We just returned from a two week trip to Italy. We spent a week on the Amalfi Coast staying in Positano for five nights and Ischia for two nights. We then traveled to Sicily for a week staying in Palermo for two nights, Siracusa for three nights and Taormina for two nights. Our travel agent planned a detailed and well thought out itinerary for us. We saw and experienced Italy in a way that would not have been possible on our own. In particular in Sicily we did several private walking tours of the cities and the ruins and we learned so much about the history of this island and about the people who live there. All the hotels our travel agent booked for us were terrific. Every transition from place to place went off perfectly. All the drivers were always on time and very pleasant as were the guides we had on our tours. We did have one glitch when leaving Ischia when our ferry boat was cancelled due to rough seas. Our agent had provided us with a phone to reach her should a need arise. When I called about the ferry she was already working on this problem for us. We did get on a larger boat and our vacation continued without a problem. We really had a wonderful trip! If we return to Italy for another visit we would not hesitate to call this agent for help in planning our next trip.
It is hard to pick just one part of our trip to say it was the most enjoyable or memorable. Each part had its own memorable experience. I think overall we enjoyed the variety of experiences we had during our trip. We went from having a wonderful dinner in Positano overlooking the lights of the town with the moon shining on the Mediterranean to touring ruins throughout our trip to a cooking class in Siracusa to climbing Mount Etna and lots more in between. In addition, I think we will remember the food and wine we had all through our trip. We loved tasting the food of each region from the delicious seafood of the Amalfi coast to the street food of Palermo. It was a trip of a lifetime for us.
If we could take our trip again I don't think we would do anything different. We were able to see a lot of things and experience so much in just two weeks. Having said that in Sicily we did do a lot of walking tours with private guides. We loved learning about the history but I do think for some people it may have been too much. I can see an argument for having less structured tours and having a little more free time to just enjoy Sicily.
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