• Grand Canal at night, Venice, Italy
    Venice
  • Varenna, Italy
    Varenna
  • Lake Como
  • Cinque Terre
  • Florence
  • Café lunch, Assisi, Italy
    Assisi
  • The Forum in Rome

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My Way® Italy in 13 Days

from $2,895 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $875

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Your Italy vacation starts by following a route that connects Italy's must-see sights — from Venice to Lake Como, the Cinque Terre, Florence, Assisi, and Rome. Rick Steves' money-saving My Way vacation package gives you the freedom to decide your own daily sightseeing priorities and pace. We cut the stress by providing comfortable rooms in centrally located hotels, private bus transportation from city to city, and an Italy-savvy tour manager to advise you along the way. Join us for My Way®: Italy in 13 Days!

Dates & Prices

2020

What's Included

  • This is an "un-guided" tour — giving you the freedom (and responsibility) to manage your daily sightseeing schedule and meals
  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people will share our big, comfy bus during the trip, but not do organized sightseeing together
  • A Rick Steves tour manager will coordinate the group's transportation and hotels and provide advice for sightseeing, meals, etc.
  • All group transportation from Venice to Rome
  • 12 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts are included
  • All tips for tour manager and driver
  • Free Audio Europe™ app for Apple and Android (free podcast/mp3 files) featuring Rick's audio walking tours of sights, museums and neighborhoods in Florence, Venice, Assisi, and Rome. Also includes Rick's radio interviews with experts on destinations covered in this itinerary
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • 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 2020
  • 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 your tour

Costs not covered: As this is not a guided tour, you will be responsible for the cost of all your lunches, dinners, drinks, admissions, sightseeing, and nongroup transportation. Be sure to plan and budget accordingly. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Sightseeing notes

(r) = reserve a time before you leave the USA
* = included in Rick's Audio Europe™ app

Day 1: Welcome to Italy

Welcome to Italy! Today is a great day to simply get lost in Venice (remember, it's an island), exploring the alleys and cruising the canals. We'll meet at our hotel at 5 p.m. for a group get-together. Your tour manager will give an overview of the days ahead, answer your questions, and offer a quick orientation to our neighborhood. Then you're free for dinner on your own. Sleep in Venice (2 nights).

Day 2: Exploring Venice

The entire day and evening are yours to experience the Byzantine majesty of St. Mark's Basilica*, the formidable Doge's Palace*, the masterpiece-packed Frari Church*, maybe take in a church concert, waltz on St. Mark's Square, or pub-crawl your way through this unique city. No bus today.

Day 3: Lake Como

This morning we'll say "ciao Venezia" as we meet up with our bus and drive to Lake Como. Along the way, we'll stop to grab lunch before arriving at our final destination — the sleepy Lake Como village of Varenna, where you'll have plenty of time to explore its romantic promenade, tiny harbor, and narrow lanes. Sleep in Varenna (2 nights). Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 5 hours.

Day 4: Cruising Lake Como

All you'll need is a Lake Como ferry boat pass and you'll have the entire day and evening free to explore the villages and waterways of romantic Lake Como, including elegant stops, such as Bellagio. Hike up into the Alpine foothills for unforgettable vistas, or take an hour-long train trip to Milan for a day of city sightseeing. No bus today.

Day 5: Italian Riviera

Today's destination is the Italian Riviera, home to the cliff-hugging hamlets of the Cinque Terre, pastel beach towns, and stylish resorts. We'll arrive late this afternoon, with plenty of time to enjoy the pleasant eateries and ambience of our seaside town. Sleep on the Italian Riviera (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours.

Day 6: Exploring the Cinque Terre

Ahh, it's time to take a "vacation from your vacation" today in our Mediterranean getaway. Pick a Cinque Terre village and spend your day exploring the stairways and alleyways, sunning yourself on the rocks, or sipping a cappuccino and catching up on your journal at an outdoor café. Or, if you're looking for lots of exercise, fresh air, and panoramic views, start your day early and hike the cliff-side paths that connect the towns. For dinner tonight, enjoy what's local and fresh: the seafood and the "best pesto in Italy." No bus today.

Day 7: Florence and David

This morning we'll drive to Europe's cultural capital, Florence. This afternoon is yours to explore the Renaissance city, including Brunelleschi's magnificent cathedral dome*(r), Ghiberti's Baptistery doors*, and other creations that helped define this world-changing era. You could even take time to visit the Accademia Gallery*(r) and marvel at works of sculptural genius: Michelangelo's rough-hewn Prisoners and his greatest masterpiece, David. Sleep in Florence (2 nights). Train: ¼ hour. Bus: 3 hours.

Day 8: Renaissance Florence

Today is yours to devote time to the breathtaking Renaissance art of the Uffizi*(r) — home to the finest collection of Italian paintings anywhere — including works by Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and more. Or you could stroll across the delightfully medieval Ponte Vecchio, and visit several of the city's art-filled churches and museums, browse the colorful markets, and find a special trattoria for dinner on your own. No bus today.

Day 9: Assisi

Today we'll venture into the heart of magical Tuscany, stopping for several hours to poke around the quiet lanes of a friendly hill town. This afternoon we'll make a modern-day pilgrimage to the beautifully preserved hill town of Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis. Sleep in Assisi (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours.

Day 10: St. Francis' Assisi

In a time of unprecedented church wealth, St. Francis inspired a refocused spirituality through poverty, humility, and the beauty of nature in Umbria. You'll have all day and evening to experience the beautifully frescoed Basilica of St. Francis*, and wander through (and wonder at) this charming town and its surrounding hills. No bus today.

Day 11: La Dolce Vita Rome

This morning we'll get an early start as we make our way from Assisi to Rome, with a quick stop for lunch along the way. Arriving at our Rome hotel this afternoon, you can enjoy dinner at the outdoor café of your dreams, then celebrate la dolce vita Roman-style, with an after-dinner stroll through the floodlit heart of the city, lacing together the lively campos, classy piazzas, and splashy fountains. Don't forget to taste some refreshing gelato along the way. Sleep in Rome (2 nights). Bus: 3 hours.

Day 12: A Day of Roman Roamin'

Rome is the grand finale of our trip, packed with historical riches, cultural delights, and an infinite supply of wows. Today, aided by Rick's audio tours, you could follow the footsteps of emperors through the Roman Forum*, Colosseum*(r) and Pantheon*. If the Renaissance is more your speed, the immense St. Peter's Basilica* (home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà) and the sprawling Vatican Museums*(r) (home to his mind-boggling Sistine Chapel) are a metro or bus ride away. It's your final night in Rome, so get out and make it special. Salute! No bus today.

Day 13: Tour Over After Breakfast

It's a breeze to reach Rome's airports by taxi or train. Your tour manager will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Grazie e ciao!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  3. Be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  4. Be responsible for your own daily sightseeing, admissions, meals (except breakfasts), and nongroup transportation.

Reviews

Daniel

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great Hotels. Travel was easy and well planned. My only down side was the brevity of time spent in some of the cities especially Florence and Rome. Would like to have had another day in each. Perhaps dropping one of the other cities to do this would work.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"visiting the Italian Military museum as a surprise addition on our way to Assissi"

Marshall

Sagle, ID

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was awesome. Excellent tour manager, accommodations, transportation, and sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say as it was all very special."

Kathy

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 'My Way Tour of Italy' for 13 days was amazing. Not only was it the 8 venues, the locations of the hotels to major sights, and the seamless transportation in between, but getting to know the wonderful folks who were also on our tour. My husband and I have independently traveled in Europe many times before; however, organizing for our personal month long trip to Italy was just too daunting. The 'My Way Tour of Italy' fit right in to where we wanted to go allowing us to decide what to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were "Wow" moments every day. Getting to visit historical sites we have read about all our lives, and seeing the great works of art we had previously experienced only through books tops the list. One of my favorites was when the rest of the group through a Happy Anniversary party for the two other couples and us who were celebrating anniversaries with this tour. In our case, it was our 50th. That was a big "Wow" for us."

Branca

Surrey, BC

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

For my husband & I, this was our first time doing an organized tour. Italy My Way was perfect for us as we didn't need to think about booking hotels or arrange transportation between locations. Our days were free to explore at our own pace and we found that it was great to run into people from the tour group when we were out and about. We shared tips and even joined others for meals and sightseeing - not because we had to but because we wanted to. It was perfect for us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Right from arrival at the first hotel - great location, small scale hotel, well appointed ....and I didn't have to do any research. And then the first travel day we simply met in the lobby as arranged, took the vaparreto as planned and walked to the waiting tour bus with the welcoming driver. Everything ran smoothly - like Rick Steves has waved a magic travel wand!"

Raymond

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The central location of the hotels made it extremely easy to access the major sites. The transportation was very efficient and dropped you in close proximity to where you needed to be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are really too many to mention. From the four horses on top of St Marks, the Giotto frescos in Assis, to the David in Florence these and many more were all "Wow" moments."

Mary Sue

Sagle, ID

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour manager was outstanding.Laurel took a personal interest in every tour member.She made it fun!Any tricky situation was handled just right.I would tour with her again. Our bus travel was all good.Kudos to all the hotels.We were always right in the middle of all the action.Our tour was just perfect for my husband and I and we are happy we saw Italy OUR way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi was an unexpected WOW!SUCH a lovely respite to all the big cities.I loved the Tuscany region."

John

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour with a cohesive group. Laurel was fantastic as tour manager. We did tire a bit of moving every two days, but glad we saw all of the sights that we did. Hotels were better than expected, bus was clean and comfy, and the tour held to the planned schedule. Did not like the crowds in Florence, Venice, and especially Rome. We realize the crowds are the inevitable result of a huge increase in tourism, but that is regrettable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi and Cinque Terre were special due to the beautiful scenery and fewer tourists."

Lana

Fishers, IN

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to have a very congenial and fun group of folks. We even planned our own side excursion to a winery outside of Assisi and that was one of the highlights of the trip most of us shared. I came away with new friends from all over and just one week out I'm enjoying a Facebook page set up by a tour member to share our trip photos and keep in touch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the quiet beauty of Lake Como and our stay in Varenna the most. And David in Florence."

Katharine

Emory, VA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful to travel with less stress over lodging and transportation details but also have the freedom to do as we pleased while at the various locations, guided by Rick's 2019 Italy book and other resources. The small group of 24 was very friendly and our tour manager, Laurel, offered several opportunities to gather together in the evenings to share our days' experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. One favorite "wow" moment was our visit to Ostia Antica as a day-trip from Rome. Stepping back in time 2,000 years and wandering about the remains of the houses and the arena was amazing. Another was the Capitoline Museum in Rome, which provides explanations that make personal connections with the art and sculpture. The burial inscriptions on tombstones were very revealing about life in the ancient days."

Donna

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience. Loved that all our accommodations were centrally located to everything we wanted to see. We only took a cab twice. 1st to the Vatican because we had an early tour set up, then ended up walking back with friends from the tour that we ran into. 2nd was to the airport when we left. It was so nice to not have to worry about getting from city to city. The bus was very comfortable. Gave us time to read, rest, and prepare for the next stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to saw my "wow" moment was the first sight of Michelangelo's "David". I actually gasped "Wow""

Nancy

Ashland, OR

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was excellent and I highly recommend Rick Steves My Way Tours. This was our second My Way tour and this second tour had better accommodations than our previous tour in 2018. I don't know whether it was the difference in location (France vs Italy) or a decision to upgrade the rooms. We appreciated the upgrade, however. My only disappointment was that we spent only 2 nights (1 1/2-2 days) in each location which made us feel very rushed to see and enjoy the location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! I would say that our stay in Varenna on Lake Como was a "wow" experience. Looking out our room at Villa Carlotta and seeing the view of Lake Como was spectacular. It was not as crowded as Cinque Terre which was wonderful, too, but pretty crowded."

John

Madison, WI

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The MyWay Tour was the perfect way for us to visit Europe for the first time. The hotels were great and the bus transportation was a great way to travel between cities with the group of our growing friends. Although we had planned our days for each of the destination cities, the advice shared by our escort was timely, succinct and very valuable. Also, we really enjoyed the two "happy hours" and the group dinner that Rick planned for those wanting to attend. It added to building friendships.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"These are too many to list just one. I guess I was unprepared for Michaelangelo's David sculpture at the Accademie. Truly powerful and inspiring. Not just another statue. The lower level of the St. Francis Basilica in Assisi was also spectacular. We followed Rick's advice to seek out smaller chapels and churches and we were very interested in what we found."

Sylvia

Madison, WI

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything on the My Way tour was well organized. It had just the right amount of information conveyed to us via our tour guide. I liked getting the relevant information, but not getting a typical long-winded talk that people often associate with "tours." All of the hotels and cities visited were very diverse and interesting. I liked the contrasts between the urban large cities and the smaller villages. Our guide did a good job scheduling break times and fun get together with our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out our hotel window and seeing the view of Lake Como ... but then seeing The David statue was a wow moment too! Of course, St. Peters Basilica and the Sistine are all amazing! Not to mention the beautiful villages in the Cinque Terre ..."

James

Mayfield Hts, OH

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the trip! Great sights. Great history. Great food. Great architecture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tranquility of Lake Como. Seeing the Duomo"

Peter

Tiverton, RI

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great mix of small towns and cities. Love the concept of having all of our accommodations and ground transportation taken care of ahead of time. That allowed us to only "worry" about where to go, what to see, what to do and what to eat....all stress free choices to make. Rick, our tour escort, was a wealth of information and made it a point to speak with us on a daily basis. Could not have asked for anyone better than Rick.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many favorite "wow" moments. The entire Lake Como region, particularly the slow relaxing pace of Vareena. The scenery was spectacular as were the restaurants and the vino. Also, at the other end of the spectrum was the experience of St Peter's Square and St Peter's Basilica."

