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Updates on coronavirus and Italy travel plans

Posted By : Maria Florio/ 218

In less than a month, most of the globe is at home due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Many friends from around the world are at home and working from home. What a way to go!!!!

So, before we give you updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation here in Italy, we want to wish you all a Happy Home Sojourn.  Hoping you make the most of this wonderful and precious time with family and the home; after all, the two are special at the heart and in our lives…la famiglia 😊

Now for the updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) and Italy travel plans…

While there are no major changes on how you can plan for travel to Italy (just yet), there are a couple updates we want to share on the Italy coronavirus situation and your options for Italy tours or services that you have booked or would like to book with Rimontitours.

Until travel to Italy is back to normal, we are waiving cancellation and/or rebooking fees as follows:

  • You can always book tours and services for Italy travel plans with us (even today).
  • For bookings made prior to April 3, 2020, rebooking or cancellation fees are waived.
  • Full refund for cancellation of tours or services booked before April 3, 2020 will be issued.
  • For rebooking of an existing tour or service or one booked prior to April 3, 2020, you will be able to rebook the tour and/or service until December 31, 2020.
  • We will also allow rebooking of tours or services for 2021, however, additional fees may apply (due to costs with our suppliers changing in a new year).

We hold April 3, 2020, as our date because it is when our government will be re-evaluating if we can go back to normal day-to-day operations or if the country’s quarantine needs to be extended.  We will update you on the changes of the above indications.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that when it gets better in Italy it will be the same elsewhere since Italy has been in quarantine for about two weeks now, but fingers crossed no other country has to go through exactly the same situation.

Although there have been measures from the US to stop travel from the US to Europe for 30 days since last Friday, with the exception of the UK.  Also, the cruise lines are stopping cruises for about two weeks.

This indicates to us that travel plans to Italy or elsewhere may not return back to normal even with Italy’s COVID-19 situation getting better.

For additional questions and/or to proceed with cancellations or rebooking of Italy tours and/or services, email us at info@rimontitours.com.  Please use the subject line: COVID-19 Italy travel plan cancellation/rebooking inquiry.

Until April 3, 2020, Rimontitours staff is working remotely.  However, we are always accessible through our emails and by phone, as per usual.  Italian time zone, from Monday through Friday, business hours, and weekends for emergencies.

While the coronavirus outbreak is keeping us at home, we are a country that is always able to make the best of the situation thanks to our la dolce vita philosophy.  Just an example was from last week, where on Friday evening, every home throughout Italy played music.

We shared a video on our Facebook page, and are sharing the link here as well, in case you missed it…

Napoli Musica Cuore Anima Celebriamo la vita nel modo della dolce vita Napoletana andra tutto bene – https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=529222121117808

Like the saying in the art project they had Italian children do last week, “Andra Tutto Bene”, which means: All Will Be Well, Everything Will Be Ok, Everything’s Gonna Be Alright 😉😊

Coronavirus couldn’t miss the beauty of Italy

Posted By : Maria Florio/ 250

Once stopped in Milano, flattered by the elegance of this city and its imposing splendid Cathedral, the curiosity took upon the coronavirus to continue its journey!  And so COVID-19 continued to travel further down to the center and the south of the peninsula, making sure not to leave behind Sicily and Sardinia islands.  How could it have missed Torino, Venice, Bologna, Rome and Naples. Many are the beautiful things to see and to experience in this tiny terrestrial paradisiac surface of the globe; and often, the desire to extend the time of the travel here is unavoidable. But most of us travelers can’t, the return to our homes and to our things to do is something that can’t be avoided, but not for COVID-19.

COVID-19 does not have a home or job to attend to, so amused by our extra hospitality it decided to take advantage and discover the land of la dolce vita.

On the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE (link to site that tracks Coronavirus’ journey around the globe) you can see exactly where it’s stopping along its trip to Italy:
https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

Joking aside, you’ll find on the Johns Hopkins CSSE link above (and on other coronavirus monitoring sites) that Italy ranks (as of today) third or fourth in number of cases with coronavirus; but tomorrow who knows!!!

