Andrea Grisdale and Stefano Sancassani


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When this mother-son team is in charge, travelers often get a chance to develop new skills. Recent clients of Grisdale and Sancassani have taken on interesting cultural experiences from learning to dye wool and silk using aromatic herbs in Sardinia to chatting with shopkeepers and bar owners in Palermo.

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.

Sancassani, who's been working in the travel industry for nine years, can arrange insider tours that merge food and culture with active pursuits, such as an early-morning hike in the Three Peaks of Lavaredo in the Dolomites Mountains followed by breakfast at a mountaintop rifugio.

For a stunning hotel stay, both advisors recommend Passalacqua on Lake Como, which opened in June 2022. "It is one of the most charming boutique properties I have ever seen," says Sancassani.

Languages Spoken: English and Italian

Average Daily Spend: $1,200 per person

Trip Planning Fees: $250 per person

Contact Info | 39-0319-52059 | Bellagio, Italy


"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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