Reviews & Testimonials – Our customers share their Vacation in Italy
"The trip was fabulous!! Everything we planned was perfect."
The cooking class we did set the bar for all cooking classes!!!! It was so special, and the owner himself was there, and opened what seemed like unending bottles of champagne for us while we cooked, along with cheese, and some treats – before we even sat down for dinner.
On our last free day – we took the ferry to Burano – which was a great choice – what a charming village.
The ‘Piece de resistance’ was the Mascheranda ball – it was really an amazing event. We had so much fun… and stayed out dancing until about 3 a.m.
Thanks again for all your help with this trip – truly up there with the best I’ve had!
Lynn Nicaretta, Bayonne NJ,
"Definitely recommend the Dolce Vita Tour for a first time trip to Italy."
Let me start by saying we had a wonderful and memorable trip to Italy. October is a great time to travel to Italy, however how can you not have a great time in Italy at any time of the year. Chandra and I had a great time on the Dolce Vita Tour October 2011 with Tour Italy Now. We got a good taste of Italy traveling through Rome, Florence and Venice stopping in some quaint cities like Assisi, Siena, Bologna, Padova and Montepulciano. The art, architecture, artisanship of ancient and present Italy is worth noting and keeps you in awe every step of the way. The food and wine were great and the desserts were to die for. Our tour director was awesome, giving us great ideas to explore the cities on our own too. We took the metro, bus, cabs, and boat rides and had very good experiences. People were very helpful and courteous. Every detail of the trip was taken care of, from pick up at the airport, tours through cities and drop off at airport. Great thing about tours is you do not have to stand in line to get into the major city sites which can have long lines. Definitely recommend the Dolce Vita Tour for a first time trip to Italy. It will make you want to go back. Thanks to Tour Italy Now.
Lathika and Chandra Nair (Mount Sinai, NY)
Dolce Vita Tour, October 2011
"We can't thank Tour Italy Now enough for all the guidance and help provided in setting up our trip, we'll never forget it."
Our trip to Italy, amazing. We had such a great time, and were literally in awe of everything we experienced. We were trying to think of one particular part of our trip that was the best but couldn't come up with just one, everywhere we went had something special to offer. I must admit, that the tour guide we had in Florence where we did the walking tour and Museum, was the best. He was so passionate about the history of Florence which transferred the interest to us just that much more. His enthusiasm was terrific. So overall the tour itself was great, no complaints. We thought they all did a good job as that's a lot of people to co-ordinate and look after.
Our stay in Orvieto was wonderful, perfect way to end a 10 day tour, was so nice to have that down time. The staff there were so good, and made you feel at home. The weather was perfect the whole time we were there, couldn't of asked for anything better.
We can't thank Tour Italy Now enough for all the guidance and help provided in setting up our trip, we'll never forget it. Thanks again for everything.
Fred and Margaret Bailey (Calgary, Canada)
Classic Italy Tour and Customized Vacation, September 2011
"No hitches, no glitches - great holiday."
It's hard to believe we have been home months now. I think the Bus Tour was great! The tour guides were excellent, amazing actually, personality plus, extremely knowledgable, accommodating and efficient and eager to please and help. It was a great trip and Italy is 'magnifico'! Of course I had to make a purchase at the Murano Glass Factory that we visited. No hitches, no glitches - great holiday.
Maureen Primrose (Vernon, BC, Canada)
Discover Italy Tour, September 2011
"It was all well planned and so easy to follow."
Our trip was awesome! We had the best time and it was all well planned and so easy to follow. Thank you a million times over for your assistance. I got engaged the day before we left, which made the trip all the more fun! Rome was busy and cool, but we loved Venice. I someday want to own a boat, so it was heaven for me! We had a great restaurant suggested to us of the beaten path called La Caravate and it was delish! We truly enjoyed our first European vacation. Thank you again!
Lori Spicer (Memphis, TN)
Customized Italy Vacation, September 2011
Becky Jimenez (Puerto Rico)
Discover Italy, October 2010
"I can't wait to go back!"
What an amazing time we had! It was wonderful and Tour Italy Now did a great job with picking the hotels - they were clean, nice, and in very good locations. Even the rental car size was perfect!
Thank you so much for making this an unforgettable trip. I can't wait to go back!
