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How to Do Italy Like Oprah and the Obamas

From private tours of the Sistine Chapel to sailing the Amalfi Coast, a luxury concierge service crafts exclusive experiences.
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Whether it’s your first or fifth trip to Italy, a little local knowledge can go a long way toward making your Italian holiday into the trip of a lifetime. Access Italy, a full-service agency founded in 2008 by travel industry veteran Angelo Amorico and his sons, Simone and Marco, leverages its decades of experience and deep network of local contacts to create custom itineraries for the most discerning and seasoned travelers—it’s part of the reason why both Oprah and the Obamas have turned to them to help craft their time in Italy.

Private after-hours tours of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, intimate boat excursions to the famously opalescent Blue Grotto in Capri, or one-on-one pizza making classes at a rustic pizzeria tucked in an out-of-the-way cobbled Roman alleyway, Access Italy can put it together: “We look forward to providing our guests with immersive travel experiences with the aim of giving them a sense of place,” says Amorico from the company’s Rome headquarters.

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The Amoricos know Italy, but seeing as Angelo lived in the U.S. for a time, and both sons attended university stateside, they also have a unique understanding of their American clientele. Today’s traveler has the world at their fingertips, and these guides expertly pair these new world expectations with authentic, Old World experiences. They have a savvy not just for Italy but also for today’s global luxury traveler and are able orchestrate to itineraries full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

"Even for travelers that have been to Rome before, there are still so many new experiences."

So, what does he recommend as travel-musts for 2019? “Rome and the Amalfi Coast. Even for travelers that have been to Rome before there are still so many different types of new experiences that make it special. And the Amalfi Coast by boat with stops in local restaurants—our captain will even fish for sea urchins!”


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Access Italy can arrange private tours of landmarks like the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.

And for those looking for a less traditional visit, Amorico suggests the Piedmont region in northern Italy. “It’s popular for the Barolo wine and white truffles. We offer truffle hunting experiences and private wine tastings in the most exclusive and local wineries.”

To book, visit Access Italy or call 1-888-499-5513.

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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