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

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Best of South Italy in 13 Days Tour

from $3,595 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $775

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

Dates & Prices

2020

    • Apr 18–Apr 30 (Sa–Th)
    • $3,795 + Air

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of South Italy come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 group sightseeing events • Trastevere walking tour • Jewish Ghetto walking tour • Capitoline Museum • Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli • Gargano boat cruise (weather permitting) • Pasta-making demonstration • Alberobello • Puglia wine tasting • Matera Sassi walking tour • Mozzarella farm • Paestum • Pompeii • Gelato-making demonstration • Orientation for Capri excursion • Sorrento home-hosted dinner • Capodimonte Museum • Naples neighborhood walk • Sansevero Chapel • Naples Archaeology Museum…and more
  • All group transportation from Rome to Naples
  • 12 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Italy

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

Day 2: Layers of Rome

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

Day 3: Tivoli and the Gargano Peninsula

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

Day 4: Vieste and the Adriatic Coast

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

Day 5: Alberobello and Matera

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

Day 6: The Wonders of Matera

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

Day 7: Paestum and the Amalfi Coast

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

Day 8: Free Day on the Amalfi Coast

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

Day 9: Pompeii and Sorrento

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

Day 10: Serene Sorrento and Capri

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

Day 11: Classy, Gritty Naples

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

Day 12: Exploring More of Naples

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

Day 13: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Sleep in a cave-like hotel room in historic Matera.
  6. Navigate steep and/or uneven surfaces like cobblestone, slick stone and marble, as well as unmarked obstacles at ancient ruin sites.

Reviews

Sherry

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ralph

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margaret

Mentor, OH

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marilyn

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Arthur

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rhonda

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maria

Fair Lawn, NJ

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alan

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Grotto for sure."

David

Port Sanilac, MI

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jody

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charlene

Port Sanilac, MI

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jean

Chattanooga, TN

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pat

Auburn Hills, MI

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jerry

Auburn Hills, MI

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saw alot

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Englewood, CO

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diane

Silverdale, WA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marilyn

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michelle

Marietta, OH

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brian

Lynden, WA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Juanita

Franklin, IL

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chairlift to upper Capri!!"

Amber

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kenneth

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elaine

Anthem, AZ

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lucia

Shelburne, VT

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Clark

Brighton, MI

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Candyce

Yuba City, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lance

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dorine

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Larry

Tenino, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joseph

Frederick, MD

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carl

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ian

Kilsyth, VIC

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dan

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Angie

Columbia, MD

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pamela

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience.

Elizabeth

Lawrence Township, NJ

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Megan

Woodway, TX

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lolita

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was Matera and Amalfi coast"

Cindy

Whitehouse, OH

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dale

Richardson, TX

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Greenville, NC

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Greenville, NC

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ray

Rantoul, KS

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Columbus, OH

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sylvia

Rantoul, KS

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Truly enjoyed the pampering of the water buffalo."

Lisa

Bowling Green, OH

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Geri

Maumee, OH

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Rutland, VT

Tour: 06/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kyra

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Clayton, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Herbert

Clayton, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lorri

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Valerie

Cambria, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Washington, MO

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sarah

South Pasadena, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

South Pasadena, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pete

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ellen

Catonsville, MD

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mike

Lewisville, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kim

Lewisville, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Salt Springs, FL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anna

Helmetta, NJ

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Darleen

Westerly, RI

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karla

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karolyn

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joseph

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judith

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eugene

St Augustine, FL

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carlos

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great cities

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dale

St Augustine, FL

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Scott

Nashville, TN

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynda

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Theresa

Keaau, HI

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joni

Noblesville, IN

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Evan

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Noblesville, IN

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Kitchener, ON

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sidney

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eva

Kitchener, ON

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful interesting experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Coleen

Victoria, BC

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lewis

Victoria, BC

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joanne

Centerville, OH

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Centerville, OH

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suzanne

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Did not have one."

William

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Douglas

Scituate, MA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judith

Fresno, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bernard

Dunedin, FL

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Salisbury, MD

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Don

Freehold, NY

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Akemi

Spooner, WI

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Casselberry, FL

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Melvin

Spring Valley, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Spring Valley, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jerry

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Catherine

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeff

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bonnie

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eileen

San Diego, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pamela

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Sarnia, ON

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Jo

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Positano and the bus route getting there!"

Michelle

Huntsville, AL

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dan

Stanford, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

San Diego, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Valerie

Olympia, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Pittsburg, CA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debbie

Tuscaloosa, AL

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Thomas

Vincentown, NJ

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bonnie

Southampton, NJ

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gloria

Simi Valley, CA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Fleta

Tuscaloosa, AL

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Beverly

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Medford, MA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eddie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Philip

Orleans, MA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Louisa

Billings, MT

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Tahuya, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many but the family prepared meal in Sorrento ."

Sharron

Penticton, BC

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had something special. Really."

