On holiday to Italy solo, but not alone during your holiday.

Experience Italy together with others and “Follow the Red Shoes”.

Ciao, I am Mariët Bloemendal, the creative mastermind and passionate Italy expert of “Volg de Rode Schoentjes”.

On your own on vacation to Italy. Would you rather not be alone during your holiday?
Let’s experience your best holiday ever together!
If it is up to me, I say YES.
I will do everything I can to create a good base, original and attractive and equipped with all comforts, in which you will discover and experience a real Italian holiday together with other people going solo.
In recent years I have gotten to know Bolsena and the surrounding area like no other and I have gained a lot of experience with what my guests want to experience.
Curious about who you are going on holiday with?
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Follow the Red Shoes has won the Benelux Enterprise Award 2020.

Best Specialist Italian Holiday Agent 2020

More information about the Benelux Enterprise Award 2020

Do you recognize this?

I know from experience. It can be quite scary to go on vacation alone.
Especially when it is your very first time.
Perhaps you are unsure whether a solo trip is cut out for you?
Are you afraid that you will not feel comfortable in the group?
Or that you are only going to meet old and unhappy people?
That there is no time for yourself?


Comfort zone

The Next Level

Don’t worry, give yourself the best experience holiday in Italy ever and make new friends for life.

Come along and experience it for yourself. Any doubts you may still have will be thrown overboard.




For your unique holiday experience and unforgettable memories


Small group


Time for you!

Maximum time for yourself during the trip.


Little or nothing to prepare.

And little to arrange!

You are going to travel comfortably.


The best experience holidays

You’ll be on the road with me. I have over 15 years of experience in organizing the best experience holidays in Italy, around Lake Bolsena and Rome

Frank Oldenboom:

“Volg de Rode Schoentjes” takes you to places you may know from brochures. Etruscans, wine, art, hiking.
But it is surprising because it is slightly different from what you expect. Different guide, different wine. Different nature, different meeting than you had expected. Surprisingly fun, cozy! To never forget. 

Nicole Horak

I did a great wine walking holiday with Mariët. It was so nice. Visited special wineries, had special lunches (both at the wineries and the picnic on the way). For me it was a vacation for the books that I will not forget. And the new verb: to wine walk.

Hilda Ruinemans.

I had a wonderful walking holiday. We walked a route from Orvieto to Rome along and through beautiful villages and towns. It was well worth it and would do it again.
Mariet, thank you for your great, funny, and good guidance. You showed me a beautiful part of Italy.


Walked with Mariet for five days through the area of the Etruscans. A long cherished wish. She knows the area like the back of her hand and knows all the special places. Walked through the sunken roads, saw caves with burial chambers still present, fields full of poppies and visited authentic villages. We have enjoyed this week. Exercise and relaxation side by side with our great guide Mariet. Great, thanks Mariet!

Cooking online children

Agriturismo at Bolsena

Vintage Rome 4 pers

Agriturismo Bolsena

Vintage Rome 2 pers

Farm holidays in an agriturismo Bolsena. Italy

Castle overnight stays Italy

Medieval cottage 2 pers Bolsena. Italy

Holiday home Bianca 2 adults and 2 kids Bolsena. Italy

Cottage 2 pers Bosena. Italy

Holiday home 2 to 4 people Bolsena. Italy

Villa 8 people Bolsena Italy

Villa 16 people lago di Bolsena Italy

Art gardens Italy

Art gardens Italy

Italian patisserie course

Italian patisserie course

Vegetarian cooking holiday Italy

Vegetarian cooking holiday Italy

Wine walking holiday Italy.

Wine walking holiday Italy.

Winter hiking vacation Italy.

Walking holiday from Orvieto to Rome

Wine walking Italy

Etruscans cultural holiday in Italy.

Etruscans cultural holiday in Italy.

Walking holiday Etruscans Italy.

Walking holiday Etruscans Italy.

Urban sketching safari Rome

Urban sketching safari Rome

Ceramics holiday Italy

Ceramics holiday Italy

Painting holiday Italy

Painting holiday Italy

Stained glass course Italy

New Year’s Eve in Italy

New Year’s Eve in Italy

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