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

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Best of South Italy in 13 Days Tour

from $3,595 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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

Dates & Prices

2018

2019

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 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Italy

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

Day 2: Layers of Rome

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

Day 3: Tivoli and the Gargano Peninsula

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

Day 4: Vieste and the Adriatic Coast

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

Day 5: Alberobello and Matera

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

Day 6: The Wonders of Matera

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

Day 7: Greek Paestum and Positano

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

Day 8: Free Day on the Amalfi Coast

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

Day 9: Pompeii and Sorrento

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

Day 10: Serene Sorrento and Capri

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

Day 11: Classy, Gritty Naples

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

Day 12: Exploring More of Naples

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

Day 13: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Naples' airport by taxi, easily arranged through our hotel. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Grazie e ciao!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. 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.

Reviews

Roberta

Lubbock, TX

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoy being active and engaging. Tommaso is a valuable asset to your team. In my opinion he serves not only as critical example of you and your organization but ombudsman for Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While Florence will remain my favorite location in Italy, Materra was a surprising gem. Pompeii and Herculaneum are both must see. I could have stayed 2 days in Pompeii alone."

Susan

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful trip - our first to Europe and we could not have asked for a better introduction to Europe and especially Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments. Pompeii was fabulous and the Archaeological Museum in Naples was also fabulous. We were also amazed at the Veiled Christ in the Museum Cappella Sansevero. But also seeing the Amalfi Coast was breathtaking - so basically the trip was full of WOW moments almost every day!"

Brenda

Kenosha, WI

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was very happy with the tour. I saw things that I know I would not have if I planned the trip on my own. I liked the pace that we kept. I also like the way our guide helped us to get to know each other better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the caves in Matera. That was an amazing story and experience. Something I didn't know existed."

Martin

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the two weeks. The group got along very well together, and Susanna was an excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What I remember most fondly was Matera. So unique. I felt that we had enough time there to really get a sense of the place."

John

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

really enjoyed the many museums and sites that were part of our tour. Great group of people to travel with and experience this amazing part of Italy. Highly recommend this trip. This was are second RS tour and hope to have many more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus ride on the Amalfi coast with the incredible views on this super narrow road. Very exciting. Also the blue grotto,and the view from the top of the island of Capri, The cave rooms in our hotel in matera. Boat rides along amalfi coast and from Viest. Pompeii it just goes on and on. each day was a new "wow" moment!"

Ronald

West Vancouver, BC

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Enjoyed visiting the small towns on the tour. Could do without going to Rome and Naples (except Freemasons church). Positano was lovely also family dinner. Capri overdeveloped and crowded. Ann did a great job as tour director.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Positano and boat trips set up by Ann."

William

Palatine, IL

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Home dinner in Napoli"

Marvin

Mont Belvieu, TX

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great RS tour, first was the 21 days of Europe, this one was the 13 days of southern Italy. Arrived a couple days early in Rome, so much to see and do. Great group & guide Ann was in her element. Wanted to see southern Italy after the first trip & glad we did, very memorable & enjoyable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vieste was unique, the Trulli houses were neat to see, sleeping in the Sassi cave room was very cool, enjoyed the water buffalo estate & farm tour, the food was great! The Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Positano, Ravello, Capri, all stunning, brought back memories of the Cinque Terre. Naples CHAOS, Oh My the PIZZA! The Farnese Bull was stunning & the 300 KMH train ride from Naples to Rome was cool. Other than all the great food & wine, you just can't pick out a single "WOW" moment on a RS tour!"

Lynn

Palatine, IL

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time. The tour was informative. Our guide, Ann was absolutely wonderful. All the hotels were nice with the exception of the last one, which I think was a hotel normally not used. The last hotel did not replenish essential items including toilet paper.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was such an amazing trip that it is hard to choose just one moment. If I have to choose I'd say the dinner with a local Sorrento family. Wonderful food, great company, and good wine. Our hostess went out of her way to provide vegan options for me."

Kathleen dienhofer

Brevard, NC

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

everything was as advertised . we had days full of museums and history. we had partial days where we could explore areas that held our own interests. the food and wines were awesome . Ann, our guide kept us moving along in order to see and do everything on the schedule and with a sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"just too may "wows". everyday was my favorite ."

Carol

West Vancouver, BC

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 4th RS Tour. Our tour guide Ann was outstanding and very knowledgeable about Italy... she could answer any question presented to her. She was also very kind to help us with the correct Italian phrase when we needed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cappella Sansevero Chapel in Naples- breathtaking for sure. Also the dinner in Sorrento with a local family.. and I can't forget enjoying an occasional Aperol Spritz !!!"

Cynthia

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic hotel choices, learned more about Italy's history than my entire educational experience, and food was something to look forward to each meal!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a memorable time at the buffalo farm. The information and process of making buffalo mozzarella was interesting and unique. Our light lunch there was the best meal of the trip."

Linda

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group had dinner in the home of Teresa and Luigi--a real feast of traditional home-cooked food. It was wonderful to see how they live and taste all of the things they have to eat at home (I'm sure not all at once, like they fixed for us). Great people, family interactions and house."

Teresa

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent! This was our 3rd tour with you and each exceeds our expations! Nina was a excellent guide with lots of wisdom and whit. We had a fun group of people that enjoyed traveling, learning about their soundings and drinking a little wine. The group meals were excellent and our hotel acomadations were wonderful. We are already waiting for the 2019 RS tour book to come out!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is hard on this trip because we had so much history, art and beauty every day! But, the caves in Matera made the biggest impression on me. Going in the cave where people lived until the 1950's and 1960's (my life time!) and their horrible conditions, I will never forget. This is something I never would have done on my own, but thanks to the RS tour, an unforgettable experience!"

Steve

Ripon, CA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steve's Tour and they keep getting better! Italy was beautiful, our guide Nina was outstanding and our fellow travelers were really fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have always wanted to tour Pompeii ever since I learned about it as a boy. Pompeii surpassed my expectations. Our on site guide was great. As a follow-up to Pompeii, seeing the actual treasures of Pompeii in the Naples museum was truly special."

Ann Scott

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Nina was amazing: knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Capella Sansevero"

Steve

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just an amazing trip. Everything went like clockwork. Our tour group leader, Nina, was outstanding. She is so knowledgeable and fun to be with. There was a perfect balance of group and free time. The group dinners were so much fun and the food was delicious. I especially liked the dinner with the Italian family in their home. This was our first Rick Steve's tour but I don't see us ever going it alone again. We just learned so much more and enjoyed our tour mates company. Thank you Nina.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is an impossible question. Walking the streets of Rome for the first time? Vieste? The Trullis? Maybe that first view of Matera? Sitting seaside In Positano at sunset? Exploring Capri? Pompeii? Taking our lives in our own hands and exploring Naples. Every day was a wow."