Susan

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Max

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Connie

Tahuya, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Carson City, NV

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bruce

Webster, NY

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rhonda

West Columbia, SC

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Webster, NY

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michele

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sue

Valencia, CA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joyce

Henrico, VA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

West Columbia, SC

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janice

Winter Springs, FL

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jay

Bothell, WA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera, absolutely loved the area"

Joe

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anne

Newberg, OR

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edna

Plano, TX

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Verona, NJ

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pam

Denton, TX

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kirk

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Lake Villa, IL

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Anne

St Clair Shores, MI

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbie

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Dingmans Ferry, PA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Candace

Cullman, AL

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ramon

Buffalo, NY

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Lexington, VA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've spent time in Northern Italy but had never seen Southern Italy. We weren't sure what to expect, but this tour exceeded all our expectations! Southern Italy has a host of interesting cities, towns, culture, ancient Greek and Roman history and art, and we were constantly amazed at the things we learned and saw. Our guide, Caterina, made everything come alive; and our local guides added such depth to our understanding of what we were seeing. We'd highly recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finally seeing Pompeii, with a very competent guide, after reading about it for decades. A truly amazing window into city life centuries ago. NOTE: This evaluation reflects comments from Fred, as well."

John

Buffalo, NY

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first European trip and Rich Steve's trip. I truly had an amazing experience. My trip to Southern Italy was beautiful. The rich history, beautiful people, food and wine was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was simple, my experience just walking and enjoying the sites and walking the streets with all the citizens of Italy. Enjoyed watching the real life of all age groups. Such a beautiful country."

Ellen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Everett, WA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kimberly

Florence, MT

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judith

Providence, RI

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Exploring Pompeii"

Ellen

Brewster, MA

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Our guide, Susan was excellent: knowledgeable, patient, and fun. The itinerary was comprehensive and very interesting. I also thought the local guides were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments: Pompeii (fascinating), Ravella (charming), Amalfi coast and Capri (beautiful)"

Catherine

Cumberland, RI

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guides, hotel location(but one), less suitcase carrying than other trips. Tying together the ancient to the present history of Italy. Happy to have italian heritage. Nice people. Tour guide, Susanna, Really knew the areas visited and was always diplomatic, always helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the info from the private guides. And the SERENE chairlift ride on Capri. It was was wonderful being alone and quiet and just having the time to look at scenery."

Susan

Mclean, VA

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the trip and am considering scheduling another Rick Steve's tour. The locations visited were terrific except for Naples. Pompei and the two museums were great but not so excited about the city itself. Our group was wonderful with no high maintenance or late folks. Everyone one was friendly and easy to talk to. We had plenty of free time and the weather was accommodating except for two rainy afternoons. The trip had been recommended by a friend who took the trip the previous year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the trip to Capri with two other couples. The day was beautiful and the visit to Augusto's Garden enabled us to see the other side of the island. We kept seeing other folks from our tour which enabled us to take group pictures."

Chuck

Miami, FL

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a great tour! Predictably, the only significant issue is needing more time in each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boat ride in Vieste."

Nancy

Brewster, MA

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was a good educational experience. The only reason I didn't rate it as outstanding is because I am an independent traveler and rarely take tours. The downside of tours is you are locked in a schedule. The upside is it makes travel logistics a lot easier.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to Capri with Mondo (90 Euros) was the highlight of the trip especially the swim in the Mediterranean. At first I thought the price high but when you add the drinks and snacks (which served as lunch) and the convenience of being picked up at the hotel, the price was well worth it. The captain and crew were a lot of fun."

Christine

Cumberland, RI

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just like my first tour last year, this trip was wonderful. Wonderful guide, Susanna, wonderful group of friendly people and great local guides, especially Francesca in Rome and Gaetano in Pompeii. I learned so much and saw beautiful places.I was really surprisingly impressed by Naples. The trulli houses and the caves of Matera were truly one of a kind. I also appreciated being taught how to use the local transport systems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the chair lift over the landscape of Capri was my favorite part of the trip. The quiet of being alone and having the 11 minutes of just looking was perfect.Second was learning just how clever those folks at Pompeii were, so clever that we still use their ideas today."

Joanne

South Orleans, MA

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an exciting tour of Southern Italy with new adventures everyday. The guide was great and the people on the tour were very nice. It was mostly couples and there wasn't too much mixing of table seatings at meals. On my previous Rick Steves tour, even though I went with a few women friends on both tours, there was much more flexible groupings. At the initial hotel in Rome, the table seatings were arranged in sets of 2. This didn't encourage sitting with a new friend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I honestly don't think I could pick just one. The boat ride to Capri and the Blue Lagoon trip was fabulous. The boat ride to the grottos of Vieste was great. The local guides were phenomenal."

Vickie

Saint Charles, MO

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our trip very much. Susanna did a wonderful job. We found 13 days to be to long. Although we saw some wonderful places we would have rather stayed at some of our destinations a day longer and seen less sights. Our visit to Hadrian's ruins would have been much better with a guided tour. Hadrians ruins was very interesting but hard to follow with no guidance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved our arrival in Positano! Great hotel and beautiful view from our balcony! Pompeii was awesome! Our guide at Pompeii was outstanding!! He brought history alive! Our guide in Rome at the Capitoline was Francesca. We were blown away by her! Again she brought history alive! I think ending the tour in Naples is a little disappointing. After all the wonderful things you have seen on this tour and then ending in dirty,crowded,noisy Naples is a let down. The tour should end with a bang!"

