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Monica Pellizzari

My name is Monica and I am your Travel Designer from Your Custom Journey. After my Master's degree in Anglo-American and Czech language and literature, I worked for over 15 years for the National Italian Airline at Venice airport and got the chance to visit almost every continent. The more I visited abroad, getting in touch with different ways of thinking and countries, 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 an amazing architecture that is different than Venice. I had the opportunity to deeply visit Tuscany in my spare time and in the meantime 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 the contradictions and differences itself: but these are our strengths. I always try to convey in each exclusive tour I designed the variety we have in Italy, not limiting my attention just 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 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 Vulcan! What a moonscape!"

Monica is part of the following groups: Italy Travel Agents
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.

Radda in Chianti Countryside
Getaway to Tuscany & Rome - 6 Days

Spend six days visiting historical sites, eating delicious food, and relaxing in Italy. Start in Tuscany for a wine tour of the Chianti region and admire the beautiful villages of the Italian countryside. Catch a high-speed train to Rome and explore the Eternal City with visits to the Vatican City and Colosseum, then round out your trip with a food tour of the city's famous markets and gelaterias.

Vineyards in Chianti
12 Days in Italy - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Travelers with 12 days to spend in Italy have plenty of options—you can hit multiple major cities or enjoy an in-depth tour of one region like Sicily or the Italian Lakes. Trek through the scenic coastal villages of the Cinque Terre, see the lakes and mountains of the north, explore the quiet side roads of Sicily, or go on a grand tour that takes you to Rome, Venice, and Florence: these five unique itineraries show you how to make the most of your stay.

A vineyard in the Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy
5 Days in Italy - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you have five days in Italy, it's best to focus on one city or region—otherwise, you'll likely feel like you're spreading yourself too thin. On these five unique itineraries, you'll discover northern Italy's food scene, explore a corner of Sicily, road-trip between coastal villages on the Amalfi Coast, cycle through Tuscany's wine roads, or get to know the Eternal City.

Sant`Angelo Bridge and St. Peter's Basilica
Relaxed Amalfi Coast & Rome - 6 Days

This packed 6-day itinerary is perfect if you want to discover the best of Italy but are short on time. Start on the Amalfi Coast for Roman villas and small fishing villages, then head to the beautiful coastal town of Sorrento for a cooking class. Stop to see the Pompeii ruins, then head to Rome for a classic tour of the historic city.

Endless Fun with Bubbles in Trastevere, Rome
Family Adventure in Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome - 8 Days

Eight days isn't enough time to explore all of Italy, but bring the family and hit the top highlights for an unforgettable adventure. Start in Venice for a city-wide treasure hunt and a ride on a gondola, then head to Florence for kid-friendly museums and delicious chocolate focaccia. End in Rome, where Ancient Roman ruins and the world-famous Vatican await.