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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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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 12/29/2021

You are missing out if you have never heard of Mykonos in Greece. It is one of the most popular Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Mykonos is a part of a group of islands which is, according to legend, a piece of rock thrown by Heracles to destroy the Giants. Vacation in Mykonos means turquoise skies for parasailing, golden sandy beaches for windsurfing, tanned bodies lining, or jet-skiing.

Visit the beautiful traditional windmills, where you can also watch the sunset and photograph the multicolored light washing up the island's Chora. You can also view the Cycladic architecture of traditional whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches. When the sun goes down, join the nightlife scene of the island and party all night long at the legendary Mykonos clubs.

📷: @mykonos_vacation

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You are missing out if you have never heard of Mykonos in Greece. It is one of the most popular Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Mykonos is a part of a group of islands which is, according to legend, a piece of rock thrown by Heracles to destroy the Giants. Vacation in Mykonos means turquoise skies for parasailing, golden sandy beaches for windsurfing, tanned bodies lining, or jet-skiing.

Visit the beautiful traditional windmills, where you can also watch the sunset and photograph the multicolored light washing up the island's Chora. You can also view the Cycladic architecture of traditional whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches. When the sun goes down, join the nightlife scene of the island and party all night long at the legendary Mykonos clubs.

📷: @mykonos_vacation

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Timeline photos 12/28/2021

Located at the mouth of the Ria de Bilbao, in the Bay of Biscay, is Bilbao - one of the largest cities in the Basque region of Spain.

The Mercado de la Ribera lies in the very heart of town, often just called ""La Plaza"" (the square). Built in 1929, "La Plaza" is the largest indoor market hall in Europe and is the center of life, featuring numerous shops, bars, and restaurants. There are often evening concerts and folklore performances in the summer on Sundays.

Bilbao houses the famous Guggenheim Museum and the twin towers Torres Isozaki, which are over 80 meters high. Top off your Bilbao experience with a ride on the Funicular de Artxanda on a hill where you may relax and enjoy the magnificent view.

📷: Bilbao Turismo

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Located at the mouth of the Ria de Bilbao, in the Bay of Biscay, is Bilbao - one of the largest cities in the Basque region of Spain.

The Mercado de la Ribera lies in the very heart of town, often just called ""La Plaza"" (the square). Built in 1929, "La Plaza" is the largest indoor market hall in Europe and is the center of life, featuring numerous shops, bars, and restaurants. There are often evening concerts and folklore performances in the summer on Sundays.

Bilbao houses the famous Guggenheim Museum and the twin towers Torres Isozaki, which are over 80 meters high. Top off your Bilbao experience with a ride on the Funicular de Artxanda on a hill where you may relax and enjoy the magnificent view.

📷: Bilbao Turismo

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Timeline photos 12/27/2021

Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, surrounded by high mountains, and enclosing many different landscapes is Friuli Venezia Giulia, located in Italy's northeast and borders Slovenia and Austria. Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the country. Windswept rocks form the spectacular Carso plateau, while soil erosion through time has created a succession of caverns, hollows, and resurgences.

Roam between vineyards and farms where you can explore and taste the quality wine and good food. The cooking traditions in Friuli Venezia Giulia are influenced by the Slavic, Central European, and Venetian cultures. The most famous regional dessert is called gubana, a shell of pastry stuffed with dried fruit.

The mountains of this region are enchanting and perfect places for winter sports, from skiing and snowboarding to climbing, ice skating, and trekking. For relaxation, visit the sandy beaches or the lagoon of Grado, where you can engage in exciting windsurfing, sailing, and long bicycle rides.

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Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, surrounded by high mountains, and enclosing many different landscapes is Friuli Venezia Giulia, located in Italy's northeast and borders Slovenia and Austria. Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the country. Windswept rocks form the spectacular Carso plateau, while soil erosion through time has created a succession of caverns, hollows, and resurgences.

Roam between vineyards and farms where you can explore and taste the quality wine and good food. The cooking traditions in Friuli Venezia Giulia are influenced by the Slavic, Central European, and Venetian cultures. The most famous regional dessert is called gubana, a shell of pastry stuffed with dried fruit.

The mountains of this region are enchanting and perfect places for winter sports, from skiing and snowboarding to climbing, ice skating, and trekking. For relaxation, visit the sandy beaches or the lagoon of Grado, where you can engage in exciting windsurfing, sailing, and long bicycle rides.

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Timeline photos 12/26/2021

Famous for its Venetian harbor, Chania, on the island of Crete, is a picturesque town built in Minoan Kidonia, at the end of Greece's homonym gulf between Akrotiri and Onicha peninsulas. Stroll around the old town with its maze-like alleys filled with bougainvillea and jasmine, beautiful Venetian mansions, the fountains, and the churches will guide you through well-preserved historical monuments.

You can walk out to the Egyptian lighthouse and take in the view of the main harbor. Then dine at restaurants that are in the charming ruins of old houses, open to the starry skies above.

