These travel experiences are not just any guided tour, rather, you are sharing an intimate adventure with friends and family—much like we do when we return to Italy. One could say it is like being on holiday with your Italian cousins!
You will be sharing the Simones’ culture and the authentic food and atmosphere of the different regions. This is the world of extended family and a way of life rooted in centuries of tradition. A world and way of life that is, alas, fast disappearing.
Our daily excursions to highlights will proceed at a leisurely pace, taking the slow and scenic route. The activities and sights have been carefully chosen to provide you with memories that will endure.
Our objective is simple - to provide you with an authentic insight into the food and culture of Patrizia's and George's home regions and the knowledge to recreate, at home, some dishes that will forever remind you of your stay.
SICILY 3-18 September 2014
Sicily, once known as the ‘badlands’ of Italy, is becoming ” the place to visit” and for good reason. Greek, Spanish, Arabic & Norman influences can be found in the unique mix of cuisine, architecture and art inherited from the numerous invasions Sicily has known in the past.
Our tour will take us through this island rich with history, culture, cuisine and stunning landscapes.
Between discovering the delights of wines, seafood, chocolate, cheeses, olives and local markets we will explore the amazing salt pans near Mozia, Baroque villages, beaches and fish markets, ancient Greek temples and archaeological sites, Etna volcano and the Aeolian islands.
As we cross the island we will explore the interior where olive trees and vineyards create a picturesque landscape around charming hill top villages unchanged with the passage of time. We will explore the towns where old mafia wars took place and The Godfather was filmed.
Local producers will engage us in hands-on demonstrations of traditional cheese, olive oil and chocolate making.
Discover all that is best about Sicily when we tour this exceptional island – a land of intriguing places and tastes.
PUGLIA & AMALFI 20-30 September 2014
Puglia, a magnificent, relatively unexplored region known as the heel of Italy offers a diverse and enlightening travel experience - from staying in a Trulli, one of the famous conical stone houses, to visiting the UNESCO classified village of Alborebello, arguably the most picturesque of all the villages in the south to having a meal at Angela’s house: she will cook like she would for her family - and this is just the beginning.
We will stay in the heart of Amalfi, visiting Positano, Sorrento, Ravello, Pompei and the most romantic of places - the Isle of Capri.
We will mix with the local people, born and bred in Amalfi, explore the quaint narrow winding streets, walk in the beautiful hills overlooking the magnificent coastline with its steep cliffs and its blue turquoise sea - and feel like we are in paradise.
You never know who you’ll see while you’re sitting in the piazza in Ravello, sipping an aperitivo - the rich and famous, an actress or Prime Minister. Lunch follows in the amazing setting of Villa Rufolo - sculpted into the rock.
We will be staying with our friend Daniela at her residence; her husband Vincenzo will be our guide, her uncle will be our taxi driver when needed, and her mother will give us her home made limoncello.
As well as the amazing sites and history of the region, food and wine is our main focus.
We will visit restaurants and trattorie to meet with authentic, local people. We will eat in a place we can reach only by boat, visit a cheese maker and savour the delicious DOC wines of the region including nero di troya, primitivo and verdeca amongst many and we will discover first hand what made Amalfi famous - its beautiful paper.