Susan Van Allen’s love for Italy stems from her maternal grandparents, who emigrated from Southern Italy. She was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up on the Jersey shore amidst wonderful food and drama. When she first stepped off the train into Roma Termini in 1976, she got hooked on Italian travel. Since then she’s explored the country up and down the boot–visiting relatives, immersing herself in the country’s masterpieces and culture, taking language and cooking classes, and going on boating, biking, and hiking adventures. She’s written about Italian travel for many media outlets, including National Public Radio, Town & Country, AFAR, Tastes of Italia, Chicago Daily Herald, several Travelers Tales anthologies (including Best Travel Writing 2009), and Van Allen also writes for television, and was on staff of the Emmy winning sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. When she’s not in Italy, she is based in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and makes scrumptious lasagnas.


There’s la dolce vita in all Susan Van Allen’s books and the latest, “50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go” is no exception.” – Rudy Maxa


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 Golden Week in Southern Italy:
For Women Only
May 1-9 2015


Join author Susan Van Allen for an inspiring adventure in southern Italy,
where the elegant soul of Bell’Italia bursts forth with stunning sights, delicious flavors, and soulful songs.

Discover marvels of Capri, vibrant Naples, fascinating Pompeii, artisans of Sorrento,
and the blissful thermal springs of Ischia. Toast with robust wine,
celebrate Italy’s flavors in a cooking class, enjoy the world’s best pizza.

Small Group Tour: Maximum 14
Prices: $3600 per person/double accupancy
$4050 per person/single occupancy

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Raves for Golden Weeks…


A marvelous trip from start to finish”– Carole V, New York

A perfect combination of busy and relaxing”– Lisa, Illinois

After spending several days with Susan I came to realize her love for Italy is as deep as the Mediterranean, she is as warm as the sun that sets in Capri…”– Gale O., Vermont


In Collaboration with Perillo Tours, America’s Leading Tour Operator to Italy for 70 years.
To reserve your space, or for more information, contact Irene or Natasha today at: or 855-784-7687.