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.
My Areas of Expertise
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!
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!
Your family was SO fun to plan for! A huge range of interests + a lot of ground to cover...you allowed us to create a true masterpiece of travel design! Hearing all about the trip through the eyes of three different generations gave me the best kind of goosebumps & such immense joy. I know that everyone in Italy - from the truffle hunter to the world famous guitarist - wished it could have lasted longer. I'm so excited to be planning your next one already & thanks for the referrals, too!
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!
Outstanding, Personalized Travel
Ciao! I am so glad to hear this! I know at the beginning you had wanted to do it on your own and that lead to Itinerary A, then B, then C, then...a call to me! Your trip was nothing short of amazing - visiting your family hometown, seeing the major highlights + lots of hidden gems. I'm so glad the flexibility and the guidelines we provided were helpful and you felt like all of your interests were met! And yes, the app is amazing, isn't it?! So glad you liked it! Thanks again! Grazie!
The Trip of a Lifetime
Thank you so much for the compliments and the incredible feedback. I have PAGES of notes from our post-travel call and sometimes I look back at them just to revisit the tremendous honor it was to plan for such a special trip and all that you learned and enjoyed throughout. And you're absolutely right - everything I do is about learning my clients first and then playing matchmaker with my lifetime of knowledge & country full of contacts in Italy. All of whom, by the way, loved the two of you!
Best vacation ever!
Grazie mille, Andrea! You and Carlos were such phenomenal clients. I really hope we have the opportunity to work together again!
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!!
Tracey, I have to tell you that I live by "No news is good news" during my clients' travels, but honestly, getting your daily updates just bursting with emotion and gratitude and joy from the departing flight to your first day back home...it was incredible. I know this was a HUGE trip for you on so many different levels and the trust you placed in my & my team's expertise paid off! Knowing you want to see even more of Italy is just the cherry on top and we'll make it unique & amazing! Grazie!
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!
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!
Amazing From Start To Finish!
Hearing you'll treasure this trip forever is just music to my ears! You knew from the very start how much time and energy I've dedicated to making ours the most unique Italian travel company out there and hearing how you could see and feel it all throughout the process - right up until this review - meant the world to me! Everyone in Italy wished they had more time with you and we're all hoping your follow-up trip happens sooner rather than later! It'll be a blast! Un abbraccio molto forte!
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!
Perfect, Stress-Free First Trip to Italy!
Thank you so much! You were an absolute dream to work with: well researched in many areas and totally open and flexible to new ideas as well. Knowing that your first trip to Italy was completely free of stress and worry - and that you're already looking forward to going back and getting even further off the beaten path (my specialty!) makes me happier than I could ever say. The entire team loved you, from Venice to Positano, and we can't wait to hear you say you've got your dates picked!
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.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! For the compliments to myself, the compliments to the team I hand-picked for you out of our 500+ personal contacts, and for the many referrals! And ultimately, thank you for trusting me to travel a different way - one that really gave you that return on your investment that you were looking for! I'm so glad that you loved the tours that we carefully picked to give you the fullest experience in the shortest time. I can't wait to plan your return! Grazie!
There's just nothing better than hearing you felt like you were strolling through these amazing places with a friend by your side, with your minds totally at ease, knowing you were thoughtfully and thoroughly taken care of. You were an amazing couple to work with from start to finish, and it was my absolute pleasure to design the perfect honeymoon for you, fine tuning as needed, and delivering an experience that will always be 100% unique to the two of you! Here's to the next perfect trip!
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!
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!
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!
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! :)
Incredible First Trip To Italy!
Barb, I will never forget the hopelessness in your voice on that first call. I knew you were expecting me to give you the same tired options. But just a few minutes in, we had really connected & I knew it was going to be a joy working with you! You and Nancy were such great, fun, respectful, and engaged clients. I truly couldn't have asked for better! Knowing you loved every minute puts a huge smile on my face. I hope we have a chance to show you more off the beaten path Italy soon!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Ciao! It has been such a privilege and a joy to work with you two times now - not to mention those you have referred as well! You've trusted my team and I from the very beginning and as a result, you've seen everything we do just continue to grow and improve and expand. I knew you'd love these areas of Italy, and I'm so glad to hear you did. (I can't ask for better than "flawless!") I know we already have the makings for a third trip in the works, and I can't wait! Grazie mille!
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
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!
One Of the Most Memorable Times of My LIFE!
I truly don't have the words to tell you how much this means to me! I knew from our very first phone call how important this trip was - especially the components to rediscover your Italian routes. There's no doubt about it: your three full weeks covering most of the country was a masterpiece. Thank you so much for your confidence in my expertise and trust in my on-site experts to bring this to life for you. I'll never forget working with you on this once in a lifetime trip! Un abbraccio!
Like a friend designed it just for us!
Thank you so much! That's the exact feeling I want everyone to have, and I'm so glad it's one of the aspects that resonated most with you! Knowing you've all been before and will be going back again, I wanted your choice to work with my team and I to really give you something unique this time around. From all your prior feedback and this enthusiastic review, I can see we accomplished that and more. You were a dream to work with and I'm already looking forward to the next trip!
My Go-To For Italy!
Wonderful restaurants to experience the Italian cuisine, the accommodations were absolutely beautiful! She even arranged a cooking class. No details were left unturned!
Liana has been traveling to Italy for many years. You can see her expertise in planning an unforgettable trip! Her company offers so many personable services that a larger travel company lacks. My second trip in 2017 was just as amazing.
