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Meet Your Hosts

Anne and Dennis Connally have been traveling Italy for over 30 years. Traveling in small groups started in the fall of 2010 when Anne found a private villa for exclusive use. Our friends were interested in the villa-vacation concept so Anne started researching until she found the perfect villa for sharing, resulting in a wonderful experience.
 
With the first trip being a great success, the idea to bring the amazing beauty of Italy to others was born. This private villa concept allowed our special friends to experience firsthand the enchanting lands, villages, and lifestyle that we find so beautiful.  We've learned that going to the top ten places guide books mention are nice and informative, but exploring the backroads and lesser known places are spectacular!
 
Our list of friends and clients continued to grow each year and our "love for Italy" continued as well - so after 25 years in the specialty food industry, we decided to sell our little food company and Villas & Vines was born. Through our connections we've made in the food industry we are able to arrange special visits to favorite restaurants and wineries. This is our way of sharing our dream with you and a few special guests at a time.

Dennis is the perfect partner. We each have our roles and responsibilities and work very well as a team. Anne spends hours researching, planning and making the reservations, while Dennis maps out the schedule and keeps us running on time.
 
As we hope you can see, we love what we do and we look forward to seeing you on one of our trips or allow us to plan a custom trip especially tailored for you. We're committed to doing everything within our power to insure that each trip is a wonderful vacation that's meaningful to you.
 
We have traveled and tasted our way through Italy for more than a decade, and each trip has brought a new love for something else we've discovered. We highlight little-known places to visit for great foods, wines and historical sites and today's local artisans. When not traveling, we reside in Dallas, Texas with Travis our yellow lab.

  
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Our Travelers


We are honored that so many of our guests return year after year for our trips. Over half of our guests have been on more than one of our trips. They tell us it's because our small groups accomplish what they always sought in their own private travels: spontaneity, flexibility and unique experiences minus the pre-planning and  logistical hassles.  People are very busy these days and it's hard enough to take time for a vacation much less all of the hours involved prior to the trip for planning. 

Most of our guests were the type to travel on their own until they joined us on one of our trips.  The other type of guest this trip is designed for are for those that have not traveled to Italy before. We make sure to point out the hot spots and see the things that are high on your priority list. What we hear most from our guests is that they would have never been able to find all of the villages we show them and what is unique to each village without spending hours and hours of planning and research.  It's a joy to be able to take guests to the most genuine restaurants, provide visits to hidden places, or arrange for a private boat along the Amalfi Coast. These rare experiences are at no additional costs . . . because we want everyone to love Italy as much as we do and return year after year.

People come back time and time again; we seem to have created something that appeals to a certain type of person. Villas & Vines is not for someone simply wanting to see the historic site, check it off of the list and move on to the next town. It is first and foremost for those typically wanting to have a peaceful vacation and be exposed to a culture that enjoys slowing down and being in the moment with family and friends.
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