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Over 40 5-Star Reviews!

Let's Go to Italy Together! Let me help YOU to enjoy your best trip to bella Italia – whether it’s your first or your fifth! My no-nonsense, practical advice will prepare you to enjoy Italy’s wonderful ways – la dolce vita! Photo by Victoria De Maio

Si! I want YOU to experience the Italy that I love and am passionate about!

Let's Go to Italy Together!I’m so very honored and proud to have my book endorsed by Italians and Italy experts alike!Photo Victoria De Maio

♦ Massimo Burgio, Social Media Expert (Rome, Italy):

“Io sono Italiano – I’m Italian, and currently live in Rome. I generally don’t trust travel tip books about traveling to Italy as – believe me – 80% of them is packed with stereotypes, or with tips that are good in the city but not in the countryside, or good in the north but not in the south… understanding Italians and their ways, with all the regional and local variations, it’s not easy. And I’m not talking dialects, that’s a totally different planet – I mean ways of interacting on human basis.

‘Victoria’s Travel Tipz’ gets it. The book is easy to easy to ready and makes it easy for you to localize which section can be more useful to you. The tips are spot on, and Victoria’s way of sharing them is funny and entertaining, making things simple to learn. Don’t expect to be able to engage in complex conversations, but among the things you’ll learn to say and all the body signs, behavioral and expectations tips you’ll get from this book you’ll definitely be able to interact with people in a more relaxed and confident way at your next trip to Italy.

Plus, the book is light enough for you to carry at all times during your trip, and you can probably read it all at once during your transoceanic flight from the US! Highly recommended.”Let's Go to Italy Together!Photo Victoria De Maio♦ JoAn Locktov, Author, Bella Figura Publications (US):

“How I wish I had read this book before my first trip to Italy! A lovely guide book filled to the brim with practical tips to make sure your Italian adventures are informed, safe and enjoyable. Victoria bases her suggestions on her own extensive travel experience and also includes excellent tips from her community of Italy travel experts.”

Let's Go to Italy Together!♦ Ylenia Sambati, YLTOUR PR, Puglia Specialist (Lecce, Puglia)

“This book provides the needed information about, Italy’s most authentic way of life. It’s literally a mirror of what Italians are and what to expect when traveling in the “Bel Paese”.

Highly recommended a worth a (or more) reading from the cover page to the very last page of the book. It’s a privileged access to Italy’s culture, way not to miss it.
Victoria De Maio, congratulations for your book that perfectly depicts Italy, Italians and Italianism in all its splendor!

A must read for discovering and enjoying the Italian lifestyle.”

Let's Go to Italy Together!♦ Margie Miklas, Blogger, Writer, Author, Margie in Italy (US):

“This is the perfect guide for anyone planning a trip to Italy, Concise and up-to-date, Travel TipZ Italian Style is well written and informative. Victoria’s travel tips are organized in sections, making it simple to find what you need. Her sense of humor sprinkled throughout the book allows the reader to learn in a fun way. It is apparent that Victoria’s passion for Italy, as well as her multiple travel experiences makes her an expert in suggesting the best ways to enjoy Italy. An added bonus is the section called More Expert TipZ, where the author has invited eighteen other ‘experts’ on Italy to weigh in with one tip each.

I highly recommend this guide to anyone going to Italy, first-timers as well as seasoned travelers. I guarantee that you will discover something you didn’t know.”

Let's Go to Italy Together!Photo Victoria De Maio♦ Christine Schuler, Hotel Villa Schuler (Taormina, Sicily):

“Happened to read this book as a foreigner living in Italy since more than 10 years now. I guess I can evaluate the quality of Victoria’s TipZ, even if I am not American (to whom the author addresses her book mainly). This book is absolutely worth being read before coming to Italy, not only for Americans. Victoria provides well-researched and detailed information, good tips and hints and she presents all this with a most pleasurable sense of humor. I loved her positive attitude towards her readers as well as to Italy and the Italians and their different way of living,

I loved her relaxed Dolce Vita approach of traveling (enjoy what you see, be flexible, ‘come with an open mind, an open heart and embrace the differences’) and also the Italian proverbs she added. I can highly recommend this book!”

Let's Go to Italy Together!♦ Sarah Kearney, White Almond Sicily (UK & Sicily) :

“An amazing book to have while you travel around Italy with all the information you need to hand and a fantastic introduction to Italy. Warm and witty and well worth a read. Victoria captures the essence of Italy and its culture. Best read with a glass of Prosecco.”

