Ciao a tutti!
I was born in the USA and began experiencing Italy by spending every summer until age 16 when my family decided to move to Italy where I completed my studies and then worked for international corporations. I am fully bilingual and have immersed in the local culture while understanding the expectations of international clients. I have complimented my expertise by obtaining certification as Culinary Travel Professional® and as Italian Wine Specialist® . These achievements have enhanced my philosophy of travel “Eat and Drink Well, Travel Better”. I continually discover new areas and opportunities to share by attending workshops, trade fairs and traveling extensively so I can create a trip based on your budget and interests. I look forward to begin planning your trip today!
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"All of Italy. I specialize in designing a trip with unique & authentic experiences that combines a wonderful blend of major sites and off the beaten path gems. We can include a mix of history, art, culture, and local food & wine experiences and give you a personalized touch thanks to our close contact with local artisans, winemakers, craftsman, cooking schools and more."
How did you get involved in travel?
"During that time I traveled extensively and gained significant knowledge of the many hidden gems and fascinating customs of each area.
I returned to the USA and decided to apply my love and passion for travel and everything Italian by establishing Italia Dolce Vita by specializing in tailor-made travel and small-group escorted tours to Italy.
I love to share my expertise and knowledge with those dreaming of Italy beyond the obvious and looking for authentic experiences."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Italy is a continuous discovery and unique experiences are had constantly. I think the writer Umberto Eco sums it up beautifully: A journey to Italy should always be seen as a journey of discovery that will reveal not one, but many Italys."
Featured trips & expertise
Around 5 days should be more than enough time to soak in the wonders of the Amalfi Coast, one of Italy’s most beautiful destinations, but even if you have a day or three to spare, you’ll be able to see just why this region has been captivating visitors since Ancient Roman times. The Amalfi Coast isn’t a place you rush through, and with a little planning, you’ll be able to relax on its beaches, explore its secluded coves and grottos, wander its dreamy towns, and enjoy some incredible meals.
Spend 2-3 days in Venice, and you'll be able to experience the city's many highlights and visit a few of the surrounding islands, like Burano and Morano. With up to six days, you can add more local experiences—try a cooking class in a Venetian palace or rowing lessons from a professional gondolier. If you only have 24 hours here, you can still cover the basics: stroll St. Mark's Square, hit the art museums and blown glass galleries, and toast an Aperol spritz as the sun sets over the canals.
Over 15 days you'll experience the highlights of Italy. In the capital Rome, you'll visit landmarks like the Colosseum and historic institutions like the Vatican. You'll then enjoy the pebble beaches and sun-kissed coast of Amalfi before venturing far south to Sicily, where a road trip will take you from Palermo to Mount Etna.
Spend two weeks exploring the Cinque Terre to your heart's content on this packed itinerary. Start in the medieval village of Manarola where you'll learn traditional cooking from a local, then head up the coast to the beautiful town of Portofino to explore the rugged coast from the water. Continue to Genoa for medieval alleyways and a food tour, then end in Pisa to learn why, exactly, the famous tower leans.
Many travelers with 10 days to spend in Italy choose to explore two to three cities or regions—you can easily see the top sights in Venice, Florence, Rome, adding the Amalfi Coast for good measure. Or, take a food-focused trip that includes detours to Chianti and Parma. Another option? Immerse in the culture and nature of one region with a tour around Sicily or a hiking adventure in the Dolomites. Read on for five unique itineraries.
Spend a week and a half delving into history and relaxing on the laidback Amalfi Coast. From small fishing towns to buzzing Rome nightlife, this itinerary has something for everyone. Go wine tasting and take a day trip to the Ancient Roman resort island of Capri, then end your trip with four days in Rome to see the world-famous Sistine Chapel, stroll through bustling piazzas, and enjoy the city's vibrant food scene.