Russell

York, ME

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Walking up and down for 5 or 6 miles each day was too taxing for me at age 72. Still I had a great time. Really enjoyed the mix of cites and smaller locales. Food and wine were great.The art treasures were outstanding. Florence was pretty smelly.... The David is spell binding. We loved Venice and Murano and Burano. Our best lunch may have been in a small family restaurant on Burano (Primo). Lake Como was perhaps the biggest surprise. Our lodging was great - probably the best. Balbianello great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel was probably the biggest "Wow". So was The David. Being among the many works of Da Vinci and Michelangelo was awesome. Standing in the Coliseum was another wow! The 2,000+ year old Pantheon was outstanding. The family restaurant up the hill at Como was best dining experience. St Maria's basilica over St Francis's first restored church was incredible. And to think that so many things we saw were 500+ years old was amazing. The Duomo is spectacular. The beauty ofthe Tuscan"

Michael

Cary, NC

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Hotels, bus transportation,and itinerary all very good. Tour manager excellent. No complaints.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como"

Wendy

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way Italy in 13 days was a very enjoyable trip! A nice mix of big cities offering interesting art and history and small towns with beautiful scenery and charm! We loved the fact that we did not have to worry about getting from city to city! The bus was comfortable and we had a very talented and safe driver. Most of all, being a MY WAY tour, we got to pick what we wanted to see and do in each city!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moments were: viewing Lake Como from the Castle in Varenna, climbing to the top of the Dome in Florence, hiking the Cinque Terre Trail, walking the Roman Forum, stepping inside St. Peter's Basicila and tasting first bites of Italian Pasta and Tira Misu!"

Stanley

Millbrae, CA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

tour was well worth the time and effort. We saw and experienced every thing we wanted. Laura was very available and helpful. Transportation was excellent. However a couple of the hotels could have been cleaner Otherwise it was a truely wonderful experience. The hotels were well located and in safe areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing David. Pretty mindblowing."

Judy

Oracle, AZ

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

To begin, this evaluation is for Jeff & Judy Smith jointly. We liked the Steve's My Way approach. Steve's secured very good Boutique hotels and gave us the freedom to explore and learn on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Coliseum and Cinque Terre."

Catherine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful experience. My fellow travelers were congenial and fun. Our tour manager, Laura, was really great and so was our impressively skillful bus driver, Roberto. The itinerary was a very good mix of big cities and smaller towns. I'd been to Rome, Florence and Venice previously but Lake Como, Tuscany and Umbria were new to me and a revelation. Stunningly beautiful. And we were blessed with great weather the whole trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many Wow! moments. The excellent (and mostly empty) Etruscan museum in Cortona, shopping the Porcellini leather market with two of my tour companions, the Biennale art exhibits in Venice, and beautiful Varenna are just some. The beautiful art, architecture, views and stunning sunsets. Many of my dining experiences - both alone and with tour companions - were really very memorable. And what's not to like about the fine art of crossing the street in Rome?"

Sandy

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My trip was amazing!! I enjoyed the fact that we traveled to 6 different cities in the 13 days. It gave me a chance to get a taste of each place. Our group was a great group of people and a lot of fun! Laura Terrenzio was a fabulous tour guide!! She did a great job educating us on each bus ride to a new city about the food, restaurants to eat at, things to see, hikes to take, etc. She taught us how to best use the Rick Steve's Italy 2019 book. She always made sure we did a buddy check!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although I had so many "Wow" moments I would have to say my visit to the Vatican was my best "Wow" moment."

John

Anaheim, CA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic tour. The balance was just right between busy cities and more relaxing or outdoor activity locations. The bus days were so well planned it felt like we hardly spent any time travelling the roads. All of the hotels were in great locations and they varied quite a bit which made it a treat to see what and where the next place would be. We added a day on the front end in Venice and 2 days at the end in Rome.....a very wise choice to get even more out of the tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After a hard day of hiking in the Cinque Terre, we watched the sunset from a fantastic wine bar in Vernazza. We would have NEVER known about this without the suggestion of our tour guide!"

Jon

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In the smaller towns, the 1-1/2 days was enough to see most everything. In the cities, there was not enough time to see and do everything we wanted to do. Yes we were way too busy in every place and over did it, but it was still an outstanding experience. Not having the meals arranged for you, allowed us to simply choose eating establishments of opportunity wherever we found them. And those turned out to be great experiences.

Rose

Plainfield, IL

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cynthia was very knowledgeable and patient with everyone despite our never ending concerns. I enjoyed visiting all the cities you selected and seeing the best of each spot. The bus driver was amazing. I don't know how he could drive so well in such curves and tight corners. And he was a very pleasant person.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican museum. Leonardo DaVinci's museum and the Doge palace the best."

Jim

Potomac Falls, VA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We took a My Way tour of Italy. The logistics, timing, locations and management were very good, and what we had hoped for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Massimo the bus driver driving into Monterosso... :)"

Gail

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the whole experience. The "My Way Tour" was a perfect blend of having our travel and rooms taken care of, but gave us the flexibility to have our own agenda. We really enjoyed all of our stops and also enjoyed spending time with other members of our tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick a single "wow" moment. We saw the must see tourist things, which were amazing, but my favorite memories were wandering, exploring, eating good food and enjoying the wine. We found amazing views at every location! The entire trip was a "wow" moment."

Craig

Hillsboro, OH

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "My Way" trip to Italy was perfect for us. It allowed us to explore the things we were interested in without having to be in a group.The trip escort was very informative and professional offering suggestions and giving advice on ways to get where you wanted to go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of Lake Como from the hiking trail. Awesome!"

David

Lake Ozark, MO

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great experience. The tour was well planned and the tour manager support was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views of the Ligurian sea and shoreline when hiking above Manarola and the views of the surrounding countryside from Assisi were stunning."

Karen

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe. The My Way tour was an excellent way to ease our way into European travel by having the transportation and hotel logistics taken care of. This left time to plan for walking/site-seeing and the "must see" places. We especially liked the flexibility of doing it "our way". Overall, it was a great vacation, from the variety of towns and cities we visited, to the delicious food and wine experiences and meeting the members of the fun tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking to the top of Cortona during one of our side trips, and stepping into the Chiesa di San Francesco. My husband and I both said "Wow"!! It is a church, not massive as some of the basilicas we visited are, but it too houses some distinguished artwork. It was an unplanned yet pleasant and rewarding experience."

James

Plainfield, IL

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

liked everything, but I needed to be in better shape for all the steps!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked Venice."

Scott

S Hamilton, MA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Rick's ideally located hotels, excellent bus driver, helpful tour manager, and detailed written guide book helped us see the sights we wanted our way. Thanks Rick for offering the My Way tours, please add many more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice, while not the 3-star recommendation is the best! In an otherwise overly crowded city like a few others on the tour, it is easily accessible and not crowded with a wonderful balance of art, sculpture, tombs, and religion."

Earl

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My first but not favorite wow exp was waking up the next morning in Venice after enjoying sleeping with the cool night breeze and having 7 mosquito bites on my face. They didn't just welt up and go away but stayed red for several days. Never experienced bites like that even in Florida. So, my suggestion is to have at least one window in the hotels you use put in a screen that will keep them out. Others on the tour had similar experience. Slept with windows closed on the remainder of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every stop had wonderful things to see and do. lake Como was my favorite. Would like to have stayed 3 or 4 days longer exploring the lake towns. Will go back there. The Galileo museum in Florence was another, was there for 3 hrs and could have stayed all day. Surprised to learn i was the only one on the tour to go there, even my wife went shopping instead. They missed out on one of 'your' favorites."

Justin

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really great overall tour of Italy for a family of four who had never been before. Kathleen (our guide) and Adrian (our driver) were both fabulous and so, so helpful. The My Way Tour was the right way to go for us, we enjoyed the freedom to set our own schedule and sightseeing agenda while appreciating being driven from city to city. The hotels were all clean and comfortable, and were all centrally located with easy walking access to the major sights or easy public transit access.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Riding the ferry on Lake Como at sunset, seeing Michaelangelo's David for the first time (it really is so impressive!), the view of Florence from the Piazzale Michaelangelo."

Velma

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything clicked along like clockwork. Our tour escort was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite WOW moment was getting lost in Rome and stumbling into the church of St. Ignatius. So beautiful! The My Way tour was perfect for me."

Robert

Green Valley, AZ

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First timer on a Rick Steves Tour. Was well planned and delivered on all points. Attempted a few "walking tours" on my iphone but found them difficult to follow with the pressing crowds in Florence and Rome. The pace set by our tour leader (Kathleen)was very doable and all connections made as promised. Bus driver(Adrian)also did a great job! The major cities were fabulous but the crowds a bit exhausting... buildings and art abounds. But that's why we went. Lake Como, Chinque Terre, Assisi...yes!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Duomo was amazing. The mere size gets you first! Then the detail of course. Also the Pantheon. Enjoying the view from the terrace gardens at Villa Ciprese (Vernazza) as the sunset across Lake Como was special too!"

Donna

Woodbridge, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

When our family decided to do a family trip to Italy, this option with Rick Steves seemed the perfect way to go. No hassling with transportation from place to place and hotels that were booked for you. We really enjoyed being on our own and going where we wanted to. All the locations were amazing and we enjoyed each place. If only there were extra days at Lake Como, Venice, and Florence. We enjoyed Kathleen and the expertise at suggesting sights, and her knowledge of Italian.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many Wow moments. Loved see David by Michelangelo, and super enjoyed Lake Como, and Florence. A very humbling moment experience at the American military cemetery outside Florence."

Takeo

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall experience was very good. There were some minor changes I would like to see, in order to give an "overall rating" of outstanding. Plus, this was my first Rick Steve's tour so For me, "very good" is more appropriate as an overall rating. However, I would definitely use Rick Steve's again without hesitation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting and spending time with close friends on an extraordinary trip and meeting amazing people, both inside and outside of our tour group setting. Arriving at each location on the tour was a "wow" moment! The beauty of each place was amazing! The people were beautiful! The scenery was unbelievable! The food was delicious! All of it was a "WOW" moment!"

Glenn

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the trip was very good. This trip was the first experience in Italy for three of our group of four. We thoroughly enjoyed the people we met, the different pllaces we visited, and especially the culture/food/Italian people we met. The one thing we would have liked to have done was spend more time in Florence and Rome. For what we were seeking, the My Way Tour was a good introduction into Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a few "wow" moments, the beauty of Venice being on the water, looking out our hotel window in Varenna and seeing the beautiful lake, the magnificence of Michelangelo's David as you walked into the Accademia, the beauty of the Sistine Chapel. The sheer crowds in Venice and Florence, that were overwhelming at times, yet the beauty of both cities still was so evident."

Cavan

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hotel locations are very good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The special dinner arranged by Kathleen in Lake Como"

Joan

Monterey Park, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome and amazing! I enjoyed everything about this tour, just wish we stayed one extra day in some places especially Florence & Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, every place on this tour was breathtaking but Assisi was unbelievable. I loved the views of Umbria, Hotel Umbra, and Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi was amazing! I initially thought I would be bored in Assisi but how wrong I was. Assisi is such a beautiful, quaint town with so much to see. The weather was beautiful which made it perfect to sightsee."

Michael

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way concept was perfect for us. It was our first trip to Europe and having the transportation and lodging provided was critical to our comfort level. In addition the hotels provided were always centrally located and excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing David"

Tom

Andover, MA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it. Actually enjoyed the smaller more rural locations the best, especially Lake Cuomo and Assisi. The larger sites in Rome and Florence were very crowded and that took away from the experience. Would be helpful to have more guidance with the Vatican Museum. For example, good to book the Vatican Museum during the evening while it's less crowded. Really liked the freedom of planning our own days and having all logistics taken care of. Really enjoyed meeting the others on the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved the walk in the garden at Villa Carlotta. For anyone that loves nature this is a must. Also loved the view from the town center tower in Montepulchiano. The wine country of Umbria and Tuscany are just beautiful. Artistically, loved the statue of David."

Susan

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good group dynamics, had a wonderful time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michaelangelo sculptures in person"

Anne

Castle Rock, CO

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such an amazing experience!! The hotels were perfectly located in all of the towns/cities we stayed and our tour Director, Rick Garman, was outstanding with his knowledge and recommendations! We can not say enough of how amazing this experience was! We are definitely doing another Rick Steves' trip in our future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Opening the window and shutters of our room at Hotel California in Florence and saw the dome of the Duomo right outside our window!!!"

Daniel

Monterey Park, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful low stress way to visit italy. I loved not having to worry about the logistics - itinerary, lodging, transportion. And to have the freedom of an independent traveler for activities, lunches, dinners, and just wandering around discovering interesting stuff. Our escort, Rick Garman, was terrific. He provided a good summary of upcoming towns/cities while on the bus with useful suggestions for activities, restaurants, shopping, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Accademia in Florence and seeing Michaelangelos's David. I've seen countless photos of this sculpture, in art history classes, but nothing compares to seeing it in person. We followed Rick Steves' recommendation to go late in the day and the crowds were not overwhelming ."

John

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour experience was very positive. Appreciated the "My Way" setup so that I could explore other areas I likely would have missed in a traditional tour. Enjoyed each of the destinations, and the amount of time allocated to each stop was sufficient.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi was a pleasant surprise, as well as the stop in Montepulciano."

Sue

Cumming, GA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour was perfect for us. We didn't want the stress of driving in Italy, but wanted to do our own thing in each place. It was fun to get to know the other members of the group at breakfast and other time we ran into them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on the beach inVarenna taking in the beauty of Lake Como, and eating a gelato."

Cathy

Geneva, IL

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotels were all centrally located and nice. Bus transportation very helpful and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Tuscany area. Gorgeous!"

Suzanne

Columbia, MO

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The MyWay tour gave us enough structure to take the stress out of travelling by not having to arrange hotels and transportation between towns. Hotels nicer than I expected. Loved meeting a fantastic group of people. Laura was GREAT! I appreciated her knowledge, calmness, helpfulness, kindness,, and passion for Italy. She helped us get tickets for the Coliseum as the rules kept changing (Roma Pass not helpful and you have to reserve a time). Of course, the Rick Steves book is invaluable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a "wow" experience. Seriously. Venice, Lake Como, Cinque Terre, FLorence (especially the Duomo and walking around it and seeing David), Assisi, gelato, and ROME. In fact, I was saying every day was a "wow" experience. We tried our best with Rick Steves tips to avoid the crowds and over-tourism. It was so helpful to stay a 7 minute walk from the Vatican because we signed up for a Through Eternity breakfast at the Vatican tour that kept up ahead of crowds."

