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Italian Great Escapes (Gail's Great Escapes)


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Escape with us to Medieval Villages in Italy

Location: Southern Tuscany, Umbria, Amalfi Coast

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Gail's Great Escapes

Italian Great Escapes

Finding your personal Great Escape in Italy is simple. Take a map, close your eyes, drop your finger. Anywhere you land is a feast for your senses. Italy's diversity is legendary and its treasures easy to discover, with a little help along the way. Escape with us and we'll be your guide.

Italy is delightfully complex. Every region has layers of history, cultural differences, food specialties, wine to steal your heart, artisans beyond compare, and a glorious landscape to take your breath away.

Escape with us and experience a country with traditional Mediterranean values and a pace of life reminiscent of the past. We will visit small wineries, ancient abbeys and cathedrals, charming hill towns, archeological sites, wild sandy beaches, markets, festivals ... tours as diverse as Italy itself.

Hosting small group tours in Italy for the past ten years gives me a unique perspective, and a base of knowledge and experience that only comes with time and discovery. I would like to share with you the places, the people, and the passion I feel for this country that has changed my life. I believe its siren song will sing its way into your soul and you, too, will be forever changed.

Great Escapes in 2013 will include Tuscany in May, and in October, the Amalfi Coast. Please see the website for all the details.

At the end of May, our Tuscan Escape will take us to the rolling countryside of the Val D'Orcia, to Contignano, a small medieval village exemplifying the Tuscany of calendars and movies.

Situated along a renowned wine road, the village is ideally located for exploring the lovely Tuscan towns of Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, Montefollonico, San Quirico d'Orcia, Bagno Vignoni and Radicofani, all close by and steeped in history.

Your week will include tasting the famous Brunello wine of Montalcino, and the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. We'll visit a pecorino cheese farm and see ricotta being made; take a day tour with Pino, my tour guide of 10 years; enjoy a casual, fun-filled art class with Montisi artist, Elizabeth Cochrane; learn a thing or three in a cooking class in the beautiful villa kitchen; and have optional opportunities for ballooning, cycling, and many other activities.

If you have your own group of 6 people, we can arrange your tour for the dates you would like. Just let us know!

In October, Roberto Crocenzi and I are leading a small group again to the spectacular Amalfi Coast for a week of fine wine, great food, and exploration of all the best this region has to offer. You can read about it here, and please join us! www.AutumnInAmalfi.com

My tour philosophy is different from most. You will not be herded around like the sheep you will see in the meadows. Your Escape, your activities, will be personalized to your interests. If you would like to sit by the pool with a book and a glass of wine, listening to the sounds of the sheep, the cuckoos, and the church bells in the distance, that’s fine. If you want to shop till you drop, we will tell you the best places to go with a smile.

Everywhere you look is inspiration for creativity and relaxation. We will provide the suggestions, the guidance, and the opportunities, and you will have the week of your choice. No stress. No schedule but the one you make for yourself.

Rest assured, on a Great Escape you will be in a breathtaking setting, in a gentle, beautiful place of history, with kind people helping you discover and explore.

Escape with us!

Gail Hecko




Contact Information

Company: Italian Great Escapes (Gail's Great Escapes)

Name: Gail Hecko

Street: 1267 Coleman Street

City: Roswell

State/Province: Georgia

Country: USA

Zip/Postal Code: 30075

Phone: 770-992-4429

Website: www.ItalianGreatEscapes.com

E-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry

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