The Insightful Travels and Tours Story (ITATs)
In 2010 two professors started a conversation around the nature of what makes good travel. Insightful Travels and Tours grew out of those conversations. We advocate for travel that is Authentic, Affordable and Awe-Inspiring. Travel that is built around experiences and not a checklist. Since 2011 we have grown into a small provider that targets an audience of travelers who want insightful experiences.
The ITATs Team
Scott is an artist and Associate Professor of Art at High Point University. He enjoys writing about art, travel and culture. ITATs began in 2012 as a small “boutique” travel company that will provide small groups with experiences that are Authentic, Affordable and Awe-Inspiring. He has led well many trips to Europe and other locations over 15 years.
As an artist Scott exhibits his work both in the US and Europe. He earned his MFA in Paintings at UNC-Greensboro and has held artist residencies in Vermont, Paris, and Venice.
Dr. Anna Piperato is an art historian with a passion for Italian art, culture, language and food. She currently resides in Siena, Italy, the city of her favorite 14th century traveler, Saint Catherine of Siena. Anna studied Art History and Studio Art at Skidmore College, but a family trip inspired her to move to Italy after graduation. She then pursued a Master’s in Italian Studies at the University of Manchester and continued on to a Ph.D. in late 16th century Italian art, focussing on representations of Saint Catherine of Siena. Anna has worked for Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence. The University of California and the Institute for the International Education of Students Abroad (IES) in Siena, and High Point University in North Carolina.
All of our articles are centered around places and adventures we have had while traveling and experiencing the art and culture of our world.
We also lead tours throughout Europe each year. Our travel philosophy focuses on creating experiences that are Authentic, Affordable and Awe Inspiring. We’ve lead over a dozen trips to Europe including Italy, France, England, Switzerland and Spain. Our tours are designed for the traveler who wants to have a meaningful cultural experience and do more than just “check off” a series of sites. You can learn more about our tours here.
We write weekly posts that inform, inspire and entertain on a wide variety of topics. There is a lot of internet out there but we hope to contribute articles and postings that reflect our passions and interests. Our posts have reached over 33,000 readers in 76 countries across the globe. We are always looking for interesting articles, topics and people to profile.
About the Name
ITATs is an acronym for Insightful Travels and Tours. We think ITATs is pretty catchy.
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