James

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my ninth tour and there were a couple of issues, one of which I will mention under hotels. Initial direction to the hotel in Rome from the train station have no validity after dark. You can't read the tram stop signs you find yourself at the end of the route with no idea where you are. The neighborhood is poor and unless you are lucky enough to find someone who speaks English have no idea you have to cross the parking lot to a tobacco store to buy a ticket. Termini is a better option

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One night I was in the Plaza Navona and a young lady was playing the violin so beautifully while standing in front of the Four Rivers fountain. Special moment."

Patricia

Charleston, SC

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I did not know really what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised at the first group meeting and was made to feel welcomed. Patricia, our tour guide, was amazing. She was professional, yet extremely funny. She also made sure every person's needs on the tour was taken care of to the best of her ability. She also had to make some changes to our itinerary due to weather, road closures, etc., and she did this all behind the scenes! She was amazing!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was stepping off the bus to look across to the city of Matera. What a site! Then actually staying in a cave and experiencing all those steps and rocks with no grass. I could not have imagined living there 60 years ago. The parades at night and the view from the room in Matera was truly a wow moment. Also my second wow was in Vieste and being right on the beach, listening to the waves crash at night. That was simply lovely!"

Debbie

East Amherst, NY

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Our tour guide, Patricia, was fabulous. She made an excellent tour even better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Revello on the Almalfi Coast was my wow moment. It was so beautiful, not crowded and had excellent food and views."

Brian

Colbert, WA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific tour; excellent and knowledgeable guide. Rome was nuts, but we expected it to be so. Matera was the highlight. The Amalfi coast, while unbelievably beautiful, was way more crowded than we expected. Paestum and Pompeii were riveting. I enjoyed Naples way more than I thought I would. (While it is important to warn people about the dangers in Naples, maybe it's worth finding a better balance with all the incredible things to see and do there.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera - who knew it is such an incredible place with fascinating history?"

Larry

Martinez, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an interesting tour, a history lesson almost every day. We had a good group. This tour was probably the most strenuous of the 15 we have been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is a toss up between Paestum with the Greek temples in remarkable shape and Pompey."

Jack

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. Although we have had friends tour with the company always returning with positive reports, we had no idea how wonderful the experience was going to be. Our tour guide, Patricia,simply made the trip magical by bringing the country to life for us. We were extremely pleased with the experience and will be booking another tour in the near future. Bravo for the organization, hotels, meals, experiences and great local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompeii has to be at the top of the list and what made this experience so great was the local guide. He had us living in the moment with his very artful way of describing life prior to the eruption."

Seth

Happy Valley, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent overview of Southern Italy. Our tour guide Patricia was the best of all of our tours, caring, informative, helpful, and funny. The hotels were all excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the dinner with the family. Great food and company, and the house reminded me of those we had just seen in Pompei."

Cheryl

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Love the small groups and time on our own on your tours......We have done several tours by ourselves and this is a nice transition to a more structured guided tour. Patricia, our tour guide did a wonderful job of navigating us through Southern Italy. She adjusted our schedule nicely when weather did not permit us to do a boat ride in Vieste and a fire made us reroute our bus in Positano. We loved her little apertif perks and entertaining history lessons about the region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Capitoline Museum tour and tour guide Francesca....We will never look at a museum tour in the same way after her discussion of how to really appreciate art in an observant and studied way....Also the beautiful rugged Amalfi coast......and the lovely villages climbing up the hillsides! Mozart and massages at the Buffalo Mozarella Farm!"

Richard

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was great! I enjoyed meeting people from all over the US and our guide Patricia made the trip educational and a lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the Amalfi coast and all of the great views from Capri."

Kimberley

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of this tour. Our tour guide, Patricia, was wonderful. The entire group of travelers was fun and congenial. The areas visited were very interesting and beautiful and new to us. We didn't know much about southern Italy neither from pictures and books nor from any previous visits. Except for the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento - we had heard and seen a lot about that. So many of the other destinations were equally beautiful in different ways.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from, but just being in our cave hotel in Matera was very special. The view was so peaceful in the evening while drinking a bottle of wine on our terrace overlooking the town. Matera was a surprise: it reminded me of a small version of Cappadocia in Turkey"

David

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves continues to deliver. We had great fun, learned alot and felt like we had some unique Italian experiences. We also love the attention to food and wines, which we looked forward to at each group event.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the Adriatic at Vieste at the beach on a beautiful day below the cliffs had to be the best moment among many. I completely underestimated the history and beauty of both Paestum and Hadrian's Villa at Tiovoli. Matera was also a great surprise."

Bonnie

Fincastle, VA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was wonderful, and just being in Italy was great! The weather was good, and even when rain was called for, it stayed dry. Everything is always so well organized, so it just makes the whole experience unforgettable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I got to see the Rome I was expecting when I stepped to one of the windows in the Capitoline Museum, and looked out. There were some of the beautiful ruins spread out in front of me--THAT was the Rome I was expecting, and even though I had seen many fabulous sights, I had not seen exactly what I was expecting until then. The single thing, though that took my breath away was the sculpture of the Veiled Christ at the museum in Naples. I shall NEVER forget that! That was my very favorite!!"

