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

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My Way® Italy in 13 Days

from $3,095 per person + air

Single Supplement $775

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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

2023

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 (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • 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 non-group transportation. Be sure to plan and budget accordingly.

Itinerary

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.

No bus. Sleep in Venice.

Day 2: Exploring Venice

The entire day is 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. Sleep in Venice.

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 where you'll have plenty of time to explore its romantic promenade, tiny harbor, and narrow lanes.

Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Lake Como village.

Day 4: Cruising Lake Como

All you'll need is a Lake Como ferry pass and you'll have the entire day free to explore the villages and waterways of romantic Lake Como, including elegant stops like 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. Sleep in Lake Como village.

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.

Bus: 5 hours. Sleep on the Italian Riviera. 

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. Sleep on the Italian Riviera.

Day 7: Florence and David

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

Train: ¼ hour. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Florence.

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. Sleep in Florence.

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.

Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Assisi.

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 to experience the beautifully frescoed Basilica of St. Francis*, and wander through (and wonder at) this charming town and its surrounding hills.

No bus. Sleep in Assisi.

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 lively campos, classy piazzas, and splashy fountains. Don't forget to taste some refreshing gelato along the way!

Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Rome.

Day 12: A Day of Roman Roamin'

Rome is the grand finale of our trip, packed with historical riches, cultural delights, and an infinite supply of wows. Today, aided by Rick's audio tours, you could follow the footsteps of emperors through the Roman Forum*, Colosseum*(r), and Pantheon*. If the Renaissance is more your speed, the immense St. Peter's Basilica* (home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà) and the sprawling Vatican Museums*(r) (home to his mind-boggling Sistine Chapel) are a metro or bus ride away. It's your final night in Rome, so get out and make it special. Salute!

No bus. Sleep in Rome.

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.

Sightseeing notes

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

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

John

Tour: 10/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The MyWay experience was everything promised and a little more. We were prepared for a vacation where the company provided only lodging and transportation but there were plenty of extra things added by our guide. Everything went very smoothly in a challenging travel time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence was so full of riches and we only scratched the surface. My wife and I both fell in love and want to back."

Brian

Tour: 10/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As on my previous My Way Spain tour back in 2016, this tour provided exactly what I was looking for in a tour. Independence, but lots of information provided to help make decisions on what to do. I love this way of traveling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset over Venice from the top of the T Fondaco dei Tedeschi rooftop terrace. I would highly recommend!"

David

Tour: 10/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour had just the right amount of support by the travel leader and 'hands-off' chances for self-exploration.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the sunset from the roof-top of (the department store) in Venice."

Thomas

Tour: 10/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Accomodations were fine, bus and driver were excellent. Tour leader was great Lots of towns. Good value for money

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing some bucket list art."

Connie

Tour: 10/11/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Exhausting. We moved around too many times, so that there was never any down time. If there was any break, our rooms were too small to do anything except lay on the bed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Italy is beautiful. All of it."

Joyce

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The weather cooperated; our fellow travelers got along famously and our “guide” was knowledgeable and helpful as we traveled Italy “our way.”

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are always so many “wow” moments, but our trip to a Florence and the Duomo (views!) was excellent. I also enjoyed the smaller communities, like San Gimignano and Assisi. The cinque terra was beautiful as was Lake Como and surrounding areas"

Deborah

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized and thought out. Transportation between cities was efficient and the hotels were in great locations. Our guide was knowledgeable about the area, was very approachable, and fostered camaraderie as a group. I loved the freedom of exploring the cities on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The magnitude of the Roman Empire is evident as you walk through the city. The individual is so small compared to the size of the monuments. The city mends the remnants of ancient walls with current construction. You cannot capture the size and beauty with a camera; you have to experience it."

Daniel

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group, interesting cities

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting the group and everyone being able to bond"

Linda

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my second RS tour and I'm still impressed with the level of organization! The hotels chosen, the comfort of the bus and the cities included were all so great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peter's Square...goos bumps!"

Nina

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Three words.....Awesome, Awesome Awesome

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing to the Cemetary in Vernazza, Cinque Terre......a spiritual, beautiful moment....life is to be lived, out loud and big, and shared with anyone around you at the time....after viewing those folks that are laid to rest there, there beautiful faces...Wow."

Jennifer

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Experienced the perfect amount of mental and physical exertion coupled with complete relaxation that a Rick Steves My Way Tour affords a traveler.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday of the 13 day Italy tour held at least one WOW moment. I can't possibly pick one. If I was to return tomorrow, I would head straight for Assisi and then back to Florence."

Jeriann

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely pleased with the organization of the “My Way” trip. I have used Rick Steves guidebooks for years, so navigating cobblestones and carrying luggage up flights of stairs was very familiar. Time on the bus was well-balanced between personal time and the group reviewing the guidebook section for the upcoming stop, led by our tour coordinator, who also gave helpful tips and was available but unobtrusive. Daily notices posted at the desk kept us all on track. Very positive experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Cinque Terre towns by ferry at sunset."

