• 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

2018

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
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

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*, 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

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."

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."

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."

Yvette

Baton Rouge, LA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was outstanding, enjoyed every moment of it!

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."

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."

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 ."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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"

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).

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!"

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."

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.

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."

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!!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!"

Brian

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing!!! Best decision!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Marks church"

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."

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."

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."

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."

Barbara

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed exploring Italy, especially its Jewish history. There was lots of beautiful country, interesting art, and wonderful food. The flexibility of this tour allowed me to pursue my interests and enjoy the group as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one. Pasta with fresh porcini mushrooms and truffles was a food highlight. Exploring the Vatican with a Jewish guide was another."

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."

Lorri

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Truly appreciated the ease of not having to make transportation and lodging arrangements in so many different cities and in a language with which I am unfamiliar.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como view from Castle Vezio"

Pete

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Plenty of time to explore on our own. Kathleen was very knowledgable and readily available for questions and suggestions. She was a very fun person to lead a group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was Lake Como."

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."

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!"

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!"

Edward

Augusta, GA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour was exactly what I'd hoped for. We had the freedom to move at our own pace without the hassle of arranging accommodations and transportation between cities. We made some great new friends and can't wait to go on a My Way tour to Spain, Germany, Greece and back to Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the encouragement of our guide and the Rick STeves Italy guidebook, we went on a Venice pub crawl and finished the evening with our new friends discovering lemon cello in St Mark's square with the orchestras playing. Magic!"

Heidi

Chantilly, VA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our My Way tour exceeded expectations! Hotels were in great locations (hate those hair dryers). Bus was very comfortable. Ferdi was an awesome guide. Destinations were perfect. Group was fun. Food/drink was fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one. It would probably be the Vatican/St. Peter's. But there were many amazing moments."

Amanda

Martinez, GA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This experience was even better than I imagined it would be. The My Way Tour took all of the stress away from us having to schedule and organize our hotels and transportation which allowed us to just enjoy the different places we visited.The people we met in the group were awesome and I look forward to keeping in touch with them. I would highly recommend a My Way Tour to anyone planning to travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many...Lake Como's beauty was definitely a highlight but my favorite activity was taking a downhill bike ride tour in Tuscany."

Gerard

West Vancouver, BC

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Good tour and our 7th RS and 3rd my way. My main issue is with the overall poor quality of hotels except in Varenna. I would pay more for better hotels and as the boomers age and have $$ I suspect most would do the same.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Didn't really have one as we have been to Italy 3 times before. What was great this time was our daughter and son in law came and it was nice to see it again through their eyes and "re-experience" it."

Tammy

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. There was so much to see and do (and eat and drink!) Can't wait to do it again. We used the tours on our iphones and they were wonderful and insightful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The big 'wow' was the beauty of Italy."

Norman

Shelton, CT

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way Italy was a great introduction to the country for us. We got a taste of the country leaving us wanting to come back. The group of travelers, the tour manager and the bus driver allgot along well. There was a real sense of comrade comraderie even though we mostly went our own way once at the hotel. The tour manager's orientation walks and `office hours' each morning were very helpful. Evening office hours & and a longer orientation walk would be helpful as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just one?...I don't think so![INVALID]Narrowing it down[INVALID]the views from the Cinque Terra Hiking Trail and the charm of Assisi - especially after about 5pm[INVALID]so beautiful and so quiet. And of course the beauty of Lake Cuomo ...We also took a day tour on our own to Pompei and Positano...both were terrific..."

Marjorie

Columbia, PA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I dreamed of a trip to Italy for many years, and we were not disappointed. We had such a great experience and memories to enjoy for a lifetime. We have already suggested the Rick Steves' My Way Tour to many of our friends. We loved that the motels and transportation were all arranged, and a tour guide was available, but we were free to be on our own in each town/city to see what we wanted in the amount of time we wanted to see it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to say which WOW was my favorite; there were so many: the colorful houses and beautiful lace of Burano were WOW. The beauty of Lake Como was WOW. The views from the Cinque Terre and Assisi were WOW. Being at an overlook and seeing Florence at sunset was WOW. However, my favorite WOW moment was seeing Venice at night by taking the water taxi on the grand canal. It was so beautiful and very romantic."

Cheryl

Gillette, NJ

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved how the hard part of booking hotels and travel between cities was taken care of, but allowed for individual excursions at each location. The combination of busy cities and small country towns allowed for a true experience of Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking between the villages in Cinque Terre was my absolute favorite part of the tour. You get to see the gorgeous coast line while experiencing the true Italian countryside."

Linda

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the My Way format very much. It was a great balance of independence and structure, plus social opportunities. Having a dedicated bus took the stress out of travel between cities. Having a tour manager gave assistance where needed. We had enough direction to do well on our own, between Martin and the books. The itinerary was good, and gave almost enough time in each place. Three days in each place, with fewer cities, may have been better, but I don't know which place I could have missed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive from Florence to Montepulciano and then to Assisi. Sunflowers were in bloom...."

Paul

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

When my wife came up with the idea of a "tour," I thought, oh crap, old folks with cameras taking pictures from a tour bus. As time went on, she sold me on the "My Way" tour. Let someone else do the driving... So what happened was Martin was an incredible resource that stepped in just enough to make us comfortable, but not overbearing. The hotels were funky enough to make them funky (less Lake Como), but quite comfortable. Serro, our bus driver, was always helpful and full of smiles...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was every town we visited, every person we met, every cobblestone path we walked. Wow was being in foreign country, not knowing the language yet feeling so comfortable."

Dana

Palmdale, CA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was amazing! We were very pleased with the My Way experience. The hotels were top notch, and the bus transportation was comfortable and easy. Our group got along well together and looked out for one another. Our guide Stacy was so helpful. She made herself available each morning at breakfast to answer any questions we had about planning and logistics. She offered us some opportunities to participate with local guides and activities that truly inhanced our travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite parts of the trip were participating in a wine tasting experience in Assisi at Saio winery. It was exactly how I expected Tuscany/Umbria to be and it made me fall in love with the area. I also loved Varenna and my "wow" moment was drinking wine around 5pm on the back terrace of the hotel Queen Victoria. The view was spectacular, and the memory will remind me why I went to Italy in the first place. Also loved Paulo's tour of the Colosseum, Forum, and Palentine Hill!"

Monica

Brookfield, CT

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We LOVED Stacey. Her knowledge and personality made our trip to Italy a wonderful lifetime memory.

Debra

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was wonderful. The tour schedule was perfect and we saw so much of Italy's beauty!! Our guide, Stacy, was exceptional. She had a great sense of humor, was accessible to us if we had questions, and had a contagious enthusiasm the entire time. She also had suggestions of activities to engage in that were so much fun! Our bus driver, Roberto, was also amazing!! I truly enjoyed seeing so much of Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that it is hard to choose. However, I think stopping at the Florence American War Memorial was one of the best things for me. I think every American needs to visit one of these to appreciate the sacrifices that were made for our freedom. Very moving! Another "wow" moment was seeing Lake Como. Absolutely beautiful. Another bonus for me was stopping in Cortona for a few hours."

Mike

Kirkwood, IL

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoughouly enjoyed the trip! Stacy did a great job throughout the trip making sure we were all getting the most out of what we did each day with her wealth of ideas and suggestions when we needed one! No complaints on where we stayed I never felt unsafe or uneasy. Saw a lot of beautiful history and different culture and am glad we did this trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the first water taxis ride in Venice coming down the grand canal to our drop off point! Just realizing that we made it here and see the beautiful old decaying Venice and visualizing it in its glory days! The art and paintings in some of the Basillicas were right up there also!"

Douglas

Albany, NY

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lake Como was excellent. Great views! The scenery was breathtaking...it was such a restful place. Our trip-mates were so much fun. The food was outstanding - from the pasta to seafood to gelato. We went home with 60 gelato spoons! Ancient rome was amazing and great. In the Vatican city we saw the pope and attended mass at the St. Peters. The sistine chapel was wonderful and all the art and architecture we saw was beautiful. Stacy, our guide, was lively and comical.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spanish steps in Rome were excellent and climbing the route from Cornelia in the Cinque terra to the next town over was phenomenal!!! The Trevi fountain were spectacular. Sitting overlooking Lake Como while having lunch at a waterfront cafe. Memorable and soon relaxing."

John

Brookfield, CT

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way method worked very well for our family of 4 - we had the convenience of transportation and lodging arrangements worked out for us with the benefit of an extremely knowledgeable guide full of great tips, and freedom to explore on our own and do what we wanted. Members of our tour group became like extended family with our tour guide as the big sister :) We all bonded over shared experiences-loved group happy hour and group meal so we could get to know each other better

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Florence American Cemetery - a pleasant surprise and a very touching experience"

Tia

Kirkwood, IL

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Italy My Way tour was perfect for our family. The hotels and bus were great - tour guide Stacy was fantastic. We loved getting to know her. It was nice that we had the best of both worlds. Busy cities and quiet hill towns. A very nice taste of each destination! The bus ride was enjoyable because we were able to see the countryside along the way. Very relaxing - great driver Roberto!! I would recommend this tour to anyone and I would definitely return to Italy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The David and Cortona!"

Stacey

Kirkwood, IL

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was fantastic! The hotels were very comfortable and clean. I loved that they were not modern, 5-star monstrosities, but instead quaint and charming. The hotel staff was for the most part friendly...well, maybe with one or 2 exceptions, but nothing to get my panties in a bind about. :) The sights at each location were beyond my expectations...I LOVE the beauty of Italy, from the alps and lakes to the museums and architecture. Food and wine...wowza!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como (Varenna) was my favorite "relaxing" spot of the whole tour. Beautiful! Cinque Terre was definitely a favorite "WOW" location. Florence was an endless cultural slap in the face, which i LOVED!!!"

Carrie

Keller, TX

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Italy tour was everything I hoped it would be and more. We heeded the advice offered from Rick's books and website and arrived one day ahead of time. Doing so allowed us to adapt easily to the time change. The hotel was wonderful in accommodating us with the extra day. Everything explained to you by the Rick Steve's tour company is accurate. Stacy, our tour guide, was energetic and fun during the bus rides; ensuring our comfort was always met. We enjoyed her Italian music CDs!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to have just one. Venice - the ride down the Grand Canal and just getting lost in the side streets and canals; Lake Como - the view from the hotel each morning for breakfast was worth the trip alone. Cinque Terre - views from the cliffside; Florence - statues and art, leather and gold; Assisi - a spiritual oasis and time for meditation and reflection; Rome - alive, bustling, and historical all in one. Surprise stop and surprise city - fantastico!!"

Robert

Palmdale, CA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour, we were NOT disappointed! Everything was as we hoped. The hotels were great, travel between the cities was uncomplicated and very comfortable. We were not interested in a full tour, so the "My Way" was perfect. Our escort was Stacy, she was fantastic! Provided great advise when we asked, extremely knowledgeable! Although we shared with Stacy our appreciation, please share with her again our thanks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two, very different from one another. The first was the Colosseum, the second the WWII cemetery for our fallen soldiers. I know some may find the cemetery somewhat odd for a vacation, but I found it to be great reminder of those who made the ultimate sacrifice."