Melanie

Kamuela, HI

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The amount of places (cities, museums, archeological sites) we visited in 13 days was amazing. Towards the end of the tour my interest in the museums started to wane. It was nice to have afternoons and some days on our own to explore the city or rest in the cool hotel room. Overall tour experience..amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After several hours on the bus we arrived at Locanda di san Martino in the evening. Too impatient to wait for the elevator, I hauled my suitcase up several flights of stairs to get to Room 15. "Wow, this must be the honeymoon cave!" It had a curtained bed, jacuzzi jet tub, LED lit walk-in shower, sofa and CNN International. It seemed like the highest cave in the hotel and the patio sported a panoramic view of historic Matera."

Ann

Plymouth, MA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time in Italy. I was comfortable with the entire experience. No complaints what so ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Veste hotel best room with a deck over looking the Adriactic Sea. Early morning saw 2 fishermen out in small boat bringing in their nets.No One else in the town awake yet Families waking up early morning hanging out laundry 3 stories up. Kids diving off rocks in the beach below! Power outage shop keepers helping each other happy tourist in alley during power outage.OBTW our hotel had a generator and the best crosissants and breakfeast beautiful property proud owner and family!heart warming"

Victoria

Lisle, IL

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish, I felt every aspect of the Southern Italy tour was well planned and executed. The abundance of food and local wine, the interaction with families in Sorrento and Naples, the pasta making demo, wine tasting, boat trip, the museums, the impromptu music discovered in almost every town, the historic and breathtaking scenery. Loved it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first wow moment came when touring Rome. When our guide said she was going to show us the most spectacular view in Rome, it was not an exaggeration. I actually got goose bumps! My second wow moment was when we arrived at Matera. The view overlooking Matera is truly amazing and like nothing I've seen before. Many great moments throughout the trip."

Jan

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of South Italy was a wonderful trip. We have been to Italy and the Amalfi Coast before, but this covered several things and places we have not done before (Capitoline Museum in Rome, Jewish Quarter in Rome), Vieste and Matera. We have visited the Amalfi Coast and Paestum, but going with a group enabled us to do some things we have not done before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating Pizza in Naples at "The Temple of Pizza" (L'Antica Pizzaria da Michele). We did this on our own after the Archeological Museum in Naples. We did not get to eat there the first time we visited Naples in 2003 and this was definitely on our bucket list! Do not miss this if you go to Naples - worth the wait and a wonderful experience! Plus many others: walking inside the temples at Paestum; eating the fresh buffalo mozzarella lunch; Amalfi Coast (everything there); Vieste; Matera & on & on."

Jean

Salem, NH

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our southern Italy tour was even better than anticipated with our fabulous tour guide, Andrea. Knew I would love seeing the Amalfi coast which was my motivation for choosing this tour. However, I greatly enjoyed Matera, Paestum, Vieste, wine tasting/food pairing in a trulli in Alberobello, Pompeii, archeological museum in Naples & Neopolitan concert in Naples suggested & attended by Andrea & several RS travel companions. Traveled with a great group of motivated & fun-loving travelers from US.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have many "wow" moments which I've narrowed down to 3. Our stay in Positano (great views, food, wine, limoncello, shopping and swimming), Loved our day-long boat trip to Capri with Pasquale of "My Sorrento Holiday" along with some fun Rick Steves' travel mates. Lastly, the Veiled Christ and Disinchantment sculptures[INVALID]can't understand why Guiseppe Sanmartino and Franchesco Queirolo are not as famous as Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, etc because I'd never viewed any sculptures like that!"

William

Happy Valley, OR

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really enjoyed the tour overall. I knew it would have many features that were unfamiliar to me (even having visited Italy twice before). It was a very satisfying blend of ancient and modern culture, the monumental and the personal. Gave a glimpse into the life of everyday Italians while appreciating the splendor and natural beauty of Southern Italy and the Mediterranean coast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had great "wow" moments, but I think my favorite was Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli. It was a complete surprise to me and was magnificent. The scope of it and the history and the preserved architecture and sculptures were awesome. Of course, tomorrow I may reminisce most fondly about another one."

Karen

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the balance between planned activities and free time to explore on our own. The other tour members were friendly and we enjoyed getting to know them. Our guide, Lisa, was very informed, personable & organized. We also appreciated the inclusion of tips in our initial fee package. Thanks to our guide, the quality of the tour & the comaraderie of the group, we look forward to booking future Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our hotel room in Matera was one that stands out."

Steve

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

our first RS tour was great and even better than we hoped for. We liked the level of activity and the pace and our ability to explore on our own. We were challenged to experience the culture and blend in with the locals. we had great guides and good camaraderie.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought Matera was the most impressive city we visited. we knew nothing about it until we arrived and found as an ancient collection of caves, layered dwellings up the cliffs and a maze of streets. It truly felt like we were stopping back in time."

Rebecca

Littleton, CO

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was absolutely incredible! I filled all my senses, mind, and appetite. This trip truly made history come alive giving me a clear vision of what I read in textbooks as a child. Not only was it educational but gave me a taste of the beautiful life and culture of Southern Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Adrian's Villa and the city of Matera,"

Sarah

Bridgeville, PA

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The perfect mix of Italy hot spots and off the beaten path destinations! Such a great complement to the Venice, Florence, Rome tour I did in 2018. Lisa our guide was incredibly helpful, insightful and kind. Spending two nights in each place was perfect, though we definitely found some places we want to return to and spend more time in the future! Italy is calling us back for more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maters was amazing and something I never would have expected to experience in Italy! I loved that this was so off the radar it wasn't even included in rick's book!"

Joyce

Surrey, BC

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I think the tour is expensive given that most of the attractions would be on any tour, or with independent travel; the number of meals included, and the amount of free time. The main 'plus' that you would not find on another tour or through independent travel, is the guide (Lisa) and the special things she organized. To call it a 13-day tour when it starts at 4 pm on the first day and ends after breakfast on the last day is a bit misleading.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I pointed out that there had been no cultural or music as of yet, Lisa (guide) arranged for a concert of Italian folk music. This was a highlight as was the tour of the Jewish Ghetto."

Julia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour starts in Rome and ends in Naples and covers points in between from the Adriatic to the Mediterranean. We saw various cities and towns and sampled regional foods and sights. It's what I love about the tours. It's more than I could manage on my own. My fellow travelers were congenial and energetic and our guide, Lisa, could not have been better. I enjoyed her explanations of Italian life during the bus rides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was unaware of Matera and it was fabulous. The stone houses and caves spreading up the steep hillside were breathtaking. The hotel room in a cave was beautiful and not like any hotel I've been to before."

Will

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall we enjoyed our 2nd RS tour. Lisa was great, repeating instructions often for us. Good orientations in each town. She was very knowledgeable, I loved the talks about Italy's economics, politics, current and past culture and language. She was well organized and everything went smoothly. She had a great attitude, was very friendly and obviously loves her job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompeii was amazing, also amazing was the archelogical museum in Naples, which filled in some of what I wondered about while walking around Pompeii."

