A Family Reunites in Southern Italy

The vast majority of the 4 million Italians who migrated to America in mass migration at the end of 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries came from the Mezzogiorno in southern Italy. Their descendants have spread throughout the U.S. especially the Northeast. As heritage travel has surged in popularity in recent years, Largay preferred partner Lush Experiences has put together this sample itinerary exploring Naples, the Amalfi Coast and family history.

Imagine your children are getting older and you want to give them the opportunity to explore their Neapolitan background, possibly meet some distant relatives. As your Largay Travel advisor thinks about connecting you with relatives in Italy, you gather as much information as you can and your advisor reaches out to Privilege Italia to take advantage of its Italian Ancestry program. Working in the “family business” all their lives, Mario and Francesco Staiano are the owners of Privilege Italia, and as cousins truly understand the importance of your roots, and the impact that connection with your heritage means.

Tracing Your Roots

Through extensive research, Privilege Italia traces your family’s lineage and discovers your family came from a small town in Campania, just outside of Napoli. Privilege Italia finds relatives who still live in this town, a true Italian journey takes root. Privilege Italia then crafts an itinerary that let your family experience the authenticity of the region through the eyes of your relatives, from understanding the culture and treasures of the historic city of Napoli to a walk through the mysteries of Pompeii.

The journey begins in Napoli, where your driver takes you to your home in the very heart of the city, the Virtuoso-preferred Romeo Hotel Napoli. Across from the port on the Bay of Naples, the Romeo is the ideal location to explore the city and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Ponza. Your family ascends to the top-floor Beluga Bistrot and Terrace for a welcome cocktail toast with commanding views of the bay and Mt. Vesuvius. After an afternoon of relaxing poolside, you meet your newfound relatives for a very special dinner at the hotel’s Michelin-starred Il Comandante restaurant. An evening filled with laughs and authentic Neapolitan cuisine by Chef Salvatore Bianco ensues as the family reunites.

Exploring Napoli’s Rich Culture

The next day you take a light walking tour to discover the city and your Neapolitan roots. Your expert guide takes you past imposing fortresses and castles along the water to the famed Pantheon-styled Basilica, with plenty of time to admire the Greek columns and beautiful sculptures and paintings inside. You pass museums, cafes and countless monuments that reflect a 3,000-year melting pot. The final stop is the Naples National Archaeological Museum. Enter this converted 17th century palace to spend the afternoon studying prehistoric artifacts, coins and ancient works of art, as your guide shares the stories behind them. This serves as the perfect primer for the next day’s activity, a trip to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast.

Before leaving Napoli, you venture out of the city to your ancestral hometown, sharing a meal at a local restaurant with your new Italian family.

Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast

The next morning, you say goodbye to the Romeo and Napoli and depart for the picturesque Amalfi Coast, and the Virtuoso-preferred Hotel Santa Caterina. On the way, enjoy a guided tour of the famed archeological ruins of Pompeii, located just 30 minutes from the hotel. After a morning walking in the sun with your expert, it is time to cross over the mountain to the Amalfi Coast.

Once you arrive at the edge of Amalfi town and the dramatic location of the Santa Caterina, you are instantly in awe. Owned and operated by the same family for over 110 years, the hotel is a symbol of relaxed luxury on the Amalfi Coast. Walking across the hand-painted ceramic tile floors of the lobby, you are drawn to the outdoor terrace overlooking the perennial blue of the Mediterranean Sea and sky. It’s the perfect place for a welcome cocktail while your family is mesmerized by the view of the town and the beautiful waters. A casual dinner at the hotel’s seafront restaurant, Al Mare, gives you a taste of the sea and goes perfectly with the extensive wine menu with the sound of the waves crashing below.

The next morning you take a walking tour of the charming town, filled with authentic ceramic shops, and of course the famous limoncello made with local lemons. The highlight is a walk up the steps to the beautiful Amalfi Cathedral in the main square. Back at the hotel, relax by the sea-front pool, take in a signature spa treatment, walk through the gardens or enjoy the view from the terrace. With one final meal at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, it is time to say goodbye and close the chapter on an incredible Italian journey of discovery.

Game of Thrones Filming Locations

The final season of “Game of Thrones” is upon us. There are a lot of questions to be answered. Who lives? Who dies? Who sits on the Iron Throne when it’s all said and done? Will it even matter because everything’s been taken over by the Night King and his army of White Walkers? The most important questions, however, are, “Where did they film that?” and “Can I go see it?” We might not yet know the full implications of Bran’s ability to travel in time, but we know where you can travel to see these incredible Game of Thrones filming locations.

