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.


Extraordinary Places

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.


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,

archeologists, painting conservators, translators, writers, graphic designers, sommeliers, chefs and cooks, cyclists, skippers, yogis, parents, fashion designers, painters, interior decorators and jewelry designers. Like me, everyone is very passionate about what they do and enjoy nothing more than sharing their own love of Italy with others.

Contributions and Collaborations

In addition to working with private guests, past collaborations and long-standing relationships include:
Smith College
Country Walkers
IC Bellagio
Boundless Journeys
Smithsonian Journeys
Special Tours
Pacific Horticulture Society
Malaika Yoga
Silvestri Travel

Contributions and Collaborations

In addition to working with private guests, past collaborations and long-standing relationships include:
Collaborating with My Italian Treasures & Elizabeth Namack, tour operator
  • 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.
    Susan R.
    February 2021
  • 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.
    Mike & JoAnn
    February 2021
  • 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.
    Janice B.
    February 2021
  • 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!
    Catherine R.
    February 2021
  • Hi Elizabeth - Certainly enjoyed your cooking class and selections! Thanks so much for the experience.
    Linda T.
    February 2021
  • 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.
    Rachel G.
    February 2021
  • 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.
    Andy and Linda P.
    February 2021
  • 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
    Barbara T.
    November 2019
  • 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.
    Mary Ellen J.
    November 2019
  • 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.
    Connie and Bill M.
    October 2019
  • 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.
    Marden P. (Garden group)
    October 2019
  • 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.
    Sara J.
    June 2019
  • 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
    Mary and Randy S.
    May 2019
  • 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!
    Jill B.
    July 2018
  • Arthur and I want to thank you for helping make our trip to Cinque Terre a very memorable one.  We loved the people, the hiking and of course the beauty. We wish you much happiness. Fondly Cyndy and Arthur
    Cyndy and Arthur
    September 2014
  • Thank you! You were awesome and we so appreciate the time we had with you. We loved the tasting and had a great time with Paola. She was great. I think we bought half of the store .:)) We will definitely be back with our son and would live to have you show us around more. Good luck to you and we hope to see you soon.
    Penny D.
    May 2012
  • I can't tell you how much you add to our visits to Florence. The tour of Radda and the olive oil producing farm at Pornanonino was most enjoyable and very educational... We will never look at olive oil in the same way we have in the past.
    Andy P.
    May 2012