Kendra

Lincoln, CA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall it was an good tour. We were able to get just enough of each city to see if it was something we'd like to visit again the future or not. The bus we nice and the other people on the tour we're friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To be honest my favorite wow moment was visiting the Florence American WWII cemetery. It was breathtaking."

Sherilyn

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing experience! The My Way Tour was perfect for our family to explore Italy without the stress of finding hotels and transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although every city we visited was amazing, we LOVE Florence! We spent our last night in Florence on the old bridge, watching the full moon rise over the city, listening to live music, and eating gelato. A very special WOW moment!!"

Sheila

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was just right for me. Actually, it was better than I expected. I would never have seen the lovely smaller cities (Varenna, Monterosso, Assisi) if they had not been included in the tour. Every hotel was perfectly located for exploring on foot, and the arrangements for luggage were well-managed. Our bus and driver were extraordinary. I had not expected such a roomy, clean bus! Our tour guide, Amanda, was knowledgeable about every location and offered us just enough support.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really, it was Assisi! I loved that perfectly preserved, compact location on the hill. Since the hotel was centrally located, and had numerous outdoor balconies and patios, I felt like I was enjoying the views and buildings spread out below me as I might have seen them centuries ago."

Cheryl

Geneva, IL

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am already looking forward to another Rick Steves My Way tour! Very well organized at every step of the way, met all my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many WOW moments- hiking in the Cinque Terre was one- each time we saw a vista of the Ligurian Sea we said, "Ok, this is the most beautiful place I've ever been, and then we said, no, now this is the most beautiful view...." Quaint town of Assisi-picturesque and quintessential Italian village, as well as sipping a Bellini,enjoying the sights and sounds of the dueling orchestras on St Marks square in Venice."

Kim

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was our first My Way and we liked the flexibility a lot. We also enjoyed the planned gatherings on the terrace or in a local bar. Amanda was very informative regarding food and activities with each area. She was cheerful and engergetic. We were happy with the hotels and locations. We look forward to traveling on a My Way again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What? I only get to choose one? Lake Como and Monterosso had excellent views! Assisi was more than expected. Having gelato at the Worlds Best Gelato was certainly awesome. Thanks for the variety."

Kathryn

Geneva, IL

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was great because it allowed my family and I to experience a wide range of Italian cities and cultures without the stress of planning travel and accommodations. It also gave us the flexibility to do what WE wanted to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had already been to Venice, Florence, and Rome, so the "wows" of those cities surprised me less than others. I quite loved the beauty, peace, and luxury of Lake Como."

Mary Kay

Gilbertsville, PA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great! Amanda was fun, energetic, and very knowledgeable about the cities attractionns and where to get the best food! I loved being able to see all the beauty of Italy's landscapes, and also enjoy it's art and cultural side. Our fellow travelers on the tour were all freindly,fun,and open to new experiences. We were so lucky to be with such a nice group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly I was overcome with the the beauty of the Lake Como village of Varenna. The Snow capped mountains, a gourgeous lake, flowers, and their quaint homes in the hills were inspiring. Sipping wine with my husband, watching the sunset at a local cafe, made me feel truly grateful for this life."

Kay

Ireland,

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour concept is perfect for us. It's a great compromise between having to arrange everything yourself or, on the other hand, having to follow a set schedule. Amanda was a wonderful tour manager who gave us a lot of information and tips about the places we would visit but also provided individual advice that was always right on the money. We had been to Italy on two short trips some years ago and were ready to see some new places and explore places we had seen in more depth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one but I think I would have to say that it was sitting on the steps of the Salute Church in Venice looking toward St. Marks and the Campanile and watching the various boats going up and down the Grand Canal in the late afternoon of a sunny day."

Anthony

Ledyard, CT

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was what I expected it to be. It was our first trip to Italy and I don't think we would have been able to do as good a job as the tour did in arranging the transportation and hotels. On the other hand, we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to see and were happy to arrange that ourselves. There may have been some things in a fully guided tour that did not interest us as much and a fully guided tour might not have given us the opportunity to see some of the things we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of Lake Como from the top of the Castello di Vizio. Fabulous!"

Kathleen

Ledyard, CT

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "My Way Tour" was our first tour and I enjoyed myself from our Tour Meeting to our final dinner. We took several "Walking Tours of Italy" with knowledgeable tour guides. We also took several Rick Steves's audio tours. It was fun to run into others from the tour throughout the day and in the evening exchange stories/good restaurants and shopping stories. Our bus driver's personality and professional driving made us comfortable. Amanda's knowledge of local foods, wines etc was important.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was Assisi, visiting the Franciscan Basilica and the great group dinner we shared at the farm at the top of the mountain. Amanda gave the group the opportunity to share four dinners together and this dinner was in a beautiful location, outstanding menu, wine and friendships shared. Amanda made it a memorable evening and everyone had a wonderful time."

Cynthia

Dundee, IL

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What I found great about the My Way tour was how the tour members got along so well. Seems that there was more genuine interchange as we compared our daily activities and plans for the next. There was a lot of advice exchanged and it was great fun to run into a fellow tour member as we explored destinations, sharing experiences and plans on street corners or in the middle of a square. Having our travel consultant on the bus and at breakfasts was just the "leg up" we needed to insure a great day

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Venice we purchased a vaporetto day pass and after dinner we realized the boats were still running. We decided to take the last boat out to Lido. It was so peaceful on the Grand Canal and there were few passengers. We got to see all the iconic sights from a different angle, lit up and lights reflecting on the waters. There were no hectic masses, so prevalent in Venice. A perfect way to end our stay."

Barb

Gibsonia, PA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "my way" experience really appealed to me because it eliminated the big decisions and concerns about traveling abroad: transportation, accommodations, and general lay of the land. The tour exceeded my expectations on all of these levels. I especially liked the itinerary because it was a nice mix of larger cities and more rural areas which really gave a sampling of the entire country. Maybe one more stop along the Amalfi Coast would have made an A grade an A+?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is tough because there were many but the David in Florence was probably my favorite wow moment. I enjoy art but wouldn't consider myself passionate about the subject. However, seeing the statue in person, in that beautiful gallery that so perfectly suited him, quite simply left me in awe. We were there for an hour and I could have easily stayed an additional hour taking it in."

Boris

Ireland,

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding itinerary, marvelous guide in Amanda, excellent hotels (with one exception, in Florence), uniformly terrific food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to choose, really, but probably sunset views from a high hillside restaurant outside Assisi. Close behind: Everything about Lake Como, views in the Cinque Terre, unending magnificence of churches and museums."

Lorie

Plano, TX

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way experience allowed me to enjoy travel without the stress of driving to locations or finding reliable lodging. Having a well-knowledge tour host added an extra level resource to enhance the experience. The up-side was traveling with like-minded Rick Steves' travelers. Even though the traveler is limited to the pre-chosen sites, they were well thought out, especially for new destinations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That the tips provided in Rick Steves' book really work to avoid the overwhelming crowds at some of the popular destinations. The wow moments for me were the wine tour in Assisi (fun and beautiful), the hike between Vernazza and Cornigila (breath taking), walking out of the subway stop of Colosseo, and the necropolis underneath the Vatican Basilica."

Donna

West Chester, PA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was by far my favorite travel experience. All the chosen locations to visit in Italy were fantastic. Each place was a unique locale and I didn't need to stress about how to get there or were to stay. The hardest decisions were about where to eat. The bus travel was comfortable and there were many rest stops a good places. As always, our tour members were fun and terrific people with like-minded ideas of how to travel. Italy is beautiful. I am so happy to have all the memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice was other-worldly. Varenna was breathtaking in its scenery and serenity. I loved the stop over in Cortona with its views. Seeing the David statue for the first time in Florence is unforgettable. My favorite place was Assisi and being inside the St Francis Basilica. Seeing the inside of the houses of Agustus Caesar and his wife Livia on a special tour in Rome was fantastic."

Virginia

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Italy tour was the vacation of a lifetime. Beautiful and interesting, full of history. Italy does not disappoint! Our tour guide, Margaret, was wonderful. The hotels and motor coach transportation were clean, safe, and pleasant. Many people have asked me what my favorite city was and I truly think they were all magnificent. This was a well chosen itinerary. Fantastic!

Carol

Elkins Park, PA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought it was a wonderful trip. Margaret was lovely and organized, The group got along well and there was no obnoxious behavior. The bus was very comfortable and for the most part I liked the hotels. Since I was a single I expected some awful accommodations and found this only in Assisi. My only criticism is that I would have liked Margaret to give more commentary while we were in the bus. I also felt we could have used more time in Florence and skipped Cinque Terre.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several, the first was the Lake Como area. I loved the beauty and serenity of the place and could have stayed longer. I could not get over walking down the cobblestone steps to get to the water area and just walking around the whole place. Michael Angelo's David, the Coloseum, and parts of Venice and Florence were breathtaking. When you are in Italy you are constantly reminded of how old everything is."

Timothy

Plano, TX

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group of people. Great sites. Only one hiccup on hotels, but overall great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moments from the My Way Italy tour are actually toss-ups between Assisi (what a surprisingly peaceful gem of a city), Varenna (not knowing what to expect, but discovering a beautiful lake & mountain city), and an Italian lunch in the Monti district in Rome (because it only took 2 weeks before I figured out why everyone should take a 2 hour lunch with wine)."

Glenn

Topsham, ME

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour; Kathleen was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lovely Venice, beautiful Lake Como, magnificent Cinque Terre, exquisite Florence, moving San Gimignano, quaint Assisi, and breath-taking Rome."

Linda

Pullman, WA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great trip in every way! Lodging, transportation, guide, all first class! It was so much more than I expected. May was the perfect time to travel, nice weather, small crowds, no trouble going to restaurants, and there were few lines to contend with. Everything worked like clockwork, thanks to our bus driver and our guide, Kathleen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments, like when we walked into the room and saw David-]simply amazing, or when we saw St.Peters Basicila -- so awesome and so much history, or Lake Como-breathtaking views, loved the little towns."

Marissa

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being back in Italy was so special, my mom and I were going back to Italy together again and also my boyfriend would be seeing Italy for the first time. What I loved about the "my way" tour was since I was a returning Italian traveler we could skip certain sites or "must see" activities in lieu of things my mom and I hadn't already done in Italy. What I also love about the my way tour is that the hotels and transportation are done for you, this takes away a lot of travel stress.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many amazing moments to choose from! I enjoyed the group dinner in Lake como prepared for us by local husband and wife. I also enjoyed wine tasting in lake como (a small wine shop RS recommends in the book to stop at) and then buying tons of Italian wine to bring home! I loved wandering the romantic streets in Assisi and experiencing the Roman baths."

