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Custom Travel: Rome, Tuscany, Venice - June 2017

"My wife and I participated in a wonderful 9 day group tour of Italy during the latter part of June, which included Rome, the cities of Siena and Cortona in Tuscany, and Venice. Giovanna not only planned the trip, but accompanied us. Everyone enjoyed her company; she has a wealth of knowledge about the places we visited and Italy in general which enriched our experience. Our tour group included several high ranking college administrators, professors, deans and alumni, and was centered around visiting students participating in a ceramics study abroad program in Tuscany.

The trip began in Rome, in a superb hotel near Trastevere with a day to relax and explore. At the end of the day we enjoyed wonderful food and wine at a private reception Giovanna arranged for us at the beautiful apartment home of a friend, overlooking the Bernini fountain in the Piazza Navona.

Our first stop in Tuscany was our hotel, more like a resort, up in the foothills just outside Siena, where we were met with a delicious traditional Italian lunch and views of grapevines and olive groves. In the afternoon we went into Siena, where Giovanna had arranged for a guide who took us on a comprehensive tour of the city, including the spectacular cathedral and Piazza del Campo. Giovanna arranged for knowledgeable and friendly local guides to give us tours in Siena, Cortona and Venice. The tour ended with another delightful private reception in the home of another friend of Giovanna’s, in an ancient building high up with a view encompassing nearly all of Siena. The group enjoyed the receptions; they allowed us the unique experience of seeing Italy from a resident’s point of view.

We spent several days exploring Siena then drove to Cortona, another beautiful and superbly preserved ancient hilltop town. While in Cortona we stayed in a hotel, our favorite of the trip, which used to be a private mansion and retained many of the ancient architectural features. We also toured Chiustino, visiting with the mayor, touring the Abbey of San Galgano, the oldest Gothic building in Italy, and enjoying two over the top feasts.

From Cortona we drove to the port outside Venice and took a pair of water taxis into the city. We were met by another superb guide who filled us in on the storied history of this spectacular city, the favorite location of the trip for many in the group. The highlight of our time in Venice was the 2 days spent enjoying the 57th La Biennale di Venezia, a biannual international art festival. As the perfect finale to our trip, Giovanna arranged a meal at one of the best restaurants in Venice where we enjoyed a superbly prepared and presented authentic meal in a stunning setting.

The feedback from the group was so overwhelmingly positive that plans are already in motion for another trip to Italy orchestrated by Giovanna. Several members of the group are also booking their own travel adventures with her in the meantime."

Dan Manley, California State University of Long Beach


Custom Travel: Florence, Tuscany, Rome - June 2015


Thank you again for arranging for a very memorable trip to Italy!

We planned our trip to Italy in June to celebrate 3 graduations in our family this year and it was the perfect setting for our family of 5, including our 3 daughters aged 18 to 22.  Elena was a wonderful guide in Florence and driver/guide in the beautiful Tuscany countryside.  She was so knowledgable, enthusiastic, and entertaining.  Her stories helped the history come alive!  We didn't have to worry about a thing because she had all of the logistics and details planned for us.  Rosa was our guide in Rome and she too was so knowledgable, animated in her stories, and helpful in getting around the large city.  She really helped us avoid the crowds and long lines at the Vatican and in Ancient Rome! Thank you Giovanna for arranging our beautiful hotels, prompt drivers with spacious vans, and these two terrific guides. We created memories that we will always remember!"

Mary Beth Silverling & Family - Chester Springs, PA


Custom Travel: Sorrento, Capri - June 2015


We really enjoyed our trip and will put something together soon with some of our photos. Hope your most recent trip to Italy was great!"

Valerie & Dr. Jay Laudenbach - Philadelphia, PA


Custom Travel: Rome Cruise Excursion - September, 2014

"Hello Giovanna,

We had the most amazing tour experience with our guide, Rosa and driver, Sandro in Rome. We enjoyed every minute with them, and soaked up all the knowledge we could from them. They are not only kind and extremely knowledgeable about Rome, but Italy as well. We would highly recommend them!!! We learned so much about the ancient city, and Vatican, that we can now share with our children too. We look forward to returning with the children so that they can enjoy the experience as well. And taking the tour with Rosa and Sandro will be the first on our list. Thank you for all that you did to make our Rome tour the highlight of our vacation."

