This was truly a dream trip. Our travel agency gave us exactly what we wanted and asked for. We had excellent accomodations, fantastic one on one tour guides, great drivers, transportation and ample free time. We would recommend this company to anyone interested in an Italian vacation. SUPERB ! 5 Stars to our agent !
Everyone we were involved with in our tour experience was charming and knowledgeable. Their passion for their country and its history was obvious. They were all class A+ quality representatives.
We visited Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. All were wonderful for different reasons.
On arrival at Venice airport, we were transported to Venice without a glitch to our hotel via car and water taxi. Our hotel was quaint and charming. Venice was intriguing from the standpoint there were no vehicles. You went everywhere by boat or walking. you can't go there without taking a Gondola ride and discovering the history of the Venetian Political Arena with our guide. Our guide was excellent, we were exposed to the influence of Eastern Asia culture relating to trade and architecture.
Next stop, Florence. We again had excellent transportation. A ride to the train station by water taxi and a rapid train trip to Florence, a fashion mecca. We were picked up at the train station and whisked to our downtown hotel next door to Burberry, Gucci, Prada and more. Everything you could have imagined was within walking distance and my did we walk ! This was a good thing because we also....ATE.
While in Florence we took a Walks of Italy food and wine tour. Our guide knew more about wines than anyone in our circle, WOW, he was fantastic ! This tour included food and also a visit to a real Italian outdoor market place and an indoor market where we sampled cheeses, meats, olives and had delicious tastings of Italian wines and pastas. "YUM", is all that can be said.
Florence is also a plethora of history. We visited Michelangelo-David Academia. We were guided through this magnificent tribute the Michelangelo by our informed guide. The great work "David" stands in this museum. We also toured Florence with our guide seeing it historically and not just for its high end shopping.
We were transported to Tuscany by a private limo. Tuscany was simply gorgeous. It looks just like the paintings you see in the advertisements. This was a slow down from the big cities. while here we walked the grounds and grape fields. Our stay was in an old farm house located at a winery. While here we took a wine tasting tour with lunch through the Chianti Wine region.
We tasted wine and sampled breads with various spreads, bruschetta and cheeses at Casa Emma. Then we proceeded to Castello Monterinaldi. Here we toured the winery, watched the grape crushing process and visited the actual wine cellar. Lunch followed with all home-made, home grown foods. Absolutely Fantastic !
Our driver transported us back to the train station in Florence where we boarded a rapid train to Naples, we were met by our limo service who drove us to Sorrento to our hotel located on hill high above the city over looking the Bay of Naples and the entire city of Sorrento.
We visited Pompeii with a private guide, an archaeologist. The ingenuity of the Romans was quite spectacular.
Finally the owner of the limo company, drove the Amalfi Coast with us for an entire day. We stopped in numerous villages, saw elegant villas and really soaked up the local culture.
The only thing we would do differently is maybe one less day in Tuscany and definitely we would do Rome. This was the trip of a life time with excellent guides, quality accommodations and sumptuous food. WOULD DO THIS AGAIN WITH THIS COMPANY !!! THANK YOU TO OUR AGENT !!!
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