A magical place full of stunning snow capped mountains, valleys, world class skiing.. and that’s just the start. Sud Tyrol, located in northern Italy, is a fabulous destination all year round. The countryside is gorgeous, spotted with castles, rolling hills, picturesque landscapes and medieval towns. Gourmet food is easy to find, with dozens of Michelin star restaurants, and fantastic local wine to boot.

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Want to escape the crowds during a visit to Italy? Like the outdoors?

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Last month, the Italian Concierge featured an article on the Cinque Terre proposing new restrictions to limit its number visitors. While the new measures have not yet been put into place (as with all things in Italy, this will take some time), it’s always a good time to talk about the great hikes in the area!

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We are pleased to announce that Travel + Leisure has selected Joyce Falcone the Italian Concierge to be included in their 2015 “A-List” of travel agents specializing in Italy. This prestigious award is one of the highest honors in the travel industry. This year's award marks the 7th consecutive year that Falcone has been named. Auguri!

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In a bustling city like Naples, it can be difficult to find peace and quiet, especially in the city center.  But the other day while strolling among the crowds of tourists and street vendors, I decided to duck into Santa Chiara, a church/monastery complex I had walked by a few times before.  The few euro I had to pay for entry proved to be more than worth it.  Upon entering the courtyard of this 14th century convent, a feeling of complete peace and serenity washed over me.  I was taken back not only by the beauty of the courtyard (more formally known as the Cloister of Clarisses), but even more so by the peaceful, even euphoric feeling that made it easy to recognize this was a place of spiritual refuge. 

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2008 - 2012 CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER ITALY SPECIALIST

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