Cathy and John, Barr - Bucks County, PA


Custom Travel: Verona, Venice, Chianti, Porto Santo Stefano, Rome - August 2014

"Dear Giovanna,

Our trip to Italy was a huge success... All five venues were excellent and provided us insightful views of the wonderful diversity of Italy. The boutique hotel in Verona, the apartment in Venice, the villa in Tuscany, the resort near Porto Santo Stefano, and finally the hotel near Rome's center were all excellent... Your effort and personal touch contributed to making our trip most memorable. I can't think of anyone better suited to be my partner for planning my next trip to Italy."

Robert Bartman - Kansas City, MO


Custom Travel: Rome, Florence & the Amalfi Coast - August 2014

"Our family cannot express our appreciation to Giovanna and Discover My Italy enough. This was a "once in a lifetime" trip for my wife and I and our four kids. It was our first time in Italy and we didn't have much international traveling experience. From our first meeting with Giovanna, we were confident that she understood our needs and worked for months with us to erect an itinerary that our entire family approved of. It wasn't until we landed and spent our first moments in Italy that we realized that Giovanna delivered above and beyond our expectations. Each hotel she arranged for us, the villa that we luxuriated at in Praiano on the Almafi Coast, and the drivers and boat operators were incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and fun. Our 2 weeks in Italy, with Giovanna's expert guidance, made this "once in a lifetime" trip, the perfect experience for all of us. We are forever indebted."

Dan, Shantih and the Taylor Kids - Philadelphia, PA

Custom Travel: Rome  - May 2014

"I wanted to thank you for arranging for Mauro to show us around Ancient Rome and the Vatican. Everything went very smoothly, thanks to your arrangements and we were extremely happy with it all. Mauro is a lovely man and amazingly knowledgeable, giving us a huge amount of fascinating information. We both agreed that his tours were a highlight of our very successful visit to Rome."

Philippa Lunn & John Riddick - Oxted, Surrey (UK)


Custom Travel: Florence, Tuscany  - November 2013

"I hadn't been to Italy for many years, and being of Italian heritage, wanted to return there to celebrate my 50th. The challenge: finding the time to organize the trip (within a very small window of availability). With less than three weeks lead time, I stumbled across Discover My Italy on the web. Giovanna's site claimed to offer exactly what I was looking for... special, individualized experiences. It sounded to good to be true, but I called and spoke to Giovanna, and the rest is history. I recently returned from the trip of a lifetime to my beloved Tuscany, spending time in Florence and the small towns of Chianti with a local guide (who felt more like a friend), taking a bus to Siena where I cooked in the home of another amazing colleague of Giovanna's (an unforgettable experience), and had plenty of free time to just "be," immersing myself in the fabric of Florence. From the B&B selection to the private olive oil tasting in a Renaissance villa, to everything in between... Giovanna helped design a tremendous experience, curated with care, professionalism, and thoughtfulness. From that first phone call, she "got" me. And I'm SO glad she did. Grazie, Giovanna!"

Lisa Cecconi, Danville, CA


Custom Travel: Sorrento, Amalfi, Naples, Rome - September 2013

"Giovanna, my mother’s 80th birthday celebration in Italy was more than my sister, mother or I could ever imagine. Planning this trip with you was so much fun because you really understood how to customize the important historical and museum tours which were central to this trip. With your careful planning and excellent selection of hotels, tours, restaurants, guides and drivers, there was not one glitch in the entire 9 day tour. Your inside knowledge and impeccable attention to every detail allowed the three of us to enjoy every aspect of the trip and visit 7 very different cities without any worry. Your firsthand knowledge of the hotels, museums, and expert guides allowed us to feel as though you were with us, guiding us each step of the way. My mother, who is an avid art history expert, was able to have the in-depth art history and historical tours at every point of the trip. One very, unexpected benefit of planning this special trip with you was that my family felt like we were traveling with family and friends. From the staff at the hotels to the guides, everyone welcomed us like family and gave us an insider’s view of Italian culture and life. This was an unforgettable trip not only for my 80 year old mother but for me and my sister, a fairy tale starting at the Bellevue Syrene in Sorrento. Simply magical. Thank you for your kindness, professionalism and expertise as well as your incredible style! I am looking forward to planning my next trip to Italy with you and Discover My Italy for 2014."

