• Trastevere neighborhood, Rome, Italy
    Rome's Trastevere Neighborhood
  • Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli
  • Fresh bruschetta
  • Trulli houses, Alberobello, Italy
    Alberobello's Trulli Houses
  • Temple of Hera II, Paestum, Italy
    Temples of Paestum
  • Amalfi, Italy
    Amalfi Coast
  • Sorrento
  • Capri
  • Naples, Italy
    Naples

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Best of South Italy in 13 Days Tour

from $3,595 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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This tour treats you to the slice of Italy that's richest in contrasts, from cities to beaches, and from rugged to glamorous. After touring the wonders of Rome, your Rick Steves guide will take you across Italy's boot to the wild beauty of the Gargano Peninsula and Adriatic Coast. You'll meander through the untouristed Puglia and Basilicata regions, followed by the must-see historic sites at Paestum and Pompeii, the jaw-dropping vistas of the Amalfi Coast, and the untamed energy of Naples. Join us for the Best of South Italy in 13 Days!

Dates & Prices

2018

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of South Italy come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 group sightseeing events • Trastevere walking tour • Jewish Ghetto walking tour • Capitoline Museum • Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli • Gargano boat cruise (weather permitting) • Pasta-making demonstration • Alberobello • Puglia wine tasting • Matera Sassi walking tour • Mozzarella farm • Paestum • Pompeii • Gelato-making demonstration • Orientation for Capri excursion • Sorrento home-hosted dinner • Capodimonte Museum • Naples neighborhood walk • Sansevero Chapel • Naples Archaeology Museum…and more
  • All group transportation from Rome to Naples
  • 12 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2–8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Italy

We'll gather at our Rome hotel at 4 p.m. for a "Welcome to Italy" group meeting. Afterward, we'll take an evening stroll through the meandering streets of "village" Rome on our way to tonight's trattoria, where we'll get acquainted over dinner together. Sleep in Rome (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Layers of Rome

This morning we'll tour the world's oldest museum, the Capitoline. Here we'll learn about Rome's golden age through its most treasured sculptures, including the sublime Dying Gaul, the imposing Marcus Aurelius on horseback, and the emblematic She-Wolf suckling Rome's tiny founding brothers: Romulus and Remus. Then we'll take an eye-opening walk along the east bank of the Tiber, where we'll learn about the rich, yet often-overlooked, history of Rome's Jewish Ghetto. The rest of the day is yours to wander through the Roman Colosseum and Forum next door, enjoy the panoramic city view from atop the nearby Victor Emmanuel Monument, or make a modern-day pilgrimage to St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Tivoli and the Gargano Peninsula

We'll leave Rome early, stopping in the nearby hills to learn about the Roman Emperor Hadrian at the ruins of his monumental villa at Tivoli. An enthusiastic traveler and builder, his lasting legacy includes his great wall across Britain, the domed Pantheon, and his stylish beard. Then we'll drive up and over the Apennine spine of Italy, and on to the shores of the Adriatic Sea. Our destination this evening is the tip of the rugged Gargano Peninsula, one of the most beautiful areas of Southern Italy — and still unknown to American travelers. At our cliffside hotel we'll share dinner tonight, and sleep in Vieste (2 nights). Bus: 6 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: Vieste and the Adriatic Coast

Vieste's beaches are packed with Italians in mid-summer. But when we arrive we'll find a peaceful contrast to the hustle and bustle of Rome. Today we'll take a boat cruise (weather permitting) along the craggy Gargano Coast, marveling at the picture-perfect coves, hidden grottos, and unusual rock formations that make this coastline unforgettable. We'll return to Vieste for a pasta-making demonstration and lunch, followed by plenty of time to wander through the town or simply luxuriate on the beach. Boat: 1½ hours. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 5: Alberobello and Matera

Today we'll head off the tourist path, continuing through Puglia and into the Basilicata region, with a stop to learn about and sample some local wines, meats, and cheeses. In Alberobello, we'll explore cone-shaped, stone trulli houses that are still lived in today. Then we'll drive on to the town of Matera, which includes one of the world's most unique neighborhoods — the Sassi — completely made up of ancient stone and cave dwellings. Sleep in Matera (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: The Wonders of Matera

With the help of a locally grown expert, we'll learn the stories of old and new Matera. We'll begin our day discovering the wonders of the 9,000-year-old Sassi. We'll go inside a sasso home to gain an appreciation for the cave-dwelling conditions endured by the residents until they were relocated 60 years ago. We'll continue our education with a visit to a rock-hewn church, and a look at the new town. You'll have the rest of your day free to wander through the different layers of Matera. This evening, watch — or better yet join — the ritual passeggiata of strolling locals in this authentic, untouristed part of Italy. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 7: Greek Paestum and Positano

Early this morning we'll drive into the Campania region and tour an organic water buffalo farm that produces the prized local specialty, mozzarella di bufala. We'll go into the barns and learn how this tasty delicacy is made and enjoy a gourmet lunch together including (you guessed it) fresh buffalo mozzarella. After lunch, we'll continue on to Paestum, to marvel at this site's awe-inspiring lineup of three ancient Greek temples — the best-preserved collection in Europe. Then we are off to the dramatic Amalfi Coast. We'll follow the cliff-clinging road that winds above the sea to Positano, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Free Day on the Amalfi Coast

The day is all yours to enjoy the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Take a local bus along the twisting roads and wild beauty of the Amalfi highway, hopping off to explore cliffside villages along the way or take advantage of the sea and take a public boat to the neighboring towns. Check out the sweeping views from Ravello, the candy-striped church in Amalfi town, the narrow streets and posh shops of Positano, or let gravity pull you down to a beach to relax upon. Tonight will be a great night to find a trattoria with a glorious sunset view. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 9: Pompeii and Sorrento

This morning we'll make a short drive to serene Sorrento. After dropping our bags at the hotel, we'll have an orientation walk through the town on our way to watch the creation of an Italian culinary masterpiece — gelato; then you'll be free for lunch. We'll re-group for a thoughtful visit of unlucky Pompeii, where, with an ace local guide, we'll get a look at everyday life, frozen in time two millennia ago. After free time to explore more of Pompeii on your own, we'll hop aboard the Circumvesuviana commuter train back to our cliff-hugging home set amongst the lemon groves. Sleep in Sorrento (2 nights). Train: 1 hour. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 10: Serene Sorrento and Capri

Today is all yours. Take a boat ride to Capri, where you can then board a much smaller boat to the deservedly famous Blue Grotto. Or, spend all or part of the day enjoying Capri's remarkable views, winding lanes, fancy summer homes, and lovely gardens. Or, stay in Sorrento and wander through the shop-lined back streets, stopping to savor il dolce far niente — the sweetness of doing nothing. This evening we will meet for a home-hosted dinner with a local Sorrento family. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 11: Classy, Gritty Naples

After a morning drive, we'll have an easy introduction to Naples at the beautiful hilltop Museo Capodimonte, home to southern Italy's best collection of Renaissance paintings, including masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, and El Greco. After lunch in the city that invented pizza, we'll be introduced to Naples' grittier side on a Vespa-dodging, laundry-flapping, slice-of-Neapolitan-life walking tour through the heart of this chaotic, memorable city. Sleep in Naples (2 nights). Bus: 2 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 12: Exploring More of Naples

We'll begin our morning with a visit to the serene Cappella Sansevero, home to amazingly lifelike sculptures that have to be seen to be believed. We'll continue touring the greatest treasures of Pompeii, brought to Naples' National Archeological Museum for safekeeping. We'll also be dazzled by the Farnese collection, including the largest single sculpture ever recovered from antiquity: the Farnese Bull. This larger-than-life riot of animal, human, and divine struggle was adored and painstakingly restored by Michelangelo. Then, armed with the confidence and Neapolitan street smarts you've learned from your guide, your afternoon is free for making your own discoveries. Tonight we'll get together for a special dinner to share travel memories and toast new friends. Salute! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 13: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Naples' airport by taxi, easily arranged through our hotel. Your guide 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 Best of South 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. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. Sleep in a cave-like hotel room in historic Matera.
  5. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.

Reviews

Patricia

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great overall experience. We seemed to run into a lot of Italian Holidays during our tour which was both a blessing and a curse. Some were great experiences to mingle with the locals and others were just a crush of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was in Vieste sitting on our balcony watching the fireworks display for St. George's Day."

Ann

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had been to Italy twice before, and were excited to go to the southern area. We were not disappointed. Such an interesting mix of small towns and large cities, and memories in each

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say Pompeii. I had few expectations, and was blown away by the size, scope of the town. Seeing the preserved artifacts in the Naples museum tied it all together."

Sara

Clinton, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was very good indeed. Caterina took very good care of us all and was never cross or upset, even though she had a cold (or possibly even a flu bug) part of the time. When I got "the cold" she was very helpful in recommending the appropriate cold remedy and then following up with questions about my progress. She is obviously very knowledgable about the routes, the history, the thrills of the places we went, and she instilled her enthusiasm in the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe it was seeing the marble "veiled Christ," which is perhaps the most breathtakingly beautiful statue I've ever seen. It was so tenderly rendered, so touching, and it was amazing the artist could render that tenderness and delicate fabric in marble. It also made me want too learn more about the Masonic movement"

Marcia

Wayne, NJ

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a fantastico journey through S Italy that included all our must-see sites and then some! We explored towns and areas that we would not have known about on our own, such as Vieste, on the Adriatic Sea, and Matera, a UNESCO site that has been selected as 2019's EU capital of culture. We were in Matera ahead of the curve! Thanks to Caterina, our experienced and enthusiastic tour guide, we were immersed in the culture and history of the area. This was our fourth Rick Steves' tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were Wow moments in each place we visited. Here's a few:the fabulous boat ride along the coast and into the coves of Vieste; the view of the Adriatic Sea from our hotel room; fantastic view of Positano from our hotel room; the serpentine road into Positano; fresh bufala mozzarella and ricotta (made that day!) at the organic water buffalo farm; Pompeii was amazing and so much larger than I expected."

Sally

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is so well put together that my only regret is that there's not enough time to spend in some places such as Rome, Positano or Sorrento. However I would not have wanted to miss the more off-the beaten path places (for Americans). There was a variety of experiences throughout the 13 day south Italy tour. We were immersed in good food (mostly), good wine (always), cultural and physical history of the region, & art. Did I mention history?! Did I mention art?! Did I mention food and wine?!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were so fortunate to have excellent weather throughout this tour. Mid 70's everyday and no rain. The perfect weather was a factor in my "wow" moment because we were able to have a wonderful boat ride out of Vieste along the Gargano coast. The closeup Adriatic colors were dazzlingly beautiful. We entered lots of grottos which were jaw-dropping gorgeous. Seeing that Adriatic coastline by boat was a wow moment - or perhaps a series of moments - for me."

Linda

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! This was my fifth tour and was one of my favorites. Our guide, Caterina, was outstanding and we also loved Casey, our assistant; everything was well planned and ran smoothly. We learned so much from them and appreciated their expertise. Our rooms were lovely and in great locations. This tour had nice balances of cities and villages, cathedrals and museums, tour activities and time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat cruise in Vieste was an experience I'll always treasure. We shared a sparkling October day, calm waters, and illuminated grottoes. Matera was amazing. Our room was luxurious and the view of the town was incredible. We also loved the drive and boat ride along the Amalfi coast! Oh my! We had THE BEST FOOD! There were 6 of us vegetarians this time and we had the most beautiful food!"

Geraldine

Bend, OR

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We experienced such interesting and amazing places as we traveled east from Rome and then back west toward Naples. The small towns were so unique - each with a character of their own. The history, architecture, and art were not to be missed. We also enjoyed the different foods from the different regions we traveled in and learning about the ingredients and methods used to make the dishes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was definitely a "wow" location. Viewing the city from across the ravine set the tone for the visit. It was truly amazing to walk the streets and learn about this ancient place."

John

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of traveling companions. I connected with several people, enough so I want to keep in touch with them, at least in the Seattle area. So much great local food and wine, I'm still stuffed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wow moments; My hotel room directly facing the Adriatic and the 20 klm. boat ride that morning in and out of limestone caves in Vieste. Luigi and Teresa's 47th. wedding anniversary at their house in (I think) Sorrento. Luigi claims to make 1,000 liters of wine a year, and our group put a dent in that. The whole trip was a blast."

Thomas

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour experience was wonderful. The itinerary was great and we saw so many new and exciting places and sites. Our guide, Caterina, was everything we come to expect in a Rick Steves' guide. She was well prepared, very well versed in all the specifics and her educational background of Italy and personal experiences only added to the value of our trip. This was my 4th RS tour. We've had nothing but the best on each. Caterina was the master of nice weather and so approachable at all times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments are so personal and this tour was full of them. We loved each place we visited and found "Wow" moments in each. Francesca is the be best local guide of all and made the history of Rome come to life. Our boat rides in Vieste and along the Almalfi Coast. The wonderful family dinner is Sorrento was a big highlight and the Veiled Christ in Naples was beyond belief. So many to mention."

Martha

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. We traveled to beautiful and interesting places. The tour guide was fantastic and all our fellow travelers were enthusiastic and friendly.

Carolyn

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. I didn't know very much of what to expect before joining it except brief comments in the itinerary. It turned out to be full of fantastic experiences that will stay with me a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were "wow" moments every day but I would have to choose Matera. I had no idea before seeing it what we were in for. This ancient city of caves was unbelievable in every way. Why isn't it in the guide book?"

Harry

Napa, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour has a great rhythm to it- starting with the energetic bustle and layered history of Rome then quieting down with serene and picturesque Vieste, intriguing Adorobello and magical Matera, lovely extended time on the Amalfi coast and finishing with the dense-pack richness of Naples. Catarina's guidance and personal familiarity with the people and sites along the way deeply enriched the experience and gave us unique entrees into the culture. Great food, great guides, overall, fantastico!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unquestionably, being "invited" to Therese and Sergio's 47th anniversary bash in their home was an honor and intense delight. In Sorrento, I was doing room laundry and heard some girls at the school across the street enjoying what I assumed was a recording of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by someone like Sarah Brightman. I was astonished to discover it was one of the girls. So professional! But she and her friends turned back into 13 year olds when I shouted "Brava" from my balcony!"

Nancy

Ballston Lake, NY

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the tour. There is no way I would have been able to get to all those places and experience so much on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was the wow moment and place."

Maria

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

wonderful trip, nice overall view of Southern Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boat trips in Vieste and Amalifi coast."

Polly

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an incredible tour, which way exceeded my expectations. Patricia and Andrea were amazing, as was our driver, Salvatore, and all the wonderful tour guides (esp. Aleria (sp?) in Rome) for specific parts of the trip. The itinerary was wonderful. The food was good, and the hotels were nice... I really enjoyed staying at family-run hotels, even if they weren't all the same quality. The tour struck a really nice balance of planned time versus time to explore on our own. Bravo!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick a single "wow" moment. I loved Rome (it was my first time there). Vieste was beautiful, as was the Amafli Coast. Matera and Pompeii were both amazing."

Jean

Lakewood, OH

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour. I was completely delighted with all aspects of this adventure. The hotels were small, intimate stays with very friendly, accommodating staffs. Breakfast every morning was delectable. Everyone involved in this tour; tour guides, coach drivers, hotel staffs, restaurant staffs, and of course other tour members were like a big family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The moment I stood on the plateau and set my eyes on the Sassi in Matera. The second most amazing "Wow" moment was when I opened my balcony doors in Positano and saw in front of me the Amalfi coast."

