While she can plan romantic getaways to Florence or family vacations to Rome, Rubin encourages travelers look beyond popular destinations. In Calabria, she has helped clients track their ancestors. From Milan, she’s set up excursions to such cities as Mantua and Cremona. Even on classic trips, Rubin tempts clients with unusual day trips or excursions like visiting a saffron producer in Umbria as an addition to a winery-filled vacation in Tuscany and Piedmont. She also utilizes the many resources and connections Select Italy—which has been piecing together custom itineraries loaded with insider tips since 1997—affords her.
New favorite: Casa Fabbrini, in Tuscany, has opened a sister hotel in the heart of the Eternal City. The five-bedroom property is housed in a palazzetto that dates back to the 16th century and, thanks to a self-serve kitchen and light-filled rooms with wood-beamed ceilings, is a serene retreat in the middle of frenetic Rome.
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