The Kratchman/Mooney/Watson Families -Philadelphia, Pa

Custom Travel: Rome, Siena, Venice - June 2013

"Giovanna, I have to tell you once again how wonderful our trip was! ... You asked the right questions, and listened well to the answers concerning the things that we were interested in doing ... and the type of travelers that we are. You then made recommendations that really helped us to scale our ambitions appropriately.... The apartment in Siena deserves an essay of its own, but in short, it was truly a magical place.... Lastly, the private guides that you acquired for us were phenomenal. Each one was incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and accommodating to our needs. All of them wanted to give us the best tour, even if it meant going a little over time..... Thank you so much for giving us the experience of a lifetime! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anyone interested in traveling to Italy, and I hope very much that we will be planning another trip with you very soon! With gratitude"

Kristin Bair - Rydal, PA

Custom Travel: Amalfi Coast, Capri - May 2013

"Dear Giovanna - Your guidance and advice were invaluable in making the trip memorable. The itinerary was top notch and having all the details taken care of ahead of time ensured we were free to enjoy our stay without any hassle. But really, it's the inside knowledge and the skills to link up to what we were most interested in which is the winning combination. How else would we have found the great hotels you recommended? The restaurants? The driver? The winery? And yes, even the places to avoid! It's clearly the best way to organize such a trip, a couple of conversations, and voila, you've taken care of creating a superb experience we will never forget. A very warm thank you from us both"

Nevine Zariffa & Ed Solow - Wynnewood PA

Custom Travel: Sicily - Summer 2013

"Simply the Best! Giovanna has planned both of our trips to Italy and we have been 100% satisfied from the planning stages through the end of our trips. Being Italian herself, Giovanna’s knowledge of and insight into all things Italian is invaluable. During the planning she took certain restrictions we had (for example, traveling with elderly parents and a nine year old) into consideration and helped us customize aspects of our trip that someone without knowledge of the nuances of traveling through Italy would have been able to do. Giovanna also has firsthand knowledge of the hotels, sites and restaurants she recommends, having visited or stayed at many of them herself, so there is no guessing about quality and comfort, and she has recommended outstanding tour guides. And the icing on the cake? She’s great to work with too – professional, personable and very interested in providing exceptional service. This is why we think she is Simply the Best!"

The Bruno Family - Philadelphia, PA


Custom Travel: Tuscany - March 2013

"What a fantastic Tuscan experience we had thanks to Discover My Italy! Giovanna planned a day for us that was specifically catered to our personal interests. We told Giovanna that we were looking for a family-friendly trip with an emphasis on regional food; Giovanna matched us with Elena, a guide who was warm, knowledgeable, and great with kids and then arranged delectable tastings of local meat, wine, and fantastic olive oil, all at places we never would have found in a guide book. It was clear from the start that Giovanna took the time to plan a trip for us, not just your prototypical tourist, and the result was one of the best days of our entire trip. If you're looking for a personalized, one-of-a-kind trip through Tuscany ignore the guidebooks, call Discover My Italy!"

The Roth family - Philadelphia, PA

Custom Travel: Rome, Florence, Venise - Christmas 2012

"Our family traveled to Italy over the Chrismas holidays, and could not have been more pleased with the careful planning and perfect outcome through DiscoverMyItaly. Giovanna handled every detail before the trip, answered all questions, and confirmed with our Italian contacts during the trip. After consulting with us closely, she made suggestions for a variety of outstanding accomodations in different cities, including an apartment, a B&B and an elegant hotel. Her descriptions and information matched perfectly with what we found. She found us a wonderful guide, made museum reservations, suggested restaurants, and shared her love of Italy. Even though we traveled alone, we never felt alone, as Giovanna had made introductions for us with a charming group of drivers, guides, hotel folk who welcomed us everywhere. We look forward to planning our next Italian adventure!"

The Rizzo-Sisk Family - Philadelphia, PA


Custom Travel: Florence - July 2012

"When it came time to propose to my girlfriend, I knew I had to make it a memorable event. While I had ideas about how to go about doing so in Italy, I did not know how to bring my storybook vision to fruition..... On less than 24 hours' notice, Giovanna secured ... one of the most exclusive hotels in Florence with a balcony directly overlooking the famous Ponte Vecchio (see pictures below), arranged to have red rose petals placed on the bed in the shape of a heart and chilled champagne with strawberries...., and reserved a 5 course/5-star dinner served by a private waiter on our balcony as the sun set over the city....  It was the height of class and sophistication, and my fiancé and I could not have imagined more perfect arrangements or accommodations.... I highly recommend that you contact Giovanna at Discovery My Italy.  She will exceed your expectations by planning and executing the trip of a lifetime.   (My number is listed below; please do not hesitate to call if you would like to discuss this recommendation personally.)"

