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Sonia Vanzin

My name is Sonia and I am your Travel Designer from Your Custom Journey based in Venice, a luxury brand dealing directly with high-end individual travelers.

I was born in Treviso, in the mainland of Venice and I am in love with my country. I am graduated in 'Foreign Languages and Tourism' at Ca' Foscari University in Venice.
My passion is simply traveling: I spent 2 years in Australia, 1 in New Zealand, 3 months South America, 3 months is South East Asia, 1 month New York and visited many times Spain, Germany, France and the rest of Europe and I deeply and personally know Italy and its wonders.

What I can plan for my clients is a combo of tailor-made tours, luxury services, and unique experiences always accompanied by local and typical tastes of Italy.
The passion I have for my job is my strength.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"- Private food & wine experiences
- Romantic moments: sunset cruise, Gondola ride with music, special dinners, private openings, etc.
- Vintage cars and Vespas scooters tours
- Photo shooting sessions
- Horseback riding
- Hiking
... and much more!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"After graduation, I travelled for a bit around the world and once I came home, I started working for a well-known luxury tour operator in Venice. In those years, I enriched my knowledge customizing trips for US and Australian high-end travelers.
Today, I am specialized in tailor-made luxury trips, honeymoons and holidays for young travelers."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I have been traveling backpacking for years and I could spend hours telling the weirdest and most exciting experiences... definitely, the most unique ever has been the plankton tour in the Carribean sea."

Sonia is part of the following groups: Italy Travel Agents
Enjoying a meal with friends
Italy Food & Wine Immersion: Treviso, Verona, Perugia, Urbino - 16 Days

Prepare for a full food and wine experience in 16 days on this trip to Veneto, Marche, and Umbria regions. Admire the art and architecture in Treviso as you sample an Italian prosecco. Continue to Verona for Valpolicella wine tasting, then make your way to Marche for the rolling hills and rustic hill towns of Tuscany. Cross the mountains into Umbria to end your trip in the regional capital of Perugia, where you’ll explore ancient ruins, browse Renaissance art, and spend your final day learning to cook the local cuisine.

The slopes of Mount Etna, Sicily
Sicily Road Trip & Relaxing Sardinia - 21 Days

Experience Sicily and Sardinia—Italy's two largest islands—during this immersive three-week trip, which offers a nice mix of guided tours and free time to explore on your own. Your self-driving tour highlights include Palermo, a cultural melting pot, and Taormina, the elegant village famous for its Greek theatre. You'll also visit Syracuse and Agrigento, with their archaeological treasures, and  Mount Etna—Europe's most active volcano. Finally, combine a city stay with beach trips in Sardinia for the last four days of your trip.

Colorful Cinque Terre
Nature in Italy: Lake Como and Cinque Terre - 5 Days

Explore Northern Italy's natural charm starting with Lake Como, where you'll take a boat tour of its extravagant shore lined with mansions. Ride the funicular to the scenic vista in Brunate where you'll catch a panoramic view of Como and the stunning surrounding nature. Transfer to colorful Cinque Terre, where you'll hike from one seaside village to another while enjoying breathtaking sunsets and views of the Ligurian Sea.

Ancient City of Florence, Italy
Nature in Italy: Lake Como, Cinque, Terre Florence - 6 Days

This 6-day tour is perfect for those wanting to relax on the peaceful shores of Lake Como while still tackling Italy's impressive history. You'll hike the villages of Cinque Terre and enjoy the ancient cities of Parma and Florence, where you'll discover endless monuments, art galleries, and museums, including the Accadmia Gallery to see the David. After reveling in the scenic vistas of Levanto on the Ligurian Sea, explore vibrant neighborhoods in Florence, where you'll eat late into the night in buzzy neighborhoods.

Florence at Sunset
History and Nature in Italy: From Lake Como to Rome - 7 Days

An excellent combination of nature and history, this tour starts on the shores of picturesque Lake Como before heading to the colorful hills of Cinque Terre. Enjoy relaxing on the waterfront and hiking from one colorful village to another. End the tour in the ancient cities of Florence and Rome, where private guides will take you through the historical streets to the best art galleries, museums, and monuments, including the Vatican Museums, the Roman Forum, and the Accademia Gallery to see the David.

The Colorful Village of Vernazza, Cinque Terre
History and Nature in Italy: From Lake Como to Rome - 8 days

Explore the historical heritage of Italy combined with its natural splendor, starting with the scenic areas of Lake Como and Cinque Terre, where you'll cruise the shore by boat and hike from village to village. Stop in Parma to learn the secrets of world-famous prosciutto curing and discover the hidden side of Pisa beyond its leaning tower. End your trip in the ancient cities of Florence and Rome, where private tours will guide you to all the best monuments, museums, and art galleries, including the Accademia Gallery, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and the Roman Forum.

