Positano, Italy

July 8th, 2015 by Tina Weiss | Posted in Italy

Intriguing Travels

No Trespassing Sign PondHello Everyone,

Have you ever seen something so clearly yet somehow it becomes completely out of reach.  Not because you can’t touch or see it, but because something within you prevents you from attaining what is otherwise utterly attainable.  The only obstacle is yourself.

I thought about this as I was taking an early morning walk with Chloe.

The water looked so beautiful and then I came across the sign.   I wondered how many times we put up signs in our own minds.  “Stop,”  “Do Not Enter,” ” Warning,”  “No Trespassing.” “Beware of Dog.”  What fears are preventing you from experiencing all the wonderful things in life that you dream about.  Think about what sign starts flashing in your mind when you make your next excuse why you can’t do something.  Then maybe after you think about it, do it anyway.  Look how beautiful the other side can be.

Gratefully,

Tina

Positano McKenziesIf you are planning on going to Rome, a trip to the Almalfi Coast might round it out very nicely!  Naples, Sorrento, Capri, Almalfi, Positano Pompei are all areas that would be worth exploring.   If you are going in the summer months, you’ll want to stay in Positano!  From here, you can visit other areas.

Positano is nestled in the cliffs above the sea.  It is quaint and paints a vivid picture of vertical backdrops speckled with the inviting colors of Mediterranean homes, shops and hotels.   Positano’s fate has gone from riches to rags and back again.  This little village has endured a Tsunami as well as an invasion in its checkered past.  It was once a major trading post, then became a tiny fishing village.  New road development eventually opened Positano up to a special type of tourist.  The likes of John Steinbeck, Elizabeth Taylor and Picasso made this a favorite destination.Positano McKenzies flowers

Today, Positano remains a lovely and well traveled tourist destination.  During the summer months, there are daily ferry rides from Positano to the Island Of Capri.  It takes about 40 minutes.  Capri is both rugged in its landscape and upscale with its beaches and shops.  Travelers flock to see the Blue Grotto which can get pretty busy.  There are also other options to see the magic and beauty of the grottos.

Positano, CapriPompeii is about a 45 minute car ride from Positano.  If you do not have a car, you can take a bus to Sorrento and then be transported to Pompeii.  I like to arrange for a car to pick up clients from their hotel.   As you may know, especially after the movie was made, Pompeii is a historic town that was frozen in time.  A blanket of ash fell over its citizens in 79 AD as the nearby volcano, Mt. Vesuvius erupted.  It is now an archaeological site.  Pompeii has been preserved and gives us a vivid snapshot of what Roman life was during the period.  Virtually all aspects of life during this time were preserved as well, revealing an incredible amount of information regarding Roman Civilization at the time.  Furniture, jewelry, bakeries, luxury villas, humble dwellings and gardens were all solidified by this ash substance that quickly hardened.

Happy Clients!

Happy Clients!

If this is your last stop while visiting Italy, Naples airport is about an hour and a half away.  There is so much to do, you might want to spend your entire stay in the region.  Last month, I had the pleasure of sending clients to Positano for the last leg of their trip.  Here’s what they had to say,  “We just loved the uniqueness of the landscape with the Italian buildings built into the cliffs. Every view was beautiful and colorful.   It was also a great way to unwind after a lot of sightseeing and end our trip feeling relaxed… Also lemons as big as my head!”

Feel free to contact Tina at tweiss@intriguetravel.com or 317-660-2080 for help planning your next trip!

Italy!

August 26th, 2014 by Tina Weiss | Posted in Europe

Intriguing Travels

Cooper & BooHello Everyone,

Last weekend, my husband and I needed to tag team with two of our three children.  I helped move our son into a new apartment up at Ball State.  It was pretty exciting because these apartments are literally brand new!  The construction is still going on.  The check in process dragged on because they had everyone  moving into the building on opening day.  I mean everyone.  The good news is that they did have an unending supply of pizza while we were waiting in line.  Once we were able to access his apartment, the move went very smoothly.  Actually, it proved to be the best move in to date!  All of the furniture was included.  The shelves were build into the closet.  Each of the four boys have their own bathrooms.  Not too shabby.  After moving in two of his sisters, he has much less “stuff’ if you know what I mean 🙂

Rebecca took the Megabus from Chicago, came home for dinner then she and Mike left to pick up her new puppy.  He is an adorable Cockapoo that she named Cooper.  Sorry Doug, Cooper won the picture spot for the week.  We can’t compete with a puppy.  There is a reason they call puppies chick magnets!  I cannot wait to meet him.

