Gourmet Getaways will be celebrating 16 years this fall! I cannot believe it, but time passes quickly; especially when you love what you do!
Gourmet Getaways originated from my love of Italy and Italian food. As a travel agent on a cooking tour in 1996, I met other agents that kept encouraging me to pursue my interests. Upon my return I created Gourmet Getaways. I first started representing chefs in Italy so people could take cooking lessons and learn about Italy through cuisine, but I knew I wanted to help people extend their stay after their cooking experience. So, my business began to grow and over the years it has modified its direction. As I always say: Nothing stays the same!” And it did not. I began creating customized itineraries for people and just loved it. When I begin to plan an itinerary I feel as though I am traveling with my clients and helping them enjoy Italy.
Over the years I have started to create my own tours and lead my own small groups, but never more than 20 people ! That is a rule of mine! I enjoy when my groups are small. When the groups are small the group is more intimate and we become one happy family traveling throughout Italy. We go to local restaurants, small wineries, olive oil tastings, and sometimes we do a great cooking class, visit artisans at work and more! This can only be accomplished with small groups. Many cities in Italy are off limits to large tour busses and traffic is restricted, so that is another reason why I keep the group small.
My guides are the best. I work with top agents in Italy and make sure my guides are top quality.
My hotels are the best. I manage to keep up my relationships with the managers of the hotels I select and consequently requests are always honored.
Create memories that will last a lifetime!
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