Evan

Surrey, BC

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Many attractions were covered in a relatively short period of time. The bus was comfortable and the driver was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the tour to the Jewish Ghetto and Trivoli."

JoAnne

Everett, WA

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lisa is an excellent guide: knowledgeable, organized, patient, calm, and with a great sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cappella Sansevero"

Christine

Mechanicsville, VA

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While we've traveled independently before, this was our first group tour. You planned it so well for us that we want to do it again! It was great fun meeting new people who had common interests and goals, and who loved exploring and learning. We were a diverse group, but we all could enjoy each other's company; have camaraderie, many laughs and share special memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's so hard to pick just one! The boat rides into sea caves out of Vieste, and the views from the boats on the Amalfi coast were especially spectacular! The Positano skyline was breath-taking and staying in a "cave room" in Matera was wonderfully unique."

John

Westborough, MA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was great. Almost all accomadations were first rate. Guide made the trip much more rich and informative. Friendly and open group of tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive from Rome to Vieste. Amazing country side. Small villages backed y castles or keeps. Not something you would ever see in US."

Scott

Milton, VT

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time seeing many interesting things

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overlooking Matera at night and staying in the cave"

James

Galena, MD

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was terrific from Rome to Naples. Caterina was a smooth and flexible guide who was able to improvise when necessary and keep us focused. Francesca was awesome, as was our guide at Pompeii, and the two in Naples. Massimo was a great driver on the windy roads, never skipped a beat. Aberobella, Matera( really liked that place)and the Amalphi Coast was awesome! Naples was simply the best, really like it quite a bit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pin down ONE wow moment. Pompeii and Paestum were awesome sites! The boat ride in Vieste was truly unique and Matera was like nothing I have ever experienced. I very much liked the choice of museums both in Rome and Naples and the long street tour with a guide, who was excellent, in Naples. The constant windy roads and experience of being in old narrow streets was very cool! But I loved experiencing the Veiled Christ in Naples."

Pamela

Galena, MD

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far exceeded my expectations. And it started in Rome with local guide Francesca. What she shared with us about her country's layers of civilization stayed with me through every city, town, museum.... we visited, enriching beyond measure my experience. Thank you, Francesca!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private dinner in the home of a family outside of Naples.... such a welcoming family, such delicious food, live mandolin music and dancing!"

Rob

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved the all of the tour stops, especially Vieste and Matera. The boat trip was spectacular and the cave hotel was very enchanting. Katarina was a very knowledgeable and gracious leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the family dinner in Sorrento. What a great opportunity to enjoy the culture."

Curtis

Forest Lake, MN

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was better than I could have ever imagined. Transportation, guidance, accommodations were all outstanding. We only had one time where we had trouble getting to a place we were going to eat but our guide made other plans that were more than adequate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to choose a favorite moment because there were so many but the cathedral where The Veiled Christ was a highlight for me. There was such a wonderful variety of things to see and do throughout the tour."

Mary Lynne

Wayne, NJ

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed this tour immensely. Caterina used the tour to tell the historical story through the places and sites we saw. It was a lot of fun! The food was excellent as were all of the group experiences... especially the group dinner in Sorrento.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow was Matera. It was fascinating and beautiful. Staying at a cave hotel really enhanced the experience too."

Lisa

Hopkinton, MA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was fantastic: educational, fun and awe inspiring

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The veil of christ chapel. Totally unbelievable on how intricate and detailed the sculpture was."

Colleen

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a phenomenal trip! Caterina and our local tour guides were fantastic. The food and drink were incredible. The scenery, historic locations and art were stunning. The tour was well organized and had a great flow to it (a perfect mix of scheduled and free time). I especially enjoyed learning about and supporting local businesses (restaurants, hotels, various artists) throughout the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vieste was lovely! We stayed at a family-run hotel with great accommodations and excellent restaurant. The area had beautiful scenery and our group enjoyed a boat tour along the coast."

Mary Elise

Milton, VT

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything we were hoping for! Our trip leader and all the local guides were wonderful. Our bus driver Massimo had a velvet touch on some really difficult roads. The places we visited were amazing, the accommodations great, the food fresh and abundant. We never could have planned a trip like this on our own. I really appreciated the thought that went into it, aiming to satisfy many kinds of interests. We also appreciated the friendly and adventuring spirits of our fellow tour mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Matera and Vieste were both unlike anything I have ever seen and so interesting. Loved all the archaeological sites we visited. The family dinner in Sorrento was really special. I'll never forget the tour of the Capitoline Museum with our guide Francesca, and the view over the Forum from it."

Ronald

Wayne, NJ

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was excellent. The tour had a very even pace, nothing to overbearing. I loved the story ithe tour told and the personal touches like the home we had dinner in Sorrento.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was the town of Matera. I loved the town and it's history which wasn't very old. I was also surprised with how much I enjoyed Naples. The town doesn't get much publicity living in the shadows of Rome, Florence and Venice. The Veiled Christ at Cappella Sansevero in Naples was another WOW moment."

Pamela

Dublin, L

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great sights, fellow participants, weather, food... couldn't have asked for more other than to have done more homework up front.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick one moment although the boat trip (personal option choice) around Capri was beautiful."

Karen

Slidell, LA

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Our first group meeting, the room was not big enough to accommodate 28 people so we were in two areas stretching our necks to see one another. We made it work but all in one room would have been more effective. The bus was cramped, seats very narrow, unlike on my last RS tour. Finally I chose to not sit with my husband to have more room It needs an extra 2 days. By Positano, we were all tired. Arriving in the evening really only gave us one day there. Positano and Sorrento needed an extra day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of Wow moments - The Veiled Christ, Vieste boat ride, Pompeii. Santa Chiara wasn't on the tour, but it should be. Post-tour we visited and it was definitely a wow!"

Pete

Slidell, LA

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed the different locations, and feel that some of our stops were to short to enjoy the history and charm of the cities. The charter bus on this tour seamed tobe substandard compared to our bus on our tour in 2016.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat excursion around the cliffs in Vieste and the entering of the various grottos."

Ralph

Washington, DC

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our seventh Rick Steves tour and we're already trying to decide which one to do next. As always, the outstanding qualities of the tour guide and the local guides put the tour over the top. We had been to a few of the sites on our own in previous trips to Italy but got so much more out of them from the insights provided by Susanna and by the local guides. And the inclusion of Vieste and Matera on the tour was brilliant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera wins the prize for me. Though I'd read about it, seeing it in person -- especially with a guide who grew up there -- and staying two nights in a luxuriously converted cave was an unbelievable experience."

Mary

League City, TX

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I were delighted beyond our wildest expectations on our Best of South Italy tour! This was his first European trip and my second, so we were new to the international traveling scene. This tour was so well organized and our days were smooth and filled with incredible information, sights and experiences. We are recommending this to all our friends and hope to experience another one in the future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorites were The Pantheon, Matera, Pompei and Sorrento. The history and beauty touched my heart."

