We specialize in only one destination - Italy!
Our company offers Special Event ticket packages and tours, Food & Wine tours, villa and apartment property rentals. Since inception in 1999, we have offered these programs and services to only one destination - Italy!
Our special event packages combine the pleasure of travel in Italy with an historic festival or cultural event. We believe this combination provides an exciting way to not only experience the country, but to gain a better understanding of its people and their traditions. Our special events include the Palio of Siena, the Carnival in Venice and Italian opera featured at Milan's famed La Scala or the summer performances in Verona's Roman Arena. And for those interested in the island of Sicily, the Greek Theater performances in Siracusa.
Our new series of high-end Food & Wine tours captures the essence of Italy's best wine regions, while featuring the food and unique ingredients found in each. Currently offered are Puglia (the heal of the boot!), Sicily (East and West) and our 3 Regions tour featuring Emilia Romagna, Cinque Terre and Piemonte (in 2016 features the Alba Truffel Festival) and Tuscany/Chianti (in 2016 features the Wine Festival in Greve). Several options for a combined tour for the Valpolicella/Veneto regions are also an option.
We look forward to helping you Experience the Best of Italy!
What they are saying - About Us
" ... just wanted to thank you for being a truly great and understanding host. We had a truly magical experience. The costumes were fantastic... we were transformed to different persons and we certainly enjoyed all the attention that we got while parading through the streets of Venice. The lunch in Plazzo Tiepole, gondola ride, Mascheranda Ball - they were all memorable and unforgettable experiences and so well organised.
Maciej C. (AU) - Venice Carnival 2016
" Not enough words to thank you. That was an unforgettable experience for my wife and I, and your services were outstanding. We commented between us, many times, how concerned you and your team were with your guests. We will surely recommend Palio Tours to our friends and we are also considering coming again with a group next year...."
Jose T. - (USA) July Palio 2015
" ... Again I want to thank you for a fabulous trip. I was with a friend … and I was telling her and showing her pictures of the trip. She kept saying she has never seen me so exited about a trip before - it was wonderful! "
Marcia G. (USA) - 3 Regions Food & Wine Tour / May 2014
" Yes we loved Siena and the Palio thank you - and in fact I blogged about it when we got back and had difficulty knowing what to leave out as there was so much to see!... although my husband would never have signed up for a guided tour (he likes self discovery), even he really enjoyed it (city tour) and realised we were seeing things we would never have found for ourselves or got access to. "
Sarah C. (UK) - Palio July 2014
" .... what a great few days ... thanks for all you did to make it such a memorable trip. "
N. Puri (UK) - Venice Carnival 2014
" Wow, what a wonderful trip. The highlight was the Palio in Siena and I wanted to thank you for all your help.
The apartment was perfect, the arrangements were easy and we loved the private driver you provided. Having him consistently throughout the trip made things much easier. I can't imagine a better trip for me and my wife and especially as an introduction to Italy for my two daughters .... so I am sure you'll be hearing from us again! "
D. Crosby (USA) - Palio August 2013
" We thoroughly enjoyed our Essence of Carnival experience! Thank you so much for your gracious hosting here in Venice - after spending a few more days here for the rest of Carnevale, we realized that you “do it right” - our whole experience on Friday was the best ever! "
M. Nelson (USA) - Venice Carnival February 2013
" The private sightseeing tours at each town were superb and we would not change anything. The car service to and from Verona was excellent. The opera tickets were very good, excellent seats and we could not have chosen better. The hotel staff were wonderful and made the holiday."
C. Shipley (ESP) - Opera Tour June 2013
" Really enjoyed our stay in Siena & also loved the whole experience. I have already suggested a few friends. We had a great city tour with a lovely tour guide.... She was one of the most knowledgeable & patient guides I have met so far. She responded to all the questions my kids asked her, very patiently & with details."
S. Bala (India) - Palio di Siena July 2012
" Our visit to Sicily was memorable... the itinerary was very well conceived; we were very pleased with this tour and the assistance was outstanding!"
M. Tender (Portugal) - Cultural Tour / Greek Theater - Siracusa, Sicily June 2012
" Thank you so much... I definitely enjoyed myself and the whole Carnival experience. I thank you for all the hard work you put into planning our Venice vacation. I will definitely be back again."
