Welcome to Italy Adagio! It's what I call a "pop" tour company – not even as big as a "mom-and-pop". I founded the company in 1983 and have been the sole owner and operator ever since. I personally design, arrange, and lead all of our tours.
"Italy Adagio" literally means, "Italy at a slow, gentle, relaxed pace". But adagio travel has importance above and beyond the speed of moving from place to place.
Tour Designer & Leader. I specialize in cultural travel at a gentle pace. We characteristically stay in only two or three hotels on a single tour, so you won't need to constantly unpack and repack. And I make sure that each day you have time to slow down and recharge your batteries. You can explore on your own; take a nap; shop; sit outside at a local "bar" with an iced cappuccino or glass of the local wine and watch the the world go by; or do whatever else strikes your fancy.
Small groups are a necessary component of slow, relaxed travel, so my groups are usually limited to a maximum of 12 people. This way each guest can have easy access to all we see and do; never feel lost in the group; and receive the utmost in personal attention. It's also a lot easier in small groups to get to know all your fellow travelers.
Historian, College Professor, & Longtime Lover of Italy. My goal has always been to help travelers experience, understand, and savor the authentic Italy – its history, its treasure trove of art and architecture, its people, and its marvelous food and wines.
Italy has been my home for a total of ten years off and on – studying; raising my children (two of whom were born in Florence); exploring; and conducting historical research and writing on topics including "Preaching in Medieval Florence" and "Insults and Threats in Medieval and Renaissance Todi (Umbria)".
I'm honored to be a Lifetime Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a former Fellow of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, twice winner of Fulbright-Hays research grants to Italy, and an emeritus professor of medieval and Renaissance history.
College teaching – at the University of Rochester, Hiram College, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham – was one of the great joys of my life. Though I retired from full-time teaching in 2008, the passion and enthusiasm continue to grow. I'm still taking one or two small groups to Italy each year.
Since 1983 I've taken more than 600 guests (in about 55 small groups) on Italy Adagio tours. I'm happy to be able to say that many of our travelers have returned (often with friends) for second, third, and even fourth tours.
Let me help you experience and enjoy authentic Italy to the fullest.