Paul Weiner, 215-796-7148 (cell), Philadelphia, PA

Custom Travel: Rome, Siena, Florence, Venise - March 2012

"Last October friends surprised me with a trip to Italy for my 50th birthday. It was an amazing gift, and Giovanna made the gift come alive. She listened to my ideas for the trip – things we didn’t want to miss - asked about our budget constraints, and set off planning what Stacy and I refer to as the trip of a lifetime. Giovanna negotiated rates in several wonderful boutique Italian hotels that were perfectly located in Rome, Florence and Venice. In Siena we stayed in a beautiful apartment located in the historic part of the city, Palazzo Bardi."

Tuck Bartholomew, Philadelphia, PA

Custom Travel - September 2011

"Thanks to your expert planning skills, our September self-guided tour of Italy exceeded our expectations. Your name opened doors from the auto upgrade to the extended smiles and hospitality received at check-ins, following "Giovanna sent us." You have created a first class, quality business with "Discover My Italy" and we will be so pleased to highly recommend you and your services to each and all headed to bella Italia. We hope that that will include us in the near future."

Dick and Judy Hyder, Williamsburg, VA


Custom Travel - September 2011

"Giovanna, just wanted to thank you for all of your advice and help in making our 20th anniversary trip one we will never forget. We had an amazing time, great weather and the stay in Capri was as special as you said it would be. We absolutely loved Casa Morgano. They could not do enough for you to make it a special stay! We will be planning another trip next year with the kids so I will be in touch for your wisdom!"

Elaine Travis, Lafayette Hill, PA

Custom Travel: Rome, Venice - October  2010

"My husband and I had been planning our 25th wedding anniversary trip to Rome and Venice for over a year. When it came to planning our activities while in Italy, we decided to enlist the help of an expert. Giovanna spoke with us several times to determine our interests, and then proposed several options for guides, dining, and other activities. The guides she arranged for us were incredible – their knowledge of the sights, special access to museums, and professionalism enhanced our visit tremendously. She suggested and made reservations at beautiful restaurant in Rome for our official anniversary dinner. However, even more memorable was the dinner she arranged for us at a private home in Rome. The rooftop balcony views over the city, the multi-course gourmet meal, and wines hand-selected by our welcoming hosts made it our favorite night - and an experience we would not have had without her help! We plan to return to Italy soon, and will definitely call Giovanna to ask her to work her magic again! "

Amy Petersen, Conshohoken, PA

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Custom Travel: Rome - July  2010

"... One of the absolute highlights of our recent cruise to the Mediterranean was our private tour of Rome meticulously arranged by “Discover My Italy”. There was not one glitch during our 9.5 hour whirlwind tour. Our driver, Luca, was waiting for us right up front as we departed the ship in the morning. He kept a close eye on the time as we needed to re-board the ship by a particular time at the end of the day.

... Luca drove us into Rome from the Civitavecchia Port where we met Mauro Girella, our tour guide. I can’t tell you how magnificent it was to be dropped off and picked up at some of the most famous sights in the world. No concerns about parking or worrying about having to stay with a large group. It was just the 5 of us. There was no long waiting in lines because Mauro had previously arranged for all of our passes into the various sights. Mauro was more than accommodating with his interesting stories and great knowledge of Italian history.

... The only problem with the day was that it ended way too soon! However, it will give us a very good reason to return and spend a longer period of time in the beautiful city of Rome.

... The private tour was truly the way to go."

Krista Clark, Media Planner and Buyer from Clark Communications, Inc.


Custom Travel: Florence - May 2010

"Recently my husband and I took our three children on a long awaited trip to Italy.  One of the highlights of our trip was our hotel in Florence, recommended by Giovanna at Discover my Italy.  It was a beautiful boutique hotel located literally on the Piazza della Signoria. Only an insider would know about this hotel – there is no sign on the door, it was not listed in the guidebooks and not easily  found on the Internet.  We had a gorgeous apartment on the 4th floor.   The view of the Piazza was so much fun – in the evenings we would watch the tourists while sipping wine in quiet comfort of our kitchen.  Best of all, the price was extremely reasonable - no more than that for a typical room in Florence.  Giovanna’s knowledge and connections made this experience possible, and truly made our trip unforgettable. "

Danielle Sullivan, Wilmington, Delaware

"This is why we think Giovanna is simply the best."