Rebecca

Normal, IL

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great group to travel with! The Rick Steves' staff is amazingly well prepared and leaves no details forgotten. History, art, politics, culture, foods, traditions, what to see, how to get there, geography, humor - the whole package!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! But if I had to pick just one it would be Pompeii. Our local guide shared fantastic details of what Pompeii was like prior to the volcanic eruption. This helped us imagine and visualize what it was like. Second to that it would have to be the museum in Naples. The two: Pompeii and the museum have to be seen as the museum has artifacts that lend real views into what Pompeii was like."

Nathaniel

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific vacation. While my fiancee and I had been to Italy before, she'd never seen the South and I hadn't been there in forty years. The Rick Steves format gave us the perfect balance of having interesting places pointed out by a knowledgeable guide and getting to explore by ourselves. Our wonderful group of fellow travellers only magnified the experience by sharing their different perspectives on what we'd seen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from! - Looking over the Roman Forum and realizing how little some technology has changed over the last 2000 years - Sampling paposche, a specialty in Vieste - Staying in a cave in Matera - Walking down endless steps from Ravella to Amalfi - Being invited to dinner with Therese and Luigi"

Charles

Durham, NC

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think the tour was well thought out. Our Guide explained well in advance what we were to be doing, seeing and how best to enjoy the experience. Patricia was the right person to guide us. Both ladies had no problems explaining the tour and information to us. Before it was time to "go out on our own", we knew our options. The group members each helped in the process - a credit to the guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour was a "WOW" but Sleeping in a "CAVE" was just wonderful. I had not expected that. Very close behind was Alberobello with its "trullies" was an unexpected sight. I had looked them up on-line but to see them was GREAT!"

Chris

Ottawa, ON

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. Patricia, our guide, was excellent: super organized, full of energy and willing to share her knowledge of past and present life in Italy anytime. Her assistant, Andrea, was excellent too. Also, our group got along very well. The site choices were terrific and the accommodations were consistently good. Yes, there was a lot of walking -- and a lot of it on uneven cobblestones -- but it was necessary to burn off all the delicious gelato and pastries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride through the numerous grottoes near Vieste, exploring the sassi of Matera and seeing the Amalfi Coast for the first time."

Gregory

Lakewood, OH

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

choice of the locations we visited was very good. The combination of history, scenery and information from our incredible tour guide was most memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Museums of Naples"

Charlyn

Durham, NC

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time and the weather was perfect. Patricia and Andrea did a great job in guiding us and giving us options of things to do in our free time. It was always interesting to hear their stories and history lessons as we traveled throughout southern Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of wow moments, but seeing the mosaics, silver, art work, etc recovered from Pompeii and Herculaneum in the Archaeological Museum were exciting. Also seeing the statue of the Veiled Christ at Capella Sansevero was a big highlight."

Lewis

Nanoose Bay, BC

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steves. WE were very impressed with the way the tour proceeded and with the way it was carried out. It was well paced with sufficient time for recuperation or free time. Nadia is great in bringing South Italy alive both with the history and present day experiences. We will definitely consider going another time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just being there, being immersed in the history and experiencing interaction with the people."

Mary

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was all I expected and having traveled with Rick before I expected a lot. The logistics went smoothly in all instances, our guide was incredible and the special experiences were - special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping out on our balcony in Veste and overlooking the Adriatic. Later that evening watching the full moon rise on the water. Breathtaking!"

Reginald

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was more than I expected. What clinched it for me was the fact that Rick Steves tours give us so much free time to do what we wanted to do on each trip and to experience the local cultures and foods on our own and at our own speed. Already am looking at a tour for next year....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two "wow" moments for me. First the Sentiro Degli Dei from Amalfi to Positano and the view of Capri from the Garden of Augustus. The Sentiro to me defined what I expected from a Rick Steves Tour and what makes it different from most other tours. We walked the path from Amalfi to Positano and every step brought a sense of adventure and amazement. Whoa, those 1500 steps at the end!!! Well, the scenery from the top of Capri was simply amazing and sublime."

Jeanine

Oakland, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very enjoyable tour, featuring an excellent tour guide and for the most part, excellent local guides. It was physically strenuous, owing to the frequent hotel changes, and lots of walking on cobblestones, through ruins, and lots of steps. I learned a lot about the ancient Romans and Italian history. Our guide, Nina, was really exceptional. She was patient, knowledgeable, kept us organized, and had a great sense of humor and openness.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several: touring Pompeii with local guide Gaetano; visiting the water buffalo mozzarella farm; having a meal at the home of Teresa and Luigi; and the stark beauty of Matera."

Cynthia

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great experience! So many different sites and communities. Each day was different and full of another adventure! We love the organized group activities and the ample free time that is provided.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many! Watching the sunrise over the Adriatic Sea; the buffalo mozzarella farm; Matera - what a unique community; lunch overlooking the Amalfi coast; Pompeii!"

Bradford

Concord, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the additional info the tour guide provided for each location visited

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was going to Capri"

Kathryn

Dunwoody, GA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed meeting all the different personalities in our group. We all bonded very quickly. Seeing the sites in Eastern Italy that have not been seen by the masses was great. Our guide, Nina, was exceptional. She made everything she shared very interesting and entertaining. By the time the tour ended we had become one big family...hugs and kisses all around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked seeing all the trulli in obello. The view of all their rooftops was beautiful."

Iva

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS Tour - and it exceeded our expectations for value, accommodations, tour guides and transportation. All of the arrangements were handled professionally without any issues - and if there were - we were not aware of anything amiss. The host guide was great as were the specialists (see comments below).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "WOW" moment was the tour of the Capitaline Museum in Rome; My husband's "WOW" moment was the Water Buffalo farm tour and lunch."

Carl

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Apologies for the late submission – some intervening medical issues. What a cultural delight! This Tour down the (yet undiscovered by tourist) Adriatic Coast was one of Rick Steve's Best. Our only complaint was we both wished we could have stayed longer in Viesti, Matera, and Paestum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several WOW moments. The sleepy tranquility of Viesti and Matera were delightful. Unexpected, wonderful surprises were the Museo Copodimonte, National Archaeological Museum and Capella Sanservero, in Naples. The mosaic and Farnese collections, were magnificent and easily on a par with the collections at the Uffizi and Prada. And the veiled Christ at the Capella was unbelievable. Also, our own day-trip to Herculaneum was most rewarding,"

Daniel

Napa, CA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic. Excellent guides, well-organized, wonderful opportunities. I learned more than I would have on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera."

Frank

Ocala, FL

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

good but fast. could of used a slower pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the view from our hotel room in vieste and the boat ride"

Gloria

Coeurdalene, ID

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were a little hesitant taking a tour. This was our first tour and first Rick Steve's tour. We had such an incredible experience, we are already planning our next Rick Steve's tour! We loved the hotels, the meals, the sites, our tour buddies and our tour guide Susanna was amazing! Southern Italy was stunning and we highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There we so many "wow" moments but I guess Matera would have to be it. It was stunning and staying at the cave hotel was incredible. We loved the family dinner in Sorrento and happy hour in Naples."

Russell

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. It was exhausting, but it was exhilarating at the same time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many wow moments. The boat ride at Vieste. The drive along the Almalfi Coast. The food! The Italian people. Capri"

Daniel

Tarpon Springs, FL

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second Rick Steves tour of Italy with the first being the Heart of Italy in 9 days. I enjoyed this tour just as much as the first. I don't think I can get enough of Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments but I was amazed by Francesca's emotional journey through the Capitoline Museum in Rome and I learned to appreciate how the past relates to the present. I'm not a museum person but her tour opened my eyes. Her Jewish Ghetto walk was amazing too. Equally exciting was our tour guide's walk through the ruins of Pompeii with incredible detailed descriptions. He is a third generation guide of the Pompeii ruins and was a great story teller."

Donald

Desert Hot Springs, CA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had no idea of what this tour was going to be like... I was surprised by all the places and things I didn't know about! The weather was perfect everyday, and the people were the best!! Looking at next year already for trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Positono was breath taking ... been to Sorento, but not Positono. Who knew..... Rick Steve's knew!"

Marcella

Beverly Hills, CA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I very much enjoyed the places we went and the guidance and camaraderie we received from Caterina. She made the trip very rewarding and educational...

Janet

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the variety of this tour and the smaller towns which we would not have gone to on our own. We had just finished an excellent tour with a Rick Steves group of Venice, Florence and Rome so it was nice to get away from the crowds for a while. Our guide was great, giving us lots of information as we traveled and safety instructions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompeii and our local guide. He was excellent!. He made the city come alive with a vibrancy that I did not expect. It really made me forget we were looking at ruins and devastation."

Darby

Salisbury, MD

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought that the tour of southern Italy was comprehensive, the places were well-chosen, and the local guides were excellent. Caterina was an enthusiastic leader and teacher. The views from the hotels in Vieste, Matera and Positano were amazing. The tour was very fast-paced. I think it could be better with an extra day in both Positano and Sorrento. I didn't get to explore these towns because I choose to go to Capri and Amalfi.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the balcony over the sea in Vieste and the visit to the sea caves there would have to be my wow moments."

Lani

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience. Tour leader was outstanding and tour members interesting. Enjoyed having new experiences in Rome and staying in different neighborhood than previous tour. Loved going to less traveled locations like Vieste and Matera.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably seeing the view from our terrace in Vieste, and also the boat tour in Vieste where we would go into the caves carved into the rock. However, overall I'd say Matera was the best experience. Learning about and seeing this very special place and we also had a "Wow" view from our hotel room in Matera."

Leslie

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour and it met or exceeded all my expectations. Good group, great guide, very good mix of free time and group time, always after an initial orientation. Having the opportunity to spend two nights at each spot worked well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "WOW" moments on this tour from the views and boat ride in Vieste, to arriving in Positino, along with all the good food and more. But, the "WOW" moment that stuck with me was our first views at the overlook when were were arriving at Matera. "WOW" - the Sassi caves. I had never seen anything like them."

Allen

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Hotels were great and extremely well located. Guide was personable and knowledgeable. Transportation was well organized and always timely. Tour crammed an amazing amount of sights and experiences in a short amount of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After a busy six days, Venice, Florence, Rome we were really ready for a few mellow days. When we opened the door to the balcony at Vieste and saw amazing view it was "WOW" cant believe we are here."

Shari

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't say enough positive things about our trip. I loved how the tour gave us a wide variety of experiences and places. All the hotels were awesome and I particularly liked the family owned hotels. Our tour guide Caterina was the best!! She was so knowledgeable, friendly and fun! I loved how detailed she was with instructions. The restaurants were always great and the food was terrific. My only complaint would be that they served too much food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was when we got to Vieste. We checked into our hotel room and pulled the curtains back and saw the view of the Adriatic. Unbelievable! It brought tears to my eyes."

Tom

Pewaukee, WI

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip filled with a lot of information about Italy's history and culture that we would have never know if we traveled on our own. The places we traveled were amazing! Being able to make Gilato, go to a buffalo farm and have a wonderful Italian meal with an Italian family, was so interesting and fun for us. Even riding the bus and the train were an interesting part of our journey. Can't say enough about the group and guide we had. Made some great new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Blue Grotto and Pompeii were "Wow" moments for us. Loved Sorrento and Positano!!!"

David

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip. I liked spending more time in small towns (Vieste, Matera, Positano, Sorrento) and less time in big cities. The sights were varied, unusual, and impressive (caves of Matera to chic Positano; water buffalo farm to ancient Greek temples). The group we traveled with was fun and everyone got along well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride to the grottos in Vieste was awesome. Totally unexpected and a bit scary, but way cool. But there were lots of wow moments. The passeggiata in Matera was my next favorite thing. The temples at Paestum are magnificent. I liked the Trulli in Alberobello, the buffalo farm in Paestum, Pompeii, and the archeological museum in Naples. My wife and I had a really great time at lunch on our own in Amalfi. Ohhh, and the Blue Grotto! Oh, and also the tomatoes and mozzarella!"

Dennis

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour provided an immense amount of Southern Italy history, culture. sites, and food and wine. At times it verged on too much, with very long days. Caterina was magnificent, but some of the local guides seemed to assume we were all art history majors.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many, impossible to select one."

Louise

Colwich, KS

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent guide. The tour was varied, interesting and gave us an idea of the beauty and culture of southern Italy. It felt a bit unreal at times that I was actually walking inside the Colosseum, visiting the Isle of Capri, exploring Rome, walking among the ruins of Pompeii, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that it was visiting the Vatican, attending Mass there and climbing the steps to the dome to look out over Rome."

Vivian

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful... our guide Alfio was great and the tour showed us the beauty of Southern Italy. We got a great taste of the south and can now come back to see more on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Positano and the Amalfi Coast. We are definitely coming back to stay much longer in the area."

Stephen

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Alfio is the consummate professional as a tour guide. He is a fount of knowledge and kept us informed of not only what to expect along the tour, but he explained the specifics of geography, history and culture in each specific region. He is a real asset to Rick Steves Tours. In Rome, the local guide, Francesca, who led us through the Capitoline museum and the Jewish ghetto was outstanding. Vieste and Matera were interesting, but the real star of the tour was the Amalfi Coast, especially Positano

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having driven the Amalfi Coast, I simply could not believe that we were exercising a bus to van exchange between Sorrento and Positano: THAT was crazy. There has to be a better way....The highlight of the tour was in Sorrento when we had a chance encounter with the old man who makes music boxes in wood marquetry. He showed us his craft and shared dragons that he cut for us. The visit to the Naples home of Giuseppe and Luigi also very special as we got a true look at the lifestyle of Neopolitanos"

Laura

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour! Alfio was an incredibly knowledgeable and professional tour guide. He has a wonderful sense of humor and a calm manner that instills confidence. Every site that we visited was wonderful. The local guides were all amazing and informative. Our bus driver was incredibly competent--as revealed by his driving through the crazy traffic along the Gargano Peninsula! The meals were delicious, and generally focused on regional cuisines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard because there were so many! I loved seeing Pompeii. I was fascinated with Pompeii from an early age, and read everything I could, so finally getting to see it in real life at the age of 67, was a dream come true. We had a wonderful local guide, Gaetano, who is a third generation Pompeii guide, so he knows his stuff! Although Gaetano had some challenges with the large crowds (Free Day for the public) he managed to steer us to areas of the ruins where there were few people."

Victoria

San Luis Obispo, CA

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was fabulous! It was all planned out perfectly. The personal touches were our favorite times, going to the family home in Sorrento for dinner, the pasta and gelato demos, wine tasting and appetizers in the town with the tli homes, and the couple in Naples having us to their flat for a cocktail party! Alfio our guide was top notch and made our whole experience the best ever! Every hotel and dinner was like a dream come true. 2 hotels even had rooftop bars that were soo much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By far, the boat ride in Vieste!! We traveled 10 miles down the coast into many grottoes that were glorious! And the. Ides from our rooms in Vieste and Positano were like a postcard. 80 degree day and crystal clear turquoise water...Ahhh!!"

