2018 Tour Dates: 11 July – 24 July
An Italian Affair
Antonella, your host has a deep connection to the peoples and traditions of her homeland Umbria. She has created a pathway between the worlds we live in and the magical world and people of Umbria. In this region many aspects of life have remained essentially unchanged for generations.
Far from the ordinary, we take you by the hand to experience the best, small scale & most authentic of Umbria. Visiting with her family, local characters and friends opens a window to a world of unique and non-commercial experiences.
At An Italian Affair what we ask of you is to participate honestly, to truly express yourself. We put aside our schedules, commitments & emails for two weeks in order to connect with people who want to share their lives with us.
Our tours are for singles and couples. Whilst we schedule two specific itineraries annually we can also tailor our offerings to suit the specific requirements of large family groups, groups of families traveling together or corporate groups seeking an incentive travel experience for their employees….
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In July 2012 I am planning my third Umbria tour with Antonella of An Italian Affair.
What is drawing me there? Is it its beauty, its mysterious medieval architecture, the wonderful food, the ram…
Grazie mille per tutto. Questa esperienza viene una volta nella vita. Mi sono divertita ogni giorno di nostro viaggio. Baci Lorraine, Erin and Alessandra.
(Thank you so much for everything. This…
Dearest Antonella, Just a few words to say “grazie mille” for the wonderful time spent together, in Umbria. The tour was exceptional and I again enjoyed it immensely. Your friendship is so special…
The 2013 Two Festivals Tour was a wonderful journey, generously guided. Antonella did not take me on a tour, she took me home. Luisa Havyatt
Dear Antonella, thank you for the most wonderful trip to Umbria. Lots of love Catherine.
Catherine (from Sydney )
I feel I got to know Umbria much better going with you than I would have on any other tour your love of here radiated to us all and for this I thank you most sincerely.
I look forward to doing the…
The people we met. Roberta, Laura, Gianni, Marisa, Marcello, Cecilia, Giampaolo, Bruno, your wonderful neighbours from Casigliano, Dinner at your neighbours’ house – Antonella, you organised the …
We have just arrived back in Melbourne – full of marvelous memories or our trip in Umbria with you. We are not the type to go on tours usually, fearing the stereotype of turning into tourist sheep…
Dearest Antonella, I have just uploaded our photos from our trip and they remind us what a wonderful experience we have just enjoyed. It was as you promised a ‘unique travel experience’, ever…
Dear Antonella, What a pleasure to receive your email. After all you only had 101 other issues needing your attention before your departure next week. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. At this sta…
In Praise of Beautiful Umbria
This time last year my husband Warwick and I started an extraordinary tour in Umbria, Italy.
The tour is organised each year by Antonella Nichinonni, originally from Spoleto, but now living in Melbourne with her Australian pilot husband, Robert Alder, who is from Perth.
Each year Antonella takes a small group of Australians (five to twelve people) with her to visit her home province of Umbria. Our group was seven people – four from Perth and three from Melbourne.
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Perched up on a hill top just off the old Flaminia Way is my “home” Casigliano di Strettura. It is a very small hamlet where time seems to have stopped and where today the locals still celebrate the FESTA DI SAN MARCO. The village’s tiny church of San Marco is prepared for the day, biscuits “biscotti di San Marco” are baked to be blessed and shared by everyone . For locals it is an occasion to come together as a community and to pray to the Saint for a bountiful harvest. Oh boy how I remember this special day!!
Grazie mille zio Maurizio e ciao a tutti a Casigliano