• 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 $775

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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!

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2020

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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
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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: strenuous.

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: Paestum and the Amalfi Coast

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 the Amalfi Coast, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: strenuous.

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 Sorrento, 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. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Sleep in a cave-like hotel room in historic Matera.
  6. Navigate steep and/or uneven surfaces like cobblestone, slick stone and marble, as well as unmarked obstacles at ancient ruin sites.

Reviews

Christina

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time seeing and experiencing people and places we had never seen or even heard of before...This is one of the great things about an extremely knowledgeable tour company such as Rick Steves. We loved that it took us off the (mostly) beaten tourist track. We also liked the fact that it is a much smaller group than other tours, which gives one the chance to really get to know most of your tour mates. We don't think anything rivals the art, history and beauty of Italy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had several wow moments but one of my favorites was the city of Matera...the family dinner we had in Sorrento..the opera house in Naples...seeing the Amalfi coast...the boat ride in Vieste...Oops, that was 5! :)"

Deirdre

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall experience was very good. I learned much, visited unexpected places like Matera and Alberabello. It was an exhausting trip however and could have use some more down time or a late morning now and then. It was clear you could opt out of an experience and that was good thing. a number of us skipped the boat ride in Vieste for example.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Veiled Christ sculpture. All the caves in Matera were amazing!."

Mary

Wooster, OH

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of South Italy exceeded my expectations! Caterina is an exceptional guide with a great depth of knowledge (history, art, architecture, culture, food) which she presented in a good storytelling format. She is charming with a great sense of humor and upbeat personality. Plus...she is always very nicely dressed :) Rest time on the bus was very appreciated, and was the days off since this really was a strenuous trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many highlights, including Francesca's tour of the Capitoline museum (I shall never look at art again in the same way after learning her four Cs), the tour of the Adriatic coast in Viesta, MATERA and staying in a cave, the sunlit beauty of Positano, the spectacular history of Paestum, the Veiled Christ in Naples...just so much to absorb and learn and see! A visual and sensory overload! However, my favorite WOW moment was Pompeii. My pictures do not do it justice."

Kevin

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This small town tour in southern Italy has to rate in the top three of my 11 RS tours to date.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Water Buffalo getting a scrub from the car wash brushes. What a life! But wait there is more... Eating dinner with Luigi's family and how friendly they were to us."

Robert

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good tour although seemed rushed at times. Visited the buffalo farm and could have spent a little more time with the animals. Rush hour traffic out of Rome and Sorrento required early rising which was tough after being up late for dinners, etc. We were disappointed when we visited Amalfi town and were elbow to elbow with many large busloads of tourists (cruise ships possibly.) That made the experience less than enjoyable and were glad to get back to Positano, a gorgeous little town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Vieste and seeing the sea from our hotel balcony. Tied with the boat tour of the caves along the cliffs."

Judy

Akron, OH

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My fourth RS tour was the most intense cultural and historical tour yet. Everyday offered a "wow" moment, even the free days. Our tour guide began a thirteen day Italian history lesson putting every sight, museum, meal and geographical location in context. By the last day I had an understanding of the importance of Italian (Roman, Etruscan, Modern) culture to civilization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but I have to say seeing the sculpture of the Veiled Christ in Sansevero Chapel in Naples was a lasting memory and spiritual experience. I did not know of this sculpture so it was the perfect climax to our tour. One can barely describe the impact of seeing this beautiful, sacred piece of art."

Ruth

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. It was well organized and carefully carried out. I enjoyed it very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved visiting Pompeii and then seeing the artifacts in the museum in Naples."

Muriel

Toronto, ON

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thank you for such a great tour of southern Italy! Our guide Caterina Moore has topnotch organizational skills, excellent historical and cultural commentary, as well as excellent restaurant, shopping, etc. recommendations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite "wow" moment was the Greek temples at Paestum. When we visited Paestum, it was a beautifully sunny day with a brilliant blue sky, and I was so astounded by the temples' beauty."

David

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Second Rick Steves tour. Exceeded expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boat tour out of Vieste along limestone cliffs and grottos. There were many others but that was amazing."

Dawn

Midlothian, VA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Lisa is amazing! The tour would have ranked lower without her. This was my first RS tour. My first tour actually. I imagined that it would not be relaxing, I was not prepared for how exhausting it was. While we checked off the boxes on what needed to be seen, the experience could have benefitted from allowing time to enjoy the culture. My boyfriend and I had spent two weeks prior to the tour in Greece and two weeks after in Florence. Candidly, we enjoyed our pace so much more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Antonio, our driver, performing his musical talent."

John

Canby, OR

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a rich look at culture and life in Southern Italy. The tour stops were well chosen for history, beauty and a chance to interact with locals. We had opportunities to enjoy experiences not common for most travelers. We enjoyed the other members of the tour group a great deal. The tour was well designed with a great mix of planned events and an opportunity to explore on our own. Having a brief tour of each town when we arrived helped us navigate on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose just one. Here's a few - touring the Capitoline Museum with our guide Francesca; viewing the Veiled Christ sculpture in Naples; the concert in Naples and sleeping in a cave in Matera"

Eric

Tahuya, WA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great travel experience that allowed me to "time travel" from the Neolithic Era in Matera to the present day, crazy life style in Naples.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing how the residents of Naples lived in an underground "city" to escape the horrors of World War II on the surface."

John

Everett, WA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well, paced and engrossing. Something of interest morning, noon and night.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The automatic milking machine for the water buffalo!"

Karmen

Minnetonka, MN

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very good introduction to parts of Italy that many visitors overlook. When considering the tour, we had several sites (Pompeii, Paestum, etc.) we wanted to see. We explored planning our own trip, but felt that this tour would capture the sites we wanted to see, provide great local expert guides, and be a good value. All this provided true.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching fireworks over Positano. A local couple got married in Positano and celebrated their wedding with a fireworks display over the water. We visitors got to share in the festivities! Magical!"

Gary

Redcrest, CA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompeii was the most interesting. Enjoyed the music in Naples."

Nancy

Allentown, PA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I'd been wanting to see southern Italy for years and was delighted to find this Rick Steves tour--my first. It was perfect! It covered all the places I wanted to see--Matera, trulli houses, Amalfi coast, Pompeii, Naples--and some I didn't know I wanted to see--Apennines, Hadrian's Villa, Paestum, Vieste! Lisa was an excellent guide and fellow travelers were friendly and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Matera was so striking with a poignant history. The optional visit to and boat ride around Capri gorgeous! Pompeii amazing! Positano lovely and romantic. Home-cooked meal in Sorrento delicious and plentiful! National Archeological Museum in Naples fabulous! Had no idea mozzarella di bufala came from water buffaloes from India! Was so fun to visit them!"

Carrie

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A great tour. A slow start because it assumed that people had already seen Rome (true). And then we had long bus rides. But this is really OK because we wanted to spend extra time in Rome at the beginning and had our own agenda there. Some were jet-lagged and needed a slow start. I loved Vieste, Alberobero, and Matera. Naples was also a highlight. The hotel in Trastevere was super. All the hotels were great except the one in Positano should do something about their internet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several -- Alberobello, Matera, St Elmo in Naples. The best, I guess was the meal with the family in Sorrento."

Ben

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fascinating sight and/or experience each day of our tour. It was well-paced, with just enough free time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera, for its rugged and surprising beauty, but also for its painful history. Also, Positano. I disliked the Rodeo Drive aspect of it, but it's physical beauty was breath-taking. We were lucky enough to encounter a Catholic "feast day" celebration at the local parish, replete with parade, band music, and a spectacular fireworks show in town and on the waterfront."

Deborah

Myrtle Beach, SC

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour! The destinations were incredible, especially the rugged beauty of the Adriatic Coast towns and the scenic Amalfi Coast! Ann, our tour guide, was wonderful. Loved having two days in each location and so much free time. All of the hotels were great, especially in Positano, where the views from our balcony were to-die-for! All meals and wine were plentiful and fabulous. Pace was very strenuous, but we knew that at the start.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments - Matera and its caves - unbelievable! The Gargano Peninsula towns were gorgeous. The boat ride through the grottoes in Vieste was stunning! The home-hosted dinner in Sorrento was fabulous. Loved the towns of Amalfi and Capri!"

Charles

Tigard, OR

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Delightful! We liked the "free day" we had in each location. Tour was a great balance of group versus individual time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on a bench made from ruins in Rome, watching the sun go down and the ruins light up."

Alfred

Burlington, MA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again we were completely "WOW'D" with our tour and experience. We are so happy we learned about Rick Steves' Tours. We had not traveled to Europe in over 30 years and shared this with neighbors. They told us about their travels using Rick Steves' books and apps. At the time we decided to try a tour of Rome, Florence and Venice with Rick Steves'. We were so impressed that we signed up for Best of South Italy and intend to sign up for more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Once again it was the history of the people and the country. Hadrian's Palace, Paestrum, Pompeii and Matera. To see it, touch it, feel it and know that it really existed was amazing. We loved the museums and churches and of course the scenery/views were unbelievable. I must add that having dinner with a family was a wonderful experience."

Peggy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience - great tour leader, fun people, exceptional sites, delicious food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had no expectations for Matera and our time there was fantastic. Our day in Positano also was the feast day for St. Mary of the Rosary - the church was very near our hotel. I had never seen a procession when the saint's statue was carried by parishioners. There was fireworks and music! It was very special."

Stephen

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All was terrific, save for one day of heavy rain in Vieste.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera. Never heard of it. One of the trip highlights for sure. Really unique."

Shannon

Shelby, NC

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great trip and Ann was a wonderful guide! She was very knowledgeable and helpful with everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As always, the scenery was spectacular and I enjoyed seeing a part of Italy I had never seen. The food and wine were plentiful and wonderful. My favorite "wow" moment was visiting Pompeii and then the Naples Archeological Museum where all Pompeii's artifacts are displayed. I had been to Pompeii before, but to see all the fabulous things excavated from there really completed the picture so I could imagine what an amazing place it must have been."

Mary

Casper, WY

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an exceptional experience highlighting southern Italy. So different from the northern regions. The hotels were all good as well as the food. I appreciated most the time for personal exploration, and eating experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many, but one of my favorites was my view of the ocean from the hotel sitting on the cliff edge overlooking the ocean. The cliff side hotels and eateries lit up at night was magical."

Holly

Cohasset, MA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was a Rick Steve's first-timer. I'm sure my husband and I will be back for more. Logistics were seamless. Lodgings were excellent. Meals were outstanding. Structured activities were first rate. There was a good balance between scheduled activities and free time. Hidden gems and unexpected treats abounded. I greatly appreciated the opportunities to truly engage with everyday people, and I cannot imagine having a better or more personable tour director or more expert local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In all honesty, there were so many it's impossible to choose just one. If pressed, I'd rank *the home-hosted dinner in Sorrento, *Francesca's museum tour and ghetto walk, *the visits to Pompeii and the National Archeological Museum, and *Pina's tour of the Capodimonte Museum at the top of my list, in that order. I would also note that the tour made "a believer" out of me: I am now a fan of mozzarella cheese but only if it's true buffalo mozzarella from Italy!"

Casandra

Richardson, TX

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I always enjoy a Rick Steves tour and this tour was no different.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera had to be my favorite site. However, I received great pleasure meeting the locals. I made an effort to engage the people I met in conversation. Everyone from the store clerk, craftsmen, artisans, a local farmer, hotel luggage/van driver and Antonio our bus driver. Few spoke English but I used my best Italian to engage them in conversation. This effort has given me wonderful memories of my days in Southern Italy."

Charles

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We did two tours back to back, first Venice, Florence and Rome then the best of South Italy. After 10 days of wonderful museums and cathedrals it was great to get out to the countryside. Thoroughly enjoyed the small towns on the Amalfi coast. Sarah our guide was wonderful and our bus driver was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had dinner with a family in Sorrento. The food was wonderful and the family was very warm and inviting. I was lucky enough to be sitting by our host and his son and grandson. Had a truly wonderful conversation with all 3."

Molly

Evansville, IN

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves tours are wonderful because of the guides the education and the small groups

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompeii and Matera"

Charles

Sullivans Island, SC

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Matera Francesca was one of the best guides I've ever had (Capitoline) Gaetano (Pompeii) and Michaele (substitute guide in Naples) were also excellent. That art museum was a real slog after an early rising and bus ride."

Irmgard

River Forest, IL

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Southern Italy was completely new to me. Even though we started in Rome (where we were on our first Rick Steves tour ten years ago), we still saw places and things we hadn't seen then. Our guide and the local guides were all excellent at every place we went on the trip. After Rome, every place we visited was unknown to me before. I gained an understanding and an appreciation for the culture and history of the cities and places we visited. I love getting the education I received.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" times on the trip. Francesca, our local guide in Rome, was outstanding. The time she spent with us was eye-opening about the statuary in the Capitaline Museum. Then the boat trip in Vieste , with its beautiful white cliffs and amazing grottos, was inspiring. So gorgeous, and we had perfect weather, too. The city of Matera with its cave homes, churches and stores was fascinating to see and walk around in. Our huge, rock-hewn hotel was another "wow"."

Roy

Oklahoma City, OK

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, although we have been using his guide books since 2003. I was extremely impressed with how the tour was organized and how efficient it was run. We had done only one other tour(not your company) in 2004 of Northern Italy that left such a bad taste in our mouth we swore never to do another tour again. So glad we changed our minds and will definitely consider another Rick Steves tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in a hotel cave in Matera was so cool. If I'm allowed a second "wow" it would be the "family dinner" we experienced in Sorrento."

Don

Longwood, FL

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our trip as we do with all Rick Steves' tours. We have never been disappointed in any of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be Pompeii. This was an amazing place to visit and see first-hand after studying all through our education what had happened here."

Michael

Sisters, OR

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

A lot was packed into this tour, and each location was a must see, yet the tour left me wishing for more time at each locale. Maybe eliminating one stop might allow for more time at the others. For me the stop least important was Positano. All in all the tour was full of great sights, a great group and a wonderful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera, as it allowed a glimpse of history, while sad, that brings to life the struggles of people left behind in their own land. It spoke to the courage and will to survive in extremely difficult conditions, and survive with dignityl"

Michael

Evansville, IN

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I cannot say enough good things about the overall experience, truly an outstanding trip. This was my fourth RS tour, and I rate it as the best, in part due to the fascinating itinerary, and in greater part due to the exceptional skill and knowledge of Sarah. She is a gem.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to say, but if pressed, I'll vote for Pompeii and the accompanying museum In Naples."

