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This is what happens when Italian Fix takes you on vacay. Meet the people, places and piazzas that make each experience extra special. Part 2 of a 3-week series.

Overnight tours in Italy are better when you’ve got the *right* kind of company.

Especially when it involves Sicily and Southern Italy, where many meals are al fresco and cocktails are best enjoyed under lemon trees, and where we stay in small hotels, with even smaller groups.

Here’s why these places are some of our faves:

  1. You get to go off-grid… With transportation to places you wouldn’t journey to on your own (our private drivers handle that).
  2. You. Get. To. Relax. Seriously. Lots of time for almond milk baths in copper tubs, dips in the ocean and poolside cappuccinos — rocking ‘em solo or with a new amica you’ve met on the trip.
  3. You’re on Italy Vacay Time. In the South, things are exotic. And they move to the pace of your favorite nonna. It’s where Italians go to vacation, so you know they mean serious lounging business.

Today, we’re going deep into the southern cellar of our tour tasting room and spilling the grappa on some of our mega foodie moments that make it all so gorgeous ‘n’ groovy.

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This is what happens when Italian Fix takes you on vacay. Meet the people, places and piazzas that make each experience extra special. Part 1 of a 3-week series.

Thinking of trying out an overnight tour in Italy?

Here’s what you won’t find on an Italian Fix tour:

  1. A big ol’ tour bus herding you about.
  2. A jam-packed itinerary that leaves you with little breathing room and zero outfit-change time. (C’mon. We dress up for din.)
  3. The usual suspects. You won’t miss out on seeing them, but our experiences bring a nuanced Italy to the red-checkered tablecloth you’re gonna be eating on.

We talk a lot about the experience of our tours. But sometimes you need a *little* behind-the-scenes info to really FEEL it through the interwebs.

For the next three weeks, we’re inviting you into our overnight tour tasting room!

We’ll be introducing you to some of our favorite humans, happy places, and hot spots we whisk our guests off to when they come along to vacay with us. 

Got your espresso in hand? Sweet. Let’s roll! 

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Wondering what to expect during Christmas in Rome, Florence or Venice?

The scent of spiced wine in the frosty air. Streets of sparkly, shimmering lights. Nativity scenes in every piazza. Fab, festive artisanal treats to take home.

And mostly: a collective desire to unwind, celebrate and indulge. AKA it’s the perfect time to visit (short lines for monuments and low hotel rates are an added bonus). 

Each Italian city is totally unique in how they celebrate, but they do share a couple of things under their collective Christmas tree.

First, there is a pretty strictly delineated Christmas season.

And it’s a generous time span! Christmastime here is considered to run from December 8th to January 6th. Why these dates in particular?

  • December 8th is the holiday of the Immaculate Conception, or Immacolata. 
  • January 5th is Befana, the night when a good witch flies around and fills children’s stockings with gifts, celebrating the Day of Kings, or Epiphany.

Second, they tend to keep similar hours.

With the exception of December 24th, 25th, 26th and January 1st, you still, for the most part, be able to access monuments and pop into restaurants as usual during regular operating hours. That’s why it’s one of the best times to be here –– the cities are calmer and lines are very, very short.

But to each city, their own Christmas quirks. Here’s what to expect if you’re in Rome, Florence or Venice over the holidays:

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