• rome-trastevere-piazza-santa-maria
    Rome's Trastevere Neighborhood
  • Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli
  • Vieste
  • Alberobello's Trulli Houses
  • Temples of Paestum
  • Amalfi Coast
  • Sorrento
  • Island of Capri
  • Naples

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Best of South Italy in 13 Days Tour

from $3,395 + Air

Optional Single Supplement $625

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This tour treats you to the slice of Italy that's richest in contrasts, from cities to beaches, and from rugged to glamorous. After touring the wonders of Rome, your Rick Steves guide will take you across Italy's boot to the wild beauty of the Gargano Peninsula and Adriatic Coast. You'll meander through the untouristed Puglia and Basilicata regions, followed by the must-see historic sites at Paestum and Pompeii, the jaw-dropping vistas of the Amalfi Coast, and the untamed energy of Naples. Join us for the Best of South Italy in 13 Days!

Dates & Prices

2015

2016

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24-28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art and culture of South Italy come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least  19 group sightseeing events • Trastevere walking tour • Jewish Ghetto walking tour • Capitoline Museum tour • Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli • Gargano boat cruise (weather permitting) • Pasta-making demonstration • Alberobello visit • Puglia wine tasting • Matera Sassi walking tour • Mozzarella farm visit • Paestum visit • Pompeii tour • Gelato-making demonstration • Orientation for Capri excursion • Sorrento home-hosted dinner • Capodimonte Museum tour • Naples neighborhood walk • Sansevero Chapel • Naples Archaeology Museum tour...and more
  • All group transportation from Rome to Naples
  • 12 nights accommodations in memorable, centrally-located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • $100 Shopping Spree (per household) at the Rick Steves Travel Store to get guidebooks and gear for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2016
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2-4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2-6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2-8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Italy

We'll gather at our Rome hotel at 4 p.m. for a "Welcome to Italy" group meeting. Afterward, we'll take an evening stroll through the meandering streets of "village" Rome on our way to tonight's trattoria, where we'll get acquainted over dinner together. Sleep in Rome (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Layers of Rome

This morning we'll take an eye-opening walk across the Tiber, where we'll learn about the rich, yet often-overlooked, history of Rome's Jewish Ghetto. Then we'll tour the world's oldest museum, the Capitoline. Here we'll learn about Rome's golden age through its most treasured sculptures, including the sublime Dying Gaul, the imposing Marcus Aurelius on horseback, and the emblematic She-Wolf suckling Rome's tiny founding brothers: Romulus and Remus. The rest of the day is yours to wander through the Roman Colosseum and Forum next door, enjoy the panoramic city view from atop the nearby Victor Emmanuel Monument, or make a modern-day pilgrimage to St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Tivoli and the Gargano Peninsula

We'll leave Rome early, stopping in the nearby hills to learn about the Roman Emperor Hadrian, at the ruins of his monumental villa at Tivoli. An enthusiastic traveler and builder, his lasting legacy includes his great wall across Britain, the domed Pantheon, and his stylish beard. Then we'll drive up and over the Apennine spine of Italy, and on to the shores of the Adriatic Sea. Our destination this evening is the tip of the rugged Gargano Peninsula, one of the most beautiful areas of Southern Italy — and still unknown to American travelers. At our cliff-side hotel we'll share dinner tonight, and sleep in Vieste (2 nights). Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: Vieste and the Adriatic Coast

Vieste's beaches are packed with Italians in mid-summer. But when we arrive we'll find a peaceful contrast to the hustle and bustle of Rome. Today we'll take a boat cruise (weather permitting) along the craggy Gargano Coast, marveling at the pretty coves, hidden grottos and unusual rock formations that make this coastline unforgettable. We'll return to Vieste for a pasta-making demonstration and lunch, followed by plenty of time to wander through the town or simply luxuriate on the beach. Boat: 1½ hrs. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 5: Alberobello and Matera

Today we'll head off the tourist path, continuing through Puglia and into the Basilicata region, with a stop to learn about and sample some local wines, meats and cheeses. In Alberobello, we'll explore cone-shaped, stone trulli houses that are still lived in today. Then we'll drive on to the town of Matera, which includes one of the world's most unique neighborhoods — the Sassi — completely made up of ancient stone and cave dwellings. Sleep in Matera (2 nights). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: The Wonders of Matera

With the help of a locally-grown expert, we'll learn the stories of old and new Matera. We'll begin our day discovering the wonders of the 9,000-year-old Sassi. We'll go inside a Sassi home to gain an appreciation for the cave-dwelling conditions endured by the residents until they were relocated 60 years ago. We'll continue our education with a visit to a rock hewn church, and a look at the new town. You'll have the rest of your day free to wander through the different layers of Matera. This evening, watch — or better yet join — the ritual passeggiata of strolling locals in this authentic, untouristed part of Italy. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 7: Greek Paestum and Positano

Early this morning we'll drive into the Campania region and tour an organic water buffalo farm which produces the prized local specialty, mozzarella di bufala. We'll go into the barns and learn how this tasty delicacy is made and enjoy a gourmet lunch together including (you guessed it) fresh buffalo mozzarella. After lunch, we'll continue on to Paestum, to marvel at this site's awe-inspiring lineup of three Ancient Greek temples — the best-preserved collection in Europe. Then we are off to the dramatic Amalfi Coast. We'll follow the cliff-clinging road that winds above the sea to Positano, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Free Day on the Amalfi Coast

The day is all yours to enjoy the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Take a local bus along the twisting roads and wild beauty of the Amalfi highway, hopping off to explore cliff-side villages along the way or take advantage of the sea and take a water taxi to the neighboring towns. Check out the sweeping views from Ravello, the candy-striped church in Amalfi town, the narrow streets and posh shops of Positano, or let gravity pull you down to a beach to relax upon. Tonight will be a great night to find a trattoria with a glorious sunset view. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 9: Pompeii and Sorrento

This morning we'll make a short drive to serene Sorrento. After dropping our bags at the hotel, we’ll have an orientation walk through the town on our way to watch the creation of an Italian culinary masterpiece—gelato; then you’ll be free for lunch. We’ll re-group for a thoughtful visit of unlucky Pompeii, where, with an ace local guide, we'll get a look at everyday life, frozen in time two millennia ago. After free time to explore more of Pompeii on your own, we'll hop aboard the Circumvesuviana commuter train back to our cliff-hugging home set amongst the lemon groves. Sleep in Sorrento (2 nights). Train: 1 hr. Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: strenuous.

Day 10: Serene Sorrento and Capri

Today is all yours. Your guide will arrange for an optional boat ride to Capri, where you can then take a much smaller boat to the deservedly-famous Blue Grotto. Or, spend all or part of the day enjoying Capri's remarkable views, winding lanes, fancy summer homes and lovely gardens. Or, stay in Sorrento and wander through the shop-lined back streets, stopping to savor il dolce far niente — the sweetness of doing nothing. This evening we will meet for a home-hosted dinner with a local Sorrento family. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 11: Classy, Gritty Naples

After a short morning drive, we'll have an easy introduction to Naples at the beautiful hilltop Museo Capodimonte, home to southern Italy's best collection of Renaissance paintings, including masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and El Greco. After lunch in the city that invented pizza, we'll be introduced to Naples' grittier side on a Vespa-dodging, laundry-flapping, slice-of-Neapolitan-life walking tour through the heart of this chaotic, memorable city. Sleep in Naples (2 nights). Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 12: Exploring More of Naples

This morning we're in world-class-art mode again, touring the greatest treasures of Pompeii, brought to Naples' National Archeological Museum for safe-keeping. We'll also be dazzled by the Farnese collection including the largest single sculpture ever recovered from antiquity: The Farnese Bull. This larger-than-life riot of animal, human and divine struggle was adored and painstakingly restored by Michelangelo. From here we'll head for the serene Cappella Sansevero, home to amazingly lifelike sculptures that have to be seen to be believed. Then, armed with the confidence and the Neapolitan street-smarts you've gotten from your guide, your afternoon is free for making your own discoveries. Tonight we'll get together for a special dinner to share travel memories and toast new friends. Salute! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 13: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today.  It's a breeze to reach Naples' airport by taxi, easily arranged through our hotel. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Grazie e ciao!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Activity Level

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of South Italy in 13 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily...

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (several blocks possible) and up stairways to reach your hotel; then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. Sleep in a cave-like hotel room in historic Matera.
  5. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.

Reviews

Diane

Langley, BC

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every part of the experience. Every day we saw something new and exciting. Looked so forward to every day. WOW!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Matera was a WOW moment for me. the lodging was unbelievable and the tour was so interesting"

Sandra

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour. The guides were great and hotels good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompei, it was awesome."

Joan

St Albert, AB

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was ok but It turned out that my body doesn't like being on a tour bus for five hrs ( ended up with sciatica issues that impacted my walking and missed out on a few subsequent walks) that we did for two days and that we took this tour two days after finishing the village tour which we loved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompeii was amazing and out local,tour guide, Gaetano Manfredi was worth his weight in gold. He was so entertaining and instead of dry facts really explained how the people lived, he brought Pompeii to life for me. Even when he splashed water on the ground of the rich mans home when the tile came to glisten in vibrant colour, wow! It was excellent that it was timed to see the archeology museum in Naples the next day to see Pompeii artifacts made so much more sense"

Margaret

Mt Pleasant, SC

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We LOVED it!! This was our first time on a tour and we were nervous about traveling with a group of strangers. Everyone was delightful! Having all the transportation and guides arranged for you is fabulous - removes so much of the stress of traveling. But, it was exhausting! My husband and I both work out for 1+hours every day and we had two 17 year old boys with us - we were all worn out! Can't imagine backing two tours into each other as some people do!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat trip in Vieste to see the grottos... didn't really believe he was going to fit that boat into the opening of the grotto!! And it was magical inside! Oh, and my husband and I discovered a gallery two doors down from the hotel in Sorrento. The artist (Marcello Aversa) does nativity scene sculptures. We were able to talk with him (via his assistant who spoke English) and his work was absolutely amazing! We ended up buying a small piece and will treasure it!"

Judith

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the guides, drivers, hotels and all the staff outstanding and very helpful in making us comfortable and well taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Adriatic Sea for the first time and spending time in Vieste as my favorite moment on the trip. Meeting 28 great new friends."

Heather

Aldergrove, BC

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was incredibly awesome. I felt like I was in an amazing dream seeing and doing so many wonderful things. This was my very first Rick Steve's trip and I have to say I would go on another tour in a heart beat. I had 26 fellow members and I couldn't have asked for a better group. It was great to have a trip totally planned out for me by the experts. I can not imagine having to do all the lag work,plus I would never achieve such an excellent outcome on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several wow moments! Stepping down into the Sassi Barisano section in Matera blew me away-it felt like I had gone back in time. Swimming in Vieste, visiting the Greek temples in Paestum, Pompeii, Positano, the Capitoling museum in Rome. The food was so delicious-the tomatoes were the best I have ever tasted."

