Whether you want to learn how to make a cappuccino the Italian way or stay in a charming B&B in an off-the-beaten-track village, Grisdale, who is based in Lake Como, will give you a taste of what it’s like to live like a local. Her itineraries are filled with exclusive villas and activities, like private Vespa tours through the backstreets of Rome and skip-the-line access to the Vatican. (She used to be a guide, so she knows the tricks to beat the crowds.) Additionally, Grisdale invests in the destinations to which she sends travelers: she donates to nonprofits focused on restoration and keeping artisanal traditions alive. Grisdale also developed her own app so that clients can easily access their evolving schedules.
"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