There is something for everyone in Chania, whether you prefer to shop at the main market or take a dip and relax in the famous long beach of Agia Marina, or maybe you fancy the enclosed waters of Marathi bay,

📷: Visit Chania

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Famous for its Venetian harbor, Chania, on the island of Crete, is a picturesque town built in Minoan Kidonia, at the end of Greece's homonym gulf between Akrotiri and Onicha peninsulas. Stroll around the old town with its maze-like alleys filled with bougainvillea and jasmine, beautiful Venetian mansions, the fountains, and the churches will guide you through well-preserved historical monuments.

You can walk out to the Egyptian lighthouse and take in the view of the main harbor. Then dine at restaurants that are in the charming ruins of old houses, open to the starry skies above.

There is something for everyone in Chania, whether you prefer to shop at the main market or take a dip and relax in the famous long beach of Agia Marina, or maybe you fancy the enclosed waters of Marathi bay,

📷: Visit Chania

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Timeline photos 12/25/2021

Christmas is definitely an amazing time to visit New York. Ice skating in Central Park, viewing window displays along 5th Avenue and watching the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall are just a few reasons we love NYC during the holidays.

Of course, the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center is the highlight of visitors coming to New York from all over the world during Christmas time. Most visitors only know the tree from movies or pictures, so it’s awe-inspiring looking at it in person.

The next time you're in the Northeast, enjoy the timeless traditions of Christmas in the Big Apple!

📷: @zozotherese

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Christmas is definitely an amazing time to visit New York. Ice skating in Central Park, viewing window displays along 5th Avenue and watching the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall are just a few reasons we love NYC during the holidays.

Of course, the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center is the highlight of visitors coming to New York from all over the world during Christmas time. Most visitors only know the tree from movies or pictures, so it’s awe-inspiring looking at it in person.

The next time you're in the Northeast, enjoy the timeless traditions of Christmas in the Big Apple!

📷: @zozotherese

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Timeline photos 12/24/2021

Scotland's largest city, Glasgow, is situated along both banks of the River, Clyde. Glasgow is a vibrant, multicultural city where art and culture play an essential role in everyday life.

You don't have to look far for entertainment, events, and activities in Glasgow, as there is an abundance of theatre, performing arts, and sporting contests each day. The city is also the home of both the Scottish Opera and the Scottish Ballet.

Glasgow is well known for its exciting and unique architecture. There are still remnants of the medieval city, which was swept away in major redevelopments during the 1800s. It is referred to as the world's first post-industrial city after recovering from several disasters.

📷: @glasgow.scotland

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Scotland's largest city, Glasgow, is situated along both banks of the River, Clyde. Glasgow is a vibrant, multicultural city where art and culture play an essential role in everyday life.

You don't have to look far for entertainment, events, and activities in Glasgow, as there is an abundance of theatre, performing arts, and sporting contests each day. The city is also the home of both the Scottish Opera and the Scottish Ballet.

Glasgow is well known for its exciting and unique architecture. There are still remnants of the medieval city, which was swept away in major redevelopments during the 1800s. It is referred to as the world's first post-industrial city after recovering from several disasters.

📷: @glasgow.scotland

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Timeline photos 12/22/2021

Snowdonia is the outdoor adventure capital of North Wales, offering a wide choice of quality accommodation, attractions, and activities.

Snowdonia National Park is world-renowned for its rugged landscape, Welsh culture, and Wales’ highest mountain, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). There is so much to discover here, from the magnificent castle and sweeping white beach at Harlech to the fragile greenery of the ancient Celtic rainforests.

📷: @wagon1982

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Snowdonia is the outdoor adventure capital of North Wales, offering a wide choice of quality accommodation, attractions, and activities.

Snowdonia National Park is world-renowned for its rugged landscape, Welsh culture, and Wales’ highest mountain, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). There is so much to discover here, from the magnificent castle and sweeping white beach at Harlech to the fragile greenery of the ancient Celtic rainforests.

📷: @wagon1982

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Timeline photos 12/22/2021

If relaxing at beaches, trying out regional seafood, and homegrown wine is on your bucket list, you need to visit the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia. The region is comprised of a central coastal strip and a fringe of islands along the Adriatic Sea.

The Dalmatian coastline has many bays and harbors and is noted for its scenic beauty. With miles and miles of coastline, there are many clear blue waters for swimming and snorkeling, pebble and sandy beaches to explore, and stunning sunsets complimenting the medieval architecture.
Discover Split - the unique 1700-year-old town that features a living monument of the Diocletian’s Palace, included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Food is often spread out over a large table, eaten in groups, and accompanied by homemade wine or rakija—the local spirit, made from fermented fruit.

📷: Tiny Atlas Quarterly

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If relaxing at beaches, trying out regional seafood, and homegrown wine is on your bucket list, you need to visit the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia. The region is comprised of a central coastal strip and a fringe of islands along the Adriatic Sea.

The Dalmatian coastline has many bays and harbors and is noted for its scenic beauty. With miles and miles of coastline, there are many clear blue waters for swimming and snorkeling, pebble and sandy beaches to explore, and stunning sunsets complimenting the medieval architecture.
Discover Split - the unique 1700-year-old town that features a living monument of the Diocletian’s Palace, included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Food is often spread out over a large table, eaten in groups, and accompanied by homemade wine or rakija—the local spirit, made from fermented fruit.

📷: Tiny Atlas Quarterly

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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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