Let's Go to Italy Together!♦ Rick Zullo, Blogger, Writer, Author, Rick’s Rome  (US):

“Among European destinations, Italy tends to be at once the most alluring and the most perplexing. Having some accurate information in your pocket before you go will save you time, and allow you to relax and enjoy instead of dealing with the many complications that one often encounters when traveling to land of La Dolce Vita.

Victoria’s advice is concise and accurate. You can find bigger, more comprehensive guides when looking for specific hotels, etc. But as far as an overview of details of traveling through the Bel Paese, you can’t do better than this.”

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♦ 10 “Superb” Reasons to See Genoa ♦

Let's Go to Italy Together!Why Genoa? Because it IS “La Superba”, that’s why! Often underrated and overlooked, be prepared to be delighted and pleasantly surprised…

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Genoa’s elegant Piazza De Ferrari

So, first I have a confession… Before I was contacted by and subsequently partnered with BeautifuLiguria, I knew precious little about Genoa except that Columbus was born there and that it was a maritime power that once rivaled Venice and Pisa. Now, I’m not proud of that fact, okay? And, once I knew I would be visiting, I began researching and I became more and more intrigued and excited about my first visit…

Coincidentally, I recently discovered that my maternal grandparents sailed for America from Genoa in 1910. So, my inaugural visit took on an even deeper meaning and became an important chapter in My Italian Journey and my roots in Italy. Now, I can honestly say that I am now a 100% enamored and enthusiastic fan of “La Superba”!

There are many, many reasons why you should add Genoa to your bucket list of cities to visit in Italy…but I’m going to start with just 10… Continue reading

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🍷 MORE Italian Wine Trails & Tales… with Susan Nelson! 🍷

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🍷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…

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Photo: Susan Nelson

Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar (Photo: Susan Nelson)

Buried underground and nearly invisible to the eye, the Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar just north of Florence has introduced a new wave of architecture by using a design that merges sensitively with nature. This Hobbit-style complex embraces sustainability and green thinking on a grand scale, making it very unique in a world that is slow to change. Vines grow in neat rows across the roof of the entire linear building, cultivated to blend with the surrounding vineyards… Continue reading

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🍷NEW Italian Wine Trails & Tales…with Jill Barth! 🍷

Let's Go to Italy Together! 🍷 I “met” Jill via social media and a mutual fondness for vino! When I reached out to her to join our trek along the Italian Wine Trails, she was quick to respond and share a fun wine and food tale from Liguria…

Let's Go to Italy Together!🍷Finding Food & Wine Along the Italian Riviera! 🍷

We arrived in Santa Margherita hungry. It was getting dark and the ride from Provence, through Monaco and onto Liguria, had been exciting, with no true-North left after so much to take in. We had two nights in Liguria and the first thing on our mind, naturally, was food and wine.

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Santa Margherita (Photo: Jill Barth)

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♦ The Eternal Youth of Mozia ♦

Let's Go to Italy Together!♦ Meeting the Youth ♦

In 2007, during my first visit to Sicily, I was fortunate enough to be on a small group tour that included seeing so many of the superb artistic and archeological treasures of Sicily.

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The Youth of Mozia, 2007

One of these treasures was on the little island of Mozia off the western coast of Marsala. In a rather unremarkable local museum, there I laid eyes on the Youth of Mozia for the first time… And I was literally spellbound and speechless (something that doesn’t happen often to me!)…

The sheer magnificence of the Youth immediately evoked reverence and awe. So accessible you could almost reach out and touch him, the youth was unbelievably stunning from every angle. I was reluctant to leave his presence as I “knew” that I may never set eyes on his exquisite countenance again… Continue reading

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🍷MORE Italian Wine Trails & Tales…with Val Caruso 🍷

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🍷Tuscany is well-known for its extraordinary wines…Val takes us to an off-the-beaten track part of this region that you may not know about and may want to put on your list to visit the next time you’re in Italy!

