My antique trips are tailored to your needs and you are totally in control from a few days away to a full ten-day comprehensive multicity trip.
With many years’ experience, both in the shipping and guided tour business, with my in-depth knowledge of Italy that I obtained when working for the Italian tourist board. I can give you and your clients a level of service that cannot be beaten. Having worked in the world of international shipping for nearly ten years, specialising in antiques and fine art, gives me the edge over any other tour guides.
With my knowledge of the shipping trade, I can give you expert advice on shipping standards such as CITES certificates and import and export legislation. I can tell you the best way to pack items when you go to ship them off and I will be able to roughly tell you how much it will cost to ship each item at the time of buying them.
Not only do I have people across most of the country that tell me about upcoming antique shops and markets but they also tell me about the best restaurants that can offer the best Italian local cuisine.
Before the tour starts I will be working with you closely to ascertain which areas and shops that would be best fitted to you. Also based on what budget you have I can suggest local hotels and arrange car hire and travel arrangements.
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“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.”