5.0 out of 5 stars!!
I am beyond thrilled and honored at the overwhelmingly positive response to my first book, “Victoria’s Travel TipZ Italian Style” !
Thanks to YOU, over 350 copies sold and 35 of YOU have taken the time to write 5-Star Reviews on Amazon!
I am delighted and extremely grateful to share my passion and love for Italy and Italian ways with YOU!
Grazie di cuore!
The Perfect Guide for Anyone Planning a Trip to Italy
“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.”
– Margie Miklas
“Nothing will enhance your experience and endear you to the locals like knowing a bit about them before you arrive. As the founder of a tour company to Italy and an expat living in Florence, I found Victoria’s book to be spot on and a delight to read! I will recommend it for all those who travel with us.”
– Lisa Condie
WOW….Start packing, book a must. Thank you Victoria !
“This is such a simple and NECESSARY book to read before a trip to Italy. Sadly it was not complete before my trip to Puglia with Victoria this last fall. I winged it and had lots of tips from her verbally before my trip of a lifetime. Planning my next trip with her and have read and reread her book……..fabulous tips and so precise. Purchased one for friends planning s trip of their own in spring. Can’t say enough about my wonderful trip with Victoria. Fun had by all….new friends and photos galore.”
– Ginny Dias (California)
A Must-Have for Travel to Italy
“Victoria definitely knows Italy! This book is filled to the brim with every detail imaginable to let you travel in Italy like a native. Victoria demystifies every cultural tradition from food to communication to local travel. She is a lover of all things Italian, and you will be, too, when you travel with this book in hand.”
– Gail Brenner
…perfectly depicts Italy, Italians and Italianism in all its splendor!
“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.”
– Ylenia Sambati
Great practical advice for anybody planning an Italian vacation.
“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.”
– Rick Zullo
It’s fun, light.
“This is a charming guide to making the most of your trip to Italy, as Victoria has included aspects of the culture not generally found in traditional guide books. It’s fun, light, easy to read and practical. Sit down with a glass of good wine and find out about the Italian ways that make Italy such a favorite place to visit, time and time again. As someone who lives there half the year, I’d say Victoria got it just right, and her love for the culture and people shines through. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!”
– Susan Forkush (California/Italy)
“Thank you for this wonderful book. We love it!“
– Bev & Leah Grace Denny
Telling it like it IS!
“Victoria’s Travel TipZ: She’s your Hilarious Italian Mamma telling it like it IS!“
– Susan Van Allen (California)
A FULL bag of Italian Travel TipZ
“I loved the short, to-the-point, full of quirky fun humor and approach to Victoria’s travel tips for Italy. Even for someone who’s been to Italy a few times I still found a wealth of information and great tips that I’ll be sure to be using on my next trip to Italy. There was things I had never even consider or thought of that are in the book and I’m so glad I’ve now learned of them. I totally recommend this book to anyone considering visiting Italy for the first time or even if you’ve been before! From culture to food and transportation to how to order coffee – Victoria’s Travel TipZ Italian Style has it all!!”– Stephanie Mayo
Your Book is Delightful, Funny & Instructive!
“Victoria, your book is delightful, funny and instructive!! I will highly recommend it to all the people I know who want to come to Italy! Brava!!”
-Tina Cannon, DND Napoli
“A wealth of information and very informative travel tips. Especially enjoyed the bonus tips at the end of the book. It was a great pleasure to read this guide created by someone who clearly loves Italy as much as I do!”
Absolutely must have resource for traveling in Italy
“Informative and fun. Wish I had had this on my last trip to Italy. So many useful tips from finding a bathroom, tipping, ordering coffee and enjoying one of my favorite travel destinations. Even though I did not have it for my last trip, I have it now for my next.”
– Cheryl Kroyer
“As advertised and more, informative and helpful for a 1st time visitor to Italy!”
– Dale Land (California)
Victoria’s Book is an Essential Travel Tool
“Victoria’s book, ‘Travel TipZ Italian Style’ is just what you would want to read before taking a trip to Italy. Even if it is not your first time, it is packed full of neat tidbits of advice and recommendations that will make the entire experience in Italy run smoother.Even though I have become a seasoned traveler to Italy, after reading Victoria’s book I was amazed at what I learned. I highly recommend that anyone traveling to Italy, whether it is your first time or tenth, read this book. You will be glad you did.”
– Susan Nelson
“Easy and fun to read. Very informative. A must have foranyone traveling to Italy!”
– Bo Kowalska & Joe Eichenauer
Should Be Required Reading for Any American Traveling to Italy!
