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Beach, Decorating, Food, Football, Gardening, International Sporting Events, Mountains, Museums, Music, Reading & Writing, Sightseeing, Skiing, Spa, Speaks a foreign language, Tennis, Theater & Concerts, Wine Enthusiast, Local History & Culture, Party Planning, Sports & Fitness, Boating, Scuba/Snorkel, Architecture, Hiking, Arts & Crafts, Horeseback Riding, Photography
Food, Gardening, Music, Spa, Theater & Concerts
“Don't miss out trying the wine and cuisine which is unique to each region in Italy such as Chianti Classico and pecorino in Tuscany - favoloso!”
I have been traveling to Italy at least once a year since 1990 developing insider contacts and keeping my Italian up to speed. On a recent trip I took a small group to Venice. We explored the Venice few tourists get to see-taking our time and wandering the little known corners of this fascinating city. We also visited Padova and Verona-two gorgeous historical towns that shouldn't be missed. We spent a day boating on Lake Garda, another wine tasting in the Veneto countryside, and enjoyed a private visit to one of Palladio's villas outside Venice where we lunched with the family who still lives in this magnificent home. This is the kind of trip I have been creating for clients since 1993. I know the boutique hotels, the guides and drivers, and the special people who will bring Italy to life for you. Whether it's your first trip to Italy or your 100th I will make the trip unforgettable for you. If you would enjoy exploring the off the beaten track corners of Rome, a private visit to the Sistine Chapel, finding that perfect restaurant overlooking the sea in Amalfi, tasting the best Brunello vintages, sailing on the Lakes, trekking the Dolomites or hiking along the Cinque Terre's most picturesque paths-then let me help create your custom vacation. I will show you the Italy I am so passionate about. Andiamo in Italia!
Food, Local History & Culture, Sightseeing, Wine Enthusiast
“Enjoy behind the scenes experiences at the Vatican in Rome or St. Marks in Venice”
I have been traveling to Italy since I was a child and have come to feel like it is my second home. My last vacation there in late 2016 marked my 80th trip to Italy. Travel has always been my passion and after 17 years in the travel business, I made the switch and started planning trips professionally. Now, after ten years in the travel business, I have planned over 3,000 custom trips to Italy, from two persons to groups of 30 persons, from babies to persons with severe disabilities and from strict museum goers to active adventure seekers. Over the years, I have hand-picked the best guides, drivers, chefs, art historians, architects, art history professors, wine makers, sommeliers, experts in truffles, cheese, mortadella, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Vin Santo, to name a few. I am also familiar with hundreds of wineries, wine bars, enotecas, trattorias and restaurants all over the country and know their management personally. I have planned many special wine tastings and events in Venice, Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, the Amalfi Coast and Sicily. Knowing Italy like I do, I can offer you a one of a kind trip mixed with the top sites, off the beaten path places and behind the scenes experiences generally not open to the public. Whether you are a novice or experienced traveler, I can plan the perfect trip to Italy for you.
Local History & Culture, Music, Party Planning, Sightseeing, Theater & Concerts
“Italy is forever in my soul. In the four years that I called it home, I learned the nuances that make this country so exquisite and I want to…”
Italy is forever in my soul. In the four years that I called it home, I learned the nuances that make this country so exquisite and I want to share those experiences with you. Enjoy the highlights of my own travels--throw coins in the Trevi fountain in Rome, watch glass being blown in Venice, or eat squab in Tuscany. Benefit from my insider knowledge and plan your days around the Italian custom of the afternoon siesta, when most storefronts close for a few hours. Stop at the refreshment stand near the lost city of Pompeii that serves the best blood orange juice you will ever taste, or the tiny leather shop on a side street in Sorrento, where artisans will trace your feet and make you custom sandals. Or visit the fragrant lemon orchards along the Amalfi coast and sample the heavenly Limoncello unique to each one. I have been helping people get the most out of Italy for 30 years. If you are ready to fall in love with this warm, exuberant culture, contact me today to begin your love affair with Italy.
Food, Party Planning, Scuba/Snorkel, Tennis, Wine Enthusiast
“In Italy, always order house wine when you eat out in a restaurant. It will be as good as anything you've ever had at home!”
