Overall this was the most memorable day of our trip- France, Italy, everything. Thank you again- the experience was amazing.

Part of what made the day great was it got us acclimated to the general area - we had a better understanding how to navigate the villages the next day. If (when) we come back I'd like to stick with you and focus more on the wine and explore outside of La Morra- that's just me. I'm 100% coming back- we simply didn't have enough time. Two days is not enough.

Ultimately, I would recommend you to someone who is visiting the area. I didn't give you much direction on what to do outside of wine and nailed. Again, it was the most memorable day of the trip.

Thanks again for everything.

David Sullivan

Hi David,

We truly enjoyed the trip! The hotels and restaurants were great; we loved the wineries, cheese farm, and truffle hunt; and you did a great job arranging and shepherding us through the region! We would definitely recommend to friends and would love to do another region with you!

Thank you again and we hope to see you soon!

Best regards,


I definitely second Marina’s sentiments - you really did a fantastic job showing us great places and people in Piemonte. For me, the people/places that made the most impact were the hike to Portofino, Silvio’s farm, and the ViCaRa winery - although I am still floored by the Boglietti Riserva 2004 and Case Nere 2011 we tasted. We continued our eating tour of Italy the past few days in Milano and have not been disappointed!

I am happy to recommend you to our friends to send more business your way. Also, we will be back for more to visit the lakes/mountains to the north and perhaps Tuscany to the south. This was a truly memorable trip - thank you for arranging everything and being flexible with our requests to change things up at the last minute.

Best Regards,

John Cunningham

Adventures in Northern Italy – Making Dreams Come True
I found Adventures in Northern Italy through a chance reading of a USA article that described a company who provided an opportunity to create an experience not just take a vacation. It had been a life-long dream of mine to do more than just visit the area where my grandparents grew up and fell in love, but to experience La Vita of my people. But how could I make a once in a life-time vacation happen without knowledge of the area or command of the language?

Finding David Leibowitz was as though we had being placed in the care of a close friend of the family that lived in Northern Italy. From the planning stages of our trip to the last moment of our “adventure”, David proved himself to be knowledgeable, caring, insightful and competent.

I highly recommend David and Adventures in Northern Italy to all of our friends. It has been great fun to see eyes light up when we recount stories of truffle hunting and walking the Italian Resistance trail. David has a great ability to make each person’s adventure different and unique to match his or her expectations. As a very nice added benefit, my husband loved the trip and thinks of me as a very savvy vacation planner.

Lisa & Scott Chandler

Claudio was a true professional, prompt, friendly and courteous with an immaculately, clean and comfortable car and delivered us to all our destinations in a timely manner. It was such a comfort for Gwen and I that Claudio took care of our local transportation needs.

Both Danielle and Valeria were not only knowledge guides but tailored their tours according to our particular interests. Danielle determined that we were very interested in gardens and make arrangements with our boat captain to visit the botanical garden in Lake Maggiore.

Valeria deviated from our defined tours and showed us a contemporary skyscraper, business & design communities and helped us navigate the subway system for restaurant locations. She also helped us navigate a luncheon restaurant for business clientele. She made us feel very comfortable in Milan.
Having a personal guide is an exceptional experience and allowed us to maximize our experiences.

Mahalo, Mandy Spangler

I can wholeheartedly recommend working with David. He's a true professional; totally competent and utterly reliable.

David and I met in 2010 when I was visiting Piedmont. We'd been introduced by a mutual friend. As soon as we met, we began discussions about leading tours together. (I'm a professional photographer and wine aficionado; I've been leading photo and wine tours for many years... mainly in the US.).

Over the past few years David and I ran several very successful tours in Italy, most based on his Smuggler's Return concept. Our group sizes typically ranged from between 6 and 14 guests.
David's handling of the itinerary preparations and tour logistics was always exemplary. He's extremely thorough and, as a result, we were always very well prepared. All our tours went smoothly, exactly as planned, due largely to David's thorough approach to planning and logistics.

The tour participants made many favorable comments about David's local knowledge and his approachable manner during the tours. He's a pleasure to be around and everyone benefited greatly from his presence.

David is also trustworthy and honest. He does what he says, and follows through on agreements. He's a forthright communicator. We never had any trouble with financial arrangements or any other aspect of our working partnership.

All my best,
Nat Coalson

Hi David,

We have returned home after a wonderful holiday in Italy – we will definitely be coming back!

Thank you so much for a wonderful couple of days spent together as well as your general input to our planning from touring suggestions to music to Calcio. We really appreciated your insights and all the history, background information and anecdotes you shared with us. Thank you also for your introductions to all the “locals” who shared their passion with us.
We hope to meet you again when we can come back to Italy.

With our best wishes,
Michelle, Steve, Benjamin & Nathan

David Leibowitz was an invaluable part of our very enjoyable vacation in Italy 3 weeks ago.
He conferred with us before our trip and created an itinerary that satisfied our wishes for a vacation that would bring us to the "non-touristy" parts of Italy, focusing on wine and the beauty of the land. Thus, we visited Pienza, Lerice and Monferrato. David arranged for private visits to wine cellars and tastings, castles being restored, a complete tour of a synagogue in Monferrato, and an afternoon exploring Alba, accompanied by David and his personal friend, the former Mayor of Alba. Actually, wherever we went, we received special attention due to the friendships David has made in Italy and the respect and affection people have for him.

This was demonstrated many times, from our receiving truffles in a special dinner in Moletto, to postcard packets in Monferrato, to visits with winemasters even during their very busy harvest time. We were so grateful to have had David with us for the guided portion of our trip, as his fluency in Italian helped us navigate Italian parking rules, banks, and even pharmacies, not to mention menus and brochures.

Finally, David was personable and knowledgeable, and prompt. He has a great deal of knowledge about Italian history, and this made our visit more meaningful. In addition, David’s love of food, Italian cooking, and wine added greatly to the enjoyment of our trip.

We would recommend him without hesitation to anyone seeking a private guide for a tour in Italy, and hope we will have another trip to Italy, with David's guidance.

Steve and Diane Solomon
White Plains, NY

We had a great day with Paola. As we expected, she is extremely knowledgeable about Florence. Based on our time constraints I thought she did an exellent job of highlighting the "can't miss sights". We would definitely recommend Adventures in Northern Italy and Paola.

Suzy Rubenstein