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Tourissimo

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Local Specialist
Established
  • 2015
Headquarters
  • Somerville (MA) USA
Trips
  • 14

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Tourissimo Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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Tour Reviews

DK

Recommends

Exceeded expectations on Chef Tour Sicily 2018 August 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We have traveled to Europe five times prior including cruises and self-guided trips, but our experience in Sicily this past May was beyond amazing. Beppe and Heather and guides Giuseppe and Federica led us on a gorgeous bike and gastronomic adventure.....throw in two illustrious (and yet so personable) chefs and a great group, it exceeded all our expectations. Best vacation of our lifetime. Every day featured “insider” cultural, historical, social, and agricultural insights. We consumed some fantastic calories, yet by virtue of cycling and walking, we somehow came back at the same weight. Tourissimo is worth every penny!
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L

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well planned, organized and passionate June 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Tourissimo is the only way to travel by bike or hike in Italy. The local insight and knowledge on what roads to ride, which hotels to stay and most importantly where to stop for food and drink are where Tourissimo shine. The well planned, organized and passionate owners and local guides are extremely in tune with culinary traditions and oenology and could easily double for chefs and sommeliers (in fact I believe Beppe is) not to mention they also ride all day as guides. Beppe and Heather are running a unique operation for a truly one of a kind Italy experience.
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TN

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Good tour vastly enhanced by high quality leader January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0
Beppe Salerno was my guide on a cycling trip through Puglia in Southeastern Italy.

Although I had cycled for many years and ridden in Italy before this was the first commercial trip I had ever taken. Riding with Beppe was central to the unique experience provided by this trip.

Beppe provided unique insights into Italian life and culture as well as useful commentary on cycling routes and styles. His knowledge of Italian wines and cuisine transformed the trip from simply a “ride on a bicycle” to a gastronomic adventure. He introduced me to new wines, new dishes and to the people who grew, bottled and prepared them. We discussed history, dialects, regionalisms, music and architecture.

Beppe's skills are many. Paramount among them, in my opinion, is his ability to motivate people of diverse backgrounds and with widely divergent interests into a cohesive, collaborative group enjoying the company of others while reveling in the delights of a shared ride.


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Founded in 2015, Tourissimo provides a way for travel agents, tour operators, and consumers to craft amazing vacations in Italy.

What Makes Tourissimo Stand Out?

Tourissmio specializes in creating private, customized active travel experiences throughout Italy. Their tours all include an element of hiking or biking or both, and can either be entirely customized with the help of one of their tour experts or you can join a pre-organized group tour.

A sense of true authenticity radiates through when you join a Tourissimo trip, whether private customized or group outing.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Tourissimo?

Active travelers seeking to get to know Italy on a deeper level. Their tours strive to be culturally immersive and authentic as well as active- but the focal point is the active.

Those seeking a well rounded travel experience may be frustrated, but if you have a passion for cycling, the balance will suit you perfectly. Their pricing is in the mid-range, and they’re especially popular among families.

You should be relatively physically fit, however it’s by no means required that you be a super experienced cyclist. Novice long distance cyclists may find the consistency of being on the saddle day after day a bit straining - but some tours utilize e-bikes which will be easier on newbies.

Top Destinations

They operate throughout Italy, focusing on showcasing local wineries, accommodations, and restaurants. Itineraries are carefully vetted and pre-experienced by the guides who are all locals themselves.  

Tourissimo Travel Style

Tourissimo is a top provider for all active travel in Italy. Cycling is their speciality, but hiking tours are also available. They are a true local tour operator - born out of the passion that founders Beppe and Heather had and have for showing off their country.

These tours are designed to go off the beaten track - enjoying good food, wine, nature, and hospitality. 

Why Choose a Tour With Tourissimo?

For a unique active travel experience, Tourissimo is a perfect choice. Their guides are knowledgeable, and intimately familiar with Italian culture, food, and history. It’s a perfect way to see Italy from a new light.

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From Tourissimo

Background and Mission

Tourissimo is a new deeply authentic Italian travel company whose mission is to provide active travelers a unique way to experience the natural and cultural wonders of this magnificent country. With its highly focused niche approach, Tourissimo aims to become the  number one Destination Management Company (DMC) in Italy for active travel by designing, creating and implementing exclusive programs for individuals and small groups, intimately presenting each region with a strong focus on “insider access” and special personal connections to maximize sense of place. Understanding that most travelers today want to be fully engaged and seek  memorable and meaningful experiences, all Tourissimo journeys include breathtaking scenery and activities, gourmet food and wine and a range of accommodations that together create an unforgettable taste of Italy.

Tourissimo was founded in 2015 by Beppe Salerno, a former general manager at one of the industry’s leading companies who has carried out (both as a manager and as a guide) hundreds of tours throughout Italy and amassed outstanding experience and knowledge in the field of active adventure vacations in some of the most inspiring destinations throughout Italy. Tourissimo began with a handful  of destinations including Piedmont, Puglia, Sicily, the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre; new destinations for 2016 include Tuscany, Sardinia and Friuli with the bordering country of Slovenia. Each itinerary is a carefully balanced mix of physical activities, cultural immersion and authentic learning experiences.

