Buon Viaggio: Personalized Itineraries
Antico Sole Italy emphasizes the cultural side of traveling. Our combined knowledge of the culture and arts of Italy makes us ideal cultural “guides” to your wanderings through the beautiful sights of Italy. Our custom-made itineraries include history, cultural tidbits, photos, directions, travel tips and other helpful information to make your journey as smooth and satisfying as possible. Together with you we’ll design an itinerary that includes the cities and regions you want to explore. We’ll also help you find the perfect accommodation, restaurants, shopping and cultural activities that your trip requires.
Sogni d’oro: Accommodations
With your tastes in mind, we’ll locate ideal accommodations all over Italy, from hotels to charming inns to villas to farm stays. You can stay in a quiet medieval ex-monastery, an aristocrat’s rambling Renaissance villa or a Tuscan farm that produces its own Chianti wine. Depending on your needs and budget, we’ll find accommodations that work for you. Then we’ll make your reservations and give you directions . . . all you have to do is enjoy.
Buon Appetito: Restaurants and Food
Eating well is one of the pleasures of daily life in Italy, for natives and travelers alike. Italians certainly know how to cook — and eat — with style. But knowing where to savor that truly exceptional meal — be it a 5-course feast, a simple panino or a divine caffè latte — may be more difficult than it sounds when all those Italian menus begin to look alike. We’ll recommend the best trattorie, restaurants and caffès from every city and region . . . and what to try from the menu!
Made in Italy: Shopping
Made in Italy made easy. Whether you’re on the prowl for gold jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, designer labels, authentic antiques, Venetian glass, leather bags, handmade paper, or simple tourist souvenirs, we can send you in the right direction. Just let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll help you find it.
Arte e Cultura: Private Tours
With a knowledgeable guide at your side, learning about the culture of, say, ancient Rome or Renaissance Florence is a joy. Experienced private guides who know the streets, historical monuments, museums and hangouts of Italy can help you appreciate Italy’s rich cultural and artistic heritage with ease. Touring a major museum like the Uffizi Gallery in Florence or the Vatican Museum in Rome with someone that knows the treasures intimately gives you insight and depth that guidebooks lack. Plus it’s always a treat to meet a local!
Don’t let getting around a foreign country intimidate you. Instead, let us help you find the right transportation — train, bus, rental car, boat — for your needs. We’ll recommend the best rental car agencies or supply you with train schedules, as well as pass along travel tips and instructions.
Aiuto: Travel Tips
How do you validate your train ticket? Where’s the best place to find a clean bathroom? What does guasto mean? Knowing a bit about how things work in Italy can be essential to getting around without hassles. We’ll give you important travel advice and tips that will help you navigate the peninsula . . . even when everyone seems to be on strike.
Antico Sole Italy specializes in planning trips for individuals, couples, friends and family traveling together and small groups. Our personal service is highly individualized, and we have 15 years of experience and happy clients behind us. Please contact us directly for a menu of our service fees based on your trip needs – we can offer anything from a full detailed itinerary packet where we handle everything, to “a la carte” services for a trip that you partially design yourself but need help with some key details. We like to begin all detailed itinerary services with a personal phone call in order to assess your needs, wish lists, travel style and pace, budget and practical constraints. From here we work one-on-one to design the perfect trip itinerary, which is then emailed and/or mailed to you depending on the service you chose.
We want to make your experience in Italy unforgettable.
It is our sincere hope to inspire you to fall in love with this enchanting country as much as we have!
Please contact us as far in advance as possible before your trip to better benefit from our services. Many cities are particularly hectic during the “high season” (April-October) making the best hotels and accommodations difficult to reserve without sufficient preparation time. Ideal planning time is several months ahead, as many as 6 or more if you’re thinking about visiting in the busy summer months. Villa rentals can require even more advance planning. We’ll do our best from the moment you contact us, but please remember that quality will be higher if we have adequate time to work with you!