This past winter I was put in charge of planning a trip to Italy for my husband and myself, my sister, my mother and my mother’s fianc. I had no idea how I was going to accomplish this given everyone’s different tastes, opinions, their prior experiences in Italy, and my inexperience in planning Europe vacations. Feeling overwhelmed, I started searching for a travel agent and through zicasso I was paired with this Italy travel agent. After one conversation with her I knew she could plan us the trip of a lifetime, one that everyone would love. She did not disappoint. On the last day of the trip, my entire family was singing her praises and saying this was the best vacation and the easiest travel experience they had ever had.
We started our trip in Florence, and from there we did a day trip to Venice, San Gimignano, a cooking class in Tuscany and a wine tasting in Chianti. The cooking class was a huge highlight of the trip. My family loved the experience and we met amazing people. We have already recreated some of the amazing recipes at home as well. We then spent a few days in Rome seeing the city and Vatican and ended in Sorrento on the Amalfi coast.
The trip was beautifully planned with the perfect mix of site seeing and relaxing activities, so that we didn’t feel as if it was rushed or chaotic. We were also met by a driver in every city and guided through every step of our journey. They were all welcoming, incredibly knowledgeable and so helpful. It made our entire 12 days completely stress free. One person who deserves special mention is our driver who met us in Florence. He immediately felt like part of the family, and we were sad to leave him when we left for Rome.
Moreover, our agent did a phenomenal job choosing hotels. They were all smaller boutique hotels that were charming and beautiful. Each accommodation had an amazing location. I am sure that I could not have done a better job if I had spent a year online trying to find a place to stay.
Our agent and her staff did an amazing job and in the future, if my husband and I return to Italy or Greece, she will be the first person I call.
I think one the of most memorable parts of the trip was the cooking class we did in Tuscany. It was a really great way to spend the afternoon with my family. It was nice to just hang out and learn to cook an amazing meal, and the people at the cooking class were so welcoming and amazing. It was a ton of fun.
I think the only thing I would do differently is maybe plan to spend more time in Venice. We did a day trip from Florence, but by the time we got there and took the water taxi it was almost noon. It was crowded and everything just took longer than I anticipated. I just think more time to just relax and take it in would have been enjoyable.
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