Our travel agency did an excellent job at planning our food and wine trip to Italy. It was daunting trying to come up with a plan to visit Italy as a first time visitor. I submitted a quick description of my trip ideas to Zicasso. I was quickly put in touch with two different agents. I interviewed both but found this travel agency to be more to my liking. I talked with them on the initial visit and told them what I wanted to do: great food, wine, sights (not museums), and most of all private tours instead of in a group setting. After the interview I received an initial proposal that included everything that I had asked for. With a bit of back and forth to tweak the proposal we agreed on the agenda and everything was set. We did not want to rent a car and drive so we chose to have drivers arranged for us. The drivers were first class all of the way. We also had private tour guides in each of the areas and they too were excellent. We learned so much from them that we would have missed by touring on our own.
The most enjoyable parts of the trip were seeing Italy (Florence, Tuscany, Venice). Pictures can only do so much. Being there is a whole different experience. And of course the food is unreal. I didn't go to eat pizza but I can say it was some of the best I ever had. The tomatoes in Tuscany are ridiculously good. So red and sweet. And if you are a meat eater make sure to order Bistecca Fiorentina and also order anything with truffles. We stayed in four different hotels while on the trip. All of the hotels were four stars. Each one was different but they were all very nice and comfortable and friendly.
I honestly don't think I would change a thing. The hotels, locations, restaurants and drivers were fantastic. This was possibly the most stress free vacation I have ever had. Our travel agency did an amazing job at doing the planning which allowed us to relax and enjoy our vacation.
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