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Buongiorno Tommaso!

I completed the review on your website. I hope you get a chance to read it!

We had an amazing trip, and fell in love with Italy!

I can’t thank you enough for organizing such a wonderful vacation. The memories will be forever in my heart.

You took the worry completely out of my excursions. Your details were impeccable. I felt completely comfortable traveling to another country from your direction.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for a wonderful vacation!

We will definitely go back to Italy!

Rena G. & Family
Marsi Plaunt - Italy Customized Vacation Venice
Emily,

We had an amazing time visiting Venice, Florence and Rome, along with our side trips to the smaller cities!

Our hotels were all nice with friendly staff. Our favorite being Hotel Rapallo in Florence! It was beautiful! However, the location of our hotel in Venice right on the canal was very special as well.

All of our tours were well organized and very interesting! The pizza making and gelato class was a lot of fun also.The one time we had a concern during our trip was because there was news of a train strike. Our hotel manager quickly put us in contact with someone from your team right at front desk and they researched situation and set our mind at ease! So nice to have that support!

Again thank you for the wonderful experiences and memories!

Marsi and Dennis
Emily,The trip was just amazing!!

Everything was stunning and beautiful.

We saw and did a lot of great things on this trip to Milan,Venice, Florence, Rome and the Amalfi Coast, so it is hard to pick just one favorite thing.

The art in the museum's UNBELIEVABLE! Just took our breaths away. Pompeii - WOW! Our guides on all of of your trips were knowledgeable and friendly. We did have our favorites though, The Vatican guide (couldn't remember her name) was knowledgeable and had the greatest sense of humor. The guide at Pompeii (Michael if I remember correctly) was outstanding. The guide at the Coliseum was outstanding. All the guides never rushed the group . I was always last taking pictures and they were very kind and understanding of that, it was greatly appreciated.The private drivers were all professional and very nice.

At our hotel, Hotel Del Mare, were experienced EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE! We had an issue with our door not locking correctly. My husband went down and made a request to get it fixed. Found out later it was the owner of the hotel. Such a nice man. We ended up chatting with him a few days later explaining our early checkout, he said that he would have the guard get us a little something to eat before we left. We got a wake up call and when we got down to the lobby, everything was there. What GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE, the owner's name is Nino.

Starting with my first phone call to Emily and Tommaso, nothing but 5 star customer service.

Thank you again for everything, It truly was an amazing trip.

Jennifer and Donavan J
Hi Emily,

We had an amazing trip! All went seamlessly.

It an honor to compliment trips 2 Italy for their expertise in travel arrangements!

The team at trips 2 Italy speak fluent English and has an incredible grasp of Italy.

The companies connections with key people in Italy to arrange the tailored needs of our trip is remarkable.

For the most successful touring experience in Italy, I highly recommend trips 2 Italy for anyone's arrangements and travel.

Thank you!

Cheryl C.
Eileen M. - Northern Lakes and Dolomites Group Tour
Tommaso,

I had a marvelous time in Italy!

You did a remarkable job of connecting all the bits and pieces of the trip that I wanted in order to see my great-grandparents' villages!

Thank you so much for the wonderful transfers and recommendations.

I would also like to highly recommend the Northern Lakes and Dolomites tour. All the hotels were centrally located which was ideal for exploring, no need for taxis, subways, or busses to see the sights.

Grazie mille!

Eileen M.
Tomasso, You promised us that we would have a unique, wonderful traveling experience and you exceeded our expectations.

We are so grateful for your care to every detail and your selection of activities for us.

The cooking class was an especially wonderful and memorable experience. I always wanted to go to a cooking class in Tuscany.

I never dreamed it would be in an outside kitchen surrounded by the beauty of Italy. Making our own pasta was so much fun and topping the delicious meal off with “chocolate salami” was heavenly.

I have already told some friends that you are best in class for arranging trips to Italy.

Thank you for the beautiful memories of Italy.
Irene H.
Hi Emily,

Grazie mille!! Sorry I didn’t send a postcard - I wrote you a note in Rome but never got it in the mail.

We had a wonderful time on our trip, and loved it all. The hotel in Rome was in a perfect location and I can’t express enough how lovely and kind everyone was. We explored the city and found all the iconic sites on our free days. One of our favorite restaurants was just a few doors away from the hotel.
The girl who was our guide for the Vatican tour was amazing, sweet and so well informed and interesting. On our last day in Rome we explored Villa Borghese Park and the National Gallery of Modern Art - both were fantastic, and a nice way to spend a cool, quiet day after the more crowded attractions.

