This Italy tour operator called the day after our initial Zicasso posting to discuss what we were interested in and to offer suggestions. They were very prompt in answering questions during the process and kept us posted along the way. We would have like more advance warning that the Pope was going to be in Venice which put a wrinkle in our plans for one day but it wasn't a major disappointment.
We traveled to Venice, Florence and Rome May 4-15 with two 13 year olds and friends from Houston. We had just a few days in each city and the tours the travel company arranged made the most of our time and offered us a variety of experiences. Our favorite guides were Aniko in Florence, for a private tour of The Accademia and Uffizi, and Francesca in Rome, Ancient Rome and the Vatican. Both really involved the kids so they learned a lot while having fun. The cooking class in Florence was a blast and the day in Chianti was fabulous too. There was a little mix up on our day trip to Pompeii. We ended up not climbing Vesuvius (kids' choice) but going to the Amalfi Coast, it was beautiful (but winding roads made our niece a bit car sick), and then to Pompeii.
We had the interests of two 13 year olds to consider. Going with just adults, we would have probably skipped the bicycle tour in Florence and a few others. We wanted to pack as much as we could in without having to worry about standing in lines, arranging transportation, etc. The Venice Three Islands Boat Tour to Murano, Burano, and Torcello was just ok. We'd probably have enjoyed taking public transportation and exploring at our leisure a bit more.
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