Sophisticated Italy was included in a list of “rigorously vetted villa rental agents in 16 countries” best qualified to match Condé Nast Traveler readers with the appropriate property.

Here is what Condé Nast said about us:

“Former American diplomats who served in Italy, the Rosses have lived there for 27 years now—long enough to become not only friends with local villa owners but also award-winning travel agents specializing in Italy. You might hear from them several times during your stay–they check in to answer questions and make sure you have everything you need. Headed through Milan? They often meet up with clients there, taking them to the opera or for a round of golf.”


The Premio Excellent (the “Excellent” award), Italy’s most prestigious tourist-industry award was presented this year to Carol and David Ross, founders and owners of Sophisticated Italy. This is the second time in eleven years that the award has been presented to Americans and the first time to a Destination Management Company.
The award read as follows: “Loving Italy is not a good enough reason for receiving this award but having helped Americans discover new aspects of Italy, with its significant cultural traditions and doing so with ‘contagious passion’ and inexhaustible curiosity, is a more than a valid motive for the Ross’s receiving the award. Their work deserves our constant gratitude. Carol and David Ross, in the last ten years, have created a company which specializes in high class itineraries with surprising originality.”