Keith

Bethlehem, PA

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A lot of historical material and miles to cover in 12 days. This was our first official tour of any kind, though we have been to Europe many many times using RS' guides. Our tour guide leader was all business, which was surprising to some in our group who have been on numerous RS tours in the past. The local guides, particularly Pompeii, where excellent. Regarding group dinners, only the one in Matera was very good. The others were barely acceptable. The hotels ranged in quality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is tough. There were a number. I guess I would say Pompeii due to the local guide."

Evelyn

Bethlehem, PA

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour included spots we would never have traveled to on our own. (In the past, we have rented a car and used Rick Steves tour books to plan our itinerary and hotels in Italy & France [INVALID] and been so pleased.) I was not sure why Naples was included on the tour (a place I did not enjoy), but I thought it was because of the display of pieces from Pompeii in the Archeological Museum which were very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There's more than 1. First, Matera! What a gem of a place that is unknown to so many. It was so interesting to learn how people lived many centuries ago until fairly recently. 2nd, Pompeii! It was a combination of the place, the history, and Gaetano that made this place a highlight for me. 3rd, Puglia was great: Vieste to enjoy the Adriatic & grottos and the trulli & wine/food experience."

Richard

Denver, CO

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations in every way. Size of group was perfect - 20 very compatible people - we very much enjoyed their company and made some new friends. Tour was paced very well for us - 2 nights in each location, about 2/3 structured and about 1/3 free time which worked perfectly for us. Tour guide, Caterina, was FABULOUS! She was very knowledgable, upbeat, engaged with the group and taught us some Italian language and culture which helped us a lot during our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had a "wow" moment thanks to Caterina. For us, Pompeii was probably the highlight - learning about how advanced civilization was and how much of that was lost for centuries and then rediscovered."

John

Shelbyville, IN

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great pre-tour instructions and interactions. Caterina (Cat-arena) was very punctual and demanded group punctuality. Our tour guide was also very dynamic, knowledgeable and made sure that everyone was included. The tour stops were incredible, rich with history and geographically diverse. We would have missed 90% had we attempted this on our own. This was probably our best trip ever! Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Adriatic Sea boat ride including the grottos. You wanted to find a local realtor and move right on in. The Amalfi coast has been on our list for 20 years and it did not let us down. Incredible. The boat ride revealed the entire coastal area at a leisure pace. Once again I think that we would have missed it by staying in the wrong place."

Tom

Santee, CA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves' Europe tour and was every bit as terrific as the other two. All the tour members meshed well; we all became good friends. Caterina is a very accomplished guide and made the entire tour trouble-free and memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Pompeii was one of my "wow" moments. Seeing it with an incredible tour guide made it even better. I'd learned about Pompeii in high school and saw touring exhibits in the U.S. over the years, but seeing it in person was awesome. Our guide made the history come alive. A late afternoon thunderstorm as we were leaving made the entire visit even more memorable."

Steve

Westlake Village, CA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I knew this was going to be good based on the many years of watching Rick Steves' TV shows and recent reviews of his tours by the participants. However, everything about it far exceeded my expectations- especially our guide Caterina Moore who made everything so easy, interesting and enjoyable. I am enthusiastically recommending Rick Steves Tours to everyone who wants to hear about our experience. Thank you so much!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments. Caterina hired a boat for us to see the Amalfi coast from Positano to the town of Amalfi. To be able to view and learn about this magnificent coastline in comfort without being surrounded by hoards of cruise ship tourists made a huge difference. Many years ago I rafted through Grand Canyon for a week and it was incredible. A coastline is certainly different...but wow!"

Gary

Yorba Linda, CA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth tour and this was our favorite so far. Caterina was an outstanding tour guide and seamlessly handled all aspects of the tour and made us feel comfortable throughout the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera and Pompei"

Pamela

Yorba Linda, CA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The South of Italy tour was absolutely wonderful! We really loved our tour guide, Caterina, who was so informative and interesting. She was also completely unflappable, always very prepared for each day and kept the group excited and eager to explore. Our group of 20 people was such a pleasure to travel with. Everyone was respectful, pleasant and easy to get along with. The South of Italy exceeded my expectations with beautiful, historical and fascinating destinations! Loved every minute!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had read about Matera and seen a few photos, but it was absolutely stunning to first see Matera by viewing it from the cliff across from the town. What an unbelievable story about that place! To explore it with a guide was fabulous."

Elizabeth

Shelbyville, IN

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous experience! Our Southern Italy tour exceeded our expectations which were very high before we even began the adventure. Caterina was an excellent tour guide. She handled all the logistics seamlessly, was very professional and informative yet very fun and engaging, and she made sure we experienced the local culture and cuisine. We appreciated the local guides and the local expertise they provided. Our group was small at 20 and it was a perfect size for this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Amalfi Coast. We have admired pictures of the Amalfi Coast for years and it was amazing to see it with our own eyes!"

Houston

Summerfield, NC

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

AMAZING trip ! Of our five previous RS tours this one ranks at the top with Spain and Morocco. The group was small but very compatible, and our guide , Caterina, was the best we have ever had. Although we had been to some of the places before, we saw and did completely new things.(i.e. Rome and Naples and Amalfi coast) We also experienced a part of Italy that few American tourists get to see. A wonderful tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to pick from, it would be impossible to pick one or two. Some highlights include the following: the Capitoline and Rome walking tour with Francesca, the Pompeii walking tour with Gitano, seeing the coastline of Amalfi and Gargano by boat , the Sassi in Matera, the wonderful group meals planned by Caterina especially with the wonderful local family in Sorentino, and last, but certainly not least, the incredible pizza in Naples."

Chris

River Falls, WI

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was fabulous. Caterina was an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable. The food was amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my fellow travelers. What a great group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a WOW moment everyday of the tour. Walking tour and tour of Capitoline with Francesca, boat ride along the Adriatic and Amalfi Coast, Matera, tour of Pompeii (local guide was excellent), and dinner with family in Sorrento were just some of the highlights."

Joanne

Westlake Village, CA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have not been on a group tour in 28 years. I was somewhat concerned that we would miss our freedom to venture out and "make" an adventure. I was thrilled that we had plenty of opportunity to do things on our own or with new found friends with our tour group. I was amazed at all the things I learned from our tour guide and the local guides. They set the stage and made the sights come alive for me and more interesting than I could have imagined.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was magical - the blend of the ancient with the modern. I could not stop taking pictures because I found both the old and the new so interesting."

Carole

Denver, CO

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a fantastic time. Tour couldn't have been more fun. Every day had at least one "wow" moment. We'll be doing a tour again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a wow moment. Caterina, our tour leader, was wonderful and always focused one ensuring everyone was having a good time. She also did a absolutely great job helping us find a doctor and translating for us. It actually turned out to be a very interesting experience."

Laura

Chicago, IL

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The south of Italy is still off the beaten track and this tour made me so glad to have experienced the region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many of them: of course, Pompeii, but also swimming in the Adriatic in Vieste and the incredible Matera - not to mention the food!"

Rebecca

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Southern Italy was a real eye-opener. Most of what we know about Italy refers to Northern and Central Italy. It was great discovering new landscapes and a different history. My previous trips to Italy focused on art and cathedrals, this trip focused on people and recent history (plus of course Pompei). The enriching thing I took away from the tour was an understanding and respect for the resiliency and spirit of southern Italians.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was in Pompei. I have been looking forward to Pompei my whole life. We had a wonderful local guide, Gaetano (sp?) who brought it all to life."

Jane

Venice, FL

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well run. Lisa Anderson was an outstanding guide, personable , thoughtful, highly competent and fun. We saw and had more experiences that you would imagine in the time frame allowed. In addition, the bus time was often used to further educate about Italian culture. The food was excellent and for the most part accommodations were comfortable . We were surprised how many of the expenses were included in the price of the tour. I found overall that It was an excellent value.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat tour along the coast in Positano !"

John

Venice, FL

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time on a group tour ever after self-directing around Europe for years. The experience was better than I expected. Saw parts of southern Italy that I would never have considered on my own. The itinerary was varied and universally interesting. Transportation was well coordinated, stays at points of interest were long enough to appreciate what was there to see. Accommodations were good to excellent, included meals were awesome. Weather was perfect throughout, how did you arrange that?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too numerous to pick just one. Seeing the Adriatic coast for the first time, the Amalfi coast, Pompei, Rome for the first time, sleeping in a cave in Matera, Sorrento & Capri. Naples, crazy and chaotic, but truly exciting."

Nikolai

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide, great group. Southern Italy was a bit disorganized for my taste, but I enjoyed the trip. I injured my hip on the first day in Rome, so that affected me a lot. I tried to be upbeat and hope that I didn't detract from the enjoyment of others. Of course, it was hard on my wife. Lisa was wonderful in helping me in so many ways, and so were my fellow tour members. My wife enjoyed everything and also appreciated Lisa's special help.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moments were Capitoline Museum in Rome, Positano boat ride along the coast, Museo Archeologico in Naples. I missed Pompei etc. because of my injury."

Amber

York, PA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I really enjoyed the "South Italy in 13 Days" tour. We learned so much about Italy's every day life today and in the past. We appreciated the bus driver, Julio's conscientous driving, since there are switchbacks all the way from Rome to the Almalfi Coast. I appreciate that the bus driver's responsibility is driving only, not doing tour guide things as well. We will be taking another tour using Rick Steves' company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wonderful moments, but the one that sticks in my head is the wonderful meal that we enjoyed with an Italian family in Sorrento. It was so interesting to see how they actually live behind those high stucco walls that we walked by so many times throughout the 2 weeks we were in Italy. The meal was fresh and plantiful and Luigi and Theresa were friendly, open hosts."

John

Coarsegold, CA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was the first guided tour for myself and my wife. We have toured Europe a number of time by ourselves. Having driven in Italy before we decided that this time we will be driven around and avoid that stress. We enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to our friends. I particularly liked the prep material provided by Rick Steves' tours as it was very helpful, i.e. packing, credit cards, transportation, guide books, etc. Other tour companys don't bother.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Sorrento we really enjoyed having dinner at a private residence. The family was charming, the location was perfect, the food was absolutely incredible. It really was a nice touch to the trip. The next "Wow" was the water buffalo farm. It was fascinating with the automated milking machines, the massage devices, and overall care of the animals. The gourmet lunch was the best...."

