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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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Category Archives: Italian Riviera
“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
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♥ Wish You Were Here Enjoying Liguria with Us! ♥ It’s been fabulous to be back in Liguria and the Italian Riviera in spring time! … Let’s explore Genoa and the Riviera- East and West…together!! A photo montage of … Continue reading
♥ Loving La Dolce Vita in Liguria! ♥ It’s so fabulous to be back in Liguria in spring time! And joining me are five fabulous fun couples… For the next half of our Ligurian experience, we go to Levanto… On … 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
🍷 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 … Continue reading
Perhaps, like me, you’ve never heard of chinotto? My introduction was in September when we visited a chinotto plantation in the Savona province of Liguria… Join me, won’t you, and we’ll learn about this unusual fruit together…
♥ More La Dolce Vita from Liguria! ♥ “What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other … Continue reading