CIU Travel

We’re an award winning travel company specializing in private luxury experiences in Italy and Switzerland.


Experience an itinerary that fits your unique needs and preferences

We design custom itineraries and private experiences throughout Italy and Switzerland for individuals and small groups. We offer private experiences, and our itineraries are tailor made to accommodate your preferences and interests, while highlighting the very best of each destination.

Industry Awards

Italy and Switzerland - iconic destinations

Whether you want to spend time wine tasting and cooking in Tuscany or hiking and skiing in the Swiss Alps the problem for travelers is not scarcity of information, but quite the opposite – information overload! An abundance of travel books, user-review web sites, blogs, input from well meaning friends, and random influences of all kinds – good, bad, and indifferent invade the traveler’s senses. We help you cut through the noise to create a seamless planning process. 

Unique experiences are our specialty. Whether you are a first time visitor or someone who has seen the major sites and wishes to delve deeper, we can design the trip of your dreams.

We keep an active social life on Facebook (@ciutravel), Instagram (@ciutravel and/or @negroniandspritz), and Twitter (@ciutravel).

Postcards from italy

Casa Gola Olive Oil 2023

The olives of Casa Gola have been harvested, pressed, filtered, and are now ready to make their journey to the US as an exquisite extra virgin olive oil. The first


About Us

CIU Travel is owned and operated by the travel consulting, opera singing, husband and wife team of Maria Gabriella Landers and Brian Dore. 


We offer Florentine Gift Boxes filled with both sweet and savory treasures shipped directly to you from Italy, world class Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Umbria, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and more.

Trip Reviews

First of all…the whole trip was fabulous

Our drivers were not only excellent, but the info they shared with us was invaluable. . . Our tour guides were absolutely amazing and we said we probably wouldn’t have learned 1/10th of the info without them- not to mention all of the time that you gain going “skipping the line”. Also,


Awards & Press

Top Travel Specialist for Italy since 2006

Condé Nast Traveler first recognized CIU Travel as one of the magazine’s Top Travel Specialists for Italy in the August 2006 issue. The initial application was arduous, and staying on this prestigious list is even more difficult. We continually strive to maintain this award winning standard, and have been named to the list every year since 2006.

The specialists on the list are chosen by CNT’s editorial staff and represent the best destination experts in the travel industry.

In honor of Condé Nast Traveler’s 25th Anniversary issue, CNT asked us to design a dream trip to include in their World on Sale promotion offered to readers. Our “Italy for Foodies, 10 Night Culinary Adventure of Umbria, Sorrento and Rome” was selected and included in the September 2012 issue.

Wendy Perrin • The WOW List

Trusted Travel Expert for Italy since 2014

We’ve been proud members of Wendy Perrin’s WOW list since 2015. Wendy selects the members of The WOW List based exclusively on customer feedback and her own research.

What makes Wendy’s Trusted Travel Experts the best?

Read reviews from Wendy’s travelers | Traveler Reviews on

We have contributed Insider Guides for select destinations in Italy.

Town & Country Travel

To celebrate the magazine’s 170th anniversary, Town & Country teamed up with Wendy Perrin, sourcing Wendy’s “WOW List” of trip-planning experts to create a modern-day Grand Tour: a trip around the globe in 170 days, including stops in over 50 countries. From Sweden to Antarctica, this Grand Tour is the ultimate template for the vacation of a lifetime, and we were honored to take up the challenge of planning the perfect week in Italy for T&C readers.

Travel Specialists

Maria Landers

Brian Dore