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Looking to explore the diverse and glorious country of Italy? The Travel Team’s Susanne Plumley, an AMEX Travel Insider for Italy, can offer firsthand knowledge of the area, rare experiences and thorough planning for a memorable journey to this unforgettable destination.

For all the colorful and flavorful reasons that have been documented for centuries, cities like Venice, Florence, Rome, Milan and the Amalfi coast first lured Susanne to the country so coveted by European travelers. After experiencing the popular cities, she set her sights on the less-traveled countryside where she found some of her most favorite Italian destinations.

Untouched and Unforgettable

For a trip off the beaten path, Susanne recommends a visit to the coastal region of Puglia. Located on the south eastern shores of Italy’s heel, Puglia has all the sought-after characteristics of Italy, including cuisine, culture, history and architecture, without the crowds. Many of the region’s ancient cave dwellings have been converted into unique accommodations.

On the other side of the country, a relaxing train ride winds along the western coast with stops in each of the five picturesque villages of Cinque Terre. Visitors can also hike between these destinations or travel from harbor-to-harbor by boat, which is one of the best ways to experience these colorful cliffside villages.

Italian Treasures

Here are a few destinations Susanne suggests you include on your must-see list:

Lake Como – The snowy Alps give way this spectacular lake, one of Italy’s three largest.

Verona – The Adige river meanders through Verona, calling lovers of all ages to this romantic destination and site of Shakespeare’s famous balcony.

Pompeii – A visit to this UNESCO World Heritage site is the best way to experience the life of the ancient Romans as Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed their city.

Sorrento – Heralded as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is the aperitif before indulging in coastal entratas such as the five-star hotels of Ravello, Positano and Amalfi along with Praiano, Atrano and several other hidden villages along the coast.

Capri – Experience the spectacular grottos, swimming in crystal waters, fine dining, shopping along cobblestone streets, sparkling night life and the unforgettable views of the Mediterranean from the top of the island in Ana Capri.

Travel Tips

Best time to travel to Italy: May through early June, September and October. Travelers with school-aged children should aim to visit Italy in July rather than August.

Ideal trip duration: 10-14 days allows time to explore many of Italy’s treasured destinations and attractions.

Susanne’s favorite city:  Florence – for it’s interesting and beautiful architecture, history, culture, museums and shopping.

Planning time: Allow a minimum of three to six months to plan any international travel.


To start planning with Susanne today, call or email, 716-507-8514 or

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