Rebecca

Pittsburg, CA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt the tour gave us a variety of experiences/ sights. We made pasta, gelato, had a lovely home visit and meal with a local family, Greek Temples, Roman ruins a boat ride, wine tasting, small towns and a different side of Rome. Our journey went beyond a normal tourist experience and offered us a sample of the rest of Italy not usually visited. The Capodimonte Museum and Naples Archeological Museum are outstanding in the quality of exhibits.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh the food, or I would have to say Matera. The city was so different, ancient looking. Our cave hotel room was fun. I felt the whole tour was a big WOW. Even driving into Positano on the Amalfi Coast was an experience."

Andrea

Venice, FL

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was fantastic. I love the diversity of locations and activities. Each day and each activity was a very enjoyable, worthwhile experience. I feel that I learned so much about the culture and history of Southern Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is really tough to choose. I think it would be seeing the 'Veiled Christ". Thank you for including that stop; if I were traveling on my own, I might not have seen it, and it is a life-changer for me."

Carleen

Albany, OR

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were blessed with a great group, excellent weather and a terrific guide. It was nice to start in Rome, exploring neighborhoods new to me, and then to move to the beautiful Adriatic coast after the bustle of the city. There were a wide variety of locales, both historic and scenic, bucolic to slightly crazy. (Napoli). I felt it was an excellent introduction to the different regions of southern Italy. For me, an early arrival and one long day in Naples might have been enough.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Vieste. It was like a picture postcard, with stunning views, turquoise water and a charming hotel. The boat ride along the coast and thru the various small grottos that dot the coastline was gorgeous. The views of the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi coast were stunning as well and of course Pompeii was mind boggling."

Cheryl

Williams Lake, BC

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Right from the first group dinner in Rome, I knew this was going to be an amazing experience. Our guide Patricia's fabulous personality and sense of humour made me feel very welcomed. Our bus drivers and museum guides where exceptional. Pictures cannot capture the breathtaking views or beautiful artifacts we saw. I really enjoyed getting off the bus to walk around the historical sites and communities. The accommodations and meals provided on the tour exceed my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few "Wow" moments - visiting the first church dedicated to the Virgin Mother in Rome, the surprising magnificence of the little church next to our hotel in Rome, the boat trip in Vieste that including exploring grottos, Museo Cappella Sansevero's stunning sculptures, the private boat trip to Amalfi, the groves of olives, lemons and artichokes, watching fishermen repair their nets & lay their nets in Vieste, pastries at our hotel in Vieste."

Rick

Albany, OR

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves tour and even though even it was an extremely good tour some of the place visited were a little disappointing. The crowds, traffic, and noise in Positano and the Amalfi coast were unpleasant. Of course, Naples was gritty and dirty but expected. I just found the places visited were not as enjoyable as previous tours but all aspects of the tour itself, our guide (Patrica), hotels, tranportation, etc, were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't have a real WOW moment but our boat ride in Vieste and the views from Capri were outstanding."

Tereasa

Katy, TX

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour!Patricia was fabulous!! She was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and she was also excellent in managing the variety of personalities in our group. She was very easy going and fun! I thought the balance between structured time with the entire group vs the time on our own was great.The evening meal with the Italian family was a special treat! Our group of total strangers from the beginning of the tour became friends by the end of the tour-very special

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one favorite. Our private boat ride from Positano to Amalfie was spectacular! Pompeii was amazing - the local guide there was very good! The 'veiled Christ' in Naples church was a big WOW!"

Sally

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was not sure what to expect in Southern Italy tour[INVALID]only that it was likely to be different from tours we experienced in the north. I was delighted by the variety of experiences, variations in food, and the pace. The guide was FABULOUS!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick a single moment---perhaps staying in a "cave hotel" in Matera or seeing the amazing Greek ruins at Paestum."

Brian

Venice, FL

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Sreves tour, and it was another wonderful experience. Our tour guide, Patricia, did everything possible to coordinate every detail of this tour, and added several "extras" that we did not expect. As with the previous tour guides, she was dedicated to making the tour memorable for everyone in the group, while addressing individual needs when necessary. The locations that we visited were fascinating. The Hotels and restaurants were experiences to never forget.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were 2. We were invited to have dinner at the home of Theresa and Luigi in Sorrento. Then, we were invited to the apartment of Luigi and Guiseppi for aparativo in Naples. Their hospitality made for 2 wonderful experiences we'll never forget. These were experiences that cannot be had in a restaurant. Really special!"

Peggy

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a nice mix of small cities and big busy cities with scheduled activities and time on our own. The historical information regarding southern Italy was very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The contrast between Vieste and Matera vs Amafi Coast and Naples was a wow! Some of my favorite experiences were the boat ride along the Gargano Coast, the wine tasting in Alberobello and the free day in Sorrento where we spent the day on Capri."

Catherine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience-amazing tour guide (Patricia) and excellent local guides-great hotels and delicious Italian food and wines-relay loved seeing Matera, Pompeii and Herculaneum-and Naples was a positive experience as well. Great tour mates and positive energy the entire tour made the trip outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was a wow-would have liked to have had an extra day there-such an amazing city-such history and beauty-truly magical. Also loved visiting Pompeii-had been on my bucket list for years and did not disappoint!"

Susan

Wakefield, RI

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The lodging was outstanding.The meal at the home of Luigi and Teresa was fabulous. The museums and guides were excellent and very educational.For me the education was excellent, that is why I travel, to learn! The culture of the south is so different from the north of Italy. The history of the Jews in Italy during the second world was was profound as was the plight of the Sassi people of Matera!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompei !! The exposure provided to view the Italian artists and sculptors with excellent guides was exceptional. The opportunities provided to us to understand the culture of southern Italy was beyond my expectations."

Mj

Wakefield, RI

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour with great people. Lots of laughs and scenic sites along the way.Not to mention the art and history of southern Italy!! WOW!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The roads to Vieste and Positano. WOW! Kudos to the bus driver Maximo master of the hairpin turns!!!"

Gary

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my fifth tour, second in Italy. I have become used to "extras" on these tours, but this one took that to a new level - especially the private boat trip from Positano to Amalfi town. There were also lunches and "aperitivos" that I was not expecting. The flip side, the distances between overnight stays was often greater than I had expected. My personal preference would be to have arrived at our overnight destinations earlier.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The art work, in particular the sculptures - some not included in the tour such as the Borghese gallery in Rome. But even small cities such as Matera had amazing art museums. Naples, while chaotic in many ways, has art work to match the best of any city in Europe."

Lori

Roseville, CA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was more than I could have even imagined! The itinerary was amazing. Our tour guide was fun & knowledgeable. The group was great & got along.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Vieste! It was beautiful & we had great weather. The family owned hotel was great & the family was so nice & helpful. We were able to take a boat ride along the coast & it was so beautiful! Later we had a pasta demonstration that was really fun & several tour members joined in on the fun!"

