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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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Benvenuti! Welcome to Puglia! This fall (2016) and in 2017 we will once again be “Kicking Up Our HeelZ” in Puglia, the charming heel of Italy’s boot. This is the third in a series of Puglia PostZ which I published … Continue reading
When I first visited Umbria eight years ago and was told we were going to have a special local dish with truffles, I was expecting chocolate! It was then that I learned the true meaning of “black gold”… Fast forward … Continue reading
Venice and masks are inseparable. It’s impossible to visit Venice and not see shops filled with fanciful, fantastic designs. From the authentic, handmade papier-mâché versions to the cheap imports, they are delightful and fanciful. Historically, for centuries, they were not … Continue reading
This is the first of many strolls I’d like us to take together…let’s take our time and just enjoy the sites, shall we? * * * * * Cats in Rome… A Long History It’s hard not to notice the … Continue reading
When I contacted ItalyXP about being sponsored for a tour in Rome this fall (2014), I was quickly obliged. They had space on their 3-hour “Tour of Christian Churches and Basilicas of Rome”, a tour I was very excited to … Continue reading
Travel TipZ You Will Thank Me For! Whether you’re day tripping close to home, taking a long weekend or traveling afar for that long-awaited vacation, odds are that you’re planning to “do” and “see” something special, something that appeals to … Continue reading
Visiting A Buffalo Farm in Italy Do you love cheese? Do you love mozzarella cheese? Ricotta cheese? And have you had the exquisite pleasure of eating fresh buffalo mozzarella and ricotta cheese? I’m talking 12 hours from milking to plate! … Continue reading
Today’s SideTripZ is a personal observation. An observation about a fairly simple subject…taking a walk. Or is it that simple? Taking a walk can be incredibly pleasurable and rewarding or it can simply be a way to get from here … Continue reading
Italian Talks is a website/blog site sponsored by the luxurious Baglioni Hotels in Italy. On a regular basis they publish “Italian stories by true lovers of Italy” and on March 21, 2014,they published a story by this true lover of … Continue reading
Today’s Travel TidBitz: Don’t Let “What Ifs” Trip Up Your Travel Plans! “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” – Mark Twain Thank you for joining me this morning! Tidbit is defined as … Continue reading