"Our two weeks travelling with you Mario and Gianni were incredible. Joe and I loved every minute of the tour. Apart from the obvious highlights - Donatella's and our wonderful lunch in Chianti - Gubbio and Assisi were unexpected highlights for me. Thank you for showing us 'your' Italy and sharing your passion for the arts, architecture, food, wine and people. This is why we visit Italy. It was everything we wanted in a tour - structured without being over the top. It all felt so comfortable, like we were travelling with friends who just happened to know the lingo, the country and great places to eat! Thanks for your great company and sense of humour and of course your excellent driving skills!!"

S & A Schorer WA
The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

"Thanks Vitellone family – it was a wonderful way to see Cinque Terre – your personal style together with a passionate love for Italy provided the value added experience for the group. Loved the combination of train and ferry ride to see the 5 towns and plenty of opportunity to walk through at our pace. Excellent accommodation and a highlight was the cooking demonstration. Thanks again. Keep doing what you’re doing".

J Bellofiore & J Turrisi Vic
Cinque Terre Tour

"I enjoyed all the tour from start to finish. My first contact with the Company was very warm and welcoming. The tour was everything described in the brochure and more. I particularly enjoyed the pre dinner aperitivi giving the group time to socialise and swap stories and enjoy Mario's and Gianni's wonderful warm personalities - What a great team!". Thank you for a marvelous time."

B Kennedy - SA
Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

"I'm not sure that I could ever have enough of the Italian scenery, architecture, artworks, food, wine and of course shopping, that I experienced in places such as Rome, Sorrento, Pesaro, Venice and Florence. Also not forgetting the other towns that we visited on day trips from these larger cities, which took us into smaller but equally interesting and unique places, amongst which my personal favourites would have to be along the gorgeous Amalfi Coast and also in the beautiful historical hill towns of San Marino, San Leo and San Gimignano. And I have to say that for a first time traveller and especially for one who is travelling on their own, I would heartily recommend your tours for anyone that might be interested. The ease of travel that Vita Italian Tours provides for your clients, the size of your small groups, the standard of accommodation, the dining experiences, the choice of destinations included in your itinerary, and the comprehensive knowledge that you are able to share, are exactly what I was seeking. I also very much appreciated the overall pace of the tours, and the effort that went into ensuring that any issues that arose for your clients during the tour were efficiently attended to with great enthusiasm and a minimum of fuss".

M O'Halloran WA
The Grand Tour of Italy &
The Cinque Terre Tour

"Our expectations of a tour through central Italy were clouded by my sceptic views based on the premise of “if it sounds too good to be true” it usually is . After a couple of days my skepticism was gone! replaced by a sense of astonishment as each day’s engagements embraced the history, culture and lifestyle of the Italian people which they shared with us in an extraordinary way, facilitated seamlessly by Viny and Gianni. Highlights too many to mention, but notably visits to amazing Urbino, Shopping San Marino (Painlessly) an unforgettable lunch with their good friends and restaurateurs Donatella and Giorgio, Incredible Assisi, the History of Perugia, the Markets of Florence, The statue of David, the incredible 5 course lunch in the winery in Chianti, Dinner in Florence with the Vitellone family and so much more. A fabulous trip with wonderful people exploring amazing places with access to cultural and community experiences in a manner that only the Vitellones can. An experience of a Lifetime! Many Thanks Viny, Gianni and Mario".

The Pincott Family ACT
The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

"While in Milano we thoroughly enjoyed the suggested day tour of the Bernina Express, which was a highlight. Other highlights included cruising majestic Lake Como, staying in picturesque Bellagio and the other surrounding villages. Oh and the trip on the funicular. Riva was relaxing and easy to get about. However, the supreme highlight was the dolomites with such spectacular scenery quaint villages and chair lifts. Again thank you Mario and Gianni."

P & B Arnold - Vic
(Repeat Customers)
Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

"Thank you to Mario & Gianni. The trip was excellent. We saw places of magnificent beauty. The whole itinerary was extremely well balanced. We loved the local character of the trip. Mario, your professional preparation of our total itinerary was greatly appreciated."

K Hardefeldt & A Iles - Vic
(Repeat Customers)
Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

"The tour was exemplary in so many facets it is so hard to focus on single things. We loved the expert, knowledgeable information about the history of each Region/place and the art we saw. The food and wine was also a great highlight, showcasing each Region's flavours with of course the last day being outstanding in this regard. The laughter and repartee we all established as a group and with you Mario and Gianni will be treasured".

B & K Mulvogue Vic
The Grand Tour of Italy

"We were very happy with all aspects of the tour, especially as it had been remodeled to suit us when it became a personal tour. The hotels were excellent, of high quality and in perfect positions. The car travel was comfortable and we always felt safe. We appreciated the chance to try different foods and wines from the places we travelled to. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you.

G Lyons & J Inifer Vic
Discovering Abruzzo &
Le Marche Regions

"This tour of the Northern Lakes & Dolomites has been absolutely delightful, with so many different experiences. You Mario and Gianni make an excellent team transporting us around safely. This has been the third tour I have experienced with Vita Italian Tours and nothing has gone wrong with bookings, transfers and if a curve ball is thrown at you both have a wonderful knack of rectifying it and usually for the better! A huge thank you to you both for yet another wonderful experience".

