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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Gourmet Getaways first began representing chefs and cooking schools throughout Italy. During this time I helped people extend their stay in Italy by working with my favorite hotel supplier, JDB Fine Hotels, and booking their extended stay at boutique hotels in Italy.
Since the beginning, I created many customized itineraries and worked with individuals wanting to experience all the pleasures and sights of Italy. I realized this is where my efforts were really needed. Clients really needed my expertise in knowing the area they wanted to visit and explore. Consequently by business changed. Although I still keep in touch with the chefs in Italy I started putting my efforts in learning about the different regions in Italy. During these years I have visited Italy many times and developed many working relationships with hotel managers so my clients can receive VIP treatment. Throughout this time, I have created my own tours and escorted small groups to hidden areas of Italy to experience the culture, cuisine, and history.