• Rialto Bridge in Venice
  • Shopping for carnival masks, Venice, Italy
    Venetian Carnival Masks
  • Florence
  • Michelangelo's David in Florence
  • Wine tasting at Tenuta Le Velette estate, Orvieto, Italy
    Wine Tasting in Umbria
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Four Rivers Fountain (Bernini), Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy
    Rome's Piazza Navona
  • Colosseum, Rome, Italy
    Colosseum in Rome

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Best of Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days Tour

from $2,895 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $675

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The Rick Steves Best of Venice, Florence & Rome tour begins with Venice's timeless St. Mark's Square and Basilica, then on to Michelangelo's stunning David and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and ends with Rome's ancient Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel. You'll also enjoy guided neighborhood walks, memorable meals, and full-bodied Italian wines. Italy's three greatest cities are like fine gelato — why settle for just one flavor if you can get three scoops at once? Join us for the Best of Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days!

Dates & Prices

2018

2019

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Venice, Florence, and Rome come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 group sightseeing events • Venice backstreets walking tour • St. Mark's Square and Basilica • Venice lagoon excursion • Accademia art museum • Renaissance Florence walking tour • Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David) • Uffizi Gallery • Florence backstreets walking tour • Cooking class and lunch • Palazzo Davanzati • Umbrian wine-tasting lunch • Rome orientation • Roman Forum • Colosseum • Church of San Clemente • Pantheon • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel • St. Peter's Basilica • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain…and more
  • All group transportation between Venice, Florence, and Rome
  • 9 nights' accommodations (3 nights at each hotel) in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Venice

We'll meet at 4 p.m. at our Venice hotel, deeply nestled amidst the canals, bridges, and alleyways of this magical, preserved-in-amber city. After introductions, we'll set off on an orientation walk, and then enjoy getting acquainted over a traditional Venetian dinner together. Sleep in Venice (3 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Historic Venice

Our local guide will join us this morning for a historical walking tour, with a modern Venetian's-eye view, through the backstreets of Venice, ending in St. Mark's Square and the shimmering, mosaic-filled Basilica. Along the way, we'll learn about the city's remarkable past and its challenging future. The afternoon and evening are free to explore the imposing Doge's Palace, maybe take in a church concert, waltz on St. Mark's Square, or pub-crawl your way through this unique city. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Venice's Accademia Gallery and Lagoon

This morning we'll have our first real brush with the Renaissance — Venetian-style — with a tour of the Accademia's treasure trove of great Venetian art, starring Titian, Veronese, Bellini, Tintoretto…and every shade of color imaginable. Then it's all aboard for a cruise into Venice's lagoon on our private boat. We'll visit your guide's favorite island, where you'll have free time to explore and enjoy lunch on your own. After returning, the evening is yours to discover Venice's other famous sights, or to become happily lost in the tangled maze of alleys and shops. Tonight your guide will help organize a classic, romantic gondola ride for those who are interested. Boat: 1 hour. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: Wonders of Renaissance Florence

We'll drive straight to Florence this morning, and hit the ground walking with a Renaissance tour of the city's historic center. We'll learn about Brunelleschi's magnificent cathedral dome, Ghiberti's Baptistery doors, and other creations that helped define this world-changing era. Tonight we'll share a hearty Tuscan dinner together. Sleep in Florence (3 nights). Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 4 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: The Backstreets of Florence

A local scholar will join us this morning as we take a walking tour of the backstreets of Florence, with some fascinating peeks into Roman, medieval, and 19th-century Florentine life along the way. After exploring the Palazzo Davanzati, we'll continue our tour across the river, where we'll create today's tasty lunch during a fun and informative cooking class. Your afternoon will be free to see more of the city's museums. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 6: The Uffizi and David

This morning we'll devote our time to the breathtaking Renaissance art of the Uffizi — home to the finest collection of Italian paintings anywhere — including works by Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and more. After some free time to make your own Florentine discoveries, we'll gather again this evening at the Accademia Gallery to marvel at the power of Michelangelo's rough-hewn Prisoners and his greatest masterpiece, David. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Wine Tasting, Rome at Night

This morning we'll drive into the rolling hills of Umbria, stopping for a wine tasting lunch at a family-run winery. We'll then make a bee-line for Rome, where we'll take a neighborhood orientation walk on our way to tonight's dinner together. We'll end our day as any good Roman would — with a stroll through the historic heart of the city, lacing together the classy Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, and the remarkably preserved, 2,000-year-old Pantheon. Sleep in Rome (3 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: The Vatican Museums and St. Peter's

Today we'll focus on Renaissance (Catholic) Rome. At the sprawling Vatican Museums, we'll visit what seems like a limitless collection of treasures as you make your way to one of the world's most famous works of art: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. We'll then be introduced to the greatest church in Christendom, the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà. Your afternoon is free to wander through this immense church, climb the dome if you're feeling energetic, and explore more of the Eternal City on your own. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 9: Monuments of Ancient Rome

We'll spend our morning uncovering ancient Rome, starting with a tour of multi-layered San Clemente — a 12th-century church sitting atop a fourth-century basilica and a previous Roman temple. Then we'll tour and hear vivid tales of the larger-than-life Colosseum and the birthplace of ancient Rome: the Forum. You'll be free this afternoon to wander through the nearby Palatine ruins, St. Peter-in-Chains Church (home to Michelangelo's Moses), or climb to the top of the Victor Emmanuel Monument to enjoy a panoramic city view. Tonight we'll feast together at our farewell dinner, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Salute! No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 10: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Rome's airports by taxi or train. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Arrivederci!

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 Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 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 cities on your own.

Reviews

Tyler

Sw Ranches, FL

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful experience unlike ever before. I got a chance to explore Italian cities and had a wonderful chance to practice my art. Our guide Amanda was wonderful and the group was fun too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, my favorite "wow" moment was seeing David. I had a chance to sketch David and really got a chance to appreciate the work of a true master. Seeing David was very inspiring."

Karen

Southwest Ranches, FL

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

my overall experience was outstanding. Amanda was a great guide and very knowledgeable. Everyone in our group was enjoyable and nice. the tour offers a little of everything from museums, churches, great food, wine tasting and city walks. This was my first Rick Steves tour and I would book another and recommend to my friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was seeing the wooden crucifix sculpted by Michelangelo in the Sando Spirito basilica in Florence. Total surprise"

Randall

Olathe, KS

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was well worth the money. Margaret did a wonderful job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The winery was located in a beautiful setting and I loved the wine tasting lunch we had."

Michael

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stacy MADE this trip! What a jewel of a guide! We did our first Rick Steves tour to see if we liked it well enough or decide if we should try another tour company. Stacy sold us on Rick Steves! Her knowledge and ability to communicate and control a group of 28 folks was impressive. But her ability to be resourceful in the face of unplanned circumstances made her even more impressive.The accommodations were superbly selected. Planning 2019 trip now!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The vineyard luncheon enroute to Florence; the Pantheon history; Vatican tour."

Chris

Madison, MS

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was very deep and meaningful. While I did have a lot of fun I learned so much from Stacy and the local guides which has prompted me to dive into books and documentaries to further my knowledge. Italy is so rich in history, I could not absorb it fast enough.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to break it down by venue. Venice-the gondola ride with the musicians was a bucket list item for both Cynthia and me. Florence-the cooking class and the David. The stop between Florence and Rome for the wine tasting was definitely a WOW. And in Rome the Coliseum was a favorite."

James

Redington Beach, FL

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was knowledgeable and so very positive that it kept the entire group very upbeat! We enjoyed exploring on our own time and "getting lost" more than once! It was fun to find some little cafes off the beaten path. One thing I've learned is that visiting a museum or historical site with an expert guide makes for the best experience. Getting the stories, background, and local flavoring really made the experiences come to life. Fantastic local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really was blown away by the ancient Roman city streets below the church which was below another church. Amazing to walk on "streets" that date to before Christ! Wow!"

Mary

Keller, TX

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great Company and tour guide. I would do it again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Embria Olive oil & winery"

Kendra

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Margaret was amazing. I was really nervous traveling to another country for the first time. But Margaret was so kind and made me feel so safe. She is what made this trip incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love the island of Burano!"

River

Newport, OR

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! Great hotels in interesting out of the expected places without giving up quality! Great itinerary and I was surprised to see that our guide had some leeway in arrangements. Speaking of our guide, as y'all probably well know, Margaret is such a sweet person who was well organized and seemed unflappable. Janine was a lovely assistant to Margaret and was always pleasant in keeping us all "scooped up " and not lost from the rest of our group. The food was fabulous including my gluten fre

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Now this is hard to pick but I would have to say standing before Michaelangelo's Pieta. More than his Prisoners or the David - this piece epitomizes the greatest achievement of the Master. At 25 years old he not only understood his craft with mastery but also the beauty and tragedy of a mother's loss and the hope of the world. I just wept"

David

Columbus, OH

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was one that I've wanted to take for some time; and I'm glad I did. I tried contacting another travel company several times by email, online chat and phone but was either put on hold or disconnected. I called Rick Steve's office and a person answered the phone and answered all of my questions, each time I called. That's a game changer for me! Margaret is a wonderful tour leader who has incredible knowledge of local history, art and customs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say because there were so many. Perhaps looking at Michelangelo's David; or Da Vinci's painting in the Uffizi Gallery. The cooking class was a welcome relief and a great way to break up the tour."

Patrice

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

RS tours are always guided by the most knowledgeable and helpful peeps. Even though we've been to Venice, Florence, + Rome --- we came away with fresh and exciting insights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No particular WOW moment --- Italy is always surprising and exciting with art, architecture, history, FOOD around every corner!"

Jeff

Keller, TX

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our tour. It was exactly what we were looking for in a tour. My wife and I went with another couple that we had known for years and we didn't want the headache of planning the trip. The tour took all of the work out of it, especially not having to deal with planning an itinerary for out of the country. We were able to meet a lot of new friends on the tour, and Margaret and Janine were great. We had lots of fun and we would highly recommend it to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think getting off the bus at the little Tuscan farm we visited. It was a place that you wished you could live. The setting was great and to listen to Marco on how he got started farming was very interesting."

Jack

Woodbridge, VA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect trip for my wife and me. Graeme was outstanding as a guide, and Betz, Susana, Luca, Marta and Francesca were exceptional. Our fellow travelers could not have been better, and we are planning on seeing some of them socially now that we are back in the USA. We got to Venice two days later, and stayed in Rome an extra day, which I highly recommend. The cooking class in Florence and the wine tasting in Umbria were highlights of the tour. I cannot think of anything for improvement. Thanks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine tasting. Our daughter, an archaeologist, worked at an Etruscan excavation site just outside of Orvieto, so it was great to be in that general area. Marco and his wife made for a wonderful, relaxing time to reflect on our Venice and Florence experiences and just enjoy the moment to be thankful for our tour guide, group and opportunities."

Charles

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour Guide Graeme was great - knowledgeable, personable, helpful, kept the activities on schedule, and good leadership including all the other folks on the tour and building a sense of camaraderie. All the other tour members were upbeat and fun. The "no Grumps" policy is a keeper. Our accommodations were good. We liked the "make your lunch" in Florence, and Marco's winery stop over.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Marco's winery, the cooking school in Florence, the Academy and the Domo Museum in Florence."

Maureen

Woodbridge, VA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I have said over and over how thankful we are to have experienced such an amazing trip. This was due to Graeme's caring expertise as our tour guide, the intricate knowledge of the local guides, and the diligent efforts of the Rick Steves' Europe staff. Jack and I felt that Rick Steves' Europe enabled us to become immersed in the history, culture and the local "vibe" of Italy. These words aren't enough to express our gratitude. This was the trip of a lifetime! Grazie to all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was a difficult choice between my first glimpse of the Colosseum and seeing Michelangelo's DAVID, which was a special personal experience. I chose DAVID. I've loved the Biblical records of David since childhood and have taught them to my children. Then to see the exquisite sculpture simply moved me to tears. My husband and I sat for a long while to absorb the awe of the moment, trying to capture the mental image so that it embedded in our hearts."

Denise

Yonkers, NY

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was just a great experience. I feel I walked away with a lot of new knowledge thanks to Graeme and the tour guides from Italy

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice itself was just one big wow moment.... a city on water"

Carole

Statesboro, GA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour met and exceeded all of our expectations regarding the exposure to the three cities' history, art, architecture, culture and food. Our tour group was very congenial and our guide (as well as the local guides) was exceptional. We will definitely consider another Rick Steves Tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While we enjoyed all of the museum visits and art/history information, the biggest surprise was the visit to the winery and olive farm. The food, hosts and setting all exceeded our expectations. The area was beautiful and the food/wine delicious. Would have enjoyed a longer stay in this area - maybe next trip!"