Donna

Benicia, CA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Southern Italy-there was so much to see . . . the Colosseum and Forum were amazing. Vieste was beautiful & I loved the boat ride along the Gargano Coast. The view from our hotel room was spectacular. The Sassi area of Matera was incredible. Positano, Almafi, Sorrento, Capri and Anacapri were so pretty to walk through and I loved seeing the coastline from the boat rides. Even crowded Naples was a great experience. The pastries at Gambrinus were delicious and Gelato was a must every day!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was learning that Matera was once considered the shame of Italy and in 2019 will be named the European Capital of Culture. It is so rich in history and I am so happy that I was able to visit such an area. I loved that we stayed in a cave hotel, and the night strolls with all the locals were amazing. Everyone from 4 to 84 was out walking, enjoying the pizza and gelato. Dinner at Luigi and Theresa's home was incredible and very memorable. It was absolutely delicious!!!"

Ricardo

Mascoutah, IL

Tour: 05/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The diversity of experiences was fantastic! From experiences in large cities to quaint small towns, to seaside cities, to ancient ruins, to unusual cultural experiences, it was an amazing journey. Our guide was very knowledgeable and an excellent leader. It was a great combination of arranged experiences, sightseeing, and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two moments for me were the "Veiled Christ" sculpture in Naples and the cave dwellings in Matera."

Patrick

Huntsville, TX

Tour: 05/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed seeing the sights and learning more of the history of Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really found Vieste relaxing and beautiful. The boat ride was also so invigorating and gorgeous."

Brenda

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/12/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall this tour was great. The places we went were great and hotels we stayed at were mostly nice, especiallyMatera. -Rome/Jewish Ghetto-interesting/sad. I think a tour of the Pantheon and Colleseum/Forum should have been included. -Tivoli/Hadrians Villa-fascinating ruins -Vieste-the boat ride into the grottos-very cool -Paestum-my favorite-very well preserved Greek ruins -Positano-very busy, not my favorite and don't need to return -Pompeii-must see -Naples-Myuh-Don't need to return

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was Paestum. The Greek ruins were incredible and the museum with the Tomb of the Diver was so well preserved and really showed what life (ok, death) was to the ancient Greeks."

Elaine

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 05/12/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great. Very thoughtful itinerary and pace. I would suggest not promoting the Roman spa in the Matera Sassi hotel. It was not worth the money and spa experience had much to be desired. I know it's not part of the tour but quite a few tour members went based on the tour guide's recommendation/promotion and we were all disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moment has to be the boat cruise in Vieste. When the boat went into the first grotto, everybody's jaws dropped. What an experience!"

Theresa

Huntsville, TX

Tour: 05/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very exhausting trip but absolutely worth every ache and pain. Nina was an amazing guide. I learned so much on this trip about the history of Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the "Veiled Christ". It was awe inspiring. I never heard of this piece of art nor had I heard of the artist. It moved me even more than seeing Michaelango's "The David" 9n our last trip to Italy. I was speechless!"

Peter

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Amazing sights, experiences, food, and guide. Our 6th RS tour and one of the best. This was the smoothest tour as far as transportation issues, connections, etc. Physically is was the most strenuous but the sights were well worth the effort. Highly recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many. Certainly the ruins at Paestum and the cave homes of Matera were awe inspiring. The views from Positano were amazing. If I had to pick one it would be Pompeii. But really it was the people we met (dinner in an Italian family's kitchen and drinks with Nina's friends) that created a real WOW."

Patricia

Springfield, MO

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

i got off the plane with a heretofore unknown sciatica problem. i told caterina about it at our first meeting. she did everything possible to make the tour easier for me, including arranging for rides to and from the hotels where luggage was taken from the bus to to the hotel by truck. she could have taken a 'too bad for you; you knew this was a strenuous tour' attitude, but instead she helped me enjoy the tour as much as i was able. i also liked the use of radios.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"rescuing the buzzard was unforgetable. second best was was seeing the marijuana energy drink signs. oxymoron much?"

Monique

Emeryville, CA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoy the South Italy Tour. Every day offers a unique experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vieste and The boat cruise to see the hidden grottos in the Adriatic Coast."

Martha

Ashland, OR

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I joined this tour at the last minute and didn't have time to prepare both with language and the South of Italy! I was traveling alone and got to know the others as we traveled. I enjoyed everyone including my roommate. Cat- erina Moore made the traveling so natural and oriented around relationships that it was so fun, spontaneous, full of information, beautiful vistas, archeological treasures, and all wonderful people..the best of family! I challenged myself physically although SafetyFirst!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trouble centering on one but I thought the surprise religious procession and Church service in Vieste, the swimming in the Adriatic, rescuing the bird from the hundreds of gulls and bringing it onboard our boat following the 7 Grottos....the little towers and the wine tasting and appetizers in Alborello by Gino and his father AND MATERA! Positano a true Italian meal overlooking the harbor in the sun..the dinner wLuigi&Theresa in Sorrento and NAPLES can't be beat!! Many WONDERFUL Memories!"

Helen

Omaha, NE

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found it strenuous. I picked this tour because it took me places that other tours did not. 4 months before this tour I joined a health club and began to work out 4 times a week. That helped but my knees, legs and feet hurt for much of the tour. I liked all the places where we traveled. It only duplicated 2 places I had been previously, Pompei and Sorrento The museums in Naples were great. Pina, City tour guide was very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So much to choose from on the Southern Italy tour. I think maybe the boat tour of the grottos in Vieste. The grottos were great and better experience than blue grotto. We were heading back to port we came upon group of gulls. They were attacking a bird in 5he water. When our boat approached one of our fellow group members was a veterinarian and identified the bird as a buzzard. He was able to pull the bird (who was struggling to swim and unable to fly) into the boat. Authorities were notified."

Thomas

Durango, CO

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 7th RS tour and perhaps the best! I say that because Caterina was able to really infuse us with Southern Italy. Overall the mix of sights and experiences being so varied was the key point. To be honest, I was not thrilled to visit and stay in Naples. Your guidebooks do paint a crusty picture - but Cat made it sing and I am so glad we went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt it was standing and looking at the temples at Paestum. I am an architect and that helped - but WOW. A second would have to be looking at the Roman mosaics in the Archeology Museum in Naples. A third would be the wonderful little Viesta. OK - water buffalo gelato is in there too. This tour was a wonderful collection of "wow moments" And having a laundry service organized for us was #1. Please do it for all tours."

Anthony

Long Island City, NY

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour was nothing sort of fantastic. I am a 33 year old who is fortunate enough to travel with his parents. Ecauae of my job. I agreed to the tour and was just blown away but how much of Italy I had not seen. The culture, the experience, the feeling that you are really in the south of Italy away from tourists most of the time was wonderful. I highly enjoyed the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So much to take in. I loved so much of it the trip was a Wow moment. I will say the Pompeii experience was incredible. The guide you had there was so much fun and really made the day for me."

