We used this Italy travel agent. Our agent was the best!!! Love her...She was not only very professional but very knowledgeable about our requests. She herself is from Italy and was full of generous information. Every question asked was responded too.
We had never been to Italy before. Our family had roots from Italy and some of our relatives had visited there before. It was now our time. It was a life goal to do this trip and we planned it as our 25th wedding anniversary, taking along with us our best friends (couple). We wanted tours that were private and exclusive to the four of us. This is the only way to go. Well worth the money cause the guides and transport people were top notch!!! We wanted an experience that was tailored to our speed and areas that we wanted to concentrate on seeing. We wanted some fun activities too... cooking classes, farm tours, certain wineries etc.. our agent worked extra hard to help this come true along with making suggestions for on the ground local points of interest, from restaurants to shopping to sites to see!! She stayed in contact with every stage of the way. All the tours, transfers, guides, hotels and more were seamlessly arranged.
We stayed 12 nights / 13 days. Rome to Sorrento (Positano/Ravello/Amalfi) to Florence (Radda in Chianti and the Tuscany valley) back to Rome. We use private transportation, fast trains, luxury buses and some foot work. All were an excellent way to get our travels in. Most days planned with tours and events and some days were just to ourselves. It was a great mix.
Highly recommend this travel agency......... Thank you
The most enjoyable parts of our trip started with hitting some side streets in Rome to experience some great food. Trattoria Giovanni in Roma....excellent lunch stop on the street. Of course the Vatican walking tour.
In Sorrento best time was the tour of the Amalfi coast. What a view to take in. Also the island of Capri will keep you breathless. Our private transport for the whole day made the trip. Great areas for real quality pottery. Best experiences were excursion to Pompeii: The culinary tour in the hills to make mozzarella cheese and pizza making at a private farm: Check out a dinner spot called TAVERNA DELL'800 and if you can get a reservation for dinner at an exclusive restaurant DONNA SOPHIA...yep Sophia Loren's!!! Awesome, they have to pick you up and return you via car..just to let you know what a tight fit on the drive???
The concentrated part of our trip was 5 days in the Tuscany Valley (Radda in Chianti). If you stay in Radda you must eat at LA LOGGIA DEL CHIANTI. We loved it so much we ate there twice (and we never ate anywhere twice the whole trip). Of course the towns of Montepulciano, Montalcino, Monteriggioni and of course Siena.... BEAUTIFUL!!!! ... Florence walking tour (Accademia Galery Museum) was much more exciting to us. Also great shopping...especially for leather products. In the valley we toured a couple wineries (FATTORIA DELLA TALOSA) which was a great little winery tour and the best was Castello di Meleto, a true castle in which we had a private cooking class to make pasta of which we ate for lunch...along with wine tasting...awesome!! The meats that are available in the Tuscany Valley are to die for. Lamb, Veal, Wild Boar, all types of Salamis and of course the best DOCG Chianti wines.
The locals were all extremely friendly and helpful. Thank you...
Not a whole lot....maybe planned the trip a couple weeks earlier. We wanted to go in October, cooler weather and less crowded and at the end of the wine harvest. The weather was ok but I think late September would be the best...just a little warmer would be best.
Be prepared for not a whole lot of public restrooms. Always keep a few euro in your pocket to pay for their use.
The bus stations and pickup/drop off areas can be confusing. Make sure you arrive early enough to be at the right stop.
All the hotels have large enough bathrooms, but small showers. Could not figure that one out??
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