About Merrion Charles

Having worked for many years in the luxury travel industry, organising every variety of trip to Italy, be it walking tours in Sicily, private villas in Tuscany, ski guiding in the Dolomites or romantic tailor-made honeymoons, I finally came to live here in 2007 with MoJo, my wonderful Border Terrier companion, and set up my own private consultancy in 2008.

I am based in  the remote hills of Northern Tuscany and from here we check out every destination I promote.  This is something I think is incredibly important as I will only recommend destinations I know are special, boutique and where I would stay myself.

Having worked and explored Italy from head to tail,  I provide reliable, informative and in-depth knowledge…and, so far, I have been able to provide everything and anything my clients ask for be it a secret hideaway for a famous VIP to a surprise birthday boat weekend along the Ligurian coast or a private concert and dinner in an exclusive Palazzo in Venice.

Speaking fluent Italian and having great connections in every corner of Italy means I help my clients (most of whom become great friends and return each year), book their dream vacation. I recognise how busy people are, so it’s my pleasure to be able to guide clients to the most genuine restaurants, provide private visits to hidden Palazzos, take a trip in a speed boat along the Cinque Terre, drive a vintage Alfa Spider though the Tuscan hills or learn to make pasta in the surroundings of one’s private villa.  Having booked through me, I provide this concierge service at no extra fee because I want everyone to love Italy as much as I do!

I pride myself on being available around the clock, throughout the year to make my clients’ holidays as stress free and fulfilled as possible.  My relationship with villa and hotel owners, private guides, restauranteurs, chefs and wineries is second to none and thus offers clients great opportunities that otherwise they probably would not have.

I’ve been told that my skills lie in an ability to communicate openly, honestly and enthusiastically  – and as a fluent Italian speaker it helps open many doors.

As I hope you can see, I love what I do  – I know Italy intimately –  and I look forward to helping you arrange your honeymoon, wedding, private villa, cookery course or ski safari very soon.
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