From the beginning stages of planning our trip to Italy with this travel agency (and specifically our travel planner) we knew we were going enjoy this trip of a lifetime. All we needed to do was provide our budget and "wish list" and he worked his considerable magic from there! We ultimately visited Venice, Tuscany, Sorrento and Naples, enjoying everything from a haunted city tour of Venice at night, a private cooking class in Sorrento, exploring several cities in Tuscany via the use of our rental car, visiting Pompeii and attending several other small walking/boat tours in each of the locations. Our lodging included a present day working vineyard which was converted from a 17th century monastery and hotels stays in which we felt as if we had stepped out of our lives and into those of the "rich and famous"; absolute opulence! And, as if that wasn't enough, the tour guides, hotel staff, private driver; they all deserve to be recognized for their individual love and knowledge of their city, warmth, good nature and professionalism. So much so that when the weather turned cold on our return from the island of Capri, the boat captain handed out his personal jackets and blankets to all on board! Every site we visited and tour we attended was so very well planned and so very worth the time. We were made to feel as if our agent planned our trip more as if he were doing so for family than clients. ..I can't imagine a better experience!
That's a very difficult question. Each region held its own unique personality and charm. Venice was full of history and its public transportation system made it so easy to travel around. Just when you thought you had seen the most jaw dropping sight ever, another would immediately come around. An absolute feast for the eyes! While there we took a short side trip to Verona and it also held its own unique charm; only wish we could have stayed a bit longer. When we got to Tuscany and took in the breathtaking view of San Gimignano in the distance, it was as if we found heaven; so peaceful with views that brought tears to my eyes. Then there was Sorrento with all her elegance and grace and her people who made us feel so welcomed.... I found home! Of the three cities, Sorrento was the best because it had a busy suburban feeling, however, I was almost made to feel as if she wanted me to stroll leisurely among her streets lined with orange and lemon trees.
Given this was our first trip to Italy and our time restraints, I think we were able to do and see quite a bit. Again, it would have been nice to spend a bit more time in Verona as we were there only for a half day I would love to return to Sorrento making it my base location and visit Positano and the Amalfi Coast from there.
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