Michael

Fargo, ND

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was informative, well-organized, easy-going, and, most importantly, fun! In addition to visiting amazing museums, churches, and other historical sites, we had fun experiences like a boat ride through the Venice lagoon and to some of the islands, a cooking class in Florence,-and a visit to a beautiful vineyard in Tuscany. All the local guides were excellent and our main tour guide brought everything together for the complete success.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without question, our visit to Marco's vineyard was the biggest "wow" moment, and that includes all the amazing historical sites we visited, all of which were amazing but meeting Marco and getting a peak into his world was very personal and, therefore, special. The fact that the wine, olive oil, and lunch were delicious simply added to a memorable experience."

Thomas

West Roxbury, MA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed the whole tour including the sites, the guides and the other tour members. I would recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys history and the Italian culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to say since there were many nice experiences. I also enjoyed the wine tasting/lunch in Tuscany, as well as the full dinner that we helped prepare ourselves under the guidance of a real chef."

Don

Statesboro, GA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was a fantastic experience that exceeded our expectations! Everything about it was top-notch. A great mix of organized activities and visits with ample free time to explore on our own. Graeme, our guide, was superb and was hugely instrumental in making the trip a wonderful success. The descriptions of what to expect on a Rick Steves' tour are spot on and it was exactly what we were looking for. Our trip was truly fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was a "wow"!"

Kathleen

West Roxbury, MA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized tour with a very interesting, organized and well informed leader. I felt we saw all the major sites and although the pace was fast we still had time to relax on most afternoons. The individual guides in each city were excellent. Hotels were central to where we wanted to be and were comfortable as well as interesting and reflective of life in that city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved being in Venice with all its shops and activity! Just looking around and observing and being part of the crowd. Gondola ride was fun. Sistine Chapel in Rome, vineyard lunch in Umbria with its beautiful scenery. Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Colosseum."

Robert

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rozanne was wonderful as was the tour in terms of organization, pace and activities. We particularly appreciated the ability to get to and into sites efficiently with sufficient time to appreciate them and the insight of Rozanne and the local tour guides. The hotels and their locations were good, food was amazing and we enjoyed special elements e.g. cooking class, gondola ride opportunity. We felt we were able to connect with the people, culture and history of Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough call but in the moment it had to be seeing Michelangelo's David."

Christine

Prospect Heights, IL

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was well planned and flexible. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, cared about everyone's enjoyment and education, and was a wonderful host. I would absolutely recommend and would do another Rick Steve's Tour again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the family winery in Umbria! The cooking class! Going to the Opera in Venice!"

Valerie

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was apprehensive about a "guided" tour; my fears were unwarranted. The tour was well organized, good balance of tour/free time and our guide Rozanne was excellent! The local guides were professional, very knowledgeable, added local "flavor" to the experience. Very well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the Colosseum via the gladiators entrance and standing on the stage. I had visited the Colosseum several years before but this was a completely different experience. My understanding this experience is limited; thank you to the booking crew who worked in the middle of the night to get us onto the schedule!"

Jack

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were on the ten day Venice-Florence-Rome tour. Our tour guide, Rozanne Stringer, was exceptional. Everything about the tour was great. With the hotels, gratuities, tickets, group dinners, and the bus travel all booked and taken care of it really makes for a hassle free experience. Rozanne was organized, very informed about the places we visited, and just a great person to talk to. The hotels were fantastic and in the heart of the cities which made for a great experience. We are going again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The grand canal in Venice viewed from a top the Rialto Bridge. You have to stand there to appreciate the unique beauty and wonderful sights, smells, and hustle and bustle going on in the canal and around you. Also, the Sistine Chapel literally took my breath away."

James

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide Roseanne is outstanding, as are the local guides. We were fully informed about the day's adventures, and upcoming items. The places we visited were all authentic cultural destinations and quite enjoyable. The pace was fairly intense but the unscheduled time made it easy to catch up. The four big advantages of the tour include location/choice of hotel, "skipping the lines" at major attractions, the choice of destinations, and the tons of information from all the tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were 9: St. Mark's and a Vivaldi concert in Venice, the cooking class in Florence, and of course, The David; the wine tasting near Orvieto, and most of the attractions in Rome: the churches built on top of one another, the Vatican Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, and the Coliseum."

Kara

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was my first time in Italy. I loved that I didn't have to worry about transportation or where to stay or waiting in the long lines for museums etc. Rick Steve's makes the process seamless. Roseann was a fabulous guide with much knowledge and years of experience. We had a great group of folks who all meshed well from the very beginning. We became a family within a matter of days. I look forward to my next Rick Steve's tour.. now to just decided on which one to take.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments. The cooking class in Florence and Wine Experience in Umbria were by far my favorite. The roads of Venice and seeing the David in Florence. The size of the coliseum surprised me in Rome because I was expecting something smaller. I would recommend the Venice, Florence and Rome tour to anyone looking to explore the pure history of Italy."

William

Carson City, NV

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife, Diane, and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip. We were able to check-off three more places on our bucket list. Venice was our favorite city but we thought Florence and Rome were pretty special too. The Italian cooking class was a lot of fun and we can't wait to see if we can make those same dishes on our own. Our stop at the winery and the wine experience that we had there was awesome. What an experience to walk down into those caves to see where wine was stored.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My big wow moment was at St. Mark's Basilica. Not only seeing the church itself but, also finding out that artifacts from the sacking of Constantinople were brought there. It was interesting to see the bronze horses and other items that made their way to Venice. It allowed me to be able to make the historical connection from when we visited Istanbul."

Alan

Lafayette, CO

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was a great balance of free time and tour time. The local guides were great in providing details about all aspects of the art and the times the works were created.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pantheon was my favorite. The fact it was completed in 125 and the interior is like new was amazing. Also, doing any building of that scale without machinery is impressive."

Gary

Plano, TX

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Anna from Siena (go Lupa!), was great. She was full of both historic and fun information, always willing to answer my wife's numerous questions, had extra maps for everyone, and unceasingly had a big smile. Our local guides, Corinne, Tanya and Maria, were exceptional and their insights really made our visits meaningful. While the main sites are what you come to see, we really enjoyed the local experiences of the cooking class, visiting a winery, and watching Anna's artist friend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the art and architecture were amazing, and also overwhelming. The magnitude of the Roman Forum really caught me by surprise. Wandering the back streets of Venice and constantly getting lost was totally enjoyable and never got old. Seeing 2000 year-old cellars and ruins beneath churches was surreal. After the tour, we took the train to another Rick Steve's Italy location, Cinque Terre. Kayaking on the Mediterranean Sea between the Cinque Terre towns was extraordinary and beautiful."

