Going to Florence? Bring Your Smelling Salts!

Let's Go to Italy Together!Florence is a treasure trove of classic art, a must destination for art lovers and students. In droves, visitors flock to the Uffizi, the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Santa Croce, the Bargello…

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Spotlight on: The San Lorenzo Complex in Florence

Let's Go to Italy Together!Il Complesso di San Lorenzo

The San Lorenzo Complex

That the Medici family acquired enormous power and wealth as bankers and financiers and influenced the legacy of Florence and Tuscany is undeniable…

From the early 15th century and the beginnings of the Medici dynasty with Giovanni di Bicci and Cosimo Il  Vecchio (Cosimo the Elder) to the last Medici descendant, Anna Maria Luisa in the 18th century, the Medici were avid collectors and patrons of the arts.

Nowhere is their influence more evident than in the San Lorenzo neighborhood in the heart of Florence. Continue reading

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♥ NEW!!! Let’s DiZcover Tuscany’s Treasures…Together! ♥

Let's Go to Italy Together!Announcing! A New Boutique Tour from PostcardZ from Victoria!

You are cordially invited to join us in magnificent, breathtaking Tuscany!

Let’s DiZcover Tuscany’s Treasures!

May 9 – 18, 2016

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♥ I’m No Gourmet Cook But…♥

Let's Go to Italy Together!♥ I Do LOVE Cooking Classes & Market Crawls! ♥

Last week I confessed how much I love to eat (although judging from my photos, you probably guessed that a long time ago?!)

Well, I’m definitely NOT a gourmet cook either but taking cooking classes and going to local markets is definitely something I love to do, too!Photo by Victoria De Maio Continue reading

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An Important Travel Tip for YOU!

Let's Go to Italy Together!It’s been 9 months since I published my very first book! And I am sooo pleased at how well it has been received!

35 Five-star Reviews on Amazon

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High praise from novice and experienced travelers, ex-pats and lovers of Italy AND Italians!

Let's Go to Italy Together!
“Victoria, your book is delightful, funny and instructive!! I will highly recommend it to all the people I know who want to come to Italy! Brava!!”

– Tina Cannon, DND Napoli

“This book provides the needed information about Italy’s most authentic way of life. It’s literary a mirror of what Italians are and what to expect when traveling in the ‘Bel Paese’.
Highly recommended..It’s a privileged access to Italy’s culture, way not to miss it.
Victoria De Maio, congratulations for your book that perfectly depicts Italy, Italians and Italianism in all its splendor!
A must read for discovering and enjoying the Italian lifestyle.”

-Ylenia Sambati, YLTOUR

“Victoria’s advice is concise and accurate. You can find bigger, more comprehensive guides when looking for specific hotels, etc. But as far as an overview of details of traveling through the Bel Paese, you can’t do better than this.”

-Rick Zullo, Rick’s Rome

“We have traveled to Italy since 1996 and have wished for a concise ‘operations manual’ such as this since then!! Brava Victoria! Not only are you a fabulous guide; you have done the near impossible….listing ALL the important facts any traveler to Italy needs/wants to know in a simple readable format! What a treasure every traveler to Italy – seasoned and novice -needs to venture forth!! I’m giving a copy to all of my friends/family who are traveling to Italy!! GrazieMille, Victoria for all your hard work! Fabulous!”

– Raleigh M. Hussung, Love from Italia

“This is the perfect guide for anyone planning a trip to Italy, Concise and up-to-date, Travel TipZ Italian Style is well written and informative. Victoria’s travel tips are organized in sections, making it simple to find what you need. Her sense of humor sprinkled throughout the book allows the reader to learn in a fun way. It is apparent that Victoria’s passion for Italy, as well as her multiple travel experiences makes her an expert in suggesting the best ways to enjoy Italy.”

– Margie Miklas, Margie in Italy

Let's Go to Italy Together!

Victoria's Travel TipZ Italian StyleAnd, you have to agree that almost 400 travel tips for $7.99 (paperback) and $2.99 (Kindle) has been quite a value!?

So, just in case you haven’t ordered your copy or a copy for your friend or colleague, now is a good time.

On  August 20th the new prices will be $9.99 and $3.99. STILL a fabulous value, si?

Let's Go to Italy Together!Order Your Copy Today or Send Me an Email – PostcardsfromVictoria(at)gmail(dot)com if you would like an autographed copy!

Send Me a Postcard!And, please send me your Selfie and let me know your impressions, suggestions and feedback! After all, I did write this book for YOU!

Let's Go to Italy Together!

 

 

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I’m No Foodie But…

Let's Go to Italy Together!♥ I Do Love to Eat!

And enjoying the regional and traditional cuisine wherever I go is, for me, one of the greatest pleasures of traveling and truly living la dolce vita!

Now, I’m no where near as adventurous as Anthony Bourdain and some others who are willing (and even dedicated) to trying dishes with ingredients I simply cannot imagine eating…but I do love learning about and sampling (most) local specialties. Continue reading

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A “Sassi” Life in Matera

Let's Go to Italy Together! “La Città Nella Roccia”—The Town Carved Out of RockPhoto by Victoria De MaioNestled in the “arch” of the boot between Puglia and Campania, Basilicata was, until recently, a lesser known and less visited region of Italy. However, with the surge in popularity of Matera and its unique Sassi di Matera this region is is being “discovered” for its uniqueness and rich history.Let's Go to Italy Together!

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“Fall” for Italy with Me!

Let's Go to Italy Together!Ciao!!!

Photo by Victoria De Maio

Let’s go…together!

Yes, I came back from Italy but I’m going back this fall…to Umbria and Puglia!

…And I’m hoping you’re ready to say “Si!” and join me and my local partners/experts for your trip-of-a-lifetime!

Our small groups (no more than 12 guests) are perfect for solos, friends or couples who want to really immerse in the authentic, local lifestyle and…

Fall is perfect –summer crowds are gone, the weather is perfect and it’s harvest time. Plus, with a strong dollar, what better time to travel abroad?

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But, don’t just take my word for it… Continue reading

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Spoiled at La Sponda in Positano!

Let's Go to Italy Together!La Dolce Vita on the Amalfi!

** Superior! Superb! Superlative! 5-Star! **

La Sponda is located in the acclaimed Le Sirenuse Hotel in the heart of the village of Positano on the famed Amalfi coast. Perched above the spectacular bay of Positano, it commands a breathtaking, panoramic view as far as the eye can see.Photo by Victoria De MaioTo describe Le Sirenuse as a luxury hotel experience is an understatement. From the moment you are greeted at the door by Giulio and Alfonso and enter the lobby, you are immediately transported into an elegant and enchanting sanctuary. (I don’t think I’m going to want to leave!) Continue reading

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Stringing Together a Legacy in Venice

The People You Meet Along the Way…

Let's Go to Italy Together!I became acquainted with Marisa Convento on Twitter! Yes, Twitter. A  fan of Venice and planning a return trip there, I came across Venetian Dreams and Marisa’s bio. Reading about her, I was immediately intrigued…Let's Go to Italy Together!Marisa not only creates and designs jewelry using Venetian glass beads but she offers personal tours through a wonderful site called Italian Stories. I sent her a message and made a reservation to meet with her when I was going to be in Venice.Photo - Victoria De Maio

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