Aline

Oklahoma City, OK

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and only my second tour ever. Have been using Rick Steve's Guidebooks for over 15 years for trips to Italy and France. I am used to independent travel and wasn't sure I wanted to be on a tour but...I wanted to go to Matera, Italy and couldn't seem to find a way other than a tour. I loved the tour. It embodied all the things I liked about the guide book-->small in city local hotels,independent time, local restaurants, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"MATERA-->Everything about it. The other event was our dinner in Sorrento with a local family-->wonderful."

Calvin

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mind blowing! Too much to confine to 500 characters. More coming under separate cover.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A cool, off of the itinerary happening. We ate at Rick's recommendation in Amalfi where I heard a wonderful song being played. Upon request our server got us the song and artist which I had never heard of. Later, when I bought the music I discovered it was a 70 year old favorite also recored by Dean Martin and Nat King Cole. The song is Non Dimenticar and I can't get it out of my mind."

Beverley

Pittsburg, TX

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Italy is just a wonderful country. I loved the itinerary. We stated in some amazing places. The food and wine was great. Very memorable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can practically pick a Wow from each stay: The Capitoline Hill museum in Rome with a fantastic local guide. Matera with the cave dwellings and the Salavador Dali museum. Vieste and the incredible views from our hotel (Hotel Seggio). Positano, the chairlift to top of Capri was breathtaking. probably the biggest WOW was the authentic homemade dinner we had at the home of Teresa and Luigi's in Sorrento I mean WOW! Food galore and bottomless homemade delicious wine and Limoncello after meal."

Edward

Thornwood, NY

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The organization of the travel experience was key. There was a seamless transition as we arrived at each destination. Nina provided us with a prelude of the history and unique culture of each area making excellent use of our travel time. Armed with this backdrop afforded me a full emersion and appreciation of each area visited. The local guides were informed and transformed what might have been merely educational to warm and memorable experiences with their wit and personalized commentary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a second generation Italian/American there were numerous "wow" moments. But what truly impressed me was the like minded attitude of the Rick Steve's travelers that we met."

Richard

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent. The tour covered a broad range of city sights and small town expereiences and gave me a flavor for everything southern Italy has to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tulli homes in Alberrobella were a total surprise. I would never have expected them in a country with the architectural history that Italy has. They were really interesting structures."

James

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first "organized tour" of any kind as always have planned & organized my own travel (individual, with my wife or with family) over my years (am 72). Prior to this RS's Tour, I could not imagine being on a bus with a group of folks I did not know etc & have to meet an "assigned" schedule. I do enjoy people & new experiences, but previously thought I'd have some "control" anxieties, ha! Needless to say almost every aspect of this RS's Tour was almost perfect & enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Italian "Family Meal" offered to us all in the family's own kitchen/dining area with their 3 generations of family with us. I could never have experienced such a wonderfully informal & thoroughly enjoyable evening without the inside knowledge & such organization to make this happen. Quite unique & hopefully Rick will be able to enjoy this family meal someday himself."

Lesley

Boulder, CO

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exactly as advertised -very full and highly active. I felt I learned a great deal about Italy that I would never have done otherwise. It was very eyeopening to realize that its geology, climate and geography have been so much of its destiny, but also to realize that the chaotic politics really now hold it back. Southern Italy is a much more vibrant place than I had imagined. Nina was an exceptional tour guide, as were the other specialist guides, most of all Francesca in Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two very memorable moments for me were (a) seeing the Dying Celt statue in the Capitoline Museum in Rome (I have been following the Dan Carlin podcast in the Celtic Holocaust), and (b) seeing the artifacts from Pompeii in the Archeological Museum in Naples. It was astonishing to see how advanced the Romans really were."

Maria

Thornwood, NY

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous trip, I enjoyed the cultural and history knowledge before each outing. Loved the unique hotels and our tour guide, Nina was terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments the boat ride in Vieste, the cave hotel in Matera, the dinner at a private home. The Buffalo farm and lunch. Our visit of Capri on the 12 person boat ride that you recommended in your guide. The music from a few friends in Napoli, touched my heart. The food, the food, so delicious. So proud to be Italian."

John

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations... - well organized tour guide (Nina), - excellent hotel accommodations, - knowledgeable and passionate site visit guides (Franscesca- Rome; Dora- Matera; Guitano- Pompei; Pina- Naples), - wonderful camaraderie among our group, - conscientious and safe bus driver (Salvatore), - special event / treats arranged by Nina (eg. Naples musical concert, pastry treats).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The story of Matera."

Laura

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized, our guide Nina was exceptional and our group really "clicked" right from the initial orientation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "Wow" would have to be our visit to Matera. This was an area I know nothing about and now feel it is a must see for anyone visiting Italy."

Richard

Cottage Grove, MN

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour. We chose this tour because of the itinerary. We wanted to see the landscape and people of Italy as well as the museums and archaeological sites. This tour delivered on those goals. The RS tour descriptions are spot on. This tour was exactly as described. There was a lot of walking and stair climbing and at the end of every day we were exhausted. It was wonderful. Planning ahead will make your free time much more memorable/enriching. Believe what RS says in the guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was at least one WOW moment everyday. The Vieste boat cruise, wine tasting in Alberobello, trulli houses, sleep in a Sassi cave hotel in Matera, water buffalos, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Capri chairlift and on and on. If there was one super WOW it was the family dinner at Luigi and Theresa's house. It was really special and if you aren't on a RS tour you won't get it. Every day left us in awe."

James

Delta, BC

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS Tour and we were not disappointed. The tour was very well balanced and expanded our interests of what we would over what we might have discovered on our own. We liked having two nights in each city and the hotels were very unique and in great locations. We also made some new great friends over the excellent breakfasts and group dinners. Trip organization was very well done and the local guides were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first day in Vieste starting with a beautiful sunrise looking over the ocean followed by a beautiful boat trip along the coast with a great swim. Going back for a group lunch/ pasta making demonstration was terrific"

Nancy

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and a good combination of guided tours, activities and free time. Local guides were great. Our transportation was excellent, and , as advertised, we did a lot of walking. Accommodations were comfortable and clean and well located. Group meals were at interesting spots and generally very good. Having previously been on four other Rick Steves' tours, this tour was what I had expected: stimulating, fun and full of friendly, nice follow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow"was at a small music venue in Naples listening to talented musicians sing, play the piano, accordion and drum. For the previous hour, we had been drenched by rain and hail, taking refuge in a tiny cafe and then a church. A few of us were a bit lost under our new umbrellas bought from a street vendor. I was ready to get a cab back to the hotel but pressed on, ending up singing ,dancing and drinking wine. In an ancient city, the wonderful "wow"moment was that vibrant present."

Fred

Boulder, CO

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was so much insouthern Italy that was new and different. I greatly enjoyed Vieste and Matera -- places I would never get to on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the organice mozzarella farm -- wow, the Italians care enough about the quality of their cheese to give the water buffaloes a massage every day."

Jane

Boulder, CO

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is one of the best I have taken. The variety of mixing culture, food and museums was a perfect balance. The trulli in Alberobello were unique and we had so much fun at the wine tasting. Staying in Matera in a cave hotel was other-worldly. Visiting the water buffalo farm in Vannulo was fascinating followed by a delicious lunch. Southern Italy is filled with wonderful food and wine! Our group bonded well and we had a great time together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride past the caves at Vieste was incredible[INVALID]one beautiful view after another! And of course the food and wine everywhere!"

Gordon

Los Alamitos, CA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

R. S. tours always attract fun and interesting people. This was our 7th R. S. tour and we had the most fun with this tour group than any other tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Private boat ride around Capri. Talked with an Italian couple in a restaurant in Matera for over 2 hours. They talked about life in Italy today: their grown and educated children leaving Italy for jobs, the economy, high cost of living, nuclear power vs. wind/solar vs. petroleum, politics, the mafia embedded in Italian life...... It was fascinating. Pompeii."

Thomas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was, as usual for the Rick Steves tours, an excellent experience. One of the positive features was that the areas covered were not the usual ones on the tourist track, so for those of us who have done quite a bit of traveling, a lot of new things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one thing. St. Peter's. The Pantheon. The Naples opera house. Museums in Naples. Sorrento and Positano."

Joanne

Estero, FL

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Starting in Rome Caterina wove a great historical piece of Italy throughout our trip through Southern Italy ending in Naples. We went to some great out-of-the-way places on the Gargano peninsula, the Trulli in Albertobello, the Sassi in Matera, Tenuta Vannulo, the Paestum ruins, Pompeii and of course the awesome Amalfi coast. We were part of a great group that bonded well and enjoyed each other's company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one "wow" moment. We enjoyed the whole experience and seeing some of the "out-of-the -way" places that many Americans or other tours don't think to include in their itinerary."

Sherry

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent tour off the beaten path and away from some of the tourist areas. We had great educational opportunities to learn about olive oil, wine, pasta, and pizza. The cities we spent time in were so lovely and interesting, each with it's own unique character. There was plenty of unscheduled time to do what interested each tour member like kayaking in Positano, renting a private boat to travel around Capri, and hiking in Vieste.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat tour along the coast off of Vieste along the Gargano Peninsula. The coast line was beautiful with crystal clear blue water and the boat captain went into many beautiful caves."

Jim

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great tour. Liked all the places we visited and the accommodations and food were wonderful. Best of all the people were all great, the fellow travelers, the local guides, but especially our tour guide Caterina. I think the organization of the tour was outstanding and felt like we got special service everywhere due to our Rick Steves affiliation and especially everyone's love of Caterina.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to say as this was our first time in Rome and I love ancient Roman history. Matera was great and the Amalfi coast was beautiful."

Richard

Henrico, VA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful in every way: the guide, the tour members, the hotels, the food, and the venues. Italy at it's beat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through Pompeii with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide who made the ancient ruins come to life. And the next day visiting the spectacular museum in Naples where the original Pompeii artifacts reside. Unforgettable!"

Susan

Little Hocking, OH

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! Having never been on a Rick Steves tour before, we weren't sure what to expect. The tour guide was the best. The places we saw were fabulous and the food was delicious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Matera and staying in a cave room. It was so cool. Finding out how old the city was and how people lived...just amazing."

Joe

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic. Lots of good people, a great tour guide in Ann. She stayed focused on helping us get the most out of the tour and also had to be nimble when weather didn't cooperate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Positano"

Nicholas

Kensington, MD

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was better than we expected. We saw Rome, two UNESCO World Heritage sites, and finished on the Amalfi coast and Naples.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not sure there was one "wow" moment. Seeing and learning about Matera was exceptional. Seeing Naples also was fascinating."

Frieda

Arlington, VA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Over all the tour was very good. We saw things that we never would have seen had we planned it ourselves. I was dissapointed at Hadrian's compound. The site was filled with interesting info, the Map was confusing. It would have been helpful if Anne had walked at least some of the compound with us.. Arberobello and the Moazarella farm were tourist traps. The stone houses could have been seen and explained at a stop on the road. Most people at Mozarella farm lunch barely ate the cheese.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Amalfi Coast form the boat going from Salerno to Positano."

Susan

Kensington, MD

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the variety of sights and experiences on this tour! Great mix of interesting historical spots, natural beauty and good fun. Well organized and excellent leader. Weather could have been more cooperative at both coasts[INVALID]Vieste and Amalfi. Great group camaraderie too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in Matera, the town that time forgot."

Rae

Merrick, NY

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves tour and I loved it. We saw so much during our 2-week trip while learning about Italy's history and culture. We had a good balance of time with the group and time on our own. We enjoyed sharing these experiences with our fellow travelers, an interesting and fun group of people from all over the U.S.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day of the tour brought enjoyable experiences. Favorite parts for me were the Pompeii site and the Pompeii exhibits at the archaeological museum in Naples, and the old city of Matera."

Kurt

Bedford, NH

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour widened our understanding of Roman History and the current Italian culture. The trip was never one that we would remember for a long bus drive, every day was broken up. Sometimes we wished we had more time, as in Paestum and could have skipped a stop like the art gallery in Naples. The guides were excellent, especially in Pompeii on that hot sultry afternoon. We had some exceptional meals, "and the Wine"....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The discovery of Pompeii and the realization that the Romans had incredible advancements ie plumbing, glassware, architecture and artwork that was far more that was realized. Know I know what the Dark Ages erased. Certainly the "shame of Italy" Matera came in as a close second. Finding those back street cafes and having a wonderful lunch with great food, something we do not get in our area."

Gary

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our eighth and counting RS Tour. Excellent itinerary ,nimble guide , and a good mix of structured and free time. The insight of the local guides added to the experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompeii."

Nancy

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fun, interesting and well executed tour. We chose it for the itinerary and it did not disappoint. We saw some amazing sights, some historical and some so beautiful. We expected great food and wine and it was delivered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Positano. It was not incredibly crowded. And so beautiful. Our hotel was so amazing."

Bruce

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"They just kept coming"

Milly

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places we visited were wonderful and especially interesting. The group gelled quickly and mostly avoided smaller groups.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one but my biggest surprise and delight were the water buffalo and the description of their day/life. Also the delicious lunch and gelato."

