Italy Adagio offers uniquely personalized,
expert itinerary planning.
You want to vacation in Italy, and you have some ideas about the marvelous things you want to see and do. You want some focus, but you do not want to put yourselves into a prepackaged, whirlwind-tour group.
You Want Your Ideas, Your Vision to Happen.
You want this to be a fabulous trip, full of wonderful memories-in-the-making.
But you're not sure how to make this awesome Italy experience happen, or you're too busy to devote yourself to all the online hunting and time it takes.
That's Why I'm Here to Help.
I learn your travel goals, your "must haves", and your "must-not-haves". Then I apply my extensive, in-depth knowledge of Italy's history and culture; my decades of Italian tour-planning expertise; and my desire to make you as passionate about Italy as I am.
FULL ITINERARY PLANNING
Let me design an Italy trip just for you.
Tell me your vision or goals for your Italian vacation, and I'll personally craft your dream itinerary. It takes an expert, such as myself (37 years doing this, 10 years living in Italy, and 35 years teaching and writing about ancient, medieval and Renaissance Italy), to design your once-in-a-lifetime Italy experience. You tell me your ideas for your time in Italy, and then I'll flesh it out and make it all come to life!
Your Day-By-Day Itinerary
I'll prepare your day-by-day Itinerary, and each day will present at least one structured activity to help make this a trip you'll treasure forever. It could be a walking tour in Florence, including a viewing of Michelangelo's David; a walk through the Valley of the Temples (7 of them!) in Agrigento (Sicily); a private cooking lesson with a master chef in Tuscany; aa eye-opening tour of Pompeii; and much, much more.
And we have a treasure chest of truly wonderful, genuinely unique options to offer you, depending on where your travels take you and what your interests are. Here's a small sampling: a visit to a lavish 18th-century royal palace rivaling Versailles; an exclusive after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums, including Michelangelo's incredible frescoes in the Sistine Chapel; a hot-air balloon ride over the Tuscan countryside at sunrise; attending a traditional local festival celebrating the wine harvest, or the town's patron saint, or the gathering of porcini mushrooms; a small-group sight-seeing boat excursion along the awe-inspiring Amalfi Coast or around the legendary Isle of Capri; a private visit to one of Italy's finest late-Renaissance gardens.
Dan – We are in Rome, our last night. I can't say enough good about our time here!!! The hotel – perfecto! Christine – the best guide ever; like having your own history professor walk you around... The Sistine Chapel night tour – magnificent! Every detail of the trip you planned for us has been fantastic.
More than the Itinerary
Your itinerary will include the finest accommodations that fit your budget, and I'll suggest our finest local tour guides (all of them experts and excellent English speakers).
I'll also suggest various means of transportation to choose from. Maybe you would like a speedy train ride to get from Florence to Rome (about 1½ hours) ; or you might prefer a private limousine (or to drive a rental car yourself) (about 3½ hours driving time) so you can enjoy the Tuscan countryside and stop along the way in Orvieto, or Assisi, or a small Tuscan hill town for lunch and a bit of sight-seeing .
I'll present your custom-made itinerary, including suggestions for options – some famous, some unavailable to the average tourist, some off the beaten path.
What You'll Receive
• The Italy Adagio Questionnaire, which helps me get to know your Italy goals, vision, hopes, and expectations.
• A 30-minute phone consultation, to clarify and to learn more.
• Your custom-crafted day-by-day itinerary, including recommendations for accommodations, activities, events, local private guides, small-group guided tours, transportation within Italy, restaurants...
• Email addresses, phone numbers, and web addresses of the recommended hotels, etc.
• Specially prepared information sheets, including: Seasonal Wardrobe Suggestions; How to Pack for Italy; Euros and You; Using Your Smartphone, Tablet, & Laptop in Italy; and more...
The basic Full Tour Planning fee is $1,190 for 1-7 days in Italy – including day of arrival and day of departure – and $170 for each additional day. To begin the Tour Planning process, click here to register and send in your deposit ($390).
Please keep in mind that Italy Adagio fees cover pre-trip services only. The fees you pay to Italy Adagio do not go toward payments for hotels, guided tours, private guides, special events, activities, in-Italy transportation, or any other in-Italy expenses. These recommended in-Italy services and activities, taken together, start at about $4,000 per person and are to be paid by you directly to the providers.
N.b. I do not work for commissions from hotels, guides, transportation services etc. I strive to get you the lowest prices possible without compromising quality. My recommendations are based on your needs and preferences. Period.