Welcome to Italy Retreats — Formerly Sogni Italiani
We have all spoken fondly of you and our Tuscany adventure since returning home. Our group of 10 so appreciated your effort. Our visit to the Graham Greene Castle and meeting his descendants was a unique and special experience. And how great was it to end the week with a truffle hunt climbing through fairytale woods with an adorable dog leading the way. Thank you for organizing this memorable trip. -Liz and Ed Bradbury
I design and lead intimate “off the beaten path” retreats for pre-made groups. And I also do general trip planning for individuals, families, etc.
Whether you want to see the highlights of Italy’s famous cities or slow down and unwind in a country retreat, I will tailor make your trip based on your budget and your interests.
We have been having a fabulous week and singing your praises daily. You found us the most perfect place to stay! It has been perfect for our large group. Beautiful and spacious and tucked away in the most exquisite little hideaway spot. Thank you for all the many ways that you made our trip easier, and more enjoyable. Every single email, tip, and booked element proved helpful and wonderful. – Julianna Christie
Consulting and Trip Planning Services
Bella Italia! So many riches, so much history, so much beauty! What to chose? How to plan? Where to start? Start with my consulting services. For 20 years I have been providing tailor-made trips for clients, utilizing my Italy expertise.
What is my expertise?
Twenty-five years ago I learned to speak Italian while living in Florence. Since then I’ve become a Florentine Renaissance Historian, lived in Italy a few more times, got married in Italy, walked alone on a pilgrimage route in Italy for 40 days, ran a wedding business in Italy, and I’ve created over a hundred trips and special events for Americans and other foreigners in Italy.See more testimonials here
What will you get from my consulting and trip planning services?
Convenient one-stop shopping!
I will handle every aspect of your trip except for airline tickets.
Don’t spend hours on the internet. Take a break from the computer
and rely instead on my expertise. I will do the work for you!
Location Location Location!
Don’t get stuck staying in the wrong end of town. Use my knowledge of Italy’s cities to be sure your hotel is well-located.
Get off the beaten path!
As well as sharing with you the “don’t miss” attractions, I can get you off the tourist track, even when you’re visiting some highly touristed places.
Where to eat?
I will provide you with my restaurant lists that are tailored to all budgets and will help you avoid tourist-trap mediocre restaurants.
Use my insider knowledge to visit local food festivals or
I can book tickets for a fantastic music festival. There are endless possibilities on the insider track!
Bottom line: If you are taking trains you need to be able to lift your suitcase up onto the train, with ONE hand/arm by yourself. Lets talk about how to pack right!
How to appreciate the art & history?
I’ll book you on wonderfully insightful private or group historic walking tours.
Unsure about renting a car versus using the trains? Consult with me!
Where to stay?
Don’t know what an agriturismo is? Not sure about boutique hotels versus B&Bs? When and why would renting an apartment make sense? I will lead you expertly through the array of choices and help you make decisions that work best for your interests and your budget.