Nancy

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the your way experience so that I did not need to be one of the annoying tour groups, following the leader. I liked the independence and ability to choose to see the Ferragamo shoe museum in Florence and the Borghese Gallery in Rome. The transportation was nice and the rooms all had a good location. They tended to be a little small. I think it is because we had rooms with two twin beds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como was so beautiful and the town of Varenna was charming."

Scott

Cumming, GA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary. Everything flowed like clockwork. Enjoyed meeting our new travel friends. Perfect weather helped.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike from Monterosso to Vernazza was a treacherous treat."

Jeannine

Kihei, HI

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a first time tour participant, I couldn't have wished for a more perfect vacation. The time and worry of organizing transportation and accommodations gave way to relaxation and planning my spa day :-) I did not find the walking or hauling of luggage a challenge. All the research, RS tour videos and pre-planning really helped. I still can't believe I traveled 2 weeks with a carry on & a small backpack, lol!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many "wow" moments, however three places really stood out. Walking the streets/alleys of Venice at 6:00am in the morning, Varenna at Lake Como...the beauty and serenity of this quant lakeside village will stay with me always and Michelangelo's Pieta at Saint Peter's Basilica brought me to tears."

Pam

La Conner, WA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Laurel made our trip amazing! We weren't sure what to expect on this type of tour and it surpassed all our expectations. In fact, we were already talking about taking another My Way tour as the trip was ending!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we arrived at Varenna. Everything about our time on Lake Como was amazing!"

Stephanie

Blaine, MN

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed everything about the tour! Laurel the tour manager was helpful, kind, and always available for the guests. Laurel always had great tips and recommendations. The bus was clean and very comfortable. The driver was always on time and navigated the bus safely through some difficult terrain. The itinerary was well thought out, it seemed after each busy city we had a stay at a nice smaller town to regroup and yet have time to explore. We will do another MY Way tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments on the trip, but for me, staying at Varenna in Lake Como at the Hotel Cipressi, walking through the gardens along the shore of Lake Como, absolutely incredible. Wish we could have stayed there a little longer!"

Paul

Blaine, MN

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was my 3rd Rick Steves MyWay tour (did the Best of Europe and Alpine tours previously). Again, I was very pleased with entire experience (tour manager, bus, driver, hotels, hotel locations).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the view of Lake Como from our hotel in Varenna. Absolute amazing view and hotel."

Evelyn

Omaha, NE

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was perfect for us! We couldn't have asked for a better way to see Italy. Everywhere we went wowed us. The accommodations and transportation were much better than we anticipated. Our guide Laurel was delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were truly so many, it's hard to choose just one. I fell in love with Lake Como. Looking out the window of our hotel at the Villa Cipresse to an incredible view of Lake Como was amazing. It still gives me feelings of happiness and peace."

Tamara

Hilo, HI

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WOW! So pleased with the whole "Italy My Way" Rick Steve's Tour Experience! The hotels were (mainly) great, as was the transportation (same awesome bus & driver the whole tour) and most of all our Tour Manager Laurel was FANTASTICALLY WONDERFUL. She had great ideas for activities, wonderful restaurants and kept us all on schedule without resorting to drill sargent tacticts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. My travel partner & I joked that "oh WOW" was our main vocabulary during the trip. Venice was as wonderful as I had imagined, loved strolling through the town and across the bridges. Lake Como was divine. Having the Duomo as a nightlight outside our hotel window in Florence was magical. The Hill Town (I've forgotten the name) that we stopped at was a walk back in time. Was so glad for the "surprise" stop Laurel arranged at the American Cemetary. And the FOOD!"

Christopher

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire journey was well organized, exciting, and fun. This was my third tour and it did not disappoint. The weather, people, places, and cuisine were exceptional. The dinners and happy hours arranged by our tour manager, were outstanding, not to mention a blast for socializing and fun with fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a tie between my first up close sighting, of the Duomo in Florence and the stunning interior artwork at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi."

Elaine

Alameda, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved all of it. Great choice of locations to visit. Locations of hotels, 5 stars! Our leader....personable, knowledgeable, flexible. Perfect! Only location not crazy about...Sestri Levante.. Would have preferred staying in Monterosso. Would have enjoyed Cinque Terre more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Verenna, Lake Como! So beautiful. Assisi! Love the small towns."

Gail

Willseyville, NY

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the trip of a lifetime. The My Way tour takes the stress of driving on foreign roads out of the travel picture. We loved having our own schedule and ability to see and do the things we wanted to in each location. Our tour manager was informed and friendly. Our bus driver did an excellent job. The other travelers on our tour were like minded travelers and we met many new friends! We have recommended Rick Steve's My Way to all our friends.

Margaret

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. It was just what we were looking for. The combination of hotels and travel with a great group of people and the ability to do our own thing made us feel both adventurous but with convenience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. Since it was my first time in Italy the food and sights and people were all special. If I had to highlight one wow moment it may have been our time in the Sistine Chapel. While it was very crowded, you could still feel that you were in the presence of greatness."

Doug

Vadnais Heights, MN

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip and we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Italy!!! We are recommending My Way Tours to our friends. We would definitely considered another My Way tour in the future. Thanks for all the wonderful audio tours and book on Italy, which we used extensively before and during our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "Wow" moments that it's difficult to isolate just one, but we really enjoyed being in the magnificent basilicas and churches and learning more about the great apostles and disciples of the early Christian Church. Also just walking through the city and village streets and entering into the Italian way of life and food was wonderful."

Calvin

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized! Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como , the quaint town of Varenna and the overall ambience."

Marcy Rosenshein

New Windsor, NY

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Since this was our first RS Tour we didn't know what to expect but it would get us to a few places we wanted to see (Lake Como, Cinque Terre & Assisi) and weren't sure how to get there on our own so we decided to give it a try. Overall, we definitely enjoyed it and were glad we did it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't 1 specific 'wow' moment, we had quite a few based on the things we decided to do. Prior to the start of the trip we scheduled 3 private walking tours (1 in Florence, 2 in Rome), a Vespa ride outside Florence, a Segway ride in Rome, rowing lesson in Venice, 2 group tours (1 - 'Waking the Vatican', started at 6:00am, we helped unlock doors in the Vatican museum; 2 - Walking tour of the Borghese Villa & Gardens). We were only able to do all of this because we came a week early."

Michael

Wappingers Falls, NY

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The 13 day My Way Italy tour provided a very good sample of 6 locations - each with a different feel and flavor. Overall i found it to be a convenient yet organized method of travel without the typical logistical concerns of getting from point A to point B in a foreign country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose just one, but the drive from Venice to the mountainous region of Varenna in Lake Como was just so beautifully scenic. The ferry boat ride in the mid-lake region where we were located gave a different perspective of the surrounding towns and mountains. We had dinner in Bellagio right at the end of town on the water's edge. A very romantic and delicious dinner with an outstanding view."

Charles

Alameda, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all we had a wonderful guide. She organized everything to make our individual excursions easy. I felt comfortable in everything we undertook. Her suggestions of places to go and how to get there were spot on! Additionally, her personality sparkled which made our interactions a pleasure and our group meetings, which she hosted, a joy. This was a good group of people who were interesting and interested in learning. This added to the overall tour experience. There was never a dull moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was the tour we took through the Galleria dell'Accademia to see the statue of David. Our guide was "excellent!" It was an hour a a half tour but it was crammed with information. I would take it again!!"

Judith

Wellsville, NY

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized to see all the best places, but still having free time to explore and discover. People on the tour were SUPER friendly! I loved that the hotels were close to the important sights. Cynthia, our tour guide was super-helpful and had answers to any questions we may have had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gorgeous sunsets on the sea...the FABULOUS museums. I loved it all! I have always liked Italy a lot, but I really fell in love with it on this tour. (I have never been on a group tour before)"

Jeannine

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the rhythm of the entire trip was very well thought out. I enjoyed each town and thought the drive between each town went very well in a very comfortable and safe bus. The time spent in each place was perfect. I loved all the places we saw in Italy. I feel like I really got a flavor of this country!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"IF I have to pick one....It was probably hiking up to the castle in Assisi with wine and sandwich to watch the sunset and imagine life so many years ago!!"

Jeanne

Emmaus, PA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the tour of a lifetime for me. The accommodations were exceptional at every stop Cynthia added her charm ,experience & interesting stories while we were on the bus. She was very available for any concerns,questions. Rick Steves tour is a nice balance of having a concierge like guide plus the flexibility of personal choice for exploring. Perfect for me!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The only other place I had ever been in Europe was the Netherlands. it felt like a continuous series of wow moments, from the colossal and ancient architecture to the breathtaking view of Lake Como as we entered the region. Hiking through the olive trees & grape vines on the hillside (no, I mean cliff) of Cinque Terre was extraordinary. the Colluseum is a beautiful structure only if you don't realize the mistreatment, gore & disregard for animals and humanity that took place there"

Christina

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour leader was always available to help and yet encouraged networking with other travelers early in the trip. This created a fun and self sufficient atmosphere that I really enjoyed. Orientation walks were very helpful at each new location! We just had a lot of fun as a group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hike on Cinque Terre immediately upon arrival at Monterosso due to pending weather. We got to know 3 fellow travelers and it was great to have a collaborative effort to get our trail pass and be on our way. Wine tasting at Apertivo in Belaggio and in Vernazza on deck overlooking the sea!"

Mary Louise

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mary Carlson, deserves a Super Tour Guide Cape! Ready with a warm smile and caring heart, Mary answered questions big and small. She hosted both Happy Hours and a fabulous dinner, all were in attendance. Mary created a community of caring travelers. We truly looked out for each other and a good belly laugh was always just around the corner. With Sauro as our fearless driver, there was never a doubt that we were in professional hands. Thank you to all that made this trip a wonderful success!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to describe!"

Linda

Prineville, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was a dream come true. Everything I have wanted to see for many years was included and much more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the fact that hundreds of years of history were right in front of me."

Brenda

Westerville, OH

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was a good way to get a "feel" for Italy. We covered a lot of ground & the bus ride from town to town was quite comfortable. Our escort was pleasant, fun, fluent in Italian, and had a lot of knowledge about the country. Sauro, our bus driver, was also very accommodating & was a pleasure to ride with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most beautiful place we visited was Lake Como and was definitely a "wow" moment for me. It was also where we had the nicest hotel with a wonderful view."

Mary

Columbus, WI

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Mary Carlson, was terrific! I thoroughly enjoyed my fellow travellers, too - clearly everyone took the "no grumps" code seriously. The one thing I found a bit taxing was having only 2 nights in each destination, especially the bigger cities. It sometimes gave the trip a "if it's Tuesday, this must be Florence" feeling. Otherwise, it was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out our hotel window in Florence and seeing the Duomo and a full moon. Wow indeed."

Danielle

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great. The travel between towns was not ideal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food and views in Assisi and Varenna."

Ronn

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience. My Way tours by Rick Steve's is a fun alternative to total package tours. We made good choices with our tour manager's, Mary Carlson, assistance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying at the Capresse Villa and gardens in Varenna. Also our group dinner in Assisi. The food, service, company, and location were excellent."

Charles

Prineville, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized and our tour guide, Mary, was excellent. She was always willing to answer any questions we had and her knowledge base was excellent and thorough. We had a great time and never felt like we had not benn treated with the utmost dignity and respect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was very pleased with Assisi. The timing of it towards the end of the tour where we had a slower pace and relaxing time was very refreshing. Again, Mary had a very enjoyable dinner planned and everything was always well organized."

Mary

Owasso, OK

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

EVERYTHING WAS BETTER THAN WE COULD HAVE IMAGINED. I KNOW WE WERE ABLE TO DO AND SEE THINGS WE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH ON OUR OWN. GETTING THE TICKETS/RSVPS AHEAD OF TIME AS SOMETHING WE LIKELY WOULD NOT HAVE DONE ON OUR OWN. THE BUS AND SAURO WERE FANTASTIC. I WAS NEVER UNCONFORTABLE IN ANY SITUATION AND HAVING THE SECURITY OF OUR TOUR MANAGER'S ADVICE AND KNOWLEDGE THAT WE COULD DEPEND ON MARY IF NECESSARY GAVE US FREEDOM TO EXPLORE MORE THAN WE MIGHT HAVE ON OUR OWN.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"RIDING ON THE BUS LOOKING AT THE SCENERY. MY WOW MOMMENT WAS COMING TO THE VIEW OF LAKE COMO FROM A TUNNEL AND THE BEAUTIFUL ALPS. THE VILLA WE STAYED IN THERE WAS EXCEPTIONAL AND THE VIEWS AND FACILITIES WERE A WOW ALSO."

Patty

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and it was a great experience. We loved having the hotel and transportation taken care of and then being able to go out and experience what WE wanted rather than a pre-determined schedule. I don't know if other groups are as lucky as we were, but our group of people were fantastic and we chose to spend time together during the trip. Great people, great locations, great food, great guide, great bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow! I don't think I can nail that down to one moment, each location had its own special interest."

Mary

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Experiencing Italy for the first time with the MyWay tour exceeded expectations. It was such a great way to experience a lot of different places in Italy and it left me wanting to spend more time in certain places on future trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few "wow" moments. Arriving in Venice late at night and experiencing it from the Grand Canal was surreal. The natural beauty of Lake Como was stunning. The dazzling coastline of the Cinque Terre was a constant "must photograph" moment."

James

Kerrville, TX

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never been on a "group tour" before and didn't know exactly what to expect. We never expected to have such a wonderful time! We were given expert info about each stop. Then we were on our own. Everything about the tour was just great. From beautiful churches and art to incredible views of the countryside,(and food!)there was always something to amaze you, wherever you looked. We would heartily recommend this experience to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From the first sight of Venice,Lake Como,Cinque Terre,overnight in Florence, museums in Assisi, to wonderful days exploring places that are 2,000 years old--these were just my favorite wows. Only 500 characters wouldn't be nearly enough for all of them."

Melissa

Bismarck, ND

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour! I loved that the details were taken care of and we could focus on what to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name."

Sarah

Dudley, MA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour guide was excellent. The logistics went smoothly, bus, hotels etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed Assisi and the hotel sitting area at the hotel."

Francis

Westport, MA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was again another wonderful trip with surprises every day. Temps were very hot witch did create some limitations. It was a good mix of destinations as always with accommodations suited for fine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hotel at Lake Como their gardens and the town itself was breath taking."

