Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the earthquake which struck central Italy on 24 August. We are relieved that the hoteliers with whom we work in Umbria are safe and well. The damage to buildings and infrastructure means, however, that we are not currently taking new bookings for our Italy’s Green Heart journey, although we hope to offer it again in 2017. All other holidays in Italy remain unaffected.
The regions of Italy are astonishingly varied, and our wide selection of SlowMotion journeys allows you to choose one and explore it in depth. In the north, the little-visited and highly gastronomic region of Piedmont is home to great wines and the Slow Food movement, while the beauty of the Italian Lakes has inspired artists and writers for generations. Culturally rich Tuscany and mystical Umbria are, of course, best explored Slowly – with a curious mind and a healthy appetite; while, down in the Deep South, the pace of life – if anything – gets Slower still. The natural beauty of Sardinia is perhaps matched only by Sicily, where, additionally, Baroque riches and architectural treasures will make you stop and stare. Given all this, it’s easy to see how Robert Browning was inspired to write:
Open my heart and you will see
Graved inside of it, “Italy”.