Dooid’s Suggestions for This Weekend in Italy


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Are you in Italy this weekend and wondering what events might be going on near you? We have you covered here with lots of ideas in every part of the Bel Paese!

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Stay in Lucchesia: discover Lucca and its surrounding area


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Have you ever visited the beautiful city of Lucca? Have you ever been there when the camellias are in full bloom? Have you ever dressed up as a ninja with your friends for the famous Lucca Comics event? If not, the time has come for you and a group of friends or family to make unforgettable memories in Lucca. Enjoy this Stay in Lucchesia package!



Cost and Terms & Conditions

Up to 4 guests ( 2 rooms ) € 160,00/per night.

Each additional person is € 25.00 / night. The offer varies according to the number of people.

Minimum stay 4 nights

10% off only with dooid (taxes included) on a minimum of a 7-night stay


Payment Method: by bank transfer

How to Book: read the final paragraph and fill out the form below.

Cancellation policy: free up to 30 days before arrival, after this deadline, 50% of the price of the stay will not be refunded.

An additional security deposit of € 400.00 is required for any damage caused to the property which will be refunded upon check out (after checking the house).

The structure

The house was built around 1784, when it originally housed nuns. In the early 1900’s, however, it was transformed into a small farm.   The building has been finely restored, preserving the stone exterior, and is ready to offer tourists an authentic experience. The structure is located in the neighborhood called vicinato, perhaps because it is isolated, but yet close to the real village. This area is the oldest part of the town and if its walls could only talk!


What to Do and See

Lucchesia, as it’s known in Italianis an area of Tuscany rich in art and culture, but also in various events that attract tourists and enthusiasts from all over Italy and beyond!

The city of Lucca is one of the jewels of Tuscany. The town is protected by walls on which you can take pleasant walks accompanied by the sound of rustling trees. You’ll see the famous towers (Torre delle Ore and Torre del Guinigi) above the rooftops. In the historic center you’ll find the Cathedral: Lucca is nicknamed the “city of a hundred churches” due to the large number of sanctuaries scattered within the city walls.

As you wander along the cobblestone streets of the city and window shop, you’ll make your way to Piazza Napoleone, or Piazza Grande as it’s known by the locals. This is where most of the events, such as Lucca Comics and Games and the otaku event, take place. The piazza is also home to concerts like the Lucca Summer Festival which brings international stars such as Elton John.

Going back towards the village of the camellias, or Pieve and Sant’Andrea di Compito, art and nature come together. Strolling along the streets of these villages, you’ll be able to witness the most spectacular camellias, parks and historic villas. Sant’Andrea di Compito is a charming Tuscan village with narrow streets, stone walls, ancient buildings and even some villas from the 1700s.

Contact Us

If you need additional information or if you’d like to personalize your package, please fill out the contact form below or send us an email at You can also contact us on our Facebook page.

If you’re interested in this offer, contact us for additional information!
Let us organize your stay in Lucchesia:
from your hotel to everything you might need for a pleasant trip!

Package code: 201903141658

Catania package, Sicily: includes hotel, shuttle, meals!


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How does a relaxing weekend in CataniaSicily sound? Overlooking the Ionian Sea and Mt. Etna, you’ll discover Catania’s art and natural beauty. With this special Catania package you can enjoy a well-deserved break and indulge in Catania’s amazing cuisine!


Cost and Terms & Conditions

199€ per couple (meat dinner menu)

225€ per couple (fish dinner menu)

Offer Includes:

  • 2 nights in a double deluxe room with breakfast
  • 4-course dinner with wine tasting (3 glasses DOC wine)
  • shuttle service from airport/port/station

Payment Method: Deposit of 99 € required, balance due at check in. You can book at any time, even last minute (subject to availability).

How to Purchase: Read the final paragraph and fill out the form below

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation policy: the deposit amount paid will not be refunded, but you will be given the option of applying it towards a credit for a future reservation (within 6 mos).

Valid During: all year except 3-day weekends and holidays at which point there would be an increase of the offer price.

The Hotel

Casa Provenza

An oasis in the baroque heart of Catania where you’ll enjoy the comforts of personalized rooms, completely renovated spaces, furnishings and colors.