Stanley

San Luis Obispo, CA

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pretty tired...We walked a lot, talked a lot and ate A LOT. It was wonderful Alfio was an excellent guide/leader. I use to work with large groups of people, and I know many unexpected issues come up that take time and effort to deal with. If Alfio had these problems, no one on the tour knew of it. He was always upbeat and ready for the next days adventures. This was a first class tour and something for your company to be proud of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but I think my favorite moment was dinner at Luis' house. Meeting him, his wife and son, as well as the fun we had as a group was great. So many great dinners, but that one moment stood out."

Betsy

Monrovia, CA

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a very good time. This tour is so packed with significant history of Rome, Paestum, Hardian's Villa, in the first days, then packed with scenery in the second half. The tour group was very collegial with us single travelers (not always the case), which is a tribute to Alfio. Also, Alfio was proactive about my dietary restrictions, and I didn't have a single problem during the trip. Thank you Alfio!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Greek Templates at Paestum. I haven't seen a lot of Greek stuff yet, and they were so old and amazing, and you could walk up a ramp and go inside the templates."

Stephen

Lyons, CO

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, it was a great experience. Our tour guide was well informed, kind, helpful and very professional. The itinerary was interesting and scenic! We could have switched one day in Naples for an extra day in Positano.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe when we opened the shades in our Hotel room in Vieste and had an amazing view of the Adriatic Sea."

Peter

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much that I'm still in the throes of recovery from information processing and new thinking a week later. Although well-paced, integrating information, activity, team-mates, and the dynamic cultures of Italy, past and present, proves quite a challenge. And in spite of eating lots, I indeed did not gain wait, as promised (even though I wanted to). The guiding and interpretation were excellent. The participants were compatible and always punctual. And the weather cooperated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting my head around how western culture might have evolved if we hadn't lost what the Romans had, and experienced a continuum of increasing sophistication."

James

Fairfield, IA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous from start to finish. Our tour guide Tomaso was incredible fun to travel with and ran the tour beautifully. He is a master at getting the group enjoying together. The Gargano Peninsula part of the tour was the best! It was a wonderful thing to stay in Matera, in a cave. I much preferred the seaside Vieste to the super touristy Amalfi coast towns, Positano, Sorrento, and Amalfi. The local guides and museum visits were a great part of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the stairs of the Capitolini museum and suddenly seeing the ruins of the Roman Forum shining in the sun and spreading into the distance was one of the biggest tour wows I can remember (we've been on ten Rick Steves tours to date)."

Kathryn

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Loved the balance between guided touring and opportunities to discover our own "wow" moments. Would really have liked a little more time in a couple of places (Matera and Sorrento). Suggestion - it would haven been nice to have a second "laundry" opportunity. Moving every two days often with extended travel times meant things didn't always have time to dry thoroughly. For those traveling light another opportunity to send laundry out for a fee would have been appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunrise over the Adriatic in Vieste - classic colors, architecture, etc. We opted to go to Herculaneum on our free day in Sorrento. WOW!!! Significantly less crowded than Pompeii, the part of the town that has been excavated appears to have been fairly wealthy. Significantly more frescos and mosaics, even a hotel complex with private bath. Hints at a thriving community of freemen added complexity to the story of the period. Wish we had had an actual guide although the audio guide was excellent."

John

Lacey, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We learned a lot in this area of southern Italy which we had not visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset over the lighthouse in Vieste."

Nancy

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This being our first tour, we weren't sure what to expect. It completely exceeded our expectations. Everything from our very capable and entertaining guide, Tomasso, to the great group of fellow travelers was amazing. This tour allowed for us to see and experience so much more than what we would have by traveling on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, where to begin. The small town experience of Vieste and Matera (that cave hotel!!), the ruins of Paestum and Pompeii, the delicious dinner at a family's home in Sorrento, the beautiful Amalfi Coast . . . There were too many to pick just one!"

Linda

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an awesome guide who was very patient with everyone and knowledgeable. Our group of 24 were easy to mix with and we had a great time together making new friends

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera Sleeping in the Cave."

Lonald

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The accommodations and access to the cities was terrific. Easy to go out for a long walk or just a short walk and not feel you had to walk for 20 minutes before the adventure started. There was easy access to interesting walks just outside of the hotels including sights as well as restaurants. The quality of food and lodging exceeded my expectations that I got from the brochure and the homecoming lectures. In particular I enjoyed the knowledge of the local guides that joined us for day tours

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was in Matera when we went to our rooms in the caves. Fred Flintstone never had it so good."

Ann

Fairfield, IA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We, my husband and I, wanted this trip primarily to see what the south of Italy was like meaning Matera, Alberobella, the water buffalo farm, the Greek ruins and the landscape. All of that was just what we wanted. Sorrento, Positano, Capri are dramatic an interesting but they are so touristy that I wanted to run the other way. That said, our trip to Ravello was enchanting and our boat tide in a very small boat around part of Capri was great fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sassi and truly were every bit as beautiful as I expected. Even more. I'm a farm girl and seeing the water buffalo up close was close to my heart. While in Rome my husband and I went to see the Bernini sculptures at the Borghese and the on to some Bernini and Borromimi churches. And then to find that our hotel was practically next door to a church with a Bernini sculpture. Well."

John

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent tour of southern Italy. Our guide, Tommaso, was amazing--very enthusiastic, informative, tolerant, and fun. The bus was just right, as was our primary driver. The local experts in Rome, Pompeii, Madera, and Naples were excellent, especially Francesca. We were given sufficient free time to explore areas on our own, given great suggestions for how we might explore, and basically exposed to a great selection of towns and cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two things stand out--Francesca's tour of the Capitol Museum in Rome and wandering the town plaza in the evening in Madera."

Georgia

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time from beginning to end. Each place we visited had its own unique characteristics and made it special. I like the small hotels as it feels much more personal. There were always several options when we had time to explore on our own and I really appreciated the ease with which we could navigate to do that exploring. The group meals were very good and I believe because of the way the tour is organized it makes for a more positive, independent group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to pin down just one "wow" moment, but I would start with Francisca, and the Capitoline museum. She was amazing and gave me a lens to view what we saw that day and what we would see later, it really influenced me and gave me a greater appreciation of everything. Paestum was jaw dropping amazing, to be able to walk through those Ancient Greek temples. The Cappella Sansevero sculptures were incredible. So many "wow" moments...."

Marilyn

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this tour exceeded my expectation. I loved the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome and the free time we had in Rome. Vieste and Matera were amazing and the stops along the way were great. Absolutely loved Alberobello and Pastum These towns and stops were things I would not have done on my own and I loved that Rick Steves tours does these out of the way stops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Island of Capri was a wow moment for me. I hit it just right that day and had a wonderful time walking around the island and bussing to Anacapri without fighting crowds. The peaceful ride up the chairlift to Monte Solaro was awesome.n And the views were jaw dropping. A wonderful "free day" on the tour. Another WOW moment was sunrise on the Adriatic in Vieste..So beautiful."

Bill

Cleveland, TN

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed returning to Italy again. Southern Italy was another area to explore. I enjoyed the variety of sites visited. The ruins of Hadrian's Villa, Paestum, Pompeii, and the Roman Forum were amazing. This adds depth to time and beauty. The coastal towns were exciting to explore: Vieste, Positano, Sorrento, Capri and even Naples. Then there was the fine Italian food and wines to finish each day. The people in the tour group were enjoyable to get to know. Then I get to take photos of all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Exploring the ruins with a guide. Participation with our tour group. The home meal. These were the highlight of our trip."

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Patricia was very good at multi-tasking and being personable. The accommodations were first-rate and the food was to-die-for! The weather was perfect and we particularly appreciated the bus driver as he adeptly maneuvered along the Alamfi Coastline. The local guides at Pompeii and in Rome were exceptional. I loved the variety of things we did and places that we saw. Of course, one of the best parts of a Rick Steves Tour is the quality people that they attract.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, I was in awe of Pompeii! I was amazed at how culturally advanced these people were. Gaetano was a superb local guide. To follow it up with a visit to the National Archeological Museum to see artifacts from this area was quite impressive. Equally as impressive, was viewing the marble sculpture of the Veiled Christ, truly beautiful in every detail!"

Gregory

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Patricia was excellent, well organized, and extremely helpful to everyone. The hotels were good, centrally located. The scheduled activities were well [INVALID]ed and the balance between group time and on your own time was excellent. Two of the specialized guides were superb, Franchesca and Pia. The guide in Pompeii was very full of himself and ill informed about Greco/Roman history. My only serious critique was that several "in hotel" or group meals were well below the otherwise high quality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The home cooked meal in Sorrento."

Susan

Emerald Hills, CA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the trip. I think it was a good balance of group touring and having free time. Our guide really kept things going and was very personable and helpful. I had only been in Northern Italy before. It was interesting to hear about the history and see the fabulous art. And it really was everything that was listed in the itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Amalfi coast and driving into Positano! It was so beautiful. But also the wonderful art in and out of the musuems."

David

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really liked the experience. We got to see a lot in the different cities but we also got to visit parts of the different culture on our own. Our guide was full of interesting and fun fact about a different country. I really enjoyed Pompeii and learning all about that town and what happened. The local guides were also amazing, bringing to life the whole experence

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was Pompeii It was amazing to see that they had and used a lot of things I always thought were modern. The whole Roman culture was thought out and built for the people. All the was from the baths to their roads"

Brian

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic trip aided in great part by our outstanding tour guide, Patricia Fannon Avolio. All the stops were wonderful and she made sure we all got the most out of the whole tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Sorrento we had a group dinner at the home of a local Sorrentine (Guiseppe?) It was a lively and informative evening."

Ginger

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ebb and I had a wonderful time on the tour. Every experience turned out to be more than we expected. It was well organized and seemed to go effortlessly. But, I know it was not without much effort on Patricia's part. We really got the feel for real life in southern Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompeii, of course, was thrilling. But, the dinners with locals were special. It was so nice to be away from all the other tourists and to spend time with Italians. Vieste was great because it was not very crowded and was a great little town to walk in."

Ralph

Simsbury, CT

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent variety of sites and cities. Food, excellent. Accommodations, good. Tour guide, Patricia: outstanding! She anticipated needs, stayed totally involved at all times, had great energy and attitude. Very very helpful. Able to answer all questions. And willing. Our local guide in Rome was Francesca. She was the single best one of her type I've encountered on one RS tours. And they've all been good or better. This tour ranks at the top of my nine so far. And the others were terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. For me, the climb to Villa Jovis atop Capri then being virtually by myself in that setting and that ruin was the highlight of highlights.q"

Peter

Wauwatosa, WI

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. It was the right combination of activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to the Archeological Museum in Naples. After our visit to Pompei, it was very interesting to see the actual items from Pompei and see how "advanced" the city was. Touring Pompei was great, but it didn't give you the whole story of the people who lievd there."

Janice

Murrieta, CA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 11th Rick Steves tour(and 5th trip to Italy)and one of the best if not the best. I knew nothing about southern Italy so greatly enjoyed places we visited. This trip was combined with an earlier trip to Sicily that ended the day before this trip started. It was such a pleasure to visit places like Vieste that had few American travelers, only saw one other small group from Colorado that were traveling on their own. The trip was strenuous with lots of walking up and down stairs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments! The Capitoline Museum in Rome with an excellent guide, Vieste and the boat ride along the Gargano coast, Positano and the boat ride to Amalfi (the scenery was so beautiful), Sorrento and the Bay of Naples, (more gorgeous scenery) the Archeologial Museum in Naples. This was my 3rd trip to Pompeii, the guide there made it the best of the three times."

Elizabeth

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was positive although a bit tiring. Napped in afternoons when I could! I was looking forward to Vieste, Arberobello & Matera because they are less traveled & have interesting histories.Didn't care much about Positano-Almalfi Coast. Yes, it was beautiful, but besides the boat ride, not relaxing because of the crowds and the upscale shopping! Pompeii and the Archelogical Museum, Naples, were terrific.Naples surprised me--I really liked it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There really wasn't a site that knocked my socks off. Certainly the boat ride out of Vieste was pretty and interesting with the caves. And again, the boat ride from Positano to Amalfi was quite pretty. The bus ride into Positano was downright scary! My WOW moment was more intellectual than physical. it was when touring with Francesca Caruso in Rome. In her presentations she provided many aha moments for me about Rome,it's history, it's layers, archeology,art. She got me thinking differently."

Philip

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. As usual, being on tour means having someone else take control and feeling a bit rushed. But it was a great time with all of the positives of being on tour, meeting new friends, seeing new places and giving your worries over to someone else.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No wow moments for me. at least not in a positive sense. I was put off by the commercialism, crowds and "beautiful people" of Positano."

Cindy

New York, NY

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have travelled quite a bit over the years, but this was our first "organized-group" tour. We enjoy our independence, being able to travel at our own pace, and just "blending in", but the logistics of planning and organizing a trip can be overwhelming so we took the plunge! This was truly an extraordinary experience at all levels, from our amazing tour guide, Patricia and driver, Salvatore to the activities and local guides, the food, and the accommodations. Bravo!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few wow moments, but my favorites would be our tour of the Jewish Ghetto with Francesca in Rome and our tour of Pompeii with Gaetano. In both cases, the guides added the context that stirred a strong emotional response and much to reflect upon -- in one case the devastating impact of a power-hungry leader and the other the wonder of what appears to be an advanced society that existed for almost 1000 years over 2100 years ago. Wow and double wow!"

Patricia

Montreal, QC

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. Ann, the guide, was terrific throughout the tour. She is an American who lives in Italy, so speaks both English and Italian perfectly. She knew all about the places that we visited and always suggested great places to eat and things to do. She was always cheerful and patient even when we had some long, packed days. We have always wanted to see the south (of Rome) Italy and now wonder why we did not go there before now, but better late than never. Loved every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That would be the boat ride from Positano to Amalfi. We were lucky to have perfect weather every single day (except one early morning rain storm that was welcome in the area). The sun was shining brightly, the sky was clear blue, the water was light green and light blue, and the grottoes were fascinating. But then there was the dinner at a family's house (Luigi and Teresa) in Sorrento where we are every single item on an Italian menu!"

Karen

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing time experiencing history, art, food, sunsets, and the beautiful people of Southern Italy. It was our first Rick Steves tour and it exceeded all of our expectations. We loved the smaller towns and less crowded museums and sites. Can't wait to book another trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Matera! There was something really special about being in such an old town with deep history. Seeing it thrive now, and with hopes for such a bright future as the EU Cultural city, is heartwarming."

Ed

Lake Lotawana, MO

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Especially loved the excellent boat rides. The one in Vieste was great going into the grottos. The one from Positano to Amalfi provided by tour guide with her play money was way better than a bunch of gelatos (even though gelato is great too).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up in Positano with the iconic hillside and ocean view from hotel balcony."

Marianne

Stow, OH

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour, and we didn't really know what to expect; but we liked the idea of not having to research and plan everything ourselves. We were not disappointed! Our hotel rooms were all very nice, and the days were well planned with a good amount of free time to explore on our own for several hours here and there. This tour definitely takes you places that you wouldn't necessarily plan on your own, so that made the tour particularly interesting and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were certainly many "wow" moments with the art and the history, and one was the first time we saw Matera from outside the town. It was amazing! Another one of my favorites was the dinner for the group provided by Teresa and Luigi near Sorrento. It was a wonderful night of abundant delicious food, fun and good company!"

