Back to your ancestral village

Map of Basilicata
September 10, 2010
Images from the past
September 13, 2010

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.


  1. Debbie says:

    I am interested in visiting Sicily for culture, rest and seeing my family roots. My maternal grandparents and great-grandparents came from Sant’Angelo di Brolo in Sicily as logged on the ship manefesto to Ellis Island. I would like to see Sant’Angelo di Brolo at the beginning of my trip. I plan on staying in Taoramina for my entire trip and will use this as a home base for day trips in Sicily and then as a start point for a day trip to see the body of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. Is it possible to be picked up at airport in Palermo and go to Sant’Angelo as my first stop od my trip, perhaps stay overnight and then have a driver take us to Taormina perhaps the next day? Your help is much appreciated. Trip will be planned for the beginning of September 2018.

  2. Eileen says:

    Eight of us would like to visit our ancestral home in Calabritto, Italy.

  3. Joanne says:

    I am interested in Termini Imerese. With my husband and perhaps daughter and her husband.

  4. Kathy says:

    I am interested in visiting my familial roots in Bagaladi (Toscano) and Delianuova (Orlando), Reggio Calabria. I have some basic information on both, but need assistance in locating records. Please also provide information on your genealogy search assistance and cost. I am curious if I have any relatives still there. Many thanks!

  5. Nicole says:

    Not sure when I would go, but it would be at least two of us, possibly more since I have several cousins who might be interested. Places would include Alia, Valledolmo, Vallelunga, and Mussomeli.

  6. Nancy says:

    I am interested in travelling to my ancestral home in Acri cosenza and also in fontarosa. Also need help tracing family geneology. Thank you for any help.

  7. Donna says:

    I’m interested in visiting Comune Di Monteleone Di Puglia, Provincia Di Puglia. My grandparents were born there. I’m Canadian and would fly out of Toronto.

  8. Marcos Bozza says:

    My wife and I are Interested in visiting Malito – Calabria in a Tour ” Back to roots” – My Great-grandfather was born there.

  9. Liz says:

    I am very interested in finding out more about Termini Imerese Palermo Sicily. All my relatives on my mother’s side were from there. I would love to see pictures and have information about visiting there. Thank you.

  10. Ina says:

    Interested in finding my roots. Grandfather from Trabia.

  11. Leigh says:

    Anyone hear of the town of Pedara, in Sicily? That is where one grandparent came from….we are related to some Baron. That is all I know. The last name is Pappalardo.

  12. Julie says:

    I am interested in visiting Carlopoli.

  13. Mary Fiore says:

    I am interested in visiting Pignola, Abriola, Anzi, and Trivigno in Potenza, Basilicata.

  14. Tom Spisany says:

    I am interested in visiting Ruvo del Monte and Spinoso in Basilicata

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