Niche Market Strong for Tailored Luxury Vacations

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“When planning a luxury vacation in Italy, the discerning traveller seeks an authentic cultural and lifestyle experience". Yvonne Cardile founding partner of Luxury in Tuscany, offers insights on luxury travel trends for 2012.

Despite an unsure global economy, the outlook for luxury vacations remains exceptionally bright this year.

“More and more people are looking for a different type of vacation experience, where spending quality time with family and friends meshes with discovering various aspects of the Italian culture” said Yvonne Cardile, a travel consultant who is recognized as an expert on luxury vacations in Italy. She is a founding partner of “Luxury in Tuscany” along with Sandra Cemulini who heads the NY office. A boutique agency which specializes in creating memorable villa vacations for discerning clients, she is known for her meticulous attention to detail, knowing what the client’s expectations are and always striving to exceed them. Once she understands what the client is looking for; she crafts a tailored vacation experience that allows them to be totally immersed in the Italian culture and lifestyle. By finding the perfect accommodation in one of the most luxurious Villas in Tuscany and Northern Italy, she organizes their stay to include visits to private wineries, personalized shopping trips to extraordinary artisan shops as well as to designer boutiques, personal art tours, in- villa cooking lessons and much more. A genuinely compelling vacation should have a balance of excitement and relaxation allowing guests to go home and tell their friends about a truly extraordinary and unforgettable experience. Ms. Cardile enjoys the different facets of her work, “We truly create a unique and personalized experience each time, whether it’s a family getaway where we provide activities for the children (pizza making in the villas brick oven, horseback riding, art classes), or a group of friends who enjoy excellent food and wine and want a one on one experience with the local chefs and private visits to wineries. We want them to hold on to these memories forever.” “What our clients appreciate most is that unlike many villa rental agencies we offer a personal concierge service on site, it’s reassuring to know that if help is needed we are close by and are available 24/7.”

This year the focus has been on exploring different regions in Italy such as Emilia Romagna. “Food and wine lovers are blown away when we take them to see where balsamic vinegar, parmigiano cheese, and Parma prosciutto are made” Ms. Cardile tells us. She goes on to explain that the dynamic is always different, “we’ve had groups who want to come to Italy go shopping, we bring them to the luxury designer boutiques and to the bespoke artisans for custom –made shoes and clothing. This region is also the Italian sports car mecca, (Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Pagani) and we often arrange for Ferrari test-drives for those wanting a thrilling experience!”

About the Company:
One of the most highly-regarded and experienced luxury Italian villa vacation companies, Luxury in Tuscany creates vacations that cannot be found online or through internet rental companies.

Ms. Cardile and Ms. Cemulini have been applying their expertise in the luxury sector to create the most distinctive vacation experiences in Italy since 2007. By focusing on the niche market of Tuscany and Northern Italy, they have developed a unique connection with the clients as well as with the onsite service providers. Offices located in Florence and N.Y.

For more information on Luxury vacations in Italy, readers can visit

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information on Luxury in Tuscany or to arrange a time to speak with Ms. Cardile or Ms. Cemulini, please contact Sandra at (813) 909-3268 or

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