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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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“Liguria is the only region in Italy that is entirely framed by natural borders: the mountains in the north form a gigantic amphitheatre facing the marine stage to the south.” – Martina Kolb (“On the Ligurian Edge” from Nietzsche, Freud, … Continue reading
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“There is no way to talk about this land without being aware one is in a legendary place.” – Roberto Cotraneo Despite her rich centuries old history and diverse cultural heritage (including being conquered and occupied or settled by Saracens, … Continue reading
♦ Italy Travel TipZ BlitZ: BONUS from Italy ExpertZ & Summary ♦ One of the many serendipities of writing/blogging about and traveling/leading tours to Italy is meeting and associating with both native Italian business owners and Italophiles who share my … Continue reading
FREE Italy Travel TipZ? Si! Earlier this year, I launched my updated edition of… Victoria’s Travel TipZ Italian Style MORE Simple Ways to Enjoy Italian Ways on Your Next Trip to Italy And… in my ItalyTravel TipZ BlitZ series, I … Continue reading
Apologies for earlier misfire! Today’s Guest Post, originally published two years ago, is from my lovely friend, tour partner, and Expert contributor to my book, Ylenia Sambati. Yle and I met via fellow Italophiles and the internet almost 5 years … Continue reading
Is it possible to travel solo in a small group and enjoy all of the benefits of independent travel? You bet!!! Traveling in a small group can be the best of all travel experiences, especially for the solo traveler, and … Continue reading
♦ Italy Travel TipZ BlitZ: #9 Some Things Never Change & #10 Why You Came to Italy in the First Place ♦ We travel for many reasons – to experience, enjoy, and learn about other cultures and ways of life. … Continue reading
♦ 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