My family of 6 (Michigan, USA) made a once in a lifetime trip to Italy in June 2018.
We worked with this travel agent as recommended by Zicasso, for 9 months starting in August 2017 in order to customize a trip for us to privately see the all the places we wished to see in June 2018. Our travel agent was very responsive and accommodating in working within a budget and the planning process. He provided alternatives to choose from when suggesting accommodation’s and activities. We ended up with 2 fabulous weeks touring the entire country, stopping for private tours (yes…just the 6 of us) in the following cities.
Pompeii - Amalfi Coast - Island of Capri - Naples - Rome - Assisi - Cascia - Florence - Siena - Pisa - Bologna - Verona - Venice
We were greeted at the airports and personally escorted throughout the arrival and departure process which was invaluable when you do not speak/read or comprehend Italian. Our agent set up private transportation with English speaking drivers, within and in between each city, for our family which made our experience with the local culture and communities that much more rich. The travel guides in each city were very well selected and highly educated. They took their time giving us fun facts as well as historical information about their city and its traditions. They were also accommodating with all of our requests for bathroom or food breaks, recommendations to local restaurants and additional activities. Our overnight hotel accommodations were extremely luxurious and we felt very lucky to be treated so special. Each hotel offered complimentary breakfast so we were able to start each day with excitement and full stomachs.
We would highly recommend this travel agent to schedule anyone’s tour in the beautiful county of Italy.
While the trip and experiences are all memorable, a few of our favorite experiences included: visiting the volcanic ruins in Pompeii, touring and stopping in Positano and eating in a local restaurants in Ravello and Atrani on the Amalfi Coast; visiting Capri; eating pizza in Naples where it originated from, gelato making in Rome; learning about St. Francis, St, Rita, St. Catherine and St. Clare in Assisi, Cascia and Siena; traveling thru Tuscany/Chianti regions; a wine tasting; seeing a traditional goldsmith utilize their tools to construct a handmade ring (which I purchased) in Florence; hearing the a Capella singer in the Baptistery in Pisa; the Murano Glass making tour in Venice, and being prayed over in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. Our most memorable experience was the proposal to my daughter by her boyfriend on the balcony of Juliet’s home in Verona.
We would be sure to mention that we smokers and some have physical handicaps (3 deaf people). Most accommodations were not smoker friendly, some hotels were not handicap accessible - stairs only, and having hearing impaired family members made some of the tours challenging, especially if the tour guide walked ahead of the group rather than stopping and talking to everyone at once.
We would also request more specific information about each excursion being provided, maps to locations with contact info would have helped in at least 3 instances.
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