Donna Westermeier (East Aurora, NY)
Customized Italy Vacation, September 2011
"The hotel was perfect - gorgeous, serene and quiet, located beautifully."
Everything you arranged for our trip went off perfectly! I and all the others thank you so much. We had a lovely time - ate far too much, and had some crazy experiences, all in all it was excellent. The hotel was perfect - gorgeous, serene and quiet, located beautifully. Thanks so much! Here we are! Left to right - Adrienne, Carole, Mary, Norma.
Carole Woundenberg (Mahwah NJ)
Customized Italy Vacation, September 2011
"My daughter and I had the trip of a lifetime!"
The trip was fabulous, thank you for all you’re help with the booking and arrangements and making it quite simple for us to enjoy such a beautiful country. We met so many great people on the tour which made the experience that much more enjoyable. My daughter and I had the trip of a lifetime! Thanks Again.
Rosa Noto (Massapequa Park, NY)
Dolce Vita, August 2011
"I saw SO MUCH in so little time and it wouldn't have been possible alone."
Our trip was great. My main interest in booking a tour-based vacation was the promised element of safety. Our tour leaders were very friendly, knew the areas we traveled very well, and the buses were both comfortable and safe. I saw SO MUCH in so little time and it wouldn't have been possible alone. Thank you very much for all your help. I am very glad I had this experience and am excited to travel back there one day.
The picture is of our tight-knit group. Within a few days, we all found each other at the same dinner table every night. From left to right, Louisa, a retired banker from Hong Kong. In the middle, Bev and Jan, two Australian best friends, and then me and my Aunt, also named Bev. I was having a bit of trouble getting adjusted to being in a foreign country, but I found solace in the three strangers in the photograph. I never expected to go on a tour and make friends, especially friends so different in geography, age, and experiences. We had a great time together and I'm so grateful to have met them. This is us outside our Venice hotel.
Amanda Roberts (Athens, GA)
Classic Italy Tour, August 2011
"The experience was amazing and will be a lifetime memory."
We had a great trip to Italy! The hotel stays were very accommodating. The tours provided were perfect and well planned. Thank you for supporting us during the trip in providing a rental car so quickly in Siena. The train tickets worked out great as well. The transportation to and from the airport couldn’t be any better and the private car for the restaurant in Siena was first class as well. Overall the experience was amazing and will be a lifetime memory. Thank you for helping to make this happen and I appreciate your services.
Patrick Spine (Raleigh, NC)
Customized Italy Vacation, September 2011
"The tour covered all the places we wanted to visit and we were more than satisfied."
Just want to say thank you to Tour Italy Now for arranging our recent tour of Italy. The coach tour from Rome to Venice and return to Rome was fantastic. The tour guide was excellent and so was the driver. Great hotels, we loved the Carlton on the Grand Canal in Venice and Hotel Diana and in Rome. The tour covered all the places we wanted to visit and we were more than satisfied. We would certainly recommend your service to our friends and family.
Marjorie and Brian George (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Dolce Vita Tour, August 2011
"Escorted tours are perfect for first timers going to Italy!"
"We had a wonderful time in Italy. I would like to thank you for arranging everything perfectly. I'd also like to mention that escorted tours are perfect for first timers going to Italy, like me. Everything was followed according to the schedule, tour guides were friendly and respectful. The trip was so good that I ended up staying three extra days, especially to enjoy the beach in Sorrento and Capri. What a beautiful place! It really took us by surprise. Thank you again for all your help. Your staff in Italy was great. I will definitely recommend Tour Italy to whomever wants to experience Italy, and if I go back I'll absolutely go with Tour Italy Now."
Neise Cordeiro (Las Vegas, NV)
Classic Italy Tour, July 2011
"The private transfers were definitely a great bonus to have and the hotels were all really nice and in great locations"
Italy was awesome! May was a really good time of year to go, no big crowds anywhere and the weather was wonderful. It was cool how you were able to piece the trip together with all the smaller tours, that worked really well. It was also a great balance of guided tours and free time to do stuff on our own. It’s hard to compare all the cities since they are so different from each other, we loved them all! Rome is so historic, Sorrento is so picturesque, Florence is really pretty and artsy but a smaller city and very easy to get around, and Venice is an experience all in itself. I think our favorite was probably Sorrento. The trip out to Capri was really awesome as well, and the weather was nice enough that we got to do the Blue Grotto, definitely the highlight of the trip! Needless to say, we took 1100 pictures and 1.5 hours of video, so we have a lot to look back on. The private transfers were definitely a great bonus to have and the hotels were all really nice and in great locations, especially for walking to and from the train stations in Florence and Venice. The food was delicious, we ate gelato every single day and sometimes even twice a day! We will definitely have to go back again. Thanks for all your help, we loved the trip!
