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The Blog Roll Notes From Laura

Pop the question…

No, I’m not talking about weddings, proposals or anything along those lines even if my subject line implies it. I am talking about posing a question before you “get in bed” with someone you should always ask “Do you go direct?” I know that may sound very intimate and even naughty, but don’t let your mind wander down that path. Let… Read More »


Wintry wonders, Italian-style

Torrone tempts your tastebuds. Strings of lights blink overhead. Where are you? In a mercatino di Natale — one of Italy’s Christmas markets. Throughout late November and December, towns big and small are home to outdoor holiday bazaars — selling candied nuts, local liqueurs, and carved ornaments. Bordering Switzerland, the Trentino area is a place where Italian and… Read More »


There are a lot of fish in the sea

Amazing…life is just amazing and some people surprise me, sometimes beyond belief. It is hard enough to stay with your head above water in business these days and even harder when you have set your standard level of service as high as we have. Not only do our clients expect the finest service from US but WE… Read More »


Are you home yet?

Saluti da Roma! Greetings from Rome! I arrived here yesterday and will spend the next two weeks in Italy – enjoying authentic eats,wow-worthy experiences and gorgeous guided visits. I can’t put in to words how happy I am to be in Italy again. Italy nourishes my soul. Truly. There’s something about Italians’ gioa di vivere – or lust for life – that… Read More »


Dinner on the roof

I love spoiling people with food and as I think about why I realize it comes from my childhood. My mom was a single working parent but somehow found the time to spoil us with amazing food at dinner time. Even before moving to Italy I made sure that everyone in my home, family or friends, knew… Read More »


It’s beginning to feel a lot like…

Christmas in Italy is as diverse as the country’s history. The Christmas period in Italy runs from December 8th (the feast of the Immaculate Conception) to January 6th (the Epiphany). It’s a season when Italians spend time with their families, shop at outdoor markets and nibble on panettone. Below, you’ll find some of the more curious… Read More »


I am thankful for you and you and you and you and…youuuu

I love Thanksgiving week because it allows me to pause and reflect on all of the wonderful things in my life. I am immensely thankful for my work life and all of the people in it, especially you, my See Italy extended family. I am even more thankful for my biological family and for my mom who decided… Read More »


What’s for dinner?

Autumn means one thing — pumpkin season! Gourds abound in local markets and fairs. In Italy, pumpkin is used in savory plates, like tortelloni. So, in honor of Thanksgiving, See Italy is sharing with you once more our Italian twist on the all-American squash: penne con la zucca or pasta with pumpkin. This dish is sure to please the… Read More »


Thanksgiving Week Hours

Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here? The See Italy team and I want to wish you a lovely holiday next week – filled with food, fun and famiglia. Thank you for all you do to make your clients’ travel stress-free and spectacular. Next week, we will be open Monday – Wednesday during typical business hours. On Thursday and Friday, we’ll be stuffing ourselves with… Read More »


Let’s work together this season.

You may have been wondering what it really means to do business with Italians or since I have recently moved here, what it means to do business with Sicilians. Let me tell you, in general, it is a work in progress for the 1st group and for the second group we need to do a quick vocabulary… Read More »


Pop the question…...No, I’m not talking about weddings, proposals or anything along those lines even if my subject line implies it. I am talking about posing a question before you “get in bed” with someone you should always ask “Do you go direct?” I know that may sound very intimate and even naughty, but don’t let your mind wander down that path. Let me explain why this question is so important to agents. What I mean is does your Tour Operator or the supplier you use for Italy book services directly or do they use a third-party supplier? If you've never popped this question before then it is a great time to make it one of your first questions when vetting your suppliers. Especially if quality and service are your top priorities. More often than you can imagine Tour Operators have a third-party company that they book their services through and as the term “third-party” aptly defines it, this means that these Operators DON’T have a direct handle

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