Elizabeth

Northport, NY

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 8th tour, just as enjoyable as the others. Italy is a feast for the senses! The feast was enhanced by a fabulous guide, being with my husband and son, some really wonderful tourmates, my excellent buddy, and a packed intinerary that amazed me every day. Ending in Naples, where my beloved mother-in-law's family came from, was the frosting on the cake! Pizza in Rome and Naples, amazing pasta, wine, cheeses, bread, sfogliatelle, gelato, limoncello spritzes--yum! And I didn't gain a pound!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments every day! The layers of Rome, the feast days in Vieste, the grottos on the Adriatic cruise, the sea bird rescue, trulli houses and sasso hotel rooms, Paestum and Pompeii, the beauty of Positano, the Sorrento family dinner, the veiled Christ, the energy of Naples, the food and wine, the passion of the Italian people. This tour is all about "wow.""

Mary Ann

Durango, CO

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There's no other word: WOW. This was our seventh R.W. tour and one of the most fun, varied, and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count but it's hard to beat that first sighting of the Greek temples in Paestum."

Marc

Westford, MA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time. Southern Italy is so beautiful. Our group was a lot of fun to be with. The activities were very interesting and fun. A great experience that gave me a very good sense of what Italian life is all about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick a single wow moment from the trip, but visiting Vieste was wonderful. The boat ride we took, visiting several grottos and enjoying the beautiful coastline, was a highlight. The weather cooperated, and we also had the unique experience of rescuing a bird during the boat trip. Also the festival and concert that happened while we were there was a lot of fun."

Carol

Westford, MA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 3rd RS tour. We ended our tour last year in Rome so we picked this tour to continue where we left off. It did not disappoint. Nice group of fellow travelers. Rick Steves tours give us access to places we could not get into by ourselves. Loved that this was sort of a foodie tour with lots of beautiful scenery and early enough in the season that the crowds were not crushing. The weather was +/- 70° with rain parts of a few days. We even liked Naples.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one "wow", but loved the many fantastic views, the food, and our fantastic guide Catherina Moore who happens to be a chef and a fellow foodie. Overall it would have to be Vieste. We happened to be there during the festival of Santa Maria. I really enjoyed our stay and meals at the family-owned Hotel Seggio. The boat ride along the Gargano coast was beautiful too."

Lorraine

Reno, NV

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour & it surpassed my expectations. I knew it was going to be great but I had no idea what wonders I was going to see and things we would be doing. Caterina did an amazing job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour should be called The Tour of Wow's. There are so many things to pick from one just doesn't do it justice. Guess if I have to pick one it would be looking across at Matera and seeing the Sassi Caves for the first time. Beautiful!"

Rhonda

Reno, NV

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was more than I expected! Wonderful and extremely educational!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vieste! Vieste! Vieste!"

Steve

Reno, NV

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. The off the beaten track of Rick Steve's Tours is great. The guide was very personal and knowledgeable in ever aspect of the tour. Had a lot of fun, interacted with new friends and gained a lot of knowledge on Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The home made meal at a personal house in Serrento."

Pamela

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth RS tour and it exceeded our high expectations. Not only was our guide fantastic and fellow tour members interesting, fun, and convivial, but the itinerary was exceptional. Each day brought awe inducing experiences. I especially loved the variety of landscapes, architecture, and historical ruins.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In awe that our large boat was so easily maneuvered into the magnificent grottoes in Vieste, I thought "This will be my wow moment." But then we drove through Alberobello and I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of trulli homes dotting the countryside and the charm of the restored trulli in the Rio Monte district. Oh THIS will be my wow moment." But then came Matera with its breathtaking gorge, cave dwellings of the Sassi, and touching history. That was the moment that surpassed all others."

Ralph

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group and guide. Very diverse experiences with a surprise every day. Small crowds made each experience more pleasurable and more relaxed. Had a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera. Unique tour and staying in cave-like hotel made for a very special experience."

Karen

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best guide for this tour was ours this year: Alfio Di Mauro?? Not only did he know "his stuff", but he made every day informative and FUN! Loved the making mozarella balls on the farm and watching the black cows wander bbetween their stalls and then share in a fabulous 4-course lunch beautiful but then served us homemade gelato. Who would imagine that the cows could wander freely between stalls to get watered down.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved his "how to make pasta" a laughable special, but then he had the pasta chefs at our hotel demonstrate the way it is done! Such an eye- opener! We will never forget it?? The best treat was being treated to a homemade dinner by a native-born family of three generations who shared their Viking-like dining hall with our entire group. EVEN their two grandchildren mingled with the group with ease. Their 6-yr-old granddaughter asked if I wanted her to spell "soccer" in Engl. or Italian!"

Sherry

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everywhere we visited! Loved our tour guide and the group we traveled with! Saw and learned so many new things, and enjoyed those things and places that were not new from a different perspective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Its hard to choose! There were so many wow moments for me on this tour! But I'll choose the Gargano Peninsula and coast line boat tour. It was so beautiful! I will go back to Vieste if I have the chance."

Antonio

Ocala, FL

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Álfio & the chemistry that he developed in the group made this trip unforgettable with a lot of pleasant memories for years to remember. We found Naples quite interesting & unique with a lot to offer once the city was introduced & got to feel the pulse & heart of what it had to offer. The accommodations were confortable, some unique. The bus drive pleasant & not too tiring. The combinations of the included lunches & dinners as were as some by your own always are unique experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner with a local family, lovely Teresa & her family, in Sorrento. We were first received with open, friendly arms producing a banquet with local products from the region which were spectacular in amount, presentation, and taste. By that time the chemistry of the group was cohesive, friendly, & high that made that experience even better"

William

La Crescenta, CA

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just another very average great tour... A very interesting combination of outdoor splendor, museum highlights, local culture, and food, and wine, and gelato! The tastes of the fresh foods still linger. And everything was enhanced by the fellowship within the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching in awe as our boat tour entered the narrow openings of grottoes along the Gargano Peninsula."

Gary

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have traveled quite a bit, but this was my first group tour. I was skeptical. My experience was great. Good people. OUTSTANDING group guide. We saw places in South Italy that I don't think I ever would have found on my own. Great exercise, too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was an eye-opener. And I loved the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and Positano. Naples was terrific, but Pompeii was the WOW for me."

Carmen

Ocala, FL

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Naples was a wonderful surprise."

Cheri

Oak Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience, This is my second RS tour and they were equally enjoyable. I arrived in Rome 4 days early. Stayed at Hotel Smeraldo; great digs, delicious breakfasts, clean, and staff very hospitable. Our guide was very well acquainted with Italy (and Sicily), had a great sense of humor, and was very knowledgable about the tour and site visits. Guest guides were great. You recommended Carla in Rome as a private guide. I learned so much as she guided me on my own in Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the visit to Matera. It is shocking to know that the residents lived in such poverty and were so ignored by their government. The Greek temples were much more awe-inspiring that I expected. The architecture, history, and hugeness of them was amazing. There were so many Wow moments. Its difficult to single one out. It was a WOW trip."

