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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—in all their glory during this immersive three-week trip, which offers a nice mix of guided tours and free time to explore on your own. Highlights of your self-driving tour of Sicily include Palermo, a cultural melting pot with historic monuments and colorful local markets and Taormina, the elegant village famous for its Greek theatre and postcard views. 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 4 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

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

Traveler: Will M. - Local specialist: Sonia Vanzin

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.

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Sonia Vanzin, local specialist, responded to this review:

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