Italian Great Escapes
Gail's Great Escapes LLC

Finding your personal Great Escape in Italy is simple.  Take a map, close your eyes, drop your finger.  Anywhere you land is a feast for your senses.  Italy’s diversity is legendary and its treasures easy to discover, with a little help along the way.  Escape with us and we'll be your guide.


Italy is delightfully complex.  Every region has layers of history, cultural differences, food specialties, wine to steal your heart, artisans beyond compare, and a glorious landscape to take your breath away.


Escape with us and experience a country with traditional Mediterranean values and a pace of life reminiscent of the past.  We’ll visit small wineries, ancient abbeys and cathedrals, charming hill towns, archeological sites, wild sandy beaches, markets, festivals….tours as diverse as Italy itself. 

Hosting small group tours in Italy for the past twenty years, and living in Tuscany part-time, gives me a unique perspective, and a base of knowledge and experience that only comes with time and discovery.  I would like to share with you the places, the people, and the passion I feel for this country that has changed my life.  I believe its siren song will sing its way into your soul and you, too, will be forever changed.


Great Escapes - 2022

Bellagio/Lake Como & Italian Riviera (including Cinque Terre, Portofino, Santa Margherita, Camogli)

May 16 - 23, 2022

The Amalfi Coast (Positano, Capri, Amalfi, Pompeii)

June 2 - 9, 2022




In May 2022 we will travel again to the charming town of Bellagio on beautiful Lake Como, and to the northern Mediterranean seaside towns of Santa Margherita, Portofino, Camogli, and the Cinque Terre.  This tour will give us a relaxing taste of the beauties of the Italian Riviera, and the mountain-rimmed glory of Lake Como.

June 2022 in Positano will take us to the heart of the beautiful Amalfi Coast.  We’ll spend our week together in a charming hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the cliffside town of Positano.  From here, we'll visit the Isle of Capri, Pompeii, Amalfi, and all the special magic of this area.

Coming soon!  I recently traveled to the islands of Ischia and Procida, as I was very intrigued by the beauty and authenticity of these islands off the coast of Naples.  I say "authenticity" because I feel they haven't been glamorized like some of the other popular Italian tourist destinations.  Nothing at all wrong with comfort and glamour (!), but they retain a certain grit and roughness around the edges that I am drawn to.  They are well-known for their healing water spas, and the simple beauty of nature.




The choice is yours.  A gift to yourself or someone you create memories to last a lifetime.  Unpack your suitcase and relax for a week.  Our escapes are for people who don't want an "everyday-organized" tour.  

Our philosophy is different.  You will not be herded around like sheep, on and off a bus every day.  Your Escape, your activities, will be personalized to your interests.  At times, we will accompany you;  at times we will direct you and give you all the details.  The trip will be yours.

Everywhere you look is inspiration for creativity and relaxation. Rest assured, on a Great Escape you will be in a breathtaking setting, in a gentle, beautiful place of history, with kind people helping you discover and explore.

Escape with us!

Gail Hecko

Italian Great Escapes

In U.S.:  770-992-4429




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