Reviews

Complete Itinerary Luxury Hotels and Private Drivers for a family of 5 people

“Thank you for everything @italianalluretravel you are the perfect agent in Italy. (Instagram)”
5th Sept 2016: “Our family could not have been happier with your arrangements for our holiday in Italy.  If you are planning a visit to Italy I do not believe anyone could assist you more ably nor efficiently than Melissa Martin at www.italianalluretravel.com . Melissa has the most beautiful stable of Hotels, Villas and marvellous drivers. Her arrangements were flawless on our recent bespoke trip.  As I write this we are plotting another in 2017.”

Jenny & Lyndon Macmillan

3 Adults + 2 babies

Qld, Australia

September 2016


Complete Itinerary Planning for a wedding in Positano

“You have always gone over and above expectations and your work ethic is professional and caring from beginning to the end . You are truly a unique person and I admire you very much. I will stay in touch and look forward to our trip and cannot wait to finally have it all come together.”

Robyn Cheah

2 Adults

Sydney, Australia

September 2016


Ferrari 458 Car Hire in Tuscany + Amalfi Coast Luxury Private Day Cruise

” Everything was spectacular.  Elee and I had the most amazing trip. Thank you for arranging our highlights in Italy. Your services are far 10* and we would be delighted to use you again and would highly recommend you to anyone traveling to Italy. You need to widen your services covering more of Europe. Both services exceeded our expectations.”

Melinda and Elee

Sydney, Australia

August 2014


Amalfi Coast Luxury Private Cruise

“Dear Melissa, It’s hard to even begin thanking you for helping arrange such a lovely cruise along the Amalfi Coast. My wife and I had the most amazing time! As we boarded the boat we were greeted by a friendly captain who helped situate us and make sure we were comfortable. From there we set off for a day cruise along the Amalfi Coast, where we got to view the beautiful cities from the water. After that we had a private swim at a secluded island in the most beautiful water we have ever seen before heading down the coast to the most amazing spot for lunch. We finished up with a cruise over to Capri Island and then back to the city of Positano. All the time we were enjoying Champaign, snacks and some of the most beautiful scenery you could ask for. Thanks again for such a wonderful experience.”

James and Julie Strange

United States

August 2014 


Self Guided Shopping and Walking Tour

“I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the self-guided shopping tour you did my partner and I on our recent trip to Rome. I would never have found on my own some of the gorgeous boutiques and shops you listed for us in your tour. What finds! To say you took us away from the traditional “tourist” shops is an understatement…..you provided us with the details of shops that only a local could find! A truly unique and special tour that I would highly recommend to any of my friends travelling to Rome.”

Amber Burgess

Director

Permanent People Pty Ltd

January 2013 


Stylish Customised Itinerary & Accommodation Bookings

“Dear Melissa,

On behalf of our family I would like to express our warmest gratitude for your fabulous itinerary that you customised for our short stay in Rome last July. From the moment we were collected at the airport by one of your private drivers to arriving at our exquisite accommodation where we were greeted knowingly as your guests, our entire experience was just perfect! We thoroughly enjoyed dining in some of your recommended restaurants and the kids particularly enjoyed riding bikes through Villa Borghese. It was a perfect relaxing and enjoyable diversion for a morning between our hectic sight seeing days. We can’t wait to get back to Italy again and will be sure to give you plenty of warning to create yet another fabulous itinerary for us. All the very best with Italian Allure Travel – you certainly add to the experience of being in such an already beautiful place in the world!

Warmest wishes.”

The Boyd Family

July 2012

 


Stylish Customised Itinerary & Accommodation Bookings 

“A huge thank you Melissa, you organised the most wonderful trip to Positano for my family. We’d been there before, but realized that there was so much more to this beautiful Amalfi Coast town than we had previously realized. You definitely know Positano intimately, you gave us so many wonderful recommendations, the best restaurants in town eating with locals, fabulous shopping and day trips that we had never heard of before, as well as affordable yet luxurious accommodation for a family. Your knowledge of this beautiful place really helped to enhance our family holiday.”

Steve Batton

SBM Maritimo Sydney

September 2012


Self Guided Shopping and Walking Tour

“A trip to Rome with my sister was a dream come true, especially due to the fabulous self guided walking and shopping tours that Melissa designed for us. There is so much to this incredible city, and I feel that with the great range of walks that we purchased from you taking us around all of the different areas of Rome , we really got to experience the best this magical city has to offer, thank you Italian Allure Travel!!”

Lara Batton 

Sydney, Australia

Owner – Cordony Hair


Stylish Customised Itinerary & Accommodation Bookings

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I want to thank and congratulate Mel Martin for arranging a fabulous trip to Italy in July 2012 for my husband and I, and our 2 children aged 10 and 8.

Driving by car from Munich, we had 2 weeks and wanted to see some of the Ligurian coast and Cinque Terre, a well as Venice, Tuscany and Rome.

Mel planned a route that minimized the travelling time, and was the perfect balance between the relaxed fun of the Mediterranean coast, the tranquil beauty of the Tuscan countryside, and the historically and architecturally fascinating major cities.

On the Ligurian coast Mel suggested Camogli, a typical small fishing town with beauty and charm, but without the fame and tourist element of nearby Portofino. We loved her personal recommendation of Villa Rosmarino on the hillside overlooking the town and Mediterranean sea – a beautifully restored classic villa with only a few rooms, beautiful grounds and swimming pool, and very friendly and helpful owners and staff who gave excellent recommendations for local bars and restaurants. We loved the day trip to a remote local beach that Mel recommended – it had an ancient Monastery on the headland with a swimming bay and beach, accessible only by boat.

In Monterosso in the Cinque Terre, our accommodation was another of Mel’s good recommendations – a small, clean and attractive family run hotel in a great location, also with genuinely friendly staff.

In Tuscany, Mel’s suggestion to stay in the countryside outside Florence was spot on for us – mid summer, with kids. We stayed on a vineyard just outside the charming hillside town of Panzano, enjoying the local markets and food (and the swimming pool on the vineyard). Florence was an easy day trip, less than one hour away.

In Venice, Locanda Orseola was another of Mel’s personal recommendations with which we were very happy. The same family has run this small hotel for several generations, it is a very old typical Venetian building (hence the small rooms), with beauty and charm, and is in an excellent location on a small canal very close to San Marco.

Mel planned for us a very balanced trip that, in 2 weeks, allowed us to see the places we wanted to visit, and was also a real holiday. From her personal history and experience with Italy she has a wealth of inside knowledge, and is able to show others the real, authentic and charming aspects of Italy that she so much loves herself. She also has a good sense for what her friends and clients are looking for – I would always ask Mel for her ideas on travelling in Italy. quotemarks_end

Julie Schatz
Australia
July 2012