"Most travel agents send you away with tourists.  Melissa sends you on holiday with the locals!

Melissa has an exquisite sense for all things deliciously Italian - Pasta, Prada, Prosecco and even the Palio! We wouldn't travel without her! The great thing about Melissa is that she speaks Italian like an Italian, she knows the locals and their secrets and her relationship with the hotels means that you always get the best room in the house! As lawyers we are time poor and looking for a stress free and interesting holiday for us and our family, working with Melissa is like having a travel agent in Italy!

Melissa is your travel agent but she is also your friend - she shares all her Italian secrets, nothing is ever too hard and she even wants to see the photos"

Carolyn Clark, Armadale, Victoria

"A recent trip to Italy was made effortless by the professionalism and expert advice given to us by Melissa at Rushdown Travel. Melissa is passionate about Italy and has the experience of traveling there many times before. All accommodation was of the highest standard which is what we asked for and her recommendations on dining options were all fantastic. I have high expectations when traveling and usually like to do my own research and booking but our time frame was tight and we needed the help of an expert. I highly recommend Rushdown Travel if you are traveling to Italy or anywhere in the world. Another bonus for the ladies who love shopping, Melissa knows all the best places to buy shoes, jewelry, clothes and even furniture."

Tracey Palmer, Melbourne, Australia
Nov 2011

"Dear Melissa,

Many thanks for the thoughtful planning that went into our Italian trip. We all had a ball!

Our travel arrangements went very smoothly in the air and on land, the small hotels chosen were full of character and charm and the recommended restaurants often a delight. (loved Al Velu at Como).

Apart from the wonderful scenery, fabulous galleries and general experience of Italian life, we especially enjoyed the tour guides we had in Rome, Florence, Vicenza and Venice. They were well informed and communicated a real feeling for their cities.

We are all still talking about our adventures.

Thanks again"

Ros Beetham Melbourne Australia

"My sister-in-law and I had always said that we would do something special together for our 50th birthdays. When we decided on a villa with friends in Tuscany Italy, we had no idea where to go for personalised information on the area. We found Melissa from Rushdown Travel on the internet and enquiries began. We found Melissa to be not only informative but it seemed that everywhere we suggested to visit she had either been to or had excellent knowledge of. As Melissa also is fluent in the Italian language reservations or any problems were ironed out quickly and efficiently. To begin, Melissa suggested a number of properties but we decided to book the fabulous Villa Corsano which housed all of our 20 guests beautifully. Dinners were organised in the villa as well as fantastic world class restaurants, day tours, ballooning over Sienna, bike tours the whole trip was organised brilliantly. Very happy customers of Rushdown travel and cannot wait to start to organise my husband's 60th birthday soon!"

Felicity Betts, Melbourne, Victoria

"My husband and I travel frequently and have been dedicated and satisfied clients of Melissa at Rushdown Travel since its establishment in 1990.

We enjoy the personalised, friendly service Melissa gives and her familiarity with our travel needs and habits saves us so much time and effort.

Nothing is too much trouble and any change or query is dealt with quickly and efficiently.

We have at times had to use other agents but have never found any that offer the same level of personal attention and satisfaction as Rushdown Travel"

Helen Brown, Parkville, Victoria

"Rushdown travel organized a trip for the Lombard family (nine of us altogether) for the celebration of our mothers 80th. Melissa provided an itinerary that took us all around Italy, selecting elegant, boutique hotels and resorts. The birthday party was the focus of the trip and Melissa was particularly sensitive to the health and physical requirements of our elderly mother. We had an amazing trip with not a single hiccup! Extremely satisfied with Rushdown's service."

Kath Lombard, Lombard Design


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