The Tourissimo Experience

Tourissimo provides turnkey, fully supported programs primarily serving small (8-14pp) private groups through outbound tour operators, travel agents, and private organizations, such as cycling clubs and affinity groups. All tours are designed to provide extraordinary educational hiking and bicycling in geographical areas where Tourissimo has outstanding expertise. These carefully crafted programs are active immersions into local culture and delicious cuisine for energetic, highly curious, young-at-heart travelers of all abilities who love the outdoors.

Tourissimo’s Signature Tours are ready-to-book programs of six or seven nights offering three activity levels: recreational, moderate and athletic. The cycling tours allow riders to choose a performance road bike, hybrid bike or even an Ebike (bike with pedals assisted by an electric engine). Custom tours are also available, whereby Tourissimo specifically designs programs in any Italian destination based on the individual or group’s specific interests and preferences. Custom tours may include things like kayaking, learning to make ceramics from local artisans, making handmade pasta from scratch or literary city tours in the footsteps of Dante, just to name a few.

Rates typically range from $450 to $750 per person per night, including accommodations, most meals, all transfers, daily cultural activities and two or more professional tour leaders. Programs are usually a weeklong in duration, but there are no minimum number  of nights on custom tours. Reservations can be made via www.tourissimo.travel or by calling 857-997-0051.

Additional Background

According to Active Travel Association’s 2015 Industry Snapshot, Italy is the top destination for soft adventure travel in Europe. With its longitudinal, peninsula-like shape, Italy has varying elevations from sea level to mountains reaching 12,000 feet. The country has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites (47 as of 2015), and with approximately 5000 miles of coastline and two mountain ranges including the majestic Dolomites on Eastern Alps, it’s no wonder that Italy tops the wish lists for those seeking beautiful adventures. In addition to being an unchallenged destination for food and wine aficionados, Italy’s dense network of roads and trails, charming villages, hamlets, castles, monasteries and abbeys make it the ideal destination for active travelers.

Cycling and Walking tours in Italy Tourissimo is the first Italian Destination. Management company specialized in active travel. We are local experts; we rely on experienced Italian guides and staff to deliver authentic travel experiences.

 

7 days
Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 3,995

Highlights

  • Portofino, with its tall colored houses and exclusive small harbor
  • Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino: Villas and Flowers
  • Abbey of San Fruttuoso
  • Oil, pesto, and many other Ligurian delicacies
  • Panoramic wine tasting
  • The mild weather of the Ligurian Riviera, which is perfect for hiking
  • Private boat ride with snorkeling stops
  • Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Cinque Terre and Portovenere
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8 days
Group Tour
Luxury - 5 star
Physical :
From: $ 4,695

Highlights

  • Two important wine regions, Langa and Roero
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (Barolo Vineyards)
  • Villages of Barolo and Barbaresco, the namesakes of two world-famous red wines
  • Stunning cycling along rolling hills covered with vineyards and quaint medieval villages
  • Views that stretch as far as the Alps
  • Castle-topped villages, which lend a historic and romantic feel to the area
  • Some of the best regional food in Italy, including truffles, cheese and hazelnut Gianduja chocolates
  • Stay at one of the estates of the Royal Family of Italy in Pollenzo
  • Go truffle hunting with a real trifulau
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7 days
Group Tour
Luxury - 5 star
Physical :
From: $ 4,695

Highlights

  • Smooth easy bike paths
  • Alps as the backdrop for most of the journey
  • Scenic, quiet roads without traffic
  • Outdoor activities: cycling, river rafting, and hiking
  • Premier hotels and historical palaces
  • Wine tastings and cooking demonstration
  • Enchanted Radovna Valley and Vintgar Gorge in Slovenia
  • Lunch at Hiša Franko with chef Ana Ros
  • Ljubljana and Cividale del Friuli (UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
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7 days
Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 4,155

Highlights

  • Enjoy Hike to Villa Jovis, the site of one of Tiberius’ villas on Capri
  • Anacapri, a lesser-known hiking paradise on Capri that is uncrowded and beautiful
  • Visit an old paper mill and take home your own sheet of paper
  • Hike on Il Sentiero degli Dei (the Path of the Gods)
  • Handmade Capresi sandals
  • Optional visit to a local potter
  • Visit Capri – Faraglioni, Piazzetta and Villa Jovis
  • Explore Ravello – Villa Cimbrone gardens and terrace
  • Discover Amalfi Cathedral and Cloister
  • Opportunity to see UNESCO World Heritage sites: Positano, Amalfi’s old town and the Amalfi Coast
  • Old-fashioned paper making and Limoncello in Amalfi
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