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

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My Way® Italy in 13 Days

from $2,895 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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

Dates & Prices

2019

2020

What's Included

  • This is an "un-guided" tour — giving you the freedom (and responsibility) to manage your daily sightseeing schedule and meals
  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people will share our big, comfy bus during the trip, but not do organized sightseeing together
  • A Rick Steves tour manager will coordinate the group's transportation and hotels and provide advice for sightseeing, meals, etc.
  • All group transportation from Venice to Rome
  • 12 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts are included
  • All tips for tour manager and driver
  • Free Audio Europe™ app for Apple and Android (free podcast/mp3 files) featuring Rick's audio walking tours of sights, museums and neighborhoods in Florence, Venice, Assisi, and Rome. Also includes Rick's radio interviews with experts on destinations covered in this itinerary
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

Sightseeing notes

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

Day 1: Welcome to Italy

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

Day 2: Exploring Venice

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

Day 3: Lake Como

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

Day 4: Cruising Lake Como

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

Day 5: Italian Riviera

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

Day 6: Exploring the Cinque Terre

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

Day 7: Florence and David

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

Day 8: Renaissance Florence

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

Day 9: Assisi

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

Day 10: St. Francis' Assisi

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

Day 11: La Dolce Vita Rome

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

Day 12: A Day of Roman Roamin'

Rome is the grand finale of our trip, packed with historical riches, cultural delights, and an infinite supply of wows. Today, aided by Rick's audio tours, you could follow the footsteps of emperors through the Roman Forum*, Colosseum*, 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

Judy

Scappoose, OR

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Derek

Fresno, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

Creech

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

Dan

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joseph

Glenn Dale, MD

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rose

Littleton, CO

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

Debra

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phillip

Lansing, MI

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Vassalboro, ME

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

May

Newbury Park, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Auburn, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bonnie

Greenville, SC

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lewis

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Vassalboro, ME

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Irene

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tyrion

Arana Hills, QLD

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Helen

Courtenay, BC

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food in Italy is incredible!"

Peter

Courtenay, BC

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bruce

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Derry, NH

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Lusby, MD

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Timothy

Lusby, MD

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Winnie

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ed

Glenview, IL

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi"

Robin

Mount Juliet, TN

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michelle

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Amy

Golden Valley, MN

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Bedford, MA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eugene

Midlothian, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Grapevine, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julia

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edward

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Lake Como and Assisi."

Joan

Dallas, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Redmond, WA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Andrea

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Jean

Midlothian, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kenneth

Grapevine, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

St Paul, MN

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Orland Park, IL

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jane

Omaha, NE

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maria

Radium Hot Springs, BC

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phillip

New London, NC

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Visit to the US cemetery."

Wenda

Sandy, UT

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Manfred

Arlington, WA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christopher

Montclair, NJ

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Ventura, CA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susana

Ventura, CA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ken

Cary, NC

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia V

Myrtle Beach, SC

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Montclair, NJ

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jennifer

West Valley, UT

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brian

Boca Raton, FL

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Junction City, WI

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Carroll, OH

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the tower in San Gimignano."

Terri

Carroll, OH

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from my gandola"

Joan

St Augustine, FL

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como"

James

Toledo, OH

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Park Ridge, IL

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Eastsound, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lorain

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable; everything went smoothly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome Colosseum and Form"

Diane

Staten Island, NY

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Junction City, WI

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maria

Dublin, CA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Melody

Laredo, TX

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Venice"

Douglas

Stockton, CA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Loveland, CO

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overview of Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephanie

Loveland, CO

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dena

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Constance

Parker, CO

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nhumey

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent in all aspects: hotels, transportation, people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phyllis

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Boulder, CO

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jean

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Venice and Varenna"

Linda

Boulder, CO

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maria

Stockton, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jerome

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Lory

Glenview, IL

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jo Dean

Aberdeen, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jaedra

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Seal Beach, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The number of canals in Venice."

Beth

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Bettendorf, IA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Hartland, WI

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jan

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Liz

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The organization of getting from place to place."

Kirby

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Deanna

Acton, MA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Plymouth, MA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karyn

Hartland, WI

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Mahtomedi, MN

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Brainerd, MN

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gail

East Northport, NY

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Andrew

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Beth

East Northport, NY

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Huntsville, AL

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Betty

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Apryl

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Peachtree Corners, GA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laura

Delafield, WI

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Delafield, WI

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many different locations!"

Claire

Montgomery, TX

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gail

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Annapolis, MD

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lark

Annapolis, MD

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi, and Tuscany/Umbria in general."

Steve

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Apalachicola, FL

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Mt Gretna, PA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como."

David

Newnan, GA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Norma

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Greg

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como area and hotel. Very nice."

Sandra

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charlotte

Temecula, CA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joseph

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Kathleen

Medford, OR

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful cities and villages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence"

SAMUEL

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mike

Barnett, MO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dayle

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Brookfield, WI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's David"

Julie

Brookfield, WI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jessie

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cheryl

Albany, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sonia

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Richland Center, WI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shari

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margaret

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sarah

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karin

Wind Lake, WI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carla

Sagamore Hills, OH

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frances

Fresno, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Clayton, GA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bob

Glendale, CA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katie

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como"

Lynn

Wallingford, PA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lou

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carlene

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susanne

Eugene, OR

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tracy

Everett, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Justin

Greenville, NC

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Israel

Greenville, NC

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maureen

Muskego, WI

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Muskego, WI

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Megan

Fremont, CA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Collosseum and the Roman Forum."

Susan

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jane

Mt Pleasant, WI

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Thomas

Stillwater, MN

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Amy

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joda

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time to EUROPE and it was a great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Lake Como"

Joan

Carpinteria, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

London, ON

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vaporetto rides in Venice."

William

Carpinteria, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eric

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Durham, NC

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rollin

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diane

Durham, NC

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Lacey, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Constance

Chehalis, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Corozal, BZ

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Meagen

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Megan

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Como."

Walt

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sherrill

Sheboygan Falls, WI

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rosanna

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

MARIANNA WAS GREAT. NO COMPLAINTS

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jan

Pearland, TX

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bob

Maplewood, MN

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynn

Maplewood, MN

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Corozal Town, CZL

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Perry

Bedford, MA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gelato!"

John

Chicago, IL

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Canton, GA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leslie

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laura

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gayle

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karyn

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jenny

Auburn, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jan

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cheryl

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Assisi was beautiful."

Sally

Barcelona, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Sandra

Bridal Veil, OR

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Melinda

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Albert

Manassas, VA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dolora

Manassas, VA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janette

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristi

Milton, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lawrence

Savannah, GA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The garden at Villa Carlotta."

Laura

Laguna Hills, CA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Erie, PA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Zachary

Milton, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Trevor

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Sweet Home, OR

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edward

Sweet Home, OR

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ashleigh

Richmond, VA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Scappoose, OR

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marco

El Paso, TX

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Williston, VT

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Benedicte

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gordon

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Abigail

Williston, VT

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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."

Lois

Ames, IA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Sylvania, OH

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cheryl

Sylvania, OH

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lloyd

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wayne

Langley, BC

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow we finally made it haha."

Yvette

Baton Rouge, LA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was outstanding, enjoyed every moment of it!

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

Weather

Italy / Venice


Italy / Florence


Italy / Rome

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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