Angela & Filomena: two best friends with two different journeys filled with
love, family, and travel.
We are ready to continue this journey and make you
the main character of your own story.
Serendipitously...[we] found ourselves in the right place at the right time to dust off our dream and make LDV a reality.
Our motto was born - “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
My love affair with Italy began on a trip there in 1977 when I was just a little girl. My big brown eyes absorbed everything Italian and I felt strangely “at home”. I didn’t know back then how important a role Italy would play in my life in the years to come. I spent most of my teenage years working as a tour guide in Toronto offering custom tours to Italian tourists. I would always venture off to Italy to visit family and friends the last few weeks of the summer, which I cherished as my little own la dolce vita. In our last year of high school, Angela and I planned to move to Italy after graduation. We eventually landed in Rome and worked in cafes and tutored for private families. On one of my trips back to visit my family, life took an unexpected turn and I met a man who would become my husband. As life would have it, one dream replaced another and I grew roots in Toronto with my growing family. I became certified in Travel and Tourism and worked within the industry. Eventually, I transitioned into the corporate world where I would travel globally, specializing in Human Resources and Finance, becoming an Advisor and Executive Coach. Today, I independently run my own Human Resources consulting company and I continue to design travel for small independent travellers. Serendipitously, in the summer of 2022 Angela and I crossed paths while both on vacation in Italy, and found ourselves in the right place at the right time to dust off our dream and make LDV a reality. Our motto was born - “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” Upon returning home, we joined strengths and together with my corporate background and Angela’s long standing experience in the tourism industry, La Dolce Vita Luxury Escapes was founded.
...Being all over the map is what makes me feel alive. Life is too precious to not live it and pursue your passions...
Hello, world! My name is Angela and I'm a self-described travel junkie. I am also an interior designer and lifestyle coach by trade, a certified sommelier, a fine food expert, and a proud mother of 2 beautiful children who each speak 3 languages. I’m a Canadian by birth, and a world traveller in spirit, and have spent most of my life living abroad. My love for Italy was influenced by my parents, who took any opportunity to travel “home”, as they would say. I grew up feeling deeply connected to Italy and knew, at some point, it would become the place I call home. After high school I moved to Italy with my high school friend Filomena and studied at the University of Rome, where I earned a degree in Modern Languages and Literature. Italy became my home, but as life usually works out, the unexpected became the expected. I met my backpacking husband while working in the tourism industry in Europe and my next chapter began, including a big move to Mexico and a professional career change. Today, as strange as it may seem, I call more than one place home; each place I have visited or lived in is reminiscent of the people who have crossed my path, enriched my life, and helped create the memories I carry in my heart. Being all over the map is what makes me feel alive. Life is too precious to not live it and pursue your passions. As Filomena said so eloquently, life serendipitously brought us to La Dolce Vita Luxury Escapes.