Overall, a very good trip for my travelling companion and me....she who has been to Italy before, and I who had never been to Europe. The travel company was very responsive when we had questions or issues. We both had a great time.
Our authentic culinary tour of Rome, our Coliseum/Forum etc. tour with our guide, who has a PhD in archaeology and great sense of humor, and of course our visit to Santa Severina in Calabria where our grandfather was born. Santa Severina, a hill top town, had one great restaurant and a policeman who made a giant effort to find the street of our grandfather's home, not easy since the street had been renamed decades ago, and he had to research old map books.
I would only go to the Vatican on a non-crowded day (does that even exist?) and ask to not visit so many historical sites in Calabria. I don't think tours, especially cultural tours, are as highly developed for tourists in Calabria as in Rome. So, delving into more of the culture in Calabria and having more research already done for our grandfather's home town would have been preferable. Lastly, I would not choose a flight that stops in Frankfurt. :(
Overall, a great trip.
TRAVEL COMPANY COMMENTS:
We’re so glad that your and your traveling companion had a great time in Italy. It’s nice to travel with someone who has been to Italy. We’re glad that you enjoyed your culinary tour of Rome and your time with your guide exploring the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. She is one of our most popular guides and your right about the sense of humor. It’s great that you were able to explore your family roots and even received some extra help from the endeavor from a local policeman. Having more information about your grandfather’s home town would have been useful before the trip and we’re sorry we weren’t more helpful in providing it to you. Lastly, we’re sorry your Vatican visit was so crowded. It is one of the more popular sites in Rome and we wish you had been more lucky with a less crowded day to enjoy it. Thank you again for your review and trusting us to plan your trip.
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