Nada's Italy Tour References & Testimonials
References, Articles, and online profiles:
Facebook: Nada's Italy Facebook Page
Nada's Italy YouTube Channel: Nada's Videos
Amazon: Nada's Profile
Nada's Italy in the media!
Washington Times - article by Bob Taylor
Charlotte Observer - article by Allison Futterman
Corriere Fiorentino (Florence news publication)
How to Tour Italy online radio show with Anthony Capozzoli
Carolina Outdoors show on WBT with Bill Bartee & Don Yeager
The Style Glossy by Fawn Cheng
Charlotte Living Magazine - Heidi Billotto travels with Nada's Italy
Charlotte Living magazine
Skirt! Magazine (click here)
Nada's Italy on CharlotteSeen.com
Charlotte Business Journal
USA Today Travel article
Nada's Italy Past Traveler Comments:
These are just some recent extracts from the post-trip survey we send out after each tour to our travelers.
"Wow - we saw/visited so many places in a few days. You have great contacts and arranged personal tours for us to visit special places. Having been a meeting planner, I totally appreciate all the behind- the-scenes, preliminary work – you made all events look so easy but I know that “things didn’t just happen”."
Ted & Nancy C.
"We found the van travel to be a wonderful way to get around the countryside, and the drivers were friendly and outstanding customer service. They always found the best way to get us to the very best drop-off location which was always closer than most other groups that we bumped-into on our daily excursions. We were very glad to be in our very nice Mercedes Van that drove around the big buses to a closer drop-off point."
Al & Nacy B.
"The trip exceeded my expectations. You made the trip both enjoyable and stress-free. We had heard about your tours from a neighbor and she had highly recommended you. You made this once-in-a-lifetime adventure truly a memorable one. I am, by nature, a worrier and not as eager to travel as my wife, but I can honestly say you have encouraged me to break out of my shell. I don't know how we would have ever made this trip without your expertise and guidance. Your positive attitude, planning and most of all, your wonderful smile made me feel comfortable from the start. I have recommended you to many of our friends."
Bill & Stacey M. (NC)
"I got a real understanding of wine and olive oil production, and loved the cooking class. We swore we didn’t need to bring back any olive oil from the trip, but after hearing the talk given by that delightful man Alberto, we bought olive oil from there. BTW we just opened it tonight, and the memories of the Castello came flooding back."
Mary Lee & Oscar H.
"Just returned two weeks ago from Nada's Tuscany tour. It was glorious!!! Leonardo, Elvio and everyone of her crew took wonderful care to ensure we got the most out of our time in these breathtakingly beautiful spots. Do travel with Nada's Italy!"
Gloria and Robert S.
"Still basking in the memories of this WONDERFUL trip! You have a top-notch business here - hope to do it again sometime! THANKS FOR ALL!"
Juliann and Kurt W.
"It was very nice to have someone who had lived in both the US and Italy to provide the contrasts between the two cultures. That was a welcome “first” for our Italy touring. We have plans to book the Amalfi Coast tour in 2013 and hope to again have Nada as our guide.
We also very much enjoyed the time we spent with Leonardo. He was very knowledgeable and fun to talk to during our drives. He is a very good addition to the “Nada team” you seem to be building as you expand your tour offerings."
Ed & Patricia F.
"I so appreciated the thoughtfulness and care that you gave to everyones dietary needs. I especially appreciated it. Your genuine concern for everyone on the tour is endearing and so sweet. Fred and I enjoyed being with you again."
Patricia M. (NJ)
"We enjoyed meeting you, Leonardo, your Mother, and everyone else that you introduced us to. They were all an important part of our experience and an attribute that helps to set your trips apart from the others. Keep up the good work."
Ron & Margaret N.
"What a fabulous trip! So many wonderful experiences, delightful new friendships, too much good food and wine (you'll know what I mean if you've stepped on the scales!)...it couldn't have been better! It was truly a delight to get to know each of you."
Betsy and John J.
"Everything was well thought out and well planned. It was so wonderful to have a full day followed by an abbreviated day. I read 3 books on our 2 week tour. That proves that there was ample time to relax and really enjoy our surroundings."
Ron & Janet Z.
"It was a WONDERFUL trip!! Better than I could have anticipated...grazie, grazie, grazie!!!!!!!!!