Eric

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Anna was Awesome and Francesca in Rome was a special treat. The most impressive value from a Rick Steve's Tour are the Guides. Their knowledge and energy made our Italian Tour amazing and I have been recommending Rick Steve's ever since. When my wife and I were on our own, we immediately missed our guides wisdom while we viewed art and architecture. The side trips or additional tour activities were extremely fun such as the cooking class and wine experience. It is difficult to imagine that

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amount of amazing art at the Vatican museum. Rooms at the Doges Palace."

Kristen

Plano, TX

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous experience - our tour guide Anna was wonderful and knowledgeable as were the city guides. The tour provided a good balance between group time where we learned much more about the cities than we ever would have on own and time for independent exploration.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest "wow" was looking down at the Roman Forum - the ruins were more massive than anticipated. Another "wow" was seeing the Umbrian hills from the winery where we had lunch. Finally, the views from inside the Florence Duomo while climbing and at the top were a "wow"."

Jack

Deland, FL

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience exceeded my expectations! Venice, Florence, and Rome were even better than I had hoped, and in retrospect I've very glad I decided on a Rick Steves tour rather than making all my own arrangements.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several "wow" moments, but especially at the Vatican, where we saw the Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica, and the Vatican Museum. Incredible!"

Theresa

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an absolute fantastic time. This was our first trip to Europe and we are so happy we took a Rick Steves tour. We saw so much that I don't think we could have arranged it all on our own without missing something. The accommodations were comfortable and centrally located. We went to bed each night happily exhausted and looked forward to the adventures we had waiting for us the next day. Anna, our guide made our trip fun and her enthusiasm rubbed off on all of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments from beginning to end that it's hard to pick one. The Wine experience and cooking class were fun. My favorite wow moment was the Colosseum. You see it on TV so many times, but until you see it in person you realize just how grand it is."

David

Milford Center, OH

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and our first Rick Steves' tour. It is our opinion that the Rick Steves' guided tour is the best way to go for first time travel. The insight and knowledge of our guides were astounding. The local perspective and the historical commentary only added more depth and color to our travel experience. We are already looking forward to our next adventure, which for sure will include Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments,it is hard to pick just one. From the moment you first see the canals of Venice to the ruins of Rome,you feel you have stepped through the looking glass,and each and every turn brings a new sense of wonder and amazement. We were lucky enough to be in Venice during the accentuation celebration and were witness to the clock tower procession with the original workings.Our local guide also made sure that we were in St. Marks during the up lighting of the church."

Patty

Lafayette, CO

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first time on a Rick Steve's tour. Actually it was our first time on any tour. We had been skeptical about tours because we consider ourselves experienced travelers and enjoy setting our own schedule. However, the Rick Steve's tour came highly recommended from our good friends and neighbors and we were not disappointed! What sold us was the wonderful balance between group time and free time. It was the best of both worlds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments that it's hard to pick just one. I really loved the Duomo in Florence. Climbing the stairs to the top was worth every step for the spectacular view that awaited at the top."

Sandra

Deland, FL

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour if Venice, Florence and Rome exceeded, by far, our expectations. We were expecting a guided tour, it got an education! All of the guides were very knowledgeable and interesting. Funny, too! Our "tour mother", Anna, was delightful as well. Our cooking class and wine experience were wonderful unexpected adventures. Thank you to all who are connected with making this once-in-a-lifetime trip "over the top" amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One "wow" moment is impossible. My hair was blown back the whole time!"

Carolyn

Edwards, CO

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Welcome reception was a little skimpy Audio guides were good Molly is a very knowledgeable guide Itinerary is good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed the wine luncheon and St. Clemente Church"

Jim

Cranberry Township, PA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. It was very well planned and allowed us to visit the most memorable sights of Venice, Florence, and Rome. Additionally, our guide introduced us to several out of the way places which were very interesting. Our daily schedule was an excellent blend of touring and free time to explore on our own. Although I was traveling alone, I was very comfortable with the other members of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. While in Rome..Touring The Pantheon, Vatican, St. Peters Church, Coliseum, and the Forum. 2. Enjoying a Tuscan lunch on a working farm in Umbria. 3. The paintings, sculptures, and architecture found in all three cities was spectacular. 4. Preparing our own four course lunch at a cooking school in Florence."

Janice

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was an expert in art history, and knew each city well. She explained a lot about the history and culture as we walked through the cities. The individual guides added expertise in their specific areas, and gave colorful local insights. The tour provided a series of first class peak experiences compacted into a time period that would be impossible to duplicate. All information about the trip and requirements were very clear. I had a wonderful time. Thank-you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. Wonderful cooking class and lunch. Wine tasting in Umbria. Special trip to the islands. All extras worth keeping. The private tour guides made the museum experience incredible. Great family dinners. Molly handled the rest of the "wows.""

Laurie

West Chester, PA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it is now, our favorite vacation! What a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"it is difficult to pick our "one" wow moment....the two highlights were the winery/olive oil visit and the cooking class in Florence. we were not expecting either one to be one of the highlights,however, both were a lot of fun with the group."

Gary

West Chester, PA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Our tour guide Molly was excellent, highly educated on the towns and sites we saw, friendly and helpful. She managed the logistics very well. The local guides were fabulous and greatly contributed to our experience at those museums / sites. Accommodations were very good, with helpful staff at each one. The overall great experience on the tour left us with a desire to return to Italy since we have only scratched the surface by briefly visiting the 3 large cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many great things to see and do on the tour, I cannot cite only one Wow moment. Being our first trip to Italy, there were Wow moments every day from St. Mark's in Venice to the incredible art and sculpture in Florence, to the ancient ruins in Rome. Each one of those were GREAT, but two items that were really special in a different, non-historic manner, were the lunch with Marco and his wife in Umbria and the lunch in Florence with the cooking class. Great fun and great food!"

