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Charming boutique hotels, historical palaces, ancient castles, .

Gorgeous country houses will ensure a special flavor to your Italian trip

Choosing the right place to stay in Italy can make your Italian tour a truly memorable experience.
In this page I’m sharing my personal selection of Italian hotels: these are the hotels I sleep in when I travel around Italy, chosen after careful selection and many trials.
When I choose a hotel, my main selection criteria are location, ambiance and local flavor.
I look for comfort, not for luxury, and I always try to find hotels with awesome views or located in great settings.
Most of them will be in the 100-200 €/night price range (but look on booking.com for promotions!) Best hotels in Venice By far my favorite hotel in Venice, the Foscary Palace is very conveniently located between the station and San Marco, just in front of the Rialto market, that you can reach by the “local” Gondola service (2 €) A good alternative , off the beaten path in the Dorsoduro Neighbourhood, is the hotel Pausania.
It occupies a gothic palace, and is incredibly romantic.

Best hotels in Florence I recently discovered the Grand Hotel Cavour

thanks to a booking.com promotion, and I made it my preferred hotel in Florence.

It is located between the cathedral and Palazzo Vecchio

perfect location to discover Florence by feet.
Special bonus: a fantastic t errace overlooking the cathedral wile sipping a cocktail.
Simply wow.
Best hotels in Tuscany country side There are dozens of great accommodation s were you could stay to enjoy the lovely Tuscany country side.
To visit the area around Siena, I would suggest to sleep in Monteriggioni, lovely medieval fortified village. Sleep either in Hotel Monteriggioni or in the Hotel Castel Pietraio (it’s a true castle!) In the area of Pienza (your destination for the Val ‘Orcia), you will find another true castle, the agriturismo la Grancia, which occupies part of the old Castello di Spedaletto, which was built in the XII century along the old Via Francigena (the path followed by pilgrims walking their way down to Rome).
Your kids will love it.

Best hotels in Rome My pic in Rome is the Hotel la Lumiere

a delightful hotel hidden a few blocks away from the Spanish steps, in posh via Condotti (Rome shopping street).
Rooms can be a little small, but location is perfect to discover Barocco Rome by foot, .

And breakfasts are served on a lovely terrace overlooking Rome ancient roofs

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Meet at delightful town of Pienza

Pienza to Montalcino.
Pienza to Montalcino.
Bike tour Montalcino, Day bike ride Val d’Orcia.
Come to ride through brunello wineyards departing with a long downhill from the beautiful Pienza.
Challenging level: 30 miles (one way)  or 43 miles (total loop)– rolling terrain with some challenging climbs.
Meet at delightful town of Pienza, then head west past ancient vineyards, stone farmhouses and bright green pastures.

We follow a long downhill stretch to the enchanting spa town of Bagno Vignoni

a minuscule village whose ancient stone buildings cluster around a pool of warm thermal waters.

Soon we start uphill and reach Castiglione d’Orcia

then push on to the monastery of Sant’Antimo, where you might catch one of several vesper services performed each day by the monks.

The reward for our efforts is Montalcino

before the day is over we’ll visit the town of Montalcino, ending up at the Fortress for one long last look at the beautiful countryside.
Back to Pienza by van or back by bike through San Quirico d’Orcia Option: end the bike ride in a winery and have Wine Tour This bike tour is completely inside the Unesco site Parco della val D’Orcia – Cultural Landscapes You can choose between  Carbon frame race bike, hybrid and high-end E-bike to enjoy at the best pace!.

Jason & Sarah from Toronto 18 Novembre 2016 Hi Giuliana

Thanks so much for the pictures – we had been meaning to write to you.

We had such a wonderful time in Italy

The bike trip was one of our favourite highlights … we told everybody about it.

Both Sarah and I had such a blast

We real ly can’t wait to do it again.
I’ve attached a few pictures we took, hope you enjoy.
Thanks again … all the best.
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Sample Family Travel Itineraries

Kristi Marcelle Must-see attractions are a highlight of any family vacation, but it’s the unique opportunities to engage with locals and with one another that really stand out on the itineraries we create.
While we design each and every trip around the specific interests and needs of the families we work with, here’s a taste of the memorable moments our clients have enjoyed most.
Meet Our Happy Travelers .

