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!"
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Explore the rocky coastlines and welcoming atmosphere of the Mediterranean on this 10-day coastal getaway. Spend two nights each in the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento, where colorful buildings and beaches dot the shores and regional treats like limoncello and spicy olive oil are staples of every meal. Then, catch a flight to the Greek islands, starting with Santorini, home of the quintessential blue-domed architecture, for a catamaran cruise in the caldera. End the trip in Chania on the western edge of Crete for lazy beach days and plenty of sunshine.
Ten days may seem like a short time to see both Italy and Greece, but you'll still get to experience all the main destinations, with enough time for a beach day or two. Focus your trip on a particular theme — like history, wine, or family — to fully immerse yourself in your favorite day-to-day adventures. Regardless of which itinerary you choose, it's easy to modify any of these trips to give you a bit more time in your favorite places.
Two weeks in Italy and Greece is enough time to get a feel for the Mediterranean culture and experience the best of what interests you, especially if you choose a focus to guide your trip: highlights, family-friendly, beaches, history, or food and wine. Although you can opt to spend more time focused on your favorite activities, each itinerary includes a well-rounded set of experiences: historic sites, bustling city markets, quiet neighborhood cafes, and sunny beaches, perfect for soaking in the sunshine.
Spend your 10-day holiday discovering the highlights of Italy. Start off in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to the spectacular Duomo. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio before heading to the coast to explore the colorful villages and seaside cliffs of Cinque Terre. Venture down to Rome and delve into Italian history visiting the Colosseum and famed Sistine Chapel. Finish things off on the Amalfi Coast, for some well-deserved beach time.
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.
Your two-week getaway to Italy fits in cultural highlights and coastal beauty the country is famed for. Begin your adventure in Florence, admiring the art and architecture the birthplace of Florence offers before heading to Cinque Terre. Stroll through the colorful villages and admiring the coastline on a sunset cruise. From here, you'll visit Rome, where ancient history comes to life. Finish off your trip with a stay on the Amalfi Coast. Soak in the sunshine and discover the beauty of this enchanting area.