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Monica Pellizzari

My name is Monica and I am your Travel Designer from Your Custom Journey. After a Master's degree in Anglo-American and Czech language and literature, I've been working for over 15 years for the National Italian Airline at Venice airport. Thanks to that, I got the chance to visit almost every continent. The more I was visiting abroad, getting in touch with different ways of thinking, the most I felt in love with "my" little "boot-shaped" Italy. I jumped at the opportunity to work as a tour leader for a travel agency located in Tuscany and moved from Venice to Florence. This relocation from one romantic city (the most one!) to another enriched me: Florence is wonderful with a different renaissance architecture than Venice. I had the opportunity to visit Tuscany in my spare time, and as a job, I was tour leading groups to the most important cities of Italy: Two birds with one stone!
I love my country from North to South, with all its contradictions and differences: they're our strength! I always try to convey into each exclusive tour I designed the variety we have in Italy, paying attention not only to the architectural wealth, the richnesses in culture and history, or amazing foods, etc but also the real Italian spirit, which is a rainbow of unique passion and colors. My goal is to plan luxury and unique tours that will make you feel "italiano" (Italian) during your unforgettable stay. I' am sure you'll like it!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Italy from North to South with a special eye on Veneto and Tuscany region. Food and wine tours, family travel, Honeymoon, and Luxury tours."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Since childhood travel was my "bread and butter". I was born in Venice from a full-blooded Venetian father and a Czech mother: Venice and Prague are my roots and starting from there in the following years I traveled across continental Europe. I've been always fascinated by the sound of foreign languages, different landscapes, traditions, and cultures.
It was bound to choose the amazing big world of tourism and achieve a master's degree in foreign language and literature."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I can tell you about attending a Tea-celebration in Kyoto-Japan, or a whale-watching cruise at Tadoussac's bay in Quebec, but the most amazing experience I'll never forget is the excursion I had in Sicily right over the top of the Etna Volcano! What a moonscape!"

Monica is part of the following groups: Italy Travel Agents
View of the Amalfi Coast
Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, & Amalfi Coast - 12 Days

This 12-day trip perfectly combines the cultural and historic aspects of Italy's most notable cities with laidback relaxation on the Mediterranean sea. Admire the stunning Duomo in Florence and sip wine amongst the hills of Chianti before heading to the Cinque Terre coast to sail along the turquoise waters. Travel back in time in Rome's Colosseum and Vatican City, before finishing off your adventure strolling along the sunny streets of the Amalfi Coast villages. 

View of the Amalfi Coast
Naples & the Amalfi Coast - 10 Days

Discover the incomparable culture of Southern Italy with a trip exploring the delectable food scene in Naples and the vibrant colors of the Amalfi Coast. Zip around like a local on a Vespa tour, explore the ruins of Pompeii and breathtaking Mt. Vesuvius, and finish off your trip soaking in the sunshine on the Amalfi Coast.

Cinque Terre, Italy
History and Nature in Italy: Venice to Rome - 14 Days

Combine the historical splendor of Italy with its natural charm in this 14-day tour, highlighting the ancient cities of Venice, Pisa, Florence, and Rome with sunset gondola rides, regional dishes in local neighborhoods, and guided walking tours, plus visits to many museums, art galleries, and monuments. Enjoy tasting wine in the picturesque hills of Tuscany, plus guided tours of Siena, Vatican City, and the Roman Forum. Swap lively city centers for outdoor experiences in Lake Como and Cinque Terre, like boat tours, day hikes, and traversing the seaside in search of colorful villages.

View over the rooftops and countryside of Urbino.
Undiscovered Central Italy: Marche, San Marino & Umbria - 10 Days

This relaxed 10-day itinerary gives you plenty of time to discover the hidden gems of central Italy. Start in eastern Marche, nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Tour the area's renowned wine country, settle into the medieval hill towns of Ascoli Piceno and Urbino, and spend a day exploring the tiny kingdom of San Marino. Head southwest across the mountains to end your stay in Perugia, where you'll discover its Renassaince history and immerse yourself in the regional cuisine.

Best Time of Year to Visit Southern Italy

Although not an exceptionally large country, Italy has a lot of geographic and climatic variety because of its long and narrow shape. Southern Italy has a generally warm climate, moderated by the Mediterranean that surrounds it. It can be visited year-round, but some seasons are better than others if you wish to avoid the heaviest crowds but still enjoy great weather. Read on to find out more about the best time of year to visit Southern Italy.

Naples, Amalfi Coast, & Sicily - 14 Days

You can do a lot with the traditional two-week vacation. Case in point, it's enough time to jaunt to southern Italy and tour beautiful locales like Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, and the island of Capri. You'll even have time to road trip around the island of Sicily, enjoying incredible street food and touring ancient Greek ruins as you do.