Jared and Elisabeth Patrick (York, PA)
Classic Italy Rome to Venice, May 2011
"Our guided Vatican City tour was great"
Our Italy trip was fabulous! Things went very smoothly. We were happy with our hotel selections. Especially in Venice, it was a great hotel! Venice was by far our favorite stop. The staff was very friendly and the location of the hotel could not be beat. They had the best breakfast too. We had a large room with plenty of space. It was great.
All the transfers that were included were on time and worked out perfectly. Our guided Vatican City tour was great as well. My husband and I actually attended the Papal Audience on Wednesday and had front row seats. Overall, we had a fabulous trip. Thank you very much for putting this package together for us. Europe was amazing and I will most definitely keep you in mind for our next Europe trip! Thanks again!
Mariana T. Gonzalez (Napa, CA)
Customized Vacation, May 2011
"We were very well taken care of at every step"
Our trip to Italy was fantastic! We were very well taken care of at every step. Everyone was fantastic. We got to see all the highlights of Rome, the gorgeous views of the Amalfi Coast, and Capri was amazing. Also, we enjoyed the walking tour of Naples and the tour through the ruins of Pompeii. On our own, we ventured to Sorrento via ferry one day which was a lot of fun. All of the hotels were super nice. Thanks again!
Brandi, Vijay and Mike Rossi (Estero, FL)
Rome to Amalfi Tour, May 2011
"Thanks for helping us put together a dream honeymoon vacation!"
I wanted to take a minute to thank you for the excellent trip you planned for our honeymoon to Italy. Going into this trip we knew there would be a lot of research, planning and booking that needed to be done. When we started, we tried to do this ourselves but were not comfortable that we were making the right choices. That all changed once we got in touch with you! From the first phone call, you were always immediately responsive with every request we made big or small. The itinerary you put together fit us perfectly and we truly feel we got to see and do everything we wanted while we were there. It was all so easy! Every step of the way the transportation was there for us, the tour guides were excellent, the hotels you booked were gorgeous, and even the restaurants you recommended were delicious. I appreciate that you really listened to us when we told you what we were looking for and it all came together so perfectly.
I have already recommended you to other people who have thought about planning a trip to Italy. I know that if we ever get a chance to go back again, you will be the first person we call. Thanks for helping us put together a dream honeymoon vacation!
Paul & Jamie Mullen (St Petersburg, FL)
Honeymoon, April 2011
"The hotels were first class"
Pauline and I have just returned from Italy and I wanted to say what a fantastic time we had. The hotels were first class and offered great service, comfortable rooms, and great breakfasts. The tours were extremely interesting and the tour guides very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the free time that was built into the tour, as it allowed us to explore Italy at our leisure. Thank you for your efforts in organizing our tour.
James and Pauline Stirling (Ontario, Canada)
Marco Polo Tour, March 2011
"We had never done a tour before... and am so thankful the tour worked perfectly"
I wanted to let you know that we loved our trip and everything went exactly as planned. We had never done a tour before, so I was crossing my fingers throughout the trip, and am so thankful the tour worked perfectly for us. We were able to see the wonderful sites with a local tour guide and we were also able to explore the places on our own. It was truly a wonderful way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We will definitely tell our friends about your services. Thank you so much for an unforgettable experience. Ciao!
Darci Drinan (Chicago, IL)
Classic Italy Rome to Venice, September 2010
"My Tour Italy Now travel expert maintained excellent communication with me throughout the booking process"
Thank you for the wonderful service you provided and for making my dream trip to Italy a reality. My Tour Italy Now travel expert maintained excellent communication with me throughout the booking process. She was always ready and willing to answer any questions I had. I was given detailed information regarding all aspects of the trip and everything went according to plan. The trip couldn’t have been better.
Brienne Briggs (Rochester, NY)
Classic Italy Tour, September 2010
"We had beautiful weather, a great tour director, a safe driver and our hotels were in good locations"
This is to let you know that my husband and I had a fantastic eight days in Italy. We had beautiful weather, a great tour director, a safe driver and our hotels were in good locations. We loved all the sites we visited and we got to see much more of Italy than we expected from our eight-day stay. We had so much fun and fond memories of Italy.
