Bob and Grace in Italy

First time guests Bob and Grace from Michigan will enjoy their first trip with European Focus to Rome, the Amalfi Coast, the area around Orvieto, Florence, Pisa, Venice and more from October 3 to 14. The couple have been following European Focus for years and now it’s time for the first trip – everyone is […]

Mass Tourism is Ruining Europe’s Great Cities

Some day, not right now and not in 2020 or 2021, but some day soon, European Focus and its founder James Derheim will simply stop taking clients to Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Venice, Rome, Florence and the list goes on and on. Why? Mass tourism and the BILLIONS of people who are traveling – it’s ruining […]

Venice Earns its Reputation as World’s Most Amazing Place

October 28 Yes there are hoards of tourists. Yes the main thoroughfares between San Marco and the Accademia and the Rialto Bridges are ridiculously crowded. Yes, Venice is slowly sinking into the mud. But my, what a wonderful, colorful, interesting place. Get away from the day-trippers who come in on huge cruise ships or by […]

Getting into Venice by Gypsy Cab

April 13 We have a routine we follow when we bring our clients to Venice. Since driving right up to the front door of the hotel is obviously out of the question, those who arrive by car to this watery city have only a few choices to get to their hotel. They can walk (pity […]

Eating Gelato in the 1600s?

We were stunned the other day when we noticed this relief of what we are certain is a young woman enjoying an ice cream cone on one of the support pillars of the Doges Palace, Venice. We wondered if it was pistachio or cherry?

Riding into Venice in Style

We enter with our group of eight this afternoon into the heart of Venice where we’re staying two nights at a lovely hotel in the San Marco district. It’s hot in Venice, so what better way to cool off than with a quick trip via water taxi?