Brainstorming Italy itineraries: Oh, the places you’ll go!

Brainstorming Italy itineraries: Oh, the places you’ll go!

New clients requested: “We will be in Italy for 9 days in June before heading to Cannes and we would like you to design our itinerary. We’ve been to Italy in the past: the Tuscan countryside, the Veneto, the Cinque Terre, Rome, Florence, and Puglia. We enjoy hiking and biking but have nothing to prove.…

What to budget for an Italy trip

What to budget for an Italy trip

“What should we budget for 2 people for 12 days in Italy – is $10,000 enough?” asked new clients recently. After talking to them about their interests, we discussed a few possible Italy itineraries I thought they’d like, and the costs of each. They wanted to focus on culture and the north, and loved the…

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Planning Your Italy Trip | No Comments

How to find a perfect hotel in Italy using online reviews

How to find a perfect hotel in Italy using online reviews

When planning an Italy itinerary for a client traveling with three teenage boys recently, I sent hotel recommendations for Rome: the three hotels I recommended were all available for his dates, all within his budget, and all in excellent locations. We were planning his trip six months in advance and there were lots of fantastic…

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 2 Comments

Five tips on organizing a seaside summer day in Italy

Five tips on organizing a seaside summer day in Italy

New trip planning clients often tell me they want to include a few hours of doing nothing in their summer itinerary. For example they’ll say: “We want to sit in a cafe in the sun, by the water, with a drink, relaxing and enjoying the amazing scenery and chatting with the server and watching people…

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Planning Your Italy Trip | One Comment

The secret to creating a fabulous Italy itinerary

The secret to creating a fabulous Italy itinerary

  Italy has kicked my butt more than once. More accurately, Italy has torn me down, stomped on me, left me stranded and frustrated, and then called “ha!” over her shoulder as she’s walked away, uncaring. Then, beckoning me to follow, she leads me through breathtaking scenery and introduces me to the most amazing food…

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 2 Comments

10 Reasons To Vacation in Italy

10 Reasons To Vacation in Italy

Here are, in no particular order, ten reasons to choose Italy for your next vacation. Already agree? Let me help you plan that vacation!   Italy has something for everyone’s interests. When I start working with new clients to plan an Italy itinerary, I ask them to tell me which of the following they are…

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Planning Your Italy Trip | No Comments

By the numbers: Italy Top 10 in 2012

By the numbers: Italy Top 10 in 2012

I’ve already started working on spring Italy trips for 2013, but I sat down to look at where my clients went in 2012, and created this list of top Italy destinations for 2012 based on number of hotel nights per trip. There were a few surprises here – for example, this year the Dolomites didn’t…

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 9 Comments

Win 7 days of Italy travel coaching, help build a well in Haiti

Win 7 days of Italy travel coaching, help build a well in Haiti

Passports with Purpose is raising funds to build a well in Haiti this year with Water.org, and I wanted to help. Only a few years old, PwP has raised money to build a school in Cambodia, an entire village in India, and two libraries in Zambia. This year, I’m donating a seven-day Italy coaching session,…

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Planning Your Italy Trip | No Comments

Planning Your Trip to Italy: What to book when

Planning Your Trip to Italy: What to book when

  Part of my coaching service includes advising clients on what to book when, so that after our week of working together, they have a plan to create their trip. Usually they contact me ready to go: let’s plan, let’s book! they say. The enthusiasm is wonderful, but trying to book everything at the same…

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Planning Your Italy Trip | No Comments

Why you need a strategy for maps in Italy

Why you need a strategy for maps in Italy

How do you find a new location in your home city? If you’re like most people you probably rely on your smartphone most of the time and you may use a GPS in the car (or your smartphone’s GPS). You may even stop someone on the street and ask for directions. Now imagine you’re in…

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 7 Comments