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The Blog Roll Notes From Laura

5 Things You Don’t Know About Florence

Florence is Italy’s most-toured city. Each year, over 22 million travelers step foot in Firenze. And, rightly so. Florence is home — after all — to Michelangelo’s David, the Duomo and PonteVecchio. It was the cradle of art and learning in the Renaissance and is the birthplace of Dante. But, with so many sights to see, it’s easy for travelers just to… Read More »


The power of relationships

A delicious cheese-themed tour with a joint venture partner we have in San Diego just concluded. Their store took a group to my region of Piemonte for a cheese, food and wine tour which filled their hearts with memories and left them inspired by the many encounters they had with the locals.  Of course, the sights,… Read More »


Don’t Give Them What They Want

How do you define the role of a travel agent? to plan whatever the client wants  to advise travelers on their many options to share your expertise — even when it conflicts with your clients’ request Part of our job is to execute a traveler’s stated wishes – we want them to have the trip they… Read More »


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Before we leave…Let’s do EVERYTHING!

Have you ever had a client say, “While we’re there we want to make sure we visit ALL of the major attractions before we leave.” That is not only a mouthful, it is such an ambitious idea that it is nearly impossible to do, EVEN if the trip lasted a year and they had an unlimited budget!… Read More »


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Italy’s Scenic South

Puglia is a land of whitewashed cities, bright blue coves, and emerald green olive oil. Last October, I toured the heel of Italy’s boot on one of See Italy‘s educational trips for agents. When you drive through the golden countryside here, you see field after field of silvery olive trees. Olive oil is a way of life in… Read More »


Italy here we come

Yes it is true…Italy here we come!!!

So yes, I really mean YES. This time it is really going to happen! As a family we’ve decided to move to Italy, but not just any place in Italy, we’ve chosen that triangular “rock” that’s being kicked by the “toe” of Italy’s mainland “boot.” The part that neither one of us belongs to…Sicily!!!  I have been… Read More »


Relishing the Real Rome

Relishing the Real Rome

In sunny months, Rome’s markets brim with orange-and-green zucchini blossoms. Romans stuff these fiori di zucca with a bit of melty cheese, frying them until crisp. You’re not tasting Rome until you taste this deep-fried deliciousness. Traditional fritto misto is a mix of fiori di zucca (zucchini flower), crisped meats, olive ascolane (stuffed olives), and mozzarelline fritte (mozzarella balls). Both elegant and rustic restaurants serve Rome’s fried antipasto. When… Read More »


What do you consider STEALING?

What do you consider STEALING?

I realize that the subject title for this week’s newsletter can be considered somewhat provocative. I can hear some of you saying, “The newsletter is supposed to be all about Italian travel Laura. Why bring up this heavy subject?” My reasoning is simple, if I am having to deal with an issue, then in all likelihood you… Read More »


eating in Italy

11 Rules for Eating in Italy

If you’re lucky enough to dine with Italians, the topic will sooner or later turn to food. After all, Italy boasts a proud culinary culture. You’ll hear mythic tales about nonna’s Sunday suppers — feasts filled with… Fresh focaccia. Hand-shaped pastas.  Slow-simmered sauces. Dining in Italy can delight your taste buds. Heck, food is a BIG… Read More »


Are you ready to Stand OUT?

Are you ready to Stand OUT?

When I was growing up I struggled with feeling that I was different, often missing a sense of belonging. I never felt like I was part of something. Now, as an adult, I’ve overcome those feelings and have become part of everything by being a citizen of the world!  When I grew up I spent a… Read More »


5 Things You Don’t Know About Florence...Florence is Italy’s most-toured city. Each year, over 22 million travelers step foot in Firenze. And, rightly so. Florence is home -- after all -- to Michelangelo’s David, the Duomo and PonteVecchio. It was the cradle of art and learning in the Renaissance and is the birthplace of Dante. But, with so many sights to see, it’s easy for travelers just to skim the surface – sticking to the postcard places. A Florence filled with hidden gems and homegrown treasures bustles beyond the Duomo. For this reason, See Italy partners only with local, expert guides. In a popular place like Florence, exploring the town with a local can make the difference between an extraordinary escape and a superficial stay.  Our guides in Florence are all born and raised in Tuscany. They know the main roads and the back alleys. They even know the owner of the gelateria down the street – the place frequented by Florentines, not tourists. We partner with locals because we want to connect your clients with the Italy travelers won't access on

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