I worked with this agent to plan our first trip to Italy. After the initial contact, we communicated by e-mail and telephone to plan exactly what we wanted. Our trip included stops in Rome, Florence, Tuscany (Sinalunga) and Venice. Every aspect of our trip was well planned - hotels, tour guides, train tickets and drivers and there were absolutely no problems. The hotels were perfect and each of the tour guides was extremely knowledgeable, personable and also had a sense of humor in telling us the historical facts of whatever city we explored. At the conclusion of the tours, we felt as if we had made a new friend. I can't imagine touring these historical cities without the benefit of the wonderful guides arranged by our agent. Our agent's partner drove us through southern Tuscany with stops at a boutique winery and Castellina and our driver drove us through Valdorcia with stops in several small towns and lunch at an organic farm with excellent food and breathtaking views. We had an opportunity to meet our agent in Siena where her company is based. We were happy to meet with her to share our appreciation for her expert planning of each detail of our trip.
Overall, the trip could not have been better planned and executed. I can't think of any way our trip could have been better. I would highly recommend this company to anyone planning a trip to Italy and hope that we are able to use their services again.
In addition to the exploring the history of each of the cities and the trips to Academy of Fine Arts and Uffizi Gallery in Florence, we had an opportunity to experience a cooking class with the chef in her home in Florence. We met at the local market to purchase the ingredients to prepare the meal and then went to her home where we prepared a 4 course meal which we enjoyed for lunch. The best part of the trip was our time in Tuscany. The hotel in the countryside was unbelievable and the staff was very welcoming. It is a 14th century hamlet transformed into a luxury hotel. Would definitely plan a return trip here.
For a first trip to Italy, I would not have done anything differently. We got to see the highlights of each city which was our objective. On our next trip, I would absolutely plan to return to the hotel in Sinalunga and then perhaps visit the Amalfi Coast and Sicily. Hoping that we can work with this agent and her company to plan such a trip in the future.
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