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Ampeleia Veticale (Photo Val Caruso)

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Galatina’s Holy Treasure: Basilica di Santa Caterina d’Alessandra

Let's Go to Italy Together!Among the most important cities in Puglia’s Salento sub-region is Galatina. A lovely Baroque gem, it is located midway between Lecce and Gallipoli, in the heart of the Grecia Salentina.Photo Victoria De Maio

Until 1861 Galatina was called San Pietro in Galatina in honor of the apostle who passed through here during his journey to Rome. And, if you have the opportunity to pass through, you will find a visit to be well worthwhile. Continue reading

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🍷MORE Italian Wine Trails with…The Winefathers!🍷

🍷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 the world of wine…

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🍷 The Winefathers – The Revolution in the World of Wine🍷

One year has passed since the birth of The Winefathers, the first and only portal that enables wine lovers from around the world to become relatives of the best Italian artisan winemakers.

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The Winefathers Team (Photo: The Winefathers)

Learn more about this unique concept in the world of wine… Continue reading

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♦Turning the Page on 2016…Hello 2017!♦

Let's Go to Italy Together!Looking back on 2016, WOW! What a mixed bag – on all levels! A roller coaster ride of  blockbuster proportions on some fronts – personal and global… Changes, upsets, upheavals, progress, set backs, surprises…letting go and embracing and … reunions, connections old and new, new horizons and dreams… Life!!

Doubtless 2016 was a helluva year and one that many are more than relieved to put behind them. In many ways, I can certainly concur but when I reminisce and review my thousands of photos, they evoke thousands of moments and memories…and what bubbles up? Well, the theme is YOU!!

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~ ♥ The story of my 2016 includes so many wonderful, amazing, loving, supportive people…

♥ Friends near and far, too many that I didn’t get to spend face to face time with (and that is going to change)…

♥ A wonderful yoga community that blesses me with the gift of teaching and being a lifetime student…

♥ Loyal followers and subscribers to my blog and e-newZletter…

♥ Fabulous, fun tour guests, amazing travel partners, those of you I “know” and stay in touch with virtually and sometimes meet…

~♥ A community, a beautiful world of YOU! Filling me with love, friendship, support, kindness, strength, encouragement, and inspiration. Connecting, re-connecting, staying connected…across town, the state, the country, the world…Wow! ♥ ~

Even with thousands of photos, there are so many of you that I neglected to take that selfie and that is going to change because, indeed, you are my world!

~♥ And, to each and every one of YOU, I say with heartfelt gratitude, thank you and happy NEW year! May it be filled with joy, abundance, good health, adventure, love and loved ones…

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Toasting YOU! Thank YOU & Happy NEW Year!

Let's Go to Italy Together!But first, a look back at some of the many moments and memories we shared!

♥ Friends & fellow bloggers…far & near…

Let's Go to Italy Together!♥ And, then, of course, there’s Italy, my beloved Italia…the gift of spending 2 months in 4 glorious regions – My Italian Journey took me to Liguria, Tuscany, Puglia and Sicily…with amazing tour partners and guests, to my roots, to new and renewed connections… Meraviglioso!

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♥ Liguria! Genoa, the Italian Riviera with my marvelous tour partners, Emanuela and Anna, and  our wonderful guide, Francesca…

I’m beyond thrilled to be returning in spring with a private group and next fall with YOU?

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Tuscany! How I love you…and it’s no wonder, I have deep roots and followed the path back…Florence, Lucca, villages of my maternal grandparents, and more!

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Puglia! Heading south to be with my extraordinary tour partners (which is more like family!): Yle and Michele, and our team, Fabio, Lucretzia, Anna, Mamme... and welcome new guests! Every visit (and this is #5) is pure la dolce vita Salento style…

I’m already looking forward to 2017 visits and YOU can join me! Si, there’s still space!

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Let's Go to Italy Together!Sicily! You called me back to go deeper…to revisit your uniqueness, your ancient roots and my own familiar roots and to follow the path back to the villages of my paternal grandparents and so much more…

And to make it even more perfect? It was the ultimate road trip with my wonderful Sicilian kindred spirit, Margie.

Would you love to explore Sicily with me? Stay tuned for something new for 2018!!

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~ Well, what can I say except, HELLO 2017!!! A new chapter, turning the page… And what’s ahead? More…much MUCH more with YOU! ~

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🍷MORE Italian Wine Trails & Tales with Stephanie Davis🍷

Let's Go to Italy Together!🍷Stephanie takes us to Italy’s “green heart”, Umbria, for a special first time wine trail experience at Cantina Scacciadiavoli in Montefalco …scacciadiavoli-grounds

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