A Wonderful “First” for PostcardZ from Victoria!

Let's Go to Italy Together!On Sunday, March 1st, I had my very first talk/presentation and book signing based on my very first book: “Victoria’s Travel Tipz Italian Style”!

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It’s the stuff that a would-be wanna-be writer’s dreams are made of! And, no doubt, it was a dream come true! Continue reading

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You’re Invited!

Let's Go to Italy Together!Upcoming EventZ in March!

Please Join Me…

~ March 1st and March 6th ~

I’m so excited to be “sharing the stage” with Susan Van Allen for Italy travel tips talks and book signings in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles!

Details Here

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~ March 19th ~

Book Signing and Presentation!

I’ve created a fabulous presentation for you about Puglia! Please come, enjoy a glass of vino, and see why I love this region of Italy!

Dolce Vita March 19 event

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Coming Soon…

In addition to my presentation about Puglia, I’m finishing a fun and informative multi-media presentation based on my book, “Victoria’s Travel TipZ Italian Style”, and I would LOVE to come and share/do an event/presentation for your group!

Send Me a Message and Let’s Chat About It!

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Say “Si”! There are spaces left! And there’s one for YOU!

Puglia v & micheleThere is still plenty of time to get ready for spring in Italy with me! I can’t wait to share Puglia with you…

And in fall? Puglia and Umbria during harvest? Fantastic! And now, two fall Puglia Itineraries!

Remember, space is VERY limited!

Contact me TODAY and let’s plan your “la dolce vita” trip of a lifetime!

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Last but Not Least! PLEASE VOTE!!!

“Postcards from Travel PiZazz”, now “PostcardZ from Victoria”  is honored to be:

Short listed in “Best Travel Blog” Category!

Italy Magazine blogger-awards

Italy Magazine’s 2014

Blogger Awards Voting ENDS FEBRUARY 28th!

Please VOTE HERE!

Let's Go to Italy Together!

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Look Who’s Reading My Book! :D

Let's Go to Italy Together!It’s unanimous!

From Italy to India…Italy lovers, bloggers, authors, travel writers, first-timers & seasoned travelers, Italophiles, Italy tour and travel-related owners/experts…

They all agree…

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No Flowers or Chocolate for Saint Valentine!

♥ No Flowers or Chocolates for This Saint! ♥

Roses are Red,  Violets are Blue…I’m Glad I’m No Saint, Aren’t YOU?

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Typically St. Valentine’s Day conjures up images of romantisaint valentinesc, lovey-dovey stuff like hearts and flowers, boxes of chocolates, mushy greeting cards, and the like… Well, this wasn’t exactly the case for this holiday’s namesake, Saint Valentine – in fact, there was no romance for this saint!

So, no matter how disappointed you might be on Saturday night if you didn’t get those roses or Godiva chocolates, wait until you read about Saint Valentine!

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Travel Planning 101

Where to start? So many choices! Too many choices?

Need advice? Who do you trust?

Now that we’re just entering the new year, no doubt it’s time to start thinking seriously (if you haven’t already) about your 2015 travel plans. A while back I wrote akeys questions answers post, Planning a Vacation is NO Vacation. And the truth is, it can be confusing, overwhelming, and frustrating.

The fact is, we all have different planning styles; some people like to plan way, way in advance…others prefer to be more impulsive or not get to far out on their calendar (just in case). Continue reading

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Over La Luna or My Blog-Oscar Moment!

Let's Go to Italy Together!It’s hard to describe the mix of emotions I felt upon learning that I have been shortlisted for:

“Best Travel Blog” by Italy Magazine

For me, it’s truly my “Blog-Oscar” moment…I’m so beyond words, over-the-moon elated and honoredwowee wow!

Italy Magazine blogger-awards

The Italy Magazine Blogger Award is the epitome of recognition for those who love and write about il bel paese. Sharing my love for Italy and being recognized by Italy Magazine is truly a dream come true for me.

I love Italy, I love writing about Italy, I love writing about loving Italy! Si, Italy is my muse, my inspiration, my passion, my heart… ♥ Continue reading

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What’s the Secret Ingredient in Cucina Povera?

Let's Go to Italy Together!Cucina povera, which can literally be translated as “poor kitchen”, is rich in tradition.

With origins primarily in, but certainly not restricted to, southern Italy, cucina povera has humble beginnings rooted in a very simple way of life.

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Let’s Take a Salento Style Stroll…

Let's Go to Italy Together!Shaped by Sun, Sea & Wind!

