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JOIN ME IN BELLA ITALIA! Affordable, small group tours of ITALY. Experience the MAGIC!

Location: Italy, Tuscany, Rome, Florence

BENVENUTO!  Hello, my name is Suzan Rozypal. 

Join me on an exciting and affordable Italian discovery.  Travel with a small, personal group of like-minded travelers with the expertise of a very passionate guide.  Travel in a relaxed atmosphere with old or new friends.  Explore the "Eternal City" of Rome and the magnificent region of Tuscany.  Travel along the Amalfi Coast, the Italian Riveria and glide along the Grand Canal in Venice.  Visit each area's landmark sights and hidden treasures with a focus on art, architecture, history, food, wine, and of course the natural beauty of the Tuscan landscape.  Travel easily through Italy on an adventure that combines the convenience and value of structured group travel with the flexibility to go where you want to go.   


ITALY begins as a dream vacation destination in one's mind.  Italy becomes a lasting impression in the heart and mind of any traveler who actually makes the trip.  Join me for the opportunity to experience the Italy I fell in love with many years ago.

As a Flight Attendant, I have a unique understanding of the average traveler throughout the USA.  I know that there is more to any vacation than just the initial dream and booking deposit.  Preparation and information are essential to a successful trip.  Once in Italy, its beauty and culture will do the rest of the job in making your visit unforgettable.  The Italian people are warm and friendly with a lifestyle that you will quickly envy.



I have been traveling to Italy for over 20 years and have been fortunate to discover the wealth of treasures in both the cities and the quaint villages in the countryside.  I am passionate about sharing my love and knowledge of the Tuscan region with others.  I am committed to providing a relaxed traveling atmosphere through interaction with a small group of "friends".  I am also commited to providing the opportunity to travel to Italy even with today's weak dollar.  I have priced my tours as reasonable as possible while still providing a "top-notch" experience.


It is important and enjoyable to see the "famous" sights.  It is however, the hidden jewels that can leave the deepest impressions on travelers.  Rome is the most famous city in Italy and has been a bustling metropolis for thousands of years.  Tuscany is filled with pleasant surprises around every bend.  By traveling with a small group you will be able to see and do so much more than you would ever be able to do on a large bus tour.  There is a wealth of discovery waiting for those who want more than just snapping a quick photo and then moving on to the next sight in the guide book.  Join me for the experience of a lifetime.

VISIT MY WEBSITE:  www.ItalyWithFriends.com

You will find complete details of my tours including day to day itineraries, prices, and my own personal travel philosophy.  Also, join planned tour adventures by reading my daily BLOGS. 




March 22 - April 2, 2014

(1 spot open)

  1. Enjoy 12day/11nights discovering the Best of Italy.  Travel before the Easter season when the crowds are low and the weather is nice and cool.  This is the perfect time to see the most important sights in Italy and save money along the way.  This tour includes excellent hotel accommodations, all transportation in Italy, great sightseeing, and an extensive meal plan.
  2. Begin in Rome with visits to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, the Pantheon and a whole day in Vatican City.
  3. Visit the region of Umbria with a visit to Assisi, the city of St. Francis.  This beautiful walled city will surely provide a wonderful spiritual experience.
  4. Travel into Tuscany with visits to Montepulciano, Siena, Monterriggione, Greve and San Gimignano.  Sleep in San Gimignano, the city of towers and enjoy shopping its streets filled with artisan shops selling ceramics, jewelry, art and all sorts of Tuscan food products.
  5. Enjoy a lunch of homemade Tuscan favorites at Castello Verrazzano Winery.  Learn all about the wine making and wine tasting process.
  6. Visit Florence, the capital of Tucany, with plenty of time to wander its medieval streets filled with wonderful art and architecture.  Visit the Accademia Museum to see Michelangelo's David.  Dine like you have never before at Il Latini, a Florentine landmark for Tuscan favorites.
  7. Be amazed as you glide along the Grand Canal in Venice.  There is truly no city like Venice and you will have time to enjoy it all.
  8. Enjoy stress free travel with all the planning done by me.
  9. Prices begin at $2750.  See website for complete details and a day to day itinerary.  (Prices do not include airfare.



 May 19 - 30, 2014


  1. Enjoy the Best that Italy has to offer on a 12day/11night tour of some of the most wonderful sights this magical country has to offer.  Springtime in Italy is the perfect time to visit.  The weather is great and Mother Nature is in full bloom.  Stay in wonderful hotels, enjoy delicious food and wine and have all the planning done ahead of time by me.

  2. Begin in Rome with visits to all the important sights.  Visit inside the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Museum and the magnificent Pantheon.  Spend a day in Vatican City and walk the 4 miles of the Vatican Museum with Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel as its highlight.  Marvel at St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in Christendom.

  3. Visit Orvieto, the jewel of the region of Umbria.  Enjoy a tour of the Orvieto Underground and the fabulous Orvieto Duomo.

  4. Spend several days in Southern Tuscany with a stay in lovely Pienza.  Visit Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni and Cortona.  Enjoy the hospitality of the Avignonesi Winery with a tour and delicious lunch.

  5. Then travel deeper into Tuscany with visits to Siena, Monteriggione, and magical San Gimignano.  The "City of Towers" will be your home for 2 nights. 

  6. Spend a day in Chianti with a visit to Castello Verrazzano.  Learn the art of winemaking and wine tasting while you enjoy a multi-course meal of Tuscan homemade favorites.