Joan

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were able to get enjoy the trip of our lifetime without the usual stressors of travel! Having our hotels and transportation taken care of, and the added amazing support of our tour escort, we were free to relax and enjoy each stop along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick one! The dinner at Lake Como with the group was definitely one of my favorite experiences."

Maureen

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the 'my way' concept! In 2005 we took one of your last 'bus plus' tours and loved it. Glad you've brought idea back! Think this will bring a huge new group to Rick Steves because there are a lot of experienced travelers who don't want to deal with hotel and transportation issues, who only want to experience the 'best' part the sites visited!!

Janet

Topsham, ME

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scenery in Lake Como and Cinque Terre is breathtaking."

Helen

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such an easy, relaxed trip with the best guide ever. We wanted a relaxed tour without an agenda. The other travelers were great. Loved the hotels for location, location. Kathleen was very generous with her time during her office hours and quite helpful on logistics. We enjoyed 2 dinners as a group. The bus driver was also very helpful and had sparkling windows so we didn't miss a sight. The stops were well timed. Maybe three days in each local would have been even better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A 2 hour boat ride on Lake Como for 5 of us in the evening. Followed by a wonderful 10 course dinner in the hills. Assisi was awesome. San Gimignano-hearing an harp solo in the park among the ruins and the olive trees. Attending the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome next door to the Italian soccer finals. Visiting Ostia Antica while in Rome. And of course the Doge Palace in Venice, the Duomo and Academy in Florence, the Colleseum and the Borghese and other Bernini sculpture"

Trevor

Willetton, WA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour suited myself and my wife Anne very well. We had intended touring through Italy and were looking at arranging hotels and transport ourselves. However, Anne spotted the Rick Steves My Way: Italy in 13 Days Tour online and it provided the necessary transport and hotels, saving us the trouble of organising it ourselves. The hotels were all very well located, and the 2 nights at each location enabled us to plan our activities, without being restricted to an organised tour regime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No explicit "wow" moment springs to mind, but there were several moments that will be always remembered."

Kay

Alameda, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Seeing Italy again after a visit 40 years ago was wonderful. The transportation was easy and the driver, Giacomo, was calm, cool, and patient. The tour guide was amazing in her sharing of information and ideas for each town, especially since it was a "your way" tour. She was in the lobby for an hour after each arrival to go over maps and answer questions. She was patient and attentive to every single tour participant. She had a great sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two favorite moments...a boat ride on lake Como with some of the tour participants who rented a boat. Visiting St. Francis' Basilica for personal reasons. A dinner in the hills of the Cinque Terre at a restaurant where three people cooked a five course meal for 27 of us! Seeing St. Peter's statue again and noticing that after my last visit 40 years ago his foot which had become slightly concave was now only half a foot from all the pilgrims touching it as they passed. Wandering around Venice!"

Kristy

Mountville, PA

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such a great time on our honeymoon! Italy was magical and the unguided tour made it easy for us after planning a wedding. We loved every city/town we stopped at. I could not ask for a better Tour Manager than Margaret. She was super helpful and a pleasure to be around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike between the Cinque Terre cities. It was physical but well worth the narrow and steep experience. The views were unlike any other I have ever seen."

Lynn

Loveland, OH

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list."

Ricky

St Paul, MN

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was so impressed with everything. The tour was very well planned and carried out. I LOVED the accommodations, bus (bus driver -- Roberto), escort (Margaret) and our fellow tour members. Also, the choice of destinations was varied and thoughtful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rounding the corner and coming upon the Pantheon. Amazing."

Janice

Hinsdale, IL

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Quite delightful. I knew travel would be a bit "aerobic" but it was pulled off with great ease and enjoyment. Tour bus and guide removed all transportation anxieties. Travelling with fellow English-speaking tourists was indeed a pleasure. Running into them while sight seeing was an unexpected delight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing pristine Lake Como surrounded by snow-capped Alps."

Frank

Stoughton, MA

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinque Terra, bu the trails I wanted to take were closed, but it was still a great place."

Margaret

Reno, NV

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time on the tour! There were some challenges. We loved the places we visited. Margaret was an outstanding tour leader. The 13 days did just give a taste of Italy. It was not enough to only have two nights in those places. we liked doing our own thing during the days. It was difficult to get moving quickly when it was time to get on the bus and take off again. Older bodies need a little time after eating breakfast to relax and use a restroom before getting on a long bus ride.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think seeing the views from Assisi, or the paintings in the Frari Church. We saw so many awesome sites. Every day brought new adventures and memories to treasure."

Deej

Lawndale, CA

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

My first and last Rick Steves tour. He hints at the tour experience in the videos but doesn't tell you it will be worse than you imagined. There was way too much trekking to the hotel from the tour bus. Too many 2 star hotels that are considered to have "charm". Venice and Rome were way too crowded. The suggested itinerary failed to list museums that you should reserve in advance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The only 4 star hotel we stayed at in Lake Como was the only Wow moment. The lake view was beautiful. The hotel was very nice. We didn't have to trek from the bus to the hotel. We were dropped off at the door, there were not stairs to climb. It made the trip enjoyable for a brief moment"

William

Hinsdale, IL

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the ease of moving from town to town, Margaret our tour escort, Roberto the bus driver and our very fun fellow travelers. Well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi & St. Francis. A new town for us to visit. Beautiful place."

Waruwan

Bridgewater, NJ

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We have used your books in the past, but this is our first my way. The tour overall was very good to excellent. The mixture of placed was a good balance between large city and small town, between history and scenery. Some of the hotels were below our expectations, others were what we anticipated based on past use of your books. We really liked the stop in Cortona. We would to see an option for an earlier breakfast added. And a discussion among group the of earlier travel starts to the next stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery of Lake Como and Cinque Terre. We liked the slow life style. The walks and places to just stop and enjoy the view. The hikes in both places was great, especially because of the weather. The food was great."

Kathleen

Duxbury, MA

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS My Way tour and, as with the Alpine Tour last year, the format was perfect for us. We love having the freedom to find restaurants & tours on our own. Our tour manager, Stacy, was exceptional, providing us with the right amount of guidance and information to navigate each location, and we were with a wonderful group of people. Lake Como, Cinque Terre, & Assisi were our favorite stops, and visiting the American Military Cemetery in Florence was an added bonus!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments: cruising the canals in Venice; first glimpses of Lake Como, the Duomo in Florence, & the Colosseum; Spending time with our fellow travelers on the rooftop patio overlooking Cinque Terre; and exploring Assisi, an unexpected treasure! Adding to it all, the foods and wines of Italy were a WOW experience in each region!"

Ted

Largo, FL

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We will more likely book another "my way tour" your guide book is super in every way

Anthony

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Italy My Way exceeded our expectations. The experience of being there reminds oneself of the thrill of the sum of the senses one can experience. The ability to make our own agenda once arriving at a location was also a major benefit. It allowed us to absorb being there at our pace and not at the pace of the 'slowest' or 'impatient' tourist. We felt that our vacation was full, yet when we left Italy, we were not in a state of exhaustion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) The view from the north side of the trail along the sea of the town of Manarola, Cinque Terre, was about as good as it gets. And, 2) we arrived in Florence on bus and while weaving thru the city towards the hotel, the bus driver advised us to 'look to the right.' When we passed the intersection, what came into view was the Duomo, its Dome and the Bell Tower for only a few seconds. However, that memory will last for a very long time."

Renee

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was fabulous! Wow! I loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one, Cinque Terre hike between Vernazza and Monteresso in the late afternoon. I appreciated visiting Santa Maria de los Angeles in Assisi. That visit make the trip to Assisi worthwhile. I appreciated visiting the US cemetery in Italy."

Edward

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great Tour! Just what we were looking for. We enjoyed the format, organization and exceptional tour guide, Stacy. We quickly bonded as a group and enjoyed the adventure with our fellow travelers. Stacy was fantastic and assisted those who needed assistance, was approachable and through her sharing we all felt free to share our experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour format was a wow. Verano and Cinque Terra were our favorite stops. Despite the weather we enjoyed Lake Como and the terraces above Hotel Amici in Cinque Terra."

Sandra

Clemmons, NC

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This experience was more than I hoped for. Our guide, Stacy, was great and very helpful and knowledgeable. It was so nice to have someone help us with our plans at each city. Her tips were so useful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a Catholic I loved Assisi! Another great day was in the Cinque Terre. We went to each village and loved, loved, loved our late afternoon in Vernazza looking out over the sea. What a lovely experience. We had gelato at least once a day and had the best gelato at Alberto's in Corniglia."

Roberta

Glendale, AZ

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Italy...and our first time going with a group. I'm glad we selected the My Way tour. It was much more relaxing to have transportation provided...my husband did not have to drive and I did not have to navigate and interpret road signs. The locations were thoughtfully selected in terms of spacing for travel time, length of stay and varied pace (some quiet, some hectic). Our tour manager was excellent, as was our motor coach driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Venice by water taxi. Looking out over the Umbrian countryside from our room with a view in Assisi. Standing and gazing up at the Duomo in Florence. It was a parade of one WOW moment after another."

James

Glendale, AZ

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed it from start to finish. Our tour manager was great. Destinations were perfect. Accommodations were far above what I was expecting. Our bus driver Stefano was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I walked in to Gallery Accademia and came around the corner to see Michelangelo's DAVID."

Denise

Winchester, VA

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour experience. Enjoyed each of the cities/towns for their charm and character. Transportation was clean, safe and comfortable. Tour director was knowledgeable and very helpful during our tour. Hotels were each clean and centrally located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sounds of Italy - Listening to a gondolier sing in Venice, the sound of the Ligurian Sea lapping the beach in Monterosso al Mare, Gregorian chanting San Miniato Church, bells tolling over the American cemetery outside of Florence and birds singing while watching a sunset over the Umbrian Valley from the terrace of our hotel."

Christine

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way tour was a great format, perfect in what we wanted in a tour. We enjoyed our fellow travelers and tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Italy in itself was the"wow"-the water taxi ride into enchanting Venice- the tranquil beauty of Lake Como-the charming villages of Cinque Terre-the art masterpieces of the Uffizi-the panoramic views Umbria and Tuscany from Assisi and the most incredible and magnificent ancient Rome."

Janene

Lemon Grove, CA

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time. Our tour guide (stacy) was informative and helpful. She met all our needs and more. We were impressed with most of our accommodations. This vacation was on our bucket list and we were not disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we woke up in cinque terra after a stormy night. The clouds gave way to a beautiful sun drenched sky. The Lagurian sea was a bright turquoise blue. It was heaven."

Charles

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 04/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the trip of a lifetime for us! Our best-ever European experience! For years, we wanted to join a Rick Steves tour, and we decided to do it this year in order to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It was the best thing we ever did! For us, the My Way format was perfect, because we are experienced travelers and know how to find the places we want to see in a city. But this tour made our trip better, because it brought us to parts of Italy that we enjoyed greatly and might have missed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Giotto frescos in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua! I am an art lover, so one of my goals was to see the Italian masterpieces that I've read about for all my life. But these Giotto frescos were just the first of many "wow" moments in the trip, with so much great art in Venice, Florence, Assisi, and Rome!"