Same in Sorrento. I loved the hotel and location – being so close to the beach. The whole marina area was charming and felt like home. We had dinner there most nights, swam, and walked up into the town on our first evening and free day. The Amalfi coast tour was beautiful, as was the Capri small boat tour.
I was thrilled with the opportunity to swim off the boat in such brilliant blue water. The captain and guide were charming and funny. On our last day we found Gallery Raffaele Celentano which we thoroughly enjoyed, and in the evening stumbled into a music performance in a small church - magical!

I also enjoyed all the wonderful detail in the guidebook that was created for us - not only great information, but proverbs and recipes. :-)

Thanks so much for putting together such a great trip, one that was truly perfect for us. You nailed it!
– Suzanne
We had an amazing time in Italy. Tommaso, you and your team did a phenomenal job planning our trip - we saw so many incredible places, made a lot of wonderful memories, and tasted so much delicious food. And we got engaged!

We are very grateful to Trips 2 Italy for your enthusiasm, professionalism, and helpfulness helping to plan the proposal and our entire vacation. Your communication was excellent and you were so easy to work with.

You really went above and beyond to help make sure everything went smoothly for us on our special day and we can't thank enough for that. You also gave us so many helpful tips during our pre-trip phone call and the materials Trips 2 Italy sent us (vouchers, tickets, a booklet on the places we were visiting) were all top-notch. It was so helpful and informative to have your references, recommendations, and write-ups for each location.

We really loved Verona and Turin in particular. In both cities, we had excellent tour guides that taught us about the history of the cities and also gave us a glimpse into what life is like for the locals there. As an added bonus, both tours featured samples of local drinks and foods. We also had an especially incredible day when we got engaged, as we had a private driver show us the beautiful countryside and vineyards of Verona and Lake Garda.

It was truly unforgettable!

If we could take our trip again, We probably would've liked to have more individual/private tours instead of the big group tours that departed from Milan. We don't blame Trips 2 Italy for this at all, however - we told you our budget constraints and even asked if you could cut the total price a bit. In the future, we'd probably plan on spending a bit more money for private or small tours, since they really offered a unique and enhanced experience.

We had such a wonderful time - thank you again so much for all your help and guidance throughout this entire process. You went above and beyond and we are really grateful for that. We attached a few picture highlights for you and your postcard is in the mail!

Grazie mille!

Evan & Casey
Hi Emily!
We can’t thank you enough for all of the thought and preparation you put into making our trip perfect!

We had a very busy agenda planned and every detail was outlined to make it easy to enjoy.

Before I share the highlights, I have to note how incredibly helpful the entire staff was not only before the trip, but during and in time of need. In a nut shell, our flight was delayed due to weather, missed a connection, re-routed to another country, and lost luggage.
It all resolved by day three, but Emily, Ana and Giulia were there for us at all hours, helping us to rearrange schedules and providing support and advice. Honestly, if it weren’t for each of them it would have been very stressful.

THANK YOU again! I can’t recommend Trips2Italy enough, and that is one of the reasons.

On to the highlights: We stayed in Venice, Milan and Florence as “home cities” and did day trips from each city. These included Verona & Amarone (wine country), Lake Como, Cinque Terre and Pisa. Emily set up private guided tours to see the cities as well. It was the perfect combination of being active, cultural and having time for ourselves.

As mentioned by others, every ticket, voucher, tour, transportation information was detailed down to when you leave your hotel.

Lol You can read about each city on many sites.
Bottom line is I would not change one thing and would highly, highly recommend Trips2Italy for your next perfect trip to Italy!
Tomasso,

the following is what they wrote me:

Melody,

We had an amazing time on our trip to Italy! Thank you so much for helping us create some great family memories.

All of the details in the itinerary and maps/vouchers from Trips 2 Italy really paid off. Every single event went off without a hitch. We found every location without a problem, all drivers/taxi/tour guides were right on time, and having plenty of restaurant recommendations was extremely helpful.

The private Murano glass tour was beyond our expectations and all the tours to historic places including the Vatican were top notch.

The hotels in Venice and Florence were great and we would definitely go back to, but the hotel in Rome was just ok. It was clean and the staff was fairly attentive, but I would not choose it again for the following reasons:

1) location was close to train station but it was on a very busy thoroughfare with lots of street people right outside the entrance

2) the room was extremely small/tight for four adults which would have been ok if there was any lounge or common space in the hotel to go to but there was not

3) when we returned to the hotel in the early afternoon, a lot of the breakfast food was still sitting out in the breakfast area which seemed odd to me

4) it did not have an elevator and the entrance to the hotel was on the second floor, so carrying bags up and down was cumbersome

Otherwise, I would highly recommend Trips 2 Italy! It was so well executed that it really took away a lot of the anxiety of foreign travel.

Jennifer & R. Family


Melody Dochoff Senior Travel Consultant
We loved our Italy adventure and was made so much more enjoyable with everything planned out ahead of time.

