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

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My Way® Italy in 13 Days

from $2,895 per person + air

Single Supplement $875

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

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What's Included

  • This is an "un-guided" tour — giving you the freedom (and responsibility) to manage your daily sightseeing schedule and meals
  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people will share our big, comfy bus during the trip, but not do organized sightseeing together
  • A Rick Steves tour manager will coordinate the group's transportation and hotels and provide advice for sightseeing, meals, etc.
  • All group transportation from Venice to Rome
  • 12 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts are included
  • All tips for tour manager and driver
  • Free Audio Europe™ app for Apple and Android (free podcast/mp3 files) featuring Rick's audio walking tours of sights, museums, and neighborhoods in Florence, Venice, Assisi, and Rome. Also includes Rick's radio interviews with experts on destinations covered in this itinerary
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2022
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Costs not covered: As this is not a guided tour, you will be responsible for the cost of all your lunches, dinners, drinks, admissions, sightseeing, and non-group transportation. Be sure to plan and budget accordingly.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Italy

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

No bus. Sleep in Venice.

Day 2: Exploring Venice

The entire day is yours to experience the Byzantine majesty of St. Mark's Basilica*, the formidable Doge's Palace*, the masterpiece-packed Frari Church*, maybe take in a church concert, waltz on St. Mark's Square, or pub-crawl your way through this unique city.

No bus. Sleep in Venice.

Day 3: Lake Como

This morning we'll say "ciao, Venezia" as we meet up with our bus and drive to Lake Como. Along the way, we'll stop to grab lunch before arriving at our final destination — the sleepy Lake Como village of Varenna, where you'll have plenty of time to explore its romantic promenade, tiny harbor, and narrow lanes.

Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Varenna.

Day 4: Cruising Lake Como

All you'll need is a Lake Como ferry pass and you'll have the entire day free to explore the villages and waterways of romantic Lake Como, including elegant stops like Bellagio. Hike up into the alpine foothills for unforgettable vistas, or take an hour-long train trip to Milan for a day of city sightseeing.

No bus. Sleep in Varenna.

Day 5: Italian Riviera

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

Bus: 5 hours. Sleep on the Italian Riviera. 

Day 6: Exploring the Cinque Terre

Ahh, it's time to take a "vacation from your vacation" today in our Mediterranean getaway. Pick a Cinque Terre village and spend your day exploring the stairways and alleyways, sunning yourself on the rocks, or sipping a cappuccino and catching up on your journal at an outdoor café. Or, if you're looking for lots of exercise, fresh air, and panoramic views, start your day early and hike the cliff-side paths that connect the towns. For dinner tonight, enjoy what's local and fresh: the seafood and the "best pesto in Italy."

No bus. Sleep on the Italian Riviera.

Day 7: Florence and David

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

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

Day 8: Renaissance Florence

Today is yours to devote time to the breathtaking Renaissance art of the Uffizi*(r) — home to the finest collection of Italian paintings anywhere — including works by Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and more. Or you could stroll across the delightfully medieval Ponte Vecchio and visit several of the city's art-filled churches and museums, browse the colorful markets, and find a special trattoria for dinner on your own.

No bus. Sleep in Florence.

Day 9: Assisi

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

Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Assisi.

Day 10: St. Francis' Assisi

In a time of unprecedented church wealth, St. Francis inspired a refocused spirituality through poverty, humility, and the beauty of nature in Umbria. You'll have all day to experience the beautifully frescoed Basilica of St. Francis*, and wander through (and wonder at) this charming town and its surrounding hills.

No bus. Sleep in Assisi.

Day 11: La Dolce Vita Rome

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

Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Rome.

Day 12: A Day of Roman Roamin'

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

No bus. Sleep in Rome.

Day 13: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Sightseeing notes

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

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Marla

Burnaby, BC

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Italy has been my dream trip for years so when my daughter suggested the My Way tour it sounded perfect! With hotels and transport taken care of we concentrated on all the sites we wanted to take in. Escort Don was friendly & very knowledgeable of all the areas also giving tips and orientation. Hotels we stayed at were varied and each had their own charm. Our nice comfortable coach was expertly maneuvered by Stefano. Turned out the trip was perfect! Hats off to Don and Stefano!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick a favourite but a notable one was seeing Cinque Terre from the water on a private sunset boat tour."

Alayna

Burnaby, BC

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic. What I loved was that we got to do our own thing in each city but without having to worry about researching hotels and transport between cities. Don was an excellent guide - giving us advice on what to see, do and what regional food to try.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, there were WOW moments every day: all the historic sites, beautiful scenery, great food."

Lana

Fishers, IN

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Freeport, IL

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second My Way tour and we were not disappointed! Laurel, our tour guide was very helpful and our fellow travelers were wonderful. The hotel locations were perfect for exploring all the spectacular sights in each area we visited. The convenience of having our travel and hotel details taken care of allowed us to just spend our time taking in the beauty that is Italy. We had fun getting to know the fellow travelers in our tour and have stayed in touch with them since returning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to choose just one! Hiking the towns in Cinque Terre was certainly a highlight for me. There were perfectly beautiful vistas around every corner and the staff at our hotel desk was able to sell us the hiking/ train pass right at the hotel!"

