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Enjoy Two Italian Gems — Tuscany and Venice — and Viva la Viator


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As the latter part of the Summer travel season approaches, the crowds start to diminish making this a wonderful time to experience two of the most popular and beautiful destinations in the world, Italy’s Tuscany region and the city of Venice., the leading resource for researching and booking more than 5,500 trip activities and experiences in 75 countries at the best prices, features a variety of private tours, skip the line activities and other opportunities that enable visitors to find their inner ‘viator’ (Latin for traveler) and truly experience everything these unique and diverse destinations have to offer.


Italy’s Tuscany region is renowned for its art and architecture, cuisine and wine, and stunning country-side. From Florence to Pisa to Siena and nearly 60 activities to choose from, travelers can experience everything from learning the age-old traditions of Tuscan cooking to gliding around on a modern-age Segway through the ancient streets of Florence.

The cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is replete with art, culture and history. Travelers must take time to see masterpieces like Michelangelo’s Statue of David and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and can save time with Skip the Line entry passes to either the Accademia or Uffizi Galleries, or they can combine both experiences during the Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour. The Florence Half-Day or Full-Day Sightseeing Tour combines visits to the Uffizi and Accademia with trips to Piazzale Michelangelo, the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria and Loggia del Lanzi. Skip The Line: Best of Florence Walking Tour including Accademia Gallery and Duomo is a small group tour exploring the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica, Uffizi Square and the leather market. Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor Walking Tour gives travelers special access to a passageway typically closed to the public that dates back to 1564 and stretches almost a mile perched above the Ponte Vecchio, the Travelers can cover lots of ancient ground with minimal exertion during the Florence Segway Tour or, get the heart pumping during the Florence Bike Tour which includes a complimentary gelato to reward all peddlers. Speaking of just desserts, the Tuscan Cooking Class and Dinner in Florence is an expertly taught lesson in traditional Tuscan cooking with wine pairings and the opportunity to indulge in both afterwards.

There are amazing destinations surrounding Florence that make for glorious day trips. Travelers can experience the vineyards and olive groves of the Chianti region during the Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence with time spent in the medieval walled city of Siena and the hilltop city of San Gimignano. Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour includes a scenic drive through Monteriggioni, a trip to Siena, a stroll among the Chianti vineyards and a stop for a Tuscan feast, followed by visits to San Gimignano and Pisa. To focus more closely on the lean, the Pisa and the Leaning Tower Half-Day Trip from Florence also includes a visit to the Piazza dei Cavalieri and the Scuola Normale. To experience one of Italy’s postcard-perfect coastal villages, travelers can choose the Cinque Terre Small Group Day Trip from Florence. The Chianti Region Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip from Florence combines a country drive through magnificent Tuscan landscapes with a visit to an ancient town and one of Chianti’s most renowned wine-growing estates for tastings of Chianti Classico, Chianti Reserve and Vin Santo dessert wine. The Horse Riding in Chianti Day Trip from Florence will thrill anyone seeking a little adventure in the hills of Tuscany, accompanied by Tuscan lunch and wine tasting – after the ride of course.


Known as the ‘city of bridges’ and the ‘queen of the Adriatic,’ Venice is a magical and unique city that boasts some of the finest handmade glassware and most enchanting traditions found in the world. One of those traditions is impressed upon travelers during the Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade — so popular that these activities often sell out well in advance so travelers are advised to book well in advance. The Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour explores this city from the ideal vantage point, the water, and includes landmarks like the splendid palaces, churches, bridges and gardens lining the city’s liquid streets. To maximize time, the Skip the Line: Venice in One Day experience includes all the highlights of this magical city in a combined boat and walking tour.. Skip the Line: Venice Secret Itinerary Walking Tour with Doges Palace leads travelers to the splendidly decorated rooms of what used to be ‘the brain’ that governed the Republic of Venice. And for the island jewels of the Venice lagoon, the Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Tour features glass-blowers on Murano, lace shopping on Burano and a visit to Venice’s first church on Torcello.


Each destination and theme featured during the Viva La Viator summer series will be represented by a “Traveler of the Week,” chosen from Viator customers who have submitted traveler reviews and photos representing each week’s feature. Visit the Viator Travel Blog for more information. For details on these Italian experiences or any of Viator’s more than 5,500 tours and activities around the world including special summertime deals and discounts, visit

About Viator

Viator is the world’s leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 5,500 tours, attractions and activities in 450-plus destinations in 75 countries. Viator – the Latin word for traveler – offers travelers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities with helpful resources like nearly 100,000 traveler reviews and photos, star ratings, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator’s in-house travel experts have picked respected and trusted local operators to ensure a quality experience, value and service, all backed by Viator’s low-price guarantee. Founded in 1995, Viator sells its products directly to consumers at and through its global network of more than 1,000 affiliates that include major hotel and airline companies, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Through its collection of company operated and affiliated sites, Viator welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors per month. Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.


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Enjoy Tuscany Vacations with Luxurious Tuscany Villa Accommodations

If you are seeking an excursion which is both unique and memorable Tuscany, the beautiful region in Italy is an excellent choice. Join us on our cooking tours as part of your Tuscany vacations. Tuscany, the capital of Florence, lies in the central region of Italy and is a well-known tourist destination, renowned for its food, wine, and culture. Tuscany vacations are a perfect way to enjoy your love of food and drinks while traveling to an exotic destination. During a stay at one of our Tuscany villa accommodations, you will learn to cook Italian cuisine, receiving hands-on instructions from one of our expert chefs.