In the meantime, the media, alongside their videos and the massive number of magazine articles covering the topic, share their many theories, facts, and discussions about who, when and what are involved with the coronavirus; while also reminding us of the epidemics that Italy has had in the past.  All of this leading us to gather a couple of things; for one: halting or at the very least lots of caution on going in and out of Italy; and two: that we will make it through this one too.

This is a good time to think, to perceive and to act as new information becomes available every day.  It is certainly not a time to be pessimistic, impulsive or destructive.

We will ensure to stay in contact, to advise and inform YOU, our traveler friends who are planning a trip to Italy, on how the situation with the coronavirus evolves, and when normal levels are back so that you may come to Italy, or take that trip you booked or planned for this year, or return to Italy for those who have already been and are waiting to come back.

The year 2020, is a year that wants to be carefully monitored, on a day-to-day basis.  We do not know what is coming tomorrow, and every day things are changing.  We learn to adapt on a daily basis.  So, for those of you who are thinking about potentially postponing this year’s Italy vacation to next year, wait to see what happens, perhaps you’ll only have to postpone it further along in the year.

To our dear travelers who enjoy la dolce vita, let us remember the saying che sarà sarà (from the song “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”) and take it day by day.  After all, life and travel are a big great adventure!

Stay with us, we’ll make sure to keep you posted on any major developments with the coronavirus’ trip to Italy.

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Italy travel and tour articles to guide you on your best la dolce vita travel experience options

Posted By : Maria Florio/ 107

Every year we get many questions about planning a trip to Italy from people who want to visit the country and Naples in Campania, questions about the region and its hidden gems and off-the-beaten path towns and villages.

 

This type of information is available to you, to everyone, in abundance; thanks to the internet having so much to offer. However, there’s always something unique that can make the difference in the information you find and use to plan your trip to Italy, set up your Italy family vacations or your Naples shore excursions or group tours, or customized private tours for special events, and so on.

 

From our articles, you won’t find fluff or hyped up information; it is going to be down-to-earth information that gives you genuine and transparent guidance to help you know what your best options are for visiting Naples, Campania, and Italy.  Options based on your needs, on what type of traveler you are, and what type of Italy travel experience you’re looking to have when you’re visiting; whether it’s your first trip to Naples, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii or Capri; or your tenth visit to Italy as a whole.

 

As an incoming boutique tour operator working in the tourism industry in Italy with locals, worldwide travel agents, and tour operators for over 20 years; have extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of planning a trip to Italy.  We are all too familiar with the amount of work that goes behind building an itinerary, coordinating tours, and putting together a travel experience that is both memorable and moves along smoothly even when the unforeseen happens.

 

With the digital era providing so many places to gather information, knowing what is “good”, “excellent”, “mediocre”, or “bad” as an option for an Italy vacation is no longer as easily identifiable.  Only someone who is a travel expert (whether someone who does it professionally or is a habitual traveler) would know what technical aspects to look for and what questions to ask the travel company they’re opting to book their trip to Italy with.

 

Through our articles, we are going to share information that guides you to know what you can expect depending on what you want to spend or what you’re looking for in a tour, what important aspects to look at with different Italy tours and travel options, favored destinations and top itineraries of Naples, Campania, and overall Italy, traveler information that will be useful as you look into Italy travel during the holidays, high-season or low-season, and so on.

 

Of course, we will also have articles that talk about our itineraries and tours, our offers and new tours, events, or company and website updates.  This content is for our traveler community and for you to learn more about our products, services, and what makes them unique.  To share the story of why we designed some of the tours the way they are, like our: Napoli Virtuosa City Tours, Exclusive Daily Journeys, Mini-Group Journeys, or La Dolce Vita Travel Experiences; which are built for special reasons.

 

The aim is to empower you as a traveler who wants to visit Italy and help you have your ‘la dolce vita’ travel experience.