M & Z Agnew SA (Repeat Customers) Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

"We thoroughly enjoyed this tour, especially Rome and the glorious scenery of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Pesaro was a delight with its calmness and spaciousness with the beautiful seaside. We thank you sincerely for your kindness, thoughtfulness together with your superior knowledge of the many places and fantastic research and organisation".

B Sheehan & P Arnold Vic
The Grand Tour of Italy

"The trip was all that was promised – and more. The hotels were of high standard, all different but provided all we could want. They were friendly and personal. The driving was exceptional – I don’t know how you do it. We especially appreciated the personal touch –guide – driver – tour leader. The trip was carefully organised to provide so much of interest, a good overall picture of the region and provided plenty of leisure time as well. Congratulations Mario and Gianni – it was brilliant!"

M & I Barker Auckland NZ
Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

"Mario & Gianni have been the perfect hosts. Their knowledge and organizational skills were amazing. They gave their all every day to ensure that we would enjoy the sights and culture. We have loved every minute of The Grand Tour which was amazing and will certainly recommend your tour to friends and family. Best trip ever. Thank you for sharing your family with us".

N & P Kerwin Vic (Repeat Customers)
The Grand Tour of Italy

"Mario & Gianni. You have treated me to a very special and unforgettable experience. I have enjoyed the complete tour starting with Rome (which I feel we walked the length and breadth) and then balancing that with the fun experience of Sorrento and Amalfi Coast. I loved Pesaro. Urbino was fantastic. Florence has been great. The tour guide at the Uffizi was excellent. I liked very much that we have had a taste of Tuscany. The winery lunch was very lovely. As a personal note I want to say that what I liked very much was again being with you both and feeling the love and respect you have for each other. I think you are a great team. I liked the group very much. I think we bonded well Thank you! It was a pleasure to be with you again.

S Hall Vic (Repeat Customer)
The Grand Tour of Italy & Cinque Terre

"I was very happy to be back with you both and renew my love of being in Italy. The places we saw were inspiring, beautiful and interesting. The organization and guiding were very good and the atmosphere in the group was excellent. This was created by your special attention, effort and hard work. By spending extra time with the group, and introducing us to the cultural and social customs of Italians".

F Ginsberg Vic (Repeat Customer)
The Grand Tour of Italy &
Cinque Terre

"Accommodation throughout has been excellent. Food was amazing. A lot of work has gone into planning all meals. Location of accommodation throughout tour was excellent. Loved the locale in Sorrento. Pesaro – Wow. Venice-incredible and Florence – what can I write? I enjoyed exploring everywhere on foot. I thought you both did a sterling job with the vehicles – and they were very comfortable. Rome, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Pesaro, Le Marche, Venice & Florence, Siena and Greve in Chianti. With your commentaries, you both brought each day to life. Congratulations! Thank you for everything. A fascinating learning experience".

M & J Agnew SA
The Grand Tour of Italy & Cinque Terre

Thank you for the attention to detail of this tour. I was anxious and hesitant about doing the tour, my fears proved to be unfounded. I was made very welcome by everyone, Mario and Gianni made sure I understood what I needed to do and made sure I was comfortable at all times. Their knowledge and expertise was interesting. I will recommend this tour company to my family and friends.

Mary Fay Vic (Repeat Customer)
The Grand Tour of Italy & Cinque Terre

"Exceptional service. Personal and very enjoyable tour. Looking forward to the next one. Thank you very much for a wonderful few days and the memories".

R & R Jeffery NSW (Repeat Customers)
Cinque Terre Tour

Every day and place was amazingly more beautiful each day. Driving and vehicles very comfortable. Food and wines outstanding. All information on the tour was very entertaining and interesting. See you next year 10/10

J & K Lukey Vic
Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

Thank you, Mario and Gianni for another wonderful trip around your beloved Italy. We enjoyed absolutely everything – the accommodation, the food, the countryside and the very friendly people. Thank you again for a wonderful sojourn. Best wishes and kind regards

D & W Clarke WA (Repeat Customers)
Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

"Wow what an 'incredible, amazing' tour. Mario, Gianni & Viny made us feel so comfortable and welcome. The accommodation, meals, wine and destinations were wonderful……especially Pesaro. Their knowledge and feelings of Italy were 'absolutely amazing'. Keep up the good work and hopefully you will give love and knowledge of your country to many more people".

M Agnew Vic
The Grand Tour of Italy &
Cinque Terre

"We travelled on The Grand Tour of Italy in May 2016. Being guided around the country in a small group by Mario and Gianni was like being part of a family. They know how Australians want to travel and each day was full of laid back humour - Mario and Gianni could make a walk to the bus stop interesting! We would highly recommend Vita Italian Tours to anyone who wants an unforgettable visit to this fascinating country. We planned our trip for months with great anticipation and the Grand Tour was everything and more than we had hoped".

D & R Fletcher ACT
The Grand Tour of Italy

"The whole trip has been absolutely amazing from Rome through to the Amalfi Coast, Pesaro and up to Florence. Mario and Gianni you both have a wealth of knowledge of the history of all the places we visited. I have learned so much about the Italian way of life, their culture, food and wine. I would definitely recommend your tour."