Lauren

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our “My Way” tour really fit our needs. It was great to have all accommodation and transportation arranged. And then we could tailor our days in all of the cities to fit our needs. Our guide was knowledgeable and the people we traveled with were lovely. I would definitely travel on another “My Way” tour in the future. It suited our needs very well and gave us a trip to remember.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monterosso al Mare was stunning. Our entire visit was a Wow Moment, from a hike along the Cinque Terre to a delicious outdoor dinner just steps from the Mediterranean with an almost full moon rising on the water. Spectacular!"

Karen

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

In spite of the crowds (I’m sure everyone is in Europe this fall), it was a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting in a remote piazza in Venice watching young boys kick soccer balls at the church walls while people ate by dim lights in corner restaurants and a dog waited patiently for its mistress outside the local coop grocery store."

Jody

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name"

Lisa

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment we signed up till the end of the trip, everything was so organized,so professional. We were given so much information to make the vacation exactly how we wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count!! But probably arriving in each new city thinking that we could not be awed as much as the last destination, and yet we were."

Bev

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With Rick's guidebook in one hand, Laura (our guide)'s "hand" in the other and refreshed from arriving 3 days beforehand (highly recommended to get over the jet lag before it all begins), we were in good shape to navigate this tour. The hotels were all located close to sights, had "family" atmospheres and delicious breakfasts! I appreciated that we stayed at least 2 nights at each place. My one regret: Booking the guided tour would have given me a more solid understanding and saved us time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many....the first sight of Venice at night was magical! Taking in a Vivaldi (a home town boy) concert at the atmospheric San Vidal Church there! Hiking from Monterosso to Vernazza at Cinque Terre! At Assisi, finding the 1st century Roman amphitheatre, the ruins underneath the main square, and taking in the breathtaking beauty of its back lanes...actually viewing Michelangelo's work in Florence in the flesh...the medieval charm of San Gimignano! Meeting lovely, friendly tour members!"

Greg

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

we loved northern Italy and the lakes region. Our tour guide Carrie was outstanding and very helpful whenever we needed some information or recommendation. Doing Italy "my way" was the best choice for us, but as we get older we will look at a tour possibility before choosing. For older folks like us (72 and 75) even being in good physical shape, the transfer process going to new hotels was a challenge at some places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"ancient Rome , the forum, the pantheon, and walking on the same stones as Julius Caesar...wow !"

Steven

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing guide, people and places!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our only rainy day of the entire trip. We hiked from Bellano to Varenna. Found a great restaurant on the way and enjoyed Amazing food with new friends."

Rhonda

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our first tour with any provider. What I loved about doing this tour was the security of having transportation and lodging planned and provided and having guidance and follow-up from our tour guide. I truly enjoyed how our guide gave us so many options to places to mingle with locals and experience life as they do. It was so rewarding and enjoyable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is a very hard question to answer! I love architecture, so Italy was amazing! I was always looking up at ceilings, windows, monuments, incredible beauty everywhere! But the thing that actually made me say WOW was the moment I entered the hallway at the Academia in Florence and saw Michelangelo's statue of David. It took my breath away! What an incredible talent he had! The fact that he shared his gift with the world is humbling. His touch is everywhere in Italy!"

Gordon

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went like clockwork...just as advertised and just as planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt, Venice was my wow moment."

Dana

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations in virtually every regard. As a "my way" tour I did not expect the level of personal service provided by our escort Cary. Although she did not act as a guide per se, she definitely made our transitions from place to place easy and pain-free. The places we visited were an excellent sampling of Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had one day of rain during our tour. Unfortunately, it was a Lake Como. We made the best of it and went on a hike in the rain with some new friends we met on the tour. After a few hours hiking in the rain we came upon a four-star restaurant in the middle of nowhere. They welcomed us inside even though we were leaving puddles on their floor and served us an unbelievable meal with excellent wine. When we got the bill we were astounded at how little it was."

Sheila

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the “David” in Florence"

Judith

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was lovely; we saw some beautiful areas of Italy that I hadn't seen before, stayed in nice hotels, and our guide/helper Cary, was a delightful, considerate and knowledgeable companion. The people we traveled with were lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe sitting on the terrace at our hotel in the Cinque Terre, overlooking the town and sea. Or the terrace at the hotel in Assisi, watching the sunset with our group. There wasn't a lot of relax time, the trip was pretty packed, and, honestly, those quiet moments to sit and enjoy, to appreciate the wonders of Italy , were memorable."

