Dear Gemma, We had a fantastic vacation in Italy. We were very pleased and have already told many about the how much we appreciated your assistance. All of the vouchers were accepted without issue and the transportation arrangements were flawless. At the airport were met by our driver for the who drove us to our hotel in a Mercedes. It was a comfortable ride and driver was safe and courteous.
Favourites: The Vatican tour and the guide were great. We were in a group of 4 couples, so we didn’t need ear phones and our guide was terrific. There was so much to see and appreciate in the Vatican that it requires a return visit. This was an excellent tour company and guide, highly recommend.
In Roma – the Piazze, the fountains, the architecture, the food and cappuccino were all great.
Tour of Tuscany from Rome to Florence with private driver -9am sharp, our driver, Fabio, arrived at the Baglione with a Mercedes for our excursion to Florence via Tuscany. Again, irest class like the transportation from the airport.
Choosing a personal driver verses a train to Florence was one of the best choices we had made. Fabio was great explaining the sites and history along the way as we enjoyed the beauty of the Tuscany landscape. Mid-way through the excursion we stopped in Montalcino as requested, there Fabio took us to the winery.
We were greeted by the daughter of the owner who took us on a tour through the family winery and ended with a wine tasting of several varietals of Brunello. Fabio then took us to “the Fortress” which sells a variety of regional wines and provides lunch. We had lunch at the Fortress, a variety of meats and cheeses and more wine tasting which was più delizioso. We must say that the whole experience in Tuscany/Montalcino was one of our most enjoyable and memorable.
The views from the terrace were amazing. The vista of the mountains were the backdrop of the beautiful view of Florence. From our terrace you could see the Arno with it’s bridges at our feet, il Duomo and many other landmarks were also visible. The scenery was just amazing! The location of the hotel was convenient to the heart of it the attractions, restaurants and shopping. The staff were exceptionally warm and welcoming, could not compliment them enough. Our walking tour was very good, thanks in part to the guide, better listening equipment and a smaller number of participants. We’d recommend this tour guide and activity.
The food was very good although not as good as Rome in general. Our favorite meal was purchasing some meats, cheeses, bread and olive oil from nearby Salumeria and Enotecca, then enjoying them on the terrace overlooking that amazing vista. The breakfast buffet at Antica was excellent too.
Venice – The whole experience of Venice, the canals, boats, shops were all wonderful, unique and memorable. There was not as much to see or do and it seemed to be much more tourist oriented. The room at our hotel was very nice and location was excellent. The view from our window was a beautiful scenic of the ocean.
All in all, we had a fabulous and memorable trip to Italy and thank you for your assistance in making it so.