On the fourth floor of the building (equipped with elevator) you will enjoy a 180 ° view from the covered terrace of the most beautiful façade of the city center, in an area with limited evening traffic on weekends.
Ideal for leisure stays, individual or group, or business trips, you will be “pampered” by the managers and the attentive and dedicated staff. Free Wifi, available in all indoor and outdoor areas.

Also available for your leisure: a reading area with seasonal guides and information, tour desk, book-exchange and relaxation room, with refrigerator and drinks, kettle and herbal tea, toaster and microwave.


What to Do and See

Catania is not just a city of art! It overlooks a crystal clear sea just waiting to be discovered! 
The Riviera dei Ciclopi or the Cyclops Riviera is stunning: characterized by black lava that has reached the sea. Equally beautiful and noteworthy are the Grotte di Ulisse or the Ulysses Grotto where you can take a swim in the clear waters. In the fishing village of Acitrezza you can visit the protected area around the Faraglioni and the Lachea Island by pedal boat. And you cannot leave without tasting the best granita and pastries in the area at the Eden Bar!

Admiring Mount Etna, whose prominent outline is the backdrop to the whole city, is obviously a must.

Besides the amazing gifts of Mother Nature, you’ll also want to visit the Cathedral of St. Agnes which dominates the Piazza del Duomo; the town hall and the elephant fountain; the Roman Theater; Via Etnea and so much more!

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If you need additional information or if you’d like to personalize your package, please fill out the contact form below or send us an email at You can also contact us on our Facebook page.

If you’re interested in this offer, contact us for additional information!
Let us organize your Catania package:
from your hotel to everything you might need for a pleasant trip!

Package code: 201903081544

Tuscan-Emilian Appenines Getaway


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Tired of the monotony of everyday life? Stressed by city life and work? Do you need a break to relax and unwind? If you love nature- we have the perfect solution for you with this package! The Tuscan-Emilian Appenines will give you a well deserved respite from the daily routine while you breathe in lungfuls of fresh, clean air and enjoy the outdoors.

pacchetto-appennino-tosco-emilianoCost and Terms & Conditions

Double room= 90€ per couple

Included in the Offer: 

  • breakfast
  • dinner (choice of pizza or other courses)

The offer is valid from March 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 (subject to availability).

Payment Method: Payment on site by credit card, debit card or cash. Reserve anytime (subject to availability)

How to Purchase: Read the final paragraph and complete the form below

Cancellation Policy: Free within 24 hours before

The hotel 

Albergo Ristorante La Torretta

Located right between Bologna and Florence and close to all services yet just a few km from the splendid scenery of the Regional Park of Lakes Brasimone and Suviana. Relaxation, fun, and adventure await! A cozy patio bar to enjoy an excellent breakfast or aperitif. Elevator for convenient access to the rooms. Ample private parking and a direct private entrance to the hotel for maximum comfort and privacy. Ample covered parking for motorcycles and bicycles.


What to Do and See

Castiglione dei Pepoli is a village of just five thousand inhabitants. Surrounded by greenery, it is seven hundred meters above sea level, in the middle of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. There are loads of activities to choose from that suit all tastes.

The most recommended are trekking on the Dalla lana alla seta (From the Wool to the Silk) path and bike rides. You can even rent electric-assist mountain bikes for a less tiring alternative; and for the more adventurous, cycling trips in the woods!

There are plenty of opportunities to admire what Mother Nature has to offer on various trails. The paths around Lake Brasimone are certainly noteworthy and even became a research center financed by European Union in February 2019. Other equally beautiful lakes are  that of Santa Maria and Lake Suviana.

In addition to a wonderful landscape, Castiglione dei Pepoli also offers history and culture. You won’t want to miss the Boccadirio Sanctuary and the Rocchetta Mattei Castle.

In the summer, in addition to the many local activities, you can not miss the opportunity to go in search of porcini mushrooms! A true delicacy of the territory, the beech, oak and chestnut woods are abundant with these fungi. 

Contact Us

If you need additional information or if you’d like to personalize your package, please fill out the contact form below or send us an email at You can also contact us on our Facebook page.

If you’re interested in this offer, contact us for additional information!
Let us organize your holiday on tuscan emilian appenines:
from your hotel to everything you might need for a pleasant trip!


