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6 Good Reasons Travel Agencies Are Still Going Strong

6 Good Reasons Travel Agencies Are Still Going Strong

Posted by Darya Camacci on May 27 2016

It may seem like travel agents are a thing of the past, but we work with travel agencies every day at Bella Vista Tours.

Why would our clients prefer to work with travel agents? For our discerning customers, value and service are important—and travel is much more than a commodity where one tries to get the cheapest price for a mass marketed experience. They have high expectations for their precious leisure time.

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Topics: Insider, custom tours, travel

Why Balsamic Is the Best Vinegar Around

Why Balsamic Is the Best Vinegar Around

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 22 2016

The city of Modena, in the Modena region of Italy, is famous for three things:

  • The late Italian opera singer Pavarotti was born here.
  • The famous Ferrari museum is near here.
  • Traditional balsamic vinegar is produced here.

The Malpighi family is one of the oldest producers of balsamic vinegar in Modena. The president, Massimo Malpighi, is the fifth generation of the family to run its factory, open since 1850.

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Topics: custom tours, italian food, Tuscany

Chianti: The Pride of Tuscany

Chianti: The Pride of Tuscany

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 8 2016

Chianti is the name of a red wine and also the largest zone in the world famous Italian wine region, Tuscany. 

Once served in straw bottles as table wine, Chianti can cost as little as $10 or as much as $365 for the more vintage Chianti wines. Wine lovers know this region well, for it’s also the home of Montepulciano and Montalcino wines, as well as Super Tuscan wines. 

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Topics: Italian Wines, custom tours, history, Tuscany

How to Choose the Right Tour: 3 Quick Tips for Travelers

How to Choose the Right Tour: 3 Quick Tips for Travelers

Posted by Darya Camacci on February 7 2016

If you don’t know much about your destination, or have a limited amount of time to travel and need some help figuring out the best sightseeing and making arrangements, a group tour can be the perfect solution.

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Topics: Groups and Family Tours, Scenic Locations, custom tours, amalfi coast, travel