Rebecca

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip exceeded my expectation including the bus (clean and very comfortable), tour guide (knowledgeable, helpful - she went out of her our to help us & tried to connect everyone in the group to have fun)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 9 miles hike we did with our new friends at Cinque Terre on the upper trails. Amazing views!!"

Jeanette

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

The trip being My Way had two aspects: the portion arranged by Rick Steves and the portion we planned and did on our own. It was a good trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking Varenna."

Karen

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The places we went were amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinque terre"

Bill

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Second Rick Steves tour, first My Way tour. Although the My Way involved more planning on our part we definitely enjoyed the flexibility on a daily basis. Pleasantly surprised we were still able to meet and spend time with other group members even though we were not doing group activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David in Florence and the hill town of Assisi!"

Jerome

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience was excellent. Our tour manager Kathleen was warm, friendly and very knowledgeable, and the group was great. Most in the group were experienced travelers and we all got along very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments and I'm at a loss to pick a favorite. I'm a big fan of the Cinqueterre and it was really wonderful to be back, but the beautiful town of Assisi on the hill was a real surprise. A very special place. The major sights of Florence and Rome can't be equaled and are "must see", but the small towns are a great experience as well."

Larry

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent group of people traveling in our group. The leader (Kathleen) was great and very helpful. I really enjoyed the freedom of doing what we wanted to do rather than group activities. (This was a 'Your Way' tour.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi was great. I originally thought it would be too religious oriented for me, but it is a lovely little town, with segments of old Roman ruins and lovely streets to explore and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside."

Susan

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour started off on an awkward footing as our tour guide had to drop out at the last minute due to illness. We were amazed at how multiple staff members stepped in to cover the first 2 days of our tour until our new guide arrived and they made us believe that they were thrilled to be with us, even though it was more work and complicated their lives! That shows incredible loyalty to the company and to their colleagues. Every detail of the tour was organized and excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first view of each place we visited was a WOW. Venice was simply magical. Lake Como and Cinque Terre were like stepping into a picture. In Florence, we turned a corner 3 blocks from the hotel and walked right into the Duomo. In Rome, we could see St. Peter's Basilica from our hotel and in Assisi, we walked the amazing medieval alleyways marveling at many of the same views St. Francis experienced."

Alexander

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good experience with all our guides being excellent. We had several since the first guide tested COVID positive before the tour and others had to pinch hit. They did a great job. Hotels were good but bathrooms are typical European and not as roomy As US facilities. All the people were nice at the hotels as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one moment. Liked every place we went. The Vatican museum and the Uffizi can be overwhelming with all the people"

Elizabeth

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

There were some hiccups in getting a guide for our group due to situations out of anyones control. As a result we had four different guides before one was able to stay with us. Since we were on a “My way” tour I had no expectations that we would have any assistance other than transportation. Each of our temporary and reassigned guides were fabulous and added different flavors to our experience. The hotel and transportation arrangements were excellent and all of the tips from the Rick Rocked.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can you separate the wow of Venice from the wow of Florence and the wow of Rome…? The food, the wine, the afternoon spritz….the art, the architecture, the history and the churches….but the bells ringing non stop in Venice was one of my favorite memories."

Jeana

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour was great. We loved the places that we went. We had a great tour guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving into the Lake Como/Bellagio area."

Bonnie

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was great. It fit the big 3 cities with 3 other areas that I had not visited before. The length of the trip was good, but somehow I think Florence deserves 3 nights instead of 2. Our guides were all helpful(and we had 4 or 5 during the duration of the trip)and for a my way trip, they provided exactly what we needed with transportation and the highlights of each destination. Group size was perfect, and our bus driver, Sauro, was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments to pick from, but our gondola ride in Venice is up there. It was magical seeing Venice from that vantage point. Also, the view from Doria Castle in Vernazza was spectacular."

Harriet

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

transportation was good. Hotel's were good. What I would have liked was three nights in Vience, Flourence, Two nights was just not enought

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican"

John

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

As a "your own way" tour, enjoyed not having to worry about transportation or lodging, but also enjoyed the morning & evening company of similarly minded folks. Our guide did keep a low profile, but also kept us informed with info which was useful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Was not one single "wow" moment, but enjoyed the balance & contrast of Italy's "wild" country to its cultural & historic sights."

Michelle

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

People were nice. The My Way format gave me peace of mind because I didn't have to worry about how I was going to get to the next location or where to book a hotel in a city I had never visited was much appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Breath-taking views along the coastal trails of the Cinque Terre, views of the coast of Venice from the water buses and seeing the Coloseum in person. Fabulous : )"

Kristin

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great experience with Rick Steves, this was our fourth tour and first time doing "My Way." I recommend both! The previous three fully guided tours prepared us for My Way, we were fully versed in the tips and tricks. I also heard a nice compliment from one of the hotel owners during one of our stays, she mentioned how much she likes RS guests. Apparently, we are organized, positive and polite. I concur, this is an accurate profile of the different RS travelers I have encounter.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gosh, every city was a "wow," however I have to say Murano and Burano, as well as the hill towns."