Package Code: 201902211516

Folk Traditions Festival in Petralia

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That’s right, folk is not just tradition, but a life style! It’s like a drug; once you go into the tunnel, you can’t come out. You don’t even try to stop, but if for some reason, you distance yourself from it for awhile, you miss it. After awhile you get used to being without it, but as soon as you hear that distinct sound of a cheerful accordion or an upbeat mazurka, you realize that your feet are independent of the rest of your body being commanded by the beat.

The Festival of Popular TraditionsPantomime dance of Cordella in Petralia Sottana (Palermo) is an example. This will be the XXXV Mediterranean Meeting of International Folklore held every year during August in this beautiful location within the Madonie Park. During the typical celebration of the Cordella dance, the ancient peasant traditions are recalled as a sign of hope for a fruitful harvest and married life. The festival lasts for four intense days that are packed with events, workshops and concerts from morning until late evening. There are even signing and dance workshops for children.

petralia-folk-festival-2018The last day is where the real party takes place which consists of the re-enactment of the traditional Sicilian wedding complete with a church ceremony and a wedding procession that from the village parades up to the pine forest above Petralia Sottana. The traditional Cordella dance concludes the festivities in a blaze of colored ribbons woven by twelve pairs of dancers to the rhythm of the cheerful sound of the tambourines.
Over the course of these four days the city changes its appearance, coming alive with people of all ages who fill the streets. Guests will notice the proud faces of children in their traditional garb and locals who participate enthusiastically keeping their island’s folk culture alive. Parades of local folk groups and international guests, cuisine from around the world, book lectures and finally concerts will delight.

But that’s not all. Grab a speaker, connect to a telephone, find a free square, some dancers and start again. Maybe you’ll only start with a few, 6 or 8 people, but as the music goes on, some passerbys stop to look. The energy and enthusiasm soon overwhelms them, and their swept into the growing climax of the dance. 

Folklore-petralia-sottana-eventiIt captures you and overwhelms you in its vortex.
It is an indispensable exchange of energy! You suddenly realize you are very tired, but the energy that your body expended is all returned to you in spirit by your dance partner, the people who dance around you, the music, the joviality of the moment, the desire to dance until exhaustion, to make friends and to fly … you realize that your body  no longer feels tired.

The newcomers can initially be skeptical, embarrassed because they do not know the steps or people with whom you dance; it’s normal. The Circassian circle loosens tension, loosens the body, confuses you, amuses you. You are inexorably involved. When the music starts, the dancers frantically run in search of a partner. There are never enough men. You search through the crowd looking for a volunteer. You can not find one. You draw one against his will. Resistance. You hastily reassure him that the steps are easy and that he will learn them in a few rounds, at each change of partner. It begins. He’s tense and embarrassed. He hesitates and his steps are uncertain. He continuously makes mistakes, again and again until finally, he’s having fun. He’s passionate and alive.

There is no age. Everyone is dancing with everyone. It is pure magic.

For more exciting ideas in the Palermo area, read our other articles: HimeraPorticello


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Artigianato Vivo Festival in Cison di Valmarino

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Cison di Valmarino

ArtigianatoVivo is an artisan festival held from 5 to 15 August in Cison di Valmarino in the province of Treviso, between Follina and Vittorio Veneto. It has steadily and increasingly attracted thousands of tourists from far and wide since 1980. There is talk of a turnout of 400,000 people this year.

The town of Cison – which has recently been inducted into the exclusive “club” of Borghi Più Belli d’Italia (Most Beautiful Villages of Italy)– comes to the forefront of excellent artisan craftsmanship that Italy truly does best.

200 exhibitors will present their unique products made strictly by hand at stands throughout the village. These types of festivals keep the Italian tradition and the art of “know-how” alive in this technological era in which craftsmanship is slowly dying.

In conjunction with the event, the Proloco organizes a series of side events such as concerts, animation shows, exhibitions and literary meetings.


Castle Brandolini


As I said, the tourist turnout is very high, and the whole territory merits a holiday of at least a few days. The artisan festival is a great opportunity to explore this beautiful area.

Cison di Valmarino is located in Valmareno, a valley dominated by the fortifications of the XII century Brandolini Castle which has been converted into a luxury hotel.

The Brandolini Counts were men of arms in feudal times and later became gentlemen dedicated to the economy, leaving an indelible imprint throughout the village.

The heart of the historic center is Piazza Roma which is dominated by Palazzo Marcello. It was the ancient Venetian villa of the Venetian doges Marcello, famous winners of the battle of Lepanto and the Loggia.

