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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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Tag Archives: Food tourism
♥ The Gelato Festival Comes to America! ♥ ♥ For several years I have tried (unsuccessfully) to attend a Gelato Festival in Florence, Italy…but several weeks ago, Gelato Festival America came to me!
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 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
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ A Foodie I’m Not But… Although I don’t consider myself a foodie (and certainly wouldn’t call myself a cook!), there’s no question that I love food and love to eat. If you’ve followed along with … Continue reading
I’ve been to a lot of local markets—it’s actually one of my favorite things to do in any city I’m visiting – but, I must say that I’ve not seen a market like the marvelous Mercato Orientale. The Mercato Orientale … Continue reading
🍷This week we’ll be hiking the Italian Wine Trail in Piemonte with Jeff Burrows. Jeff is going to take us “off the beaten track” along the Sentieri and Roero hiking trails in the Langhe. I’m looking forward to another wine … Continue reading
This is a very personal indelible memory dedicated to all of YOU who I have had the joy of sharing a meal or glass of wine with. Thank you for joining me and for being a part of my feast… … Continue reading
♥ I Do Love to Eat! ♥ And enjoying the regional and traditional cuisine wherever I go is, for me, one of the greatest pleasures of traveling and truly living la dolce vita! Now, I’m no where near as adventurous … Continue reading
Where to start? So many choices! Too many choices? Need advice? Who do you trust? Now that we’re just entering the new year, no doubt it’s time to start thinking seriously (if you haven’t already) about your 2016 travel plans. … Continue reading
I’m not sure why so much that I write about centers around food (hmmmm…), but I’m especially fond of visiting Italy’s food markets and the friendly (and hard working) artisans who proudly display and offer their local produce, delicacies, and … Continue reading