About Niche Italy
Experience the five senses of Italy! Niche Italy will take you to Wine and Food epicurean exploration of the sights, flavors and cultures of the best locations! Indulge in the vacation of a lifetime and meet the locals! Savor the cuisine and meet new exciting people for a culinary journey of a lifetime!
Our popular activities include:
• A fun, interactive cooking class with a talented local chef;
• Aperitivi (drinks) overlooking breathtaking panoramic scenic views;
• Tours of picturesque and historic areas and visits to authentic and boutique producers and private villas immersed in luscious gardens or amazing locations;
• Private boat tour in selected locations with memorable insights from a local historic guide and a visit to a small manufacturers of delicacies distinctive of each location;
Every NicheItaly tour includes amazing food, incredible wine and great company from our friendly and knowledgeable hosts.
Founder, Italian Wine and Travel Specialist
Marco Scapagnini is an expert tour operator, and a food and wine journalist who focuses on authentic Italian regional specialties. He began his career in Italy with the Mondadori Editorial Group, writing 23 guidebooks on travel and the food and wine of Italy. He then became the Italian specialist for DK Guides, published in London under the name Eyewitness Guides, where he discovered and reviewed hidden spots in Italy, including charming inns, secluded restaurants and small and authentic food and wine stores.
Marco worked then for Rizzoli Corriere della Sera Group (RCS) on their editorial column called Chat@Winwriting, featuring 50 destinations in Italy and the rest of Europe. He also authored an online blog for them. A new turn to Marco’s career was its consulting activity with Italian food and wine purveyors, advising on how to sell their products on the world market. He also consults with foreign travel agents about how to create unique, customized tours of Italy, utilizing his personal contacts with restaurant owners, their chefs and the owners of charming hotels. He has spent the last decade between Italy, especially Sicily, and the United States, consulting and also writing for top food and travel magazines such as CDG, the inflight magazine of a major European airline. Marco is an enthusiastic ambassador of authentic Italian food, wine and tourism.
Head of Italian Operations
Denise Sipione works closely with NicheItaly Founder Marco Scapagnini to research, develop and deliver amazing travel experiences for clients. Denise coordinates with the various vendors from hotels and transportation to restaurants, activities and more. She takes care of the little details that make traveling with the NicheItaly team comfortable and fun.
Denise was born and raised in Sicily, and now operates the NicheItaly Sicily office. Her education includes marketing for Italian tourism and an emphasis on foreign language studies such as American English, British English, French and German. She spent several months training in the United States to get a better understanding of American travelers. She was pleased to discover that these travelers want everything that NicheItaly delivers.