The travel company we were referred to was exceptional! During the initial conversation I told the travel agent my wife and I wanted to go to Italy for our honeymoon. I told him the cities we wanted to visit and the activities we were interested in doing. After a few days later he sent me a full itinerary including hotels, transfers and the activities he thought best fit with what we were looking for. At this point I could have parted ways with the agent and booked the trip on my own, in fact I considered doing that, however am I ever glad I didn't! I was quoted a price for the trip by the agent, agreed to have him help us and I am so glad I did! It was the best trip we've ever taken. The agent worked with us very closely prior to trip planning every detail and making sure everything was booked. From the moment we arrived in Venice things went like clockwork through our entire two week stay. The activities, hotels, destinations all exceeded our expectations. The agent checked in with us during our trip just to make sure everything was going smoothly. I also texted him a couple of times with questions and he was prompt to reply. When we make a return trip to Italy (we've already decided we will) I will be calling the agency again!
We started in Venice, this was not high on my wife's list of cities she wanted to see but she was happy to appease me, it turned out to be one of our favorite parts of the trip. There wasn't one particular thing we did in Venice that stands out but it's such a unique, romantic and special place just to soak in. Our favorite destination was Tuscany! We stayed just outside of Cortona in a beautiful hotel, we could've spent all day just relaxing there. During the day we enjoyed exploring the towns and finding a nice local restaurant to share a bottle of wine and eat the fresh authentic delicious food for lunch and after a little rest in the afternoon at our wonderful hotel we would repeat the same thing for dinner. One day we took a private wine tour set up by our agent. We visited a couple of wineries and had lunch overlooking Tuscany in the town of Pienza, it was beautiful! The wineries were small and family owned, in fact at the second winery we were the only two people there. Our driver was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. After a couple of days in Florence we took the train to Naples and then on to the Amalfi Coast. This stop was right up there with Tuscany as a favorite. Once again our travel agent out did himself with the hotel, we had a breathtaking view of Capri from our balcony. The day after we arrived we did a private boat tour out to Capri. Once again, this was beyond our exceptions. The boat was clean and comfortable, the captain was very friendly and knowledgeable and the icing on the cake was after he drove us through the "Tunnel of Love" he served us a bottle of prosecco and a wonderful fruit tray...what a nice treat! The next day we had a private driver show us the the Amafli Coast. Once again we had an awesome day and the driver was excellent. We finished our trip in Rome with a visit to the Colosseum, the Vatican and St. Peters Basilica - all very worthwhile to see. One final note, as requested we did not do a lot of tours but all of the tours that our agent set up for us were all outstanding. They were with small groups - max of 6 people- and the guides were interesting and very knowledgeable.
All in all we would do it exactly the same way. Same destinations, hotels, tours - everything! Initially our agent had booked the Amalfi Coast as our last stop and suggested we fly out of Naples however we ended up flying out of Rome so it made more sense to finish our trip there. If the flights had made sense to leave from Naples it would have been nice to finish in Amalfi as our agent had recommended because it's is so peaceful and relaxing compared to the pace of Rome, not a big deal though.
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