C McGay WA
The Grand Tour of Italy

"Thank you Mario and Gianni for the fabulous Grand Tour of Italy. We had a wonderful stress free time visiting out of the way places and enjoying the delicious local cuisine. We will take home many memories of this trip. Mario and Gianni's knowledge of the historical sites was very informative. Their sense of humour kept us all entertained throughout the tour and made travelling as a group for over two weeks a delight".

P & P Chan Vic
The Grand Tour of Italy

"The last time we travelled with Vita Italian Tours was over 10 years ago on the Le Marche Discovery Tour. When we were thinking of travelling to Italy again, we did not hesitate to visit Mario, Viny and Gianni at their new office in Collingwood. Their Cinque Terre Tour was everything we expected and more. Mario and Gianni were the perfect guides. Their knowledge on history, culture and lifestyle was never ending. But above all we were made to feel that we were their 'travel companions' and not just 'clients on a tour'. Our itinerary was totally managed by Mario in a very professional manner. He took care of our flights, transfers, hotels and of course our stays in Sardegna and Sicily. We got so much more by dealing with Vita Italian Tours/Pronto Travel. Finally, we really appreciated being able to meet them and discuss our tour with them in person in their office".

A & C Aquino Vic (Repeat Customers)
Cinque Terre Tour

"Not being one for saying much, however I would like to say you have taken me to places I never knew existed and am a happy camper for it. Stick to the way you are doing things, It works a treat and intimate, out of the way places are the way to go. You will see me again".

Jan Brindal - WA
Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

"Firstly, thanks for a wonderful tour. The whole of the Dolomites from start to finish showed us a different and very beautiful part of the world presented to us in your special way. Mario and Gianni you have a unique talent, taking thirteen people from different backgrounds and turning us into a group of friends".

H Jamieson VIC (Repeat Customer) Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

 

 

 

 
 
 

“It was like going on holidays with a group of friends. It just happened that two of them had a knack of picking great restaurants, great places to visit and the ability to jump queues when required. The sharing of information by both Mario and Gianni throughout the tour enriched our experience. It was well balanced and with easy going tolerance for those who wondered off to take photos.”

Jack & Lynda Laidsaar ACT
Grand Tour of Italy

"Thank you so much Mario and Gianni. This was the Italy experience I had dreamed of. Your planning and attention to detail ensured that we were immersed in Italian culture, history, food, wine and art"

Moira McMahon Vic
Grand Tour of Italy

"What can I say, we had a fantastic time… The tour certainly exceeded my expectations."

Christine O’Mahony ACT
Grand Tour of Italy

“We really enjoyed the foods of the different regions and the happy and relaxed style of dinning which has made for a friendly group. Loved San Marino & San Leo and the beautiful drives through the Tuscan countryside to Siena. The highlight, and there were many, was Sorrento… the view from the hotel balcony was magical. Well done and thank you we have great memories of Italy to treasure.”

Phillip & Elly Richardson TAS
Grand Tour of Italy & Cinque Terre

"The tour has been all I had hoped it would be. Accommodation was very good as a single supplement traveller. Transport excellent, made me feel like I was holidaying with a group of friends. Mario and Gianni, you are so informative and humourous! Gave us free range to pursue our own experiences, but guided us in our free time choices as well. Great value for money!"

Helen Stuart Jamieson Vic
Grand Tour of Italy & Cinque Terre Tour

"We would both like to thank both Mario and Gianni for their warmth and kindness and their professional ability… a great Italian experience as well as a tour of Italy"

Kris Hardefeldt & Alison Iles Vic
Grand Tour of Italy & Cinque Terre Tour

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our Grand Tour of Italy. Mario and Gianni’s enthusiasm, passion and encyclopedic knowledge of Italy’s history, culture, art, food and wine have made this tour a memorable one. Would recommend this tour to friends. Perfecto! The accommodation has been excellent and the stay in Sorrento was one to remember. Highly recommend the Cinque Terre Tour as a follow up to the Grand Tour of Italy. Hotels and food continued to be excellent. Mario and Gianni continued as wonderful knowledgeable tour leaders.”

Ian & Jill Williamson
Grand Tour of Italy & Cinque Terre Tour

"Touring the Le Marche region of Italy with the Vitellone family was most enjoyable… their personal touch and intimate knowledge of the area provided and unforgettable experience. We enjoyed the opportunity to explore places less visited by the general tourist. Mario, Viny and Gianni’s knowledge of the historical and cultural background of the individual sites added a significant dimension to the tour. The chance to sample the array of Le Marche cuisine was a delight – and fun. The whole experience was enhanced by the warmth and helpfulness of the family"

Dennis & Diana Pearce ACT
Le Marche Tour

"We have been treated like special guests and almost like family. Thank you for choosing our meals and introducing us to all the local delicacies, food that we ordinarily would not have tasted. Yes, Italy is ‘Treasure Island’ and we would never have known. We know everyone goes to Italy yes, but I am sure they haven’t experienced Italy as we have on this tour."

Sandra & Owen O’Hara
Grand Tour of Italy

"We have had a great time and a big thank you to Mario and Gianni for all their help. We have been able to experience Italy, the culture, the delicious food and learnt more about its long history."

