Posts Tagged ‘#italytours’

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;

www.italianfilmfestival.com.au

 

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Read Article ▶ UNESCO Recognises Pesaro

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

UNESCO Recognises Pesaro - Pesaro is a tranquil seaside town in the region of Le Marche, and forms part of the central green heart of Italy. The city of Pesaro has recently been recognised by UNESCO as one of the creative cities of the world. Nominated as a ‘City of Music’, Pesaro joined fellow Italian cities, Milan (Literature), Alba (gastronomy) and Carrara (Crafts).

The honor of being a ‘City of Music’ is due in large part to Pesaro’s most famous citizen, Gioacchino Rossini, the world-renowned opera composer who was born in a small house in the centre of the city. His house is now a museum displaying information about his life and music. Rossini, created celebrated operas such as the Barber of Seville, William Tell, Cinderella, Othello and many others. In 1869 Rossini established, the Conservetoire of Music, a world-renowned music school and theatre that is frequented by artists and musicians from around the world. An opera festival is held in Rossini’s honor in Pesaro every year in August with performances of all his most famous work.

gioacchino_rossini_composer Piazza del Popolo Pesaro  

Mario, Viny and Gianni of Vita Italian Tours, call Pesaro home when they are on tour in Italy and have numerous tours that visit Pesaro and the surrounding cities and towns. One of these is the Opera & Food Tour, organised in August for small groups of opera lovers on request to coincide with the Rossini and Macerata Opera Festivals. Thinking of visiting Pesaro and Le Marche Region and would like a personalised itinerary? We can tailor a package for a self-drive or fully guided travel itinerary for families, couples, small groups or solo travellers. Contact us today 1300 842 444 or send us a message from our website, contact.

 

For more on the UNESCO Creative Cities List: www.ansa.it/english/

For more on Gioacchino Rossini: www.britannica.com/biography/Gioachino-Rossini

 

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.

www.rai.it/dl/RaiTV/programmi/media 

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 ▶ BOBOLI GARDENS GET GUCCI MAKEOVER

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Boboli Gardens Florence

Boboli Gardens in Florence get Gucci Makeover. The CEO of Gucci, Marco Bizzarri, announced on 4 April that the company would donate two million euro to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence for the revamp of the Boboli Gardens Park.

The project is known as "Primavera di Boboli" and is part of the arrangement settled between Gucci, The Minister of Culture, The Florence city council and the Uffizi Gallery, responsible for the maintenance of the world famous gardens, a special Gucci show "Gucci Cruise" will take place in May, 2018. The donation from Gucci will be used to restore the gardens to their original splendour and to regain its status as the Italian "Versailles" of Italy.

The 'significant' investment by Gucci has been welcomed by Dario Franceschini, the Culture Minister who hailed Fashion as an important part of Italy's cultural heritage. The project is also important as the creative director of Gucci's inspiration, cultural and aesthetic, has come from the beauty, art and cultural treasures of Florence.

The Boboli Gardens, situated behind the Pitti Palace, were originally designed by Niccolo` Pericoli in the sixteenth century for Eleonora of Toledo, wife of Cosimo I and continued by artists Ammanati, Buontalenti and Vassari. The gardens are the green heart of Florence with their historic statues, secret stories, hidden corners, water fountains, temples and ponds. The gardens are frequented by locals and tourists alike who come to admire the wonderful gardens, have picnics and to escape the busy streets especially during the summer tourist season.

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Pronto Travel/Vita Italian Tours organise private visits with our trusted local guides to the Pitti Palace and the famous Boboli Gardens. It remains a favourite destination for travellers when visiting Florence.

 

 

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

 

Saluti.

