A Note from Founder, Pamela Haack

The idea was to get off the beaten strada ... to take guests on a journey through less-traveled areas of Italy.

When we first bought our home in Umbria in 2004, the idea was a small one. I eagerly explored medieval hill towns and ancient sites that guidebooks didn't mention (constantly marveling at how they could have been missed), and when guests came to visit we took them there. Through my frequent travels here and there across the Italian countryside I met incredible, warmhearted Italians who loved playing host to our guests. They offered to walk, cook, guide, talk and sip (usually wine) with us, and of course we did.

The idea grew, and I began creating small group tours in earnest - tours that are the ideal combination of the popular and the secret, the exciting and the peaceful, the talked-about and the never-heard-of-before. That's how Off the Beaten Strada in Italy was born.

Today we create and host small group tours for women, couples, families, friends and organizations, and we facilitate workshops for artists and experts. From places like Rome, Venice and Cinque Terre to Italy's spectacular countryside and hill towns, we are passionate about sharing the very best of Italy with our guests through beautiful, authentic, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We always include Italian artisans, guides and experts in our tours and we always steer towards the less-touristy. That's our specialty.  

We just love traveling this way. If you do too, I invite you to join us ... off the beaten strada in Italy.

~ Pamela Haack

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”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – unknown (attributed to Mark Twain)

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