Italy, with its rich culture, its enviable way of life and its world-changing history, has fascinated world travelers for millennia. Dreams of strolling through the rolling hills, admiring the antiquities and indulging in the Epicurean delights of the Bel Paese are almost universal, as is our sincere hope – truth be told – that we might return home a bit more “Italian” than when we came.
IC Bellagio was born out of just such a passion for Italy. And it is that passion that drives us to travel throughout the country year in and year out searching for experiences that will bring travelers closer to their Italian dream. We pride ourselves in crafting a personalized journey for each individual traveler and invite you to get in touch with us to find out which of our unique experiences catch your fancy. Browse the following sample experiences for a taste of what we can do for you.
THE VATICAN’S SWISS GUARD
Go behind behind the scenes in one of the world’s most secretive organizations with a member of the elite Swiss Guard
This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at the Vatican pairs you with a personal guide and member of the Swiss Guard for a tour of the elite force’s private living and training quarters. Get a unique glimpse behind the Vatican’s famously closed doors and gain insight on the inner workings of the Holy See. Your personal Swiss Guard will tell you everything you ever wanted to learn about the skills – and the outfits! – these very special forces need to keep the pontiff safe and sound.
Join the jet set and see the jaw-dropping scenery of the world’s favorite island from your private luxury yacht
There is no better way to experience the Isle of Capri than cruising on your own private motor yacht. Join your expert local guide to find out why this four-square-mile block of limestone has been the playground of pleasure-seekers for millennia – from the siren’s rocks that nearly put an end to Odysseus’ odyssey to the Faraglioni formation featured in Dolce & Gabbana’s ads. In your captain’s capable hands, Capri’s azure waters, secluded grottos and jagged coastline will be your playground.
Embrace your inner pizzaiolo in our private pizza master class and dine al fresco with a local Lake Como family
Nothing says Italy like the perfect pizza, and there’s no one better to show you the tricks of the trade than our favorite master pizza baker, or pizzaiolo, from the Pertusini family. Start early in the day mastering the techniques to making great dough, and spend the day exploring lovely Lake Como while it rises. In the evening, you’ll gather around the table in the Pertusini’s idyllic garden and dine on piping-hot pizza straight from their wood-burning stove.
Explore this UNESCO-listed mountain range from the best window seats in the house on our “flightseeing” adventure
You haven’t experienced the Dolomites until you’ve seen this breathtaking landscape from the sky, gliding over craggy mountain peaks, snow-covered slopes and the verdant valleys in between. The ideal flying machine for “flightseeing”, helicopters can perform agile maneuvers and reveal the unique geomorphology that put this region on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Stopping off at a mountaintop rifugio gives you the added bonus of tasting traditional mountain fare and famed Alto Adige wines.
Each and every one of our private tours were excellent! We didn’t run into a single glitch with any of the local operators. The drivers were punctual and friendly. The guides extremely knowledgeable, personable, and flexible around our needs. They went above and beyond to make our experiences with them very special.
The Dewied family
I want you to know how very much we enjoyed our Rome stay and tours and the tour in Porto Ercole. You could not have put us in better hands. You are very lucky to have this good team. Thank you for putting together such a special travel package for us.
The Milliron family
I can only rave about the guide – especially how she really spoke to our daughter and explained everything so that she could relate and be interested. Everyone loved her style and she used visuals to help us envision what ancient Rome was like versus what you see today.
The Dyroff family
This was our first trip to Italy, and we could not have been happier with our tours and guides arranged by IC Bellagio. Each guide was clearly selected with care, and was incredibly knowledgeable about the specific sites we were touring, as well as the history of the area. I would not have changed a thing in our itinerary – IC Bellagio made this an unforgettable trip!
IC Bellagio brought Italy to life for us in a very special way! The guides and drivers were such marvelous representatives of their homeland and made us feel so welcomed! They knew exactly where to take us, decreasing wait times and avoiding crowds, and absolutely enhanced every experience beyond our expectations!
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