Back to your ancestral village

Italy is without a doubt a great country for tourism and one of the best destinations for tourists worldwide.
It’s very easy to go to any travel agency anywhere in the world to book a tour of the major Italian cities (Rome, Venice, Florence, Siena etc.) .
Everywhere there are Italian tour packages for the average tourist.

Everything changes completely when we try to organize a trip to Italian destinations less frequented by ordinary tourists.
Normal travel agencies fail to meet our own needs when we start to ask to visit small towns.
Or (there is always a solution) costs grow astronomically!
It’s the case of a trip to our ancestral village, a trip to a small town that no one in the travel agency has ever heard of.

Even route planning could be a big problem when you deal with people who have never been to those places

Airports are quite numerous in Italy but our final destination could also be within a few hundred kilometers from the nearest one.
Also by train, the situation is not rosy: there are many towns, especially smaller ones, which have no rail link.

There are usually bus lines to connect smaller towns with larger cities, but these links could be infrequent (one – two times a day) and this can be a problem for travelers (it could be very easy to miss the connections)
So, a journey from Rome international airport, to a small town of Calabria or Basilicata could be difficult even for an Italian.
“Rent a car” could be the best idea for a tourist to “do It yourself”.
Travel by car would be simpler and we could arrive at our destination easier (if we’re not scared to drive in a foreign country).
Always remember that not everyone speaks English, especially in less touristy areas.
Even finding a place to sleep can become difficult: many small towns do not have an hotel or, if they have, it could be wonderful but unfortunately not in the international booking systems !
To handle the needs of even the most demanding travelers, today there are many professional services in Italy to assist tourists in their tailored journey.
Support services range from taking passengers from the international airport and drive directly to their destinations.
Others offer services to plan detailed tours in order to drive you to search specific things, places or people too.
This is what we call “Relax and enjoy” travel, the right way to visit Italy and to find our Italian roots.
ItalianSide is collecting and selecting best travel offers in Italy for tourists interested in travel plans customized to their personal needs.
If you are interested in these services, feel free to ask us specifying the Italian towns you would like to visit.


16 Comments to “Back to your ancestral village”
  1. Sheila says:

    My husband, Louis, and I are coming to Naples in Sept 2014. His grandparents came to the USA between 1900 and 1913, and changed the surname spelling to FROBUCCINO. I am looking for any relatives still in the Naples, Ottaviano or San Guiseppe-Vesuviano area. His family names in Italy are: Fabbrocino, Cutolo, Catapano and Carbone. His great-grandparents were Antonio Fabbrocino and Anna?? Cutolo. Any info would be helpful. Also, how does one travel to these towns from the Naples cruise port area?
    Thank You.

  2. Dara says:

    I was looking to find a price on renting an apartment or house in Calangianus Sardinia. Any suggestions or websites?

  3. Pat Riozzi-Robinson says:

    Hi my family would like to visit Picinisco this year from England, any suggestions how to get to Picinisco from Naples or Casino would be great.

  4. Deborah says:

    I am planning to visit Viggiano, the birthplace of my mother, and would like to know the availability of an English speaking guide for 2 days. Could you also advise me on transport from Naples to Viggiano

  5. Judy says:

    I visited the village where my grandparents came from last year. I am returning this October and would like to take the cousins that I met there a gift from the United States. Would you have any suggestions on what items I could bring?

    • Michele says:

      Ciao Judy!
      I think that you shoud try to bring something typical from the US! I mean something they will be not able to find in Italy.
      And, of course, it depends on the age of your cousins (are they kids? men? women?), their interests and..well..from your budget too!

    • Sandra says:

      I am traveling to Italy with my husband, son and his family. We will arrive in Venice, June 2, 2014. We are planning a visit to Seren Del Grappa the home of my mother and grandmother. I was hoping to meet anyone from family there, but have been unsuccessful in finding the information. I would love to see the actual home where they lived. Do you have any way of guiding me to find this information? Also, we are traveling to Seren del Grappa from Venice. The info I have is to take a train to Feltre then a bus to Seren del Grappa. I am nervous about this as I am afraid we will miss a connection and be stranded. Do you know of any driving services so I could obtain a driver to take us to Seren del Grappa to visit and return to Venice??

  6. Adrienne says:

    My family and I will be visiting my great grand parents’ town of Cariati this October 2013. Any suggestions?

  7. Gina says:

    I will be visiting San Fele, Basilicata in July of 2014. This is where my great grandfather is from. Any comments are appreciated

  8. Stacey Etherson says:

    I would love to plan a trip to falerna in summer of 2014. Thoughts appreciated on how to best plan this out.

    Thank you.

  9. Carol says:

    I went to Italy last year…beautiful! Too old to go alone, let alone drive, so my youngest son went with me. I visited the villages of all my ancestors and my husband’s fraternal grandparents village. I did meet a cousin (pre-arranged) and she had me for lunch (delicious…sardines and pasta), gave me some homemade salami to take home and showed me the town.
    I am going again this year but only to the village of my maternal grandparents. Looking forward to it.
    Enjoy your trip!

  10. Johanne says:

    I’m going to Italy in sept. 2014. In my trip i will reserve a Dany to go in Larino, Campobasso province, in Molise.

    Do you have a day trip from Naples to go there and i will know if they have a guide speaking french to help us to visiting this village. We don’t speak italian.

    Thank s

  11. Lorraine says:

    I am coming to Italy in May or October 2014 to visit the towns my grandparents grew up in. Trevico, Avellino and San Sossio, Baronia and Sant’ Agata di Puglia, Foggia. I will arrive in Naples and rent a car. Looking forward to it. My first time to Italy and I may not go back to the States. lol

    • Michele says:

      Ciao Lorraine, this is a good new!
      Renting a car is a good way to visit Italy (especially the small towns)
      And yes, you could fall in love for Italy and stay here for your life!

  12. lucrecia Bove says:

    Hola me interesa para los primeros dias de marzo viajar a Grumento nova y saber sobre mis antepasados

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