'EVERYTHING' was fantastic. Rome worked out well too. Barbara was with us 2 days and Sylvia did the Vatican tour....both of them were excellent!
The sights there were incredible to see (and I think we saw it ALL!) but I loved the hills of Tuscany and Florence even more."
"Nada...What a wonderful time we had with Leonardo...He was/is the best tour guide...we laughed, we cried, we sang and he even learned some New York Slang from our group...I will recommend this tour and your Nada tours to everyone who is going to Italy...It was top notch...the wine, the food, the people, the drivers....everything was perfect...Not one hitch...nothing was missed. You do a wonderful job and it was worth every penny. You made us all beautiful memories...Thanks for what you do...and also thank Rhonda..she always got back to me so promptly...Thank you again...Until the Amalfi Coast...Ciao"
We loved our tour with you and so appreciate all your hard work in making it so very perfect. You have made a believer out of us-you can take a tour and still have fun and a great vacation. Only thing is, we can only be sure of that by taking one of you tours."
Sharon & William G.
"Wanted to send a quick note to thank you again for the wonderful time John and I had in Italy. Your tours are the best! We look forward to traveling with you again in the near future."
Cindy & John R.
I've spent the last 10 days trying to get over a post-Italy depression. One of my friends asked me if Italy was everything I thought it would be. My response was that it was more than I could have imagined. It really is hard to explain the feeling of being surrounded by so much beauty and history. Every place we went was unique and interesting in different ways. I want to thank you for putting together a well-planned, organized, and flexible tour. Grazie mille!"
"I took over 2000 photos! I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Tuscany and could go on and on! I am already saving up to take another Nada's Italy tours to the Amalfi Coast. There were others on my tour who had traveled in Europe a lot and they were equally impressed with Nada's Italy."
"I can’t begin to tell you what a fantastic experience this was for Wandra and I. We have bragged about it to all our friends and anyone who will listen. I have no doubt the word of mouth advertising will result in some great future business for you. Please don’t hesitate to use us as references at any time or with anybody."
George & Wandra M.
"My trip evaluationip is honestly a 10+. The day trips were well planned. I'd have liked a full day in Siena; it needs more time to explore. The villa accomodations were perfect. I will send everyone who wants to visit Tuscany to it."
"I have to say, you, your family and friends were the best part of the trip. I did not want to just go 'see' Tuscany, I wanted to get to know the people who live there and understand what their lives are like. I came home and started cooking an entirely different way. I fixed some of the things we ate for my son and daughter-in-law this past weekend. I had so much more to tell them beyond what I saw, and that was because all of you shared that insight."
"While we enjoyed the “things” part of the trip very much, the real highlight was being with the people. Enrico, Alvaro, his wife and your Mom & Dad were all GREAT and added so much to the trip!"
John & Doris V.
"The cooking lesson at the local trattoria was amazing--not only learned so much, had a blast with the "hands-on" approach, the chef was hilarious but the meal was melt-in-your-mouth good!
I have been bragging on you--that you put together a trip that has a perfect balance of group time vs alone time, excellent variety of local delicacies, and such different experiences that only a local could expose us to to appreciate."
Amy & Butch M.
"We did not have a bad meal on the trip. Most of the time Nada prearranged the menu wherever we ate and it was served family style. There was always a large variety of foods that were adequate to suit any tastes.
I highly recommend Nada as a tour guide. Her attention to detail was impeccable. She is cool and calm and able to handle unexpected changes without the bat of an eye. We enjoyed interacting with the drivers she employed and other persons from the area which we meet. I felt we were able to experience the Italian lifestyle up close and personal. My wife and I are very interested in food, wine and cooking so this was a fabulous experience for us. It is not a resort type vacation but one where you will learn a lot about the Italian lifestyle."
Mark & Robin P.
"The trip was fantastic, if you are looking for a trip that doesn't involve moving from one hotel to another and just enjoying being with people, staying in a nice Villa with an awesome view and visiting all of the small towns along Tuscany then this is the trip you would want."
Robert & Theresa L.
"The trip was much beyond my expectations. Being with you and your family and having such a personal touch to everything really made the trip quite special. I don't know if all your groups are as compatible as ours was, but we all really lucked out. Everyone was so great, and I would travel again with them. Thank you again."