You will notice while walking through Cison that almost all the old houses have red or maroon shutters; a red that in these parts is called Rosso Brandolini.


Antiche Cantine Brandolini

Another example of the restoration of feudal buildings is the Antiche Cantine Brandolini. The building already appeared, as a basic structure, in fifteenth century maps. It has always been a particularly important place for the life of the village: built by the Brandolini family, it was initially used as a stable and then adapted to the wine production and conservation of agricultural products. It’s proof that the viticulture industry was already present in this area in distant times due to the high demand from Venice and the entire Veneto region.

As early as 1440, Valmareno already specialized in the cultivation of vines … and even today the entrire economy of the area is based on the production of wine, especially Prosecco.

Needless to say, this is an area where food and wine tastings are among the top tourist attractions. 

Cison-artigianato-vivo-2018-rolleRolle of Cison di Valmarino

You can not go to visit Cison di Valmarino without going through Rolle, a very small town surrounded by Prosecco vineyards. The poet Andrea Zanzotto defined it as “a postcard sent by the gods”. Beautiful all year through, the most fascinating season to visit Rolle is undoubtedly in autumn when the hills glow red.


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Book Fairs in Europe: Più libri, più liberi in Rome


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From December 4-8, 2019, the new architectural site of La Nuvola by Fuksas, in the Eur district in Rome, will host the 18th edition of Più Libri, Più Liberi, the National Fair of Small and Medium-sized Publishing.

piu-libri-piu-liberi-roma-2019What to Expect

Visitors will be able to browse through books, get to know new worlds created by the writers’ imagination, and read fascinating stories, while strolling through the 350 stalls.

The program includes at least 600 meetings with publishers and a lot more: there will be Italian and international authors as well as photographers, journalists, poets, and illustrators; you will see music performances and participate in debates on topics that involve the publishing sector.

The initiative is promoted and organized by the Italian Publishers Association (AIE) with the support of Mibact (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism), the Agency for the Promotion Abroad and the Internationalization of Italian Companies and with the collaboration of Siae, Atac and the Libraries of Rome. It will take place in the prestigious space of La Nuvola, a project realized by architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas.

It’s an immense auditorium made of American cherry wood with 8,000 seats and capable of accommodating up to 1,800 people. It certainly will be a bigger event compared to the editions that took place in the magnificent Congress Palace of Rome, also in the Eur district.


A special exhibition space – Spazio Ragazzi – is dedicated to children and teenagers. Divided by age groups, they can attend meetings, readings and workshops, and walk among the stalls of the publishing houses.

Spazio Ragazzi is also a space dedicated to teachers, who can attend meetings that will be considered continuing education.

Download the App

The official app of the Fair is available on Apple and Android stores and it “transforms” your mobile phone or tablet into a guide for the event. On the app, you can check out the catalog and the program, and look for the location of specific stalls. This app also provides useful information on how to get to the fair and how to access the event.

With the Christmas Season approaching, the fair will be a good opportunity to discover new authors and, maybe pick up a few gifts too!

The main entrances are located in Viale Asia and Viale Europa.


Dates: December 4-8, 2019

Hours: from 10:00 to 20:00


For updates and additional information, please visit the official website 

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Panettone Festival in Milan and Naples: the “King” of Italian Christmas Cakes


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By now everyone has heard of and even tasted the delicious, traditional Italian Christmas cake panettone. Two cities are honoring this delicious tradition with a panettone festival dedicated to the “King” of the Christmas sweets!



 Panettone Festival

Since the year 2008, this fantastic event has been delighting the palates of its visitors and every year continues to get better!

Some of the characteristics that distinguish this festival from the others is requiring only the most natural, freshest and most genuine ingredients in the recipes. 

In addition, the official Re Panettone® Certification was introduced in 2017. It guarantees consumers quality, craftsmanship, and the absence of preservatives.

When and Where

 November 23-24, 2019
Grand Hotel Parker’s

November 30- December 1
MIND Milano Innovation District


Panettone Festival Info


  • Hours:

November 23: 11 am to 9 pm
November 24: 11 am to 7 pm

  • Easily reachable by public transportation or car


  • Hours:

November 30: 10 am to 8 pm
December 1: 10 am to 7 pm 

  • Easily reachable by public transportation or car

Visit the official website (Italian only) for more details!

