I have had the pleasure of participating in two trips to Italy with Via Vitae Travels. The planning and execution of both experiences was first class with great attention to details, sensitivity to individual needs, and meticulous planning. Between the two trips, both to different areas of northern Italy, we covered a terrific range of interests, including spectacular scenery, unique and very desirable private winery tours, magnificent authentic regional cuisine, and all within a great backdrop of Italian culture and history. This is not a run of the mill touring experience! I have been a chef for over 30 years and these trips changed my life forever. Whether you are a professional in the food and wine business or not, the trips are so inclusive that there is much to fulfill everyone’s needs. How many people have walked through the woods with a trufalo and his dogs to hunt successfully for white truffles? How can you not appreciate the splendor of enjoying a Michelin caliber five-course meal in a 500-year-old estate after a tour of its winery? The opulence and artistry of the Catholic Church is on display in every city and town, each church unique and exquisite on its own. Because this tour is so personal one gains an interaction with, and understanding of, the wonderful citizens of Italy on a person to person basis. the hospitality of the Italian people is second to none. I can’t wait for the next trip in May!
Randy R., Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Via Vitae Travels gave us the trip of a lifetime! From the time we got off the plane, we were treated to fabulous accommodations, delicious meals, and adventures we could have never set up on our own. We had visited Italy last year with arrangements made by another well-known travel company. While that trip was nice it was the same experiences that most travel businesses offer. Nothing out of the ordinary or unique was provided. For the same price Via Vitae Travels provided a unique experience every day! My husband and I loved being part of a small group who enjoyed private tours of prestigious wineries, cooking classes and intimate meals preselected and prepared just for our group. The best part was being driven to each destination because we could sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery! Thank you Via Vitae Travels for an outstanding trip! We are looking forward to the next one!!!
Jacqueline Z., Michigan, U.S.A.
Anthony’s background as a sommelier and “all things Italian” enthusiast qualifies him to be the perfect host. Anthony wants to share his hidden gems; castles in the foothills, restaurants with amazing food, wineries with outrageously great wine. His trips are designed for you; the adventurer and the connoisseur of great food and wine. His extensive exploration of Italy has led him to some amazing discoveries.
Beryl S., Texas, U.S.A.
I have traveled to Italy twice. I absolutely loved every minute of it, but many times found myself wishing that I could find my way off the beaten path and not just feeling like one of the many tourists. I find myself and so many others discussing our desire to have a truly authentic Italian experience and live like a local in order to gain a deeper understanding of the true culture of Italy. Traveling to Italy with Anthony Zanotti can make this dream a reality. Utilizing his years of experience, research, and efforts in finding local gems takes the guesswork out of your vacation experience and makes it worth every penny! Over the years and in his many travels, Anthony has made connections with many incredible Italians citizens, opening the doors to authentic cultural experiences. If you desire not just a vacation, but a cultural encounter with food, wine, and history, I would recommend traveling with Anthony Zanotti and Via Vitae Travels!!
Andrea T., Michigan, U.S.A.
Autentico Italia! This was our first international trip where we spent ten days exploring northern Italy. Our goal going in was to have an experience unlike the feel of a major tour company. We wanted to see Italy beyond the tourist trap feel we have had on domestic trips or European trips we have heard our friends complain about.
We stumbled upon Via Vitae Tours from a friend who claimed Anthony Zanotti’s spirit for authentic Italy was the touch we needed. We were a bit skeptic going in and Anthony’s flare and passion for Italy and in providing the best hospitality was made clear. He provided insider insight about cuisine, what sights to see and was very informative as a guide. We did not have to worry about any details throughout the visit which for us made it all the better. He set everything up (arranging lodging, transportation, etc).
What impressed us most was his knowledge of the fine points of old world wines. Anthony even set up tailored winery visits and tastings toward the end of the week to match some of the preferences we shared. The places we visited you only read about in magazines. We didn’t get to see everything and are already looking to book another venture to central Italy in summer. From wine tastings and castle visits to archaeological sites and experiencing local village life, we can only say bravo to Via Vitae Tours! Bravo!
Brett Y., Michigan, U.S.A.
I had a great trip to Italy with Anthony Zanotti of Via Vitae Travels. Having been to Europe dozens of times and Italy numerous times before this trip, I had seen my fair share of sights, people, food, and other things that make a culture and place unique.
The thing that made my time in Italy on this particular trip unlike any other, however, is that the places I went to and the people I met were not the type that I could have found myself. You might be able to take a tour bus throughout a place and make a few stops and disembark with a big group and feel like you are taking in the culture of a place but the people I met through Anthony’s connections were genuine and I felt like a friend spending an afternoon with them. True, part of this is the good nature and hospitality of the people themselves and even Italy in general, but there is something special and different about visiting a winery or a restaurant where the place has authentic enthusiasm about you being their guest — and Anthony Zanotti knows just place to take you.
Nikolai O., Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
I highly recommend Anthony Zanotti with Via Vitae Tours as a fantastic tour guide for Italy – especially if you are interested in wine, food, and history. Anthony has a passion for Italian culture, wine, and food that would be hard to match. He takes great care in finding “off the beaten path” activities that are sure to impress – including fantastic wineries that you can’t get into without a connection, and historical sites that you won’t find on other tours. What makes these tours really special is the “Italian life” experience that you get with them – the personal connections and the hospitality of the wineries and restaurants that Anthony works with went above and beyond any expectation I could have had. The way to see Italy truly is through the people there, and going on a tour through Via Vitae is the best way I can think of to get that experience. The value for the price here is outstanding. Thanks, Anthony, for the great memories!
Brian D., Michigan, U.S.A.