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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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Category Archives: Venice
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
🍷Today our Italian Wine Trails & Tales take us to an absolutely splendid event with Tom in celebration of harvest at a winery very close to Venice. Reading about his sumptuous evening in exquisite and mouthwatering detail is almost as … Continue reading
Venice Sunset…the sun has set on Venice for centuries and for centuries she has mesmerized us with her beauty, teased us with her mercurial moods and totally fascinated us… A picture may well be worth a thousand words, but a … Continue reading
Just the title evokes flights of fancy, daydreams, imaginations, and perhaps even memories…I happen to love Venice so the opportunity to return, even if only in my “dreams” was irresistible! ~♦~ I knew “Dream of Venice” would be as beautiful … Continue reading
Over the Moon at Baglioni Hotel Luna The opportunity to be the guest of a 5-star luxury property is a rare and real treat for me. So, needless to say, when when the opportunity to stay at the Baglioni Hotel … Continue reading
♥ 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 … Continue reading
The People You Meet Along the Way… 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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading