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 don't 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 incredible Italy experience happen, or you're just too busy to devote yourself to all the exploring and time it takes.
That's Why I'm Here to Help
I learn your travel vision/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.
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 and make your arrangements. 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. This 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; a private tour of Pompeii; and much, much more.
And we have many, many 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 private 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.
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 (about 1½ hours) to get from Florence to Rome; 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 an off-the-beaten-path Tuscan village 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 track.
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, guides, guided tours, transportation within Italy, restaurants...
• Street addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and web addresses of the recommended hotels, restaurants, 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).
Italy Adagio fees cover pre-trip services only. The fees you pay to Italy Adagio do not go toward payments for hotels, guided tours, special events, activities, transportation, or any other in-Italy expenses. Such payments are to be paid by you directly to the providers.
Please note: 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.