Martha

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very happy with the My Way tour format - I probably would never sign up for any kind of a guided tour, but having the hotels and transportation planned out made the whole thing great. Overall tour: memorable, trip of a lifetime, wonderful experiences, food and wine. Great connections with fellow tour goers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not just one "wow!" Dinner in Assisi was one of the best meals of my life at Osteria Piazzetta dell'Erba. Hiking between Vernazza and Monterosso, at the top of the hill between the two towns, looking at the impossibly blue Ligurian Sea, was the best walk we had on the tour. Pesto and Amphore in Cinque Terre. Varenna is a beautiful, peaceful place that I hope to visit again on Lake Como."

Kenneth

Wayne, ME

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first trip to Italy but not my first European adventure. We covered a lot of ground packed into a 13 day trip. I thought the system worked very well we stayed in comfortable hotels close to the sights we wanted to see and traveled on a very nice bus from town to town. 13 days isn't enough time to absorb all that a country as old and as interesting as Italy but, that said, we saw and did a great number of things I hoped to do and have an idea what another trip there should cover.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Something I never thought I would do was take a gondola ride on the canals of Venice. This trip as well as Venice itself was mind blowing. Reading or watching a video of something like this gondola ride doesn't hold a candle to actually being there!"

Martha

Wayne, ME

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall experience was good. I had never done a tour like this so was a little nervous. Everything went smoothly. I did things I would not have done on a regular tour with a guide. Being able to choose what I wanted to see was great as I wear out more quickly then I use to. This way my priorities were met. The people on the tour were friendly and helpful. It was a great group of people. l

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was spending the weekend with our granddaughter in Florence. She showed us the museums and picked out some fantastic restaurants for dinner. Venice was also a wow. Coming into Venice by Water bus and seeing it that way was fantastic."

Donna

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! The pace, the people, the tour director and the itinerary were all exceptional. Being able to set our own pace each day made the tour seem more relaxed, it wasn't a march on and off the bus as in other tours we have taken. The small towns we had the opportunity to experience were a highlight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although it is difficult to pick one moment, I think seeing the small church inside the larger church we visited on our way to Assisi."

Timothy

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A whirlwind 13 days and 6 cities. Time just flew by. We had a great time visiting the tourist sites, 'our way'. Our tour escort Lisa, did a great job of sharing info about each city as we were traveling to it. Some cities we would have liked more time, others; 2 days was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the trails on a beautiful, sunny day at the Cinque Terre. The views reminded us of hiking trails along the coast in Hawaii - Big Island."

Linda

Port Allen, LA

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the trip of a lifetime! I was told about all of the sights but until you actually experience it there are no words. I was truly in awe the whole trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican was breathtaking! I have to say Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Cortona, Asissi and every city we visited was just beautiful! Each and every church we visited touched my heart."

Katherine

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were very pleased with our experience with the tour. We got to see so many wonderful things and the people on our tour were very nice. No drama. 6 cities in 13 days was a very hectic pace and I wonder if you would consider a less rigorous tour of say 4 cities in 13 days? Just a thought. I was fine but towards the end I started to feel tired. I can't help thinking of some of the "older" members in our tour group. Some mornings they looked like it was hard for them to just get out of bed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one defining moment. Every city held something special."

Andrew

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Splendid fellow travelers made the my way trip an unqualified success! This was my sixth trip to Italy, and was, by far, the most enjoyable. Especially fine was the opportunity not to be driven every day by a tight schedule. Of course, beautiful weather, a strong dollar, and the late-season lack of crowds were strong assets. I would gladly take a similar trip to another national destination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"During Lisa's orientation, I sensed a vibe of camaraderie among the group that proved to be true. Our crew was punctual, considerate, open, warm, and inclusive. I had been on many tours, cruises, and active hiking-style vacations, and have seen my share of dysfunctional cadres of travelers. As testimony to our cohesiveness, Lisa let us know that she had never experienced 100% participation at the farewell dinner. That was my favorite memory."

Glen

Port Allen, LA

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a trip of a lifetime. My little group consisted of seven friends who planned this trip for over a year. The trip far surpassed our expectations. Rick Steves was so easy to work with prior to the trip, the information was helpful and informative, and the trip itself was carefully thought out so that we experienced well-know large cities, with wonder smaller cities between. Our guide and bus driver were incredible! These memories we will treasure for a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments. My group of friends all attend the same Church, so we share a common faith. The Churches that we saw were breathtaking and moving! So much, that we each had moments were we just started crying! For me, the entire city of Assisi moved me and made re-evaluate priorities in my life. That place will definitely stay with me and I plan on returning!"

Tillie

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 10/09/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great people. As in the catalog, no grumps!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday is a wow moment."

Laura

Mundelein, IL

Tour: 10/09/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotel locations were outstanding, always in the center of the city or with an amazing view (Lake Como and Assisi)and we never could have researched that on our own.Everything was smooth and professional and I always looked forward to the next place. The weather was perfect (though that's just luck)and I loved that we could do as much, or as little, at each stop. I looked at the dozens of tours being led by a guide with pity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The rooftop of Assisi. After a long day of traveling we got to see the sun set on a magical postcard view in balmy low 70s weather."

Betty

Holts Summit, MO

Tour: 10/09/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steve's and we couldn't have been happier! The hotels were centrally located, the Audio tours and lectures were very helpful, our guide Laurel was extremely helpful, the bus driver Saro was friendly and professional, we loved the entire itinerary with the 'My Way' traveling experience and we made many new friends in our group. I would highly suggest it for anyone who is willing to travel light and become a partner in their travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each and every day provided 'Wow' moments! Certainly coming off the plane to experience Venice by boat for the first time and seeing the towns of the Cinque Terre from the trails were special. The variety and mix of towns was perfect. We felt like we had an opportunity to experience a good cross section of Italy on this trip."

Melvin

Holts Summit, MO

Tour: 10/09/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pretty will outstanding in every category. The accommodation were very good with the Royal Victoria bein excellent. The food at each facility was excellent. Laurel did and excellent job keeping us informed as to what we might what to see and being available to help us when needed. Audio tapes and literature was very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I enjoyed seeing all the historical sites, being a Civil Engineer, I particularly enjoyed the bus transportation (excellent bus driver) between locations and the opportunity to see the road system and communities along the way. I was most impressed with the friendly people of Italy. I did not see one Italian who was less than friendly nor did I find one time when I felt less than safe."

Carol

Miami, FL

Tour: 10/09/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was working on my Master's degree on My Way Italy. Second time. It met all of my expectations and more. I had a list of additional places I wanted to see. Your tour director Laurel James was great, and the bus driver, Sauro was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having dinner in Assisi was very special for me. I enjoyed the company, the food and the wine. The Italian lesson. The walk back to the hotel was warm and magical. We stood in the piazza in a kind of warm peace. Another Wow moment was a waitress, artist in Florence who restores statues belonging to the Medicci family. She sent me to a museum of Modern art. We shared art experiences. Visiting Ostia Attica on my own was delightful and i had good weather."

John

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 10/09/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was excellent and we would recommend it to others.

Leonard

Okemos, MI

Tour: 10/09/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip, all we could have hoped for. Well planned, good transportation, nice hotels in prime locations, nice group size, no whining, overall great!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list: Actually being in Venice and all the atmosphere Hiking in Chika Terra and rounding the hiking trail to see Venezia Seeing the Sistine Chapel Chucking a coin into the Trevi Having the guard telling me to delete my photos in the Sistine!!"

Anna

Sioux Falls, SD

Tour: 10/09/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing time! We had a great group to travel with and an awesome tour guide. Everyone was prompt and very friendly. Even though the My Way Tour is more independent, I still felt like we were all a team in helping each other and learning from each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a gentlemen named Dean who sings and plays guitar in our group. With the help of Laurel, we had organized a "Happy Hour" one evening in Assisi. Everyone pitched in to supply wine and Dean was our entertainment. It was a wonderful bonding moment with the group and an unexpected treat. We had a beautiful evening and a beautiful outlook of Assisi from our Hotel balcony. It was very memorable."

Jodi

Cordell, OK

Tour: 10/09/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment my husband and I made it to the wonderful little hotel in Venice on day 1 to the goodbyes of our new found friends and tour-mates in Rome on Day 13, we were absolutely enchanted with the whole trip. I loved the way the whole Unguided aspect of this tour was set up - perfect for people like us who love an individual adventure but wanted some of the logistical aspects of travel taken care of. I couldn't have asked for a better experience for our much awaited 25th anniversary trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting out on the terrace of our beautiful and quaint hotel in Assisi at sunset, taking in the view while getting to know our tour-mates over a glass of wine and my husband singing a song while playing along on a guitar borrowed from the most personable hotel owners. Paradise!"

Lynne

San Angelo, TX

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very, very enjoyable. Harmonious group of people. Helpful, punctual, personable and capable bus driver and tour manager. It was everything I expected, based on the printed materials, and more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a few of those. 1. coming down into Vernazza after hiking from Monterosso, 2. partaking in a Cinque Terre feast at the Hotel Belvedere, 3. seeing Lake Como from the castle just above Varenna, 4. being at the top of the Florence Duomo Campanile as the sun was setting and the bells began to ring, and 5. worshipping with an Anglican congregation in Venice, where we shared both prosecco AND limoncello after the service."

Stan

San Angelo, TX

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Harmonious, compatible group. Good tour leader and itinerary. Excellent bus driver. All went smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Lake Como and the Cinque Terre."

Mary Lynn

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exactly what we wanted. Turns out the "my way" approach was critical in that my wife hurt her leg the first day so we would have had trouble keeping up. Cities were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Military cemetery was incredibly powerful. In the midst of all the history to have one place that summed up the impact of war on Europe in the 20th century. Gave me goose bumps. I am not sure all guides stop there of if it was just ours, but recommend that always be included in all tours."

Risa

Oakland, CA

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick did a great job of getting us where we were going and offering very helpful information throughout our tour. We were a mix of experienced travelers and some who hadn't traveled very much. Rick made sure everyone's needs were met, and made it all look very smooth and well-organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since this was my first trip to Venice, I think just being there was a real "wow" moment. Having a room overlooking one of the canals added to the magic of being there."

Steve

Sparta, NJ

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

wonderful trip. great group of fellow travelers. we traveled with 2 family members (4 total ) but all the others in group were strangers. everyone was friendly and did interesting things on the trip, i.e. Vespa tour, Segway rental. the variety of destinations was so interesting and varied, never felt anything was redundant or "the same".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into Saint Mark's Square in Venice for the first time, and seeing the views from the waterfront there, was like walking into a fantasy land. just AMAZING !!!!!"

