• 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 $725

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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

2019

    • May 19–May 31 (Su–Fr)
    • $2,895 + Air

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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 2019
  • 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

We'll drive straight to Florence this morning, so you can hit the ground walking. 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*, 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

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."

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."

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.."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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.

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Kathleen

Medford, OR

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful cities and villages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Karin

Wind Lake, WI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was perfect for us. We loved the itinerary,the transportation and the hotels. Kathleen,our guide,was superb. Her information and helpful tips were very beneficial. We enjoyed the camaraderie of our group as well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Opening the window in our hotel room in Florence and seeing the Duomo so close we felt like we could touch it."

John

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very good way to see high lights of Italy , with out the hassle of a very structured full on guided tour, also the transportation was excellent, anything to limit train and car travel is best option to many (crazy scooter drivers lol) and not always safest feeling on the trains , if you need cars service we liked private Van shuttle service from Rome to Sorrento for the extended portion .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"all of it as pictures and videos dont do the country justice amf the shear age of the buildings , the common comment in our group was the term (sensory overload )"

Sarah

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was an amazing trip, the other tour members were a awesome as was our guide Kathleen. We had such a good time at each city and saw so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a "wow" moment at each city, but I really enjoyed Venice as it is such a unique city."

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."

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."

Frances

Fresno, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was wonderful! This was our first trip to Europe and first time travelling alone. We were nervous about arranging accommodations and travel on our own, but did not want to be locked into a structured "tour" where every minute was planned for us. So the My Way tour was perfect for us. With hotels and ground travel taken care of, we were able to put time into planning our daily activities around our priorities, and we were able to see and do everything that we wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't possibly pick just one, although going to Mass in St. Marks Cathedral, as well as in the Duomo were special experiences for us. Also, Kathleen arranged a private dinner for our group at a family restaurant in Lake Cuomo - that evening was definitely memorable!"

John

Clayton, GA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome way to see Italy! This is the first tour that we've ever taken where nothing went wrong and every experience was positive. Our tour guide was such a joy, she greeted everyone with a smile and a positive attitude about the days adventures ahead. The "Italy My Way" is the best way to travel, small, intimate group so you can get to know everyone, yet you're free to do what you want in the day, and you have a well educated guide to tell you what's worth doing and what's not!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como! I never dreamed that such a place existed! Such an awesome ecosystem, beauty all around, framed by the Alps!"

Bob

Glendale, CA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The hotel [INVALID]ions were excellent in that we were close to primary sites and/or transportation. Our escort (Donato) was excellent. My wife and I came away thinking that we would next time spend more times (e.g., 3 nights) in fewer locations. However, we enjoyed the lesser traveled stops (Varenna and Assisi) more as they were less crowded and hectic. Breakfasts were nice in that many interacted on what they might do that day or shared tips from what they did the day prior.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi with visits of basilicas of St. Francis and Ste. Clare along with a wine tasting that Donato set up."

Katie

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was perfect! I'm happy I saw different regions of Italy and Donato was a great time tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como"

Justin

Greenville, NC

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first RS tour, it was excellent. Very well planned and comfortable transportation and hotels. Fantastic tour manager, made herself available but wasn't intrusive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como/Varenna mostly. Really enjoyed Venice as well."

Israel

Greenville, NC

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This My Way Tour was my very first tour with Rick Steves and it was great. I really enjoyed the freedom to do whatever I felt like doing once we arrived at each destination but also having a great resource to seek out advice/help when needed. Kathleen was an AWESOME tour manager, always ready to help and give advice/suggestions. The hotels were all in great locations, with clean rooms, decent breakfast, and friendly staff. I particularly enjoyed meeting Ellie at the hotel breakfast in Venice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first "wow" moment was arriving at the airport in Venice and getting to the hotel by boat - that was a very neat experience and I don't know if there is any other place in the world that this would happen. Lake Como and Cinque Terre were my favorite destinations during the tour. Varenna was a quaint town in Lake Como, with good restaurant options and nice views of the lake. The hike through all of the towns in Cinque Terre provided the most awesome, breathtaking views."

Maureen

Muskego, WI

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Couldn't have been a better way to see Italy for the first time for us. The My Way Tour fits our travel style perfectly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Ruins captivated me with the history, the stories, the work still going on- with a wonderful guide that brought a lot of the sites to life."

Carlene

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinque Terre. Wish we stayed in one of the towns and not outside the towns."

Michael

Muskego, WI

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second My Way tour and our experience exceeded our already high expectations. Our tour manager, Kathleen, was stellar. She was very accessible and gave great advice as needed on each leg of the tour. We enjoyed the rhythm of the tour; usually a half-day of bus travel alternating with a full day to enjoy each town. The location and quality of the hotels were very good. Finally, we couldn't ask for a better group of people to travel with-What a delightful crew!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beauty "Wow"- looking out over the sea from up high while hiking from Manarola to Vernazza. Food "Wow" - our meal in Assisi at Le Terrazze di Properzio. Amazing meal while overlooking the Umbria countryside at sunset. People "Wow"- the cicchetti tour with Alessandro in Venice. This is a must do! Wine "Wow"-wine tasting at the Sportoletti vineyard in Assisi organized by our tour manager, Kathleen. History "Wow"-the Roman Forum with our guide Laura from CrisRomanGuide.com"

Megan

Fremont, CA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We got the freedom to do whatever interested us in the cities, and our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the best things to do, and how to get there. We visited a lot of cities so it felt like we really got to see more than just the touristy parts of Italy. Everyone on the tour was very nice, and our tour manager was wonderful and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Collosseum and the Roman Forum."

Patricia

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, a great experience. The itinerary provided a view of many parts of Italy, our tour manager was amazing, my fellow travelers friendly, and the bus comfortable. What else could I ask for? I traveled with my 18 year old granddaughter and was glad that other young people were on the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Do I only get one? Lake Como is gorgeous, reminding me that while I like visiting historical places and seeing great architecture nature can't be beat for beauty. We spent a pleasant day ferrying to the towns around the lake."

Susanne

Eugene, OR

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful and very well organized tour. We are so grateful for this memorable experience. Thank you!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"-Lake Como -the beautiful little chapel of Saint Francis -the sculptures of Michelangelo"

Tracy

Everett, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time! All hotels were good and in good locations. Our "guide" and bus driver were both great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved it all. Getting "lost" in Venice and hiking in the cinque terry were my favorites. Florence was my least favorite place, but it was extremely hot and I'm not really into art."

William

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The "My Way tour" provided what we expected: a skilled and experienced escort, interesting and comfortable lodgings, just the right amount of advice, outstanding bus transportation, an excellent itinerary and perfect weather. Italy is a delightful country to visit and this was an ideal way to do it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am too old and experienced to have "wow" moments, but my declining physical ability did not keep me from enjoying the entire tour. The group couldn't have been more accomodating. The hotels were delightful. We had some great food."

Lynn

Wallingford, PA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first experience on a Rick Steves Tour and my husband and I have nothing but good things to say about it! Our tour guide, Kathleen, was not-notch. She set a cheerful and friendly tone and did an outstanding job with her insights and recommendations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several: the never-ending dinner at La Caminetto and the wine tasting at a small vineyard (both arranged by Kathleen) and the views in Tuscany!"

Lou

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinque Terre. Wish we stayed in one of the towns and not outside the towns."

Susan

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw a lot of Italy, including beautiful countryside full of olive trees and sunflowers. The bus rides were enjoyable; our bus driver was very good. I liked the itinerary and took the trip mainly to visit Lake Como and Cinque Terre, which, did not disappoint me. Our group was compatible and added to the trip experience. The unexpected Happy Hour in Assisi was a nice surprise. I really counted on Kathleen and that was a great comfort to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I first saw the beauty of Lake Como from the Hotel Royal Victoria in Varenna. What a beautiful spot on Earth. The most emotional moment came during the unexpected visit to the American Cemetery in Florence. It is heartbreaking to visit the cemeteries in Europe, but also a proud moment to see the respect the fallen receive. Kathleen thought we should see the Cemetery and she was correct."