My next adventure is Northern Italy. No doubt about it, Liana is the one I will be call
Lisa, this review positively made my day! You know how I feel about those lines - no client of mine is ever going to wait in them! Your kind words about my expertise & the compliments to my team .. it all means so much! Having been a part of the ITD guest family for so many years now, you know the immense work we put into making travel dreams come true. I cannot thank you enough for the trust you've placed in us for these two - and counting! - amazing & unique travel experiences! Grazie!
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 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!
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!
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!
A Honeymoon Worth Waiting 17 Years For!
I have tears in my eyes knowing that your itinerary was both worth SEVENTEEN years of waiting and that my team and I were able to releive all of your anxiety. You asked such good and thoughtful questions from the start, so I knew you'd be just fine. The team absolutely loved being a part of your 17 years-in-the-making honeymoon and everyone hopes to see you again before another 17 years passes! Grazie! Un abbraccio!
A Trip of a Lifetime for Our Family
Thank you! I just loved how much your prioritized your children's interests while traveling and made it my goal to plan a perfect trip to keep everyone engaged, interested, and overall, rested so you could enjoy everything fully! Hearing that you felt the travel between cities was so easy and that you never felt rushed is just music to my ears. That's so important, especially when traveling with kids and teens. Everyone in Italy adored your family and we all hope to work together again soon!
Return to our roots
It was absolutely my pleasure! You were one of our first official "consulting only" clients, showing me it truly was possible to offer our expertise and our guidance in a smaller way than for our full planning clients - but one that was just as meaningful and powerful! Seeing the pictures you shared of your family from America and Italy reunited brought tears to my eyes! Your family is lovely and I look forward to working with you - together and individually - as the years go on! Grazie!
Our Best Trip Ever!
All of the places we visited were wonderful. We have never had such custom one-on-one tours. Some of our favorite tours were the one-on-one tours going to the Vatican and our tour guide in Florence, seeing all the great Renaissance art. The golf cart tour in Rome and the food tours in Sorrento and Rome were excellent. We would love to go back to see other areas of Italy with Liana's personalized itineraries.
Kelly, what a joy to plan for such a sweet couple and for such a talented artist such as yourself. I wanted to make sure each day was full of the connection & inspiration I knew a fellow creative soul needed. The messages you sent me along your travels just filled me to the brim! Not to mention seeing the artwork it inspired after you returned home! Wow! I know the private tours were new for you, and am so glad to hear you loved them because you 100% deserved them! To the next trip, amica!
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!
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 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!
Unique, Seamless & Even More Than Our Dreams!
Thank you so much for these kind words! You understood right away that there is a method to everything and your trust in the process made it so easy to design and deliver exactly what you were looking for. The difference is definitely in the details and I'm just so happy to see how helpful they were to you while traveling. It was such a pleasure to work with you and I am already looking forward to the next trip!
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
Grazie!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it - and yes, you're right: the Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius trip was the VERY LAST large group bus tour we'll ever arrange outside of our private network. Your feedback was vital in our deciding to offer only private tours from this point on. So I have to THANK YOU for that as well! Your appreciation for our careful planning, our detail oriented pacing, and my and my team's expertise just made my day! I hope we work together again on your next trip over there!
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!
Trip of a Lifetime!!!!
Thank you so much! You've really hit the nail on the head - the Italiana Travel Design family IS A FAMILY! I've spent years and years meeting and bringing the best of the best into the fold. Hearing you say that you could literally see and feel the difference between that and the other travel options out there means the world to me! You were so wonderful to plan for, so kind, so curious, so appreciative...just amazing! I'm thrilled to already be working on your next celebratory trip!
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!
Not a Trip - A Gift!
Matt, I think back to our first call and the anxiety and confusion you felt trying to plan this as a single father of 5 - and how in a matter of minutes, you were already feeling more confident and excited. Now reading this review, I'm honestly overwhelmed with joy! Everyone in Rome & on your day trips said your family felt like an extension of their own and that's how you know it was perfect. Thank you for the many referrals you've already made! Truly looking forward to your next trip, too!
Best trip ever!!!
She spent so much time finding out exactly what kind of experience we hoped to have during our first trip to Italy. She took a wish, a dream, and a hope and made it come to life. Out 18 day trip to Rome, Florence, Venice, Bologna, Santa Margherita, Carrera and a few other short stops was everything we had hoped for and a 1000 times more!!
Our trip was so well planned. Each guide and event was just perfect, catering to the things we were most interested in. We had a wonderful time and will always treasure this trip. Liana can't thank you enough for all the hours you put into making this happen.
I feel like I should wear a shirt that says "ask me about who planned our trip to Italy!" You are the best! ????
Christie! From the very first call, I knew this was going to be amazing. As a designer yourself, you understand when someone has the expertise they claim & you know to trust the process once you trust the person. As a result, your truly one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime trip was apparently not just what you had hoped for, but 1,000 times more! Oh, it fills me with such joy to read that! Thanks for all your messages while traveling - so sweet! I'll see about those T-shirts - great idea!
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!!
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!
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!
Worth the Wait & Every Penny!
Taking that stress away and making sure that everyone can relax is always a top priority. It means so much to know that you saw the value in every part of our unique planning process, and that the trip really was everything you dreamed it would be after waiting so long to go! I will definitely keep doing what I do - and so will our personally picked team! They loved spending these special days with you, and I hope you get the chance to work with all of us again in the future! Grazie!
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!
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!