Ancient Tuscany - 2017

"Dear Giovanna,

Our journey through Ancient Tuscany was fantastic! As an author of Italy Travel Books, I am pretty picky about the way that tours are handled. And you are a pro! Your connections in each location are priceless! We LOVED visiting the locals, and seeing each place through their eyes - instead of merely breezing through a city and running away. Most of all, your attention to detail and your professionalism are top-notch. I would proudly recommend you and your company to anyone anywhere that wants to visit Italy with someone who is a native Italian, but understands the American mind-set. Brava!"

Patty Civalleri, Laguna Beach, CA


Heart of Tuscany - April, 2017

"Buongiorno Giovanna!  We just wanted to write to tell you what a wonderful time we had in Italy.  It was, as Kate says, "the trip of a lifetime, even 10,000 lifetimes"!  Thank you for all of your help!  The tours with Mauro in Rome and Isabella in Venice were tremendous.  They are great people!   And your favorite restaurant in Roma, Le Sorelle, is now one of ours as well!"

Katy Evans & Dave Franza - Wallingford, PA

Heart of Tuscany - October 3-12, 2014

"Paula and I want to thank-you for the wonderful trip to Tuscany that you arranged and hosted. It far exceeded our expectations. Reflecting back on all the various activities, most would have been impossible to experience or would have lost their intimacy if we attempted to do them on our own or with a larger group. Your selection of restaurants, and hotels were exceptional especially the beautiful country residence of Casali in Bonconvento. The visits of the wine vineyards/tastings, the cheese farm, the olive oil operation, Abbey of Sant'Antimo and cooking class with "Max" were most informative and enlightening. Your selection of villages and towns that we visited in the Tuscan countryside were fantastic, particularly for their splendor and history. Our tour guides were most informative, giving delightful presentations of historical events in each of the towns we visited. Their knowledge was especially demonstrated in our visits to many of the important town church, cathedral and museums where they highlighted the unbeleivable renaissance artwork contained within.

The trip was also very special for Paula and I as we were celebrating out 45th wedding anniversary. Your Champaign toast to us at our last dinner togther in the candlelit 1st century Roman grotto was very special to us and something we will never forget. It was most difficult saying good bye to all our new friends that were sojourners with us. After ten days together we felt as if everyone was family. I think that is a special gift that you offer as our host. Again, Giovanna we cannot thank you enough for your planning, hosting and attention to detail in making this trip so special to us. God bless."

David J. Paxton, South Port, NC


Heart of Tuscany - October 3-12, 2014

"My words cannot express what a deeply wonderful experience this was... a very personal view of the wonders, the history, and the life-style of Tuscany; a view that a normal "tourist" could never enjoy without having close friends living there. The extra "surprises": visits to your friends' homes (Margherita, Ninfa) and to unique restaurants (hilltops or sub-terrainian), made this tour such a rare priceless experience. Most of all, I want to express my absolute appreciation of my feeling of always being very well-taken-care-of; that is indeed priceless. The care & thoughtfulness you and your tour guides always exhibited was invaluable... Elena's superb knowledge encompassing Etruscan medieval hamlets' history to masterpieces of art; Datze's knowledge & great stories of the Contrade di Siena (she's a Snail); Fernanda's vast knowledge from medieval to renaissance walled towns (and in Montepulciano driving to rescue my forgotten phone!). All wonderful. Wine tastings, olive oil press & tasting, Pecorino cheese farm: all while staying in the fabulous villa of Casale with our personal chef, Max, feeding us Tuscany gourmet fare. Finally, our perfect send-off: a final glass of wine with Kathy, accidentally running into her on the main street of Milan (what are the odds???) after our tour of The Last Supper. Icing on the cake! Grazie Giovanna. Ciao, ciao!"