“We have loved using Ciao Bambino

Megan is so knowledgeable and has great recommendations

Her travel experience gives great insight on family-friendly activities.

We will definitely be contacting Megan again.”

Pizza and gelato making class.
Gladiator experience.
Private Vatican tour.

Treasure hunt around the Colosseum

Designed By “Overall, loved, loved, loved our trip to Costa Rica plan ned with Laurel Perry.
The planning help and words of wisdom made all the difference .

We are so excited to plan Iceland for next June!”

Ziplining.
White water rafting .
Tortilla making lesson.
Volcano sky walk tour.
Boogie boarding.
Pre-arranged private transfers.
Designed By “The trip was amazing.
And so well planned.
We couldn’t be happier with our vacation.
Overall, the trip exceeded our expectations .”.
Lava cave tour.
Amphibian boat ride.
Glacier tour.
Geothermal baths.
Waterfall hike.
Designed By “Katy made our travel dreams come true.

We planned a 20-day trip to Italy

She was beyond on top of it.
Our trip was perfectly tailored to our interests and needs.
It was amazing, smooth and easy!”.
Boat tour of Cinque Terre .
Kid-friendly winery tour .
Family pasta-making class.
Pre-arranged train tickets.
Well-located villa and apartment rentals.
Designed By “Thank you for planning such a wonderful trip.
It was perfectly laid out with gorgeous hotel options and doable driving times, and we loved all of the activities and experiences you planned for us.”.
Helicopter tour of a glacier.
River jet boat ride.
Glowworm cave tour.
Swimming with New Zealand-specific species of dolphins in open ocean.
Stayed in a luxury forest retreat.
Guided forest hike.
Catamaran cruise through a fjord.
Wildlife tour of sea lions, albatross, and penguins.
Designed By “The trip was awesome.
We had such a great time in all locations.
All the tours were fabulous.
Thank you so much for everything you did to create an incredible trip for us!”.
Bavarian chocolate making lesson and tasting with a master chocolatier.
Private guided tour of Neuschwanstein Castle.
Walking tour of Berlin’s arts district.
Hotel stay in an ancient German fortress.
Resort stay in the Bavarian mountains.
Designed By “Overall, the trip was amazing.
The on-the-ground partners were top-notch.
The villa Mandy booked was the highlight of our trip.
It blew our minds — location was perfect, very spacious.”.
Salsa lessons.
Private tour of Ernest Hemingway-related locations.
Ride in a classic car.
Airport assistance through immigration and customs.
Musical drumming lesson.
Shopping in local market with a guide.
Designed By “I couldn’t have been happier with Natalie.
There is no way I could have pulled everything together like she did.
We had a once-in-a-lifetime, memorable experience that we will never forget!”.
Guided bike tour through Paris.
Tour of D-Day sites in Normandy.
Portrait painting in Montmartre.
Eiffel Tower tour.
Day trip to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Designed By “You helped us create so many family memories that will be talked about, laughed about and remembered for years to come.
Thank you for listening to us, advising us and creating such a great itinerary.”.

Seeing the major sites in Italy

Private chef cooking dinner at their Tuscan villa.

Day trip to Cinque Terre for the grandparents

Seeing the Vatican before it opens to the public

Private tour of the Colosseum.
Tour of the tulip fields in the Netherlands.
Designed By “We had such a lovely trip.
So many good memories and our schedule was perfect for us, just the right balance of downtime and adventure.

We won’t hesitate to recommend Ciao Bambino’s services.”

Room upgrades at castle hotels.
Historic steam train ride.
Sleeper train reservations.
Countryside exploration advice.
4×4 vehicle rental.
Designed By “This trip was a perfect way to experience a first time in Norway.
Tour guides were personal, helpful and engaging for the entire family.”.
Sea safari boat tour of fjords with private dinner.
Tour of Bergen including lively fish market.
Tour of Viking ship.
Visit to Vigeland Sculpture Park.
Funicular ride to the top of a mountain.
Pre-loaded GPS with interesting stops along the way programmed in.
Designed By “My family has described our trip as amazing and life changing.
Thank you so much for making this journey not only possible but also a memory of a lifetime.”.
Visited highlights of Barcelona by private car.
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Prearranged airport transfers for large family group.

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