Joda

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time to EUROPE and it was a great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Lake Como"

Thomas

Stillwater, MN

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Donato(Don)is an excellent guide wanting to make sure everyone had a good tour. The hotels were excellent. We backpacked Europe in 1985 using Rick's book so we were expecting more basic hotels, but this was great and pleasant places to stay. Glad we took extra days in Venice and Rome on each end of the trip. 2 days each. As usual, not enough time, but could use an extra day on the tour in Florence. Tour is a great mix of cities and small towns and relaxing locations. Bus was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First time in Italy so it is hard to limit the wow moments. The ruins of Rome are fantastic, but the view of Assisi on the hill and looking over the valley from the city are hard to comprehend or capture in a picture. Lake Como and the Victoria hotel are amazing"

Jane

Mt Pleasant, WI

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time touring Italy on the Rick Steves "My Way" tour. It made planning so much easier to have the cities, hotels, transportation, and an informative guide so we could spend our time planning the sites we wanted to see and get the most of our experience. We had exceptional hotels and a fun group to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite, and most amazing part of our trip, was Lake Como. The scenery was so beautiful; pictures do not truly show how spectacular it is. Lake Como gave us a few days to sit back, relax, and immerse in the culture."

Stephen

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was really incredible in the sense that it gave as tremendous exposure to so many different places. We found ourselves torn in that 2 days never seemed like enough to get to know each location, but at the same time I would not want to have missed any of the 6 spots. Donato was very kind and helpful. All around a fantastic experience.

Amy

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved this tour. It was the perfect way to travel. We had never been to Europe before and are in love with Italy. Each place we stopped was different from the others and we enjoyed every minute of it. Our guide, Donato was very helpful and knowledgeable about each city. Our bus driver, Martino was professional and took care of us. Everyone on the tour was is good spirits and we loved our entire trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite city by far was Venice because of it's uniqueness. My favorite day on the tour was our full day in Cinque Terre, where we hiked each town with a few of the other tour members. We laughed, ate, and drank as we explored the towns."

Robert

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The star of the tour was Marianna. She was always helpful, never in the way. We needed to get in touch with relatives outside Naples, and she made this connection for us. Overall, the tour was just what we wanted: rooms and travel arranged. Breakfasts at the hotels were a strong plus, themselves were excellent as well as being ideally located. Our driver Stephano was excellent as well and a fine person. Picked up a tick on the walk in Cinque Terra. No disease.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group meal at the restaurant in the hills above Verenna. It went on and on, everything was utterly delicious, and the wine flowed like water (even more, really). A huge positive surprise, and we got to know our fellow tour members well (it seemed...). The second meal together outside Assisi was fine too, but not a wonderful surprise after Verenna."

Diane

Durham, NC

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Italy, and the My Way tour was exactly what I had hoped. Great group of people to travel with, wonderful sites, comfortable hotels, and spot on tips for restaurants and things to do. The bus was very pleasant and clean.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, I cannot choose just one. My first the the Basilica in Venice. The beauty of Lake Como and that dinner at Ristorante Il Caminetto wer unforgettable. I didn't want to leave. There was a "wow" moment at every turn in Rome."

Rollin

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was amazing and a great way to see and experience the scenery, architecture, history, art, people, and food of Italy. The six towns/cities plus a stop in Sienna were all unique and provided a nice introduction to Italy. We took over 1,000 photos to capture the beauty and uniqueness of our adventures. The tour experience was enhanced by our tour manager, Marianna, who organized some group dinners and provided directions and useful facts about the towns/cities the we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite "wow" moment would be a tie between the Cinque Terre area and Lake Como and Varenna. The Cinque Terre trail system between Vernazza and Manarola was fun to hike with spectacular views of the towns and coast. Varenna was so beautiful and quaint and the group dinner on the hill above the town was amazing."

Robert

Durham, NC

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A good balance between the prearranged and the spontaneous, allowing us the flexibility to plan our own activities without worrying about transportation and lodging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from Assisi of the valley below gave me a new appreciation for the Umbrian landscape and how it must have inspired St. Francis and his followers."

Joan

Carpinteria, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall it was an outstanding trip. All the hotels were in locations close to the sights. Hotel rooms were smalll except for our room in Assissi. I enjoyed the smaller towns and would like to return for another visit. Rome, Florence, and Venice were very crowded. I think if I visit Italy again, I would go in Spring or Fall in order to avoid that aspect and also for cooler weather. Marianna, our tour manager was very knowledgeable and became a friend to all of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two organized dinners that our tour manager, Marianna organized. The first was in Varenna at a mountain trattoria and the next outside of Assissi at a farmhouse where many of the ingredients were home grown. Seeing the statue of David was another Wow moment."

William

Carpinteria, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was very organized, nice group size, safe transportation, great lodging locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The smaller towns were mine favorite part of trip. Rome and Florence were nice to see, but I would not need to return to such large cities. The large crowds were a bit overwhelming, but part of the experience."

Elizabeth

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was extremely well-organized and a great value for the price. It was so nice not to have to arrange accommodations or transportation. Our tour manager Marianna, driver Stefano, and tour-mates were all pleasant and interesting. I wish we had had more time in some places, especially Florence. I would recommend this trip to friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vaporetto rides in Venice."

Michael

London, ON

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very impressed with the hotels provided at the stops along our tour. Both for their quality and location near the important sights and services.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"During our stay in Varenna our tour manager organized a short trip to a local farm which had a restaurant. Our group was treated to a spectacular meal with great hospitality."

Eric

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour ranks somewhere between Outstanding and Very Good. Everything about the logistics of the tour were outstanding. Marianna was a superb Tour Manager and would be a great guide on a fully guided tour. Hotels ranged from just OK to very nice. Transportation was excellent as always. The only thing keeping this tour experience from being outstanding were the overwhelming crowds in the bigger cities. Tour mates were friendly and enthusiastic travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Quiet and peacefulness of Varenna in the evening. Breakfast on the hotel terrace in Varenna. Evening local bus venture up to Fiesole (above Florence)for views back into the City. Everything about Assisi, but especially my trip to Eremo delle Carceri hermitage outside of the City. Very peaceful."

Lynn

Maplewood, MN

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Italy and every aspect was amazing. This tour made the trip completely stress free! We saw amazing places, made some new friends and truly enjoyed our tour manager, Marianna!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many 'wow' moments and all were amazing. The food, the wine, the art, the history... together it made for a 'WOW' trip! We did happen to stop at the Italian American WWII cemetery on Memorial Day and were able to observe the ceremony. It was an honor to be a part of that!"

Bob

Maplewood, MN

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned and carefree travel. Our tour manager was very helpful and we were well prepared thanks to the advance info.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi was great! Lots of wow moments but this quiet city was my favorite"

Jan

Pearland, TX

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS Tour and it definitely met my expectations. It was a perfect blend of any needed assistance from the escort Marianna and independence which I greatly valued. The bus transportation was more than comfortable, the hotels were a very nice variety of small to larger accommodations, and the guidance from Marianna was more than I expected. She was kind, helpful and quite entertaining. It was wonderful that she was a local gal. The activity level of the tour was as advertised.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi was absolutely amazing - a lovely peaceful hill town whose beauty I did not anticipate. One can more fully appreciate the teachings of St Francis while walking the streets. It was a great escape from the large and crowded cities of Venice, Florence and Rome. Next, was seeing the sculptures of Canova, Bernini and Michelangelo, and the paintings in the Uffizi and Scrovegni Chapel (Giotto side trip to Padua). I had been wanting to see them since a 1973 art history class. WOW!!"

Walt

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour exceeded my expectations. We originally planned to book trip on our own, but decided to go with Rick Steves and let him handle everything. So glad we did! I can't imagine organizing this trip, staying where we stayed and places we went on our own. Everything was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was a "wow" moment, but a special "wow" moment was an unplanned stop at the American Cemetery south of Florence. It occurred on Memorial Day and both American and Italian dignitaries were celebrating this very special day. I highly recommend this be a regular stopping visit. We were only there an hour, but very moving."

Sherrill

Sheboygan Falls, WI

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe, and it was a marvelous experience. Our tour manager was amazing! The "My Way" tour was just right for us. We enjoy FULL days as well as being able to be flexible and change plans as we go along. This type of tour allowed us to see and do the activities we wanted in the time frame we wanted. It was also great to make friends, run in to others from our group as we toured and enjoy some special dinners with others from our group on occasion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stopping at the Florence American cemetery on Memorial Day. We entered as the National Anthem was playing! Other "wow" moments: Venice-arriving as Boat Regatta was going on, taking a grand canal tour at sunset, finding a Rick Steve's recommended restaurant; Lake Como-looking out over lake from our hotel window, dinner at a mountain restaurant with group members; hiking to 4 of the 5 towns in the Cinque Terre (14+ miles); seeing the "David", sunset and wine @ Piazzale Michaelangelo; Assisi!"

Megan

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como."