Italy is one of my favorite places to visit, starting with my first trip in 1978. I have been back several times since then and love every new sight I see. From the north with its shimmering lakes to its snow capped mountains; to Venice with its strolling musicians, gondolas and museums; Florence with world famous art and sculptures; Rome with its ancient ruins like the Coliseum and Roman Forum and the Spanish Steps and Trevi fountain - everything you have always heard about. I can help with private tours of the Vatican in Rome, admission into the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, private water taxis in Venice or a tour down to Pompeii to see the ruins and the jagged peaks of Vesuvius. There is nothing like staying in a private villa in Tuscany and driving to a different winery every day. Or going to the Amalfi coast in Southern Italy with picturesque villas and cobblestone streets. There is everything you could possibly want waiting for you in Italy ~ please let me plan the best vacation ever for you!
Museums, Sightseeing, Spa, Theater & Concerts, Wine Enthusiast
“Find a tour that offers a visit to the Vatican after hours.”
Italy is the country of amore - and I can introduce you to many things you will fall in love with. From cooking classes to wine tastings and vespa tours, I can arrange simple solo itineraries, intricate getaways for groups, or find you just the right escorted tour. I have stayed in many of the best hotels in the country; know all the best restaurants; and am familiar with the language, people and customs. With nearly a decade-and-a-half of travel consulting work under my belt, I bring professional knowledge together with a personal love of travel, cooking, literature and art to book you a trip you'll never forget. From the bustling metropolises of Rome and Milan to the charming villages dotting the Amalfi Coast (my personal favorite area), I can show you everything there is to love in Italy. Call me today!
Boating, Hiking, Local History & Culture, Wine Enthusiast
“Most train stations in Italy are like mini shopping malls. Purchase bread, cheese and water and avoid bad train food. And don’t forget to…”
Each year I help clients just like you realize their dream vacation to Europe. I make it a point to travel to Europe for my own vacations each year, so I am familiar with the European rail systems, rental cars and hotel options - making it easy for me to make recommendations on where to stay, eat and visit. If you want to step out of the norm, I can help arrange that too. How about a cooking class in Parma, Italy or a French River Barge Cruise? Ever dreamed of a papal visit with the Pope or a Ferrari tour in the Chianti Region of Italy? The options are endless, and I can help make your travel wishes and dreams come true. Whether you're looking for escorted tours, budget getaways or luxury travel, I am confident that I can plan just the right vacation for you. From printing rail passes and train tickets to booking transfers combined with short day tours, no request is beyond my attention to perfection. Call or email me today.
Architecture, Local History & Culture, Party Planning, Reading & Writing, Spa
“Get ready to be blown away.”
Museums, churches and history, oh my - if you've never experienced Rome, get ready to be blown away. This sexy, urban city is home to a thriving culture both modern and ancient. The only problem is there is so much to see and do that you might run out of time! Not so if I'm on the job - for I take true pleasure in helping you book all the little details so that you have time to stroll the city at your leisure, soaking in the sights with loads of time to linger over that world-class pasta and gelato. With a solid history in the travel planning industry and a personal interest in history, folklore and food, I'm just the specialist to walk you through Italy. Contact me now, and say ciao - then leave the hard work up to me.
Beach, Hiking, Horeseback Riding, Mountains, Sightseeing
“The blue grotto on Capri is a must see!”
From Milan and the gorgeous Lakes Region to Positano and the Amalfi Coast, Italy is a country full of rich history, beautiful scenery, great food and friendly people. Visit the Vatican in Rome, Duomo in Florence, St. Marks's Square in Venice or the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan. The Isle of Capri is still my favorite place with its unparalleled views, delicious food and first class shopping. Don't miss a visit to the Blue Grotto! Make sure to visit the gorgeous seaside villages of Amalfi, Ravello and Sorrento as well. If you have the time take a side trip to the Cinque Terre - a lovely set of seaside towns along the northwestern coast. If you prefer to experience a slower paced Italy, a visit to small, quaint towns such as Sienna, Lucca, Pisa or Assisi in Tuscany are a must. All of these beautiful villages and many others offer fascinating history, local delicacies and handiworks and endless outdoor activities for bikers, hikers, foodies and people of all ages. Feel free to contact me anytime and I can plan a trip that you will always remember and cherish for a lifetime.