Christmas Markets in Italy in 2019: the “Tyrolese Village” of Arezzo


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From the 16th of November to the 26th of December, the biggest Christmas market in central Italy is back! The city’s central Piazza Grande will be transformed into the “Tyrolese Village” of Arezzo.



Numerous attractions and events will transform Arezzo into a Christmas wonderland for more than a month.

At the heart of the event is the Tyrolese Village, but there are many brand new events in-store as well! Lego Village will be back again this year for the young and old alike with over 400 square meters of space dedicated to Legos. 

The Christmas market will be filled with stands and artisans offering up everything you can think of related to the Holidays and gifting. Not to mention the droves of culinary stands where you can taste and purchase typical Tyrolese products, such as cured meats, cheeses, sweets, and the ever-popular Vin brulè

By popular demand, the Tyrolese Lodge is also back. It will host a dining area serving up typical Tuscan and Tyrolese dishes and beer recreating the atmosphere of a true mountain chalet.

Santa Claus’ house is, of course, a must for children of all ages located inside the Palazzo di Fraternita, between Piazza Grande and the parish church. You can also pose for a picture with the brightest Santa in Italy! This giant Santa is lit up with over 100,000 LED lights!
Children can visit all the rooms and take part in the activities and the workshops organized by Santa Claus’ helpers. Santa Claus will be there too with his mailbox ready to receive Christmas letters.



Special Events 

On Sunday, November 17 at 3 pm the Disney Show will take place with more than 100 characters from the most famous fairy tales. Characters will dance and sing and entertain the crowd of all ages for free!

Get mesmerized by the light projections in Piazza Grande! Experience the emotion of the “Big Light Show”. It takes place every evening from Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 11 pm. 

On November 24th, you won’t want to miss the Notte dei Colori or “Nights of Colors” when thousands of colorful balloons will be released in unison from the square. Begins at 3 pm- free

From Saturday, November 30 through Sunday, December 1, don’t miss the Jewelry Fair. The exhibition of precious gems will take place in the Cloister of the Arezzo Library. Unique pieces, diamonds, watches, vintage items and jewelry for a unique Christmas gift!


For complete program details, please visit the event’s official website (Italian only) or visit their Facebook Page for constant updates and program changes due to weather.


Thursdays 2 pm – 8 pm
Fridays 10:00 am – 9 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am- 11 pm
Sundays 10:00 am – 9 pm

(consult official website for holiday hours)


Read about other Christmas Markets in Italy in 2019/2020!

Bolzano Christmas Market: the Largest in Italy


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The Bolzano Christmas Market, or Chriskindlmarkt, as it is called in German, takes place every year in the lovely city of Bolzano. Bolzano proudly bears three names which reflect its bordering cultures and languages of Italian (Bolzano), German (Bozen) and Ladin (Balsan). If it sounds confusing, not to worry because it is a wonderfully welcoming city that is the perfect the Holiday destination!


What to Expect

For almost thirty years, Bolzano’s central Piazza Walther has hosted one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in all of Europe. It is a postcard-worthy scene with its giant Christmas tree, twinkling lights, and little wooden chalets selling the very finest, local handiwork and delicacies.

You’ll want to save lots of room in your suitcase for the trinkets you’ll surely find here. They are truly unique in that they can only be purchased in this area. From hand-carved wooden ornaments to hand-painted ceramics to locally-sourced wool socks, the list is endless. The vendors will only be too proud to talk to you about their creations.

Holiday Flavors

Just as you saved room in your luggage for souvenirs, you’ll want to bring your appetite to the market! The aromas of the Holiday season will entice your senses. You can sip hot, mulled wine known as vin brule while you stroll through the market tasting various local salamis, cheeses, and liqueurs. There are so many delicious specialties in Bolzano, it’s hard to know where to begin! Soft-baked pretzels known as brezel are available in all kinds of interesting varieties (pumpkin seed, cheese, onion) or maybe a hearty sausage with sauerkraut are a must-try! As for sweets, Bolzano’s specialties include apple strudel, strauben (similar to a funnel cake), and the Christmas specialty, zelten (a fruit cake with nuts). 


