April 21st, 2014
I began planning our trip in 2013 and after reading through many periodicals, I quickly decided that I needed help. I accessed the net and received three referrals from ZICASSO, one of which I decided to explore in more detail. I spoke with Hilary of this Italy travel company and was pleased as she was prompt in responding to requests with satisfactory answers via E-mail. Quick, knowledgeable responses always give me comfort.
We began our trip on April 5th, 2014 and gained additional comfort as each interaction at our appointed times came off without a hitch. I am pleased with this as I had already begun sharing our trip planning with other people prior to our departure, who will no doubt follow my lead.
All of the guides that Hilary set us up with were personable, professional, and knowledgeable. It seemed as each, Bo, Emily, Elizabeth, and Christina were tailor made for our group. My hat is off to the screening of the guides to come up with best in class.
My only regret is that I did not send my friends off to the airport in Venice and personally stay another month.
We will all meet again in May to share pictures and begin planning our next venture. Once we decide, we will give ZICASSO and Hilary a chance to help us plan another spectacular vacation.
Thank you Hillary.
Best Personal Regards, Jeff
I think we all agreed that the day trip from Rome to Florence with the stop in Pienza to have an afternoon wine and cheese tasting was very relaxing. The proprietor made us all feel like we were old friends there to stay the weekend with her. She was great.
Personally I loved the grand passion of one of our tour guides and his knowledge of art, and in particular the art of Michelangelo.
We also had a memorable time on our second day in Venice when the unexpected happened. We toured the Murano Glass factory and store and after a couple of hours of shopping one of the Murano family gave us the use of a personal guide and livery for the afternoon with complimentary magnums of Champagne for all eight of us.
Walking through the Italian Towns and villages was like walking through the best museums you have ever toured.
I would not do anything differently on a return trip. Unfortunately the return trips will probably take us three different two week segments to accomplish. Oh well, the trouble some of us must endure. Well someone has to, it might as well be us.
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