Geriann

Everett, WA

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this South Italy tour! My father was born in a small town outside of Foggia and I planned this trip to see where my family lived. Every town we visited was a great adventure! The trip was well organized and our guide, Alfio, was fun and knowledgeable. The ruins were informative, the boat rides along the Gargano Coast and Amalfi Coast were beautiful, the caves in Matera were unreal, and the big cities of Rome and Naples were full of history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a "wow" moment, but my favorites were viewing the remarkable "Veiled Christ" statue in Naples, all the fountains in Rome especially "The Four Rivers Fountain", the tiled floor at St. Michele Church in Anacapri (be sure and view from the balcony), and the spectacular "Michelangelo's Pieta" in St Peters Basilica. The emotions I experienced while viewing this masterpiece as a mother are beyond words."

Edward

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw and visited different places and people the South of Italy from museums in Rome and Naples to small shops in Areobella and Sorrento. We saw ancient ruins in Hadrian's Villa and in Pompeii. We had dinner in a family home setting and by the sea in restaurants. We had boat rides and taxi rides. We walked a lot. My feet ache. It was a wonderful 13 days. Our tour guide Alfio was awesome. He was organized and friendly and informative. He told us stories. He played Italian songs on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the boat cruise along the coast by beautiful Vieste. My second wow moment was seeing the Greek temples in Paestrum."

James

Danville, CA

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth tour with Rick Steves. I really enjoyed the way the tour leader and local guides fill in the blanks and add context to the many places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While the tour was filled with"WOW" moments. For me the moment that left the biggest impression on me occurred at the beginning in Rome. Our local guide met us at the Capitoline Museum. It was the passion she brought to viewing the antiquities that stood out. It is easy to look at a fresco, mosaic, statue or painting and appreciate its artistry. But, to imagined these pieces in there original setting is truly eye opening."

Lynn

Acworth, GA

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess it would be Pompeii, but it is difficult to choose one "wow" moment."

Margi

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The size of this tour group, 28 tour members, was a problem. I have been on quite a few tours to various countries and this is the largest tour group I have toured with. This seems to go against Rick Steves' philosophy. Unfortunately there were several women and several men who looked very much alike. We begged our tour leader, Ann, to please let us wear name badges because we were all having problems remembering people, and we are in our 60's and 70's and don't remember as well as we used to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rick Steves does not allow that, so she took photos of us and made a page of small pictures and names. At the very end of the tour people were still having problems remembering names and who went with who. Because of the group size, people starting separating into sub-groups which does not help us get to know each other. The group size particularly caused a problem in Naples with our local museum guide, Pina. She is very good, but she had a time schedule to keep and could not herd 28 people."

Sharon

Brentwood, TN

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

AMAZING! I loved every minute of my tour and I especially loved my tour guide Ann. She was truly a delight!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmmm....too many to count. I really loved going to dinner at the private home of Luigi and Therese. That was something I will never forget. I really loved all of the hotels we stayed in, all of the staffs were fantastic. Matera, I think though was my favorite. Learning the story of this town was just fascinating and something I knew nothing about."

Robert

San Diego, CA

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I worked in the construction industry before retiring and took this tour to see how the Greeks/Romans lived and to look at their construction. I not only accomplished this goal but found many more interesting experiences, such as exploring the many beautiful Duomo's and visiting the Capitoline Museum and the National Archeological Museum in Naples.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed walking inside the temples at Paestum. It was amazing to see the construction up close and to think that we were walking on the same ground as the ancient Greeks."

Caty

Danville, CA

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Beautiful scenery and excellent tour guiding by Ann. Learned a lot from Ann. All the hotels were very good and the one in Positano was the best. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking down the cliff at the Amalfy Coast and the sunset in Positano."

Gary

Brooklin, ON

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved being looked after. Having admission to sites and museums included. Enjoyed the guided tours with the local expert. The planned itenary was well worked out, visits to sites enroute to that evenings destination broke up the bus ride.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum and Pompeii we definitely highlights. Would have enjoyed spending more time in Pompeii. Our guide was excellent. One draw back was that we happened to arrive at Pompeii on the 1st Sunday of the month which is free to all. This made it very crowded. Couldn't be helped."

Jacqueline

Nanaimo, BC

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, great tour guide, great blend of structured time and free time, what more could you ask for? We loved our starting spot in Trastevere. We enjoyed reconnecting with Francesca Carruso, our local guide on a previous trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved visiting Vieste on the Adriatic Coast. It is my new favourite spot in Italy."

Betsy

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera, buffalo farm, and Vieste"

William

Whitby, ON

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 7th trip and I have experiences from all of them. Each guide I have met has done a great job in their own way and all have fit into the Rick Steve's system in a unique way. Ann was no exception. She is a very experienced guide with a personal knowledge of Italy that worked well with the group including the people in our sub group that we were introducing to touring with Rick Steves and Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No WOW moments for me although the Amalfi coast would be close. Sorrento & Positano were my favorite locations, Rome and Naples my least but still well worth the visit."

Valerie

Sherwood Park, AB

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ann was a terrific guide. She made the tour fun, social, educational and comfortable for us. She anticipated our needs and smoothed our way in often busy places. Breakfasts and other group meals were delicious. Local guides were also very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of those. I had expected Pompeii to be a Wow time and I wasn't disappointed. The tour of the Capitoline Museum in Rome was outstanding. Of course, bus rides on winding roads were a thrilling experience balanced by amazing coastal views."

Timothy

Redding, CA

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What's not to like? We experienced a well [INVALID]d tour plan with great sights, wonderful food, comfortable transportation, and good hotels. The lead guide (Ann) was outstanding with a wry sense of humor (and she speaks Italian with a Chicago accent!). Local guides were also top notch, especially Francesca in Rome[INVALID]-she has changed the way I will experience a museum for the rest of my life. The most delightful surprise was our group of fellow travelers[INVALID]-interesting, congenial, and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Views from walking paths Sentiero Degli Dei on the Amalfi Coast and Sentiero Dei Fortini on Capri"

Pat

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent choices of hotels, transportaion, meals, tour stops in Southern Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Amalfi Coast"

Ellen

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized with great sites to see, good dinners, and good hotels that we were in for two nights. Bus travel was very manageable and not too long. The tour guide, Ann Long, was exceptional. Because she has lived in both Italian and North American cultures, she was able to bridge the gap for us and tell us how the same things compare between the two. She had a good sense of humor and told us interesting information as well as keeping us on track legistically.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 5th century Greek temples in Paestum were a real wow. Visiting 2 different local homes for 2 evenings was very enjoyable (thanks to Ann's contacts) Materra was a real wow, had to believe people lived like that up until recently"

Robert

Orlando, FL

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I chose this tour to give me the opportunity to visit areas of Italy that I would find difficult to do on my own. The tour lived up to my expectations. We visited Matera with its cave dwellings, Vieste with its beautiful coastal cliffs, and the city of Naples with its museums and the nitty gritty city life. I also enjoyed staying in the towns of Positano and Sorrento which were both beautiful and must see for anyone who loves Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive in to and out of Positano were wow moments for me. Truly beautiful and unforgettable."