Lynn Richards - Atlantic Beach, Florida

Romantic Amalfi Coast - Positano, Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, Pompeii
and Naples - April 20-28, 2013

"We had a fantastic time on our Amalfi tour. We like that you limit the size of the group, and enjoyed meeting
the other members of our group. The hotel in Sorrento was spectacular. The day tours were wonderful.
Your attention to detail and to the needs of the group members was exceptional. Bartolo is a great guide and you and he seemed to know everyone! What else can I say, except in the short time we’ve been back, I’ve already given your name to several friends who expressed an interest in doing a tour of Italy.
I know we’ll do another!."

Marianne & Joel Cardis - Blue Bell, PA

Romantic Amalfi Coast - Positano, Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, Pompeii
and Naples - April 20-28, 2013

"My husband and I recently had the privilege to enjoy the wonderful Amalfi Coast planned by Giovanna Chiti of Discover My Italy. The trip was magnificent in every way, from the tour guide, Bartolo, to the food and wonderful hotel accommodations, no detail was left out. Giovanna plans tours with precise detail and takes into consideration every member of her tours to make you feel like a portion of the tour was planned just for you. Having never been to Italy prior to this trip, we were more than satisfied with our decision to join this tour and would not hesitate to recommend Giovanna to others and can’t wait to join her again."

Monica and Marc Rollo - Marlton, NJ

Romantic Amalfi Coast - Positano, Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, Pompeii
and Naples - April 20-28, 2013

"My recent visit to the Amalfi Coast, orchestrated by Giovanna Chiti of Discover my Italy, was a sheer delight. As an independent traveler, my goal was to connect with a small group of informed, interesting travel companions and to have unusual opportunities in magical Italy. From hiking the Path of the Gods to experiencing the luminescent Blue Grotto to savoring a delectable feast prepared by the owners of a small family-run olive grove, I had a joyful vacation. The arranged tours and transportation happened flawlessly thanks to Giovanna's close attention to every single detail.  It was a first-class experience that I will treasure for years to come."

Carol Forte, Newtown Square, PA


Romantic Amalfi Coast - Positano, Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, Pompeii
and Naples - April 20-28, 2013

"The absolute beauty of the Amalfi Coast in Italy was enhanced by our amazing tour with Giovanna. After experiencing Tuscany with Giovanna in September 2010, it was no surprise to us that this would once again be a fantastic trip. From the moment that we stepped off of the plane in Rome, greeted by our travel companions and Giovanna; we knew that we were in the most experienced hands and had to simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey. The breathtaking towns included on our tour were complimented by the first class hotels that truly enhanced the entire trip. Our experienced and energetic tour guide, Bartolo, covered all of the important "not-to-be-missed" stops along the way while providing informative and historic details that truly brought the history of the Amalfi Coast alive for us. He even provided peeks into the real-life world of our surroundings that added another dimension to an already amazing experience. Seeing it all by boat, train, bus, and the infamous Capri tram allowed for a real and authentic journey. After reliving the trip through our many photos taken along the way, we realized that seeing and doing all that we did throughout the week could never have been accomplished had it not been for the experience of Giovanna and her gift for planning the absolute best trips to Italy. We never had to think about what came next. We simply immersed ourselves in the glorious Amalfi Coast, while enjoying the company of fun loving travel companions, and drank in the beauty of our surroundings.........along with a little wine! Needless to say, we look forward to traveling with Giovanna in the future. I can't imagine seeing Italy without her!" Ciao!

Jay and Donna Strug, Philadelphia, PA

Piedmont Autumn Tour - White Truffles & Barolo Wine - November 8-13, 2012

"The Truffles and Barolo tour was the most enjoyable organized trip that I have ever experienced. A wonderful time spent in great company, with mind-bendingly good food and wines. Giovanna arranged very exclusive visits to several elegant wineries and she was a truly gracious host throughout. It was clear to all of us that considerable thought and attention to detail had been put in to make this a thoroughly relaxing and fascinating experience. Very highly recommended."

Francis Galashan, Edinburgh, Scotland

Piedmont Autumn Tour - White Truffles & Barolo Wine - November 8-13, 2012

"I’ve just returned from a tour of the Piedmont region, organised by Giovanna of Discover my Italy.  It was delightful and delicious from beginning to end!  In a very few days I learned so much about wine-making and tasting.  The Alba Truffle Fair was a spectacular show of honey, pasta, rice, polenta, salt - and many more -
all made with truffles.  We ate divinely in local restaurants and returned each evening to a beautifully renovated 18th century Relais.  The organisation was perfect from start to finish;  it was also great fun! 
I would recommend this trip to anyone."

