Italy is quite possibly my favorite place on earth, and I’m not the only one!

Vacations to Italy are on the bucket list for most travelers. In fact,  Italy is the fourth most visited country in the world! A bit larger than Arizona (including the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia), Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the world.

Whether this is your first trip to Italy or you’ve traveled here numerous times, there is much to experience! People return often to Italy for its wealth of history, architecture and stunning landscapes, but also for the warm personal interactions with locals. The Italian people, ever-welcoming, ever-jovial, and willing to engage with travelers on deeper levels, makes a trip to Italy like no other.

And let’s not forget the Italian food!

The gelato! The wine! Oh my. Shall we get started planning your trip to Italy?

Make your trip to Italy truly special!

  • Cooking classes in Italy (not your average gourmet tour)
  • Family-friendly cooking classes
  • Chocolate making in Perugia, Turin, Modica
  • Gelato making
  • Visit a mozzarella di buffalo farm in Southern Italy
  • Make authentic Sicilian cannoli
  • Learn how to make Neapolitan Sfogliatella
  • Dine with Italians in their home feasting on family recipes
  • Balsamic vinegar of Modena tours (the best of the best)
  • Taste freshly pressed olive oil from 1,000 year old trees in Puglia
  • Grape and olive harvest experiences
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma tours
  • Wine tours with visits to the owner’s private wine cellar
  • Limoncello making
  • Enjoy a Ferrari ride with a professional driver in Tuscany
  • Tour a traditional Venetian gondola workshop
  • Carnivale mask making with a trained artisan & mosaic making, Venice
  • Sail through Livorno’s Venetian-built canals dating from the 1500s! You can sail underneath one of Italy’s largest squares, Piazza della Repucclica
  • Explore Etruscan ruins
  • Spa vacations
  • Pottery lessons
  • Hand painted ceramics artisans
  • Christmas market visits
  • Christian  & Jewish tours
  • Adventure travel: biking, hiking, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, kayaking, skiing, Vespa tours, etc.
  • Golf vacations
  • Family-friendly Gladiator school (ages 10+), Rome
  • Italian island vacations: Aeolian Islands, Capri, Elba,  Ischia, Sicily, Sardinia
  • After-hours museum visits & private showings
  • Italian Alps vacations
  • Houseboat Rentals (no license or prior experience needed)
  • River Cruises and Yacht Charters
  • Ballet, Concert and Opera Tickets: Milan, Naples, Palermo, Parma, Rome, Turin and Venice
  • Apartment rentals
  • Villa rentals
  • Honeymoons
  • Destination Weddings
  • Self-drive and chauffeured tours
  • Italy by train tours
  • Multi-Generational Family Vacations – I can arrange separate tours to cater to each group within your family, i.e. kid-friendly excursions while those 21+ enjoy a wine tour.
  • Travel off-the-beaten-path to Italy’s undiscovered regions: Abruzzo, Bascilicata, Calabria, Le Marche, etc.

I think you get the idea! Let me know what experiences you would like, and I will do my best to craft a unique Italian vacation for you.

Sample Trip Ideas

*The following are trip ideas based on previously designed vacations to Italy. I’m happy to plan a  trip to Italy based solely on your own vision, which of course is my area of expertise.

Fly into Genoa or Turin and transfer to the breathtaking Cinque Terre along the Ligurian Coast!  This vacation features 7-Nights along the Cinque Terre and 3-Nights, Turin.

Italy Trip highlights include: hiking trails to stunning beaches;  gelato tasting; Vernazza Castle tour and watercolor painting class; Ligurian pesto cooking class with lunch and more! Plenty of time is given for rest and relaxation.

Board a train or take a private transfer to Turin for 3 nights.  Turin is the former capital of Italy and home to famous chocolatiers, coffee houses and historic treasures (including the famous Shroud of Turin).

From Turin you’ll enjoy a private wine tour to the  vineyards of Piedmont! The vineyards here are set against the backdrop of the Alps and are  truly stunning. The wines of Piedmont are quite famous and for good reason. You’ll sample Barolo, Nebbiolo and Barbaresco wines.

Back in Turin you can stroll through Parco del Valentino along the Po River. The Po River runs through Turin and a walk along it reveals grand villas, opulent residences and even a castle!

Relax at a luxurious spa housed within a 19th-century palazzo before returning home. A delightful Italian vacation!

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Northern Italy used to be home to me! I’ve lived in Milan and would love to share some favorite places with you both in and outside of the city.  2-Nights Milan, 2-nights Bergamo, 6-nights Italian lake of choice.

Italy Trip highlights include: a viewing of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper; a tour of Milan’s magnificent Duomo including the splendid rooftop full of sculptures and marble finery. The views from the top are spectacular! On a clear day you can see all the way to the Alps. Enjoy a visit to the Brera district similar to SoHo and relax at  outdoor cafes; wander the unique Navigli canal district.

