My husband and I chose Italy travel agent Daniela to work with for our three week honeymoon in Southern Italy. From the moment we got her proposal we knew that she really understood what we were looking for in a trip. We mentioned that we were adventurous yet were also just coming down from our wedding so we were looking forward to some relaxation and she was able to create the perfect balance in our visits to Positano, Capri, and various towns in Sicily. In addition to having great recommendations, she was also very accommodating when we asked for her to include specifics. We had a lot of recommendations from friends and family, so we wanted to incorporate many of their suggestions and Daniela had no problem helping us. Even when we were in Italy there were a few last minute changes that we asked her to deal with (ie canceling a dinner reservation) and she was instantly on it. This was especially helpful since we didn't have an international phone. It was as if she was our own personal concierge which made for a very relaxing experience since we never had to worry about how to take care of things. I would recommend her to anyone- in fact we already have! :-)
We had SO many enjoyable moments! I must say having reputable drivers and tour guides was especially amazing. I've experienced quite a few international tour guides and they're not always the most reliable, but thanks to Daniela we seemed to have the best of the best the whole trip. A few of our personal favorites were our boat driver from Positano to Capri. He was exactly the kind of person that you want to spend a morning on the water with. Easy going, easy to talk to but gave us our space. He was also very informative and made us feel like even he was excited about the sites. We also loved our tour guide in Pompei. It was such a large place and could have felt very overwhelming, but Hector kept it light and exciting. We felt like we were walking the streets in 79AD because of all the detail he went into. Finally, one of our very favorite days was in Naples. We were on the verge of canceling our tour just because we were feeling a little lazy but Daniela recommended we not miss this and we were so happy that we didn't. Francesca MADE Naples for us! What was meant to just be a stop between the Amalfi Coast and Sicily turned into one of our favorite days and it was thanks to our guide because she helped us understand the city and what makes it special.
In addition to the guides, Daniela's hotel choices were all perfect! Every place we stayed was so representative of the environment that we were in. In Positano we had an amazing terrace overlooking the town and water, in Menfi (Sicily) we stayed in a gorgeous vineyard and those are just a couple of examples. Every place was authentic, friendly and safe. She also gave us lots of down time with suggestions of places to explore. Many things that we wouldn't have thought to do (like hiking the Path of the Gods in the Amalfi Coast) turned out to be some of the best things we could've done. It was just so helpful to have an expert making suggestions.
My husband and I both agreed that doing fewer stops may have been our only wish. We traveled about every 3 days which gave us a great tour of Southern Italy but there were some places we wished we could've stayed longer. This, however, was more our fault then Daniela's since we were the ones requesting all these different sites and stops. This would by no means prevent us from reaching out to Daniela again for another Italian trip!
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