Calvin

Venice, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our trip very much, great group and great tour leader,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vieste was our favorite town but Marera would be our WOW moment."

Barbara

Lake Lotawana, MO

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this tour! We signed up to see the Amalfi Coast and were pleasantly surprised at the other cities and sights we saw along the way. Loved the boat rides and seeing parts of Italy that we had no idea about. Loved the wine in Alberobello, seeing Vieste, and the haunting of Matera. So many wonderful experiences that we could never have found or planned for on our own. Then, actually staying in Positano was just beautiful! A fantastic tour overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but probably seeing the coast from our hotel room in Positano! It was so beautiful, just like a post card. But staying in our beautiful room in Matera where there had been such hardship. It was a gorgeous room too. We also hiked up to St. Elmo's and the view was all encompassing. The other wow moment was the boat ride in Vieste. It was like a carnival ride seeing grottos that never stopped! It was so much fun!"

Don

Fair Lawn, NJ

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far exceeded my every expectation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow! I can't believe I'm sleeping in this lovely cave!"

Roz

Fair Lawn, NJ

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was nothing like I expected - but in a good way! We've done a lot of independent travel and have been on two other tours. One of the things that was very different on the Rick Steves tour was that there were just over half the number of people that we've toured with before. That makes a big difference! There are fewer people on the bus making it so much more comfortable and also fewer people interacting with the tour director and the guides. It wasn't a tour - it was an EXPERIENCE!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say that the most different and interesting was our stay in Matera. I never thought I would be sleeping in a cave, but as it turned out, it was the most luxurious of all the hotel rooms. Learning about the Sassi was fascinating and getting to stay in one was a fabulous experience."

Tracy

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible tour...this was my second Rick Steves' tour and you never think it can get better than the last tour, but somehow it does!! The Best of South Italy was simply fantastic, the diversity in places you visit, the variety of places you stay and of course the amazing food and wine!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly the entire tour is a wow moment! The Amalfi Coast was everything I had imagined it would be, the stunning views packed along the Mediterranean Sea. Additionally, Matera was unlike any place I had ever traveled to and was truly unique and special. I will never forget the caves and the history of the Sassi!!"

Mary

Appleton, WI

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I was not disappointed... Our fantastic guide, Ann, made our 13 day tour throughout southern Italy a true pleasure. I really enjoyed all of the "off the beaten path" places that we experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments, but I would have to say it was the breathtaking bus ride as we traversed the twisting roads approaching Positano.. The Amalfi Coast will forever remain one of the most beautiful regions that I have ever seen."

Linda

Glenford, OH

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I wasn't sure what to expect but it was absolutely wonderful. Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable with the history and customs. I wasn't familiar with a few of the towns such as Vieste, Paestum and Matera and never would have thought to visit them on my own. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to say. I think the view coming into Matera. It was breathtaking and seeing Mt. Vesuvius for the first time."

Barbara

Worton, MD

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My experience was very good. I especially liked the Pompeii tour guide who tried to keep us in the shade as much as possible since it was a very hot day. His explanations were to the point and injected with some humor. I liked that fact that we also had time to explore on our own at most of the cities. Thomason was a great guide and helpful with the groups needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the Pompeii guided tour. I leaned a lot of interesting facts about Pompeii and how advanced the civilization was."

Salvatore

Lincoln, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was exactly like the Rick Steves PBS programs. A great balance between learning about culture, history, a life of the regions we visited. It was for more serious travelers who want to be immersed in the country. Liked the all inclusive cost so we did not have to fumble for tips which can distract us from enjoying the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was visiting Matera and staying in the Sassi neighborhood. Learning about the Sassi story was fascinating."

Karen

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience was 10 stars! Tommaso made it happen for us! He was friendly, informative, knowledgeable, tireless, kind, considerate etc. etc!!!! He is the best. He gave everyone his attention. He was able to "read" the group and provide "surprises" along the way that the group loved. He gave good recommendations about the restaurants, activities, sights in every place that we stopped.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was my wow moment. Pompeii was my husband's wow moment. Rick Steves picks "off the beaten path" areas. Matera was one of them. We would never have gone on there on our own. Yet with our tour, this was a highlight! Staying in a cave was so cool! Looking out over a town that was the 2nd oldest, continuously, lived-in town in the world was amazing! Our boat ride in Vieste was also such a treat. The caves, water, beach all added to the experience."

Stephen

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was Fantastic!! From the first day meeting everyone to the last day farewell this tour was so much more than expected. The food and wine was the best we have had on tour. Our tour leader and the group melded like a big family making each day a new adventure. Our travel across Italy and back was full of surprises to delight us all. The local guides were excellent and knowledgeable as well as entertaining. Southern Italy is a very unique and different Italy as the tour unfolded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day there was a "wow" moment it seemed. For me Matera was the most fascinating. Learning about the Sassi and staying in the "Cave" hotel was such a unique experience."

William

Mill Valley, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous trip, visiting places off the "main tourist track" was exceptional. At the same time we did not miss the great highlights of the area. Logistics worked perfectly--we travel with Rick because the tour size is small and the hotels and transportation are well-scheduled, worry-free.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome is a favorite city so by now we've digested it's "wow" moments. For some reason these two sites stand out for me among dozens of "wows": The stark and noble Greek temples on the bare plain at Paestum, still a dramatic tableau after 2500 years. And, the view of Vesuvius from Sorrento across the shining blue Bay of Naples--had my birthday dinner at Sant Ana restaurant on the pier in Marina Grande."

Sheila

Oxford, MS

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went smoothly. I was surprised (and relieved) when our wonderful guide arranged for transfers for our luggage to virtually all the hotels. Italy is definitely a hilly place, so this was a nice perk. The scenery was gorgeous; local guides excellent; traveling companions smart, kind, and on time. It was a trip I'd always looked forward to, and it more than fulfilled my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every time we turned around there was another "wow" moment. Just too many even to count[INVALID]sometimes every five minutes! Even so, our "luxury cave accommodations" in Matera were just amazing. The rooms were gorgeous. The view from the rooms was breathtaking. The movie in town that described the history of the caves[INVALID]Italy's shame[INVALID]gave us context, and made our stay there more meaningful."

Janet

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We went to some interesting towns. Had lots of time to explore on our own. Did not enjoy staying in the "cave rooms". They were dark and damp.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved positano and disliked Naples. It was so dirty. Our late night walk was too long before we reached his friend's apartment."

Steven

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good group of people. I liked the more cultural experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Pompeii. I had read about it and seen photos. But the real thing was wow. The guide really helped to see the information revealed by this site."

Karen

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour covered everything I wanted to see and do plus much more. Tommaso is a wonderful guide and teacher, he couldn't have been better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW was Matera and the Sassi area. I could almost feel the people's ghosts from generations gone by. It was an eerie place with stories to tell like none other."

Carl

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was very informative with a great balance of busy days and more relaxed days. Tour guide was very professional and gave us "tons" of useful information. Really took great care of his tour group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had several "wow" moments but especially the informative walking tours of the cities and drives along the coasts."

Lynn

New Westminster, BC

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first group tour and first trip to Italy. I loved everything about it. Tommaso was fabulous. Very personable, helpful, and knowledgeable. Every stop we made was well thought out and interesting. Tommaso would give the group a good orientation of the area and then we had time on our own to explore. A great balance of group time and time on your own. The hotels, restaurants and tours were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. I loved the boat ride in Vieste. Dinner with the family in Sorrento was wonderful. The hotel in Matera was the best! I also loved our tour in Pompei. That could have been even longer. The buffalo farm lunch was amazing."

Secelia

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really appreciated tour guide, Patricia, who was so knowledgeable and available. And the group members were friendly and welcoming. This was my first trip to Italy so I was thankful for the mix of smaller towns and big cities. First day in Rome was overwhelming but I expect that may be true for many of us on a first day. Vieste was a nice 2nd city as it was small enough to allow us to find our way around on our own & gain confidence. Hot! Need to be able to climb lots of hills and stairs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Matera. Learned about the Sassi culture which was unknown to me. And staying in the cave area was a great experience (and liked the hotel)."

Thomas

Steger, IL

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This trip was very enjoyable. However, it was a little more strenuous that I had thought it would be. We walked a lot, and most days it was on very uneven, ancient streets with cobblestones or uneven pavement, and there sure were a lot of steps! Our iPhone pedometer showed that some days we walked 5-7 miles! Still, we enjoyed every day. The food we had was very good, and most restaurants we visited as a group, were excellent. Our guide, Patricia, was very outgoing, and very knowledgeable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two "wow" moments that come to mind....the stunning, breath taking scenery as we drove along the Amalfi coast. And walking thru the ruins at Pompei. The local guide, at Pompei , Gaetano, was excellent."

Sherry

Steger, IL

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 7th RS tour and I loved it. It took us to places we'd never been, some we'd never even heard of. The group we traveled with was friendly and fun to be with and our guide was great too. It was more strenuous than I thought it would be, and being 68, some days I was dead tired at the end of the day. But I enjoyed every single day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I felt there were several "wows" on this trip. The gorgeous Amalfi coast was one for sure. Matera and the sassi were just amazing. Positano was spectacular . The temples at Paestum were totally incredible! Looking back now, at the pictures that I took, just reminds me that this tour was filled with a lot of WOW moments!"

Vincent

Plano, TX

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Patricia is the most considerate, efficient, outstanding tour guide in the world. She went out of her way to ensure virtually everyone was having a great time. People on the tour obviously have different personalities, she adjusted her interactions to accommodate the differences. My daughter, husband 2 grand daughters had to leave the Naples Hotel Palazzo Turchini at approximately 4AM to ensure making their 06:00 flight. Drop Naples from trip, add 1 nite Positano & 1 nite Capri.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Restaurants all outstanding with exception of the first dinner in Rome in the Jewish quarter. < Not good food, and portions way too large. Virtually every other lunch or dinners was excellent. All museum guides and bus driver outstanding. I never expected Pompeii tour to be so nice. Truli ? spelling village wine/cheese tasting great. Buffalo Moorzarella Alberello visit great. Paestum, Hadrian's villa tour great."

Benjamin

College Station, TX

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was a little reluctant to take a group tour but after my experience on the Rick Steve's Southern Italy tour, I am already planning on taking my family on one next year. The tour is a great balance of guide lead excursions with independent sight seeing. The logistics and support from the local guide (Patricia) was excellent. There were so many insights that Patricia gave us into everyday life in Italy that she keenly explained through the lens of history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many! Positano was amazing. Ravello, Atrani and Amalfi town were great on our private day excursion. Vieste, Sorrento and Matera was a stunner. Trulli homes in Alberobello were fun. Rome was amazing. Naples took a little to love but after a day and with guidance through Patricia, we saw it shine."

Sarah

Taupo,

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a lovely way to see parts of Italy that I would not necessarily have chosen to visit. The guide and the group became family in the most wonderful way. The mix of free time and guided time was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's too difficult to choose one moment!! The Amalfi Coast was absolutely spectacular - Matera and the Sassi were so very interesting and beautiful - spending an evening having dinner in a local home in Naples was incredibly special."

Carol

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour exceeded my expectations. The hotels were lovely, our tour guide Patricia was knowledgeable and friendly, concerned that all were happy. The local guides were excellent. The bus driver was experienced and drove with confidence. Further feedback below.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A real "wow" moment was when we arrived in Alberobello. I don't think I have ever seen a more picturesque town. It is a must see for anyone traveling in Puglia."

Nancy

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Now that I am traveling alone, Rick Steve's tours allows me to continue traveling in the security of a tour, but with a good amount of free time. This tour was excellent. It was well paced, provided meaningful information, was fun, and allowed us to experience the local culture and outstanding food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When talking about the high points, it was not the Amalfi coast but Matera that sticks in my mind. An incredible city."

Karen

Boise, ID

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves tours are THE BEST! I had a fantastic time until I fractured my hip. The combination of independent time and tour time is nicely balanced, allowing individuals to explore their particular interests along with group learning. I loved the combo of metropolitan and unique country areas (like Vieste, Arberobello, Matera) and touristy areas along the Almalfi coast. The people on the tour were all so friendly and fun, we became a tour 'family.'

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I loved the uniqueness of Matera, it came in second to Pompeii because of how our tour guide made Pompeiian life come alive in our imaginations. My love for Pompeii was also greatly influenced by being there to share the experience with my daughter because she had always wished she could visit there. I'd love to spend more time there, and in my dreams go there at dawn for cooler temperatures and fewer tourists!"

Karolyn

Nampa, ID

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Would not recommend this tour for people my age 70 or older unless you are in great physical shape, i.e., can actually walk for 3 or more hours on uneven terrain, cobblestone streets, and many stairs. When the tour day says "strenuous" - that's what it really means. Two things on this tour for me which were VERY disappointing was the tour of Hadrian's Villa and the buffalo farm. I think a better choice would have been the better preserved Villa D'Este with fountains and gardens.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera and it's history. The Hotel and Spa were delightful. We had a nice big cave with a nice big bathroom. Vieste was a treat - beautiful town and boat ride along the coast of the Adriatic. Seeing Alberobello and the Trulli houses."

Antoinette

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our Southern Italy tour was wonderful. Along with the traditional/popular/must see cities like Rome, Posiano, Sorrento, and Naples, we were treated to stays in two not-so-commonly visited cities-- Vieste and Matera. Experiencing these cities, which required a lot of bus and travel time to reach, made me feel like I am now privy to some Italian "secrets"--we have seen sights that most people don't get to see, and that is very special. A very nice itinerary, with lots of "on your own" time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group dinners are always a treat, and we experienced a group dinner at a family home in Sorrento this trip. It was magical (and delicious). The boat ride and beach time in Vieste, and on our free day we took a Rick Steves recommended tour of the island of Capri, which was unforgettable."

Grace

Nampa, ID

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, it was mind boggling. My head is still spinning. It was indeed strenuous for me as I'm 69 years old, but I wouldn't have missed it for anything. Experiencing the history, culture, beauty, food, wine, shopping as we did in those 13 days was unbelievable. The passion each of our tour guides expressed was contagious. I could feel their love of Italy's history and art. Susanna was delightful. I admired her ability to steer the group, keep us informed, and maintain a sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner in Sorrento with that lovely lady, Theresa, hosting us. I was blown away that she would prepare all these incredible dishes for a group of 20+ strangers and welcome us into her own home with such warmth and graciousness. Does anyone do that in the U.S.?"

Douglas

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From pretour to extra stay-over day it was ideal. The included sites were amazing and the guidance and free time opportunities completed it wonderfully. One suggestion: for me I would have preferred an extra 30 to 60 minutes at Paestum rather than the leisurely visit to the mozzarella farm. Otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It fit together so well that I can't choose just one. Overall, the day at and around Capri on the recommended excursion (coupled with Susannah's advice) was my favorite day; but the Greek temples and Pompeii were my must sees and did not disappoint."

Kathy

Columbus, OH

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour. We loved the variety of experiences and locations. We had a good group of travel companions, friendly and enjoyable. Our guide was terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On arriving at Matera, looking across the ravine at the cave dwellings in this 10,000 year old city. Our time in Vieste, the views of the Adriatic and the boat ride along the coast. Our visit to Pompeii. Really so many wow experiences!"

