Rita Madrigali

I was hooked on travel from my very first trip to Europe at age 8!

Annual family trips to West Cork, Ireland with my Irish-born Mother and weekends in Chicago cooking with my Tuscan-born grandmother further developed my culinary interests and set the course for a career combining a passion for travel, history food and wine. 

Fast forward several decades and over 40 trips to Europe later, and it's clear why I excel at creating custom-designed trips for every client. 

I travel to Italy and Europe 2 to 3 times each year to keep my knowledge current and my attention to detail ensures that each client's trip is planned as carefully as that of my own. 

As a native Chicagoan, I am also no stranger to our endless winters, the perfect antidote to which is a few days in the sun. 

In between visits to Europe, I keep myself educated on the latest in-the-know beach destinations and newly-opened hotels, and have visited many of the best Virtuoso resorts in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean.

I look forward to helping you design your perfect trip. Where will you go next?
  • Welcome dinner on the Uniworld Danube River Cruise
  • Santorini
  • Tiramisu, Hotel Antica Torre, Florence
  • Rita @ Half Moon Bay CA
  • Rita & Cousin Marco,  San Gimignano
  • Paris in Black and White
  • In Positano, Italy
  • Bantry Bay, West Cork Ireland
  • Afternoon Tea in the Cotswolds
  • Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi
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City       Chicago, IL
Phone   +1 312-919-7366             
Email     rita@travelxperts.com

Caribbean, Italy, Mexico, UK & Ireland, Western Europe

Cruise - River, Cruise - Small ship, Food & Wine, Independent, Sun & Sand

Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany
I discovered a wonderful place in the hills just north of Florence. Have you ever heard of an Olive Oil Resort? Contact me to find out more about this fabulous hotel and hidden corner of Tuscany.

Berlin, Germany
With new Air Berlin nonstop service from Chicago to Berlin, I decided to spend a week exploring this energetic city simply bursting with museums, cafes and art. Easy and efficient transportation network makes getting around a breeze.

Portugal & Spain by Small Group Tour
I traveled around Portugal and Spain with a fantastic small group tour company. Excellent 4*-5* hotels, guides and local restaurants used. Fantastic days spent in Lisbon, Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Madrid. Interested in finding out more about this incredible experience?

Buenos Aires-an intoxicating blend of Old-Europe, Malbec and passionate Tango! I enjoyed an incredible few days here and tasted the world famous Argentine beef! Then a visit to Iguazu Falls, simply amazing Natural Wonder.

Oceania Mediterranean Cruise
I sailed on the Insignia from Athens to Rome with stops in Kusadasi, Zakynthos, Taormina, Monaco and Livorno. What a painless, unpack-once way to sample a little taste of Europe. Excellent service and quality of food. With just 600 passengers, perfect for anyone seeking a more intimate shipboard experience.

Grand Hotel Miramare, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy:
Never heard of Santa Margherita Ligure? It's a fabulous base for anyone interested in visiting nearby Cinque Terre. The GH Miramare is the perfect elegant Virtuoso resort set amongst lush gardens and with beautiful sea view rooms.
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