●Bellini Travel – 7 Barb Mews (London); 011-44-20-7602-7602; bellinitravel.com; run by Emily FitzRoy; no-nonsense, upper-class-connected woman who can arrange behind scenes tours of private gardens and mainstays.
●Delicious Italy – 15 Via Benaco (Rome); 011-39-6-841-1222; deliciousitaly.com; food and travel portal for independent visitors to Italy; everything from accommodations, cooking, events, food, handicrafts, to recipes.
●Merrion Charles – 32 Via Ariosto (Cotto, Fivizzano); 011-39-585-92098 or 011-39-392-155-1464; merrioncharles.com; high-end rental agent and travel consultant.
●IC Bellagio – 6/A Salita Monastero (Bellagio); 011-44-39-31-952-059; icbellagio.com; arranges everything from villa rentals to tours; extensive conversation with potential client makes sure exact needs are understood.
●Insider’s Italy – 1468 Midland Avenue, Suite 2H (Bronxville, New York); 914-470-1612; insidersitaly.com; owner Marjorie Shaw actually operates business from Rome.
●Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (“Italo”) – 149b Viale del Policlinico (Rome); 011-39-6-422-991; italotreno.it or www.ntvspa.it; Naples-Rome-Florence-Bologna-Milan line; highspeed train that competes with national highspeed line.