Jayne

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! This was our 7th tour, our 1st My Way Tour. We had such a good tour guide, Cary! We thought we'd arrive at a location, then we're on our own. Cary had SO many suggestions and we ended up doing many things with most of the group who chose to do things together. Cary had Great suggestions, we went wine tasting with most of our group, and it wouldn't have been as much fun without the group! We had plenty of time on our own, but Cary would offer great ideas for alone time too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Once again, so many "Wow" moments! We can't get enough of the Lake Como area, and Cinque Terre continues to fascinate us! I'm so glad that Cary put together a wine tasting that had great views of Assisa in the background. Venice, we love Venice!! Sitting in St. Marks Square at night enjoying a glass of wine and listening to the music we could do every night!! Having dinner with new friends was also a simple "Wow" moment! We always enjoy ALL the people we get to meet on these tours!!"

Barbara

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had an amazing experience overall. We enjoyed nearly perfect weather (65-85 degrees) despite variable forecasts. The travel schedules were accurate, the hotels were clean and had all the necessary amenities. We met some lovely people and saw 95% of what we went to Italy to see. Our bus was clean, nearly new and spacious. Our guide and driver were competent, prompt and pleasant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For us, the most stunning location was Lake Como. The incredible lake vistas - looking down from the mountain and up from the water - were equally breathtaking. Our favorite experience was a half-day golf cart tour of ancient Rome with an informative, congenial local guide. He provided an excellent overall orientation along with thoughtful cultural context. He was familiar with overlooks & back streets - and would park so we could enter churches and pedestrian areas (pia Trevi) while he waited."

Angela

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing group of people on our tour and Cary was such a helpful, fun and outstanding tour guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think walking out of the train station in Cinque Terra was the best wow moment. The beautiful sunny beach welcoming us and the color of the water was just spectacular."

Christopher

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I hoped for. All of the places visited were incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First view of the Duomo in Florence"

Rhoda

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our My Way tour was exactly as we wanted it to be. Our tour guide, Cary, was excellent. She went above and beyond to make sure everyone knew about the city or town we were in. She was available to answer questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving to Bellagio down all the hairpin turns and seeing Lake Como surrounded by the mountains. Our Bus driver did a great job of maneuvering around all the turns."

Marilyn

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great! Everything was right on schedule and our tour guide couldn't of been more helpful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Italian Riviera! It was beautiful."

Mildred

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time, met some wonderful people and got a good introduction to Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing 5th century mosaics in a church I just stopped in because I had extra time before heading to the airport."

Hal

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour really exceeded my expectations in many ways. Cary, our guide, went way above and beyond in giving us helpful information as we travelled. She had great suggestions for sights to see at each stop and made herself available each day for questions and help. Our bus was super comfortable and our driver, Giorgio, was the nicest guy ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe when we walked out of the train station in Monterosso and saw the view in Cinque Tere."

Pamela

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fast paced and we saw and did so many things. I wanted to see all the places we went but it made for only 1.5 days in each place. We made the best out of train and ferry strikes on 2 separate days. This was my first My Way tour and I really enjoyed it. Our guide gave us some great recommendations when we needed a little extra guidance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the inside of St Mark’s Basilica, the bus ride into Bellagio seeing Lake Como, and experiencing the Roman ruins with a sound/light show are all worth mentioning. There were lots of Wows in Cinque Terre as well."

Brenda

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment that we met our tour guide, we knew that we were in good hands. All the hotels were fun and quirky, good locations and great breakfasts. Our guide added on a couple of optional, pay-extra experiences that were really appreciated and felt special and tailored to our group. The bus was comfortable and clean; the driver was excellent- his navigating that huge vehicle down the road to Varenna and then into Monterossa was very impressive!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite moment was the first vaporreto trip into Venice after a terrible experience with the airline. It was 1 am, under a full moon with light clouds floating across the sky, lit up like aurora borealis! The air was warm and humid. We were finally out of an airport! We were exhausted and full of anticipation. After reading about a place such as Venice, to get off at San Zaccariah station, it felt amazing! We loved Cinque Terra and Lake Como . . . Could go on and on!"

Bretta

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Italy tour was fantastic. The hotels were quirky and fun, and right in the middle of what you wanted to see. Our tour coordinator, Cary, was TOP NOTCH. We'd travel with her anywhere. Loved the fact that we were on our own once we got to the destinations. No herding like cattle! We highly recommend the Rick Steve's My Way tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bellagio and the Cinque Terre were our favorites. The towns, the water, the scenery, and the narrow alleyways...just beautiful."

