As Grisdale herself can attest, the meaning of luxury travel has changed. “I have seen a big shift, from travelers asking for the top presidential suite and the Maserati car experience to 'I want to learn how to cook lasagne with an Italian grandmother in her home,’” says the Bellagio-based travel specialist. And with 30 years of experience in her field, Grisdale has the chops to arrange itineraries both classic and unexpected. She can, of course, do a nighttime tour of Rome on vintage Vespas, but she really shines at setting up visits to less-touristed places, like Friuli and Molise, or experiences that let clients rub shoulders with local political figures or former Vatican Swiss guards. For one client’s multigenerational trip, the family accompanied the Vatican’s keyholder as he unlocked the building in the early morning hours — a dream 75th birthday surprise for the grandmother. When their Venetian vacation coincided with last year’s record-setting floods, one family was anxious to lend a hand; Grisdale arranged for them to volunteer with local relief organizations, making the trip all the more memorable and meaningful. “The opportunity to take a step inside someone's world, ask questions, and get a real understanding of life in Italy is quite simply second to none,” Grisdale says.
Languages Spoken: English and Italian
Minimum Daily Spend: From $600 per person per day
Trip Planning Fees: $175 per person
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"I think what stands out about Andrea and her team is that they take the time to understand and listen to your interests and desires and then have the talent, experience, and connections to propose ideas that you might not have even thought of. They don’t push you into standardized itineraries, but rather tailor the trip to each client. I’ve told Andrea that the detailed plans and information they provide make us feel like we’ve started the trip just by reading them. And the truly special touches they offer — great recommendations and restaurants, access to behind the scenes tours, tremendous guides and drivers, and arranging photographers — set them apart. You have constant support while on your trip in case you need to make changes or need anything while traveling. I highly recommend Andrea and her team at IC Bellagio." — Daniel Ring