Bruce

Oakland, CA

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "your way" tour was just what we were looking for -- independent travel, without the headache of making transportation or stay arrangements. Nice folks on the tour, excellent escort / manager, and plenty of opportunity to do what we wanted to do on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moments were the Cinque Terra. I'd been looking forward to this for a long time, and it delivers. Because this was a "my way" trip, participants had the opportunity to hike as much or as little as they wished of the trails between Riomaggiore and Monterrosso, taking train and/or boat for the rest. The boat trip from Monterrosso to Riomaggiore was spectacular, the hike from Verrazzo to Monterrosso was unforgettable, and the towns in between were lots of fun as well."

Judith

Gresham, OR

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time in Italy and my first time doing a Rick Steves tour. I was not disappointed! What a great time we had on our My Way tour. We had the best of all worlds. We had beautiful hotels and transportation arranged for us, good advice and suggestions and a friendly group of people to travel with. Got to go on our own and do things like a Vespa Tour in Florence and a Segway tour in Rome:)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments but one favorite was first sight of Venice as we came in by boat. Amazing! And in Florence, the Accademia Tour and seeing David under that white light dome, breath taking. The RS audio tour was perfect there."

Peggy

Leawood, KS

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First tour experience and would consider doing another. Loved having transportation covered and help navigating to hotels and then being on our own to explore cities. Very efficiently run.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the water taxi from airport in Venice to the island and viewing all of the buildings with interesting architecture and flower boxes and statues on top of buildings. Great start to the tour!"

Brian

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous, it exceeded my expectations in every way. The chosen cities were varied and beautiful and our guide provided just the right amount of information to make the days interesting and fun. We used the RS audio tours often and found them to be quite valuable and enhanced the venue visits. The audio tours are good in that they often went beyond the basic information to provide "color commentary" Fun stuff!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a wow experience!"

Steve

Leawood, KS

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the many cities of Italy

Joan

Boulder, CO

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. The My Way tour exceeded our expectations. The My Way concept allowed us the freedom to focus on what we wanted to see and do in the various cities and do it at our pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments on the trip. There were two cities that standout for me. Lake Como with the mountains, views, vistas and hiking opportunities was a real surprise. Rome on the other hand oozes with antiquity. Although I knew the history coming face to face with Coliseum, Forum, Palatine Hill, parts of the old Roman wall etc. etc. made it real. I was in awe of the age and history of the many buildings, churches, arches, and statues."

Vicky

Lincoln, CA

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour met my expectations both from your published documentation and the participant reviews. I was looking for a tour that provided a menu of Italian destinations, accepted the responsibility for travel arrangements and lodging (which I know from experience is the main challenge of travel), and still provided the flexibility for me to make the decision on how to spend time at each destination. This My Way tour provides a really good mix of towns, both from locations, sizes, and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We visited so many towns and cities, it was really a whirlwind tour of good Italian destinations. Rome was the last stop, and frankly, my husband and I were running out of energy to take on such a large city which we would be visiting for the first time. In Rick's book on Italy, the section on Rome, he recommends hiring a guide. We used Francesca (as noted in his book) who recommended Ilaria. Using our list of what we wanted to see, she streamlined access to sites and provided the history."

Henry

Lincoln, CA

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My experience was very good I met quite a few wonderful folks, within my age and younger Everyone got along and interaction with all was quite easy If I were to do My Way again it would be for 20 days...just not enough time to get real insight to a country I did not know

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice The alleys, places of interest, operas, restaurants, people (were so nice), waterway, history were an overload at times I was fortunate enough to arrive early and meet a family friend so I got a personal insiders treat to Venice Real Italian parmesan for my pasta was the best, and I could use all I wanted on my pasta (ya can't beat that) local red wine, bread, a delight to meet your expectations The religious stuff got to be a bit too much No whining or complaining"

Ann

Albany, CA

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

For me there was just too much packed into too few days. I think Rome would not have been such a blur of Renaissance Baroque superimposed on Roman ruins with little time to find good food or to relax watching the citizens of Rome from a sidewalk cafe. The tour did, indeed, cover a lot of visual art and if that is one's major objective, I am sure it works just fine. But I would trade a peaceful beginning on Lake Como and elimination of one major city for more relaxed time in those remaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como in general."

Jeanne

Annapolis, MD

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the people we travelled with. I loved the idea of having the hotels and transport all taken care of, but our days to ourselves (with plenty of suggestions and guidance from our group leader). For me, having these more mundane issues done for me relieved me of so much stress and allowed me to enjoy each place more fully upon arrival. Having the others on the trip made the experience richer. It was fun to compare notes at breakfast and to share stories on the bus together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Italy, specifically Venice, by the Alilaguna boat. Fresh from our overnight flight from the east coast, we followed the signs out of the airport (a lovely blue sky with just a bit of coolness to the air) over to the dock and then got on a boat to go to our hotel. Seeing the skyline of the city rise over the horizon as we approached it, then seeing all the small canals cutting back and forth was exhilarating--a dream come true."

Jane

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good but I think one stop could have been eliminated and those days added onto the larger cities, like Florence and Rome. It seemed like too much moving with only two nights and one full day in each location. Overall it was a good introduction to Italy. It was way to get ideas for a return, more leisurely trip. I liked the freedom to do our own thing, but the availability of the guide's advice and experience. And not to have to worry about finding a hotel, or transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fair in Assisi. We arrived the day after a religious event and got to see the traveling fair of vendors--- and the Italians out enjoying the fair. Was nice to see folks enjoying themselves, and to see locals and Italian tourists. It was a lot of fun and a spontaneous slice of life, that we couldn't have "scheduled". Also liked the Interpreti Veneziani string concert in Venice. It was was in beautiful venue, near the hotel. The musicians were great. The price was right."

Jack

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Outstanding way to introduce a first time traveler to some of the unigue and historic areas of Italy. As a result, I felt the tour provided an opportunity to experience the cultural of the country and its people. Though at times it felt there so many places to explore and so little time, I think adding days in the beginning of the tour (Venice) and at the end (Rome) eased some of that touristy anxiety. The size and compatibility of the group was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So much to see and enjoy at each stop. However, I was overwhelmed and awed by the artistry of the Vatican, especially the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica."

Robert

Albany, CA

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was quite positive. The tour was well organized and managed. Tour guide Mary was great. Perhaps a bit too much was packed into a relatively short time, but I cannot think of anything that I would have wanted to exclude. Just too many damn tourists everywhere we turned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wandering around Florence in the evening and happening upon a talented young opera singer and her cellist friend performing outside the Uffizi. A small unexpected event, but one that I relished."

Patricia

Irvine, CA

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to be part of a great group of people from around the country. Throwing 21 strangers together for almost two weeks can be "iffy" at best. Our travel mates were fun loving, interesting, and a great mix of personalities. We have definitely made some lifelong friends. Our tour escort Dave was the best! He gave us great advice and suggestions about what to see, where to go, and of course, where to eat. Our bus driver, Saro, was delightful, very skilled. A great time had by all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments! One day in Cinque Terre we accidently stayed on the ferry too long and ended up in Porto Venere. We enjoyed an al fresco lunch in this beautiful fishing village, talking with a couple from Germany who were seated next to us. Delightful afternoon. Other wow moments included returning to the Trevi Fountain and seeing David again after 50 years! When in Venice, we met my Hawaiian cousins for dinner, many miles from our respective homes. Every day had wows!"

William

Irvine, CA

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time with a wonderful group of people from around America. Plus a super tour guide, Dave who was friendly, organized and always on task and transportation in a beautiful bus with a very capable and talented driver, Saro. I realized the buddy system worked well as I watched another non-Rick Steve's tour group struggle without it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We took a boat to the other towns of Cinque Terre but accidently stayed on too long and disembarked in Porto Venere. What a charming and pleasant surprise afternoon in a flat, not hilly, beautiful harbor. A leisurely lunch of superb pasta and seafood coupled with a friendly conservation with a vacationing couple from Germany made the day perfect."

Curtis

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our My Way experience. First time on a "tour" and Dave made it very easy to enjoy. Thanks

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed Lake Como Area very much."

Barbara

Whittier, NC

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group was no to large and we were able to meet and get to know each other. Loved the small and in some cases family owned hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi was my favorite."

Ellen

Charleston, SC

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a once in a lifetime, bucket list experience that I doubt I will ever be able to duplicate. The cities visited and the actual seeing of sights that you have only seen in pictures and read about before cannot be adequately described. Being my first visit to Italy I keep thinking " this is the real thing, not a facsimile in a restaurant, or other States venue trying to duplicate an Italian theme. Our tour group was very compatible and 'social' which added to my enjoyment of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As on my Ireland tour last year there were too many "wow" moments to list just one ie. Lake Como, Cinque Terra, the Vatican, Doge's Palace, the Colosseum and Forum, However the first sighting of the Duomo in Florence literally made me utter "Oh wow"!!!!"

Terri

Bertram, TX

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way experience is just about perfect for us. We love traveling with a congenial group of like-minded new friends and a wonderful tour manager, but appreciate the independence of being able to sightsee and eat as we please. Our group did often end up going to restaurants and other sights together, and we had almost daily Happy Hour! It's a bit difficult packing up and traveling every 2 nights, but I would not have wanted the tour to be longer or delete any of the destinations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It seemed every one of our tour members actually said "Wow!" when our tour manager took us on our Florence orientation walk and we first caught site of the magnificent Duomo. But I would have to say my most favorite tour experiences were in all the small villages we encountered on our trip - Assisi, Montepulciano, Varenna, Bellagio, and the Cinque Terre. My husband's wow moment was undoubtably the lovely Lake Como sunset."

David

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The main thing is that I came away loving Italy, and you guys were the facilitators that brought that about. You put us in key locations and then provided materials to help us make the most of our visit. The bus was efficient. Never on it too long. Great group of fellow travelers. Provided so many wow moments! I was often frustrated when we tried to use your tour books to find a restaurant. It was often difficult to find the places, and then when we did they were invariably closed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Right - like I could choose just one. 1. My first taste of Real Italian gelato. It was our first night in Venice and we were on St. Marks Square. The several orchestras were competing for our attention when I ordered a lemon gelato. I took my first taste, my eyes went open wide and I said, "Wow!" That was a memorable moment. 2. Walking out and sitting down to breakfast at the Royal Victoria Hotel on the banks of Lake Como. 3. Looking down on Vernazza from the Cinque Terre trail."

Brian

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 09/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

1st trip to Europe and also then Italy. Crowds, especially in Venice & Rome, were overwhelming & discouraging. The My Way Tour gave ample freedom to explore whatever we wanted to see. I believe it is the best way to see Europe & encourage you to add more places to your schedule s. Our tour manager, Martin, could not have been better. He was extremely knowledgable & helpful to all on the tour. The transportation was excellent and the hotels very acceptable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of the scenes around Lake Como and the Cinque Terre: the sunsets and the way the mountains seemed to melt into the lake and the Ligurian Sea."

