(169 Reviews)
99% Recommended

Ann Castagna Morin

Southampton, MA
An Independent Agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency.
Luxury River Cruise & European travel specialist

I have had a sense of wanderlust since I was a child, always yearning to go off and explore the world.

I will take my own personal passion for travel and use it to craft an extraordinary luxury experience for you.

Europe is my specia...
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Italy and Sicily Travel Specialist

The Val d'Orcia Jewel of Tuscany Italy
The Val d'Orcia Jewel of Tuscany Italy

There are many travel advisers who have the geographic knowledge and ability to sell Italy, then there are others who have a true passion for the country.


I fall into the second group. 


For several decades now I have spent two to three weeks a year visiting different regions of Italy, finding the best restaurants, and hidden gems. The moment my plane touches down all stress goes away and an instant smile pops on my face, I feel like I am “home”.


My father’s family is from a small mountain top hamlet in Sicily. I will never forget the first time I was able to locate the streets that each of my grandparents were born on.  Like most people who have had the privilege to return to ancestral towns I felt a sense of “completeness” and gratitude for their sacrifice. I also felt a need to make sure to return as often as possible and to work on my dual citizenship.


Italy is not a very large country but it is dramatically different from the north to the south, even going to pay for your lunch in Milan is accomplished via a different procedure than in Positano.  A traveler is best served by an adviser that is tuned into these nuances and can inform them in advance so as to avoid embarrassing mistakes.


Many people feel that they can cross Italy off their “list” after they have visited the “big three” Rome, Florence and Venice. Those three cities are a great start but there is so much more to Italy than just that! There are the alps with the lake district to the north and Amalfi coast to the south and don’t forget the incredible Cinque Terre! 


I pride myself on being able to ask the right questions to match clients up with a cruise or tour that will highlight their interests, show them the “standard fare”, plus give them some bonus items that their friends may not have seen when in Italy. I am also able to build itineraries completely from scratch, if you would like I will teach you a few phrases in Italian as well.


Nothing gives me more pleasure than sharing my love of Italy with clients, especially if they wish to visit beautiful Sicily. For an island the size of the state of Vermont it packs a big punch!


Some of the best preserved ruins on the planet stand tall in Sicily, there are amazing wines that can’t be duplicated anywhere else in the world due to the micro climates and volcanic soil. You can visit two very different sides of lady Etna and for a certain fireworks show head over to the Aeolian Island of Stromboli on a night cruise.


Unspoiled beaches, a blue grotto, churches with golden mosaics, salt flats that are still harvested by hand and medieval towns all can be found here. Arab, Roman, Spanish, Greek and Norman influences affect everything from cuisine to architecture.


Europe is my passion, Italy my love, and Sicily where my heart belongs!


I would be delighted to share my insider tips to create your dream vacation!

My Travel Albums

Sicily, Italy
Sicily has amazing ruins!
Italy-, Umbria, Tuscany, Venice and more!
The Golden Val d'Orcia Italy
Italy- Rome
Trevi fountain Rome Italy
Southern Italy- Amalfi Coast and Islands
Maronti Beach Ischia Italy

My Travel Stories

The Sicilian 10 day tour from Globus

Sicily is my favorite place on earth!     

     For an island the size of the state of Vermont, Sicily is extremely diverse with varied micro climates, architecture, customs, and cuisine depending on where you are located.     

Due to its desirable location, surrounded...Read more.

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My Reviews

14 of 15 people found this review helpful
The perfect honeymoon!
Ann was invaluable in helping my husband and I plan our honeymoon. We were all over the place from wanting to go on a Safari to or maybe Tahiti to trying a river cruise. She talked to us about things we had not even thought of such as that the time of year we would be traveling would be rainy season in Tahiti and made suggestions about the flight to South Africa that we might want to break it up as the longest we had flown was four hours before. In the end we decided on the river cruise and couldn’t be happier with our choice. She planned so many special details and seemed so vested in our happiness. I can’t recommend Ann enough!
By  Shelly V  from  Boston MA
Traveled to  Danube ~ On the River ~ At Sea
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
It was a joy helping you plan your honeymoon, I loved the photos you sent me!

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12 of 12 people found this review helpful
River cruise
Our Danube cruise was cancelled this April due to the Covid 19 virus but Ann got us Ann our money back. As soon as there is a vaccine we will book again. She has been a good agent in the past.
By  Stella X  from  Northampton,MA
Traveled to  Danube ~ On the River ~ At Sea
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
I know you were disappointed with the trip being cancelled but once the vaccine comes out we will get you right back on track!

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12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Shares many helpful tips
Booking a dream vacation can be challenging, Ann was a true blessing .
She shared many helpful tips and they came in handy all was smooth she made sure we had all paper work all I's dotted and t'S CROSSED
I hope to have many more trips planned though (ann morin ) Thank You Ann For all you did GodBless
By  AwildaC  from  Westfield, MA
Traveled to  Spain ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
It was great working with you, I am so glad your family had a wonderful time!

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12 of 12 people found this review helpful
So professional
Ann was so professional and personable in helping us plan my dream vacation to Switzerland and Germany. She gave me lots of travel hints and ideas for combining 2 separate Globus tours, which were both amazing. Any questions and concerns I had were addressed with ease, and she went above and beyond what she needed to do. I felt I was talking to a good friend whenever I called, and I strongly recommend her services.
By  D&J  from  Salt Lake City, UT
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Thank you for your kind words!

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12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Great river cruise!
Ann did a great job of booking our Germany Rhine cruise. Everything was perfect and very well organized. I would use Ann again in a heartbeat!
By  Shauna  from  Vancouver Ca
Traveled to  Danube ~ On the River ~ At Sea
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Thank you for your review!

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Destination Expert:

  • Italy
  • Europe
  • Tuscany
  • Sicily
  • Positano

Travel Specialist:

  • Escorted Tours
  • Luxury Cruises
  • Independent Travel
  • Luxury
  • Small Ship Cruises

Top Travel Partners:

  • Globus
  • Viking Ocean Cruises
  • Monograms
  • Insight Vacations
  • Seabourn Cruise Line

Certifications/Awards:

  • CTC
  • Certified Travel Counselor
  • Certified Luxury Travel Specialist
  • Certified River Cruise Specialist
  • Certified Italy Specialist

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