Travel + Leisure A List Travel Agent Matteo della Grazia & Daniela Mencarelli

Matteo Della Grazia & Daniela Mencarelli


The married founders of Fuoritinerario–Discover Your Italy recently added a Milan office to their northern Italy–based team, meaning they are more equipped than ever to introduce travelers to the many faces of their home country. Their goal is to show their clients “the Italy of the Italian people,” which means anything from shadowing bakers at an organic panetteria in Perugia to a goldsmith workshop tour in Sardinia.

Italy is a perennially popular destination, but travelers can visit again and again and still find something new — especially when they venture off the Rome-Florence-Venice tourist trail. Regions that Della Grazi and Mencarelli are excited about right now include Abruzzo, where clients can do a ranger-led trek in the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park to spot native bears and wolves; Friuli Venezia Giulia, where the region’s famous vineyards are dotted with historic Renaissance-era buildings; and Lombardy, where stunning Lake Iseo sits in the heart of Franciacorta wine country.

ADDITIONAL SPECIALTIES: Culinary travel and golf

Languages Spoken: English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish

Minimum Daily Spend: From $500 per person per day

Trip Planning Fees: None

Contact Info | 347-441-3907 | Perugia, Italy


"Our experience with Matteo was wonderful. My husband and I told him where we wanted to go, how much we wanted to spend, and he took it from there. Our confidence in him took us from Amalfi to Taormina with private cars and knowledgeable tour guides. We truly had an amazing trip. He was always aware of where we were, and if there was an airline strike, he called us and made sure we were aware. We drove all over Sicily, which Matteo mapped for us with guides meeting us at every stop. We never felt alone. He is the one to use in Italy." — Kym DiBenedetto