Hotel Spotlight:Caesar Augustus Hotel Capri

March 16, 2016

Located in Capri, this luxury 5 star Relais et Chateaux resort is designed to look and feel just like your own beautiful island home. Privacy is guaranteed by the secluded location, on a cliff's edge, 300 meters above the sea.

To book your stay here, contact one of our sales agents.  

Please visit our hotels page for more details.

Romance in Italy on San Valentino!

January 24, 2016

Valentine's Days is a holiday that dates to the Roman Empire to celebrate the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses, Juno.  This ancient Roman tradition lives on in the 21st century! To celebrate the lover's holiday, Italians gift elaborate floral arrangements, plan intimate dinners and present each other with exquisite chocolates, much like we do in the United States. Italy is home to a myriad of Romantic destination getaways!  We are proposing three of the top spots to celebrate Valentine's Day this year with your significant other!

  1. Venice

The Serene Republic of  Venice is the perfect place to celebrate a week of  romance. Couples can renew their love vows in Verona, the City of Romeo and Juliet, dance in St. Mark's Square and hold hands while walking over the Bridge of Sighs. Perhaps enjoy a private gondola ride down the beautiful canals. For a different perspective, a lagoon island cruise  makes for a super-romantic day trip.  There's Murano, home of Murano Glass artisans, Burano, with its lace making shops, and Torcello adorned with colorful patrician homes.

2.   Rome

Secure your eternal love, the Roman way!  Set over the Tiber in northern Rome, Ponte Milvio Bridge is an institution among Roman lovers. The ritual involves couples locking a padlock, token of love, to a lamppost set on the bridge, then throwing the key behind them into the Tiber River.  

3.     Florence

Florence is an ideal romantic getaway  for all  sweethearts. A candlelit dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, or a stroll along  Piazzale Michelangelo to take in the  breathtaking view of the city will transform your night into the perfect Valentine's memory!

Donna Franca's New Exotic Vacations

January 10, 2016

Donna Franca Tours is constantly creating exciting new programs for 2016!

Here are three innovative vacation packages. 


Starting at $459

Sorrento is a small resort town located in Southern Italy and offers fantastic views overlooking the Bay of Naples and the beautfiul Mediterranean Sea. For over 2,000 years, visitors from across the globe have been attracted to Sorrento by its breathtaking sunsets and fragrances of the famous lemon trees.


Starting at $409

Lake Como is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It has absolutely stunning views of the majestic mountains with their deep valleys running through them. The clear lake water is mesmerizing and varies in color from light green to dark green/blue. On the rare occasion when the lake is still, it mirrors the magnificent scenery that surrounds it. The towns and villages along the lakes shores are very picturesque and each one of them feels like it could be home to any number of celebrities. In summer you will find villages inundated with tourists from all around the world.


Starting at $599

Most people have heard of the Italian Lakes. Como, Maggiore and Garda are world famous for their beauty, culture and charm. For centuries the rich and famous have come to their shores to rest, relax and recuperate. Yet arguably the most spectacular lake has been left in relative obscurity. Lake Iseo is the quintessential 'undiscovered gem'. It is a place for travellers and tourists who are looking to get off the beaten track and delight in discovering their own special places.


January 5, 2016

Donna Franca Tours is pleased to announce the release of our 2016 collection of unique travel experiences.  Our new brochure offers  a variety of suggested itineraries, all of which may be customized to create your ideal Italian vacation.  We offer unique cultural experiences throughout Italy and Sicily such as wine tasting, hands-on cooking classes and off the beaten path adventures. Please click on this link to receive your personal copy.   



Donna Franca's Hotel of the Month: CASTA DIVA RESORT & SPA

January 5, 2016

Casta Diva Resort & Spa, located in Blevio, Lake Como is our hotel of the month. This exclusive hotel and private villas resort with spa, is surrounded by the greenery. 

Casta Diva has a unique environment that enhances the Italian excellence, a perfect blend of past and present, of art and culture, the ideal location for prestigious events surrounded by the silence of the most romantic Italian lake, Lake Como. Guests will experience a truly luxurious style and an out of the ordinary service in a magic place where it all comes together. 
To book your stay here, contact one of our sales agents.  Please visit our hotels page for more details.


Donna Franca Shares Family Recipe

January 3, 2016

For the New Year, we hope you try some of  Donna Franca's family recipes this Holiday Season with your friends and family! Handed down over the generations, these Tuscan specialties are sure to please!

Stracotto fiorentino (Serves 10 people)
5 pounds of beef eye roast
¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
Three stalks of celery finely chopped
3 medium carrots finely chopped
1 teaspoon of freshly chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon of oregano
2 cups of red wine
3 cups of vegetable stock
½ cup of crushed red tomato
Salt and red pepper flakes to taste
How to prepare it:
In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and the meat rolled first in flour. When the meat is light brown add the additional ingredients. Stir and make sure the remaining ingredients do not burn. When they are light golden, add the wine, the crushed red tomato and the three cups of vegetable stock. Cook over medium heat for 4 hours. Stir often. If you see that the sauce is getting too thick, add one more cup of vegetable stock.
How to serve it:
Remove meat from the saucepan
Slice the meat in a quarter of inch slices then pour the sauce over the meat. Delicious with steamed rice or egg noodles.