Kathleen

Winter Garden, FL

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic experience through Italy. Loved the destinations, hotels, transportation and our very special guide, Marianna. She was very special and one of the main reasons I would consider another Rick Steve's tour. My expectations were beyond exceeded. Thank you for keeping it authentic and just a little off the grid. We enjoyed this experience like a local as opposed to a tourist. Highly recommend. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a tough one. My friend and I had wow moments every day. We always ended the day thinking "how can we top today?" The hotel in Lake Como was a definite Wow moment. The gardens were spectacular. Pasta making in Rome is also one of my favorite memories. Marianna always had surprises for us on the bus as well. She really explained the destinations thoroughly in advance which was helpful."

Stephanie

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. I used his recommendations for hotels and various sites 25 years ago while visiting Italy. I did not have time to coordinate this Italy trip independently so I went on the Rick Steves website and noticed that he has organized Italy tours all ready pre-planned. So I booked the 13 day Italy my way and it was the best decision I made. I was traveling with a friend of mine who could not believe how organized and easy it was to travel this way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How organized and easy it was to travel on a Rick Steves tour. The hotel accommodations were excellent and it wonderful locations in each city we visited. The motorcoach was comfortable and our tour guide was exceptional. I would book a Rick Steves tour without blinking an eye."

Beth

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Maryanna was fantastic. She helped make the trip so enjoyable. Loved the set up of you taking care of hotels and transportation and the rest was up to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is not just one. Italy was perfect except for the heat! Great choices for stops."

Brian

Coudersport, PA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steve's My Way Italy tour was an exceptional way to visit a European country for the first time without having to be stuck on a bus or following a flag waiving tour guide with a group of people. It allows you to experience a good overview of Italy at your pace and your timeframes during your stay at a particular location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "WOW" moments were being able to experience the views on the many hikes we ventured."

Lois

Burke, VA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was better than expected due to the assistance provided by our tour escort. Kathleen was a great resource, that I did not expect since this was a My Way tour. She provided a lot of guidance on obtaining tickets, places to eat, and information about what was unique about the areas we traveled to. We are experienced travelers and found the balance of transportation and hotels covered, but the free time at all the sites to plan our own itinerary to be a great way to see Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several: walking where the ancient Romans walked in the Colosseum and the forum, Sistine Chapel, views over Lake Como, Florence, and Tuscany."

Sherri

Coudersport, PA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and I had no idea what to expect, but it was fantastic! The flexibility and freedom of "My Way" was perfect for our group of 8. With the tour taking the guess work out of the most difficult part of travel, hotels and transportation from place to place, we were able to focus on making the most of our days in each area. The time put in by Rick and Staff shows in the quality of this experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day in places I had never been were "wow moments" and I honestly cannot pick out just one."

James

Coudersport, PA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the My Way Italy trip was a fantastic way to see the country. The transportation was first class and the hotels were located close to the sights that most people want to see. Kathleen was very helpful and was always accessible. I would recommend this trip to anyone that is not looking for a standard guided tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment"

Sarah

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list-- thank you for providing such a wonderful way to travel."

Shawn

Coudersport, PA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and I took this tour with 3 other couples. Due to the size of our group and the site seeing desires of each traveller, a "My Way" tour worked very well as it offered us the flexibility that we wanted. We often travelled as a group but occasionally we would break off from the main group, do what we wanted, and then meet up later. Two weeks is a long time to spend with friends (no matter how good of friends they are!) so the schedule flexibility helped us to continue to be friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife and I had been to Italy once before so I personally didn't have a "wow" moment, however, seeing the faces of my friends as they took in the sites for the first time was memorable."

Julia

Coudersport, PA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves My Way tour was the perfect way for us to experience Italy. It was wonderful not having to worry about the travel logistics so we could focus on the sights we wanted to see. Our escort provided us with essential information about each one of our stops and helped us arrange and plan the activities we were interested in doing. I would highly recommend this tour, it was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each of the 6 stops we had in Italy was unique and I give them each a wow. It is difficult to pick just one moment. If I had to choose it would be the dinner we had as a group at a small family restaurant in Varenna. The food and welcoming atmosphere were unilke anything I have experienced before."

Linda

Holland, MI

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about it was better than we could have imagined and I would highly recommend a "my way" tour to anyone who wants to see as much or as little as they want and want to balance sightseeing with just free time to soak it all in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments to pick from! However, I would say it was the time we spent in Lake Como. It was stunningly beautiful, the hotel was wonderful, as was the dinner we had at the hotel restaurant."

Melissa

Fresno, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour more than met my expectations. From our first group meeting to our last dinner together, it was nothing less than a fantastic experience. Prior to leaving, we had planned a lot for our time at each town but having Kathleen's expert advice, each stop was well planned and we were able to fit in all we wanted to do. We had a nice over view of Northern Italy and plan to return to our favorite places and stay longer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking down over Florence from the top of the Duomo (Dome Climb) and then seeing all of Cinque Terre towns from the boat as we traveled back from Riomaggiore to Monterosso after hiking the trails."

Judy

Scappoose, OR

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It went like a well-oiled machine. Hotels lived up to expectations, bus rides were smooth and relaxing. But it never felt like we were bound to a strict schedule. The group I traveled with was very congenial--no grumps

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner at Ristorante il Caminetto by Chef Moreno, in Varenna. Perhaps the best meal ever, that includes food and company."

Derek

Fresno, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great, low-stress introduction to travel in Europe. Not having to hassle with driving/insurance/parking/traffic and thus being able to see the roadside sites from the bus was great. Staying in local hotels near the center of the best sites was outstanding and it allowed us to walk everywhere. Kathleen was an outstanding tour manager, always willing to provide helpful suggestions and share her experiences in each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Introducing my wife to Europe, as she has never been overseas. I have lived and traveled in Europe and that is our intent when we both retire, however we wanted a "test" trip to see if our retirement plans are on course. She loved it and can't wait to return!"

Steve

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "my way" tour was a great opportunity to "sample" several destinations across Italy. The tour was well organized and our fun group of 26 fellow travelers made the two weeks a very positive experience. The hotels were very good and the staff at each were helpful and welcoming. Our tour escort Kathleen really made the trip enjoyable...she was professional, friendly and really cared about all of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A late night (9-11 pm) tour of Rome [INVALID] small crowds, comfortable temperature and the lighting of the sights of Rome was breath taking."

Carl

Kenosha, WI

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the My Way format of the tour which relied on the tour company to provide transport and hotels, but allowed freedom at each destination. Kathleen, our travel escort, was friendly, knowledgable, and accessible. The bus was comfortable, and the driver, Giuseppe, made sure it was clean and stocked with water for our travel days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of the tour had to be Lake Como, which is absolutely gorgeous. The combination of the remarkable scenery with the relaxing atmosphere made it a truly special stop on the trip."

Stephanie

Burien, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 22-year-old daughter and I agree that Rick Steves My Way tours are a perfect match for our needs and travel style. The Italy itinerary is a balance of big cities full of museums, churches, and well-known sites and smaller towns and villages where you get to experience a quieter, quainter Italy. Kathleen, our guide, was outstanding. She ensured we were armed with information to choose our own experience and provided the right amount of group cohesion and camaraderie.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed the off-the-beaten path experiences. Our afternoon in San Gimignano was a great place to shop, eat, and see the amazing Tuscan countryside from this beautifully preserved medieval town. The Cinque Terre, especially the walk from Corniglia to Vernazza, provided views, exercise, and a memorable experience. But my favorite "wow" was eating with most of our group at Il Caminetto in Perledo on Lake Como. The risotto, pasta Amatriciana, tiramisu, and experience were priceless."

Mark

Nashua, NH

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My Way was a great way to see much of Italy! Not having to worry about hotel reservations or transportation from one city to the next was so nice. The tour manager Kathleen was so helpful at making suggestions at each stop. Other than in Florence, the hotels were all very nice, all had AC in the rooms, and all had WiFi, though speed was very, very slow. We were able to go off on our own and see what we wanted to see. Great fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire group went to dinner in Varenna at a family-run restaurant. We essentially took over the restaurant and enjoyed meeting the family and enjoyed great food! Definitely one of the highlights of the trip! At the tour manager's suggestion, we also took a cooking class and made gnocchi pesto--what a great time!"

Charles

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

nice contrast between large cities w Art and Architecture and smaller towns w local flavors and relaxation

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como alpine lake views and adjacent Monastery Gardens ;fantastic and relaxing !!"

Duane

Castle Pines, CO

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Though the tour was very good, if not outstanding. Hotels were very good, transportation worked well. Our tour guide did a great job of keeping us on schedule and helping out with the details we overlooked going into the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How pretty of a country Italy is."

Wayne

West Peoria, IL

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip! The "My Way" format suited us very well, and we were very happy with the guidance we received along the way. The group dynamics were great, and we made some new friends. The sights were great and the meals were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose just one. The Agriturismo dinner in Assisi was an amazing meal at an amazing price; it was wonderful to have that meal with almost the entire group. In terms of sights, the Sistine Chapel was breathtaking."

Janet

Bobcaygeon, ON

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice to have all the logistics handled yet still do what you want each day! The hotels were all in the heart of the action and our bus driver Stefano was professional and also an amazing driver!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner on a hilltop in Assisi where Andy Steve's arranged an optional dinner at a wonderful restaurant at the top of a hill overlooking the valley below. The meal was outstanding and the company fantastic!"

Don

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed the sights but generally felt this is a bad time of year to visit. Cruise ships disgorge tens-of-thousands a day in Venice and all major cities were a mob scene/mosh pit. I also regret not taking a 'guided' tour. Because, allowing for travel, you only end up with one and one-half days in each place. On your own you spend a lot of time, effort, and frustration trying to find your way around, get tickets, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the rich historical sights of Venice, Florence, and Rome but my favorite places were Verenna, Sestri Levante, and Assisi because they were beautiful and less mobbed."

Sarah

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We chose the My Way Tour for the ease of pre-booked hotel accommodations and bus travel, but were looking forward to planning the day to day aspects of our trip. This tour was beyond our expectations! Every place we stayed was perfectly located and good quality. The bus was clean and our driver was wonderful. We arrived on time/early to all our destinations and had plenty of time to explore and get acquainted with each city/town. The vibe of our tour was so upbeat - everyone was excited!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband and I had dreamed of going to Lake Como when we discovered it while dating. We had seen pictures and watched videos, but nothing prepared us for the breathtaking view from the castle in Vezio. It was a dream come true!"

Karen

Fishers, IN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first My Way tour and it was fantastic. Kathleen was knowledgeable, caring and did a wonderful job to make our time in Italy great! Really enjoyed that the days were free for us to plan anything we wanted but that we didn't have to plan our travel between locations and lodging. Love the locations of the hotels. Will definitely look to do other My Way tours and would be thrilled if Kathleen was our tour manager again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time spent in the Lake Como area was my "wow" moment. The village of Varenna was perfect! We took a 3 hour boat tour on the lake that was beautiful and informative. And watching the sunset on this spectacular area was something I will never forget. Would love to go back and spend more time."

Cynthia

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all much more than I expected it would be. Kathleen went way above what I thought a "my way " guide would be. She provided insight into each of the sites we were to visit and tips on how to avoid hassles when booking out tours. I also really enjoyed the bus ride. Our driver Sauro was very expert at negotiating some of the crazy hairpin turns in Varenna. The bus was comfortable and I loved the orange poppies along roadside. Every site we visited had something special to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Assisi. It was sort of a spiritual experience for me which I was not expecting. The 'happy hour" Kathleen set up in Assisi was also a lot of fun. I had some great conversations with other group members.( Of course the wine helped as well)."

Rose

Littleton, CO

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been on several Rick Steves tours,and, as always, this tour met our expectations. We decided on this tour because friends who had never been to Italy and felt this was the best way for us to show them our favorite country. In a sense, we acted as tour guides once we arrived in the cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although not a "wow" in the sense of Rome or Florence, for me it was Assisi. Although I've been there a couple of times, it was only for a few hours. The opportunity to stay for a couple of days was relaxing, restful, and peaceful."

Joseph

Glenn Dale, MD

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time! The tour was very well planned. From the arrangement of the hotels, the bus transportation and especially our tour guide Kathleen. She provided us with great ideas on things to do, and the best time to do them. She was very knowledgable of the areas and even had great suggestions on where to eat. I would recommend this trip to a friend or anyone interested in seeing Italy. It was a great mix of Italy's city life, small town and countryside. Bravo!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was when we were in Varenna staying at the Hotel Royal Victoria and I walked into the breakfast room and saw the scenery of the lake, and mountains in the background. It was stunning beautiful!"

Dan

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tourexceeded my expectations. Some tours are less expensive. In this case I definatley got what I paid for

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Varenna for the first time. Getting there on the bus left me agape."

Creech

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a very aggressive agenda and therefore clocked over 94 miles of walking in 15 days. No way were we able to see it all! As physically demanding as it was, probably wouldn't change anything! Rest when you get home! We did allocate rest periods each day in the afternoons. Fortunately, it was unusually cool for May which helped, although I could have used another pair of jeans and fewer shorts, but you never know. Also, don't let rain spoil your trip, take a small umbrella and press on!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were able to stop at the US Military Cemetary outside Florence on Memorial Day. What a humbling experience! Certainly, St Peter's Bascilica in Rome was probably the most impressive followed closely by the Dome in Florence and St Francis' Bascilica in Assisi. The Vatican was simply overwhelming with all of the art work and exhibits, not to overlook the Sistine Chapel! The Collosseum, Palintine Hill and the Forum were most interesting. Toured the jail that held the Apostles, Paul and Peter."

Debra

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every place we went was amazing and the itinerary was excellent. The "my way" format is so much better for me, personally, than the guided tour I took previously.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. But I would say hearing an orchestra play "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the square in Venice. And seeing the canals, the Duomoin Florence, the hills of Tuscany and Umbria, the towns of Assisi and San Gimignano. Two other wow moments were seeing the sculptures "Veiled Lady" and "Pieta"."