“This book should be required reading for any American traveling to Italy! Victoria, though she is an expert, has not forgotten what it is like to be a first time visitor. She totally “gets it!” I especially appreciated her advice on the differences in etiquette there vs here. Several times I had a chuckle remembering things I have had to learn the hard way, probably because this book didn’t exist then! I like how she encourages respect for the Italian culture and traditions. It was an easy book to read, and a joy.”– Vonda Wells
“Got your autographed book yesterday, Victoria! It’s fantastic!…”– Pam Allado & Rudy Revik
… read most of this wonderful little gem while eating lunch…
“I received my autographed copy today and read most of this wonderful little gem while eating lunch….made me want pasta and gelato!:-) Italy is one of my favorite destinations and I so wish I had read Victoria’s tips in my previous trips. Next time I will travel as an “educated” wannabe Italian. This is a must for anyone who plans to visit Italy.”– Sandra Brooks
Expertise and tips making a great guide…
“I have a high regard for Victoria De Maio’s travel knowledge and her new book ‘Victoria’s Travel TipZ Italian Style’ is a humour filled book with personal experiences, expertise and tips making a great guide that will really help you to have a dream trip, one to remember, share and treasure! Once you’ve read the book, you will be well equipped with all sorts of ‘practical, no-nonsense advice’ that will help you avoid unpleasant surprises! And it’s the perfect size to tuck away in your carry-on bag or to carry with you when you are out and about seeing the sights.”– Phyllis Knudsen
A Must Read
“Victoria De Maio has written the perfect book to help all of us to enjoy a different culture without feeling uneasy . Her heart and soul for Italy is felt in this book. Such a great book to bring along with you on your next adventure to beautiful Italy. I recommend it as a must read.”
– Dale Altman (California)
A Must Have
“Great and practical tips for travelers to Italy.”
-Michael J. Micciche
Brimming with Practical Tips
“Italy has many small customs that could easily aggravate or confuse a traveller. Victoria has compiled the most wonderful list of tips – sorted by section – with the eyes of someone who is “new” to the country but with the understanding of someone who is a local.
She is not embarrassed to address even basic questions – where is the light switch for the toilet, “C” on a tap does NOT stand for “cold”, ALWAYS carry tissues/wipes, what is ‘VAT’, “pedestrians do NOT always have the right of way”, “no fanny packs”.
I totally agree with her travel approach – show respect, don’t penny pinch on your once-in-a lifetime experience, don’t compare or criticize.
She sets you up with an approach that will give you a more authentic travel experience. It is well worth the Kindle price to enjoy your trip more fully.”
– Roslyn Young (Australia)
Easy to read
“Easy to read, packed with loads of information, and very inexpensive. If you’re traveling to Italy, you need to buy this book!”
– Lu Kovalik
A fun travel book with serious advice
“This is a fun travel book with serious advice for those planning a trip to Italy. It’s also a nice size, so you can bring it with you. Victoria has a personal and humorous writing style that brings Italy to life, and she includes important details that will enhance any visitor’s experience, sharing her passion for all things Italian while offering tips on food, accommodations, sightseeing, getting around, communicating with the locals, and more. There’s also great section at the end with bonus tips from other experts on Italy. I highly recommend this book!”
– Jen LeMay
Don’t Leave Home without It!
“A great resource for your next trip to Italy. The author has traveled extensively in Italy and has chosen many great tips to share that will make your next trip to Italy even more fun! I love the author’s entertaining style. I highly recommend this guide.”
– MJ Rumbley (California)
I love this book!
“I love this book ! If you are not wearing sneakers, no one would know you are not Italian, because you have a map that makes it easy to blend in and have a great time doing it. This has information about details of life in Italy, things that one would not know until many trips. So, if you are a first-time traveler to Italy or an inveterate Italianphile, there is stuff you will enjoy knowing and be glad you did.She talks in a no nonsense style laced with humor and delight. There were laughs in the book and a candid, refreshing sense of knowledge and style. It is not like any tourist guide, I have ever read.”
– Molly Pilson (California)
FUN and ENLIGHTENING
“Makes one want to go to Italy…STAT!”
“Simple, common sense tipz with humor. The guide is not so detailed that that’s its boring.”
– Sonny & Jan Oates
Great compilation of Italian travel tips!
“Lovely helpful Italian travel know-how shared in an entertaining format…fun read. Thanks Victoria!”
– Christy Von Hook (California)
Cara, you gave the best tipz!
“I am thrilled to review this book for my friend Victoria.. Cara you gave the best tipz! I am not biased at all because all this is coming from heart! These Tipz are so helpful and NOT just for any American going to Italy but ANYONE sans the nationality, who is going to Italy. I could relate to a lot of things and mistakes we commonly make when we travel to Europe and Italy per se.. Victoria has highlighted them all concisely in a small noteworthy book.. Great Tipz again and my best to you!”