Architecture, Local History & Culture, Museums, Sightseeing, Wine Enthusiast
“More travelers return to Italy than any other European country.”
The pleasures of Italy are diverse enough to make anyone's head spin when contemplating the best way to live La Dolce Vita! More travelers return to Italy than any other European country and let me tell you why - there really is something for everyone. I'll paint you the picture of your afternoon in Tuscany eating local fare and sipping regional wines. I'll show you how your stay in Sicily, surrounded by the lure of the Mediterranean will make you want to move there. Ready to see some of the world's great art? It's off to Florence where a myriad of museums and architecture await. It's easy to get lost in time through the vine-covered rolling hills, cypress trees and fields of sunflowers. Whether you want to get caught up in the hectic buzz of swarming scooters and street-side cafes in Rome, or are ready to hit the slopes in the Italian Alps, I'll help you create the itinerary that shows you Italy at it's finest. Contact me today and I'll help you book the perfect vacation.
Food, Local History & Culture, Sightseeing, Speaks a foreign language, Wine Enthusiast
“Since Italy is the most traveled country in Europe, I suggest that people start planning their trips at least 6 months in advance if…”
I have traveled extensively throughout 20 European countries and lived in Italy for almost four years. My European travel experience began during high school when I attended classes in Paris, France and traveled throughout Normandy, Brittany, and the Loire Valley. During my junior year of college, I studied in both Florence and London. The European travel seed had been planted, and after college I lived for some time in Venice, Vernazza (Cinque Terre) and Florence, Italy. During that time of living in Europe I had many wonderful opportunities to travel and learn about the great countries that make up this continent. I have used this experience to help me in my professional travel life as I plan and coordinate wonderful vacations and adventures for my clients. European travel is very diverse from accommodations such as small country inns, villa rentals to five star hotels and transportation via rail, car rentals, flights and ferries. For the adventurous, I can help you with the best places to hike, bike, ski or sail. Whether you are traveling to one country or five countries, I can help you plan the trip of a life time.
“Visit Montepulciano and sample the wine of the same name—just ask me which vineyards have the most interesting tours.”
I love Italy most for the passion of its people and the way they savor every sip of wine and each bite of a meal-they truly know how to enjoy the "Bella Vida." Let me give you your own taste of the "beautiful life," with a personalized itinerary that makes the most of everything amazing about this destination. Take a tour of Chianti or enjoy a pizza making class with the whole family in Rome. I'll direct you to the little-known trattorias serving organic, authentic cuisine at prices that will boggle your mind. Over 30 years in the industry has given me the contacts to make even the seemingly impossible reservations possible for my clients. From shadowing a Truffle hunter as he seeks the prized delicacy to sampling heartbreakingly delicious Bolognese under a ceiling of copper kettles, the Bella Vida awaits you. Don't wait another minute to start living it-contact me today.
Food, Gardening, Wine Enthusiast
“Creating moments for you to delight in all that Italy has to offer—whether your interest is food, wine, art, history, or relaxation—is what I do best.”
When you have a passion for a place, it shows. I've been to Italy more than 30 times since 1982, and it has become a second home to me. My friendships with tour guides, boat captains, hotel managers, and restaurant owners will help me create unique experiences for you. Just tell me your interests and needs, and I'll build a custom itinerary-whether you want to make handmade pasta, taste wines in Tuscany, visit lush gardens of villas in Ravello or tour St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. Take a boat trip down the Amalfi Coast with Salvatore and see the Emerald Grotto, swim beneath an invigorating waterfall, and enjoy a three-course lunch-perhaps featuring fish that your captain caught that morning-at Cafe Teresa. In Positano, book dinner at Il Ritrovo-they'll send a van to pick you up and bring you back to your hotel, and the views are amazing! For a big gathering like a milestone birthday, ask me to book a villa to suit the whole group and arrange special touches like a surprise birthday cake.
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