Deb

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my favorite trip ever! Patricia was amazing. She was so much fun and so helpful with everything. She worked really hard for us (esp when the road closed) but she made it look so easy and fun. Each of the places that we visited were amazing. I would consider redoing this exact same trip. All of the people in our group were great travelers and we made a lot of new friends. I can't wait to go back to Italy again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Amalfi Coast. I told my kids when I got back that when and if they get married some day, they should honeymoon there. Of course, Pompeii really was amazing."

Margaret

Falcon Heights, MN

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful whirlwind of a tour! Several times I had to pinch myself as I couldn't imagine the beauty I was experiencing was real! Our group was amazing, and I felt like I was traveling with friends within a few days. I especially delighted in visiting Luigi and Teresa's home in Sorrento, where an amazing meal was served. Also, the home of Patricia's friends in Naples was a lovely experience. The Pompei tour was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments. Pompei was a wow for sure. Vieste on the Gargano Peninsula was beautiful, and I think an extra night in Vieste would have been perfect, as there was not enough time to explore the town. Matera was another WOW moment, with the history of the cave life etc. Most of the tour members were given rooms in the caves, but unfortunately there weren't enough for my sister and I. The meals here were amazing, and we agree that the best pizza we had was in Matera."

Mary

Chesapeake, VA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As usual, there was good mix of scheduled time and free time on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was having dinner in Sorrento at Teresa & Luigi's home. It is so gracious of them to open their kitchen to Rick Steves groups. The food was all home cooked and delicious. But even better was the way they treat you as family. Everyone was so kind. It was a special evening!"

Virginia

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour and without a doubt it won't be our last. From the selection of cities and sites, the choice of hotels and eateries, to our full time and local guides, everything was outstanding. Every place we went, everything we did and learned was new and fun and wonderful. All the guides enriched our knowledge and appreciation for all we were seeing and doing. So much better than wandering around on our own. Fellow travelers enriched the experience as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but two come to mind. Our tour of the Capitoline Museums and Jewish Ghetto in Rome at the beginning of the trip with the amazing Francesca set the bar high for everything to follow. Our last tour at the Cappella Sansevero in Naples with the breath-taking sculpture of Jesus covered in the veil led by the fantastic Josephina was a revelation. Everything in-between was pretty great as well."

Pamela

San Carlos, CA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the variety with time first in Rome and then to the smaller towns. There was a mix of visits to museums like the Nat. Archeological with relics from Pompeii, cultural immersion including a group dinner at a home hosted dinner, free time, awe inspiring sights traveling along the cliff road of Amalfi coast to Positano, the 2000+ year old historical sites of Greek temples at Paestum and the preserved site of Pompeii. Our guide Tomasso was very good as well as the individual guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First was the view from our room at Vieste. Another was the rocky cliff road along the Amalfi Coast with views of the sea on our way to Positano. Seeing the preserved sites of Pompeii and size of the site was a WOW moment along with the Greek temples at Paestum."

Denise

Canton, GA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Italy. We would book another tour without hesitation! Excellent in every way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private tour guides were excellent! We were in awe of our experiences!"

Thomas

Canton, GA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided more than expected tour guide superb as well as local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Amarillo coast"

Gretchen

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent and our guide exceptional. Tommaso was organized, and very knowledgeable. He was also willing to answer any and all questions and offered personal insight into the Italian lifestyle and health and education system.The local guides, especially Francesca in Rome, were fantastic. Francesca is a real gem, and taught us how to really look at art and transport ourselves back to the time and place the piece was made. The bus driver was outstanding, a true professional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stay in Matera was a highlight. Sleeping in what used to be a cave house was fun. Learning about the history of the town, and touring the city was terrific."

Michael

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything that me and my wife had hoped for in a first visit to Italy. Learning how to appreciate the ruins, the art, the people was all a testament to the tour guides. The provided perspective, which allowed us to envision what life might looked like at the sight of the ruins rather than just seeing old buildings. We loved the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments. We loved the beauty of Positano, the caves of Matera, the quaint restaurants and the dinner with an Italian family. The hotels were conveniently located and the tour provided enough activity per day but also free time for us to see more if we wanted to do something on our own time."

Shiloh

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Italy truly is an incredible country to visit. I love the emphasis on quality food, wonderful wine and warm relationships with people who appreciate good company. Also, it's mind boggling to encounter such an amazingly rich history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really appreciated Francesca's tour in Rome that helped bring the history to life so you could relate to the art/culture/people much better than simply reading brief descriptions of what was on display."

Alla

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much! The itinerary was well balanced with enough time to see the sights and to relax. The tour director was great which added to the experience. We also loved all the local tour guides especially Francesca in Rome. She was a super star!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was our absolute favourite town on the tour."

