We absolutely loved the trip to Italy that you planned for us! From the moment we stepped off the plane in Venice on our first day until we left Rome eight days later, we felt confident that we were in good hands. We definitely appreciated having tour guides with us on our different excursions. They were incredibly knowledgeable, personable, and passionate about Italy and the cities and sites they shared with us. Each hotel that you chose for us was the perfect fit for the city in which it was located and offered excellent service. We also appreciated that you were available during our trip to help arrange earlier airport transfer and that you provided a smartphone with maps and access to the internet, ensuring that the entire trip felt completely stress free.
It’s difficult to choose only a few highlights because there were so many. The Italian food (and wine) was a highlight in itself.
In Venice, our favorite restaurant meal was at our hotel, the Hotel Metropole. The food and service were honestly unmatched. Our guide for our walking and boat tours, Nicoletta, made our short stop in Venice the perfect beginning to our trip.
In Florence, we had the opportunity to stay at the Hotel Brunelleschi and upgrade to the top floor suite with a balcony overlooking Florence (photo attached). The service at the Hotel was fantastic. One of our favorite experiences was the Cooking in Florence class with Chef Laura. It was lovely evening capped off with a delicious homemade meal. Our guide, Ulrich, gave us some fascinating insights into the history and architecture of Florence. We could have easily spent a week there!
Finally, who doesn’t love Rome! Our hotel location was perfect for walking anywhere – just as we’d asked. The Vespa tours you arranged for our girls were their favorite part of the entire trip! Next time we are in Italy we plan to make time for some of the other excursions and tours you suggested. You definitely catered to our requests and everyone we encountered was wonderful.
The only thing we would change (if we could) would be to stay longer. Please let us know if you have any specific questions about our trip and the hospitality we enjoyed. I have attached a few photos.
Leslie, Tom, Sarah and Rachel Cocke”
Tom & Leslie Cocke (Frisco, TX) – MAY 2015