Italy lived up to all of my (very high) expectations! The weather was wonderful, it wasn't too crowded in May, the food was delicious. We loved the variety of activities that we did...from historical / touristy destinations to a cooking class, everything was fun.
Our agent was wonderful to work with. It was exactly what I was looking for in a travel agent. The cell phone was wonderful to have and her booklet of suggested restaurants for each city was very helpful too. The main reason I wanted a travel agent was to coordinate all of our transfers - cars, trains, boats, etc. Every transfer went seamlessly.
My husband would say visiting the Vatican and Pompeii. I would agree those were highlights, but I also loved the sommelier lunch in Rome - I didn't know what to expect, but I feel like I learned so much about wines in Italy vs. the U.S. and the difference that pairing food with wine correctly can make. The cooking class was also fun. I don't know if I'll be able to replicate the recipes, but I learned some interesting tips and it was great to meet some fellow Americans that were in the class with us. We even met another couple that was using our agent for their trip and we had dinner with them that night.
I don't know if I would say differently, but more to remember to do it again:
1) Schedule one or two days without any planned activities. It's nice to have some down time for sleeping in, shopping, or just relaxing by the pool.
2) Travel with another couple or include group activities like the cooking class where you can meet other people. I love my husband, but after eight straight days of really just talking to each other it was refreshing to have some interaction with others!
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