Gianni, Mario & Viny Vitellone

Directors
Pronto Travel / Vita Italian Tours

 

Read the full article on the Segmento website: www.segmento.com.au

Read more stories and comments from Vita Italian Tours travellers: www.vitaitaliantours.com/testimonials

 

 

Read Article ▶ DA VINCI PAINTING SOLD FOR BARGAIN PRICE

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Da Vinci Painting Sold for Bargain Price. An agreement has been made between the Polish Government and the  Czartoryski family of Poland for the sale of a private world class collection of artworks, artifacts and historical items for a bargain 100 million Euro ($1.5m AUD). Negotiations took place between Adam Czartoryski, a descendent of Princess Izabela Czartoryski who built up the collection from 1802. The entire collection has an estimated worth of about 2 billion Euro.

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When questioned about the low price of the sale Mr Czartoryski's response was that he wished to continue the Legacy of his ancestors who worked in the best interests of the Polish Nation. Mr Czartoryski, head of the Czartoryski family and the Foundation which looks after the collection also stated that he wanted to make a donation to Poland and as Head of the Foundation he was able to make the decision. The collection was stolen by Nazi forces during World War Two but later returned to its owners.

The collection includes a rare painting "Lady with an Ermine", one of only four portraits of women painted by Da Vinci in 1490. The painting depicts a young woman, Cecilia Gallerani from the court of Milan, the mistress of Ludovic Sforza, Duke of Milan.

 

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Apart from the Da Vinci painting, the collection contains a Rembrant "Landscape with the Good Samaritan", drawings by Renoir, Manuscripts by Chopin and Etruscan and Greek vases. The Da Vinci painting and part of the collection is currently on display in Krakow.

See more Leonardo Da Vinci Masterpieces with Vita Italian Tours with guided visits to the Ufizzi Gallery in Florence and also the last supper in Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

 

Curious to know more?

Vita Italian Tours - Personally Guided Small Group Itineraries to Italy: Vita Italian Tours / Our Tours

Information on the Czartoryski Collection: www.czartoryski.org/museum

For more on Leonardo Da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine: www.leonardodavinci.net/lady-with-an-ermine

 

 

Read Article ▶ PESARO WINTER WONDERLAND

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 ▶ DESTINATION ASCOLI PICENO – A HIDDEN TREASURE

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Destination Ascoli Piceno - A Hidden Treasure: The town of Ascoli Piceno, in Le Marche Region Italy, is a hidden treasure in a beautiful position surrounded by The Sibiline Mountains along the border with Umbria. The whole southern province of the Le Marche Region, for which Ascoli is the capital, offers spectacular views and a variety of landscapes of amazing beauty.

The city of Ascoli Piceno is enchanting with its many beautiful 'piazze', famous Cathedral, grand palaces and its stunning Town Hall. The historic city centre was constructed with grey marble extracted from the nearby mountains and originally boasted over two hundred towers. Today, sadly, there are only around fifty. The main square, Piazza del Popolo is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy and the other incredible Piazza Arringo with its twin Renaissance fountains also a gem.

Piazza del Popolo Ascoli Piceno Renaissance Fountains Ascoli Piceno

The first peoples who lived in this part of Italy were the 'Picentes' tribe and artifacts have been found dating back to 268 BC, although, very little is known about their language and their customs. The city was taken over by the Romans until the end of the Empire and many other rulers took over the town until the Middle Ages when the it came under the strong influence of the Popes and the Catholic Church.

Ascoli is safeguarded by their patron Saint Emygdius who was venerated as a martyr and is believed to have saved the town from a destructive earthquake which hit Le Marche around the third century. His remains are housed in the cathedral and a feast day is celebrated on 5 August each year. The patron Saint was of extra significance this year following a series of earthquakes which spared Ascoli although devastated nearby Amatrice destroying many historical buildings and leaving many displaced.

Ascoli Piceno is also famous for its regional foods and wines. One of their most popular dishes is 'Olive Ascolane' (shown below) which are local green olives stuffed with meat, herbs and cheese before being covered with breadcrumbs and deep fried. The region also produces several DOCG certified wines, such as Rosso Piceno Superiore red and Vernacchia, Passerina and Pecorino whites varietals. Each characterised by the unique cool micro-climates of the region.