Leonard

Barnegat, NJ

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dear Mr. Steves, It is about time i send in my survey. I apologize for the delay. When I returned home, my occupation's demands were a bit overwhelming. I had to postpone leisure activities , such as this. My wife and I had a MAGNIFICIENT/OUTSTANDING TOUR/EXPERIENCE. Yes we ventured to all destinations listed and then some. We met wonderful individuals both from the USA and ITALY. We couldn't have felt more welcome. I personally loved Matera, for obvious reasons starting with the

Favorite "WOW" moment

"construction.. Contrasting the old from new Matera was mind-blowing to say the least. And, how could we not say wonderful things about our organic water buffalo farm[INVALID]-what a great experience.. What else can be said about Pompeii that you already have not heard from the experienced travelers. It was an eye opener when contemplating the evolution of MAN KIND. The Amalfi coast was an incredible experience and extra special since we used the boat as transportation . We ended the tour"

Edward Lewis

Cortez, CO

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our South Italy tour was exciting with many, diverse cities, sights and activities. Our Rick Steves' guide, though relatively new to this tour, was fully prepared and amazingly knowledgeable about all aspects of the region and the tour. This was our 4th trip to Italy and 3rd Rick Steves' tour. We love the country, its history and its people. The tour was the perfect way to discover the less-traveled South.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to [INVALID] one moment. I'll offer 2: (1) The boat ride along the Adriatic Coast from Vieste was amazing as we floated in and out of caves along the way plus having the opportunity to swim at a remote beach. (2) With a free day in Positano, we chose to hike Il Sentiero degli Dei (The Path of the Gods) from Amalfi to Positano, high above the coast with incredible views. Won't forget that trek nor the bus ride to the trailhead!"

Susan

Cortez, CO

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS tour - all in Italy. The Southern Italy tour was a nice balance of group vs. individual time. We favor locations and schedules that allow us to walk. This tour was great for that. Vieste stood out; a tourist town, certainly, but with a calm beauty in it's narrow lanes and sea views. Walking old Matera was like stepping into a drawing by Escher with it's maze of streets and steps. And our free day on the Amalfi Coast allowed us to walk the "Path of the Gods." Spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Rome and Pompeii our local guides emphasized the technologies that enabled the people of the Empire to live what we might consider "advanced" lives: aqueducts brought piped water, fountains and sewer systems; their extensive road systems still exist; spectacular baths, public art and entertainments on a grand scale were the norm. Recognizing how completely the knowledge and skills to provide those things were lost after the fall of the Empire was my "wow" moment."

Sandra

Grand Blanc, MI

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The South Italy tour is full of unique places and experiences. The flow of the tour seemed a bit off for me. There was a nice build of excitement going from Rome thru Matera, then a lull in the VERY touristy Posetano. Things picked back up in Sorrento, but for me ending the tour in Naples was a huge disappointment. I think because of it being at the end of the tour when you tend to be a little travel weary it's hard to overcome it's all out filth. Could the tour be done in reverse?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I actually had a few! Alberobello, Matera and the Veiled Christ!!"

Ruth

Lititz, PA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a good time on the Southern Italy tour. I enjoyed all of the towns we visited and I felt my guide, Sarah did a good job both on the bus and in the various towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite moment was relaxing on the beach in Positano. My group of 5 decided to spring for the front row beach chairs. We brought wine and a picnic and spent the day relaxing in and out of the water surrounded by breath-taking Positano"

Linda

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the smaller towns! Going to the. Buffalo farm was great! Going to Matera was nice and staying in the cave hotel was unique. The boat ride on the Almaty coast was nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in Vieste on the Adriatic Sea was nice. Great views and going into grottos."

Ralph

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time with our group. The itinerary was just about right, the places we stayed at were very nice, and most of the food was good. The gelato and pizza were fabulous. Sarah gave us just the right amount of information and made sure we were comfortable and well taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus ride along the coast was exciting. I am so glad I did not have to drive the route. The cab ride from the hotel to the airport was also interesting. I could not believe the traffic and how vehicles maneuvered within inches of each other. I really enjoyed our tour of Matera and the hotel room we had there."

Mary

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved visiting places that I'd never heard of before the tour (Vieste, Matera), staying in the historic centers of the towns, and doing more than an art history tour: gelato-making lesson, pasta-making demonstration, visit to bufalo di mozzarella farm, and wine tasting in Alberobello. There was a good mix of group activities and time on our own. Our guide, Susanna Perrucchini, was very good at finding alternative transportation (a ferry from Salerno to Positano!) when road conditions were bad

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our hotel room window in Vieste, which I'd never heard of. It epitomized the experience of the South of Italy tour."

Rhonda

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a great group of travelers and they meshed very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was a magical city for me. The lighting there in the evening was truly magnificent."

Arthur

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good variety. Suzanna was a great tour leader, resourceful and well informed. We had enough time off from the tour to pursue our own interests (such as tracking family roots in Atrani). The dinner with the family (in Sorrento, perhaps?) was a real treat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Our tour guides in Rome (context, color, communication and copy)and Naples were tremendous, and the other(s) were also quite good. Hotel Seggio in Vieste had stunning views of the Adriatic. Our room at Locanda di San Martino in Matera was a Stassi, so it probably had been inhabited for centuries before becoming a hotsl. The family dinner in Sorrento was a real treat."

Margaret

Mentor, OH

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As always, Rick Steves provides a well-planned, interesting tour. This is my second tour and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was an amazing place to visit and understand that people lived in this area in the 1950's. Also, I was absolutely fascinated with the depth and scope of Francesca (our tour guide in Rome) knowledge. She made the visit to Rome much more authentic."

Marilyn

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful immersion in Southern Italy. Loved staying and learning the history of Matera. Great group of tour members and fabulous Susanna as our guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the Terrace of Infinity at the Villa Cimbrone gardens in Ravello."

George

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great selection of smaller towns especially Vieste in the Gargano Peninsula. Very enjoyable bus rides and hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Views from Anacapri Villa San Michele. Outstanding place."

Sonya

Frisco, TX

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour experience was fantastic. As with our previous Rick Steves tour, we visited places I'd never heard of and/or would not have known to visit without this wonderful tour. The local experts were knowledgeable, friendly and were obviously passionate about their subject.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several WOW moments including: -Pompeii and Herculaneum (on our own) -Matera -Hadrian Villas tour (I had no idea it was so large) -Ferry ride along the Almalfi coast (there was blocked traffic so we took the ferry. It was such a wonderful experience that I think you should consider changing the tour to this versus a bus ride.) -boat ride into the grottos"

Mark

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Susanna really helped set the stage for what to expect from the tour and how to accomplish seeing all the best sites. I've been all over Italy, but with the exception of Rome, and I'd never been to southern Italy. Matera is my top pick for favorite cities. I really enjoyed the modern hotel built into the ancient city caves!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the edge of the "new city" of Matera and suddenly viewing ancient Matera. That was an unexpected surprise. That they were filming the new 007 James Bond movie was an unexpected bonus. From a distance, I got to see the James Bond car."

Al

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As always the tour was well planned with a solid itinerary and a very capable guide to ensure everything went well. The itinerary ensured we saw many of the best sites in the region and many things that most of us would not see if we were planning the trip on our own. The hotels were comfortable (in some cases with awesome views) and the included meals were very good. It was a very good trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought about this a long time. There were 4 "wow" moments for me on this tour. One of these was provided by RS Tours and 3 were things we paid for ourselves on days off. The RS provided water tour in Vieste was awesome - a key highlight. Privately funded wows included 1) an Italian cooking class in Rome (90 euro each), a private driver on the Amalfi Coast incl visit to Ravello - (140 Euro each), and a semi-private boat trip to Capri (95 euro each for 6 people). See RS book for these recos"

David

Port Sanilac, MI

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip, our first ever tour trip, must say outstanding, never could have done it ourselves or been given as much information on places visited, places we stayed were 3- stars up and very nice, beds were very comfortable and breakfast at all places was better than expected. Our tour operator was excellent, Caterina was very knowledgeable and very warm and personable. She made it for us very enjoyable and did help us for my wife had a knee problem after booking tour. She was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was in awe of Rome and the knowledge and engineering the Romans had done with building an empire. Could not take in all the information given about ruins."

Charlene

Port Sanilac, MI

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such an amazing time! Our tour guide Caterina was so very informative and helpful in so many ways. We have never done a group tour before and this experience could not have happened if we didn't take this tour with a group. So much information came to us through Catriana and our other tour guides through the journey. Having an expert on the histories of all the places we went to was something that everyone should have on their first and even second journeys to places with deep histories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Metatera was such an amazing place to be seen and to be a part of! We never knew a place like this could even exist!!"

Jody

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS tour and it was very impressive. Very well organized with activities to give us a very good flavor for the area we were in, food, museum visits, walking tours, local guides. The hotels were very nice and you could feel the love that the local people have for RS.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but seeing the veiled Christ was very moving. In Positano, the underground museum,seeing the remains of a monastery that was built on top of remains of a villa that was destroyed by Mt Vesuvius was amazing."

Joan

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Itinerary was awesome. Loved each place we visited and appreciated the variety. Visited Italy before, but never the south, which was different, incredibly interesting and charming. We covered some distance, but bus rides were not unbearable, broken up with stops along the way. I liked the two of days of free time to enjoy some special locations. Sometimes though, I felt there were a bit too many scheduled activities packed into a day and a few too many "shopping opportunities".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Absolutely loved the boat trip in Vieste! Beautiful coast, popping into grottos and a beach stop. Another WOW was seeing the Greek temples at Paestum. And I had always longed to see Pompeii. It was fantastic, however, comparing notes with friends who had visited, I don't think we got the full experience. As ghoulish as it may seem, I think most of us wanted to see the casts of people, but we did not get to that area. If someone has not been to Rome, spend a couple of days before or after."

Maria

Fair Lawn, NJ

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was my 1st trip to Italy and I thought it was well worth the trip. I feel now more comfortable planning a future trip with family. I admit I have never been of vacation where I had to carry my luggage especially through city streets and as much as we moved around. If we were in one or two hotels, I probably would not have minded but I thought the frequency of the moves and the amount of walking, I really did not want to carry the bags, it felt like punishment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Italy itself was a wow moment, but I have to say Pompeii was one that memorable. Disappointed the it was not well done ie walking through Pompeii was an incomplete because we did not see the actual people in the museum as I had imagined we would. The museum the day after had nothing to do with Pompeii and that left me cheated. We were fortunate to see The Opera House at Naples, The oldest in the world. That for sure was a WOW."

Alan

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Caterina was fabulous. She is a perfectionist and has some anxiety BUT these traits blended together to make our tour terrific. She exhausts herself to cover everything!! We have been on 6 tours now and this one is the toughest. Days that go until 6 or 7 pm are too much. It needs to be a little less rigorous. I speak not for me but all tour members. Everyone was dragging on

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Grotto for sure."

Sue

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was well organized, chock full of information both about the basic history of each town and background on life in Italy in general. Caterina prides herself on a tour well done and her outgoing nature has helped her to forge connections with the local guides and some of the shop/restaurant owners in each town. We were able to choose our shopping and restaurant experiences with ease and satisfaction as a result of her laying the groundwork for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the grottos in Vieste. I'm so glad we weren't told about these in advance as it made the impact of the "wow" that much greater."

Jerry

Auburn Hills, MI

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saw alot

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nina was fantastic. Love Sassi. Wine tasting and Architectural Museum were special. The boat ride from Serrano to Amalfi (on our own) was great."

David

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was fantastic. Good people, amazing sights, great guides and terrific food. Nina Bernardo is the best_in every way_ knowledgeable great in adversity, fun to be with and excellent in overall quality. This tour was strenuous. Not for the lounge lizard type.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sights of Forum, Amalfi coast and ancient ruins."

Carolyn

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Fabulous tour guide (Nina), friendly group, fascinating places to visit, interesting hotels, great food and gorgeous scenery made it an amazing trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it's hard to choose the best, but Matera, the Amalfi Coast, and Pompeii top the list."

Jean

Chattanooga, TN

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th Rick Steve Tour, and it did not disappoint us. Visiting both big cities and small villages/towns was a great combination. Our group was very congenial - we met so many energetic and fun people. The combination of free time and scheduled activities was perfect. Our guide made sure we had lots of bathroom breaks (which was appreciated).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will limit it to three. Visiting Matera was amazing. Seeing the Sassi homes/caves humbled me. The boat cruise along the Gargano Coast was beautiful. Being guests for dinner at the home of Luigi and Therese was definitely a highlight of the trip, also. So much wonderful food and homemade wine!"

Pat

Auburn Hills, MI

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very good tour and Nina was a real professional considering the detours we had to take. She was delightful, funny, and very informed. I was impressed with the conversion from Italian to English in a second. The staying in a hotel 2 nights in each town was great. The people we met were all very nice and like-minded. I liked the smaller towns the best. Everything seemed to be more personalized. The wine tasting in Alberbello & the houses were awesome. Italian wines are the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Cassi area of Matera. Amazing what they could do. 2. The Buffalo Mozzarela Farm 3. The landscape on way to Positano. 4. The caves on boat out of Vieste. 5. Pompei 6. Dinner in the home in Sorrento. All these were my favorites and not particularly in that order."

Susan

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was our 5th RS tour and I believe the best experience yet. My husband's ancestors emigrated from South Italy and so the cities and villages , the food the culture and especially the warmth of the people made this a very personal experience for him and me. Rome is magical with its hustle and bustle of everyday modern life set on a classical stage of Splendor and Art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"John loves food and talking to people so his WOW moment was in Sorrento at Luigi and Theresa's backyard at the wonderful dinner they prepared for us. Mine is the other worldly stay in Matera. It was literally a movie set while we were there . Reading about it and the reality of living in a village composed of caves...extraordinary."

Paul

Englewood, CO

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We simply love Italy! We have now been on 3 RS tours in Italy and we find ourselves still wanting more. Nina and the local guides added so much to our understanding of the people and culture of South Italy. Francesca was our local guide in Rome in 2007 and again on this trip. She was wonderful both then and now. The emotion we felt touring the Capitoline Museums with her explanation was quite moving. Every day of the tour was filled with so much more than we could ever imagine doing on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The travel day from Matera to Positano so represented why we love Rick Steves tours. We had a very long, challenging, but great day. From the coastal landslide, a WWII unexploded bomb highway closure, Salvatore negotiating numerous hairpin turns and finally Nina's intro to Positano in the dark, we had an exciting, rewarding day that included Matera, buffalo mozzarella, temple ruins in Paestum, and chilling bus rides down to Positano. The resilience of our guide Nina and our group was incredible."