Meagen

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great experience with the MyWay tour. We loved how it gave us the freedom to explore what we wanted while also giving us structure and taking care of the transportation/hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking onto our balcony at Lake Como and seeing our view of the Lake"

Constance

Chehalis, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a life long dream to go to Venice. It was everything I hoped it would be. I also LOVED Assisi."

Rosanna

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

MARIANNA WAS GREAT. NO COMPLAINTS

Favorite "WOW" moment

"MARIANNA MADE A SPECIAL STOP AT THE LITTLE CHAPEL IN ASSISI"

Susan

Lacey, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, our Rick Steves tour was outstanding. The hotels were good, the tour manager was a joy and our fellow travelers were a lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "Wow" moment was our dinner at the vineyard. Beautiful location, outstanding food and great company."

Elizabeth

Corozal, BZ

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed ourselves, got to see and experience sights that left us at a loss for words, due their history and beauty. With few exceptions, we also were able to have excellent meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt, Venice. It exceeded my expectations for beauty. I loved all the hidden shops and restaurants tucked in the various alleyways. People were friendly and the overall experience was magical."

David

Corozal Town, CZL

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It turned out is wasn't really our cup of tea. Not sufficient time at each stop. 1 1/2 days or less at each destination is not enough time to explore the sights and art of Italy. Would prefer to travel at night or skip one or more of the destinations. Met some good people and made a couple of friends. The food was excellent. The Tour Manager was very good. Overall, I wouldn't do it again. I liked the idea of Italy My way, it just didn't work for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food, the food, the food. The best restaurant we visited was in a town we weren't even supposed to visit. It was on the Cinque Tere leg. We stayed in Hotel Due Mari in Sestri Levante a train ride away from the villages and found a restrauant called Portobelloa. Beautiful view right on the bay, superb food, great waitstaff."

Sandra

Canton, GA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall tour experience was excellent. Well organized, all of time with Kathleen was well utilized. She is knowledgeable and has suggestions that are particularly helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como and Sistine Chapel and art in Rome and Florence. I could go on and on as there were numerous wow moments I.e. finding villa my mother lived in Florence, attending mass at church my grandfather was baptized, the memorial, cinque terra, Venice all of trip was made up of continuous wow moments."

Laura

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

If I had written a perfect script for how this trip would go, it couldn't have been any better. Locations incredible, accommodations incredible, tour guide Kathleen incredible (knowledgeable, spoke Italian, cheerful, intuitive), drives between spots where surprisingly short, and quite scenic. It was clear there was careful time and consideration into moving the group which was surprisingly easy, and quite fun. I got to spend time with my loved ones, and truly experience Italy. Unforgettable. <3

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Varenna- breathtakingly beautiful. We asked Kathleen our guide if we could make it to Villa del balbianello and back before dinner. She gave us helpful info. on the boats, and encouraged us to go. We LOVED it, easy hike, and stunning. Upon return, she had reservations for our group. We are vegetarians, and upon arrival, in this scenic spot up the mountain, we had a slightly different menu. She must have made that happen. Belly laughs, connecting with others, all time favorite meal, EVER!!"

Leslie

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip. We enjoyed the mix of cities and more peaceful destinations, and Kathleen is an awesome tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner at the restaurant at the top of the hill in Lake Como was unforgettable. I only hope to taste pasta and risotto that delicious again!"

Perry

Bedford, MA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the places we've seen, and learned a lot about the culture. Made several friends along the way. It was a wonderful trip that it made us want to go back for more, and maybe perhaps stay.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gelato!"

John

Chicago, IL

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Italy has outgrown the Rick Steves' experience. Venice, Monterosso, Florence, and Rome are crowded to a point (and this was in May) that the concept of "Europe through the back door" has become a joke--totally bogus. Like Rick, I travelled to Europe during the 70's and 80's when it was a different experience. Little personal moments of contact with Europeans and the European culture were available. No longer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming home from Europe in the 70's, I was a little disappointed to live in the USA. I don't feel that way in 2018. Venice, and the other places listed above are hell-holes where to stay sane you have to plan to get and stay away from the sites that you came to see in the first place. Go see the Sistine Chapel? They should make every Rick Steves' employee do that once a year. It's a miserable half-day where you end up hating humanity."

Jan

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very satisfied with the entire tour. I had never been to Europe or on a tour...liked being able to do what we chose to do in each city. Even though it was a busy two weeks, I never felt exhausted. The size of the tour group was great, good opportunities to get to know each individual. Ready to visit Italy again and redo some of the cities.... Couldn't be happier with my experience. Wonderful tour manager, Amanda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to point just one moment. Italy is filled with history. The countryside, Tuscany is so beautiful, pictures do not do it justice. Then on to Rome, history in abundance. I can understand why individuals visit more than once."

Gayle

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe which was a very memorable one in Northern Italy. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour guide, Amanda, and her information that she shared with all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I felt that the most enjoyable moments where the smaller villages. Lake Como is my favorite part with its views of the lake from the castle above. The larger cities where a little too crowded (Florence, Rome). Not as enjoyable but good experiences to see and the history was awesome."

Albert

Manassas, VA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Do It Your Way Tour is perfect. No worries about hotels or transportation. Allowed us to set our own priorities and pace. Amanda's recommendations and the guidebook batted 100%.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Varenna - The smaller towns are just as scenic and more relaxing than the cities."

Cheryl

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My way was the perfect way for us to experience Italy. I like the format of the tour staying two Nights in each location. Exploring on our own but having contact with our guide each day was perfect. The hotels were centrally located and we enjoyed the other travelers in our group. Nice balance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi was beautiful."

Sally

Barcelona, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great communication was the key to managing hopes and expectations. Amanda was readily available for questions and advice.

Sandra

Bridal Veil, OR

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was an excellent way to see Italy. Since this was not my first time to Italy, but it was my travel partner's first time, it was a great refresher for me and a wonderful first experience for her. The only unpleasant part was moving every other day. A couple of days (3 nights) in 1 or 2 stops would have made it more enjoyable, and not so exhausting. It was nice, however, to have the freedom to spend our time as we wished and not be obliged to follow the entire group on guided tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not technically part of our tour, but our tour manager, Amanda, told us about the Pentecost Sunday celebration at the Pantheon where the local firefighters on the roof of the Pantheon drop rose petals through the oculus at the conclusion of mass at noon. It was spectacular and the best part of our trip. A once in a lifetime experience."

Karyn

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first "tour" ...what a great experience. I have used RS books for other travels but what a nice way to go...not having to worry about lodging and ground transportation. The ease of moving from one place to another was simple and effortless for us travelers.... making the trip itself more memorable. Our travel manager was so helpful and well informed it made the entire trip a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was outstanding....I had been to Cinqueterre, Florence, Venice before so I would have to say Lake Como and Assisi were special experiences. So peaceful and beautiful."

Jenny

Auburn, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was a bit apprehensive about my first trip to Europe. We had a blast, there was a couple of times we had a language problem but we worked it out. We only wished that we could have spent more time in each city. Only getting 1-1/2 days in each city wasn't enough. We saw what was on our bucket list for each city, but there was so much more to see. Amanda gave us so many ideas of where to go and what to eat in each region/city. We just needed more time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "Wow" moment for me was the first group dinner. OMG, never in my life have I had so much great food and wine. Ristorante il Paminello Best.Ever. Most people complain when it rains on their vacations, it just made the meal better, we were warm and cozy inside their restaurant. Each course better than the last."

Dolora

Manassas, VA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I totally enjoyed the trip, but I decided I prefer the quiet cities of Assisi and Varenna over the hustle and bustle of the major cities. It was a vacation to remember with an evening gondola ride, castle viewing, beautiful artwork galore, Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo David and much, much more. I would definitely do another Rick Steve's tour to another country in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to single out one, probably when in Assisi at the Bascila of San Francisco we were going downstairs to see St Francis' Tomb and as best as I can tell there was a service going on in the small chapel where young novices were taking their first vows and were later greeted by older nuns and priests. Pictures were being taken and hugs were going around. We could tell that we were at a special occasion, though no one was speaking English."

Melinda

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Loved the ease of the My Way structure, and Amanda was really friendly, competent, and helpful. I don't think I would do it again, though, where there are that many stops over that period of time. It was frankly exhausting. If a My Way structure was offered with even 3 nights in any stop, it would make a huge difference. Fewer towns, better experience at each place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The David. Flat out that's it. Second would be the first group dinner way up on the hill - it was such an amazing dinner served by that local family."

