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Brian & Maria made our trip to Italy an unforgettable, first class vacation! Thanks to them for making my dream come true and everything I hoped it would be!
CIU Traveler | Maria Gregorio


Concierge in Umbria is owned and operated by the travel consulting, opera singing, husband and wife team of Maria Gabriella Landers and Brian Dore.

Maria Gabriella was born in Frankfurt, Germany and grew up in Springfield, Il. She has a background in art history (Barnard College, Columbia University) and studied opera performance at The Juilliard School. With winnings from a vocal competition, she studied the Italian language in Perugia, Umbria  and has been in love with Italy ever since. In 2009, Maria Gabriella was named an Ambassador of Italian Culture by Perugia’s Università per Stranieri.

Brian studied American History and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Music Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, and Italian at the Università per Stranieri in Perugia. He cooked professionally in New York restaurants for several years before embarking upon a career as an operatic baritone. He has sung opera professionally in the United States and Europe. From 2007-2011, he was a principal baritone at Theater Dortmund in Dortmund, Germany, singing 200 performances of 17 roles. With his love of food, wine and music, it was only natural that he became an ardent Italophile. 

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We had been to Italy several times (largely "doing our own thing," seeing the major cities and attractions); we wanted to "get off the beaten track," and do something a little different and unique on this trip. Maria and Brian could not have been more knowledgeable, flexible, skilled at reading our needs and objectives, and provided great attention to detail.
CIU Travelers | Linda and Joe Cavato


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