The overall experience in planning a trip with this Italy travel agency was exceptional. From the start our dedicated travel agent set a precedence to ensure we would have a trip of a lifetime. We requested for her to plan an itinerary from Rome to Siena to Florence and Venice. The level of detail that she planned our trip was amazing! She went above and beyond to find the best (and cost effective) manner to travel between areas, to knowing when to coordinate private vs. group tours to even specifying what restaurants to go to. Our agent even provided us with a more detailed itinerary with contact information and addresses for everything we had planned. This was extremely helpful when asking for directions or taking a cab somewhere. Our agent really met all our needs and more. I have already recommended her to all my friends and family. If you want a memorable vacation to Italy with no worries, then our agent is the right person for you.
My husband and I have talked about this and its really hard to narrow it down.
In Rome, our agent scheduled a private walking tour (about a 2 mile walk) and two group tours (Vatican City & Ancient Rome i.e. Colosseum, Roman Forum & Circus Maximus). Being enriched into that much culture and history was so enlightening. Our guides were extremely knowledgable and passionate.
In Siena, although our hotel was there our agent scheduled for a private driver to take us throughout Tuscany (i.e Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, Monte Oliveto, Bagno Vignoni) for wine tastings, sightseeing and a cheese tour. The views were breathtaking from the clay & wheat fields, to the cypress tree roads to the churches enriched with frescoes and sculptures. The cheese tour was a major highlight. Best pecorino cheese and ricotta we've ever had. It was great to spend the day in the country but come back to Siena for the evenings. Again, our agent's genius planning.
In Florence, we started out with a private walking tour. This was great because it was a way to not only learn about the history but also to become familiar with our surroundings. We then took a group tour to San Gimignano, Chianti, Monteriggioni and Siena. Although it was a big group, the company was very organized and allowed for a lot of time in each place on your own. It was even more wonderful that we got to go back to Siena and visit the Duomo there. This church is just as amazing as the Basilica of St.Peter (highly recommend). The second group tour was to Cinque Terre. This was an incredible surprise our agent planned for us (as we had never heard of this place). It was the on the sea side in which we took trains and boats to visit various villages with cliffs and beaches.
In Venice, we also had a private walking tour which was great. This is where we did most of our shopping. There is so much to choose from and the quality of service and products are top notch.
As amazing as all these places are, the restaurants our agent recommended were the most memorable and what we miss the most.
I think the only thing we would do differently is to plan one day with no tours in between visiting the different regions. We visited places with our guides that we would have loved more time to go back to. Having said that, for our first time in Italy we wouldn't have wanted it any other way. We got to get a taste of everything and now have ideas on what we would do on our next trip back.
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