Southern Italy

I’ve been daydreaming about Southern Italy for a long time…

Sun-bleached loungers, pink and peach buildings, and sparkling turquoise seas.

Ancient “I’ve never heard of these” cities with cream-colored laneways carved out of prehistoric rock.

Baroque churches with sandstone cherubs peering down into pretty piazzas.

This is the mezzogiorno, where everything feels warmer, slower, more ethereal. The tomatoes are juicier here, and the vibe is earthy, exuberant, luscious.

So we’re heading down south this summer, because the chilled limoncello isn’t going to drink itself.

And I’d like to personally invite you to join us from May 17th to 27th, 2017.

Just show up. We have everything planned for you.

The skinny

Discover the seaside, countryside and cities of Southern Italy with a bunch of new girlfriends.

10 nights sleeping in a seaside boutique hotel, a 14th-century church, and a medieval fortress.

Curated itinerary based on Bianca’s personal holiday faves.

Our co-host is from Sicily — he knows what’s what in Southern Italy.

Expect outstanding customer service.

See/eat/have the stuff you’d never find alone.

No stress. Just show up and we’ll take care of you. Airport transfers included.

Only 1 date in 2017.

May 17 – 27

Location

You’ll sleep in Positano >
Matera > Lecce

This is us doing Italy, but deeper.

Southern Italy is where you go when you’ve already hit up all the usual suspects. Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan — you’ve been there done that, and now you want to go off the beaten track.

Or it’s your first time in Italy, but you’ve always preferred roads less traveled.

We’ll be staying in sunny Positano on the Amalfi Coast; Matera in Basilicata — a city carved right into the rock; and Lecce, the Florence of the South, right at the tip of Italy’s heel in Puglia.

Our co-host Tommaso and I have built this trip based on my personal travel highlights during my Italian holidays and Tommaso’s extensive knowledge of the region after hosting tours here for 20 years. He has the south running right through his veins!

Getting to know Italy with the help of deep personal contacts is essential to having an amazing Italian experience.

Why would you visit Italy alone?

Travel with us and tap into The Italian Fix Factor.

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We Speak Italian

Which means you’ll never struggle with directions or the menu, or with anything! Don’t let not knowing the language keep you from a true Italian experience.

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Decades

We have a decade’s worth of experience living, working and traveling Italy, which means we know what it takes to have a good time here. Now you will too.

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Fierce Love

We’ve got your back. We protect our people, serve our people and love our people. You travel with a unicorn-powered forcefield of fierce love around you. Nobody effs with fierce love.

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Connections

In Italy, connections are everything. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. We’ve nurtured amazing relationships with locals over the years — you’ll meet them because we’re friends. You’ll also get top-notch food, service and smiles because you’re with us.

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Italian Family

We have roots and homes in Italy. We leverage family and personal networks to deliver you value and safety.

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Heart-Centered Service

You’re not a reservation number — you’re an honored guest. No matter what time of day or night (even 3am), you can count on us. We’ve built this business from nothing to sold-out-in-hours tours because we truly care about people.

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The Friend Factor

Ever dreamt about jet-setting with a stylish well-traveled friend who knows the best food, cocktails and shopping in a drop-dead gorgeous place? A friend who’s positive, uplifting and makes you laugh but who’s also super grounded and drama free? Now you can.

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Gold Standard

You know what sucks rocks? Subpar food, lackluster service and treating tourists like dollar signs. There are tons of tourist traps in Italy and you need to know how to avoid rip-offs (on hotels, meals, taxis and events). We don’t touch dud businesses with a ten-foot pole.

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Best of Both

We really “get” you. We know what you want to see, do and experience in Italy because we were vacationers too. But now we get the nuances and navigate like locals. This unique perspective gives you a “best of both worlds” experience.

This is a vacation… with benefits.

Right now, if eating Ben & Jerry’s in bed is the highlight of your week, then listen up, ‘cause ten days absorbing the sheer beauty of Southern Italy might be your escape.

Renewed inspiration and fulfillment.

Connecting to inspiration fuels a happy, healthy lifestyle. The most successful people in the world constantly pursue inspiration and purpose. Feeling inspired infuses your life with joy and meaning. Those who seek inspiration find it.

Live your dreams, right now.

Too many people save travel for retirement, but traveling requires good health, which you likely possess right now. If you have dreams, don’t put them on hold for some distant future that might never come. When you look back at your life in five years, what do you want to see? Ambitions reached or dreams put out to pasture?