Nancy

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth tour with RIck Steves', second to Italy. As always the tour was well organized, educational and physically active, if not exhausting on some days. I would suggest this tour only if you have seen northern Italy first and thirst for more! The Amalfi Coast was beautiful and the sprinkles of special experiences along the way added to the delight of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was when we descended the stairs from 2015 Matera to the prehistoric Sassi and it's caves. Staying the night in a cave was a once in a lifetime "wow" experience for me."

Kimberly

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and recommended by our friends who also went. We very much enjoyed the educational aspect of the tour but it was overly so. The meals were delicious with plenty of food. The hotels were mostly very good. The pace was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say the city of Matera was our "wow" moment. From the overlook across the gorge, to checking into the most unusual hotel, to the Sassi tour."

David

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/23/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

There was a good mix of smaller towns and city experiences. I also feel that we had a good mix of organized activities and time on our own. The people on the tour were great and everyone seemed to really bond.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The caves of Matera were amazing."

Edmon

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 05/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first "Rick Steves" tour and it was even better than we imagined! There were many things that we did and saw that we never would have experienced on our own. We also enjoyed the social aspects that travelling with a group of twenty provided. We had a great, fun group! I will also add, as the only gay couple in the group, we felt completely welcomed in the group and comfortable everywhere we went. Definitely glad we arrived 2 days early to Rome. So much to see/do there!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments it is difficult to pick one. However, that first view of Matera from across the gorge was amazing! That is such an interesting city. However, my favorite stop on the trip was Sorrento. I had the perfect day - lounging on the beach, swimming in the Mediterranean, great conversation with our guide Susanna, a little shopping later, and the most amazing dinner prepared by a local family at their beautiful home!"

Barbara

Albany, CA

Tour: 05/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Susanna Perrucchini assured a great experience. She was knowledgeable in culture, history, politics, & art All details of the trip were smoothly and professionally managed. She was consistently charming, gracious and helpful. A very interesting person and energetic. I loved the range of experiences from Rome & Naples to the coastal towns with boat rides between the scenic towns. The city of Matera was amazing. Of course the museums,churches and famous works of art werea delight

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When our tour guide in Rome pointed out how within our view there were 4 periods of history as we walked to the Capitoline Museum & around the Coluseum to the Jewish quarter. She gave us a great feel for all the art periods that surrounded us. She made alive how "you see what you know". She made you realize the length and depth of time present everywhere in Rome."

Doug

Milford, OH

Tour: 05/23/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good experience with a good balance of structure and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vieste and Positano with the ocean views."

Jenny

Milford, OH

Tour: 05/23/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall,our Southern Italy tour was great. We visited several smaller towns that most people have never heard of and then some larger cities that are more well known. I enjoyed the variety and found something to like in each one. We [INVALID]ed this tour because it allowed for a lot of time on our own to explore. This provided a great balance between group activities and free time. Great food, great wine, great group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments: Seeing the ruins at Paestum - fantastic! Seeing the "Veiled Christ" in Naples - truly remarkable! This was not originally part of the tour, but an unscheduled closure of the Archeological Museum in Naples one day caused our tour guide (Pina) to "pinch hit" with a walking tour instead. Taking the chair lift to Anna Capri for the water views - wow!"

Anthony

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/23/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed it. The guide Sussana was very nice and very knowledgeable about Italy. The trip was well planned with lots of interesting cities to see. A highlight was the dinner with the Italian family

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera And the family dinner"

Almon

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although we've traveled fairly extensively (including 3 previous trips to Italy) this was our first guided tour of any kind and our first Rick Steves tour. Since I dislike 'herding', I was a bit unsure of this trip. However, I must say that the mix of guided experiences, orientation walks, and free time was a perfect mix for me. I thoroughly enjoyed our guide Caterina and the several local guides as well. They made the experience much more enjoyable and I came away with a much better insight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many it's hard to choose! The dinner with our Italian family was great. The camaraderie within the group was outstanding! The insights into ancient art offered by our local Rome Francesca really helped the museum come alive - who knew that the statues used to be alive with colors!"

Marie

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we definitely plan to be repeat customers! It was a fabulous experience and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The itinerary was excellent; our tour guide was outstanding; and our group of fellow travelers was a delight...congenial, cohesive and really lots of fun. I think the structure of the tour (shared activities, the buddy system, buddy introduction)worked well to foster relationships. By the end of the trip, I felt that we had become a family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were many "wow" moments (really every day), seeing Matera for the first time...descending those steps to the old city...seeing the vista of the sassi stretching endlessly before me...wow...I felt transported back to Biblical times. I really couldn't believe what I was seeing."

Janet

Anaheim Hills, CA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our (my husband and I) first Rick Steves' tour. However, we have watched the television show and read the books. We used the books when we visited Europe while traveling. Everything was completely wonderful. I liked everyone in our group, loved our tour guide, loved all the places we visited, liked the pace of the tour, all the hotels and restaurants.....well, everything. The whole tour was fun, interesting, inspiring, enjoyable, beautiful and fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments in is really hard to select one. The sea grottos in Vieste were so beautiful, something I have never seen. The town of Matera was mysterious and interesting, and super cool. The beauty of the Almafi coast was breathtaking. It was always a travel dream of mine to visit the Amalfi Coast and I loved it."

Jan

Stockton, CA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding destination cities. I enjoyed all of them. It was wonderful being by the water most of the time. I found this tour to have more steps and uneven ground than previous ones, so it was a little more tiring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Sorrento, we went to a private home for dinner. The home was on a street with many homes and it had a wall around it. From the outside it looked like a major city street. Then they opened the gate to into the yard, and it was amazing! It looked like we were in the country with fruit trees and vegetables and green everywhere. And then we went into their special family room and the long table was covered with food! And excellent food it was!"

John

Bend, OR

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The chemistry of the group was outstanding. No one was ever late for the bus or meeting to begin our group walking tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night we had dinner at Luigi and Theresa's home, one of our group, Lauren, sang "The Prayer." There were a number of moist eyes in the room."

Loretta

Bend, OR

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very good experience with an excellent guide and we enjoyed our fellow travelers. Also the local guides were excellent. Some favorites were Matera, Sorrento and dinner with local family and the water buffalo farm. We had previously spent a number of days in Rome but seeing the Pantheon was amazing for the second time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera stands out for me. I loved everything about it and am now reading "Christ Stopped at Eboli.""

Bonnie

Evanston, IL

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very well run and particularly interesting. I had been to Italy three times before but never to the south. The hotels were very comfortable and well-staffed. The local guides were extremely knowledgeable and congenial. I would have preferred to stay in some cities longer rather than go to so many places but I knew the structure when I chose the tour. I just didn't know that I would be so intrigued by some of the towns, Vieste and Matera specifically.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Matera from the overlook outside the city before we entered it. Another 'wow' there was opening the door of our hotel room onto the city of Matera. Stunning."

Bob

Stockton, CA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual this Rick Steve's tour exceeded our expectations. A great group of travelers who bonded under the leadership of a knowledgable and friendly guide with a variety of cultural, historical, and natural beauty experiences and great food and wine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 4-5 hours with Francesca our local guide at the Capitoline Museum and Jewish quarter in Rome."

Kennette

La Grange, IL

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I do love the structure of your tours. We get to see the places that draw us in, but then you continually surprise us with locations and experiences that make the tour memorable. This tour was no exception. I met some very interesting people and viewed Italian lives that are not at all different from our own. I appreciate the care with which the hotels, restaurants, and guides are selected. And I love the time on our own to do as we please. Such a nice balance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the town of Matera. I had no idea what to expect beyond some Goggle pictures and a little history. I have never seen anything like it. I am happy for the people from Matera as they prepare to be the European Cultural Capitol, and I can appreciate the challenges they face in preparing for that event. Our hotel was so very different and lovely, and the underground spa and Roman baths such an experience."

Doug

Skiatook, OK

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour a lot. Spent more time on the bus than I would have liked. That meant some of the activities on the way seemed rushed. I should have studied the itinerary more. Was surprised we were on our own for more than half the lunches and dinners. Variety of experiences was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride from Vieste to explore the coast line and grottos was great. Really enjoyed the tasting at Tholos Trullo del Gusto. Family meal at Luigi and Teresa's was extremely enjoyable and memorable."

Linda

Renton, WA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have enjoyed all four of the Rick Steve's tours in which we have participated. However, the South Italy tour was the best. On each tour participants are asked to describe their "Wow" moment. I found it surprising to hear several spontaneous "wows" as we were walking or driving. The scenery was amazing, the food excellent, the activities varied and fun, and the tour guide was exemplary. Caterina's organization skills, clarity of communication, and care for tour participants are extraordina

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As described above, there were several "Wow" moments on this tour. These include a marvelous rainbow, the drive along the Adriatic and Amalfi coasts, the tour we elected to take to the Isle of Capris, the dinner at the family home, the tour of the water buffalo farm as well as the dinner there. Amazing tour."

Marcia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the most action-packed tour we've been on. From the beginning we ate amazing gourmet Italian food, saw some of the most scenic, historic, and unique sites in the world, and were entertained by a positive, energetic, and knowledgeable tour guide who made it her goal to show us the best that Italy could offer. Catarina used our "option" days to organize boat cruises that we might have otherwise missed. She got to know everyone on the tour so at the end we felt like one big family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It sounds trite, but every day was a WOW moment on this tour. There were so many fascinating sites and experiences that surprised and amazed me. I signed up for the tour to see Pompeii, Amalfi coast, and Blue Grotto. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the Blue Grotto due to unfavorable conditions, but the Trulli houses, Matera caves, moonlit beach at Positano, the veiled Christ in the Sansevero Chapel, the home cooked dinner at an Italian family's home were truly unforgettable."

Keith

Richmond, VA

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Much better than expected. About the right amount of free time vs. "planned" which resulted in more "chill" time overall. Nice!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vieste and Positano were "breathtankingly" beautiful!"

Tammy

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a great time and learned a great deal, which is why I like Rick Steves' tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The town of Matera, and the grottos along the Amalfi coast."

Priscilla

Greenback, TN

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first RS tour and we're hooked! Just the right mix of organized tours and free time, great food, amazing sights, history and art, and a wonderful group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! The boat ride along the Vieste coast, Matera caves, water buffaloes, olive groves. My favorite was the Amalfi coast, Positano seen from the water and the view of the Bay of Naples from Sorrento. Breathtaking!"

Mary Jo

Burns, OR

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 7th RS tour, and I am constantly amazed at how expertly you combine art, architecture, culture, food, wine, history and archaeology into one tour! Even the long bus days have interesting stops along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had at least one "wow" moment! If I had to choose I'd say Matera was a big "wow". Even though I had read about it a month earlier in The New Yorker, I was unprepared for how large it was, its history and the sociological implications of the move to new dwellings. Our cave hotel was truly luxurious, another surprise! I also really loved Positano, despite it being so touristy...and Paestum, Pompeii, and the water buffalo/mozzarella farm!"