David

Fishers, IN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been on a couple Rick Steve's fully guide tour but this year we choose the My Way Italy in 13 Days, it was a great choice. With the My Way tour having all of the travel and hotel arrangements were taken care of allowing us to concentrate on the daily site seeing and finding the perfect place for dinner. Our tour manager, Kathleen, was outstanding, she keep us informed, offered suggestions, and did all of the little things to help ensure our trip was a success.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was an entire day. It started with a hike up to the castle in Varenna for stunning views of Lake Como and the surrounding mountains including the snow capped Swiss Alps. Our hike was followed by a tour of the lake in a Venice Water Taxi style boat, our skipper was knowledgeable, had a great personality, making the experience very enjoyable. To cap off my wow moment, dinner looking out at Lake Como watching the sunset."

Joe

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many wow moments throught the trip. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the beauty of Lake Como"

Joe

Littleton, CO

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My Way Italy four was a great way to tour Italy without the planning nightmare of transportation and housing. This enabled us free time to show our friends some of the Italy that we know.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from the My Way Italy tour was the five course dinner in the hills above Lake Como. This lasted for over four hours of great food, wine and conversation! Thank you Kathleen for arranging this great memory!!!"

Deborah

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved all of our hotel accommodations. They were centrally locatedit was great having the transportation taken care of between stops. The very best thing was our tour guide, Marianna! She was the best! So informative, sweet, caring and fun. She took great care to make certain everyone was happy. Stefan's was a gentleman and an excellent driver! I was very favorably impressed when I became ill the morning we left the Cinque Terra. I was taken care of by Marianna, who assisted me with kindnes!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was Vernaza on the Cinque Terra. We had lunch up next to the castle and the view was incredible!"

Lewis

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had rain for 7 of the 14 days and still had an excellent trip. The design of the "my way" tour is smartly planned- city, countryside, back to city, etc so there was fast paced activity followed by relaxation in peaceful settings. I also felt that the Rick Steves Italy book is very up to date - even the restaurant owners named in the book and the food specials seemed to have been written very recently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evenings in all locations were different from the daytime. Bars and cafes at night, music and lights, and evening strolls were such a different experience from day tours that it almost feels like we were there more than 13 days. The lake view from the hotel at Lake Como was so perfect that I didn't instagram photos because I would have felt guilty - like bragging to my family and friends "I'm here and you're not""

Bonnie

Greenville, SC

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Italy was a beautiful place to visit, even in the rain. We understand the rain was unusual for May, as were the very cool temperatures. Each place we stayed was welcoming and accommodating. Out tour manager, Marianna, was especially cordial and knowledgeable! By the end of the trip we were all so comfortable with one another and had made new friends. Our group especially melded together very quickly. I believe that was in part, because of Marianna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wow moment was when the hotel staff escorted us to our room in Verennaand opened the window out onto the view of Lake Como with the Alps looming in the background. It was breathtaking!"

Linda

Vassalboro, ME

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was my first experience in a group . The" My way" plan held true to a sense of independence yet a constant comfort that your guide was handling all the arrangements and was there if ever in need. Every detail was well chosen and the guide's personal choices of additional information were delightful and helpful , especially in language . The cities and towns chosen gave a broad spectrum of Italian living and history and guide Marianna enhanced each prior to arrival.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The " wow" for me were the accommodations. Each hotel offered a window into the place we were with their foods and staff and location and comforts were a A+."

Jim

Auburn, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a really great way for us to visit Italy for the first time. The hotels had great central locations. Some were nicer than others, but all were comfortable and the breakfasts were very good. The pacing of the trip was very good as it went from big city, high intensity tourism, to more relaxed places like Lake Como, and then back to the big city. So there was a nice chance to recharge a little bit between the high intensity places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the hotel bellman opened the window shutters in our room to reveal the utterly spectacular view we had of Lake Como, we definitely said "wow". There were many other wow moments as well - The Parthenon, St. Peters, The Duomo in Florence to name just a few."

May

Newbury Park, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our (hubby and I) first trip to Europe and definitely a vacation of a lifetime so far. Very pleased with everything - our excellent guide Marianna and driver Stefano, the location of the hotels, and the nicest people in our group. We're glad we chose the My Way Italy which gave us more flexibility with our schedule and yet were still able to reconnect with the rest of the group along the way. Can't wait to go on another Rick Steves tour - creating beautiful memories that last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but to name a few - Venice, Lake Como, Tuscany and Umbria regions, the museums, Vatican.."

Phillip

Lansing, MI

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a perfect blend of having lodging accommodations and transportation between cities taken care of, with flexibility and freedom regarding dining and the itinerary at each of the cities or sites visited. The group was very friendly and compatible. We were able to see many sites and experience many things we had not previously enjoyed on a previous visit to Italy five years ago that we had arranged on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Lake Como--an area we had not visited before. It was wonderful taking a boat cruise on the lake, and seeing the Alps on the horizon."

Michael

Vassalboro, ME

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We went in with high expectations and plenty of excitement and the experience exceeded our expectations. We loved the pace and the itinerary. The hotels were good to great; even the motor coach was a pleasant experience. The R.S. Italy book was great! Our Tour Manager, Maryanna,(sp?) was terrific. She is pleasant, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, provided invaluable insight and was always available to answer questions. She is a wonderful representative of the Rick Steve's organization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Italy itself is a wow experience and it's tough to tease out one moment, but I think when the porter at the Royal Victoria Hotel in Varenna opened the shutters and pulled back the curtains in our room showing Lake Como in it's sparkling glory, well I think 'WOW!' is literally what my wife and I exclaimed. But it's tough. Like picking one's favorite kid or grand kid. One choice excludes literally a hundred moments. Italy will always be with me."

Peter

Courtenay, BC

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the freedom of the "My Way" approach to the tour versus the "Classic" tour we had taken previously. The tour had a good mix big city hustle and small centers where we could catch our breath!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few in regards to experiences that we had, but we are "foodies" and numerous times commented about how great the food was! So fresh, simple and tasty."

Bruce

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first organized tour of any kind so I don't have any past tours to base it on. That said, I would give it a "very good" rating. I selected the My Way format because I wanted to rely on the RS organization to provide good, clean and centrally located hotels and transportation to the different cities. These are the elements that I am rating very good. I particularly liked the bus and the professional bus driver, Giuseppe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Other than seeing the Italian cities that I'd never seen before (this was our first time in Italy), I don't have a single "wow" moment. We enjoyed every city and the sites we elected to go see. Dara, our tour manager, was always professional and very helpful in providing excellent info on each site as we motored down the road to the next town. If I had to pick one moment though, it would be seeing the Sistine Chapel on a private small tour group deal I set up."

Barbara

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Totally a fantastic experience. Every city/town we visited was exceptional. Bus rides were perfect with a very skilled driver. Tour guide, Dara Was a wealth of knowledge and always ready to help us with anything we needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A chance run-in with Rick Steves!!!!"

Susan

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Unfortunately, the weather proved to be a big negative factor on our tour. We had rain, wind, and cold, none of which we prepared for in packing. This greatly affected our sightseeing activities. We spent a great deal of time seeking shelter, and trying to buy warmer clothing. The tour itinerary felt a bit rushed for us. We definitely would have liked more time in Venice, Florence, and Rome. The time in Varenna, Monterosso, and Assisi was fine. Our room in Assisi had issues: ants & no heat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sadly, on this trip I didn't experience a "wow" momemt."

William

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was fantastic and the highlight was our guide Dara, who did a great job of making it fun and informative. He was always there to assist and ask questions and never hesitated to go out of his way to help. The patience he showed with other members of the group who asked the same questions 5 or 6 times was amazing, quite the saint. The My Way format was perfect for my wife Barbara and I and allowed us to see everything we wanted at a lesuriely pace. Overall the hotels were satisfactory.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually it was when we were having dinner at Belvedere restuarnat in Montelross del mare when Rick Steves himself was visiting the staff to confirm current service levels and price. I spoted him across the room and my wife was able to speak with him and take a selfie with him. Quite the excitement! In fact my wife said "I feel like I met "Bruce" (springsten) LOL. rick was very personable and gracious enough to agree to the photo. Lake Como, Florence and Cinque terre were the highlights."

Helen

Courtenay, BC

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first "My Way" tour and it was definitely the format that worked best for us. It gave us the liberty to choose what we wanted to do in each location instead of following the itinerary laid out for "a group".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food in Italy is incredible!"

Tyrion

Arana Hills, QLD

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As a person travelling alone, it was great to have the transport organised, and orientations in each new location. I also enjoyed catching up with the others and comparing what we'd been doing each day. Wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sunset view of Lake Como from the Hotel Victoria."

Donna

Derry, NH

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour itinerary was well planned and gave us the time to experience the mountains, lakes, beaches, country sides and cities including Venice, Lake Como, the Italian Riviera, Florence, Assisi and Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow moments" but Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera and Rome were my favorites."

Irene

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The variety in the places we visited was outstanding. Dara brought the history and sites to life. The accommodations were clean and functional. Our group bonded and enjoyed each other's company. I enjoy the "My Way" concept and will do another RS My Way tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the small towns in Tuscany region with Dara's guidance."

Joan

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We found the itinerary a great balance between large cites and quaint small towns. We enjoyed all the locations and sites through out the trip. It took 16 years to convince my husband to go to Italy. He enjoyed the trip so much I am sure we will return to Europe again soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each location had its unique charm but we enjoyed the laid back feel and beauty of Assisi most."

Karen

Lusby, MD

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded all expectations! We were a homogeneous group and benefited from sharing information and sightseeing tips. For the most part we each did our own touring but all seemed to look forward to shared leisure time. The stops were marvelous so I feel we saw a good variety of rural and urban Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing St Francis's "original" church inside the larger St Mary of the Angels Church on the way into Assisi. Seeing that humble little structure was so moving. Also anything to do with Cinque Terre. The topography, isolation, and industriousness of each of these towns is incredible and indelibly memorable."

Winnie

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on the tour. We didn't want to deal with the accommodations and the travel arrangements but wanted to explore on our own so the My Way tour was perfect. Also, we had Laurel around in case we had questions or problems which was a nice security blanket. It was also nice that we liked everyone on the tour and had fun getting to know them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were plenty of "wow" moments. The views were great, especially in Lake Como and Cinque Terre. Also, plenty of "wow" moments seeing places and things that you've only heard about, like the statue David, the Pantheon and the Coliseum."

Ed

Glenview, IL

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was extremely well organized and I enjoyed not having to think about where to stay or how to get there. I liked that we went both to big cities and to smaller country areas. The people on the tour with whom I socialized were terrific as was our escort, Laurel. That made the trip all the more enjoyable because it was fun to pair up with other groups when we felt like it, to run into people we "knew" and to also have the freedom to do our own thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi"

Robin

Mount Juliet, TN

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the trip so much! I love the My Way concept and will definitively go that route again. Laurel was an amazing tour guide. She was fun, informative & gave everyone individualized time to ask Q's. I traveled solo & had some reservations at first,but that quickly disappeared. There was a real camaraderie among us & after enjoying the day site seeing on my own,I always looked forward to meeting up in the evening with various ones in the group as we talked about our day over wine and dinner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como area and Varenna. Such a beautiful lake with the Alps in the background. The Cinque Terre views. Tuscany area and the cute town of San Gimignano. And although I am not a war buff I enjoyed the quick unexpected stop we made to the American Cemetery. The memorial area was so tranquil and moving. Most memorable for me was a cooking class with a local sweet lady at her home in Florence and making pasta. Wonderful food and evening."

Timothy

Lusby, MD

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very happy with the tour overall. Laurel did a good job being supportive yet stayed in the background to let the tourists do what they wanted. We were pleasantly surprised with the conviviality of the group. It added an extra, very positive dimension to our experience. We will probably do another tour on the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This seems like an easy question but it isn't because there were several for us. Varenna on Lake Como, Cinqueterra, the Duomo in Florence, the whole town of Assisi. So there were many."

Amy

Golden Valley, MN

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations. It was amazing to experience so much of Italy in only two weeks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments but the main ones were the beautiful views in Lake Como, Cinque Terre, and Assisi."

Michelle

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour schedule was fine with no problems. Tour manager and driver were very congenial and helpful. The bus had extra seats which allowed people to move around. The rooms were fine. I did not think I would be interested in Assisi but it was a fun town with wonderful accommodations. Overall the trip was a success in spite of rain, wind and cool temps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tuscany countryside was even more picturesque than photos.our group organized a wine and olive oil tour in Assisi which was fabulous, and I would encourage other groups to organize similar tours."

Jean

Midlothian, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. We chose the My Way Italy in 13 Days tour because it allowed us more flexibility to explore on our own and at the same time have someone else take care of the transportation and hotel arrangements. The hotels were basic, but adequate, and located centrally and within walking distance of the many sights we wanted to see. Our tour manager, Amanda, shared her knowledge of the history of the locations we visited, and entertained us with travel stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing St. Mark's Basilica, the Duomo, and St. Peter's Basilica for the first time was my favorite "wow" moment. Their art and architecture and the history they represent was stunning. My jaw dropped and remained that way when visiting the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel---that so much beauty was created by man when resources weren't as available as they are today is mind-boggling."

Carol

Bedford, MA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Amanda as our guide. We appreciated the convenience of the hotel bookings and the excellent bus transportation. We were looking forward to the food and the scenery, art, and people in Italy. This trip did not disappoint. We enjoyed trying different restaurants, including the ones that Amanda recommended. We enjoyed meeting and observing the locals in each stop and finding ways to communicate beyond our 7 words of Italian.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel and the statue of David. We also loved the agroturisme dinner outside of Assisi and the food, in general. Loved seeing the scenery in general, from Lake Como to the mountains where they are still mining Carerra marble. And the people, like the lovely Italian couple sitting next to us at a seaside café in Cinqueterra, who treated us to espressos after our lunch."

Andrea

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour of any kind and, while we were thrilled to be going, we weren't sure what to expect. So it was a wonderful surprise to travel with such friendly, enthusiastic, active people. Every one of us felt lucky to have Amanda as our tour guide. The mix of bustling cities and quieter towns proved to be an inspired itinerary. All of our lodgings were unique, and the breakfasts were both ample and delicious. I always felt safe with Giuseppe behind the wheel, and enjoyed his smiles

Eugene

Midlothian, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, my tour experience was wonderful. I love the My Way format and I can`t say enough good things about our tour manager, Amanda. She explained everything well, gave us the best guidance, and made our experience so enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, David statue in Florence, Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, and Villa Carlotta at Lake Como. Foodwise, I was very impressed with the fishpot stew at the Belvedere restaurant in Monterosso and the breakfast at our hotel in Varenna."