Croatia

Dubrovnik doubles as Kings Landing, with Cersei’s walk of shame taking place in the streets of the ancient city. Fortunately, even though Cersei took her revenge by blowing up the Great Sept of Baelor, Dubrovnik’s Old Town still stands. Ston also lends its beauty to some of the fortifications of Kings Landing, while Dubrovnik’s Minceta Tower serves as the House of the Undying, where Daenarys sees visions of the past and future. The Riverlands can be found in Krka National Park, while Kliss Fortress and the Palace of Diocletian in Split represent Meereen. Braavos is actually Sibenik, with St. Jacob Cathedral serving as the Iron Bank.

Northern Ireland

The Dothraki Sea seen in Season 1 is the Glens of Antrim and Ballymoney, while the Dark Hedges lend their eerie intertwining beech trees to scenes featuring the Kingsroad. Castle Ward’s towers will be recognizable to fans of the Stark family as the towers of Winterfell. The Iron Islands can actually be found in Murlough Bay, while Cushendun Caves and Larrybane Quarry are the Stormlands. The Dragonstone beach where the red priestess Melisandre burns idols of the Seven to appease the Lord of Light is really Downhill Beach.

Iceland

Supplying most of the ice and A Song of Ice and Fire, Iceland supplied filming locations for pretty much everything north of the wall and some portions of the North as well. The Wildling camp is at Thingvellir, which is also the site of Brienne’s sword fight with the Hound. Grjotagja Cave is instantly recognizable to those romantics who saw Jon and Ygritte fall in love over a hot bath. Lake Myvatn and Vatnajokull provide some of the spectacular scenery north of the wall, while a ragtag bunch of heroes traveled to what looks an awful lot like Snæfellsnes Peninsula to bring back a White Walker.

Spain

One of the biggest revelations in Game of Thrones has been the true identity of Jon Snow, who was born in the Tower of Joy. You can find the tower in Guadalajara, where it is known in our world as Castel de Zafra. Danaerys needed a dragon ex machina to save her from an assassination attempt in the fighting pits of Meereen, which are actually the Plaza de Toros de Osuna. The Alcazar of Seville and its gardens served as the royal palace of Dorne in Sunspear, where the Martells held sway. The Roman bridge in Cordoba doubles as the Long Bridge of Volantis. Sam cleans some chamber pots and finds out some important truths at the library in the Citadel, which is really the Monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants in Girona.

Malta

If you can remember all the way back to Season 1, Malta featured prominently. Khal Drogo and Daenarys were married on Gozo’s Azure Window. Sadly, the rock formation collapsed into the sea in 2017, but the spot is still great for diving. The beautifully preserved medieval city of Medina stood in for Kings Landing in the first season, especially the city gate. Cersei gave Ned her famous, “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die” speech at St. Dominic’s Convent in Rabat. Ned, who definitely did not win, lost his head at Fort Manoel, which doubled as the Great Sept of Baelor for his death scene.

3 Reasons Cruises are a Great Option for Your Honeymoon

3 Reasons Cruises are a Great Option for Your Honeymoon
Deciding where to go for your honeymoon is one of the challenging aspects of planning a wedding. For most couples, it needs to be interesting, but have very little in terms of distractions. A cruise is one of the best honeymoon options you can choose for the following reasons.

Opportunities for Adventure
A cruise can allow you to see the world from the comfort of your cabin or when relaxing by the pool. You can cover a lot of ground without the logistical challenges that come with a land-based trip. You can visit several islands on the same day and get to enjoy the sunrise and sunset in between trips.

All-Inclusive Trip
Another factor that makes cruises suitable for a honeymoon trip is the fact that it is all-inclusive. Cruise packages ensure you have access to meals and entertainment when you need them. There is no need to spend time booking reservations or wondering where you’ll get dinner in a foreign country, it’s all included in the package.

The honeymoon package often includes entertainment that has many options that couples can enjoy together. Some cruises have cooking and dance classes, live shows, as well as movies shown on big screen TVs.

Perks for Newlyweds
As newlyweds, you are entitled to a number of privileges that single people and married couples are not. In many cruises, they can arrange to have flowers, chocolate, and wine for you at certain points during the trip. You may need to check with your travel agent or cruise to ensure you get these perks when you embark.

Honeymoon cruises are ideal for newlyweds for they are designed to make them feel special. There are themed nights and all the extra perks such as a Jacuzzi, a room with a balcony, chocolate, champagne, and many other perks. Whether you are thinking a cruise or land trip, Stefany with DMC Travel Tailor will be happy to help. You can reach her at (917) 653-9346 or email her at info@dmctraveltailor.com to start planning your honeymoon.

