Traveling to Italy? Pack Your Own Expert Guide

ROME, May 4 /PRNewswire/ — Visitors to Italy can now have their own personal tour accompanied by people who know the places more than anyone else in the world. Well, almost.

An American company offers its ARTineraries Tours of sites throughout the country, downloadable from CDs or through the web. Their tours promise you an “insider’s point of view” of the places and persons who made these cities and museums what they are today.

Visitors to the city of Turin (site of the Winter Olympics) will be greeted by the 16th Century architect Amedeo Castellamonte, who will take visitors along the streets of Turin in a 1-hour journey of discovery of the secrets and sights of the places he knew well. Castellamonte, along with his father, designed much of Baroque Turin and his tales of the Royal Savoy family and of the chocolatiers, counts and mystics there will keep you wanting more.

At the Vatican, renowned art historian Sister Wendy Beckett (of PBS and BBC fame) will be your personal guide in over 90 minutes of audio which includes the wonders of the Vatican Museums and some of the greatest art in the world. Once in the Sistine Chapel, Sister Wendy gives her unique and passionate interpretation of Michelangelo’s entire masterpiece, before guiding visitors through the marvels of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Sister Wendy’s personal approach and entertaining descriptions along with her heartfelt insights add to the experience and allow visitors to see the Vatican collection as it has never been seen (or heard) before. In Sister Wendy’s words, “The Vatican is a place where even the corridors are masterpieces.”

Travelers can purchase a 2 CD set of the ARTineraries(TM) Tour, and simply upload the tracks onto their mobile mp3 players or iPod, or download the ARTineraries Tour onto their devices directly from the ARTineraries website http://www.artineraries.com/ . Each tour comes with a special “insider’s guide” and complete listing of the tour stops.

ARTineraries Tours were developed by Art&Media Communications, the company which introduced the first downloadable digital tours in Italy. ARTineraries productions are overseen by founder, American Lisa Tucci, who has over 10 years experience in producing audioguides for Italian museums, many recognized as “must-dos” on the travel circuit. Says Tucci, “It seemed appropriate to pair the latest cutting edge technology with some of the most historic places on Earth, and who better to accompany you than people whose insights will make your trip truly a memorable one.”

More ARTineraries tours are scheduled to be released this summer including a “Da Vinci Code” Tour of Paris, with stops in London, Edinburgh and Milan, Italy’s Great Basilicas (including Venice, Florence, Rome and Assisi), and Monumental Rome.

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