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La dolce vita for me! And for you! Travel consultant, blogger, writer, tour leader & published author, I love sharing no-nonsense travel tips, advice and insights. Let's plan your next great trip, perhaps to Italy with me?!
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“You, Victoria, made the experience special, your enthusiasm and sense of adventure, and your thoughtfulness and attention to detail….also your concern for each of us…..making sure we were OK and taking care of our needs (whatever they may have been)… I have and will continue to recommend the trip to others.”
Joan D., Spring 2014
“I travel solo a lot and avoid organized tours. But this was much more than a tour and the small group made it feel more like family..It is a great value and was much more than I had expected.
“Grazie mille, Victoria. You did a great job putting this all together!”
Margie M., Spring 2015
“Experiencing Italy with Victoria is like winning the lottery. Her meticulous planning, and partnerships with Italian experts indigenous to the regions visited, makes her small group tours so rewarding.”
Paula J-H, Fall 2015 & 2016
“This was my first trip out of the country alone. Victoria provided a trip filled with excitement, organization, fun and safety. Every detail was well thought out and provided for a trip I will never forget and hope to do again.
“Every meal, excursion, cooking class and those with whom Victoria partners with in Italy were glorious. Eccellente e Grazie!”
Linda J., Fall 2016
“It was beyond my wildest expectations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Jan O., Fall 2017
“If you are interested in a high-quality, and very small group travel experience, take a look. Victoria De Maio and her ‘boots on the ground’ in Italy provide a very entertaining, educational, professional and delicious experience.”
Patricia F., Fall 2017
“I really want to thank you with all my heart for such a wonderful Puglia experience.
“You are an amazing and talented tour leader and I appreciate all the time and effort you put into making sure that everything is just right.You truly put your heart into every detail.
“I will keep Salento/Puglia and the fantastic people in my heart. I hope we have the opportunity to travel together soon.”
Jan P., Fall 2017
“Dearest Victoria…My Italy experience was priceless!
Your leadership made it feel like I was traveling with a dear kind friend who truly cares about all of us individually and enhances our travels with the very best ingredients, laughter, delicious food, beautiful informative touring and lots, oh yes, lots of wine!”
Cathleen J., Fall 2017
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♦ Italy Travel TipZ BlitZ: #8 Safety & Well-Being♦ Don’t believe everything you “hear” but always practice personal safety and pay attention at all times – and that means before you leave home – so that it’s a habit. This … Continue reading
This review in praise of Kathyrn Occhipinti’s “Conversational Italian for Travelers” is LONG overdue! But, as it turns out, it’s timely because the author, Kathryn, is a featured Expert Contributor in my updated and recently (re)published “Victoria’s Travel TipZ Italian … Continue reading
♦ Italy Travel TipZ BlitZ: #6 Seeing Italy’s Sites & #7 Getting Converted ♦ After all, Italy has more UNESCO designated sites than any other country – it is culturally rich but the reality is you simply cannot see and … Continue reading
♦ Italy Travel TipZ BlitZ: #5 Getting Around ♦ This is my second longest Chapter and for good reason. Whether it’s on foot, riding the trains, grabbing a taxi or driving, you will have to get around… and getting around … Continue reading
♦ Italy Travel TipZ BlitZ: #3 Spending & Shopping and #4 Connecting & Communicating ♦ A few tipZ about shopping and supporting the local artisan community, a little savvy about the currency (euros), ATMs, credit cards, and your cellular plan … Continue reading
♦ Italy Travel TipZ BlitZ: #2 Sleeping & Creature Comforts ♦ Choosing and deciding where you stay and those other “creature comforts” can definitely make your travels memorable…but we want them to be pleasant memories! This and many More TipZ … Continue reading
How to Get Around in Venice? Helpful New Prontopia App Turns Trip Days into Travel Days Fellow Italianista Shannon Kenny loves getting lost walking in the city when time and logistics allow, but has faced the challenges of navigating foreign … Continue reading
♦ Italy Travel TipZ BlitZ: #1 Eating – Food Rules ♦ This just happens to be the longest chapter in the book with over 100 tipz! For example… everyone loves Italian food but, did you know that much of the … Continue reading
Si! My NEW updated edition of Victoria’s Travel TipZ Italian Style is ready for “blast off”! ♦ Italy Travel TipZ Blitz ♦ Join me as I kick off 2018 with a series of posts highlighting TipZ from the 10 Chapters … Continue reading
Yes, I confess, for the past few months I’ve been sleeping around here in Santa Barbara…but, it isn’t what you think!