The Italian Specialist For All Things Antique, Vintage, Industrial and Modernariato

Octopus Tours is a purveyor and creator of tailor made, bespoke buying trips in and around Italy.

Catering mainly but not only to the antique trade, we can also arrange private tours for individuals with a passion for everything old who may wish to combine an independent holiday with an accent on antiques and fine art.

The perfect solution for the busy international antique dealer and interior designer, we can take the laborious side of things out of the equation by organizing the finer details like travel, hotel accommodation and day to day schedule, leaving you free to concentrate on what really matters, buying great pieces of art and antiques.

PARMA FAIR DATES 2019

Mercanteinfiera Primavera (Spring) 2019 – Parma, 2 -10 March – (Open exclusively to the trade on Thursday the 28th of February and Friday the 1st of March at 8:00 am.)

Mercanteinfiera Autunno (Autumn) 2019 – Parma, 5 – 13 October – (Open exclusively to the trade on Thursday the 3rd and Friday the 4th of October at 8:00 am)

Testimonials

“Marco made my first trip shopping for antiques in Italy a huge success! With a thoughtfully laid out itinerary and helpful professionals in every city, the trip was worry-free. His extensive experience handling the logistics of shipping antiques from Italy is invaluable. It might have been my first trip with Octopus Tours but certainly won’t be the last.”
Trish, USA
“Marco has been invaluable in helping me with my last 7 buying trips to Europe with and without clients. I would not be able to navigate the markets and fairs of Europe without him! He is a pleasure to work with and goes above and beyond to handle all details in a professional manner.”
Ann, Dallas, USA
“I had the good fortune to discover Octopus Tours a year ago and since then Marco has guided me through France and Italy twice. The buying tours have been well planned and thought through, Marco left no stone unturned in my quest for my particular style of antiques and collectables. His knowledge of the Fairs and various dealers is comprehensive; he is well respected in the trade. Marco is a pleasure to travel with, I highly recommend him.”
Anne, New Zealand
“Should you and/or your clients be interested in a tour around Parma fair or anywhere in Italy or the UK (and possibly points beyond) Marco is your man.  He can arrange airport transfers, hotels, meals, etc.  I’ve worked with him for at least ten years and he’s been a great help to my business.  And he’s no stick in the mud.”
Shane Atlanta, USA
“When it comes to antiques and fine art, Octopus Tours has taken the shopping experience in Italy (and beyond) to a whole new level. His attention to customer requirements is detailed and he has a good understanding of each person’s own preferences. Marco, I truly think you are the best and I hope to see you with a Negroni in hand sometime soon! Thanks again to you and your team.”
Ben@CarolineFaisonAntiques, Greensboro, USA
” I have been an antique dealer for over thirty-five years and have had many tours to Europe. The best person that I have ever travelled or toured with on my buying trips is Octopus Tours. Marco knows everything there is to know about the antique trade and took us in many private homes to buy as well. It was one of the best trips we have ever done. Starting in Italy and then to France, we bought wonderful things. I cannot wait to travel with Marco again. He is truly the best there is in this business.”
Kim, USA