This was our first trip to Italy and it was extraordinary! The travel planner at the travel company planned our trip to perfection. The travel planner and I had email exchanges and an in-depth telephone conversation about all of our options for our limited time in Italy and we could not be happier. I was so pleased that our hotel accommodations were exactly what we expected - 5 star and above.
First and foremost, we had a private driver that chauffeured us from Florence to and throughout the Tuscan countryside, and then to Rome. Georgio was the most accommodating, professional and personable (by personable, I stress - friendly, enjoy a quiet ride or share fun, personal stories if "we all" felt like sharing) driver. We had a limited trip in Italy. 2 days in Rome, 2 days in Florence and 2 days in Tuscany. Every second, of every day, was beyond enjoyable and memorable. To point out specifics, our private tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed the infamous piazzas and fountains in Rome, the incredible history of the Coliseum and Roman Forum, and the freedom of having full afternoons to ourselves to explore, enjoy incredible food and drink in Rome. Florence was truly amazing. Visiting Michelangelo's David, the Duomo and the Mercato Centrale in a single day, is one that we will treasure forever. On our way to the Tuscan countryside, we stopped at the enchanting medieval town of San Gimignano and then went on to Chianti and enjoyed the most intimate lunch and wine tour. To end this majestic day, we arrived at our resort in Monticiano. It far exceeded our expectations.This is, by far, our favorite Hotel. We have traveled to many upscale resorts/hotels and it did not disappoint. Of course, the welcoming and immaculate suite would have pleased us, but the full size, walk-in closet, gorgeous crystal bar and the enchanting views of the Tuscan countryside from the claw foot tub pleased us beyond belief! But the true treasure of this hotel was the staff. I regret not getting the name of each and every staff member we encountered! The staff was so welcoming, accommodating and beyond pleasant.
This was an outstanding trip. The one thing I would adjust was the private tour time. I would do a 2 hour tour rather than 4 or more hrs - but this is truly a personal preference. Our tour guides were professional, educated and personable. We enjoyed and appreciated their expertise!
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