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Maria Grazia Rubino

Born and raised in the southern Italy, I had the privilege to travel a lot, both in Italy and abroad. As a matter of fact, for me, travel is an all-consuming passion that started during my first trip in London. Since then, it grew more and more, especially when I had the chance to travel abroad by myself being lucky enough to meet people from all around the world. I thoroughly enjoyed tasting the local delicacies and getting to make new and fun experiences that I'd only previously dreamed of.

Of course, I want that travelers who visit my beloved country can make the same experiences and feel the same joy I felt. That is why, I enjoy planning a precise itinerary for them, so that they can live their best experience in the smoothest way possible.

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have always loved traveling and I started doing it since I was a teenager. I enjoyed the planning part and had a lot of fun organizing accurately the trip for myself and the people I traveled with, so that we could discover the hidden gems of each destination.
My love for traveling brought me to accept a job at the local InfoPoint, where I could help people exploring the beauty of my region, Calabria, and that was the perfect occasion to do what I loved the most: share the beauty of an amazing Italian region. After that, I started collaborating with Storywalking, an Italian tour operator that organizes FITs and small group tours throughout Italy. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Without any doubt, my trip to Japan a life-changing experience for me!
I decided to travel completely on my own and went to Tokyo, where I met a lot of people of my age and lived this unique experience with them. Not only I visited Tokyo, but also Kyoto, Kamakura and other Japanese cities. Moreover, I had the chance to participate in different cultural activities.
I always felt like I was visiting a futuristic city, but the amazing thing is that as soon as I turned any corner, I would found myself in front a beautiful and ancient temple. I think this is one of the most peculiar trait of this country. "

Maria Grazia is part of the following groups: Italy Travel Agents
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From Crete's rocky hillsides to the rolling farmlands of Tuscany's heartland, this 10-day itinerary delivers top destinations in both Greece and Italy — and leaves you hungry for more. Start the trip in bustling Rome, where archaeological sites and quiet neighborhood gelaterias compete for your attention. Continue north to Florence and Bologna for Chianti and Parma ham, then catch a flight to the Greek islands where wineries and ocean-view sunsets abound.

Say hello to the Duomo in Florence
10 Days in Italy - 4 Family-Friendly Itineraries

With thousands of years of cultural and culinary history, Italy offers plenty to take in. In 10 days, you can choose to go deep on a particular region or hop between the high points. If you prefer the latter, check out our spin through Venice, Florence, and Rome ideal for school-age children, or take babies and toddlers to Rome and Sorrento with the help of private tours. If you'd rather specialize, try a road trip through Tuscany and Lakes Como and Garda or an adventure trip that will see you sailing over Tuscany and Veneto via bike, hot air balloon, and more.

The Roman Forum
10 Days in Italy - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Many travelers with 10 days to spend in Italy choose to explore two to three cities or regions—you can easily see the top sights in Venice, Florence, Rome, adding the Amalfi Coast for good measure. Or, take a food-focused trip that includes detours to Chianti and Parma. Another option? Immerse in the culture and nature of one region with a tour around Sicily or a hiking adventure in the Dolomites. Read on for five unique itineraries.

Recent trip reviews for Maria Grazia

Trip to Italy
Italy | Oct 21 - Oct 29, 2022

Matt
Matt Y.
New Brighton, MN | Reviewed on Oct 30, 2022

Maria was awesome in planning everything prior to our trip, and Jessica was an awesome resource when we were there to help us set up an additional private transfer.

The private transfers were really nice to have, so that was a great recommendation from Maria!

The only issue we had during the trip was that the private transfer picking us up from our wine tour/cooking class arrived at 1:30, but the tour wasn't yet complete. We had just sat down to sample to wine and the food and... read more

Maria was awesome in planning everything prior to our trip, and Jessica was an awesome resource when we were there to help us set up an additional private transfer.

The private transfers were really nice to have, so that was a great recommendation from Maria!

The only issue we had during the trip was that the private transfer picking us up from our wine tour/cooking class arrived at 1:30, but the tour wasn't yet complete. We had just sat down to sample to wine and the food and unfortunately had to leave before trying any because our ride had already arrived. One recommendation for the future would be to plan for that private transfer to arrive about an hour later for bookings at this tour.

Other than that everything was great! We loved the four cities we visited and will definitely be recommending kimkim's services to friend and family.

Thank you!

Activity Reviews
Cooking class and wine tasting at Castle
Italy

The instructor was awesome and the tour was very interesting. Only comment would be to be sure the private transfer shows up about an hour later, as we were unable to stay for the sampling of the wine and food we had made.