Martha

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 09/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

George and I liked the hotels/transportation format. We were very lucky with weather. Martin smoothly handled all logistics behind the scenes and was an interesting and pleasant companion to have along. At breakfast and sometimes happy hour, we shared our plans and he freely answered our questions and made general suggestions or helpful observations. We had a nice group - mix of ages and backgrounds - and shared info with each other at times but rarely saw the others during the day/at dinner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Duomo "opera" museum - in a new space now and the Bargello in Florence; Rome - art everywhere; seeing the Basilica in Assisi at dusk with perfect light and a procession for St Francis' birthday; overlooking Lake Como with a glass of wine at our hotel bar after hiking up to a pretty villa."

James

Corpus Christi, TX

Tour: 09/20/16

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

We enjoyed all the cities toured and our traveling companions. Martin, our escort, did an outstanding job throughout the tour. He was always on top of and ahead of tour requirements. Roberto, the bus driver was prompt, professional and always concerned about safety. The bus was very comfortable and alway kept clean. So the rooms. Five out of six rooms were barely adequate or below. We would never stay in these rooms if touring on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The serenity and beauty of Cortona and Assisi. Also, the climb to the top of the Vatican Dome with the 360 degree view of Rome."

John

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very positive experience. We loved seeing Italy. Martin, our tour "manager" (don't say guide), was very helpful. He answered all of our questions about sights to see, places to eat and how to get around. Plus, he had a great sense of humor. Hotel quality was a bit better than we expected. Breakfasts in each were good to outstanding. City center locations were perfect. All had wifi, with only one being somewhat poor. The small towns were the best part of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The basilica in Assisi"

James

Aiken, SC

Tour: 09/20/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Martin was terrific. I wish we could have him for all our future tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How cruise ships destroyed Venice. The Borgese was a joy and the Vatican was a nightmare. Proof that People management is possible and really matters."

Barbara

Aiken, SC

Tour: 09/20/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything about the tour was what I would expect from a Rick Steves tour. Only problem with the trip was the crowds. I wish I had known that September-October were the busiest time in the year. And the cruise ships really made it even worse. My husband took lots of pictures of crowds to show friends how miserable it was. There were a couple of museums we had pre-purchased tickets for that were so crowded that I started getting claustrophobic and had to leave quickly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roman ruins."

Jonathan

Oviedo, FL

Tour: 09/20/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and I had an unforgettable experience on our Rick Steves' My Way tour! Our "escort" (not guide) Martin was truly wonderful. As a couple who loves to plan, the My Way experience was perfect for us. I would highly recommend this experience for those who want to spend their time experiencing what Italy has to offer without the hassle of travel and lodging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Whether we were hiking through the mountains or exploring the back roads of cities, that moment when you turn a corner and see something truly beautiful and unexpected was my "wow" moment. Breathtaking views, famous artwork, or larger than life buildings, it was all simply "wow"!"

Meghan

Oviedo, FL

Tour: 09/20/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time on the My Way Italy tour. I was nervous about doing a tour because I was concerned that there's a fair amount of time on a bus with people you don't know. You never know how that could turn out. But everyone in our group was awesome and enjoyable to be around. The bus trips were broken up with stops and seemed to go by quickly. This was my first time traveling to a country where I didn't know the language. This tour provided just enough of a security blanket.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was probably when Martin, our tour manager, was giving us an orientation to the area in Florence. We turned a corner and BAM! the Duomo was right in front of you. I literally whispered "WOW" to myself when I saw it. It's stunning to be walking through a city then be hit with extraordinary architecture that's centuries old."

Olivia

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the hotels and not having to worry about transportation between cities. The tour bus was extremely comfortable. We really enjoyed the fact that a "My Way" tour gives you the best of both worlds; independent control of how we spent our time, but without the hassle of figuring out lodging and transportation. It was an unexpected pleasure to find ourselves bonding with the tour group. We ended up spending a fair amount of time with many of them, just because we enjoyed their company!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, this is a tough one! There were so many! It was a happy revelation to me that those quaint, charming European villages still exist, that the things of the western world I like the least (fast food chains and a hurry-hurry culture) have not taken over the rest of the world! Ok, here's a wow moment: school children in Assisi, perched all over town, with sketch pads and drawing tools, rendering different parts of the town-scape. As if it were a natural part of their education!"

William

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip called "Italy your way" and it was! The hotels were comfortable, the transportation was very comfortable (a new bus) and our guide - Don - aka "Donatto" was very very very good! He made himself available every day for his "office hours". He answered every question, he reviewed our reservations when asked and found that we had mis-read them and our plans for the day would have resulted in our being at each museum at the wrong time. He was knowledgeable, funny & thoughtful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Donatto knew that my Husband walks slowly (and that is why we chose this tour - so we could go at our own pace). When the bus was parked in the lot below Assisi and a van came to take our bags to the hotel - he said - "Bill you are going with the bags - no walking for you"! How thoughtful because it was a bit of a hike to get up the hill to the hotel. He also had us stop in the Hilltown of San Gimignano for a few hours while on the way to Assisi. It was wonderful-spectacular views!"

Wayne

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was not my first RS tour, nor my first trip to northern Italy[INVALID]some stops were new, others old friends. I am now sold on "my way" tours, especially for a familiar route where you probably already know what you want to see and only have a day or two.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow...the larger than life physicality of Italian art, be it David in the Academia in Florence, the frescos in the basilicas of Saint Francis in Assisi, or the ceiling of the large hall in Rome's Barberini Palace. I was a bit better prepared than in previous visits because I did more homework before arriving, buying tickets on line, reading Rick's guides and watching The Teaching Company's Great Courses."

Joan

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great! Our guide, Donato, gave us just enough information to go out on our own, explore each town at our own pace and recommended restaurants and local dishes to try. It was fun seeing others in the group while out exploring and comparing notes on shopping, gelato, etc. We had a very cohesive group and became friends by the end of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Cinque Terre and seeing the views from the trail was incredible."

Mel

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't add a lot to what Joan has already written, but, thought the tour was great, the "My Way" plan really worked well for us. Took all the stress of planning and / or not being sure how to get some place and where to stay when you got there, out of the equation. Gave us the opportunity to maximize our time, see the sights and have a good time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably ancient Rome and to see it and to walk through it in person. We took a tour and that was helped put things into perspective."

Pamela

Oconomowoc, WI

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour suited us perfectly. We loved having the flexibility of being able to structure our time. However, we also loved the convenience of not having to provide our own transportation and finding our own hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the hall at the Academia in Florence and seeing Michelangelo's David. It is absolutely breath-taking."

Cindy

Stillman Valley, IL

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the "My Way" tour experience was great. Having the transportation and accommodations done for you as well as access to a guide to provide information and answer questions was a great stress reliever. Having someone to recommend local restaurants was a great asset. Typically our accommodations were conveniently located. We were very fortunate to meet and travel with a great group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Any place that had a great view was a "wow" moment and there were many but seeing the view of Assisi while on our vineyard tour was definitely memorable."

Mark

White Bear Lk, MN

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really liked the format where tour dealt with stressful areas transportation and hotels and left most of time for us to do what we wanted. Tour guide was very good with help and keeping those things on time. Other people on tour were very nice and very respectful of time considerations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed the town of Assisi and the winery tour our guide was able to set up for a large portion of the group. Great mix of slower time between bussyness of Florence and Rome."

Jim

Richmond, BC

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a gamble. We are at an age (retired; moving on in years) where we wanted to see if we could travel to Europe. We didn't feel confident enough to pick the right destinations and book the right hotels but we also didn't think want a fully guided agenda. We are an active couple with our own likes and dislikes regarding what we want to see, do, and eat. This tour, as it turned out, exceeded our expectations in all respects. Donato, the tour leader, was just super.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to recall a single wow moment, there were many of them. If it had to be one then it was stepping off the ferry at San Zacharia in Venice on arrival. My wife and I are not frequent travelers and this one was special. Venice was something so different from any thing we had ever seen before."

Bill

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What we most desired from a My Way tour was the ability to enjoy Italy as we wished and not be encumbered with the logistics of booking accommodations and transportation between cities. We got this and so much more! Our escort Donato was tremendous, giving us sufficient info to get us out the door and did a remarkable job of keeping it interesting and timely. The motor coach and driver far exceeded our expectations and while varied, the accommodations were just fine. Job well done by all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to chose from! Even though I feel we thoroughly prepared for our trip and devoured Rick's tour guide and videos, I was amazed at how spectacular and charming most of Italy is. Booking 2 extra days in Venice gave us an opportunity to recover from jet lag and really get to know that wonderful city. An extra 4 days after the tour in Sorrento allowed us to unwind and thoroughly enjoy the Pompeii ruins. "Wow" moment: Hiking the trails in Cinque Terre followed by a swim in the Ligurian Sea."

Molly

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have always traveled on our own and never have taken any kind of tour. This "My Way" trip was perfect for us. We loved having transportation and accommodations taken care of for us - and we loved the freedom to do things on our own schedule each day. We had downloaded all the city audio tours, plus we had our wonderful tour guide Donato, who gave us info on our bus rides to prepare for each upcoming city. The people in our tour group were all congenial and positive. A terrific experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick one - the whole trip was a WOW moment for me. We had visited most of the same cities when we were college students almost 50 years ago. it is a whole different experience (and better) seeing Italy at our age. I was constantly in awe - everything exceeded our expectations. Assisi was tops for me perhaps, but all were WOW experiences!"

Mark

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was really great! The places and hotels were amazingly beautiful and far beyond what you see in books. We had so many adventures.... Would spend more time in small towns like Assisi and Belagio and Varenna on next trip. Florence was hard for us because we hadn't figured out taxis yet and our knees and feet gave us problems. The Appian Way was a big plus though we should have rented bicycles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Grand Canal Cruise in a water taxi! Our driver, Stephano, was great, relaxed, entertaining and completely himself. Venice was amazing, delightful and delicious. The hotels were charming, classy, and hotel staff also delightful, friendly, helpful and fun. Dinner in a ristorante called Barandino, we met an Italian photo-journalist and his half Russian, half Italian jewelry making girlfriend, and their Bulgarian acrylic painter artist friend who had painted the painting above our table!"

Robert

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 09/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time. Really enjoyed the selection of locations visited. They were a great mix of fast paced cities and relaxing rural settings. The My Way format was great. Having all the logistics (hotel and transportation) handled for us allowed us to focus on seeing the sites. Without My Way, we would never have seen and enjoyed as many sites as we did. Amanda was a spectacular tour guide. She was positive, fun and friendly, a wealth of knowledge, and always willing to help.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A beautiful sunset over Lake Como with the lights of Bellagio in the distance while relaxing at a lakeside cafe table with bruchetta and a glass of wine."