Kimla

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire Rick Steves experience was amazing! The accommodations were very nice and always centrally located. Our fabulous tour guide,Cary was outstanding. She made our entire trip so easy and comfortable. The unexpected wine tastings, dinners and happy hours she planned were delightful. She even went above and beyond staying by my side when I took a fall and needed to go to the ER. She was my hero!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments it is difficult to pick just one. All the cities, towns and villages we visited were amazing. Each one of them so exciting, different and special."

Randy

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a wonderful way to travel and to visit a European country. This was our 4th Rick Steves trip, but our first My Way experience. The way Cary gently managed the tour was amazing. She really helped the group gel, and soon we knew we were traveling with 20 new friends. We really appreciate the freedom to see and do what we please, but are grateful for the logistical support of the My Way framework.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After a full day of being wowed by Venice's St. Mark's basilica and the Doge's Palace, the "wow" that topped it off was sitting at a café (recommended by Cary) in St. Mark's square in the evening, listening to the piano-accordion-violin trio playing the night away!"

Cheryl

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We’ll organized for the most efficient use of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi was very relaxing and gave us an opportunity to slow down, before heading to Rome."

Lauren

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We liked the My Way experience. Not having to handle hotels or transport from city to city, but following our own schedule and interests in each place. Our tour manager, Kathleen, was knowledge and helpful. She managed the group's time well, and tour participants were friendly and respectful of each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peter's basilica is pretty incredible! Our awesome driver, Marco, navigating the crazy roads and driving throughout."

Patricia

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was everything you could ask for! Loved each town we went to. Hotels were right in town. No need for public transportation if you are a walker.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Cinque Terre !"

Elizabeth

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This wss my first "My Way" tour. I had low expectations in terms of a tour guide providing information during the bus rides, or providing much support upon arrival in each new p;ace. This was not the case! For me, the one big difference from a standatrds tour was the lack of pre-booked, pre-scheduled activities. Our guide was extremely generous with her time. Kathleen helped many of us to book activities, provided detailed information about each area, including providing orientation tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had not previously experienced Assisi other than in a brief stop. I realized how relaxing and beautiful life in a hilltop town in Italy could be. Wow? The food in Italy! Steak in Florence, pesto in Cinque Terre, freshly made fuit-flavored gelato, all truly wonderful. Our tour guide, Kathleen Cavalier, turned out to be one long "wow" moment."

Michael

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour destinations were excellent with one exception; spending 2 nights in Assisi was 1 or 2 nights too many. Hotels were fine. Information supplied was sometimes incorrect, but I'm thinking this may have been due to covid issues

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Church of the Bishop of Rome was one of the most impressive churches I've seen."

Gary

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

1st time in Italy so it was useful to travel from Venice/Como/Cinque Terre/Florence/Assisi/Rome to get an idea for future travel. The group was very friendly and fun to travel with. We set aside a week afterwards and using our tour experience, we stayed a few days in Orvieto from our guide's recommendation and on to Florence and rented an apartment across the river from the Uffizi Gallery. Loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The specialty seafood meal "Anfora" at the Belvedere restaurant in Monterosso. The seafood is cooked in a terra cotta pot and poured out steaming into a large bowl. Fed 4 of us. Also, the views of Lake Como in Bellagio."

Clint

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was so pleased with how the trip was planned. Our guide Laura was very supportive, knowledgeable and engaging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I couldn’t pick one WOW moment. The entire trip was a WOW!"

Blair

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the most notable sites in northern Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence. The facade of the Duomo as you enter the piazza from the narrow streets."

Linda

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Can’t believe how many things we saw, learned and experienced between six major cities and all the little villages in between in 13 days. Life in Italy is so different than life in the USA, some so frozen in time and some so advanced. We were forced to go out of our comfort zone as we navigated all of the transportation to and from all of our sites and activities as we managed to squeeze into every minute of vacation. Rich was great and hotel locations were perfect. Loved our R.S. Trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into Saint Peters Basilica ties with the views from A hike for between Monterrosa to Vernazza and from Assisi"

Timothy

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como"

Mollie

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour was a great experience. I thought it gave us a nice slice of Italy and allowed us to identify where we want to go back. Our group and guide (Rich) were a lot of fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments, but I would say the Cinque Terre! We enjoyed being close to the water and the great food. We even enjoyed lounging on the beach for a few hours."

Janice

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour was a perfect mix of structure and freedom for me especially since I was traveling solo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being Assisi was fabulous. I’d never been there before and wouldn’t have thought to go there, but it turned out to be my favorite stop on the trip. A wonderful combination of history, old world charm, great food and wonderful views."

John

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned and organized--well led by Rich, excellent companions

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every stop along the way had its own "wow" moment. And each was unique. That was the "wow" of the overall tour, the variety of beautiful places, human-crafted and natural"

Roxanne

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great mix if cities and small towns, of relaxing days and museum days, of driving and sitting on the beach.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Venice from the boat as we arrived. Michelangelo's David with out the crowd, Making pesto at the Cinque Terra."