Patricia

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Amy Jo

Arvada, CO

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I've been on 3 RS tours. All of them in Italy. This was my least favorite. The bus was quite a bit smaller than the bus we had on village Italy Tour. Very cramped.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Vieste to the celebration of St. George. There were concerts and fireworks. The town people were all out till very late at night. So fun watching the kids, families and friends interact. The women were dressed up in red from head to toe. We sat on the Piazza and did as Rick says......totally embraced the experience. It was truly amazing."

Margaret

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my second RS tour so I wasn't quite sure if my first one was just the experience of a lifetime or if indeed all RS tours really delivered what they promised. Well I'm 2 for 2. I've never been south of Rome so I knew this tour was perfect. Each town was mesmerizing in its own way- the history, the food, the sites and of course the views. Until Naples. What a disappointment. Garbage everywhere and graffiti even on their churches. Should be a day stop to grab a pizza and see the museum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment had to be the town of Matera. I didn't do any research before, as I like the feeling of arriving in a town for the first time and all that that entails. What a site! Between our hotel and our walking tour with our local guide I was totally mesmerized. We just had to watch WonderWoman on the plane ride home!"

Willem

Coalville, UT

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have travelled quit a bit on my own for many years and have been skeptical of tours but you have won me over. I learned so much about the culture, the people, the art and architecture, that no amount of research could have duplicated. I have used the Rick Steves books for years and they have enriched my travel experiences and have helped tremendously but the Rick Steves Tour of Southern Italy took things to a whole new level of understanding and appreciation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one "wow" moment but here are a couple of standouts: Caterina was a wonderful guide, so knowledgable, so many insights to southern Italian culture, and so many fun and unexpected surprises. The trip simply would not have been as wonderful as it was, without her. A meal recommended by Caterina at Tratorria Antiqua in Sorrento, simply one of the best dinners I've ever had and in a great setting to boot. Francesca's tour of the Capitoline Museum was outstanding!"

Cheryl

Coalville, UT

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! We had never gone on a tour before and were so pleased with our experience. Catrina our guide was wonderful and our itinerary was fabulous with one exception, Naples.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Pompeii, but I didn't realize it at the time we visited the site, it wasn't until we went to the museum in Naples and I saw the scale model of Pompeii and watched the video and saw all the amazing statuary that I was really blown away by the scale and importance of Pompeii."

Sheryl

Concord, NC

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour was enjoyable. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Most of the locations we visited were very beautiful and we enjoyed seeing all the incredible history that southern Italy had to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed the beauty of Positano! Just relaxing in such a beautiful place and celebrating our anniversary there was something we will remember for years to come. We also enjoyed the beautiful grottos we toured in Vieste. It was an unexpected treat! The home cooked meal we had in Sorrento was wonderful. The family was so welcoming and friendly and the children were delightful! It felt like we were really having a delicious family meal."

Jana

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was marinated in WOW moments. Effervescent is the key word!It bubbled with wonder, joy and cultural exchanges. This was our 6th RS tour and it did not disappoint (none of them has). This tour allows you to dip into Italy's deep roots, helping you to better understand and respect this country's culture, foods, love of family and the sweetness of doing nothing. You can easily become a "pleasure activist" on this tour (thanks, Fred Plotkin, for teaching me this concept)!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many...but probably my favorite is the dinner at Luigi and Theresa's home in Sorrento. The warm welcome by Luigi. The table, laden heavy with countless anti pasti delights, told us we were in for a feast. But as the evening began to unfold, I began to realize the real gift being given here. It was a snapshot of love. Really. The entire family ate, laughed, danced and sang together. Such joy and such an honor to see this slice of Italian life."

Deborah

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable, terrific group of travelers. Terrific excursions. The organic Buffalo farm was very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Amalfi coast and the Grottos. The family hosted dinner. Sorrento & Pompeii."

Sally

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marcia

Wayne, NJ

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sara

Clinton, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Martha

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Harry

Napa, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Geraldine

Bend, OR

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Chris

Ottawa, ON

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Polly

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rebecca

Normal, IL

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Durham, NC

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gregory

Lakewood, OH

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Museums of Naples"

Jean

Lakewood, OH

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maria

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

wonderful trip, nice overall view of Southern Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boat trips in Vieste and Amalifi coast."

Nancy

Ballston Lake, NY

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was the wow moment and place."

Charlyn

Durham, NC

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nathaniel

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeanine

Oakland, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Reginald

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bradford

Concord, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was going to Capri"

Lewis

Nanoose Bay, BC

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathryn

Dunwoody, GA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gloria

Coeurdalene, ID

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Napa, CA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera."

Frank

Ocala, FL

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

good but fast. could of used a slower pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Iva

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Desert Hot Springs, CA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carl

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Tarpon Springs, FL

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Russell

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Allen

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lani

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leslie

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shari

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Pewaukee, WI

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Darby

Salisbury, MD

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dennis

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many, impossible to select one."

Marcella

Beverly Hills, CA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Victoria

San Luis Obispo, CA

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vivian

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Lyons, CO

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peter

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Louise

Colwich, KS

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Betsy

Monrovia, CA

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stanley

San Luis Obispo, CA

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laura

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathryn

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bill

Cleveland, TN

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera Sleeping in the Cave."

James

Fairfield, IA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lonald

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marilyn

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Georgia

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Fairfield, IA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Lacey, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset over the lighthouse in Vieste."

Brian

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cindy

New York, NY

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gregory

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The home cooked meal in Sorrento."

Susan

Emerald Hills, CA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Philip

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janice

Murrieta, CA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ginger

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ralph

Simsbury, CT

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peter

Wauwatosa, WI

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ed

Lake Lotawana, MO

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Calvin

Venice, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Don

Fair Lawn, NJ

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far exceeded my every expectation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roz

Fair Lawn, NJ

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tracy

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Glenford, OH

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Appleton, WI

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marianne

Stow, OH

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Montreal, QC

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Lake Lotawana, MO

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Salvatore

Lincoln, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Mill Valley, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sheila

Oxford, MS

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carl

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynn

New Westminster, BC

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Worton, MD

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sarah

Taupo,

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Secelia

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sherry

Steger, IL

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vincent

Plano, TX

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Benjamin

College Station, TX

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Steger, IL

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Douglas

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Boise, ID

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristi

Irving, TX

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Antoinette

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patrick

Omaha, NE

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Grace

Nampa, ID

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karolyn

Nampa, ID

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Columbus, OH

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diania

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cattle visit"

Cecelia

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Ingrid

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bonnie

Wappingers Falls, NY

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

TJ

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The caves is Matera"

Jim

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Larry

Northampton, PA

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour. I enjoyed every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Terry

Toronto, ON

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

George

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cheryl

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Greenland, NH

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gretchen

Boise, ID

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Melville

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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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 your online customer account. About one month prior to the tour departure, in your customer account you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Flights

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

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