I’ve just finished leading tours in Italy for the last two months.
One thought now that I’m done: Soooo thankful.
I’m incredibly grateful to all our clients who said “yes” to Italy this year. Almost 100 of them!
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I’ll get the pics from our tours on the blog soon. For now, you can stalk some Instagram fodder.
What was CRAZY while I was on tours, however, was running into Gigi Guides readers in Italy. Randomly!
I had no idea this was going to happen of course, cause this was the first season that people have actually been using Gigi Guides to travel Italy. (It just came out a few months ago.)
The very first time I met a Gigi Guides member, it was the most unexpected.
I was standing in a van, in my bra.
That might sound weirder than it was because changing in a van is normal when you’re shopping the markets in Italy.
Vans are the change rooms (and where they stash the most expensive stuff), so there are a ton o’ gals stripped down to their skivvies in vans.
I’m a big fan of Kristina Gill and Katie Parla — two women you need to know about!
Katie is a force to be reckoned with in the Roman culinary world — she’s written more than 20 books about food and travel, and her work has appeared everywhere from The New York Times to Bon Appétit to The Atlantic. Over the years when someone has written me asking about Rome, I’ve just sent them straight to Katie’s blog.
Kristina is the Italy-based food and drinks editor at Design*Sponge — that’s where I first saw her sharing killer insider intel with others — and a photographer who has shot for National Geographic Traveler, Kinfolk and AirBnb.
When we were looking for in-the-know people for our Rome chapter in Gigi Guides, they were both a deliciously natural fit. Kristina (above left) is Gigi Guides’ Rome “go-to expert” and Katie (above right) contributed a sample itinerary describing her “Perfect Day in Rome” — because hey, the most important criteria for Gigi Guides has always been to get the coolest tastemakers to share their inside scoop with Gigi members, and these two are at the top of their game.
This has been a very fun time for us!
We’ve been highly focused writing a travel guide with one purpose: to make your trip to Italy outrageously good.
We’ve been listening to readers and our tour clients for years, and we hear the same things:
Help! My trip is so overwhelming to plan! Can I ask you a few questions?
For people who are coming to Italy for the first or fifth time, planning a trip can be hugely stressful. And coming to a country where you don’t speak the language just adds another layer of complexity.
Trip planning is like a full-time job — there are so many moving parts. I plan trips for a living, and I know how much time and effort it can take. Even if I have an advantage (cause I do it a lot, have connections and read Italian language content), it still takes an immense amount of time, and there’s an art to doing it well! Given that, I really feel for the “first timer.”
Our new guide will give you “before you go” trip planning strategies, plus city guides for Rome, Florence, Venice and the Cinque Terre.
It’s full of step-by-step directions, must-know resources, lists of favorite hotels and rad food. We deliver it in a very personalized, “avoid that and do this” advice.
You know, things we would tell our clients who travel with us, or our friends. Just straight-up stuff.