rail passes and so much more!

Make an appointment to speak to us today!

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Read Article ▶ Vita Italian Tours present 2016 itineraries

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Viny, Gianni & Mario of Vita Italian Tours

Vita Italian Tours present their exciting small group Italian tour itineraries for the 2016 travel season.

All the tours are personally guided by Mario, Viny and Gianni. Join us to experience the beautiful countryside, medieval and Renaissance hill towns, exquisite regional cuisine, fine wines and excellent local hospitality.

Our most popular tours are The Grand Tour of Italy, which takes in famous landmarks as well as hidden gems and the Cinque Terre Tour exploring the five towns along the magical Ligurian Riviera. These two tours run consecutively and are regularly combined together by travellers.

There are the boutique tours exploring the picturesque Northern Lakes & Dolomites as well as the best of central Italy on The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche. These two tours are characterised by spectacular scenery as well as sumptuous regional cuisine and local wines.

The popular Tour of Le Marche Region discovering one of Italy’s best kept secrets has now been combined with a stay in Abruzzo region. This tour explores beautiful Renaissance hill towns and regional centres nestled between the central Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea.


Vita Italian Tours Tuscan Countryside


With over 10 years experience touring in Italy Vita Italian Tours can take care of all your travel needs including flights, transfers and accommodation. Private itineraries are also available for individuals and groups.

Tour 1 The Grand Tour of Italy 2-18 May & 22 Aug-7 Sept
Tour 2 Cinque Terre Tour 18-22 May & 7-11 Sept
Tour 3 Tour of Abruzzo & Le Marche Regions 16-25 June
Tour 4 The Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour 27 Jun-7 Jul
Tour 5 Opera & Food 1-11 August
Tour 6 The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche 15-27 September

Take advantage of the early bird special where travellers will pay 2015 prices on all 2016 tours if you book directly with Vita Italian Tours before 30 November.

For more information contact Mario, Viny and Gianni on +61 3 9080 3440 or visit the website


Read Article ▶ VIT featured in Italianicious Magazine!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Italianicious Article for WordPress II Wednesday 18 March, Melbourne - A four page article of Vita Italian Tours is featured in the March/April edition of Italianicious Magazine! The feature article highlights our love affair with Italy, as well as our long standing ties with Le Marche Region and in particular our strong connection with the city of Pesaro, our home when we are in Italy touring.

A big thank you from us to Danielle from the magazine for putting this together. Italianicious is a beautiful glossy magazine dedicated to all things Italian including, culture, art, food and exciting travel destinations. Pick up a copy form your local newsagent today or check out the article online.




Read Article ▶ Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Viny, Mario & Gianni

Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Vita Italian Tours would like to say a special thank you to all our customers, family and friends for your support during 2014. We enjoy Christmas as it brings all our family and friends together enjoying traditional food and sharing the warmth and happiness of the festive season.

Best wishes for 2015

For our family and friends overseas:
Tantissimi auguri per Natale e per 2015 che siano ricolmi di gioia, felicita`, buona salute e prosperita`
Ci vediamo nel 2015

Viny, Mario & Gianni

Read Article ▶ Vita Italian Tours 10th Anniversary!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014



Mario, Viny and Gianni present their exciting 2015 small group tours to Italy.

Check out the website for departures and prices.


Take advantage of our fantastic savings. Book a tour by 30 November 2014 and you will only pay 2014 prices of any tour.

Contact us for all your travel needs +61 (0)3 94607373

Read Article ▶ Google Sistine Chapel virtual tour

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Google Sistine Chapel virtual tour Rome, 22 July - Google Sistine Chapel virtual tour. Imagine being able to take a virtual tour and view Michelangelo's masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel or Raphael's Madonna and Child in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

This is now possible with Google as they have developed technology allowing anyone with internet connection the possibility of viewing the world's greatest masterpieces in museums around the world from their home computer. Art lovers and the general public can access many amazing works of art on the internet using a super-resolution zoom similar to that of Google Street View. The Sistine Chapel and the Uffizi Galleries join other famous museums such as Venice’s Doge’s Palace, Tate Museum London and the White House in Washington as partners with Google in the project.

However, if you want to experience Michelangelo's magnificent Sistine Chapel or the art treasures of the Uffizi Gallery first hand, why not come and join us on our Grand Tour of Italy.

Check out The Grand Tour of Italy itinerary

Read Article ▶ Italy kicking goals in Brazil

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Italy kicking goals in brazil Rio de Janeiro, 1 July - Italy kicking goals in Brazil. The Azzurri may not have set the world on fire with their early exit from the World Cup in Brazil but at least Italy is kicking goals in the export market in Brazil.