Joyce

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it! What a great taste of Italy! Incredible city sights, picturesque small towns set in the hills, freedom to explore, great companions and tour leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2- Bobbing in the gorgeous, warm Mediterranean, looking at the beautiful blue sky, enjoying Monterosso ambiance; also walking down from the hotel in Florence and looking up at that mammoth Duomo in the city square"

Kevin

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First time to Italy and loved it. It was the perfect place for our 30 year anniversary

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it’s hard to find one. I would say visiting Lake Como & Monterosso. Both were beautiful"

Olivia

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was amazing. Our tour guide Mariana was incredible and offered great insight into every city we went too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was going to Bibenda Assisi Wine Tasting & Gourmet Food, Olive Oil and Chocolate Tastings in Assisi. We had a wine tasting with the owner Nila and she invited us to dinner with a Michelan star private chef the next night. She gave an incredible tasting and made the entire city of Assisi worth it. I would highly recommend this activity to everyone and would encourage Rick Steves to add it to their recommended list. 10/10!"

Lynette

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Tour was perfect for us. The freedom to choose what we wanted to do during the day and evening was perfect for us. If we needed a break, we could take one. Transportation and driver for tour also outstanding. Our tour guide was extremely informative, helpful, and kind, Mariela was amazing. I hope I spelled her name correctly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View from our hotel at Lake Como’ was definitely a “Wow” moment every morning at breakfast!"

John

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic My Way Italy trip https://www.ricksteves.com/tours/italy/my-way-italy. We were blessed with an outstanding tour manager who delivered above and beyond. Accommodations were great (clean, quiet, comfortable) and super central to all key sights, and the bus and driver were outstanding. Flawless execution by the Risk Steves crew.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments. Here are a few: 1) Venice! Controlled aquatic chaos, history, beauty! 2) First getting on the bus (new, clean, comfortable, air conditioned!). 3) Delicious group dinner in Monterosso al Mare arranged by our Tour manager at his favorite seaside restaurant. 4) Evening Vespa ride through Rome."

Lorie

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour - I honestly can't say enough good things about it. The accommodations were mostly perfect - especially in terms of location. But the hotels with hosts who went out of their way to make homemade breakfast cake and the perfect cappuccino - amazing! The coach bus was comfortable and lovely. Our bus driver was awesome. Our guide was warm and knowledgable. The locations that we visited were perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's so so hard to pick one. Seeing Saint Mark's Square for the first time, riding down the grand canal, the colosseum and forum . . . although the hidden surprise for me was Assisi. Doing the walking tour there, we went by the simple cathedral built by stone masons and there was a young woman playing violin inside. It was really magical."

Kathleen

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good; I liked most of the hotels, a couple I wouldn't stay again, BUT, they all included breakfast and the staff was very nice across the board.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I hadn't been to Cinque Tere or Lake Cumo- The hotels were great in both those places, and the experiences in both ( Lake tour, hiking, etc, ) were super."

Vivian

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall experience was amazing. I really liked the fact we would visit a bustling city like Venice or Florence, and then retreat to a quaint and quiet experience like Lake Como or Assisi.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow factors but the art and culture were amazing. Seeing the statue of David in person was unbelievable all of the detail involved could never be conveyed in pictures alone. The scenic beauty surrounding Lake Como was truly breath-taking."

Shellie

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

tour was fantastic. great hotels great bus driver (Ricardo). Ferdi was an absolute joy and wonderful to give advice and share stories. His recommendations for restaurants were wonderful and saved us the trouble of having to 'take a chance'

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from - the beauty of Como - attending Mass at St Marks in Venice - the intense history in Rome ! this trip was full of Wow's !"

Alexandra

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A "My Way" tour was perfect for us. We had a tour coordinator who knew Italy, someone else handled the hotels and transportation, and then we were free to do what we wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour coordinator set up two optional group dinners. One was in Cinque Terre. We feasted on freshly-caught seafood cooked in a simple but fantastic tomato/garlic broth. The moment the waiter dumped all the seafood into a giant bowl on the table, I knew I was about to have one of the best meals of my life."

Joan

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We wanted to share the joys of travel and exploring with our 13 year old grandson and this My Way tour was a perfect match. He wanted to see the Coliseum and Venice, and this tour did that and more. It wetted our appetites to explore more of Italy, too. We listened to Rick's podcasts to compliment the tour, and our grandson dived right in, ordering his meals and many gelatos in Italian, and trying new foods at every opportunity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each of the 6 cities had a "wow" moment! The "Amphora Seafood" feast in Monterosso, arranged by our guide, Ferdi, was delicious and a fun group experience. Though it is difficult to compare to the frescos in Assisi, the Sistine Chapel, and the Coliseum."

