Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. Such snappy dressers. I had never been to Spain, had recently lost my husband, and went by myself. With Rick's strategic tips on saving time and money, you can worry less about your trip, and focus on enjoying the experience—whether that's climbing to the … Our hotels were so cool and way above my expectations, as again, was the whole tour. 6. This evening we'll enjoy a floodlit dolce vita stroll, soaking up the city's evening ambience at the lively campos, classy piazzas, and the splashy Trevi Fountain. December Travel News… Tinseled Memories and Future Travels. It was one of stop in your tracks and just be amazed by the sight. Excellent tour with a nice mix of museums, crafts (winemaking and gondola oar making), outdoor activities (dolomite hiking in a ski resort and swimming in the Mediterranean), fantastic food, historical sights and world class art. The history! There was a nice balance of tours and free time. My wife and I agree that we would not have had the quality experience we had if we had planned it ourselves. So great!". The shorter Rick Steves Best of Italy guidebook focuses on Italy's top destinations and sights, is in full color, and is updated every other year. The afternoon and evening are yours to explore the imposing Doge's Palace, take in a church concert, waltz on St. Mark's Square, or pub-crawl your way through this unique city. "-Seeing the Dolomites (and all of the scenic beauty of this country!) Tour Account › Travel Forum › Home / Travel Forum / Italy; Please sign in to post. The guide gave tips on so many small details as well as leaving us on our own to make decisions on how to spend our days that I feel very confident in undertaking a trip on my own. During our free time, we often met up with our tour mates and spent some time with them. The wow city moment has to be Venice! The best of Italy was truly that! We did pick a perfect week and the weather and crowds did cooperate. We felt that everything was wonderful! That is not the way to establish group unity! Views of walls and rooms with broken shutters and windows were a real turn off. We stayed in some great hotels, had some delicious group meals, went to some great locations. Sleep in Siena. Overwhelming, exhausting, magical, glorious, memorable!! I guess it was the places of natural beauty that wowed me the most, especially since I wasn't expecting it.". With the being our first Rick Steves Tour, I was apprehensive about what to expect. Bus: 6 hours. I had been to Italy before, but my wife had not and in fact it was her first time flying internationally so I was very concerned that we get as much out of this trip as we could. The Uffizi Gallery in Florence. ", Marianna was great, itinerary was great , fellow travelers were great... highly recommended, "ambience and atmosphere at Altarocca was wonderful...all the hill towns were special". I had an incredible tour experience. 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. "The extras enriched our experience at Cinque Terre (pesto making demo), Venice (craftsman), and Siena (craftsman). From the time the tour started everything exceeded my hopes. The beauty of the Lake Cuomo area and the Dolomites; This tour is Rick's personal "best of" distillation of our Best of Italy tour. I didn't carefully read the tour materials ahead of time so these visits may have been noted but in any cases they were enjoyable. ", "The moon over lake Como, hiking in the dolomites after a light snow,a duomo a day, the Pitti Palace and Uffizi galllery in Florence, Francesca's tour of Rome and the Borghese Gallery. Very fast moving every other night. ", Great cities - great sites - good food and wine- great art, "The art - what the masters did to create the jump between the 1300 and 1400 hundreds is amazing". For sure standing at the base of the Forum and realizing the column I was resting on was most likely 2200 years old! The art! Touching. It was a perfect mix of structured and free time. I also enjoyed the Tuscan countryside at AltoRocca.". She is special. Unable to add item to List. The tour was our first organized tour and was MUCH better than we ever expected! Very well run tour. Not enough time in any one place, too much rushing from one place to another, whole days "off," then exhausting full days standing around listening to the guide or running around. 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"! At the time of year we went, we could have used our blue jeans but didn't bring them. It was the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time to explore. The Best of Italy Tour provided a wonderful It was the perfect introduction to a country where we had never been, and the commentary from the guides added a lot of value with their knowledge of history, culture, art, architecture, and of course food. "Hard to choose--How history influenced art, architecture, and evolving culture even to present day was fascinating and enlightening. "This is tough because there were so many "wow" moments. Light to strenuous walking (your choice). Just one? We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Tour Questions? "I loved Varenna - the CinqueTerre - and Italian Alps the most ' but everything was great! In addition to staying at Lake Como, Bolzano, Sienna, Assisi and outside Orvieto, we made wonderful leisurely stops in several towns that were a surprise--Lucca, Verona, Pisa to name a few. Being rookie tour folks, we didn't know what to expect & our trip was exceptional. I think it was the right amount of free time and planned activities. We had a wonderful time and met some really nice people. The biggest "wow" was realizing how great the Rick Steves way of travel is.". All of these virtues have been transferred to the digital medium and...no commercials or breaks for public television fund-raisers! Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions. She was always available for questions of any type, from recommendations for dinner, schedules or personal needs. I loved this trip! Our bus driver Dino was fantastic and smooth rides. Rozanne was excellent at establishing goals and guidelines for the group and at all time was professional in her communication. We enjoyed the way the tour was organized. Each location we stayed for 2 nights and most stops I wanted to stay longer! Along with Cinque Terra. I couldn't get over how beautiful it was. ), Siena, and most of the other stops. Even our bus driver Dino was a joy to be with. Our group blended beautifully. "St. Michael's Cathedral was our wow moment. It was the right amount of activity vs. downtime, structured vs. free time, big city vs. nature experiences, etc. It was a pleasure traveling with such nice people. Molly, our guide was great. The meal served the home of the Chef who was assisted by the entire family !!". "Climbing three towers (Florence Bell Tower, Pisa and Siena's City Tower) and to the top of St. Peter dome. Extra Features: Venice Regatta, Lake Como, Milan, and Rick’s Back Door Travel Tips. It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. The guide was excellent. Highest praise for Elena! It was the first guided tour for us. "Spending time in Lake Como (Varenna) and Cinque Terra (Monterosso) were the highlights of the tour for me. "There were so many "wow" moments that it's difficult to pick one. I've been to the place she was describing and it's beautiful! Created lifetime memories that we will cherish as long as we live. I was greatly impressed with the architecture and that people living 500 and more years ago could create such magnificent structures and art. We'll send the notification email when a tour opens within a season (spring, summer, fall, winter) or region. I sent it to so many friends. Still remember that exact moment!". It was really indescribable, like nothing I've seen or experienced before. The cooler than normal weather didn't dampen our experience because the itinerary was so intriguing that we didn't want to miss a thing! Everyday was carefully planned to maximize your limited time. I like very much going to this tours. The pre-trip details were spot on as Donald would say and the packing advise was excellent. It was a lovely day.". "The guard singing in the Baptistry in Pisa. Everything went smoothly. Begin your journey here! Great group of fellow travelers that quickly bonded with one another. "Too many to list just one... I think many people never even bothered to go there because she said that. Each of our stops holds something very special and memorable for us. Pictures & replicas simply do not capture the magnificence of the actual sculpture.". All of Venice was a WOW moment. The gondola ride in Venice at sunset. Enjoyed "workshops" about stained glass & gondola forcola.". Oh yes.". Sleep in Varenna. "I love Italian men. ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Not only did I see and do all that I expected to and many things that I didn't anticipate, the days were perfectly balanced with social time, free time, and guided time. Rick and our tour guide, Marianna, provided a wonderful experience! Beautiful. "I loved the hike in the Dolomites. "Venice! It made me feel almost alone when listening to Rick while looking at the unbelievable setting.". The additional side trip to the American Cemetery in Florence was also a treat--moving in so many ways and a touching surprise as we were departing Florence.". So, we hiked along the road to one of the "Huts" where we enjoyed a nice beverage. We loved Karin as well as our bus driver, Roberto! I used my own headset with 2 earbuds. You learn much more than you could ever do on your own, the local guides on our trip were awesome and well managed by Stacy. And of course the major sites that everyone sees are spectacular. Our itinerary was well-planned & executed. This tour checked off almost all the must see destinations in Italy from Rome and North. I enjoyed the tour immensely but that stop will be forever imbedded in my soul.". Fantastic tour! Also, the sound check in the bapistry in Pisa was a close second.". Partly due our crazy summer, partly due to other guided tours we've been on. Loved Italy and would go there again in a heartbeat! Eleven in the group joined in on the fun - including Sarah! Traveling with a small group was ideal. Wow This was an amazing trip. "I think viewing " The Last Supper " in MIlan," David" in Florence, and the Borghese Museum in Rome. ", Very good experience. