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I love the diversity of Europe. The continent offers a wealth of cultures, languages, landscapes and adventures waiting on our doorsteps. Wine taste in the vineyards of Tuscany for lunch and be in Lapland in time for a Northern Lights display over supper.

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Molly

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‘Meet the Makers’: An Italian Road Trip

In our opinion, road trips offer freedom to explore like no other form of holiday. Let us take you to Italy, starting in dazzling Portofino and finishing in the romantic coastal town of Porto Ercole. Forget endless motorways – the drive incorporates some of Italy’s most beautiful views from cliffs, countryside and coastal roads as you wind south through the Italian Riviera, Umbria and Tuscany.

As with all of our itineraries, this is an opportunity to meet local masters and makers along the way. The power of connecting with the right people as your travel can elevate a journey into something transformational – and the Italians certainly know how to welcome you with open arms. Sample wines in a grotto in Portofino with a sommelier, then in Florence, be charmed by perfume producers and artisans of leather factories. Hike through Umbria’s woodlands with a local truffle hunter and his trusted canine companion, in the hope of collecting truffle treats for your picnic feast.

As you wind through poppy fields and hilltop towns, along the way there is a bounty of experiences to break up your journey. Stop to visit the marble cliffs so loved by Michelangelo outside Pisa. Work up an appetite with a quick stroll around San Gimignano, before a cooking lesson in the rolling hills of the Val D’Orcia. Then finish in style on the Argentario coast, where you can leave the car keys in your room and cruise through turquoise waters, snorkelling in private bays and discovering white sand islands.

Enjoy this 8-day road trip itinerary from £13,500 per person.

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