Italy | Owner IC Bellagio, Andrea Grisdale

January 24, 2021

Today we’re chatting about Italy, one of the most iconic destinations in the world. 

The country’s riches in terms of art, history, food, wine, and stunning landscapes have lured millions of visitors per year. So a true luxury experience in this part of the world means having the insider connections to get off the beaten path and experience the true heart of Italian culture. 

Spend your days sipping aperol while overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean sea, picking lemons from an orchard, or zooming around Rome in a classic car – all while knowing your trip is in the hands of the foremost experts on Italian travel. 

Our guest today is Andrea Grisdale, the owner of IC Bellagio. IC Bellagio has been designing ungoogleable experiences in Italy and curating the best guides in the game for 20 years. The company partners with top travel advisors to bring these experiences to discerning clients. 

Andrea and I discuss undiscovered gems in Sicily and the Dolomites, interesting stories from past guests, and how travel in Italy is changing to suit millennials and deal with crowding.


Listen to hear:

  • 02:34 – What Andrea’s favorite spot in Italy is

  • 04:19 – Why thoughtfulness is a basic component of luxury

  • 06:57 – About the amazing traveler experiences IC Bellagio offers

  • 10:57 – What lies behind the art of a great guide

  • 16:05 – How millennials have changed the face of luxury travel

  • 18:21 – The story of a wedding and a chocolate cake with a happy ending

  • 22:39 – What new experiences you can enjoy in Italy

  • 25:29 – How IC Bellagio makes difference in people’s lives

  • 29:35 – What Andrea’s innovative projects and recommendations are

  • 33:50 – About the most beautiful beach in Italy

  • 35:05 – What you will learn about the world after visiting Italy

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