Travel Italy With Me - Sommelier Led Local Experiences
Our personalised, authentic upscale experiences are limited to only 12 travellers to create the ideal ambiance aimed at getting to know each other, yet still be independent.
Travel with me and a small group of like-minded travelers for a journey of active experiences off the beaten path enriched by culture, history, and authentic food & wine adventures.
Our small-group-itineraries are designed to share the very best of each region ranging from boutique-style accommodations with modern amenities to cooking classes, private workshops, slow-pace guided escorted tours.
Our bespoke itineraries share the very best each area of Italy can offer. Our authentic itineraries include the vibrant culture, personal relationships, and flavors of the land. Discover much more than just monuments and museums with strolls through lively markets and off-the-beaten-path gems while meeting local chefs and artisans who proudly keep ancient traditions alive.
Italia Dolce Vita itineraries are designed by an experienced bi-lingual tour operator, a culinary travel professional, an Italian Wine Scholar, and Certified Professional Sommelier.
We have excellent relationships with our suppliers and personally know each one. We personally experience each service we propose, and boutique accommodations are selected to give the best hospitality and authenticity, thus avoiding uninspired "touristy" options.
Because we are usually are a small group, flexibility is paramount. Most group lunches and dinners are included and are a combination of set menus exclusively created to reflect the culinary delights of the region and season specialties. We certainly welcome vegetarians, gluten allergies, and other special dietary needs. All meals are expertly paired with wines.
We are proud to be a small boutique company as we are totally dedicated to giving full attention and care to our travelers.
OWNER & FOUNDER
Certified Professional Sommelier
Wines & Spirits Education Trust Level 3 Award in Wines
Italian Wine Scholar Guild Diploma
Certified Culinary Travel Professional
I founded Italia Dolce Vita in 2010 with the mission of sharing my passion for Italy beyond the obvious. My goal is to enrich the experience of those traveling so they can explore the authentic corners beyond the obvious.
I was fortunate to enjoy a bilingual and bicultural Italian-American life as I lived in Italy for 20 years, graduated from the University of Padua and worked for several international corporations.
I placed my knowledge and expertise of Italy to create unique travel experiences of the many hidden gems, culture, art, and fascinating culinary delights and rich wine traditions of each region and town.
Every trip is personally hand-crafted by me with every detail meticulously handled for a stress free food & wine experience so you may have a treasure trove of wonderful memories to last a lifetime.
Over the years I continued my exploration of Italy's many hidden gems and resources. I pursued my studies as Culinary Travel Professional creating the ultimate culinary experience for my clients.
The past few years have given me the opportunity to further continue my interest in wines and spirits. I obtained the Italian Wine Scholar Guild Diploma, Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Diploma, and now Sommelier Certification.
I enjoy each year accompanying like-minded travelers on my specially designed slow-paced-tours.
Join me on your next food & wine journey through Italy.
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