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. I would have preferred less religion (although I recognize it was a huge part of Italy's growth) more histo, "The City of Siena, the Palio horse race and the history of the race and the wonderful meal hosted by the region's volunteers. Covered a lot of territory but very effectively! It is almost impossible to sum up my overall tour experience. Zum Hauptinhalt wechseln.de Hallo, Anmelden. From hiking up to a spectacular view in the Dolomites, to rounding a corner and seeing THE Colosseum, to uncountable outstanding works of art and architecture. Being serenaded in a gondola Over 17 days on the "Best of" tour, I felt like I experienced so many different facets of northern/central Italy. Sleep in Rome. We loved the unannounced stops at towns not on our itinerary and demonstrations given by local artisans. Rick Steve's local guides were very knowledgeable and very insightful. This tour was extremely well organized. In particular the guides, both local and the main guide were excellent. The hotels were centrally located which made it convenient to traverse the different sites. The walk in the rain to see it was worth every wet step.". I also enjoyed walking through the narrow streets in the small towns. It was so much bigger than I imagined. 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. And Italy isn't flat, so come prepared. You'll take a "vacation from your vacation" today in our Mediterranean getaway. Alps stop was beautiful as was Venice, and several other towns.". "Alpe di Siusi meadow hike, Cinque Terre, Seine contrade dinner, Rome colosseum and forum. Any gelaterie!". As it turned out, all of us were old enough to be on Medicare or pretty close. I can't imagine a better guide - funny, helpful, professional and incredibly knowledgeable. I look forward to returning to see the areas I missed. Our tours are physically active! The itinerary, was varied and interesting. Hiking in the Cinque Terra. Our guide was like a walking encyclopedia, giving us all the local information (even when just driving through an area) and helping us make the most of our free time. Bus driver A highlight for us was actually not on the tour. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Nonetheless, my favorite "wow" moment has to be a surprise encounter with a sketch by Edvard Munch of an old man, mindful of the larger dimensions of living, in among all the treasures of the Vatican.". However, the months of April, May, September, and October are best for offering good weather, lighter crowds, and the full range of tourist fun. Our small group, our caring and able guide, the fantastic group of fellow travelers made for a memorable, fantastic vacation. Another is seeing the Carrara marble quarry. I wish the experience at the Sistine Chapel could have been better - perhaps go first thing. We very much liked Lake Como and hiking in Cinque Terre. My wow moment? Rainer was perfect. "Dolomites and Florence were both really great.". "It was unexpected as I don't remember seeing anything about the American Cemetery stop. It was way too crowded. It was helpful having our guides to point out the highlights of each location and I am convinced we did see the best of Italy. This was our second Rick Steves tour and it was just as great as our first tour. Another one would have to be in Siena when we learned about the Palio and then got to visit the winning contrade and the fantastic meal the volunteers there prepared for us.". Most tour members arrange to fly into Milan (MXP) and out of Rome (FCO) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. From your totally yodel-y home base, you'll have all day to explore the dramatic Dolomites, Italy's hiking and skiing mecca. The two of them worked together effortlessly and gracefully. "This may sound odd, but my "wow" moment was the incredible beauty of the Dolomites. We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. Our hotel locations were superb. Rick Steves Best of Italy von Rick Steves - Englische Bücher zum Genre Reiseführer allgemein günstig & portofrei bestellen im Online Shop von Ex Libris. I loved the itinerary, the special events, the dinners, the ratio of free time to group time, etc. I especially liked getting to meet local people and learn about their way of life, "I could probably name a wow moment everyday on this tour. Peters.". At certain towns and cities Marianna was supported by well knowledgeable area guides. Sold by California Book Bag and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. I will pick my first view of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. "There were truly many, but my personal favorite was the wine resort near Orvieto, where the wine was very fine, the accommodations were first rate, and the views from our balcony were among the best of any place we visited in Italy.". Please try again. We did indeed experience the best of Italy. After a lenghty bus ride Stephanie said it was our stop. Surprise stop at American