Janette

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the cities we toured were very beautiful. I know you are not responsible for that but the selection was great. It went beyond going to pisa and rome but it included also many smaller cities that are not well known. I would completely trust you to plan my next tour. The hotels also were inside of the cities and comfortable. I have no complaints there. The tour guide Jody was wonderful and personable. I loved her smiling face in the morning at breakfast and she was also as fun as the tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, that i could still walk that much up and down hills. To find out my daughter could find our way in the rome subway and was leading me. Lake como was unknown to me and now I want to live there. (not even in my dreams could i afford that.)"

Susan

Erie, PA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded all expectations. My husband and I have traveled for years, but always independently. This was the first tour for me and it was wonderful. I liked being whisked from town to town and having wonderful hotels already arranged. Not thinking about such logistics proved stress-free! Our tour guide Jodi could not have been more pleasant and professional and she was always there willing to assist. Good work to all involved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pasta with Cuttle fish and octopus ink!!! How did I ever miss this on previous Italian adventures?"

Zachary

Milton, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "my way" tour freed us from having to worry about logistics, where to sleep and how to get to the next city. We could focus on what we wanted to see and when to see them. The tour manager was exceptionally helpful answering those last minute questions about the next stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but I'd have to say the views of the Cinque Terra."

Laura

Laguna Hills, CA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was a whirlwind, only staying 2 nights, which really was technically only a day and half of sightseeing. Italy is lush and green, group was nice, and Jody was so sweet! The only hotel we really liked was the Victoria in Lake Como and good thing since it rained most of the time there. Was not happy with any of the other hotels- too small to even put 2 suitcases away from bed and toiletries were subpar.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding our own restaurants that were family owned and not in Rick Steve's book, ha!"

Lawrence

Savannah, GA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The garden at Villa Carlotta."

Kristi

Milton, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent way to see a number of cities/areas in Italy in a short time frame, and have some guidance, while lots of freedom. Jody was an excellent travel guide. The hotels Rick Steves chose for us were perfect - small, local, good service and located centrally for ability to walk to sites. The bus was comfortable and made travel between cities much easier.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the beauty of the Cinque Terre was my wow moment. Hiking the trail and coming around a bend to see a beautiful small town on the hills above the water was spectacular."

Linda

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first "tour group" experience and it more than met my expectations. This was an amazing group of interesting and lovely people. Although this was a quick pace, it was so well organized that I never felt rushed.I wasn't sure how I felt about traveling in a bus but I actually looked forward to the views and comfy seats.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was my first trip to Italy. Although I went to see Venice, Florence, and Rome, I was wowed by the smaller cities (villages)."

Trevor

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't even know where to start. We did the 13-day Italy My Way tour. This tour was an absolute pleasure. Getting to explore each city how we saw fit and never having to worry about hotel reservations or city-to-city transportation was just the sort of stress-free travel that everybody should experience. Having a fun, engaged, and very knowledgable tour guide really enhanced the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure how to pick my favorite wow moment, but the stop in San Gimignano on the way to Assisi was just a lovely experience. Venice, every bit of it, I just fell in love with. And walking down the street in Rome and turning the corner to see the Colosseum the first time, was surreal. This tour, and this country, is simply full of wow moments."

Sandra

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although we have traveled numerous times in Europe and Japan, this was our first "organized tour" of any kind - and we are so thrilled we chose the "My Way" option. It was perfect to have transportation and hotels taken care of while still allowing us to choose how we spent our time. There was much more support and advice from our tour Manager than I had expected - and for that we were very grateful. Her insights, advice, and assistance made the experience so smooth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How does one answer that when the entire trip was amazing? Venice, Rome, and Florence speak for themselves while the contrasting "quieter" areas of Lake Como, Cinque Terre, and Assisi provided a bit of respite for the soul. But: In Florence, the Duomo Museum with its ancient art in an open and contemporary museum was amazing. Second, we were fortunate enough to be the 2nd or 3rd visitors to reach David in the Academia. To have that time "alone" with David was an experience to remember."

Ashleigh

Richmond, VA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I couldn't have hoped for a better tour experience. Everyone within the group was friendly, and even though it was a my way tour we all wound up hanging out with each other regularly. Traveling to each city was really easy and everything was taken care of for you. It really was the perfect setup to give you a little taste of each city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was a group dinner we had while in Varenna. The atmosphere within the restaurant was incredible, and the staff were so genuine. It was clear how good of a time everyone had, and I'll never have a meal as good as that again in my life. Rather than seeing any of the beautiful sights along the way, I feel this is something everyone should get to experience in their lifetime."

Edward

Sweet Home, OR

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. The hotels were great and we did not have to make travel arrangements, between the guidebook and Amanda we were able to do everything we wanted. I would definitely do a tour like this again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a wow moment in every town. The best had to be the dinner Amanda arranged in Varenna. This was an amazing experience we could not have experienced on our own."

Susan

Sweet Home, OR

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour! It was a perfect blend of being guided and on my own! Italy was beautiful, I enjoyed the locations of our hotels, close to a lot of things to explore. The group size was great. It was an excellent group of people and feel like I have made several new friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment, there were so many, it's hard to choose! I think I had at least one wow moment in each town. The views were breathtaking at Cinque Terre, Lake Como, and Assisi. Venice was so unique and special,! Although Florence was not my favorite, David was so impressive, as was the duomo. Rome is so rich with history, the wow moments were numerous! There were many times that I felt like I was walking through a storybook, so impressed it felt surreal!"

Abigail

Williston, VT

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great overview of Italy! My only complaint would be not enough time in each place, but that would be hard to avoid in that amount of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a fantastic dinner when we were in Varenna. Also blown away by our tour of the Colosseum."

Gordon

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the My Way travel experience especially with our wonderful guide Amanda. It was relaxing to be able to choose each day what to do and how fast. It was also fun the get to know the other travelers. Normally when you travel alone you don't run into anyone you know. On our trip each couple would go their own way but during the day we often ran into someone on our My Way trip. It was fun to say hello and compare what we had seen so far.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Italian's charm. Everyone I met was friendly and smiling. I did not meet one grumpy person."

Benedicte

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was perfect for us. We usually travel on our own so the fact of not having to make reservations and planning for hotels and transportation was great. It also allowed us to enjoy the scenery while driving from place to place. The flexibility of choosing our own activities each day was a plus, and Amanda was always available to guide you if you had any questions about touring sites or choosing a place to eat. In 13 days I felt like I had a great overview of Northern Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was having breakfast at Lake Como, the view of the lake from our hotel was magestic."

Richard

Williston, VT

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was sort of whirlwind, but not unexpectedly. The short times in the many cities didn't allow for much in-depth experience. Hotels were good and the transportation was excellent. Some of the walks from/to the hotels were a bit brisk and could have been a bit more leisurely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner Amanda arranged in Varenna was over the top!"

Kathleen

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour option was the perfect way to balance my love of "wandering and wondering" on my own with the safety, companionship, and convenience of a tour. I was traveling on my own and spent a week in Italy revisiting friends and special places where I had lived as a student before joining the tour in Venice. At that point I was ready to socialize, see new places, and turn over the lodging and transportation details to someone else.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monterosso in Cinque Terre. Lemon trees, anchovies, warm sun, cool sea, vineyards, cobblestone streets, twisting trails, incredible views."

Lisa

Scappoose, OR

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. This was our first visit to Italy and not knowing what to expect the My Way tour seemed appropriate. Our tour manager was friendly, energetic, knowledgeable of the areas we were visiting and organized events to help everyone on the tour to become comfortable with each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cinque Terre. I had seen videos of the Riviera and wasn't expecting too much for our time there. I was wrong. The food was amazing, the sites were amazing and the people that live and work there were super friendly. I wish we would have had an extra day there."

Marco

El Paso, TX

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour and will look for more "my Way" tours. Amanda, our tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful throughout. I felt like I was learning Italian culture from an "insider." I would have liked extra days in Venice, Lake Como, Florence and Rome, but we looked on this tour as a survey of Northern Italy so we'll know where to return. The hotels were clean and comfortable, and provided excellent breakfasts. The bus was comfortable and the driver, Sauro drove it well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como was beautiful and the hotel was excellent. I could have stayed there another day or two -- and skipped Cinque Terre. I'm glad I got to see Cinque Terre, but I won't be returning -- just my opinion."

Wayne

Langley, BC

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm 60 years old and my wife and I had never been to Europe before so this trip to Italy truly was a trip of a lifetime. Hopefully we will make another some day soon and when we do it will definitely be with Rick Steves' again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow we finally made it haha."

Yvette

Baton Rouge, LA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was outstanding, enjoyed every moment of it!

