“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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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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Solo but NOT Alone!

Let's Go to Italy Together!Is it possible to travel solo in a small group and enjoy all of the benefits of independent travel? You bet!!!

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Let’s go…together!

Traveling in a small group can be the best of all travel experiences, especially for the solo traveler, and here are 10 reasons why!

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Going with the Flow in Venice!

Let's Go to Italy Together!When I visited Rome last fall, I enjoyed a fabulous tour of the Capitoline Museum with ItalyXP. When I saw that they also offer tours in Venice, I contacted them and, once again, they generously included me in their group tour.

So, on my recent visit to Venice, I had the pleasure of exploring and enjoying more of  the heart of Venice, St. Mark’s Sestiere with ItalyXP.

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Venice is a fascinating treasure trove of labyrinthine passages and calle. It demands that you explore on foot or on water and it’s virtually impossible to get lost. As a matter of fact, it is highly recommended that you do get lost and simply enjoy the uniqueness of this place. But with 110 islands and 400 foot bridges, well, maybe a little guidance once in a while isn’t a bad idea? Continue reading

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La Dolce Vita Peeks Behind the Mask in Venice!

Let's Go to Italy Together!Venice and masks are inseparable. It’s impossible to visit Venice and not see shops filled with fanciful, fantastic designs. From the authentic, handmade papier-mâché versions to the cheap imports, they are delightful and fanciful.

Historically, for centuries, they were not only used in carnevale but in everyday life for more than six (6) months in the year.

When my friend and fellow blogger first suggested that we make masks when we were in Venice, I hesitated and, in retrospect, I can’t imagine why? We would be making our masks at one of the oldest mask workshops in Venice and after one hour would have our very own Venetian mask to bring home? OK, sign me up! Continue reading

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Strolling into a Tradition: A Passeggiata in Squinzano

Let's Go to Italy Together!Passeggiata is derived from the Italian verb passeggiare meaning to stroll or take a slow walk. Well, we know about slow food in Italy, but slow walking, too? Si! And what a delightful tradition it is.

Around midday (usually 1:00-1:30pm), you may find many eateries and shops open in larger cities but the small towns are virtually deserted. Windows and doors of homes and shops alike are tightly shuttered closed to keep out the heat and noise. Streets and piazze are empty. Don’t even think about finding an open osteria or trattoria! Continue reading

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A Cameo Appearance in Venice

Let's Go to Italy Together!Several months ago, I entered a contest sponsored by a fellow blogger from Venice. The prize was a lovely cameo from Gioielleria Eredi di Jovon.Photo by Victoria De Maio

Much to my delight, I won and when I knew I was going to be in Venice this spring, I was delighted at the opportunity to visit Marco’s shop on the Rialto and to meet and thank him in person. Continue reading

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ScrapbookZ from Puglia!

Let's Go to Italy Together!Photo by Victoria De MaioWhen I look back at the photos (and there are literally thousands of them!) from the last and previous small groups trips I’ve taken to Puglia, I just can’t help but smile. My heart and mind is so full of incredible memories, fondness, and gratitude…

From the months of planning with my Puglia expert and partner, Ylenia of YLTour, to the marketing, organizing, and overseeing of all the details to welcoming everyone to Masseria Provenzani…

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Waiting to welcome you, too!

Then, the warm welcome with Ylenia and Michele, cooking in the cucina and at the Puglia Wine School with Yle, Mamma Giulia, Mamma Anna and Mamma Angelina…

Wine tasting with Michele at Puglia Wine School and at boutique wineries like Castello Monaci, Cantele, LiVeli…

Visiting Agricola Taurino with Donato, Valentino and Salvatore; touring and tasting at their olive oil farm… having a picnic under the trees and adopting my own olive tree…

Taking guided walks through the historic and picturesque cities with our amazing guides (and driven there by our fabulous driver); going to local markets and meeting local artisans at work creating pastries, gelato, mozzarella and and and…so much more!!

Let's Go to Italy Together!Well, when I “flip” through my Puglia ScrapbookZ, I’m ready to pack my bags and go back!

And I so want YOU to be in the pictures with me… enjoying la dolce vita and kicking up YOUR HeelZ with me in Puglia THIS FALL!

Not convinced? Read what the 2014 and 2015 groups had to say about their experience! Then, let’s talk about YOUR trip!

Fall for Puglia with Me – October 9 – 18, 2015

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Won’t you join me for a slice of la dolce vita?

Let's Go to Italy Together!

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Something’s Fishy in Venice & It’s Delicious!

Let's Go to Italy Together!This was going to be my third walk with Walks of Italy and I was extremely excited (and grateful) because it was something I had always wanted to do – a Rialto market crawl, visiting the famous fish market and enjoying authentic local specialties (namely cicchetti). Tasting and experiencing how and where locals go; I can’t wait!Let's Go to Italy Together!Despite a drizzly sky, everyone was in good spirits this morning. Under the loggia in Campo San Giacomo across from its namesake church, we huddle around our guide for the morning, Emanuela, to learn about the history of where we are and about what we would be experiencing during our 2-1/2 hours together. Continue reading

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