Secret Italia Tours
Secret Italia Tours
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Tour Bites is a small, friendly, family boutique food tour company specializing in small group food tours, private tour experiences and custom food itineraries to Italy and the Mediterranean. All our leisurely paced food tour itineraries are designed directly by us as we believe it is most important to guide you to make the right choice when selecting the ideal tour experience. We are truly passionate about showcasing mouthwatering and irresistible food tours. Our experienced local staff is thrilled to show you the best and most delicious foods a city has to offer. Each tour is fun,highly rated, and completely unique to its destination. No two tours are the same. Learn about each city's history,how locals buy food, and how food has shaped the area's culture. Perfect for all ages, nationalities and all occasions, we can't wait to share with you all of our secrets. An authentic, unforgettable experience that will leave you full and happy.
Gaggi, Italy

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Vince P
Alexandria, VA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This was our second tour with Secret Italia and, just like our first tour, everything was well researched, planned and organized.

All of the hotels on the tour were unique boutique hotels of high quality and were very service oriented. For example, Air France managed to lose our luggage during our connection in Paris but we hardly noticed because the staff at the Domus Zamittello Hotel in Valletta did all of the work to retrieve it. When we returned to the hotel the following evening our luggage was in our room.

Malta is a very beautiful and interesting country and our guide Cynthia was very knowledgable about everything we saw. The itinerary was very well designed to give us a full sense of what the country is like. At first we thought that Malta would be like Italy, and there are some similarities, but it is a very different country. We had a good opportunity to discover this through both Cynthia's insights and by having a chance to meet and mix with the locals many times during the tour. The meals that were included with the tour were authentic to Malta and ranged from very good to exceptional.

Being in a small group makes a big difference, we went places that could not handle large groups. We have been very happy with Secret Italia and plan on taking more of their tours in the future.
Written January 19, 2020
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Janet R
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May 2023
We just came back from a secret Italia tour of Sicily for twelve days with Guisi
Guisi was a delight… knowledgeable, friendly, a great guide who made sure the trip was all that we hoped to be. The tours were all interesting and fun…we certainly saw all of the beautiful island of Sicily and her people. The tour operator did a great job with making sure we got to see all the different towns and what each had to offer The group we travelled with were friendly and easy to be with..we laughed, ate alot, and shared the van for days! I do recommend that the restaurant In Ortigia that The tour booked not be used again…it was our one bad meal among otherwise great food
I highly recommend Secretitalia!
Written June 30, 2023
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Lisa L
Kendall Park8 contributions
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Oct 2021
We just finished a 10 day tour of Puglia with Secret Italia tours. After researching many tour companies, we decided to go with an Italian company specializing in small group/private tours. Our tour far exceeded all of our expectations! Aside from the beautiful cities and small picturesque towns we visited and the bountiful gourmet meals we had, the extra experiences of cooking pasta with an Italian family, making bread with a family run bakery, wine tastings, olive oil tastings, cheese tastings, and breathtaking vistas immersed you in the culture in a way that no other tour could have accomplished. Our guide, Paola immediately treated us like family and her vast knowledge of the region and history was very impressive. Her joyful personality made every moment of the trip truly special and memorable. The accommodations were all boutique hotels with large rooms and beautiful views, with many places being former palaces! The owner, Aldo personally arranges the entire itinerary tending to every little detail to make this an exceptional experience from mountain towns to seaside cities. There was never a moment of waiting for a transfer or question that went unanswered. My husband and I have travelled extensively, but we have never been on a trip where we didn't have to worry about anything! The transfers, meals, side trips, length of activities, and free time were great. We are both in our 60's and the level of activity was perfect for us. Again, Aldo's thoughtful planning including stops for street food and time with the locals made this trip extra special. If you're thinking about booking with Secret Italia, rest assured that it will be a great trip!
Written October 30, 2021
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Lorna C
Calgary, Canada19 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Couples
We recently traveled to Portugal with Secret Italia on their fabulous “Pearls of Portugal” tour.

We spent 11 action-packed days traveling from Lisbon, then exploring country roads in the interior before finishing in Porto. Our tour guide, Pamela, was top notch, teaching us about her country and culture, supporting everyone on the tour and working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure every day went smoothly. Our driver, Marco, was also excellent, navigating us through Lisbon’s busy streets and making sure we got to each destination safely and on time.