Kenneth

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The MY WAY experience was perfect for this trip....nice balance between "must figure out everything on your own" vs. "figure out nothing, and have no flexibility". Having Donato was VERY handy and enjoyable....he did make sure we were taken care of and truly cared that we squeezed the most out of our vacation time and dollar. But the company needs to buy him some better joke material... :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"INK SQUID pasta in Venice!.....was SO GOOD........great suggestion from Donato."

Barbara

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. The hotel locations and quality were very good. The transportation was well planned and the driver was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was hiking the Cinque Terre."

Lois

Ames, IA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

5 Italian cities in 13 days-what could be bad about that? The weather was perfect...the food was delightful, the wine excellent, the coach and driver were comfortable and skilled, the traveling companions were friendly and engaging, the "escort" knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list although Varenna was my preferred small town and Venice my city favorite."

Richard

Sylvania, OH

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful My Way Tour of Italy. Our tour manager, Donato, gave us great information on each stop and the freedom to tour on our own was exactly what we wanted. The itinerary was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to pick one that stood out above all others. A perfect evening in Piazza San Marco in Venice, the vineyard walk in Manarola, David in the Accademia, Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and the Colosseum are at the top."

Cheryl

Sylvania, OH

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip far exceeded our expectations. Lovely and interesting destinations, well-planned itineraries, superb tour manager (Donato), skilled and charming bus driver (Dino), and fun and kind fellow tour members. Loved the "My Way" concept of independent touring but with accommodations, transportation, and tips taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots! A few favorites: Uncrowded evening stroll with gelato in Venice's Piazza San Marco with stars overhead and orchestras playing – magical! Lunch on terrace at Villa Carlotta overlooking Lake Como. Tuscan countryside views from the Rocca in San Gimignano."

Lloyd

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end the tour was fantastic . Italy is a wonderful place . The people , the culture and the history almost leave you spellbound. It is all so intriquing .the my way tour gave us a wonderful snapshot of the country. The number of locations we visited , the time spent at each was just enough to wet the appetite and give us the taste to realize that Italy will be a place we need to visit many times. Don was a good host , with a good sense of humor .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment for me was getting off the train in Venice and making it to the a Grand Canal and standing there looking and feeling that we arrived and sensing we were in for something really neat ."

Steven

Eastham, MA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the concept of the "do it my way" very much. The transportation between cities was very comfortable and efficient. I had enough time in each stop to get a feel for the area, and this helped me plan my return trips. Donato was very knowledgeable and helpful. The hotel rooms were for the most part substandard, except for Lake Cuomo and Rome. The Hotel California was a big disappointment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting historic sites in Assisi and Rome. I liked Rome the best touching and experiencing ruins over 2000 years old."

April

Brush Prairie, WA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ron and I had a great time in Italy. We really enjoyed sightseeing at our own pace. The hotels were centrally located which made it easy to explore the cities. Ron and I enjoyed having breakfast each day and talking with our fellow tour members. We strongly recommend getting to your first destination the day before. It worked out nicely for us having an extra day in Venice. We also added on three more nights in Rome. The hotel folks were easy to work with when adding on extra nights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of WOW moments. Arriving into Venice and seeing all the gondolas. The laid back feeling of Lake Como and Cinque Terre was nice. San Gimignano lunch stop-great gelato with views of vineyards and olive groves. Our favorite meals were Bistecca Florentina in Florence and eating pasta by the Pantheon in Rome."

Kathleen

New Albany, OH

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the itinerary[INVALID]the alternating of busy and quiet. The hotels were all located in convenient areas, too. Laurel was very friendly and always cheerful[INVALID]ready to help if needed. The bus driver was competent all the rides were always smooth. I do feel that our rooms were rather small[INVALID]even when others' rooms in the groups were not. I never compared or complained but did ask others, particularly married couples, about their accommodations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was " wowed" when I saw the warrens of back streets, waterways, bridges and neighborhood squares just off the main, tourist filled streets of Venice. I was "wowed" when I walked into the first room at the museum behind the Duomo in Florence[INVALID]certainly worth the price of the trip. Then I walked into Academia and saw "The David". Then I walked through the Vatican Museums[INVALID]they had the best audiophones of the tour."

Colleen

Lakeport, CA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A first time seeing Italy so the tour was a perfect fit for us. Laurel has such a wonderful bubbly personality and made the experience one to remember. She gave us helpful tips and was always available if we had questions. The locations and hotels were great, especially being so close to the center of villages and towns. It was wonderful to plan our day and what sites we wanted to see and not have to worry about finding a hotel or the transportation. Even the weather was perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing "David" at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Lake Como"

Scott

Leawood, KS

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a terrific time on this trip. The "My Way" approach was just right for us, with all of the logistical challenges taken care of, flexibility to do whatever we wanted in the day, and great fellow travelers to socialize with at night. Everything went according to plan--even the weather was perfect! We are already planning our next Rick Steves tour(s).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one[INVALID]perhaps an impromptu get together after the Happy Hour at Lake Como with some fellow travelers;the most excellent lunch spot we stumbled into in Florence (and only then realized it was recommended in Rick's book); the elderly German couple we chatted with in Bellagio who had been married 60 years and had been going there every year since their 30th[INVALID]and we were celebrating our 30th) or maybe the misty early morning walk I took in Assisi. So many great memories!"

Allison

Canandaigua, NY

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We did not expect to have someone available to us like Laurel. Her wealth of information was no valuable to us. She was available at all times for help and to answer any questions. Not to mention what great fun she was as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One day Laurel added a couple of surprises, a stop to an American soldiers memorial outside of Florence, a short stop at a quaint little town for lunch, and a stop at a church that housed St.Francis's chapel, on our way to Assisi. Three places we probably would not have seen otherwise."

Cordell

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best part was having accommodations right in the center of the activities! Short walks to the most outstanding attractions and scenery in each location. Travel time between locations was not overly long and our wonderful tour guide made it very enjoyable with music and surprises along the way to break up the trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was Montaroso in Cinque Terre. I'd been looking to photograph that iconic scene of colorful building/homes on the hillside overlooking the water for years! It was so impressive!"

Kathy

Leawood, KS

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary! Everything went very smoothly, and we loved having the option of arranging to do things with others OR by ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot pick just one. But probably early morning Cinque Terre on a boat."

Scott

Canandaigua, NY

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just having someone like Laurel as our guide. She was extremely helpful with everything aspect of our trip."

Felice

Roseburg, OR

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First of all our Tour Escort, Laurel was "the best"! She was helpful, available, knowledgeable and engaging. We had a great group of travelers who respected each other and were generous in sharing into their different experiences. We appreciated the autonomy of the "My Way" travel option. We had to be comfort and comrodery of a group and the freedom to do our own thing...great combo!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We met 4 young "Friars" in Assisi. We had a great exchange with them and it was great to see young people being called into "The Religious", life."

Joan

Orleans, MA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Unfortunately, my experience overshadowed by traveling with "friend" who sleeps only 5 hrs/nite and is like traveling with a chipmunk, so I came home with pneumonia! Her need to see as many sights as possible, pushed me along; I didn't "grump" but all the hard surfaces- and walking uphill everywhere, were tough on knees and back. Grateful her computer whiz son downloaded audio tours onto MP3s for us- very helpful. Appreciated stops at Us military museum and San Gimignano. Took the Italy 2016 bo

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint Mark's cathedral in Florence and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome- to think that the bones of these contemporaries of Christ reside here under the altars- and the Colosseum, after all these centuries! I wanted to lie down on floor and just look up at Sistine Chapel ceiling! And the little church St. Francis built in Basilica in Assisi."

Claudia

Olympia, WA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the opportunity to see the sights on our personal bucket list or "Veg" in Italy as we felt each day. We saw most of the highlights in the area and took many strolls through Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although we loved doing Italy our way, we met some of the most wonderful people on our tour group. We would strive out for the day and found ourselves crossing paths with members of the group through out the day. We got some wonderful ideas of things to do from the other members of our group that had stumbled across something wonderful that day."

Richard

Fort Mill, SC

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very enjoyable tour. The cities selected were great, the bus transportation worked well, and with one exception (see below) the hotels were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were at least two: the view from the Hotel Royal Victoria in Varenna and the American Cemetery in Greve/Florence. The Hotel Royal Victoria has a commanding view of Lake Como and the breakfast room gets the benefit of a great view combined with a very good breakfast. The stop at the American Cemetery was very moving and a sobering experience, but it was one of the highlights."

