Tour guide Rozanne art history insights were so helpful. If one day exposed me to regional food that I had to stretch myself to like, the next day provided an opportunity to choose a restaurant that served food that I love. The gondola ride up was fun and it was my first time on a 6-person chair lift. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Wonderful experience with excellent guides and lovely group of people. "Hiking in the Alpe de Suiss, a dream come true. Such amazing ambassador !!! Everything was very well-organized and the entire tour ran efficiently. Transportation was excellent with an excellent driver. The tour was designed very well, starting leisurely and quietly (Lake Como, Dolomites) and building towards the more crowded and hectic places, the most hectic being the Vatican on the last day. "There were lots of WOW moments. Each city guide was fantastic as well. Any minor problems that came up were dealt with easily. Otzi the Ice Man was a wow moment. Because I had toured Europe for 3 months when a college grad, I wasn't as excited as my husband about this trip. Nearby: Padua and Verona; Cinque Terre. As we learn about the life of the saint, we'll take a walking tour of the town and its beautifully frescoed Basilica of St. Francis. This time, you can stop the action and still get crisp images of art and architecture. We appreciated her expertise and eagerness to help us at every turn. From the excellent pre-tour support (I think our longest hold time when calling to ask silly questions was less than a minute) to the superior guides, to the "never would have seen that myself" moments on the tour, to the bonding with the group, everything went better than we could have hoped. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own. "The beautiful views in Cinque Terre and Alterocca in Umbria stand out. The bus driver did a great job getting us everywhere. We had some unique opportunities to meet artisans,artists,families and farmers that I'm sure the typical tourist never gets to experience. A note about suggested clothing: All in all a very positive experience! Hard to beat 'The Last Supper', 'David', 'The Pieta', and 'The Sistine Chapel'. Our tours are physically active! I think it was the right amount of free time and planned activities. All the main cities where we stayed have been on my bucket list. "Lake Como, Alpe di Suisi, St. Mark's Basilica and Piazza, Uffizi Gallery and museum tour guides, Pisa Field of Miracles, Orvietto Cathedral, St. Peter's, Vatican Museum. A highlight for us was actually not on the tour. This was our 30th anniversary trip and we couldn't have picked a better way to celebrate! I would have liked to hear more of the history of Italy, how certain areas developed from the early ages to the present, more information about the geology of the area (we passed several volcanoes that went unmentioned, even though I brought the subject up with Rozanne. "Seeing the Mediterranean Sea for first time.". An empty plaza, locals busy starting their day and a beautiful sunrise.". Extremely well organized, expertly guided, and fun! "So many hard to choose ! Above all she made herself one of the team, by having a wonderful sense of humor. -Of course, all of the Duomos are unbelievably beautiful and over the top with art everywhere! Visiting the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial. Too many wows to name just one - but here are my favorites - hikes in the Dolomites and Cinque Terre, Otzi the iceman, backstreets of Venice, Siena, Orvieto, San G, Assisi & Alta Rocca!". Fantastic tour! The fellow travelers - our guide, Lisa, hotels, bus driver, Roberto, and all the wonderful sights and sounds of Italy were perfect! Sleep in Florence. The entire series is friendly, factual, educational and features fine cinematography. From our initial group meeting and then throughout our time in Italy together, Marianna guided us through all our adventures with the everyday smile and greeting of "Bon Giorno"! Starting on beautiful Lake Como, this tour treats you to Italy's must-see destinations: timeless Venice, Renaissance Florence, St. Francis' Assisi, and eternal Rome. Holy crappo!!!". Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. "I think my favorite moment was visiting St. Peter's at 6:30 in the morning with Donald in order to avoid the crowds. Lake Como. Although all the unbelievable art and cathedrals were a close second highlight!". Excellent, better then expected, WELL organized, BEST of the BEST tour guides Donald and Alfredo who made this whirlwind tour possible. I picked this tour based on my experience last year on the Best of Spain tour which was outstanding. "Wow: When the history and art of Italy were brought to life by our lead guide Donald and city guides Paul in Florence and Francesca in Rome. "My surprise birthday singing in the gondolas in Venice. "This is an impossible question to answer, everyday day had it's WOW moment. "Venice was absolutely gorgeous. "I had been to many of the locations before, but still found much to experience anew or discover for the first time. "The Dolomites were a wonderful surprise. I learned a lot about art, architecture and European culture. This was our second tour with Rick Steves. "My "wow" came from Rainer taking us to so many more Italian towns than I ever expected. We read and researched before going and I believe we saw and experienced all on our list. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning. "Uffizi Gallery (our best guide) & The David. Thanks Stephanie for one of those once in a lifetime experiences.". Climbing up the Carrara Marble Quarry in a Land Rover. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Second day-all free again. It was a fabulous tour! No bus. This trip was supposed to be a guided trip, and that might be a problem. I found the companies approach from the guides, hotels, visits to tucked away places I would have missed on my own speaks to their interest In providing a wonderful experience. Our tour guide's knowledge of art and history really imparted the capsule of education which added so much to the visual experience! first time on a "guided tour" so I didn't know what to expect, but Molly did a great job with even the most minute details. 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