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an adventure of the soul, for each of our travelers.

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Un’avventura dell’anima

An Adventure of the soul

For most people, traveling to Italy is a once in a lifetime experience.

My goal is to make sure that experience is a memory that lasts a lifetime.

Let's plan your custom Italian travel adventure, completely unique to your travel wants and needs.

I have been traveling to Italy since 1971.

I have experienced more travel adventures in Italy than most people.

This allows me find the best of Italy for your personal adventure.

I am a Dual Citizen of both the USA and Italy.

I have resided in Italy since January of 2016.

That means I have everyday experiences to help you make your travel go smoothly.

Because I have lived in both the United states and Italy, I know how La Dolce Vita, the sweet life of slow living, in Italy differs from how we Americans typically live.

That will make your transition to Italian time and lifestyle easier.

I personally explore Italy, small towns, festivals, and artisanal experiences across the country.

The experiences I have gathered help you choose the best options for your travel.

Explore Italy beyond typical tourist offerings.

Travel with the best of Italy

Italy is full of unusual, unique options for you to enjoy.

Because of the friends I have made across Italy, you choose from multiple partners guaranteed to provide the best Italian experience.

I only refer my travelers to hotels and businesses I can be certain will provide you with adventures you will treasure.

I blog for the Take Me Home Italy, Ciao for Now Blog.

There you can discover different, unique experiences, festivals and travel ideas to help you hone in on what you truly want to experience.

Marilyn created an itinerary for us when my daughter was coming from NY for a visit. We were living in Parma at the time but wanted to show Kim the Italian Riviera.

She helped me with train trickets, airport lodging, and our 5 day stay in Rapallo.  While I did the bookings myself, I appreciated all the options she gave me. Our stay in Rapallo was fantastic and Marilyn met the 3 of us there since she lives in Chiavari, just a short train ride away. We spent the day seeing the sights and enjoying Rapallo.

An added plus is that Marilyn and I became close friends and we ended up moving to Rapallo 6 months later! I would highly recommend the services of Marilyn Ricci and TAKE ME HOME ITALY to anyone seeking expert travel planning experience.

Nancy M.

The trip to Italy was fabulous!  The hotels that you picked out for the entire trip were very comfortable and modern.  In addition, the hotels were located in close proximity to the sites, buses, taxis which made getting everywhere very efficient.

The trip to the family in Fragneto L’Abate was unforgettable!  It was so nice to relax knowing you knew where we were going and had set up the times and transportation for the entire weekend!

I really appreciated that you were able to make reservations to several major sites ahead of our trip. Having tickets to get in early to the Vatican was awesome; to be able to enjoy the splendor of the Sistine Chapel before the multitudes arrived was great.  You also had reserved tickets for several other museums, like the Uffizzi and Academia. That ensured we would not be wasting precious times waiting in line.

Thank you so much for the memorable trip!  Very well thought out, great accommodations, transportation and access to the best attractions!


Champlin, MN

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for assisting us in creating a very memorable experience in Italy. At the beginning, I was excited that you were involved in our trip planning, as I had the confidence in your knowledge and experience, which put me at ease.  All I had to do was make the necessary deposits when they were due.

Of course the highlight of our trip was meeting our Italian relatives. They were all so very nice, and made us all feel so much welcomed in their homes.  And the food they provided was so delicious. I think now that we have made this connection, it is important to keep the lines of communication going. I definitely look forward to returning.

Once again, thank you so much Marilyn for all of your time and hard work in putting together such a great and memorable experience. I would not hesitate to recommend your service to anyone. You get a 10 from me.

Patrick D.

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