Mark

Redmond, WA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an excellent combination of large and small Italian cities/towns. The former included Venus, Florence, and Rome, while the latter included towns on the shores of Lake Como (Varenna, Bellagio, Menaggio), the five towns that comprise Cinque Terra (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore), and Assisi. I especially enjoyed the "My Way" format, which allowed Lisa and me to explore either by ourselves or with the new friends we met on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"...there were many "wow" moments, but my favorite was a view of Vernazza during our hike between Monterosso and Vernazza."

Joan

Dallas, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have done several regular Steves tours and thoroughly enjoyed them. I wasn't sure I could keep up to the pace. My Way seemed like the way to find out. It was perfect. Used the guide book to make choices and found maps, explanations etc. right on target. Everyone on the bus was fun, interesting, with great ideas as well. The size of the group, 25 was awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our night in Varenna we planned to eat at Osteria Quatro Pass. They were full and recommended Al Prato. We did not find it easily but had such helpful people in the streets. And walking in Varenna is a Wow in itself. It turned out to be one of the best meals of the trip. We took pictures of the dessert. Finding my way in Rome!"

Edward

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful sights and cities but way too crowded. Unfortunately we were in Venice for Easter, and Florence for Italian Labor Day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Lake Como and Assisi."

Carolyn

Grapevine, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so amazing. We were blessed to have an outstanding tour guide in Amanda. She was so helpful and knowledgeable. All the accommodations were outstanding. Using My Way was so great for us. We could decide what to see and at our pace. Getting us to and from places was outstanding as well. I would recommend Rick Steves tours to our friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Assisi was the best. I enjoyed the slower less crowded places. For me it was also spiritual."

Kenneth

Grapevine, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fun filled and packed tour. Much to see and enjoy. Tour was very well thought out and put together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many, but I truly enjoyed Lake Como and the surrounding area along with our stop in Rome."

Julia

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour leader was terrific! Amanda was delightful, knowledgeable, and funny. The bus was just right for the group and our driver was outstanding. We marveled at the tight places he was able to maneuver! And, we had a wonderful group. The issue (and definitely not the Rick Steves tour's problem) was the huge crowds in Venice, Florence and the Vatican. If we had been smart, we would have selected a couple weeks without major holidays. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed the My Way Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two were my Wow moments--Lake Como and Assisi. Just beautiful!"

Christopher

Montclair, NJ

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved Italy (first time there) and I loved the tour. We have never used a tour as we like being on our own a lot. The my-way format made everything work for us. Just enough group events, enough direction from our fabulous guide and a whole lot of exploring at our own pace (e.g. sleeping in some days or returning to room early if tired).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Cinque Terre (Monterosso) at a beautiful restaurant on the side of a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean. It was my birthday and the view, cuisine and setting was amazing, weather perfect."

Manfred

Arlington, WA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall experience was very very good. it was nice to do the trip our way and go see the things that we wanted to see. Laurel had things set up every morning that we could talk to her and was very helpful. bus trip was good,driver was really good Saro . It was fun interacting with the group at times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow factor was just seeing a country other than Germany or Austria where I've been before and really enjoying it . I didn't think I would enjoy it so much but I dI'd. It was nice to relate with the people trying to speak their language and them understanding that it was difficult for me. Most of the people are very very courteous and helpful"

Wenda

Sandy, UT

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Laurel was wonderful. She was always helpful and kind. She went out of her way to make things great. I was so impressed with her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This trip was a dream come true for me. Each place was so beautiful and they all had a "wow" moment for me. I could not pick just one."

Phillip

New London, NC

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good.worry free ,friendly,very much no problems.The stay time in each area was just right.Our guide was fun ,informative,fun surprises,and over all excellent.I think the best part ,I got to decide what I wanted to do in each area and lots of freedom. Thank you, you took the struggle out of the trip and we got to have the fun and enjoy the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Visit to the US cemetery."

James

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and it couldn't have gone any better. I really liked the fact that logistics were taken out of the equation so we could explore and enjoy each location to the fullest extent. It really allowed us to learn how to travel in a stress free environment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monterossa and the other 4 villages in the Cinque Terra."

James

Ventura, CA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been to Italy before it was pretty much of a total Wow factor. The people on our tour were great, Laurel our tour guide was amazing in keeping us all informed and really concerned that all our questions and concerns were taken care of. The podcasts were very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That being said I think the one thing that stood out was visiting St Peter's Basilica and just the size of it all and how they built it all by hand. Amazing. Italy was truly the trip of a life time."

Susana

Ventura, CA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While I love to travel, making arrangements is overwhelming for me! This was our first time in Italy/Europe. We are active and independent. We didn't want to be tied to a formal tour. The Rick Steves MyWay tour option was just what we needed. What could be better than having all the accommodations and transportation planned so we could concentrate on planning the activities in each city. It was the perfect way to experience Italy/Europe for the first time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments but the surprise stop at San Gimignano and Assisi was the biggest WOW. I was initially disappointed that Siena was not part of the itinerary but now I'm so happy that we visited these two places, so quaint and lovely in the Tuscan/Umbrian countryside."

Ken

Cary, NC

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic trip! The My Way Italy tour hotels were simply great. The quality of the hotels was better than I expected and you couldn't beat the locations. Transportation was very comfortable and nearly door to door so carrying luggage was kept to a minimum. I would definitely take another My Way tour from Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments but reflecting back I really enjoyed the small village stops of Varenna (Lake Como), Cinque Terre, and Assisi. Venice, Florence, and Rome were great with opportunities to see incredible art and museums but these small villages were less hectic and allowed you to slow down and take it all in at a more relaxed pace. And, oh, the wine - wow!"

Patricia V

Myrtle Beach, SC

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Have been traveling with your books since they first came out, many many years and many trips to Europe. This was my first tour - traveling with a daughter who is not a great traveler we did not want to drive or train in Italy.. and do not enjoy group touring since you have taught us so well to be independent! This My Way tour was absolutely the best way for us to go to Italy and just enjoy being together. Frankly we don't care so much for the museums or crowds in the cities..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting a "neighbor" for the first time who lives half a mile from me. He is 84 and living as an ex-pat in Assisi 6 months a year. Met him through the shop keeper there who rents him her upstairs apartment for 3 months at a time. Talk to strangers.. it is good for you. We sat at a cafe and talked with him for two hours.."

Deborah

Montclair, NJ

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are "tour leery" people and this experience exceeded our expectations! All hotels were so well located and the bus was extremely comfortable. I never felt rushed and loved having the time to follow our own rhythm. Could not have hoped for a nicer group to travel with and our tour leader (so much more than an "escort"!) was super. I was glad to be everywhere I was. Two weeks of gorgeous weather without a drop of rain (which I know you are not responsible for but it added so much).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two- one more personal and one of yours On our final night in Venice, after finding that the gondolas were "closed" after we finished dinner at 9, chasing after the last gondolier who agreed to take us and we had the canals of Venice all to ourselves. Simply magical! san gimignano - an unknown town to me...found a place for lunch off the main street and had a delicious lunch outside overlooking the hills of Siena, followed by the best gelato at the shop Laurel mentioned you recommend."

Jennifer

West Valley, UT

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the most amazing time. This tour provided just enough hand holding to feel confident in a foreign country yet stepped back enough to let you make your own way and enjoy it how you wanted to. The bus was equally clean and comfortable and I found it to be an oasis and respite from the craziness of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each location had its own wow. But Hotel Royal Victoria in Varenna, with that view and the breakfast area, definitely my favorite."

Brian

Boca Raton, FL

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our tour very much. We traveled in a 3-person group and all of the hotel accommodations were acceptable. The selection of destinations was outstanding insofar as we went from "fast" places such as Venice and Florence to "slow" places such as Lake Como and Assisi. Overall, we all thought the cost of the tour was reasonable and money well spent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Outside of the jaw-dropping locales and monuments I think the 2 biggest highlights were Lake Como and the Florence American military cemetery. After going from the hustle-and-bustle of Venice to the majestic mountains and serene Lake Como it was...magical. The hotel was awesome, the vibe was just what the doctor ordered and we were sad to leave. The cemetery was also a highlight as it was not announced and the magnitude of the graveyard is powerful."

William

St Paul, MN

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we were completely satisfied with the experience. We are already looking into our next one. Laurel took very good care of the group and went out of her way to answer questions and give advice about each of the areas we visited. We loved the way we alternated between cities and smaller towns as the tour progressed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was expecting to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of beautiful artworks and architecture Italy contains. It certainly delivered on those items but looking back I think my Wow moment was visiting the American War Cemetery just outside of Florence. Laurel arranged a surprise side trip to the cemetery. It turned out to be a very emotional experience and made me wonder how different Italy would be today if not for the sacrifice made by the soldiers of the US and Allied forces 70+ years ago."

Richard

Orland Park, IL

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour experience was extremely interesting and enjoyable. This was our first trip to Europe and we had a complete experience of both the Italian countryside and the hustle and bustle of the big cities such as Florence and Rome. It is hard to put into words the intellectual impact upon seeing some of the world's most significant amazing artwork and architecture...it was almost surreal. The food was amazing and I had to loosen my belt by the end of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the Lake Como portion of the trip. It offered an outstanding hotel, beautiful town and surrounding countryside and gave us the vibe of a traditional Italian welcome."

Jane

Omaha, NE

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip completely exceeded my expectations! It was truly wonderful and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone! The itinerary was great and all the travel arrangements/luggage pick ups/accommodations were handled expertly. Our tour escort Laurel was phenomenal. She was knowledgeable, friendly, organized, caring and just downright fun!! She has set the bar so high for us for any future trips!! She made this trip and our tour group seemed to follow the example she set. Positive!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick just one! Every location was so different than than the rest. Really enjoyed the smaller towns and the lovely settings. The wow moment is the fact that there were so MANY wow moments and zero negatives! Wow indeed!! Laurel's handling of our group was impressive as well. We all felt comfortable knowing she was at the helm and our tour group was so much fun. Laurels extra little touches were very much appreciated as well."

Maria

Radium Hot Springs, BC

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the My Way style of travel. I was on the Southern Italy Tour last year, this style of touring suited my style much better. I thought Laurel was fantastic, and so enthusiastic. She added so much to the experience. Thank you for creating this style of tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The American Cemetery just outside of Florence. Thank you to Laurel and Sauro for making that happen. And thank you to the Rick Steves organization for giving the tour guide and driver the latitude to create such special experiences."

Maria

Dublin, CA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour schedule is arranged thoughtfully. A busy start in Venice with peak excitement, then the tour takes a couple of low key trips to Lake Como and Monterosso before ramping up again in Florence, then off to the picturesque tranquil towns of San Gimignano and Assisi before finishing off with a bang in Rome,I *highly* recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in seeing the incredible sites of Italy but immersing yourself in the Italian culture. In a short 13 days I learned so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming up the Metro in Rome and having the Coliseum RIGHT THERE."

Joan

St Augustine, FL

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved all the hotels we stayed at - all centrally located, the rooms were lovely, not to mention the exquisite bathrooms. (The Italians know how to do their bathrooms). Travel from city to city was very pleasant - beautiful scenery and Donato provided interesting, insightful information about the regions that were our next destination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como"

James

Toledo, OH

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Your tour was my eighth trip to Europe, four Ski trips and four summer excursions.I chose the your Italy Tour because I watch Rick on local PBS on Saturday night and the selection of cites in Italy. Over the last eight years I received a MA in Historic Preservation with a minor in Heritage Interpretation. and have taken over 40 hours of Art History at our local college. Sharon and I loved your tour, but I wanted more knowledge, and I noticed that you now have five different kind of tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because of my studies, my wow factor was actually experiencing the buildings and paintings up close. No one can actual understand or comprehend the architecture, history, beauty of what we experienced, unless you take this tour. James M Edmunds First stop Venice"

Carol

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime and we were so pleased with the professionalism and attention to detail Donato offered us during the entire trip. He made everything easy so we could enjoy our vacation with minimal stress and problems. We highly recommend this tour and our tour guide to any future travelers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count! Seeing the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi and the view from San Gimignano were definitely high on the list!"

Robert

Junction City, WI

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 'My Way' tour was perfect for my wife and I. We were really in control of our days, without the stress of driving from town to town and having a place to stay that was perfectly centrally located each and every time. Our tour manager, Donato was perfect. He provided valuable insights that saved time and money, as well as making things a bit easier. We had used the Rick Steves Italy book extensively in planning our trip in advance, so we had ideas about where we wanted to spend our time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Virtually every moment had a wow factor to it. Knowing that I was in places with thousands of years of history was mind blowing. From a 'my way' tour standpoint, a couple. First, the bus (Alterini Bus Company) and bus driver, Roberto. We had some crazy moments of driving where I was thankful for his superior skill set, and that I was not doing the driving. The other was the hotel [INVALID]ion, particularly locations. Just looking out from the hotel terraces, windows, balconies. Wow."

James

Carroll, OH

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe. In general it was a great trip. Donato was absolutely amazing as a tour manager. The only thing that keeps this from being outstanding is the pace of the trip. 1.5 days in each town just wasn't enough time to explore and most of all relax. Now that we have been on a tour we know that and will plan differently on the next. As newbies we didn't really know what to expect.The places we visited were wonderful. Bus rides were enjoyable. Would like more trains.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the tower in San Gimignano."

Terri

Carroll, OH

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely amazing. Loved the freedom of my way with a great tour manager. Donato.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from my gandola"

Diane

Staten Island, NY

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved Italy Thanks to the Rick Steve's My Way tour! i was so happy with hotels and locations. So much easier then doing this on my own. We met so many wonderful people on the tour. Riding the bus with all of them was a pleasure. Our tour guide Donato was so friendly, informative and helpful with everything. I will always look back with a smile!! Hopefully one day I will return!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was so happy with Venice! We went at such a great time of year. Beautiful weather. We really wanted to stay longer in Florence but once we got to Assisi I was pleasantly surprised how beautiful it was! Then of course Rome! WOW"

Lorain

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable; everything went smoothly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome Colosseum and Form"

James

Eastsound, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so nice knowing everything would happen according to plan. The My Way program takes care of all of the necessities. All we had to do was decide what sites to see, what to have for dinner and which Gelato stand to go to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting at a sidewalk cafe in Venice, drinking cappuccino and suddenly realizing where I was and what I was doing. Just like in the movies!"

