Brandi Comeaux

Travel Answers by Brandi

07 Sustainable Farming in Italy

Oct 11, 2023 to Oct 20, 2023
Trip Leader: Brandi Comeaux (me). If I am unable to travel on this trip, I will indicate who the trip lead will be for this trip. 
 
Travel dates: October 11-20, 2023
 
Minimum age: 3 and older.
 
Package price:
 
Triple room: $3715 per person ($11,145 FOR ROOM)
Double room: $3805 per person ($7,610 PER ROOM)
Single room: $4130 per person  ($4,130 FOR PRIVATE ROOM)
 
Adjusted invoices:  The invoice you will receive at booking will show the remaining balance  due after initial deposit is paid. Because I allow for monthly payments, I  will send each registered family an adjusted invoice that reflects the below payment schedule including late fees or credits due.  
 
Payment Schedule:
 
$300 per person, NONREFUNDABLE DEPOSIT 
$150 per person due on the 1st of 
  • Nov 2022
  • Jan,  Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June 2023
  • with FINAL PAYMENT DUE July 1, 2023. 
$25 LATE fee after 5 DAYS  of monthly payment NOT received. 
  • If you are having trouble making a monthly payment, REACH OUT TO ME BEFORE it becomes an issue. I will work with you if I can. 
 
Automatic payments: you will have the option to turn-on automatic payments once the adjusted invoice is prepared.  By turning on auto payment, you are authorizing a payment to be processed immediately. if you have already made your monthly payment, make a personal note to turn on auto payment NEXT MONTH before you process the payment so you are not paying twice in one month.
Custom payment amounts: are available if you would like to pay MORE than the minimum  monthly amount.  Email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com

Registration after 11/1/2022:  your adjusted invoice will reflect the "catch up payments" that will be DUE IMMEDIATELY. 

Registration closes: 07/01/2023 or when we hit maximum capacity.
 
Minimum # of travelers: 25
Maximum # of travelers: 30
 
Discount Code: 
 
Discount runs until 11/15, below are the discount codes: 
 
  • 100ITALY - 1 person 
  • 200ITALY - 2 persons 
  • 300ITALY - 3 persons 
  • 400ITALY - 4 persons 
  • 500ITALY - 5 persons 
  • 600ITALY - 6 persons 
  • 700ITALY - 7 persons 
  • 800ITALY - 8 persons 
  • 900ITALY - 9 persons 
  • 1000ITALY - 10 persons 
 
Please see Instructions to Register for Trip for adding the discount code.
 
Cancel/refund policy:
 
  • If due to unforeseen circumstances, TAIT has to RESCHEDULE a trip, all travelers who are not able to make the NEW DATE will be refunded 100% of amounts paid towards the trip, less a $50 per person fee.
  • Deposit is NONREFUNDABLE and NONTRANSFERABLE regardless of when the traveler cancels. 
  • If canceled between the day of travel and 44 days before travel, the entire cost of the trip is nonrefundable.  

  • If canceled between 45 & 59 days before travel, there is a 50% penalty, IN ADDITION to the non refundable deposit paid towards the trip.

  • If canceled 60 or more days before travel, the non refundable portion amounts to the deposit paid on the trip.

 
Refunds may take up to 30 business days to process from written request of cancellation. 
 
Funds paid for accommodations, meals and program activities are paid directly to The Answer Is Travel, LLC dba Travel Answers by Brandi.
The travel insurance premium authorized to be paid on behalf of  traveler is paid directly to Travel Insured and at no time is The Answer Is Travel, LLC dba Travel Answers by Brandi in possession of the funds paid for travel insurance premium. 
 
What's included:
  • Market tour in Rome
  • Transfer FCO - Hotel in Rome, Day 1
  • Transfer Hotel in Sorrento - NAP, last day
  • Hotel in Rome
  • Hotel in Catanzaro Lido
  • Farmhouse hotel in Morano Calabro
  • Hotel in Sorrento
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner in Rome
  • Train to Calabria
  • Transportation throughout tour 
  • Silk farm experience
  • Beach clean-up day / lunch
  • Pizzo excursion, with lunch
  • Wine tour with lunch
  • Rossano excursion, with lunch
  • Light dinners in Morano Calabro
  • Mushroom excursion and cooking class
  • Tour of Paestum with lunch

  • Bilingual travel host throughout tour
  • Representative from TABB (myself or an experienced Trip Lead who is fellow homeschooling parent)
 
What's not included:
 
