Sentieri Italiani organizes an exciting trip to Italy each year — taking in destinations from the Alps to the sea. The tours may be centered on culinary experiences and wine tours, to celebrating Carnival in Venice. The tours take travelers to the “hidden Italy,” uncovering the small towns and villages that are located in the shadows of the big cities.
If you have spent any time traveling, you have probably experienced what Sentieri Italiani refers to as “Cultural Confusion.” It could be that you lacked the basic survival language tools — how to say “I lost my tour group” or how to ask “where’s the bathroom” or “how much does it cost?” You may have paid what you thought was five dollars for a cantaloupe, when in fact, because of an exchange rate you didn’t quite understand, you actually paid 20 dollars — ouch!
Sentieri Italiani eliminates this type of “cultural confusion” altogether. We not only organize tours, but we also provide cultural training prior to our travels.
Sentieri’s tour groups are kept small and intimate, with an average size of 20 to 25 people. As the groups are kept small, the tours can be customized to meet the interests of the individuals. With a native guide at hand, individuals experience Italy like a “local” and not as a tourist. Sentieri not only gives you what larger travel companies offer, but we also provide last-minute optional additions that are only possible with a native guide — such as convincing a Sicilian fisherman to take the tour group out on the Mediterranean.
We offer all this and more, at very reasonable costs.
Sentieri Italiani works with businesses or arranges business tours at home in Chicago as well as in Italy. We can arrange a tour of Chicago for you and your associates or help you or your colleagues relocate to Italy.
Whether you are continuing your linguistic studies or just starting out, you will greatly appreciate the benefit of studying Italian while in Italy. Our sister schools in Rome and Sorrento will provide you with skilled instruction in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere to make your trip one of real value. For students and members of Sentieri Italiani, you will receive a discount on your Italiaidea classes! For more information contact email@example.com.
What people are saying about Sentieri tours
“I have been on three tours with Sentieri and all have been a wonderful experience. I tend to travel alone or with one other person so I was initially apprehensive of the group experience. My first trip was to Carnevale in Venice. Though they could not contain the “aqua alta” everything else was well planned and scheduled to allow for tours, free time and wonderful culinary experiences as well as informal social get togethers. My second trip, quite different, was to the region of Puglia. On this tour instead of walking everywhere, we traveled by tour bus with a friendly and energetic driver. Daniela tried to take over once but only made it into the picture albums as driver. All events and tours were extremely well planned, taking us to all of the points of interest and ending the day in a comfortable hotel, often with a relaxing swimming pool. Again, the food experiences were exceptional especially the agrotourismo which was beyond any expectation. My third trip was to Sicilia. This was also on a tour bus with fantastic regional food, wonderful hotels with swimming pools to relax in after being in the hot sun during the daily trips to the historical Greek and Roman ruins and other sites. These three trips have provided me with remarkable memories of the history, culture and regional culinary arts of this country but above all a love for the wonderful and engaging people of Italy who go out of their way to make you feel at home. I would highly recommend any Sentieri tour.”
— Carolyn Messina
“I just have one thing to say: Sentieri’s tours are truly enjoyable and memorable! I usually prefer to travel independently but will make an exception for Sentieri’s tours. The buses are comfortable, the accommodations nice and the food and wine are divine! And, what can I say about the interesting travel companions that these tours attract! I’ve been on four of their tours (the Langhe region of Piemonte, Carnevale in Venice, Puglia and Matera and most recently, the beautiful island of Sicily). I look forward to any future tours that they’ll be offering!”
— Sharon Banis
“Albert and I took many wonderful, enjoyable trips guided by Daniela. She has a gift for bringing people together. We have made lifelong friends we met through studying Italian and taking tours with Sentieri. When together, we will often laugh and remember the surprises and revelations we shared — golden necklaces, costumes for Carnevale, quiet walks, sips of wine. We were able to explore Italy through her eyes as if it were our home. On one trip we invited Albert’s parents and brother to travel with us. His brother is a person with disabilities and he was embraced, protected and befriended by our group. Daniela plans her trips with an easy pace balancing thoughtful cultural visits with plenty of free time for relaxation. By becoming familiar with the localities we are inspired to return to expand our experiences. On one trip to the Amalfi coast we wanted to visit Paestum during our free time while staying in Sorrento. Daniela’s friend Gianfranca assured us that we could navigate the Italian train system to reach these ancient temples. Albert and I forged out on our own and had an exhilarating day walking the site to explore Greek columns and basking in the warming sun. With Daniela you visit Italy through the heart.”
— Albert Prieto and Joe Zanoni