For the Little Ones

If you’re traveling with children, there will be plenty of magical fun in store for them as well. Piazza Walther will have a little train and ride for the kiddos as well as pony and horse and carriage rides. December 6 is especially important in Bolzano because it is Saint Nicholas’ Day (Patron Saint of children) and he’ll make a special visit in Piazza. Other events planned include puppet shows from December 5 through 7 and even an ice-skating rink in Parco Stazione. If you have time, you can also check out a nostalgic display of antique toys in Palazzo Mercatile.

“Green Event”

As if all this weren’t enough to convince you, this Christmas Market has also been named a “Green Event” since 2014. You’ll find recycling bins all over the market, zero single-use plastics, locally-sourced and organic food products to name a few. Bolzano has truly thought of everything to warm the hearts of its visitors just in time for the Holidays. Once you’ve experienced it, you’ll surely want to make it an annual tradition. 

Dates and Hours

The Christmas Market is open every day from November 29 through January 6, 2020 (except December 25) from 10 am to 7 pm.

Special Hours:

November 28 – opening ceremony from 5 pm to 7 pm
November 29 – “Museum Night” from 10 am to 9 pm

December 24: 10 am to 2 pm
December 25: closed
December 26: 10 am to 7 pm
December 31: 10 am to 6 pm
January 1: 12 pm to 7 pm


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Walking Tour of Polignano a Mare: Domenico Modugno’s City

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Polignano a Mare is famous for being the birthplace of Domenico Modugno (Volare). Experience this village on a walking tour of Polignano a Mare!

walking-tour-di-polignano-a-mare-dooidCost and Terms & Conditions

Adults: € 35,00
Under 14: free

Payment Method: Must be paid in full 48 hours before tour date.

How to Book: Read the final paragraph and fill out the form below.

Cancellation Policy: No fee if canceled within 48 hours prior to tour date; otherwise, no refund will be received.

Offer Valid: available every day, except:

  • December 25 and 26
  • January 1
  • April 13, 14 and 25
  • May 1
  • June 2
  • August 15

2 person minimum required


The walking tour of Polignano a Mare will depart at:

  • 10 am (year-round)
  • 3 pm (winter from 1st Oct to 30th Apr)
  • 6 pm sunset tour (from 1st May to 30th September)

The walking tour of Polignano a mare will depart from the Domenico Modugno statue along the promenade.

The tour will take you through the alleys of the historic center. Historical sights, monuments, palaces including the Marchesale Palace and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta are all included.

At the end of the tour, you can enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the sea.

The guided tour will last approximately 2h.

Contact Us

If you need additional information or if you’d like to personalize your guided tour, please fill out the contact form below or send us an email at You can also contact us on our Facebook page.

Package code: 201911121823

Walking Tour of Monte Sant’Angelo With Bread Tasting


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Monte Sant’Angelo is a village in southern Italy. It is the highest point of the Gargano National Park and is known above all as a pilgrimage destination. Enjoy the local bread thanks to this walking tour of Monte Sant’Angelo with tasting!

walking-tour-of-monte-sant-angelo-dooidCost and Terms & Conditions

Adults: € 35,00
Under 14: free

Payment Method: Must be paid in full 48 hours before tour date.

How to Book: Read the final paragraph and fill out the form below.

Cancellation Policy: No fee if canceled within 48 hours prior to tour date; otherwise, no refund will be received.

Offer Valid: available every day, except:

  • December 25 and 26
  • January 1
  • April 13, 14 and 25
  • May 1
  • June 2
  • August 15


  • San Pietro Church 2€

2 person minimum required


The walking tour of Monte Sant’Angelo will depart at:

  • 10 am (year-round)
  • 3 pm (winter from 1st Oct to 30th Apr)
  • 6 pm sunset tour (from 1st May to 30th September)

The walking tour of Monte Sant’Angelo will depart from the Castle of Monte Sant’Angelo.

The tour starts here and continues to the sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo. The medieval village, the “Junno” quarter and the panoramic balcony on the Parco del Galgano are all amazing.

At the end of the tour, you’ll enjoy a tasting of the local bread.

The guided tour will last approximately 2h.

Contact Us

If you need additional information or if you’d like to personalize your guided tour, please fill out the contact form below or send us an email at You can also contact us on our Facebook page.

Package code: 201911131741

The Biggest Christmas Village in Italy Comes to Milan


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This year, Christmas is coming early in Milan! For the first time, from November 22nd to December 30th, the Ippodromo SNAI of San Siro will host the biggest Christmas Village in Italy. In this 30 thousand square meter wonderland every Christmas wish can come true. 