A. Robinson (USA) - Venice Carnival February 2012
" Dear Team Palio - Just a quick note to say thanks so much for all your suportive organization... we had a great time, and we couldn't have done it without you. Best wishes for future trips and keep us in touch with any future events or offers that you are organizing. Thanks again!."
J. Lupton (Scotland) - Venice Carnival March 2011
" ..Everything was first class: the hotels were excellent, well located, good breakfasts... We were most welcomed, and we appreciated the extra effort by the hotel staffs. Our walking tour guides were very personable, knowledgable, and very entertaining. They had tips and suggestions for the next few days on our own. The highlights we will remember the most were the operas in the historic Roman amphitheatre in Verona....the staging of Aida was spectacular! "
N. Branch (UK) - Opera Tour August 2011
" we had a great time - the Palio lived up to its billing - what an extraordinary spectacle in every sense of the word, right down to the last lap drama. Can't imagine a thing you might have done differently; the "mix-up" was just that and not worth mentioning - you responded like a real pro. Thanks for arranging for our (restaurant) reservation, our post-race dinner was a fitting conclusion to a great trip.... all the best "
N. Farrell (USA)- Palio August 2011
" It was great!...Seats were perfect...thanks for everything...Hope to do it again soon."
D. McNally (USA) - Palio July 2011
" We had a GREAT holiday. The hotel was absolutely lovely. Great position, great rooms and facilities and the most attentive and knowledgeable staff it has EVER been my privilege to experience. We loved all the events and you and your staff are real treasures. Yes we would come back and we would go on other trips you organize."
R. Bridges (UK) - Venice Carnival March 2011
" I want to thank you for arranging one of the most memorable trips we have experienced. We thoroughly enjoyed it... Italy is one of those countries that has so much to offer, and I am sure we will visit again in the future. We especially appreciate that you personally took us touring the Tuscan countryside... Thank you very very much."
T. Chang (USA) - Opera Tour / Tuscan Tour July 2010
" Thank you ... The Palio Tour was fantastic. We spent 2.5 weeks in Italy.. The entire vacation was wonderful, but without question, our favorite experience was the Palio Tour. We felt fortunate to have been invited to the Contrada dinner, and thrilled when our Contrada (Selva) won the Palio. The best part were our grandstand seats. From our location I could see the entire race and especially the finish which ended right in front of us... I commend you on the organization and activities that you arranged on this tour. Without question, I would strongly recommend the tour. Good luck in August!."
R. DeForno (USA) - Palio July 2010
" My Vatican tour experience was great. Our Tour guide was interesting, fun and really kept our attention. I’d definitely go again."
D. DeLuke (USA) - Day Tour / Vatican Tour July 2010
" We had a SUPER time at the Palio...WOW!!! Many of our friends are anxious to hear our exciting report...I'm sure some will become new Palio Tours customers in the near future...thank you for a great adventure...the hightlight of my 2 weeks."
E. Dolinar (USA) - Palio July 2010
" My daughters and I had a wonderful time at the Palio. We enjoyed all of the activities. The Contrada Dinner and the Contrada Tour were a must. As was the Reception and of course The Palio. We enjoyed the tour and friendship of your tour guides, Frederica and Chiara. I wouldn't change a thing as it was all great.... ."
C. Phillips (USA) - Palio July 2010
" We just returned from your Opera tour ....we wanted to say thank you for a job well done! Everything worked just as you said it would. The accommodations were excellent. My wife and I will certainly recommend your services."
L.S. MacDonald (USA) - Opera Tour August 2009
" You have it set up in such a way that it is easy to function on one's own and be comfortable doing so. If you need anyone to verify how wonderful your Palio package is, you can give them my email address."
A. Shippey (USA) - Palio July 2009
" All of us were so pleased to have spent time with you in Siena for the Palio. You really took care of us...the past 2 weeks highlight was the week we spent in Italy, thanks to your efforts..."
L. Berlin - Palio/Tuscany July 2008
" Many thanks for all your help...and to arrange our visit to Carnival. looking forward to seeing you in Venice during the week so we can say thanks in person!"
L. Laue - Venice Carnival December 2007