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First Trip to Italy offers specials to Reno/Tahoe locals!

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; First Trip to Italy offers extraordinary guided excursions throughout Italy. Upcoming trips include: The Italian Sampler from Sept. 15 and#8211; 25, 2010 and Villas and Vistas from Sept. 27 and#8211; Oct. 6, 2010. Both trips offer unique and exclusive sightseeing options including fascinating guided tours of historic cities, delicious regional specialties, wine and olive oil tastings, little-known shopping venues and magnificent sites that celebrate Italyand#8217;s art, architecture and rich heritage.

Truckee-based First Trip to Italyand#8217;s founder Kathy Scopin, explains, and#8220;Our trips capture the multitude of reasons why everyone is attracted to Italy and the reasons travelers return year after year – art, history, architecture, food, wine, shopping and traditions. Eand#8217; tutto qua or translated, everythingand#8217;s here. First Trip to Italyand#8217;s itineraries are filled with one of a kind specialty tours typically not available to most travelers. Our groups are limited to no more than 10 travelers and from start to finish, the tour is customized based on more than 15 years of touring most of Italyand#8217;s 20 regionsand#8221;.

Scopin offers Reno/Tahoe locals two special offers during July 2010.

The first is an incredible pizza class at Cedar House Sport Hotel and#8211; complete with wine, appetizers, pizza lunch and in-depth information from Cedar Houseand#8217;s professional chef about preparing pizza sauce, ingredients and crust. Taking place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, the class kicks off with a Visions of Italy presentation highlighting the wonders of Italian art, architecture and culinary delights. Chef Jacob will share tips and tricks of wood burning pizza creations. The afternoon is only $35 per person. Advance reservations are required. Call the Cedar House at 582-5655.

The Italian Sampler includes the major icons of Italy, Venice, Florence and Rome. Starting in Venice and ending in Rome, the middle of the journey is spent in a luxurious 4-star Tuscan Villa high in the Florentine hills, day-tripping to Florence, enjoying an afternoon cooking intensive with the resortand#8217;s renowned chef, relaxing by the pool overlooking the stunning, verdant valley below, and many other activities.

Villas and Vistas is the second trip. Commencing in the eternal city of Rome, Umbria, Italyand#8217;s and#8220;green heartand#8221; is next on the itinerary. With a sumptuous 5-star hotel as the base in the medieval town of Torgiano, the tour visits the historic and cultural gems of the region including Assisi, Todi, Gubbio, and Spoleto to name a few. Then itand#8217;s on to Tuscany for another four nights residing in a beautiful countryside hotel in the Chianti region discovering the treasures for which Tuscany is famous and#8211; Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza and Montalcino. The trip concludes in Florence.

Locals who book either one of the September 2010 excursions to Italy will receive $100 off the trip cost. The Italian Sampler includes 11 days and 10 nights, Villas and Vistas includes 10 days and nine nights. Contact First Trip to Italy for more information including detailed itineraries at and by contacting Kathy Scopin at 550-1417 or

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