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.