Tuscan food, with its fine, natural and flavorful ingredients is a great example of the Mediterranean diet, which is popular all over the world. An ideal way for a connoisseur of food to relax and enjoy his or her self is by taking part in one of our Tuscan cooking tours.

Cooking tours in Tuscany provide you with an unforgettable experience of cooking and sommelier classes that help you not only understand the culinary tradition, but also learn cooking under the guidance of expert chefs. During your trip you will learn classic dishes of Tuscan cuisine, known for its refined simplicity. You will prepare classic dishes such as ribollita and crostini, along with more unusual dishes such as castagnaccio and many more. This will surely turn out to be a one in a lifetime experience. provides you with an excellent rundown of premier Tuscany vacations and Tuscany villa accommodations. You can learn about the Italian way of life that is known all over the world for its charm and finesse. Tuscany vacations provide you with an instinctive knowledge of how to drink and eat well. At, we offer guided tours so that you will receive exclusive access to the most charming places of Tuscany and learn about its history while enjoying the vacation at your own pace. We also provide you with incredible Tuscany villa accommodations during your stay. We are affiliated with, the premium provider of Tuscan holidays at affordable prices. To know more about the Tuscany villa accommodations log on to the website

Ian Darrah – Co-owner & President. Ian developed Tuscan Way’s Sales and Marketing programs and launched the office in Miami, Florida. He also is involved in business development and adding new Tuscan Way programs. Ian’s love for Tuscany began when he was still a student and an aspiring professional triathlete: studying in Italy and biking the hills of Tuscany. Ian has led triathlon training tours and organized yoga retreats in Tuscany.

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The ending to “The Count Of Tuscany”. To me it’s one of the most beautiful parts i have ever heard, I hope people share this opinion with me. Lyrics: {Petrucci} Could this be the end? Is this the way i die? Sitting here alone No one by my side I don’t understand I don’t feel that i deserve this What did I do wrong? I just don’t understand Give me one more chance Let me please explain It’s all been circumstance I’ll tell you once again You took me for a ride Promising a vast adventure Next thing that i know I’m frightened for my life. {The Count} Now wait a minute man That’s not how it is You must be confused! That isn’t who I am. Please don’t be afraid I would never try to hurt you This is how we live Strange although it seems Please try to forgive The chapel and the saint The soldiers and the wine The fables and the tales All handed down through time Of course you’re free go Go and tell the world my story Tell about my brother Tell them about me The Count Of Tuscany (whoa) With special thanks to Dream TheaterĀ® The pictures are from a dutch art designer (“stevetheater”) who has good contacts with DT and RR, he created them himself excluding the band fotos and the Wither pic. If you want them pm me your e-mail and a polite message :) @@@@@@@@@@@ Props to stevetheater! Check his account btw, some nice vids…

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Enjoy Comfort And Convenience With Holiday Villas In Tuscany

If you are planning to travel to Tuscany, Italy, on holiday then you will have a very pleasant vacation experience ahead of you. This is a popular destination in Europe with plenty in terms of natural beauty as well as attractions and entertainment, and the ideal way to make the most of your time in Tuscany is by opting for one of the holiday villas in Tuscany, which are available in the various parts of the region. Tuscany vacation rentals are a popular choice amongst those visiting this area, as they offer affordable luxury that is ideal for a family vacation. Tuscany villas rental costs can vary depending on the type of villa you opt for, and there is plenty of choice when it comes to finding your holiday home in Tuscany. You can get your Tuscany villa in one of many areas in the region, so you can enjoy being conveniently located close to the areas you want to enjoy. With a luxury villa in Tuscany you can relax in style and comfort, with the ideal base from which to explore the area and enjoy all the beauty, attractions, and entertainment that is on offer.

Holiday villas in Tuscany offer a range of facilities and amenities

When you opt for one of the holiday villas in Tuscany you will find a range of amenities and facilities on offer, which can vary depending on your budget. This can include everything from a private swimming pool to staff services, so you can enjoy the ultimate in luxury with some of these villas. A vacation in Tuscany is one that you will be thrilled with thanks to the beauty, history, and culture that can be found in this area, and being able to relax in your own villa will make your time here even more special and memorable. You will enjoy the benefits of plenty of space with your own villa, so you and your loved ones can relax without having to put up with other visitors and tourists as you would in a hotel. Having your villa in Tuscany also means that you can enjoy complete privacy yet enjoy being close to all the areas of interest.

Choose a holiday home in a range of areas in Tuscany

There are many beautiful and fascinating areas in Tuscany, some of which include Siena, Pisa, and Florence, as well as the Chianti wine region, Maremma, and others. You can enjoy a choice of villas in and around these areas, putting you within easy reach of the attractions and sites and enabling you to enjoy affordable luxury in convenient and beautiful surroundings.

You will be surprised at just how affordable a villa in Tuscany can be, even with the more luxurious villas. This is particularly true if you are travelling as part of a larger group or family as it means you won’t have to pay for separate rooms and can enjoy plenty of space and luxury for everyone.

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