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Italy Tour Testimonials
“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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Tag Archives: Florence
♥ La Dolce Vita Visits “a Noble Palazzo in the Heart of Florence” ♥ Ah, Florence! There is just so much to see and experience in this iconic and magnificent city… There so much to see that, in a short … Continue reading
♥ La Dolce Vita Loves Tuscany! ♥ “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton Is it possible to ever get enough of Tuscany? As I come to the last few days … Continue reading
♥ La Dolce Vita Loves Tuscany! ♥ “The charm of Italy is akin to that of being in love.” – Stendhal Starting in Florence, the “cradle of the Renaissance”, let’s take walks and explore the picturesque hill town of Siena … Continue reading
♦ I Have My “E-Ticket” ♦ “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves.” – Pico Iyer I remember when an “e-ticket” meant something besides “electronic ticket”! Way, way, way before electronic tickets or pretty … Continue reading
Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Michela (Miky) Ricciarelli. I met Miky quite serendipitously while visiting Florence in spring 2014 and from the moment we met it was impossible not to absolutely love spending time with her! … Continue reading
Florence is a treasure trove of classic art, a must destination for art lovers and students. In droves, visitors flock to the Uffizi, the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Santa Croce, the Bargello…
Il Complesso di San Lorenzo The San Lorenzo Complex That the Medici family acquired enormous power and wealth as bankers and financiers and influenced the legacy of Florence and Tuscany is undeniable… From the early 15th century and the beginnings … Continue reading
Announcing! A New Boutique Tour from PostcardZ from Victoria! You are cordially invited to join us in magnificent, breathtaking Tuscany! Let’s DiZcover Tuscany’s Treasures! September 23 – October 2, 2016
♥ I Do Love to Eat! ♥ And enjoying the regional and traditional cuisine wherever I go is, for me, one of the greatest pleasures of traveling and truly living la dolce vita! Now, I’m no where near as adventurous … Continue reading
Florence! What’s not to LOVE about Florence?? “Cradle of the Renaissance”, home to jaw dropping, iconic, glorious art…Virtually overflowing with beauty and unforgettable magnificence… Every time I step into the Piazza della Signoria, I am overwhelmed with a sense of … Continue reading