My trip to Italy with my adult son (age 23) and daughter (age 20) last month was the trip of a lifetime! This travel agent helped to plan our trip exactly as I had wanted it. Prior to meeting this travel agent, I had researched other tour companies and was disappointed to find that all of them either toured only the top half of Italy, or the bottom half of Italy. But I wanted to start at the top of the country and go all the way to the bottom because our time was short (we only had 15 vacation days to "play" with), and we wanted to see as much of the country as we could in that short time. I gave the travel agent a list of the towns that we wanted to visit/stay in, and she made it all happen! We flew into Venice first. (Most people fly into Rome first because it is cheaper and there are more flight options into Rome; however, Rome is in the middle of the country, and as I said before, we wanted to start at the TOP of the country and go down.) This travel agent set us up in apartments in Venice, Florence, Rome, and Positano. From Florence, and at this agent's suggestion, we took day trips to Cinque Terre and Pisa. The last few days of our vacation were spent in the beautiful little beach town of Positano, which is on the Amalfi Coast. From there, we took the city bus to the next town (Praiano) where we walked down 400 steps to find the most gorgeous little beach. On our last day in Positano, a driver met us at the apartment and drove us to Pompeii where we were given a private 2-hour tour, and then our driver took us back to Rome and we stayed there on our last night at a hotel because it was only 10 minutes from the airport.
Our agent gave us a very detailed itinerary that we followed every day, and she gave us all of our prepaid train tickets which got us between each city without any problems at all. When we would get off the train at a new city, there would be a driver waiting for us holding a sign with my name, and the driver would take us straight to our apartment. We had private tours of all the main attractions (St. Mark's Square, the beautiful churches/duomos, Michelangelo's "David" statue inside the Accademia museum, the Vatican and the Colosseum, among so many other places). We also went on a food tasting tour in Rome. It was so much fun!
What a wonderful time we had! Our agent worked hard to make everything come together perfectly for us. I recommend her very highly and would encourage other people to use this agent when making their travel arrangements. This was our first trip to Italy and we were a bit nervous prior to our trip because we did not know the country and did not speak the language, but our agent put our trip together so smoothly and everything was just PERFECT!
The food! We ate gelato every day, and pizza was my main meal for most of the days. The food was fresh, and the calamari was some of the best I have ever tasted in my life. And the wine........wonderful and so cheap! A very nice bottle only cost about 10 euros.
We wouldn't do anything differently! It was perfect and planned exactly the way I wanted. The trip of a lifetime!
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