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 
  • Itineraries designed to share the best of each region
  • Established relationships with all providers

One of the most important things to consider when requesting travel services or joining a group tours is if the Seller of Travel abides to the rules of the state. To sell any form of travel you must be a Registered Seller of Travel.

We are registered and bonded with the State of Florida (ST37794).

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Experts in Authentic Travel to Italy Wine Specialist

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

Leisurely 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

Susanna Wriston-Owner Italia Dolce Vita Tours
Certified Culinary Travel Professional
Wine Specialist


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)

Ciao a tutti!  I would like to share a few things about me .

I was born in the USA and began experiencing Italy and Europe by spend every summer abroad from the age of 2 to 16 when my family and I moved to Treviso, Italy. 

This gave me the great opportunity to grow up fully bilingual and immerse into the local culture. I was fortunate to complete my graduate studies at the prestigious University of Padua where Galileo once taught. 

I then pursued my  Masters and worked for international corporations, living in Milan and Turin. During that time I traveled throughout Italy and the rest of Europe gaining significant knowledge of the many hidden gems and fascinating customs which I have always had a great curiosity and love of discovery.

In 2001, I decided  to return  to the USA and apply my love and passion for travel and everything Italian by establishing Italia Dolce Vita.  I began specializing in tailor made travel and small-group escorted tours to Italy. My desire was to share my expertise and knowledge with those dreaming of Italy beyond the obvious and looking for authentic experiences. 

As years progressed and clients requests returned, our agency began to also offer tailor made services to other countries like France, Spain, Greece, Switzerland and Austria. 

I have complemented my expertise by obtaining certification as Culinary Travel Professional® accredited by the World Food Travel Association, and certification as Italian Wine Specialist® endorsed by North American Sommelier Association and Italian Sommelier Association. I am now pursuing my studies an Italian & French Wine Scholar with the International Wine Scholar Guild . These achievements have enhanced my philosophy of travel “Eat and Drink Well, Travel Better”.  

I visit Italy and Europe several times a year accompanying select small group tours as well as to participate in travel trade fairs. This gives me the opportunity to research new and exciting travel ideas to share with our clients.

I also holds regular seminars and lectures on Italian history, language, and traditions, with specific focus on Italy’s diverse culinary traditions and wine history. I also host and lead wine tastings in Florida. 

I am  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. I am also a proud member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce  and current Sarasota Sister City City Director for the Province of Treviso.

I look forward to begin planning your trip today!