We wanted to thank Trips 2 Italy for our fabulous trip Apr 14-21. Everything was absolutely perfect!Our driver in Rome, Raphael, ended up at the wrong terminal to meet us, which initially concerned us that there would be problems. However, when he arrived - out of breath and so apologetic - everything went smoothly. He gave us a wonderful introduction to the beauty and history of Rome, while driving us around to see some of the sights. From there, every detail was perfect: every reservation, the weather, the hotels were spectacular. The way the trip was planned out, we had plenty of time for our scheduled events, plus plenty of time to wander on our own, or return to the hotels to relax. Language was no barrier - we used lots of hand gestures and smiles, as suggested. The food and wine were excellent, from the street food we found in Florence, to the casual lunches, to the excellent breakfasts at both hotels, to the elegant dinners we enjoyed both in Rome and Florence. In one restaurant in Florence, we discovered the owner had lived in Houston. As fellow "Texans", he gave us a bottle of wine as we left. We enjoyed it with our sandwiches while sitting in the sun in the Piazza Santa Maria Novella the next day. Our day in Tuscany was also a success, especially the lunch at the winery. Our ideas of returning home with wines from Italy was easily accomplished with the shipping they offered, and we added olive oils and balsamic vinegar to our order - a special treat for us in a few weeks from now. The natural beauty of the landscape was breathtaking. The history of the country is brought to life in the beautiful cities and villages we visited. Everywhere the art fills the eye and the soul. Our flights were all on time!! It was our first experience flying on KLM, and their service is first class. The airports were easy to navigate, as were the train stations. All was easy and perfect, as promised, and all went beyond our expectations. Ideas for our next trip to Italy entered the conversation on the flight home. We will return to Italy and to Trips 2 Italy when we are ready for our next adventure. Thank you for everything you planned and prepared for us. We did send a postcard from Florence, but couldn't wait for its arrival to tell you how much we loved our trip.This was the easiest travel experience we've had in many years, and we are sharing our happy stories and pictures with all our friends and family. Gratefully,Kathy and Walker B.
Kathy and Walker B. Humble, TX
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