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Totstotravel retail therapy for mums

11 May 2009 – Mums in need of a bit of retail therapy on their holidays will love the new Designer Shoe & Handbag Tours now on offer from family friendly travel company Tots to Travel in the Marche region of Italy. The area is home to some of the top shoe and handbag manufacturers like Prada and Tod’s, with many outlet stores offering designer items for a fraction of the regular price.

“We’ve teamed up with Inside Rural Italy to create fabulous shopping day trips that are perfect for mums,” explains Wendy Shand, founder of Tots to Travel. “The tours can be run from all of our family friendly properties in the Marche region, many of which cater for two or three families, so mums can head off for a bit of retail therapy while dads relax with the kids at home. Alternatively, you could go as a family or book a babysitter and head off as a couple!”

Tour options include:

Tour A: Me Time

This 4/5 hour long tour covers Prada, Walk Safari (children’s shoes), Andrea Moretti, Tod’s & Hogan’s and includes time for a cappucino and pastry at Tod’s bar. Cost is €80 per group (up to 8 in a group, under 12s aren’t counted).

Tour B: Shopaholic

This 8/9 hour long tour covers Prada, Walk Safari (children’s shoes) and Andrea Moretti in the morning. Refuel with lunch at either Tod’s bar or at the Osteria at Marina Parmense before heading off for an afternoon at Tod’s & Hogan’s for shoes and bags, Robert Botticelli for shoes and accessories, and Alberto Guardiani - shoes for men, women & children. Price is €130 per group (up to 8 in a group, under 12s aren’t counted, lunch NOT included).

Tour C: Something different

This four hour long tour covers La Bottega del’artigiano in which you’ll visit the artisan at Force who hand makes leather shoes & boots, as well as Il Maglifico di Santa Lucia offering cashmere for men & women. Price is €60 per group (up to 8 in a group, under 12s aren’t counted).

Tailor-made trips can also be arranged, for example, going to see Massimo Rebechhi’s innovative clothing or Candria Tommaso’s woven bags and belts, hiring an air conditioned 8 seater Mercedes with a driver or creating your own shopping wish list. Children under twelve go free.

Tots to Travel has over twenty properties in the region from which these tours can be run including:

Casa Alberi – beautiful five bedroom house (sleeps 10 plus cots) is nestled peacefully in the Tenna Valley, with a pool and offers on site cookery classes.

Casa Alexa – Stunningly restored former farmhouse with six bedrooms, sleeping 12, has a pool and offers babysitting

Casa Alice – Great family home with swimming pool, trampoline and swing set, accommodating up to twelve people plus cots

Casa Madeleine – Modern, spacious property sleeping nine with enclosed swimming pool and babysitting

Casa Massignano - Charming stone farmhouse with pool, immaculately restored sleeps 7, while a separate self-contained little house sleeps 2.

Da Mossa - beautiful listed 19th century Italian country house split into four luxurious one or two bedroomed apartments, with a stunning swimming pool, Italian cookery course on offer.

Like all Tots to Travel properties, these have been fully vetted with an eye on safety and provide all the equipment parents need for babies and young children, from cots and highchairs, to sterilisers, blenders, toys, potties and more. Babysitting is available at most properties and some also offer home cooked meals.

For more information or to view any of the properties, visit or call (0)870 458 5528.


Tots to Travel

Tots to Travel ( is the parent company of Tots to France, Tots to Italy and Tots to the UK. The company specialises in providing accommodation to meet the very specific needs of families with babies and young children. All properties are fully equipped with a range of child-related equipment and safety features. The company also provides English-speaking babysitters and home cooked meals. All properties are personally visited and vetted to Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) standards.

The company was set up by Wendy Shand, mum of two, in April 2006 as a holiday lettings agency with a range of family friendly properties throughout France. The concept proved enormously successful, with the company now offering over 80 French properties. Building on this success, the award-winning formula was replicated in Italy with the launch of Tots to Italy in January 2008, now featuring more than 20 vetted properties. Tots to the UK launched in February 2009, with roll outs for other countries like the Spain, Portugal and Turkey planned.

Wendy Shand won the Mother@work Best Mumpreneur Award 2007, the Enterprisenation Home Business of the Year Award 2007 and the BT Essence of the Entrepreneur Award 2007. The company was also a regional finalist in the HSBC Start Up Stars awards 2008, a finalist in the StartUps Awards 2008 and a runner up in the Everywomen Awards 2008.

For information on Tots to Travel please contact: Melissa Talago, Peekaboo Communications, 01635 248496 or

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