About Us

Experts in Authentic Travel to Italy

Leave out the hassles, worries, and stress of preparing your itinerary!!!!With our expert advice you will explore  the “must sees”, and hidden gems of Italy. Discover the multifaceted culture and traditions of the 20 regions of Italy from fascinating cities, charming small towns and breathtaking villages.. Susanna Wriston and Silvana Wriston, founders of Italia Dolce Vita, have been in the travel profession since 1995. Our Knowledge of the uniqueness of Italy and its traditions comes with over 30 years of living, working, and traveling the country.
A vast network of contacts, language fluency, and continuous research give us an upper edge when planning all aspects of your travel to Italy: 

  • Licensed English Speaking Expert Tour guides and coordinators
  • Charming Hotel Accommodations
  • Private Museum visits and re-enactments
  • Best small restaurants and trattorias
  • Masters in elegant craftsmanship
  • Slow food artisans
  • Passionate winemakers
  • Professional and reliable transfer services
  • Professional Culinary Schools 
  • Home Cooking lessons with locals 

Contact us for a personalized itinerary

Reasons to Travel with Us

Unique Itineraries

Designed with a wonderful blend of major sites, off the beaten path gems and culinary delights

Authentic Local Experiences

Mix of history, culture and local food & wine for a complete experience 

Charming Accommodations

Reflecting the destination and preserving authenticity of the area

Lesiurely Paced

Enjoy your vacation and location with the  opportunity to meet the locals

Culinary "Foodie" Experiences

City Food tours. Michelin Star to the local trattorias to taste the regional specialties and local wines 

Bi-lingual Guides

Experienced and licensed local tour guides, attentive to your interests and needs


Bonded Sellers of Travel in the State of Florida for a professionally planned trip

Added Value & Service

Receive high level of customer service from inquiry to departure with the best hand-picked guides, drivers and accommodations

Peace of Mind

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SUSANNA WRISTON - Owner & Founder


accredited by the World Food Travel Association


certified by the North American Sommelier Association endorsed by WSA (Worldwide Sommelier Association) and AIS (Italian Sommelier Association)

Susanna Wriston was born in the USA and began experiencing Italy at age 2 then every summer until age 16 when she moved to Italy with her family and lived there for 20 years. She completed her studies graduating at University of Padua, earning a Masters, and working for international corporations. She returned permanently to the USA in 2001 and established a travel business.

Love and passion for everything Italian led her to establish Italia Dolce Vita, her own travel business specialized in small-group escorted tours to Italy and tailor-made vacations for those dreaming of Italy beyond the obvious and looking for authentic experiences.

Susanna has complemented her experience and expertise obtaining certification as Culinary Travel Professional® accredited and certified by the World Food Travel Association, and certification as Italian Wine Specialist®accredited and endorsed by the North American Sommelier Association and the Italian Sommelier Association. This has enhanced her philosophy of travel “Eat and Drink Well, Travel Better”.  


Visiting Italy several times a year, accompanying select small group tours she designs, gives Susanna opportunity to visit local wineries and food artisans thus continuously enriching her knowledge and offer.

Susanna successfully holds seminars and lectures on Italian history, language, and traditions, with specific focus on Italy’s diverse culinary traditions, wine history making, and the complexity of Italy’s 350 wine regions and their numerous grape varietals. Her events are attended by 5 to 95 people depending on the type of event.

She is honored to be President of Sarasota Italian Cultural Events, a not for profit organization with over 150 members spreading awareness of the rich Italian cultural heritage to the greater Sarasota community. She is also a proud member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce,  and former City Director for the Province of Treviso for Sarasota Sister Cities.