As an Italian-American with immigrant parents from Naples, restaurateur Vince Mottola has designed a tour that will give you an insider’s experience of Italy. You will enjoy luxury hotels in the best locations. The traveling between cities and guided tours will be at a leisurely pace. Please expect a significant amount of walking during most of the group sightseeing events. There will be a generous amount of free time where you’ll be encouraged to explore and connect with the local people. For the group meals, menus will be designed by Vince that will accentuate the local cuisine.
Your tour host, Professor Douglass Merrell, has been teaching college students about the history and culture of Italy from its ancient origins to the present over the past 17 years. After living and traveling throughout Italy over nearly two decades, he is looking forward to sharing his passion for the glorious history and culture of Italy, including, of course, its incomparable cuisine, with the clients of Vince Mottola, a longtime friend. He will be at your disposal to help you personalize your Italian adventure.