Patrick

Omaha, NE

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Susanna was wonderful. Your local guide in Naples is misguided when it comes to Catholic Church history. In fact there was a distinct anti-Catholic sentiment. She also made a derogatory statement about the role of the allied forces that was unsettling to my wife whose uncle died off Anzio beach.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colleen and I were with Susanna at a hospital in Naples and watched her act as a guardian angel to one of our fellow travelers who fell an broke her hip. Susanna should be recognized by the company for her heroic virtue."

Kristi

Irving, TX

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! We loved everything about it. The people of Italy, beautiful places, the food, the guide. Just spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well I had a lot of "wow" moments but I could say the rich history of Rome was my "wow" moment."

Ingrid

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I am recommending it heartily. I had such a great time and saw and experienced so much in only 13 days. Our tour guide was exceptionally dedicated, experienced and fun. She helped us to meet charming Italian friends and understand the Italians' genius in art, architecture, food and technologies as old as Roman times. Everything was looked after, on time, stressless and great. Such a special trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite "WOW" was the trip up to the top of Capri and the visit to San Michele; the beauty and serenity of the views, and the thrills of the drive and chairlift up to the top were so exceptional. However -- the images that stay with me the most persistently are of Matera, the city of the Sassi (cave homes). The place has a depth of historical feeling that is unique and mysterious."

Bonnie

Wappingers Falls, NY

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a very well designed tour to include the major cities and museums of South Italy as well as small towns and the beauty of the Amalfi Coast. Our guide Caterina was a gem; the local guides, especially Francesca in Rome, were fantastic. We got to see so much more than we could have on our own, and Caterina's stories, songs and history lessons were priceless. Positano was my favorite spot. Stunning! Let's not forget the delicious and abundant food. We truly had a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. Positano was just beautiful and magical. But my wow moment was the discovery of Naples - it is indeed a beautiful, vibrant city alive with interesting people,families, great coffee and pastries, and lots of heart. Don't skip Napoli in your travels!"

Diania

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Caterina was great. Our 1st Rick Steve's tour. Will go again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cattle visit"

Cecelia

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing experience. The history, art and food is inspiring plus the memorable chaos of the cities.

Jim

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was great. The best thing I can say is that my expectations were exceeded at every turn - title things like wine with dinner, pro secco at rest stops and ice cream walking through the Jewish Gheto. Our guide was fantastic and consistently went the extra mile. The tour itself involved more bus time and hotel transfers that I would have liked but that was what we signed up for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner with the family in Sorrento. They were wonderful people and it was the best meal of the trip."

Jim

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being it was our first RS tour we had expectations, but didn't realize how much they would be exceeded. From our main tour guide Patricia who was exceptional with her in depth knowledge of our destinations along with a wonderful personality and sense of humor. She made the trip special. We had a splendid tour group. With 20+ people all were pleasant and happy to be there. We enjoyed interacting with everyone. What a life experience for Penny and me! Jim

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The chair lift ride up and atop Anacapri-splendid vistas on a beautifully clear day. The Amalfi Coast is crazy breath taking."

Mary

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on the tour,enjoying the beautiful scenery, fascinating history, pleasant companionship of our fellow tour members and knowledgeable leadership of our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For scenery: the beauty of the Amalfi Coast. For history: the tour of Pompeii."

Terry

Toronto, ON

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent value for money. We loved the fact that we stayed more than one night at each hotel. The people on the tour were very compatible. The accommodation and food were great. Also, we liked the idea of having some time to ourselves and some time with tour guides. This was our first Rick Steves Tour and are definitely interested in doing another one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think we enjoyed the boat ride from Positano to Amalfi and the subsequent visit to Ravello, especially the view from the top. The walk down was also an adventure."

Larry

Northampton, PA

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful combination of terrific guide, great itinerary, and excellent company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to single out just one, but here are a few of my favorites: the lighthouse by night in Vieste, the Temple of Hera at Paestum, the views from our balcony in Positano, the Villa Gimbrone gardens in Ravello, my wife swimming in the Bay of Naples."

George

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide- Patricia is pleasant, very knowledgeable and a great guide. We love how the tours result in groups of people that we enjoy. We have done 2 Rick Steve's trips and they have both been great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Italy is amazing I did not have a wow moment but was really amazed by Pompeii and how advanced the civilization was in 79 AD That has impressed me more than anything else on our trip"

Barbara

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour. I enjoyed every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I lived in Italy I would weigh 300 pounds. The food is outstanding and has ruined me for all Italian food state side."

TJ

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my wife and my first trip to Southern Italy and it was spectacular except for the long bus rides. Paestrum and Matera were particularly rewarding. Pre-trip promises of the beauty of the Amalfi coast proved correct though even in May it was overrun with tourists.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The caves is Matera"

Gretchen

Boise, ID

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing and so varied! I have been dreaming for a week of each location in Italy that we experienced. This was a rigorous trip. We did a lot; Ravello, Capri, but I didn't want to miss a thing! Alfio arranged a boat for Capri:) We took in the Borghese Gallery tour the afternoon after the Capitoline tour Wow, it's like all of the Greek/Roman Gods, Goddesses & leaders took on a life to us. But it was an exhausting day. Do this trip when you can walk up and down 1000 high steps every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from Ravello, top of Capri by lift to see the Rocks below, the bus ride to AnaCapri standing up looking down 1000 ft. into the turquoise sea! Looking out of of window balcony at Positano! Looking up at the amazing Temples to Hera, Zeus, Ceres! Wow, these Roman and Greek Gods and Goddesses marched through my mind for a week. I have just now crossed over the Tiber River and I am walking alone looking over at Rome and I still see all of these ancients, continuing on into eternity."

Robert

Greenland, NH

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Group size as outlined and great members. Our guide, Alfoni, was exceptional/superb/ highly knowledgable about a wide range and deep knowledge of Roman & Italian history & folklore. The home hosted dinner was terrific. The hosting family were wonderful and prepared an exceptional complete Italian family dinner for our group. Our city specific tour guides were also terrific conveyed important information to us all. I don't view trips as a vacation but a deepening and cultural awareness.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, I suppose the home home hosted dinner where we could have one on one discussions with various family members. If our tour time frame was pre- "the season", I can not image what a crowded place Capri will be in July and August. My view, it is overrated."

Cheryl

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There are no words to describe how terrific this trip was. I learned so much about the history of South Italy and the culture of the people from BC to current. I have been recommending this trip to all who ask ... every single little bit of it was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No doubt, the wow moment was going to Alberobello and seeing the Trulli homes where my grandmother was born in the year 1900. Gino at the wine and cheese shop described the living conditions of those raised in a trullo. But there were so many other wow moments too like the dinner with the family in Sorrento, the Amalfi coast, the boat ride in Vieste and learning about the cave dwellers in Matera. There wasn't a day that wasn't WOW!!"

Janet

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had no idea that South Italy was so fertile, with vast groves of olive and almond trees and wheat fields. Beautiful. I appreciated the diversity of the tour , beginning in Rome, the history shared about the Roman Emperor Hadrian & visiing his villa, the beautiful coastal boat cruise the story of Matera, the water buffalo farm, Pomeii (disappointing), Positano and delightful Sorrento.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To actually walk around -- and through -- a well-preserved Greek temple was an incredible experience. If only stones could speak. However, the home prepared dinner in Sorrento was amazing."

Melville

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a very cohesive charming group who were very punctual and lots of fun. The itinerary was well planned, well paced; couldn't fault anything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wows: Francesca at the Capitolini Museum - inspiring! And secondly, the home-cooked meal in Sorrento."

Karen

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a terrific experience. This tour took me to places off the beaten track that I wouldn't have known about. The hotels were ??. The tour guide Alfio was great and he was interested in making this a unique and wonderful Experience. All the local guides were very knowledgeable especially Francescia. The food was great and sometimes too much! I would recommend this tour to any able bodied person.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Matera. The caves and sights were amazing. The water buffalo dairy was probably another high light."

David

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time. Southern Italy is so different from Northern Italy; quite a contrast. This is a very active tour with varied sights and experiences. Great sights, tour guides, food and wine. Can't ask for more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera. Seeing the city from the Belvedere and then seeing it up close and staying in the Sassi was a big wow. Of course Vieste, Alberobello, the Amalfi Coast and Naples were terrific in their own right. Rome is always fun and interesting. Loved Pompeii and also had a chance to go to Herculaneum on our own since we stayed an extra day in Naples. The city guide in Naples, Pina, really helped us understand what we were seeing in Herculaneum."

Michael

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was outstanding: Ann was an excellent guide, tour colleagues were experienced travelers and fun, and all of the excursions were extremely interesting and well chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow"moments, so selecting one is most difficult. The sassi of Matera, Pompeii, the Greek temples of Paestum, Positano, the buffalo mozzarella farm were highlights, but for me, the boat ride through the many grottoes of the Gargano coast near Vieste was most "wow" of them all."

Kristine

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was full of unique experiences. While I've been to Italy several times, seeing the southern park of the country was really great. Matera, Sorrento, Pompeii...it was a unique itinerary and not one easily done without a tour. I had a a fantastic experience and absolutely loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner with a family in Sorrento was really unique. Not only was the food really amazing, but the atmosphere, getting a chance to talk with locals, drink wine and just enjoy an amazing meal was something I won't forget. I only wish we had recipes for all the tasty dishes!"

Laura

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour is an excellent way to see far-flung sites in Southern Italy without having to drive yourself! We received lots of great background information from our excellent tour guide, Ann, as well as delightful unique experiences, and access to all the important aspects of individual places. I had not been on a Rick Steve's tour in many years, and was pleased to find that there were more built-in "free-time" opportunities (I do love to shop).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First "wow" moment was the amazing boat ride to many grottos along the coast south of Vieste. The color of the water was incredible!! Truly memorable experience. Although a close tie would be staying in a cave-room in Matera and seeing that magnificent place. (Highly recommend the massage in the cave spa) The tour of the Archeological Museum in Naples was absolutely a WOW. Other favorites: touring the organic Buffalo Mozzarella facility and seeing the water buffalo take massages!"

Ronald

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour went very smoothly without any drama. Good group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing great sites, vistas, and art were what I would expect. What was a WOW moment and unexpected was the technology and innovation of Pompei 2500 years ago.Little details to make life more practical and comfortable were well thought out and implemented. Household items could be used today and probably were made better then than today. I am intentionally not being specific so that future travelers can be equally impressed and surprised."

Susan

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saw many unique sights, such as the trulli homes in Alberobella and the caves of Matera. This trip is strenuous as advertised, with a lot of hill and step climbing, but some awesome views from the top. The trip to Gargano was a nice escape from busy Rome and the hustle and bustle to come with the Amalfi Coast and Naples. The numerous demonstrations, such as the buffalo farm, wine tasting and pasta making, as well as the family dinner in Sorrento, really added to the beautiful scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Loved Pompeii and our side trip to Herculaneum. The Archaelogical Museum in Naples was terrific. Loved the trip to the small cathedral to see the Veiled Christ and seeing the Farnese bull at the museum. The views from Positano and Amalfi town were breathtaking also!! The towns of Alberobella and Matero were unbelievable!"

Pam

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip. The itinerary is super. Guide outstanding and a wonderful group of people. The "extras"--family dinner, wine tasting/lunch, ice cream making, pasta making experiences were particularly good, nice people with interesting and tasty subjects! Good choices!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Naples--the Veiled Christ, by Sanmartino with out a doubt. It was breathtaking."

Mark

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 7th RS tour. Just when I thought things could not get better, they did!! The itinerary was superb. The right amount of small towns and cities. So much to see in that part of Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Amalfi coast with out a doubt. Although Positano was very touristy you could not top the views and scenery. I also truly enjoyed Sorrento. If I had it to do again, I would totally skip Capri and spend the day in that lovely city."

David

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very nice tour of parts of Italy that we had only partially experienced 40 years ago.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the dinner in the private home and the conversation with Luigi and the small boat (6 passengers) tour we booked on our own around the island of Capri."

Candace

Decatur, GA

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, Rick Steves Tours go above and beyond! We had about 22 people who became instant friends in no time at all! No grumps and no complainers makes for great traveling partners. We enjoyed the smaller cities... Matera, Vieste, Positano, Amalfi Coast more than the big cities of Rome and Naples. Quaint with lots of charm. Thanks to Caterina and Andrea, we had wonderful experiences with the locals. Caterina knows, and meets, many people along the way, enhancing the Italian experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The transportation to and the city of Positano! It is incredible how tight the roads were. But the buses, cars, and pedestrians all seem to exist together in harmony!"

Mireille

Knightdale, NC

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was great, so great that I could do it all over again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many, but I'll remember the most is the wine tasting with food at Alberobello; the quality and freshness of the food was superb!"

Patrick

Bolingbrook, IL

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great time, great guide, great group, great sites, great weather!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera, the cave city. We never knew that existed."

Coyla

Madison, WI

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip exceeded my expectations. I had wanted to see the Amalfi Coast, which we did. The boat ride from Sorrento to Amalfi was gorgeous. Unexpected pleasures included the routing of the Giro d'Italia through Alberobello while we were there, the amazing food and wine, in Alberobello, the absolute charm of Viste and Matera! The scenery, the people, the food and wine, were all outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments on this trip. One of my favorites was taking the bus from Amalfi up to Ravello, having lunch in the quieter, more peaceful town with fabulous panoramas. The hike down to Amalfi with a stop for a granita in Atrani had a plethora of wow moments. The peace and quiet of hiking without hordes of people and the spectacular panoramas made for a very special day."

Steve

Summerville, SC

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

guide and asst guide did not do a good job of keeping everyone in check during walking tours. Asst guide frequently was not in the back of the group making sure no one got lost. Members do not take buddy system seriously and some never bothered to check on their buddy during roll calls.

David

Knightdale, NC

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner at an Italian home in Sorrento and the Veiled Jesus statue."

Tina

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We traveled to areas we never would have explored, led by a knowledgeable and professional guide. Caterina had all of the arrangements coordinated seamlessly, checking in went very smoothly. It is evident that she truly loves her job and it is evident in her relationships with the tour guides, hotel staff and the host of our dinner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow' moment, it's hard to limit it to just one. Overall, Rome, hands down, so much to see, so much history, beautiful city."

George

Richmond, VA

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All was excellent, with one exception, the day on Capri, and this was not the fault of the tour director. The lift to the view at the top of Capri was really worthwhile and beautiful. Yet we stood in line for two-plus hours for the bus to Anacapri, and the bus driver down from Anacapri was absolutely dangerous and snapped the door open on my arm. Sorrento would have been a more enjoyable day; Capri was not worth it. We had fond memories of Puglia that were reinforced by this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Seeing 40-some lesser kestrels (cricket hawks) in the skies over Matera. 2. The water buffalo dairy 3. The Farnese statue of Hercules resting after one of the last labors at the National Archeology Museum. 4. The wine-testing and meal at Alberobello and the Giro d'Italia event. 5. The Caravaggio painting The Flagellation of Christ in Napoli, in fact the whole art museum Capodimonte."