Gratefully,

Tina

Italy is an amazing country with so many distinct regions.  It would be impossible to explore it all in one trip unless you planned on taking a few months holiday!  I’d like to share just one itinerary option that would make for an enlightening experience for your next vacation.    That may be a romantic party of two or a multi-generational family reunion trip!

It is important to note that most travelers will arrive in Italy the day following their departure.  This makes a difference when planning the actual number of days that you will be able to enjoy in Italy versus total travel days.   It is also beneficial to be aware of flight itineraries offered at nearby airports.  Many times, it works out better to depart from a different city than the closest one to you.  The itineraries might be more convenient and the pricing,  more competitive.

IMG_332810 Day Journey

This option would be for the more active traveler who wants to see as much as they can while on vacation.  This traveler(s) wants to make the most of the vacation and doesn’t mind moving to different properties during their time away.

Day 1 –  Depart from your “local” airport

Day 2 –  Arrive in Rome, usually in the morning.  Enjoy a pre-arranged afternoon tour which includes the Colosseum.  Skip the lines.  TIP:  I like to schedule a city tour on the first day if possible to give clients an overview of their host city.

Day 3 –  Prepare to be picked up at your centrally located hotel to be taken to the Vatican.  You will be captivated by St. Peter’s  Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.  Imagine stepping into this sacred space that has been so thousands of years.  You will also enjoy skipping the lines, other than the security check point.  NOTE:  Wednesday is not a good day for this tour because you will not be able to enter St. Peter’s  Basilica.

Day 4 – This day might be kept open with a purchased pass on the “Hop on & Hop Off” bus.  There are many stops along the way.  Tourists can go all day long to different parts of the city on the bus line during their hours of operation.  There are many, many more sights to see, depending on your interest & energy level.  The Pantheon is a favorite of mine.  It is a well preserved 2000+ year old structure.  It was originally built as a Pagan Worship area.  I believe it is now a Catholic place of worship.  The walls are still sheathed in the original marble as well as majestic.  It is absolutely stunning.

Day 5-  Depart via Rail to Florence and the Tuscan countryside.  Perhaps secure an afternoon tour to Pisa.  Guests will enjoy a scenic ride then visit this historic town and view the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Day 6-  We might want to arrange a tour of  the Duomo complex and Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo’s David.  If you are a museum buff, there is also the Uffizi Gallery where you will find many famous works of art.

Day 7 –   The hills and countryside of Tuscany are beckoning.  There is a wonderful tour of the tiny, historic city of San Gimignano and the medieval city of Siena.  This is a full day endeavor.

IMG_3459Day 8 –  Time to wake up early and take the rail up North to Venice (about a 2 hour train ride).  Venice is a marvel to visit.  Depending on your group composition, you may not want to spend too much time here.  Some clients want to take the Gondola Ride the first night to set the mood for the end of the vacation.  The Gondola Ride is such an integral part of the Venetian experience.  It can be customized for a more romantic experience or organized for groups to enjoy as well.

Since you might only be spending a few days in Venice, it is important to have a very central location.  We like to recommend properties that have easy access off of the vaporetto(water bus taxi).   Other clients might prefer a private option to their hotel.  San Marco or St. Mark’s Square is a must.  It is lively with entertainment, food & drink.  We would also recommend a tour of the islands of Murano(famous for their glass blowing techniques)  and Burano(a fishing island, with beautifully painted pastel colored homes, quaint shops and restaurants lining their main street).!

Day 9 –  Wait to be picked up and transported back to the “mainland” and then off to the airport for you flight home!

If you would like a very ambitious itinerary and want to pack in as much to see as you can, you might want to consider a day trip to the Almalfi Coast from Rome.  While you are down there, a visit to Pompeii would be well worth it!

If Rome is on your radar or you would like help with ideas and the planning for your next trip,  feel free to contact Tina at 317-660-2080 or email her at tweiss@intriguetravel.com for a complimentary planning session!