Vladimir

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had pretty good experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was the highlight of the tour"

Nora

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were totally satisfied with our experience and would recommend it to others. It was a perfect fit for us! It was not fancy yet we felt catered to. The scheduled activities and tours were plentiful and enjoyable yet we had a good amount of free time to relax or explore on our own. We appreciated the structure of the tour which gave us freedom from worrying about where we were going to go, how we were going to get places, etc. The pace was perfect. We are RS fans for life!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! The beauty of Positano, the location of the hotel and view from our room will forever be a magical memory! Our stay in the Sassi and the local tour was extraordinary. I could never have imagined such an experience. Our visit to see "The Veiled Christ" was a magnificent surprise! It was the most emotionally moving, powerful experience I've ever had with a work of art. Thank you, Tommaso for making that possible. It was unforgettable!"

Tyler

Dublin, OH

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were wowed from the start by our Rick Steves tour of northern Italy two years ago, but southern Italy snuck up on us. By the end of the tour, we were impressed by the richness of the lesser known and sometimes under appreciated places of this region, such as Hadrian's Villa, Alberobello, Matera and Naples. Add to this Sorrento, the Amalfi coast and Pompeii and you have a five star experience. Well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's easy--the splendor of the Amalfi coast. Also, we were pleasantly surprised by Naples--world-class museums, excellent food,labyrinths of intriguing side streets,layers of history, crazy but controlled energy, beautiful vistas (atop the funicular at night) and a pizza I'll never forget. Rick, Naples deserves more credit!"

Joan

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

You thought of everything! I can't say enough about Caterina. She was outstanding, so knowledgeable, so kind, so efficient. She was just excellent. The hotels were wonderful, quaint yet immaculate. Traveling alone I am a ways a bit concerned but I felt safe and secure at all times. For me personally, the trip was a bit strenuous but that was my choice, you made it more than clear what the physical demands were but Caterina took such good care of me. I will recommend your tours highly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have been to Italy many times so for me my WoW moment was the wonder ful people on the tour and how kind they were to me"

Gary

York, ME

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide, great itinerary, great group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the cave dwellings of Matera."

Diana

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Caterina, has an infectious love for Italy. She and all our special area guides were knowledgeable and showed us unique viewpoints for viewing and appreciating the treasures of Southern Italy. All our locations were wonderfully situated, the meals were delicious and our tour group was, as usual for a Rick Steve's tour, wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "cave" hotel in Matera has an underground thermal spa that is magical! But, there were constant "wow" moments. The dinner in Sorrento with a local family was very special and going into the grottoes on our boat tour in Vieste was an unexpected treat. I am always amazed at how memorable Rick Steve's makes his tours."

Cathy

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome tour guide, Caterina! Amazing cities to visit, some of which aren't well known (Vieste, Alberobello, Matera). Sleeping in a cave! Fun activities - making friends with a buffalo at the buffalo mozzarella farm, making homemade pasta and gelato, among others. Great local guides - Gaetano at Pompeii was a favorite of ours on our first Rick Steves trip 15 years ago, and he was equally amazing the second time around. So many new experiences after visiting Italy several times before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera and sleeping in a cave! It was so different than anywhere else I have ever been. A close second was having dinner with the family in Sorrento in their home. They were so nice and welcoming and it provided an experience that we couldn't get in a restaurant. Their granddaughter was delightful."

Jon

Maple Grove, MN

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another excellent tour, our 4th. Caterina was an excellent guide. It seemed like each day produced a new "wow" moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"During WWII my dad was responsible for getting the electrical system working in Naples when the allies took control of the city. He worked very hard to accomplish that goal. Because there were satchel charges in the generating plant, his first source of electrical power was a submarine in the Naples harbor. Stephen Ambrose, in his book "The Supreme Commander" wrote "The engineers worked miracles in Naples to get the infrastructure working." That was my dad. Naples was my "WOW" moment."

Gary

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We love Rick Steves' tours. We love the quaint boutique type hotels that are centrally located, the family owned restaurants where we have our team dinners, and the side demonstrations unique to the area. The tour guides teach us about the culture of the particular regions that we are visiting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera -- the city is a collection of caves. Our hotel was a cave. We were taught that it wasn't always the beautiful city that it is today. It was very poor. And it is now revitalized."

Suzanne

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding, as always. Our 3rd. Great guide, Caterina. Comfortable bus. Great hotels. Love their locations. Great education. Great people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera. Loved learning about the peoples. Loved the old city and our hotel. loved sitting out on the decks of the hotel, seeing the lights, drinking wine with our new friends. Loved this place, and especially our hotel."

Janet

Little Rock, AR

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 4th RS tour, and we enjoyed it very much! It took us to some places that we probably would have never gone to on our own. Our group meals overall were very good, and the wine was great! And we thought our tour group was the best ever..such a congenial group of folks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was when my husband and I spontaneously joined an evening procession to the cathedral in Matera, which was hosting a celebration of the feast day of one of its patron saints. We so enjoyed mingling with the local folks as they walked through the streets. We walked behind a band, with people praying the Hail Mary (I think), and men carrying an elaborate statue of Sant'Eustachio. Later, we were surprised by the fireworks that we were able to see from our hotel veranda."