Sally

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Wonderful guide and super tour mates. Perfect locations for giving us an overview of north & central Italy. The "do your own thing" tour was perfect for us and our guide Amanda was always available for consultation. Rick's app gave us fabulous audio tours of major sites and Amanda's talks on the bus helped us be well prepared for upcoming cities. Would definitely do another Rick Steves' tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice, Venice, Venice. Eating, learning and riding around in boats. Doesn't get much better than that"

June

Elkins Park, PA

Tour: 09/13/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour - wonderful places and sites. Nice mix of city and country. Nice bunch of people in the your group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Cinque Terre. I had never seen anything like it t before. I have been to Venice, Forence and Rome before. They were great but I enjoyed the smaller towns more."

Karen

New Market, MD

Tour: 09/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love the concept of the My Way Tours. Freedom to plan my days but not hassle with getting myself around and finding well located hotels. I like having the great resource of a tour guide. One of the most helpful things that our tour guide (Amanda) provided me with was a quick orientation to each city/village, so I didn't have to spend so much time figuring out how to get around. I also appreciated the dining recommendations so that all the meals were really wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a number of wows on this trip. Walking down the street in Assisi and feeling the love that fills that village. Looking at David for the first time in person and being so moved I teared up. Walking the streets of Florence, feeling the spirit of that city and suddenly understanding the Renaissance in an entirely different way."

Debra

Los Altos Hills, CA

Tour: 09/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was more than I expected! I really liked the self guiding format, allowing me to do as much or as little as I wanted. It provided for many unplanned/spontaneous adventures with my fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to select just one but all of us, 21 in total, including our guide went to agriturismo, azienda agraria frantic Le Mandrie Di San Paolo, a beautiful farm to table experience. It was an amazing food experience and a place I would love to visit again. Also leaving Florence we made a brief stop in San Gimignano before arriving in Assisi which turned out to be another great experience that wasn't necessarily on the agenda."

Jon

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great introduction to Italy. Saw a number of different places so we could determine what we wanted to come back and see again. I got to see some historical sites I have always wanted to see. Amanda did a wonderful job of keeping us informed of what to see where to eat etc. She was available to answer questions and help with anything. We have used Rick's books in the past but the My Way Tour was a great way to travel without having the hassle of having to worry about transportation and lodging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but I think Venice had to be the best. It is unlike any other city in the world. We plan on going back and renting a place for a few weeks and inviting friends/family to visit. Also, seeing things like the Sistine Chapel and the David statue, things we have heard about all our life, were great experiences."

Cynthia

Fischer, TX

Tour: 09/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where to start? To begin with, the itinerary was perfect; a luscious combination of see-worthy cities ideally mixed with quaint towns. I enjoyed the freedom to explore both, making decisions on where to go and what to do based merely on a whim.(and a Rick Steve's guidebook!) Amanda provided such knowledge about the history of each place that each location became an adventure that we could become a part of along with our "new" family of friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There really were too many to list. However, I loved turning a corner or peering over a terrace and seeing..... a postcard."

Richard

Richfield, MN

Tour: 09/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish this Italy My Way trip exceeded my expectations. The convenience of Rick Steves booking lodging and ground transportation reduces the stress and work of figuring out traveling and staying in Italy for the first time. Amanda, our amazing tour leader, provided fun and knowledgeable advice in each place we visited. The freedom to explore or to just sit and enjoy the views, the people and the food makes it possible to tailor an experience that best fits your interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Le Mandrie di San Paolo an agriturismo looking over Assisi and the Umbria valleys was a WOW moment for me. One of our group mentioned on the bus to Assisi that she was interested in an agriturismo and would anyone else be interested in sharing a cab. In the end our whole Italy My Way group went and we had a great time. Dining with our group in the 1,000 year old stone house featuring olive oil, cheese and other locally produced ingredients just pushed this experience over the top for me."

Sara

Richfield, MN

Tour: 09/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We hoped for a fun, challenging, enriching introduction to Italy in the company of like-minded travelers. Our trip was all we had hoped for. Amanda provided great leadership, our fellow travelers were a joy, our destinations filled our hearts and minds with wonders we will always remember and whetted our travel appetites for more. We had independent adventures and time and experiences shared with our group. The "My Way" experience was the right way for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. Some in the heart of cities and some in quieter places. To choose one . . . the view of the Tuscan countryside from an outdoor table at a restaurant in San Gimignano. A glass of wine, wild boar pasta -- a feast for all the senses."

Denise

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour was just the right tour for us! RS provided the framework - places we wanted to go - hotels in the heart of the towns, transport within country and a tour manager. We studied the 2016 Italy RS guidebook, determined our "must see" and "must do" list, and then planned those activities for our days in each location. It was great to be in each location for 2 nights - Florence may need 3 nights as there was more to see and do than we had time for even with timed reservations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments - seeing David, the Colosseum - but my favorite was climbing the Victor Emmanuel II Monument and riding the elevator to the rooftop terrace where we had a 360 degree view of Rome. The Colosseum was behind us and the Vatican before us. The view of Rome was topped off when the sun started to set and the lights blinked on. After picture taking with RS tour group friends, we ended the evening with a good dinner at a neighborhood restaurant."

Wendy

Old Forge, NY

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were on a first time Rick Steves tour and a first time trip to Italy, we could not have chosen a better way to go. We chose the My Way tour because we wanted to be on our own and at the same time we wanted the assistance of the tour guide. This trip was the perfect combination of time on our own and time to get to know some great people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was in Cinque Terre. The Rick Steves Manarola Vineyard Walk. We took this walk from Manarola through Volastra to Corniglia. This was the most beautiful scenic walk I have ever taken. The grapes in the vineyards were ripe and ready to pick, the Ligurian Sea was gorgeous, the views of the cities of Cinque Terre were amazing."

Bill

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would like to do the same trip again! The hotels were great. The tour escort, Cynthia, was wonderful and provided good information that helped in planning our days. The tour bus was comfortable and the driver Sauro was outstanding. The mix of large cities and smaller lake, seaside and hill towns was a great mix of experiences. The pace of the trip was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably standing on the top of the Victor Emmanuel monument at dusk and watching the city lights of Rome come on was my outstanding moment. Rome was so beautiful as the sunlight dimmed. We had just finished seeing the coliseum and the Roman forum (which was also fantastic) with three new friends from our tour. We all went to the top of the monument, had the great views from the top and then walked back to the hotel, stopping along the way at a Rick Steves recommended restaurant."

Richard

Tallulah Falls, GA

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour manager Cynthia and our driver Sauro were very friendly and helpful, always smiling and ready to answer any question. Cynthia took time while we were on the coach to talk about our destination both to the group as well as individually. Sauro negotiated difficult narrow roads easily and got us to our destinations on time every time. The hotels were very convenient to desirable sites and were very clean. Check in was fast and well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me there were wow moments at every turn. In Venice coctails at The Flora Cafe at dusk. At lake Como the Villa Carlotta and lunch at La Punta Ristorante. In the Cinque Terre the Vinyard walk. In Florence David. In Assissi the Basillica of St Francis and in Rome The Pantheon. And everywhere the friendly smiling people."

Michele

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent.We had plenty of time to explore each city's sights on the stops(We stayed extra in Venice & Rome).In addition to our escort's tips we followed Rick Steves' guidebook advice and his audio tours. Everything was spot-on and gave us greater insight into our surroundings, along with marvelous discoveries we would not have made on our own. Having transportation and hotels planned for us was a new experience but I think we could get used to it! Love the MY WAY concept.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just one? So hard to choose. -Following Rick Steves' walk through Riamaggiore, Cinque Terra at sunset. Seeing the locals, looking back at the city and all its colors from the water's edge and seeing the sun set over the entire scene. -Night @ San Marco Square cafes -Mosaics (which look like paintings) in St Peter's-& the sheer size of St P's space! -The Vatican's Gallery of Maps-WOW! -Italian coffee! -Pesto! -Venice wanderings using the excellent MapEasy's Guidemap (recommend this)"

Douglas

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the my way tour, the people on the tour and most of all our tour guide Martin. He went above and beyond what I expected from the tour and because of Martin we will take another my way tour in the future. Thank you Martin,our fellow tour people, and rick Steves for making this tour so great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything we saw was great and amazing but I as amazed by the Ufizzi gallery"

Monica

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. It exceeded my expectations. I felt you really went out of your way to accommodate tour members' wants and our guide was stupendous. I appreciated the non-grumpiness of tour members when things did not go exactly as planned (made possible by the pledge you made us sign). I have since recommended your tours to others and would gladly do another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I told our guide at the start of our trip that I REALLY wanted to visit Sienna and I suspected I might be able to take one of our regular tour days to do that but that it would mean a lot of extra travel for me, our tour guide made the requisite inquiries, got approval from our driver, home office, and all the other tour members, and we were able to visit Sienna in addition to what was already on our itinerary. WOW."

Susan

Ashland, OR

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first hotel in Venice was so convenient as were all the rest on the tour. Our tour guide Martin, was the greatest. He communicated with everyone individually as well as by using the written schedules and tips at each hotel lobby. He organized several "happy hours" and a nice end of trip dinner. Our bus driver Giacomo was amazing and so professional. Our group all got along well and were interesting and shared, photos, experiences etc.I loved the "My Way" structure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi at night and waking up there in the morning to beautiful rain showers. I can't just report one WOW moment cause there were so many, St. Marks Basilica, Venice canals, the Doges Palace, beautiful Lake Como, Florence and all its glorious art, charming Cinque Terra and watching the locals strolling and sitting on benches amidst all the tourists, Rome and all its history. Great choices on "Best Of""

John

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a great time. We have traveled to Europe many times before, but always doing everything ourselves. Having transportation and accommodation taken care of, but being left alone while in a city was the prefect mix. The tour gave us a glimpse of Italian cities we had never been to. There were no disappointments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was looking forward to seeing Cinque Terre, and it did not disappoint. The hike between the towns (the long ones as several of the coastal routes were closed) was spectacular, and when you follow that by fabulous meals, it was an unbelievable 2 days."

Larry

Chattaroy, WA

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour for us. The my way tour fit us just right. We enjoyed the help we got from Martin our tour director but we were free to go on our own at each stop. Also we enjoyed the others on our trip. Very nice people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed hiking in Cinque Terre the most but enjoyed the village of Assisi much more than expected."

Gail

Chattaroy, WA

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the trip was excellent. Martin, our guide, was very nice, encouraging, fair, helpful,tireless, generous with his knowledge and time. I really couldn't have asked for a better guide. I forgot my passport, money, etc. in my money belt in the hotel safe in Venice, our first city. It was very unnerving but Martin knew just what to do! He helped my husband and I by contacting the hotel and the Rick Steves travel assist. Long story short, it was a happy ending.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi was a big surprise. I had no expectations of it and it turned out to be one of my favorite places!"

Richard

Avon Lake, OH

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and very informative. The idea of choosing want to do in each city greatly appealed to me. Even climbed to the top of the Duomo in Florence... you were right..what an outstanding and inspiring view. Martin, our tour guide, was well read, versed and shared much information with us. He made it a point to interact with each of us on a daily basis. The food was very gratifying and the wines were out this world. The Italian people I found to be very friendly and proud.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the Duomo in Florence, seeing Michelangelo's "David" and all the other famous artist of the period..brought tears to my ears (being an artist). The Sistine ceiling was moving and astounding in what he did..blew me away. Climbing to the top of the castle in Lake Como region."