– Ishita Sood
GREAT Travel Book For Italy
“Thoroughly enjoyed reading this ‘authentic’ Travel Book.. I felt that every tip was personal & very helpful to me. While reading the Travel Tips Book, I thought of myself traveling blissfully through Italy. The book is also very relevant while traveling most anywhere overseas. Thanx for a writing & publishing job very well done…..!!!!!”
– Mike Campanale (Florida)
Just what I needed to study up on my upcoming Italy trip.
“I just finished reading Victoria’s book on Travel TipZ Italian Style. I have it on my kindle so I will be able to refer to it once I am in Italy. Anyone going to Italy should read this book. So informative and interesting learning the Italian ways. I will be sure to take her advice so I can enjoy my trip and mingle with the locals without looking too much like a tourist. Thank you Victoria De Maio for sharing your expert knowledge and I look forward to also reading your blog about the cities I will be visiting.”
I loved the humor and practical ways the information is organized…
“This is a valuable book and helpful tool for anyone preparing to travel to Italy. I loved the humor and practical ways the information is organized and presented. Certainly, this read will elevate many anxieties one might have in preparing for their trip, and it start you off in the right direction to to enjoy Italy the ‘Victoria’ way!”
– Nancy Bradley
“Travel TipZ Italian Style” is a great book to have…
“‘Travel TipZ Italian Style’ is a great book to have and a joy to read. It’s filled with very helpful information and tips to make a visit to Italy more enjoyable and hassle free. The format of the book is really well done and makes it easy to use as a reference book. The information is concise and written with humor. You’ll really enjoy this book and I highly recommend it before taking off on your next trip to Italy.”
– Bob Barker
An Italian Travel MUST!!
“We have traveled to Italy since 1996 and have wished for a concise “operations manual” such as this since then!! Brava Victoria! Not only are you a fabulous guide; you have done the near impossible….listing ALL the important facts any traveler to Italy needs/wants to know in a simple readable format! What a treasure every traveler to Italy – seasoned and novice -needs to venture forth!! I’m giving a copy to all of my friends/family who are traveling to Italy!! Grazie Mille, Victoria for all your hard work! Fabulous!”
– Raleigh M. Hussung (Tennessee)
All the basics you need for your Italy trips“Victoria presents the quintessential information for first-time
travelers in this fun, accessible guide. The tips are presented clearly and cover all of the basics to make for a more enjoyable trip to Italy all around. Great fun to read both to consult for specific practical info, and also for gaining an important cultural understanding of la dolce vita that will enhance your own enjoyment of this delightful culture.”– Shannon Kenny
I LOVED your book
“Victoria…..I LOVED your book…….I’m just hoping we have another Italy trip in our future to put all your TIPZ to good use.”
– Joan Dewhirst (California)
LOVE it!! Very practical
“I really enjoyed your book & will pass it to my daughter who is going back to Italy in Spring!”
– Felicia Funderburk (Los Angeles)
“I had the pleasure of meeting Victoria at her book signing in Santa Barbara, CA. She shared first-hand with the group some of the TipZ in her book! After hearing simple TipZ I was so excited to read and learn more about what she had to share as my husband and I are traveling to Italy in October (my first time)! Her book is very easy to read, entertaining and most informative for new and/or seasonal travelers. I will be re-reading just prior to our trip so that I don’t forgot any of the things Victoria recommends to do and/or take with us prior to our travels! I don’t want to forget anything! I also purchased Victoria’s Travel TipZ Italian Style book for a friend also traveling to Italy! Thank you Victoria for making your book possible; I won’t be leaving home without it! This is a must read! Enjoy! ”
– Gayle Ramirez
I can highly recommend this little book to anyone about to visit Italy…
“Small and light, this book is easy to slip into your backpack or handbag and is crammed with most of the details you will require to simplify your first trip to Italy and give you more time to enjoy the experience without too much stress.
Victoria rounds off her chapters of practical advice with a reminder of why one travels to Italy in the first place, and that is to experience La Dolce Vita, enjoying the wonderful food, wine, climate, culture and – of course – the wonderful Italian people who make us all feel so welcome in their beautiful country.”
– Orna O’Reilly
“I highly urge you to latch onto this little gem…”
“Anyone who has traveled to Italy before can confirm that the tips Victoria provides are all things that will save you lots of time and lots of grief if you make any of the mistakes Victoria’s tips will help you avoid. These are all practical, no-nonsense, pointers designed to help you make the most of your vacation in Italy. I highly urge you to latch onto this little gem, read it ahead of time and then toss it into your suitcase to bring along with you.”
– Karen Henderson (Venice, Italy)
“Going to Italy soon? Want to know some great tips to help you be like a real Italian on your trip? Then you must get Victoria De Maio’s little Travel Tipz Italian Style available on Amazon.com and check out her blog.”
– Liza Salvatore