Sally

Henrico, VA

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th RS tour & it was our best experience yet! What made this tour stronger/better than prior tours was strong sense of "we are family" mentatality created by lead guide Caterina. I also appreciated her repeated caution about safety when walking on uneven or slick surfaces. Each RS tour we have learned about food specialties to the region we were exploring. Group meals on all tours have been delicious but the food on this tour was OTT (Over the Top). I want more So Italy food!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was my favorite stop/experience on the 13 day tour. I loved Matera & it has been designated the European Capital of Culture for 2019. The G7 leaders were meeting in Matera while we were there. RS tours stay IN the caves. G7 leaders stayed OUTSIDE the cave area. What a wonderful experience we had. I had never heard of Matera and would not have found it on my own! I could not have managed Vieste & Matera without a guide. The itinerary of this tour is FABULOUS. I am a changed person."

Dana

Washington, MO

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was one of the best Rick Steves tours I've taken, Our guide Caterina was wonderful. She did a great job as well as her apprentice Andrea. Our group was terrific, so much fun and lots of laughs. The itinerary was great. I enjoyed every place, but it was the scenery that was so amazing. The Amalfi Coast was breathtaking and Positano and Sorrento wonderful and the Bay of Napoli.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was one of the most unusual and beautiful places I've ever seen and I think after hearing its story I appreciated it more."

David

Danville, CA

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip had special meaning for us in that we were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary so this was a gift to ourselves. We came into Rome early on our own and spent several days seeing the sights. We chose this trip to see southern Italy and the Amalfi cost. We were not disappointed. The town and cities and sights we visited were beautiful and captivating. The people in our tour group were veteran travelers so we were always on time and ready to go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "Wow" moments: the ruins of Hadrian's Villa and Paestum and Pompei exceeded my expectations. To walk on a beautiful day through the ruins and imagine the events of more than 2,000 years ago was a special treat. However I think the best moment was the chair lift to Anacapri and view over the island and the Amalfi coast--spectacular."

Carol

Bend, OR

Tour: 05/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to walk inside the temples of Paestum was a "WOW"!"

Sharon

Woodstock, ON

Tour: 05/01/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very much enjoyed seeing the south of Italy! The trip's itinerary suited me well. Could have used more time at the Buffalo farm though. I call this trip the icing on the cake for our Italy travels (did Venice/Florence/Rome last year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing and 'feeling' Pompeii both at the site and at the Naples' museum."

Robert

San Marcos, TX

Tour: 05/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed a great mix of southern Italy from large cities to small out of the way towns to the glamorous Amalfi coast. Our tour leader, Nina, provided just the right amount of narrative including a well balanced mix of historical and modern Italian facts and insights. The group activities were interspersed with plenty of free time to explore & test our travel acumen. The opportunities to visit with locals in their homes provided a view of Italian life we could never access on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had dinner in the home of a family with outstanding hospitality. The food, wine and opportunity to visit their lovely home made for an unforgettable evening."

Mary

Sanibel, FL

Tour: 05/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was wonderful. I especially enjoyed Nina. She did so many things to make our trip more fun.She instituted a "wine kitty" so that we were able to have wine at most meals. This was my first Rick Steves tour. So I don't know how she compares with your other guides. The itinerary was very good. My only problem was that I was not as fit as the rest of the group and had trouble keeping up. Even so, I was able to participate in almost all the activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paestum - Seeing the temples still standing was something I never thought I would get to see."

Margit

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 05/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was everything we hoped for and more. We continue to tell our friends this is the only way to travel to a different country if you want to get the local experience. The tour itinerary was great, food was exceptional and guides were so knowledgeable. We learned so much history, sometimes overwhelming, but truly gave us a good sense of Italy's past.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was when we sat down to dinner with a local family in Sorrento and the head of the family sat right next to me. He was so charming, friendly, and truly interested in us. His English was so much better than my Italian and he put me at ease. I truly enjoyed talking to him throughout dinner. His wife sat next to me for a while too. The food was incredible--the best on the entire trip."

Dianne

Richmond Hill, ON

Tour: 04/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great having everything organized. I liked the special guides who really knew their stuff and made me feel as if I had learned something.The other people on the tour were friendly, interesting, good-natured and thoughtful.Hotel rooms all comfortable and well-equipped.Food excellent and varied! Good mix of planned time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View of Vesuvius from near Piazza Viantelli with all Naples spread at the foot. The pressure cooker and the colander from Herculaneum in the Museo Archeologico Nationale. Initial view of Matera from the other side of the gorge."

Kent

Spring Valley, CA

Tour: 04/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was close to outstanding. Our guide Patricia was awesome. The only thing that I didn't care for was the guide at Pompeii. He was full of himself and I tuned him out after a while. Other than that, the tour was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What a tough question to answer. Everything was so impressive. If I have to pick one I would have to say Madera. Never heard of it yet found it intriguing. The taxi rides in Rome were very exciting. Better than any Disneyland ride."

Ellen

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 04/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is very well-designed, with wonderful opportunities to experience the varied cultures of Southern Italy. The opportunity for authentic experiences that go beyond the standard sights make Rick Steves' tours so special. The home dinner in Sorrento afforded us the chance to meet a family and sit down with them. The wine and snacks in Napoli with a couple living in an apartment in Old Town was another terrific opportunity to meet with local people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca led a tour of the Capitoline Museum and surrounding neighborhoods that was nothing less than a revelation. She brought the artworks...and the people who created them and lived with them...alive for us. All of your guides are knowledgeable. Francesca put heart and soul into the tour.Many of us had tears in our eyes at the end of the tour as she reflected on mortality and immortality."

David

Hoover, AL

Tour: 04/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Three things made this tour click - the itinerary, the guide and the other tour members. The itinerary was varied, interesting and touched many amazing historic sites. It helped that the weather was beautiful (except for one drizzly morning). Our guide, Patricia, was energetic, thorough and had a wonderful sense of humor. The tour group developed an immediate rapport - no "duds" in the group. We made many new friends and hope to see them on future Rick Steves tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the visit to the Museo Cappella Sansevero. Though the tour was filled with many, many sculptures, I found the Veiled Christ and the surrounding sculptures to be the most delicate, lifelike and moving of the tour."

Adele

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 04/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the variety of sites chosen. We also appreciated the free time periods built into the tour planning, nice balance with guide and group and on our own as well. We did use our Rick Steves books those free periods. Time on bus with Patrica: insightful, colorful, witty narratives along the way. We appreciated tips and some guidance from our tour leader for time after the trip when we continued on our own for additional days. This tour was a total success from our perspective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was a surprising place to settle for two nights in an elegant cave in a picturesque landscape of cave homes. Though we were comfortable tourists, we understood the past difficulties of Matera's impoverishment, the struggles to survive. This location has a unique cultural significance. The local guide here was a dedicated representative of history of the hard community life in this landscape, as well as it's archaeological history. I left cheering for Matera's future and for S.Italy."

Denise

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 04/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour. Saw things that do not exist anywhere else.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera"

Sally

Victoria, BC

Tour: 04/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

very good as always

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Home cooked meal with a family"

Elizabeth

Ouray, CO

Tour: 04/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and it was every bit as wonderful as our first in Greece two years ago. The itinerary was well chosen to include the important cities and historical sites in southern Italy. However, because there were distances to be traveled and traffic, this trip did feel more rushed than our last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment would have to be Matera. The long history of life in this most unusual landscape made it a very special place. Our guide Annalise was very good as were the sites chosen within the city she took us to. I am so pleased to be among those who are beginning to learn about this unique city and it's place in Italian history and culture. Runner-up would have to be Paestum. Going there was one of the reasons I was drawn to this trip. However, two hours there was not enough."

Jolene

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 04/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second tour. I had a great time! I enjoyed everything we did and each place we visited. Our guide, Patricia, made our trip extra fun. She took such good care of our group! The family dinner and visit to other local residence' home were wonderful experiences. Such nice people! So fun to see their homes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was definitely my "wow". It is an unbelievable place."

John

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 04/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I have participated in three AIA Tours and always enjoyed the trips where we used a SMALL tour boat (~250 travelers plus crew) and did not have to change sleeping quarters. The RS-trip was great and the changing hotels was not an issue. GREAT hotel selections.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The one thing that affected me the most was a quote from our Rome tour guide - Franceska) - when she read, from her personal journal, 'words' recorded on a Roman-era tombstone. They were the words of a man who had lost his wife. He wonderfully expressed his love for her . . . ."

Carol

Lebanon, OH

Tour: 04/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 3rd Rick Steves tour cont. to rise above my expectations! Fantastic local guides esp. Francesca at the Capitoline plus our guide Patricia was also fantastic combining humor and information in ways that made you want to listen! The people who go on these trips all seem to be seasoned travelers who mesh together for a great group experience due to their love of travel! Also enjoyed my free time to the Borghese Gallery, a climb to the top of St Peter's Dome, Ravello + chairlift ride to Anacapri.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had a WOW moment, which definitely included the boat ride in Vieste, the cone-shaped Trulli houses in Alberobello with a fabulous wine-tasting, the Sassi cave dwellings in Matera and actually sleeping in a cave hotel, an open air bus ride from Positano to Ravello for fabulous views of the Amalfi Coast and a BIG WOW of visiting Villa Cimbrone and eating lunch at Albergo Villa Amore, perched on the cliffs of Ravello along the Mediterranean Sea."

Roberta

Salcha, AK

Tour: 04/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of South Italy tour had a nice blend of big city and smaller, unique towns. Each place we visited offered new sights and experiences. Our guide Patricia was and very knowledgeable and upbeat. As always with Rick Steves tours, my group of fellow travelers were friendly, fun people with whom to share the experience. There was a perfect amount of planned versus free time. The only (minor) downside was the long days traveling between places the first half of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments for me. I was amazed by the cave and stone dwellings of Matera and enjoyed the cave hotel. Positano was lovely, and going up to Ravello (during free time) to see the breathtakingly beautiful gardens and views was a highlight. I also enjoyed the history of Pompeii and could easily have spent more time there. For those who take this tour, I highly recommend the side trip to gorgeous Capri and the chairlift to the top."

Donald

Ouray, CO

Tour: 04/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour. This was our second Rick Steves Tour. The first was Greece in 2015. This tour was jusr=t as great as the Greece Tour. We had a great time and got along well with all of the participants. We left as friends and not just co-travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The three temples at Paestum were the most remarkable ancient buildings we have seen. Pompeii was also a wow moment."

Patricia

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I chose this to see parts of Italy not usually seen, unless you drive. It was interesting and beautiful. It was cooler than expected. The variety of sites was great from Rome through the cave dwellings in Matera to Paestum and Positano.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Th busride on Capri up to Anacapri-- stunning. Capri was way too crowded for me but that ride made it worthwhile. Loved the dinner in Sorrento and all of Naples."

Ernest

Las Cruces, NM

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group tour activities and the free time was well balanced. The tour included spots we would never have found on our own. We are absolutely glad we took this particular Rick Steves tour which gave an excellent insight into real Italian life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rather than a "wow" moment, this is our most memorable moment: It occurred exploring Naples on our free time. We were eating and sitting at a McDonald's when a group of Italian teenagers approached us with a request to wish their friend a happy 18th birthday on video camera. We suggested singing together a Happy Birthday song which they were excited to include us. Sitting next to us was another group of teenagers and we asked if they would all join in. It was fun to share!"

Patty

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steve tour - which did not disappoint. Our tour guide Ann was fabulous. Our itinerary took us to some less well known areas including Matera and Veste. The itinerary is well organized, introducing you to the local area, food, history and building on the previous stops. We saw Pompeii one day and saw the treasures from Pompeii in the museum in Naples another day. All local tour guides were fabulous. We appreciated the balance of free time to planned activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. Our stop in Veste was so relaxing, with our hotel located on the water front. Sleeping listening to the crashing waves took all my worries of home away. Matera was facinating - seeing the ancient cave dwellings and the rebirth of the town with people moving back. We loved our time in along the Amalfi coast - especially Positano and Sorrento. Sorrento was extra special with our group dinner at the home of a local family. Our visit to the water buffalo farm was WOW also"

Roberta

Palos Park, IL

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the itinerary that sold me on this tour. I am a veteran of 10 Tauck tours to Europe, but this Rick Steves itinerary to the South of Italy trumped anything Tauck has to offer in this region. It is comprehensive, compared to Tauck's "Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Rome," which, being a solo traveler, would've cost me almost twice as much, and which covers about half of what I experienced on the Rick Steves tour. (For one thing, Tauck stops in Naples ONLY for a pizza lunch)!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Amalfi Coast Drive was spectacular; it reminded me of the Middle Cornisch between Nice and Monte Carlo!"

Jeffery

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steve's tour. I enjoyed this tour a lot because it was in one country. The travel distances were fairly short (most days) which provided more time to explore areas. I did not really know what to expect because my wife did all the research and planning which allowed me to be wowed more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Matera. This was a city that I never heard of. It was really interesting to see the conditions that people existed in for so long. I really liked that this place is not flooded with tourist yet and still had so much history."

Nadine

Baddeck, NS

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful way to see southern Italy and places that I would not have otherwise selected as places to travel to. The accommodations were great, our main tour guide, Ann was amazing, our tour guides at the various stops were wonderful, as they were very informative and engaging. A tour of this kind is a great way to travel, things are planned for you but there is still the opportunity to explore on your own. Access to guided tours that may not have accessible otherwise was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, to pick just one is difficult. The visit to Pompeii was amazing, the visit to the Sassi neighbourhood was humbling. Seeing and experiencing the rich history that Italy offers was something I will treasure and remember forever."

Jordan

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved this tour, particularly because it took us to some Italian regions (Puglia, Basilicata) that aren't necessarily on everyone's radar.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was amazing to see so many millenia of history stacked on top of each other, upon our first view of Matera from across the ravine."

Daniel

Lancaster, CA

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Just what I have come to expect from RS Tours. Overall a great experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ancient Greek Ruins at Paestum"

Barbara

Mead, CO

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour, wonderful travel companions and super tour guide! We had taken the Best of Italy tour which focused on Northern Italy to Rome. Great tour also. This tour focused more on the history and ruins of Italy. The Amalfi coast was beautiful! I really enjoyed seeing the ruins and marveling over the advances of the previous Greek/Roman history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment was seeing how advanced the Greek/Roman culture was compared to today's. The visit to Pompeii and subsequent visits to the 2 museums in Naples were thought provoking. Another "wow" moment was the Amalfi coast, including Sorrento, Capri and Naples. It was beautiful and memorable."

James

Mead, CO

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a very satisfying tour experience. Villa Adrianna, Vieste, Matera and Paestum were enjoyable. Positano and Sorrento were wonderful. We enjoyed Naples immensely. Despite concerns about safety in Naples, we had no problems and we will go back. To the RS tour staff, thank you very much for a great experience. Your tours are enjoyable and fun because of all of your hard organizational work.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride in Vieste. Watching the Water Buffalos go through their paces at the Mozzarella Ranch. The view from our hotel room in Positano and the Amalfi Coast road. The Private boat tour and convertible cab ride in Capri, The hotel in Naples."

Peggie

Wilson, NC

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time. One thing you can't really control - who signs up for a specific tour - was what made this tour fun. We had the greatest group of people. This was my first tour that traveled every few days and it had good points and bad points. It was fun to see so many places, but the travel after a while became tiresome. Of course I knew going in it involved lots of moving, but was surprised how much it colored my opinion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know that I can narrow it down to one. Pompeii blew me away. The gelato demo was great. The pasta demo has me making my own more often. But maybe the best was the cave homes in Matera and our cave hotel room."