All of the staff at Trips2Italy were helpful and available before and while we were on vacation and needed help. Also it was my son's birthday while we were in Italy and you sent us a bottle of champagne to celebrate, which was very thoughtful and above and beyond.

We thoroughly enjoyed working with you and enjoyed all the side trips and adventures along the way that you planned for us.Thanks so much for the memories!!

Beth & Joseph B.
Hi Emily, Here is a more detailed report of our trip to Italy:

Venice:

We took the vaporetto to the Gallerie dell'accademia for the Free Art Night and saw da Vinci's Vitruvian Man drawing and all the other amazing works of art. The boat ride to the museum on the Grand Canal was amazing and the views from the bridge near the museum were amazing. The next morning we took the vaporetto again to Arsenale to see the Museo Storico Navale. The boys loved that museum - lots of weapons, armor and models and real size ships/gondolas. We then, since we were right there, saw part (maybe half) of the Biennale exhibition at Arsenale. It was really interesting and the space it's in complements all the artwork very well, but its unbelievably huge! It must take a couple of weeks to see all of the Biennale exhibitions. After that, we walked to the tour of the Doges Palace, etc. Our tour guide was great - did a great job, but the piazza was incredibly crowded - we could barely walk on the bridges/sidewalks to get there and people were everywhere. Our hotel was very nice and we loved the courtyard in the mornings for breakfast and in the evenings with the bar service. The food we ate was mostly "on the go" and in the touristy locations, but we did have one pretty decent dinner at a restaurant right next door (almost) to the hotel - cannot remember the name, but between the canal and the hotel.


Rome:

In Rome, we loved the tour of the Vatican - great tour guide - saw the Sistine Chapel ceiling with almost no one else in there, thanks to our guide. He made it all really interesting and pointed out all the highlights before it got too crazy with the crowds. Most of all, though (and it was very hot in the afternoon) the boys absolutely loved the tour guide we had for the ruins/Colosseum. We all learned so much Roman history from him - he brought it all to life and was great about including the teenagers in every discussion & quizzing them (they are super competitive). They said he was the best tour guide they had ever had. On our free day (again, very hot in Rome), we walked to all the tourist highlights and then, in the afternoon, went into a museum near the Piazza Navona - the Museo Nazionale Roma - Palazzo Altemps. It was very interesting to be inside the Palazzo and see the original frescos/decoration and the church inside, and the collection was good - we used the English audio guides - and it was nice to be in the air conditioning (barely anyone in the museum when we were there in the afternoon). We didn't go to any great restaurants, but had good pizza - even went to the Hard Rock Rome one night (which was a nice break from pizza and pasta). Our hotel was good and, again, I loved having the courtyard for breakfast and in the evening - you felt like you escaped the craziness of the city in the courtyard - very nice. (Oh, I also went to a cafe near the hotel - Cafe Torino - where I got to see all the business people going to work & had the best cappuccino I've ever had, EVER.) My youngest son was also happy that there was a McDonalds close to our hotels in Venice and in Rome ??.


Sorrento/Positano/Capri:

(oh, as I said before, all the drivers were great and Julia? who helped us via the number you gave us to use for delays, etc. was extremely helpful) The tour of Herulaneum was also just great - learned so much - our tour guide was also so informative and made it all so interesting/brought it to life. It was incredibly hot, so we are happy we went there and not to Pompeii. In Sorrento, our hotel was absolutely beautiful and the service was incredible - it was like the service at the Four Seasons or some place like that. I couldn't believe how great and attentive and helpful they were! We loved the pool and the private beach and the views from our room and our room itself!! It surpassed our expectations - thank you so much! On our trip to Positano, we had a very delicious lunch at Da Vincenzo (service there was great too & they gave us this great table in the window with a view of everything - so beautiful), which was on your list of recommendations, and then spent the perfect amount of time there: I did a bunch of shopping and when boys got bored (cause I was shopping), it was time to to back to hotel. The next day we couldn't believe how nice the boat was for the boat tour and visit to Capri. The small number of people, who were all very fun to be on the boat with, and the amazing boat were great and the 2 tour guides/boat captains or whatever were fabulous hosts - very fun, informative, attentive - and the snacks and drinks were great! Loved the boat ride both there and back! We decided not to tour anywhere in Capri and, instead, rented some chairs/towels and at lunch at Bagni Tiberio beach club, where it was mostly locals or Italians, it looked like. We spent the hot day in the water - boys loved it - and we had a fabulous meal with an amazing view of the water.


Thanks, again, for organizing such an amazing, beautiful and interesting trip on such short notice!

We have incredible pictures, saw everything we wanted to see, learned a lot and loved every minute of it!

I would highly recommend you and your team at Trips2Italy to anyone - so happy that Veronica Jackson recommended you to me!

Best -The Dinges Family
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