cemetery". I've never liked the idea of a 'group' tour; this tour was my first. Rick Steves' Europe is an American travel documentary television series created and hosted by Rick Steves.In each episode, he travels to the continent of Europe, documenting his experiences along the way.. Starting with our tour guide Marianna and the bus driver Adrian. But I am so glad my reluctance didn't keep my sister and I from joining the Best of Italy tour. Our group made some pretty strong bonds and I highly recommend the RS tours (this was my first tour of any kind). Great itinerary, sights, architecture, artwork, food! Wow!". It was a tremendous conclusion to a tremendous tour.". Sleep in Monterosso. She presented information, as you would expect of a "local guide", Lastly I loved our visit to the Cinque Terre villages.". Today we'll hit the road and drive high into Italy's Alps (the Dolomites), where locals speak German first, Italian second. The was our first Rick Steves Tour and it exceeded our expectations. We covered a lot of ground and I liked the balance of free time and tour time, big city time and small village time. Lake Como. Since he travels most of the time, his insights are worth hearing. Transportation was excellent with an excellent driver. Very well organized and enjoyable. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your tour account. ), Cinque Terra, Siena and Orvieto in particular. Getting to tour the stained glass shop (master craftsman) in Siena. Orvieto was a wonderful village. It was well worth the cost. Hike along the trails, taking in lots of fresh air and panoramic views between Cinque Terre villages. Too much. Through this tour we were exposed to spectacular country, wonderful culinary experiences, stimulating cultural and historical understanding of the country of Italy. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the hotels (some more than others). I watch a different destination each morning (at 4am!) Similar jaw drop getting off the transit in Rome and seeing the Coliseum.". However, we surprisingly enjoyed the stop in Siena. We read and researched before going and I believe we saw and experienced all on our list. Marianna, our guide, hired the singer and guitarist to serenade. The pace was active as advertised and exactly what I was wanting out of the trip. Just getting to spend time with locals in family run hotels and cafes was so incredibly special.". The entire country was a wow worthy. This morning we'll devote our time to the breathtaking Renaissance art of the Uffizi Gallery — home to the finest collection of Italian paintings anywhere, including works by Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and more. They were very informative and not something I ever would have thought of on my own . My husband had never heard of Rick Steves until I purchased this set. I had been to Italy before, visiting the larger cities. Salute! "I don't know that there was just one, but I think the Pantheon, Colliseum and the Roman Forum were the most amazing sights.". We had a very knowledgable tour guide. Would recommend Rick Steve's tours. I love cheap travel and I like knowing "secret" places to sleep, eat and sight see - (Although after being shown on a TV program across the USA, how secret will it be?) Our tour guide Sarah - vibrant, witty and full of energy - set the tone for an exciting, wonderful adventure. Friends had gone on the same tour just one year before us, so we thought we knew what to expect, but this tour far exceeded our expectations on every level - truly unforgettable!! Strolling around the Piazza San Marco listening to live music. Rick Steves tours was highly recommended to us by friends who had done the Best of South Italy a year ago. In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in the Itinerary section of your tour confirmation email, as well as in your tour account. I learned so much about the culture, the history, the art, and the people. The overall tour was excellent. Sleep in Venice. "There were "wow" moments every day of the tour!". My fiance is not a "tour" person, but I convinced him that it would be a good experience as he'd never been to Italy. A free afternoon or evening is fine, but 3 whole all free days is not a guided tour. This was my second Rick Steve's tour so I came to expect great, passionate tour guides, a fun group of fellow travelers and comfortable accommodations. We usually use the RS guide books for our trip planning. If I could have, I would have seen more. The tour exceeded my very high expectations. The group is too large. ", We had a great time; were very pleased with the tour. "The beautiful views in Cinque Terre and Alterocca in Umbria stand out. From the cooking demonstrations by chefs to experiencing the passion of artisans with stained glass, carving, wine --I fell in love with the culture. She was knowledgeable, personable and demonstrated a genuine care for the tour members. Cinque Terra was stunning in its physical beauty. * Expert advice from Rick Steves on what's worth your time and money * Two-day itineraries covering Venice, the Cinque Terre, Florence, the Hill Towns of Central