Some of Italy’s famous Prosciutto, Salami, Pancetta and other pork derived cold cuts have won a new certificate of export health from Brazilian authorities as reported by the Italian industrial association of meat and sausages ASSICA. Northern regions such as Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto and Le Marche were allowed to export their finest local produce into the strong and growing Brazilian market. This good news come on the back of a momentous decision last June when a long standing 45 year ban was lifted allowing Italian cold cuts to gain access to the lucrative US market.

The ruling is a great win for Italy as exports to Brazil continue to rise having almost doubled in the past five years. The Azzurri may no longer be at the World Cup but it is nice to know that Italy will still be represented in Brazil by some of its famous produce.

Read Article ▶ Is Pope Francis a modern-day superhero?

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Pope Francis Superhero Vatican, 30 April - Is Pope Francis a modern-day superhero? The media-friendly and always smiling and humble Pontiff was named the person of the year ahead of Barack Obama and Edward Snowden by Rolling Stone magazine. Soon after this naming, a local artist depicted him on a mural on a wall near the Vatican City as the modern Superman or white capped crusader, in mid flight with rosary beads around his neck and a black briefcase.

Pope Francis, who has become the people's pope, is inviting record crowds at papal events at the Vatican. He is revered by people around the world for breaking from tradition through his decision to live in a humble flat and his inclusive attitudes to human rights, gay marriage, birth control and abortion. He reaches out to the young, migrants and the poor which has boosted his popularity and his charisma is apparent through searches and comments on social media such as magazines, Google and twitter.

On our Grand Tour, travellers have the experience of visiting St Peters Basilica and square where Pope Francis presents himself to the public on Wednesdays.

Read Article ▶ The 2014 tour season begins

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Melbourne, 19 March - Spring is in the air in Italy and another tour season is about to begin. Gianni and Mario are leaving for Italy on Wednesday 19 March to conduct the first tour of the year for Vita Italian Tours. Our first group is St Helena Secondary College from Eltham , Victoria whose itinerary includes a visit to all the major tourist centres plus a week doing language and art workshops in Mondavio: a medieval town in Le Marche Region.

We have only a few places left on our Grand Tour of Italy, Cinque Terre and The Best of Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche Tours departing in September 2014. Contact us for more details. Limited discounts are available.

Read Article ▶ Ferrari worlds most powerful brand

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Ferrari Modena, 28 February – The iconic sports car maker Ferrari has topped the list of the 500 most powerful brands in the world for the second year in as row.

Ferrari’s logo of the prancing stallion beat Coca Cola and PriceWaterhouseCoopers respectively in second and third place, with Google fifth and Disney tenth.

David Haigh, Ferrari’s Brand Finance CEO stated that “Ferrari inspires more than just brand loyalty, more of a cultish, even quasi-religious devotion. It’s brand power is indisputable”.

The vehicle brand is instantly recognisable the world over. The car maker made it to the top spot for its desirability, loyalty, consumer sentiment, visual identity, online presence and employee satisfaction.

The Ferrari factory and museum in Maranello is a popular destination for our school tours and private tours alike.

Check out the impressive facility at Maranello here:

Read Article ▶ 2014 tour season: Availability

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Exif_JPEG_PICTURE Melbourne, 1 November - Places are filling up fast on Vita Italian Tours for the 2014 tour season. Our exciting small group itineraries visit beautiful lakes and mountains, historical Renaissance towns as well as artistic and cultural centres of Italy. All tours are personally guided and fully inclusive with an emphasis on fine foods, wine and excellent hospitality. Below is a list of current availability of our tours. Please contact us if you would like any information on any of our available tours or if you would like to enquire about our private tour services.


2014 Tours and Departures*

Tour 1 – The Grand Tour of Italy

May Departure:                                  Fully Booked
August Departure:                            2 Places Remaining

Tour 2 – Cinque Terre Tour

May Departure:                                 4 Place Remaining
September Departure:                    3 Places Remaining

Tour 3 – Tour of Le Marche Region

June Departure:                                Fully Booked

Tour 4 – The Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

June Departure:                                Fully Booked

Tour 5 – Opera and Food

August Departure:                           Book now

Tour 6 – The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

September Departure:                   4 Places Remaining


Availability as of 15 April 2014.



Read Article ▶ Melbourne Retirement & Lifestyle Expo

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Melbourne Retirement & Lifestyle Expo Melbourne, 24 October - Vita Italian Tours were happy to have participated at the annual Melbourne Retirement & Lifestyle Expo. The Expo ran from 6 – 8 September at Caulfield Racecourse. Viny was on hand to represent the team at our stand while Mario and Gianni were away on tour in Italy. We would like to thank all of you who came to visit Viny to hear about our exciting 2014 itineraries. Thank you also to everyone who entered our competition and congratulations to Kerry Walker of Langwarrin who won our wonderful hamper full of Italian products. For more information on upcoming exhibitions, competitions and prizes, check out our Facebook page!