Each place and activity were carefully selected to give us a rich, memorable experience in Portugal. Among the highlights was seeing Portugal’s history through Lisbon’s Tile Museum, climbing up a fortress tower in the hilltop town of Estremoz, sharing laughter and learning new cooking skills at Sofia’s cooking class in Evora, taking a river cruise on the majestic Douro River and enjoying a Fado concert in Porto.

We learned and experienced so much on this tour! In addition, the boutique hotels were excellent and well located and the included lunches, dinners and the wine tastings were all amazing. Thanks to Pamela, Marco and Secret Italia for a wonderful trip!

Written October 1, 2023
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kicki46
Fort Lauderdale, FL7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This tour was 12 days Sardinia and Corsica. It was superb.
I do not know of any other tour company that offer this kind of tour.
Aldo was our tour manager and Paula was our Sardinia guide.
Aldo takes great care to make sure his travelers are well taken care of and in addition he is a lot of fun. Paula is a true Sardinian, very knowledgeable and charming. I had no idea Sardinia has so much ancient history and Paula did her best to educate us.
in Corsica we had three different tour guides and they were all very good.
Thru the whole trip Nicola was our bus driver. Not only was he an excellent driver navigating thru the most impossible narrow passages etc - he also was a very nice helpful person and fun to be with. Have never become so fond of a bus driver as I did with Nicola.
Enjoyed this trip very much. Nice travel companions, nice accommodations and plenty of wine and good food.
Written June 17, 2022
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AshesToProveIt
Philadelphia296 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Couples
Our group of four arranged a private tour in Portugal through Secret Italia, based on the itinerary of one of their group tours. We previously went on a Secret Italia group tour of Sicily in 2022, and we had a great time on that tour, led by Giusi, a superb guide. The tour of Portugal more than lived up to our expectations. Aldo and Katrin chose excellent hotels and restaurants, and our guide, Pamela, was wonderful. We learned a lot about Portugal from Pamela, which is a great location with great people, great food, and great scenery - I understand now why it is selected as a second home or retirement place by so many people. After two tours arranged by Aldo and Katrin, I would not hesitate to choose them again. Very good value compared with other tour companies, and evident personal involvement of Aldo and Katrin, which makes their tours special and memorable.
Written November 9, 2023
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CJ1941
Seattle, WA74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We (Ages 81) were first time users of Secret Italia Tours in Sept 2022 on a 12 tour of Sicily followed by a 5 day tour of Malta. We were impressed with their services, the tour directors, the hotels and all the included meals, etc. They do an excellent job and we would gladly travel with them again!
Written January 12, 2023
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Carlo S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Worth Every Penny! Excellent value for the price. Aldo and his company provided my wife and I one of best tours in our life. The level of service start to finish was wonderful . From a professional air port pick up, though to an amazing tour driver ( Andrea) and tour guide (Giusy) Throughout the trip. Giusy was so skilled, and knowledgeable about the Sicilian locations. However her skills lie in he ability to know when to speed up, when to slow down, and how to manage the groups expectations. That's talent. Her ability to balance free time, education and cultural experience was perfect.
Aldo has chosen some great locations and personal locations for feed, culture and history that larger groups could never do. Eating at Nonna's house, made it feel so personal for me. We'll be back for another tour soon enough.
Written September 30, 2022
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Many thanks Carlo for the wonderful review. I am glad you helped you to fall in love with Sicily. I am so glad you enjoyed it and the wonderful service of our guide Giusi. Grazie mille Aldo
Written October 2, 2022
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Sunrise59
Ohio3 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Family
We took the 10 day tour of Puglia, what a fantastic time. We learned much about the area. Puglia is beautiful and full of sites and adventures. The tour is planned to give your guided tours and well as time to roam on your own. Everything was handled for us, transportation, guide, lodging throughout our 10 days. Our guide, Paola, was knowledgeable about Puglia and a joy to be with. I would recommend Secret Italia Tours to everyone. What a great place to see.
Written October 4, 2023
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susan c
Philadelphia, PA82 contributions
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Jan 2023 • Friends
Fabulous , excellent trip throughout Sicily.
We worked with Aldo who was tremendous. A total pro who checked in with us every day.
The drivers were professional, polite and most importantly on time. Cars were clean and all provided water. All guides were terrific. Very knowledgeable.
I would highly recommend Aldo and this company.
Written January 11, 2023
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