Recent trip reviews for Sonia

Anniversary trip to Italy
Italy | Jul 16 - Jul 24, 2022

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Seth D.
Nashville, TN | Aug 01, 2022

Our trip to Italy was a bucket list trip for us without the kids to celebrate an anniversary milestone. Sonia, our trip planner, was diligent in putting together an itinerary that suited what we were looking for and diligently tweaked the plan until it was perfect. She found a real balance of city/lake/mountain that we wanted.

We thoroughly enjoyed our private organic Prosecco tasting overlooking the hilly countryside, private pasta making class taught by the most personable chefs, and... read more

Our trip to Italy was a bucket list trip for us without the kids to celebrate an anniversary milestone. Sonia, our trip planner, was diligent in putting together an itinerary that suited what we were looking for and diligently tweaked the plan until it was perfect. She found a real balance of city/lake/mountain that we wanted.

We thoroughly enjoyed our private organic Prosecco tasting overlooking the hilly countryside, private pasta making class taught by the most personable chefs, and hiking in the Dolomites with tour guide.

We usually plan trips ourselves, but in addition to putting together the trip plan, an unexpected benefit arose when our flight from the US was delayed by a day and Sonia’s team scrambled to adjust all of our arrangements without us having to do the extra work.

We highly recommend KimKim and Sonia in particular!

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Sonia
Sonia Vanzin
Local specialist in Agordo | Aug 01, 2022

Ciao amici! Grazie for your feedback. It was a pleasure to help you plan your anniversary trip and above all meet you in Treviso.
Waiting for you to come back to Italy with the kids! Ciao.

Great Anniversary Trip
Italy | Jul 13 - Jul 25, 2022

Raymond
Raymond S.
Highland Village, TX | Jul 27, 2022

Sonia and Barbera were amazing and made my trip with my wife for our anniversary wonderful. Very responsive and always willing to help. We are so thankful for them and their services for us.

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Sonia Vanzin
Local specialist in Agordo | Jul 27, 2022

Ciao Raymond and Maggie. Thanks for your nice review.
It was a pleasure planning your trip to my beloved country.
Wish you all the best!

Italy 2022
Italy | Jun 27 - Jul 13, 2022

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Abby S.
South Burlington, VT | Jul 19, 2022

Wow, wow, wow!! Sonia planned an incredible 17 day trip for me and my family. We wanted a mix of athletic adventures, cultural highlights, and exploring off the beaten path - and boy did she deliver. We started at a spa in Lake Garda, hiked in the Dolomites, biked through Tuscany, had amazing local guides in Verona, Venice and Rome, and the hotels we stayed in were superb. The vineyards and small towns in Chianti we visited were spectacular, our drivers were informative and the food... read more

Wow, wow, wow!! Sonia planned an incredible 17 day trip for me and my family. We wanted a mix of athletic adventures, cultural highlights, and exploring off the beaten path - and boy did she deliver. We started at a spa in Lake Garda, hiked in the Dolomites, biked through Tuscany, had amazing local guides in Verona, Venice and Rome, and the hotels we stayed in were superb. The vineyards and small towns in Chianti we visited were spectacular, our drivers were informative and the food everywhere was divine.
I would absolutely recommend Sonia and kimkimtravel.

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Caesius Thermae & Spa Resort

Bardolino

This was the best hotel of the trip. The location was fantastic because it is relatively quiet but an easy walk or bike ride to several nearby towns. The food at the hotel’s restaurant was superb. The spa had a variety of pools, saunas and steam rooms to choose from, all included in with your stay. I would love to visit again.

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Everyone was genuinely friendly and accommodating
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Hotel Carnival Palace

Venice

This hotel was very nice and all the restaurants nearby were great. It is off the beaten path a bit, so you get to mingle more with the locals, which I prefer.

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Activity Reviews

Private excursion to the Dolomites (Madonna di Campiglio) from Lake Garda

Italy

Our local guide, Giorgio, was fantastic. He took us on an8 mile hike with several gorgeous waterfalls along the way. Our lunch at the mountain top hut was very tasty and impressive. We definitely left this hike wanting to return and doing a several day backpacking adventure in the Dolomites.

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Private guided boat tour on Lake Garda

Italy

Our guide, Sara, had an extensive understanding of history and did such a fantastic job explaining the local stories.

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Orienteering tour in Venice (for families and teenagers)

Italy

Silvia was a gem. She took us through the winding streets of Venice and offered the best bits of information to our teenagers about the dark and mysterious sides to Venice.

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Sonia Vanzin
Local specialist in Agordo | Jul 19, 2022

Ciao Abby. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an excellent rating.
We really appreciate you and your family being a customer. We’re here for you anytime!!

