Finding the perfect setting and including the ideal activities is a treat I just love to share.

My name is Gina Ruggiero and I have been in the travel industry since 1994 specializing in vacations to Italy. Unable to always find the “perfect holiday experience” for many of my clients, I set out to create it. With a family background rich in Italian culture, hosting Villa Vita International holidays became a natural transition.

And I LOVE to keep things SIMPLE! Years of being in a large corporation for leisure travel have left me with a strong desire to embrace flexibility and get back to the basics. We at Villa Vita focus on a true passion for sending people to Italy while offering an independent holiday specific to unique interests. We avoid the larger groups but do not leave you to find your way on your own either.

Along with my Italian friends and colleagues Fernando Guerrieri from Il Borgo, Giuseppe Mazzocchi from The Tuscan Cook, Ilario Ghezzi from Il Postalino, and many other local property owners, guides and hosts, we join together to provide you with a very special vacation. Please call us for a unique and memorable experience savoring the wonderful pleasures of Italy.


Villa Vita offers life-enriching, cultural experiences through authentic travel programs for individuals and small groups.


Discover the ultimate all-inclusive Tuscany Vacation experience – including drivers, excursions and dinners at authentic local restaurants. Choose from a variety of programs designed to please first time visitors and returning travelers, too. Add classes to customize your stay including cooking, wine production, photography, watercolor, ceramics, Italian Language and more! An ideal vacation for friends and family gatherings.


Experience the true heart of Tuscany from a stay in your very own medieval Castle!  Perched on one of the highest points between Florence and Siena and chock full of history and lore, a stay at the castello is an unforgettable vacation or retreat for your group of 20 – 40 guests.  We include drivers, excursions, dinners and entertainment that will transport you back in time. Ideal for a unique wedding, corporate meetings, and  friends and family gathering.


Partner with Villa Vita International to offer a special opportunity for female travelers wishing to experience the beauty and culture of Tuscany, Italy. Stay in spacious casas on a hilltop estate with stunning views of vineyards, olive groves and castles. Enjoy daily excursions into charming hill towns to meet local artisans, authors and business owners. Follow in the footsteps of amazing Renaissance Women. Join in classes such as cooking and ceramic painting and discover the art of living la dolce vita [the sweet life]!


We work with the very best. We are proud of our partners, who work with us to deliver the best in bespoke travel.

Castello di Santa Maria Novella
Beautiful Liguria
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