Susan Gottlieb Artist

Why Travel with Me?

My trips take on an insider’s view. With a background in art history and cultural studies my intention is to allow my small groups of travelers (6-10) to feel as though they belong, to feel at home, rather than looking from the outside in. So we walk, catch local transit and take plenty of time to just enjoy the flow of another culture. And if you ever wished you would have taken a basic Art History class well, you have your teacher.

This is independent travel, without the worries. Emphasis is on the authentic experience with focus on handcrafted foods and materials. Shall we make some cheese or go out to the farms and sample the wares of honey, hazelnut butter, olives and wine or just have lunch?

My Rome trips will allow time to really know the city. Rome has so much to offer she can be mind boggling. But, she is worth the time. Let me help you. We will reside in a convent in the heart of the old quarter you will have the best of Rome at your doorstep with as much free time as you choose. Or join me on scheduled adventures and day trips.

If you have the feet to wander and the mind and heart to wonder, come along.

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Rome Part I
We will visit parts of Rome well off the beaten path. But, it is the mainsights that will be featured, from the Vatican Museum to the Roman Forum we will enjoy all the attractions at our own pace. Do throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain.

Let's hop a train to the delightful Umbrian hill town of Assisi. We will marvel at the Basilica of St. Francis, the painted interior is incredible. Then clamber up to the top of the mountain for the view and explore the castle, that is if the fog has lifted. And perhaps a lunch of pasta infused with truffles? Or let's go to Orvieto for a wine and sausage tasting and an afternoon meander while gawking at gorgeous ceramics. Did you know there is an underground city below the streets of Orvieto? Let's go!

Rome Part II
Rome is the eternal city, discoveries are endless. This trip, we will delve deeper into the layers and secret corners of the city. If you are fascinated by Rome and want to expand your understanding, come on this trip. I am also happy to tailor a visit to your specific interests. Food however, is always a focus.

Many day trips to choose from. How about lunch in Frascati, a wine
destination. Or a day in Florence or Sienna. There are so many choices!

Rome - Venice
Let's find our feet, after the direct flight, by spending some time samplingwhat Rome has to offer. Then we will hop a train and head north making stops along the way. Depending on your personal experience, we will choose our stops. Perhaps spend some time in Perugia, Florence, or maybe small hill towns. Then culminate the trip in Venice. Here we will stay in the Cannaregio neighborhood, most certainly getting lost in the narrow streets of Venice. Then let's explore the lagoon and it's islands, enjoying Murano and Burano.

Sicily to Venice
A three-week, custom crafted adventure, from Palermo, Cefalu, Marsala, Erice, to name a few Sicilian stops, and on to Sorrento and Pompeii with a ferry down the Amalfi Coast to Positano. Train up to Rome, Orvieto, and all the way to Vernazza in Cinque Terre and finishing in Venice. Whew! (This trip can be broken into 2 segments.) One must be an adventurer for this trip!

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PERSONAL TOURS JUST FOR YOU. GATHER YOUR OWN GROUP OF FRIENDS AND LET'S GO. 

NEED HELP PLANNING YOUR OWN ITALIAN TOUR? I AM HAPPY TO ADVISE YOU ON ITINERARIES. LET'S TALK BY PHONE, EMAIL, OR SPREAD OUT THE MAPS AND HAVE A SIT DOWN. (FEE APPLIES ON AN HOURLY BASIS.)

All Italy trips include air, transport to and from airports, room and breakfasts. Other inclusions depend on interests. Otherwise I like to keep things flexible.

Price is dependent on size of group and length of travel.

 

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Susan Gottlieb Rome Tours"... it was really important for me to do Rome right with someone who knows the city well, and you certainly came through in spades. We would love to go back with your sometime..."   – M.O.

"With Susan handling all the travel details, we literally just had to show up to be whisked away in a limo with prosecco. And the rest of the trip was just as seamless. Her knowledge of the city and language saved us time and possible frustration by avoiding less than stellar experiences. But what really sets apart a trip to Italy with Susan is her knowledge of art, history, architecture and culture - it is the next best thing to visiting a close friend or family member living in Rome. Thanks Susan, it was such a great trip!"   – J.M.

"I just loovved the trip, & I know that I could never have seen and experienced all that I did without your guidance and planning and enthusiasm! Your expertise with the language, culture and history was a huge asset. Your pointing out things that we may not have been aware of or of putting something into it's time or context was priceless."
   – K.M.

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