Diane

Silverdale, WA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed this tour filled with so many wonderful activities. Nina did a wonderful job navigating twists and turns. Fell in love with Vieste and Matera - I hope they stay off the radar and don't get over-touristed! Loved that this tour didn't jam us into the Colosseum or Vatican Museums - I do think that substituting Herculaneum for Pompeii might be a good idea because, well, selfie-sticks and huge groups have really taken over Pompeii.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many - how to chose a favorite "wow" moment??? From the flash mob choir in the baroque church in Matera, witnessing the James Bond motorcycle stunts, the grottos of the Adriatic, the Veiled Christ marble sculpture in Naples, the stunning and dramatic Amalfi coast, Capri, Palatine Museum with Francesca, sfogliatelle pastries, gelato, and so much more - I can't decide."

Marilyn

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good. It covered the items that I thought it was going to cover quite well. Salvatore was our bus driver and he deserves every accolade. Not only did he have to navigate unknown roads after the World War II bomb Was discovered but then had to deal with a detour due to the rock fall on the Amalfi coast road. He never once lost his cool. Suspect that he wished he retired a year earlier

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salvatore driving. The water buffalo farm, Pompeii and the Roman Villa at Positano"

Michelle

Marietta, OH

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I have come to expect from a Rick tour. Excellent guide, education, meals, and activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments. I enjoyed our time in Rome with the guided Capitoline museum was great as was the Jewish Ghetto tour. I loved Vieste. The boat ride along the coast and into the caves was amazing. I enjoyed being able to swim at the hotel. The wine tasting in Alberobello was quite good. Matera was very unique and with a bonus of the new James Bond movie being filmed there at the time. The Water Buffalo farm was really a wonderful experience with an equally wonderful meal."

Lynn

Naples, FL

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first RS tour. Overall experience: Outstanding! Guide Nina was the best! Local guides and driver - fabulous. The schedule, balance between group/travel/free time was just right. Perfect itinerary! Tour participants all got along great! Bus was comfortable, clean, made occasional stops, saw beautiful countryside. RS sets expectations for tour participants, my favorite being "No grumps"! I had set very high expectations for this trip. My expectations were not only met, but surpassed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At least one "wow" moment every day! Some highlights: MATERA - 5 stars! History, sassi, cave hotel. VIESTE - cruise along the coast was lovely. Gorgeous free afternoon to enjoy the town & hotel beach. SORRENTO - free day I took a RS recommended private boat to/around Capri. An absolutely fantastic day! Dinner with Luigi and family at their home was a special treat. My all encompassing "wow" moment came at the end of the trip. WOW! This RS tour not only met, but far exceeded my high expectations!"

Brian

Lynden, WA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Over all very good, but this particular tour involved too much time on the bus. Traffic and narrow, windy mountainous roads were partly to blame, especially from Vieste on. Our bus was too big for some of these narrow, windy roads, which impacted time spent on the bus and other vehicles attempting to navigate these roads. At times, I felt sorry for our bus driver, who patiently dealt with these nerve-racking conditions. You might take a look at reconfiguring this Southern Italy tour...(cf. # 16)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner with Luigi and Teresa in Sorrento was a memorable highlight. Matera is a must given its history and uniqueness; Paestum, Salerno, Positano, Sorrento, Capri, Pompei and Naples were all very worthy visits. The museums we visited in Naples were so enriching, and once we got used to the grafitti and chaotic traffic there, we enjoyed its unique Italian character. Also, swimming on the quiet side of Capri near the scenic rocks towers on our own separate excursion was very memorable."

Juanita

Franklin, IL

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chairlift to upper Capri!!"

Kenneth

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very good tour. My wife and I have been to many of these places before, some several times. Ann Long and her specialty guides added a dimension and depth to our previous trips. And the best food of any trip to Italy was at the table of Luigi and Theresa in Sorrento.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"May I have at least two? 1. The Rome guide, Francisca, is excellent. I learned from her and enjoyed learning from her. She loves what she is doing. I could understand her speech clearly. Midway through the tour I was kicking myself for not recording it. I was probably annoying for peppering her with so many questions. 2. My second Wow moment was our dinner with Luigi and Theresa in Sorrento. This was the best meal of our trip. We had fun. The family was lovely."

Lucia

Shelburne, VT

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had been to Italy several times with friends but experiencing this tour was absolutely wonderful.The buddy system is brilliant.I very much enjoyed sharing meals with the others on the tour,we happened to have a great group of people who became like family by the end of the tour. I also very much appreciated the free time given to us to explore or rest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow was an expression I used throughout this trip but my main reason why I chose this particular one was I definitely wanted to see Matera.I had read Carlos Levi's book and the fact that my family is from Basilicata I had to experience the region.Matera exceeded all my expectations,it was magical! The Gargano Peninsula was breathtaking and the boat ride taking us along the coast and into the grottos brought tears to my eyes."

Amber

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was blown away by how much was packed into such a short period. It was one of the best experiences I've ever had. Far surpassed my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the home cooked meal in Sorrento and the boat trip in Vieste. Wow! What an experience."

Elaine

Anthem, AZ

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My travel expectations were far exceeded with RIck Steves Tour and the qualified team of guides and tour directors we had. The bus was beautiful and comfortable and not crowded as we had two seats each. I came away with incredible knowledge and appreciation for Italy and the many wonders we saw. I am a believer in not checking in luggage and packing light. Thank you for a life changing vacation shared with lively and fun travelers who became friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I honestly cannot say one wow moment occurred. I felt like I experienced special and amazing moments in every city we toured. I think of Pompei and the spa time swimming in a cave in Matera. The Amalfi Coast did not disappoint with its views and colors. I appreciate staying off the beaten path so new venues were seen and crowds were not an issue. I believe that wow moments occur when great connections with people happen. Our group was like a new family!"

Dorine

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first tour and it was fantastic! Our guide Susanna was spot on for explaining each area we visited. With her whit and knowledge we could understand and appreciate everything that much more. She is a gem. Each day brought new experiences. I'll highly recommend your tours my clients and friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, there were sites and moments at every location that were amazing. Walking through the cities and ruins is a humbling experience. The history is staggering."

Joseph

Frederick, MD

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

In brief, we didn't enjoy it as much as our first RS tour (Greece 2017). Too many places and some less than spectacular, for example Hadrians Villa. As most of treasures weren't there it was hard to imagine and appreciate. In particular, we could have skipped Naples. Instead, we would rather have spent more time on the Amalfi coast. Especially at the end of the trip when we were worn out. The two nights each at Positano and Sorrento weren't enough with day trips to Capri and Amalfi.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The balcony of our hotel in Manarola (Casa Capellini) which was before the tour. The chair lift in Capri. Pompeii, our hotel in Matera. Boat ride in Vieste. Our local guide Francesca in Rome who brought members of our group to tears."

Mary

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had fun and met some nice people. We saw some wonderful places and visited great Museums and ruins. We would recommend this tour to friends. Suzanne was a fun competent and patient guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was a wonder. Really exceeded my wxpectations."

Larry

Tenino, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour had some good and some not so good. Overall we had a nice group. The bus driver was awesome as usual, even though we had a fender bender the first day. Not his fault. The meals that were chosen for us were just okay. We have just one other RS tour to compare with and those meals were superb. We didn't care for any of them as the food was kind of blah. Our guide did a good job and was a very fast walker.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was my wow moment. Just absolutely amazing! Everyone should visit Matera."

Lance

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall it was an excellent tour! The things we saw and the information we learned will last a lifetime. Even though you have a fair amount of free time in each town you were constantly on the move exploring new areas, so when you get back home you felt like you have accomplished something and not layed around by a pool for 13 days. Instead of the best of southern Italy in 13 days it could also be called information overload of southern Italy in 13 days or I gained 10 pounds in southern Italy

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pick out any one wow moment, because every town and archaeological site we visited had another moment that was amazing. Some of the churches and art museums look a little nondescript from the outside but once you walk in your eyes pop out of your head with all of the marble carvings and artwork. We did take an hour long boat tour around Capri Island which was relaxing (no walking) and well worth the money. The scenery was unbelievable."

Candyce

Yuba City, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was packed with historical site, which I loved. Staying on the Amalfi Coast was amazing. We were told this will be changing in the future. Too bad.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the ancient town of Matera was pretty spectacular."

Clark

Brighton, MI

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was fantastic. Our first RS tour, and first time in Europe. Won't be our last for either. The audio system is very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment was walking down the stairs to see the Sassi in Matera for the first time. I heard the gasps from my fellow travelers ahead of me. It really feels like you've just stepped out from a time machine."

Carl

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

An active & educational trip to a historical, artistic & beautiful part of Europe where people are friendly & food is very delicious. I learned & saw a lot & am grateful. My overall rating however is 8/10 due to mainly 3 factors: 1. Some of the hotels & rooms in particular were well below my standards for a vacation 2. Restaurants & food choices with the group left a lot to be desired 3. The itinerary was at times too hectic to be fun but not necessarily strenuous as advertised.

Favorite "WOW" moment

". Vatican museum . Matera's buildings structures & authenticity . Pompei . Positano & Sorrento's charm . Beauty of the views from Capri & Naples heights"

Lolita

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall tour experience is very good but the pace was very fast and tiring. Staying in every location for two nights and mostly one day wasn't enough in some towns. Our experience with other tours with 3 nights in every major town is much better and you get to experience and see more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was Matera and Amalfi coast"

Pamela

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience.

Elizabeth

Lawrence Township, NJ

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, we loved the tour! We came into Rome 4 days early and stayed an extra day in Rome on the other end. This was our second tour with Rick Steves' group and we knew to expect a high energy experience. We took full advantage of this and took side trips to Ravello, Amalfi and Capri on the off days. Andrea was excellent and planned wonderful activities, was super knowledgeable and went above and beyond to answer questions and provide an exciting and educational experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments. Andrea was such a wonderful guide, the family dinner, Pompeii, Matera was stunning. To top it off, we connected with members of my family in Avellino that we had lost contact with for 35 years, thanks to Andrea who helped us arrange a reliable driver/translator. My entire family can't thank Andrea and Rick Steves' tours enough for this."

Paul

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andrea was a WONDERFUL guide. She was knowledgeable, very well organized, and extremely helpful. The local guides brought the history "alive." The hotels were good and as expected. The professional photographer that accompanied the group was a delight. The experience was "GREAT!"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Pompeii with a very animated local guide. During free time, traveling to Mount Vesuvius and walking around the rim. The view were spectacular!"

Dan

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the sixth Rick Steves Tour my wife, Kathy, and I have been on. As usual, it was very well organized, very informative, and included a variety of regions and experiences. Our guide Andrea was top notch. Getting out in the less inhabited and less hectic parts of Italy was particularly enjoyable. Rome and Naples were nice cities to begin and end the tour (very accessible in terms of transportation), and the places we visited in between were a nice counterpoint to those large cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera! We didn't know much about this town prior to the tour. What a history it has, and such a future. We're glad we were able to visit Matera before it is overrun by tourists."

Angie

Columbia, MD

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent guide (Andrea). The people were friendly and we really enjoyed learning about Southern Italy. The local guides in each of the areas were also very knowledgeable. I think our favorite "local" guide was in Naples (Martina). We had been warned to be very careful and cautious in this particular city, but Martina set us at ease and just advised us of the areas that were safe to go and areas to stay away from. This is our third Rick Steves tour and it didn't disappoint!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite was the dinner we had in Sorrento with the local family, Teresa and Luigi. It was a true experience to spend an evening with them and their family. Teresa sat with us and told us how she made some of the dishes and Luigi took my husband outside and showed him his vegetable garden. It was truly a highlight of the tour and one we'll never forget!"

Megan

Woodway, TX

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip with Rick Steve. Overall I thought the tour was very thought out and well done. The towns chosen were ones I wouldn't of gone on my own as it was my first trip to Italy. The tiny town of Viesta and Matera where by far my favorite. The laid back vibes, views, and history were incredible. The only thing I would of liked to see done different was maybe switching starting city. I think ending in Rome would of been a nice ending to the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was a huge WOW moment for me. The tiny town made from caves was fascinating and breathtaking. The culture of the town was amazing. The people were inviting and the culture they have created there is like no other. I would return in a heart beat!"

Ian

Kilsyth, VIC

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were supplied with clear, concise directions detailing how to find our hotel from the Rome airport; a really good start because without them we would have become hopelessly lost. All hotels were of a good standard, clean and welcoming. The team bus, and Salvatore, was excellent.Andrea was a standout guide and very knowledgeable about almost anything.... a real treat. She gelled the team together well and we quickly all became good friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hotel at Vieste where our balcony looked out to sea and over the town....magnificent."

Lisa

Bowling Green, OH

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fantastic overall tour experience while being a part of the Best of South Italy in 13 Days Tour. I have already recommended to others that they would enjoy taking this and any other Rick Steves tour. My husband and I are definitely going to take another tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, my favorite "wow" moment was standing in the warm waters of the Adriatic Sea off of the coast of Vieste. I could hardly believe that I was in a completely different part of the world and enjoying the incredible beauty that the southeastern part of Italy has to offer. There was sure a truly authentic Italian feel in that village that so far had not been changed by too much tourism."

Daniel

Greenville, NC

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely a fantastic tour! This was our fourth Rick Steves' tour and probably the best. The itinerary in Italy was great, the tour guide fantastic, and the people on the tour were super.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment occurred on the Italian Unification Holiday of June 2nd. We were coming out of a museum in Rome, all of us standing on a balcony and ten Italian Air Force Jets flew by in formation leaving colorful jet trail of the Italian flag. Really impressive. We accused/kidded Ann of queuing up the jets just for us!"

Kathy

Greenville, NC

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience was, I would say, superlative in every way: Our tour guide, Ann, the itinerary, the smaller towns with very little time in Rome, the city orientation walks, the local tour guides, the awesome scenery, wonderful meals planned mostly by Ann, the home dinner in Sorrento with Luigi and Theresa,sleeping in the cave room on my birthday, the people on the tour were lovely travel companions and happy and cooperative! And yet another successful tour .... thank you, Steve.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unfair question: There were many .... the grotto boat ride, our hotel in Matera was fun and different, the pulchritude of both coasts of Italy, the quaint towns ... all lovely!"

