Della Grazia and Mencarelli are the husband-and-wife team behind Discover Your Italy. Both have spent their lives exploring the country; he grew up in Milan and she was born and raised in Perugia, where they are now based. They are known for creating journeys rooted in Italian traditions. Recently, the couple started offering trips to Naples and the neighboring island of Ischia, inspired by the novels of Elena Ferrante. Matteo and Daniela can do things like connecting travelers with their Italian origins by showing them around their ancestors' villages and securing tickets to a summer concert by Andrea Bocelli at his Tuscan estate. The couple is noticing an uptick in leisure travel to Milan — where new museums, red-hot restaurants, and restored landmarks are injecting new energy into the Italian city — as well as smaller islands like Pantelleria and Elba.
"Our experience with Matteo was wonderful. My husband and I told him where we wanted to go, how much we wanted to spend, and he took it from there. Our confidence in him took us from Amalfi to Taormina with private cars and knowledgeable tour guides. We truly had an amazing trip. He was always aware of where we were, and if there was an airline strike, he called us and made sure we were aware. We drove all over Sicily, which Matteo mapped for us with guides meeting us at every stop. We never felt alone. He is the one to use in Italy." - Kym DiBenedetto