Choosing Hope

two people having aperitivo as the sun sets in Tuscany

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”

We came across this quote today from Desmond Tutu and felt it said a lot. In these uncertain times, we believe it is important to be able to find a way to embrace the uncertainty and discover the small glimmers of hope that are around all of us every day.

While the last few weeks have certainly been challenging, we have been overwhelmed by the support from our current tour guests, past guests and friends – and for that we are incredibly grateful.

As a business that takes many Australians each year to Italy to enjoy the fruits of all that this beautiful country brings to cyclists and travellers, we feel a very clear calling right now to support our partners and friends in Italy, while also recognising the escalating situation for us as Australians.

In asking our Italian partners this week how we can best support them, the overwhelming response is to stick with them – to give them hope and assure them that when this all passes, we will be there, along with our many guests. It goes without saying that this is the approach we are taking as we proceed with decisions relating to our 2020 Tours, and also into 2021. We are committed to being there for our guests and partners, through good times and bad, and seek equal and heartfelt action at this time.

This week we confirmed our 2021 Tour Calendar and over the coming week, we will be launching our new Como, Stelvio & Dolomites Tour, scheduled for July 2021.  We were also heartened by new tour bookings this week for our Tours of Tuscany and L’Eroica Tour in 2021. These riders and their non riding partners wanted to secure their places early, recognising that with many guests this year transferring to 2021, they may miss out. For the hope they have brought us at this time, we are grateful.

So amongst all the uncertainty, pain and challenge, we believe there is hope around us every day and we only need to choose to see it in its many shapes and forms.

Take care and be safe,

Nancy & Damian

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