Lolita

Normandy Park, WA

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time celebrating our twenty fifth wedding anniversary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking all 5 trails of the cinque terra."

Kathy

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt quite prepared with the materials sent to me before the trip. I greatly appreciated our guide, Don. He was critical to the great experience I had. He answered all my questions and gave me great perspective and advice. I appreciated the small group of great people, the nice bus and driver, and all but one of our accommodations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Lake Como. I went kayaking on the lake and it was beautiful and peaceful. Our accommodations were excellent and the breakfast outstanding. I also loved Assisi. Setting the stage with the first church below Assisi made it even more meaningful. I attended Mass there and it was quite beautiful, I hiked all over, and spent time on our lovely deck overlooking the valley. This was probably my favorite place."

Genine

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was wonderful! Our guide was knowledgeable, helpful, and accessible. Accommodations and travel arrangements were all well planned and organized. My only complaint is that we didn't have more time in Florence and Rome with so much to see and do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the coastline of the Cinque Terre - breathtaking."

William

Livermore, CA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After driving in Europe, I'm so glad that we decided to go " My Way". The stress of driving in Italy would have been incredible. It was so much better not to have to worry about driving, finding hotels, and generally the stress of exploring the right things to see and do. Our guide was simply the best! Everything done for us was over and above what was expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como. I could have spent more time there! Lake Tahoe of Italy!"

Carolyn

Maumee, OH

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I love the concept of the MyWay Tour. (I actually wish there were more of them!) Our first meeting was well organized and informative, albeit a bit too long. I enjoyed our group immensely and truly feel I made many new friends. The tour itself, including the locations we visited, were breathtaking. Absolutely incredible! From our first steps in Venice to the last in Rome, we had an unforgettable and amazing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first views of Venice were truly incredible. Such beauty! Shopping in Lake Como as well as having a quiet dinner looking out over the lake, was gorgeous. I also loved the spectacular history, art and architecture of both Florence and Rome, while Trevi Fountain gave us some of our most romantic memories."

Richard

Gresham, OR

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an excellent tour. Our guide was fantastic. The overnight stays, charmingly quirky. Some I liked better than others, but never a bad one. Transport between cities was comfortable and everything went smoothly. I enjoyed the freedom that came with it being an unguided My Way Tour. It was a nice diverse group of people that all got along well

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is going to be a difficult question. There were so many "wows" and it ends up being an apples to oranges type question. In Venice it was wandering around at night when the crowds have thinned, the temperature dropped and discovering things away from the main tourist attractions. It could be a delightful meal at a restaurant full of locals, or a concert in a church, followed by a drink with someone you just met."

Barbara

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour Guide was Fabulous, very informative and able to speak Italian. He was very useful when we arrived at a town by telling us how to navigate the town. The reason I did not give the tour a Oustanding was because of the crowds, heat and humidity. I will probably not return to Italy because of this. Having said this, our stays at the different hotel's was Excellent.The staff's were extremely helpful and our bus was very comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Tuscany and staying in Assisi after the crowds left for the day. I loved the Cinque Terre and swimming in the sea."

Bill

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a good trip seeing almost everything on our prepared itinerary and many found surprises. We had visited many of the sights 36 years ago, which was both good and bad. Manarola for example has a more vibrant waterfront now, but the crowds were overwhelming. The biggest frustration now is not being able to take photos without flash in many of the major sights - St. Marks, St. Francis' basilica and chapel, Sistine Chapel, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"An evening string concert and spaghetti bolognese in Venice."

Amy

Livermore, CA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide was outstanding in providing logistics and insight to all areas. Most of the hotels were just OK. Only 1 was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"hmmm, so many. I would have to say Assisi. I did not expect to get so much out of it. Loved the area and surrounding countryside."

Robert

Crescent Springs, KY

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was really a lot of fun! Although we wound up with three guides, all were interesting and had great tips for tours. The bus and driver we had were excellent. Very clean and a smooth ride thanks to our driver Sauro. I loved all of the cities we went to, especially Assisi! We had a great group of fellow travelers who shared information on places to see and to eat

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first guide, Rozanne, told of a little trail in Assisi to take to get away from the crowds. We took the trail and wound up at a small osteria below the town. I think we were the only tourists there. It was lovely! there were olive groves and grape arbors all around the place. There was a large Italian family having a reunion of sorts. Kids running around and people having a great time together. I loved it and will remember that time and place forever."

John

Myrtle Beach, SC

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything went very well with the exception of having our guide leave us during our tour. Rosanna had become a part of our group and it was disappointing to lose her during our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved every destination we visited. It is hard to give one Wow moment."

Patrick

Westerville, OH

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour. Having been a fan of his TV series and attended a presentation of his at our local library,we had high expectations for this trip. By every criteria (escorts, lodging, transportation, sites and operation professionalism), our experience exceeded expectations. My wife and I were 2 of 14 persons in our group. With exceptional leadership of our escort, we quickly became acquainted with each other which made the group-sharing of our Italy experience even greater.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each site was so extraordinary and experiences so memorable we cannot identify one moment as a favorite. Exceptional Venice, the natural beauty of Lake Como, churches and museums of Florence and Rome, religious reflection in Assisi, and the pleasure of sharing our experiences over drinks and dinner with our companions are too difficult to rate one over the other."

Andrew

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 07/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience; there was quite a bit of walking and hill climbing which was not hard for us, but we weren't expecting. Stacy was a fantastic guide, and provided just the right mix of advice and background information that allowed us to choose our own itinerary in each location. As we went along, we decided we preferred the less crowded locations, and Stacy assisted us in determining what we wanted to see, the best way to see them, and the best time to go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out our window over Lake Como from our fabulous hotel room windows; having some salami, cheese and bread and seeing the thunderstorm sweep across the lake. We also saw a wedding at the church there and we quite taken with it. We also saw a Russian accordion player in the Bourghese Park busking; he played "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" by Bach, and it was the high point for me."

Catherine

Madison, WI

Tour: 07/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The combination of cities filled with history and art and small towns set in areas of natural wonder was ideal. The different regions encompassed within the tour gave us a taste of the distinct cultures to be found within easy travel of each other, and all four family members in my group loved all of them. We had the freedom to explore on our own (with advice from our wonderful guide as little or as much as we desired) but were freed from the hassle of arranging hotels and transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were many, my most memorable "wow" moment was opening the wooden shutters of the window in our hotel(a remodeled villa)in Varenna. As I looked across a lovely courtyard and garden below, Lake Como and its surrounding mountains stretched before me. It was so beautiful I could have gazed out of my window for hours!"

Michael

Norman, OK

Tour: 07/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good overall. The bus was very nice and - with the limited number on the tour - very roomy. The one complaint I would have is the limited time in each place. In 2013 we had 3 nights at each stop (of course, it was a different tour), and this time only 2. I know - we went to more places, etc. But, you get used to a place and then have to move on. I don't know how this would be addressed without adding several days to the trip or omit a stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably, when we were at St. Francis of Assisi's basilica and realized, he would hate it! Although, we thought it was incredible."

Nicholas

Madison, WI

Tour: 07/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife, Andrea, and I had a wonderful experience on the trip. We really appreciated the layout of the trip, the planning of the various cities, the convenience of the transportation, and the advice and information provided by Stacy, our tour manager. The planning of the trip seemed very well thought out. I liked how we went from a sight-seeing city like Venice to a calmer relaxed area like Lake Como. Also, the advice made food and activity choices always end up being great decisions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be hard to pick just one but I think the moment that stood out the most to me was eating dinner in Lake Como. The beauty was incredible and the food was amazing. In Lake Como we could relax, hike up to a castle, or enjoy wonderful wine and food. I had a lot of "wow" moments."

Beverly

Black Mountain, NC

Tour: 07/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since we had not traveled overseas in years, we trusted RS to deliver an excellent experience. MY WAY fit our needs perfectly since we knew my husband's bad hip would impede keeping pace with most guided tours. We traveled with confidence knowing that information, guides, transportation, accommodations, and suggested tours and restaurants had been vetted many times over. Aside from the magnificence of Italy, the next best part of a RS tour is the camaraderie of like-minded travelers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The Duomo in Florence, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore: Our guide lead us from the hotel to The Duomo. As we turned the corner, I nearly went to my knees in awe and tears at this magnificent creation. Both evenings, my husband returned and walked in circles, marveling at mere man's creation. 2. Piazza San Marco at night: Cafes' musicians filling the night air with the most beautiful music on earth on Italy's most beautiful piazza."

Nathan

Lewisville, NC

Tour: 06/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time learning about Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We did a tour in Rome with Teresa Potenza (www.italywiththeresa.blogspot.com). I enjoy history"

Francine

Corona, CA

Tour: 06/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! I loved all of the cities we visited and the suggestions Kathleen gave regarding places to visit and things to do. The hotels we stayed in were lovely & in prime locations. This tour allowed me the freedom to see what I wanted and to create my own sight seeing schedule. The others on the tour were kind, caring, & helpful. Rick's Italy book helped tremendously & is filled with information, which reduced the anxiety level. Thank you for another wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was visiting Assisi. I'm glad this city was a destination on our tour. The beauty and serenity were just what I imagined the heart of Italy is made of."

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Pre-Tour Planning

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

Trip Resources

Learn more about Italy: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews, and articles, plus recommended books and movies. Download the free Rick Steves Audio Europe app, which includes self-guided walking tours of Venice, Florence, Assisi, and Rome.

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. About one month prior to the tour departure, we'll email you directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as the complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Transportation

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

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members will arrange to fly into 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.

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

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Thinking you could use some expert, in-depth help to plan your sightseeing days? Tour members enjoy a 50 percent discount on Rick's Trip Consulting services!

Sightseeing on Your Own

When you arrive in Venice, use the Rick Steves Italy guidebook to get oriented. Try out a few words of Italian, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Walking tours make a great introduction to any town. Use the free Rick Steves Audio Europe™ app for Apple and Android (or get free podcast/mp3 files), which includes a wealth of Venice neighborhood walks and self-guided museum tours. Check the Rick Steves Italy guidebook for museum hours (some are closed one day per week; some stay open late one day per week).

Remember, you will be in charge of your own sightseeing for ALL destinations on this trip, so you should begin planning well before you fly to Italy! To avoid wasting time in long lines, we strongly recommend you make reservations — in advance from home — for the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries in Florence, and the Vatican Museums in Rome. See the Rick Steves Italy guidebook for details on how to reserve.

Packing

The scenic trails in the Cinque Terre can be rugged in spots. While hiking boots are not necessary, you'll want to bring a pair of sturdy walking shoes.

We also recommend you bring a smart phone, tablet, or other device to assist in planning your activities, and to access Rick's Audio Europe™ app and self-guided walking tours.

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