Italy never ceases to amaze. Just when you think there's little more to discover, this place offers ancora di più (more and better). As the regional manager for Backroads' trips in Italy, I'm no stranger to the country's diverse regions. Nevertheless, as we sought to craft new itineraries in the heart of "the Boot," I was amazed when Italy revealed an endless array of quaint villages and stunning landscapes waiting to be explored. As you'll hopefully soon see for yourself, the addition of Monti Sibillini National Park and the neighboring village of Norcia to our Walking & Hiking Trip in Tuscany and Umbria is a true bonus.Read more
About: Jeff Cantarutti
Jeff is an accomplished cyclist and dual citizen of the US and Italy. In his 24 years at Backroads, Italy has been his passion and focus: he's had a hand in the development of every Italy trip that Backroads offers. With deep local connections and proud family ties in Italy, he goes out of his way to create genuine, memorable connections with the land, people and places that are the soul of this country. If you run into Jeff in Radda in Chianti, he’ll offer you a cappuccino right after telling you that he has the best job at Backroads!
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Back in 1996, I was tasked with a dream research assignment at Backroads. The mission, which I gladly accepted, was to create an all-new luxury hiking itinerary in Italy’s prized Dolomite region. Stunning mountain peaks, fairy-tale valleys, an abundance of cozy accommodations and, best of all, the comfort of Italian cuisine made me an instant fan of this compact alpine playground.Read more
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