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Welcome! I’m Victoria!
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: S.O.S. – Just in Case…
⇑⇓ Stairway to a Misstep… It doesn’t seem to matter how much advice and warning I give to those planning their trip to Italy, very few are really prepared for the stairs! And they are everywhere.
You’re just back from a fabulous vacation! You had a great time…all the planning and expense was worth it – it was fun, rewarding, memorable, and everything you hoped it would be…Then why the heck are you so blue??? Maybe … Continue reading
Yes, you read that right, praise – and long overdue praise, I might add! You hear a lot of jokes about Italian efficiency (or lack of it) but I’m here to tell you that I have had quite a few … Continue reading
Will I Keep on Traveling? The short answer: Yes, because I love it! It’s my passion! The long answer: Life is a risk so start living! We take risks every single day. Yes, that means you, too! If you think … Continue reading
~♥~ “As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words but to live by them.” -John F. Kennedy ~♥~ We are reminded to give thanks in many ways. A sunset, … 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
Now, it’s the home stretch to…Italy! How I get ready and some tips for YOU! ♦ ◊ ♦ Last week I shared about how Italy is my “moveable feast”…the place that I carry in my heart wherever I go…and I … Continue reading
Italy is calling YOU! You’re ready to enjoy la dolce vita but you don’t have someone to travel with. I understand that predicament and I have lots of great ideas and advice for you. I ‘m very pleased and honored … Continue reading
Travel TipZ You Will Thank Me For! None of us wants to ever think that something could foil our best laid plans… all that time and money invested in our long-awaited vacation and then…the unexpected (and not in a good … Continue reading
Travel TipZ You Will Thank Me For! Whether you’re day tripping close to home, taking a long weekend or traveling afar for that long-awaited vacation, odds are that you’re planning to “do” and “see” something special, something that appeals to … Continue reading