Private Itinerary Venice and Tuscany 2019

“Hi Melissa

I’m finally sitting down at the end of this year and have so many thank you notes to send to the people who made it possible!

I just wanted to loop back with you on the trip to Italy we took in July. Literally everything you put together was perfect. I was just telling a friend about it and I commented that in today’s world so many people overpromise, but underdeliver – and our experience with you and your team was the one case in many years where literally everything you said would happen, happened. That’s an incredible feat. 
We’re in New Zealand now for holiday for a few weeks, and then back to the grind. We’re thinking about doing Naples / Amalfi / and the Aeolian Islands in May, I was thinking maybe a boat for the coast and islands also.
Thank you so much for your help this year – it was absolutely amazing and a trip of a lifetime for us both!”
Gundry Family – USA

July 2019 



Premier Private Boat Charter on Lake Como

“Melissa was able to accommodate my wife and I less than 24 hours in advance for a private 2 hour boat tour of Lake Como. She was prompt, courteous and efficient. The tour itself was spectacular! Our guide, Luis, was friendly and knowledgeable. The boat was spotless and gorgeous. We were able to lay down on the back of the boat and enjoy the sunny morning seeing all the villas and sights Lake Como has to offer — all while sipping champagne (included). Absolutely the highlight of our trip. Money well spent. Thanks Melissa!”

The Reddy Family – USA

May 2019


Private Tour – Rome in a Day – Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Vatican City 

“We thoroughly enjoyed the tours in Rome!!  Private Driver – Sergio was great and Davide was the best tour guide we’ve ever had by far!!!  He was knowledgeable and made sure to point out even the smallest of details!   We wish we had him for our entire trip.  He made the day a memorable experience!!!”

Followed by.. 

Private Tour to see David at the Accademia Gallery, Private Tour – Uffizi Gallery plus Private Walking Tour around the city centre with an English-speaking guide at disposal 

“We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Daniala! She was so knowledgeable and we appreciated her time with us. She is one of the best for sure!  We went slightly over the allotted time as we were totally rapt with the beauty of the art and her attention to detail.  She was concerned for our valuable time but we were appreciative!!”

Dr. James – USA

Both tours May 2019 



Sicily Private Tours x 2: Etna Volcano with a Naturalistic Guide (by Jeep 7H) and Wine Tour Barone Di Villagrande, Gambino & Tenute Chiuse Del Signore Wineries (7H) 3 Pax.

“Hi Melissa, First we want to thank you for organizing our tours in Taormina. We couldn’t have imagined  a better experience for our trip, our guides were extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. We are interested in doing another tour this week, a cooking class with Nonna in Palermo on Friday, can you provide more information for us?”

Gabrielle from New York City

September 2018


Private Tours with Drivers & Transfers – 11 Day Bespoke Itinerary 4 people (Venice, Tuscany, Rome)

“Hi Melissa,

Good Afternoon to you!  We are in the van headed to the airport – what an adventure we had!  Many thanks for your expertise, connections with such quality guides and drivers, and for each and every experience. Our guide in Rome was such a trooper yesterday as she was losing her voice (must have caught a virus) but still kept on with us for the entire day – even took a photo with us on our last tour day in Italy!

There wasn’t anything we wished for other than the kids wanting to sleep in more each day!!  The quality and authenticity of the team in Venice with the assistance with the mess with our luggage was above and beyond. Thank you for everything!

Happy Easter and all the best!  We’ll certainly reach out for our next adventure to Italy!


Amy, Tom, Lauren, and Jake”

Amy and Tom Knepp

Family of four 2 Adults + 2 children ages 14 & 16 years

Charlotte, NC – USA



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)”
 “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 . 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 for next year.”

Jenny & Lyndon 

3 Adults + 2 babies

Qld, Australia



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 & Darral

2 Adults

Sydney, Australia



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


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



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… 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




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



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.”

Lara Batton



Stylish Customised Itinerary & Accommodation Bookings


I want to thank and congratulate Mel Martin for arranging a fabulous trip to Italy 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.


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 clients are looking for – I would always ask Mel for her ideas on travelling in Italy. quotemarks_end

Julie Schatz