A good place to sit and try a local wine over a meal is at the famous Cafe Meletti. Located in the main square in the heart of the city, Piazza del Popolo, Cafe Meletti has been an institution for locals and visitors alike for more than 150 years. One of our favourite dishes they prepare is the delicious Tagliolini with Ragu alla Marchiagiana (shown below). If you are feeling adventurous you may want to finsh your meal off with one of their signature liqures and digestive drinks. Anisetta is our pick of the bunch, a recipe that cafe founder Silvio Meletti invented in 1870! Anisetta is a sweet and strong liquorice flavoured liqueur made from aniseed and other aromatic herbs and is great together with a coffee or desert. Salute!

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Vita Italian Tours make a visit to Ascoli Piceno annually in June with the nine day Discovering Le Marche Region tour giving travellers the experience and taste of this wonderful town. Interested in visiting Ascoli Piceno? We welcome any enquiries about this tour and/or private tour or self drive itineraries to visit this stunning area of Italy.

 

Vita Italian Tours: Discovering Le Marche Region: Tour Itinerary

Cafe Meletti Ascoli Piceno: Cafemeletti.it

For More Information on Ascoli Piceno: Italia.it/ascoli-piceno

 

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

 

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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
Directors
Vita Italian Tours & Pronto Travel Agency

 

Read Article ▶ Vespa Celebrates 70 Years!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Vespa Celebrates 70 Years! The iconic Italian scooter brand Vespa is celebrating seventy years since it was first invented!! The first Vespa or "Paperino" (Italian word for Donald Duck or Duckling), was developed in April, 1946 by Enrico Piaggio and inventor Corradino D'Ascanio in Pontedera, near Pisa, in the Tuscany Region.

Enrico, son of Rinaldo Piaggio, had grown up learning from his successful father who had established a thriving business since 1884 building aircraft, rail carriages, goods vans and truck bodies and many other forms of machinery.

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The 2016 70th Anniversary Vespa PX 125

 

After the Second World War the family factories were flattened by both the retreating Germans and the advancing Allies. Enrico saw the urgent need for an affordable and modern form of transport which would service the masses. After a number of attempts, a prototype MP6 which had a wide central part where the rider could sit comfortably and well balanced and a narrow waist which appeared like a wasp, hence the name Vespa was designed and made.

This prototype was patented and presented to Ministry of Commerce in Florence and shortly after it was presented to the public and publicised on the cover of La Moto, 1946, production of the first Vespa was born. Production of this prototype and others exploded and by 1948 almost 20,000 were produced. Enrico took charge of testing each prototype and new models and promoted the business in Europe and around the world. He maintained interest in the product and created initiatives such as the Vespa Clubs and created service points for Vespa around the world, including America and Asia.

Roman Holiday Vespa Vintage Italy Family

The riding of a Vespa became synonymous with freedom, an agile and easy to use machine which encouraged social relationships. It became a symbol of a certain type of Italian lifestyle which made its mark on its age. In cinema it became a part of social history as popular stars of film were seen riding a Vespa such as Marcelo Mastroianni in "La Dolce Vita", Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in "Roman Holiday" and many well known stars have been linked to the scooter in photo shoots like Raquel Welch, Henry Fonda, Matt Damon, Antonio Banderas, Sting and many others.

For both Mario and Gianni of Vita Italian Tours a Vespa is their preferred mode of transport when getting to and from work at our office in Collingwood in inner city Melbourne. To ride to work each day, to beat the traffic and take advantage of its great convenience. Vespa is definitely a way of life. Here is to another 70 years for this iconic symbol, of Italy. Viva la Vespa!

Mario and Gianni Vespa

Mario & Gianni of Vita Italian Tours with their Vespa outside the Collingwood office.

 

For more information on the 70th Anniversay editions of the Piaggio Vespa

For more on the history of this famous italian icon: Vespa Our History

 



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