In Case You Were Wondering…

 In case you were wondering where you can find me when I’m not writing, blogging, planning or leading a trip or tour to Italy or helping someone plan their next trip …

You will find me can here and on my new “Page”   (it’s under the ABOUT  tab above):

Where You Will Find Victoria

It includes links to my social media sites as well as YouTube videos, published articles and blog radio chats!

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If you look on the right hand side of this page (same as the ad on the right), you’ll notice  that I now offer personal travel consulting services - expert advice at a reasonable rate!

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La Dolce Vita Meets the Queen of Radio!

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You’re Invited to Join Us!

This Tuesday, July 22nd, I will be chatting with Joyce Barrie on her radio show, Joyce Barrie & Friends!

So, how did this come about and why me? Well, a darling couple registered for my spring “Let’s Kick Up Our HeelZ in Puglia” trip. It so happened that Pam and I went to high school together. In January we got together with some of the other fellow travelers and I met her husband, Rudy.

Rudy, Pam & I

Pam, Rudy & I in Italy

When we all reconnected in Puglia, and we truly had the time of our lives together! Rudy, being an entrepreneur, dynamite speaker, and frequent guest on her show, referred Joyce to me and me to her….Hence, the connection! And I have to say I am truly honored!

Joyce’s show is about sharing stories, experiences, and lessons that her audience, which is worldwide, will find of interest. We chatted and bounced ideas around then leaving it up to me to come up with a title and talking points.

So, what will we talk about? Well, the title is “Passion Purpose PiZazz!” and that’s really all I’m going to share right now – but I can say it will be a little about my personal path but mostly about what keeps me passionate and loving what I’m doing…

So, please tune in tomorrow (I need the moral support!):

Victoria Chats with the Queen of Radio:

Passion Purpose PiZazz!

Call in to listen on BlogRadio:

Tuesday, July 22nd

(917) 388-4530

8 a.m. PST

10 a.m CST

11 a.m. EST

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And if you miss it, it will be archived (oh dear?!)

 

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10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! #10

Let's Go to Italy Together!

Join me & let's enjoy "la dolce vita" together!

10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy 

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Here’s #10 and it sums up all of them! The last and BEST reason of all…

 Let's Go to Italy Together!

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10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! #9

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If you need another reason, here’s #9…

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10 Reasons Why YOU Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! #8

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If you need another reason, here’s #8…

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10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! #7

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If you need another reason, here’s #7…

Let's Go to Italy Together!

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La Dolce Vita for YOU! A Special Invitation to Join Us In Puglia this Fall!

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Join Me, Yle, Michele & Mamma Giulia in Puglia!

Join Me, Yle, Michele & Mamma Giulia in Puglia!

In less than 3 months YOU could be kicking up your heelz with me and enjoying all that the delightful and breathtaking Salento region of Puglia has to offer!

Si! YOU could be in Puglia, Italy, with ME and with my fabulous tour partners, Yle and Michele of YLTOUR! 

“What a terrific trip you put together for us. Although I have been to Italy many times in the past it was always to the ‘tourist’ areas. Although seeing these areas and revisits were wonderful this trip to Puglia  was so different. The cooking classes, wine & olive oil tasting, gelato making, and the camaraderie experienced by staying at the farm house was just something special and unique.
Above all I would say that the Value we received for the price we paid was fabulous. I personally would recommend your tour to anyone who wants to experience Italy not just see it!!!”

-Rudy R.

Enjoy stunning accommodations in an exclusive masseria nestled in thousands of acres of olive trees, savor (and sometimes cook!) out-of-this-world home cooked regional cuisine; sample and enjoy Puglia’s renown local wines and olive oils; meet local artisans... visit historic and medieval towns...Lecce, Gallipoli, Otranto, Ostuni, the unique trulli houses of the Itria Valley, the grotto and cave of Puglia Me cooking - editZinzulusa...and  so much MORE!!

“You, Victoria, made the experience special; your enthusiasm and sense of adventure, and your thoughtfulness and attention to detail…also your concern for each of us…making sure we were OK  and taking care of our needs (whatever they may have been) and rerouting our itinerary because of weather etc.
I have and will continue to recommend the trip to others.
Ciao,  Joan D.

Experience Italy – not the touristy, crowded, guidebook version! Experience Italy like a local with locals!

Fun & delicious cooking classes...

