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Very patient and communicative
Allegra Kuhl | November 29, 2022

Emanuela helped to plan a great trip to Italy. She was very patient and communicative in the planning stages as well as when we were there. All the drivers and tour guides she chose were great. I would recommend her to anyone planning a trip to Italy.

We felt very supported before and during our travels
Susan Kean | October 24, 2022

We had a really wonderful trip! Anna was responsive to our family’s travel goals, which also included taking into account health and safety, weather, and one of our children’s birthdays. We are so pleased that we traveled to Italy and the specific locations we visited there!

Anna worked really hard to help us find accommodations in our preferred destinations, which were very busy at the time we were traveling. She also came up with alternate destinations when we needed to pivot due to lack of availability. We were very pleased with all of the experiences and dining options she suggested. The tour guides she suggested were very knowledgeable, personable, and helped us get so much out of our visits to each destination.

We especially appreciated Anna’s work in arranging culture- and nature-related experiences and booking tickets in advance due to high demand. When some experiences we had hoped for for our daughter’s birthday turned out to be unavailable due to the time, she did seek to come up with alternatives. The restaurants Anna suggested were delicious, lovely, and gave us a good sense of the local cuisine. She was also very attentive to our request to dine outdoors as much as possible for health and safety concerns. We especially enjoyed our hotel accommodations in Milan and in Santa Margherita Ligure.

We very much appreciated Anna’s responsiveness when travel issues arose, like when we mistakenly missed a train stop. She was also extremely responsive in helping us with dining needs during the course of the trip. Anna absolutely added value to our trip. Her work on accommodations, dining, and cultural and natural experiences enabled us to enjoy a truly memorable family vacation in Italy. We felt very supported before and during our travels. She is very professional, and it was a pleasure to work with her.

Each of our hotels provided a complimentary upgrade along with a welcome gift, and all of our dinner reservations included the best tables and the best views
Kim Brown | October 19, 2022

My husband and I had a fabulous trip to to Cinque Terre, Italy for our 25th anniversary during October of 2022. This was our first trip to Italy and it exceeded all of our expectations. We felt as though it was our second honeymoon.

I had an initial meeting over Zoom with Anna to discuss the purpose of our trip and our style of travel, things we enjoy, etc. and then Anna basically took it from there. She came up with a suggested itinerary which we then discussed and finalized together.

I had no idea what to expect and we were WOWED from the moment we arrived. All of our transfers included first-class transportation services, each of our hotels provided a complimentary upgrade along with a welcome gift, and all of our dinner reservations included the best tables and the best views.

We especially loved our two boat days—one included a tour of Portofino and lunch at a restaurant overlooking the cove of San Fruttuoso—and another included a trip to Portovenere and lunch on board in a beautiful bay.

Anna’s advice was spot-on and we felt as though we were in excellent hands. We had the perfect balance of activities and down time and never felt over scheduled.

I would definitely recommend Anna and Cinque Terre! Thank you for the trip of a lifetime!

She expertly chose what felt like the best experiences we could have had in that region of Italy
Tatiana Massier | October 17, 2022

Anna planned a trip to Lake Como for my husband and me in October 2022. From the very first time speaking with Anna, she was very attentive, and extremely responsive throughout the entire process. She expertly chose what felt like the best experiences we could have had in that region of Italy—a boat ride, a guided visit to a lakefront mansion, agriturismo, a small vineyard, and a cooking class with a chef! We literally still talk about that trip and cannot decide what we loved the most. Just so grateful for Anna’s guidance and attention and for making this trip a long-lasting memory!

Planing was a breeze. The trip itself was simply unforgettable.
Del Crockett | September 18, 2022

I worked with Emanuela Raggio and was very impressed with the entire trip-planning process through to the final day of the trip. I highly recommend. Both Lake Como and Lake Garda were absolutely amazing, but very different in feel. Como was beyond stunning, just like you see online, but I’d easily visit both again.

The trip was planned for my mother’s birthday, so we requested a detailed itinerary that combined high-end accommodations and day trips that were private in nature and aligned with her interests (wine, food, boating on the lake, plus a sprinkle of history).

Emanuela nailed it.

I gave her a general outline of what we were thinking for the trip to satisfy my mother’s interests, and she went to work to curate a custom itinerary. The process of working thru fine-tuning the itinerary was seamless and so easy. Emanuela was always quick to respond and suggest revisions. She also helped with dining suggestions (all of which were phenomenal) and ensured our private travel (car and boat) were set up (all of which were high-end, on time, safe, friendly, and clean).

In addition, the guides that were selected for us during the trip were just fantastic. We had lunch several times with our guides as they fit in so easily. I would use the exact same guides again in the future.

Overall, I was really pleased with the trip and overall planning services. I set a budget and gave Emanuela a general idea of what I was thinking for the trip and sat back. Planing was a breeze. The trip itself was simply unforgettable.

I really appreciate Emanuela’s service levels during the entire process. On a few occasions during the trip I sent her a few questions (via WhatsApp) and she responded right away, which is really great to have when overseas. She was even able to move reservations and suggest additional places of interest upon request as we made small edits to our daily plans along the way.