Ray

Rantoul, KS

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The South Italy tour was great going from Rome to Amalifi coast and seeing all the history between Rome and Naples. Stating in the Caves was outstanding and the boast trips were great it shows coast line very well. The food was great enjoyed it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I like all the boat trips and in Capri going up the mountain and taking the skip lift higher seeing the sight from the top was breath taking. I am leaving several other "WOW moment off I enjoyed the whole trip"

Cynthia

Columbus, OH

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 6th RS tours and one of my favorites next to the Adriatic Tour. I loved the diversity of going from Rome to The Adriatic inland to Matera then onto the Amalfi coast with amazing stops along the way. Our group was great and our guide had many surprises for us!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first Wow was in Rome on June 2nd the Anniversary of the Republic. Parades and bands were going on. We were touring the Capitoline Museum and had just arrived on the balcony overlooking The Forum when a jet formation flew over spraying red,white and green and then circled back and sprayed again. Our city guide could only say "Mama Mia"!!! Other wows were the boat cruise along the Adriatic in Vieste going in Grottos,Matera with the caves and spa at the hotel,Amalfi coast cruise, top of Capri."

Cindy

Whitehouse, OH

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Interesting cities and experiences. Our tour guide, Ann, was very knowledgeable and pleasant. She went the "extra mile" to ensure our group had fun and great memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the water buffalo farm. Seeing such an efficient operation was interesting to me. The mozzarella cheese was good too!"

Sylvia

Rantoul, KS

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We traveled with a great group and guide. Felt safe traveling in our area of our Rome Hotel, got to experience an Italy holiday while visiting Victor Emmanual Museum with a fly over and bands playing. Enjoyed staying in a cave hotel as well as the scenery of the Amalfi coastline. Also we had several food demonstrations and a meal with an Italian family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Truly enjoyed the pampering of the water buffalo."

Geri

Maumee, OH

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The sights were fantastic. Going to the East coast and seeing what that side of the country looked like was the icing on the cake. The bus and driver were A-One. And our guide was informative, enjoyable, funny in telling a good story, kept us moving as we should, and was a great fit for our diverse group. So happy we had her to help make our Italy trip the best it could be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a "WOW" every time I turned around. Hard to pick one! The most different thing I can say I did was sleep in a cave. I'm 80 and never thought that would happen in my lifetime. I loved it! I never knew such a place existed, and I am thrilled to have experienced it. My mom was born in Italy, and I felt an attachment to her people by walking the streets, and eating in their home. That was thrilling to be a guest for dinner in a residence' s home!"

Dale

Richardson, TX

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The museums, boat rides, subway and meals were each a memorable opportunity. Ann was very professional and yet super knowledgeable and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Wow moment for me was getting to and seeing the top of Capri. It was discussed about the effort to take all the steps and was so worth the journey! Just gorgeous. The Capidomente Museo was amazing too."

Cynthia

Rutland, VT

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful group of people traveling with an amazing tour guide, Ann Long. Nine people are from the same family and 3 of us are named Cindy! Our days were full of great food, good conversation, new language lessons, history lessons, scenic photography opportunities... oh, and Italian wines, olives and gelato! We learned a lot, walked a lot and covered many miles in our spacious bus, by trains, planes and our feet!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's been a month...and besides the jets flying overhead at the Capitoline Museum on 6/2/19, I have to go with the family dinner in Sorrento as my highlight of the trip. Wait! Poppies everywhere! Wait! The view from Anacapri! Wait! The floors that look like quilts and the marble...the veiled Christ in Naples, the Moses, by Michelangelo, the view in Vieste..."

Michael

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We chose this tour after being initially shut out from Greece when they were all booked. We had been of Best of Italy in 2000, but weren't able to get to Naples and see the archeological museum. This was our main reason for taking this tour as we had already been to Paestum, Sorrento and Pompei. I was excited to visit the Adriatic coast as we had not been there before. We were not disappointed as Caterina unfolded the history of this region punctuated with the exclamation points of Matera

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the dinner with the family in Naples was a highlight when Luca preferred for me to walk him to dinner after rebuffing his Mom's attempt to do so."

Kyra

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My mother, sister, and I all enjoyed what each town on this tour had to offer. We appreciate the organization and knowledge of our tour guide. Our fellow travelers all got along and had many life-changing experiences together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"During a free evening in Rome, we visited a restaurant that we had frequented during our first RS tour 12 years ago. We went back to see if the owner/cook who bore a striking resemblance to a family member of ours was still there and she was! Opening our hotel room's balcony doors to the amazing turquoise and aqua waters of the Adriatic Sea in Vieste was pretty incredible! My favorite day was the one we spent in Pompeii...we stayed a few extra hours and it still wasn't enough!"

Herbert

Clayton, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves' Tour. It was great. The many places and things we saw was great. We had excellent travel partners. Our guide was excellent and kept us on pace, yet flexible when necessary. Our local guides were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was the visit to Pompeii. Having seen pictures was good but seeing the real thing was special. Our Pompeii guide was excellent. It was hard to select just one favorite moment as there were several, including the special family dinner in Sorrento and our host Luigi and his family."

Kathleen

Clayton, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of South Italy was so much more than we expected. Each day held lots of surprises and totally unexpected positive experiences. Our guide, Caterina, accommodated the entire group and made sure we all got the most out of each sight we visited. The bus was comfortable and our driver, Salvatore, did a great job navigating all the crazy traffic and roads, especially along the Amalfi coastline. We had plenty of free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was seeing the Greek temples at Paestum. I always thought you had to go to Greece to see these. It made me appreciate the culture mix experienced by the ancient Italians."

Kim

Lewisville, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh my goodness, so many to chose from. My absolute favorite was the dinner with Teresa and Luigi! I truly felt like I was a member of a big wonderful Italian family. The hospitality and food was beyond amazing. Vieste was peaceful and beautiful. Had a memorable experience with an octopus and the hotel lifeguard, right Lorrie? And I loved Matera, felt like I was in a different period in time."

Karla

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far surpassed my extremely high expectations and I'd repeat it in an instant. My first RS Tour was VFR in 2018, and I was instantly in love with Italy. The tour was well-paced, thoroughly organized and Patricia and Sarah outstanding guides and so helpful and we learned so much. It's true the farther south you venture, the more wonderful Italy gets, and Italy sure seems to me to be amazing no matter where one lands...Also perfect tour for my daughter's intro to Italy. A 10+WOW!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day delivered wow moments and it it not a fair question, but here are some of the highlights: Pompeii tour with Gaetano,the home cooked dinner with Cindy and her Italian family in Sorrento, the day we spent on Capri[INVALID] especially riding the chairlift to the top of Anacapri, learning how to make gelato at David's!, breathtaking views on Amalfi coast(thank you Salvatore!), eating piazza in Naples, walking Travestere, but most of all getting to know Italians and diving into the language!"

Ellen

Catonsville, MD

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, very good- Might rethink the Alborobello and Matera stops and maybe include more of Rome. Would it be possible to see more of the Mediterranean in the very south of Italy, or life in those areas?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was interesting meeting the priest from the Franciscan church near our hotel, and hearing about St Francis staying there, and seeing the relics. That was very unexpected. The local guides were all great! Francesca in Rome, Teri in Matera, Gaetano in Pompeii, and Pina in Naples."

Linda

Salt Springs, FL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing tour. It was very physical - lots of walking and steps. But we went to places I would have never dreamed of on my own. Truly "off the beaten path"!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many. Vieste climbing up the mountain from the sea. Matera? You have to see it to believe it. The nail biting Amalfi Coast drive - but what beautiful views! The dinner in the home of Theresa and Luigi and their family...and more"

Pete

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience. Both Patricia and Sarah kept us busy but with plenty of on your own time and both were very knowledgable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just being in South Italy. The people and the places we visited."

Valerie

Cambria, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Covered a lot of ground, a lot of time on the bus. Wonderful lodgings, good and bountiful food. Patricia, our guide, was a gem. The sights were incomparable. Very happy to have gone on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera. Sfogliatelle ricci. Pompeii. Dinner in Positano. Naples home-cooked dinner."

Sarah

South Pasadena, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and overall I was very impressed. I would definitely consider going on another one someday. It was nice not to have to worry about all the details and I was impressed with all the details! The hotels were lovely, the food delicious, the tours amazing, the local tour guides were great, we had a fantastic bus driver, Salvatore, but what really made the tour fantastic was Patricia!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments for me, but if I had to narrow it down I would say Matera. I knew nothing about it or it's history and was amazed by all that we saw. We were inspired to pick this tour because we had heard so much about Positano. While we thought Positano was beautiful we really loved Vieste! I realize it will be much more crowded in the peak of tourist season, but being in Vieste in May was perfect. Of course Pompeii was incredible and the museum in Naples were incredible."

Anna

Helmetta, NJ

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was great and I enjoyed every aspect of it. Our tour guide was excellent and shared so much knowledge with us. All of the local guides were great as well, especially Francesca and Gaetano. I learned so much from them! The cities for the tour were great choices and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the hotels and restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first wow moment was having Francesca as a guide in Rome. Before my trip I watched many episodes of Rick Steves' TV show, several of them featuring Francesca as his local guide in Rome. She was so knowledgeable and fun on his shows and I was a little star-struck to meet her in-person. Turns out she is even better than on TV and I was blown away by her creativity and humor and knowledge of everything Rome. Brava! Seeing Matera for the first time from across the valley was also breath-taking!"

Karolyn

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was incredible! Every single place we toured felt safe and accessible after our orientations, every hotel we stayed at was clean, comfortable, and friendly, and every restaurant we ate at was delicious. Every tour guide was extremely enjoyable and our bus driver was very kind. I felt very taken care of with my food allergies when we ate, and felt comfortable the whole way through (on the bus, at the hotels, etc). I loved having freedom to explore the cities and interact with locals!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every place we went was very special to me in its own way, so I can only narrow down between two specific moments. One was when my mom and I first entered our hotel "cave" room in Matera, realizing these stones have been inhabited by humans for thousands of years... and the other was walking around Pompeii and imagining what the ancient city in its glory really was like (with our third generation expert guide) - running water, clean streets, shaded walkways, etc (advanced public health measures)"

Robert

Washington, MO

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Indeed there is a great amount of walking that some people may not expect even though there is a Warning! All the hotels were great. Well appointed with A/C and Delightful Breakfasts LOTS of bus time stops helped alot. love the small group in the large bus, gives everyone a change to move about. we would like to have spent move time in Sorrento, Naples and Positono. This in reality is only an 11day tour. Need more time like the 17 days of Italy. Got into destinations to late in the day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Amalfi Coast!!!! So Dramatic and beautiful."

Mike

Lewisville, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great mix of history, architecture, views and various experiences in some lesser known areas

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vieste was a surprise and very enjoyable view and boat ride. Separately - a side excursion to Capri should be on the list, blue grotto or not."

Darleen

Westerly, RI

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. Patricia was outstanding as our guide. The food and wine were delicious.Sal was a very experienced driver and felt very safe on the bus.The guides were all very knowledgeable and i walked away feeling like I really learned a lot about Italian history and culture. The dinner at Teresa and Luigis was beyond delicious and they were wonderful people.I especially loved Vieste it was beautiful and unspoiled. Of course Amalfi coast was spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vieste and the top of Anacapri finicular ride awesome!"

John

South Pasadena, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour. Impressed with the quality of the guides and the logistics. Really like the small group even though ours was 27. The great combination of experiential education, exposure to things we could not see on our own and the special extras embedded in the itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose one. Capitoline tour and Francesca. She is incredible. One of the best tour/educational experiences of my life! Matera: Just blown away by this unique place."

Lorri

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, Rick Steve tours don't disappoint. This is a hard tour to plan for a group with a lot to see and a lot of bus time. I wished for more time at some of the stops and there was too much time at some others. Biggest disappointment was the limited amount of Pompeii and that we were able to view. Pompeii deserves more time and/or Herculaneum needs to be included. I don't think the Museo Capodimonte was a worthwhile use of such precious time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Boat Cruise out of Vieste was my favorite adventure, and my local history tour is tied between the Jewish Ghetto in Rome and the Sassi town tour. My favorite spot might have been the Amalfi Coast (if we could have seen it)."

Ann

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I LOVED this trip! The cities we visited in southern Italy were so interesting and the guides were marvelous. Food was also fantastic and the different experiences that were offered on the tour were amazing! I personally loved visiting the water buffalo farm and learning all about the process of making genuine buffalo mozzarella! The members of our group were very fun and we melded very well together. Our tour guide, Catarina, was the shining gem of the whole tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was attending the opera house in Naples and the dress rehearsal for Madame Butterfly! It was an unexpected treat that Catarina arranged for us and the music and performances were something I will never forget! Another "wow" moment was visiting the recently unearthed remains of an Italian villa underground in Positano.The archeological site was amazingly left intact after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius."

Paul

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we have always traveled independently, thus a bit of reluctance and uncertainty towards group travel. It only took one day to rest assured that we made a great choice and now can hardly await our next Rick tour. The depth of insight provided and the logistical steps necessary to complete this tour is something we would not have come close to achieving on our own. Great group of fellow travelers and that was a contributing factor to the overall tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of Matera just blew me away. That something like this exists and is little known is surprising. I think that is likely soon coming to an end so enjoy it less crowded while you can. Truly dazzling in so many ways."

Carlos

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great cities

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera caves and the medical instruments found at the Doctor's House in Pompeii"

Eugene

St Augustine, FL

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Expectation of a wonderful trip and great time was delivered. All surprises were positive and there were no disappointments. Our guide was fabulous, knowledgeable, caring and very competent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Could not pick one single moment. There were many."

Judith

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great group of people to travel with. While most had taken other Rick Steves tours, the few that hadn't were well traveled and readily became believers. While the Positano area is beautiful, it's now too crowded with tourists to really enjoy. You might want to consider finding a less crowded/touristy area with similar views that might also let the TMs experience more of the local culture and not just another tourist site.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual it's difficult, if not impossible, to narrow it down to only one "wow" moment. Seeing Madame Butterfly at the Naples Opera House stands out as a truly memorable experience. Also, being in Madera and watching the Bersaglieri march/job and play was also special."

Dale

St Augustine, FL

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour buddies were fantastic. A great bunch of folks from around the USA and Canada.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day had at least one very memorable moment but Pompeii, the Farnese Bull marble sculpture, the winding streets of Positano, the Trulli conical dwellings, Hadrians Villa in Tivoli, and the caves of Matera were just incredible."