Mary

Park Ridge, IL

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Italy, so it was helpful to have the city selection, hotel accommodations and ground transportation taken care of through the My Way Tour staff. It limited the worries of day-to day decisions and added to my enjoyment of just planning my sightseeing activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had "wow" moments every day - in every city - throughout the tour! Italy is a beautiful country and offers such history, beautiful landscapes, gracious people and an abundance of shopping and eating."

Susan

Junction City, WI

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was even better than I had anticipated. We (my husband and I) went to the most amazing places and saw such beauty all over Italy. Each city and region was so very different from each other and I saw things I never knew exhisted. The food was wonderful, the wine was exceptional and the weather was perfect. The group we travelled with was great and I can't say enough about our manager Donato. He was perfect. It's a trip I'll never forget! I would love to go back some day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one, as I had so many, but for me it was walking on the Cinque Terre Trekking trail along the coastline and the gorgeous views of the sea and the little towns precariously perched on the hillside. Also, swimming in the Ligurian Sea. I had never even heard of the Ligurian Sea before but I put it on my bucket list and completed it at the same time!"

Nhumey

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent in all aspects: hotels, transportation, people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list but renting our own boat for the day on Lake Como was a favorite"

Mary

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The initial meeting @ our first hotel with our outstanding tour guide, Cynthia, and, our group members was just electric. We listened to a PERFECT intro from Cynthia, & then each of us could share comments regarding how we got to this tour, & what we were anticipating. We ALWAYS knew next day's opportunities, & how to reach Cindy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each morning was a new Present ! Every "wow " was around the corner for us to find."

Constance

Parker, CO

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour. This was my first time travelling to Europe & the entire experience was awesome. The hotels were really nice - I especially loved the hotel in Verona - the breakfasts were good - the tour bus & our driver were lovely. Our Tour Manager, Cynthia, was such a big help to me when I needed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's really hard to say as this was my first time travelling to Europe/Italy - so there were many. I especailly liked the smaller towns - Verona was my favorite. I also really enjoyed our stop in Cortona - seeing Tuscany was a dream of mine."

Douglas

Stockton, CA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Italy tour was well organized and fun. Our tour manager couldn't have been more helpful. We made good friends in the group and still correspond with them. The small towns and villages were especially memorable. The hotels were very nice with friendly staffs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi! Going up to Mount Subasio to experience where St. Francis prayed, preached and slept was so peaceful and sacred. I'll never forget it! Also the outstanding Hotel Victoria on beautiful Lake Como was especially restful and luxurious."

Melody

Laredo, TX

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour guide, tour fellows and general tour was great. Breakfasts were good, hotels were lovely. Beds could certainly be more comfortable, they were very hard. My ONLY complaint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Venice"

William

Loveland, CO

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overview of Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening view from the rooftop patio at Hotel California in Florence."

Stephanie

Loveland, CO

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was fantastic. The hotels were in prime locations. The travel between cities had great stops. The tour manager was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of wow moments. The hotels were very nice and the views from the breakfast areas/rooftop bars were amazing."

Dena

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was well organized. There were no big problems and in fact it all went very smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the surprise stop at the US military cemetery outside of Florence. Also, the sail boats out on the Ligurian Sea. But most of all the hike we did between Manarola and Corniglia."

Jerome

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We chose a My Way Tour so that we could have the luxury of stopping at shops and locations of beauty, at our leisure without the worry of rushing to keep up with a marching tour group. The My Way Tour of Italy allowed us this luxury. Tasting our way through Italy was a treat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found that visiting Assisi was my most inspring moment. While all the cities had beautiful churches and basilicas, the visitors at the Portiuncula in Assisi showed a depth of reverance and respect that it was palpable. Even the Sistine Chapel as beautiful as it is, was a crowded, noisy experience with photograhers challenging why they couldn't take pictures, and Silentio commands. Another site was the City of Varenna with its panoramic walk along the cliffs to the boat landing."

Phyllis

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The My Way format worked really well for us. Although we had not previously been to Italy we felt comfortable to do our own research and just see the things we wanted to. Maybe we missed some treasured spots but there can always be a next time. We always felt comfortable and not rushed as with a guided tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Lake Como and Varenna. We would likely not have gone on our own to such a quiet little place, but it was exactly what I needed after the intensity of Venice. Also, Assisi was far greater than I expected. What a lovely town."

Linda

Boulder, CO

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was wonderful! We loved every place we visited. Our leader Rich was informative, supportive and fun! This was our first tour experience. We chose a My Way tour to get the support of a tour leader, and have some of the stresses of travel (transportation, hotel reservations) taken care of. The trip exceeded my expectations! Having traveled independently before - I wondered if I'd enjoy this experience. Well I did! Our group was congenial, with the right amount of socialization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the beauty of Venice away from the crowds. The buildings and streets of Venice are unique, an aging grande dame on the water! But, the beauty of Cinque Terre and Assisi are close seconds. Italy is filled with treasures.. hard to choose."

Stephen

Boulder, CO

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great: each stop was special in its own way; the tour leader (Rich) was super informative, helpful, fun, engaged, smart, etc.; really nice tour group and we enjoyed meeting up with many of the other group members at many of the stops. Aside from the early start times on the travels days, which definitely goes against my grain, we got to do it our way with just enough helpful hints from Rich to make the most of the time we had in each place. The only real negative were the crowds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many great moments; Assisi was the biggest (positive) surprise - so beautiful. However, I will reserve "wow" for our overall Rome experience, a portion of which we added to the end of the formal tour. The Pantheon, Bernini everywhere, Villa Borghese and Gallery, Sistine Chapel, a fabulous small group tour of the Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill (by Through Eternity Tours), and the best pizza I've ever had at Casa del Cinema in the Borghese park."

Jean

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rich was great. We liked having transportation between towns made so simple, and not investing time I. Reading hundreds of reviews to choose hotels. We also liked being on our own in each town- being free to spend our time o what interested us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Venice and Varenna"

Maria

Stockton, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 7th RS tour, 2nd of which was a "My Way". We had the very best group of people and now, most are FB friends! Rich was delightful as our guide, not only extremely organized, but fun company when we invited him to join us on various occasions. Amazing towns put together to visit, liked the mix of large and smaller cities in between.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Trevi Fountain once again - seeing Assisi for second time (a favorite town of mine). There's a "wow" moment at almost every turn, so difficult to choose. Lake Como, breathtaking. Seeing the Botticelli Venus for first time. The views on the Manarola Wine Walk."

Susan

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience. Like not having to worry about transportation in a foreign country and each of the hotels had an excellent location. Having Andy available for consult was very helpful, he was delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como was amazing, absolutely gorgeous, could have stayed there the whole time. I liked the smaller cities, gave the true flavor of Italy. Umbria, Assisi, Cinque terra all fantastic."

Lory

Glenview, IL

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This vacation was like living in a fairy tale. Beautiful vistas at every turn, interaction with genuine local people, amazing food, brand new experiences, and the freedom to explore. Transportation provided by the tour was seamless, and lodgings were comfortable and accessible to major attractions. We followed your advice to plan our days ahead according to our interests, and that was planning well spent. Every day was a new adventure. This was the vacation of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The festivities for the St. Francis feast days in Assisi. It was wonderful to be among the local people and to be able to enjoy the procession of the school children, the singing, dancing, and joy throughout the village."

Donald

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well, Barbara and I had traveled before, mostly cruises in a group setting that failed to give us the cultural experiences that we wanted. The "my way" plan was a wake up call for us. We are older travelers and discovered that we can do it; with occasional help and guidance from Andy we managed the subways, trains, city buses, taxis and the WALKING, and saw and experienced enough of Italy to satisfy us. But. we want more. You could not ask for a better guide/escort than Andy Steves.

Barbara

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful, more than I hoped for. Andy was marvelous, he was ,there for us at every turn. I loved the boutique hotels. The trip became a little grueling toward the end, with only two days and moving on, but that probably is the best possible considering we only had two weeks. The dollar value was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi, it was a celebration for the death of St. Francis and so a band with flags, children from Naples were there along with other entertainment in front of the lit up columns."

Jo Dean

Aberdeen, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first tour with your company and you made it very convenient and stress free. Italy was better then I expected and the food was fabulous. However, I don't think I would do another tour at this time. The last time I visited Europe we spent two weeks in 4 cities. I love to be able to explore and get a feel for the city that I am in and 2 nights in each city felt rushed to me. Of course you have to set up your tours to accommodate the majority and I am probably the minority.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of returning to Venice in the Water Taxi from neighboring islands at night."

Michael

Bettendorf, IA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first My Way Tour, and would choose this this style for any future trip. Having the logistics of getting to each destination and then finding a good hotel was taken care of which took away all the stress, yet we had complete flexibility to do what we wanted to do and when. The bus was punctual, the driver courteous and hard working, and Don packed each transit with useful information to make the most of our next stop. Our hotels were always perfectly located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking up at Assisi from the vineyard where we enjoyed a wonderful wine tasting and dinner was stunning. The beautiful city glowed in the sunset and looked timeless."

Karen

Seal Beach, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first "My Way" tour and we loved the way it was organized. We did the things we wanted to do and were introduced to new and great experiences. We met wonderful people but were not tied to them at the hip. The hotels had convenient locations and the bus rides were an easy mode of transportation. We felt confident in itall aspects of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The number of canals in Venice."

Beth

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every detail was perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Our trip manager Donato was knowledgeable and greatly enhanced our experience at every turn. We crammed a lot into every day, but didn't feel hurried. Our hotels were well located and our Rick Steves audio tours give us just the right amount of info to keep us challenged but not overwhelmed. The trip was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments. Literally, every day was over the top with amazing sights and sounds and adventure. Our bus driver, Antonio, was excellent and we were able to RELAX as each new vista was revealed. Loved every minute."

Jaedra

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I chose this "type of tour - My Way" because I was traveling alone and I thought that this would be a good way to be alone, but, also have company. I was right! Turned out that I was the only person in our group w/o a travel buddy. I quickly made friends with 3 women and, joined them on many dinners and even a cooking class. I was also abale to be alone in many cities and wander to my hearts content.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the Mediterranean - Was a lifelong dream to go to Cinque Terra and swim. It did not disappoint. It was a really magical trip overall."

Karyn

Hartland, WI

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was worried that the My Way Tour would be too "tour-ish"...we like to do our own things and plan our own excursions after extensive research. This turned out to be a great fit for us and we truly enjoyed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most of our "wow" moments came when we were exploring on our own. However, one of the times that Cynthia and the tour came in the most handy was when, halfway through the tour, she told us at the next stop she had a laundry service lined up for anyone who wanted it, and we could all follow her to the drop-off. In addition, she arranged for luggage service at the stops where the bus could not get near the hotel. Thanks for the surprise stop at the American Cemetery!"

David

Hartland, WI

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very much "as billed" (which is great!). Hotel locations were awesome in each city. Hotel quality was good to great. The bus and bus driver were outstanding. Our tour guide was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping on to the rooftop of La Colonnina in Monterosso. Spectacular!"

Jan

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed every aspect of our My Way tour. The schedule worked well with our desired aim for this trip experience. The bus was comfortable and we appreciated the air conditioning during the hot weather. The group we were privileged to travel with were very pleasant and fun! No "grumps" or late folks. Traveling with 12 couples was a great size and quite nice as we could share and compare our daily exploration details and dining reviews.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the full moon over beautiful Lake Como while we stayed in idyllic Mennagio. This may be odd, but I was also very pleased with the surprise stop at the Florence American WWII cemetery and memorial. As the daughter of a WWII vet, that was very meaningful and of course a humbling, somber stop."

Deanna

Acton, MA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour. Just what I pictured. Our guide provided help when it was needed, facilitated the hotels, transportation , and luggage. She was available every morning to answer questions. We enjoyed being on our own, planning our own day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We took the ferry ride around lake Como, and loved seeing the small towns around the lake. It was peaceful, and the scenery was spectacular."

Kirby

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group we had was great and the tour guide could not have been better.

Liz

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. Cynthia our tour great was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The organization of getting from place to place."

Robert

Plymouth, MA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had been on six guided Rick Steves tours. This "My Way" was a nice change and it worked very well for us and for a couple who traveled with us on their first Rick Steves adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed Venice. We had been there before, but we bought the vaporetto pass for the time we were there and were able to move around the city easily. It was also fun to be on the Grand Canal listening to Rick describe the sights as we moved along. We were also able to spend time on Murano and on Burano, both interesting and less crowded than Venice."

Karen

Brainerd, MN

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved every city and felt while two days might be too tight, it really was perfect because it forced us to be planned & prepared.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi was our favorite city; however WOW factor was The Market Central in Florence. All the different foods were amazing!"

Lark

Annapolis, MD

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. Faster paced than I anticipated, but by the third city we adjusted to the pace. Each new stop was as good as the prior ones. Never having been to Italy we were very satisfied with this tour as an introduction to six highlights, (actually seven since we stopped for an afternoon In Montepulciano as well.). I would suggest using rolling luggage instead of a backpack though for anyone who is not an experienced backpacker. I should have used a rolling suitcase myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi, and Tuscany/Umbria in general."

Nancy

Annapolis, MD

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Far exceeded all expectations. The "My Way" model is perfect for us - no worries about travel or hotel but entirely free to do what we wanted every day. The bus was modern, comfortable and roomy since there were only 28 people on the tour. The hotels were always perfectly located, very nice and service was excellent. The Rick Steves tour guide was wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We stopped at the small village of Montepulciano on our way to Assisi. It was not on the itinerary and so it was a little unexpected adventure."

David

Mahtomedi, MN

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a great first time in Europe experience. The My Way plan was like hitting the "Easy" button. No hassles and no worries about logistics or accommodations. Each stop on the tour gave us a new perspective of the culture, history, and natural beauty of Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A view of Lake Como looking down from the hill above Varenna."