Donna

Belmont, CA

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful to be in Italy again! This was our second Rick Steves tour (Heart of Italy two years ago) and we felt comfortable and right at home when we arrived. You taught us well. Loved the location of Hotel Smeraldo near the Campo de Fiori and the beautiful farmers market. Can't wait to go back to order some espresso and walk on those cobblestones.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The caves that our boat motored into along the Gargano Peninsula. So lucky the weather allowed the trip. Stunning reflection of light in the waters and surprising openings to the sky. The fisherman showing his catch of a big octopus was great too."

Eric

Dublin, OH

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour, we loved southern Italy one of our favorite places to visit. We do however say that about every tour after it is complete. Our tour guide was wonderful. We loved her, very southern Italian. I say that because my wife has family in Northern Italy who we visited prior to the tour and there is a difference.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of them and since I am filling this out for both my wife and I, I will say mine was the visit to Matera and hers was the visit to the Amalfi Coast. I loved the story of the caves and the history. Also the fact that the people lived in the caves less than 50 years ago. The hotel was really great, couldn't have picked a better one myself. My wife will say the Amalfi was the highlight, it was good but I liked Matera better."

Carole

Chisago City, MN

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Especially Francesca travel guide in Rome...awesome. She actually was emotional about the sights even after 21 years of guiding!!! She was so helpful to not just show or explain but to educate, to look for things to see. Her words were ...the more you know the more you see! How true. Just exceptional we thought. Mari and Asa were also excellent with a good sense of humor. We were very impressed with the variety of experiences from mozerella making, buffalo farm, gelato, pasta making .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the coliseum and Pompeii, but the cave dwellings, trullli houses, cave homes, Capri and boat rides were all fantastic"

Richard

Wyoming, MN

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lots of variety plus good exercise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boat tour in Vieste."

Mary

Boise, ID

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The itinerary was great. Hotels were well located, interesting and extremely comfortable with good helpful staffs. Fellow travelers couldn't have been better. Every day had something extraordinary to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So may every day but if I have to choose just one it was Paestum--the site with the very old Greek temples in excellent condition. It was accompanied by a very nice museum. This was all so unexpected and truly amazing. We should have had more time there. Even the guide book suggests 2 hours, but we got less than that, leaving us rushing through the museum."

Norman

Markham, ON

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mari was an amazing guide - informative, helpful, engaging, and a great sense of humour. She was a delight to listen to, and we learned so much about everywhere we went. The hotels were all good, and clean, and well chosen for walking and seeing the towns. Good stops along the way - all interesting. Food throughout the tour was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Capitoline Museum was an amazing gallery to visit .. and because of her presentation and knowledge, our guide there, Francesca, provided our WOW moment. Matera .. lunch at Buffalo farm .. Trulli houses .. etc. etc. etc."

Catherine

Oswego, IL

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Our experience was diminished by the inexperience of our guide. She was very skilled at describing the Italian societal and cultural norms. She struggled to give historical context and describe what we were going to see and how it fit into the story of Italy. The eastern coast of Italy was lovely, but I still have no idea WHY it was important to go there. Most of my understanding came from RS book.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera and Positano/Capri - two opposites - the historic living conditions and the wealth. Seeing how Italians addressed the issues in Matera; how they leveraged a small village into a thriving tourist town is a a good metaphor for Italy. Sometimes it works brilliantly. Sometimes it doesn't, but it's always vibrant."

Nancy

Dayton, TN

Tour: 10/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful wonderful trip with an especially outstanding tour guide, Patricia. Loved seeing places not known to me. Vieste, Matera, etc.... great experience. Fascinating, educational trip with an interesting group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Positano, oh my! And Ravello! But wait, another wow moment was Matera. There were many unforgettable moments on this trip, which was my third Rick Steves tour."

Lynn

Waltham, MA

Tour: 10/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I signed up for this tour because although I very much had been wanting to go back to S. Italy, which I had missed on my visit to Italy in 2000 I was a bit worried about planning a trip for just myself this time and had little time to do it anyway. So with the brand name recognition, I blindly dived in at somewhat the last moment to a Rick Steves tour. I was not disappointed - it was worth every penny of the money I removed from my retirement funds and I am not retired yet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Clearly that would be when a random conversation about airlines and flying to Holland with a Canadian who somehow seemed familiar to me resulted in two eerily parallel stories about a Dutch couple hiding a Jewish girl during the War that led to the realization that we were talking about the same person: Her uncle and more incredibly, the father of my former partner and we had stayed with her mother in Holland on my last trip to Europe 16 years ago! So the people you meet also are "wow moments.""

Philippe

Oaklannd, CA

Tour: 10/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's quite an experience, a pleasant learning experience I may add. I would like to mention our guide in Rome, Francesca Caruso, who gave heart and soul to her presentation. Francesca helps define why Rome is called the eternal city

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Matera and our stay in the "designer cave" as Patricia called it."

Janice

North Providence, RI

Tour: 10/08/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, my tour experience was a very pleasurable one. Although I had been to some of the places when I was in Italy in 2008, going once again was somehow different and enjoyable. Our Guide was the best ever and the people in the group were so warm and friendly. I was impressed by the fact I was not charged extra for 'side trips' like the company I traveled with in 2008 since the charges were very expensive. This was a trip to hold in my memory.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite 'wow' moment was visiting Teresa and Luigi in their home in Sorrento! What a joy to be with such genuinely warm and welcoming people. And the food was magnificent! Being from an Italian background, it was comforting eating familiar food and the feeling I was with family. I was able to speak with them in a heart-warming conversation I had not enjoyed since my Nonno passed away. It was an enchanting time ending with a duet when Teresa and I sung "Return to Sorrento" in Italian!"

Howard

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 10/08/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour was a great adventure into an area of Italy where we had not been previously. We saw the busy life in Rome and Naples in contrast to the quiet life in off-season Vieste where almost all businesses were closed for the season.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The water buffalo farm was surprising in that it was so clean and automated. However, the local bus rides along the Amalfi coast road were the the biggest "wow". The Greek temples at Paestum were also a "wow"."

Charles

Osprey, FL

Tour: 10/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our third Rick Steves tour. This was a very good tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The museums especially the Capella Sansevero in Naples with the Veiled Christ and the Capitoline Museum in Rome. The Naples Archeological Museum was spectacular."

Deborah

Memphis, TN

Tour: 10/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spectacular tour, a great mix of nature, art, history and great dining experiences! The journey was packed full of unique experiences that were so memorable. I love the mix of scheduled and free time. This is my 3rd tour and am looking forward to many more. Greg is a big fan and does not want to do overseas travel with anyone but Rick Steves. Deborah & Greg Adrian

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was amazing! My husband and I pick a picnic dinner on the top terrace of our hotel. The setting sun, full moon with all the cave dwellings lit in the town was magical. OK, I have to add another wow moment. In Positano, we went to Ravello and had the most spectacular view of the Almalfi Coast."

Carolyne

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 10/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Introduced me to a part of Italy That was unkown to me. Could be called RS slow food tour of southern Italy since the food was a key part of understanding the culture. While informative, the tour also was a lot f fun; group dynamics were terrific in large part facilitated by the guide. The natural and arcaelogical sites were amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pasteum and the Amalfi coast. one man-made and one natural."

Jane

Medford, OR

Tour: 10/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Delightful group, outstanding tour guide and wonderful sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorento and the family visit!"

Ann

Pleasant Ridge, MI

Tour: 10/08/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the cities visited, not enough time in each one though, we would arrive at 6:00 pm and have one full day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera"

Jerome

Poway, CA

Tour: 10/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was excellent. Everything was well coordinated. Able to see plenty of sights, historical locations, and mix with the people. Especially enjoyed staying 2 nights in each town to get better feel for the culture and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner with the family in Sorrento was one of many highlights. This was a fun evening and good break from the regular touring."

Rocco

North Merrick, NY

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Caterina Caterina Caterina, made this tour the best experience one could have. The group was great, seen so many wonderful sites and experiences that will last a lifetime. I can not begin to say how Caterina made this a special trip. You should give her a pay raise!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cave homes in Matera. Posltano and the Amalfi coast."

Jane

Washington, DC

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

a fantastic trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompeii"

James

Golden, CO

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional itinery, exceptional guide, exceptional local guides. Also an exceptional group of clients. Caterina went beyond the call of duty on multiple occasions. Her depth of knowledge was formidable in a positive way. She knew how to led, to follow, to contribute, and to magnify the positive nature of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca/Capatoline Tour. Bam! As good as it gets."

Susan

Grand Isle, VT

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another fabulous Rick Steves Tour. Fantastic guide, fun and interesting travel buddies and beautiful sunny southern Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the 'family' dinner in Sorrento. Fabulous food; 'Sunday dinner' atmosphere, and laughter throughout the whole evening. For my husband, it was the boat ride into the grottos in Vieste; absolutely amazing. Honestly, there weren't very many moments that weren't "wow"."

Donna

Golden, CO

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. Our guide, Catharine, was exceptional. She has a very special gift of making our entire group really feel like a family and very special. We also traveled with an incredible group of people and treasure our experiences with them. There are just two suggestions. One, the last walking tour of Naples was much too long and there was too large of portions of food. There needs to be an option for smaller servings for those of us who eat less.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two Wow moments. First the family at the Hotel Sergio in Vieste. They were wonderful and made us feel at home. The second was the Veiled Christ in Naples. Truly amazing! Also our guide Francesca at the Capitoline museum in Rome. Truly gifted!"

Patsie

Seneca, SC

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I would highly recommend it. I had visited the Capitoline Museum in Rome before but it really came to life with the outstanding guide Francesca. Matera was a very interesting stop and of course we all enjoyed the Amalfi Coast stops. Our guide,Caterina,was a very large part of the success of the tour...terrific!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to pick just one favorite since there were many. Probably one of my favorites would be Matera since it was so unusual and largely unknown to me."

Peter

Seneca, SC

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Only complaint was a couple of days involved too much walking and not enough viewing (I.e. Time to take in the beauty and history of where we where was limited). That said, the overall tour was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but the dinner in Luigi and Venessa's home was great. Their granddaughter stole the show. Crossing the road in Naples is an experience I will never forget. Francesca's discussion I and "teaching" in Rome was second to none"

Brian

Flossmoor, IL

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and our first Rick Steve's tour. All aspects of the tour were outstanding. Our lead guide was knowledgeable, experienced and patient. She built us into a cohesive group of happy travelers who enjoyed each other's company and enriched the overall experience of the tour. The schedule for the tour was efficient and on time. When adjustments needed to be made, ample advanced communication was made by our lead guide. And the descriptions were minimal. T

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Isle of Capri"

Savita

San Jose, CA

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent, well planned!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Capri and Amalfi Coast and Ravella"

Kent

La Porte, IN

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Caterina was fantastic all we had to do was be on time and everything else was planned to perfection.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera. The history of the Sassi and its people was like nothing I had ever heard of before.Dinner in the cave was wonderful. Hanging out at the Piazza Vittorio Veneto was a lot of fun."

Mary Jane

Yardley, PA

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are experienced Rick Steves travelers-- this is our 8th tour with your company. The formula works--it never gets old for us. Just the right balance of free time and touring time. Always fun and interesting touring companions that are interested in the culture we are visiting. And the guides--both your local and traveling guides are superb. No matter how experienced we get as travelers on our own we will continue to take your tours. They offer the best value --you see and learn so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two. Seeing the Roman Forum from the balcony of the Capitoline museum. Although I had been to Rome before I had never seen it from that amazing viewpoint. Also discovering the villa of mysteries at Pompeii. I work for a school of antiquity and archaeology so I've been around, but the preservation and beauty of the frescoes at that villa even made ME gasp! And the best part--only a handful of people there as it was off the beaten path."

Cheryl

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I very much enjoyed travelling in the south of Italy as I get to know Italy. I found the pace of life to be easy and quite friendly with the people I met being much more engaging. The south definitely holds its own with museums and ruins. The art and architecture of the past is not to be missed! The farming culture (which I love) was evident in the landscape and the food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As I walked onto the balcony of my room in Vieste and saw the view of the Adriatic Sea I was a bit overwhelmed. The expanse of beautiful water and sky before my eyes was just what I needed. I must say, though, that view of the sassi from the overlook on the way into Matera was just as astounding, especially since I had done my homework before the trip, and I knew exactly what I was gazing upon."

Bill

Colleyville, TX

Tour: 10/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best trips I've taken

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Vieste, Matera and Positano"

Christine

Waikoloa, HI

Tour: 10/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome fantastic amazing ooh ahhha great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it just keep u in total ahhhhh sleeping in a cave dwelling spaying in a cave having dinner with a family cruising the islands the coast the winding roads viisiting the country the historic sites learning all the time"

Frank

San Diego, CA

Tour: 10/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Salvatore, our bus driver for most of the trip, was just great and was just superb in handling the bus into Vieste and along the Amalfi Coast. I do think Day 7 is too long with too much to do; we need 15-30 minutes more time at Paestum. Recommendations: (1) Reduce the time at or eliminate the Water Buffalo Farm or (2) add another night to the tour at either Matera or Positano. Naples was a big, pleasant surprise and wish we had stayed an extra day there after the tour ended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many!!!! (1) Francesca at the Capitoline Museum in Rome translating history into current perspective (2) The boat tour, grottos, and view from our hotel of the beautiful Adriatic in Vieste! (3) Learning about Carlo Levi and the Sassi in Matera (AND staying in a cave at our hotel!!) (4) Really "seeing" Pompeii both on-site AND at the Archeological Museum in Naples - learning about their "technology", engineering and designs of roads, baths, homes etc..."

Morgan

Gahanna, OH

Tour: 10/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For our 25th anniversary I convinced my husband to go to Italy. He wanted a southern Italy experience because his father was from Reggio and insisted that we see Pompeii. The south Italy tour was fantastic. From Rome to Hadrian's Villa to all points south and around the toe to the Amalfi coast it was breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating. Our guide, Nina, was superb and our group of 28 were diverse but unified in the pursuit of fun!!! We are planning our return to Italy! Thanks Rick

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I saw the "flaggellati di cristo" in the museum in Napoli I was stopped dead in my tracks and I am not even a Christian!!! I got choked up. I couldn't take my eyes off of it. Rarely have I experienced such a feeling. The David in Florence had the same effect on me 10 years ago! The beauty that is Italy opens me up to the world. I have travelled far but Italy is by far my heart. I will return again and again."

Denise

San Diego, CA

Tour: 10/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour showed us a completely different "side" to Italy. After Rome I experienced a lovely countyside and ancient, more primitive aspect (the Sassie caves). I loved the seascapes, the grottoes of Vieste, the ruins and wonderful museum in Paestum and the energy of Naples. As a retired 6th grade teacher I was thrilled to see Pompeii at long last. Nina was a fount knowledge and a fantastic guide. All of the others in our group were warm and friendly which added so much to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The grottoes in the Vieste boat tour were a VERY delightful surprise and the reconstructed Sassie cave hotel rooms were amazing!"