Joseph

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

South of Italy had been on a back burner of my Bucket list for decades. I am glad I went now as waiting any longer would be harder. My fitbit read 8 - 12 miles of walking every day. Southern Italian food was simple but ample & great. New adventures every day. Glad I went on this Rick Steves tour as well as Sicily.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. When I saw in the broucher a boat trip of the Gargano peninsula, I thought it was to fill up time, while in Vieste. I was wrong - Stuning scenery of the white and beige limestone cliffs, grottos, and formations, with every shade of blues and greens filling the sea. We saw about 10+ grottos, with a better experience than the Blue grotto(not included in Capri). 2. Paestum 3 of the best Doric order Greek temples open to roam inside anywhere."

Joni

Noblesville, IN

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my very first time in Europe and my first Rick Steve's Tour. Between the website and the guidebook I felt very well prepared for my tour. The actual tour was absolutely amazing. There was a lot of walking (which I was aware would be the case), lots of stairs and incline walking, but the sights and experiences were well worth the effort. I took the 13 Days in South Italy tour. The art,the views, the experiences were just incredible. If you are considering a tour, buy your ticket today!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without question, Matera was the highlight of my tour. It was like stepping back in time to Jerusalem, 2000 years ago. Our rooms at the hotel were uniquely restored cave rooms, but very modern and comfortable. I could have stayed there for a week and not seen everything! Incredible and amazing!"

Lynda

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very helpful! Ann made this tour a success in spite of rainy weather curtailing some activities. The experience was great, from visiting the neighborhoods and museums of Rome, to the smaller ancient villages of the south of Italy and the touristy Amalfi coast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several WOW moments included the ruins of Pompei, the beauty of the grottos of the Isle of Capri, and the views from the Amalfi Coast. We also enjoyed the evening with our local hosts in Sorrento."

Theresa

Keaau, HI

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was so happy not to have to plan and think about what was next. The tour and tour guide took care of everything. There were so many places and things I was able to see that I would have never thought of on my own. The pass was somewhat of a whirlwind but jammed packed with new experiences so worth while. The content was great, the guides where even better. You could see that the guides were passionate and knowledgeable which inspired me to pay attention and learn.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there were two: Matera was amazing. being able to stay in a cave, very comfortable and cozy what a surprise, not what I was expecting. Also a big wow for me was having a home cooked meal in someone's how. The hospitality beyond expectation considering the host and hostess took 29 people into their home for a delicious dinner with homemade wine and limoncello."

Evan

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was great! Anne had a lot of helpful and interesting information and even though some of our plans got foiled by weather, she still found fun things for us to do and things ran smoothly. We had a fun group of people to spend time with and the sights in southern Italy were amazing. And of course - some great food! The group meals were great for trying local cuisine at trusted establishments. Our local guides were also fantastic and really enhanced the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Matera! What a unique and fascinating city. I didn't know anything about the history, but the local guide really made it come to life and it was so cool to stay right in the Sassi. I also thought the restaurant where we ate our group dinner there was excellent. Pompeii was also up there with "wow" moments - largely due to the guide!"

Michael

Noblesville, IN

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it was the visit to Pompeii. Even in grade school Pompeii's story was such a poignant one for me. I think that we have a tendency to view our society as superior to our predecessors. After viewing the craftmanship of Roman masons, artisans and artists, only our technology is different. The ancients certainly had a very high skill level that is on display at Pompeii. I would like to have skipped the gelato-making demonstration and spent an additional hour or two at Pompeii."

Christine

Kitchener, ON

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although the weather didn't always cooperate,the tour was an amazing experience. From the moving and informative tour of the Capitoline museum , to the exploration of the ancient city of Matera, to the beauty of the Amalfi coast, there were numerous memorable moments. The pasta, pizza, gelato and local wines added to the pleasure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hotel choices were some of our "wow moments. When we opened the door of our room in Vieste, we screamed in delight as the cliffside scene appeared before us. The cave dwelling in Matera was unforgettable as was the lemon grove outside our balcony in Sorrento."

David

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the trip and our guide was excellent. The hotels were all in great locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many sites that could qualify for this designation. However, I must look at this from a 20,000 foot view and say it was the Southern Italian people who generated my WOW experience. They were all very welcoming and interesting. The way they live their lives is quite compelling. I loved them all."

Scott

Nashville, TN

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

overall very good, I probably never give an outstanding to anything

Favorite "WOW" moment

"enjoyed dinner with Luigi and his family in ? sorrento"

Sidney

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We're left with a somewhat surreal sense of 'did we really go to Italy?'. While we loved the itinerary, the short stays probably didn't allow us to soak it all in. We'd take the tour again but opt out of museum visits - which we loved this time around. Instead of the museum visits, if we took the tour a second time, we'd go off on our own. The tour was a great introduction to the region. I'm wondering if one of your My Way tours might provide a more intimate connection to cities and regions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving at Hotel Smeraldo the first day The Vatican Hadrian's Villa Arriving in Vieste Arriving in Matera Paestum Arriving in Positano Pompei Arriving in Sorrento Arriving in Naples Taking the train back to Rome"

Eva

Kitchener, ON

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful interesting experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't choose one. All along the scenery was all wow."

Stephen

Centerville, OH

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour group was fantastic, everyone got along so well. Tommaso is a real pro, super friendly, lots of stories and he is on top of every detail. The tour length for us is just about right, plenty to see and do but at the end of two weeks we were ready to return home. We also were able to experience the festival in Viesta where they parade the statues of Mary and other saints around town and have the whole place lit up like Christmas. Very unique, once in a lifetime event.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paestum was an unexpected joy for me to visit. Not much of a crowd and truly worth seeing."

Suzanne

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding! There was a nice balance of planned activity and time on our own. Our group was terrific...curious, life-loving, adventurous and thoughtful. Tommasso kept us laughing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Little daily experiences combined to create my wow moment: the wildflowers in bloom covering the countryside and the ruin site of Paestum, the religious festival in Vieste, the Dali sculptures scattered around Matera, the ubiquitous lemon trees throughout Sorrento, the Caravaggio exhibit in the Capodimonte museum, the student opera singers giving voice to Ave Maria in the Teatro San Carlo and the bride and groom on the beach in Positano with their sign that read, "We do, we did, we eloped.""

William

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Did not have one."

William

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of our best trips ever. I have never really had a bad Rick Steves trip out of the 5 I have taken. I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful Southern Italy was. Our guid Tomaso was wonderful and very accommodating to our needs. Our group really bonded better than any group we had been with before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think our trip to the Amalfi Coast and Matera were the best. We had an abundance of "Kodak" moments. The food and especially the wine there was divine."

Douglas

Scituate, MA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sansevero chapel museum in Naples was the hilight for us."

Coleen

Victoria, BC

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tommaso must have learned how to be a guide in Heaven! His gentle guidance, extensive knowledge and good humor all enhanced the beautiful sights and tastes of Southern Italy. Tour locations were well chosen, each offering a different aspect of life in Southern Italy. Local guides were excellent. The local events, museums and activities chosen for us all contributed to appreciation of centuries of culture and change. The Rick Steves' Audio Files added depth to the travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The long-table dinner at Tommaso's friends in Sorrento. Beyond expectation, beyond an experience we could have arranged on our own!"

Lewis

Victoria, BC

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour lead by a very knowledgeable and great leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The caves at Matera and the festival in Vieste."

Patricia

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another stellar Rick Steves tour. Twenty-seven new friends enjoyed two weeks together journeying through Southern Italy. Led by the delightful Tommasso, the tour went off without a hitch. We traveled through towns that are not quite as well-known, so the tourist crowds were at a manageable level. Starting the tour in Rome, where we were well-oriented, and then visiting quieter areas was much appreciated. We ended our tour in Naples, a city we came to love.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's too hard to pick one single moment from this tour - was it the annual parade for St. Mary in Vieste? the boat ride in Vieete? the tasting room in Alberobello? the cave hotel in Matera? the water buffalo farm? the dinner with Luigi's family in Sorrento? the view in Positano, or a concert with seven fellow tour members in Naples after the tour was over?"

Kathy

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. There was so much to do, see and experience. Even the rain and cold couldn't dampen my enthusiasm. Tour mates were wonderful; a very friendly and inclusive group of people. I predict that a few will become life long friends. Even the bus time was great. Tommaso patiently answered my questions about roads and driving which gave me confidence to drive from Naples to Calabria after the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wow" moments were many, but my favorite was the trulli houses in Alberobello. I would have liked to stay there longer. They are part of the reason I chose the South of Italy tour. Other "wows": Matera and the cave hotel; Pompeii; the dinner Teresa and Gigino served in Sorrento."

Joanne

Centerville, OH

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was wonderful. Italy is so diverse - if you love art, antiquities and learning about how people lived centuries ago as well as today - this is the tour for you! The places we visited were beautiful, the food delicious, and the local guides were fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Matera was my "wow" moment. I had studied art history and archeology, but had never heard of Matera. What an amazing place. Of course, today it is beautiful and touristy, but I loved learning about its history and seeing how people actually lived."

Judith

Fresno, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great itinerary.: varied and interesting, beautiful. Congenial group of tour members: very fun and friendly. Good guide: sometimes too heavy on lengthy dissertations on history, who married whom and how many offspring. Wish tour guides could be more selective and realize that brains shut off after 20 min. Weather unusually cool and rainy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Strangely enough it was not the spectacular things we saw , but the refreshing and joyful Italian folk music concert at the end of the trip in Naples. Lots of art, architecture, ruins, history but no music during the trip, certainly music is a prime cultural component of most cultures. Not one aria from an Italian opera! So the concert was most welcome!"

Akemi

Spooner, WI

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves Tour and it was so outstanding as always & expected and gained more knowledge of history and culture. But it was the most strenuous physically. Lots of walking up and down ancient cities. We could keep up but some people could not. You should make sure potential travelers know this.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jewish ghetto in Rome. It was overwhelmIngly sad. I wrote the following. "Shame on Catholic Church From their high perch Did they protect Jews? No, they did not pay dues Of human empathy Or sympathy." Dinner at Luigi's home. Amazing food and glimpse into Italian family life. It was lovely. Concert in Napoli. It was so special to listen to Italian music being played live in an intimate setting! And the private party we hosted in our room with a view in Positano! it was a hoot"

Jerry

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After years of independent travel, I found that the tour added much depth to what we would learn on our own. The group size was good and the included meals were excellent. The hotels were of higher quality than we usually stayed in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera. Walking down the stairway into the sasso is a total surprise; like entering into another world. I have talked to others who have traveled extensively in Italy and no one had heard of it."

Susan

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having traveled for years without an exacting itinerary, and for the most part without hotel reservations, signing up for a Rick Steves' Tour was a giant leap of faith! A schedule, an itinerary and traveling with other people would be all new & added an uncertainty to the trip. That said, it was different, but the sights and places we wouldn't have seen on our own, not to mention our lively, enthusiastic guide Nina & delightful fellow travelers, made for 2 fantastic weeks in Southern IT!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One favorite WOW moment? HA HA! - boat ride to Capri - making & enjoying gelato at Davids - walking the roads of Pompeii - seeing St Francis' stone bed - awaking to cannon fire on a festival day - sleeping in a cave - concert for tour group in Naples - dinner with Italian family Want more?!!!"

Linda

Spring Valley, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great! The only criticism I would have is that due to the amount of travel time it seemed like we didn't have enough time at the various destinations. We did the Best of Italy 17 day tour last year and I believe that in order to do South Italy justice it needs to be a 17 day tour. Especially since there are no other tours for Southern Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "WOW" moments, but we especially enjoyed the home dinner in Sorrento with Teresa and Luigi. Such gracious hosts and a wonderful glimpse of everyday Italia."

Don

Freehold, NY

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Coming just after the Sicily tour, I thought this might find it hard to measure up that high. Wrong. Just as good in so many ways, just done differently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"tie for first Hadrian's Villa, so much to imagine, so much effort, so Ozymandiasesque the Veiled Christ – astounding craftsmanship, rivaling the Pieta Matera hotel rooms – no right angles, such upscale rooming in what was so squalid Naples Archeological Museum – a treasure trove of Pompeii"

Patricia

Salisbury, MD

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with our previous Rick Steves' tours, this one was excellent. Really enjoyed seeing parts of Italy that are atypical on most tourist itineraries. The historical aspects of this tour were especially enjoyable. The group on this tour was terrific! The most friendly and talented group we've traveled with so far. A real joy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera, which was much larger and more complex than anticipated. Also, the independent trip we took to Oplontis on our free day in Sorrento."

Bernard

Dunedin, FL

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another RS success story. Thank you for doing what you do so well. I will be back again in the near future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have several ... Sassi District in Matera, Path of the Gods in Positano, Pompeii, and Capri."

Nancy

Casselberry, FL

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Educational- both for mind and spirit. Excellent hotel choices. Great bus drivers. An itinerary filled with learning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Naples National Archeological Museum, number one for education. Vieste's tiny town delights and scenery. Amalfi coast colors."

Melvin

Spring Valley, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The sites, villages/cities and bus routes were everything and more than anticipated. Enjoyed the southern tour because it seemed like we were able to get a little closer to the local culture of southern living. One of my main interest in the trip was architectural, which was amazing, but after a couple of days in Trastevere the local culture became more apparent and interesting. I enjoyed this aspect throughout the rest of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On a tour like this, there are many "wow" moments, from our cave hotel, coastal boat ride, walking on streets and floors constructed in BC, unbelievably views, but a very memorable "wow" was the amazing dinner with the Luigi family. It wasn't just the food, but the interaction with the host family. Local culture!"

Carol

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing. We came to see Pompeii and saw so much more. Hotels nicer than we usually get for ourselves, all interesting and very well located. Great local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going down into the sasso in Matera and suddenly being in another world, seemingly thousands of years old. We had never heard of this fascinating place."

Pamela

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been on ten tours previously and this tour far exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide Patricia helped to make each experience unforgettable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was the first tour that I took with my best friend and it was her first Rick Steves Tour. Being able to see the tour experience through her eyes led to many WOW moments - from the grottos of Vieste to the top of Ravello to the beauty of Positano and finally to the wonders of Pompei and Naples - I could not have been more thrilled."

