Rosanna Capatini is the owner of Eliotropica – a travel company focused on women travellers to Italy. When I made contact with Rosanna about Women Travel the World, she was very interested and when I said we were coming Italy, she said “You must come and stay in Lucca – the most beautiful town in Tuscany”. Of course – how could we refuse?
So here we are in this beautiful walled city, just one hour in the train from Florence. Rosanna has arranged an apartment for us, and kindly met us at the train station which is just outside the city’s wall.
Over a lovely lunch we caught up with her passion for travel (now a little limited as she has a five year old son), and her company Eliotropica which assists other women to travel. Among other things she helped to organise the first convention of businesses in Tuscany welcoming women. Rosanna is also involved in the local chamber of commerce and in organisations and support for women entrepreneurs.
Rosanna is passionate about helping women to travel – especially women on their own – she is a travel advisor rather than simply a travel agent. She organises tours for women both in Italy and for Italian’s travelling abroad. Her secret is to find out their budget, their interests and to put together a custom made tour itinerary that women can use or they can be diverted along the way and follow their own instinct.
This offers the best of both worlds – expert local knowledge as the basis of a trip, but with the freedom to follow your own inclinations along the way, with someone else doing the research for you. Researching can be fun, but it takes an awful lot of time, getting someone gifted and tuned into your needs, like Rosanna, can save you a of time and energy.
When we arrived in Lucca, Rosanna handed us an amazing 10 page introduction to the areas – about Lucca, what not to miss, where to eat out, where to shop, surrounding towns to explore and how to spend a day in Florence – it was packed with lots of useful information to enrich out trip.
So for your next trip to Italy, contact Rosanna at Elliotropica.