We've just returned home after a 15 day custom tour of Italy, planned by this agent and her staff. It was, quite simply, the trip of a lifetime! Our first time in Italy, and in celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary, this dream trip was in the makings for years. When it came time to plan it, I began with a large, well-known tour company that specializes in Italian travel. Their slick marketing materials were enticing, and frankly I came very close to putting down a deposit. Very nice itinerary (as long as the dates offered fit your schedule and you were ok with being part of a large tour group), but it was very important to us to be able to visit not only the major cities and sights every first timer must see, but also the home(s) of our ancestors. Not so easy to "add-on" to this type of arranged tour....this led me to search for someone who could plan a truly customized trip, and ultimately to finding Zicasso, and choosing this company!
From our very first phone conversation, our agent listened, asked the right questions, and answered all of ours. She (and every member of her team we would come to deal with over months of planning) is obviously knowledgeable about Italy, but the difference is how focused they were on putting together a trip that meant the most to us. The result? 15 days, six hotels, planes, trains, drivers, guides...a perfect mix of planned activities and on-our-own time, suggestions and recommendations that added up to one fabulous experience! Most impressive? There was not a single "glitch" along the way (but our agent's private phone number was handy just in case!). Every single driver was there to meet us as planned, the bi-lingual guides were beyond awesome, transportation between points was perfect, and every accommodation chosen for us exceeded our expectations!
There's no way to choose .... how do you compare the uniqueness of Venice with the awe-inspiring sights of Rome and Vatican City? Or the breathtaking views along the Amalfi Coast compared to the serenity and beauty of Tuscany? Every day brought an experience unlike the day before, each unforgettable and thrillingly different. That said, the most personally memorable moments came when we visited the birthplaces of our ancestors. With the help and perseverance of some wonderful drivers, I found the house my grandfather was born in, in a tiny remote village, and, in Sicily, found not only the house of my husband's grandparents, but relatives neither knew existed! These were emotional, meaningful moments that made our trip truly special!
I would travel LIGHTER and stay LONGER!
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