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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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Italy Tour Testimonials
“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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♥ 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!
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Meandering through the streets in Italian cities and villages, it’s not uncommon to see laundry gently fluttering in the breeze. Hanging from clothes lines on balconies, windows, patios, it’s one of my favorite photo subjects.Maybe it’s the memories of my … Continue reading
TidBitZ Bonus: When IS the Best Time to Travel…to Italy? On Tuesday, we talked about the “best” time to travel. Of course, when planning your next vacation (which can be a headache anyway), there’s the ideal scenario and then…there’s reality. … Continue reading
Today’s Special TidBitZ: A Confession… OK, it’s time to confess, and spill the beans…you deserve total honesty from me….no use hiding or denying it any longer…I’m coming clean….sigh…I have a sweet tooth and I’m not ashamed to admit it! When … Continue reading
Guest Post: Today’s special guest is Melissa Muldoon, la studentessa matta! Melissa and I “met” via a mutual Facebook friend and we all share one passion – Italy! Not only is Melissa a dedicated student of the Italian language, she … Continue reading
I think that we often forget that we’re a nation of immigrants and how it feels to arrive in a totally new and unfamiliar place…except when we travel to a foreign country. It’s when we are faced with a new … Continue reading