Jeff

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have done a lot of traveling, but never on a tour, so we appreciated that that we had a lot of time to do things on our own. Most of the group outings were to places that it was an advantage to be in a group; faster entry etc. The itinerary placed in the lobby the night before helped us plan what we would do the next day. The things I enjoyed the most were unexpected, wandering Ferrara, Burano/Torcello, the cooking class and San Clemente.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As someone who likes to takes photographs my first wow moment was probably my favorite. Molly arranged for us to go to the rooftop of a department store on our initial walk through the streets of Venice. It was late afternoon so the light wasn't harsh and we were right above the Rialto Bridge, so we could see up and down the Grand Canal. It was a great way to get a sense of the island and take it all in. It was something I wasn't expecting, which made it all that more special."

Barbara

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great tour. At first I thought there were not enough planned activities when I saw the itinerary, but it turned out to be perfect. We felt like we had a lot of autonomy and enough time to see what we wanted on our own. I thought there was too much emphasis on iconology. I enjoyed the churches but then to go to museums and concentrate on the religious paintings was just too much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when walking around Rome, we turned a corner and "discovered" the Forum. Amazing. Also the side trip to the Poggio vineyard was sublime."

Priscilla

Stouffville, ON

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great having the highlights (Uffizi, Colosseum, Vatican, etc.) organized for us, with ample time to spend as we wanted. Our tour director (Molly) was always accessible and helpful in giving us suggestions for additional activities in our free time, and made a few extra "guided" trips with us to some sites and shopping expeditions. We thought is was a good balance between organized and free time and would recommend such a tour based on this. Very active which was great for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The agritourismo stop at Marco's olive and grape farm in Umbria (from Florence to Rome). Charming family, drop dead gorgeous place, wonderful food and wine tasting. Did not want to get back on the bus. This place is why you come back to Italy!"

Deborah

West Chester, PA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best vacation we have taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Colloseum."

Lizette

Big Bear Lake, CA

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time, got to see a lot compared to other tours. What we liked the best and the reason we took the tour is having the afternoon offs from the group. We got to explore and experience Italy on our own. We took one of the afternoon off in Florence and went to Pisa by train. Favorite: Cooking class and Wine tasting giving us a break from history and museums. Worst: Gondola ride, crowded in the Gondola (6 of us), one was sitting in the steps, couldn't hear the music.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting thru the special entrance to the Coliseum in Rome and being in the private area in the Coliseum for almost half hour."

Alex

Lihue, HI

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was an excellent trip, and I recommend it to anyone considering an Italian tour. Julian was an excellent guide, the local guides were also top-notch, the activities were varied, the locations were beautiful. The elevators were tiny, but its an RS tour... you didn't sign up for the elevators!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"SO many choices... quiet side streets in Venice, our afternoon in Umbria, the cooking class in Florence almost takes it, seeing David in the hall just as you see him in videos and images... nope, to me it was standing on the floor in the Colosseum. My wife and I have been inside a smaller arena, on the South of France tour, but this was the Big Time. So cool. Thank you."

Marvin

Martinez, CA

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was outstanding. Julian was a great tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, has good communication skills and is fun. Our tour group was an interesting mix of people. I enjoyed hanging out with everyone. Experiencing the beauty and history everywhere we went was an awesome experience! This was my second Rick Steves' tour. I Wouldn't consider touring with any other company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour was such an adventure it's hard to chose one "wow" moment. I was pleasantly surprised how much fun I had at the cooking class and lunch in Florence. We all had a blast preparing the food together. Eating the lunch we had prepared,with a little wine was great fun."

Karen

Lihue, HI

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it, loved it, loved it! Julian was an excellent guide. I also very much enjoyed the local guides. Everyone was amazing, in their attitudes as well as their knowledge. I know I could never do that job! So much experience and information. I hadn't been to Italy since 1975, so noted several things different with a tour: especially all the background to the art! I had no idea all the history and info behind the artworks. The size of the group was just right, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class! We had so much fun making the pasta and sauce for the chicken and also tiramisu. Nicolo was amazing; great sense of humor and didn't scoff at us when we messed up! A great addition to the tour."

Brenda

Cordova, TN

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour provided an excellent opportunity to see the highlights of each city, but also to experience these places through the eyes of local guides. Everything was well thought out and much attention given to making us responsible and capable travelers in our own right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entry into the Coliseum through the same entry as the gladiators. It was such an impressive and awesome view."

Lucy

Walnut, CA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were able to see so many awesome sites within the 9 days that we toured through Venice, Florence and Rome. The front of the line tickets were the best and the local tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and kept my attention. I enjoyed the group dinners because they highlighted the best food experiences while making us feel part of the family. Overall, this was a great way to introduce me to Italy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's tough to isolate it to just one WOW moment. I'd say seeing the Sistine chapel and the other great artwork was awe inspiring. Michealangelo's Danid was breathtaking."

Anuradha

Tampa, FL

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Relatively small group. Excellent and knowledgeable guide/ guides. Central location of hotels. Hassle free tour with plenty of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Special events-cooking class, wine tasting, and evening dinners added value to excellent site seeing."

John

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed the tour and learned much more than we could have by traveling the same route by ourselves. Moreover, having all arrangements made by the tour made the trip stress-free. All was on schedule (in Italy), so all we had to do was show up at the designated time. Our group size of 28 was just right, and the Rick Steves philosophy attracts nice people, so we had a fun time together. This was our first RS tour, and, now that we know how great it is, we're looking for our next RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To choose one from the many "wow" moments is artificial, but the inside of St. Marks Basilica with the four horses and the gold mosaics was really a special experience. The replicas of the horses outside were interesting, but there was something awe inspiring about the original horses inside. The mosaics and inside of the basilica were also very impressive. If you said that's two items (horses & mosaics); pick one, I'd have to say the horses, and I can't put my finger on exactly why."

Louann

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing trip. This is our second Rick Steves tour. We couldn't be happier with the tour experience. We saw and experienced so much more on the tour than we could possbily experience on our own. Everything was so well planned and organized. There was just the right mix of planned and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments in Italy that it almost defies understanding. The quantity, scale and scope of the architecture and art was mind boggling. One of my memorable wow moments was the ceiling in the corridors of the Vatican museums. Simply amazing."

Paul

Hutchinson, MN

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was knowledgable and became a friend to everyone immediately. We had a wonderful group of people which made it easy to enjoy everything. The tour was very well planned, just the right amount of time to be led around, educated, and to wander on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a surprise. The brass players from the Florentine Opera played an outdoor concert that was just what I needed!"