Dan

South Dennis, MA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour format allowed us to research the sights that we wanted to see and explore when when we wanted an adventure. Great way to experience the culture of the environment without being herded through a city on predetermined schedule. Cynthia was the consummate professional and gave us informed insight into our planed or proposed daily activities. Her restaurant suggestions were spot on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list individually. The Hill towns were incredible. Sitting in a small outside cafe eating one of my many gelatos and watching the world go by. Movies do not capture the true feeling of the Italian countryside. Love it...Love it...Love it"

Mark

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very well planned and carried out. If anything there needed to be more time in each place! Bus riding travel between stops was well planned and executed and time efficient. The tour gave us everything we needed to then go and explore and plan our own adventures and outings. Any questions we had, Cynthia handled and gave such excellent feedback and support. To have the hotels, luggage transfers, and travel taken care of truly helped us have a tour that was "our" way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking on the Cinque Terre trails was absolutely breathtaking. Also, to visit Assisi and experience the place of the birth of Francis was very special. It is hard to pick a favorite, as we were very happy with each place. We also loved the beauty of the Lake Como area."

Cindi

Bartonville, IL

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall an excellent tour. We enjoyed the smaller cities more than the large cities but that is personal preference. The bus was clean and our driver, Sauro, was very professional and is excellent at his driving skills. Cynthia, our tour guide, was also excellent and we have provided further information below.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our hike in Cinque Terre with the view of the Ligurian Sea was amazing and something we will never forget. We made a stop in the WWII cemetery near Florence that was also very moving and will have me doing more reading and research on our participation in this area during WWII."

Sandra

Lexington, KY

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our experience! The hotels were very good, the breakfasts were wonderful, our driver was professional, efficient, and friendly, the coach was very clean, The destinations were planned so that we had some low key places to rest up for the big cities. The My Way format was perfect for us, to give us the flexibility to visit the places and experience the things we were interested in. We enjoyed the people on the tour, and the flexibility to engage at our choosing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite experience was the hike from Volostra to Corniglia high in the farm terraced hills. We took the shuttle from Manarola to Volostra, asked the lady in the hotel if she would make us a prosciutto and cheese sandwich with chips, received encouragement from an American at the shuttle stop who loved this hike. We felt alive and excited to be in this unspoiled area of Italy with the beautiful steep hills and valleys with awesome views of the sea and towns of the Cinque Terre."

Carol

South Dennis, MA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Italy tour was the perfect blend of touring we could have asked for. Our tour manager, Cynthia, was always there for us and gave us the tips we needed to set out each day and then we made our own game plan for each town we visited. Our coach and driver was a great experience! We loved all the wonderful little towns we visited and would have even preferred to skip Florence and Rome and spend more time in Tuscany.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments...The Cinque Terre. Walking the winding streets, witnessing a wedding couple tossing candy from a balcony to the throng below, hiking the trail between the towns. Just the awe of how the aitalians live vertically! Surprise stop in Cortona, romantic, lovely lunch with awesome view of Tuscany. Assisi, the ancient town and history of this beloved saint is phenomenal!"

Mark

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the beginning of the tour to the end, I felt that every possible concern was addressed. Our escort, Don, gave us a ton of great information including history and language during the travel between destinations. All the hotel stays were great and the breakfasts each morning were amazing. I would eat a full breakfast each morning and be good until 2 or 3 in the afternoon, have dinner beating the crowds, and maybe stop for some gelato on the way to the hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think our dinner a few blocks from the Duomo in Florence. Don had recommended we look for wild boar as it was just in season as well as black truffles. We stumbled on a quaint little restaurant serving both. The food was so good! We kept complementing the waiter and waitress(owner?) and were treated to a limoncello at the close of the meal."

Sarah

Camp Hill, PA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary. Nice mix of cities and smaller towns. We had never been on a tour before since I really enjoy the planning / research process. Didn't know what to expect but so appreciated having the centrally located hotels already arranged as well as transportation. Mario navigated the bus beautifully in some tight areas. Don provided us with SO much information. We were fortunate to have great weather!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many -- Grand Canal in Venice-- Wow- we are really here! Hiking in Lake Como area and Cinque Terre area. Florence art Assisi Rome-- ancient buildings"

Mary Jane

Indio, CA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having a bus get you to your hotels made the trip easy. I could have never drove in that country!!! Thank you Mario. I enjoyed having free time to do whatever I wished. The hotels were nice, but I was surprised Kleenex was not supplied in most of them. Most everyone on the tour got a cold and toilet paper is rough on the nose.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The final night when 100% of the group went to dinner. I think that tells you everyone got along with each other and we loved our tour manager. BREAD!!!! Italy has the best bread!"

Thomas

Palmyra, PA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All aspects of the tour Italy My Way were well organized and [INVALID]d in a precise manner. Our guide, Don, was very experienced and personable to our group and to us individually. No question or request was ignored. He found the time to explain what he felt was best for us in that particular location. I had a fantastic first trip to Italy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our evening dinner on the last night was special because Don made us feel like one large family instead of 28 travelers. Seeing the Cinque Terra for the first time was a wow moment.The sights we encountered in all our stops made this tour very memorable."

Rickey

Indio, CA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. We have never been out of the US.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The parties we had with the guide and the people on the tour."

Barbara

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was well organized, and I loved the big town/smaller city back and forth so that I didn't feel overwhelmed by too much city or bored by too much small town. The variety/back-and-forth was perfect. We loved the freedom to set our own agenda. Don was an amazing host. He provided great details and hints about what to see, how to avoid problems, etc. He was kind and approachable and made everyone feel welcome, and created a cohesive, fun group. He has very good "community" skills.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding an unexpected art exhibit in Vivaldi's Church in Venice. We went for a concert and there was also a full wall exhibit. Because our goal was to find good music and good art, it was perfect."

Genevieve

Belmont, CA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

The biggest issue was the hotels, some just not acceptable such as Hotel in Florence The one in Rome was adequate and we are not talking about 5 or 4 stars

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cortona (the spelling may not be correct) on the way to Assisi was a cute little extra on this tour Varenna and Bellagio were nice little towns that were enjoyable"

Audrey

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved actually seeing things that I had only seen in pictures. The people on the tour added to my enjoyment. Not a stinker in the bunch! The cities were well paced throughout the trip. My preference was for the smaller towns with fewer people and less traffic. I liked the "My Way" style of tour and the ability to head off and see what we wanted. However I can see that this tour requires you to be a "self starter" and a planner. Overall it was a very good experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After taking the subway in Rome to the Coliseum, we walked into the sunshine and there right before me was the Coliseum! Wow. That was my highlight."

David

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

a good intro to Italy-- most likely will never go to any of these cities again--too crowded & dirty with the exception of Varenna & Cortona Terrific bus driver !! & very nice coach

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the drive to & arrival at Varenna"

Jill

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour truly exceeded our expectations. We experienced some beautiful countries and met wonderful people within our tour group that we will stay in touch with for future adventures! The my way tour structure was a perfect fit for our travel needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to have just one!"

Karen

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the My Way concept. Each morning and on the bus rides, the group shared experiences and got to know each other. We shared our plans and experiences. Even though it was a My Way tour, many of us shared meals and experiences together. Lisa, our tour director, always gave an orientation walk at each town. She stressed that anything offered was "optional" and I never felt obligated to attend any arranged outing but almost always did because the group was so much fun to be around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was finally getting to see Michelangelo's only wooden crucifix at the Basilica di Santo Spirito in Florence. After seeing all of the over the top churches and cathedrals in Italy, I almost cried in it's simplicity. The last time I had been in Florence, it was not on display which was a huge disappointment. The other favorite of mine was the Museo di San Marco in Florence. Again,the simplicity of the Fra Angelica frescoes in the cells was inspiring (and very few tourists)."

Patricia

Elkins Park, PA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotels provided by our tour were all centrally located and had outstanding views. Our tour guide did a wonderful job orienting our group to each place we visited so we could enjoy exploring on our own. The transportation provided to all the stops on our tour was comfortable and efficient.

James

Elkins Park, PA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good mix of time 'being there' and 'getting there'. <4 hours travel every third day was ideal and the stops on the travel day were also an interesting experience and one was an unexpected treat (Cortona).

Ty

Nashville, TN

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where do I start? It was terrific! We had not known any other person on the trip but finished the trip feeling as if everyone we met and traveled with was someone we would have liked to spend more time with. Two nights in each locale is about right, although in retrospect, some places I wish we could have stayed longer. We almost always got to our new location in time for Martin get us well oriented & the next day we had all day to explore and seek our interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinners on the water, Sestri Levante, Lake Como, and Sorrento (the last on our own). Great food, great ambience and company. I had been to Italy, twice before; my wife had not. Everyday was a great experience for her."