If you are looking for a quality trip to Italy and want authentic experiences without all the tourist traps and crowds—I highly suggest connecting with Emanuela and her team, as they can curate a masterful itinerary.

We would not have been able to plan as rewarding a trip without her
Linda Green | June 1, 2022

PANDEMIC TRAVEL Our trip to Italy was terrific. When I first spoke to Anna, I told her that I was interested in visiting Bologna, Lucca and Cinque Terre. She immediately suggested that we include the Langhe region of Piedmont which I had not known about. As it turned out, the 5 days we spent there provided some of the highlights of the trip. The area around Barolo is absolutely stunning with grapevines and hazelnut orchards all around and many picturesque and historic towns. Not to mention that it has some of the best food we’ve ever had anywhere. Anna was very helpful in suggesting destinations and experiences which we enjoyed. Our visit to Dozza, which I had never heard of before, was fascinating. The tour guides we had were exceptionally knowledgeable and charming. Because Italy lifted their Covid restrictions shortly before we planned to visit, we were concerned about eating indoors. Anna recommended some terrific restaurants with outdoor dining. During a couple of the tours that included lunch, the dining was indoors, which made us a bit uncomfortable. But these restaurants, which were family-run and lots of fun to visit, weren’t crowded, so I guess they were ok. The hotels she suggested were chosen as historic and/or family-run and they were generally fine with at least one standout. But one (Arena in Lucca) was below our standards as the room was very small with no place to put any clothes, and there was no one around during the day to help with any issues we might have. The Castello Real in Verduno, in the small Langhe town of Verduno, was very atmospheric, but there was no A/C and the weather turned out to be quite hot. Luckily, we got enough of a breeze so we could sleep comfortably. Ultimately, we thought it was worthwhile to stay in this unique hotel in a less touristy location and eat in the local restaurants which turned out to be amazing. Anna was extremely responsive to all of my email requests and comments and was a pleasure to work with. We would not have been able to plan as rewarding a trip without her.

For lunch we were hosted by a former Italian senator and World Bank executive. We drank, ate and experienced true dolce vita
Eric Hammer | May 31, 2022

PANDEMIC TRAVEL  A week before our trip, Emanuela noted a cruise ship would be docked in La Spezia. As our plan to enjoy the Cinque Terre was to train south to north, the recommendation was we pivot to a car. Simply, due to the size of the roads, the thousands of disembarking cruise passengers would only be able to travel the Cinque Terre by train. We didn’t want to feel the NYC commute in Italy!

When we arrived in Riomangarri, Emanuela planned for us to visit a boutique vineyard. A six-person operation, producing 20,000 bottles a year based on the side of a cliff and run by a man who can trace his family to this village for over a 1000 years. After a wonderful experience we drove north.

There are three ways to travel the Cinque Terre; 1. Small Boat. 2. Train. 3. Car. For years the Italian government has discussed converting the train tracks to a bike trail and building a new train system inland. It’s old, hot and busy. The road is narrow, wrapping itself around cliffs, but it turns a hour 45 min drive into 20 minutes. Beautiful and easy was the drive from Riomangarri to the next village. Well until it wasn’t…

An avalanche struck the road a day or two prior. There were no signs, no police, but the road was closed. Our guide called Emanuela. She pivoted us from the car to the train only to find out the train station was on fire and also closed. As boat times didn’t work, we had to drive back to La Spezia, miss lunch and continue to Montarossa. A 20 minute drive now nearly two hours.

Emanuela personally apologies, treating the rockslide and fire as if it’s her fault. Then tells us she booked us a lunch in hills of Montarossa. For this lunch we were hosted by a former Italian senator and World Bank executive who now owns this slice of heaven. For over two hours we drank, ate and experienced true dolce vita. This was an experience we never would have had without the Rockslide. Fire. Royal Caribbean day trippers.

Our adventure in the Cinque Terre was ripe for disaster, but we had Emanuela watching our every move from Genoa. She took our trip as seriously as if we were her visiting family and her desire for us to have the best trip showed. Everyone wanted to impress Emanuela through us; we had the best tables, hotel upgrades and surprise experiences that just consistently took the trip up a level. Thank you!

The guides were mind-bogglingly well educated
Matt Jacobson | March 28, 2022

PANDEMIC TRAVEL  Our trip to Italy was put into a higher category by having used Wendy Perrin’s recommended planners. This was our first time traveling abroad without experienced friends, so we were nervous about getting things mixed up and/or missing out. We did walking, driving, and boating tours. All Wonderful! The guides were mind-bogglingly well educated on their subject (Italy), and spoke superb English.

We loved how they planned only half-day morning tours so that we could relax for the rest of the day and have time to get ready for dinner. Speaking of dinner…. Wow, the restaurants were ALL amazing! One thing to note: they don’t bring the check until you ask for it!

Also, the hotels chosen by our planner were perfect and in ideal locations!

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