A day after signing up with Zicasso and entering some basic trip info, they connected us to this travel company and assigned us to our agent who was with us every step of the way. She helped us create a memorable trip on relatively short notice (less than six months), and it became spectacular with her help and guidance.
Our travel company and our agent set us up with a private guide for the breakfast tour of the Vatican. He knew just how to avoid the crowds and take us into halls and exhibits where there were few visitors, and in two halls no other people! That's unheard of at the Vatican. We had several other small group tours throughout the trip, and we were so glad our agent selected or guided us to the tours we went on. The larger group tours can be as many as 30-50 people! We had the privilege to be in groups no larger than 10, and often much smaller.
Our hotels were amazing as well. The hotel in Rome welcomed us with a complimentary bottle of Prosecco just minutes after we settled into our beautiful room. The hotel in Florence had the most luxurious shower/bathtub I have ever seen. Arriving to he hotel in a private water taxi in the Grand Canal in Venice was a once in a lifetime experience for us.
Of course we cannot forget about the food! Delicious pasta, prosciutto, gelato, and more in each city we visited.
Slow down. We packed so much into 12 days, by the middle of the trip it was challenging to take it all in. We learned it's best to plan one big thing in the morning of each day, then let the afternoon develop into an adventure.
Also, adding things within a 7-10 day window prior to leaving doesn't work out well. We had a small incident in Tuscany that caused some stress, but was rescued by our hosts at the hotel with some help from our agent and the 24 hour concierge at the travel company.
Finally, driving and parking in Italy is tough! We were't prepared for how challenging parking could be in Sienna, and were too tired at that point to find a way to make it work. In the future, we will remember this and plan ahead so we don't miss an experience due to fatigue and the challenges travel sometimes presents. That being said, getting to drive through the Tuscany countryside was a great way to take in the gorgeous views.
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