Joyce Falcone

T+L TOP TRAVEL ADVISOR | ITALY SPECIALIST

Travel + Leisure A-List Travel Agent Joyce Falcone
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Falcone, who holds dual Italian and U.S. citizenship, speaks Italian and has lived in Florence. She excels in gastronomic and walking trips, which have guests sampling fresh ricotta in a Sicilian family home or spending weeks exploring the Cinque Terre.

Falcone considers walking tours a core focus, and the dizzying array of hikes she's done throughout the country — from week long treks through the Dolomites to the picturesque towns of Cinque Terre to the footpaths of the Val d'Orcia that link iconic villages like Montalcino and Montepulciano — gives new meaning to "on-the-ground experience." She also makes sure to complete these active pursuits with five-star-hotel stays and rarefied experiences such as sampling fresh ricotta in a Sicilian family home, visiting cloistered nuns famed for their almond cookies, and touring some of the country's most legendary vineyards.

In fact, Falcone has recently upped her knowledge of Italian wine by becoming an Italian Wine Scholar with the US-basedWine Scholar Guild, and also enrolling in the Wine Ambassador course at Vinitaly Accademy in Verona. "I traveled to Piemonte and the Veneto Italy for six weeks to meet and learn more about Italy's Big Reds, and learn more about the unusual indigenous varietals in the two regions of Piemonte and Veneto," she says. "The vines do not stop growing when Covid is present and it was an opportunity to learn a lot."

ADDITIONAL SPECIALTIES: Food, walking, and wine tours

Languages Spoken: English and Italian

Minimum Daily Spend: From $700 per person per day

Trip Planning Fees: $2,000 for vacations up to three weeks with six or fewer people.

Contact Info

jfalcone@italian​concierge.com | 888-674-3311 | Bernardsville, N.J.

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Testimonial

"She gets it right in every detail, even the small ones. Best hotels, drivers, tour guides and restaurants. Our trip to Italy involved five cities — a lot of travel, a lot to see and do, and we wanted to do it all first class, without any problems. Joyce is fantastic to work with, gets everything handled, and makes sure you know exactly when and where you will be. She is by far the best travel expert we have ever worked with, and our trip with three older kids was magical for all of us! Joyce understands what a person (or, in our case, family) wants to see and do — and creates the perfect combination to get it right" - Mike R.

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