Theresa

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great trip, tour and time. From the beautifully diverse 2-nt stays in each city or town, I experienced a breathtaking view of the southern Italian peninsula and lived, if ever so briefly, the fiercely complicated existence in Italia. Because of the expertise, great humor and spot-on added or suggested things to do provided by our consummate pro guide Ann, I felt a connection to the country and enjoyed a wonderfully personal glimpse of its citizens/culture/sights/flora/fauna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All are favorites. Rome Storico Centro location. Lovely Vieste[INVALID]heaven to look out on my rooms' Adriatic view. Impressive organic water buffalo farm; who knew happy Mozart-listening cows give sweeter milk? Inspirational, evocative Matera; its people's adaptiveness amazing. Amalfi Coast stunning, gorgeous. Sorrento charms sweetly, powerfully like its limoncello. Gaetano, superb Pompeii guide; brought all to the present, from so long ago. All the treasures of wild, beautiful Naples."

Carol

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour of Southern Italy had a great combination of big cities, smaller villages, famous museums, amazing archaeological and UNESCO World Heritage sites, Then add to the mix fun cooking demonstrations, a farm visit, incredibly scenic boat rides, knowledgable local guides, and great food. To tie it all together was our warm and knowlegable Rick Steves' guide Alfio who brought his open and often wonderfully humorous personal perspective on Italian life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I was fully expecting to be "wowed" by the Roman ruins of Pompeii or the beautiful views of the Amalfi Coast (which I was), it was in Naples I had my most moving and unexpected experience. In the small Baroque private chapel, Cappella Sansevero, lies the most moving statue of Christ I have ever seen, Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sanmartino, equally movingly described by our Rick Steves' guide Alfio . Photos do not do it justice."

Sue

Kaysville, UT

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been on quite a few Rick Steves tours. They've all been exceptional including this tour. Our group was fantastic, tour guide Alfio was amazing. He was very organized and comfortable to be around. Really enjoyed his humor and style.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each place we traveled to had its own offering. Vieste was so much fun. Loved the hotel there. Especially enjoyed the boat tour into the grottos! Matera and Alberobello were places I never knew existed. You just have to see them to believe it. The list doesn't end..Seeing gelato made in Sorrento, the water buffalo farm and enjoying a lovely lunch there, the beauty of Capri, wandering the cliff streets of Positano and enjoying the spectacular view!"

Thomas

Conway, SC

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour was unforgettable because of the extraordinary guide , Alfio ,and the super fun group we were fortunate to be a part of! The variety of experiences we were exposed to were well planned and provided an overview of the Italian culture, architecture, people, and food of southern Italy. For the most part the selection of hotels met my expectations and were clean, comfortable and provided a variety of experiences related to size and amenities. The included dinners together were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to come up with the favorite wow moment as I'm torn between the whole Amalfi coast experience and Pompeii. If I am forced to choose one I would say the Amalfi coast had the most incredible sites. Starting with the mountain coast line and the winding, treacherous ride up and down, to the unique cities of Sorrento and Positano. The architecture of the homes built on the side of the mountains, restaurants, shopping opportunities and views were incredible !"

Stephen

Calgary, AB

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the second Rick Steves tour we have been on and it was just as good at the last one, Outstanding. The tours are well planned with excellent guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the temples at Paestum. They were awe inspiring. Sorrento is one of my favourite places in Italy to relax and enjoy the moment. I could spend a lot more time there."

JoAnn

Vernon, BC

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour overall. Great to visit sites less travelled such as Vieste and Matera. Nice mix of time on tour and free time to explore on your own. We really enjoyed the "special experiences" included in the South Italy Tour i.e. the boat cruise on the Adriatic, wine tasting in Alberobello, lunch at the water buffalo farm etc. There were excellent local guides: Francesca in Rome, Gaytano in Pompeii and Pina in Naples. Alfio kept us energized, enthusiastic and entertained everyday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't just pick one wow moment. Matera is definitely in first place. It felt surreal to be in this truly special, one-of-a kind city surrounded with thousands of years of history. I didn't want to leave and two nights wasn't enough time. I felt like I'd gone back in time. Alberobello was another wow as was the top of Anacapri on our free day."

George

Downingtown, PA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 13 days we spent on the South Italy Tour with Alfio as our guide were wonderful. Alfio was excellent. His patience, knowledge, cheerfulness, and professionalism were outstanding. We couldn't have asked for more for a tour leader. We really enjoyed the pace of the tour. We really enjoyed Alfio's great knowledge of Italian history and customs which he constantly shared with us. The local guides we had were also outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Positano and the Amalfi Coast were stunningly beautiful."

Ian

Sutter Creek, CA

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-planned and accurate in its description. For us it was a great opportunity to see new areas of Italy, as well as to revisit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri. Our tour guide Susanna was exceptional! Our tour companions were fun, well-educated, and happy travelers. The tour length seemed about right for us. Some days seemed pretty busy, but there were many opportunities to make our own discoveries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments! Such as, meeting Susanna and feeling her energy and enthusiasm! Vieste's happy and colorful Feast Day celebration, the Trulli homes in Alberobello and the Sassi cave homes in Matera. Hotels in Vieste and Matera were wonderful! The cistern tour on our own in Matera was unexpectedly great, as was watching the water buffalos using their automated massage machines! The home-hosted dinner in Sorrento was delicious and appreciated."

Jacklyn

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We did the 17 day No Italy trip prior to the South trip. The south trip was a little more relaxing, That was nice after traveling so much prior to the trip. Very much enjoyed the jaunt over to Vieste. Beautiful beach, cave grottos & we were there during the celebration of the patron saint. Loved it We were so enthralled with Matera, Our favorite hotel was there. Pompeii was a dream come true. The Buffalo Farm was so fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the cliff looking at the stone age caves at Matera. The cave grottos at Vieste Going through the main gate and into Pompeii."

Debra

Lakeville, MN

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the diversity of the many sites on his trip. It had little of everything from large cities to small towns, boat trips to organic water buffalo farms and sites I never expected to see in Alberobello and Matera. It was a eating extravaganza. Thank heavens for lots of walking. Pompeii was beyond my expectations, Loved the time on the Amalfi coast as well. Each day held a pleasant surprise or two.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon in Matera in the baths in the basement of out hotel. It was a pleasant way to pass a rainy afternoon."

Karen

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour, so wasn't sure if it would live up to the hype- but it did! Feel like this was the best way to see Italy and get the most for my time and money. Loved having the expertise of the tour guide and ease of getting from place to place. The accommodations and food were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really hard to pick just one- really loved the little town of Vieste with the beautiful grottos that we went in on a boat and the cleanliness of the city. a bonus was that they were having a town festival during our visit and the town was decorated with beautiful lights and a marching band was strolling the city. Also loved Matera and steadying in our cave hotel."

Doug

Hillsborough, NC

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Positano and the Amalfe Coast."

Martha

Shaker Hts, OH

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour experience exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed everything about the tour: the mixture of small villages, archaeological sites and big cities; our personable and well informed tour guide and the knowledgeable local guides; the camaraderie among our fellow travelers and last but not least, the heavenly food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot pick just one. I think my wow moments were the unexpected discoveries: Matera was a gem and the Archaeological Museum had more treasures that one could possibly expect. The Veiled Christ at the San Severo Chapel was beautiful and moving. The mozzzarella de buffala demo and lunch were a treat."

Jim

Roswell, GA

Tour: 05/02/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our first tour with you. With a few exceptions, I'd rank the tour as outstanding. Ann and Caterina were top notch, as were the guides in Rome and Pompeii. Both Ann and Caterina went above and beyond to help a member of our tour who need hospitalization. The area I'd try to work on would be upgrading the hotel room in Rome. This is the "first impression" we had of your company and we were nervous due to the hotel. Room was dirty and the neighborhood very noisy. Trip improved from there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Amalfi coast was unreal, as was Pompeii."

John

Edmond, OK

Tour: 05/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellant tour, I knew that the Amalfi Coast which was wonderful as I expected but Vieste, Alberobello and of course Matera were a very pleasant surprise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera in the early morning."

Marie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw more and learned more than we could have on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera: Never had heard of it. We were astounded at how magical and other-worldly it was."

Lorena

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 05/02/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Packed with interesting events. Very busy. Good mix of interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hotel in Vieste was lovely, nice small city, nice break after crazy Rome, Positano also lovely."

Irene

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 05/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In spite of all the health issues popping up with half of the group, Ann and Katerina were so cool and calm in handling the full tour of 28. We were thankful that Katerina was along, otherwise, we think the tour would have sugared. We had learned a lot from the very knowledge local guides such as Francesca and Gaetano. With Ann's insight as a resident American in Italy provided glimpses of Italian lives that would have been missed by casual travelers to Italy esp. knowledge of the Amalfi coast

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The grottos along the coast of Vieste. They were so special and being able to go in with our boat were wow moments."

Eduardo

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 05/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was a very good one because I learned a lot before during and after the tour. I enjoyed the Rick Steves tour because it homed in efficiently on places and experiences that on my own would have been more difficult and in some cases impossible. Among these is the guided tours at museums and archaeological sites, the visit to the Buffalo farm, the visit with the Family in Sorrento, and Vieste.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most impressive and pleasant visit was to the Buffalo farm. To learn about the 21st century technology used for a craft that goes back in time. The sampling lunch was absolutely delightful. I also enjoyed very much the visits to Alberobello and Matera with accompanying wine tasting and local food sampling. The local historical museums were very informative, as were the local guides."

James

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 05/02/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour experience was very good. This was our second tour with your company. Tour was a nice blend of big cities and small towns mixed with historical sites and museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompeii. Our guide brought the place to life. Paestum ruins; although a guide would have enhanced the visit."

Laura

Lexington, KY

Tour: 05/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I hoped it would be. I have wanted to see Italy for years and the tour did not disappoint in any way! We had fantastic experiences and saw places I'd never heard of as well as favorites that I was very taken with. I could have skipped Naples - that is one big, dirty, noisy city - but everywhere else was exceptional. I had never heard of either Matera or Alberobello but I was so glad to see them. What fascinating pieces of Italian history they both were!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have wanted to see Pompeii since I was in my twenties, and that's getting to be a long time ago now! It was fantastic and our guide was so wonderful. And finishing up with a visit to the National Archaeological Museum really brought home how advanced their civilization was. I will never forget it."