Increased health and energy.

Immerse yourself in an exotic and safe Southern Italian experience. Every day you’ll eat a Mediterranean diet full of fresh vegetables and local seafood or meat. We’ll also be walking daily, surrounded by nature or gorgeous architecture, and swimming in the sea too.

Be taken care of.

Are you blessed with a full life?
Got work? Deadlines? Chores? Kids? To do lists comin’ out the wazoo? Do you feel like you’re always “giving” but have very little time for yourself? We thought so, and we get it. What if, just for a change, someone were to take care of you? Well, that’s our job. We want you to kick back and leave the planning to us. Because you need time to think about more important things — like if you’re gonna drink a third cappuccino at breakfast.

Connect to a more carefree version of yourself.

When did we all get so busy? And tired? In a work-obsessed culture, busy is glorified, and financial wealth is superior to emotional or spiritual wealth. But this trip is about putting inner wealth and health first. Who doesn’t need more time to connect with the person you’re meant to be?

Itinerary.

  • Day 1
    Our driver will collect you from Naples on May 17th and bring you to our Positano hotel. The view from here is quintessential Amalfi Coast — a cliffside abloom with pastel buildings all the way down to the turquoise sea. At our first Italian meal together, you can sit back and feel your shoulders sink. You’re really here!
  • Day 2
    Choose a relaxed day or a full day today based on your mood. Take it easy in Positano for the day, shopping, swimming or just people-watching in a café. Or jump on the boat with us and see the Amalfi Coast the way it was meant to be seen — from the water. We’re cruising down to visit the town of Amalfi itself. We’ll have lunch in stunning Ravello before heading back to our Positano home for a relaxed sunset aperitivo.
  • Day 3
    Today we explore Capri, where stylish boutiques and chic cafés compete for your attention with the stunning natural beauty of the island. A reputation for hedonism makes this the perfect place to indulge in all kinds of sensual delights — delicious food, the warm sun on your skin, and laughter. And don’t worry, we won’t leave Anacapri without a ride on the chairlift to grab some classic Capri photos!
  • Day 4
    We leave Positano and head to Paestum for a lunch and lesson on how to make real Italian mozzarella (hint: water buffalo milk makes the best cheese). Then we’ll make our way to one of the most otherworldly places you’ll ever see — Matera. This clay-colored city made up of rock-hewn cave dwellings might look like you’ve been transported two thousand years back in time, but it won’t feel like it — our hotel, built right inside the sassi, is simply luxurious.
  • Day 5
    Wander through Matera’s tangle of winding streets, or sit at a sidewalk café with a cappuccino and a great novel. Whatever you do, take in every last drop of this ancient place. After lunch we’ll explore the creamy stone laneways of Matera on a tuk-tuk tour, and eat dinner together at one of our favorite restaurants.
  • Day 6
    We day trip today to Alberobello, fairytale land of the trulli houses. Lunch includes a special wine tasting of local Puglian vintages, after which we’ll tour the town and visit the inside of one of these cone-shaped cutie pies. If you’ve never heard of Alberobello you’re in for a treat. It’s like a National Geographic cover shoot!
  • Day 7
    We head out to Grottaglie today in an area inhabited since the Paleolithic Age. This town is known for its beautiful ceramics, so we’re going to meet a local ceramic producer for a demo. Then we’re off to Gallipoli on the Ionian coast to see its fortress and quaint little fishing port. The last stop of the day, and the last stop on our Southern Italy tour, is Lecce.
  • Day 8
    Today we get to know Lecce, the Florence of the South at the very tip of Italy’s heel. This city is baroque extravagance at its best, full of spiraled columns, gargoyles, and… amazing shopping. We’ve got a guide who knows all the best stores, and another who’s an expert on the city’s sights, so you can choose what you’re in the mood to do. Remember, our tours aren’t rigid — we love to offer options!
  • Day 9
    Lunch is out in the countryside today on a day trip to Ostuni, a crown of white buildings spread out over three hills overlooking the Adriatic. We’ll eat at a local farm and spend a quiet day in small villages and the famous Puglian countryside.
  • Day 10
    This is our last day in Italy together so let’s make it fanfreakintastic. And since you’re pretty much Italian now, making food, listening to live music, and tossing your head back as you dance the pizzica — a popular Italian folk dance from this area — is totally normal now. Don’t worry, what happens in Italy stays in Italy.
  • Day 11
    May 27th is departure and check-out. We’ll bring you to Brindisi airport for your flight or if you’re staying in Italy longer, you can lean on us for expert advice. Whatever you need, we’re here for you.