Fun & delicious cooking classes…

  “The pasta cooking classes were so much fun. Even though I am not a cook the creations we made and the giggles and laughter that accompanied each endeavor were priceless. Gelato making, pastry making, cheese making…..such fascinating experiences…And that is what I liked the most about our trip to Italy this time. We were immersed in the real Italian living.
Thank you Victoria, Michele, Ylenia, and Mamma Giulia for giving us unforgettable memories.”
- Pam A.

YOU could be enjoying la dolce vita!

Join Us and YOU will be:

You will fall in love with Puglia, too!

You will fall in love with Puglia, too!

  • In a small group – group size is limited to 12.
  • Staying at ONE fabulous, idyllic location – a privately owned and managed masseria (farmhouse) -no packing, unpacking!
  • Pampered!
  • Stress free! We take care of you from the moment you arrive at the airport until you are dropped off – i.e.  EVERYTHING is included!
  • Experiencing a unique region of Italy before it becomes famous (i.e. overrun with tourists!)
  • Enchanted, delighted, and so glad you came! Whatever you imagine it could be like, it will be better!

This could be your trip of a lifetime! Are you ready to join in us?  We know how much you will love this experience so:

Registration Deadline Extended to

JULY 30th*, 2014

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A Special Gift Basket, for EVERYONE Registering/Making Full Payment By JULY 30th*, Will Be Waiting for YOU in Your Room!

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Those who Register/Make Full Payment by Original Deadline, July 18th, Also Receive a Complimentary Massage Upon Arrival!

Say “Si!” Don’t read about it! Do it!

La dolce vita is waiting for YOU!

Just CLICK HERE to Register Today!

Here’s our Fall Itinerary!

Read what the Spring Puglia Folks Had to Say…

Need more reasons to join us? Here are 10!

Questions? Contact Victoria Today!!

* Registration and full payment due by July 30th

I want to see YOU in these photos, don’t YOU??

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10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! #6

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10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! #5

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10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy

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Victoria!

If you need another reason, here’s #5…

Let's Go to Italy Together!

Continue reading

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The Gelato Detective Gets the Scoop!

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Postcards from La Dolce Vita Update!!

Cercare, gustare, amare la dolce vita…con passione!

La Dolce Vita Attempts to Lick Her Gelato Obsession…

Your Intrepid Gelato Detective was hard at work this April and May in Italy!

IMG_3416In an ongoing research project (unofficial, unscientific and totally self-funded, by the way), my mission is to seek out and sample gelato at any and every given opportunity.

The objective is always to sample daily. On this journey through 5 regions in 40 days, I admit to falling a bit short…I only sampled 26 gelatos. I promise to do better next time!

On your behalf I engaged in investigative research in order to seek out and sample the best gelato every where I visited. I had lists and recommendations from Gelaterie Artiginali and various locals and food bloggers who lived in each region. In other words, I wanted to only sample gelato that was considered the best.

And, I confess and admit to sometimes being a bit distracted, lost and/or spontaneous (read in need of a gelato!), that I indulged where I could. I can say, I was never really disappointed and that I had some great gelato in “unknown” gelaterie.

I also have to admit that sometimes I was so preoccupied with choosing which gusti (flavors) to sample and then just enjoying the experience, some gelato disappeared before I could take a photo and/or detail the flavors so some of my impressions and notes are a bit cryptic.

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So, did La Dolce Vita lick her gelato obsession?

The obsession is a magnificent one and not one to be satisfied, don’t you agree? Alas, dear readers and fellow afficonados, I promise to continue my mission and do better next time!

All that said, I will try to recount most of them for you and give them my:

Tools of the trade!

Tools of the trade!

Gelato Detective Rating:

5 Spoons = La Dolce Vita is in gelato paradiso!

4 Spoons = Not quite gelato paradiso (what would Dante call that?) but definitely delicioso nonetheless

3 Spoons = OK, but didn’t live up to expectations or reviews – maybe a 2nd chance another time?

2 Spoons = Oh dear...looks can be deceiving (so can reviews)

1 Spoon = Detecting gelato no-no’s, passed this one up ( sometimes all it takes is looking at it to know it’s a 1)

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Please keep in mind that this is totally subjective although I have to say I’ve sampled a lot of gelato!

Before we go any further, you should know the nitty gritty about gelato:

The Scoop on Gelato

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Umbria, Puglia and Campania!

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Victoria’s Gelato Diary – Part II

Lazio (Rome) and Tuscany (Florence)

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