Train transfer to Bergamo, touted as one of the loveliest small cities in all of Italy. 2-nights in Bergamo’s historic center where you can  savor a gelato while admiring the 12th-century architecture; wander to Orto Botanico to stroll among local flora; revel in the fact that you can walk on an ancient Roman road (a rarity nowadays) and soak up the truly marvelous medieval atmosphere.

Train transfer to one of the Italian lakes.  You will spend your last 6-nights exploring the stunning beauty of one of Italy’s most treasured areas. Sightseeing highlights abound here: cooking classes, boat excursions to  lakeside villages, hiking historic paths, discovering  ancient chapels, olive oil mill visits, wine tours and so much more!

The Italian lakes are very close to  Switzerland and combining a stay in each country is easy to arrange. Either way, you will have an immensely memorable trip!

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This is a stunning itinerary that offers a taste of Italy’s Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige regions. Fly into Venice for 3-Nights, 6-nights Bolzano, 1-night Venice where you will experience a unique side of this world-famous romantic city.

Italy Trip highlights include: a traditional Venetian gondola workshop or mosaic making class; a local’s food tour where you will learn about and sample Venetian cuisine.  Food tour choices  abound!  You can choose a focus on fresh seafood, homemade pasta and/or  gelato. Your last  day in Venice will be spent on a full-day tour of the Palladian villas in the Veneto.

Your next stop will be rail to Bolzano in the Trentino Alto Adige region of the Italian Alps; 6-Nights Bolzano (village center or a vineyard location). If interested in Italian food you may also wish to join a food-centered walking tour. Italian alpine cuisine reflects the influence of the surrounding countries. You’ll taste traditional bread of Austrian and German origins, regional sweets at a local bakery and a drink and snack at a local trattoria. Additionally, you may ski,  snow  board or snowshoe the Dolomites; take a private hike of the Three peaks of Lavaredo or  view the Ice Man, a unique and moving experience.

Train Bolzano to Venice; 1-Night hotel to relax before departing bell’Italia!

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Fly into fashionable Turin (Italy’s original capital) where you will enjoy 2-Nights, 4-nights Valle D’Aosta, 1-night Turin

Italy Trip highlights include: a sumptuous chocolate tour and full day excursion to Barolo for a private wine tour; the option to extend your stay and include a truffle hunting experience and visit to  Castle of Barolo, dating to around the year 1000. Transfer to the Valle D’Aosta for a 4-Night hotel stay; highlights of this stunning area include a private food market visit and cooking class featuring delicious regional specialties; soak up the quaint character of Aosta’s old-town, lingering at an outdoor café; discover Roman ruins; enjoy a picnic at the beautiful Natural Park Mont Avic; learn about ancient architecture at the quaint Regional Archaeological Museum and more! Transfer to Turin for 1-night where you can relax with luxurious spa treatments before returning home.

Ready to start planning your trip to Italy? Let’s begin!

Emilia-Romagna is affectionately known as Italy’s gastronomic capital where culinary delights abound. The area is also famous for luxuries of a different kind, namely Ferrari and Lamborghini. This itinerary assists you in discovering the various types of beauty the region offers. Fly into Bologna and enjoy 4-Nights, 3-nights Parma, 2-nights Soave

Italy Trip highlights include: a private cooking class in the home of a local; an opportunity to visit the undiscovered wine area of Bertinoro; a visit to the gelato museum where you can learn all about this world-famous ice cream-like confection; linger in one of the most majestic piazzas in Italy and a bike tour of the city. Your stay will also include a visit to a traditional balsamic vinegar estate in Modena. Depart Bologna for Parma; 3-Nights with opportunity to tour a Parmesan-Reggiano factory and a prosciutto di Parma producer. You will also explore Parma’s beautiful piazzas and quaint cobbled streets with a local guide. Transfer to the small, off-the-beaten-path village of Soave; 2-nights with opportunity to discover the picturesque Valpolicella wine area. Fly home from Bologna.

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This itinerary centers on the lush green of the Umbrian region! The views from Orvieto are awe-inspiring and simply take your breath away. Orvieto is certainly one of the most memorable Italian villages I’ve had the pleasure of spending time in. The cathedral is a stunning masterpiece of such intricate detail that it appears to be shimmering golden from afar at sunset.  You’ll fly into Rome and transfer to Orvieto where you’ll spend 4-nights, 4-nights Spoleto, 2-nights Rome.

