Wednesday, November 29, 2006

La Dolce Vita- Italy Tours 2007!!

I hope all goes well with you. Below are the "broad strokes" for Italy 2007. If you feel you would like to go on one, or more of these tours, or visit in Lerici for many fantastic tours, including to the famous Cinque Terre, please e-mail me at for more details. Truly, these are terrific opportunities!!

I will be offering two fabulous tours. One to the Amalfi Coast, Umbria, Tuscany, and Venice starting March 23 for 18 days and nights. The second tour is to Sicily and the Amalfi Coast starting October 5th for 14 days. And many, many other GREAT activities and tours based out of Lerici in between!!! More information is below.

Click below (click twice on the "play" button) to see a quick video by Umberto of this beautiful region!

TOUR # 1

March 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 The amazing Amalfi Coast. Based out of a super incredible hotel in Positano, with a full day on the Isle of Capri and a full day in Ravello.

March 28, 29, 30, 31 Cortona and Perugia

April 1, 2, 3 Orvieto

April 4, 5, 6 Castellina In Chianti

April 7, 8, 9 Venice

That's 18 nights!

Start Lerici extravaganza April 10.

From April 10-September 20 I will be leading day tours, and 3-7 day tours, based out of Lerici. This is where I lived all of 2001 and where I am moving back to as of March 1, 2007. There are so many amazing things to do from here. A few are: Visit to the world famous Cinque Terre, 30 minutes away by boat or car, Lerici, Tellaro, Montemarcello, Sarzana, Pisa, Lucca, Portofino, and so much more. and I know the greatest restaurants!!!!! More details about Lerici are below.

Tour # 2

October 5-19

Sicily, the amazing Amalfi Coast and Rome:

October 5-13 Sicily (Truly wonderful!!!)

October 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 Amalfi Coast - Based out of Positano in an incredible hotel!!

October 19 Rome

October 20 Tour ends in the morning

Tour Information:

Keep in mind these are tentative dates, but real close.

Essentially from April 12-September 20, there will all kinds of great sights to see and activities in and around Lerici, including some new places I have recently found. In addition, trips of 3-7 days. Also cooking classes, art classes, photography classes, wellness classes, hiking trips, wine tasting tours, spa visits, etc. will make for some really fun, healthy, and educational times. These classes will depend on demand. If enough people want them, I'll arrange them.

There will be different groups coming in and out of Lerici. Some may stay 1 week, others 2 weeks, others, (hopefully you), maybe months!! And after every 7 days or so in Lerici, 3-7 day trips to places like Orvieto, and/or Castellina In Chianti (I have found many thermal areas near our farmhouse hotel there for great day spa visits) and other terrific spots in Tuscany, Umbria, and Liguria, or any special place in Italy you have always wanted to visit.

If you have a group of friends, or family, there is the possibility or renting the house on the sea for a week or two. This is less expensive than staying in a hotel, and you have a whole, separate house, fully furnished with a fantastic view, satellite hook-up with many US stations, and an Internet connection.

I will arrange multiple visits to Castellina In Chianti. Like Lerici, we have a great Tuscan style farmhouse hotel, and there are so many different things to do daily basing out of this hotel. Besides being in the heart of the wine country, and one of the most beautiful areas right in the heart of Tuscany, (as mentioned above) there are many thermal areas and great spas.

A week in this area would look like this: A full day in Florence, a full day in Siena, a full day in San Gimignano, and 4 days of "Days of Wine and Spas." Ha ha ha. We'll visit many different wineries and sober up at the spas!!! And each night return to our great little farmhouse hotel with super nearby restaurants.

I will have some other gem trips arranged as well!!!


Please do all you can to take part in the Roman Empire cruise. Some of the stops are among some of the greatest places on earth. And all aboard the Westerdam, a 5 star Holland America ship. Click here for all information.

Following the Roman Empire cruise, which starts Sept. 25 and ends October 5,2007, I will offer Tour #3 to the Amalfi Coast and Sicily. Dates are October 5-23, 2007

The tours that I offer would ordinarily cost at least a few thousand dollars more, given the quality of the hotels, all transportation, admissions and guides, unlimited food, and 2 personal guides (who knew where they were going and what to do once there, so there was not any wasted time) By eliminating all middlemen, and having good relationships with hotels and restaurants, I can negotiate, generally, good prices. More importantly, because I am not trying to make money, but to break even and to pay Umberto's salary and travel expenses, I can offer really exceptionally high value for an excellent price. I think most people know that I am not doing this as a business, but to show this great country, and other great parts of the world, to fun, interesting, and curious travelers, and friends and relatives of mine. If you have a serious interest, kindly e-mail me and I will send the fees.