Graham Riddell & Patricia Johnson
The Grand Tour of Italy & Cinque Terre Tour

"We’ve had a wonderful time in Italy! So much to see and do (and eat). Tour guides have excellent local knowledge and a real passion for Italy. We could not have experienced a fraction of our ‘Grand Tour’ without the expertise of Mario and Gianni."

Grant & Chris Barrett
Grand Tour of Italy

"Thank you Mario and Gianni for looking after me so well. The tour was everything I wanted it to be and more! You are wonderful company… Accommodation and meals first class and the whole experience enchanting!"

Debra Worsnop Vic
Cinque Terre Tour

 

 

 

 
 
 

“We felt that the tour was very well run – we appreciated the attention to detail and good communication that allows things to run smoothly. It was clear Mario and Gianni were not only very knowledgeable but also worked hard to make the things run well for us travellers even when plans had to change because of outside influences. Highly recommended. Many thanks.”

Nick & Margaret Birdsey Auckland NZ
Cinque Terre Tour

"A wonderful holiday. Our guides Mario and Gianni have both been very helpful at all times and very interesting when relating information relative to the various sites."

Ann Foy & Reg King Vic
Grand Tour of Italy & Cinque Terre

"What a wonderful tour of the most exquisite area of the world (Cinque Terre). Thank you both so much for the extreme care taken of all members of the group, the education of the area’s history and its people and the humour you engendered. The choice of the accommodation and eating places was well chosen. Most importantly, nothing was rushed!!"

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“Thank you so much Viny, Mario and Gianni!! The family atmosphere which established itself at the commencement was special and a great beginning together with comfortable vehicles and boy your incredible driving was second to none! The interesting information given throughout, the visits to so many special out of the way places, the humour and camaraderie made it a wonderful holiday and a real getting to know experience of the history, culture and food of Italy. We loved your relaxed way of each day’s program. It was great to check out each area then relax over a coffee, lunch and discuss the days’ events over dinner.”

Desrae & Wayne Clarke WA
Cinque Terre Tour

"Mario, Viny and Gianni. Thank you for putting all your heart and soul into making this such a wonderful experience and a tour I’ll never forget. I’ve had an outstanding time and loved experiencing Italy, your beloved country, through your expert guidance."

Fay Ginzberg Vic
The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

"Travelling in Italy with you in a small group surpassed my expectations. While taking the group to the best sights in each city and enabling us to get a feel for the history and food of each region, you also showed you cared for our needs. I enjoyed this trip very much. Thank you."

Rina Hannan Vic
Cinque Terre Tour & The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

"Attention to every detail, great itinerary – a good balance of villages and major tourist attractions. The knowledge and enthusiasm of each leader was appreciated. Mario’s passion for everything Italian was infectious. Thank you all for a great experience."

Jill and Rob Godfrey Vic
The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

"We have had a most enjoyable tour. You have made it this way with your warmth, friendship, generosity, enthusiasm and the planning of each day with a variety of activities. The accommodation has been excellent. We have loved the rural areas. We can recommend your tours to our friends and if we tour Italy again we will definitely go with you. Thanks for a wonderful time. It has been great to get to know you."

Jan & Rob Munro Vic
The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

"The professional and caring tour leaders provided a unique travel experience. The diverse program offered was filled with memorable moments ranging from the Great Masters from the medieval period until the Renaissance, and the delights of central Italy including new knowledge of culture, food and of the local people and the stunning landscapes. The City of Pesaro and the surrounding districts will long live in my memory. Many thanks Mario, Viny & Gianni this was a trip of a lifetime."

Leah Jenkinson Vic
The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

"Great opportunity to get to know parts of Italy away from tourist crowds. Pesaro I enjoyed plus the enthusiasm of Mario, Viny and Gianni showing us this. Knowledge base very good. Food exceptional – opportunity to try local food."

Mary Fontana Vic
The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

“I’ve been on other similar tours, but this has been the best, it’s been like a holiday in the company of old friends, as well as a learning experience.”

Jenny Lo Rizzo NSW
The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

"An excellent/competent leader and driver, comfortable vehicle along with very good accommodation, delicious meals, good company all makes for a very happy holiday. We enjoyed seeing amazing scenery and each destination had its own character and beauty."

Graeme & Margaret Stone Vic
The Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

"We both thoroughly enjoyed this tour. What a beautiful and enchanting place. It was very well organized and hosts Mario & Gianni were wonderful. The food was excellent."

Elena & Michael Harper Vic (Repeat Customers)
Cinque Terre Tour

“A fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable tour which exceeded my expectations. The scenery was spectacular with so many highlights, the cooking lesson, lunch in the vineyard in Chianti, the Cathedrals and towns, all wonderful.”

Marion Best Vic
The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

"The planning and organisation by Team Mario, was exceptional. The standards and positions of our various accommodations were fabulous in all places we stayed. So too, were your choice of restaurants, well planned itinerary. Gianni, your manner, love of people and passion for what you are doing was refreshing and always reassuring! Nothing seemed to be too much trouble!"

Ann Tassell NSW
Private tour

"The knowledge, enthusiasm, passion and love for Italy is certainly imparted to all on tour from Mario and to see Gianni with a similar passion in more of a younger view is a good balance."

