Towson, Maryland Travel Agent
Italy Designed For You - Custom Italian Vacations!
You dream of your perfect trip to Italy. I design it.
It really is as simple as that.
With personal connections to well over 500 local experts all throughout Italy, I can assure you that your dream trip is well within reach.
After living, studying, working, and traveling on four continents, I chose to devote myself entirely to fully customized Italian travel. It was a big risk in such a globally connected world, but the rewards quickly proved to outweigh it and continue to do so on a daily basis.
My clients receive unparalleled service, access to the most amazingly authentic and unforgettable experiences, a chance to really connect with locals, and a return on the priceless investment of travel that exceeds all expectations. Local drivers, guides, and hosts reveal hidden gems of even the most touristic destinations.
MY PHILOSPOHY ON TRAVEL:
Travel, when planned correctly, has the power to inspire and transform us, to make us better at the end of a journey than we were at the start of it.
I believe that days devoted to the unique experience of travel should be a continuation of your life, not an exception to it.
Do what you enjoy, do it on your time, maximize the budget you have, and build in time to reflect on the greatness of what you are doing.
TYPES OF TRAVEL I PLAN:
I plan for the requests I receive, and each trip is truly as unique as the travelers who experience it. Generally speaking, the majority of my travel designs fall into the following categories. If you don't see what you are looking for, please don't hesitate to contact me directly.
- Family reunions
- Multi-generational travel
- Heritage travel (for those of Italian descent)
- Pilgrimages/Religious travel
- Food and wine travel
- Inspirational travel
I design each and every itinerary from start to finish, according to the requests of the client. In order to provide this personalized and attentive service, I can only take on a limited number of clients each month.
The ideal time to contact me is 6-8 months prior to the start of your vacation. Requests within a shorter time frame will be accommodated based on availability. Please do not hesitate to reach out at any time, as I will always do my best to accommodate or to make referrals to other travel professionals.
SERVICES NOT OFFERED:
Please note that I do not plan travel outside of Italy. I do not book flights or individual experiences, such as hotel stays or train tickets requested outside of a fully customized itinerary. I am happy to refer you to other highly qualified travel professionals who can assist you with these requests.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please visit www.italianatraveldesign.com.
Below, please find some more of my clients' testimonials. Their honest words tell you more than I ever could!
PLEASE NOTE: Some testimonials were long enough to require multiple entries. They are listed in reverse order, at the moment, so Part I comes after Part II, etc.
Lifelong Dream Realized
As early as the late 1950's, while sitting with my Grandmother, crocheting her lovely, intricate creations and sharing her many beautiful memories of her small, mountainous village, I knew I neede to visit the homeland of my ancestors. Thanks to Italiana Travel Design, all this and more, was accomplished! The sights and experiences of our 15 day itinerary were unimaginable. My childhood dream came true! We would like to express our sincere gratitude for all of your personal assistance. Meeting us in Assisi and taking us first to Guardiaregia, and then to Sorrento was such a unique experience. Another highlight of our journey was being able to pray in the church of San Nicola where my Grandparents received the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation and Matrimony. To visualize these ceremonies which had taken place more than a century before, was truly amazing. How very fortunate we were to have you accompany us as a knowledgeable, truly remarkable guide and translator.
Two Trips Beyond Compare
My wife and I have had the pleasure of working with Liana on multiple occasions. The first was our honeymoon in 2009. We were so pleased with the experience that we used Liana a second time, with results that lived up to our already high expectations! First, we always received very prompt and personable service. Second, our flights were arranged to maximize our rest and pleasure so that we could fully take advantage of our time. Third, we had the option of seeing sites that aren't common to "typical" tour groups. Fourth, we have always had outstanding accommodations. Finally, we've been very impressed with Liana's logistical acumen as all of our activities have been properly arranged. During one visit, we showed our itinerary to a relative who lived in country. She was relieved and impressed that our travel designer had done such a fine job of thoughtfully taking care of us! We highly recommend Italiana Travel Design and look forward to using this valuable resource for future travel!