LeAnn

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 05/02/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was excellent [INVALID] we enjoyed not having to "think and plan" - we just did what our wonderful tour guide told us to do and go. We know we saw things that we wouldn't have found on our own and loved learning. We would definately take another Rick Steves tour. This was our first tour experience, having gone to Europe 3 times before "on our own'. We weren't sure what to expect but loved being part of a tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How great it was to be part of a group [INVALID]- a good mix of being with the group and time on our own."

Vicki

Lakeland, FL

Tour: 05/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's Tour and we both would absolutely join another. We had an amazing guide, Anne Long from Serrento, who was knowledgeable and fun. She led with humor, patience, explanations of what was to come and expectations based on culture. Staying in the smaller hotels, centrally located exposed us to the culture of the area and the real feel of being in Italy. Each town, each historical site, each event had a charm all of it's own. We would love to tour with Anne again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! I loved staying in the cave hotel in Matera and walking out onto the balcony where we could see the town lights at night. The history of the cave homes, especially time frame as recent as 1954 was fascinating."

Joseph

Lakeland, FL

Tour: 05/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. We were advised about everything to keep trip comfortable, fun, educational, and beautiful. There was not a time I was nervous about being in this country. We enjoyed all the towns, the Amalfie Coast, the ancient ruins, the museums, the bus and boat rides, the guides,the other tour patrons and the hosts along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Positano and the Amalfie Coast boat ride. Both were beautiful and unique."

Lauren

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have never done a group tour like this, so we had our reservations about it. Bottom line: We saw more than we ever could have on our own. Having all the transportation and hotels arranged for us made the trip so less stressful than travel can sometimes be.

Paul

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good and fun experience. And amazingly educational on a variety of dimensions, from history to culture to food.

Michael

Calgary, AB

Tour: 10/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think the mix of guided tour with free time to explore was just right. Also the focus on the areas and sights on the planned tour was great. We saw a lot of the art forms and architectural infrastructure from historical times but it was mixed with the culture and in a historical context. Besides all of that it was fun. Our guide was super. Well informed, humorous at times and made sure we were comfortable. Great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We arrived in the "Sassi city" of Matera 15 minutes before a historical announcement that Matera had won the Cultural City of Europe for 2019. The entire city erupted in celebration, music, church bells and singing. We sat on the balcony of our "cave" hotel room and watched the beautiful sunset over the city of ancient stacked "Sassi" homes with a glass of wine while the church bells continued to ring. What a memory to capture!"

Betty

Houston, TX

Tour: 10/11/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed all the places except for NAPLES. could have skipped the gelato presentation & Pizza place in Naples was not our favorite. Loved Matera, Positano and all the other places. Really liked the wine pairing demonstration & cheese farm with the buffalo. CAPRI was our all time FAVORITE! Ann was wonderful .... very patient with everyone & always had an upbeat happy personality. she was very informative & helped with any details. Hotels were great except for Naples hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Matera for first time. Seeing Isle of CAPRI ( Anticapri)"

Cynthia

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/11/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I came back from our first Rick Steves'tour raving about what a wonderful trip we had and what amazing sights we saw. From start to finish it more than met my expectations. The hotels were very nice, the food spectacular, the tour organized like a Swiss watch and my fellow travelers outstanding and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments, but for a sure one that stood out and made my jaw [INVALID] was our first view of the Sassi. It was so unexpected and dramatic and so unlike anything I had ever seen. So funny I had questioned why we would have this town on our itinerary and yet it was my favorite stop!"

Wallace

South Bend, IN

Tour: 10/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour and it was everything we had hoped for. Southern Italy lived through our outstanding guide, Ann. There was something enjoyable at each stop and a good group of people to share that something with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour was packed with "wow" moments, each as different as the other. For me Matera, the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii stood out. I can remember my first sight of each as a lasting memory."

Gena

Janesville, WI

Tour: 10/11/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were excited to be back in Italy again for another Rick Steves tour. Our tour companions were lovely and our guide was competent. We had great food and saw things we had heard about our whole lives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that I was not as well prepared for this trip as previous ones so I really did not know what to expect in Matera. That blew me away. I have not stopped talking about it since we got back. And to be there while they were in competition for the Cultural Capitol of Europe for 2019 was very exciting. And then they won! I would love to go back during 2019. The grottoes on Gargano peninsula were fabulous and fun. Entering that first one was like being on a roller coaster."

Juelanne

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 10/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I lived in Italy for over 10 years. So I felt that I knew a lot about Italy but I learned even more on this trip with this tour guide. Anna Long is the real deal. The food was wonderful everywhere we went. Hotels provided great service. This was probably one of the best trips I have ever taken. Kudos.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to even mention. Matera was the biggest surprise. I have never seen anything like it."

Mark

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. Previously we had toured large European cities on our own successfully but we wanted a way to tour outside the big cities without the hassle of travel arrangements and extensive planning. We tried Viking River Cruises but did not like that. The Rick Steves tour itinerary was interesting to us, the tour group was small and very compatible, the food was great, and the hotels were well-located and adequate. The tour exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a toss-up between two unexpected moments: Entering a grotto on the Gargano Peninsula in a boat, which the tour guide kept secret; and the Sassi in Matera, which we knew nothing about. We were skeptical about going to Vieste and Matera since we had never heard about either, but these turned out to be the highlights of the trip. If I had to choose, I would select the Sassi in Matera. It is a hidden piece of history that is fascinating. And the Sassi is beautiful in its own unique way."

Dennis

Coldstream, BC

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had not been to Italy before nor on a Rick Steves tour before. The tour was an excellent way to see the country. I knew about major tourist attractions, but your tour introduced me to things I had no idea exisited in Italy, the best preserved Greek temples in the world, the caves of the Sassis, for example.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Greek Temples at Paestum. It was such a site of beauty and serenity, the classic lines of the temples, the beauty of their construction and their marvellous state of preservation after 2500 years. I am still thinking about them."

Michael

Morton, IL

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Donato Chmura was an outstanding tour guide. He shared insights and a few meals with us. He went out his way to help us understand the different cites in Southern Italy. The local guides were very good as well. Some of the hotels had issues but nothing too major. The people on the tour were friendly and engaging. I certainly don't think that we could have done this on our own. Hats off to Donato and staff. Thanks Mike

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The town of Matera was the most unique or wow moment, followed closely by the water buffalo farm. Matera was really interesting and our accommodations were great."

Robert

Danville, CA

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our third Rick Steves" tour and they just keep getting better. Our guide Donato was very informative and did a fantastic job introducing Southern Italy to the group. The only negative for me was the hotel in Rome. The location was fantastic but we were on the third floor and both the furnishings (lack of lighting) and extremely low water pressure in the shower were not up to the standards of other accomodations we have seen both on this tour and the previous tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Capri."

Carolyn

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour! It was well-paced and provided such variety! It had museums, art and history (which I love), but also beautiful nature, coastal towns, boat rides, walking and much opportunity to be outdoors enjoying Southern Italy. The water buffalo farm we visited was off-the-beaten-track and fascinating. I also enjoyed the foodie events (wine tastings, gelatto-making, etc.).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow[INVALID]hard to say! Probably, Matera. I was so looking forward to Matera after reading about it a few months back in the Smithsonian Magazine. Even though I'd read about it, I was completely surprised by it when we got there! It was unlike any place I'd ever seen. The hotel where we stayed and our tour guides also enhanced my experience while there."

Mark

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful trip through many different parts of Italy (there isn't just "one" Italy!). We had a superb guide ("Donato") and an experienced group of travelers who had been on many of the Rick Steves tours so we got along very well and made many friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One evening in the little seaside town of Vieste (on the Adriatic side of Italy) we happened upon a spontaneous pre-wedding celebration -- the young groom-to-be had brought his betrothed to meet his parents for the first time. He surprised her with the small town band who played music that the neighbors danced to. We even got to have some champagne! I'm sure we would have never had an experience like this if we only stayed in the usual "tourist" parts of Italy."

Chris

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our goals in taking this tour were to see parts of Italy that tourists don't normally see, experience the differences in culture and food across the southern part of the country, and dive into the local archaeology. This tour is wonderful! The diversity in south Italy is amazing. We'd already been to the Alps, Tuscany and Venice - comparisons to the people, culture, and food in the south were fun. Like comparing the NW US to the South US; on a much smaller scale!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it is all about the food. You can see and meet the local people in what/how they eat. 1. Eating lunch at the Buffalo Mozzarella dairy! So simple, yet amazing. 2. The antipasti in the Trulli in Alberobello. The shop owner was so passionate 3. The pasta demonstration in Vieste. Again, the hotel owner was wonderful, caring, and patient with our poor attempts at Italian."

Nellie

North Bergen, NJ

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful Tour, and as usual the touch of Rick Steves'tours and the quality and knowhow of Donato "Don" our guide made the difference. I enjoy my trip very much and the Group with whom we shared our Tour. Continuation from the WOW moments: Sorrento and the dinner at family home. Naples and the Museo Capodimonte. Tivoli, Paestum and Pompeii ancient history and temples.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I feel that each place, each city has a WOW moment. In Rome the walking tour with Francesca(Excellent guide)visiting thejewist ghett In Vieste the tour through the caves of the Gargano coast, In Matera the walking tour and the history of the sassies In Alberobello the houses and history,In Positano, this is my third visit to a beautiful Amalficoast. the Vannulo Farm, it is my first experience to visit a bufalo farm, I enjoyed the experience and the quality of products including the lunch."

Jeff

Ft Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having visited Italy before, we had very high expectations for this trip and were not disappointed. The guides for our tours of the Jewish Ghetto, various museums, Pompeii, and Matera where charismatic and engaging. The demonstrations for pasta, buffalo cheese and gelato making were fun and informative. The home-cooked meal in Sorrento was cozy and special. The rugged terrain made the transfer of our bags by porters a welcome treat. The fast pace allowed us to discover a great region!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing Matera for the first time, from the lookout point across the craggy ravine, was breathtaking. The panoramic view from high atop Capri was spectacular, but Matera was overwhelming. My vision of how the Sassi in Matera would look was dashed by the stark jumble of monochrome, stone structures clinging to the plunging walls of the crevasse. It was truly astonishing."

James

Lorton, VA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This evaluation is for Jim and Wendy. This was our 7th tour with Rick Steves and easily met the high quality, value, educational experience, and fun that we have come to expect. After this tour, we want more of Southern Italy Of a minor note, Vieste was not as interesting as the other cities, but that reaction may be due to the rain and time of year. Beach resort towns out of season are rarely fun or exciting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera and the Sassi. We were awed by and unprepared for the drama and history associated with this world heritage site. Pompeii was everything we had imagined it to be and our guide, Gaetano, made it a memorable experience. I would have enjoyed more time here and recommend that some of the time in Sorrento be directed to Pompeii. The chair lift from Anacapri to the top of the island is not to be missed. As always, too many wow's."

