We booked a trip to Italy with this travel company. We chose this travel specialist after interviewing a couple of different agencies. We like to travel and explore places independently, with some private touring and guides that are flexible.
Our travel specialist listened carefully and came up with a plan that was more our style of traveling. We chose from a few hotels in each area and he arranged for tours and when we had some last minute ideas, he was mostly able to accommodate us including a guide who got us into the Florence Academia to see the statue of David. It would have been helpful to know about the need for advance tickets to get in there as well as the Duomo, something that would have been helpful in our travels.
Our travel specialist set us up for a pasta cooking class which was in the chef's home with another family which was a fund night. We had dinner and wine with the chef, his assistant and the other family and it was awesome.
We first went to Florence and stayed in a newly refurbished hotel, which was wonderful. A guide took us the day we arrived to see the David and we had a wonderful first day. Our second and third days were well planned with enough freedom to see the city on our own. We were unable to see the Duomo because we were unaware of the need for advanced tickets as mentioned earlier. We did see the Duomo in Sienna which was worth it so it kind of made up for what we missed in Florence.
We then went to Tuscany and stayed in a low key resort with a farm, animals where they made wine and grew olives. It was in the town of San Gimigiarno, This was one of our travel specialist's recommendations and it was a good one. We asked for advice on touring Tuscany and followed his advice as we visited a few towns. He made sure we had a van for our luggage and getting our car in Florence was not a big deal.
We finished our three days and then dropped off the car and headed for Venice. We had a problem on the train where apparently our ticket was cancelled as someone was sitting in our seat. A tour guide we had in Venice suggested that the high speed trains sometimes do this to people, and it was not likely our agents fault. After we paid for four new tickets, our travel specialist's staff received a copy of my receipt and said they would take care of it and reimburse us for it. It all worked out ok and the train conductor found us a somewhat upgraded area in another car.
Got to Venice and our travel specialist arranged for our water transfer to and from the hotel which was nicely located. We arranged through him to get tickets for Doges palace and for the basilica in advance. This was after I had asked prior to leaving, since it is difficult to see these sites without advance purchase. Our travel specialist had arranged for us to take a Gondola Ride the first day but we ended up going the second day due to scheduling. The change was arranged by a woman he hired to give us a tour
The final day, we had cancelled a gondola rowing lesson since it was a little too touristy for our tastes and instead went to the Jewish ghetto that morning.
In the afternoon, he set us up for a tour of Burano, Murano and Toriccello, three islands next to Venice. Personally, we would have preferred a more private tour of Burano and perhaps Toricello. Burano is beautiful, Toricello is basically a park that has some older historical churches and buildings.
Murano is home to the Murano glass factory and we were shuttled into a glass blowing demo and then their store, never really seeing the island. Alittle too touristy for us, would have preferred a more personal and less rushed experience.
Florence and Tuscany
Do a private tour of Burano and Torricello skipping Murano
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