Perfect Honeymoon (June 2011)
Liana planned everything out for us perfectly. We did a lot of moving from place to another and traveled by every possible means of transportation (except camel!) She prepared us very well for European travel and we were able to go from place to place confidently. We also had enough flexibility to go and do what we wanted in each place each day. All the mundane details were taken care of, which truly helped up just enjoy being there. Thank You!
We Saw it All with Ease
We gave her a budget and she was able to arrange our overnight accommodations and 4 private tours (for our group of 6) within our budget. She then presented some additional options and we choose to do them as well.
The guides were just as she presented they would be. We had 4 separate guides to 4 different areas of Italy- Rome, Florence,Lucca and Venice. I couldn't even tell you which was my favorite because they were all so great. They were each locals to the area with personality, passion and knowledge. So so fun. They seem to judge how much info was good and know when was more than enough.
We had 2 separate drivers as well. They too were personable, friendly and knowledgeable.
We felt so safe and secure and taken care of. It was truly wonderful.
Liana's suggestions about how to travel, what cities to stay in and what day trips to take was perfect. : )
Ciao! Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so glad to know you did, in fact, "See it all with ease!" Your comment about feeling safe, secure, and taken care of means so much. This is such an important aspect of my planning and something I work hard to ensure on every single itinerary. I really enjoyed working with you and hope we have another opportunity to do so in the future!
Anniversary trip of a lifetime
There are no words to truly reflect how pleased we are and how wonderful our trip was. Liana was responsible for turning a 'trip' into a life changing event with memories that will last our lifetime. Thank you Liana!
Thank you for sharing such a wonderful review; your words are truly touching! Knowing how special, meaningful, and even "life changing" the experience was for you means more to me than I could ever express myself! It was an absolute pleasure to work with you on this, and I hope we have the chance to work together again in the future. Un abbraccio! A presto!
Trip of a lifetime
Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. I was thrilled that your friend referred you to me, as I had enjoyed working with her so much. I just knew it would be the same with you, and it was! I instantly felt like I was planning for a large group of friends. You were the ideal point-person, keeping the group organized throughout the months of planning. For that, you have my deepest thanks! Hopefully we can do it again some day. Un abbraccio!!
The Trip of a life time
I would recommend her to anyone wanting to take a trip to Italy. She was always available even if we had the simplest questions.
Thank you for such a lovely review. I appreciate every word! It's important to me to make sure those questions are answered well, as that is a key element to your maximum enjoyment once in Italy. I also love hearing that you received more than you ever thought possible. In so many ways, that is reflective of Italy and Italian hospitality. Your lovely group definitely experienced authentic Italy on this trip. I'm crossing my fingers right along with you that we get to work together again!
Better than we imagined
We would never have done all that we did without her planning and input.
Hotels were top notch especially the one in Florence.
Private drivers were exceptional. Would never have thought of that on our own. Each one brought their own flare to our experience.
Tours which we usually don't do are worth every penny. Guides were extremely knowledgeable and entertaining.
Golf cart tour in Rome is a must.
I have recommended Italiana Travel Design to several people since we have returned. Liana is wonderful to deal with and is very particular to detail and passionate about her work.
Best trip of our life for sure!
All of Liana's contacts are great, knowledgeable, and outgoing friendly people. We looked forward to each day with excitement.
We had the best vacation of our lives in Italy. Every day a new adventure, new places, new people, truly incredible!
It was worry free and logistically perfect!!!!! Thanks so much! You are awesome!, (quoting my grandchildrens' word).
Wow, what incredible feedback. Thank you so much! The feeling is mutual - it was wonderful working with you as well. I really appreciate how much you see the value in the work that I do to, as I always say, get the vacation started well before you board the plane! My providers loved their time with you as well. If you ever want to try to top this as the best vacation of your lives, you know I'm up for the challenge! :) Thanks again! Un abbraccio!
Excellent Working With an True Expert
Thank you so much! There is no compliment greater than that of a referral, and yours are already leading other people to enjoy the same type of phenomenal experiences that you did. One trip to Italy is never enough, that's for sure. Even my +/- 20 trips leave me wanting more. By the time you're ready to go back, even if it's to the exact same place, I will have even more great options for you to explore and enjoy! Can't wait to work with you again. Grazie!