Cheryl

Sioux Falls, SD

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was a nice blend of information and beautiful sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing Matera."

Ann

Germantown, TN

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was "top drawer". Amanda is an over the top tour guide - she was superbly knowledgeable with regard every aspect of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I remained perpetually "wowed" throughout the trip; however, my favorite was the visit to the amazing water buffalo farm and the wonderful lunch we had there!!!"

Jodie

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing with many wonderful surprises. I am so glad we went on this tour. A wonderful group of people to travel with, fantastic guides and breathtaking places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was seeing Matera for the first time. I did not know anything about this city, but it became much anticipated as I learned more about it from Amanda, our guide. When the bus drove to the top of the ravine that allowed a stunning view of the town, it was like being transported out of time. Matera is hard to wrap your mind around, it is so unlike anything experienced before. And once in the city, wandering among the caves, grottoes and sassi, it captivated me from the start."

Elizabeth

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What's not to love? Incredible food, destinations, guides...I knew that South Italy would be different than the Best of Italy tour, but I didn't expect it to be so full of ruins and great agricultural treasures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompeii. No, Matera. No, those orange-ricotta pastries. Actually, it was Francesca and Gaetano - the Rome and Pompeii guides. They challenged me to use my imagination and put myself back in the times of the places and see how it relates to us today."

Adele

Hartland, WI

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amanda was terrific. The folks in the group were great. We did a lot of things that were extra special and the group mixed very well. Thenplaces we visited were of onterest and the history was excellent. Will do anothwer trip with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The caves in Mantera. Along with the dinner at the family home."

Susan

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 09/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been on tours before but this was my first time with Rick Steves. My husband had never been on an organized tour before. This was, hands down, the best tour I have experienced. It is perfect for someone who has been to Italy before and wants to see something besides the Big Hits. We really enjoyed our stay in Rome in the Trastevere neighborhood. This was my forth visit to Rome but I was able to see things I had missed, such as the Jewish Ghetto, and Hadrians Villa.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had two WOW moments. I like to see out of the way places and Matera was wonderful. Loved the whole city and especially the hotel in the cave. The Naples National Archaeological Museum was on my bucket list. CHECK"

Teresa

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 09/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Let me say that this tour absolutely exceeded my expectations. The hotels were perfectly located and in some cases were mind-blowing (Matera) and with outstanding views (Positano). The entire tour mechanics were well organized, even with potty breaks on our longer bus rides to ease the stress of bodily functions. (This was my biggest concern prior to the tour.) Our tour director, Ann Long, was well suited to lead and she ensured that we arrived on time to each milestone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a "wow" moment every day! But there is one that stands out. The bus was approaching the village of Matera in Southern Italy. We took a side road so we could see the village from across the valley. We stepped off the bus and the sun was setting. The light was low and the magical village stood illuminated. That small effort to see the village from a distance after a long day on the road was almost a spiritual experience!"

Lorraine

Sylvania, OH

Tour: 09/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been to Italy a number of times but this tour took me to places I'd never been before. Each destination was a wonderful discovery. It was such a nice mix of free time, tour time, and, of course, eating time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably when I first saw Matera. What an incredibly unique city."

Sharon

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 09/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far exceeded my expectations. it was extremely well organized, efficient, informational and loads of fun. Everyday was a new adventure and the other members of the group were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a hard one since the entire trip was delightful. I really liked the boat ride up the Amalfi Coast with Ann commenting on the different sites, watch towers etc. The water buffalo farm was really interesting and the lunch was delicious."

Albert

Palmer, MA

Tour: 09/27/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

overall the tour was not the best tour that I been on. the previous tours with Rick Steves were much more merable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there was not a wow moment for me"

Stephanie

Poland, OH

Tour: 09/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steve's Tour and it was as great as our first. Our guide, Ann, was great. She was available for info or help but she also helped us venture out on our own. Most of the accommodations were great, our group was full of interesting, fun people, we had some great food and wine and we saw things that boggled our minds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was really looking forward to seeing Matera and when we approached the city, Ann told us we had time for a surprise. She took us to a great look out across the gorge from Matera's caves. Wow!"

Carol

Napa, CA

Tour: 09/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several Wow moments: 1. water buffalo mozarella farm (fabulous lunch) 2. visiting the grottos of vieste 3. pompeii with Gaetano (3rd generation guide) 4. wine tasting with Gino in Alberbello... what delicious food 5. dinner with the family of Luiji and Theresa, her cousin, their son and daughter in law."

Celes

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour covered everything we wanted to see and more. The early mornings and long days were necessary to cover the distances. We enjoyed not having to make all of the logistical arrangements that we usually do when we car trip by ourselves. Our group of "seasoned" travelers was friendly, helpful & fun. We have traveled all over the world on our own but will consider a Rick Steve's tour again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose just one. Each place had it's own unique moment."

Elizabeth

Moraga, CA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved it. The local guides, as usual, were excellent and helped to make the trip so informative. The group was great. Our guide was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a couple of wow moments. One was visiting Pompeii. The guide was fabulous. He really made you "see" Pompeii. The other was riding the chair lift to the top of the isle of Capri."

Kirsten

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A wonderful tour with high points throughout. Amazing how much one can see of Rome in a day, especially with a truly excellent guide. Such a variety of experiences: historical sites (Pompeii, Paestum); fascinating small towns (Vieste, Matera, Alberobello); incredible, though scary, drives along the Amalfi coast; good food; congenial and interested company. RS guide was excellent and ensured that we had some knowledge of places and their history or significance. A most worthwhile trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several such moments but Pompeii and then the visit to the archaeological museum in Naples to see the artifacts from that city combined for a very special highlight. Paestum on a gorgeously sunny day was also impressive."

Sandra

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour went smoothly--in part due to the guide Donneto. He worked very hard on our behalf, I thought. The itinerary was well planned for variety and some peak moments like the Isle of Capri day. The people were congenial on the tour and that made it pleasant as well. Maybe the most impressive strength of the rick steves' tour is the quality of the local guides. Francesca, Gaetano, Pina,...they are the best of the best and they deserve accolades and good compensation. Very passionate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I so much loved the hotel in Matera and the spa center downstairs in particular. It was necessary and a real pleasure to spent time in the pool, spa, and just unwinding. It was just so aesthetically pleasing but also genuinely thereapeutic in the pool and spa area. I really loved the hotel all the way around--the Best! The Amalfi Coast was stunning and boat rides were certainly fun and special activities."

Deborah

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I wasn't as enamoured with the towns on the tour as I had expected to be. I loved the smaller towns, like Vieste, Alberbello and Matera (ok, Matera is larger than the others) but Positano, Sorrento and Naples were not enjoyable for me. I didn't like the touristy tricky-tacky shops lining each street. But our tour group was a wonderful mix of folks and that made the tour wonderful. I hadn't experienced thar degree of comraderie before and I still miss them a month later.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera, seeing and sleeping in a cave. I had wanted to see Matera for years. Plus I crossed two items off my husband's bucket list. Not only did he get me into a cave, but we slept in one! Being able to see the caves and the model of how they lived in them was extraordinary and a true "wow" experience. The cave church in Matera was another incredible sight."

Adrienne

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the tour, but felt it didn't allow for enough free time and exploring on our own. It was quite strenuous for me personally. I thought maybe one less stop with an extra day in a few spots might have done the trick. I didn't love the early mornings and the long bus rides. I felt almost whole days were lost on the bus, and that we only had one full day in several places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely fell in love with our tour guide, Francesca, in Rome. She was so sincere and her tour showed exactly how much she loved Roma and Italia. She definitely moved me to tears a few times and she herself was quite moved. The Jewish Ghetto was fascinating."

John

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled in Italy previously, both 'by our wits' and with a 'Rick tour'. We've enjoyed both methods but given that this tour took us to the edge of Italy we were very glad for the comfort and security of an organized tour. The tour members were delightful companions and my only complaint would be that were having so much fun...I didn't get much sleep. The South Italy Tour really is a physically demanding experience but proper utilization of the 'rest days' helped me to catch my breath.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were numerous "WOW" moments on this trip. -Anacapri was wonderful, calm and lovely. The chair lift to the top of the Island afforded once in a life time views. -Swimming at a private beach 5 min from the dock at Positano. The water was spectacularly clear. Perfect temp for swimming and the beach was clean with a nice restaurant. -The Sassi at Matera were magical. The Thermae in our hotel was like being in a dream. -Napoli is controlled chaos. I have a new found respect for Italian drivers."

Sherry

Brentwood, CA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. There were so many special experiences, woven into the 13 days, that a person certainly would not be able to do on their own. It was a great variety of big cites, small towns, and historic sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick out one moment from a tour full of so many special activities. If I had to choose one, I would have to say the tour of Rome with local guide Francesca. She was an absolutely awesome representative of her city. I also was very moved by the statues in the Capella Sansevero in Naples. As I tell people about my trip, I find that there were so many "little" fun moments. It really is a great tour."

Julie

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour of southern Italy is genius. I have previously traveled extensively around northern Italy and speak the language, and I know that I could not have put together my own tour experience with anywhere near the stress-free quality that you provided. Thank you so much! Our guide Donato was brilliant, as were our local guides Pina in Naples, Francesca in Rome, and Gaetano in Pompeii. They really brought special insight to our time with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several 'wows': 1. Those crazy twisting narrow roads of the Amalfi coast and Capri 2. The amazing stone masonry of Matera, listening to the church bells echo across the ravine, and the pinkish setting sunlight on the stonework after a rainstorm washed it clean. 3. The wonderful five minutes in the deep bluey blue light of the Blue Grotto. 4. Crazy Napoli, all of it! I love the "SpaccaNapoli" and the incredible San Severo Chapel and the Nativity market there."

Leslie

Pickerington, OH

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall tour experience was very good. This was our second tour with Rick Steves and we really like the format. We appreciate the activity level, the amount of arranged and on your own time and we really love the fact that tickets are purchased, transportation arranged and that the daily itinerary is in place. Makes travel in a country where you don't speak the language much easier.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was seeing the Veiled Christ in San Severo Chapel. I was totally not expecting the beauty of it."

Gary

Longview, WA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, Ann Long is the perfect guide: she kept the group informed, on the move and cohesive. She was the highlight of the tour. Don't lose her! Second, the Southern Italy tour is a must see for people who want to see outstanding places that they have never heard of. If it is possible, you should try to break the long travel days up. Most of the people on the tour mentioned the long bus days. Even with the detours we had to take, we arrived at reasonable times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Matera. Another day there with a museum and church tour would suit many people."

