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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: Umbria
🍷Stephanie takes us to Italy’s “green heart”, Umbria, for a special first time wine trail experience at Cantina Scacciadiavoli in Montefalco …
Sitting on the gently sloping Mt. Subasio, Spello is another of Umbria’s picturesque medieval walled hill towns. With its commanding view of the Umbrian plain, Spello is off the beaten track and gets little tourist attention compared to its popular … Continue reading
🍷Along La Strada del Sagrantino in the Heart of Italy’s Green Heart🍷 It was poet Giosuè Carducci who gave Umbria the title, “green heart of Italy”. And for good reason… Umbria truly is a lush, verdant region literally located in … Continue reading
SORRY for the Post “Update” Publication Mistakes– Please disregard… NEW Italian Wine Trails & Tales COMING in December!!! 🍷 I love Italy. I love everything about it and that includes the wine. 🍷 That’s why I’ve invited some fellow bloggers, … Continue reading
Deruta is another of so many picturesque Italian hill towns. Located in the region of Umbria and province of Perugia in central Italy…
I have always loved ceramic ware. I grew up with the vibrant colors and hand painted decorative designs around me and my attraction to and weakness for it has never diminished… It’s even more special when you meet or visit … Continue reading
Giuditta Brozzetti Museo-Laboratorio di Tessitura a Mano An Artisanale Workshop in Perugia In a graceful 14th century convent in the historical center of Perugia, you will find Giuditta Brozzetti. Here Marta Cucchia welcomes visitors to her studio-museum dedicated to hand-woven … Continue reading
Meandering through the streets in Italian cities and villages, it’s not uncommon to see laundry gently fluttering in the breeze. Hanging from clothes lines on balconies, windows, patios, it’s one of my favorite photo subjects.Maybe it’s the memories of my … Continue reading
When I first visited Umbria eight years ago and was told we were going to have a special local dish with truffles, I was expecting chocolate! It was then that I learned the true meaning of “black gold”… Fast forward … Continue reading
♥ We lost our heartZ and enjoyed la dolce vita in Umbria… Wish you had been here with us! ♥ Incredible, spectacular, friendly, picturesque, alluring, delicious and ever so memorable…that begins to describe everything we saw and did, and everyone we … Continue reading