From start to finish we were so pleased and thrilled with every experience. "To be honest, we weren't all that excited to see Rome. The guides, tour members, and sights were great. She made all the years of history come alive. Everything was just perfect. The fellow travelers in our group were good companions, and there was plenty of free time to explore on our own. I would pay money to have it on my phone-- it was too heavy to carry around. Florence was awe inspiring. "Favorite "wow" moment were the Cinque Terre towns. "I have two. Another would be our group dinners. Shopping in the market square and small shops was such fun. Our tour guides were personable and knowledgeable. Voltare, Lucca, Cinque Terre delightful. There was a lot of walking and climbing (hills and stairs), which was more than we realized, but doable. From the Mediterranean to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta, experience Italy with Rick Steves! "My favorite city was Volterra. The tour met all my expectations and we'll be back soon! Rick Steves' Europe Page-A-Day Calendar 2021 [Steves, Rick, Workman Calendars] on Amazon.com. "There were really two inspiring moments: Seeing the David again after 41 years and experiencing Volterra and the beauty and peace of the Tuscan hills. I highly recommend this tour. One of my favorite "wow" moments was looking to the mountains and it looked as though they were covered in snow- and being told that it was marble dust from the quarries being cut out over hundreds of years- with no snow at all....". As we embarked through each designated stop, a local Guide would take us through the history of each town. Cinque Terre was so picturesque and rugged, by the sea. There were several. I loved her explanation that Rome can't be understood chronologically. It was also nice to get to know other folks who joined the tour as well. Very humbling and got a lot out of it.". "Volterra was my favorite part of the entire tour. Lucca was an interesting community and the Cinque Terre was so beautiful. All customers get FREE Shipping on orders over $25 shipped by Amazon. I would take another Rick Steves Tour in a heartbeat! The old and the new are intertwined. The local guides were also excellent. I was nervous to go on an "organized tour" with my mom for her 70th birthday. "Our "wow" moment was viewing the Duomo as we emerged from a side street. It was exceedingly hot in Rome for late September and I did not pack accordingly. Private Happy Hour at the top of Florence...WOW!!!". "In Volterra there is an underground Roman Cistern, and on our 'free afternoon' (with Volterra City pass provided by the tour) we seemed to be the only people who went down a spiral stairway into the ground to a 100' x 100' by 50' chamber which was built in 100-200 AD to provide water to town fountains and was fed by town gutters. I truly enjoyed getting out of the city and into the beautiful countryside. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel doing a tour with a group, but because we had no experience with traveling to another country, we thought this would be the safest way to dip our toes in the traveling water. Our fellow travelers were great - it was fun to share the experience with so many new friends. Here's what you'll see and do on our Heart of Italy tour: Group sightseeing events subject to change. The Tour Guides were first class. "I think there were a few, the one stands out would be viewing the Sistine Chapel. "Hiking up to the half way point between Vernazza and Corniglia and looking down on the whole Cinque Terre was definitely one of my "wow" moments. ""Wow" moments were many which related to how far back the history goes in Italy. The selection of destinations was a good sampling and maximized the time available. We have wanted to experience Italy, its history and culture for many years. Well done. I also loved hiking in Cinque Terra, stopping for coffee and food in between strenuous hikes.". I like places next to water, and it was beautiful. I was very disappointed. So rich in Etruscan history which was made even more compelling by our local guide Annie. After a very busy first night, vans picked us up that morning and brought us to our walking tour! The Etruscan influence on future civilizations". Boy was I wrong! Bargain - two for the price of one! I plan to do more tours in the future. "I really like Volterra. The tour was outstanding.......history of the areas........hotels and the meals all were outstanding, "The Italian Riviera and the American cemetery in Florence.". Their ability to bring alive the historical environment was amazing, engaging, and inspiring. ", The tour was fantastic! No major surprises, a few that were outside of the tour guides control, but she warned us on day 1 that in Italy, things just happen. Cindy did a great job when we were at the Uffizi as well. It was a great group of people, with the best tour guide, Trish. Being in Rome and visiting the Vatican, places I have seen on TV, movies, etc. We'll definitely find our way back to Italy. This was my first time taking a tour and I couldn't have been more pleased. I was very impressed with the whole Rick Steves'tour operation and approach. Volterra - The 400BC arch and the vista of the valley below. All of Italy was interesting. ", "Spending time one evening at the tower rooftop bar at our Firenze hotel. Good group management. 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 while on tour in the Documents section of your tour account. "Enjoyed seeing the US WW2 memorial outside of Florence. "The entire trip was "wow", but seeing Michelangelo's David was amazing.". Completely competent & comfortable handling our group, Andy was a joy. 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