Northern Italy Experience
The trip itself was a dream! All arrangements for tours and transportation went very smoothly. It was obvious that Liana has personal connections with the guides and hotels, and her recommendations and planning were outstanding.
We would not have had the experience we did without Liana and can't thank her enough for making our trip so wonderful.
Hearing that the trip was a dream is one of the best things I could ever hope to hear, and I can't thank you enough. You were a pleasure to work with from start to finish - and even after! I so appreciated the heaps of extra information you shared with me that you had unintentionally gleaned through your interactions with my wonderful friends and providers. Those connections really do make all the difference and that kind of feedback just makes my former teacher's heart soar! Grazie mille!
Northern Italy is amazing!
Thank you Liana for the attention to detail and end-to-end arrangements. Yay!
I feel the same: you were beyond a 5 star client in every aspect and interaction that we had. It is truly a pleasure to plan for an individual with such diverse interests and tastes and such a zest for life and discovery. Everyone who had the fortune of spending some time with you, showing you their beloved corner of Northern Italy, said the same. Not only was I "up" for the challenge, I was honored that you trusted me with it. Hope to do it again one day! Un abbraccio molto forte!
Our repeat heritage trip
Liana has a great network of guides, drivers, and interpreters. We are very comfortable with giving Liana the lead in designing our trips.
Liana is incredibly customer focused and is extremely attentive to our needs.
We look forward to additional experiences with her.
Thank you for such a kind and thoughtful review! It was a true pleasure to be able to show you even more of this country we both love so much! Everyone absolutely loved their time with you as well. I am very much looking forward to working with you and your lovely family again soon. It feels so much like planning for my own!
A trip not to be forgotten
Thank you so much! This is feedback that truly touches my heart. Knowing you were comfortable from the very beginning and able to enjoy such a wide range of experiences in just one week is priceless. I know you are just at the beginning of your world travels, and I hope we have the chance to work together again soon! Grazie!
A dream come true
When we landed in Italy, I was overcome with awe and gratitude that Liana had made this possible for my son and me. We stayed in Rome and saw every possible thing we could. Our tour guides were absolutely amazingly knowledgeable and informative. They truly left no stone unturned!! I had the perfect beginning to my trip with a stop at the beach and the perfect ending with an authentic Roman Feast with 30 other guests!! Although this trip was everything I could have hoped for, it has left me wanting to experience even more of Italy!!
Italy through Italian Eyes
She takes the time upfront to really get an idea of what you find important and then connects you with real people on the Italy side who provide just that...amazing. She took the guesswork out and put delightful people and experiences in its place. You will meet knowledgeable guides and helpful individuals to make you feel right at home. Mille Gracie, Liana!
Thank you so much for these beautiful words! I loved our post-travel call when you said you never felt stressed because you just looked at the itinerary and the information prepared for you. I also loved how you said everyone you worked with in Italy acted as a guidepost along your journey and felt like a new friend. I'll never forget that - I smiled for the rest of the night after hearing it! I hope we can work together on another itinerary one day to include some of your other interests!
Taylored to Our Interests
Thank you so much for this excellent feedback and for recognizing the unique nature of what I do. My colleagues in the travel industry are great at meeting so many clients' requests, and then, when someone is looking for truly customized travel within Italy, I'm thrilled to provide that. Some of the highest praise you shared during our call was that you hit every highlight you had hoped for during the trip. I can't ask for more! I hope we have the chance to work together again some day!
Extended family trip to Rome
Thanks so much. I really enjoyed designing the trip to meet the interests of everyone in your family, and loved all the great observations you made while traveling. I knew you were experiencing Italy at its most authentic, which of course was the goal!
Best Stress-Free Planning and Trip
I'm a busy medical professional with a family and planning trips is not my strong suit even if I weren't so busy. I couldn't believe all I had to do was just open my email, gives her a thumbs up and let her take care of everything else. The stress I had about organizing such a big trip just disappeared when I started working with her! Everyone in our trip loved every single day. Everything she picked for us was like she knew us personally - and we have never met in person! The guides were all so friendly, knowledgeable, welcoming, and really made us feel so special. We can't even pick a favorite experience they were all so good! I have already recommended her to everyone I know. I hope we have the chance to work together again on a return trip to Italy. This trip showed us that one visit here is definitely not enough!
