'Mr. Italy' on visiting Italy

'Mr. Italy' on visiting Italy

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Steve Perillo took over the family tour business 15 years ago after his father, Mario Perillo, famous for his heavily played TV commercials in the NYC market, passed away.

The business which began with Steve's grandfather in the Bronx in 1945 takes 20,000 Americans to Italy every year.

With Mayor Bill de Blasio and family visiting the country, Good Day New York asked 'Mr. Italy' for his take on traveling to Italy today:

"Spring and fall is the best time to go. It's hotter in the summer. In August, the shops close, but that's less and less true as time goes on," said Perillo.

The De Blasio family will be visiting Rome, Capri and Venice during their 10-day getaway. The First Family of NYC is only missing Florence when it comes to the most popular tourist destinations.

A similar trip would run about $300 per day, per person.

With approximately 2.5 million people traveling to Italy each year, Perillo recommends a tour to help you get around.

"An organized tour is a good way to go as opposed to driving yourself or working the trains," said Perillo.

There are many reputable tour agencies that offer deals to Italy.

For more information on Perillo Tours, visit PerilloTours.com 

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