Andrea Grisdale

T+L TOP TRAVEL ADVISOR | ITALY SPECIALIST 

Travel + Leisure A List Travel Agent Andrea Grisdale
Photo: Courtesy of the agent

With a home base near Lake Como and 31 years of experience, Grisdale has the chops to arrange itineraries both classic and unexpected. She can, of course, do a vintage Fiat ride along the Amalfi Coast, but she also loves setting up visits to less-touristed places, like the shrines of San Martino, or a bike tour around Lake Trasimeno.

In terms of new hotels, Grisdale recommends the Rocco Forte in Sicily, and says Villa Igiea is a "hugely important addition for clients seeking to be in the Palermo area. The newly renovated Splendido Mare in Portofino is also amazing." Yet 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.

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 2019'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.

Languages Spoken: English and Italian

Minimum Daily Spend: From $675 per person per day

Trip Planning Fees: $225 per person

Contact Info

andrea@icbellagio.com | 39-0319-52059 | Bellagio, Italy

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Testimonial

"Andrea Grisdale and her amazing team at ICBellagio have been my "go-to" destination management providers in Italy for years now. The team itself is cohesive, always a joy to work with and are consummate professionals without peer. Secondly, ICB has put together the most incredible collection of travel partners within Italy that function seamlessly with them. Be it hotels, tour guides, bespoke experiences, or any other aspect of the itinerary, it all fits together perfectly. Lastly, their customer service both in terms of coverage and performance is perfection. You, or your clients, are never more than a quick phone call away from help when needed, 24/7. Can't imagine doing Italy with anyone else." - George C.

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