isitors to Italy often feel like they’ve stepped onto the set of a Fellini film. Accordion-wielding street performers serenade you while you dine on spaghetti, vintage vespas weave in and out of chaotic traffic and majestic, crumbling monuments jump out at you at every turn as you wander picturesque piazzas and alleyways lined with colorful shops.
But you take a closer listen to that accordion player, and you realize he’s singing “That’s Amore” in English. You note that most of the vintage vespas are branded and are actually rentals, driven by tourists. The colorful shops? Filled with souvenirs, postcards and miniature replicas of the Colosseum.
Is this Italy?
Well, yes. And no. There’s a long and short answer to that, but let’s just say that Italy has transformed as a result of the millions of tourists that visit each year – and that many of it’s most popular attractions’ charm has become tarnished by tourist-oriented shops and services.
The next logical question is: Is it possibile to still get a taste of the real Italy?
The answer to that is yes, yes, overwhelmingly: YES! It’s enough to have a little bit of an adventurous spirit, the courage to step outside your comfort zone and the know-how of where to look.
Here at GoSeek Adventures our mission is to bridge the gap between travelers and the real Italy. We want to break down the barriers cause by language, unreliable or infrequent train, bus and ferry connections and lack of information.
Most importantly, we want to invite you to discover an Italy that goes beyond headliners like the Colosseum, David, Vatican or Last Supper – an Italy where nature, history and legend combine in areas of incredible beauty. Each place has its own story to tell, and will open the door to an Italy that has long been shut at the major sightseeing stops.
Become a seeker, and join us on an adventure to the heart of authentic Italy.