Marietta

Glendale, CA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was absolutely great. Well organised, well scheduled I booked this tour with confidence and I did not expect anything less than fabulous since I've been on the "heart of Italy" tour last year

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was a revelation since I did not know much about it. All the tours with local guides everywhere were priceless I don't think that going on your own would be so fulfilling, not to mention the preparation that one would have to do to in order to really see and understand what you are looking at ."

Wanda

Vienna, VA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were awestruck by many of the southern Italy experiences[INVALID]especially Matera and the Amalfi coast. We loved learning about Italian geography and history[INVALID]especially from our guide, Alfio.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While we were aware of the Amalfi coast, we had no idea about Matera: it was truly "awesome" while at the same time very sobering."

Robert

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding. A wonderful congenial compatible group of people, amazing centrally located hotels, an itinerary that included well known/must see places plus some hidden gems, and good food. Reasonable free time and planned activities at an accommodating pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought it would be Positano and the Amalfi coast, but it turned out to be Matera. What a wonderful gem and we were so pleased that it was included on the tour."

Dawn

Missoula, MT

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing! I had the best time. Outstanding locations, guides, and hotels!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pick just one, loved it all!"

Maria

Lagrange, IL

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous. Southern Italy was fantastic- great views, interesting itinerary, great guide, great food and wine, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Amalfi coastline and the entire town of Positano."

Leslie

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We chose the tour because it included the trip to the Adriatic coast and were not disappointed. Vieste is a charming seaside town less touristed than the Amalfi coast. We were able to get a real experience of the local life. Ancient Matera is in a word, awesome, and a must-see. Who wouldn't love the Amalfi coast - especially when warm enough for a swim? And do not forget the museums - the art of the masters and artifacts from antiquity. Top it off with Rome and Napes - perfect vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was swimming in Sorrento with a view to Mt. Vesuvius. Just walking in the towns and taking it all in - this possible because your hotels are well situated - you just can't believe you are actually there."

Cynthia

Russell, IA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on our tour of southern Italy. The sites we visited were amazing. However, what really made the tour outstanding was our guide, Alfio, and the wonderful group of people we shared out experiences with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've always wanted to visit Pompeii, so that was definitely a "wow" moment, but there were also many unexpected moments, such as the view of the Adriatic from our hotel balcony in Vieste, seeing the sculpture of the veiled Christ at the Museo Cappella Sansevero in Naples, and touring the Greek ruins at Paestum."

Ronald

Norwood, NY

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My fifth R.S. tour. As usual: a great tour leader: namely, Alfio; a mixture of urban, small town, and rural places visited: i.e., not just cities; and a comfortable coach and an excellent driver. A nice mixture of fellow group travelers. I preferred the east coast sites (on the Adriatic Sea) or in the interior to those on the west coast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two"wows": Vieste, a town not overwhelming large, and easy to explore; and especially the boat tour of the nearby coast: complete with high cliffs, caverns, and grottoes (some interred), on the southern side of the Gargano peninsula. Also, Matera and the initial surprise, indeed, shock, of first viewing it (the seemingly unnumerable caves) from across the gorge and then discovering the small, modern city itself. A deep lesson of 20th century Italian history."

Bronwyn

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent and a great experience. I attribute the success mostly to Alfio who was a first rate guide. He was full of great information, managed the group with efficiency and care. He made sure each person was well taken care of and every need/want addressed from information about history or where to go for a specific interest. He shared extensive knowledge and passion of Italy freely and was always interested in each of us. His attention to detail was amazing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera caves"

Thomas

Wake Forest, NC

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations in just about every way. Each new place and site provided unexpected surprises and experiences. The only way it could have been better was for the temperatures to be cooler. The visit to Capitoline and the Jewish ghetto the next morning with our excellent local guide, Francesca, helped set the stage for our free time in Rome and the rest of the trip. The grottos in Vieste, the Sassi in Matera after the amazing Alberobello and on through Paestum, Pompei...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is probably the most difficult question. Gail's was looking across the Sassi in Matera at dusk. It was like a glimpse into another time. Mine had to be walking onto the terrace in Capitoline and seeing the Forum laid out before us. I could almost see the old Rome come to life."

Patricia

Wauwatosa, WI

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After hearing many previous tour members describe this as one of their favorite tours, we thoroughly agree. We especially enjoyed the opportunities to experience some of the less touristy areas of Italy such as Trastevere in Rome, Vieste, Matera, and Naples. While very active, the tour consisted of a great blend of group activities and time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We experienced many "wow" moments including an unexpected Carabinieri concert in the piazza next to our hotel in Matera, lunch and wandering the Old Spanish Quarter in Naples, and the boat ride along the coast at Vieste."

Marcella

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour with a lot of variety in terrain. Starting with a fabulous tour of the Capatoline museum in Rome, winding its way through southern Italy and ending with fabulous music, food, art and artifacts in Naples, there is something for everyone!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking across the canyon at the city of Matera with its fascinating geology and panoramic view of cave homes."