Italy, Rome, Naples, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast * Over 80 full-color maps and vibrant photos #2 is Germany, Austria & Switzerland visits Munich, Bavaria, Berlin, Potsdam, Vienna, Danube, Salzburg, the Lake District, Berner Alps & Western Switzerland. It was decadent, and efficient.It was nice to have everything taken care of. "I feel like the whole tour was a "wow" moment!!". Awsome, so glad we tried the Rick Steves tour. Buy Rick Steves Best of Italy by Steves, Rick (ISBN: 9781631212598) from Amazon's Book Store. This tour exceeded even my own expectations!! Sleep in Monterosso (group may be split between two hotels). "How can I pick just one....from seeing the beautiful Mediterranean Sea for the first time, to realizing the size of the Trevi Fountain and then standing on the floor of the Coliseum, imagining that particular spot 2,000 years ago.". "There were lots of WOW moments. Our guide, Pallo, brought art history to life and gave me a much better appreciation of how it all fit together. I really enjoyed this tour, and even though at 17 days, it is one of the longer ones, it was good for me as I wanted to see as much as possible on my first trip to Italy. All of the hotels that we stayed in were really nice, and we had some amazing meals! Our guide Molly was particularly aware of individual differences and managed the group with responsibility and efficiency. We were completely blown away by the whole experience. You'll also soak in Italy's quieter side: hill town vineyards, mountain-ringed alpine meadows, cliff-clinging Cinque Terre villages, and cozy fishing harbors — all accompanied by … Our guide was excellent. Arriving in Varenna I said "I love this place!" Having a singer and accordion player on our private gondola was a real treat (thanks, Molly!). The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City was also breathtaking. "I had been to many of the locations before, but still found much to experience anew or discover for the first time. Well Done!!!! Downtime in the Cinque Terre. The tour met all my expectations. Train: ¼ hour. It was a perfect balance of free/explore time and organized time. The organization, sites and variety of experiences were excellent. Just magnificent!". What can we say to convey our feelings about our recent Best of Italy Tour? An empty plaza, locals busy starting their day and a beautiful sunrise.". Also, each church we visited in Italy was an absolute visual knock-out! Had a great time and enjoyed myself. "Seeing the David in Florence was the wow moment. I found the SMALL towns to be as interesting as the larger/more famous ones, and was glad we had a chance to see them. Today we'll venture into the heart of magical Tuscany, stopping on the way to poke around the quiet lanes of a friendly hill town. Locals and tourists, elderly couples arm in arm, families with children.". From the beginning, our group of 28 had a like-minded approach to the adventure we were beginning together in large part due to Marianna's graceful, easy going manner and expertise in facilitating group bonding and connecting personally with individuals. Trip leader was great! The Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and Lake Como were also exceptionally incredible. She gave us great tips that allowed us to enjoy our free time without being too intimidated. His historical and present day knowledge of Italy is phenomenal. A truly experienced professional! Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Sleep in the Alpe di Siusi area. Our guide Daniela was truly incredible. "Uffizi Gallery (our best guide) & The David. The personal wow for me was in the gondola, with the accordion & singer for my wifes birthday. This was our 30th anniversary trip and we couldn't have picked a better way to celebrate! -Our gondola ride in Venice with opera singer accompanied by accordionist "So many. We truly enjoyed each other, and this added a dimension to the trip that I was just not expecting. The commedia dell'arte production of "Arlecchino and the Magic Ring" and the awesome Interpreti Veneziani concert of mostly Vivaldi with authentic realization were other highlights. The best of travels in Europe with Rick Steves is a 6 DVD set. We were not sure what to expect from a RS trip, although we have heard nothing but great things from people who taken your trips. From our first meeting with Elena, we felt that something memorable was about to happen. We'll regroup tonight for dinner at our cozy hotel. "The Dolomites. I also loved Venice and walking through the streets/alleys and exploring. ", "Otzi the Ice Man and the optional Carrara Marble Tour!". The Rick Steves Best of Italy tour is exactly that — the very best. In the midst of all this traveling and experiencing Italy, it was a quiet moment to say hello and thanks to all these fellow Americans for their sacrifice. Sleep in Rome. "Gondola ride for 60 Th. It was overwhelmingly wonderful. Rainer was great as were all the special tour guides. "Opening the window in our hotel window in Monterosso and seeing that gorgeous blue Ligurian sea in front of us!! Really moving. 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