I cannot say enough great things about this Italy travel company! I would highly recommend them to my family, friends, and anyone who is thinking of taking a trip to Italy! My husband and I just got back from a ten day vacation in Italy and thanks to this travel agency it was the best vacation we have ever taken. We were only there 10 days and so we knew there was a lot we wanted to see and do and we could never have planned it out as well as they did! This agency did such a great job of listening to our personal preferences and all of the lodging and activities they arranged matched our interests as well as our budget perfectly!
As tourists travelling to a country we have never been to it can be very stressful to navigate transportation and guess on which tours will be worth the money vs. just another tourist trap. Since the founder of this travel agency grew up in California but has lived in Italy for many years she has a perspective of what it is like to travel from the States but also knows the in's and out's and best spots in Italy since that is where she now lives. Our agent planned our trip from the beginning, and when we arrived in Rome our first night she met us at our hotel and treated us to Sprits (a delicious Italian pre-dinner drink) to personally welcome us and go over the itinerary that she had prepared and sent us weeks before. The itinerary was very detailed and contained all of our pre-purchased train tickets, proof of purchase for our tours and excursions, as well as helpful lists for packing and extra suggestions for activities and restaurants to explore on our own. We saw and experienced the rich history of Rome and stayed in a modern hotel in the heart of the city. We relaxed in a cozy B&B in Monterosso where we took in the amazing ocean and mountain views from our bedroom window. There we had a guided hike of the 5 cities, led by our travel agency's founder!. We feel like we already knew her through the email correspondences we had leading up to the trip, but it was a special experience to spend the day with her learning about the place she calls home (and she treated us to the best food from all of her local spots). We then wrapped up the last two nights of our trip in Florence where we stayed in a beautiful, eclectic hotel that was a block away from Museum Accademia. We also went on a private bike ride/wine tour through Tuscany's Chianti wine country. And to end the trip in style, our agency arranged for us to be taken from Florence back to Rome by a private chauffeur, and scheduled a stop at a private farm in north Tuscany where we had lunch and a cheese tasting with the tour of the property and first hand look at how the cheeses that they sell to 5-star New York restaurants are aged. There was zero stress on our end, and I can definitely say when we go back we will definitely be using the help of these agents at this Italy travel company again!!
Your overall comments on ZicassoZicasso was great, I liked that you didn't overwhelm us with too many companies to choose from but provided enough to determine which would be the best fit for us. Keep doing what your doing!
Too hard to choose, it was all amazing! The hike of Cinque Terra with the company's founder was definitely a major highlight as well as seeing and walking through ancient Rome.
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