(212 Reviews)
99% Recommended

Ann Castagna Morin

Southampton, MA
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.     

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My Reviews

24 of 27 people found this review helpful
Tracing family roots in Italy
Ann custom built a two week trip for my son and I tracing our family roots in Italy. It was a great experience filled with history, great food, and even some days at the beach. It was really nice working with someone who understood what it meant to me to show my son where he came from. It is a trip I will never forget!
By  Gino  from  Walpole,MA
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Nothing makes me happier than helping people connect with their past in Italy. I am glad that it went so well!

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24 of 28 people found this review helpful
Patient and doesn’t nickel and dime you
We originally booked a two week Italy tour with Ann for April 2020 to celebrate our 30th anniversary. The Covid virus came along so we cancelled that and booked a river cruise for July instead. Guess what? Covid still here and cancelled again. Ann patiently booked us a third time for April of 21 back to the Italy plan. Not once did she change us a change fee or complain about the extra work. Our friends agent charged them a $75 “service fee” each time to change theirs. We will always use Ann as she doesn’t nickel and dime you.
By  Paula  from  Omaha,NE
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
This has been a very frustrating and disappointing travel season for many people. I am confident that the third time will be the winner for your much awaited celebration.

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25 of 31 people found this review helpful
Top notch adviser/agent!
Ann has handled booking for my family for years. Always professional and going the extra mile, especially when the unexpected has occurred (lost luggage, etc). She has always gone over and above to ensure that our travel has gone well.
By  Chris  from  NY, NY
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Thank you for the kind words it means a lot!

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21 of 24 people found this review helpful
First trip to Italy
I had never been out of the country but really wanted to visit Italy as my great grandparents were from there. I had no clue where to even begin planning. I saw one of Ann’s photos of Tuscany online and after reading more about the artist I knew she would be a great fit. She spent a lot of time going over what was important to me and cutting out “fluff” which allowed more time in the places I wanted to see. She was very vested in my happiness as if this trip she was planning was for herself or her family.
By  Jk84  from  Newport News,VA
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Italy is my favorite place in the world, nothing gives me more joy than helping others visit the country of my heritage.

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22 of 26 people found this review helpful
Best travel agent ever!
Ann has gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 crisis in keeping us informed about our cruise, which just canceled. She is the BEST travel agent we have ever worked with and are really upset that she is really taking a huge economic hit. When it is safe to travel we will definitely be using Ann again.
By  Mike  from  Acworth, GA
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Thank you for your kind words, you are such a thoughtful client, I appreciate your sentiment!

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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

Certifications/Awards:

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

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