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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
Gargano, Natural Arch of San Felice
Relaxed Puglia Coast & Gargano Road Trip: Bari, Trani, Vieste - 8 Days

Spend a relaxing 8-day road trip enjoying nature in Puglia and exploring wonderful must-see sites.  Start your trip in Trani, a wonderful seaside city, almost a "stone's throw" from Bisceglie. This is also the perfect starting point to explore the surroundings, such as the marvelous Castel del Monte, archeological sites like Canne, or the ancient  Dolmens and Menhir. Your stay in the Gargano promontory will make your trip, between wild lush forested areas and peaceful fine beaches. 

Blue Domes of Santorini
Mediterranean Coast Getaway: Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Santorini, & Crete - 10 Days

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.

Creating memories on the beach
Family Adventure in Italy & Greece: Rome, Athens, Naxos, & More - 14 Days

Bring the whole family to explore history, art, and nature on this kid-friendly 14-day trip to Italy and Greece. You'll kick things off in Rome, where activities like a city-wide scavenger hunt and an art class keep the little ones entertained. Next, catch a flight to Athens where you'll travel back in history to the time of the first Olympic Games. End the trip on the island of Naxos for family beach time, a catamaran cruise, and all-around relaxation.

Sunset over Santorini
Highlights of Italy and Greece: Rome, Florence, Venice, Athens, Mykonos, & Santorini - 10 Days

If you only have ten days to explore the best of Italy and Greece but don't want to miss anything, this highlights itinerary is for you, with plenty of big-city exploration and beachside relaxation. Spend a few days admiring architecture in Rome and art in Florence, then take a train to Venice to experience a traditional gondola excursion. From here, catch a flight to Athens for old-world history and a modern cultural scene. Spend your last few days kicking back in Mykonos and Santorini, where the views are plentiful and the wine flows all day.

Sunset over Venice
10 Days in Italy & Greece: 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

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.

Recent trip reviews for Monica

There were a few minor glitches. I would hav... · Italy - Aug 21 - Aug 29, 2021

Traveler: Karan o. - Local specialist: Monica Pellizzari

There were a few minor glitches. I would have liked to have had St Peter's Basilica included in the Vatican trip, but it wan't and I wasn't given that option. Most guides were super informative and delightful, but there is a parking problem in Tuscany tour and the guide couldn't accompany us on the sights. Again, it would have been good if the Pisa was arranged in a way so we could have entered it, but that was not an option.
In Rome, I would have liked to have had a tour of the first... read more

There were a few minor glitches. I would have liked to have had St Peter's Basilica included in the Vatican trip, but it wan't and I wasn't given that option. Most guides were super informative and delightful, but there is a parking problem in Tuscany tour and the guide couldn't accompany us on the sights. Again, it would have been good if the Pisa was arranged in a way so we could have entered it, but that was not an option.
In Rome, I would have liked to have had a tour of the first level of Coliseum.
The hotel at Spainsh Steps was not great. For the prices that I paid, I would have liked to have better luxury.
Since you asked: David was the highlight. Sisteine chapel was underwhelming (Sorry Michaelangelo! I expected to be blown away like seeing Mona Lisa. I wasn't)
Except for these two minor glitches (4 1/2 stars but you don'e have 1/2 stars), everything was out of this world. They even tried to pick pocket us in the subway in Rome. Speaking of the complete experience!
Monica was outstanding. A definite 5. Alessia in Venice was great. Another 5.
Hope to work with you again next year for Greece!

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Monica Pellizzari, local specialist, responded to this review:

Ciao Karan,
thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review for your recent trip to Venice, Florence, and Rome. It was a little challenging to arrange everything in a short time, during this “special” period, but I am delighted that you had a great time in Italy. Alessia (your Personal Concierge) and I are very grateful for your 5 stars feedback on our service. It's a pleasure to read that you liked the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and ancient Rome 3-hour private tour, wishing to have... read more

Ciao Karan,
thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review for your recent trip to Venice, Florence, and Rome. It was a little challenging to arrange everything in a short time, during this “special” period, but I am delighted that you had a great time in Italy. Alessia (your Personal Concierge) and I are very grateful for your 5 stars feedback on our service. It's a pleasure to read that you liked the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and ancient Rome 3-hour private tour, wishing to have the opportunity to extend the visit to see also the 1st Tier of the Arena. The same goes for Pisa: after a full day visit to Siena, Chianti area, and San Gimignano, your last day stop in Pisa was arranged as a relaxing stroll to see the Miracle Square and the Leaning Tower, just not to overdo this day tour. By reading your review, I'll definitely take under consideration your precious comments, and try to offer an even more complete experience.
Other than that, I am terribly sorry to hear now about St.Peter's Basilica. Your Personal Concierge was there for you, above all for those "little glitches", to offer solutions, and make you happy 100%.
Unfortunately, due to the covid-19 physical distance measures, the direct passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's basilica is currently closed. This means that to enter the Church the tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. I don’t know if there was a misunderstanding about that or an unexpected problem, but the program of your tour always includes the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica. I’ll double-check with my suppliers, just to make sure that nothing has changed. Once again, thank you for the information.
Thank you also for providing the critique of your hotel in Rome. I strive to provide the best experience for my guests and take negative comments seriously. This is a 4* hotel we have used many times with great traveler reviews, but your comments have prompted us to make an inspection ourselves and reconsider using it for future guests. I would like to highlight that all of the accommodations we included are rated at a 4* category with views and centrally located, which I well understood suited your preferences and specific needs based on our phone conversations. All the hotels were in the city center (in Venice in front of St Mark basin, with a view on St. George Island, in Florence next to Santa Maria Novella Basilica, and Rome in Via Condotti, at the Spanish steps).
Thank you again for providing us your feedback, so that we can improve and perfect our services. It would be my pleasure to host you again in the next future for another exciting journey in Italy.