Mary Ellen Lawrence : Owner and Operator
After working as an international flight attendant and then in Denver art galleries, she moved to Italy to pursue her interest in Italian art and architecture. Mary Ellen first worked at the Studio Art Center International in Florence and then earned two Master's degrees from Syracuse University; an MA at the graduate program in Florence and then an MLS (Master of Library Science) in New York. She worked in Boston as librarian at MIT then went back to Italy as director of the library for Syracuse University in her beloved Florence. There, working with a research faculty and graduate students, she was immersed in art and architecture of Italy. Mary Ellen acted as guide to new students on tours of the city and often lectured at various sights for student weekend trips. Following 13 years of living in Italy, she returned to the US and established a successful travel consulting business in Denver. Mary Ellen divides her time between Denver, Colorado and Florence, Italy.
We believe that travel is enhanced by understanding the country through the people and culture, both past and present.
We emphasize the historical without sacrificing the delights of Italy: the food and wine, fine shopping and georgous scenery! Take advantage of our experience and come away with an understanding of how people differ – but, also, how they are the same.
What our Clients Say:
“We visited Italy with
Mary Ellen – we highly recommend her as a guide – it was through her we learned to love the subtle side of Italy.”
Nan & Steve of Denver, Colorado
Properties to rent
We have many properties that we recommend throughout Italy - These range from exclusive palaces, castles and restored monasteries, to budget friendly holiday apartments and hotels. Contact us for recommendations and let us make your reservations. It won't cost you anything extra!
Some of our Italian friends
Villa Maria Doria -
Located in the small village of Pozzi and a 5 minute drive from the world class Meditaranian resort of Forte dei Marmi and the marble and bronze arts center of Pietrasanta, the villa sits in an olive grove with trees over 500 years old. 5 private and unique apartments are for rent offering an opportunity to wander in the olive groves or swim in the pool amidst a beautiful garden after a day of touring. Paola Bambini is your host on behalf of her family who has owned the villa for over 200 years.
Our newest partners are based in Florence, Italy. Italian Footprints are licensed guides and have created hiking trips specifically for Italy&More. Visit their website and checkout their other offerings. Remember to mention you found them through Italy&More!
Martha Corsi is the proprietress of the castle at Porciano, Stia, Italy. This beautifully restored 13th c. castle once entertained Dante. Martha is a renowned cook and cultural expert and offers her castle for special occasions or weekly rentals. It is really a treat to visit!
Beautiful Farm House near Gualdo, Le Marche - Cathy and Lorenzo Falli own this beautiful home in Le Marche which is available for weekly rental. We often use this beautiful and warm place for our escorted tours. It is perfectly located to explore the hill towns and coast of LeMarche - Cathy is an English language teacher and translator while Lorenzo is a respected Tuscan artist and a high school art/art history teacher – plus he is a great cook! To see more about this lovely place and to make reservations.