Italy Trip highlights include: accommodations in a traditional farmhouse on the outskirts or in a hotel in  Orvieto center; pottery lessons (maybe your vase will turn out better than mine!!); Umbrian cooking classes; horseback rides and more. Transfer to Spoleto for 4-nights in an enchanted Umbrian village visiting towns such as Todi, Assisi, Perugia, Deruta, Civita di Bagnoregio (where my engagement photo was taken!) among others. Where you visit will depend upon the experiences you seek and how far you’d like to travel from your home base. The options I can offer are really quite numerous. Transfer to Rome for 2-nights exploring hidden treasures here before departing for home.

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Outdoor enthusiasts often tout the bike routes in Tuscany as some of their favorites and for good reason! On this adventure trip you will fly into Florence and transfer to the Tuscan countryside for 5-Nights followed by 3-Nights in Florence, ending with 2-Nights Rome (or spend more time in Florence uncovering the lesser-known treasures there).

Italy Trip highlights include: Half-day guided hiking to various villages; full-day guided hiking the countryside itself; a full-day guided biking tour to areas of your choice; lunch at local restaurants; wine tastings; Ferrari ride with a professional driver; Italian mosaic lesson in Florence; cooking class at the home of a local or with a Tuscan chef; horseback ride at a nature reserve outside Rome and one night to relax before returning home. (Adventure vacations are  available throughout Italy.)

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This trip has you enveloped in one of the most stunning areas of coastline in Europe – the Amalfi Coast. After spending 5-nights here you will board a ferry to the island of Ischia for 3-nights before ferrying to Naples for 2-Nights before departure.

Italy Trip highlights include: one of the best cooking classes in Italy; a limoncello making class; a mozzarella di buffalo farm visit ; time to relax at the beach or wander the narrow alleyways of charming villages. Ferry to the Island of Ischia; 3-Nights (less touristy than Capri and more authentic) enjoy walks on the island, boat excursions and natural thermal waters at a local spa.  Ferry to Naples; 2-Nights Naples with time to visit the beautiful villa of Casarta outside of the city ; enjoy a food tour tasting some of the most delicious Italian foods and pastries such as sfogliatella. Food in Naples is truly outstanding, due in part to the area’s volcanic soil. Depart Italy with a full-belly and a happy heart!

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Looking for a unique Italian island vacation? Italy’s romantic Aeolian Islands remain largely untouched by American tourists. These islands are located off the coast of Sicily and combine nicely with a stay there.

Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian islands and is a typical Mediterranean resort community. Lipari has a bustling waterfront, charming outdoor cafes, spectacular beaches, and fantastic Italian food.

Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian Islands is extremely pretty  and known for its whitewashed homes, lush greenery, exotic flowers, and secluded coves and beaches.

Stromboli is best known for its 100,000-year-old volcano and gorgeous black sand beaches. Travel itineraries are available in a variety of combinations!

Italian Islands Trip Idea 9: Fly into Sicily (Palermo) and transfer to the port for ferry to the island[s] of your choice. Enjoy 7-nights on one island or perhaps split your time between two. Sightseeing depends upon island chosen and can include volcano tours, an archeology museum, hiking, viewing bronze age huts, water sports and of course relaxing at the beach!

Ferry back to the Sicilian mainland and transfer to the exquisite town of Taormina, Sicily’s most enchanted seaside resort. The locals exude life here and music is regularly played in the streets! There are many charming cafes and restaurants to enjoy and the local beach to explore.

Enjoy 4-nights relaxing and/or sightseeing! The options include a private wine tour of Mt. Etna, food market tours, dinner in a local home, cannoli making, tours of the Sicilian countryside and more. Transfer to Catania for your flight home. Ciao, Italia!

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A trip to Sicily is promised to be one of your most memorable vacations. Sicily is full of some of the most gracious, hospitable and lovely locals you will ever find! Combine this with awesome history, an outstanding array of Greek ruins and the freshest cannoli you’ll ever taste and you have the recipe for an amazing vacation.

This   particular trip to Sicily has you flying into  Catania, a bustling ancient port at the foot of Mt. Etna. Spend some time admiring the symbol of the city: the Fontana dell’Elefante statue, the gorgeous cathedral, Castello Ursino dating from the 13th-century and the Benedictine Monastery that is a UNESCO site and the largest monastery in Europe. There are many other sites to see here and in the area before departing for the rest of your vacation. 3-nights Catania, 3-nights Taormina, 3-nights countryside, 3-nights hilltop village.

Italy Trip highlights include: visiting a small, mostly undiscovered fishing village where life is as its been for centuries; cannoli making class; Sicilian cooking class with a local chef or grandmother; time to wander among the beauty of Taormina along with a day at the lovely beach.

Travel in-land to stay 3-nights in a traditional agriturismo (farmhouse). From your countryside location you’ll visit one of Sicily’s ceramics capitals. If interested you may  take a ceramics class or just shop the beautifully crafted and hand-painted treasures. The Sicilian countryside is easy to drive and explore; I’ll provide plenty of suggestions!