Charles

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

While I have traveled quite a bit in Europe and even lived there for almost 5 years (Germany), I had never before been on an organized tour. My wife convinced me this would be a less stressful way to visit a lot of places without the hassle of driving and itinerary planning. Overall, I was impressed with the quality of our guide Lisa, the itinerary, and our local guides. The size of the group (almost 30) made it a bit unwieldy at times but that is my only critique.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My single favorite event was the evening meal with Luigi and Teresa at their home. I got to ride there in the front seat of the van and got a "driver's view" of the chaos that is driving in Italy. Mamma mia! We had a wonderful dinner and had so much fun bonding with Luigi and his American daughter-in-law and her small children. The food, wine, conversation, and people were fantastic. Truly, a night to remember."

Louise

Mcminnville, OR

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first Rick Steves' tour I had ever been on and I thought it was fabulous! From start to finish all details were well covered. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and available. The local guides were also friendly and knowledgeable. The bus was comfortable and we had a very competent and experienced driver. The hotels were well placed, clean and comfortable. In each city/town I felt well equipped to be able to wander around on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one. I have a number of highlights from the tour, but I think my biggest "wow" was just "I am in Italy and seeing all of these things and places that I had only read about"! That was, and is, incredible!!"

Steven

Pahoa, HI

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are first time Rick Steve's tour travelers and everything related to our South Italy Tour exceeded our highest expectations. Our guide, Lisa, was an absolute pleasure to meet, extremely well organized, and provided unique cultural insight into the many attractions we saw as well as the Italian life style. We especially enjoyed the mix of rural and urban experiences that this tour includes. This coupled with a smaller tour group size provided us with a trip of a lifetime.

David

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the Southern Italy tour. Our guide, Lisa, was outstanding, and all of the local guides were as well. Most of the group meals were very good and a lot of fun, and the hotels were also very good, especially those along the coast where we could swim. We had a very compatible group, as we have on all previous trips. We walked a lot, and were often tired, as it was hot and humid most days, but we saw and learned so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Pompeii, visiting Matera (the Sassi stone dwellings were amazing), and Sorrento. The Archaeological Museum in Naples with the Pompeii artifacts was incredible. The Buffalo farm was great fun, as were the sorbetto and pasta making demonstrations."

Thomas

The Villages, FL

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. I wish we could do it again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Matera was a WOW, because it was so different."

Anita

Liverpool, NY

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of South Italy tour was wonderful, exciting and educational. It was well organized with a few surprises here and there which made the tour extra fun. Some parts were quite vigorous and strenuous. However we knew this before we signed up because it was well described in the Rick Steves' tour book.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was our boat ride off the coast of the Gargano Peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. It was breathtakingly beautiful and so exciting when we entered the caves. A close second was our tour of Pompeii."

Elizabeth

The Villages, FL

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 13 days went by too fast. We enjoyed every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"MATERA!!! T can't stop talking about Matera!!"

Barbara

Maywood, NJ

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The places we visited held so much history, art, and architecture that was both interesting to see and hear about from the guides. Certainly the museums and archeological sites including Adrian's Villa and Pompeii were exciting to see, but could have had more time at the Villa. The home meal was delightful since most of the hosts spoke English; otherwise this can be trying for both guests and hosts. The buffalo farm and luncheon show Italy's attempt to keep natural foods.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Materna experience of viewing the city from the gorge and the tour of each section were fascinating for its amazing story of man's early years through more recent days. It would have been great to have seen more rock churches, especially the one outside of town. The Archeological Museum is well done and provides additional information about the area in Paleolithic/Neolithic times. It also was wonderful to have a cave hotel in which to stay."

Connie

Westport, IN

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was welled paced. Lots of incredible tours and enough down time to explore on your own. It was exactly the kind of tour we were looking for. It met all of our expectations. The group meals were delicious and interesting. The hotels were fun and comfortable. Nina was upbeat and very informative. Our days were paced in a manner that allowed for many breaks but did not allow for boredom. We were well prepared for days activities and updated when changes had to be made.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two moments To see the old roman city from the Capitoline Matera"

Randy

Liverpool, NY

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really enjoyed the South Italy tour. Food and wine were great. Beautiful vistas throughout the trip. The mix of guided tours and free time was good. Hotels located in great areas of the cities and towns we visited. Our tour guide, Nina was great and very knowledgeable. Most of our local tour guides were very good as well. I liked most of the selected tours and museums. The Hadrian ruins was on the bottom of the list,only because there was so little of the structures left.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments on this trip. I really liked the boat ride we took from Vieste along the Adriatic Sea coast and stopping to enter a numbers caves along the way."

Johanna

St Laurent, MB

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the perfect tour for me. Loved the locations especially along the coast lines. Loved the knowledge gained to see ruins in a whole new light. Spending time in Naples provided me a glimpse of what I think is true Italian life. It may be gritty, but loved spending time there. People in our group were really great and enjoyed their company throughout the tour. The size of the tour group is nice for getting around, going to good restaurants together, easy to follow the guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matera was my WOW moment. From seeing it at the view point across the river to walking thru the 'new' city and then looking down on the 'old' city. WOW. To going for the passeggiato with the locals. So sweet to see the older women linked arms with a daughter, to the teenagers strutting their stuff, to the families out and about. Brought joy to my day."

