Enter Professor Lawan Anderson of Tapestry Travel. For over 11 years, she has been organizing and personally hosting customized trips to Italy that feature a mixture of hunting and/or fishing opportunities, along with cultural activities for non-hunters. Anderson is able to put these kinds of trips together because of the many important contacts she has fostered for more than a decade. A professor in art history and archeology, Anderson teaches part time at the Gregorian University of Rome, and her mentor is the president of the Pontifical Institute, which is the Vatican's postgraduate research institute. Through her contacts in academia, the art world and the upper class, in addition to a lifetime of summers spent in Europe, she has built a network that allows her to cut through bureaucratic red tape and gain access to places and people otherwise next to impossible for the average person to reach.
Because of these contacts, Anderson is able to arrange just about anything a client requests. Each trip she organizes is completely different because she customizes them to the desires and budgets of each group. The hunting she has access to is mostly in central Italy, in the neighboring regions of Umbria and Tuscany on private estates. The Apennine Mountains run through this part of Italy, creating what Anderson describes as the lush, forested heart of the country. She compares it to Colorado High Country. Hunting is conducted by spot and stalk with a professional hunter as your guide.........(continued)