Warren

Burnsville, MN

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since this was our first tour we weren't quite sure what to expect and were somewhat nervous about many aspects of the trip. But our experience turned out to be great and all our worries were for nothing. We greatly enjoyed our guide, our tour mates and all of the activities. The tour encorporated the perfect blend of guided activities and free time, and we easily made friends with everyone on the tour. Spending time together with others or on our own was easy. I would highly recommend touring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were many amazing sites on our tour I think for me it was the coliseum. The sheer scale of the building was overwhelming, especially when you think of the limited equipment they had available to build anything like it."

Rebecca

Burnsville, MN

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I had hoped for and so much more! It was extremely well planned and well organized. The balance of planned activities and free time was just right. The hotels we stayed in were lovely and extremely well located right in the heart of the cities. I loved the itinerary! The museums, cathedrals, ancient ruins, the cooking class and winery visit all helped me gain an appreciation of Italian culture and people. I would not have changed a thing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not certain I had a specific "wow moment" but rather a "wow revelation" shortly after the tour began. Our group members were of different ages, different religions, coming from different experiences and even different political leanings. Nevertheless we all were open to learning about Italy and each other. Everyone truly took care of each other and really enjoyed each other. The fact that total strangers were so open to each other really wowed me and was an unexpected benefit of the trip."

Dolores

Lakewood Ranch, FL

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Italy and our first land tour so we were not sure what to expect. The whole experience was fantastic. The tour guide, Trish, was very knowledgeable, personable and helpful. The other tour members were very nice and we all seemed to have the same goals and ideas and all got along well. The daily tours were wonderful and included the history and relevance to all the sites, artwork etc. we were visiting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The vatican, sistine chapel, and David."

Sherryl

Caledonia, MI

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip abroad. The Value that Rick Steves offered with the hotels, attractions, history lessons, pre trip advice, and food experiences were FAR exceeding my expectations the whole trip. Our guide Trish was amazing, the other tour travelers are now life long friends, and I have already started thinking about our next trip with you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a tie between all the amazing meals we had together in local restaurants that we ate in, and the cooking class we took. Oh dear, maybe it was the amazing local guides that shared their passion with us."

Michael

Caledonia, MI

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first experience with Rick Steves tours. The overall experience was exceptional. There was a great blend of free time to explore with excellent local guides and a variety of activities which we managed well, informative and very enjoyable. Trish did an excellent job hosting our overall tour was timely, informative, pleasant and fun to be with along with being very well prepared and professional. Trish made the experience very enjoyable & we appreciated her organized approach

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moment from the tour was our trip to visit the vineyard in Umbria. This was such a special treat and the owner was an exceptional teacher, offering wonderful insight into her family's heritage of wine making in a most hospitable, friendly and informative manner. While our trip was filled with may Wow moments this was my personal favorite but certainly not the only one!"

Charles

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time with a wonderful group of travelers. Our tour leader, Trish, was always on task. She anticipated most questions and answered the few remaining completely. She offered other cultural opportunities for a available free time. She worked through all the public transit issues and made sure all the members made it on board. I had been to Italy before but things change in a short time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly like the trip to Burano island. It was a gorgeous day for a boat ride which also made it special. The gondola that was an additional charge was also good but a little short. The wine tasting was a great change and helped to break up the trip from Venice to Florence. The cooking class in Florence was special and a lot of fun besides eating what we cooked."

Gary

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trish is a wonderful guide, and our group was fun and easy to get along with. The tour was as advertised, and everything went very smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having not been on a Rick Steves' tour before, it was the expertise of the local guides. It was much more than I was expecting."

Jean

Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceed Expectation in terms of quality of tour experience. We are already planning our next tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The knowledge and charisma of our tour guide and that of the local guides was exceptional"

Kathryn

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I expected. Having never been to Italy before it was a great way to be introduced to such a beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but I think the Sistine Chapel and St. Peters were by far my favorite."

Dean

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole trip was amazing. Our group, of 28, grew into a family. Our tour manager, Patricia, was incredible. She was very knowledgeable, helpful beyond the call of duty, and funny. She went out of her way to be see that everyone had what they needed, and to fix any problems they were having. Our local guides were all amazing--well educated, professional, and extremely passionate. It was the trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many museums, so many churches, so much history, so much art, so much art history, so much good food--how does one choose? Seeing the David was very special, so were some of the smaller places, like the Church of San Clemente, in Rome, the Church on Torcello Island, in Venice, or San Spirito, in Florence, were remarkable, but our tour of the Colesseum, with Francesca, was the "wow" moment for us. She wanted us to feel the place, and brought my wife to tears with her narrative."

Christine

Voorheesville, NY

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour. Venice, Florence and Rome are amazing places with something magical around every corner. There is simply so much to see and experience, it can be overwhelming. But as is the hallmark of a Rick Steves tour, the itinerary was expertly planned, a perfect balance of structure and free time capturing not only the important sites, but the spirit and culture of the cities as well. Our tour group was a wonderful mix of travelers and we meshed well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is almost an unfair question because there were so many! But if forced to choose, I would have to say the morning spent in Ancient Rome with local guide Francesca. She was simply amazing. Not only did she take us to see the ancient sites such as the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and the incredibly beautiful Church of San Clemente- she somehow was able to bring them to life, to help us understand what life was like during those times. It was a moving and incredible morning."

Charles

Ballwin, MO

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our full time guide [Patricia] was fabulous. Patricia went way beyond the call of duty [staying up late and getting up early] by arranging additional side trips for Cathy and me. The additional guides were passionate about their subjects and transferred their passion to us so that we were able to understand the story behind a work of art or architecture. The cooking lesson was a fun way to experience the local cuisine and the best part was eating our creations. A great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unless you see it, you can't appreciate the majesty of Michelangelo's Statue of David. It was astounding."

Richard

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was totally surprised at how important Patricia and all of her subject matter experts were in making my experience so enjoyable. Each one of them had their own individual charisma but as a whole they were intelligent, articulate and enthusiastic and that enthusiasm seeped into my experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food. Never a bad meal. The Spanish Steps in Rome was an oasis of calm for me in a sometimes hectic tour."

Lisa

Brighton, MI

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So well organized and right on schedule with all events and activities. I was pleased we had enough free time to explore on our own and happily surprised when we got in a few "extra" treats like seeing a historic church with famous works of art. Patricia was very humorous, informative and took care of all our needs. The group was very nice and fun people! The local tour guides and no waiting in line made all the difference in experiencing and understanding the incredible sites we toured.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many!!! Boat ride to Torcello (Island in Venice)was a serene get-away. Historic church with amazing mosaics! Exploring the alleys of Venice and listening to the music on St. Mark's Square. Climbing the Duomo in Florence! (and looking at it from the hilltop on the Oltro Arno) Local guided tour of Palazzo Davanzati! Who knew how they lived back then? Dinner and music with the group!"