What wonderful feedback. Thank you so much! It really does mean the world to me to know that you were confident in my services from the very beginning, and that it saved you from undue stress and time invested considering your many other daily demands. It's even better to know that you loved everyone you toured with in Italy - they really are the best! I hope we have a chance to work together again one day as I know there is so much more there you hope to discover. Grazie!
Rome hospitality at its best!
Boy, what a pleasant surprise, to say the least!
Where do I start?
It looked like we went to this rustic Italy, right out of the '50-'60s. Barbara and her people were so friendly and accommodating, it looked like we were visiting our cousins. The house brought back nostalgic time and it looked like time stopped right there.
We were a group of 17 friends and we could not stop talking about the dinner party three days after.
The food was authentic and delicious, the wine kept flowing into our glasses and spirits were high. We had a little song and dance party and didn't even notice that it was midnight already.
There's not enough words to describe the fun we had and how much we enjoyed this experience. Many thanks to Liana who was so helpful and made this look so easy. We highly recommend this and will be back
Ciao, Ardi! I am so glad you and all of your friends enjoyed this fun, exciting, and authentic experience. You were really able to see the advantages of working with a true Italian specialist and the unique opportunities that brings. I hope we have the chance to work together again, as there is so much more of this kind of Italy to discover. Grazie - e a presto!
A Trip of a Lifetime!
A lot of Italy was covered on this journey, and the eight of us who covered it together all agree--it was "A Trip of a Lifetime"!
Thank you so much! I really loved planning this special trip for you and was thrilled to hear from each of the guides and hosts as you went along that you enjoyed every minute of your days with them. I know many in your group anticipated this as their only trip to Italy, which makes this kind of feedback priceless. I couldn't have asked for better clients, and if anyone does make a return trip, I certainly hope we can work together again. Grazie!
Fantastic Travel Planning for Families in Italy
Thank you so much! I love planning for families with young children, and I am so glad that I was able to help everyone in your family discover new and exciting things. Hearing that you have great memories from this trip means the world to me. Grazie, grazie!
Perfect Day Trip from Rome
Ciao! I am so glad to hear that! Those types of trips are some of my favorite to create as they maximize time, budget, and most importantly, enjoyment! I'm glad you decided to change the original plan of simply training between cities. I know your hosts enjoyed having you as well, sharing their history, passion, and home with you. Thanks so much for the nice review!
Wonderful 60th Birthday Celebration
Ciao, Debbie! Thanks so much for this great review. It was really a lot of fun working with you ladies, and it means so much that I was able to play a role in this highly anticipated celebration for you both. Looking forward to the next time we can work together and show you even more of amazing Italy!
Best Family and Heritage Trip I Could Imagine
Grazie mille! It's hard to even express how special your itinerary was to design, knowing this was the last trip you anticipated taking as a whole family, and knowing that this was the first time you would be achieving a lifelong dream of reconnecting to your Italian roots. I agree: every place and person you mentioned is an absolute gem. I certainly hope you do have the opportunity to return one day and discover more of the fascinating country outside of the main cities. Tanti cari saluti!
Better Than We Imagined
Thank you so much for this great review! I was really happy to be able to pick up on your original plans and help you make the most of the time and resources you had available. It was a pleasure working with you, and I hope we have the chance to do so again!
Sicily and Amalfi Coast Dream Trip
Grazie! It was fabulous working with you as well. I am so glad to know that the trip was everything you hoped it would be and that everyone's taste, interest, and pace were accommodated for so well. You had a beautiful and ewish list, and I can't wait to work with you on your next one
The trip of a lifetime!!
Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so thankful to know that your first trip to Italy was so wonderful! Hearing that this was your "trip of a lifetime" means more to me than I could ever express. All the best!
The best trip of my life & a lifetime of memories!
The food tours & wineries were a delicious way to see Italy. Liana always knew when to arrange a free day so we could discover on our own. All guides & drivers were so knowledgeable, with love for their area & such a fondness for Liana. Having my cousins surprise me at dinner in Rome was beyond belief. Walking the village of my grandparents, thinking of them before they came to America, was unforgettable. Arranging for a private concert there by Flavio Sala, was beyond words. Our final day in Rome had a golf cart tour & an amazing rooftop dinner. It was magical seeing St. Peter's with fireworks. I would and have recommended Liana. Grazie for a lifetime of memories!