Mary Ann

Sunderland, MD

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Entire trip was one WOW moment after another. Thoroughly enjoyed Rome. Hadrian's Villa is so impressive. Vieste is beautiful, charming, could have stayed for days. Loved the boat ride into the grottoes. The visit to the water buffalo was special; we're envious of their "spa." Amalfi Coast, as always, is spectacular! Positano and Sorrento are beautiful. Boat ride down coast was new for us & great to see the contrasts among the layers. Naples' Museum of Archeology was phenomenal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had more than one WOW moment. Number one is Matera for its remarkable caves, where people lived until just recently. The entire area is so picturesque! No wonder movies are made here. Another WOW moment was Alberobello and the Tulli homes. What a great way to avoid taxes! And Paestum for its beautiful Greek temples. We are so glad we took a side trip to Herculaneum during free time. What an interesting contrast to Pompeii."

Rosanna

Burnaby, BC

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well where do I begin? Ann Long was our guide and she was very good - she was not overbearing but she kept the schedule and made good decisions for us.. We don't care much for early departures, (those before 9am) even though we know it is necessary to follow the program, but still - WE ARE ON VACATION so it would be nice if we didn't have to be getting up so early.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 'wow' moment was more than once! Vieste was the first - lovely little place and the water trip to the grottos was excellent! Matera was next...I'd never imagined the SASSI as a place to stay but it was perfectly fine. The whole city was quite an amazing sight. Alberobello.. also a sight I'd never seen before - all the TRULLIS. The lunch we had there was out-of-this-world! Fantastic choice. The water buffalo farm was another WOW....and the lunch!! AMALFI AREA....spectacular!!"

Bart

Point Roberts, WA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steve's tour and we loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. Loved the Water Buffalo farm. Tour and lunch were awesome. Loved Positano. The hotel was in a great location. Matera was great. Favorite hotel room, by far! Loved staying in a cave room. Enjoyed the pool, too! Enjoyed the dinner at a local home near Sorrento, too."

Patricia

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First trip with RS company...hooked...the organization,areas visited,accommodations outstanding. the tours of each area where extremely interesting and thought provoking . Loved the food and wine Bus rides easy,sometimes long but that was to be expected. Great people to share the adventure with also

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very difficult to say because each day we said, "it cannot get any better than..." but push to shove the private boat ride with group along the Amalfi coast.. ah, but then the boat trip in Viesta into the grottos, ah then the caves of Matera,drinking wine watching the sun set at Brunos in Positano.....I could go on and on"

Shelia

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THE WONDERFUL DAYS I HAD IN ITALY WITH ANN AS GUIDE. THIS WAS MY FIRST RICK STEVES' TOUR, AND FIRST EXPERIENCE IN A TOUR OF ANY KIND. ANY DOUBTS I HAD ABOUT THE TIME MANAGEMENT, THE MEALS, THE COMERADERIE AMONG THE MEMBERS OF THE TOUR, WERE PUT AWAY AND I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE WHOLE ADVENTURE. MY HUSBAND AND I COULD NEVER HAVE MANAGED OUR TIME AND THE PLACES WE SAW WITHOUT THE TOUR, AND ANN MADE IT ALL COME ALIVE AND IT WAS AS IF WE BECAME A FAMILY.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"OUR ARRIVAL IN SORRENTO AND THE MUSIC FROM SENORE FLORIANO STINGA'S ACCORDIAN IN THE BACKGROUND AS WE GAZED ACCROSS AN ANCIENT ROCK WALL AT THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA. PURE MAGIC, ITALIAN STYLE! THE FAMILY DINNER AT LUIGI AND THERESA'S BEAUTIFUL HOME. THE LATE AFTERNOON LUNCHEON AT THE BUFFALO FARM. A WALK ALL BY MYSELF IN POSTEUM, LOOKING AT THE TEMPLES, SOAKING IN THE ATMOSPHERE. SO MANY MOMENTS, IT'S TOO HARD TO CHOOSE."

Lynelle

Woodbridge, CA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our tenth RS tour. By far Ann Was one of the best guides we have had. The extra details and her pleasant attitude was above. From the extra private boat ride along the Amalie coast that she guided and gave us so much information to being in her hometown of Sorrento and her knowledge and help knowing all its extras. We truly enjoyed all of the tour and especially the family dinner in Sorrento that was over and above,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wows! Totally enjoyed Positano, Amalfi town, Matera and Vieste. We had great weather which made everything so much more enjoyable. Definitely enjoyed Pompeii and seeing it first hand. The guided tour with Francesca was also top notch, as we have had her as a guide several times before! Really enjoyed the new details we obtained on that tour of a completely new area of Rome we had not done before. The whole tour each town had a wow. Very much enjoyed the grotto boat ride in Vieste."

Michele

Longview, WA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

THE TOUR AND THE GUIDE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN BETTER. I FELT EVERYTHING WAS VERY WELL PLANNED.

Winston

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we could not have asked for more. The organization of the tour was fantastic, with hotels and transportation always ready and as advertised. The tour was kept on pace by following a friendly but no-nonsense policy of allowing no stragglers to affect the group. This allowed all of us to maximize our adventure. In addition, our guide Ann made certain we were familiar with each new town then encouraged us to get out and explore more on our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The thing that struck me most was the takeoff on the flight home, seeing, as we climbed into the azure sky, spread below the wing and engine the tan and beige city of Napoli climbing the side of blue Vesuvius - that view captured the amazement I felt at having been there, of being immersed in a culture for two weeks, of seeing incredible sights, speaking broken but understandable Italian with locals, enjoying dining unparalleled and sampling wonderful local wines in each new territory visited."

Melanie

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't know where to begin - I thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip, with a host of new experiences and seeing a part of Italy less traveled by tourists. This was our fifth Rick Steves tour and as with the previous four, we found so much to enjoy, learning about people and places I'd never been aware of, as well as staying in smaller hotels and enjoying delicious food. We thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with our group of fellow travelers - it was a great bunch!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pick just one. Some that stand out are the boat ride off Vieste (the bus trip there was pretty "wow", too!) with the stops into several lovely grottoes, seeing the Trulli houses, and visiting the Sassi area in Matera. I'd never known about the Sassi houses but now find myself wanting to learn more; it was a particularly enriching experience. Visiting Pompeii would be another "wow" experience, as well as our stay in Sorrento, enjoying the coastal view and the wonderful home-cooked dinner."

Lynn

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really wonderful. Far exceeded our expectations. Lovely group of people on the tour and a marvelous guide. The only thing I could have asked for was to be in better physical shape which I will be by the next Rick Steves tour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had many wow moments. Some favorites: Being able to see the sunset and sunrise from the same hotel window in Vieste! Learning about the Jewish Ghetto in Rome. The Sassi in Matera...very moving history. Dinner in an Italian home. Amalfi Coast. In Naples, the contrast between the Jesuit and Franciscan churches and the amazing Veiled Christ and othe statues at the Capella Sansevero."

Yvonne

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my third RS tour, so I knew what to expect - particularly that my travel philosophy agrees with that of RS. Hotels, meals, tour guide and most (see exceptions at 16 below) of the travel experiences were up to the high standards that I have come to associate with RS tours. The locations that were chosen were varied and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed the boat ride at Vieste. It was a beautiful day and the unspoiled coastline was beautiful and the sea grottoes spectacular."

Denise

Holliston, MA

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour and again our expectations were exceeded. I loved the itinerary; I was introduced to parts of Italy I knew little about and also fulfilled a life long desire to visit Pompeii. I probably would have skipped Naples had I been on my own which would have been a mistake. We had a great group of fellow travelers and thoughtfully enjoyed sharing the food, wine and the ride.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We started with a high note with Francesca's tour in Rome;followed by - boat trip along the Gargano coast,the grottos, and wading into the Adriatic; first sight of the Sassi in Matera; the lemon grove in the middle of Sorrento and a lemoncello taste; first sight of Vesuvius and then visiting Pompeii. Being able to stay & explore Pompeii after the tour and return on the train at our leisure was awesome. Oh, and the cloisters and Cappella Sansevero in Naples."

Marie

Sedona, AZ

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd trip to Italy and the 1st time in the south. The trip really helped round out my knowledge of the country and it's people, as well as add so much to my knowledge of the history, which came alive at the sites we visited. I was disappointed in the Amalfi coast and it's busyness. I should have been there 10 years ago at least! However, Sorrento gave me the peaceful feeling I was looking for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd say going into the grottos on the Gargano coast did it for me. I hadn't expected them, and kept waiting for the boat pilot to say "duck" before we entered. Sassi was an almost overwhelming place. I wish I would have gone in again, but time was so short. I'll bet entering the caves we could see on the far hillside would have been very moving."

Leon

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the tour to be much more enjoyable than I had even expected. I enjoyed meeting and interacting with my fellow tour participants, and I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated our tour guide, Heidi.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know if I had a favorite "wow" moment, but I especially enjoyed visiting the Sassi, a place that I had never heard of, but one which left me with a true feeling of awe."

Julia

Gettysburg, PA

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this trip! Heidi was a terrific tour guide. I learned so much more than I expected about the culture and history of regions we visited. The scenery, the food, the excellent local tour guides, the wide variety of experiences, our fellow travel companions, all combined to make this a very memorable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was one after another "wow" moments on this tour. It's hard to choose a favorite. The one that touched me the most was the home cooked meal in Sorrento. What a joy to be so warmly welcomed into the home of Mamma Teresa and to get to know her family! It brought back childhood memories of large family dinners at my Italian grandparents' home. So much home cooked delicious food and personal attention. I didn't want the evening to end!"

Richard

Gettysburg, PA

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The South Italy tour was fantastic! I saw sights, had experiences, and learned much more than I ever expected. Our guide Heidi, who had a detailed knowledge of the area and the language, did an outstanding job. The pace was just right with a good balance between organized tours and free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments to choose from. I think the first time I looked down on the Sassi in Matera it took my breath away. I never knew such a place existed. And I had no idea of how advanced the civilization of Pompeii was. The ruins of Peastum were impressive. The trulli houses of Alberobello were quaint. The beauty of the coastline, countryside, and works of art in the museums were all amazing. It really is difficult to pick out a single thing."

Vicki

Towson, MD

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have been a Rick Steve disciple for almost 30 years and embrace his independent travel philosophy. I have traveled all over Europe with Rick as my virtual guide. This was my first tour as I did not wish to travel in Southern Italy alone. The tour was very well organized. We did so many different activities. A taste of both city and country life. I did not feel rushed (I have been here before) but I did not enjoy living out of a suitcase as we only stayed in each hotel for two nights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Francesca Caruso[INVALID]what a gem! Thoroughly enjoyed her tour in Rome. I appreciated her descriptions of the interweaving of architecture from vastly different periods. Fabulous. 2. The visit to Tenuta Vannulo, the buffalo farm and the amazing mozzarella and ricotta lunch. Yum! It was a real treat to eat these incredible products. 3. The boat trip along western coast of Puglia. Delightful morning. 4. The food of Puglia. Hotel Seggio in Vieste and the antipasti lunch in Alberobello."

