(48 Reviews)
94% Recommended

Rosemary Mondo

Skaneateles, NY

Italy Expert ~Wellness Specialist ~Custom PKG Guru

Travel Well. Travel Safely. #travelwithViaMondo
Travel Well. Travel Safely. #travelwithViaMondo

I understand the fears and joys of travel. Being a lifelong traveler, I wanted to become a travel advisor to share my passion and expertise with others. I left banking to start as a travel advisor for Liberty Travel 25 years ago. My career in travel has included experience as an agent, guide, sales manager, president of a large active travel company, study abroad executive, and now CEO and owner. I travel multiple times a year to popular trending places that interest my clients, and I make sure trips are designed the way you want and can afford.  

I love to help clients explore Europe and especially Italy. My family comes from a small town in Sicily, and I can trace my family routes for 300 years from this one village. Italy has it all: incredible food, amazing people, wonderful customs, and gorgeous scenery from the sea to the mountains. You can't go wrong. I travel every year to Italy visiting family and discovering another town or region, and I also add another European country. I love sharing my experiences with my clients to help make the most of their trips. 

I love having the opportunity to help clients create unforgettable memories, including a hot air balloon over Tuscany, cycling with a guide in the Tuscan hills, a cooking class making pizza and gelato, a family outing on a yacht in Sicily, an after-hours private visit of the Vatican, and a surprise candlelight dinner for a honeymoon couple in the Dolomites, just to name a few.  

Creating packages and optimizing the flow and design of your trip is essential. I’ll include all the right touches like putting a spa treatment or beach time at the end of your trip and will help maintain a balance of scheduled activities and down time keep you refreshed and full of fond memories. For instance, I always put a stop for lunch in Naples and a 2 hour visit in Pompeii between Rome and Amalfi. I like to use travel days between one town or area from another to explore and for experiences. The transitions should be smooth and effortless. 

As your dedicated advisor, I take care of you from beginning to end, with 24/7 service. I personally take care of cancellations, delays, and emergencies at all hours of the day. Over 25 years, I've seen and handled a lot of issues. I know how to diffuse situations and resolve the situation whatever it may be. Ahead of your trip, I provide you with smart packing ideas, and how to travel with less. I have unique insight to share with my clients having traveled with elderly parents, family, little kids, and on my own. My fearless approach provides comfort to those who are insecure and unaware. For instance, one time a driver didn't show up to pick up my guests at the train station. I told them to take a taxi and to take a photo of the taxi bill so I could reimburse them. When they arrived at the hotel in Sorrento, I had paid for a bottle of wine and snacks to be placed in their room. I love including these special touches to make your trip exceed your expectations.  

When I’m not travelling, I love to practice and teach yoga, read novels, spend time with family and friends, and volunteer at the Francis House, a place that offers comfort care.  

Are you ready to start planning your next travel adventure? Look no further.

Contact me today to get started! 

Read about Rosemary’s story here: Healthy Travels: By Riley Bunch –  featured in Syracuse Women’s Magazine December issue. http://www.syracusewomanmag.com/2017/12/01/rosemary-mondo/

 

Mark Twain’s view on travel struck a chord with me. I truly believe travel makes us better citizens and better human beings. Travel is my life mission for a better world.

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime." by Mark Twain 

Why the turtle logo?

The turtle symbolizes longevity, prosperity, and good fortune. The turtle churns up words like sure and steady, wisdom, guide, mentor, persistence, and the continuation of life. On every trip with Via Mondo Travel, you will have guidance, a mentor to show you and execute a beautiful vacation.   

Travel well. Travel safely. Travel often. #TravelwithViaMondo 

My Reviews

23 of 37 people found this review helpful
Great time, beautiful island, beautiful resort!
Great working with Rosemary! Made the whole process super easy!
By  sara  from  East Syracuse NY
Traveled to  Bahamas ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Rosemary Mondo responded:
It's super easy to work with great clients! I'm so grateful! Look forward to helping with your next travel destination. Happy Holidays!

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24 of 39 people found this review helpful
Great trip through Scotland and Ireland
Rosemary listened to my needs and wants. I have a disability and needed accommodations with elevators and handicapped bathrooms.

Rosemary put together a great itinerary that took my son and through Glasgow and Edinburg Scotland and all over Ireland!

It was a wonderful trip and I plan on going to Rosemary for my new vacation. I highly recommend her.

Also, she was really great about getting back to me promptly. Communication can often be difficult, but it wasn't with Rosemary.

She took great care of us!
By  joan  from  Philadelphia
Traveled to  Scotland and Ireland
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Rosemary Mondo responded:
Knowing you had a great time with your son in Scotland and Ireland means the world to me. Thank you, Joan! I can't wait to wrap my arms around your next adventure! Happy trails!

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16 of 25 people found this review helpful
Perfect Honeymoon!
Rosemary was wonderful to work with! She is very friendly and knowledgeable about traveling! After talking to her about what we were looking for on our honeymoon, Rosemary was able to give us options and she helped us find an incredible spot to visit!
By  Missy and Sam   from  Auburn, New York
Traveled to  St. Lucia ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Rosemary Mondo responded:
I am so glad everything worked out so beautifully for you two! It was a pleasure working on the honeymoon with you. I look forward to assisting you with other travels. Welcome back home as Mr. & Mrs. P.

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26 of 46 people found this review helpful
Family Trip to Italy
Rosemary listened to us attentively and created a personalized, individualized trip for us with activities based on our interests and preferences. We would not have been able to find the combination of activities that suit us so well without her help and knowledge. All the activities she chose for us were enjoyable and of high quality.
By  Kathleen  from  Nanuet, NY
Traveled to  Florence ~ Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Rosemary Mondo responded:
Thank you Kathy. At times I don't get it right, but I've been working on my craft for 17 years. Over the years, I've learned to listen, which helps me create unforgettable packages. I take great pride and joy in my work. I look forward to planning your next vacation! Travel wisely!

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16 of 27 people found this review helpful
Father - daughter Italy trip
Excellent planning and support during the trip
By  ,  from  Canastota NY
Traveled to  Siena ~ Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Rosemary Mondo responded:
Benvenuto! Thank you, Dr. Picciano. I look forward to working with you in the future. It was a pleasure planning your father, daughter trip. Ciao for now! Rosemary

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Destination Expert:

  • Italy
  • Europe
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • USA
  • Caribbean

Travel Specialist:

  • Spa & Fitness
  • European Culture
  • Adventure
  • Luxury
  • Family Vacations

Top Travel Partners:

  • Auto Europe
  • Rail Europe
  • Ponant
  • AmaWaterways
  • Viking

Certifications/Awards:

  • Wellness Certified Program
  • Yoga Certification
  • MA Italian Studies
  • Aussie Specialist
  • Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist

Languages I Speak:

  • English
  • Italian

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