Travel Tips and FAQ


All our tours will involve exploring on foot, to really get to know the places we visit. Please pack comfortable walking shoes.

Weather is unpredictable; please bring layers in case of chilly weather, and whatever rain gear you will want to keep yourself comfortable when it rains.

Rules about checking bags – how many are allowed, how much they can weigh – seem to be changing rapidly these days – please read the fine print when you buy your tickets. If your luggage is over the weight limit the per-pound charge can be hefty.


Some international airlines require that you call the day before to confirm your flight, both for the original flight out of the US, as well as for the return flight back to the US. We can help you call the airline on the second to last day of our trip together.

If you have a flight transfer in the Rome International Airport, it is best to make sure you have at least two hours in between your flights.

Please check the expiration date of your passport – if it expires too soon after you would get back, you may have problems. Countries all have different regulations about how long your passport must be valid after your trip, but the safest thing, per the US Passport Services, is to renew your passport 8 to 11 months before it expires.


On our tours we will always have a guide with us who speaks the local language. However it is always a welcome gesture if you have learned a few key words or phrases.  A quick online aid for this is Google Translate.


The menus for the meals that we enjoy together on each of our tours, are created for us by the chefs of each restaurant. We do this so the chef can make our dishes as seasonal, fresh, and local as possible, reflecting the culinary traditions of the town we are visiting.

Please let us know when you register, if you have any food allergies or preferences that we should be aware of, and we will do our best to accommodate them.