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
Explore the small villages, rugged coastline, and the incredible scenery of the Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera on this comprehensive 15-day trip. Stay in old-world towns where you'll hike cliffside paths, visit coastal medieval fortresses, and learn to cook in a local's home. Visit Genoa for the food & old town, then end your trip in Pisa to climb the famed tower and hunt for truffles in the Tuscan countryside.
With eight days in Croatia, you can see many of the country's highlights or focus your energy on getting to know a particular region like Istria or Dalmatia. Relatively compact in size, its historic cities and islands are well-connected by car or ferry. In these 5 unique itineraries, you can cycle through the wineries of Istria, sail between quiet islands, see lesser-known destinations like Krka National Park, or hop around the country on a tour of Croatia's highlights.
Immerse yourself in the richness of Italian culture and Renaissance art on this 13-day itinerary. View ornate palaces in Venice, go wine tasting in Tuscany, and enjoy rocky beaches and summer villas on the Amalfi Coast. End in Rome, where bohemian city neighborhoods, world-famous Sistine Chapel, and ancient Roman ruins await your exploration.
Explore why Sicily has been one of the world's most densely occupied regions for over 2,000 years on this colorful 9-day itinerary. Begin in the food capital of Palermo to see 12th-century churches, Italy's largest opera house, and learn to make a 4-course meal. Continue to the resort town of Taormina to hike Mount Etna, see a show at the Greek theater, and explore the beautiful little island of Isola Bella. End in Catania, where finger-licking street food and Baroque architecture dominate the scene.
Explore Roman theaters, relax in small coastal towns, and soak in the sunshine on this twelve-day itinerary of the incredible Puglia region. From Baroque castles in Lecce and fairytale Alberobello to the white-washed buildings in Otranto, this trip hits the region's highlights with a focus on authentic Italian life. You'll learn to make a typical Pugliese meal and go swimming on rocky beaches, then eat delicious fried street food on the winding medieval streets of Bari.
Explore Italy's top cities and cultural sights on this 10-day trip. Start in colorful Venice to see the ornate Doge's Palace and take a ride on the Grand Canal. In Florence, see world-famous art by Renaissance masters like Michelangelo and Donatello, then go wine tasting in rural Tuscany. End your trip in Rome, where visits to the Sistine Chapel, bohemian Trastevere neighborhood, and mouth-watering pizza round out the perfect getaway.
Recent trip reviews for Nico
Nature and park oriented vacation, Croatia - Aug 30 - Sep 8, 2019
Everyone was so accommodating in terms of what my family and I required! Our on-site planner greeted us with nothing but recommendations and the trip could not have gone better!
Highlights of croatia: zagreb to dubrovnik - 8 days, Croatia - Jul 16 - Jul 24, 2019
Everything about working with kimkim and Nico and the team was top notch.. I am in the travel and customer service industry, and I was incredibly impressed with the thoroughness and service we received - 5 stars!
Slovenia, Slovenia - Jun 19 - Jun 28, 2019
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