WOW! Where do we start. It was a fantastic family vacation. From start to finish, we couldn't ask for a better scripted trip. Our travel agent, was responsible for our itinerary for the entire trip; boy were we glad we've used their services. They were pure angels holding our hands the entire trip. Our travel agency would check and remind us of our itineraries on a daily basis. It really felt as if they were right next to us. Thank you to our agency!
We started out in Venice for 3 nights, travel to Florence for 3 more, then to Sorrento via Pompeii 3 there as well, then to Rome for final 3 nights.
Once, we arrived in Venice, our contact met us at the airport to guide us to our hotel. I highly recommend it since it's not an easy place to navigate on your own the first day. After checking in, we met our tour guide for our first guided tour. It was a walking tour of city of canals. Just beautiful! Next morning, we met our guide again but for Burano & Murano. We loved the different pace of these islands. After completing our tour we met our instructor at his glass blowing studio for a hands on experience, just lovely, follow by a Gondolier Class and Food Tour. It was perfect way to finish the day. On the third day, we took a one hour train ride to Verona, birth place of Romeo and Juliet. Our tour guide met us and showed us around town and its history. It was an wonderful place to visit. Upon returning from Verona, we had the evening to ourselves. We started out walking around to explore. Needless to say we got lost but that was for the best. It gave us the opportunity to explore the city and see how the locals lived.
Florence was our second stop. We met our guide for the tour of the city including Santa Croce church. Following day we visited the Accademia Gallery & Uffizzi Museum which is a must when in Florence. On the third day, we had a lovely day trip to Pisa. Little bit of a bus ride but wouldn't have missed it for the world.
Sorrento was next on the agenda. But first, we stopped at Pompeii. Our guide, an archaeologist, met us and gave us the tour of the city once buried in ashes. What a great experience! Our guide was so enthused to share his knowledge that we felt as if we were living in Pompeii at its height. Afterwards, we had lunch at a wine farm on Mt. Vesuvius. Lovely family run vineyard. The whole day was outstanding. For the second and third day, we decided to see the coast by sea and land. Both were different and both were gorgeous. Visited Capri and swam in golf of Naples first by sea then drove to different towns along the coast including Positano, Amalfi, and Revello on the second. It was a nice relaxing break.
Our final destination was Rome. We had an general overview tour of the city on the first day. It was good in a sense it gave us time to get our baring straight. The second day we met our guide for the tour of the Vatican. You can visit the Vatican a dozens of times and still not have enough time to see all it has to offer. In the evening, we had the Colosseum tour. Definitely one of the highlights. The last day we had all to ourselves. We ended up walking around to visit the Spanish steps the Trevi fountain and many more. We wanted to take in as much as possible. Even though the trip was 2 weeks, it was too short. By the end of the trip, our whole family fell in love with this county and we all looked at each other and said can we live here.
Overall, it was an outstanding trip that we can not even begin to describe. Without the help of our agency, I don't think it would've been possible. They made sure that every little details were taking care of. For anyone, who's interested in Italy, please look up this company.
The whole trip was enjoyable and memorable but the few things really stood out.
We loved the city of Venice and the outskirt islands. We wished we had more time to explore but that's the case with all the other cities.
Our girls loved the glass blowing experience and swimming in the golf of Naples on the island of Capri
Our guide at Pompeii was outstanding! He really made us realize how important a good guide can make a difference. Not that all the other guides weren't but this guide stood out above them all. Also, Sorrento and the Almalfi coast, in fact our whole 3 days spent there. It will leave a lasting memory that we will never forget. All the laughter and experience we share as a family, gotta be in top 3.
Lastly, the Colosseum evening tour. What a great experience. Avoiding the crowds and the heat. The view you get in the evening, it's a unique one. It might be the only way to see the Colosseum
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