One very interesting way to experience the best of Italy is being part of a small group tour.
An excellent way is to join Mario, Viny and Gianni of Vita Italian Tours and Pronto Travel.
They will take you on a personally-guided small group tour to some of the most exciting destinations.
They are taking bookings for 2018 now, and are currently offering a five per cent early-bird discount for readers of the Canberra Times.
Their itineraries take you on a journey to fascinating Renaissance and medieval hill-towns.
All of these are known to be full of artistic treasures, ancient crafts and vibrant local life.
As you travel with them you will discover some of Italy's hidden gems such as Pesaro/Urbino, Gubbio, San Marino, Perugia, Ascoli Piceno and a list of others.
The tours allow you to see the big cities, and also give you the chance to enjoy what it’s like to live in small local towns where few tourists venture.
You can join in and enjoy the local lifestyle, taking in a special coffee break in a favourite location or “un aperitivo” in a town piazza.
Also as an accredited travel agency under Pronto Travel, they can offer all their travellers a total package including airfares, pre- and post-tour accommodation, transfers, tours, all types of cruising, villa stays, car hire and much more.
To book of for more info call 03 9080 3440 or visit www.vitaitaliantours.com.