Daniel

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Sue

Sagle, ID

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marshall

Sagle, ID

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Raymond

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Branca

Surrey, BC

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katharine

Emory, VA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peter

Tiverton, RI

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Cary, NC

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como"

Nancy

Ashland, OR

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Madison, WI

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sylvia

Madison, WI

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Mayfield Hts, OH

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tranquility of Lake Como. Seeing the Duomo"

Wendy

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Russell

York, ME

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandy

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stanley

Millbrae, CA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing David. Pretty mindblowing."

Judy

Oracle, AZ

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Coliseum and Cinque Terre."

Connie

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful, enjoyable tour from start to finish. Laura was very helpful answering our questions and advising us about local sights and restaurants along the way. The weather was perfect: sunny almost every day with temperatures in the upper 60's to low 70's. Most of the hotels exceeded our expectations with large, comfortable rooms. We liked the "My Way" option that allowed us to go at our own pace. We loved having the hotels and transportation between towns already arranged.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but number one was St. Peter's Basilica. Absolutely stunning and awe inspiring. Another was coming upon the Duomo in Florence; there was a fantastic view of the dome from our hotel room. It was beautiful in the early morning sun, at sunset, and when it was lighted at night. We also enjoyed hearing the bells."

Catherine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Plainfield, IL

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked Venice."

David

Lake Ozark, MO

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Luciano

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very wonderful, constantly discovering new and adventurous places. Because we did it "My Way" it required a lot work. Next time would prefer a "packaged tour". Also since i referred to this trip of a "Taste of Italy" because of the short time in each place, we would have preferred more days in each place (3 night min.) for a more relaxing pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it was Lake Como when we saw that beautiful lake side view from our hotel balcony , which i came to understand was not normal for a ricksteves tour group. Also when Cynthia walked us to the ferry dock and the ideal european scene of the restaurants hugging the lakeshore. Also the Immense size of the basilica in Florence and proximity of the sqr. to our hotel room."

Stephen

Greenfield, OH

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wonderful moments on this tour - hiking up the hill to the monastery in Florence and hearing the monks chant was near the top of the list though. The view of Florence at duck from that hilltop was also amazing!"

John

Anaheim, CA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Craig

Hillsboro, OH

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jon

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Jim

Potomac Falls, VA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rose

Plainfield, IL

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gail

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Woodbridge, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Justin

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Takeo

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Glenn

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cavan

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hotel locations are very good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The special dinner arranged by Kathleen in Lake Como"

Scott

S Hamilton, MA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Green Valley, AZ

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Velma

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Earl

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good group dynamics, had a wonderful time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michaelangelo sculptures in person"

Joan

Monterey Park, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Monterey Park, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Andover, MA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing David"

John

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anne

Castle Rock, CO

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suzanne

Columbia, MO

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cathy

Geneva, IL

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Tuscany area. Gorgeous!"

Sue

Cumming, GA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Scott

Cumming, GA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Blaine, MN

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeannine

Kihei, HI

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christopher

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tamara

Hilo, HI

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephanie

Blaine, MN

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pam

La Conner, WA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diane

Itasca, IL

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Italy tour was a wonderful way to experience Italy. Having the transportation and hotels provided for us made everything so much simpler. Our bus driver, Roberto, got us everywhere safely and our bus was clean and comfortable. The 28 person limit for the tour made for a nice manageable group. This was our first trip to Italy and the cities selected for the tour were perfect - each unique and beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each city had wow moments! Everywhere you turned in Venice was a wow moment! Lake Cuomo was a peaceful wow and the first sight of the green marble Duomo was a real wow in Florence! Then there was the charm of Assisi and the views of the hill country!"

Evelyn

Omaha, NE

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marcy Rosenshein

New Windsor, NY

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elaine

Alameda, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeanne

Emmaus, PA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gail

Willseyville, NY

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Margaret

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Doug

Vadnais Heights, MN

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Calvin

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized! Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeannine

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judith

Wellsville, NY

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Alameda, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Wappingers Falls, NY

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ronn

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Owasso, OK

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brenda

Westerville, OH

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christina

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Louise

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to describe!"

Charles

Prineville, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Prineville, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Columbus, WI

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Danielle

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food and views in Assisi and Varenna."

Melissa

Bismarck, ND

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name."

James

Kerrville, TX

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sarah

Dudley, MA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patty

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Winter Garden, FL

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Beth

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephanie

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Francis

Westport, MA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julia

Coudersport, PA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sherri

Coudersport, PA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Coudersport, PA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment"

Brian

Coudersport, PA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shawn

Coudersport, PA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lois

Burke, VA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sarah

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephanie

Burien, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Nashua, NH

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Holland, MI

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judy

Scappoose, OR

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Melissa

Fresno, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Derek

Fresno, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steve

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Duane

Castle Pines, CO

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How pretty of a country Italy is."

Carl

Kenosha, WI

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sarah

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Don

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Bobcaygeon, ON

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wayne

West Peoria, IL

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joe

Littleton, CO

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Fishers, IN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joe

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Fishers, IN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robin

Mount Juliet, TN

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

When To Go & Weather

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

Italy / Venice


Italy / Florence


Italy / Rome

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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