  • flights to/from Rome and/or Sorrento, Italy-anticipate $1,000-$1,100  per person if you fly from an international airport (versus regional, smaller airport).
    • Flights will start to become available approximately 11 months before travel dates.  
    • I will coordinate  with travelers  who are interested in  booking the same flights if needed.
  • luggage fees with airline
  • *private transfers to/from airport in Rome and Naples - we will provide a window you must be at airport  for the group transfer; if you are at airport outside of this window, you will have to pay for private transfers. We can assist with you with private transfers if needed. 
  • travel insurance- I will provide a quote to each family after the trip is booked.
  • passports- must be VALID at least 6 MONTHS AFTER TRAVEL.  I will REQUIRE a copy of your passport  NO LATER THAN 90 days before travel. 
  • International phone plan
  • meals during travel to/from Rome/Naples
  • two dinners
  • extending your trip- I will offer my planning services at NO COST to families who are traveling on this itinerary with the group. 
  • Tips (a suggested amount will be provided closer to travel)
 
COVID-19  Vaccine requirement:  NO proof of vaccine is needed to travel. 
 
Here is a great resource about traveling to Italy as a US Citizen:
 
 
 
You are required to complete a client agreement once you have registered.  Here is a preview of the client agreement:
 
 
Tentative Itinerary:

Day 1: Wednesday, October 11

Ciao Italia!

You will arrive and transfer to your hotel. You’ll have time on your own to explore the city, then in the early evening, you’ll meet your local travel host for a Welcome to Italy Dinner and Q&A. 

*Dinner; Transfers will be provided if arriving at Rome FCO Airport.


Day 2: Thursday, October 12 

Roman Farm to Table

Trionfale, a residential area of Rome, is home to one of Europe’s largest markets - and it’s here you’ll begin your day with your local travel host. You’ll learn how a city the size of Rome is able to sustain its farmers by visiting farmers’ stands and trying local and seasonal “farm to table'' produce. You’ll enjoy a private tasting of cured meats and cheeses from local producers and you’ll see “real Romans” in action as they do their daily shopping. You will end your visit at one of Rome’s best-renowned pizza stands.  You will return to the hotel to collect your luggage, then will travel to the Rome Termini train station where you'll be booked on a train to Calabria.  Upon arriving in Calabria, your driver will meet you for your transfer to your seaside hotel. You’ll settle in, then will meet for a group dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 3: Friday, October 13

Sustainable Silk Farming

This morning you’ll visit a mulberry farm where you’ll meet the young Calabrians who are reviving Catanzaro’s ancient silk tradition. You’ll learn about their growing business and will work alongside the team, gathering mulberry leaves, feeding the silkworms, learning how to extract silk, and more. The president of the coop will make a homemade lunch on the farm, then you’ll return to the hotel. Evening on your own. Overnight in Catanzaro Lido.

Breakfast, lunch


Day 4: Saturday, October 14

Beach Clean-Up
You’ll have breakfast, then you’ll hit the Ionian Coast for a morning beach clean-up. Exact duties and location will vary based on the needs at the time of our tour. Following clean-up, you’ll enjoy lunch, complete with local specialties and wine. You’ll have the rest of the day on your own. 

Breakfast, lunch


Day 5: Sunday, October 15

Sustainable Wine Tour

You’ll have the morning to spend on your own at the beaches, then after lunch you’ll head across the narrowest strip of Italy to the Tyrrhenian Coast and Pizzo Calabro. Your first stop will be to visit our friend, Franco, for a behind-the-scenes look into how he makes his famous tartufo di Pizzo chocolate and hazelnut gelato truffles. You'll explore the town and visit the intriguing Chiesetta di Piedigrotta cave church, before heading into the nearby mountains for a wine tour at one of the most interesting vineyards in the area. You'll learn about the indigenous Zibbibo grape and about how a young entrepreneur reinvented it, turning it into what the NYT calls "one of the top 10 white wines in the world." You'll have a sunset aperitivo with a selection of their wines, then will have a seafood dinner in one of the best restaurants on the coast.