 

Be on the lookout for our next article!

 

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It’s Grape Harvest time – let’s make some wine

Posted By : Maria Florio/ 776

It’s Grape Harvest time, that is what the experts say.

We know for sure that Autumn is the season for tasty grapes, and that fine harvest comes together when summer is over, but Grape harvest doesn’t happen on the same days or the same week every year.  Do you know why?

Mother earth responds differently every year, according to the summer season; if it has been too sunny or not, if it has rained too much.  For these reasons and others related to the weather over the summer months, grape harvest time has never had an exact date and/or time; and the same goes for every wine production location. In the Campania region there are a few renown areas for wine and winemaking, such as the hills and valleys of the Irpinia area.

This territory is centred on the section of Apennines, it is very well known for the production of wines like Greco di Tufo, Taurasi and Fiano di Avellino; which are also top wines of the Campania region.

The colour of this area shifts between a mixure of green, golden light brown and purple; all colors that recall the gentle warmth of Autumn. Getting close to the cold season, people instinctively gain this sense of desire to reunite and come together; and find the time to do some outdoor activities with each other. Picking grapes and turning them into wine is one of these activities, an activity that we find fascinating and want to participate in, at least once in a life time.

So, let’s all go and let’s do La Vendemmia; let’s get close to our mother earth that nourishes us with one of her final beauties and tasty flavoured fruits before going to rest during the winter months, a time of hibernation for nature, both plants and animals alike.

Grape Harvest in Irpinia

Picking grapes and turning them into wine

The 4 Pearls of Campania: Uncover Italy’s La Dolce Vita

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When visiting the Campania region, you should choose the essence of it. So Rimontitours selected the best locations on a 5-day tour that includes the visit of the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Capri and the historical centre of Naples. This tour assembles the best of Campania’s landscapes and culture. These 4 places are included in the Le Perle del Golfo tour (Gulf pearls tour) to put nature, art, culture and history all together (into one) in different ways.

This unforgettable tour starts from Naples with a four star hotel accommodation. A licensed tour guide will show you all the historical places of the city centre: Piazza del Plebiscito, Palazzo Reale, Teatro San Carlo, Galleria Umberto I and Castello Angioino, including a traditional welcome dinner. Second day of the tour is Capri, a mini cruise lead by a guide who will show you all the beauties of this unique site. This day will end with an entertainment dinner.  Third day, to the Archaeological Museum, where artistic and cultural heritage meet  with the Neapolitan silver screen history; here  Roberto Rossellini directed his movie “Viaggio in Italia” (Travel in Italy). Stroll through the notorious movie streets of Naples; “via dei Tribunali, Palazzo Spinelli, la chiesa delle Anime del purgatorio, piazza San Gaetano, chiesa Dei Girolamini, il Duomo, San Gennaro, Piazza Cardinale Riario Sforza and Via San Gregorio Armeno”.  All these places have played a part in historical Neapolitan movies. This Neapolitan silver screen tour will take you to “piazza del Gesù” where the beautiful Sophia Loren shone in the 60’s in her movies “Matrimonio all’italiana” and “L’oro di Napoli”. Fourth day with a licensed guide, discover the ancient beauties of a unique site: Pompeii;  Amalfi and Ravello will take you to the end of the tour. Departure on the fifth Day.

These are just some hallmarks of our special Le Perle del Golfo tour designed for small groups – from 12 people – where reservation is necessary owing to limited dates – or – booking the Tailor Made Le Perle del Golfo for a private tour that you can also adapt for any additional things you’d like to see while in Campania.

The Le Perle del Golfo tour itinerary, is a brilliant solution for those who like to discover all of the best and most magical places, and all their hidden gems with licensed tour guides. So, come on and visit  these pearls with Rimontitours, it would be a pity to leave them uncovered and unseen!

Visit the best of Campania’s landscapes and culture

Experience nature, art, culture and history all together into one.

Catered for the Solo Traveler

Are you ready to experience la dolce vita at your own pace?