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Exclusive Capri Boat Tour by Positano
Italy
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Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Dear Matt,
First I'd like to thank you for sharing your experience with us. We'll treasure your feedback and advice, so we can do better next time. Since we aim to provide the highest standards, we feel sorry that you had to leave your wine/cooking experience early.
Thank you for letting us know about this issue you had and we sincerely apologize.

I'm happy to know that Jessica and I were able to help you planning your trip in Italy! I hope to work with you again in the future.

I wish you and Anna the best! :)

Several Cons, some Pros for Trip to Italy
Italy | Sep 26 - Oct 7, 2022

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Cherie N.
Hough, OH | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

This was a relatively last minute trip to Italy for us, otherwise, I would have planned it myself. Based on this experience, I doubt I can trust a travel agent again.
While responsive, the planning experience was painful. It was like pulling teeth to get details on the trip, especially excursions. Example: You will be on an all day trip, leaving at 7 am, will have lunch and will return late that night. How long will it take to get there, how long will we be at each stop, what will we be... read more

This was a relatively last minute trip to Italy for us, otherwise, I would have planned it myself. Based on this experience, I doubt I can trust a travel agent again.
While responsive, the planning experience was painful. It was like pulling teeth to get details on the trip, especially excursions. Example: You will be on an all day trip, leaving at 7 am, will have lunch and will return late that night. How long will it take to get there, how long will we be at each stop, what will we be doing, any free time, when eat dinner, etc.
When I initially discussed hotel preferences, my only request was we needed a bed to accommodate by 6'4" husband (and I'm 5'8/9". First hotel in Rome, his feet were hanging off the end of our Double bed by an easy foot and 1/2. The room was so small I had to hunch over to get by the bed or scrap my back against the TV. It was an unpleasant four nights. With that said, the location was excellent and the breakfast was good. In addition, Kim Kim made it up to us by making a tour in Venice private & ensured we had a King bed at our next two spots.
The location in Florence was poor - simply too far away with no uber/taxi options. Fortunately, the Venice hotel was changed and this location was excellent as well.
There was a real lack of consideration with the tours as well - who schedules a 4 hour Vatican tour and a 3 hour Coliseum tour back to back in the same day? It was miserable.
Who schedules an all day tour for EARLY morning knowing they also scheduled your all day tour the day before that did not arrive back until LATE at night?
What was excellent was the transportation that was arranged and the Kim Kim CEO follow up (when needed) during our trip, that was a very nice surprise and bonus so, thank you very much.

Hotel Reviews
Al Manthia Hotel
Rome

Wonderful location and excellent breakfast. Room was uncomfortably small.

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warning on small room for big people!
Hotel Fortezza
Florence

Great hotel, just was not a fan of the location.

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Hotel Ala
Venice

Great location. Annoyed the front desk failed to tell us there was a full breakfast at the main location while we ate fruit and bread at the secondary location.

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Activity Reviews
Tuscany day trip: Siena & San Gimignano (Shared Tour)
Florence

This was a wonderful tour and the guides were great.

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Rome in a Day: Skip the Line Vatican Tour & Colosseum
Rome

Personally do not think many people need a 4 hour tour of the Vatican. What made this worse was it was followed by the 3 hour Colosseum tour. Two other couples were on the same tour and everyone was miserable. While all the sights are magnificent, just too much walking and overkill of information. We tried to leave the Vatican tour early and guide became upset and "made" us stay. Another party went to the bathroom during the Colosseum tour and the guide "went off" on the person.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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There was none!
Cinque Terre Day Trip From Florence
Florence

While a great experience - it was very rushed! It would have been nice to know what to expect before the tour started. Rushing between the 4 locations made the day hectic and provided no time to relax and enjoy the environment. The group was entirely too big and having to listen to the Tour Guide repeat everything in two languages wasted more of our time. Could have been more efficient and eliminate a stop. With this said, the guide did an excellent job with the limitations she had.

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Food
While food was good - you could tell we were part of a "burn and churn" discount group meal. Were not greeted by anyone from the restaurant, food just tossed on the table (not sure what were eating), no refills, had to get own oil for bread, disappointing experience.
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Venice In a Day Tour - VIP
Venice

This was one of our favorite tours, outside of our Rome Food Tour and Amalfi Coast/Pompeii Tour. The guide was EXCELLENT - what a wonderful way to learn about Venice.

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Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Oct 27, 2022

Dear Cherie,
thank you for taking time to leave a review about your experience with us. We feel sorry and apologize that our service did not satisfy your expectations. We set a high standard for ourselves, and we’re so sorry to hear this was not met, but I really appreciate you bringing this issue to my attention. Your feedback will definitely help us do better next time!

Regarding the hotel in Florence, my colleague Jessica asked you if it was up to your standards and you didn't raised... read more

Dear Cherie,
thank you for taking time to leave a review about your experience with us. We feel sorry and apologize that our service did not satisfy your expectations. We set a high standard for ourselves, and we’re so sorry to hear this was not met, but I really appreciate you bringing this issue to my attention. Your feedback will definitely help us do better next time!