Jan & John Newbound Vic
The Grand Tour of Italy

"Thank you Mario & Gianni for a wonderful insight into your beloved Italy. Your true passion for all aspects of travel, history, food, fashion, language & customs provides an appetite to explore more of this exciting country. A safe and caring tour for a woman travelling alone."

Denise McKenzie Vic
The Grand Tour of Italy

"We were joined for part of the time by Mario’s wife Viny and their daughter, Nina, which contributed to the feeling of being on holidays with friends. My first time nerves traveling overseas were soon dispelled. I always felt safe, I was in great company, the accommodation was excellent and the food divine. Mario’s knowledge of all things Italian is amazing. He and Gianni’s passion is evident in their obvious pleasure in showcasing Italy for their guests. They go to great lengths to ensure each of us have the most enjoyable and memorable, “Italian experience”."

Annette Cooney NSW
Private tour

"I do not see how you can improve anything. It has been the best time. You make it personal and being a small group, it is very special. You really know your job and it has made it like a big family. It will be with me forever and I can’t thank you enough."

Beryl Clewer Vic
The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

"Where do I start. Thank you both so much for a wonderful Grand Tour of Italy, including the Cinque Terre. It was everything I hoped it would be. Mario, you are a fountain of knowledge with regard to the Art and History of Italy, your enthusiasm knows no bounds."

Glenice Henderson Vic
The Grand Tour of Italy & Cinque Terre Tour

"The tour covered parts of Italy we had not experienced and it was a well balanced package – city, lakes, mountains."

Don & Yvonne Laird Vic
Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

“Very enjoyable tour. Lots of information given in tours of small towns and churches. Team leaders were very friendly, helpful and patient with us all.”

Glenys Berry Vic
The Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

 

 

 

 
 
 
“I had yearned for a tour of Italy that I, as a mature, lone female would find secure, comfortable, engrossing, affordable and comprised of from such a tour…..”

J. Stewart Mentone Vic
Opera & Food Tour

“Thanks for showing us ‘your Italy’. Our intimate group was special and I don’t think we would tr
kindred spirits. I have just returned
avel in any other way.”


G & G Mangan Eltham Vic
The Grand Tour of Italy
“I had a truly wonderful holiday. I have fallen in love with Italy and have a strong desire to return. Thank you so much for taking such
good care of us. Nobody could have done it better.”

J Robinson WA
The Grand Tour of Italy

Thank you for making this a trip with much humour. The wonderful knowledge you have of Italy and providing us with a final day that was very special to end our 17 days Grand Tour of Italy. You are both very caring and considerate and I thank you for looking after me during the trip.

Diane Phillips
The Grand Tour of Italy

An informative, comprehensive and very well researched and organised tour.

Andrew & Jenny Kirkham
The Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

The Tour exceeded expectations in the standard of accommodation and visual treats. I liked the unhurried nature, Mario’s cheery and informative commentary and the choice of locations.

Trevor Rasmussen
The Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

ARRIVEDERCI VITA!

With twinkling eyes
And bustling walk,
Grey curly hair
And stimulating talk,

He shares his passion
For Italy’s history
Popes and pietas,
The glorious and the gory.

He’s led us along
Many a cobbled street
To the aching detriment
Of our poor, swollen feet.

We’ve scaled thousands of steps
And walked many miles
With very few complaints
And mostly happy smiles

From basilicas and palaces,
Raphael and Michelangelo,
To pizza and pasta
Ice-cream and limoncello,

This tour has convinced us
That, as guides go,
Mario Vitellone
Is ottimo!

And as for Gianni
What can we say?
He keeps smiling
Day after day.

Gracious, charming,
Helpful, too;
There is nothing
He won’t do
To smooth our passage
Along the way
And enhance the experience
Of our holiday.

Photos “For the brochure”,
Driving, another shop -
He must sometimes think
The demands will never stop.

He has proved –
Most impressively so -
To be a worthy heir,
Grazie, Gianni, bravo!

They must have wondered
What they’d got
When they first saw
Our motley lot:

Tracy and Craig,
The Townsville pair;
Shawna and Robyn,
The artists fair;

Brave Judy
Travelling alone
(These three had left
Their husbands at home);

Karen and “someone” -
Mario wasn’t quite sure -
Perhaps he’d get it right
Before the end of the tour;

Helene and husband -
Was it Colin or John?
Surely he’d remember
Before the end of the tour;

This Vita tour
Has been one of the kind,
Expanding the body
As well as the mind.

From football to politics
And that Sorrento bus fine
To buttock cramps and shopping,
We’ve had a great time.
But no matter how hard
The Vitellones might try
The’ll never convert Colin
From a Cat to a ‘Pie.

We are sad that now
Our Journey must end
But feel we have made
Many a new friend.

And so we say
Farewell for now –
Grazie, arrivederci
Ciao Ciao

 

H Richards Vic
Grand Tour of Italy

Your Tour organization was excellent. I loved all the places we visited and the accommodation. The piece de resistance was today’s lunch at the stunning Castello in Chianti Italia. Molte grazie.