From the moment you step foot in the Village, the magical atmosphere will wow you and captivate you. Elves and puppets will welcome you into their winter wonderland and you’ll feel as if you’ve truly been transported to the North Pole.

The Christmas Village is equipped with an easily accessible walking route that is also suitable for guests with strollers and disabilities. If the weather doesn’t cooperate the day you visit, have no fear because various areas of the Village (such as Santa Claus’ house, restaurants, bars, and shops) are covered. 

The park is divided into different thematic areas:

  • In the first one, you’ll find the Toy Factory, the Elves’ House, Santa Claus’ House and the Reindeer Shelter, where you can find Santa’s sled.
  • The second area will be a favorite among the little “believers” as they’ll have the chance to write their wish list to Santa and mail it so that it gets to Santa just in time!
  • The third area is the Village of the Elves. You’ll find everything you need for your Christmas list from souvenirs to unique gift items in this Nordic-style Christmas market. Little wooden chalets and stands will also be offering up delicious food (gluten-free as well).

Relive the magic of childhood by visiting the rides in the GiocaMondo area. Attractions such as a labyrinth, a pine forest trail, an ice skating rink and even “Elf” pony rides. Children can express their creativity by participating in indoor creative workshops.

If your legs get tired from walking, a colorful train will take you on a tour of the Village and make stops in all the thematic areas.

The entrance to the village is Via Diomede, 1.

On the official website you’ll find directions to the Ippodromo SNAI of San Siro by car or public transport.

So what are you waiting for? The Christmas Village is ready to welcome you and get you into the Holiday spirit! Tickets are selling fast!


Helpful Info

From Monday to Thursday: from 2 pm to 9 pm
Friday, Saturday and pre-holidays: from 10 am to 11 pm
Sunday and holidays: from 10 am to 9 pm
24/12 from 10 am to 6 pm
25/12 from 4 pm to 10 pm
26/12 from 10 am to 9 pm

Monday – Friday: full price € 13, reduced € 10 (1-12 years, Over 65)
Saturday and Sunday: full price € 16, reduced € 13 (1-12 years)

Fast Lane Silver Tickets: only Saturday or Sunday for the date printed on the ticket.
Full price € 23, reduced € 18 (1-12 years)

Open Gold Tickets: valid all days, without time limitation.
Full price € 28, reduced € 23 (1-12 years)

Children 0-12 months: free

Your ticket allows you entrance into all thematic areas, with the exception of the ice rink and ponies
With the Fast Lane Silver and Open Gold tickets, you can avoid queues at the cash desks.

Dogs on a leash and guide dogs are welcome in the village.

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Walking Tour Bari With “Focaccia” Tasting


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For a fantastic visit of this ancient city, choose and book our walking tour of Bari! You can taste the typical focaccia!


Cost and Terms & Conditions

Adults: € 35,00
Under 14: free

Payment Method: Must be paid in full 48 hours before tour date.

How to Book: Read the final paragraph and fill out the form below.

Cancellation Policy: No fee if cancelled within 48 hours prior to tour date; otherwise, no refund will be received.

Offert Valid: available every day, except: 

  • December 25 and 26
  • January 1
  • April 13, 14 and 25
  • May 1
  • June 2
  • August 15

2 person minimum required


The walking tour of Bari will depart at:

  • 10 am (year-round)
  • 3 pm (winter from 1st Oct to 30th Apr)
  • 6 pm sunset tour (from 1st May to 30th September)

The walking tour Bari will depart from Norman-Swabian Castle.

In every corner of Bari, you’ll experience the beauty of religious and folk traditions. The tour starts from the Norman-Swabian Castle, a fortress on the sea built during the Empire of Frederick II. It then continues through the alleys towards the famous Basilica of San Nicola (Patron Saint) and the Cathedral of San Sabino.

During the visit, you’ll encounter houses with open doors where Bari’s women are making handmade orecchiette. During the tour, you will be able to taste the typical focaccia from Bari. 

The guided tour will last approximately 2h.

Contact Us

If you need additional information or if you’d like to personalize your guided tour, please fill out the contact form below or send us an email at You can also contact us on our Facebook page.

