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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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♥ 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
♥ ANNOUNCING!! ♥ ♥ Early Bird “Sweetheart Deals” for Italy in 2018 ♥ ♦ Puglia ♦ Italian Riviera ♦ Sicily ♦ It’s time to plan your amazing, fabulous, delicious, trip-of-a-lifetime trip to Italy! And I’m here to help! Partnering with … Continue reading
Can YOU Picture Yourself Here with US?!? Enjoying all things authentic here in the seductive Salento sub-region of Puglia with an exceptional team of expert locals, and staying in a charming restored Masseria and a luxury hotel in the historical … Continue reading
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ OOOOlala!! Magnifique! Fantastique! Merveilleux! Délicieux! The past weeks have been …practically indescribable! Starting with a visit to Sauternes… Visiting biodynamic Chateau Guiraud for an informative tasting, then on to Chateau Royal de Cazeneuve where we … Continue reading
♦ ♦ ♦ All aboard! ♦ ♦ ♦ Oui, I’ve been on board the River Royale with Uniworld as we cruised from Bordeaux, France, along the Garonne, Dordodogne and Gironde for 8 glorious days… Before the cruise I spent several … Continue reading
Who said 13 isn’t a lucky number? In September, after my time in Bordeaux, France, I will be on my way to my beloved Italy for the 13th time and, for the 7th time, to the region of Puglia.…
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ It’s almost time… in a few weeks I’ll be heading to Bordeaux, France for the first time! ♦ I’m thrilled about this opportunity to experience Bordeaux with its spectacular historic sites, cuisine, wine, châteaux, vineyards…and … Continue reading
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Ooolala! In a few short weeks I’ll be arriving in Bordeaux, France, for the very first time. I simply cannot believe that it has been eight (8) years since my last visit to France…mon Dieu, … Continue reading
Villa del Casale, protected by UNESCO in 1997, is considered to be one of, if not, the best preserved villas from anywhere in the Roman Empire. Built in the early 4th century, the magnificent Roman Villa is located 3 km … 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