Josée Breukel-Meÿs
The Grand Tour of Italy

Many thanks to Mario and Gianni for a wonderful and insightful holiday tour of ‘Italia’. The tour was well organised and Mario’s capacity for story telling and vast knowledge of all areas visited and the people of times past was most enlightening. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable holiday conducted by extremely professional and competent people whose company and help we valued throughout the tour. The last day winery tour and lunch was fabulous even for a beer drinker like me. Well done Mario and Gianni!

Brenda & John Kendall
The Grand Tour of Italy

“It was an amazing week with you Mario – without your knowledge, expertise and personality it would not have been so memorable,
enjoyable or easy.”

A & J Downs Cronulla NSW Tour of Le Marche Region
“How wonderful to experience local regional foods and wines at ‘long lunches’ and dinners in intimate restaurants, shared with local people.”

G Knox Colac Vic (repeat customer)
Opera & Food Tour
“Our trip was a relaxing and enjoyable experience, and it appealed to the whole family across a wide variety of ages. We had a very memorable wine tasting of local wine in Pesaro, but also enjoyed great gelato…..We experienced “L’Italia Vera” in Le Marche.”

Mullins Family Brisbane Qld
Tour of Le Marche Region

“Mario and Viny are a great team. They have imparted their great love of Italy, its culture, history and art in such a way that we have truly experienced Italy at a deeper level than one might expect on a 17 day tour. Their extensive knowledge has given us an authentic experience of regional culture and cuisine.”

S & B Pitt Vic
Grand Tour of Italy

 

“I’ve had a wonderful experience indulging in the Italian lifestyle and history…………All terrific including Rossini hotel which was comfortable with good food and friendly staff…….many thanks for sharing Pesaro with us…”

S Strachan Vic
Le Marche Discovery Tour

“Never having visited Italy our expectations were indeed met. We loved your stimulating, effervescent company and your obvious passion for Italy”

V & C Power Vic
Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche Tour

“Un giro molto fabuloso!" You gave such a good overall insight to history, culture, FOOD (and wine), scenery, everything including gelati.
The attention to detail was admirable and lead to a very good tour.”

J & A Kirkham Vic
Le Marche Discovery Tour

“An unforgettable and rewarding travel experience – the joy of discovering small walled villages and towns, the history, the culture,
the art, sampling delicious regional food and wine and all this in a small intimate group.”


C &A Aquino Vic (repeat customers) Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

“What a positive experience. Great towns, fantastic food, amazing scenery and best of all being based in Pesaro a gem being hidden away from the rest of the world. I would not hesitate in recommending this tour to all my friends and family and even strangers I meet along my life’s journey.”

F Crapis NSW
Le Marche discovery Tour

“How wonderful to experience local regional foods and wines at ‘long lunches’ and dinners in intimate restaurants, shared with local people.”

G Knox Vic (repeat customer)
Opera & Food Tour

“Le Marche Region was quite outstanding. Mario’s love for the country and his ancestors knows no bounds. His deep appreciation of the historic sites, the galleries, the castles and all the wonderful legends and stories attached to them made it a magic journey. Nothing but the best- food, accommodation plus the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted.”

E Scalzo-Harper Vic (repeat customer) Opera & Food Tour

“Our trip was a relaxing and enjoyable experience, and it appealed to the whole family across a wide variety of ages. We had a very memorable wine tasting of local wine in Pesaro, but also enjoyed great gelato…..We experienced “L’Italia Vera” in Le Marche.”

Mullins Family Brisbane Qld
Le Marche Discovery Tour

“The careful planning by Mario and Viny was evident. Various places of interest and significance were included in the itinerary and I was impressed with the attention to detail…”

D. Brown Vic
Grand Tour of Italy.

Thank you so much for an excellent “Grand Tour” of Italia. We have all had a ball, learnt so much about bella Italia. You have kept us
safe and entertained and well fed. A wonderful experience.


C Munns & C Lawler NSW
The Grand Tour of Italy

Tour Guides have been friendly, personable and always helpful. Tour has been well organised and very enjoyable which took the stress out of travelling. The last day at the Tuscan Winery was fabulous. Interesting tour, great wine, food and laughter – a great way to finish!

Trish & Mario
The Grand Tour of Italy

Thank you so much Mario for guiding me through your beautiful country. Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge of Italy’s history,
art and beauty. Thank you also for introducing us to your family and lifestyle. Your sense of humour and caring nature has given me more
than I expected on this journey.


S Aroney NSW
The Grand Tour of Italy

“Thanks for showing us ‘your Italy’. Our intimate group was special and I don’t think we would travel in any other way.”

G & G Mangan Vic
Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche Tour

“You did a brilliant job planning so we were able to see so many things in a relaxed and leisurely pace”

J & J Watt NSW
Le Marche Discovery Tour

“It was an amazing week with you Mario – without your knowledge, expertise and personality it would not have been so memorable, enjoyable or easy.”

A & J Downs NSW
Le Marche Discovery Tour

“Thank you, we have enjoyed the tour tremendously……………a very relaxed time without too many extended car rides……………we have had the pleasure of seeing off the track Italy. The last day being a memorable day amongst so many.”

C & J Payne WA
Grand Tour of Italy

“Thank you for a marvelous few days in Italy and for giving us a greater understanding of the people and the culture. …..As an experience of ‘Italian life, culture and heritage’ the tour of Le Marche was spot-on. As guides both of you were excellent.”