Bonnie

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th RS tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Patricia, our guide, was amazing. I particularly enjoyed all the "little surprises" on this tour. We went to many places that most Italy visitors never get to see. I thoroughly enjoyed the "experiences" including the pasta making in Vieste, the food and wine pairing in Alberobello, the gelato lesson in Sorrento and the musical concert in Naples. This tour was a good mix of cities, small towns, gorgeous scenery and incredible museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the town of Matera and learning about the people who lived in these caves until the 1950's was fascinating. I also loved our time in Positano and the vistas from the "Terrace of the Infinities" up in Ravello, above Amalfi, with several other tour members."

Jeff

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Southern Italy tour was terrific. Not only did we go to some beautiful places but we learned a lot. We also got to experience life in Italy the way the locals live it, I'm not sure the locals don't get a lot of cannoli for breakfast. The museums in particular were fascinating. Granted, one could get burned out with one too many museums, but not on this trip. Each was unique, special, and the local guides really conveyed the importance and historical relevance of the art or artifacts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Capitoline Museums in Rome with Francesca was remarkable. Francesca goes beyond merely describing each work, its artist, its period. Francesca has a unique ability to convey how each work is evocative of powerful human values and how those values are found in and expressed by people in different eras and civilizations. She made us learn, she made us think, and we liked it. For a large group of jet-lagged people that's pretty impressive."

Eileen

San Diego, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour of an area we'd never been to...Southern Italy...even though it was our fourth time to this beautiful country! We saw many sites that were different and beyond anything else I've ever seen. Our guide, Patricia, was so informative and had great knowledge of the area...you just felt like she was taking you around her 'homeland'! And with a great sense of humor that made our whole group feel comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my "wow" moment was when we first saw the Sassi cave area of Matera! It took my breath away! The view was spectacular, and then we actually stayed in a lovely hotel in the caves. I must like caves because another "wow" moment was our boat ride around Vieste, and being able to take the boat right into incredible caves along the coast of the Adriatic Sea. I also loved our home dinner with the sweet family in Sorrento who were so generous with their time and their extended family."

Patricia

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steve's tour in Italy, and I found it the second most interesting after "the Best of Italy" It provided the small town experiences I was hoping for when I went on the "Village Italy" tour. It exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guide at Pompeii related what we were seeing to our 21st Century lives. I came away with a profoundly different experience of life in the Roman times."

Catherine

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. We saw the things we expected to see and then even more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Matera was my "WOW" moment. I never expected to see a town like this. It looks like it belongs in the middle east. On the flight home I watched Ben Hur since the guide had said parts of the movie were filmed there."

Valerie

Olympia, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The coverage of the underexplored part of Italy was quite well thought out and made a nice counterpoint to the more heavily visited stops in Rome and on the Amalfi Coast. The visits to the significant classical sites were well led by the local guides. As we have come to expect, there was a pretty comfortable mix of intense sight-seeing with time for more leisurely self-exploration. A sprained ankle (mine) and a bad cold (Tom's) meant missing a couple of activities, which we were sorry about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching a blissful water buffalo enjoy her massage. With such happy cows, it's not surprising the buffalo mozzarella is such a treat."

Richard

San Diego, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really excellent tour for fit and adventurous travelers from start to finish - lots of walking and stairs! Loved our guide Patricia... so conscientious and well organized and fun! We saw amazing sights throughout the south of Italy and learned so much history. Every day there were special moments to absorb. Loved our group of fellow travelers... all upbeat and fun spirited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several Wow moments... Gazing out over the prehistoric Sassi cave dwellings of Matera (prior to descending into the enclave and staying in one of the caves ourselves for 2 nights!) The seaside beauty and charm of Vieste on the Adriatic. The cliffside city of Positano with breathtaking views from our hotel balcony. The unforgettable home-hosted dinner with a lovely local Sorrento family."

Kathleen

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceded my expatations !!! However I had never taken a tour before so didn't know just what to expect. Our Guide was FABLOUS!!! She was the icing on my trip. We all just loved her ! Rooms were amazing. Sites were unbelievable. Bus rides were great, I get motion sick so it means the driver was beyond skilled. I loved every minute of this his tour, two nights in each location was great. Wish more time in Positano. Wish I could move there. Vieste coast was breathtaking. need 500 more words

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow. Tooo many !! Almost everything was a" wow" for me! Matera & the Sassi dwellings. Positona want to move there Vieste Adriatic coast breath taking Ruins & Hadrin villa. Amazing Loved Sorrento perfect day atop a hotel with bottle of perseco & my sister?? All 3 tour guides were remarkable, such knowledge wow!!"

Karen

Sarnia, ON

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Patricia was amazing. I have been on trips with Trafalger and Globus in the past but this particular tour was the best.I really liked the balance of coaching and activity. I got to see some really memorable places. The hotels were friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Italian cities with the boats. Sorrento was absolutely breath taking."

Mary Jo

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour followed the 18 day tour "Best of Italy". I thought I'd be so exhausted by so many museums/churches, yet the flavor of southern Italy was a wonderful recharge to my curiosity and enjoyment. I totally enjoyed the coastal respites and the Greek influences emphasis.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really too many to zero in... Favorite place Vieste. I had no idea the eastern coast of Italy was so beautiful. Favorite historical visit was to Pompeii and the following day at the Naples museum housing its treasures. Outstanding explanations by our tour guides."

Christine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the smaller cities. Especially Positano. Naples was a bit of a shock after the Amalfi Coast. Gritty is a good description... And I didn't see any good reason why we had to leave Sorrentoso so early that morning.... The Caravaggio paintings in Naples were fantastic but I felt rushed through that area to visit the more traditional museum pieces.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Positano and the bus route getting there!"

Michelle

Huntsville, AL

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing again! This is our 2nd RS Tour & we are just as happy this time as the first, if not more. As usual everything was planned so well, the tour fits beautifully together as we moved through Southern Italy. The tours, meals & extras made it a completely happy experience! Being so close to everything is always so wonderful & helpful to get around. The towns were wonderful, it gave us a lovely spattering of the area & overall culture & history of the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gosh, there were a few so I will mention them all. First the dinner in Sorrento with the local family was amazing! Theresa and Luigi & their family were so lovely & warm. The food was amazing, it was just an overall beautiful experience! The boat ride in Vieste was pretty fantastic! And Positano took my breath away. It is the most beautiful place I've ever been."

Dan

Stanford, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was a fantastic tour throughout. Our guide Patricia was hands on the entire trip, giving up her free time to make sure everyone was able to do whatever they wanted to explore on their own as well as the including tours. The local tour guides were fantastic, especially Francesca in Rome and Gaetano in Pompeii.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but really loved the boat ride in Vieste, exploring the coast, including many grottoes, Also Matera where the hotel was magical, the views fantastic and a great city to visit."

Barbara

Medford, MA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I simply LOVED my tour! It exceeded my expectations in every way. This was my first RS tour. Each day was a wonderful new adventure that unfolded with experiences to enliven all of my senses. The planned activities & unplanned all contributed to a marvelous whole. I feel changed - in GOOD ways. Activity level of "strenuous" is accurate re: walking/standing. I have a sedentary job & am out of shape and I was able to keep up. Very full days & still well paced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of Matera is fascinating! The boat ride out of Vieste was a thrill! Pompeii. Really learning about the art & sculptures from expert guides who know how to tell stories well & weave all that we were seeing and doing together. The "culture" of Southern Italy - living more in the moment, for the experiences of "the now" not worrying so much, "dipende". Making connections between ancient peoples, to medieval peoples, to 200 years ago peoples, to recent past, and to now."

Karen

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There are only good things to say about this tour---the guide, the fellow travelers, the places visited, the food-- all were wonderful! As with every Rick Steves tour that we have taken, all the details were attended to and we were very happy with the great introduction to southern Italy that we experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a history lover, the visit to Pompeii was my wow moment. Our local guide, the third generation in his family to guide in Pompeii, gave us an appreciation for the Roman civilization that is preserved there and made the life of the city come alive for us."

Barbara

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and it was FANTASTIC!. What made it special was our tour guide, Caterina, who had studied in Florence and helped us learn the language, along with being knowledgeable about the country, and all areas we visited. Caterina had an delightful personality that had a magnetic quality. None of us wanted the tour to end! We extended our trip 7 days to Florence, Cinque Terre, and Lake Como - stayed in Varenna. I highly recommend Rick's tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Rome - the chariot statues, & Trevi fountain at NIGHT - WOW! 2. Grottos via boat in Vieste 3. Amalfi Coast - Positono 4. Dinner in a private home - fantastic food and wonderful family. 5. Tour of Pompei and the history from a local guide. It was not ONE FAVOIRITE THING.... just an amazing trip throughout."

Debbie

Tuscaloosa, AL

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was above our expectations and we were expecting a lot! Everything was well organized and the different places visited and planned activities provided welcome variety to the tour-a great mix of experiences.

Eddie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My primary tour guide was attentive and in point. Caterina understood her audience and made me less like a customer and more like a friend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The specialty guides brought each city and place alive with their excellent narratives. Pompei , Napoli and The Capitoline museum guides reall stood out for me."

Philip

Orleans, MA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was so much content in this tour I'm still not sure I've wrapped my mind around all of it yet. Part of that "travel daze" is the mixed emotions a place like Napoli generates. I very much appreciated that I got to see parts of Italy that I wouldn't have felt comfortable self-touring. I couldn't imagine driving the Gargano Peninsula or the Amalfi Coast! Great bus drivers are integral to great tours. Also, not to be lost in this post tour fog was how much I enjoyed my fellow tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera stood out for me. It was a beautiful place to just wander through and admire, but overlaying that was the story of the city and it's incredible history. Experiencing the richness of all these layers was what I've come to appreciate about a Rick Steves Tour."

James

Pittsburg, CA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was an excellent tour that lived up to its description of very strenuous with lots of long walks, over uneven surfaces, extensive stairs, bus drop off points were sometimes a mile from where our hotel location, so yes one of Rick Steves most strenuous tours. What made this tour even more strenuous was the rain that often made the uneven stairs, stone surfaces and ancients stone streets even more slippery and dangerous. That said our tour guide Caterina prepared us well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunrise over the Almafi Coast from our hotel in Sorrento. Standing in one of the main streets of Pompeii and realize it was more than 2,500 years old. Just to walk through and experience the Naples Archaeological Museum and realize that it was all found in Pompeii."

Gloria

Simi Valley, CA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very nice hotels and excellent food. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful. She was really accessible to us for all our needs. Loved the museums in Rome and especially with Francesca. She is amazing. Full of knowledge and passion. It was very strenuous and I was definitely tired at the end. One of my favorite hotels was the cave rooms in Matera. The view was unbelievable. Be in good shape to take this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner we had in a family's home. Food was amazing and it felt like it was our own family having dinner. It was so special."

Thomas

Vincentown, NJ

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Because I like Roman history, I found the tour to be extremely educational. I learned a lot of new things and saw places that I thought I would only ever read about. This tour is very active and the two days off were welcome. We visited some of the finest museums in the world which was amazing. We also had some of the best local guides. They were incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Capitoline Museum in Rome and the Naples National Archaeological Museum were my wow moments. They were filled with treasures and centuries of history. My visit to both was made even more meaningful by the local guides. They really brought the artists and subjects to life. They were very good at showing us what was most special about each museum because you would be there for a week to see everything."

Bonnie

Southampton, NJ

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There is a lot going on in this tour. Mythology, Roman and Greek history, politics, psychology, amazing food, interesting people and tons of walking. It's as mentally strenuous as it is physically strenuous. I was amazed at how much I learned from each local guide as well as our tour guide. The museums were excellent, the hotels were well located and there's just enough free time for your own exploration.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The local tour guides were my wow. In Rome, Francesca opened my eyes to what a museum experience should be and why we are often disappointed or confused by what we see. She has revolutionary ideas about museums and should be in charge! In Naples, Pina revealed the psychology of the art. The distrustful look, the insincere bow, and the relationships between the people pictured gave remarkable depth to everything we saw."

Fleta

Tuscaloosa, AL

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. Very diverse. Very good balance of group time and self-guided time. Really enjoyed feeling like i was getting to know the people who lived in Italy and not just the "things" that surround them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wouldn't you agree that knowledge without passion is just information?" Francesca, Rome Italy, Capitoline Museum I will carry that thought with me and apply it to so many different situations because it is so true."

Beverly

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding, surpassing our expectations! It started with the tour guide, Caterina, who was enthusiastic, organized and set the tone for a fun experience. We loved having local, expert tour guides for the museums and historical sites, as well as the boat tour! We liked the system of having radio's connected to the tour guide's microphone. You could be 20 feet away and still hear the commentary. We also liked the system of picking a "buddy".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. 1. Capitoline Museum in Rome. The tour guide made the statues come alive for us and changed my perspective on visiting museums in the future. 2. Vieste boat tour - going into those grotto's was a definite "Wow!". 3. The Trulli and Matera - seeing how people lived in these caves was amazing! 4. Pompei - Roman engineering at its finest. 5. The Veiled Christ in Napoli - the most stunning thing I've ever seen!"

Max

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife, Susan, and I discuss the tour and have agreed. Please read the details on her evaluation.

Joyce

Henrico, VA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the tour. It was paced well. I had enough time to do some things on my own and I liked the variety of the experiences. ie. art, history, buffalos, caves, dining experiences, etc. Our tour guides were interesting and informative and Nina was very engaged, organized and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera had to be the big WOW because I had never seen anything like it and our cave hotel room was great. What an amazing environment!"

Thomas

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The itinerary was great. Good mix of big towns, small towns, archeological sites, side trips and both coasts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Matera from across the valley. Unbelievable at first site and even more so once we got into the old town."

Michele

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was paced very well, itinerary was wonderful, the Guide fantastic. I enjoyed all of it. I followed in footsteps of Italian family & ancestors & basked in Italian heritage...a great experience. The Guide managed & negotiated the tour perfectly, she looked things up if she didn't know the answers immediately (tho need was rare!)... this was deeply appreciated. I really learned a lot during tour! I was impressed with mid-tour eval request. LOVED bus driver, saved our lives many times!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Human nature has not evolved very fast or consciously after all....explaining some of the same repetitive & primitive behaviors ... So, current politics are just a blip in the same time line....future time travelers will shake their heads in wonder & sadness at us too as they "step in our footprints".... This knowledge was not really brand new to me, but it finally "clicked" as a "WOW" moment in understanding....Perhaps my assessment of the "state of things" will evolve....This would be good..."