Susan Ketchin, Milan - Italy

Ancient Sicily Tour - April 18 to 28, 2012

"Giovanna put together a first class trip to Sicily. From the five-star hotels in central locations, knowledgeable and engaging guides, all the sites worth seeing in manageable bites, to sampling the best in local cuisine, it is apparent that she attends to every detail. And I had such fun!  I highly recommend using Discover My Italy for your next visit anywhere in Italy."

Ann Sacks, Philadelphia, PA

Piedmont Tour - White Truffles and Barolo Wine - November 9 to 16, 2011

"Your Truffles and Barolo tour last November was one of the highlights of my year. To enjoy private access to these wine-making families, who have been nurturing their vineyards for generations, was such a priviledge. The wine tastings were a total education, the rolling countryside beautiful, and the restaurants you chose for us to indulge in truffles were a glorious treat. Your attention to detail was immaculate and your style always relaxed – I have no hesitation in highly recommending Discover My Italy."

Sarah Monk's, London, UK


Springtime in Tuscany Tour - April 9-16, 2011

"I would highly recommend joining a Discover My Italy tour or working with Giovanna to create your own extraordinary itinerary. The 2011 Springtime in Tuscany trip was excellent - Giovanna planned a perfect mix of sightseeing, wine-tasting, shopping and meals. The guides were knowledgeable and fun, the food was delicious, and Giovanna excels at creating unique experiences. Our trip included private wine and olive-oil tastings in spectacular settings, hands-on instruction at a Tuscan cooking school, a tour and dinner at a Sienese contrada, and a beautiful al fresco lunch in a private home. Giovanna also provided very helpful guidance for my independent travel in Rome in advance of the tour. I have no doubt that I will travel with Giovanna again."

Jason Leuck, Washington, DC

Springtime in Tuscany Tour - April 9-16, 2011

"Springtime in Tuscany is one thing, but springtime in Tuscany with Giovanna is something else... Giovanna studies the areas to be seen, finds the best guides and constructs the most interesting itineraries.

... Our preplanned visits were spectacular: the two wineries, where tasting the grape and good tuscan food was delightful; the olive oil press fascinating.... Other aspects of life in Siena: the piazza which turns into a racecourse in July, but is full of life all the rest of the time, the history and customs related to the Palio.

... With Giovanna, we met her friend Ninfa, an authority on where to find a hairdresser, ceramics or anything else one's heart desires; she's also a superb hostess and cook.

We were lucky in that we all felt like old friends in a very short time; pictures are still being shared, and a reunion is right around the corner..."

Judie Drexler, Wilmington, DE


Southern Tuscany Grape Harvest & Rome Tour - October  2010

"After years of dreaming about our first trip to Italy, we planned a trip to Rome and Tuscany with Giovanna.  Throughout the planning process we felt confident that we were in very capable hands.  When we decided to extend our stay by arriving a day early, and staying a day longer; Giovanna made the reservations, arranged transportation, and even set up a private tour of Ancient Rome for us. Our experience was absolutely perfect from beginning to end. Our accommodations far exceeded our expectations, as did the entire trip. We would not change a thing. We felt relaxed and totally at ease because every detail was professionally orchestrated for us.  Our small group of travel companions became fast added bonus that completely enhanced what will always be remembered as one of the best experiences of our lives." Grazie, Giovanna!

Jay and Donna Strug, Center City Philadelphia

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Southern Tuscany Grape Harvest & Rome Tour - October  2010

"I would rank this trip #1 in all our travels. ...Thank you for sharing your talent with us. "

Connie and Joe Petitti, Cherry Hill, NJ

Testimonial from Joseph A. Auteri, MSFS, AEP - President Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia - April  2010

"...  I never realized how much thought and planning was needed to organize and run a tour to Italy until I had a chance to see you in action. Your attention to detail and your willingness to go to great lengths for my travelers was proof that you have a true passion for your work.

...  It seems as if your knowledge of Italy is endless, especially when it comes to organizing very special tours, accommodations and events.

...  Often times, planning a vacation can be stressful and filled with uncertainty and anxiety. Working with you over the last 7 years, has not only allowed me to enjoy my own tours, but it has been an amazing learning experience as well. You have taught me so much about my own heritage through the tours you have organized for me and I will never forget it."

Joseph A. Auteri, MSFS, AEP, President, Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia


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