Dennis

Pegram, TN

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Could not have been better

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The colloseium"

Maryellen

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour had the perfect mix of guided excursions and free time on our own. Our guide, Patricia, was delightful, helpful, on time and so knowledgeable, and she really made the trip shine. The local guides were all great, and really brought the art history alive. I'm sure that without them I would have seen alot of art and architecture without the appreciation of the artist or the historical context. The hotels were very nice. There wasn't a bad experience throughout the whole trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention, but I really enjoyed the cooking class. Also the tour of the family winery."

Taryn

Arnold, MD

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was great: tour was extremely well organized. Despite having 28 people, we all had individual attention. Guide Patricia was outstanding, and local guides were extremely knowledgeable and interesting. They all seemed to love what they were doing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Local guide Francesca's commentary was very moving and memorable...perfect way to end the tour! Our second wow moment was the fried artichokes."

Kerry

Brighton, MI

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days Tour was excellent. It was a good balance of group planned tours/activities and free time to explore. This was the first time to Italy and we were very pleased with the tour. The group size was comfortable and the people were all very nice. The local guides were very good, full of information and very professional. There was no waiting at any of our tours and we walked right in. Our guide Patricia was awesome. She took care of all the details

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but the one that was my favorite was the tour of the Vatican and St Peters Basilica. We could have spent a couple of more days there to see it all, but the tour provided a great overview."

Lora

Columbia, MD

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the tour & Patricia. The tour provided the right balance between scheduled activities & free time. Patricia took wonderful care of us in every way. Each local guide was fantastic too! They gave us wonderful insight into what we were seeing and helped us feel what made each place special. It was fantastic not to have to wait in line at various sights but to get in right away and make the most of our time. And it was very nice that we had tours that were topped off by free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! I loved the view from the balcony of St. Mark's Basilica overlooking the square and looking out to the water. I was wowed by the art and history in all the churches. The "ruins" on Rome were so vast and amazing. And the cooking class in Florence was a blast."

John

Louisville, KY

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was very well organized. Very impressed with tour guide Patricia. As well as the other guides employed for specific attractions. Hotel choice was fine as well as arranged meals. Very good experience and I would definitely do another Rick Steves organized tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the most impressive moment I was walking in the special entrance into the Colosseum in Rome. That made quite an impression on me."

Thomas

Voorheesville, NY

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fantastic , tiring, fun and laugh filled tour with wonderful sites, activities, tour guides, and of course, tour members!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not "wow", but "WOW !". The time spent with our local guide Francesca touring Ancient Rome, provided me with an in-depth insight into daily life there in a way I had never considered before. Her asking us to see the buildings and areas not as ruins, but as parts of a once working, living city, made me appreciate these ruins in a whole different perspective and added so much to my visit there... WOW..."

Catherine

Ballwin, MO

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day was wonderful. We appreciated the mix of structured group activities and time to explore individually. The cooking class and wine pairing lunch were delightful breaks in the "must see" itinerary. In every respect, this tour was an exceptional experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing David. Pictures can not capture the majesty of that figure."

Charlane

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very well organized tour. It was nice to experience the museums in the morning, and have the afternoon free to explore on our own. We had such a nice group of people that it made the experience even better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was in the Basilica of San Marco viewing all that amazing mosaic. It was hard to imagine that it was all cut and assembled by hand."

Katherine

Henrico, VA

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour greatly exceeded my expectations. The tour guide was excellent and the rest of the tour group got along great. There was a nice mix of art and history along with some local culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Burano was one of my favorite places. I loved the colorful houses and shops and just couldn't get enough photos. Unfortunately I ran out of time to shop so would have enjoyed another hour or two on the island!"

Teresa

Louisville, KY

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my eighth Rick Steves tour and, as always, the tour met and exceeded my expectations. The hotels, group restaurants, local guides, tour guide Tina, and the itinerary were all great. Our tour members were friendly and helpful and we all bonded early on the tour. I will definitely take another Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Venice, the gondola ride arranged by our tour guide, Tina was great. I had not been on a gondola the previous two trips to Venice. In Florence, seeing the Baptistery doors in the Duomo Museum up close was exciting. The doors had been under renovation during my first two trips to Florence. In Orvieto, the wine tasting at Tenuta Le Velette was wonderful. In Rome, the Basilica of San Clemente was very interesting. Our special tour of the Colosseum was exciting!"

Susan

Tigard, OR

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide (Tina) was very knowledgeable and cared about the tour participants. The other participants were fun to be with and watched out for each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just being in places like the Colosseum in Rome and in Venice. The cooking class was a pleasant surprise."

Meredith

Henrico, VA

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great amount of time alone and scheduled tours. The best parts are the locals taking you around explaining history and what they are interested in. We had an amazing time and learned so much. Kudos to Tina for being an amazing tour guide and able to engage with everyone every day. She was truly a pleasure and took the time to know people as well as answer all questions!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice - the local guides made me fall in love with the city. David - just gorgeous Coliseum - Our tour guide that day was awesome. I learned so much and it became my favorite place over the whole trip. Loved the winery and the cooking class though!"

Tamara

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed with the quality of our first Rick Steves tour, from the mix of group & individual time, hotels & group meals, to the smaller group size, & the varied sights & activities of the tour. As an artist & lover of art & architectural history, seeing all the museums & churches was a dream come true- Italy is THE place to see art! Our guide Tina was wonderful, & our group was a fun mix of folks who really bonded over the course of our tour. It was certainly worth my tired, achy feet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have wanted to see Michelangelo's David in Florence, & the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, ever since I was a child and I was not disappointed. I was amazed at all of the famous art in situ, from the humblest of churches to the big basilicas- surely I have seen enough religious art to last several lifetimes! Venice was lovely, the cooking class in Florence was really fun, & the visit to St Clement's in Rome was particularly fascinating. And to top it off- lots of delicious food & wine!"

Katherine

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a full and exciting trip. Our group of fellow travelers was great. Everyone was caring, friendly and fun. Over all it was great, I wish we might have had 4 days in Florence and 4 in Rome. As we arrived early in Venice, we felt we saw almost everything we wished to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Venice wow moment was seeing the lights coming on in the basilica. My Florence wow was David. I loved the Vatican art."