Breakfast, dinner


Day 6: Monday, October 16

Calabrian Gold

You will check out of your hotel and drive north, via a workday at a local olive grove. You’ll visit the family’s olive trees and have an up-close look at their personal family dairy farm. Duties will vary according to need but could include harvesting olives, shearing sheep, or making cheese. You’ll stop for a break and will learn how to tell “true” olive oil from the fakes and will have a picnic-style lunch. You'll continue the drive to your farmhouse hotel. Light dinner and overnight at the farm.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 7: Tuesday, October 17

Down to the Roots

This morning you’ll head back on the Ionian Sea for a visit to Italy’s most famous licorice factory - Amarelli. The Amarelli family has been in the licorice business since the 1700s, making it one of the longest run family businesses in the world! You’ll visit their small museum to learn how licorice is made and how it’s changed over the years and will tour their nearby factory. You’ll sample assorted licorice candies, then it is on to lunch at one of our favorite family-owned trattorias in the region. In the late afternoon you will return to Morano Calabro. Light dinner by the pool. Overnight Morano Calabro.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 8: Wednesday, October 18

Mushrooms in the Mountains

This morning you’ll head into the nearby Pollino Mountains on a search for the famous fungi - Calabria’s beloved porcini mushrooms. Along with your expert guide, you’ll learn what to look for and you’ll put your eyesight to the test searching beneath centuries-old pine trees. We’ll have a light mountain picnic break, then will return to the farmhouse to prepare dinner with the mushrooms we harvested. Overnight in Morano Calabro.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9: Thursday, October 19

Ciao Calabria, Hello Sorrento

This morning you’ll check out of your farmhouse hotel and drive with your private driver to Sorrento. Along the way, you’ll stop for a private two-hour tour of Paestum. You’ll explore these massive Greek ruins from Magna Graecia, then will have lunch at one of the largest buffalo mozzarella cheese farms in the south. Following your tastings and lunch, you’ll continue to Sorrento and check into your hotel. Evening on your own. Overnight in Sorrento. 

Breakfast, lunch


Day 10: Friday, October 20

Arrivederci Italia! 

 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me at either brandi@theansweristravel.com.
 
 

Available Packages

Sustainable Farming in Italy-Triple Room
Available until July 1, 2023

$3,515.00
Deposit: $150.00

  • Market tour in Rome
  • Transfer FCO - Hotel in Rome, Day 1
  • Transfer Hotel in Sorrento - NAP, last day
  • Hotel in Rome
  • Hotel in Catanzaro Lido
  • Farmhouse hotel in Morano Calabro
  • Hotel in Sorrento
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner in Rome
  • Train to Calabria
  • Transportation throughout tour 
  • Silk farm experience
  • Beach clean-up day / lunch
  • Pizzo excursion, with lunch
  • Wine tour with lunch
  • Rossano excursion, with lunch
  • Light dinners in Morano Calabro
  • Mushroom excursion and cooking class
  • Tour of Paestum with lunch

  • Bilingual travel host throughout tour
  • Representative from TABB (myself or an experienced Trip Lead who is fellow homeschooling parent)
 
Select number of travelers

Extra Options

Sustainable Farming In Italy - Double Room Per Person Supplement
Available until July 1, 2023

$90.00

  • Market tour in Rome
  • Transfer FCO - Hotel in Rome, Day 1
  • Transfer Hotel in Sorrento - NAP, last day
  • Hotel in Rome
  • Hotel in Catanzaro Lido
  • Farmhouse hotel in Morano Calabro
  • Hotel in Sorrento
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner in Rome
  • Train to Calabria
  • Transportation throughout tour 
  • Silk farm experience
  • Beach clean-up day / lunch
  • Pizzo excursion, with lunch
  • Wine tour with lunch
  • Rossano excursion, with lunch
  • Light dinners in Morano Calabro
  • Mushroom excursion and cooking class
  • Tour of Paestum with lunch

  • Bilingual travel host throughout tour
  • Representative from TABB (myself or an experienced Trip Lead who is fellow homeschooling parent)
 
Select number of travelers

Sustainable Farming In Italy - Single Room Per Person Supplement
Available until July 1, 2023

$415.00

  • Market tour in Rome
  • Transfer FCO - Hotel in Rome, Day 1
  • Transfer Hotel in Sorrento - NAP, last day
  • Hotel in Rome
  • Hotel in Catanzaro Lido
  • Farmhouse hotel in Morano Calabro
  • Hotel in Sorrento
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner in Rome
  • Train to Calabria
  • Transportation throughout tour 
  • Silk farm experience
  • Beach clean-up day / lunch
  • Pizzo excursion, with lunch
  • Wine tour with lunch
  • Rossano excursion, with lunch
  • Light dinners in Morano Calabro
  • Mushroom excursion and cooking class
  • Tour of Paestum with lunch

  • Bilingual travel host throughout tour
  • Representative from TABB (myself or an experienced Trip Lead who is fellow homeschooling parent)
 
Select number of travelers