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Eleni Fotiou

My love for traveling, my curiosity, and strong motivation for research, as well as an inner quest for identity, made me study international relations and focus on the Mediterranean region. I traveled extensively in the Mediterranean, Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. As a student, and later as a researcher and policy analyst, I participated in exchange programs, backpacking, and volunteer projects.

Writing and photography have always been the best companions in my journey and a means to better understand the world and to self-transform. Nowadays, my three kids have taken over this challenging role and guided me to find my inner “harbor” in the authenticity of the Mediterranean landscape and in simple things, as precious as an olive tree, a grapevine, and a boat sailing in calm waters.

Today, it is undoubtedly the love for our land, the Mediterranean, that made me want to share what I have seen and felt that matters in traveling; a better understanding of the world, of ourselves, exploration, in other words, the art of a meaningful life. Life is a journey anyway, in which “you hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery."

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Italy and Greece; family travel & hands on experiences; educational & sophisticated travel…but in essence, creating tailormade trips inspired by anyone willing to travel and explore our land."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I think I was always involved in travel. I always remember myself designing trips with my parents, my grandma, and later for my solo trips or with my friends and colleagues. When I became a mother, I felt I should not let my job define my life; but rather the opposite. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The travel experience I will never forget was my road trip in the Mediterranean: from Italy to France, Spain, and Portugal, and from Greece to Egypt through Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel following the literary path of historian and travel writer William Dalrymple. I relived this journey once more 7 years later in my first personal travel photography exhibition “Faces from the Mediterranean”."

Eleni is part of the following groups: Italy Travel Agents
Vatican City
Discover Venice, Florence & Rome - 14 Days

Spend two weeks visiting Italy's top cities and world-famous winemaking regions. See ornate palaces and colorful bohemian islands in Venice, tour the Uffizi Gallery to see da Vinci's work in Florence, and climb the leaning tower in Pisa. Spend a day touring vineyards and small farms in Tuscany, then make—and eat!—the perfect pasta dish. Round out your trip in Rome for a visit of the Sistine Chapel and buzzing neighborhood wine bar.

Florence, Italy
Highlights of Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples - 14 Days

Discover the sights and delights of Italy on this two-week highlights tour. Explore the floating city of Venice, the Renaissance jewel of Florence, and the Eternal City of Rome. Ride a Vespa through picturesque Tuscany and discover the stunning Amalfi Coast. Soak up the culture, food, and wine while you fall in love with Italy.