Read Article ▶ Traffic banned around Rome’s Colosseum

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Via dei Fori Imperiali II Rome, 20 August – The famous central boulevard around the Colosseum, 'Via dei Fori Imperiali’ is being transformed into a pedestrian and bicycle zone on Saturdays beginning August 3.

The ‘pedestrianisation’ of this famous road that runs between the Roman Forum and the iconic Colosseum will begin on the ‘Notte dei Fori’ (Forum Night), organised to celebrate its rebirth as an urban landscape. Forum night will be marked by performances and concerts throughout the evening.

It is a dream of the current Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino; himself a keen cyclist, to eventually ban all traffic through the area. Mayor Marino claims that by banning just private vehicles from the road, traffic will be slashed by 90% greatly preventing further damage to the ancient structures caused by pollution and the vibration from traffic congestion.

This area of ancient Rome is a feature in the signature guided Vita Italian Tour, The Grand Tour of Italy. The walk along the ‘Via Dei Fori Imperiali’ will be made easier and more memorable for our travellers if the current mayor gets his wish.

The Grand Tour of Italy


Read Article ▶ Florence awaits Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’

Monday, June 17th, 2013

View on Florence Duomo Florence, 13 June - There is great anticipation in Florence for the publication of Dan Brown’s new book ‘Inferno’. The novel is loosely based on the great Florentine poet Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ since it centres on the piazza and historical buildings of Florence.

Authorities are hoping that the novel will further enhance Florence as the cultural capital of Italy and attract millions of tourists to the city just as ‘Angels and Demons’, one of his previous works, did for the Vatican and Rome.

Members of the Italian Dante Society also welcome the new book, despite its historical inaccuracies, because it will bring the poet’s work to a much wider audience. Florence is a regular stop for travellers on many of Vita Italian Tours.

Read Article ▶ New Pope elected in the Vatican City

Friday, March 15th, 2013

rtr3exy1-35223976[1] Vatican, 14 March - After five secret ballots, the Conclave of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel voted Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio the new Pontiff of the Catholic Church.  Pope Francis, as he is to be known, is the first non European Pope in 1000 years.

A crowd of over 150,000 in St Peter’s Square cheered as white smoke billowed from the most widely watched chimney in the world.

As our Vita Italian Tour season is about to begin we are happy that the cardinals are now finished with the Sistine Chapel so that our groups will get a chance to experience Michelangelo’s frescoes when we visit Rome.


Read Article ▶ Panino protest in Rome’s Capitol Hill

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Giant Panino Rome Rome, 13 February  - Travellers on The Grand Tour of Italy get the opportunity to visit the Campidoglio or Capitol Hill, Rome’s seat of power for more than 2000 years dating back to the time of Caesar and Emperor Augustus.

Last month surprised travellers and locals alike were greeted by the sight of a giant 'panino' in the middle of the piazza. Strategically positioned in front of the Mayoral office,  the giant sandwich was a symbol of protest over a new, so called ‘anti-panino’ law,  in which you can face a fine of up to €500 for eating on or next to famous landmarks such as the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps.

Similar measures have been introduced in St. Marks Square in Venice. In Florence during the summer tourist period, ropes cordon off the steps around the famous Duomo to avoid people lounging and eating in front of the famous Cathedral. There has been much opposition to the new ban in Rome, however city officials maintain it is a necessary measure in order to ensure citizens and tourists alike respect the beauty of these ancient monuments.

Read Article ▶ Ancient Roman Cloaca Maxima gets a face lift

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

 Rome, 10 January - Small groups of travellers travelling with Vita Italian Tours to Rome enjoy a guided visit of the Roman Forum including the original starting point of the Cloaca Maxima. The Cloaca Maxima, (Giant Sewer) which burrows beneath the Roman Forum before emptying into the Tiber River, pre dates the Roman Empire. The mile long tunnel was originally dug as a canal by the early inhabitants of Rome to drain the swamp lands where the present Roman Forum stands.

It was maintained throughout the Roman Empire and into the medieval times and was ultimately incorporated into the city's main sewerage system. But decades of inadequate maintenance meant that it is now clogged with debris and silt, raising fears of blockages and collapses. An ambitious operation to clean and maintain the drain, which has been undertaken by the Regional Archaeological Superintendence, is expected to take two years.