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Travel in Italy Post Covid

 An update on  Italian Travel today:

 between  "Global Warming and Fully Booked"

 

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I have just completed two weeks touring much of Northern Italy ending  on  Monte Argentario , at  A Leading Hotels five star property, named  il Pellicano. If you have not heard of it yet, it is worthy of your bucket list.

Dramatic coastline, Exceptional service in a renown and beautiful setting

I have traveled during these  past 14 days from Venezia, Lago d'GArda, Verona, Massimo Bottura's  Casa Maria Luigina in  Modena, to Versilia, then Firenze, to an Alder spa  in bucolic Bagno Vignoni to this Maremma coastline. 

It was clear that all hotels, and affiliated vendors,  have been operating with “all cylinders”.  Every hotel I stayed in was " Fully Booked" .

 Staff was often shorthanded, and were  diligently working on satisfying present  guests and confirming future requests. 

Requests  for custom vacations arrive daily to us and to Italy,  and from  a travel planner perspective,  hotel  inventory is low.   In certain room categories and  destinations namely Costera Amalfitana and Capri, Lago d ‘Como many area already  booked until October.    Delux categories are the first choice room category for many travelers  and are more reasonable then the pricier suites which in a five star property often start around Eu 2200 a night.

 In short prices are high,and inventory low.   

We, at The Italian Concierge are unable to satisfy all requests, especially those requesting  travel  under 2 months. It is not “impossible” to find “something” but certain requests such as  multiple rooms,  consecutive dates of three, four, five nights, are difficult to find unless one has flexibility in budget, dates or location.  Our philosophy is not to just Find Something.  We want our clients to be exceptional pleased with their entire vacation and working last minute does not allow us to fulfill our  At The Italian Concierge , we are planning primarily for fall and for 2023 where there is inventory to reserve. 

During my travels it was apparent that it was both  Europeans and Americans who were travelling,  and there is a noticeable lack of visitors  from Russia, China, Japan this year. 
Those of us in tourism are very pleased to see the return of travel stronger than it was in 2019, however, with high demand, comes frustration in being able to find availability . 
We hope that you will all consider planning further into the future when possible so we can help you obtain your first choice location without dissappointment . IN Addition, Last minute changes for drivers, meals, dates,  or rooms is  very challenging to us all in this situation when we are all working at maximum capacity. 
Temperatures were high  for the entire stay between 90 -100  which does not work well with " Fully Booked" properties.  A witnessed a terribly vocal outrage by an ( unfortunately ) American man who was appalled that the two golf carts whihc he requested for a lift, were already engaged servicing other clients,  forcing him to walk up the 25 steps from the pool.   " Unacceptable" unacceptable"  rings in my head and the staff standing by bewildered how to appease his anger. 
 
Abbia pazienza while trying to live a La Dolce Vita. 
Joyce
 
 
 

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