Enjoy Your Trip to the Fullest by Relying on a Reputable Travel Concierge Company

Enjoy Your Trip to the Fullest by Relying on a Reputable Travel Concierge Company
Traveling is arguably the most effective way to learn about people, culture, and life in general. This is the reason why more and more people are willing to spend their hard-earned money just to visit various places across the globe.

If you have been planning and saving up for some time so you can finally go on your dream vacation, it is best that you partner with a reputable travel concierge company. Unlike ordinary travel agents who will simply facilitate your flight and accommodations at best, a travel concierge company will work with you to create a travel plan that is unique to you and your needs.

Apart from tailor-fitting your travel experience, a reliable travel concierge company ensures your:

  • Happiness and Satisfaction

A travel concierge company’s only concern is to create an itinerary that will fully satisfy all your travel desires. This means that you get to do what you like, regardless if most travelers haven’t done it before.

  • Convenience

When you let a travel concierge company handle your vacation, you don’t have to worry about a thing. Just tell them your vision and they will take care of everything to make it a reality.

  • Peace of Mind

Even though everything has been booked and taken cared of, a travel concierge company will ensure that one of their representatives will still be monitoring your every step in the background so that everything would be hassle-free and completely enjoyable for you.

Make your travel dream a reality by trusting DMC Travel Tailor, a leading travel concierge company that aims to expand your world and make you feel completely alive. Apart from helping you experience the best journey of your life, DMC Travel Tailor will also help you contribute to society as five percent of their profit goes to charity. Call Stefany now at (917) 653-9346 and or email her at info@dmctraveltailor.com to learn more.

Best Florida Beaches

Best Florida Beaches
If you are ready for a beach vacation but aren’t sure where to go, head to Florida for your choice of some of the top beaches in the country. Let DMC Travel Tailor set up the trip for you and take full advantage of all that Florida’s beaches have to offer.

Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach is great for adventure lovers. The beach is great for surfing, body boarding, fishing, and other sports. With miles of sandy shores, the beach itself provides enough room for sunbathing, volleyball, and any other sport you can think of. With plenty of hotels to choose from and a boardwalk with a movie theater, restaurants, nightlife, and family-friendly activities, you are sure to have a great time!

South Beach
South Beach is the party goers’ top destination for Florida beaches. Spend your time on the sand during the day and then enjoy the nightlife and art deco scene that this iconic area has to offer. Bask in the neon glow of the lights and enjoy the sights and sounds of this melting pot of culture.

Siesta Key
On the west coast of Florida, you will find Siesta Key and its crystal clear waters and beautiful white sand beaches. Siesta Key is a perfect low key family destination with many resorts and hotels that have the Old Florida feel to help you relax and enjoy your stay. Siesta Key is located on an inlet and is, therefore, a little less crowded than other Florida beaches.

Bahia Honda
Located in the beautiful Florida Keys, Bahia Honda is a tropical destination that is to be enjoyed by all. Visit Bahia Honda State Park for the most beautiful beach you’ve ever seen. Relax in the shallow, crystal clear water of the Florida Keys and forget all your worries!

Call Stefany with DMC Travel Tailor at (917) 653-9346 or email her at info@dmctraveltailor.com to start planning your beach trip today!

Don’t Live with Regret

While there are some things in life you cannot change even if you want to, traveling does not have to be one of those that you look back on with regret. You may think your dreams of traveling and seeing the world are just that, dreams. However, that is not the case! There are ways you can see your dreams come true and refuse to live with the regret of what you should have or could have done.

DMC Travel Tailor works to make sure that you see those dreams become a reality. The team here wants to help you to succeed in seeing those places you’ve had on your bucket list for years and experiencing all the culture there is to experience. You do not have to live in regret wondering what it would be like if you’d just taken that trip to Europe or Africa. Now you can know!

Working with DMC Travel Tailor allows you to know that you are safe in your travels and that everything is taken care of for you before you even get there. You can discover all the hidden gems of the location of choice and learn everything there is to know on your visit. You can see sights, taste the cuisine, and enjoy the culture that these beautiful areas have to offer.

If you’re wanting to take that leap of adventure, contact Stefany with DMC Travel Tailor today at (917) 653-9346 or email her at info@dmctraveltailor.com. She can help you get your dream vacation started into your reality. Plan a visit to help refresh you, bring your spirit back, and to enjoy life to the fullest. Instead of looking back on this time in life feeling bad about not doing things you wanted to do but didn’t, you can look back with fond memories of exciting adventures around the world.