Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Up coming Tours

It has been a long time since I have been on my blog. I usually write about my tours, the places we have seen, things we have done and people I have met along the way.
Now I want to really explain what it means to me when I spend time with the people who come on my tours.

It's not simply about wanting to show them around, I want people to feel, taste, drown in the culture of Italy. I am very passionate about my life as a travel consultant, specifically, to visit Italy ! I thrive on the idea that you should really know how the Italian people live day to day, not just how they live when the tourist are in town!

 I have been so fortunate to have had parents that gave me the passion I feel today. I love sharing  it with everyone. I started my tours about 20 years ago but only going to Calabria and of course a day trip to Taormina Sicily. These were wonderful tours especially since we would really get to know the people in the small town of Soverato. We would swim in the beautiful Ionian Sea and go into different villages at night. Then I expanded to the Amalfi Coast, beautiful right? But as beautiful as it is, I felt that is was too touristy. How would I change that?  I did not seek the most beautiful hotels on the coast but instead I sought out a family hotel. One where you know you are treated like family. Now, I happily take tours to Sorrento and feel at home there just like I do in my home town of Calabria.

Ten years ago, I expanded my tours other regions of Italy. I met locals who were hungry to share their culture with my clients. From the North to the South of Italy, I will introduce you to what real hospitality feels like. My guides are locals who will have you living the Italian life, not just seeing it.
Tours this year will start in May from Sicily to Venice. All you have to do is send me an email at ionianjewel@gmail.com and let me know what you are interested in.

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