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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: Veneto
Venice Sunset…the sun has set on Venice for centuries and for centuries she has mesmerized us with her beauty, teased us with her mercurial moods and totally fascinated us… A picture may well be worth a thousand words, but a … Continue reading
Just the title evokes flights of fancy, daydreams, imaginations, and perhaps even memories…I happen to love Venice so the opportunity to return, even if only in my “dreams” was irresistible! ~♦~ I knew “Dream of Venice” would be as beautiful … Continue reading
“Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvelous than the land.” —E. M. Forster When I started to write about the “face of Italy”, I realized that, for me, growing up in an Italian family and the … Continue reading
The People You Meet Along the Way… I became acquainted with Marisa Convento on Twitter! Yes, Twitter. A fan of Venice and planning a return trip there, I came across Venetian Dreams and Marisa’s bio. Reading about her, I was … 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
Venice…Already Dreaming About My Return… There is just something about Venice–if she has captured your heart and imagination, she never lets you go. And you never want to let go… Looking at the Bridge of Sighs, it is easy to … Continue reading
Venice: Finding Her Heart…and Mine! The heart of a place is to be found in its people–that’s where the history, stories and traditions are. And getting to know a place, like getting to know a person, unfolds with attention and … Continue reading
Venice Through My Eyes–Reflections on La Serenissima… There are two ways to enjoy Venice…on foot and on water! Every calle and footbridge offers another spectacular view. Venice loves to show off and I love just meandering through her passageways, riding … Continue reading
Venice!! La Serenissima! I remember the first time that I arrived in Venice… Walking out of the train station into a dream- the enchanting dream that is Venice. If you have had the good fortune to visit la Serenissima, the serene … Continue reading