Andrea

Burbank, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous in every way. The professionalism of our manager and driver;the support and guidance given by Martin; the comfort of the bus, the itinerary; the quality and locations of the hotels; the value for the money. My trip was for a special birthday, and Rick Steves delivered!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! --Seeing Lake Como for the first time. The lake and mountains are majestic."

Vincent

Warwick, RI

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very enjoyable tour and much better than I expected. I would highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many WOW moments on this trip to name one, from the canals of Venice, the beautiful Lake Como, the hill top views in Cinque Terre, the St Francis Cathedral in Assisi, to the Trevi Fountain in Rome."

Marcy

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Too short on some cities. We could have spent more time in Florence. We had extra days in Venice and Rome otherwise would have been too short. Just so much to see and experience in Italy. Good choice of cities on the tour. Ate at some of the guidebook recommended restaurants and none were disappointing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We have a couple. We just happened to be in Assisi on the feast of St. Francis. We got to experience the town celebration and see the childrens peace march. Sitting in a cafe and seeing a church across the street, wandering in to see Bernini's staircase. We did a lot of wandering in Rome and just came across amazing art and architecture and history."

Sandra

White Rock, BC

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an ideal way to experience a country for the first time. While it covered a lot of ground (literally), it provided the resources needed to make each "stop"on the trip successful. Our most important resource, if I may refer to our tour leader this way, was Martin! His introductions to each of the 5 locations we travelled to were practical and positive. And then he was available to all of us individually to customize our experience. He gently pushed us out of our comfort zones too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a tough question because every day had it's own "wow" moments. Perhaps the best example was turning the corner in the Accademia in Florence, and there was Michelangelo's David. Pinch me!! I'm actually seeing this with my own eyes and it's beyond anything I imagined. But then, maybe it was standing in line for a long time with a few of our tour group friends to get into the Uffizi Gallery on free day and getting to know them better. That was really nice."

William

Ipswich, MA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Being the first time doing a tour I was very pleased with our selection of the My Way concept. It took the worry out of scheduling travel between cities and booking hotels but gave us the flexibility of being on our own during the day. The whole experience was wonderful and the selection of cities gave us a nice cross section of Italy. Had to get used to the large crowds in the bigger cities and major attractions. Loved the laid back feeling of Lake Como.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it but I think Venice,Lake Como and Assisi were my favorite locations. Walking around the Colosseum and St. Peter's square was also magical. The crowds in the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica were so large you couldn't really enjoy and take in those sites as you were being pushed along by people behind you."

Angela

Ipswich, MA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe. It was something on my bucket list for years - I don't believe my husband (who isn't a huge fan of traveling in a foreign country) would have agreed to if not for your "My Way" tour. The biggest anxiety with us when traveling is where to stay and how to get there. Your My Way tour gave us the peace of mind to enjoy our trip and the freedom to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but I fell in love with Venice. It was magical. I would wake up early every morning (well before the crowds) and explore the little alleys and stroll around St. Mark's Square. This is a place I dreamed of as a little kid (my grandma was from Italy and would try to explain no roads, no cars, only water). I felt such joy and contentment in Venice and I found myself channeling my dear little Nonni which made it all the more special."

Keith

Sloughhouse, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really like the format of doing a tour my way. I like the flexibility of planning my own trips and choosing what I want to see and do. Rick should offer more of the My Way type tours, its a great concept. Its also cheaper, because we are not having to pay for tours or excursions that maybe I wouldn't be interested in anyway. For example in Florence, we skipped the Uffizi and Accademia primarily because they are too crowded. Instead, went to the Galileo Museum. Thats my way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the back streets of Assisi in the evening, knowing that the buildings we were seeing go back to medieval times. The other wow moment was getting up before dawn (trying to recover from jet lag) and walked St. Marks square in Venice. Nobody there at 6:00am. Perfect. Dawn over the Grand Canal."

Robert

Snoqualmie, WA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed our trip and am delighted we booked it with your company. It was our first time in Italy and we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary so having the transportation, hotels, breakfasts and a tour liaison included in the package made for a great, worry-free experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinque Terra. We enjoyed our ENTIRE trip, however, we love to hike and so our trek from Vernazza to Monterosso at sunset in late September was absolutely spectacular!!"

Kenneth

Greer, SC

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better than I hoped it would be! Italy was beautiful, our tour group was fun and our guide Martin was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure I can pick one. It was either a gondola ride with my wife at night in Venice or standing in a vineyard looking up on Assisi. Both were pretty special."

Maura

Rocky River, OH

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It really was a "My Way" tour. All of our questions were answered by Martin as our tour manager. I'm an ITMI grad, and Ted Bravos always said to "turn 'em on, then turn 'em loose." That's exactly what happened for me. I can't wait to go back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Botticellis at the Uffizi was by far the top, followed closely by everything else. I really loved it all. I got to experience Italian health care, with a respiratory infection, and that was a great experience, too."

Anita

Nashville, TN

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a magical trip. We liked the culture and philosophy of the Rick Steves travel from the beginning and the "My Way" logistics worked very well for my husband and me. We appreciated having lodging and intercity travel arrangements taken care of by the company. During the trip, it was wonderful to get questions answered by our tour manager, but going at our own speed to the places we wanted to see most!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband and I were really worried about how long it would take to get into the Academie in Florence to see the David. When we approached the gate to find out when the museum opened the next day, we realized we could get in for 30 minutes right then -- without waiting in line! We went for it and when we turned the corner and saw that statue, we found the hall almost empty. We had the freedom to move around David that we didn't dream of and plenty of time to see everything else we wanted!"

Hannah

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was spectacular. Our guide, Kathleen, went above and beyond. We felt like we were able to experience the best parts of each city and then some. From the wonderful family-style dinner in Lake Como, to the amazing site-seeing recommendations. First trip to Europe was a complete success!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David in Florence. Nothing could prepare me for the masterpiece that Michelangelo sculpted."

Scott

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Normally I travel in smaller tour groups so being with 27 others was a new experience, and the fact everyone was American also took some getting used to. Normally I go with small group adventure groups and the only American. That said I had a great experience and all of the others in the group were good travelers and I didn't experience anything that wasn't great. I don't know if I will ever take a regular Tour of that size but certainly would consider another My Way Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the middle of the Roman Forum, realizing I was in the city of Marius, Caesar, and the other notables of Roman History. I was more impressed than I expected to be. I consider myself a History Buff and thought it would be a great experience but it was more impressive than I could imagine."

Rick

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Life changing. Even after traveling for 26 hrs our arrival in Venice was amazingly envigorating and it just got better from there. The Italians really know how to live! We made some good friends with other folks who were members of our group and plan to travel more with them. Brenda is a cancer survivor and she laughed more than I have seen in years! We left each city including San Gimignano wishing we had more time to spend there! Swam at lake Comp (freezing!) and Sestri Lavante, delightful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Brenda and I enjoyed the entire trip immensely, but Assisi was probably our favorite, especially the chapel where St Francis went to pray up on top of the mountain. Parco del Monte Subasio."

Christine

Laveen, AZ

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall very enjoyable as our first My Way tour. The cities (Venice, Florence, Rome) were much more crowded with tour groups than we expected but we still enjoyed new experiences in each. Varenna, Sestri Levante and Assisi more than made up for the busy-ness of cities, and we enjoyed all our hikes and excursions in the small towns immensely. We found beauty and memorable experiences everywhere we went. Kathleen was outstanding - always helpful, resourceful, available and pleasant with everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not just one : 1. Assisi - (but needed more time there) 2. Sestri Levante - surprising and peaceful 3. Lake Como, loved Varenna. The food was wonderful everywhere!"

James

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way was Venice, Lake Como, Cinque Terra, Florence, Assisi, and Rome. Loved traveling on the bus and seeing the countryside, towns, vineyards, and olive groves go by. Hotels were nice. Food was unbelievable, esp the chef's 5-course in Lake Como. Museums, churches, different topographies of each town just fantastic. We hiked each town we visited, between 8 and 13 miles a day, so we saw everything...slowly! Ate a lot of gelato.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Assisi. 2. The food. Love pasta, so the pasta pomodoro and pasta cacia e pepe were superb, but also the caprese and the risotto with porcini mushrooms! Am a beer enthusiast, so enjoyed the Peroni and Moretti varieties and the occasional red drafts that we discovered. The drinks always come with potato chips and olives, and if you're seated on some waterfront or mountaintop, it's a pretty great experience!"

