In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks – John Muir
This is where our adventure started from. The nature and all the emotions we get every time we set off for a new journey. Freedom, peace, relaxation and the magic involvement of the five senses: a beautiful landscape to admire after climbing a peak, the smell of a forest after a rain storm, the sound of crickets unrelentingly singing in a hot afternoon on the hills, your feet touching the fresh and lush grass after cycling for so long, and the unforgettable taste of home-made food cooked traditionally in an Italian mountain hut (that really warms your heart, believe us!)
But nature is just one of our passions. What we also get enthusiastic about is ITALY! Our land, our traditions. Not only the places that are already famous all over the world, but mainly those places that just a few know, very well hidden in that beautiful maze that Italy is! We get the shivers any time we talk about it. And all this made us give birth to HIT THE ROAD!
We have a very specific mission: we want to offer a real Italian experience and journeys that go off the beaten tracks. We want you to sip the best wine produced in a local winery, the same we sip, and taste the magnificent food cooked home-made with authenticity and fresh ingredients, the one that we love. We want you to explore nature alongside with your favorite sport, but in total safety with the help of authorized and expert guides. We want you to relax and live slowly, and forget about the frenzy of a city life. We want you to follow the rhythm of the nature, the rhythm of Italy and regenerate. In a nutshell: We want to share what we love with you!
Eleonora & Giulia
Who we are:
Eleonora (on the right): Since I was a child, I’ve always had such a great love for nature, that has later led me to take up my studies as a biologist. Before beginning this new adventure with Hit the Road, I got my PhD and did some post-doc years at Milano-Bicocca University. During this period, thanks to many collaborations with research groups in Oslo, I got in touch with Norway. I’ve loved the country so much that years later I decided to move there, where I currently live. Another great passion I have is traveling, often combined with different sport activities, such as diving, horse riding, climbing and trekking. The combination of all this factors made me come up with the idea of setting off on this adventure with my childhood friend, and now business partner, Giulia.
Giulia (on the left): Traveling has always been part of my life, any time my parents had some days off from work, there were we on the road. And of course, I kept traveling even more when I grew up. I decided to take up my studies in Foreign Languages, an opportunity and a very nice excuse to travel again, so Europe and the world have been my home for some time. But one day I realized that I loved Italy so much that I wanted to share it with everybody. I am also a big fan of hiking, biking and cooking, so with my old friend Eleonora, we decided to put all this elements together and create something real that could express our love for Italy, sport and traveling.
What our guests say about us:
- Bike tour in Umbria with typical lunch at a winery
“We had a fantastic Cycle Ride with Daniele, the distance was perfect for our 10 year old son. We visited lots of places and had a very enjoyable lunch at a winery.” (October 2018, A.W. and family, UK)
- Truffle hunting in Umbria, typical lunch and guided tour of Gubbio
“We had a fantastic time, the truffle hunting was a unique and fun experience. Danilo was a super kind and knowledgable guide. We enjoyed the restaurant he chose for lunch, as well as the tour through Gubbio with him.” (October 2018, S.M., Norway)
- Guided tours of Pompei and Vesuvio and trip assistance
“We are all very satisfied with your assistance in connection with our trip. Your help was helpful. The guide in Pompei was very well-informed about locations, he could answer our questions and picked out interesting parts. We were very satisfied with both guides! I assume that we will make contact again next year when thinking of future route.” (August 2018, B.V. and friends, Norway)
- 3-week honeymoon in Norway
Our experience in Norway with Hit the Road has been great! With a three-week journey we have had the possibility to enjoy different landscapes and appreciate the differences of the places: the lively Oslo, the beautiful beaches of the Lofoten and the fishermen villages driving along the fjords. We were fascinated by the colors of Norway. Hit the Road guided us during the planning of our honeymoon, and also during the journey with a useful and prompt support. It was like having a trusted friend ready to help you and advice you when necessary. We recommend Hit the Road and the beautiful Norway to find that deep connection with nature to regenerate.” (August 2018, C.V.&M.R., Italy)
- Tailor-made tour in Livigno and Valcamonica
“We’ve just come home after our holiday in Italy. It has been a fantastic time, we were very satisfied with what you offered through Hit the Road. Our stay in Livigno was great, the B&B you suggested was absolute fabulous! The trekking in Valcamonica was a fine tour, quite easy, though it was 700 meters ascent. Nice view over the valley and the mountain tops. The visit to the alpine dairy was a very interesting experience, nice people, we looked at the cheese making, had lunch and bought cheese when we left. And they were so enthusiastic! This is really something we can recommend. Thank you for good service!” (June 2018, K.L., Norway)
- Deep water soloing and rock climbing in Salento (Apulia)
“The activity was great! We have been very happy with Davide (local guide), he’s very good!” (May 2018, A.P., Italy)
- Accommodation at a country house in Vinci (Florence) with typical Tuscan dinner
“Thank you for finding a nice place to stay, situated beautifully and perfect for our need. Chiara and Ian (hosts of the casale) were very charming and helpful, and made our stay comfortable. We all enjoyed our stay. The dinner at the house was very tasty!” (April 2018, M.K., Norway)
- Tailor-made bike tour in Abruzzo
“I just wanted to let you know that we had the most amazing 4 days mountain biking in Abruzzo, what a beautiful part of the world. The route was prefect and just long enough days and some great off road biking, we loved it. The hotels were all good and food delicious especially that first place you booked for us. I have never seen so much food for dinner! Santo Stefano is such a beautiful village. The wildflowers were amazing and the castle and castellated villages too.” (May 2017, tailor-made bike tour in Abruzzo, V.S., UK)