Thank you for your help in making our vacation enjoyable and memorable.
Van-Loc Doran (Sommerville, MA)
Dolce Vita Tour September 2010
"If you want that great vacation to Italy, you have come to the right place. Priscila, our travel expert, will design the perfect trip to Italy"
Have you always wanted to take that perfect dream Italy vacation? My daughter and I did. We surfed the Internet and found the perfect tour--- Tour Italy Now’s Marco Polo Tour. Our itinerary was planned out with scheduled tours in Venice, Rome, Florence and Tuscany, with, a few personalized optional tours, drop-off service, breakfast and great four-star hotels which reflect the culture of the city you are in.
Our tour also included side trips to Pisa, Murano and the Tuscan countryside. We found the services remarkably accommodating, the hotel staffs were extremely helpful and our tour guides were very knowledgeable. We had comfortable buses and trains and our walking tours were well designed. We also discovered reasonably priced restaurants near our hotels and the hotels' restaurant service was just as wonderful. Taxis were available in our hotels and the fares were like those in Manhattan.
I am amazed that most Italians were tolerant of my college Italian and they were grateful that I attempted to speak to them in their native tongue. But do not worry if you don’t speak the language, almost everything you need for the tour is planned out for you and you will find a way to communicate. The hotel staffs of Carlton on the Grand Canal, the Atlantic Place in Florence and Hotel Diana speak English and can give you helpful directions in going around town.
If you want that great vacation to Italy, you have come to the right place. Priscila, our travel expert, will design the perfect trip to Italy.
Ellen Ferranti (New York, NY)
Marco Polo Tour, July 2010
"Our tour guide Stefano was awesome, organized and so much fun to be with"
Our heads are still in the clouds. I am not sure if I can use one word that truly expresses how we feel about our trip to Italy. It was awesome, exciting, expressive, beautiful, excellent, tour-friendly, fun and funny. I can go on and on.
We truly enjoyed every moment of it. Pompeii was hot, but historic. Assisi, Siena and Bologna were intimate yet exciting. Rome was interesting and larger than what we thought. Montepulciano was simply awesome. I really loved our hotel in Venice, it was right on the water. Our gondola ride was simply the best and our “guy” even sang happy birthday to us in Italian and that was just so sweet. Capri and Sorrento took our breath away. I even told Yvette, our Tour Italy Now guide, to spread my ashes over Capri/Sorrento when I die in 122 years.
Our tour guide Stefano was awesome, organized and so much fun to be with. He really enjoys what he does. He was very protective of us and made sure that we are all okay.
Our bus tour has 41 people and by the end of the tour we are all friends. We also got the chance to hang out, shop and eat together with our new friends from India, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Singapore, Netherlands, Miami, Tennessee and New York. It seems that people gravitated to us. We took about 1,200 photos and I have attached one from our Venice gondola adventure.
It was truly a grand trip. Thank you for your help and we will definitely recommend it.
Rosalind Boyer Bernard (Baltimore, MD)
Classic Italy Tour, June 2010
"When we compared notes, they were surprised that our tour costs less and everything was taken care of"
The tour was wonderful and I have 632 pictures of it. My mother couldn’t believe how much we did and saw. We met a lot of people on the tour and I have kept in touch with them. I actually created a blog just for our group and called it “Italy Tour Group” and we also have one in Facebook.
We talked with people at restaurants and at the airport. When we compared notes, they were surprised that our tour costs less and everything was taken care of, compared to what they did. I will definitely get in touch with Priscila if we take another Italy vacation soon. Thank you for helping me out with my lack of knowledge about tours and fear of scams. Till next time.
Sylvia Johnpier (Honolulu, HI)
Dolce Vita Tour, October 2010
"Job well done! Grazie!"
Buongiorno! We had a great time in Italy. I really loved Venice. We got to see the Pope and that was a nice bonus to our trip in Rome. The trains were fantastic and our walking tours served as a great exercise. It is truly a great way to get around.
I also loved the coastal town of Capri, we even took a boat ride to get there and the weather was just wonderful. Our stay at the classy Sorrento Hotel was enjoyable; we even had champagne for breakfast. It was truly lovely and the hotel was simply fantastico. Job well done! Grazie!