Check Out These 3 Mouth-Watering Italian Recipes

December 24, 2015
#1: Roasted Pork or Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary 


  • 3 pounds pork tenderloin or shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons dried rosemary
  • Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees ºF. 
Rub the roast with olive oil, minced garlic and dried crushed rosemary. Sprinkle with sea salt or kosher salt. Place it in a deep roasting pan. 
Bake at 375 degrees F for about 2 hours, or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 160 degrees ºF .

SERVE WITH Oven-Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary and Sea Salt

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil - the best you can find several sprigs of fresh rosemary or a tablespoon of dried rosemary (crushed)
  • 3/4-1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 large Russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into bulky French fry shapes (not too small)

Preheat oven to 475 degrees ºF (245 degrees ºC).
In a large bowl, combine oil, rosemary and salt. Stir in potatoes until evenly coated. Place potatoes in a single layer on a roasting pan or baking sheet.
Roast for 20 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, turning occasionally to brown on all sides.

Optional - add a few sweet potatoes to the mix for variety.
Serve with a salad; don't forget the arugula - Buon Appetito!

#2: Insalatina Autumn  

Serves 6:

  • 5 ounces (140 g)of  baby spinach, washed and patted dry
  • 5 ounces (135 g) Tuscan pecorino (pecorino Toscano) cheese, diced
  • 4 tablespoons (80 g) pomegranate seeds
  • A half cup (75 g) raw pine nuts
  • 6 tablespoons (90 ml) extra-virgin olive oil ,Salt to taste

Divide the baby spinach leaves among 6 chilled salad plates. Divide the diced cheese and pine nuts into 6 equal portions and arrange a portion on top of each salad serving. Add the pomegranate seeds to the top of each portion. Drizzle each salad with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of the olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Buon Appetito!

#3: Fossa cheese carpaccio

Ingredients for 4 people: 

  • 300g of very thin slices of beef sirloin
  • 100 g of Formaggio di Fossa di Sogliano DOP
  • 1 lemon
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

A stylish entree with a strong flavor based on a very peculiar cheese from Central Italy (Marche and Emilia Romagna).

Preparation steps: 

  • Place the meat slices on a plate in one layer.
  • Squeeze the lemon in a bowl.
  • Add oil, salt and pepper.
  • Emulsify the ingredients by stirring quickly.
  • Pour the liquid mix onto the meat.
  • Let it rest in the refridgerator for 1 hour.
  • Cut the cheese into thin slices.
  • Place the meat in the serving plates.

Sprinkle with the cheese slices and serve


New Vacation Packages

November 28, 2015

Donna Franca Tours is constantly creating exciting new programs for 2016!

Here are three new vacation packages.  


Starting at $849

The Maltese Islands are 50 nautical miles south of Sicily and enjoy a warm, dry climate year round. It is blessed with sandy beaches, beautiful scenery, excellent modern hotels, and an interesting history. Spend the week of your choice on this fascinating island destination or combine this tour with our Sicilian Fever itinerary.


Starting at $9,889

Donna Franca Tours and Red Travel offer a new travel concept: an innovative approach to the self-drive tour offering absolute luxury combined with ultimate Gran Turismo experience. Our journey is unique, individually created for you to fully experience the Italian way of life by offering a sublime blend of art, fashion, architecture, gastronomy and spectacular scenery.

Our clients will feel part of a real Ferrari Team enjoying the opportunity to personally drive the very latest model: travelling for kilometers, accelerating through the winding roads of Lombardia, putting their driving skills to the ultimate test.

Starting at $1,249
The Island of Sicily enjoys a temperate climate during the winter months. Our hosted "Sicilian Fever Off Season" will guarantee a stress free visit without having to deal with set departure dates or crowded group tours. We offer daily departures, so you may start your vacation from either Palermo or Taormina, as well as personalize your vacation as you wish. Our itinerary will feature the cities of Palermo, Mondello, Monreale, Erice, Alcamo, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Mt. Etna, Taormina, and Catania. 


Donna Franca Tours Prepares for the Holiday Season With New Vacation Specials

November 28, 2015
Donna Franca Tours is proud to announce our new partnership with Croisi Europe, specializing in small, intimate cruise itineraries with off the beaten track ports of call.  
To kick off our agreement, we are offering the following Holiday cruises at extremely attractive prices!
8 Day Cruise From $2,168
6 Day Cruise From $1,367
8 Day Trip From $1,863


November 28, 2015
Donna Franca Tours is giving away special deals on Cyber Monday (November 30th).  Book a reservation using the code I'M ITALY 2015 and SAVE $100 per person on any new vacation reservations.  Offer expires 5:30 PM ET, Nov. 30. 

Here are some our newest vacation packages:
4 Day Trip From $529
4 Day Trip From $409
4 Day Trip From $459
6 Day Trip From $899




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