This Italy tour operator is "tutto bene!"
We are a fairly well traveled family, but had never been to Italy before. We are a family of 4, with 2 teenagers, and wanted the best trip of our lives before our daughter went to college, and that is exactly what we got. My family would tell you that I have very high standards and expectations when traveling, and I would tell you that this trip was the first where those were all met and exceeded!
Giuliana worked with me to plan our entire trip, and it was exactly as she described. Our accommodations were superb, and our drivers and tour guides were first rate, knowledgeable, polite and entertaining.
We traveled 2 weeks in Florence,Tuscany, Positano and finished in Rome. When we arrived we were greeted by a driver and everything fell into place from there on. We were given a local cell phone, a custom list of recommended restaurants (very important!!) and all of our train tickets.
Every time we arrived at a new destination, Giuliana would call to make sure everything was satisfactory.
The local knowledge was so appreciated. The restaurants were amazing, and we never had a single bad experience.
I have recommended this Italy travel agency to all of my friends and will definitely use them again as we will certainly return to Italy as soon as possible!
We visited the Uffizzi and Academy in Florence (both amazing tours) and drove to Siena and San Gimignano in the Tuscany region for day trips and food. While we dined at many 5 Star restaurants and loved them all, one of our favorite meals, believe it or not, was a small sandwich (panini) shop in Florence. The fresh focaccia bread and salami with eggplant and mozzarella was absolutely out of this world! This type of place was only known by local knowledge and our guide took us right there.
In Positano we toured the Amalfi Coast and had a boat tour to Capri. This whole area was like out of a movie, and personally my favorite part of the trip. Our boat tour included a stop where we anchored and were met by water taxis that took us to a restaurant right on the shore. The atmosphere and food were outstanding!
In Rome we toured the Vatican, the Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon and had a wonderful night tour of several places including the Trevi Fountain. Our accommodations were superb and were right next to the Pantheon so we could walk almost everywhere.
And now we miss all the gelato so much!
If I could take our trip again, the only thing I would do differently would be to try to stay longer.