Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis There may be guidebooks that urge you to rush along to The Leaning Tower of Pisa and hoist your hands in the air to take advantage of that ubiquitous photo-op of you “holding” up the tower.

But for travelers less interested in reenacting a carbon copy of a trip to Italy and more intrigued by the prospects of immersing yourself in the real life of an Italian, to experience some of the most transformative travel opportunities in the world, well, then, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve put together a selection of private tours of Italy that just about place you in the shoes of a true Italian gadding about in the glories of the good life.

Exploring the lesser-known gems of Tuscany

  • The Last Supper scene is one of the bible’s most poignant. And so, its depictions are naturally loaded with emotion, and analysis of these depictions are riddled with controversy –– Did da Vinci place Mary Magdalene in the work? Did he place a version of himself in the frame? Does the painting contain the code deciphering the date of the end of the world? –– But long before and after da Vinci’s famous masterpiece (or conspiracy theories around it), The Last Supper has come to life in many fascinating incarnations. Journey through Tuscany on a quest to study the changing styles and perspectives of the great work, from Ghirlandaio’s depiction in Florence’s Abbey at Passignano, in which Judas sits apart from the apostles (all sitting before the beautifully worked refectories), to Andrea del Sarto’s depiction crammed with textural intricacy and characters so full of luminous majesty that it’s worthy of hours of consideration.

Tuscany

  • For garden lovers and greenfingered travelers, Tuscany offers a wealth of secret gardens to explore (some of them entirely out of the public eye). The region is home to the beautiful Roseto Botanico “Carla Fineschi” in Cavriglia 一 one of the world’s largest private rose gardens, boasting complex hybrids and breathtakingly beautiful species.

Tuscany

  • There are endless Tuscan possibilities when looking to experience Italy through tailor-made private tours of Italy. Discover the extraordinary Medici family history, sample the moreish wines of Chianti, horseback ride through the serene valleys of Siena’s countryside, or ride through the region’s vineyards in a grand vintage car or on the saddle of a bike.

Exploring the delicacies of Piedmont

  • It’s no coincidence that Piedmont houses the headquarters of Slow Foodthe self-described “global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.” Its location is entirely fitting; Piedmont is rich in top natural produce, an impressive culinary tradition, and a love and respect for food that comes closer to a whole-hearted way of living than just another element of life.

Piedmont

  • Embark on gourmet private tours of Italy like no other in Langhe – the heart of Piedmont. Breathe in the chocolate-hazelnut waft surrounding the Ferrero factory or sample the Barbera, Barolo, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto wines at the Wine Bank – a vertiable institution for serious wine lovers, the organization works to “build the historical memory of the best Italian wines.”

heart of Piedmont

  • Piedmont is world-famous for its truffles. For anyone who’s ever experienced the taste sensation of a warm nest of handmade tagliatelle doused in the finest olive oil and shavings of fresh truffle, tracing the origins of this gourmet specimen is a must. Alongside a professional truffle hunter and dog, embark on a journey in search of the great white truffle of Alba.

truffles piedmont

From riding a Vespa through Piedmont’s countryside at sunrise, to exploring the region’s fairytale castles, when it comes to tailor-made private tours of Italy, Charme & Adventure are leading the way. Experience Italy through exclusive private tours of Italy by getting in touch with Charme & Adventure, your local guides to their beautiful home country.

 
by Luca on Aug 5, 2015