We’ve been taking quite a few walks and strolls visiting some of the towns and neighborhoods of Italy. Today, let’s slow our pace even more and partake in a pleasant stroll, Salento stylePuglia Salento Style 2

“There is no way to talk about this land without being aware one is in a legendary place.”
-Roberto Cotroneo

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Puglia is often referred to as the heel of Italy’s boot and the Salento is Puglia’s southernmost sub-peninsula. Lying between the Adriatic and Ionian, it’s referred to as “terra tra due mari”, the land between two seas.

Puglia is certainly quite unique among Italy’s regions. It embodies all of the charms and allure of Italy, but since it is still slightly unknown, it’s not subject to the swarms of tourists…yet! Until recently, Puglia, much less the Salento were virtually unknown, but that is changing. The limelight, once primarily on regions that are home to Florence, Rome and Venice, is starting to reach here.

Among the many distinctive features of Puglia and the Salento, is the sense of timelessness personified in its millions of olive trees. Standing in silent testimony to a heritage that has evolved over the millennia, surely they have been shaped and defined by sun, sea, and wind. As with the grape vines, their roots are deep and their fruits boast characteristics that are gifts from this land.

Another of the unique features here are the masserie (plural for masseria) which line the coastline of the Salento. And what exactly is a masseria? A masseria is a farm house or country house.

Typically dating back to the 16th-19th century and usually family-owned and run, the masserie are often renovated and welcome visitors who want to experience the Salento lifestyle firsthand. Surrounded by fortified walls that were to protect them from various invaders and intruders, they remain working farms often located, naturally, amidst hundreds (if not thousands) of acres of ancient olive trees…

Let’s visit one, shall we? Let’s visit family-owned Masseria Provenzani. Conveniently located only 30 minutes from Lecce, here we have everything we need for a relaxing stay and opportunity to completely immerse in the Salento lifestyle. And yet we don’t have to travel far to visit many of the nearby picturesque cities and villages. Perfect!

Still a working farm, we can stroll among the lemon groves, see what’s growing in the herb and vegetable garden, and visit the roosters and hens. Maybe take a bike ride on the country road or simply relax by the pool…

Heading back to our room, as we pass the kitchen and dining room, you might be followed by friendly dogs and find napping kittens.

Here our delicious and healthy meals will be prepared by Mamma Giulia (sometimes with our help!). Enjoying authentic regional recipes and locally grown ingredients transformed into delicious and healthy meals, always accompanied by out-of-this-world wine is definitely a highlight of our visit.

The spacious living quarters are comfortable and welcoming. It’s hard to resist the urge to just relax with a glass of wine and soak in the warmth of the sun, the faint aroma of the nearby sea and the gentle caress of the wind…

And why would we resist the magical allure of the Salento lifestyle? I know I won’t!

 

Warm & welcoming Masseria Provenzani

Warm & welcoming Masseria Provenzani

Let's Go to Italy Together!Are You Ready to Experience and Immerse in the Salento Lifestyle with Me?

Whether you’re a foodie, a wine lover, an art or history buff or just love Italy, this is the perfect VV - apronexperience for you! Enjoy being in a small group, unpack only once and this all-inclusive trip is a great value! Click for the details on these unique, boutique experiences!

Join me in SPRING 2015

Join me in FALL 2015

NEW Itinerary – La Dolce Vita Salento Style – FALL 2015 Let's Go to Italy Together!

Questions? Contact Victoria! I’d Love to Chat with YOU!

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Going Solo in Italy…Perche No? (Why Not?)

Let's Go to Italy Together!Italy is calling YOU!  You’re ready to enjoy la dolce vita but you don’t have someone to Victoriatravel with. I understand that predicament and I have lots of great ideas and advice for you.

I ‘m very pleased and honored to be sharing about this very topic in my guest post, “Solo Travel in Italy”, which is featured today on the popular site of my friend and fellow blogger, Rick Zullo.

Please comment.  Let us know if you enjoy the article. Share your thoughts and experiences.

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Here are some essential pointers on related topics.

If you’re not quite ready for a solo trip:

Maybe a Small Group Tour is for You?

If you’re ready to think about going solo, here’s some great advice and guidelines:

 Traveling Solo and Safe

More Italy travel tips in my book!

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Spotlight on Orvieto’s Dazzling Duomo

Let's Go to Italy Together!The Duomo di Orvieto almost defies description! It is truly stunning and spectacular!Orvieto - Umbria - Duomo Continue reading

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