I have had the great fortune to work for many years in varying aspects of the tourism industry in Italy, from leading small active travel groups and giving private art historical city visits to backend office work. For me, this is the best job in the world and I enjoy it so much because I have the opportunity to share the beauty of this special country with others.
Beauty is in the details. This may be in the form of admiring a 15th century marble sculpture or an old master painting, enjoying a countryside walk along a cypress-lined wooded trail, entering into a classical building completed centuries ago, smelling a succulent wild-flower, or creating and savouring a perfect handmade ravioli. Italy's beauty certainly fills the cup half full.
With insider contacts, my work also focuses on designing and implementing special unique multiple-day programs and events throughout Italy, with a particular focus on Tuscany. This involves envisioning and developing week-long itineraries for different types of groups and accompanying them on their travels. Past projects have included special itineraries for multi-generational families, yoga retreats, hiking and garden groups, restaurants, museum docent groups and unique business incentives. As to the future? Well, that's up to you!
My Italian Treasures are
an expression of years of living in Italy,
academic studies of art and history,
savoring and discerning culinary traditions and wine,
hiking the majestic mountains and the sweet rolling hills,
swimming in the crystal-clear turquoise blue waters,
understanding the cultural nuances and the linguistic play of words.
and most of all... sharing the delights of this country with others.
Italians are resilient and optimistic by nature. Now more than ever, we celebrate an Italy that somehow always arises from confusion and chaos to remind us to enjoy the simple things in life.
Italy boast 55 UNESCO World Heritage Sites- more than any country in the world! There are 8 UNESCO sites in Tuscany and Umbria alone. Come and experience the city center of Florence, Pisa's Piazza dei Miracolo (home to the Leaning Tower), San Gimignano, Siena, Pienza, Val d’Orcia, Medici Villas and Assisi.
AT MY ITALIAN TREASURES, WE CRAFT UNIQUE EXPERIENCES AND UNFORGETTABLE TRIPS.
Of course I can't do it all alone. Over the years I have garnished a great support team. I have selected collaborators that reflect my philosophy of travel and who go the extra steps to ensure top quality experiences. In addition to all the necessary professional licensing credentials in their area of specialty (and that can be allot!), my chosen collaborators are also art historians,
We wanted to express our sincere gratitude for arranging the best guides for us in Italy! It made our experience unforgettable, and we can't wait to visit more places in Italy soon. Warm regards,
I just want to reiterate how much we enjoyed all our guides. And Giancarlo, our driver, was a treasure. We felt we were in good hands the whole time. Thanks again for helping us create a wonderful week in Italy, and if you ever need a recommendation, don’t hesitate to reach out. Best,
Again, Elizabeth, thank you for two great days and super planning!
What a wonderful trip. We loved our visits with you. There is still so much more to see and do. You were right about Milan. We took a tour of the rooftops of the Duomo and spent quite a bit of time inside. And thank you for the tips on places to see and eat. We tried a few of the restaurants. All of the cities we visited were amazing; we only wish we had more time to spend in each of them. I hope our paths will cross again. We will gladly recommend you to friends that travel to Italy.
I enjoyed an incredible evening visit of the Uffizi last September. Elizabeth of My Italian Treasures got my girlfriend and I special evening tickets and we had the place almost all to ourselves. I noticed details in the paintings that I would never have seen on my own and learned so much about art in general. Grazie Elizabeth! I hope to see other places with you in the future…
Elizabeth, that was terrific! Not a bit amateurish and I thought the balance with your slides, talk and Vanessa's ride was terrific. Felt like I was back there again. I will definitely hop on some of your other talks as my time allows. Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention.
We just finished the tour and it was wonderful. Seeing Florence virtually made us feel less locked down and more locked down at the same time. Thanks so much for this opportunity.
Thank you so much for this lovely tour of Florence. I'm from the Nicky Chapin trip we took to Florence several years ago, and it was really fun to be back! I loved the way you wove history into live streaming of the street--you did a great job. Seeing the moon rise over the Arno--well. Room With a View, eat your heart out.
This was so much fun! I’m really glad I did the cooking along with you and Claudio. Most fun I’ve had in a while! ... Would love to do it again. Thank you!
Hi Elizabeth - Certainly enjoyed your cooking class and selections! Thanks so much for the experience.
Hi Liz, I really enjoyed it and I hear you on the tech issues--this virtual world is hard! But nothing was rough enough to get in my way of enjoying it, and I saw the moon over the RIVER!!!! And I learned that Pisa used to be a PORT!!!! It was a great change of routine to my day and just lovely seeing people in a piazza enjoying a glass of wine... wow.
We really enjoyed the virtual tour, Elizabeth. I guess what makes it special for us is that we can identify. I think it is safe to say I will probably never again be able to travel to Italy so we really depend on your virtual tours. I wish they were later in the day for us so we could enjoy some vino while watching….LOL. W anxiously await the next tour.
A much overdue thank you for all your shepherding during the Smithsonian Journey to Florence and Milan. It was fun to meet you and to travel in your adopted country! The Smithsonian trip was fantastic, great group, excellent guides and wonderful coordinator! Just remember just around the corner, can also be a short 5 minute walk. Always, Barbara
Joyce is still over the moon from the trip. She spoke with her family in Greece this morning and she was so charming - I understood the intent if not the content! Thank you for your wonderful suggestions and ideas in addition to guiding us.
Thank you for taking us on tour and for a lovely day. You know where to take us. You know us well. Thank you. We’ve already bragged to Lia about the sites and the days visits.
Elizabeth, thank you for everything - you have such an enthusiasm for your new country of living - it exudes into your clients ever so subtly. Thank you so much.
Hello Elizabeth! I hope all is well with you. All of us who were part of Judy’s Cincinnati Art Museum group this past January were so impressed and delighted to have you guide us around Florence.
Thank you for our adventure in Florence. We made wonderful memories and saw beautiful art. Thank you for the keepsake and it will remind us of spending the day with you. FYI, Randy managed the drive with ease. Thanks, Mary and Randy
Hi Elizabeth! I meant to send you a message sooner. We immensely appreciated your services. Our driver was amazing and was so patient and full of information. Our Italian family loved him too. Thank you so much for helping us!