Transfer to a southeastern hilltop village for 3 nights. Explore magnificent Baroque architecture  and taste Sicily’s unique chocolate at a shop that’s been in operation since the 1600’s!   Wander the streets at leisure or enjoy a tour of your choice.

1-night in your city of departure. This vacation in Sicily is a wonderful way to unlock the island’s lesser-known treasures!

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This 7-night  itinerary has you discovering the beautiful island of Sardinia. If looking for an unforgettable vacation spot with turquoise blue water and pink sand beaches, Sardinia is for you!

You can fly directly to Sardinia or to Naples and ferry over. If you have ancestors from Naples why not extend your stay there and enjoy some truly delightful food and pastries?

Italy Trip Highlights Include: 7-nights relaxing at a beach resort,  boutique hotel or villa rental. Water sports abound here and include scuba diving, snorkeling or kayaking the crystal blue waters. Sailing excursions with the chance to see dolphins and private or shared boating to secluded coves are also available. Partake in a cooking class featuring Sardinian specialties  paired with local wine or perhaps a bread baking class .  Archeology tours of Phoenician ruins are also available.

Fly home from Sardinia or take a ferry to Naples with 1-Night 5-Star hotel along the waterfront before flying home.

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This itinerary highlights a largely undiscovered yet up-and-coming area of Italy: Puglia.  Bathed in sunshine, Puglia features a dry climate making the weather quite pleasant  for outdoor pursuits. If you enjoy walking tours, biking or other active adventures  the dry climate is certainly a plus!

Puglia boasts the longest coastline in Italy with white sand beaches, secluded coves and crystal clear turquoise waters. It  is also known as one of the most productive agricultural areas producing tomatoes, olives, eggplant, almonds and sheep’s milk cheese among other delicacies.

For this itinerary you will fly into Bari and spend 3-Nights Trani, 3-Nights Alberobello, 3-Nights Ostuni with 2-Nights Bari before departing for home.

Italy Trip Highlights  Include:   A privately guided visit of the famous”Trulli” houses particular to Puglia. Wine tours, olive oil tasting from 1,000 year old trees and mozzarella and burrata cheese tasting are also featured. This itinerary allows plenty of time to rest and relax on some of Italy’s most gorgeous beaches as well as in charming fishing villages. I just might have to go with you!

Customize your trip!

This is just one example of the  family-friendly vacations to Italy that I can plan. Your vacation will be a reflection of your family’s needs and as leisurely or jam-packed as desired.

Fly into Rome and get ready to explore these famous Italian cities like never before! You will enjoy 4-Nights Rome, 3-Nights Florence and 3-Nights Venice. The  perfect trio!

Italy Trip Highlights Include: dinner with an Italian family in Rome;  gladiator school for kids ages 10+ (I can make suggestions for younger siblings);  a golf cart tour through Rome and/or a  traditional Roman carriage ride. Finish your time in Rome with a pizza making class!

Transfer or rail to Florence where you will enjoy a gelato tasting; an organic cooking lesson for kids featuring regional specialties; bike riding or hot air balloon ride in Tuscany or museum visits and art lessons.

Train to Venice for the last leg of your vacation. Kids can learn to row a gondola and make a carnevale mask.  Enjoy a boat tour of the Venetian islands and wander the charming canals and bridges of this maze of a city!

If looking for an “unpack once” type of vacation then perhaps a villa rental is right for your family. Villa rentals are numerous and we can discuss my favorite choices based upon location in Italy, your interests and needs.

Whatever your family’s travel needs are I can assist.

Get your family to Italy! Let’s customize!

My team in Italy and I will work with you to create an Italian destination wedding like no other! We can assist  you in planning your special day and are happy to help your family and friends with their travel arrangements. We’ve set up bridal registry services for previous clients and are happy to discuss this arrangement with you as well. Should you not want an actual registry I do offer gift certificates which make a nice option for the couple who’ve been blessed with all they need already.

Let’s get customizing! Contact me now  – Grazie Mille!

The Italian Alps are full of outstanding locations to hit the slopes!

Italian Alps Ski Package Highlights:

-Round-trip economy class airfare JFK to Milan (other airports available)
-Manual rental car – upgrade to automatic available
-1-Night on Lake Como, 4-star hotel
-7-Nights South Tyrol area (gorgeous area!), 4-star hotel
-Dinner included daily during your stay in the South Tyrol
-Full-day ski safari with private ski instructor (we can add skiing as desired)
-Wine tasting
1-Night Milan
-Breakfast daily

This ski package is just one of many available and can be completely customized. Prices vary based upon  departure date. Interested? Let’s get planning!

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