Debra

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour way Italy My Way. Which meant that our hotels and transportation were booked but tours were up to us. Loved the freedom to do what we deemed important.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice. Arrived several days before our tour began. Our mornings started around 0500. We were able to walk around in peace and quiet and "got lost in Venice" when the crowds appeared."

Beth

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing!! Hard to put into words how much we loved our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole country was magical. Every town felt magical- like we were in a movie. Can’t narrow down to one wow moment because they happened everyday!!"

Connie

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptionally well organized. Not a single glitch anywhere!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the early morning hike along the ancient mountainside paths between the villages of the Cinque Terre. The sun illuminated one village as we approached from the path above. It sparkled like a jewel against the steep, dark mountainside."

Ellen

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Italy My Way tour was fantastic! We enjoyed every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing each new place for the first time -- they were all so different"

Alyssa

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In the past I’ve travelled independently so this was my first tour experience. The My Way tour was the perfect blend of structure and personal free time. We booked this tour at the last minute so having the hotel and land travel logistics covered was a huge benefit. Our tour guide was excellent! She provided assistance when needed, shared details about each city such as must see attractions, local culture, and regional food and wine. Our fellow travelers were awesome too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s hard to pick one Wow moment but I’d say it was the connections and interactions with people on the tour. It was great to hear how others planned their free time. We exchanged info on excursions, restaurants, shopping, etc. and I took away many ideas for future travel."

Maureen

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized to alternate between big cities and smaller towns. Enjoyed the independence and the availability of knowledgeable resource. Feel that this experience enables me to travel in Italy on my own. Great opportunity to get the beginnings of Italian culture and practices.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The warmth and patience of the Italians wherever we were."

Lorraine

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. The organization and planning, accommodations, and meals were great. Our guide, Margaret was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many - the My Way concept worked for me."

Nigel

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent organization, no complaints at all and value for money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out of the coach window and seeing the fortress town of Assisi sitting on the side of a mountain."

Gerrit

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed with the prime location of each hotel. I was grateful for my tour guide Margaret. She knew just how much to say and when to say it to help familiarize me with where we are and what I should be focused on. I loved the freedom to do what I wanted, when I wanted with the format of the tour. This was my first tour even though I have been to Europe multiple times. I enjoyed the friendships made and the assistance I need when I decided to go home early due to the unexpected heat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving at Lake Como and seeing how off the charts the hotel was that was chosen by The Rick Steves tour. I made time to slow down and soak it all in."

Kimberly Tyner

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. Nige and I were both sick for a few days, but our tour guide contacted a doctor (listed in Steve's book) who came, charged only 50 Euro and gave him a Rx that was better than anything we ever had at home. Because we were on the My Way tour we did not feel we were putting anyone out. There are several places we want to go back to. Everyone on our tour was fabulous! Margaret was such a joy, so very helpful all along the way, and our bus driver was great. We will do this again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Assisi from the bus as we drove up...the view stunning."

Lori

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Margaret was amazing and made the trip what it was. The hotels were so great except the one in Rome where the room was small and hot. The bus is the ONLY was to travel and our driver was excellent. The group of people we met were so wonderful to travel with. Italy is so well worth seeing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Varenna and Assisi! Having our travel guide fill us with the history."

Susan

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our first "My Way" Tour. The format allows you to do whatever you want to do at each location visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Venice and traveling down the Grand Canal. Beautiful views of Lake Como, Cinque Terre, and Assisi."

Sean

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, very good. The timing was a bit warmer so It would be better to do this in early May rather than end of May

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For my wife, it was Assissi and the time spent there. In particular, our tour of a winery there was excellent"

Jimmy

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como"

Sam

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience with Rick Steves was outstanding! I had the time of my life exploring Italy with our group and wonderful guide Lisa. I was able to see everything I wanted to see and more and not to mention way everything I wanted to and more. This was all helped by having an amazing tour guide who helped our group have many laughs and feel safe. I would go on any trip that Lisa is leading with Rick Steve’s because she will make it worth it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views at lake como!"

David

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hotels were all excellently located. Lisa was an awesome guide with experience in all 6 locations. We really enjoyed the “my way” format, as we covered 7-14 miles on foot each day, and wanted to be on our own schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose from, but we were most surprised to find a little bar serving refreshments along the hiking trail between Vernazza and Corniglia!"

Dory

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing! This was my first trip to Europe and I traveled as a solo woman. The itinerary was wonderful, everything was extremely well-coordinated, our tour guide was absolutely fabulous.

Jay

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good. Well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the scenery."

Richard

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

As first timers in this form of travel, we were challenged fully experiencing most locations. For us, we wanted more time to explore locations in more detail. If someone was interested in sampling a destination, the tour might work better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The charm and relaxed nature of both Lake Como and Assisi."