Claire

Montgomery, TX

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour with Rich was everything we hoped it would be! All hotels either met or exceeded our expectations. We were very happy with the free time that "My Way" afforded us. The group had many varied experiences which we shared at our gatherings in the evenings (happy hour and dinner some nights). I loved the "buddy" system. It relieved some of the pressure from Rich and was another way for us to become acquainted with each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "wow" moment had to be going to the Duomo in Florence for Mass. We got there early and were moved up to the alter, where the bishops usually are seated! The magnificent organ just blew us away!"

Richard

Delafield, WI

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The coordination of the tour and our tour guide was fantastic. The bus driver and logistics were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many different locations!"

Laura

Delafield, WI

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The cities and towns we visited were perfect. I liked that the tour alternated between the 3 cities, Venice, Florence and Rome, with places that were more relaxing-Lake Como, Cinque Terre and Assisi. The My Way tour was perfect for my husband and me because the transportation to each destination and the hotels were taken care of and we didn't have to worry about train schedules or where to stay. All the hotels that we stayed were close to the sites we wanted to tour and explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments. Cinque Terre, the Colosseum in Rome and our hotel/stay in Varenna were my top "wow" moments even though the whole tour could be considered a "wow" moment."

Susan

Peachtree Corners, GA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time. The tour was well organized and our tour manager Rich was fabulous. He gave us great information and was a lot of un.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were thrilled to be able to stop at Montepulciano, and unexpected treat. We loved the town and the wine tasting."

Apryl

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is one of the highlights of my life! I had very high expectations of this My Way tour and they were definitely met. I had been adding to our vacation fund for many years and surprised my husband with this trip. After hearing family friends experiences on Rick Steve's tours, I knew that this was the type of vacation we were envisioning. From the moment the tour began, I knew we were in for a treat. Our tour manager was nothing but amazing. He was so helpful and very personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was in Cinque Terre. We were in Vernazza looking back at the town from the water while the sun was setting. The golden colors on the boats, town and water were breath taking. The camera can only capture so much. When you are actually there, in person experiencing it, there are are no words to express the beauty."

Betty

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first experience of a Rick Steve's tour and we were greatly impressed with the whole experience - from the planning through the 13 day adventure My Way Italy! We were so warmly greeted in Venice by our guide, Rich, and given a thorough orientation then and at each point along the way. The transportation between cities was so comfortable and dependable and the accomodations centrally located and quite comfortable in spite of the air condition challenges we had!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visually the Cinque Terra area was amazing. We had never been to the Lake Como and Italian Riviera area of Italy and some of the vistas were breath taking. Emotionally both Dave and I were awed to visit Assisi and walk in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare...especially to be in the chapel he built. Being a scientist Dave LOVED visiting the Galileo Museum. Rick's audio tours were such a wonderful enrichment to all of our tours! Sharing the experience with our good friends!"

Susan

Huntsville, AL

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip met all of my expectations, and then some! I love the "My Way" format. It allowed us to do the things we wanted within a basic structure. I know that I would not have been able to go to all of the places that we went on my own. Also, the trip was beautifully planned to give us a variety of small town and urban experiences. Rich was a wonderful guide and offered just the right amount of flexibility. He set the tone for a relaxing but adventurous trip, and cared about our experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved hiking the Cinque Terre trails. Though it was difficult, the views were breathtaking. I also was surprised by Assisi. What a beautiful little village!"

Beth

East Northport, NY

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the perfect way for our group of four to taste bits of italy ina relatively short timeframe. While we'd have liked another day in most of the places to obviate tge feeling of living out of a suitcase, still, we don't know how we'd be able to see such a variety of locales/regions. We absolutely loved our guide Rich who helped us make yhe best choices in each stopover town. He was extremely personable and was able to make a diverse group of people feel like it was a family on a road trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Afew: our gondolier, every meal, sitting next to an italian woman (and her sweet dachshund) at a cafe in florence: she knew no english and we no italian, but we shared stories about our dogs! It turns out that the woman may have been an owner of the cafe: the staff came out and fawned on her. One of our favorite moments of the trip!"

Gail

East Northport, NY

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the way the tour was organized. Big city first (Venice) then relaxing Lake Como and the Cinque Terre and then big city (Florence) then relaxing Assisi and then big city (Rome). Well interspersed with relaxing/hectic/exciting. Hotels were all centrally located and very nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we got out of the Alilaguna in Venice and started walking around. It's an amazing city at the first sight of it is outstanding. Of course had we started in any other city it would have been a WOW moment - to be in Italy for the first time no matter where would be impressive."

Andrew

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great leader, comfortable and efficient transportation, likeable tour group. In retrospect, Cinque Terre was over-rated, and maybe Siena would have been a better choice than Assisi, which wasn't worth two nights although it had highlight moments, too. Maybe one night there? The My Way concept is a winner & we never worried about transport or lodging, and Rich was a valuable fount of advice, but we weren't marching along as a group or a set routes like so many unfortunate tourists.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just walking around in Montepulciano or Varenna. Lake Como will call us back."

Gail

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We traveled with a diverse and enthusiastic group and really enjoyed ourselves. Being able to create our own daily plans of what to do and see made all the difference. The accommodations were in great locations and staffed with friendly people. Rich was so helpful but let us make our own decisions. Really enjoyed the happy hour gathering in Assisi. One more of those a bit earlier (maybe Monterosso?) would have been a good addition. It definitely brought the group together. Ciao!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike from Monterosso to Corniglia. Challenging, fun to do with our friends who joined us in the tour, and so beautiful."

Steve

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide Rich was fantastic. He made my experience in Italy unforgettable. My wife and I had the trip of a lifetime! Thank you very much

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To be honest.....everything had that "wow" moment attached to it. Such a wonderful trip"

Sandra

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way Italy is a good mix of big city major attractions and smaller places you might not have thought about visiting. The route both allowed us to sample a broad spectrum of Italy while alternating more challenging large cities with smaller relaxing sites. Also loved the bus rides through the countryside! Antonio, our bus driver, was the best--he found the quickest routes and was charming and friendly. Tour attendees were great--we had fun with them!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi was a delightful surprise. The Basilica tour (used Rick Steves audio guide) was our favorite church, both inspiring and beautiful. And we loved exploring the quaint walled city which was relatively uncrowded compared to Rome and Venice."

Norma

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the very beginning, I felt at ease with the tour participants. Dara was an outstanding escort, making himself available each morning, providing excellent historical information on the bus rides, and adding enriching tours and a wine-tasting event in Tuscany. He was a wealth of information. I loved the flexibility of the "My Way" plan. My days exceeded my expectations. I would choose another "My Way" tour in a heartbeat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Michelangelo David in person brought me to tears, and spending much of one day at St Peters in Rome was awesome."

David

Newnan, GA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the "my way" style of tour. The tour is very well planned out with reasonable bus time and adequate exploring time of each new city. I liked the fact that the tour included Venice water transportation, rail tickets to Monterosso. The group size allowed us to get know our fellow travelers and allowed us to spread out in the coach.while this was a my way tour, we always enjoyed the information our guide provided about a region, city or people from that area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was taking in the beauty of the Italian country side. At times the vistas didn't look real, all while you're starting next to buildings centuries old."

Joseph

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really loved the variety of the locations on this tour. This was our first trip to Italy and we already want to go back.

Christine

Apalachicola, FL

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great experience for one who had never been to Italy A wonderful itinerary with the best of places All hotels were in fantastic locations and very comfortable with staff who were very accommodating We hardly had to use any public transport to reach our destinations The bus was awesome very comfortable with a great safe driver Last but not least our guide Dara was amazing and went above and beyond considering this was an unguided tour which was perfect for us

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all a wow for me The sheer beauty of Italy is just fantastic"

Tom

Mt Gretna, PA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second My Way tour and I'm really really happy with the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como."

Greg

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My wife and I were not happy with the Bus seats. Very uncomfortable,mostly because they were like bucket seats.We've been to most of the places before but do not recall the crowds being so large.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como area and hotel. Very nice."

Charlotte

Temecula, CA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our experience as first time Rick Steves tourers. The quality of the hotels was outstanding, with one exception, and the side trip to San Gimingnano with a wine tasting was really one of our favorite things. The factors that were unfavorable were things that could not be controlled or predicted, i.e. the crowds in Rome and the higher than average temperatures for that time of year. We are definitely going to do other My Way tours; they fit our lifestyle and activity levels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite "wow" moment was hiking to the Castle in Verrana. The beauty of Lake Como was something we simple did not expect."

Kathleen

Medford, OR

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful cities and villages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence"

Michael

Brookfield, WI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's David"

Julie

Brookfield, WI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Italy changed my life. I feel more a citizen of world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The natural beauty of Lake Como and charm of the villages. Varenna was special. Seeing world class art is mind blowing. Loved the Bottecell's in Florence."

Dayle

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our seventh Rick Steves tour but our first My Way Tour. My Way Italy was the right choice for us because we had visited most of the locations before on other tours. We enjoyed planning our own activities at our pace. We did this tour right before joining the Best of the Adriatic Tour. I was very impressed with the amount of planning many of our fellow tour members did to prepare for the trip. The advanced preparation is very important on a My Way Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved spending more time in Venice, Varenna and Assisi."

Mike

Barnett, MO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great trip...our first time to Italy and our first Rick Steve's trip. Trip planning was excellent and we felt like we knew everything we needed to know on arrival from the great information sent to us prior to the trip. Since it was a "My Way" tour we loved the flexibility to see and do what we wanted to do. All the hotels were great and in locations accessible to nearby sites. We had a great time and wouldn't hesitate doing another "My Way" trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wow" moments to count. Venice and its canals, Lake Como is beautiful, Cinque Terre and the Riviera were magnificent. We really like Assisi and Florence."

Jessie

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a terrific way for us to experience Italy for the first time...on our own timeline at our own pace in each community.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments to have a favorite...but maybe it was the group dinner in Monterossa where the beautiful seafood was poured out of the cooking urn and shared by a table of fellow tour travelers who became great new friends."

SAMUEL

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lake Como was our favorite place with few crowds and a terrific hotel upgrade at the Victoria in Varenna. We loved touring on the ferries, the amazing views with dinner, and the beautiful gardens to be toured. It was lovely to be in a mini town that we could walk the full length easily every day. Assisi was surprisingly wonderful because of the compact size and the lack of crowds. The Rick Steves walking tour was easy to do, and the town's charms were around every corner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since I paint with watercolors which takes some time, I would arise to paint from 7:00 to 8:00 every morning beginning with Venice. There wasn't a place that wasn't peaceful, calm, and quiet that hour. My paintings didn't turn out for the most part, but I'll always have my hour of serenity by the Duomo in Florence, or peering at the church domes in Venice, or at lakeside in Varenna."

Margaret

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent locations of hotels, it was great not to do the transportation and accommodations planning myself. I like the two nights in each stop. Kathleen, the tour manager, was helpful and very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were at the right place at the right time: sitting on the shady part of the portico roof at the basilica in Venice and watched the statue arm on the other building move for the 3:00 bell (off to the side, around the corner from the horses). There were so many wow moments."

Michael

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we loved it! We didn't have to worry about hotel reservations or in-country transportation, we only made tour reservations and planned great meals using Rick's tour guide. The best perk of all was the absolutely best world class guide, Kathleen. Kathleen was always there for us to discuss tour options, local delicacies, what to do, what to avoid and where we could get the best view. She made the trip extra special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinque Terre! Views of Vernazza from a boat off the coast."

Cheryl

Albany, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. I loved the My Way format which took all the guesswork out of where to stay and transportation. We were free to focus on what we wanted to do and see. We enjoyed meeting the other members of our tour group and shared many of the experiences with them. Our tour escort, Kathleen, was exceptional and fun. The mix of cities and small villages we visited was just right. All the hotels were in convenient locations to area attractions. Highly recommend!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to choose just one "wow" moment because there were so many, but I will choose the Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. The villages are so charming, the views are incredible, and the hiking was really fun. We had anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the ancient ruins of Rome, Michelangelo's David, and many other iconic sites, but the small villages were somewhat unexpected prior to the trip and turned out to be that added "wow" factor."

Shari

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour to get a taste of all the different areas of Italy in a two week time frame. The only place it didn't include that we wanted to see was the Amalfi Coast, so we added three nights in Sorrento. We also took Ric's advice and went to Venice two nights early. We loved the fact that our accommodations and travel destination to destination were taken care of, it made for a stress free vacation in a new country!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinque Terre was a wow moment when we arrived the first day we took the boat down to see the towns. The next day we took the train to Cornelia and hike to Vernazza. Wow moment was the views and the beautiful towns."

Sonia

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the trip. Felt safe and in good hands. Nice to have hotels and transportation not needing to worry about. Our bus driver was excellent and our group was very easy to get along with. Wonderful time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just realizing we were there! Enjoying all the sights."

Tom

Richland Center, WI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again the My Way tour exceeded our expectations. We've done three and would do others if they were available. Our fellow travelers and escorts have always been wonderful. This trip was no exception.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were really impressed by the views on our hike from Corniglia to Varnazza. Seeing the town and harbor lying below us on our arrival in Vernazza was spectacular."

Carla

Sagamore Hills, OH

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful to have the logistics taken care of by someone else. The hotel locations were great and the suggestions, historical background of the areas from Kathleen were very helpful. The tips from fellow travellers in the group were awesome as well. Our group was a lot fun and we enjoyed getting to know the various ones. We would have missed out on different experiences if we had done the trip all on our own. We thoroughly enjoyed our 13 day My Way Italy trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. Venice was fanastic-- pleasantly surprised of how easy it was to get around. The architecture was beautiful. We enjoyed walking down the alleys, going to the cafes, gelato, the history and being surrounded by water. We also loved San Gimignano and Asissi. Slower pace, less people surrounded by the beautiful country side of Tuscany and Umbria. Kathleen put together potluck happy hour when we got to Asissi at the courtyard of the hotel. Great time socializing and relaxing."

Weather

Italy / Venice


Italy / Florence


Italy / Rome

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in the Itinerary section of your online customer account. One month prior to the tour departure, in your customer account you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your customer account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly into Venice (VCE) and out of Rome (FCO) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Italy.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Italy guidebook.