Our trip to Sicily!
Italy | May 15 - May 28, 2022

Joanne
Joanne B.
Geneva, IL | May 31, 2022

Our trip to Sicily that Sonia set up for us was first class all the way. From the drivers who picked us up at the airport in Palermo to every hotel Sonia booked for us. Our itinerary was the perfect balance of scheduled events and free time. Our hotels were perfect, and included boutique hotels in interesting locations. Also included were interesting attractions we may want to see on our own.

It is comforting to get off the plane and see your concierge holding a card with your name... read more

Our trip to Sicily that Sonia set up for us was first class all the way. From the drivers who picked us up at the airport in Palermo to every hotel Sonia booked for us. Our itinerary was the perfect balance of scheduled events and free time. Our hotels were perfect, and included boutique hotels in interesting locations. Also included were interesting attractions we may want to see on our own.

It is comforting to get off the plane and see your concierge holding a card with your name on it, and meet your driver to be whisked off to your hotel. Every meeting point in every town went off without a hitch. We loved Marco who drove us for 3 days. He was like family by the end.

One of the highlights from our trip was a cooking class in Palermo. It was a fantastic experience with hand on shopping in the market and cooking with Chef Michael of The Sicilian Pantry.

I would not hesitate to use KimKim for any trip in the future!

Hotel Reviews

Algilà Ortigia Charme Hotel

Siracusa

Great location, great food and very kind staff. Staff went the extra mile to be sure you had everything you needed. And the breakfast Buffett was delicious.

Authenticity & Character
Simple decor with several spots for you to meet up within the hotel to share a bottle of wine that you ay have purchased.
Location
Close to the water and walking distance to the shops.
Staff
Printed our boarding passes and offered suggestions for restaurants.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beds were very comfortable.

Hotel baglio della Luna

Valle dei Templi, Agrigento

I didn’t want to leave this hotel as the grounds were so beautiful. They may have served the best espresso on this trip! Rooms were clean, and cute.

Tips for future travelers

If you are sharing a room with someone, make sure you get two sets of keys. Once you lock it from the outside, the person inside the room needs a key to get out.

Authenticity & Character
Hotel grounds amazing.
Location
Close to ruins.
Staff
They were quick to help.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beds comfortable, bathrooms adequate. Need to fix locks on doors. Could be a danger.

Grand Hotel et Des Palmes

Palermo

Great hotel in a great locations, Room were cleaned and freshen every day, replacing towels and amenities. This hotel uses Aqua Di Parma products and they are wonderful. Breakfast Buffett was great and opened early. Location was within walking distance to most places and plenty of fantastic places to eat. The hotel itself smelled wonderful!

Tips for future travelers

I think you will enjoy this hotel!

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Activity Reviews

Cooking Class in Palermo (private experience with lunch and market tour)

Italy

Who knew pasta could be this easy?! Chef made accommodations for a member of our group who was vegetarian. He was a good instructor and we came away with recipes to duplicate at home. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon cooking, and then enjoying our meal with wine pairings.

Quality of Experience
Authentic and caring, He let you know if you had a bad technique in a very nice way.

Guided tour of Valley of the Temples

Agrigento

Our guide made this a wonderful experience with enough historical information and pointing out small details.

Quality of Experience
The guide was like being with a friend.,

Private excursion to Mt Etna, Taormina and Mascalese wine tasting

Italy

Our guide spoke to us on the way up the mountain, but was difficult to hear from the back seats. She was knowledgeable and was interesting to listen to on the mountain,

Quality of Experience
When we got to Taormina, we would have rather explored on our own. She was not happy when we walked off on our own and did not listen to every detail about the town, She was a little unprofessional when she complained that some of us were not listening to her.
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Sonia
Sonia Vanzin
Local specialist in Agordo | May 31, 2022

Thanks for the awesome review, Joanne! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Looking forward to welcoming you and your friends to Italy again. Ciao!

Our wonderful 8 days in Italy
Italy | May 14 - May 21, 2022

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Pavithra R.
Newport News, VA | May 24, 2022

My husband and I had a wonderful 8 day tour of Italy. We had excellent communication with our local specialists Barbara during the entire length of the trip. Sonia was extremely helpful in providing various trip options and helping us customize the trip to our liking.

Thank you for making each day a highlight and memorable part of our trip. We especially loved hiking up to Lagazuoi, Col de Bos and Tofana di Rozes in Cortina d’Ampezzo . Our local guide
Chiara was exceptional and we now... read more

My husband and I had a wonderful 8 day tour of Italy. We had excellent communication with our local specialists Barbara during the entire length of the trip. Sonia was extremely helpful in providing various trip options and helping us customize the trip to our liking.