  7. Enjoy all that the Renaissance city of Florence has to offer including a visit to see Michelangelo's David. 

  8. Then top everything off with Venice, the most serene city in Italy.  We will stay right in the middle of this island world and enjoy one of the most unusual cities in the world.

  9. Prices begin at $2999.  (Prices do not include airfare)  See website for complete details and a day to day itinerary.





September 17 -27, 2014 


  1. Be the first to experience the lovely South of France on a 11 day/10 night tour through Provence and the French Riviera on an Italy With Friend's tour.  Spend 5 nights in chic St. Remy de Provence at the beautiful Hotel del Soleil and travel daily throughout Provence.  Spend 2 nights in Aix en Provence, a city known for its lively markets.  Then travel to Nice, the big city highlight of the French Riviera for 3 nights to enjoy all that the Cote d' Azur has to offer.
  2. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sight, Pont Du Gard.  Have a VIP tour that includes a guided walk across the bridge on its third level.  Enjoy lunch with the Pont Du Gard as a stunning backdrop.
  3. Stroll through Roussillon and Gordes, both listed as "one of the most beautiful villages of France". 
  4. Enjoy lunch amid beautiful vineyards at Chateau Fines Roches in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
  5. Experience a fun time at a chocolate and wine tasting in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
  6. Study the Roman history of Provence in Arles, St.-Remy and Glanum.
  7. Drive through the Camargue, a nature preserve near the Mediterranean sea filled with horses, bulls and pink flamigoes.  Stop for a visit at Aigues-Mortes, the most perfectly preserved walled town in France, known for its production of sea salt.
  8. Take part in a lively market tour, cooking class and wine tasting in Aix-en-Provence.
  9. Travel along the Cote d'Azur to Nice and experience the life of the rich and famous.  Sail along the Promenade des Anglais on a scenic boat cruise.
  10. Visit Eze Village, the highest village on the French Riviera and toast the magnificent views from the Chateau Eze terrace. 
  11. Learn about the production of perfume at Maison Fragonard.
  12. Dine on delicious multi-course meals throughout Provence.  Enjoy a bit of Italian in the Old Town of Nice.
  13. Travel on the small group format of any IWF's tour.  Only 8 passengers on this tour.
  14. Prices start at $3199.  See website for details and the day to day itinerary.  (PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE)



September 28 - October 10, 2014 


  1. Discover the Heart of Italy on this exciting adventure. Enjoy 13 days beginning with exciting Roma, then visit sleepy Tuscan villages before jumping into the Mediterranean on the Italian Riviera and finally, ending in Renaissance Florence. Includes 12 nights accommodations, transportation in Italy, over half of your meals, all sightseeing and museum visits included, wine tasting and much, much more.
  2. Start your tour in Rome, the Eternal City, with guided tours of the Colesseum, Roman Forum and Vatican City. 
  3. Travel into Tuscany with visits to Montepulciano, Pienza, Chianti, San Gimignano, Monteriggione, Siena, and more.

  4. Relax to the max on the Italian Riviera at the Vis a' Vis hotel in Sestri Levante.  Enjoy an excursion to Portofino, playground of the rich and famous.  Spend a full day as you like, perhaps hike the Cinque Terre villages.

  5. End your trip in Florence, the Capital of Tuscany.  Experience the wonder of strolling through an "outdoor" museum.

  6. Savor the Italian cuisine along the way with special dining adventures.

  7. Learn the art of wine tasing and wine making at Castello Verrazzano.

  8. Travel with a small group in comfort and safety with most of the planning done by me.

  9. Prices begin at $3299.  See website for complete details and a day to day itinerary.  (PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE)

***NEW TOUR***


Florence, Tuscany, Umbria and Rome 

October 7-19, 2014

  1. Enjoy 13 days traveling through Central Italy.  Visit the biggies like Florence, Rome, Siena. Pisa and Orvieto.  Then savor the lovely hidden jewels of San Gimignano, Castellina in Chianti, Pienza, Montepulciano and Vertine.  Dine on delicous Italian cuisine and taste many of the famous Tuscan wines.  Join a small group with all the planning done by me.  Spend 12 nights in great hotels, dine at top notch restaurants and sight-see to the max.
  2. Begin your adventure in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and home to some of the greatest art in the world.  Spend 3 days in the magnificent city and experience all it has to offer.  Learn how to cook Italian at the In Tavola cooking school. 
  3. Travel into the Tuscan countryside and relax at Palazzo Squarcialupi in Castellina with its spectacular views and lovely spa.  Dine on some of the best pizza in the world.
  4. Enjoy free time in magical San Gimignano, city of towers.  Shop till you drop at wonderful artisan shops.
  5. Tour Badia a' Coltibuono, an 10th abbey.  Enjoy a delicious multi-course meal with Badia estate wines.
  6. Learn the art of wine tasting at Castello Verrazzano with Gino.
  7. Travel into the region of Umbria to majestic Orvieto, a one time Etruscan settlement.  Visit the Orvieto Underground and see life in medieval times.
  8. End your adventure in Rome, the Eternal City.  Spend 3 nights in the historical district and visit the Pantheon, Roman Colosseum and Forum, kand lively markets and piazzas.  Spend a day in Vatican City with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museum with Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel as its highlight.
  9. Prices begin at $3299.  See website for complete details and day to day itinerary.  (Prices do not include airfare.)


VISIT MY WEBSITE:  www.ItalyWithFriends.com  



Contact Information

Company: Italy With Friends Tours

Name: Suzan Rozypal

City: Corpus Christi

State/Province: Texas

Website: www.italywithfriends.com

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