I thought that overall we had a great experience. I think there were a few missteps, but my girlfriend and I were happy with the accommodations and the planned events.
We enjoyed the food and wine everywhere, but the best part of our trip was our stay in Florence. That was the best combination of a great city, great food, and great sights to see. It helped that our tour guide during the tour of the city was easily the most knowledgeable of the 3 tours we took. He was also engaging and had a great sense of humor. The wine tour of the Chianti area was also very memorable. Lastly it was great to end up in Bologna during a small music festival.
I would pick a different hotel in Rome first of all. The hotel was staff was rude and unhelpful, especially compared to the great hotels we stayed at in Florence and Bologna. Also, the cooking class was a good idea, but we ended up cooking a fairly light meal (souffle and biscotti). There was another cooking class going on at the exact same time that made a much larger and better looking meal. Lastly, there was a wine festival the day AFTER we visited the Chianti area. It would have been fantastic to be there literally the next day to be there doing the wine festival. When we visited the small towns, everyone was preparing for the festival and it resulted in the towns being less accommodating to visitors than usual.
TRAVEL COMPANY COMMENTS:
We are glad you had a great time in Italy. We were happy to hear that you enjoyed your time in Florence and your experience in the Chianti region and in Bologna.
We are sorry that you experience in Rome at the hotel was not ideal. We take a great passion in our service and our expectation is that you are able to feel that while in Italy and we are sorry this is not the case.
Thank you for taking the time to write this review and we look forward to helping you with your next visit to Italy.
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