FOR THE LOVE OF ITALIA

We at Ciao Darcy believe that the best way to fall in love with Italy is to experience it through the expert craftsmanship of the people who know it best. We are those people. We’ll take care of every detail so
you can truly live
la dolce
vita.

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Journeys THROUGH THE HEART & SOUL OF ITALY

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FLORENCE & THE CINQUE TERRE TOUR    A little bit of everything – we’ll start in Florence, visiting the artisan shops in the Oltrano district, stop in to see Michelangelo’s David, and try our hand at pizza making.  Then off for some wine tasting in the famous hill towns of Tuscany.  Day six brings us to the fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, where our walks take us through backyards and vineyards with spectacular views over the Mediterranean Sea. We sample the local pesto, eat the freshest seafood and taste the local sweet wine, Sciacchetrà.  After breakfast on our last full day, we’ll take the boat south to explore the unique town of Portovenere then celebrate your adventures that night with our traditional farewell dinner.  Click Here For More info >>

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TUSCANY: WOMEN OF INNOVATION TOUR    Welcome to our first women-focused retreat! Join Cecilia of CZH Global on a special tour along with Darcy from Ciao Darcy Tours for a wonderful inside look of Florence and the Chianti region, where we focus on women-run businesses in Italy; where art, passion and livelihood come together. In between our tours, we will have opportunities for networking and a small group activity designed by Cecilia to get you focusing on your own goals and tools to help you make your ideas happen. It’s all part of the experience! Click Here For More info >>

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UMBRIA TOUR    Umbria, known for its historical hill towns and beautiful countryside. More specifically, for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy, local cuisine, particularly foraged truffles and wine, and influence on culture. Fall is, in my opinion, the best time to visit this region. In the late fall, the valleys of Umbria are awash in autumnal shades of red, burnished orange and yellow; olives are going to press; and grapes are harvested. We start our tour in Perugia, the regional capital. Perugia is the site of medieval Palazzo dei Priori, housing the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, not to mention it is a beautiful walled hill town with spectacular views, lovely squares, elegant coffee and chocolate shops and where you can find Etruscan remains that are visible in several places around the city. Perugia is also known for its annual Umbria Jazz Festival and Chocolate Fair. After Perugia, we take off for the wine country and stay in a picturesque little inn with breathtaking views over the vineyards and on to the small hill towns across the valley. While here we explore beautiful towns like Assisi, Spello, Bevagna and Deruta. We’ll also take a cooking class to learn how to make the local specialties and visit a few wineries to taste the local wine.  Click Here For More info >>

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FRENCH RIVIERA TOUR    This tour brings us along one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world. From the beautiful Alpes Maritimes mountains to the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice to the stone villages along the hillsides, this is one place you do not want to forget your camera! We visit Cannes, Grasse, St-Paul-de-Vence, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco, Monte-Carlo and Eze. The tour also includes castle and palace visits as well as a perfume factory and a wine tasting in a chateau in Provence. You’ll discover picturesque fishing villages, medieval hill towns, wonderful local markets and stunning coastlines.  The area known for the rich and famous and their mega yachts is ours to discover!  Click Here For More info >>

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ROME & THE AMALFI COAST TOUR  •  From city to sea – we’ll visit ancient Rome and the Vatican with fabulous local tour guides to bring things to life for us.  We’ve set some time aside for you to explore and shop on your own in the Campo dei Fiori market or other parts of Rome.  Day 5 kicks off with a tour of Pompeii on our way to the amazing Amalfi Coast, where shopping, a cooking class and relaxing on the beach are in order of the next few days.  You are going to love exploring a few other Amalfi Coast villages with stops to see gardens and how they make the infamous limoncello.  Click Here For More info >>

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TUSCANY TOUR SPRING  •  From its rolling hills to its charming villages, Tuscany is sure to capture your heart. Our Tuscany week starts in the city of Florence where we visit the local artisan shops of the Oltrano district, stop to see Michelangelo’s David and learn about the drama behind one of the most important families – the Medici’s. Then it’s off to sample wine, cook a fabulous Tuscan meal, visit a one thousand year old abbey, have a drink in one of the loveliest piazzas of Italy and shop for ceramics. All the while, relaxing and living “La Dolce Vita” in the beautiful Tuscan countryside.  Click Here For More info >>

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TUSCANY TOUR FALL  •  Our Tuscany week starts in the city of Florence where we enjoy a wonderful city tour including a stop to see Michelangelo’s David and discover the city’s food culture. Then we have the privilege of teaming up with Alessio & Arianna from Km Zero Tours. They will show us Tuscany from a local perspective, discovering its ancient traditions and meeting the passionate local producers. From organic wine tastings to learning about cheese making and walks amongst the vineyards, you get to dig in deeper to see the real Chianti. We enjoy wonderful dinners together in our villa, sharing stories and experiences. Alessio & Arianna live in Chianti and welcome us into their lives, showing us around the beautiful region. This is a special tour that I am so excited to bring to you!  Click Here For More info >>

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FLORENCE & VENICE TOUR    Join me on a special tour featuring Freya from Freya’s Florence for a wonderful inside look of Florence and Venice. We explore these wonderful two cities over 7 days discovering secret alleyways, hidden canals and local art. Florence & Venice are two of Italy’s most important cities. They are filled with beautiful architecture, art and amazing monuments. In Florence, we discover Michelangelo, The Medici Family, Food and Wine and of course, fashion! Venice brings Palazzo’s, Gondola’s, Canal’s, Bridges and colorful neighborhood markets. This city has been unchanged for centuries and we get to explore every corner of this fascinating floating city!  Click Here For More info >>

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CHRISTMAS MARKET TOUR   •  Christmas in Italy – What a better way to start your holiday season then visiting some of the best Christmas markets in Italy! We visit 4 wonderful markets packed with various local artisan crafts, yummy gastronomic specialties from speck to strudel, along with the tempting scent of delicious hot drinks. Each market is different in size and festivities – most are filled with wooden stalls, some are accompanied by songs from local musicians while another holds a Nativity Scene Exhibition with over 400 different scenes to look upon!   Click Here For More info >>