Authentic Explorations

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🇬🇷 🍴This morning we did an incredible walking food tour with Authentic Explorations, if you're coming to Athens, you simply must do this!!!! Our guide was Antigony Dionysiadou, if you book, ask for her, you won't be disappointed, she's the absolute best, knows all the secret spots!!!! #BringYourAppetite

The best tours you take while traveling, you start out as guide and guest, and end up being friends. Today was one of those tours!!!
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DUCO Galleria | Veneto

A deep dive in Veneto’s enogratronomic jewels - thats what the best DMCs from the region recommend as very special programs! Slide to check them out! And if you feel like craving… visit DUCO Galleria to know all the details!

https://galleria.ducotravelsummit.com/veneto/

Thank you very much
Jennifer Schwarz, from Authentic Italy
I.D.I. Travel
and Dino Triantafillou, from Italian Journeys!

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Midnight in Siena when the winning Contrada parades the Palio...every night! We were staying right on the Palio and awoke to this every night during our stay!
Es un honor para mí ser un miembro destacado. Amo Italia...!!!
Amo Italia...gracias...!!!
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Authentic Italy has a passion for sharing Italy's dynamic culture and spectacular foods and wines.
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Tailor-Made Travel. Your passions, your interests, your adventure. We work with you to create customized travel plans that fit like a glove. At Authentic Explorations, we specialize in custom getaways that use cuisine as a gateway to culture.

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Timeline photos 05/01/2022

Cherry Blossom Trees indicates the arrival of Spring in Washington, DC. The most popular place to visit the cherry blossom trees in the capital of the United States is the Tidal Basin, which provides excellent photo ops near the Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
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When you're done, walk the halls of free Smithsonian museums or paddle on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers.
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Beyond the traditional Washington D.C. attractions, you'll find fresh food, arts, and nightlife scenes. Local shops, funky marketplaces, and people-watching hot spots beckon by midday, as nighttime gives way to multi-course dinners and drinks from local breweries.
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📷: Nazia’s Nest
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Timeline photos 04/30/2022

Framed by golden beaches and lush hillsides, San Sebastián has an undeniable allure, from its venerable dining scene to its grand architecture and packed cultural calendar. San Sebastián is a resort town on the Bay of Biscay in Spain’s mountainous Basque Country.
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Once a favorite destination for Spanish royalty, San Sebastián has lost none of its luster over the years. Elegant art nouveau buildings, ornate bridges, and beautifully manicured parks and plazas create a captivating backdrop to this seaside city. Meanwhile, the old buildings lining the cobblestone streets of the Parte Vieja have been given new life with charming guesthouses, colorful boutiques, and buzzing pintxos bars.
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San Sebastián has a reputation as one of the world’s great dining destinations. It is a city that celebrates the art of eating well in all its many forms, whether snacking on fresh oysters and txakoli, a lightly sparkling white wine, at a seaside cafe, or lingering over a decadent, multi-course feast in a Michelin-starred dining room.
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📸: San Sebastian Tourism / Donostia Turismoa
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04/29/2022

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Lazio is a central Italian region bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea. Lazio has plenty to offer, from beaches to rolling green hills to charming villages and mountains dotted across the region. Explore the region, and you will also find volcanic springs to rest those aching muscles after a hike or lakes where you can take a dip in the middle of the day.
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Lazio is undoubtedly one of the most critical regions of the Italian peninsula. It is considered the moral capital of art and culture and is home to Rome, the capital of Italy.
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Rome's rich history can be seen all over the city. Remains from when it was the heart of the Ancient Roman empire can be seen – with the Forum, Colosseum, and Circus Maximus all still popular visitor attractions today. Incredibly, the ancient Pantheon Temple still holds the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world, sure to take your breath away when you visit.
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Timeline photos 04/28/2022

Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands in Greece, located in the south Aegean Sea. Just a short ferry ride away from Santorini and Mykonos, Naxos is where pristine beaches and traditional whitewashed architecture await.
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You can spend a weekend discovering Naxos's many treasures. From the longest beaches in the Aegean to the picturesque mountain villages where the preferred means of transport is still mules.
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Take a break from exploring the ancient ruins, Venetian castles, and mansions and dine at a table directly on the beach in the shade of some olive trees right at the water's edge. Or, stop by one of the small restaurants where squids are hung out to dry in the sun.
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Naxos' surprisingly green valleys, misty mountains, natural springs, and meandering rivers make the island one of the most fertile in Greece. Thyme honey, throumpa olives, a variety of soft, velvety cheeses, and citron liqueur are just some of the produce unique to the island.
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📷: Visit Greece
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Timeline photos 04/27/2022

Located in Croatia, Plitvice National Park is an easy day trip from Zagreb or Split. However, you may want to consider a few days to take in all Plitvice offers.
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The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars, and rare bird species. The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometers, while the lakes join together over eight kilometers.
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Plitvice Lakes isn’t just for summer. It’s a stunning place to visit any time of year as the Park takes on different hues with the changing seasons. From lush greenery in spring/summer to rich colors in autumn and magical scenes in the snow and ice in winter. Even in rainy conditions, the Park can still be wonderful to explore as the water takes on a dramatic effect, sometimes bubbling up underneath your feet on the wooden pathways!
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Timeline photos 04/26/2022

Located in Northern Burgundy, around an hour and a half from Paris, Auxerre is a stunning city characterized by its many churches, winding riverbeds, and many cobbled lanes.
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The city is well-known for its medieval architecture, particularly the town center towered over by a cathedral, churches and is surrounded by antique houses. Meander along the banks of the River Yonne and take in the abbey, cathedral, and Church of Saint Pierre that make the city so famous.
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Auxerre is famous for its production of Burgundy wine, particularly that of Chablis. Gastronomy and wine-growing heritage are part of Auxerre’s identity. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a selection of cheeses with a glass of wine if you want to feel, taste, and savor the local ambiance!
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Timeline photos 04/25/2022

Chicago is famous for its skyline set against the sweeping shore of Lake Michigan. You'll quickly appreciate this urban-meets-natural beauty when your feet hit the ground in the third-largest city in the United States. Chicago has all the offerings you'd expect from a major city: world-class museums, vibrant shopping districts, and ample nightlife venues.
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If you're here to learn, plan to spend a fair amount of time in Grant Park. This area is home to notable institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago and The Field Museum. Take an architecture river cruise and learn about Chicago's famous skyscrapers like the Willis Tower and Tribune Tower.
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Chicago's culinary scene is filled with star chefs, ethnic eateries, and award-winning fine dining, including 25 Michelin-starred eateries. The casual classics like Chicago-style hot dogs and deep-dish pizza are just as famous. Bon Appetit named Chicago the 2017 Restaurant City of the Year. Cap off your meals with visits to specialty cocktail bars, historic pubs, and more than 65 craft breweries.
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Our Story

Gary Portuesi, Managing Director and owner of Authentic Italy, fell in love with Italy at an early age when he and his family made yearly trips to their native land. Spending summers in Sicily and exploring the northern, central and southern regions through the years, Gary realized that the American idea of Italy fell decidedly short of the real deal. That’s when he was struck by an idea: why not allow people to experience the real Italy?

A veteran of the travel industry with over 20 years of experience at American Express, Gary is also a wine expert with a WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits from the International Wine Center and co-owner of De Gustibus Cooking School in New York City.

Combining his passions and expertise, Gary launched Authentic Sicily in 2002, later expanding it to become Authentic Italy in 2014. With a culinary focus, Authentic Italy specializes in custom-made, high-end regional-specific travel programs.

Today, the Authentic Italy family has expanded and continues to grow. Our expert travel consultants customize visits for families, groups of friends, business associates, individuals and couples. We are on a mission to seek out the most unforgettable upscale experiences for your interests—from breathtaking accommodations to world-renowned restaurants to exclusive sightseeing excursions and more.

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