Awards & Press
Trusted Travel Expert for Italy since 2014
Top Travel Specialist for Italy since 2006
While I have always enjoyed planning my own trips, there is no comparison to the benefits of utilizing the talents of a travel specialist.
While I have always enjoyed planning my own trips, there is no comparison to the benefits of utilizing the talents of a travel specialist. Maria had access to the best guides and knew the right people behind the important scenes. We received early check-ins and special welcome gifts at the
this trip was so much more interesting, educational and memorable, thanks to Maria and Brian‘s planning
This trip focused on Emilia-Romagna (Parma, Ravenna, Modena, Bologna) with an additional stop in Lake Garda. We had been to each of those towns before (except Modena) but this trip was so much more interesting, educational and memorable, thanks to Maria and Brian‘s planning. What makes working with Maria and
“the best ever” itinerary imaginable!
Teresa and I would like to thank the CIU Travel team for “the best ever” itinerary imaginable. The agents, guides, and drivers were all exceptional. The excursions and lodging were incredible! And, the sun followed us throughout our journey making for wonderful weather. We have numerous stories to tell that
A Class Act!
Thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful trip for us and our friends in September. It was special, as your trips always are, but our friends were awed and amazed by their experience (first time out of the U.S.!) Highlights: Hotel Damaso rooftop bar/our room patios/the neighborhood,
Our trip was amazing!
I fell in love with Rome. Lake Como was enchanting and The Belvedere was a gem. We so enjoyed our time with Claudio and Anna on our venture to Switzerland. Amalfi by Sea was my favorite excursion with swimming, amazing views and fun crew. The drivers and guides were so
Thank you for such great memories of Italy!
We had a fabulous time in Italy and this was one of the best trips we have taken with one of Wendy’s WOW listers and that is saying a lot. All the guides and drivers spoke so highly of you, Brian and Cristina. It was a joy to be with
We feel so lucky to have had this experience and thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
My husband Josh, and I want to sincerely thank you and your team for the amazing trip of a lifetime. We got to experience the rich history and delicious food and wine of the Piedmont region. Our trip was meticulously planned and so well thought out. Our drivers, Massimiliano and Paolo
We loved every minute
I wanted to thank you for an amazing trip. It truly was a trip of a lifetime! Everyone had a blast. It was so nice that you handled every detail and we could just “vacation”. We loved every minute. The Santa Caterina was beautiful and such a special hotel. And
We always felt very special (if not regal)…
Maria Gabriella Landers certainly warrants a very high place on the WOW List ! In a word, in addition to WOW!, our trip was perfect. We were in Italy for the month of October, extending into the first week of November, Maria and her team worked out a great itinerary
Each day unfolded with at least one, if not two, incredible culinary adventures.
To have a “Once in a Lifetime Experience” on any trip is always a blessing…. to have that life changing experience almost everyday, well that is phenomenal! Each day unfolded with at least one, if not two, incredible culinary adventures. We were able to become a part of the local
Put together an amazing trip for us to Northern Italy…
Maria Gabriella Landers and Maria Cristina Till put together an amazing trip for us to Northern Italy (Lake Como, Venice, Bologna, Florence and Milan, with side trips to Padua, Parma and Lucca). They listened carefully to what we wanted and packed it into two amazing weeks. The logistics for everything,
From our cooking class in Roddi to the various wine tours…
Our experience with Maria Gabriella Landers can be summed up in one word – Outstanding! Maria and her team designed an incredible experience for our eight-day trip to Piedmont. Her attention to detail was great. From the beautiful hotels she selected for us in Mombaruzzo, Stresa, and Turin, to the
Our guides were beyond educated and knowledgeable and very personable.
This was our first trip to Italy and it totally exceeded our expectations. Our guides were beyond educated and knowledgeable and very personable. Our drivers were very helpful and again, we were so glad we didn’t have to figure all of this out. We wouldn’t have been able to navigate
Rome was everything we hoped for and more.
The trip that Maria planned for us was wonderful. The hotels that we stayed in were in great locations, had lovely staff and were clean and beyond comfortable. Everything went off as planned, and there was always a person waiting for us at the specific time identified and when needed,
Maria is simply the best.
First, the important stuff: Maria Gabriella Landers is the best travel agent we’ve ever worked with. Period. She is deeply knowledgeable, thorough, and attentive. And she carefully vets all the hotels, guides, drivers and special service providers who work with her. Importantly, anytime we’ve had questions or issues arise in
The farm hotel she arranged in Umbria was terrific…
Maria Landers did an OUTSTANDING job in helping me create a wonderful trip for my friends and family to Italy to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Her pretrip planning advice was excellent- clearly trying to understand our needs and desires. The farm hotel she arranged in Umbria was terrific, centrally