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Patrizia Hickok

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Favorite experiences
  • River cruise on the Nile in Egypt
  • Learning about Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto di parma in Italy
  • Safari in East Africa
  • Climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge
Most recent trips
  • Driving along the coast in Northern California
  • Visiting Italy to shop and see family
  • Ireland
Specialties Certifications
  • Signature Travel Expert Select for Italy

I am a born traveler. I love every aspect of it, from planning it to visiting new places and meeting people from all around the world. Travel opens your eyes to the world, to a different way of living, different cultures, and I believe that, through travel, you become a better world citizen.

Patrizia Hickok

Patrizia's Story

Ciao, amici!

I was born and raised in Italy, and I caught the travel bug in my teenage years when I decided to study foreign languages for an interpreter degree with a focus on art history. During my studies, I had opportunities to travel as an exchange student to foreign countries, and the first time I boarded on a plane, I was hooked. It was during one of my trips visiting an American friend that I met my husband. I ended up living in California and decided to pursue a career in travel so that I could do what I love.

I have been arranging trips for clients for almost 25 years. Italy is my home country and my specialty; I travel to Italy often to visit my mother, and I try to incorporate a different experience every time I go. Lately, I have gone wine tasting to several famous vineyards in Tuscany, and I have also done some food excursions to learn about Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto di parma. All of these experiences were super interesting and tasty!

Aside from Italy, I have arranged trips to all of Europe, including river and ocean cruises. I love to explore and learn about new cultures.

Patrizia's Travel Journals

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