I was just finishing up my email to you. By now you know that I am not shy and will share our comments.
Christine D. and I have returned from Italy and wanted to thank you for planning one of our best trips. The hotels were terrific, but best of all the number of days in each town were perfect. The guides went out of their way to make sure we saw everything and added their personal anecdotes to make our trip come alive. The guide in Cinque Terre actually reserved a small boat for us instead of dealing with the large crowds on the ferry - it was wonderful.
We thought we would pass along some comments which may help you when you are planning future clients' trips to this area. These are not criticisms, just comments.
Loved this area of Italy - so much to see and learn - would tell people not to skip it. #1 Hotel San Gallo Palazzo
The staff couldn't have been nicer - helping us with our questions (and we had many!), providing maps, bringing us coffee when we sat on their large veranda reviewing our full day of sightseeing, etc. Breakfast was outstanding! Probably the best of the 3 hotels
This hotel was so convenient to the sites that we had no issues walking all over town on our free days and in the evening. Note: The San Gallo hotel restaurant was not included on your recommended list, but was probably one of the best dinners we ate. You may want to consider adding it to your list.
#2 Hotel Palazzo Ravizza - we weren't sure if the driver was dropping us off at the correct location because the sign on the building read "Pensione" not Hotel; but we were so happy once inside the building. This mansion's rooms were all redone to provide a different style for most guests. Updated bathrooms, coffee pots in each room, even an iron and ironing board!!! Since our rooms over looked the garden (thanks to you) we had the most incredible views watching the sun rise through our large bedroom windows. We took a tour of the building which still houses a grand piano, antiques and furniture from the original owner. The wife of the owner of the NY Frick museum typically stayed here when in Italy.
Breakfast was different than the previous hotel. The salami and cheese was delicious and plentiful. Coffee was magnifique (once we learned to use the machine)!
We had such fun at the cooking school learning how to make pasta and sauces. Of course, we ate too much and have fond memories of the people we met and the Chef who used much more salt and wine than Americans. ViVace Pizza & Grigila was also not on your recommended restaurant list, but was excellent with a beautiful back terrace overlooking the city lights. This is located right around the corner from the hotel.
Santa Margherita #3 The Mediterranneo Emotional Hotel was also very nice, located close to everything so we were able to walk to sites and restaurants. Of course, the building was newly renovated.
How can we ever thank you enough for working so hard on each and every detail of our trip. We couldn't stop saying this is the most beautiful site, until we moved to the next one.
So looking forward to our next grand trip. By the way, do you provide trips to other countries in addition to Italy?
Your Very Happy Clients,
Wendy and Christine
Wendy J. & Christine D. - Girlfriends Getaway Perugia, Siena and Cinque Terre
Township of Washington, NJ
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