Geraldine

Midlothian, VA

Tour: 10/01/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was very happy to see that Nina would again be our guide. We had her for our Sicily tour, one of our three favorite tours. It was thanks to her, Orin, and our local guides that this was a great trip. As usual, it was a worry-free experience. We had plenty of help with our free time as well. The suggested Trastevere walk was very interesting. In Capri, we hiked the trail that led to Tiberius' villa. We were glad that we did this as well. Of course the scheduled tours were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess my favorite place was Matera. It was so different from any other place I have visited. I had just read about Matera in our local paper and was so happy to see we would visit it."

Irene

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a top notch tour from the beginning to the end. We thoroughly enjoyed it -- there was so much to see and do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick "one". Possibly driving into Positano."

John

Naples, FL

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We can't say enough about the trip. The guides,the hotels,the food and wines and all the wonderful side trips. This was our fifth trip to Italy and Rick Steve's is th,e only way to go!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I quess the Sassi experience however the whole trip had lots of wow moments!"

Derek

Naples, FL

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's Tour & we loved it ! We travelled with 3 other couples, but fully participated with ALL the other tour participants. Tommaso did an outstanding job getting the whole group to 'gel'...& we had a very social crowd. The tour was someway grueling, partly because we didn't want to miss anything. At the same time, 2 night stop overs might make the tour a little too tight. I wouldn't want to leave anything out of the current tour, but did feel rushed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was Pompeii, then it was really confirmed when we went to the Natural History Museum in Napoli. What a tremendous job Rick Steve's does putting pieces together. Congratulations. Other top moments were the family dinner with Luigi in Sorrento and the lunch at the buffalo mozzarella farm, after a mind boggling couple of days in Matera ! So many wow moments ... when the captain took the boat into the grotto's off the coast of Vieste !"

Robert

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent, however Tommaso walks to fast

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Greek ruins and the Amalfi coast"

Linda

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An incredible tour just as we expected from Rick Steves! This is our 7th RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The family dinner in the home of Mama Teresa and Gigi in Sorrento. Also the cave hotel in Patera."

Donna

Latham, NY

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a wonderful time on this tour. The itinerary was interesting and diverse, the scenery was spectacular, and there was a fair amount of free time built in. Our tour guide Tommaso was knowledgeable, organized, helpful, and amusing. The local guides were incredible as they passionately shared their information. Our traveling group of 25 was comfortable to be with. We blended well, looked out for each other, and shared lots of laughs. Bus drivers were terrific as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fantastic weather and the beautiful scenery from our boat ride in Vieste was definitely a WOW. It was amazing going into the grottos. The dinner at Teresa's house was an incredible, culinary WOW! Waking up to a rainbow in Positano was a WOW. The cave dwellings as well as our hotel in Matera were a WOW. And I can WOW on."

Tim

Poway, CA

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding for three reasons. First, the variety of places we visited was excellent. From the busy center of Rome to less travelled parts of Gargano Peninsula and the chaos of Naples. Second, the other members of our tour group were wonderful. As one person said it, he came with 6 friends and left with 23! Last, our guide Tommaso was superb and really took care of everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments! Standing on the actual location in the Jewish Ghetto where the Nazi's parked their tanks and having our local guide Franchessca describe the event in WWII. I could almost picture the events as if it were happening right then! The mouth watering organic lunch at the buffalo mozzarella farm. Who would guess such simple items as tomatoes, lettuce and cheese could taste so good! The wonders of Pompeii, Herculaneum and the items in the National Archeological Museum."

Pam

Poway, CA

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our secon RS tour & we enjoyed this just as much as the first one. Our guide, Tomasso was entertaining, knowledgeable & always positive. Our group was cohesive and always ready to experience all the sites & sounds. The hotels were comfortable & clean, the pace just right. Loved the wine tasting and fantastic appetizers in Albertto, the wonderful home dinner in Sorrento and last but not least, the farewell dinner in Naples. I felt like we were saying goodbye to old friends at the end!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Amalfi on a clear day, staying in the caves of Matera, exploring the fantastic artifacts at the National Archeological museum in Naples."

Gregory

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

All the Rick Steves people were very nice and helpful. The tour had some great experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paestum and Matera were both exceptional places to visit. I also very much liked the meals at people's homes."

Mike

Dallas, TX

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was great. Got to see the Southern half of Italy with a great group of people and wonderful guide. I knew almost nothing about Southern Italy before the trip, so everything was new and fresh for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner in the private residence in Sorrento was the highlight for me. First, the food and wine is my favorite thing about Italy, and we had great food and wine at this dinner. Getting a glimpse of the private home from their courtyard and the charming kitchen and dining room, plus meeting and dining with the family was really great. A close second was the tour of the buffalo mozzarella farm. It was like a great winery tour only better."

Anthony

Wayne, NJ

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was apprehensive about taking a tour but was quickly assured we made the right decision. The tour was well thought out and planned. It took us to places we never would have visited much to our delight. Our guide and bus driver were exceptional. The driver with his skillful handling of the coach and our guides knowledge of local history made the tour more enjoyable. Patricia and the local guides brought the tour to life. The accommodations and food the tour provided were above expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say that Pompei was my "wow" moment. Pompei's size and opulence prior to the eruption must have been magnificent. Their technology and building skills were amazing. I found myself standing in the theater saying WOW."

Carol

Wayne, NJ

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip exceeded our expectations. It was a well planned itinerary with time for learning, exploring, good food and fun. The transportation was excellent with a great driver and comfortable traveling accommodations. The hotels were conveniently located, clean, with great breakfasts. The meals were all great. They seemed to represent typical Italian fare and were varied and tasty. Our guide, Patricia, was spectacular. Hard working, cheerful and always there to help.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pic one WOW moment. The guides in the museums made the museums much more interesting and turned them each into a WOW. The guides were able to help me look at the artwork and antiquities in the context of the time when they were created. This made the experience more interesting. Matera, Pompei and Paestum were absolutely amazing."

Rose

Evergreen, CO

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

After taking river cruises, I find I prefer to do them. Repacking and moving every other day does not give much time to really see where you are. Many of the days tours did not leave much time to absorb what you were seeing or learning. Found the boat tours very interesting. Time wasted at the mazzarella farm. Needed more time at the Greek temples. Enjoyed Hadrians ruins. Would have liked a slower pace at the museums. Would NOT go to Naples.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Have taken tours through other countries and did not have the "wow" moment. The closest thing to that "wow" moment would be seeing the difference between the rich and poor. Some people lived in caves, others in suitable homes, to wonderful villas. Found Southern Italy to be in need of housecleaning, and street cleaning. Graffiti, trash, dog poop everywhere."

Gloria

Bouse, AZ

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 2nd tour with Rick Steves. The best part of his tours are the out of the way places that he takes his travelers to. This tour included the Puglia region of the Gargano, visiting Vieste, Matera and Alberobello which I think were the high light of the Southern Italy tour. It's the places that he included in his tours like the pasta demo in Viesta, eating in on of the cave restaurants in Matera, visiting a Bufalo farm and the best was having an Italian dinner with a local in Sorento!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vieste, Matera and Alberobello! Words can not describe such a beautiful area."

Earl

Plano, TX

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations. We usually do our own thing but with this tour we visited places we never would have seen and enjoyed it very much. Our tour guide, Patricia, was excellent and went way out of her way to make sure we got the most out of the time we had and gave us lots of information about everything. I would recommend this highly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many I can't choose just one. Actually, the most amazing and impressive thing for me was how our bus driver managed to drive on those tiny, winding roads. We loved Vieste and Positano the most. Matera and the Sassi were amazing."

Debra

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic experience, all of it. Patricia is an exceptional guide, and I really appreciated her local knowledge, connections, and way of bringing the "real" Italy into the narrative beyond the typical tourist views. Well thought out agenda - all of it! And as I reflect back on all we did, I so appreciated that balance of intense and active walking and touring, then quiet, free time. Va bene!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesa leading us through the Capotoline Museum and Jewish Ghetto. She has a way of showing you art and antiquity in a way that I've never experienced before - deeply personal and layered, yet fun and fascinating. ON the tour side: Matera is certainly the "wow" place we visited. Exceptional. Loved all the personal touches, too, like having wine and appetizers at the home of the two lovely men in Naples."

Dottie

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I must mention 4 "wow" experiences: 1) A fabulous guide through the Capitoline Museum in Rome 2) Pompeii was fascinating with a wonderful guide 3) The boat ride along the Amalfi coast was beautiful and Patricia did an excellent job 4) The tour of the Bufalo cheese facility was an unexpected experience."

Janelle

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! Superb hotels, awesome tour guides, fascinating sites, and delicious food. What more could you want from a tour company?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Before we entered the city of Matera, we stopped on a hillside overlooking the Sassi. It was amazing to learn how people carved these caves out of the stone earth and lived in them. The city was fun to explore and imagine what it might have been like to live there."

Joyce

Xenia, OH

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We went to wonderful towns and had experiences that would not have occurred had I not been on the tour. Our tour guide was outstanding and worked tirelessly to attend to every detail.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was quite something to experience as was Pompei."

Neil

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our fifth Rick Steve's tour lived up to our expectations. The fast pace and variety of locations, sights and activities provided numerous educational opportunities, with sufficient time for exploration on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were three "wow" moments for me. The first was in Matera with the unexpected opportunity to celebrate in Piazza San Giovanni as the audience sang and played along with the symphony orchestra's performance of "concerto for kazoo". The second "wow' moment came in Sorrento at the home of Teresa and Luigi who hosted the group for dinner and conversation. The final "wow" moment was viewing the "Veiled Christ" sculpture in the Museo Cappella Sansevero in Naples"

Donald

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best Rick Steves' tours and tour guide helped make that so.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Caves in Matera."

Karen

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After traveling through Northern Italy on a Rick Steve's tour, we were anxious to experience the South. We didn't think it would be as fascinating however this tour definitely exceeded our expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary on the cliffs of Positano!"

Frances

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The experience was great, and I know I experienced so many aspects of Italy that I wouldn't have easily discovered on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few: boat trip tour from Vieste, the Amalfi coast, staying in Sorrento, the water buffalo farm. Afterwards, we took a boat to Ischia and went to the fabulous spa at Nagombe."

Edward

Xenia, OH

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent! Caterina Moore was very concerned about our well being as well as having a good time. She went above and beyond to take care of us. She was readily available to us for assistance and advice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The grottos, cave homes and the Amalie coast."

Harvey

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

After about 6 months total in Europe on my own and some time in Asia and S. America this was my first tour. So it's hard to separate the tour itself from my experience on the tour which includes a lot less planning and a lot less autonomy. My wife Colleen and I have been traveling on our own for three weeks since the tour and these two styles are in stark contrast. Truthfully - I hated rushing to pack, breakfast, out the door. I loved not planning and extremely knowledgeable guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"going into the grottoes without knowing they were there and the shrouded Jesus in Naples...tie."

Gail

Fond Du Lac, WI

Tour: 09/17/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Please continue this tour, SO amazing. Matera, Vieste, Alberobello, Positano, Sorrento, Naples, Pompeii. LOVED this tour, loved our tour guide Nina, she was wonderful and if you are lucky enough to get her thank your lucky stars. You see Rome (we went 2 days early and did even more) Naples, amalfi coast, and the wonderful Adriatic coast, Puglia is a must see in your life and esp. the Basilicata/Matera. Don't miss it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"SO many WOW moments on this tour. Want to do it again! Rome! Naples! My favorite moment was standing on the other side of the canyon looking across to the Sassi of Matera. Literally took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. Will never forget it, stunning. Other wow moments were the boat ride in Vieste, you need to see it from the water, the blue grotto we saw there was better than the blue grotto in Capri. The streets in Alberobello/trulli, Amalfi coast."

Sara

St Charles, MO

Tour: 09/17/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves tour and the mix of people was a very enjoyable one, and so different from last year. Loved them both, but last year we were the oldest with many young singles. This year, it was mainly couples, of all ages, and mostly quite congenial.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The afternoon at the Pompeii ruins was unbelievable with a very knowledgeable local guide who spoke quite clearly. On our own, we ventured to the top of Mt Vesuvius, which made it all complete."

Val

Cheswick, PA

Tour: 09/17/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Going into my first RS tour, i was apprehensive and didn't know what to expect traveling around Italy with a group. The museums, the churches, the history, the sights, the food and the locals! I would never have had the opportunity to see, learn and experience without the wonderful guides knowledge. Nina promoted self exploration and gave great suggestions on where to go 'on our own time'. She was fun and not short on patience! I felt as if I was saying 'bye to old friends by the end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick just one 'wow' moment as each city, being viewed for the first time, was wonderful. I loved the boat ride along the spectacular Gargano coast and entering the grottos. Mixing with the locals in Sorrento was great! Matera was also impressive with the cone shaped trulli houses. There is nothing bad to say about this trip. The Amalfi Coast was so breath taking, I hope to return here before my memory of its beauty fades. Great cultural experience!"

Frank

St Charles, MO

Tour: 09/17/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Third RS tour. Hotels a welcome step up from those typical on the previous tours. Nina is a gem - best guide by far of the 3 we've experienced. Good split of tour activities and free time. Happy every night that I was so tired I slept well. Overall very impressed again with the quality of the other tour members. Each time almost all have been quality people, friendly, very accommodating and always trying to help out others in the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stunning overview of the Roman Forum, Coliseum and Palentine Hill out the back windows of the Capitoline Museum. Toured those 3 previously but never had the wonderful. Photo is my lead slide for Rome. Our initial view of Matera from across "La Gravina" ravine. Even more wow's when we toured Matera."

Kimberly

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/17/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very organized, I appreciated the experience of our personal group tour guides. Loved the group dinners & experiences with local chefs, wine makers, artisans. Especially the group dinner in Sorrento with local family. I learned so much more of the history, from Museums, than I ever thought was possible. Nina did above & beyond what I imagined possible, in preparing & educating us in everything about the history, regions, etc about our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pompei tour. So informative & detailed about the history of the Romans and how this reflects on our lives today. Wish I could recall his name."

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Pre-Tour Planning

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

Trip Resources

Learn more about Italy: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews, and articles, plus recommended books and movies.

Tour Hotels

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

Transportation

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

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members arrange to fly into Rome and out of Naples ("multicity" on flight-booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Italy. Important: The train from Naples to Rome takes from 70 minutes to two hours, so you'll want to avoid early-morning flights out of Rome.

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

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

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Rome before your tour begins, use the Rick Steves Italy guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of Italian, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Rome that we do not do as a group: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museums.

Thinking of spending more time in Italy after the tour? From Naples you may want to make the trip up to the top of Mount Vesuvius; visit the impressive, ash-covered ruins of Herculaneum; you may even consider heading back south to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast; or train back up to Rome for more time exploring the Eternal City.

This tour does not include a visit to the Vatican Museums or St. Peter's Basilica. However, they are often a highlight for any traveler and are both experiences we highly recommend. Avoid the long lines for the Vatican Museums by booking tickets several weeks in advance. For more details, see our Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel reservation tips for tour members.

Packing

This tour has several opportunities for swimming, so we recommend that you pack a swimsuit and perhaps a lightweight microfiber towel.

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

Special packing note: We use an audioguide system for many of our sightseeing and museum tours. If you wear a hearing aid, we strongly recommend bringing headphones that go over your ears to allow you to fully enjoy these tours.