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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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Summer is upon us…fall is around the corner? Those long warm sunny days… And, for me, it means that soon I’ll be packing for Italy…and some of you will be joining me … My plans include the seductive south, Puglia, … Continue reading
Today’s Guest Post, originally published almost three years ago, is from my lovely friend, tour partner, and Expert contributor to my book, Ylenia Sambati. Yle and I met via fellow Italophiles and the internet over 5 years ago when the … Continue reading
It’s always insightful to view a shared experience through the eyes of someone else. In this case, it’s through the eyes of two time guest, Rose Jensen-Holm (who happens to be the daughter of Paula Jensen-Holm). After our fantastic time … Continue reading
It’s always insightful to view a shared experience through the eyes of someone else. In this case, it’s through the eyes of three time guest, Paula Jensen-Holm (and, in another soon to be published guest post from her daughter, Rose). … Continue reading
I love a good cup of coffee! I’ve been a coffee drinker one ever since I can remember. Yes that long! In fact, since grade school, breakfast was a cup of half coffee and half milk (and once in a … Continue reading
10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! Here’s #10 and it sums up all of them! The last and BEST reason of all… Reason #10 – You’ve heard about “la dolce vita” and you want … Continue reading
10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! If you need another reason, here’s #9…
10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! If you need another reason, here’s #8… Reason #8 – You want LOTS of personal contact and attention!
10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! If you need another reason, here’s #7… Reason #7 – You want an “authentic” experience, not the typical touristy kind.
10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! If you need another reason, here’s #6… Reason #6 – You want to celebrate a “milestone” occasion (birthday? anniversary? retirement?) with a few family members or friends BUT you … Continue reading