Bill

Haymarket, VA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another fantastic tour! Can't say enough good things about our fantastic tour guide Nina. She made the tour so interesting and added so much to our experience. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, positive attitude and leadership contributed to a great experience for all. We heartily subscribe to the Rick Steves philosophy of touring and really enjoy the experiences we had. We definitely will tour with you again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from but have to say seeing Pompeii with our local guide really made the most WOW moment for me. Hw really brought the city to life with his descriptions of the forum, housing and baths. Seeing ti helped me to really understand so much better what the Romans had accomplished."

Fran

Victoria, BC

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

THE BEAUTIFUL: NINA BERNADINO IS A FIRECRACKER WHO COULD BRING A TOUR OF THE MORGUE TO LIFE. THE GOOD: TWO-NIGHT STOPS AT ALL ITINERARY DESTINATIONS. THE BAD: ROME - RESIDENTS AND VISITORS NO LONGER DO AS THE ROMANS DID. THE UGLY: ISLE OF CAPRI (OPTIONAL ACTIVITY) EPITOMIZES EVERYTHING THAT THE INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLER WANTS TO AVOID.

Jeanette

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! Great guide, great itinerary, great food, and great group! Had a wonderful time and would highly recommend this tour. A wonderful mix of group time and personal time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vieste and Adratic coast, Alberobello, Matera (especially Matera!!), Capri, Pompeii."

Richard

Riverside, CA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful adventure shared with many new friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our day off on the Almifi coast, when we took a boat from Positino to Almalfi and then a bus to Rogollio, a beautifully quiet Italian village. Then a beautiful afternoon walk down from Rogollio to the town of Almafi. The path wanders down the mountains, through gardens and small orchards, always looking down on the the crystal blue sea. And then of course we had some wine and a snack to celebrate! It is Italy after all!"

Marcia

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time seeing a part of Italy I had not seen before. the Amalfi Coast was high on my bucket list and it did not disappoint. I loved going to the Gargano Coast because it was a part of Italy that I was not aware of. Overall the tour was great. Nina did a fabulous job. She was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The fact that she clearly loves Italy made the trip even more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a "wow" so it's hard to choose. Pompei was amazing and, when coupled with visiting the Naples Archaeological Museum, I was blown away."

Kathleen

Riverside, CA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the coast at night from Positano is permanently imprinted on my brain. The best time of the tour for me was our hike on our own down from Ravello to Amalfi."

Joseph

Mississauga, ON

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, plenty of interesting places and activities with group or individual participation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments hard to say one that stands out from the others."

Diana

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wasn't sure if a Rick Steve's tour would be for us, even though I like his show and his sentiments on traveling. Well, It was pretty near perfect and designed to immerse us to the best of what South Italy has to offer with a variety of things that most people would not get to do or choose to do even though they would end up loving it. The small travel group was perfect as we got to know everyone on the trip and forge nice relationships. All tix and transpo was taken care of - big +.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The local tour guides specific to the places and activities provided were excellent - informed and passionate. Francesca in Rome is the best tour guide I have ever had and would go anywhere with her. She breathed life into the Capitoline museum and left us speechless and teary-eyed. We all really loved Positano also and should have stayed there for our free day rather than head to Amalfi town, but hey now we know and will go back! Matera hotel in cave was awesome."

Patricia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

small congenial group- Guide was professional, knowledgeable and personable. Could not have seen or done half of what we accomplished in the time allotted. WE saw several other large cattle herds of tours and all the time they wasted with logistics- such a pity. Hotels except the last one in Naples were lean, comfortable and intimate giving us a better idea of really being part of the area. Last hotel in Naples was a sick building many of us had allergic reactions tot he mold in the airc

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many- I every day went to bed tired and amazed at all of the beautify, history and wonderful people that I'd seen or met that day. every local guide was fantastic- really made their speciality come alive for our group."

Ann

Bonita Springs, FL

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was ALL the best. Loved the fact that there were 18 of us. We were very compatible and have made life-long friendships as a result of the tour. Don was great and always helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Matera was outstanding, altho, I loved all of the tour."

Gail

Montreal, QC

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had my reservations about travelling solo, and was the first time using Rick Steves. I knew he has a travel show and guidebooks which i did use when i travelled in Italy in 2008. It was much better than i anticipated. beside The South of Italy being beautiful, Wonderful travel mates which makes for a great trip even better and good times were had by all. there was enough group activities and time on you own I would recommend and travel again with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to choose as each place has their own "Wow" factor loved the Amafli coast , The Chairlift ride up to Anacapri a view to see and sharing a home cooked meal on behalf of Teresa and Luigi's Familia."

Nanette

Reading, MA

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic! It was a second Rick Steves' Tour (first 2010 - Italy 9 days). I enjoyed the sites and traveling to the different towns and villages - always something new. The tour size (18 people) was perfect and I got to know and make friends while traveling. The excellent and experienced tour guide took all the hassle out of traveling in a foreign country so I could relax and enjoy my vacation - priceless!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought Pompeii was fascinating and was intrigued by Roman culture and lifestyle of the people living there. The local guide did a great job describing every day life in Pompeii (before and after eruption) as we walked throughout the existing ruins. I will be doing some further research on this back home!"

Kathleen

Beavercreek, OH

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It would help if this tour ended in Rome as connections out of Naples are not as good. Traveling to Rome by train to leave from there just extends your day too much. Also think too much time is spent on the bus the first week. Would have like to stayed at least one more day in Positano and Sorrento. If you choose to go to Capri for the day than not much time is spent in Sorrento. Maybe the Pompeii outing could go out of Naples since there is not as much to see or do there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Amalfie Coast for the first time. It was everything expected and more!"

Ted

Paso Robles, CA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great sites, especially Matera, Pompoii & Capri. Very nice tour mates; no grumps or whiners. Hotel locations were excellent; hotel quality not so much. Included dinners were fun socially, especially the family dinner in Sorrento. Including the wine in the tour cost on an Italian tour was brilliant! Didn't like Naples; better would be another day in Sorrento or shorten the tour by one day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Capri. We took the private boat tour (13 people) around the island and it was great. Those that focused just on the Blue Grotto really lost out as there is way more to see that is more impressive all around the island. Seven of us stuck together and took cabs from/to Marina Piccolo - Anacapri (ski lift). Your suggestions regarding the bus is economical but many times impractical as they are so crowded you can't get on and waste a lot of our precious, limited time just standing there waiting."

Patricia

Ft Myers, FL

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

loved our tour guide Tommaso and all the guides... particularly Franchesca in Rome... tour was great... hotels fine... our last one in Naples had poor A/C...food and education about food wonderful...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Did private tour with 7 others to Capril... great day..."

Sandra

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sassi in Matera"

Retha

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my dream of a lifetime. It was magnifico!! So much and so rich. I was able to talk with locals enough to order food, say thank you, and feel comfortable with new experiences. During a bus tour around Amalfi, my foot had gotten trapped in the side door when the bus driver opened it suddenly. I yelled, "Aiuto, aiuto!" the Italian word for "help", until the bus driver opened the door. My foot was okay, but I was glad I learned that much Italian!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many every day! The morning after I arrived in Rome, I visited the Orto Botanico, just blocks from the hotel, providing a peaceful reprieve after traveling from US. Hadrian's Villa was a welcome treat after Rome, along with cicadas and country air. The boat ride around Capri, the chair-lift excursion up to Anacapri; the Naples National Archaeological Museum; chaotic Naples. The charm of Matera and Amalfi. The dinner at a home outside Sorrento."

Donna

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. We had high expectations because three of my siblings and their spouses have toured several times. The tour far exceeded our expectations. Thirteen days was the perfect amount of time. So much was packed into it, but there was still time to catch our breath. We saw and experienced things that we never knew existed. Our tour guide, Tommaso, was personable and informative and had so much to add.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments. I guess I'll pick the cave hotel in Matera. We walked around the area for several hours, imagining how the people used to live. It was like being in another world."

Colleen

University Place, WA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tomasso was a perfect tour guide for Southern Italy. He loves Italy and made us love it, too. The local guides were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first glimpse of the Sassi in Matera. We entered another world."

Joyce

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had so many varied experiences on the trip that there was fun every day! Tomasso was a wonderful tour guide who added a whole new level to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment is when we arrived at Matera and went to the overlook of the Sassi houses. It was the most beautiful sight I can remember ever seeing. Then when Tomasso told us we would be staying in one of the cave houses we were seeing, I was amazed. It was a wonderful town, hotel and we so enjoyed the spa in the cave hotel."

Christine

Rochester, NY

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was absolutely fantastic! A wonderful group of fellow travelers, incredible sights, just enough down time, great food, and Tomamaso, our guide, who made the entire trip extra special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's so hard to choose just one! The group lunches and dinners, the visit to the buffalo farm, the walking tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Rome with our Francesca (our guide), the boat rides, the cheeses ... #1 - most memorable is MATERA - such a unique hotel in an incredible and fascinating town."

Michele

Chula Vista, CA

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Disappointing, didn't meet our expectations. Guess we were spoiled after our great "Best of Italy tour in 2013"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to Matera and the hotel we stayed in. The whole experience is one we'll never forget."

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Pre-Tour

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about Italy: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews and articles, plus recommended books and movies.

Transportation

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as contact information for your first and last hotels in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members will arrange to fly into Rome and out of Naples (“multi-city” on flight booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Italy. Important: the train from Naples to Rome takes from 70 minutes to two hours, so you 'll want to avoid early morning flights out of Rome.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines.

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass. If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing On Your Own

If you arrive in Rome before your tour begins, use the Rick Steves Italy guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of Italian, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Rome that we do not do as a group: Colosseum; Roman Forum; Palatine Hill; St. Peter's Basilica; Vatican Museum.

Thinking of spending more time in Italy after the tour? From Naples you may want to make the trip up to the top of Mount Vesuvius; visit the impressive, ash-covered ruins of Herculaneum; you may even consider heading back south to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast; or train back up to Rome for more time exploring the Eternal City.

Packing

While it is important to pack light, there is one item you may wish to include when packing for this tour. This tour has several opportunities for swimming. You may want to pack a swimsuit and perhaps a lightweight microfiber towel.

For more advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick's packing tips.