Jean MacCarthy (Chicago, IL)
Customized Vacation, September 2010
"We will certainly contact you for our next visit to Italy"
Mike and I wanted to thank you dearly for setting up such a lovely honeymoon package. The hotels were beautiful, had great amenities and were conveniently located. Italians are such friendly people. Everyone went out of their way to help us when we needed it.
The restaurants in Rome and Sorrento were fantastic. Mike and I explored a different one every night of our stay and we even found an Indian and Chinese restaurant in Rome. In Sorrento, my husband fell in love with the limoncello and we even brought some for our bar at home. We also fell in love with the gelato, which is much better than American ice cream.
The tour packages to Amalfi Coast and Mount Vesuvius were also great. We were able to climb Mount Vesuvius and even had the chance to visit Capri where we did the azzuro grotto tour and had a boat ride around the entire island.
Mike and I enjoyed learning about the Italian people and culture. Again, we want to thank you for doing a great job putting together a honeymoon worth remembering. We will certainly contact you for our next visit to Italy and we will let our friends know about your services.
Ciao for now. All the best!
Yvette and Mike Aidoo (New York, NY)
Customized Vacation, September 2010
We went on a custom tour of Rome, Florence and Venice, and our trip was incredible (molto bello!). Thanks again for helping make it so. I would highly recommend Villa Colle, a bed and breakfast 15 minutes outside Florence. The owners are wonderful and their villa is quite nice and comfortable. The pictures are true to life. The breakfasts were great also. We had a fantastic time! Ciao!
Jim Williams (Cheshire, CT)
Customized Vacation, April 2008
"Our travel expert did an excellent job helping us choose the perfect tour"
My wife and I had a great time on the Rome to Amalfi Coast Tour. Our travel expert did an excellent job helping us choose the perfect tour to meet our preferences. The scenery was amazing! The high-speed Eurostar train got us from Naples to Rome in less than two hours. We look forward to choosing another tour with Tour Italy Now in the next year or so. We had an amazing time thanks to Tour Italy Now.
Charles and Aneta Higgins (Fort Gratiot, MI)
Rome to Amalfi Coast, June 2006
"Everything worked out beautifully thanks to your careful preparation"
I just wanted to let you know that we just came home from the trip of a lifetime. Everything worked out beautifully thanks to your careful preparation. It was a little intimidating not speaking Italian, but everyone was so helpful and it was so reassuring to know that we had a plan to follow! All the hotels were in walking distance to the arriving train stations which we really appreciated.
Thanks again for all your efforts in putting together such a great trip at such an amazing price! I have already been passing your name to friends. Hope you'll hear from some new travelers and I'm sure you'll hear from me again! Thank you!
Kathleen McMahon (Chicago, IL)
Customized Vacation, May 2005
"We feel that we saw so much more of Italy, and learned of its history and culture as a result of the tour"
Our tour director did a marvelous job showing us around. She was most informative, had a wonderful sense of humor and was most personable. The bus driver, while not able to speak fluent English, was very expressive, an excellent driver, and added a great deal to the tour. The time that we spent at each stop was appropriate, just enough to get a feel for the area and history, and provided us with enough time to shop.
We feel that we saw so much more of Italy, and learned of its history and culture as a result of the tour. We would never have gained as much on our own. We had a wonderful time, and everything exceeded our highest expectations. We were not ready to come home and wanted to stay for at least another week or month!
Nick and Nancy Ryan (Bothell, WA)
Classic Italy, May 2004
"I especially loved the unexpected stops along the way for chocolate and gelato!"
My mom and I had a great time together on our amazing tour of Italy. I especially loved the unexpected stops along the way for chocolate and gelato! :) All of the accommodations were perfect. In fact, my aunt and uncle plan on going on the same tour this year, and I am looking forward to another tour with Tour Italy Now as well. Thank you for the wonderful memories!
Gillianne and Ava Paradise (San Diego, CA)
Discover Italy, April 2004
"Our custom land and air tour package booked with Tour Italy Now was the trip of a lifetime"
Our custom land and air tour package booked with Tour Italy Now was the trip of a lifetime. I would love to return next year. Thank you for all your help in planning everything.
Carla and Patrick Howard (West Hartford, CT)
Customized Vacation, July 2003