Judith

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The mix of quiet, beautiful places with larger cities in between was very pleasing to me. I loved the accomodations and the comfortable bus. And I can't say enough about Kathleen. She was knowledgeable, approachable, and helpful. She was the glue that held the group in a comfortable union.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como and Sestri Levanti were my favorite places. The beauty of the area was enriching. There was enough to do and see to keep you busy; when you wanted to relax all you had to do was look around. A truly lovely part of the world."

Larry

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After 20 years of arranging our own travel, often with frequent use of Rick Steves guides, my wife convinced me to try a Do It My Way tour. Our guide, our group, our bus driver and our hotels were all excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick. Each stop had its own. The group dinner above Lake Como was certainly special, as was the lake itself. Sarah is a great guide. We will travel with her again given the opportunity."

Victoria

Sun City Center, FL

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorable destinations with centered hotels. Wonderful tour guide and fellow travelers. Italian people welcoming and communication very good. Memorable experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Embracing each area for its foods , wine and sites. Venice at night was enchanting! Assisi was relaxing and the views there and at lake Como were stunning."

Marilyn

Norman, OK

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the luxury of having RST make hotel reservations and manage travel from one location to the next. Bus and driver were very nice. Liked the opportunity to meet and socialize with fellow travellers. Really liked the My Way concept. We will do it again in another locale!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially liked Varenna and the Lake Como area. The accommodations there were a Wow! and the area was interesting and beautiful."

Kathy

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As senior travelers, the My Way tour is perfect. It allowed us to experience each location at our own pace. Our tour leader,Laurel, was The Best! She was friendly and helpful to each of us in the group; encouraged us to look out for each other and provided skillful leadership throughout. Our bus driver deserves a medal for his navigation skills and patience. We would love to visit another country using the My Way program. It was worth every penny!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to chose between our first WOW meal in Italy at Aciugheta around the corner from our hotel, the overwhelming splendor of the Doge's Palace in Venice, or the breakfast view of Lake Como from the Hotel Royal Victoria. If I could return to any of these, Varena would be my first choice. The views of mountains and the lake, the wonderful food, a challenging climb up to a castle, and an early morning walk through the steep lanes kept me smiling and relaxed. I want to be there now."

Neal

Dallas, TX

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our second Italy My Way tour having done the same itinerary 3 years ago. And again, as with Spain last year, we discovered new places and things, and very much enjoyed the return visits. Overall, a very enjoyable experience, and we have very good memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As always, it was Venice, our favorite Italian city to visit."

William

Norman, OK

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour delivered exactly what was promised. Hotel and transportation arrangements were just as we expected as per the "Rick Steves" philosophy of travel. Having traveled on our own, we value the hassle free aspect of the tour and the bonus of travel companions with a shared outlook on travel is great fun. Your escort and bus driver are to be complimented on delivering superb service.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sharing an impromptu social hour on the balcony of our hotel in Assisi with the escort and the whole tour group was our 'wow' moment. The camaraderie and the beautiful view of the hill country made for a experience we won't forget."

Scott

Tigard, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been describing our tour as well-organized and varied "nibbles of Italy" to friends and family. Both my wife and I have enthusiastically recommended the "My Way" tour format to anyone at all interested in European travel, particularly if they have not been to Europe before. We liked the opportunity in each location to do as much or as little as our energy levels allowed (we're not young!).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the vaporetto from Venice airport into the city as darkness fell. Seeing the little boats with their big lights and their hand pulled nets bringing up squid and such was fascinating. The ride into the Lake Como area and Varenna was breathtaking."

Laura

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The transportation to the hotels, the hotels, the tour guide, Laurel, everything was beyond my expectations. I really feel I got my money's worth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the town of Assisi. Thank you for taking us there."

Kim

Post Falls, ID

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw so much of Italy with so many wonderful people on the tour. Our escort, Laurel, was a great mix of fellow traveler and leader. The hotels were well chosen for proximity to sites. Our driver, Sauro, was charming and very capable of getting us safely and efficiently to every place. Every detail of this trip, right down to the weather, went off without a hitch. We were so satisfied with our first time in Italy and our first Rick Steves tour that we would recommend it to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few: Seeing the Duomo in Florence, from the street at night left me speechless. Rounding the corner in the Accademia Gallery and seeing the David was pretty impressive. Climbing in the vineyard hike on Vernazza gave dazzling views. The trumpeter who played on the Arno River in Florence was absolutely fantastic! We heard him at lunch and again at dark."

Mike

Phoenix, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

efficient and well planned

Favorite "WOW" moment

"too many to choose one. probably watching our bus driver handle the traffic and tight spots like in a ferrari."

Richard

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The program overall was excellent. Laurel was outstanding. Every question and concern was promptly addressed. She was open and acceptable with every person we saw her talking to and with. The bus was very comfortable and the driver was remarkable navigating the highways, roads, and streets. Accommodations were comfortable and centrally located. The option to do and see what we wanted over a planned schedule was a marvelous option being familiar with the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Simply the opportunity to see what we wanted and not be constrained by time limitations made the program so much more momentous. If we visited a site that really struck us we could stay as long as desired and decide what was meaningful to us."

Brian

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing!!! Best decision!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Marks church"

Megan

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible. Would HIGHLY recommend!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have so many wow moments, it's hard to choose just one! But the Renaissance art in Florence blew my mind!!"

John

Post Falls, ID

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour was perfect for what we were looking for in our first trip to Italy- The Tour Manager, Laurel was very helpful. This My Way tour is the way to go if you want to really do it "My Way"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was for me, somewhat unexpected. I was anticipating that the sights in Rome would be that moment, granted they were amazing, but I was extremely impressed and thoroughly enjoyed the smaller towns of Varenna, and Assisi. Varenna for the beauty of Lake Como. And Assisi for the small town, and Basilica St Francis."

Jenny

Auckland,

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved staying very centrally at each location. The My Way structure was perfect because it takes care of all the hassle of getting to each place and finding a great place to stay and breakfast while giving you all the freedom to fill your days and evenings as you please. Additionally as a solo traveler I had company when I wanted it and could also be independent. It was great having Kathleen there to answer questions and provide guidance when required and give us information on arrival.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum!"

Karolyn

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour not only met, but exceeded my expectations! I loved the "My Way" concept and it did not disappoint, but offered much more than I expected. The whole experience was fabulous. Kathleen, our tour manager, was there to offer suggestions and tips throughout the tour. The cities selected in Italy and the time allotted in each city one was perfect. Initially I was dreading the long travel days, but our longest day seemed to go by fast and there were surprisingly wonderful stops. GREAT TOUR!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"LOTS of "wow" moments! Venice was simply breathtaking and a highlight for me. Lake Como had serene beauty. Staying in Monterosso in the Cinque Terre was fabulous and even though I had been to the area before, I enjoyed different parts of this great area. Our stop in San Gimignano on the way to Assisi was a wonderful surprise and very memorable. Assisi was amazing! I would not have picked Assisi as a city to go to, but now I will recommended it to others. What fabulous Tuscan town!"

Helene

San Bruno, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First time on any Tour & on Rick Steves' "My Way Italy" tour. Great experience. I have watched Rick Steves' shows for years and everything he has been talking about or writing about especially recommendations & tips on what to do, what not to do, what to expect...etc turned out to be very helpful. Liked the "My Way" aspect of the tour, free to do what we wanted to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have 2 WOW moments: First, looking out on Lake Como from the terrace of Hotel Victoria in Varenna. Absolutely gorgeous view!! So peaceful and relaxing!! The other one is Assisi. I did not know anything and did not know what to expect. I absolutely loved that charming town with its castle and St-Francis basilica. Beautiful views from the top of castle."

Zoe

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour was perfect for me. You handled the all the logistics (hotel, transportation) and I was free play! Able to rise early and explore, run back to the hotel eat breakfast, then run out again and explore more at my own pace. In Addition, even though I started out traveling Solo, I discovered fabulous travel partners and made new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't just one! The first time I stepped into Saint Mark Square. Sunrise over the Grand Canal of Venice. Viewing the Basilica di Santa Maria in Florence for the first time. Sunset dinner on the beach of Monterosso in Cinque Terre, the list goes on."

Diana

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first tour. I had travelled overseas for work and with family, but never as part of a tour group. My way tour is ideal, it takes away the worries of how will I get there and where will I stay, but allows you the freedom of using your time however you decide. And gives you access to a "tour consultant", Kathleen, whom was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every new place has a unique magic. Wouldn't be fair to pick just one."

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 your online customer account. About 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 while on tour.

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Venice and out of Rome ("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.