We took this trip last year, and I realized when I came back to Zicasso to plan our next trip that I had never posted a review.
This was a 25th anniversary trip for my husband and me. We splurged on this trip. We wanted something special. We were overwhelmed by a trip that not only met, but far exceeded our expectations. Our Italy travel agent planned every detail and stayed in contact with us throughout our travels. She gave us a flip phone and called us shortly after we reached each destination to make sure everything was to our liking. And when we did run into a slight problem with our gondola ride in Venice, I was able to get in touch with our agent on a Sunday, and she took care of it immediately. Every driver and tour guide she set us up with was professional and well-informed about their part of the country. And they all spoke English very well. We felt pampered every step of the way.
Even with 2 weeks to spend in Italy, it felt like a whirlwind trip. Our agent managed to fit in everything we wanted to see and do and some things we hadn't even known we wanted: A gondola ride and a tour of St. Mark's in Venice; a guided trip to the Accademia to see the statue of David and to the Uffizi Gallery, as well as time to walk across the Ponte Vecchio in Florence; wine tasting in Tuscany, not only of Chianti but also Brunello di Montalcino (what a treat); visits to Siena, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, and others in the area; a guided tour of Pompeii; visits to Amalfi, Ravello, and an inland winery near the Amalfi coast; a private cooking class; guided tours of the Colosseum, the Forum, the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica.
My husband and I would wholeheartedly recommend this agent and her travel company to anyone who is planning a trip to Italy.
We loved every part of our trip. The most memorable was our cooking class at Don Alfonso in Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi on the Amalfi coast. A hands-on class where we learned three delicious fresh pasta recipes from one of the chefs from Don Alfonso's 2-Michelin-star restaurant. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone.
We also thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Tuscany at the Castello di Spaltenna near Gaiole. We had a lovely room, a junior suite, which was beautifully decorated and included an oversized bathtub.There's an excellent restaurant on the premises with delicious food and impeccable service.
Our two days in Venice were quite relaxing. As there is no vehicle traffic in Venice, everyone walks or boats everywhere they need to go. No honking cars or worry of being run over on narrow streets. Just stress-free strolling along the canal and dining in open-air restaurants.
We had a stunning view from our hotel in Positano, like a postcard. We loved our drive along the Amalfi coast. And we saw all the main sights in Florence and Rome.
If I were to take the trip again, I would start in the south and move to the north. It was sweltering in Rome by the end of June. Other than that, I loved every stop on our trip.
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