Travel Consulting

Need help planning your trip to Bologna, Italy? Get in touch with me! 

I offer 45-minute, one-on-one travel consulting sessions via Skype/FaceTime/WhatsApp to help you plan your trip to Bologna and surroundings, whether you’re a first-time or repeated visitor. 

It can be overwhelming and time-consuming to navigate and select all the information that is available online; besides, the general advice you find online doesn’t take into consideration your personal interests and travel style. That’s why a personalized consultation and good planning can really make the difference in your travel experience. 

Why you should book a travel consulting session with me: 

  • I’m a local – born and raised in Bologna! I can tell you not just about the must-see sights, but also about little-known gems away from the tourist circuit.  
  • I can tell you how to best organize your day/days in and near Bologna so you can make the most of your time.
  • I share tips on places to see, stay and eat I’ve personally experienced and enjoyed. 
  • I travel around my region regularly so I can share my latest discoveries with you. 
  • I love planning trips – for myself (I often travel independently and organize everything on my own) and for others!
  • I love talking about my native region, and I love it even more when travelers enjoy their visit to Bologna and Emilia-Romagna.

My background:

I’m a licensed tour guide and I offer walking and hiking tours in Bologna’s hills. I’m also a journalist writing about Italian travel, food and culture for Italy Magazine. I have experience in the travel industry, having worked in the past as a travel consultant planning trips to Italy for American travelers.

*Important: When you contact me, please give me an idea of what you’re most interested in seeing/doing/experiencing, who you’re traveling with, for how long, if it’s the first time in the area, so I can start planning the ideal itinerary for you; this way, we can make the most of our chat time.

After our call, I’ll follow with an email detailing the itinerary and places we’ve talked about. 

*Rates for 45-minute travel consulting session + follow-up email:

One-day itinerary: €69

Two-day itinerary: €89

Three-day itinerary: €109

Four or more days: €149

Payable via PayPal or wire transfer ahead of the consulting session (for extra-EU wire transfers, please add €17).

Feedback from clients:

We were planning to spend a week in the region and had some general ideas about what we wanted to see and do, but we had no idea where to begin. In the course of an hour, Silvia helped us put together a general itinerary, including where to stay. She followed up with a detailed e-mail including details of places to visit throughout the region. Reaching out to Silvia was the best decision we could have made. She’s a font of knowledge and besides that she’s a delightful human being. Call her, you won’t be disappointed!! (Rick, Denise and Marilynn from California)

“I recently used Silvia’s travel consultation service to plan a trip to Bologna and the surrounding area.  She has an in-depth knowledge of the food, culture, and attractions of Emilia-Romagna.  Her consultation process was easy and quite enjoyable.  She developed an amazing itinerary that meets our travel goals perfectly. I highly recommend her services to anyone interested in having a highly personalized itinerary developed by a local expert!” (Dan from San Diego)

“I think I hit a gold mine when I found you!  You were extremely helpful in our phone chat and I am impressed with your quick and thorough follow up both to my questions and your additional suggestions.  It was exactly the kind of help I needed!” (Sharon from Kentucky)

If you’d like to book a travel consulting session with me, please write me at

Good planning goes a long way 🙂