Package code: 201911131154

Another Side of Bolzano- Beyond the City Center


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If you have already visited Bolzano’s city center, then it’s time to see another side of Bolzano beyond the “classic tour” of the historic center. Follow these recommendations for an unconventional tour and experience a side of Bolzano most tourists never see. 

Bolzano is actually divided by the Talvera River: on one side there is the historical and medieval town, the so-called German part; on the other side the more recent and Italian Bolzano, whose roots go back to the Fascist Era. It’s therefore not surprising that locals say, “Let’s go into town” when they go to the city center. Indeed, the city center of Bolzano is a totally different city compared to the rest of the urban fabric.



Victory Monument

Leaving the city centre behind you and crossing the Talvera Bridge you will find yourself in front of the Victory Monument, designed by the architect Marcello Piacentini and inaugurated in 1928. Inside, a small but interesting museum has been recently opened. Entrance is free and in less than an hour, you can retrace the local, national and international events starting from the two dictatorships up to the present day. Moreover, you can learn more about the urban changes beginning in the 1920s and gain perspective on the complicated relationship between the two linguistic groups, German and Italian.

Bolzano’s Various Districts

Once you have visited the museum you can continue along Viale Venezia. Built in 1927 for the Italian middle class, the houses here are in typical Venetian style. Characteristic beautiful columns, balconies, terraces in a byzantine style. From Viale Venezia you can turn right onto Via Zara, continue on Via San Quirino straight up to Via Torino/Via Dalmazia. The group of houses in this area make up the so-called Rione Littorio, a district built in the 1930s for industrial workers coming from the Veneto region. An interesting contradiction of this quarter is certainly the beautiful Mariaheim. Founded around 1630 and surrounded by a large vineyard, this green patch is the only one left after the construction of the “new city”.



The Bartolomei Pastry Shop on Via Torino is one of the best in Bolzano and a perfect spot to take a break. From Via Torino, you can go straight and turn left onto Via Palermo. Once you reach the bridge you can turn right and then left on Via Bari. You’ll find yourself in the area which was known as Rione Dux or Semirurali under the Fascist regime. Houses here were built for laborers who could not afford the expensive rent in the Rione Littorio. They were poorly constructed with small rooms that were cold during Bolzano’s winters. The residents of this area were isolated from the rest of the city to the point that Rione Dux became known as “Shanghai”.

Today, only one house remains (via Bari 11) which now holds a small museum. It is only open on Saturdays from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, but it is very interesting. Once you’ve completed your tour, you can reach Via Resia and have a look at the remaining walls of the concentration-transit camp of Bolzano. From here many trains departed for the horrible destinations of Mauthausen, Ravensbruck, and Dachau.



NOI Technopark

The tour could end here, but if you still have some energy and you are interested in rationalism you can take bus number 10A and reach the industrial area of Bolzano. The Aumix bus stop will drop you off right in front of the former Montecatini factory. This building, inaugurated in 1935, is now the headquarters of the Technopark NOI. Its beautiful facade made of red bricks, fountain, picturesque spaces and large glass walls framed with faux marble make this building spectacular. 


Christmas at the Gradara Castle


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What could be more magical than a Christmas wonderland in a medieval castle? If you’ll be visiting central Italy’s Marche region during the Holidays, then a visit to its castle is a must! Christmas at the Gradara Castle will bring holiday cheer to visitors of all ages!


Christmas at the Gradara Castle 2019

The event will open its gates from November 23rd through January 6, 2020. It’s much more than a Christmas market because you’ll find events geared toward visitors of all ages- from young to old! The very finest of “Made in Italy” craftsmanship will be on display throughout the town where you’ll find wonderful gifts and souvenirs just in time for the Holidays.

This romantic village also has wonderful restaurants where you can enjoy excellent, local cuisine to warm you up on a cold evening! The little village will be filled with music and merriment.


Helpful Info


  • The center is a limited traffic zone and not accessible by car. Just outside the city walls, you’ll find plenty of paid parking. The closest recommended is that of Piazzale Mancini (€ 1.50 per hour or € 5 all day).
  • Gradara is accessible with strollers despite the cobblestones and slight incline. However, there are some areas where you have to leave the stroller where indicated (for example to enter the Castle or the Camminamenti di Ronda).
  • In the public restrooms, you’ll find diaper changing tables.

For the detailed program and other information, consult the official website.