Are you coming?

We travel Southern Italy May 17th to 27th, 2017.

If you’ve already done the usual Italy circuit, it’s time to #travelsouth.

Southern Italy has long been neglected in favor of hot spots like Rome, Florence, and Venice, and more recently the Cinque Terre, which is precisely the hook.

I want this trip to be magical, so we’re blazing a path through unique territory along our Southern Italian route. The tour has been designed carefully, with a mix of seaside, countryside, and jaw-dropping cities. It’s definitely not a route you would do on your own without speaking Italian. My co-guide Tommaso and I will lead you through the backroads, the customs, and the quirks of this enchanting land. And the FOOD in the South of Italy is silly good. Can’t wait for that.

The South of Italy can feel like you’ve landed in another millennium — or on another planet! But being on an Italian Fix tour is like traveling with a close group of girlfriends, so you’ll feel right at home. Because our trips are less about museum line-ups and more about feeling good.

Which means being surrounded by great people in great places. It’s not science — it’s an art that sets us apart.

Your investment.

The trip fee is $5895.

We also offer a payment plan for a limited time.

IT’S 8 PAYMENTS OF $749 USD.

Your trip includes

  • 10 nights at outstanding hotels.
  • Transfers from airports. (Arrive Naples, depart Brindisi.)
  • All ground transportation.
  • Boat trip to Capri and along the Amalfi Coast.
  • Day trips, guides, transportation in Positano, Capri, Matera, Alberobello, Grottaglie, Lecce, and Ostuni.
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners with wine.
  • All tips for guides, drivers and restaurants.
  • Accommodation is in a shared room with one other person. We also have a small number of private rooms (please add $1200 USD). You can submit a request when registering.
  • The trip fee does not include your flight to Italy.

Your awesome trip perks

Zero Packing Stress

Say no to hellish overstuffed luggage and “what should I wear” drama with our Simple Strategies for Packing Nirvana. Our printable guide will walk you through EXACTLY what you will need (and what you don’t!) on this trip.

Hassle-Saving Factor

Pack your luggage in half the time.

Airport Transfers

Everything is organized, so you stay sane. Our private driver will get you to and from the airport.

Hassle-Saving Factor

Don’t stress about finding the hotel and struggling with your bags.

Personalized Service

Hello peace of mind. Are you there? Italian Fix delivers you personalized instructions, so you never feel alone. We’ll collect your flight information and send you expert advice on how to arrive, customized to you.

Hassle-Saving Factor

You can fly early and visit any Italian city, and still have the inside scoop on how to find us.

Email Support

You get full email support from the day you book your trip until you arrive in Italy and shake hands. Feel fully supported and confident with expert Italy advice for all your burning questions. You’ll also have Bianca’s Italian mobile number, so the minute you land in Italy, support is just a phone call away.

Hassle-Saving Factor

Don’t waste time Googling, just ask us.

Private Facebook Group.

You’ll receive an invitation to join our private Facebook Group for registered guests only. Connect to others before you go, ask us questions and maintain friendships when you return.

Hassle-Saving Factor

One hub for all your Italy trip needs.

There are plenty of tour groups of fifty people traveling around Europe in a big bus.

We’ve limited our Southern Italy tour to 16 women. We want you to feel like you’re traveling with friends, not a sports team.

Sure, we could pack dozens of people on this trip like most tour companies would (we have had over 100 people sign up for the interest list for this trip). We could easily raise our numbers.

But this is group travel for people who don’t normally go on tours. We want you to travel Italy beautifully, so we keep our numbers low. We know small group travel is a great balance of fun and ease, and it’s better than traveling alone. The reality is that this isn’t group travel — it’s personalized service from a caring team.

Here are the perks of traveling in our bubble

  • 1It’s so much more fun than traveling alone.
  • 2It’s easier than traveling with a spouse or friend because we handle all the planning.
  • 3You cultivate new friends and worldwide connections.
  • 4 You have the luxury of drivers and guides helping you with everything.
  • 5 When you go on a trip, do you normally hire experts for day trips who know the locals and have the lowdown on what exactly to see/do/eat while you’re there?

The truth is, we have a special knack for attracting positive, generous and amazing women from around the globe to join us in Italy. Our guests always comment that they’re not normally group travel people, but they’re surprised how Italian Fix makes travel easy and fun.

