My husband and I were wonderfully impressed with the vacation package that our Italy travel agency planned for us. It demonstrated that our travel agent, Laura, really listened to what experiences my husband and I wanted to enjoy while traveling in Italy. Everyday was organized with a variety of tours and down times so we could pursue other interests or just relax at our hotel. Laura called and emailed me many times before our vacation to review any changes or suggestions she wanted to include in the trip. Laura worked within our set budget so we never felt pressured to do more than we could afford. Laura went out of her way to send us restaurant recommendations for the cities and towns we would be staying in.The hotels she reserved for us were centrally located and in the heart of tourist activities, The Mecenate Palace Hotel in Rome, the Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio in Florence, the Hotel Villa Adriana in Monterosso and finally, the Hotel Ponte dei Sospiri in Venice provided beautiful, spacious rooms, great balconies, delicious breakfasts and very helpful personnel. Charming, unique, and great location would describe each hotel. We looked forward to the comfortable beds after a day of walking and exploring. Thank you so much Laura. We would totally choose this travel agency to help plan our next Italian vacation.
Every city had a memorable moment--standing in the Roman Forum and Colosseum and learning about life in those times; touring the Vatican and Sistine Chapel and seeing for ourselves the masterpieces of Michelangelo; experiencing the Renaissance period in Florence, standing near Michelangelo's David, crossing the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, looking up into Brunelleschi's dome at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and wondering about the creativity of the artist; visiting Florence's famous Farmers' Market and preparing a meal with a local chef; exploring the Cinque Terre fishing villages and observing their natural beauty and design; to finally, relaxing on the waterways in Venice and visiting the Doge's Palace and nearby islands, Murano and Burano. My husband and I are still in awe that we were able to visit these places and learn about their culture and history. This vacation was definitely one of a lifetime experience.
My husband and I look forward to taking a similar vacation to Italy in the near future but next time we will travel further south and stay a longer period of time. We were just beginning to get the feel of the city when it was time to move on--so definitely next trip we will plan for more time at each destination.Something else we talked about doing differently next time would be to take less clothes and travel lighter. I think a person has to experience having too much stuff to fully understand what everyone tells you about travel lighter. By doing so you have more room to bring your vacation back with you. We love sharing our vacation with others.
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