Let me know your thoughts as I am going to start to form the groups, and once they are formed, that's it.

Please understand that as pretentious as it sounds, these tours are by invitation only. The groups are small, typically 7-12 people.

If you are interested, write back to me at with your specific interests, and we'll go from there.

Ciao, and I hope you will discover La Dolce Vita!!


Tuesday, May 09, 2006


A week ago Joe and I decided we would like to revamp the blog. We have some ideas which will open it up to more people. Thus the blog will take a little rest. The information about the new format will be included in one of the Newsletters in the future.

If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail them to me at . Until then, I thank all of the people who have enjoyed the blog, and when it returns, I believe you will be very happy with the upgrades. Bye for now, Richard Roe

Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert

I have read with great interest the comments on the blog about the Bushmen and other local tribes in the southern part of Africa. I spent three days with the Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert and it truly was something to see.

It would be great if safari soul and Val and anyone else wrote something for the weekly Newsletters about these local tribes. Or any other interesting stories having to do with world travel and world culture.

Please send to me at . Thanks and have a good weekend. Richard

P.S. I mentioned this in a comment earlier in the week, but if anyone goes on line and sees that the Zaandam cruise is sold out, I reserved enough cabins so our group still has a few cabins left.. If you were contemplating joining, please do so at your first convenience.. Thanks, Richard

Monday, April 24, 2006

A new post with no title

I receive quite a few e-mails from blog readers who do not want to participate in the blog because they feel a few people dominate the comments. I am not going to agree or disagree with those sentiments, but I do want to get more people involved. For the present commenters, let's chill a little and perhaps limit the comments to one or two a day, and let's see if this brings in new people. And please, let's all try not to get personal!! Thank you.

A new Newsletter will come out shortly with the lead story about a terrific lodge in South Africa. Bye for now, RR

Saturday, April 22, 2006

WOW! You Go Girl(s)

Please don't slam me for using the word girls. It is not used in a pejorative sense, just quoting a popular phrase.

I do enjoy stacking up the kindling wood, then starting a little spark, then sitting back and see if the fire catches, or burns out. Ha ha.

We have some new people on the blog (or is it some of the same commenters using a different name??) (Hmm, we'll probably never know). Joe and I have tried to have men participate on this blog, but it hasn't caught on with them. As you know, I am always encouraging new voices to be added to the mix-again life is too short for real mean-spirited stuff so let's continue to keep it fun and informative.

You would be surprised how many people read the blog daily, but choose not to participate. I am always seeking new topics, so girls, I mean ladies, fire away!! RR

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Hello from RR

Wow, the last blog posting picked up a lot of steam with Jane's new book. There are certain things I don't mind people advertising on the blog, like a book. That is a terrific accomplishment by one of our readers, so I happy to help you sell some books!!

As far as negative reviews, don't worry about it-it goes with the territory. Pop&Me had fantastic reviews in Variety, Los Angeles Times and New York Times (both with pictures), and 100 other newspapers and magazines around the world, and won 6 festivals and was a Semi-Finalist for an Academy Award in 2001. Yet in front of 6 million viewers, Roger Ebert's sidekick (who had replaced Gene Siskel) Richard Roeper, RIPPED the film, well not so much the film, but not Chris and myself. Ebert stuck up for us and the film, but still, that's the way it goes.

While I enjoy controversy on this blog, I would like to keep things on a (relatively) positive basis. I do appreciate everybody keeping that in mind.

I want to encourage everybody to continue to comment away, but would like to add new people as well, so new folks, please come on board.

A Newsletter is going out right now with Seattle Hotel information for the cruise. Please reserve your rooms right away. Ciao for now. RR

Friday, April 14, 2006

Time For A New Post

Hi All, Happy Holidays.

I'm not sure what the title should be, so just a new post.

I have had many people e-mail me to say that they have tried to join the comments on the blog, but when try to sign up, whatever User Name they use, gets rejected, and they eventually give up.

Can anyone offer advice how to make it easier to sign up?

I will return to LA for a doctor's appointment next Tuesday. I hope you all have fun this weekend. RR