Thank you for making each day a highlight and memorable part of our trip. We especially loved hiking up to Lagazuoi, Col de Bos and Tofana di Rozes in Cortina d’Ampezzo . Our local guide
Chiara was exceptional and we now have a great understanding of the history behind the Dolomites that we hiked to.

We had high expectations for Chianti - the Tuscany trip, but the actual sights and experience exceeded them! Local expert Jessica was extremely helpful and friendly to have shown us the best of the countryside. We can’t wait to try what we learned in the cooking class!

The Kimkim specialists Sonia and Barbara helped us through some last minute changes in our plans and quickly changed our train reservations, pick up options and guided us on obtaining a covid test prior to leaving.

Overall, we would highly recommend both Italy and the Kimkim team. We are definitely planning to come back!

Hotel Review

HOTEL de LEN

Cortina d'Ampezzo BL

Fantastic service, picturesque location, and comfortable stay with the latest in Scandinavian design! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this hotel, especially the luxurious spa experience with Dolomites in the foreground! The staff was especially courteous and ensured our stay was taken care of in every way.

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Activity Review

Private guided hiking: the stunning Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop in the Dolomites

Italy
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Sonia Vanzin
Local specialist in Agordo | May 24, 2022

Ciao Pavithra and Sathish. It was a pleasure planning your trip and I am glad you had a great time in Italy. Wish you all the best.

Italy - hiking the Dolomites and relaxing at Lake Garda
Italy | Sep 4 - Sep 12, 2021

Linda
Linda C.
Minneapolis, MN | Feb 08, 2022

Our family of 5 adults had a terrific trip to Italy with the help of Kimkim and our travel planners Sonia and Barbara. Our trip was very customized to fit everyone's interests. The first part of our trip was hut-to-hut hiking in the Dolomites. We had assistance planning our hiking route, and Sonia arranged for all the lodging and transfer details. After the 4 days of hiking, we spend 4 days in Lake Garda area for wine tasting, cooking class, city tours, and relaxation. It was a perfect trip... read more

Our family of 5 adults had a terrific trip to Italy with the help of Kimkim and our travel planners Sonia and Barbara. Our trip was very customized to fit everyone's interests. The first part of our trip was hut-to-hut hiking in the Dolomites. We had assistance planning our hiking route, and Sonia arranged for all the lodging and transfer details. After the 4 days of hiking, we spend 4 days in Lake Garda area for wine tasting, cooking class, city tours, and relaxation. It was a perfect trip for our family - a mix of adventure and culture. We had a couple of small glitches and Sonia/Barbara were a phone call away with quick fixes. We are so impressed with Kimkim and plan to use their travel services again.

Hotel Review

Hotel de la Poste

Cortina d'Ampezzo

Excellent stay in the heart of Cortina. Lovely hotel, comfortable and clean rooms, and the restaurant is tops.

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Sonia Vanzin
Local specialist in Agordo | Feb 08, 2022

Ciao Sutton family! How nice reading your review! Grazie!
It was a pleasure planning your trip and I am glad you enjoyed your time in Italy.
Wish you all the best and I look forward to welcoming you again.
Sonia

Sonia put together a fabulous trip
Italy | Oct 9 - Oct 25, 2021

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Will M.
Portland, OR | Nov 04, 2021

Sonia put together a fabulous trip for us. We were particularly interested in Italian wine, and she was able to secure personal tastings at local wineries specializing in Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, and Nero d’Avola. The wine is Sicily was a particular treat, as we were not as familiar with it prior to the trip. The Gambino winery on Mt Etna was the biggest surprise. I even joined the wine club.

Our trip covered the north (Piedmont) to the south (Sicily and Sorrento) over 18... read more

Sonia put together a fabulous trip for us. We were particularly interested in Italian wine, and she was able to secure personal tastings at local wineries specializing in Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, and Nero d’Avola. The wine is Sicily was a particular treat, as we were not as familiar with it prior to the trip. The Gambino winery on Mt Etna was the biggest surprise. I even joined the wine club.

Our trip covered the north (Piedmont) to the south (Sicily and Sorrento) over 18 well-spaced days. Accommodations were interesting and excellent. No chain hotels. Drivers were always on time, spoke good English, and often provided helpful local knowledge. Our virtual concierge Mara was always available by phone when we wanted to reschedule an activity on our itinerary.

Local specialist: Sonia Vanzin
Sonia
Sonia Vanzin
Local specialist in Agordo | Nov 04, 2021

Dear Will, thanks for your feedback.
It was a pleasure planning your trip and I am glad you enjoyed your time in Italy.
I agree - Sicily is fantastic!
Wish you all the best and I look forward to welcoming you again.
Sonia