Thursday, February 12, 2015

Italy Welcomes Plant-Based Vacationers & Notable Guests

Two agencies - Tierno Tours and Green Earth Travel - have joined forces to envision and execute an exciting excursion for veg-friendly folks with a passion for Italian. Those who in the past have felt marginalized, daunted by Europe's abundance of meats, cheeses and dishes brimming with eggs (souffl├ęs, quiche and meringue, oh my!) need no longer yearn for a suitable - and superior - option. Finally, a trip has emerged with their ethics and diets in mind, a trip that proves a win-win for plant-based eaters and animal lovers alike.
Indeed, 2015 marks the inaugural year of the Vegano Italiano Festival, a month-long immersion in Southern Italy for people with an appreciation for plants and pasta - hold the parm! Broken into four one-week trips in July, Vegano Italiano entails a 7-night-8-day stay in The National Park of Cilento, a UNESCO site, with daytime trips to neighboring areas, including Pompeii and Positano, as well as myriad more historical and cultural locations.
Perhaps most enticing for vegan scenesters is the presence each week of different veggie figureheads. From Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan of the popular podcast, TV program and blog Our Hen House to the ever-venerated No Meat Athlete Matt Frazier; from desserts diva and the authority on all things chocolate Fran Costigan to vegan cheese connoisseur and TV personality Miyoko Schinner, among others, there's no shortage of talent and taste, entertainment and education amid the special guests lineup.
People are already abuzz about this recently introduced approach to exploring Italy, complete with newsworthy culinary nuance, in a place long lauded for its traditional edible delights. It's been said that there's nothing new under the sun, but Vegano Italiano demonstrates this simply isn't true.
About Tierno Tours
Founded in 2009 by husband and wife team Pasquale Tierno and Gretchen Sheridan, Tierno Tours arranges boutique tours of Southern Italy with a discerning insider's curatorial touch. The Roccadaspide-based duo knows just where to go and what to see for the very best, most bespoke European experience: from inviting accommodations to exciting excursions, historical sightseeing to exquisite dining, wine tastings to live entertainment, leisure activities to athletic endeavors, shopping to boating and beyond. Specialty tours cater to horseback riders and hiking enthusiasts, traditional foodies and avid vegans, among countless other dream themes. Bilingual guides with expert knowledge of the area - be it the Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Rome or anywhere else within the southern region - accompany every tour group.
About Green Earth Travel
Seasoned world traveler Donna Zeigfinger founded Green Earth Travel in 1997 with one mission in mind: to provide a wide range of travel options for people who crave adventure and care about the planet. Since then, the company has remained on the cutting edge of conscientious tourism and become the nation's premiere vegetarian/vegan/eco travel agency. The company lives up to its name by booking trips that promote sustainability, biodiversity and leaving a light footprint on the earth. Donna draws on her own experiences to meticulously plan each package and turn fantasy vacations into reality. She specializes in creating customized volunteer vacation and adventure travel packages, for groups, individuals, couples and families.
For inquiries about Vegano Italiano, please contact:
Donna Zeigfinger
Green Earth Travel LLC


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