Choosing the hotels to be central to each stop - makes great sense and really increased our time to explore.
"Almost too many to mention, but it's a toss-up for me between our optional dinner in Varenna hosted by Giovanni and his grandparents, or simply walking to Trevi fountain at night in Rome.
This evening, we'll have our final dinner together, sharing memories and toasting our newly made friends. It's a breeze to reach Rome's airports by taxi or train. She is absolutely the best, most knowledgeable, most caring, most sensitive tour guide I have ever encountered. One of the real "wow" moments for me was dinner with Chef Ferruccio and family. " This tour was one I had been wanting to do for quite some time.
Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. My wife and I struggled [in a very positive way] on whether to sign up for the Best of Italy in 17 Day Tour or the Village Italy in 14 Day Tour. Another real sobering and "wow" moment was visiting the American Cemetery and learning about all the brave men & women who made the extreme sacrifice for Italy's freedom. "I don't just have one "wow" moment, there are just too many to say that I have a favorite." Our tour experience & our guide Sarah was fabulous! Expectations were high, and I wasn't disappointed. " The Rick Steves Tour of Northern Italy was well organized and orchestrated flawlessly.
Tonight we'll visit and enjoy dinner at one of the town's proud — 17 neighborhoods that compete for glory in the famous Palio horse races. 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. Then we'll wind our way across Umbria to our destination: a country hotel that is also a working family winery. We'll get oriented to sights around the cathedral square, including Signorelli's amazing frescoes in the Chapel of San Brizio and Italy's liveliest cathedral facade.
We'll end our day amid the peaceful vines and olive groves, tasting several of our host's award-winning wines, and sharing a country-style dinner together. Then you'll be free to wander through the medieval old town and its shops filled with colorful pottery. We'll drive straight to Rome today and spend the afternoon uncovering the heart of the Eternal City. Today we'll focus on Renaissance (Catholic) Rome.
The tour enhanced every aspect of my experience in Italy and I was able to see parts of Italy that I never would have if I had planned the trip on my own.
I was hesitant when we booked the tour, but now that its over, I'm so extremely happy that we decided to experience Italy on a Rick Steves' Tour.And Rick's guides will make Italy's art, history, and The sleepy Lake Como village of Varenna is a quick, easy train connection from Milan. you'll meet your guide and fellow tour members at our hotel for a get-acquainted session. Or hike up into the Alpine foothills for unforgettable vistas. Today we'll hit the road and drive high into Italy's Dolomite Alps, where locals speak German first, Italian second.We'll then take a village orientation walk, pointing out places for dinner on your own tonight. At breakfast, your guide can help you plan your day. Our destination is Europe's largest (and arguably most beautiful) Alpine meadow, the Alpe di Siusi.We'll regroup tonight for dinner at our cozy hotel. After some free time for lunch, we'll set a course for Venice, where we'll board a vaporetto boat for a Grand Canal ride to our hotel in Venice's historic heart. Later tonight, your guide will help organize an optional romantic gondola ride for those who are interested. We'll see and learn about Brunelleschi's magnificent cathedral dome, Ghiberti's Baptistery doors, and other creations that helped define this world-changing era. Upon arrival, your guide will give you an introduction to the town, leaving you with plenty of free time this afternoon to explore on your own.Tonight we'll take an alleys-and-canals orientation stroll before setting you loose for dinner on your own. We'll end our walk at the Accademia Gallery to marvel at works of sculptural genius: Michelangelo's rough-hewn . We'll regroup tonight for an entertaining pesto-making lesson and special pesto dinner at a local family restaurant. Walking: moderate You'll take a "vacation from your vacation" today in our Mediterranean getaway. This morning we'll visit a stained-glass workshop where a local artisan will show us how he fuses traditional and contemporary stained-glass techniques.