One Step Closer was created for those who don’t have the time, the patience or the contacts to organize their own trip to Italy. All our experiences are carefully tailored to the needs and interests of each client, be it for a family trip, an outing with friends, a honeymoon or a corporate off-site.
Today many companies offer customized itineraries but few take the necessary time to really get to know each client via multiple emails or telephone conversations the way that we do at One Step Closer.
The four owners and managers of One Step Closer (all related) were born and raised in Florence from a partly American family: the synergy of motherland (Italy) and mother tongue (English) is total. We never sell a tour without knowing personally the guide, the itinerary and each place each client will be visiting.
We only work with experts (though not necessarily professionals) in each field (art historians, landscape designers, wine consultants, cooking teachers etc.) who are fluent in several languages, have experience in sharing their knowledge and are pleasant people to be with. We like to think of ourselves and whoever works with us as your friends in Italy.
The following itineraries are created to give an idea of what can be arranged, and are exclusive to Dream of Italy readers and can be modified as much as necessary. DOI readers get a 20% discount off the retail cost of the tours, costs that will be provided upon request by sending an email to [email protected] (They do not include accommodations because different travellers have different requirements. )
+ One half day guided walking tour of the highlights of the historical center with timed tickets to one of the most important museums
+ A full day tour of Florence’s “botteghe” (workshops) to learn how different objects are made. A hands on experience of marbled paper and pottery making combined into an itinerary of interesting shopping suggestions.
+ A cooking class that follows grocery shopping at one of Florence’s fresh produce market. The class will be centered on preparing a three to four course meal which you will have together with the teacher at the end of the class.
IN AND AROUND MONTALCINO:
+ A full day tour with guide and driver with private appointments to visit and sample wines at two different Brunello wineries, with a light lunch at one of the wineries. The day will also include a visit to the breathtakingly beautiful medieval abbey of Sant’Antimo.
+ A full day tour with guide and driver to visit the fascinating towns of Pienza and Montepulciano.
+ A biking or trekking outing with a guide, during which you will visit a cheese producers.
+ A half day introductory walking tour to the center of Naples and its fascinating neighborhoods which will end (or begin) with lunch at one of the oldest pizzerias, where you will have a pizza making lesson.
+ A half day tour of the archeological sites of Pompeii or Herculaneum, driver included.
+ A full day tour on the Costiera Amalfitana (Amalfi Coast) visiting Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento; driver included.
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