Last weekend, The London Sunday Times wrote about Dream of Italy, specifically our travel planning off shoot, The Italian Dream Concierge. In “The A-Lister’s Guide to Luxury Travel,” reporter Paul Croughton details how yours truly and other high-end planners can offer you once-in-a-lifetime experiences. He writes, “The bespoke travel arranger has contacts where mere wandering mortals have none – thus securing you entry into places where you’re not supposed to be.”
Here’s what Croughton wrote about two exclusive packages yours truly (pictured above – truffle hunting) can provide…
Gain Exclusive Access to Piedmont’s White Truffle Auction
“Take the annual white-truffle auction at Castello di Grinzane Cavour, in Piedmont, which is resolutely not open to the motley likes of you and me. Held each November, this is where the world record for the most expensive truffle is broken with carefree regularity – it currently stands at £80,000 for a particularly gnarled knuckle of a thing, secured last year by a Hong Kong businessman. But the bespoke Italian specialist Dream of Italy (00 1 202 237 0657, http://www.dreamofitaly.com/) can get you a seat among the world’s top food buyers and chefs at the auction, followed by a private dinner dripping with truffles. The next day, you will set off on a private truffle hunt with one of Piedmont’s best hunters and his dogs. A weekend’s truffling costs £2,800 for two people.”
Have an Opera Star Serenade You in Your Venetian Suite
“And there’s more. You can go “Ahhhh” to an aria from one of the soloists at La Fenice, in Venice, performed in your hotel suite at the Bauer Il Palazzo (£9,500 with Dream of Italy; as above).”
If you are interested in either of the above luxury packages, contact me.