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Our Story

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.

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...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! I'm Angela, a self-proclaimed travel junkie and I feel as though my life has been a rich tapestry woven with lifelong experiences living in different countries, learning new cultures and calling more than one place home. I grew up feeling deeply connected to Italy and I have my parents to thank for that. They took any opportunity provided to them to travel “home”, as they would say and I don’t even remember never not loving this country. Soon after high school, I set my mind to it and moved to Italy along with my high school friend Filomena. I fell in love with Rome, a city that from the outside seemed crowded, chaotic, loud and overwhelming but only began to understand this city once I became a part of it; and only then did it start to make sense to me why leaving this city would became one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I studied at the University of Rome, where I earned a degree in Modern Languages and Literature and settled into Italian life without skipping a beat. But as life would have it, the unexpected became the expected. I met my backpacking husband while working in the tourism industry in Europe and my next chapter began. I started a new life in one of the biggest and most extraordinary cities in the world – Mexico City. My early years were spent learning the language and studying and during that time I became a professional certified sommelier and fine food expert. I would continue to spent the next two decades leading successful startups in the travel, design, and the food and hospitality industry which has been nothing short of fulfilling. Most of my professional career focused on creating, training and leading teams to become the most knowledgeable and successful players in their industry. Not only did my professional career grow but so did my family. I have 2 beautiful children who have had the gift of living and sharing in the heritage and languages of more than one culture and people. I’m a Canadian by birth, but a citizen of the world in spirit. 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 today. Being all over the map is what makes me feel alive. Life is too precious to not live it and pursue ones passions. As Filomena said so eloquently, life serendipitously brought us to La Dolce Vita Luxury Escapes.


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.” 

Meet Filomena, or simply Fil Greetings, travel enthusiasts! I'm Filomena, affectionately known as Fil, and I'm thrilled to share a bit of my journey with you. While my name might echo the romance of Italy, my story is a blend of corporate expertise, a love affair with travel, and the serendipitous twists that make life truly extraordinary. In the corporate realm, I've established myself as a versatile professional, navigating the intricate landscapes of Human Resources, People Management, Finance, and Operations. However, beyond the boardrooms and meetings, my true forte lies in connecting with people and cultivating enduring relationships. My affinity for Italy blossomed during my formative years when I embarked on a love affair with Italy while attending my aunt's wedding in Milan. Little did I know that Italy would weave itself into the fabric of my life. In my teenage years, I became a tour guide in Toronto, crafting custom tours for Italian tourists, and each summer, I would escape to Italy, savoring my own slice of "la dolce vita." High school dreams of moving to Italy with my friend Angela took a detour when life led me to a chance encounter with my future husband. Dreams shifted, and I put down roots in Toronto, eventually delving into the Travel and Tourism industry. The corporate world beckoned, offering me the chance to traverse the globe and gather a wealth of experiences. In a twist of fate, Angela and I found ourselves crossing paths in Italy during the summer of 2022. It was the perfect moment to resurrect our shared dream, and thus, La Dolce Vita Luxury Escapes was born. Our guiding philosophy: "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." This time around, I bring not just dreams but also the richness of experience, with adult children and a supportive husband by my side. Joining forces with Angela, whose extensive background in the tourism industry complements my corporate journey, and we've created a haven for those seeking luxurious escapes and unforgettable experiences. Come, join us on one of our enchanting journeys, where every adventure is crafted with passion, experience, and a touch of Italian magic. We can't wait to share the sweet life with you!

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