Regarding the hotel in Florence, my colleague Jessica asked you if it was up to your standards and you didn't raised the issues you've mentioned here. If mentioned early, we would have solved the issue as we did with your accommodation in Venice (that I'm glad you liked!).

The Vatican and Colosseum combo tour is the best solution for travelers who don't have enough time to visit the city and its main attractions. In the trip plan I sent you there was the duration of it and since you didn't mentioned that it could have been too long for you, I assumed you were fine with it.

Since your train from Rome was delayed, Jessica sent you 20% refund of which you were entitled of. Moreover, my team made sure that the driver would wait for your delayed arrival. We always guarantee the best solution to this kind of issues. We also solved your issue with your bags because we have coordinated everything with our driver.

I'm happy to hear that you're satisfied by the excellent work Jessica did following up when needed asking if everything was alright.

Thank you for your honesty, so we can investigate everything further.

I wish you and your family all the best! :)

Maria Grazia

Fantastic tour of Italy curated by Maria Grazia,...
Italy | Aug 22 - Sep 2, 2022

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April J.
Kensington, NY | Reviewed on Sep 03, 2022

We are so grateful to Maria Grazia, who helped us plan the perfect family trip to Italy and to Jessica for answering any questions immediately while we were there! The tours and tour guides with Liv Tours added so much history and life to our experiences! SaraG in Florence was particularly wonderful. The transportation arrangements were seamless and the accommodations each offered something special for our family! We can’t thank this team enough for helping provide a lifetime of memories! read more

We are so grateful to Maria Grazia, who helped us plan the perfect family trip to Italy and to Jessica for answering any questions immediately while we were there! The tours and tour guides with Liv Tours added so much history and life to our experiences! SaraG in Florence was particularly wonderful. The transportation arrangements were seamless and the accommodations each offered something special for our family! We can’t thank this team enough for helping provide a lifetime of memories!

Hotel Review
Kraft Hotel Florence
Florence

This hotel has it ALL! Beautiful and convenient location, gorgeously appointed rooms, superb dining and first rate rooftop view from pool and dining area!

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Rooftop and balcony views, furnishings
Location
Close to sites, quiet street
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Great wait staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spotless room and bathroom
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Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Sep 03, 2022

Dear April, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.
It's been a pleasure to help you and I’m so glad to know that we were able to make your trip a memorable one!

I wish you and your family the best :)

Maria Grazia

Had a great time in Italy with Maria and her ...
Italy | Jul 24 - Aug 7, 2022

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Mark S.
New York, NY | Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Had a great time in Italy with Maria and her crew! All of the arrangements, transfers, reservations etc were smooth. We loved all the tours and the amazing tour guides in Rome, Florence and Venice. We got to enjoy all of the sites on a stress free trip. Thanks to Maria and everyone at Storywalkers.

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Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Hi Mark, I hope you're well!
Thank you so much for your kind words, it was a pleasure helping you have a smooth and unforgettable trip. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience :)

I wish you and your family the best.

We are so glad that we chose Kimkim to arrang...
Italy | Jul 11 - Jul 20, 2022

Sharjeel
Sharjeel F.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

We are so glad that we chose Kimkim to arrange our Italy vacation this summer. Everything was very well planned and we were in constant communication with Jessica (who was awesome). We did Venice, Rome and Sorrento in 9 days and Maria Grazia has a very well planned itinerary for us where we covered a lot of ground as well as she planned enough time in between for us to do things at our own pace. Loved it and can't wait to plan our next vacation through Kimkim. Ciao :). read more

We are so glad that we chose Kimkim to arrange our Italy vacation this summer. Everything was very well planned and we were in constant communication with Jessica (who was awesome). We did Venice, Rome and Sorrento in 9 days and Maria Grazia has a very well planned itinerary for us where we covered a lot of ground as well as she planned enough time in between for us to do things at our own pace. Loved it and can't wait to plan our next vacation through Kimkim. Ciao :).

Hotel Reviews
Ai Mori d'oriente
Venice
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Via Veneto Suites
Roma
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Residenza Il Campanile
Sorrento
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Location
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Loredana was amazing and super helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Little too noisy and too many steps to reach to the room.
Activity Reviews
Family Friendly Rome By Golf Cart
Rome

Loved it.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Mateo was AWESOME>
Transport
Private Amalfi Coast Boat Tour
Italy

Our favorite part of the whole trip.

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Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Dear Sharjeel and family, thank you again for traveling with us.
I hope I’ll have the chance to work with you again in order to design another trip plan in Italy :)

I wish the best to all of you!