Thank you so much for your kind words! It meant more than I can say that you entrusted me with planning not only your wedding, but your honeymoon, a family vacation, and the wide variety of travel that all of your guests needed as well. Your confidence in my services was the greatest compliment imaginable Beyond that, being able to celebrate with you in person was a truly beautiful, unforgettable experience! I can't wait for the opportunity to work together again one day. Un abbraccio!!
Whirlwind In Rome
The "Golf Cart Tour" was great fun with a great guide and lots of laughs!
Afternoon tours of the Vatican and the Forum and Coliseum with Margarita were filled with her expertise and knowledge...especially since she was an actual archeologist and could answer every question that we asked her!
We give Liana and her company an A+ and would highly recommend her services to any potential traveler!????????????
Thank you so much. It was such a pleasure to work with your group from start to finish. I certainly hope we do have the chance to work together again so I can share all of my Southern Italian secrets with you! Grazie mille!
Trip of our lives!
Thank you so much for this kind and detailed review. It means the world to me that you felt so well taken care of, as that is the cornerstone of everything I do. I enjoyed working with the two of you every bit as much and hope we get the chance to do it again some day! Grazie!
Thank you for sharing that the tours were great for both first time and seasoned visitors. This is one of the undeniable benefits of doing private tours - absolutely everyone can be accommodated and enjoy a meaningful experience! I can't tell you how happy it makes me to know that these tours made such a difference in starting off your trip in a special way. Grazie ancora! Thanks again!
Best vacation ever!
Grazie mille, Andrea! You and Carlos were such phenomenal clients. I really hope we have the opportunity to work together again!
The boat tour had to be my favorite because our guide Mario, was knowledgeable, genuine, and fun. The new boat they had for us was beautiful and spacious, it even included scuba diving googles and tubes. The complementary drinks and snacks were nice as well.
The tour of Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius was exhausting but defiantly worth it. Teresa, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about everything in the area and gave us all so much information.
The tour of Amalfi Coast was nice as well the tour Guide was so well planned that he managed to beat the traffic. We were able to stop in Amalfi and see local shops and important places.
We both thought the week long trip that Liana planned was so well planned out since we could rest the morning after each tour, we we also able to visit Naples one day and the beach on Punta del Capo. Without her help and guidance we wouldn't know what to do, where to stay, and who to
Everything was great
Thank you for the wonderful tours and guides. We've already recommended to friends of ours and hope they call. Just great.
Thank you so much for this very nice review! I was so glad to see that in the short time frame you spent in the city you were able to truly enjoy so many special experiences. It was a pleasure planning for travelers who wanted to know what lies beyond the major sites and even beyond the walls of Rome - especially because Lazio is marvelous, as you now know firsthand! Grazie ancora!
The big retirement trip!
I gave Liana quite a challenge to see as much as possible in 3.5 days. She was remarkable! Can't believe we used every minute and had a food tour, side trips to Florence, Pompeii and Pisa, a beautiful baroque music event is an incredible church and an overview of the primary sites in Rome. .Our tour guides were very personable, very knowledgeable and quite proficient in English. The 8 year old fell in love with each guide.
My request to Liana was quite complex and she definitely developed and individualized plan for us. I would highly recommend her.
Thank you for such a wonderful review. Planning for your family felt like planning for my own! No matter how challenging it may appear at the onset, the reward of multi-generational family travel is always worth it. Knowing your grandchild will always have this trip to look back on (and be able to say he actually saw all the things he has and will continue to study in school!) is priceless. Thank YOU for choosing to work with me to make your dreams come true! Alla prossima! :)
Tour in Rome
Thank you! It was a pleasure working with you! The guide really enjoyed your group and seeing the interest and engagement at every age! Wishing you all the best and looking forward to working with you on your next trip to bella Italia!
Would definitely recommend Liana and use her again
Thank you so much. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you as well. I certainly hope we have another opportunity to do so. In the meantime, I'll be sure to let you know when I see any truly spectacular Florentine leather shoes!