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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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♥ This fall Cathleen, Jan P., Yvette, Deborah, Jan O., Patricia, Sonia and Joe joined me and my Puglia Partners, Yle & Michele and team for 10 fabulous, fun, delicious days… …and they truly fell “head over heelz” for Puglia, … Continue reading
A quick sneak peek at what you’ll be seeing on PostcardZ from Victoria over the next weeks and beyond… √ Back to Italia – I’m heading back to Italy next week to join my expert travel partners and co-lead tours … Continue reading
Surrounded by water, Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and, along with her surrounding islands, Regione Siciliana is the largest region of Italy. As with every island, Sicily is defined by her relationship to the sea and how … Continue reading
“Liguria is the only region in Italy that is entirely framed by natural borders: the mountains in the north form a gigantic amphitheatre facing the marine stage to the south.” – Martina Kolb (“On the Ligurian Edge” from Nietzsche, Freud, … Continue reading
♦ “The Salt Road” – Via del Sale ♦ The Via del Sale extends from Trapani to the Stagnone Lagoon to Marsala, including the island of Mòzia. Stagnone Lagoon is the largest lagoon on Sicily’s western coastline and when you … Continue reading
♥ Ciao, Amici!! Now that 2016 and the holidays are behind us, I hope that your 2017 is off to a fabulous start? Despite Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction on Groundhog Day, spring will arrive and with it spring fever… and looking … Continue reading
Why Genoa? Because it IS “La Superba”, that’s why! Often underrated and overlooked, be prepared to be delighted and pleasantly surprised… So, first I have a confession… Before I was contacted by and subsequently partnered with BeautifuLiguria, I knew precious … Continue reading
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, … Continue reading
♥ Reflections on My Italian Journey ♥ September 4 – October 27, 2016 “Where you are is who you are. The further inside you the place moves, the more your identity is intertwined with it. Never casual, the choice of … Continue reading
♥ Sicily Road Trip – Part 4 – Epilogue ♥ “Those men, those of former times, had soul and eyes that in no way resemble ours, and in their veins, along with their blood, flowed something that disappeared: love and … Continue reading