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Nico Piccoletti

I am travel travel specialist for JayWay Travel and my region of specialty is Italy. I have lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe and believe the best way to experience Europe is by getting immersed in the food, culture and romance of each location. Getting a local perspective of the destinations you are visiting broadens your horizons and allows you take a little piece of that city or town with you in great memories and joy. Join me creating life long memories and collecting your own bits and pieces of the world.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize on travel to Central Europe, Italy and the Adriatic Coast. Specifically in Italy: Venice, the Northern Italian lakes region, Milan, Cinque Terre, Florence, Tuscany, Rome, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Puglia, and Sicily. In Croatia: Dalmatian Coast, Istria, and neighboring Montenegro and Mostar. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I got into travel at a very young age, my parents were avid travelers and took me on my first intercontinental flight by the age of 2. After high school I focused on traveling and getting to know the world and would explore for months at a time as soon as my colleague semester was over and financed my travels working in high end restaurants selling wine and great food. My fascination with food turned into a fascination to visit the roots of dishes in their originary lands, and through food I traveled and explored most of Europe enjoying some of the best tasting dishes and wines I encountered. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"One of my most precious travel experiences I will never forget was traveling to the Piedmont region of Italy and taking part of a wine and 'nocciola' harvest at a small winery on the hills of Lange and Barolo. This trip was a real eye opener as how through travel and taking chances on new experience, you come back home with a whole new appreciation and admiration for things you consume or have on a daily basis from a far away land, and the satisfaction of knowing what their origins and traditions are thanks to spending time away from home exploring new lands and customs. "

Featured trips & expertise

A hilltop village in Istria
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Cozy street in Savoca
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Castel Gandolfo
Discover Venice, Florence & Rome - 13 Days

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Autumnal views in Plitvice Lakes National Park
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Lake Bled, Slovenia
Food & Nature in Slovenia - 8 Days

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Recent trip reviews for Nico

Slovenia, Slovenia - Jun 19 - Jun 28, 2019

Traveler: Andrea B. - Local specialist: Nico Piccoletti

I appreciate Nico asking what my interests are, because he was able to tailor our trip exactly to that. Lidja met us at our hotel, bought us a drink and talked to us a long time about the itinerary. We really appreciated the phone and outlet converters. She was very watchful and responsive the entire trip. Our walking tour of Ljubljana helped us get our bearings of the town, which is the most beautiful capital city I've seen. We enjoyed the trip to and from Idrija because our driver was... read more

I appreciate Nico asking what my interests are, because he was able to tailor our trip exactly to that. Lidja met us at our hotel, bought us a drink and talked to us a long time about the itinerary. We really appreciated the phone and outlet converters. She was very watchful and responsive the entire trip. Our walking tour of Ljubljana helped us get our bearings of the town, which is the most beautiful capital city I've seen. We enjoyed the trip to and from Idrija because our driver was interesting and gave us a perspective of the different cultures in Slovenia. The mine was also a really good tour. Then we met Midja, who was the nicest driver and really went out of his way to give us the best tour. He took us on a few detours that turned out to be scenic as well as practical. He walked with us to the ticket offices, helped check us into our accommodations, and even accompanied us on some short hikes. We thought Postonja Caves was very touristy but still worth the trip. We absolutely loved Skocjan Caves and would go there again. The Predjama Castle was also awesome, but I would also have liked to take the tour below the castle through the caves there. I was glad Piran was kept on the list, even though it was not on my list, but Piran turned out to be a gem. I would have stayed another day had I known was a sweet place it is. Our rafting trip in Bovec on the Soca River was really fun and memorable. We got in a lot of walking/hiking and Midja took us to see interesting places on the way to and out of Bovec, such as Ravelnic, the trenches from WWI, and Kluza Fortress. Going over the Vrsic Pass with Midja driving was a very nice experience. He stopped several times for us to admire the scenery and stretch. Lake Bled was a bit more busy than we expected, but Midja took us on a wondrous tour on our way to Lake Bohinj. We walked one way along the Vintgar Gorge, and drove through a high plateau and around the lake. He taught us about local food in a restaurant up at Vogel. Our last day was spent biking through some of the most scenic Alpine villages on our way to Radovljica, to experience the Slovenian bees. Our bike tour guide was very considerate and I could have talked with the beekeeper in Selo for hours.

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Nico Piccoletti, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Andrea! Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your great photos! I enjoyed reading the review and browsing the pictures. It was an absolute pleasure assisting you and I am very happy to hear you had a great time with us :)

I look forward to assisting you in the future.

Kind regards,
Nico

PS: Love the photo of the sheep resting in the shade of the car!