Our trip was really fantastic. Lisa at this Italy travel agency scheduled tours that included places not usually open to the public and very cool. All of the guides were on time and genuinely excited to show us their cities. And, the suggested itineraries for when we were on our own had wonderful places to see and eat. Overall, we were very happy with the way the trip was planned and executed. We are already trying to decide where to go next and now its a little more difficult because, with this agency the possibilities are endless.
First, the vineyard tour in Tuscany. The vineyards were new and really high tech, but absolutely beautiful. The hosts were very welcoming and excited to show us how everything operated. And each vineyard tour ended with a tasting of fine Italian wines. How can that go wrong?
Stopping in Ferrarra, Mantanagna and Estes on the way to Venice. They were such beautiful cities and we were so happy to see them even if only for a short time. But now we know where we want to go next.
Arriving in Venice at night! It seemed like we were in a different world. Pictures just don't do Venice justice, it is a place you have to experience yourself.
Our tour of Padova was very special. We went to the university where Galileo taught and saw the amphitheater where they first studied anatomy. The city also has a beautiful glass tower overlooking a lake that is a homage to the twin towers in NYC. When you look at it, the tower is reflected perfectly in the lake so it looks like there are two. We were very touched by that.
And, finally,(I promise) the tour of the Brunelli textile company was so wonderful. I could've spent the day there looking at their work. And, our tour was scheduled for the day Italy was celebrating the 150th anniversary of unification so the company was actually closed. However, three of their people came in to work that day just give us our tour. How great is that?!!! But that's the Italian way, very hospitable.
I could go on.... and on.... and on, but I think you get the drift. LOL