C & P Oakley Vic
Le Marche Discovery Tour

 

I never imagined when I come to Italy that I would have so much fun. I knew it would be beautiful and I would see some amazing things but your enthusiasm and laughter have added a special, magic ingredient that will make the memories very dear to me. Gianni has added an extra dimension. He is a wonderful young man and you should be very proud. Thank you for a wonderful experience never to be forgotten.

R Jeffery NSW
Grand Tour of Italy

Thank you so much Mario for guiding me through your beautiful country. Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge of Italy’s history, art and beauty. Thank you also for introducing us to your family and lifestyle. Your sense of humour and caring nature has given me more than I expected on this journey. I will be recommending your tours to many a friend.

S Aroney NSW
Grand Tour of Italy

To lovely Viny and effervescent Mario: thank you very much inviting me to join your tour of Le Marche. Your love of Italy and your joy of life have made my experience of this beautiful region very special. I was very impressed with the care you take of each individual member of your group whatever their needs may be. Molto molto grazie!

B Davey Vic.
Le Marche Discovery Tour

Thank you for a great Food & Opera Tour. Mario you were excellent guide. Very knowledgeable, patient and well organized. I loved the old towns and it was great to find so many hidden treasures.

B Lilley NSW
Opera & Food Tour

Mario was an extremely knowledgeable and Passionate guide with amazing patience looking after 8 ladies. Everyday was a new experience and always enjoyable. Loved the whole 17 days.

M Mason Qld
Grand Tour of Italy

Nothing has been too much trouble for Mario. A very patient man! The tour was extremely well organized. I will come again.

R Tassell NSW
Grand Tour of Italy

A very enjoyable tour! Mario was a great guide and very helpful for an old girl like me. Also Mario made my 81st birthday in Venice very memorable.

M Lane NSW
Grand Tour of Italy

Thank you so much for an excellent “Grand Tour” of Italia. We have all had a ball, learnt so much about Bella Italia. You have kept us safe and entertained and well fed. A wonderful experience.

C Munns & C Lawler NSW
Grand Tour of Italy

Had a thoroughly excellent time on the tour with Mario who was fun and very knowledgeable. Tour was well planned and we saw the popular heritage sites which were every bit as amazing as I’d imagined also caught glimpses of the Italian way of life in the regional areas. The itinerary was varied and always interesting. I enjoyed visiting each place, the days were often exhausting – but I wouldn’t have missed a minute. As you can guess Mario, I loved every minute of our trip. Thanks a million.

R Campbell NSW
Grand Tour of Italy

Your knowledge of the history, art, architecture and Italian culture made our tour a magnificent feast for the mind and body. A tour guide who loves food, coffee, wine and shopping…..What more could a girl want? We loved your vibrant personality and your ability to keep the group laughing. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending your Vita Tours to our friends.

W Joyce & D Daley Qld
Grand Tour of Italy

This was a great Le Marche Tour with a feast of historical sights and vistas, not to mention extraordinary food. We were fortunate to have such excellent tour guides as Mario and Viny with their extensive knowledge, patience and care.

Mr & Mrs Olb Vic
Le Marche Discovery Tour

Mario you are passionate, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. The tour was extremely well organized and we had great time.

S & G Parker Vic
Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche Tour

When organizing my trip to Italy I wanted to ensure that I experienced as much as possible in the limited time available with no travel worries that you would normally associate with visiting a foreign country. By choosing Vita Italian Tour I achieved this and more.

I am still amazed at how many places we saw and the distances we travelled. Using two small people movers, local transport and walking a great deal enabled me to see far more than would have been possible if using the normal tour bus regime. The small group ensured that we had very personal care and attention.

Each day was organized from start to finish and the hardest thing I had to do was to be on time to leave in the morning. Restaurants were found, informative talks were given and beautiful sites were enjoyed. Mario catered to each individual’s needs and ensured that we had time in each location to shop, sit and have a coffee or view more of the towns and villages we were visiting.

By the end of the tour Mario with the help of his son, Gianni, had made of us in the group feel like part of his family and we knew that we had seen a side of Italy that others only dream about.

R Jeffery NSW
Grand Tour of Italy

We had a great time and would love to thank you and Viny for helping us to experience our ancestor’s birthplace in Gorno. It was wonderful just to see the place and appreciate the families’ contributions to our life. Without their hardwork and resilience we would probably not have what we have today to pass onto our children. We thought all the places we visited were wonderful. Thank you once again for the great trip – we have the experience to enjoy and remember.

D & E Magagnotti WA
Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour
(repeat customers)

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The places visited and the services provided were excellent. It has been great value for money. Mario and Gianni have been great company, have provided excellent information and have been attentive and diligent in looking after their clients. In particular I believe they have displayed a genuine concern to do everything possible to ensure we enjoyed our holiday. I will definitely be recommending them to friends interested in visiting Italy

C Richards Vic
Grand Tour of Italy

Overall, taking the two tours back to back was just a wonderful experience and a great way to gain exposure to and develop a feel for Italy. It was an ideal mix of stimulation, relaxation, great food, wonderful scenery and all undertaken knowing that everything was taken care by Mario and Viny – the accommodation, the transport, where we should eat and so may other details. Mario has picked the eyes out of these two parts and provides the opportunity for a great trouble-free holiday in a small.

