Travel Guide for Valle d’Aosta

This travel guide for Valle d’Aosta is to introduce you to a region we believe should be on your travel wish list. My native Italian husband spent several years working in Aosta and knows this little jewel of a region in northern Italy well. Valle d’Aosta, Italy’s smallest region, is known for its snow-capped mountains,…

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How to Find Quality Gelato in Italy

We are passionate about Italian food, from cooking classes and food tours, to sharing with you what to eat in different regions of Italy and of course how to find quality gelato in Italy. Italians are masters of food, they are very particular in the way things are done. Just because you’re eating gelato in…

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Piedmont Travel Guide

Fort of Exilles in the Val di Susa in the region of Piedmont

This is a Piedmont travel guide (Piemonte), to inspire you to visit this gem of a region with us. The region of Piemonte (Piedmont) lies in northwestern Italy, bordered by Switzerland in the north, France in the west. Its capital and largest city is Turin (Torino). Piemonte does not attract the tourist crowds that other…

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Benefits of Hiring a Private Guide


What is a tour guide? Here at Travels with Audrey we call our local expert guides “local insiders”. Our local expert tour guides are a very important part of our small group tours and custom tours. They have studied volumes of material and have worked hard to earn licenses that afford them special privileges and valuable…

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How Audrey Prepares your Custom Tour Quote

questions we ask to quote a private customized itinerary and tour

If you’re reading this, you’re probably considering a custom tour package. I am thrilled you might be interested in arranging it through Travels with Audrey, where each trip is unique and tailor-made.  To provide you with an accurate proposal for a Custom Trip, we need to know about you and the type of custom trip…

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Is Hiring a Private Driver-Guide Worth it?

Private driver-guide for spain, italy and france

There are so many choices when it comes to travel transportation, from renting a car, to booking group tours, to hiring private driver-guides. There is a huge benefit in hiring a driver-guide for your family and friends custom tour, like myself. Hiring a private driver-guide is more than just about the driving, it’s really about…

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Carnival in Venice 2024

Costumes of the carnival in Venice

“Carnevale” is one of the most colorful celebrations in the world! Carnival in Venice is a one-of-a-kind celebration. Several important events are, the two-day Festa Veneziana with its typical masked regattas, the Best Masked Costume Contest and the Festa delle Marie. Each year, Carnival includes celebrations whose history dates back to the times of the…

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Hiking in the Dolomites

The Dolomites make up just a small portion of the Alps. Encompassing an area of 141,903 hectares and 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 meters (10.000 feet), the Dolomites stretch across 3 Italian regions for over 750 miles -Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige / Südtirol (South Tyrol), and Friuli Venezia Giulia. bordering Austria. The Dolomites were…

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Venice Is Not as Touristy as You Think

venice is not as touristy as you might think

Who can miss this Italian jewel? Each year, millions of tourists visit Venice, eager to see for themselves its world-famous beauty. Many are lured by the Grand Canal and the grandeur of St. Mark’s Square. This many tourists can make finding the real Venice a big chore. The good news? Many of the groups’ itineraries…

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Tips for a Successful Italy Family Vacation

Tips for a Successful Multigenerational Family Vacation to Italy

Regardless of the specific destinations included in an itinerary, multigenerational family vacations to Italy require a unique approach to planning. This type of trip needs to work for different energy levels and different schedules (naptime!) while allowing quality time together and an amazing experience for travelers of all ages. I have planned many family trips…

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