Bruce

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a very good tour experience and had a great group to travel with for the My Way Italy in 13 days. The Tour Manager Donato did a good job keeps us informed on what to do and see in each location

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of the highlights was at Varenna going to eat at Ristorante il Caminetto with chef Morena and his wife Rosella. We had a great meal and met new friends."

Stuart

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Serendipity of being immersed on the movie set of "Lift" srarring Kevin Hart in St. Mark's Square. 300-400 actors in 18th century carnival customers and Ke vin Hart! Theses"happy accidents" are the best part of travel."

Laurie

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved having the hotels booked and transportation to and from each city already done for us. Our tour leader, Dave, was great at reminding members to keep masks on etc for Covid and the bus trips felt quite safe and comfortable. We enjoyed having the days free to do our own thing and only wish you offered more My Way Tours -- and we would definitely book them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two. A brief wow: 30 minutes with an opera singer on a gondola in Venice at sunset! A long wow: My 4th trip in 4 decades to Cinque Terre left me devastated to see towns mobbed with tourists so we escaped to the long trail hikes which were much harder this decade but empty. After returning to the mob in Monterosso we escaped again to an empty Santa Margherita to Portofino hike. We returned exhausted and topped our day with the BEST meal we've ever had: a 14 course extravaganza at Miky's!"

William

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first time we did it this way. It was fantastic. We were able to set our own schedule. It worked out fantastic

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on the terrace in Verenna watching the sunset while having a glass of wine and snacks."

Craig

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was impresses with the hotels. The busses and transportation was efficient. Our guide was very knowledgeable. We had a lot of time to do our own exploring at seven locations in Italy. Very nice!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the Cinque Terra!"

Paul

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Italy "My Way" tour was perfect for our family vacation. Our young adult sons and their wives enjoyed the flexibility of the tour and the ability to do it "Our Way". Having hotels and transportation provided took the majority of the stress out of the travel. Our guide, Dave, was available as needed for helpful tips on sights and restaurants (Ohhh we hit all the restaurants). The other travelers all appeared to be on the same page and it was nice to run into familiar faces as we toured.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"THE FOOD CULTURE OF ITALY!! Cicchetti and wine in back alleys of Venice, Michelin star restaurant on Burano, seafood in Cinque Terre, gigantic, perfectly cooked Florentine steaks, freshly sliced prosciutto, pecorino cheese and vineyard direct wines in Montepulciano, farm to table dinner on hilltop near Assisi, pizza everywhere and then of course there was Gelato. Oh and the vistas, history and art stuff was good too.."

Patricia

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our introductory My Way tour, with the wonderful Dave guiding us, convinced us to consider this tour option for the future. Combining our guide’s suggestions with the RS guide book and personal research gave us a far better trip than anticipated. This tour worked especially well as we had a chance to revisit previous locations and try some new ones, but leave the logistical headaches to someone else. Researching and making necessary reservations gave us enough of the planning part.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoying an aperitivo at Hotel Royal Victoria while watching the sunset at Lake Como. The unexpected camaraderie of the group was also a “wow”. We made sure to use advice from the guide so that we saw things like the Duomo Museum in Florence that we might have passed on and the RS guidebook helped us discover things like Alessandro’s cicchetti tour in Venice. Lot’s of “wow” moments."

Richard

Tour: 04/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great bunch of fellow travelers. Tour manager, Donato was perfect. A real people person and it is obvious he enjoys what he does.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just walking into any church while in Rome. Of course looking out our hotel room at Lake Como was right up there."

Judy

Tour: 04/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything regarding the tour went smoothly with a great group and great information from our tour coordinator.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moments were the Colosseum and Lake Como!"

Denise

Tour: 04/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter’s Basilica was absolutely stunning."

Jeanette

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice hotels in very good locations. Friendly staff and easy to communicate with. Our tour guide was fun, organized, informative and very easy going. He checked in with each person on the tour and was always available at breakfast for questions. He made sure we were aware of any information that would make each town the most enjoyable to each participant. We felt very comfortable asking for information if needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, so many wow's! The scenery around Lake Como and the walks between Cinque Terre towns were probably the highlights but the whole trip was very special. Venice was unique since all the transportation was by boat. We also liked the larger towns of Florence and Rome. So much history to soak in it was almost overwhelming."

Pamela

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We felt well taken care of. It was relaxing to not have to worry about booking transportation or hotels

Favorite "WOW" moment

"CINQUA TERRA"

When To Go & Weather

Any time between April and October is a good time to take a My Way Italy tour. However, the months of April, May, September, and October are best for offering good weather, lighter crowds, and the full range of tourist fun.

Italy / Venice


Italy / Florence


Italy / Rome

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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