Michele Bond Le Marche Discovery Tour(repeat customer)
The Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

Mario thank you for the introducing us to Le Marche Region. The tour was great: well organized with varied balanced activities. Plenty of historical aspects but lightened by wonderful insights into Italian lifestyle and culture. Your love of Italy was very obvious thank you for sharing it with us.

R & C Minnio Vic
Le Marche Discovery Tour

When I saw the itinerary of the trip, it met with all the areas that I wanted to experience – what has happened over the past 16 days is a lifetime experience that I will value forever - thank you.

Mario your knowledge of Italy and worldly day to day events made my holiday grow in all directions. Your intimate knowledge of Roman history, the arts, the culture, food experiences and detailed engineering structure of the different regions were very well researched and a pleasure to listen to. There was not one day that I was not inspired by your subject knowledge.
Gianni – You are a young man with a mature outlook on life like your dad, you took the time to make my holiday enjoyable. I hope that you continue to work closely with your Dad and lead future Vita Italian Tours.

J O’Reilly Vic
Grand Tour of Italy

We have very much enjoyed our 16 days – we have learnt so much about Italy’s history, culture, food and wine. Both Mario and Gianni have great knowledge and enthusiasm for all things Italian and that comes through at all times. Every day was a new experience – so many new places to see, and so many different foods to feast on – especially the gelato. We were quite impressed with the quality and quantity of the food each day and all the extras covered by the tour such as bus tickets etc and both Mario and Gianni were willing to help with other aspects of our time in Italy after the tour.

K O’Reilly Vic
Grand Tour of Italy

Mario and Viny were the perfect hosts sharing the area of Italy they love. Mario’s knowledge of the history of the buildings and the people who inhabited them centuries ago brought it all to life. I enjoyed it very much. The accommodation, food and wine were excellent. Taking us all to the special eating houses and cafes was a highlight. The small group made it more of a family affair.

L Bremmer WA
Le Marche Discovery Tour

The tour met more than my expectations. I started your tour with an open mind and eyes. Mario your knowledge and passion for Italy shone through; I knew very little of Italy but always had a desire to travel there. The tour was organized very well taking in the tourist attractions but also making the tour unique to us by you adding your own personal touches, i.e. going to authentic restaurants, visiting your relatives, actually experiencing the Italian culture. I really enjoyed the food and wine. The best thing was being introduced to Limoncello: for the digestion only! Lunch at Castello Verrazzano was an excellent choice to finish off the tour.

J Meyer Vic
Grand Tour of Italy

This Grand Tour was very good indeed. The guides were informative and very friendly. For our first time in Italy we got to see all the places we wanted to see and more.

T & C Latcham Qld
Grand Tour of Italy

The tour was totally enjoyable. Mario was constantly attentive, always doing his best to ensure our comfort and maximum enjoyment of destinations and meals. A totally rewarding experience, thank you.

J Roblom
Le Marche Discovery Tour

Mario seems to have refined Le Marche Tour to have it well balanced between culture and leisure. There were plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy the holiday pace of the charming seaside town of Pesaro with its wide beach filled with colourful umbrellas. The ancient town is equally charming and its narrow streets, which thankfully exclude almost all vehicle traffic, are full of cyclists and pedestrians throughout the day and night. The day tours out from Pesaro were a delight, with our cooking course with Donatella in Urbania both a highlight of the tour and of our time in Italy.

David Taylor Vic Le Marche Discovery Tour(repeat customer)
The Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

Tour Guides Mario and Gianni were exceptional. Overall we found everything to be value for money. Pesaro was a lovely surprise.

Howard & Denise Anderson
The Grand Tour of Italy

It was the most fulfilling experience. The places we saw, the things we did, the fun we had, were so amazing: The paintings, the sculptures, the castles, the little villages, the waters, the shopping and the food. Thank you for a magnificent trip. The Tour leaders gave us both a wonderful holiday which was quite magical for us. Every day was a new destination and a new discovery. Mario and Viny, you turned out to be good friends, more than just tour leaders. Thank you both for a memorable holiday, I loved every minute of it. Would not hesitate to recommend a Vita Italian Tour to anyone.

Joan & Harold Trease
The Grand Tour of Italy

The Tour Guides were wonderful, love both of you. The accommodation was good, good food, wine and company of others on the tour. We found Mario to be a vast reservoir of information. It is obvious that he has a passion for life and history. Gianni is a worthy associate.

Carmel & Larry Ginger
The Grand Tour of Italy

Thank you for an absolutely marvelous experience. It exceeded my expectations. Mario you are a master at what you do; so much knowledge and so much passion. I have not been exposed to so much sculpture, history and art in my life. Viny I really enjoyed your company and input. You obviously love showing Italy to people as much as Mario does.

Noelle Alexander
The Grand Tour of Italy

“An unforgettable and rewarding travel experience – the joy of discovering small walled villages and towns, the history, the culture, the art, sampling delicious regional food and wine and all this in a small intimate group.”

C &A Aquino Vic (repeat customers) Northern Lakes & Dolomites Tour

 

 

 

 



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