The trip was fantastic! A year in planning - it required coordinating four couples from three locations around the globe, and I don't think we could have asked for it to go smoother. The 15th century villa was incredible, Tuscany was picturesque at every turn, and Rome continues to offer more than any one person (or group of people) can take in. Giuliana (with this Italy travel company) saw to every need from the moment we landed in Pisa - which was an unexpected detour due to weather. It was remarkable how attentive she was every step of the way - checking in almost daily to make sure things were going smoothly. Everyone was extremely impressed. Our biggest disappointment was that we were not able to meet her in person.
With so many people, each person's experience is a little different, so I asked the group individually, and summarized some excerpts from each.
a) The cooking lesson was so much more than I thought it would be as we actually got to prepare everything - not just watch her do it.
b) Almost all of Tuscany. It was just beautiful countrysides and time spent with family. The cooking class was phenomenal, all hands on.
c) The tour guides and drivers were excellent! Incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful.
d) Everything went so smooth, which was critical since we were coming from all over.
e) On the first day, driving up and seeing the amazing Tuscan countryside and a beautiful villa off in the distance - only to discover that it was *our* villa!
We have very little (if anything) negative to say. Our biggest complaint - as usual - was that we wish we could have had more time!
a) More time in Florence! Our one day running through Florence felt so rushed that I couldn't fully enjoy it.
b) I could have done with one less day in Rome and spent another day in a different City.
c) It would have been nice to have a driver for another day so we could have seen even more.
d) Wish our tour days could have been longer in Florence and Sienna/Pienza/San Gimignano.
e) Rome was incredibly crowded, which hindered our site-seeing a bit. If I'd known, I would have arranged to meet the guides much earlier in the morning.
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