Capriccio Travel® . Offering Intimate, Customized Boutique Group Travel Experiences.
For many years, Capriccio Travel® organized annual culinary and cultural holiday excursions to the Tuscan Region of Italy. Our Italian holidays are designed for individuals who wish to become acquainted with the beauty and splendor of Italy, its culture, traditions and cuisine, through a relaxed pace and atmosphere of cultural immersion. When you’re rushing from place to place on a frenetic, “5 second stop and go” tourist schedule, it can be easy to miss what you’ve come for.
Capriccio Travel® started as an off-shoot of Cafe Capriccio, a local Albany restaurant. Over the years, the trips grew wildly popular by word of mouth and a full-service, independent, group travel business was born far beyond the once a year trips to Tuscany of it’s origins. At the age of 75, Jim Rua decided to resign in June of 2018 from Capriccio Travel® but the trips go on with original founding partner Jeanette Stanziano, who has been at the helm of Capriccio Travel® for the past 14 years handling all aspects of group travel, trip development, and customer service for many successful years. We now journey to other important parts of Italy in addition to our classic Tuscany trip. Capriccio Travel runs trips that are still intimate for the sake of a better experience and continue to be a special adventure for those that travel with us. We run only a few exceptional experiences a year and strive for excellence in our unique brand of travel. We continue to sell out by word of mouth and fill our excursions in a matter of weeks through repeat travelers and friends and family of previous travelers. The trips are always amazing and always inspiring! We do it because we love to share the experience and rejuvenate our own cultural inspiration annually.
Italy has been our base for many years and Capriccio Travel® is now branching out to other areas of Europe to offer our travel family options for other experiences in Europe and beyond in addition to our classic Italy trips.
In 2019, we will be offering excursions to Tuscany, Rome & Amalfi Coast, and the Holiday Markets of Germany & Austria. Capriccio Travel® will also be offering a special culinary trip to the Emilia Romagna region in 2019 with noted Chef Danny Petrosino of Osteria Danny of Saratoga, which will feature a program fit for a foodies paradise in the epicenter of the most influential cultural region of Italy.
2020 will feature excursions to Spain & Portugal, Sicily, and Tuscany, and other areas of Europe.
Couples or singles, we travel as a family and enjoy our excursions with great conviviality and camaraderie among the group who often become friends beyond our return. What sets our travel business apart is our attention to detail and relentless individualized communication to craft your dream vacation to your individual needs while still enjoying the benefits and convenience of a group experience with a company that takes the hassle out of planning for you.
Join us for an intimate adventure with Capriccio Travel®. Our 14-year reputation for travel excellence continues to inspire us and our customers. Let us be your group excursion resource for bespoke travel to Italy, Europe, and beyond!
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before” - Dalai Lama
Our 2019 Trips
Rome & Amalfi Coast
May 11 -19, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
Our Classic Tuscany Trip October 6-14, 2019
Holiday Markets of Germany & Austria
December 7-15, 2019
A Chef’s Trip through Emilia Romagna and Tuscany
Tour the Heart of Italy’s Culinary Soul and Slow Food Community with Chef Danny Petrosino of Osteria Danny. A Gastronomic Adventure with an Incredible Chef!