The Palladian Traveler is packing his bags and joining a group of international media aboard a luxury motorcoach to sample a portion of Insight Vacations’ “Country Roads of Italy” itinerary. He’ll be traveling in style and, in between glasses of wine and superb food, he’ll be filing his dispatches about la dolce vita around the Umbria and Tuscany regions of the Bel Paese.

Contrary to singer-songwriter John Denver’s monumental 1970 folk-country-pop ballad Take Me Home, Country Roads, about the little winding roads he travelled, I’m asking some other off-the-beaten-path byways to not take me home, but, rather, take me along.
Let me explain.

For the next eight days I’ll be traveling in style as a guest of Insight Vacations, a global business-class travel company, to sample a portion of one of its premium escorted “Country Roads” itineraries here in Bella Italia.

As part of a group of international media selected for this familiarization trip, I’ll experience first-hand Insight’s off-the-beaten path tour of central Italy’s Umbria and Tuscany regions, along with Rome and Venice.

We start out in the Eternal City and the Vatican and end up in La Serenissima. Along the way, our luxury motorcoach will stop in Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Cortona, Fonterutoli — in the heart Chianti wine country — San Gimignano, and the Ferrari Museum in Maranello.

According to the invitation, I’ll be under the watchful eye of a dedicated tour director-slash-storyteller and local expert art-history guides; I’ll have VIP FastTrack to all of the sights; I’ll stay at some of Insight’s Signature and Gold-level hotels, including a 17th century Tuscan villa-estate; I’ll savor extraordinary regional cuisine prepared by master chefs and paired with exquisite wines; and, I’ll toast the end of the tour by sipping a Bellini, the stylish aperitivo created at American author-journalist Ernest Hemingway’s favorite Venetian watering hole: Harry’s Bar.

Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

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Like a multi-course Italian dinner feast, be on the lookout for my series of dispatches as I dish out my observations of traveling some of those “Country Roads” of central Italy in style with Insight Vacations.