Which is why we’re limiting guests to 16 on this Southern Italy tour.

Is this trip right for you?

Have you already been to Italy?

Sweet… so you know how amazing it is. But think of how amazing it could be when you travel with someone who knows the language, knows the locals and knows all the secret spots. Unless you’ve traveled with an Italian friend and stayed at her home, it’s almost impossible to not feel like a tourist in Italy. We offer an alternative to that.

Will this be your first trip to Italy?

Then you’ll love the safety of the group, the ease of having all your hotels, transportation, activities and meals sorted out for you. You’ll love that you won’t have to worry about getting lost, getting ripped off, hassling with foreign currency or trying to communicate in Italian. We take care of everything.

This trip isn’t for everyone.

It IS for you if:

  • You gravitate towards insider knowledge — you value traveling with someone who knows the ropes.
  • You enjoy eating, walking, and off-the-beaten-path ideas. You like holidays near the sea but also enjoy the city.
  • You love to have a great time and are open to meeting others

 

This trip is NOT for you if:

  • You have a tendency to be negative or dramatic or are just plain depressing to be around.
  • You don’t like Italian food. That is what we’ll be eating. Every day. If you’re a vegetarian, or on a restricted diet (like no wheat), we have yummy options for you.
  • You can’t easily walk up stairs. If you find walking tough, then this trip isn’t suited to you.

Meet our Headache-Free Guarantee

When you book with us, you receive our Headache-Free Guarantee

Our Headache-Free Guarantee means that if, for ANY reason, you can’t travel with us, you get back your fees, minus a $395 USD non-refundable portion

That means you can go ahead and reserve your spot today, even if your plans change tomorrow. And it doesn’t matter why you need to cancel. We don’t hassle you for reasons. We completely support your decision, whatever it is — it’s cool with us. We’ll refund your payments, minus the 395 bucks, and you’ll be on your way. You can take advantage of our Headache-Free Guarantee anytime between now and 60 days before your tour begins and your money will be refunded, no strings attached. After that time, if you can’t make it for ANY reason, we will bend over backwards to fill your spot from our wait list before we travel. Also, your spot on this trip is fully transferable to another person.

Hear what past guests have to say about traveling with us.

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maria says…
Bianca is one of the kindest people I have ever met. Throughout the trip she made sure everyone was okay, enjoying themselves and feeling included. I was truly made to feel like a friend and not a client.
Maria Schock, Montana
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jo says…
Bianca’s tour was so enjoyable and I am still floating on cloud 9. My mood has been lifted. Bianca’s attention to detail was outstanding, as were her stellar professionalism, her staff, and her knowledge of the region and language. I just couldn’t ask for more from a tour company.
Jo Kilpatrick, Nevada
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caren says…
Before I booked, I had been uncertain that a group trip was a good fit for me, but the whole thing was magical. The level of experience was superb and not have to worry about any logistics was priceless. It freed me up to focus on being in the moment.
Caren Troutman, Texas

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Reserve your spot.

It’s easy to come to Italy with us.

The trip fee is $5895 USD.

We also have an awesome payment plan for a limited time (it’s 8 payments of $749 USD).

Remember, our Headache-Free Guarantee means you can cancel your trip for any reason up until 60 days before your tour begins.

Click “I’M IN!” to reserve your spot on this trip. There are just 16 spots available and we’re expecting a sell out.

Travel with the confidence. We’re here for you every step of the way.

*Please note airfare not included.

Frequently asked questions

Where are we staying?

You’ll sleep in 3 different Southern Italy locales: Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Matera in Basilicata, and Lecce in Puglia.

Can I extend my stay?

Great idea. We’ll give you tips.

What airport do I
fly into?

Fly into Naples International Airport (NAP) and out of Brindisi-Salento Airport (BDS). We provide airport transfers for free.

I have more questions,
can you help?

We thought you’d never ask. Email ciao@italianfix.com so we can meet you and give you personal advice.

I’m not a “tour person”
and I usually plan my
own trips.

Great — you’ll fit right in as our guests are looking for something different too. Think of this as a trip planned by a local friend, something you would never be able to pull off on your own. We offer you daily activities but don’t feel pressured to do anything — it’s your trip.

Will I be too old, too young?

Our guests range in age from being in their 20s to being in their 70s. Age means nothing because we’re all searching for a better life.