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LIST: LOCAL TRAVEL COMPANIES IN ITALY

These are local travel agents, companies operating tours and excursions, hotel chains, transport, and other travel & tourism related companies in Italy, that might be of interest to independent British travellers.

NB. You may not enjoy the same level of financial security and protection if things go wrong when you book directly with an overseas company.
Diana Seed's Culinary Adventures Italian cookery school with classes held in Rome, Puglia and on the Amalfi coast.
Babilonia Language school in Taormina, Sicily, with a focus on learning the language through immersion in Italian culture and Italian life. They have courses combining language classes with history, art history, literature, diving, cooking, biking, hiking, etc. They have programmes for over-50s and for business travellers too.
Baglioni Hotels Chain of seven luxury 5-star hotels in the main Italian cities.
Caffelletto Online version of a published guidebook to luxury B&Bs in Italy.
Carlo Fantappie Driver/guide with minivan for excusions in Tuscany.
Casa Portagioai Tuscan farm accommodation near Cortona, comprising 2 mini-apartments and 5 guest bedrooms with ensuite &private entrances.
Dapro Viaggi Tour operator based in southern Italy offering tourist services for groups and individuals throughout Italy including Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Sicily, Apulia and in Campania Region (Salerno, Cilento, Amalfi, Naples, Capri, Ischia, Palinuro) where they offer cultural & gastronomic tours, and cookery courses.
Divino Tours Escorted wine tours in Tuscany and the Cinque Terre.
EasyFrascati Local discount coupon scheme for promoting Frascati, just on the outskirts of Rome, and its wineries, hotels, museums, shops, restaurants and activities/short courses such as cookery, painting or photography courses. The coupon/pass includes an mp3-guided walking tour of Frascati.
Hear The Road Motorcycle tours (with bike rental) for small groups of passionate bikers, from two weeks to six days, including a spectacular 9-day itinerary following the route of the Mille Miglia (The historical Italian 1000-Mile Race) through Italy stopping at famous motoring factories & museums along the way.
Hello Sardinia Local network of self-catering accommodation and B&B in Sardinia.
Ichnusa Bike Guided and self guided cycling holidays and day trips on Sardinia since 2003. They also offer bike rental and assistance to visiting cyclists.
Italy-Accom Villa &apartments agency run by Leon (Australian) and Jill (English) Kammer, who live in Rome. Italy-Accom is the parent site for a small collection of sub-sites eg. Rome-Accom, Venice-Accom, etc.
Italy Bike Hotels Network of hotels around Italy offering accommodation and technical services for cyclists, created by and for cyclists.
Italy Family Hotels Collection of family-friendly 3/4-star hotels in Italy, offering special menus, cots and child equipment, kids clubs, etc.
Italy Wine Hotels A group of thirteen 3 and 4-star hotels in Italy that have joined together to form the first Italian "club di prodotto" (product club or association) specialising in food and wine holidays. Each hotel organises special cuisine, tastings and tours of their regional wines.
Limo Italy Private chauffered cars for transfers and tours.
Merrion Charles Private travel consultant based in Italy who specialises in organising luxury villa holidays, Italian cooking holidays and skiing holidays in the Dolomites.
Protourism Guided walking tours in Rome operated by professional licenced guides. They also do private guided tours of Rome, limo and minivan tours, local/regional tours, and shore excursion tours for Rome from Civitavecchia port.
Purple Fete Luxury villa rentals and wine tours in Tuscany.
Rent-a-villa-in-Tuscany.com Villas, apartments and castles for rent (also hotels and B&Bs), each visited &checked out before going onto the website. They also offer car hire, holiday insurance, phone hire, and Italian language courses etc.
Residence Lago di Garda Residence Lago di Garda (aka Gardasee Ferienwohnungen. It's a multi-national venture) offers holiday apartments and rooms on shore of Lake Garda. As well as the onsite facilities there are lots of good suggestions for excursions in the area.
Rome City Apartments Self-catering apartments and villas in Rome.
Royal Demeure Small chain of classic and opulent grand hotels. If you think our generation invented 'bling' take a look at their Grand Hotel Continental in Sienna!
Sicilian Gems Specialist Sicilian travel agency based in UK but operated from Sicily, with a small selection of villa & hotel properties and local tours.
SmarTuscany A wide selection of villas in Tuscany and apartments in Florence for weekly rentals, city breaks and honeymoon. Will also organise services such as guided tours, tranfers, wine tasting, cooking classes and wedding planning.
Special Tour NCC Chauffeur driven tours and transfers in Tuscany
Stephano Giusti Limo hire for chauffered transfers and tours in Tuscany, Milan and particularly shopping trips to Florence!
Travels Not Only Wide range of tours, special interest holidays and activities all over Italy.
Travel Sicilia Luxury villas in Sicily, founded in 2005. They have some lovely properties on their books.
Tuscan Spell, A Personalised holiday agency making bookings and organising custom built holidays, weddings etc in Tuscany.
Tuscany Vacation Rentals A good range of lovely villas, apartments, castles and particularly farmhouses for rent.
Unaway Hotels Italian mid-range hotel chain with modern hotels all over Italy but especially in the north.
Venice Apartment Rental Booking site for apartments in Venice for short holiday stays. Good range of apartments, all located in the historic centre of Venice.
Venice Kayak Kayak holidays and guided tours of Venice and lagoon for groups of 2 to 12 people.
Vesuvio Express Online hotels and tours site for Italian inbound travel agency based in Sorrento.
Walks of Italy Guided group and private tours of Italy's major cities and popular regions. An American business with offices in Italy.
Your Tuscany starA selection of charming Tuscany rental villas & farmhouses, plus apartments in Sicily, Sardinia, Florence, Rome and other parts of Italy.

 

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