Ragusa, Sicily, Italy (PRWEB) August 27, 2009
Italian Connection, an Italy-based tour operator, is now offering hand-crafted walking, cooking and cultural tours for corporate meetings and incentive groups of 10 to 100 people. The tours are based on the owners' and guides' personal experiences and connections in the lesser-known areas of their favorite seven regions of Italy. Customized itineraries can include stays in a five-star Palazzo in Siena, Tuscany, a 300 year old former monastery in the Barolo wine region of Piedmont, or in a hill-side hotel in Positano with spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast.
The hotels have well-equipped meeting facilities and some have spas and golf nearby. Italian Connection can arrange fun and unique team activities such as high-tech treasure hunts in Verona or Venice, where players communicate by text messaging, and traditional walking treasure hunts in Florence or Lucca in Tuscany. Food is a big part of the Italian Connection experience. Groups can learn how to shape provola cheese and make bread in Sicily, truffle hunt in Piedmont or cook with a chef in a local trattoria on the Amalfi Coast. For the more adventurous groups, hiking and rock climbing can be arranged in the Dolomites (Italian Alps). Italian Connection will customize the tours and activities according to the group's budget. For more information and reservations, call Italian Connection at 1-800-462-7911 or visit http://www.italian-connection.com.
Italian Connection is an Italy-based tour operator whose top local guides take you behind the scene on hand-crafted walking, cooking and cultural tours in seven different regions of Italy. Small groups of participants cook alongside noted cookbook author Eleonora Consoli in her home kitchen, meet celebrated chef Ciccio Sultano in Sicily and dine at his 2-star Michelin restaurant "Il Duomo," make bread from the hard wheat flour grown on tiny organic farms, pick wild herbs and plants that flavor the day's lunch, and make hand-rolled pasta in La Maremma where some villagers never heard of their neighbor George Clooney. Visitors meet colorful personalities including an authority on Alpine wildflowers, the owner of Italy's only cashmere goat farm and a village woman who blazes walking trails on an island with no roads. Twenty-nine land-only tours are offered through the year, including the Splendors of Sicily, named by National Geographic Traveler as one of its 2006 "50 Tours of a Lifetime." Four walking levels range from "stroll" to "fitness" which can burn up to 1,500 calories a day! Private custom tours can also be arranged.