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Archive for August, 2017

Are You Standing Out?

I’m going to venture a guess here. When Italy-bound clients contact you, most ask you to book the same attractions – the Vatican in Rome, The David in Florence, and a gondola in Venice. There’s a reason travelers want to do these things – they’re once-in-a-lifetime experiences. But, there’s a problem with standard requests. It’s tough to… Read More »


ONE WEEK TO GO

I cannot wait for THIS period of time to end. I am tired, I look old and my muscles are sore. My Fit-Bit claims it cannot keep up anymore with my average of 12,000 steps per day, and those steps are just the ones inside my home/office…ooofff, I am so tired! The good thing is that there is… Read More »


Feasts of Flavor

Fall in Italy brings an abundance of flavors. Grapes are picked. Olives get pressed. And truffles are chased. In the crisp autumn months, towns across Italy host open-air fairs calledsagre . Celebratory s agre are loved by the locals, held in honor of regional food favorites. You’ll find the mushroom sagra, the polenta sagra , the pumpkin sagra — and many, many more. Visitors can spend the… Read More »


Are you simply taking orders or are you crafting dreams?

…At some point every summer I get to the point when I just give in, I just give my kids what they want, pasta for lunch and dinner, Gelato for their afternoon snack and then candy after dinner. Sometimes it takes more energy than I have to do the right thing. Of course I will pay… Read More »


Discover Italy’s Secret

Summer in Italy means two things: sole e mare — sun and sea. Italy borders salt water on three sides. With 7,600 kilometers of shoreline, it’s no surprise that folks flock to Italy’s beaches when the heat hits. Areas like the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast are immensely popular — luring foreign travelers with their crystal-blue… Read More »


Business or hobby? How do you measure success?

Sometimes I wish that I were still a kid playing at the beach all summer long or doing hop scotch with the neighbor kids. Sometimes I catch myself wishing that I could just talk about Italy all day long while casually helping friends with travel bookings. But as often happens when you let yourself daydream,… Read More »


Fall in Love with Italy…

Fall in Italy is a glorious time to travel — Forests molt into thickets of red and orange leaves. After ripening all summer, olives are ready to be picked. Vines, heavy with fruit, await the annual vendemmia — the grape harvest. And, slowly, crisp afternoons replace the August heat. If your clients want to go to Italy during… Read More »


It is surely looking a lot like…Sicily

Well yes, you are always welcome in our family but lately our house has been very much under siege…boxes, mess, disorganization while organizing and preparing for the next chapter in our family history. If you haven’t heard yet, in a little less than a month, we will plant our feet at the toe of the Italian boot for… Read More »


Livin’ la Dolce Vita — the Sweet Life

Italy is famed for la dolce vita – the sweet life. This phrase means a carefree, plentiful way of living. Relax, sip some wine, and don’t stress. It’s why overworked Americans love Italy so much – once there, they’re obliged not to take life too seriously. In Italy, actual desserts – or dolci – play a big role in the sweetness of Italians’ daily life –… Read More »