HOLLY KOBLISH & FAMILY ~ Pennsylvania, USA (TRAVEL PLANNING & TOURS)
We planned a trip to Calabria on short notice and were so happy to find Michelle. She was incredibly easy to work with and helped us figure out the best way to organize our week, made perfect recommendations for restaurants and activities and even made sure we had a reservation for dinner the first night we arrived.
She gave us a walking tour of Reggio and shared with us some of the history of the city and was accommodating with our requests for what we wanted to see. She also was very helpful when it came to communicating with people in the various shops and museums.
We also went on a tour to Gerace with her. She took us to a farm for a tour of the property and an amazing organic meal there. After, we went up to the village of Gerace and she did a fantastic job explaining the history and walking us through museums. The entire day was wonderful.
Most importantly, Michelle enabled us to experience the true Calabria, interacting with kind and witty people and seeing the culture as it is. I would highly recommend working with her to get the most out of your time in Calabria.
Chris Keller & Diana Pellegrino ~ New York, USA (culinary holiday)
We booked a week-long Calabrian Culinary experience with Discover Calabria. Michelle arranged for us to stay at an Agriturismo farm where all our meals were organic and all products were produced at the farm - cheeses, meats, bread, fruits and vegetables and, of course, olive oil and wine. All was fantastic and our lodgings were very spacious and relaxing.
Since my parents were from Calabria, Michelle customized our trip to allow time to explore my father's home town. Through a private guided tour she booked for us we actually found the house where he lived and met with several friends and relatives while there.
We also spent two days at the Culinary Institute of Calabria where we participated in hands-on classes in pasta and bread making. This was truly a great experience!
We loved our entire trip and will definitely return to Calabria. Thank you, Michelle, for making our trip special.
Rachelle Lisa ~ Toronto, Canada (WELLNESS Retreat)
Dear Michelle, words cannot express how grateful I am. Thank you for sharing your family’s history with us. This retreat has been life changing for me. I know something in my gut was telling me to join you and I am so happy I did. I loved our boat rides, incredible cooking classes and especially the moments of laughter and hugs.
I will cherish this trip for the rest of my days. My soul has healed!
Marcella Luna ~ Chicago, USA (Private Tour)
I visited Calabria “off season” and it was difficult finding a tour guide that would accommodate one person. No one wanted to deal with me, but I emailed Michelle and she responded immediately.
Upon our first phone call she was so friendly and kind. She asked me several questions (interests, likes, etc) so she could plan the perfect tour, which she did. Michelle planned an afternoon of amazing food and historical sites. She is adventurous and was willing to explore everything with me. I enjoyed the conversation with her during the drive she is just such a sweetheart, it was like hanging out with one of your close friends.
Her driver Luca is just as amazing he is funny, and an excellent driver. Bonus - Luca is a photographer, therefore he knew all the perfect places for photographs. Michelle and Luca gave me a full day of food, fun and history. It was one of the best days I have had in a long time.
I highly recommend Discover Calabria if you want an authentic and fun Calabrian experience!
Ryan Kimura ~ Dallas, USA (Yoga Retreat)
Practicing yoga just won't be the same after last weeks yoga retreat to Scilla, Italy. A million thanks to Discover Calabria for re-inspiring me in my yoga practice and making it the most memorable 40th birthday. Humbled and excited to grow these lifelong friendships with people I met.
Starting the long journey back to the states. Going to miss Calabria and southern Italy. But going to miss the people I met even more! Disover Calabria made it an amazing experience!
Frank Bruno ~ Woodbridge, Canada (Private Event)
Dear Michelle the night was perfect from the rickshaw rides to the final tour of Scilla they brought us on and of course everything in between. You really pulled off a special night for my wife Maria and our guests, I couldn’t have asked for a better end to our Calabrian trip.
Thank you so very much, I look forward to viewing all the pictures you took as well. I wish you the best, we certainly will look you up the next time we are in Calabria to help us set up other events.
Shelley Reiner ~ London, UK (Bespoke Romantic Holiday)
I just wanted to extend you a big thank you for all your assistance while my husband and I were last minute arranging our trip. We ended up having a fantastic time! The quaint little fisherman’s village of Chianalea was darling and we enjoyed a quiet day there with no English speakers in site! We spent a whole day watching the jellyfish bob and followed the excitement of a spontaneous swordfish hunt.
Taormina was also beautiful and will never forget the stunning placement of a view of Mt Etna through the arches of the 3rd century BCE Ampitheater! We hiked to Etna with our lovely funny tour guide. We relaxed in the botanical gardens, shared the culinary traditions of Sicily, and hiked to the monastery tops; it was the best of almost everything really.
I feel truly blessed to have been to so many amazing places in my life and to have seen them though my own curious wanderings. So really wanted to thank you for all you assistance in pointing me to a new great wandering spot! We both really loved it and after showing my photos to my parents, they want to go for their 50th anniversary!
Thanks again for all your great advice!
Ladi Emeruwa ~ London, UK (Diving Excursion)
Having dived in a lot of exotic locations I was very pleased to discover that Calabria did not disappoint! The visibility was absolutely incredible (more than 40m!) and as such I was able to appreciate the stunning underwater landscape in all it's full glory. My dive instructor was a very friendly and knowledgeable man who spoke very good English, so I felt that I was in very safe hands throughout.
I would highly recommend booking this excursion to any dive enthusiasts or anyone keen to try something new.