Cultural Italy Travel Experiences

For lovers of cuisine, tradition and culture

Imagine…

Learning how to make pasta from scratch, smelling the aromas of local wine, and looking out onto the Tuscan Hills at sunset.

THIS IS ITALY! TRULY ITALY!

Italian Life

I’d like to take you to on a ride. Where history, culture and real Italian life meet. There’s so much more to Italy that what you see in TV and movies. There are many churches and museums but what I want to share with you are STORIES.

Stories

The stories I learned while living in Florence. The stories of the families that ran Florence. The unknown stories only heard by word of mouth. The stories truly make these unique travel experience.

Less Traveled Parts

Join me in lesser known areas and cities around Tuscany and Puglia. I’ll introduce you to the locals (my friends) who express the love and the heart of what it truly means to be Italian. I want to hear you gasp with excitement at the first view of the Duomo in Florence, indulge in the local dishes of Puglia and embrace the stories of a much older land.

Italy has so many stories to tell.

Explore

Take the leap into the unknown, I’ll be there to guide you to the most beautiful places in Italy.

These experiences show you the wonders of travel, immersing in culture, language and the people.

Ci vediamo in Italia! (See you in Italy)

My Mission for Truly Italy

What I want these travel experiences to be are intimate, purposeful and educational. I believe travel helps you step out of your autopilot life and step back into the present.

Presently watching how to roll out the pasta, presently gazing up at the duomo and imagining how it was built back then. Presently acknowledging the effort and love a local artisan puts into their work. 

Italy is a place where life is hard but there’s so much pride in their work, stories and history.

Truly Italy will take you on an adventure where you’ll see the work Italians put into each aspect of their lives. Not just for tourists, but for the love of their land. The fruits and delicacies this land has to offer the world is bountiful. 

Truly Italy invites you to be present while you.re here with us. Wellness activities will be provided such as yoga and meditation. Optional of course. There’ll be down time throughout the day to reflect and journal/paint / draw so you can solidify the memories in your mind. 

Presence is essential. Take a step into nature, experience life as it is meant to be experienced. With your eyes wide open and your heart ready to receive the amazing gifts of Italy.

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Why Italy

When I first arrived in Italy I thrived on my own independence. All I wanted to do was get lost and find my way out. Get lost in the streets, in people’s words, in the views. 

In 2002, I found myself exploring a city where I didn’t speak the language, listening to the church bells, dodging cyclists and tourists. Physically and mentally, I wanted to be lost.

I left my map at home on purpose so I had to find my way back home.

My passion was and still is wandering through the narrow cobblestone streets of Florence. It was the only way I got to know the city.

When I got lost, I found myself exactly where I needed to be; in the present moment. I always found the right street at the right time.

Honestly, I was never really lost. I always found my way to a big piazza or saw the Duomo peak out from around the corner behind a palazzo. I had faith.

Getting lost was my life lesson. Keep going because you never know what’s around the next corner.

Looking back those first months in Italy in 2002 was exactly how I spent the next stage of my life.

Like Robert Frost famously wrote (my most favorite words!):

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

I’m continuing to take the road less traveled because that is where I feel most myself. 
My free-spirited self.
No rules.
Just me, myself, and I.

That’s where life is the most beautiful. When you listen to your gut, not your head. 

So what do you think?

Do you want to dive deeper into yourself?

Do you want to learn how to fully be present with yourself and your surroundings?

Ciao!

I’m Katie. I was raised in an Italian-American family.

My grandma was born in Emilia Romagna and grew up in Italy during World War II. Even though my Nana never spoke Italian or taught us any phrases, I’ve always wanted to experience Italy and the culture.

From a young age, I followed my heart’s desire to what I wanted .

I always trusted my gut over outside opinion.

And this is why I created Truly Italy travel experiences.

 

I LOVE…

  • learning about people, culture and language
  • Italy
  • STORIES
  • wine
  • pasta
  • cats
  • nature
  • houseplants

Check out my podcast to learn more about my journey.

“Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety.”
-The Course of Miracles

“I think the royal road to achieving genuine satisfaction in life is going the Bloody hard way.”

– Wittgenstein

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