Sue

Valencia, CA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour delivers! It was great to see southern Italy as it is so different from northern Italy. I found this tour to be a little slower paced as there are the two free days, which I liked as it allowed me to tailor the tour to my likes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One wow moment was the boat cruise from Vieste - beautiful scenery, fishermen with their just-caught octopuses, and surprising little red jellyfish! Another wow moment was learning about the Sassi people and their cave dwellings. But perhaps my favorite was the water buffalo farm and how well they were treated (I want to be one of those water buffalo in my next life!)."

Bruce

Webster, NY

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exilerating, highly informative experience. The cities and sites were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Sassi of Matera for the first time."

Christine

Webster, NY

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every Rick Steves tour has been the best yet and this was no exception. The cities and sites of the tour were outstanding, the information provided was informative and the overall tour guide as well as local guides were absolutely terrific. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Sassi of Matera was the wow moment. The close second was the tour guide's explanations during the tour of Pompeii."

Sharron

Penticton, BC

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. I thought the itinerary was very well thought out with lots of free time, yet a perfect amount of group time as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had something special. Really."

Rhonda

West Columbia, SC

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour exceeded expectations, and expectations were high based on previous experiences. We have been on a couple of my way tours and were curious about the more structured guided tours. The cultural experiences and the local guides added so much more to the tours, making the guided tours a great value. Perfect balance of tour time and private time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments. The dinner with the family in Sorrento was outstanding. A fabulous cultural experience and a culinary delight. Seeing Pompeii, the excellent local guide and then the follow up at the Archaeological Museum brought together a story I learned about years ago but really didn't fully understand. Napoli was way cooler than I expected. Thanks to Nina for opening my mind and eyes to see more than motor scooters and grafitti. Naples is not as scary as the book suggests."

Deborah

Carson City, NV

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 16th tour and it did not dissapoint. . I wanted to get to know the south and what it has to offer as most people stop at Rome.I also wanted to experience the beauty of the Amalfi Coast and got a taste of the glamour of Positano. I loved that we were also on the Adriatic on this tour. This tour was very active, lots of uneven pavement, stairs, lots of walking. Good balance of free and group time, I loved the free days in Positano and Sorrento. And the food..Mama Mia!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had wow moments daily. The view of the Forum from Capitoline Museum in Rome.The views of the Adriatic from Our cliffside hotel in Vieste. The boat trip in Vieste. Staying in a cave hotel in Matera. The Greek ruins of Paestum. Positano and the Amalfi Coast. Just driving on the roads of the Amalfi Coast make you scream wow. I had to pinch myself when we set foot in Pompeii. To see the frescoes, murals still intact after 2,500 yrs and look up and see Vesuvius. The grittiness and energy of Naples"

Robert

West Columbia, SC

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner with the family (Luigi et. al.) was fantastic. The food was some of the best we had during the trip, the homemade wine was undoubtedly the best we had on the trip, but the experience of sitting down and getting to know, if only for an evening, those wonderful people was the highlight of the trip."

Steven

Tahuya, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Second RS trip and both outstanding with great tour guide ,ideal hotel locations and en;tightening experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many but the family prepared meal in Sorrento ."

Connie

Tahuya, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was wonderful!! Beginning with gritty and charming Rome, to magical Vieste, mind blowing Matera (with overnight stay in a cave), swimming in the surf and seeing the ferries back into the cement landing with crashing waves in Positano, great stay in Sorrento with day at Capri (great shopping here) and Naples with a lovely conclusion to bring together all the history we learned from our brilliant guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the boat ride in Vieste. We saw the proud squid fisherman show off their catch from the rocky shores. Our expert boat captain knew every inch of the coast and navigated his boat into several caves!!The water was a brilliant aqua marine color."

Louisa

Billings, MT

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I chose the South Italy tour because it included Pompeii and the ancient town of Matera. I have a keen interest in archaeology and history and knew I would enjoy the tour but it exceeded my expectations. The sheer amount of history imparted by our tour guide and the local guides was impressive. They brought to life the history of the places we visited, providing context for the things we were seeing. All of the places on the tour were fascinating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one. Seeing ancient frescoes in situ was wonderful. And I was stunned by the beauty of the sculpture Christo Velato (Veiled Christ) at Sansevero Chapel Museum in Naples."

Janice

Winter Springs, FL

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I give the tour 4 out of 5 stars: The tour itinerary was excellent, the tour guide Nina, Massimo the bus drive, and local guides all exceeded my expectations and were excellent, and the group dynamics was very good. I am taking away a half star for the food / menus for dinners and a half star for being too rushed at all the archeological sites. I think the Rick Steves tour book may exaggerate the crime of Naples and instill more fear in folks than warranted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The exceptional personal moments with Italy: The home-hosted dinner at Teresa's and Luigis in Sorrento; Paestum / Pompeii / Herculaneum Buffalo farm"

Susan

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent! We expected it to be. We love to research the history and places the tour will take us, making use of RS lists. And then we count on learning and experiencing so much more. We've never been disappointed and we've been on several Rick Steves tours! We also enjoy the camaraderie of traveling with very interesting nice people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow experience was seeing the beautiful, wide expanse of the Bay of Naples from different cities and vantage points! And of course learning more of its history."

Joe

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife (Cindi) and I have never been to Europe. We were nervous doing this; your tour was so organized and comfortable. My ancestry was from Southern Italy. To experience the culture and warmth (not to mention the food) of the people in the five cities/towns that we stayed was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Andrea arranged for us to see a presentation of Napoli folk music--wow 2) In Sorrento- the dinner at the home of Luigi and his family. 3) In Naples--meeting a couple of Andrea's friends in their apartment for snacks and drinks. 4) The Trulli houses and the lunch there 5) Everything about Matera 6) Taking the train to Pompeii--and then Pompeii 7) How well 'prepped' I was in every experience I had"

Joan

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour Introduced me to parts of Italy - south of Rome and north of Sicily - that I had never seen before. I experienced breathtaking land- and seascapes and stunning architecture, and I saw and learned more about the divisions that inform Italy's chaotic politics and divide it, still today, into north and south. The tour was rigorous. I am 72 and, although I trained for the tour, I still found it taxing due to the hilly terrain and stone steps, often without railing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moments were those on boats: viewing the gorgeous cliffs of the Gargano coastline from the sea and marveling at the limpid purple, green and turquoise waters of the deeply recessed grottos; seeing Amalfi appear around a craggy bend on deep navy-blue seas; imagining the small islands of the Amalfi coast animated by their ancient mythic personas."

John

Lake Villa, IL

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. Informative and helpful tour guides. Wonderful selection of places to visit. Friendly traveling companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several moments stand out: the coast of Italy, dinner with the family, and visit to Pompeii and the museum with artifacts from the city."

Kirk

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A truly outstanding exposure to the South of Italy. What a pleasure to be educated about and experience the history, language, architecture, food, wine, and people of Southern Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera! Learning about the squalid history of the cave dwellings that were evacuated in the 1950s and then being able to stay two nights in a cave hotel as part of the current Matera renaissance, having lunch on our own in a restaurant overlooking Sasso Barisano, walking the evening passegiata with locals, and having great gelato."

Kathleen

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was eye opening, educational, inspiring, and absolutely wonderful! The food was bountiful and delicious. Everyday was packed with new and exciting experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera ia the first thing that comes to mind but I loved the chairlift ride to Anacapri. Also the Naples performance of the Napulitanata Theatre group."

Pam

Denton, TX

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overall beauty of the country wowed me the most."

Patricia

Verona, NJ

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was nothing short of amazing. I had such a wonderful time. I have never traveled with a tour before and was, admittedly, skeptical. No more. I would not hesitate to recommend a Rick Steves tour to anyone. Several of our tour companions had been on one or more Rick Steves tours and were back again. Can't get a better recommendation than that! We traveled with a great group of people. Those who had been on previous tours said that was their experience every time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough question. So many "wow" moments. OK, if I have to pick one I think it would be our first look at the caves/cave houses in Matera from across a large ravine. Breathtaking view."

Jay

Bothell, WA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour overall was fantastic. Andrea was a wealth of knowledge wrapped in a constantly happy and smiling package. I knew we were going to have lots of travel between destinations but I would have liked a few more days at the Amalfi Coast to just relax. I could have skipped the Trulli homes to get to the coast sooner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera, absolutely loved the area"

Edna

Plano, TX

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andrea was a wonderful tour guide fun stories very knowledgeable about all the areas we visited She always added her personal touch the happy hour was such a great time and the wine was flowing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments but going to Luigi's and Teresa's home for dinner just summed up what Italy is all food, family and history Matera was just so touching to hear about the peasants that lived in caves and were then forced to leave their homes and hav3 to adjust to whole new way of living and the shame the people from that area still live with today Of course the Coast was just breathtaking Gelato can you ever have too much"

Anne

Newberg, OR

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found it to be an outstanding tour of an Italy that was off the beaten tourist path in many respects. I learned about the people and places of southern Italy while also visiting beautiful and interesting places including Positano and Pompeii. The guides were terrific as is usual on a Rick Steve's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of Matera with its history of cave dwelling people up until the 1950's was a revelation. And the rehabilitation of those caves into hotels, homes and restaurants was amazing."

Charles

Dingmans Ferry, PA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful time. Everything professionally done. The entire experience was top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming down the cliff road to Positano. Beautiful and scary!tv"

Mary Anne

St Clair Shores, MI

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Southern Italy Tour far exceeded our expectations. We had an excellent tour of the Capitoline Museums with Francesca. The experience was outstanding from the view and dinner at our cliff side hotel in Vieste to the cave hotel in Matera. We enjoyed seeing and learning about the historic trulli houses in Alberobello. Our tour guide, Andrea, provided excellent historical details in each area we visited. The tour of Pompeii was amazing with a glimpse of everyday Roman life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the view from our cliff side hotel and boat ride in Vieste."

Barbie

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic and well worth the fast pace. It was a nice change from the big city hustle and bustle of the 17 day Best of Italy tour I had just been on. There was a cancellation, and decided to go for it! Back to back dates really work out well for these tours. I really appreciated the non touristy places this tour visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many on this tour. The boat ride in Vieste on the Gargano coast. Mozzarella di bufala experience and lunch in Paestum was wonderful! The home hosted dinner in Sorrento with Luigi and Teresa was a fantastic local experience. And my favorite experience was the music concert in Naples. Napulitanata. A true Neapolitan experience!!! This wasn't even on the tour agenda. Our guide Andrea knew about it and so happy she suggested it to us!!!"

Candace

Cullman, AL

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned, organized, and [INVALID]d. Some of the sights and activities were a little off the beaten path, which was nice. I was worried about long bus rides taking away from our sightseeing time, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much we managed to see and do. The amount of walking we did each day was reasonable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite cities were Alberobello and Matera. The trulli houses and cave dwellings were amazing! My favorite "wow" moment in Alberobello was the wine/meat/cheese tasting. The shop owner's pre-teenage niece helped me choose marmalade and cheese for our tour group's antipasto social. She was unbelievably knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and helpful for one so young. My favorite "wow" moment in Matera was seeing the Sassi in Miniatura. It was incredible!"

Ellen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed this tour. It had bit of everything - museums/arts, scenery, food/wine/gelato (ok, lots), big cities, small towns, seas, mountains... My fellow travelers were great company. Our wonderful tour leader, Caterina, through her enthusiasm, love, and knowledge of South Italy made sure that we had the best experience possible. Great mix of group activities and free times. Great local tour guides. So happy that I had the fantastic Francesca again for Musei Capitolini in Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Multiple moments... Vieste/Gargano Peninsula - tranquil and beautiful grottoes. Matera with its sassi - wow! wow! The view of Matera from that viewpoint!! Pompeii with a tour guide, Gaetano, who made it came "alive." Dinner at Luigi/Thresa in Sorrento - fantastic experience. Veiled Christ in Naples' Cappella Sansevero was stunning. Not part of the tour, but I loved my visit of the island Procida in Bay of Naples."

Kimberly

Florence, MT

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! I have never been on a trip like this. It was a true once in a lifetime trip for me. The sights were breath taking! The art masterpieces and architecture we saw will stay with me forever. So much history. Absolutely worth the trip. Our guide was so sweet! "Seize the day" was her motto and she does it well! I can't imagine doing a trip like that without a guide. So much information would be missed without a guide. Our local guides were amazing also. So knowledgeable and entertaining!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery, the coast line, was my "wow" moment or moments. I just had to take some time alone to take in the beautiful views and pinch myself to make sure it wasn't a dream. I am most at peace in nature more than in the cities. The cities were interesting and exciting but the quiet sunrises and sunsets spoke to my soul."

Kathy

Everett, WA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It's very hard to rate a tour when you have been on a few others. As you tend to compare them and not rate them just on their own merit.That said, I would rate it very good. I picked this tour for specific sights I wanted to see. Was disappointed then when we were only allowed 30 min to explore Alberobello, since the trulli houses were one thing I really wanted to see. I enjoyed the wine and food pairing there and would not want to take away from it. But we really could have used more time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cappella Sansevero,amazingly lifelike sculptures, The Veiled Christ. I could not believe it possible to create something like this in marble! The neting on the Disilluson was incredible. Our guides also got us in to see the Teatro San Carlo Opera House and it was fabulous. Naples was my favorite and most unexpected WOW! This city deserves it's own 7 day tour."

Judith

Providence, RI

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great tour. Happy to have gone on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Exploring Pompeii"

Ramon

Buffalo, NY

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, a wonderful experience! Great hotels and service, lovely food, and amazing local guides. The part of tour in Sorrento were a tad overwhelming and taxing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boat ride to grottoes on the Gargano Peninsula, water buffalo farm. Pompei and Rome plus Naples museum collections."

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Rome (FCO) and out of Naples (NAP) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Italy. Please note: The train from Naples to Rome takes from 70 minutes to two hours, so avoid early-morning flights out of Rome.

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