Haydee

Pico Rivera, CA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour, first visit to Europe so I didn't know what to expect but it was such a fabulous trip. We went places even my seasoned friends had never been. Nina was a great tour guide giving us historical background and the local tour guides were also great and informative. The dinners were delicious, even the "fast" foods were good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I took the tour because Pompeii was my dream but being in Naples was an experience. I've been to New York several times but the traffic in Naples was a thousand times worse, you risk your life crossing the street but I liked it. I would go back. I flew home out of Rome and after experiencing Naples, Rome was a quiet village."

Susan

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was beyond expectations. Our tour guide Nina was outstanding. In fact, all of the guides for the tour were. The balance of tour to free time was great. Only wish we could have spent one more day in Positano so I could have enjoyed the hike in Amalfi.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompeii. The tour guide was exceptional. He truly brought the town to life for me."

Jolane

Osoyoos, BC

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this fabulous tour!! Nina was an amazing and very knowledgeable guide, as were all the other guides. The combination of activity and free time was perfect!! The hotels and meals were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments. From the boat tour of the grottos in Vieste, to unbelievable Matera, to the incredible sea views from our balcony in Positano along the Amalfi Coast. Loved shopping in Sorrento!! However, the "WOW" moment for me was Pomeii. Our guide was just the BEST! His knowledge and passion brought the tour home for me!!"

Judith

Norman, OK

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall the tour was very good in terms of the sights seen and the narrative provided by our guide. While some of the days of the tour on the itinerary noted "strenuous" walking, we were not prepared for the fast pace of the walking with our tour guide. Walking consisted of uneven cobble stone streets and many steps up and down hills at a very fast pace. The fast pace was not necessary as time restraints were not an issue. Or if time was an issue, the itinerary should have been adjusted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Positano was my favorite place because of the beautiful ocean views, the shops and restaurants. Matera was breathtaking in its unique beauty due to the cave dwellings and their placement on a bluff. I loved seeing the buffalo farm!"

Scott

Forest Grove, OR

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best travel experiences I've ever had!! The guide was fantastic, transportation was comfortable, all the accomodations were wonderful and the city guides were extremely knowledgeable!! It had been 15 years since our last Rick Steve's trip so we were a little curious if the "feel" was still the same......It exceeded all our expectations!! I can't thank our guide, Caterina, enough for making it a truly fantastic experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two of them: The jet boat ride along the coast (and thru the grotto's) outside Vieste and our city guide in Rome, Francesca. It was very evident she was passionate about the city of Rome. She had us all intrigued for the entire time we spent with her!!"

Ken

Dallas, TX

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent local guides enhanced the tour. Hadrian's Villa was a pleasant surprise- much better preserved than expected. Vieste & Matera were both highlights not to be missed. The ferry from Positano to Amalfi is packed with viewing highlights. Pompeii came into better focus after our visit to the Archeological Museum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner with Teresa & Luigi in Sorrento. His limoncello is great."

Carol

Dallas, TX

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed visiting parts of Italy that we had never been to before. It was a good mix of large cities (Rome and Naples) and "backdoor" locations such as Vieste and Matera. Our convivial group was led by a knowledgeable guide and an expert bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of the many "wow" moments, I will remember the panorama as we approached Matera. To think that people lived in cave homes until the mid-20th century was mind boggling. Other highlights were the Vieste boat ride and the opportunity to take a sneak peek at a ballet dress rehearsal at the Naples opera house."

Lora

Ukiah, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour seemed to be the most strenuous of the 12 I've taken but loved most all the sights we saw. Have been wanting to see more of S. Italy for a long time and this didn't disappoint. The one thing I was really looking forward to was seeing the trulli houses. Was probably a little disappointed in the fact that the area we went to was soooo commercialized. I was thinking it would be a quieter town setting. The water buffalo farm was not my favorite cheese experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many favorite moments from the storytelling of Francesca to the grottos of Vieste to the caves of Matera to the views of Positano...But one of my favorite days was when a friend and I skipped the Archeological museum of Naples (which I had been to before) to ferry over to Procida. Ah, what a beautiful day and peaceful island. The locals compare it to Capri in the 1950's....."

Barbara

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I expected a wonderful trip, but this was special. Having lived in Southern Italy, it was great to see how modern it has become. This was our third Rick Steve's tour and the best so far. Caterina was so knowledgeable and fun, and our group really connected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two favorites: 1. Taking a Taxi from Matera to San Vito where we lived in 1974. 2. Vieste and the boat trip. This area was new to us, and certainly would recommend it for a visit. Beaches, water cruises and lovely strolls in the evening."

Connie

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 17th tour. I have not been disappointed. Years ago I went on the south Italy and Sicily tour. I don't usually repeat but I wanted to see the east coast spots which were wonderful. Good balance of group activities and free time. Lots of opportunities to do things on our own. Enjoyed all the beach time I carved out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many as usual! It was very fun going in the caves on the cruise from Vieste down the coast, and the coastline was beautiful. Thoroughly enjoyed the spa at the hotel in Matera. Really enjoyed going in the subway station in Naples to see the mosaic art and the celestial feature. It was also wonderful to get to see the ballet rehearsal at the opera house."

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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