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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: Eco-Tourism
Believe it or not, there are actually people who don’t like chocolate!? Really?! Well, you can bet that I am NOT one of those people…and, thank goodness, I’m not allergic to it either! So, when I was in Genoa in … Continue reading
Kicking Up Our Heelz Together in Puglia… Again! Traveling Like a Local with Locals! Part 2! ♥ More…La Dolce Vita Salento Style! ♥ ♦ The second half of our unique experience is in Lecce, the Baroque crown jewel of the … Continue reading
🍷I’m concluding the second series of the Italian Wine Trails & Tales with my own tale about meeting my wine friend, Samuele Bianchi…a very special meeting for a very special reason. Let me explain… 🍷A Winemaker Near Lucca, Tuscany… Sometime … Continue reading
🍷 Piedmont is a region that is VERY high on my bucket list. Today Penny guides us through the renowned Langhe, Roero and Moferrato wine areas… 🍷Getting Lost in the Hills of Piedmont… Snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills are … Continue reading
🍷 I’m so pleased to introduce you to Simona who I met during my travels in Sicily last October (2016). Her passion and love for her home is contagious and inspiring and I’m thrilled to have her share about the … Continue reading
🍷 Katarina takes us back to Calabria where she visited Tenuta del Conte, a winery in Cirò Marina, managed by Mariangela Parrilla and owned by her family. 🍷Tenuta del Conte – A Winery in Calabria🍷 The last few years, I … Continue reading
🍷 Find out how my friend, fellow blogger and lover of all things Italian, Marilyn, not only learned about and became an enthusiastic fan and supporter of The Winefathers but, visited her Wine Family in Basilicata… 🍷 🍷Join the Wine … Continue reading
🍷Famous Sustainable Tuscan Winery Merges Delicately with Nature 🍷 Chianti Classico and Antinori are almost synonymous but the Antinori family isn’t one to rest on its reputation…Susan introduces us to their innovative and futuristic approach to wine making… Buried … Continue reading
🍷I found out about The Winefathers from a fellow blogger and friend. When I learned more about it, I knew I wanted to be involved and became a “wine friend”. I’m so pleased to share about this unique effort in … Continue reading
🍷Donnafugata Winery: Tradition and Inspiration Take Flight in Sicily When I knew I was going to be in Sicily in October, I wanted to have at least one formal wine tasting experience. I immediately reached out to Donnafugata located in … Continue reading