Testimonial: Visit to Italy - July 2008

I wanted you all to know that we absolutely loved Villa Sant’Andrea; its lovely, comfortable and the garden was wonderful. Our tour of the Vatican was good, although the heat was oppressive and the crowds were unbelievable. Clearly July was a poor choice of times - I had previously been there in October and […]


CioccolaTÃ’ has unreservedly established itself as the main attraction for all chocolate gourmands seeking taste, as well as recipes, advice, and curiosities. In March, Torino is home to CioccolaTò, an event dedicated to chocolate in all its forms. Words, music, design and a real plantation, the Source of Cocoa, an interactive museum illustrating the process […]

The Salone del Gusto

Piedmont foodThe Salone del Gusto in Torino seems to have given us the perfect opportunity for visiting Piedmont and the Langhe, not nearly as well-known to most wine lovers as some of the specific wines made there. This region within a region covers a fairly large and roughly triangular swath of rolling vineyard country around the town of Alba and its leading wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, have earned a place in just about any wine enthusiast’s hall of fame. Dolcetto and Barbera are close behind as other familiar wines of the region, native black grape varieties of Northern Italy once grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria for the production of easy and inexpensive table wines and now planted in many world’s vinyeards.

What we do

Vantage World Travel is a travel wholesaler specializing in international travel, with high service standards. Our business philosophy is simply to provide both personalized and professional services for the traveler who wants more than “canned” tour packages or itineraries that lack imagination or excitement. We specialize in designing travel itineraries that match unique destinations and activities with the personal interests and desires of the traveler.

The company’s emphasis has always been on the unique and specialized needs of the discriminating, experienced traveler and the areas of specialization have been Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. In each country extensive experience and the intimate knowledge of the areas, language and the local culture, including culinary specialties, has allowed Vantage to create the best contacts for the type of tours requested by our clientele.

The Vantage story

renato_vicario.jpg Vantage World Travel is owned and operated by Italian born Renato G. Vicario in Greenville, South Carolina. With over 36 years in the travel and tourism business, Renato Vicario has lived in over seven different countries and traveled to nearly every country in the world, speaks seven languages fluently and knows the destinations he promotes very well. He is called the “walking encyclopedia” by those who know him well: you can trust that you will receive tried and true information when you book your travel with Vantage World Travel.

Our travel excursions are designed to be a step away from the road most traveled. You can expect unique, interesting, and comfortable travel personally designed for your specific needs and desires