Ken and I had a fantastic Italian trip! There is very little that we would change, when returning to Italy. All of our transfers went smoothly and our drivers were on time, friendly and professional.
In Florence, the food walking tour was a highlight! It lastedapproximately 3-hours and included everything from espresso to gelato. The citymarket was awesome. We stopped in several locations within the market to learnabout different local foods and do samplings. The one thing we would change isthe location of the hotel in Florence. Our hotel hadadequate provisions, but not an ideal location.
Tuscany was fabulous! The hotel in Radda in Chianti waswonderful! We would both recommend it to anyone. The hotel was clean and wellkept. The staff was accommodating. They went out of their way to make sure allof our needs were taken care of. Cassa Emma Winery was quaint with winetasting provided just for the two of us by one of the staff. It was small andpersonal. Restaurants in Radda in Chianti were very good. The staywas quite relaxing. We enjoyed the beautiful countryside!
We traveled on to Cortona and stayed at a bed and breakfast(in Creti). The owners, were delightful! The home isbeautiful and so well cared for! One of the owners is certified in olive oil testing andoffered a course in olive oil tasting right in his living room. The other is afantastic cook. We had a wonderful breakfast each morning and she offered toserve dinner (for a fee) if we chose that option. We ate dinner on their patio2 evenings. They lit candles, played music and offered as many courses as wedesired. They were fantastic hosts. She uses all of her garden herbs,fruits and vegetables in her dishes. The location was rather remote, so it wasgreat to have the option of an evening meal at their home! We had a driver oneday, a private tour. Our driver lived inMontepulciano. He was very informative and professional. We went to theAvignonesi Winery for tasting and lunch. The winery and scenery werebeautiful. Lunch was absolutely awesome!
Our trip to Positano was also quite memorable. Our hotel was verynice. The view from our balcony and from the restaurant on top of the hotel wasbeyond comparison! The food was delicious at the hotel restaurant and with theamazing view, there would have been no need to go anywhere else. This hotel hasa sister hotel which has an unbelievable swimming pool. Since theour hotel does not have a pool, we were able to walk to the sister hotel andspent most of one day enjoying the water and sun by the pool. It was a greatday! Again, we had a driver for one day in Positano. Our had lived in Positano most of his life,which made him a great historian. He was able to answer all of our questionsand had terrific ideas for how to spend the day. He drove us to Ravello, withmany stops along the way to enjoy local sights. We ended the day with winetasting at Tenuta San Francesco. This is a family owned winery and we wereserved by the matriarch with fresh tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and homemadebacon. The adult daughter sat at the table with us to tell us all about thefamily and winery. There were some vines more than 500-years-old!
The last stop was Rome. The hotel there is anotherhotel that I would recommend. We were only there 1 1/2 days. We shopped,walked and ate. This was not our first trip to Rome, so we were very happy withthe day here.
Thank you for a fantastic vacation! This was our 40th anniversarytrip and neither of us could have thought of a better way to celebrate. Yourguidance made all of that possible.
Sincerely, Ken and Rita P
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