Amy

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been on several group tours in Europe, as well as traveling in Europe on our own. We thoroughly enjoyed this, our first, Rick Steves tour! Keeping the number of participants smaller(group of 28 rather than 40+) made the experience more intimate feeling and enjoyable. Tina, our guide, was fun, knowledgeable, helpful and professional! A+! The local guides used were as well. I found I really enjoyed this tour because of the free time built in to explore on our own too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard, limiting it to just ONE moment! There were many, considering what we saw and experienced! Seeing Michelangelo's David in Florence, and the awe of staring up at the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, and the wonder and history standing in the Coliseum in Rome. Hmm, sampling the Aperol Spritz all through Italy was fabulous as well!"

Walter

Henrico, VA

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

1st RS Tour-Liked the blend of guided & free time-but too much to pack into a short time! We often spent 12 hours away from the hotel and still felt like we left too much unseen. A great problem to have. Misc: Venice–The advice to wander aimlessly & "get lost". We spent most of our time there doing just that–& it was magical Torcello–The Basilica-So much more of a holy place than St Marks Rome – 72 hour metro pass-Loved the flexibility this afforded us. We used it extensively.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list but beyond the art & architecture, Burano, the cooking class & winery visit have generated the most reminiscing. The cooking class was probably our favorite experience of the trip. The group had bonded sufficiently by then & our hosts were incomparable. A wonderful time was had by all. I wish there were more experiences like this. Also the winery-fascinating both from a historical standpoint (Etruscan) & wine standpoint. Another highlight that should always be included."

Kenneth

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd RS tour. Totally excellent in every way. Our tour guide Tina did an outstanding job. I love the fact that we were able to visit all the major sites in Venice, Florence, and Rome, but didn't have to worry about where to get tickets or having to stand in long lines. I'm totally sold on Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment on the tour was our cooking class where I learned how to make pasta. I liked it so much that when we returned home, I ordered a pasta machine so I can do my own pasta now."

Mary

Schererville, IN

Tour: 04/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was great. The orientation walks the first night made me feel comfortable navigating each city. There was a good balance between group activities and free time. The group meals were delicious. I liked the activity level of the tour and all the walking helped work off the gelato! Rather than seeing sights from a bus window, we were immersed in the cities themselves. We had a great tour group, and that made it even more fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was my first sight of the Duomo in Florence. My favorite activity was the cooking class in Florence."

Albert

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 04/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned and executed. RS tours experience really shows in knowing the appropriate physical and attention limits of the guests. All aspects of hotel selection, activities, restaurants, travel between cities were handled in excellent fashion. Independent time was at appropriate intervals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine chapel"

Joni

Duvall, WA

Tour: 04/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was so far beyond our dreams. Our tour guide Trish was amazing. She was so knowledgeable, so helpful, energetic, thoughtful, and seemed as excited as we were to be seeing all these things for the first time! What a testament to the love of Italy she has. Our group was so close much of which I attribute to Trish. I know my daughter Stacy and I will never forget our time there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Truly the painting by Bellini "Pieta" was such an unexpected emotional event for me. "The David" was so incredibly emotional for me, it's hard to think anything could measure up to that."

Patricia

Chilton, WI

Tour: 04/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed all of the tour, liked the farm/wine tasting and cooking lesson as a nice fit with the more hectic round of museums, etc. I think overall there was just the right amount of free time to choose what you wanted to do, grab a panino or check out the grocery store, and to just "be there".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to choose."

James

Springfield, PA

Tour: 04/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good. I went primarily to experience Ancient Rome. I was pleasantly surprise by Florence and what I learned about the Renaissance period.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View of Florence from the Piazza Michelangelo"

Casey

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Tour: 04/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better than I could have imagined. I'd been to Italy many times, but was bringing along a first timer. Rainer and Francesco could not have been more knowledgeable, hospitable, and enjoyable, They were an absolute joy and wealth of information. I hadn't realized taking an organized tour would relieve so much of the burden of planning and executing a trip that would be enjoyable and informative for my travel partner's first European trip. Rainer is a wonderful guide. Well done and thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! I suppose meeting Francesca in Rome was a distinctive highlight. She personalized the tour and I felt it, along with seeing it. She made me feel Rome was mine. It was my city and I was part of its rich history. Between Rainer, Francesco, and Francesca, I was given the perfect tour. I'm very grateful. You must be very proud of the guides you select, because they are truly impressive. I will tour again, and I will recommend your tours with great enthusiasm. Sincere thanks."

Michael

Saint Albans, VT

Tour: 04/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was so well planned and coordinated by the Rick Steves team that it made getting in to the "big ticket" venues a breeze. Talk about skip the line, Awesome. Our two guides Rainer and Francesco were a great team. Very easy going and friendly great ideas and information. This was a great way to experience the true Italian culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Pieta at St. Peter's. Took my breath away."

Ed Lewis

Spring Hill, TN

Tour: 04/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! I'm not sure it could have been better. Rainer, Francesco, and the local guides were terrific. And the way we seamlessly moved in and out of the sites was remarkable. Rainer and Francesco added so much color, and their camaraderie only added to the enjoyable atmosphere. The local tour guides were so knowledgeable and entertaining. The hotels were very nice, and the hotel staff were very professional. Just a wonderful, memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, a smorgasbord of attacks on the senses. The first full Italian meal we had in Florence in the basement of the restaurant near the hotel...the wild boar and the Dreolino Rosso Toscano...what a combination! The fish market in Venice, and the restaurant you recommended around the corner, unbelievable. And actually being in the presence of the masters artwork, David, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman ruins, it was more than one could take in. So many wow moments."

Samuel

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 04/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The best qualities of the tour were organization, flexibility and communication. A particular strength of the tour was the guides. Rainer was outstanding. He was available, communicative and drama-free. The museum/city guides were all outstanding. It was great that the tips for the guides were pre-arranged. Not so non-outstanding for me was the side-trip to Burano. Frankly by the end of the tour the "Assumption of Mary" was wearing thin. But what are going to do? It was Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice was spectacular. Also with the help of my partner and tour buddies, I made it to the top of the Duomo in Florence! (Heights make me nervous)"

Charlotte

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 04/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I found it well balanced on the amount of structured time and free time. The activities helped us bond as a group and get to know each other....very important for the overall experience. the guides were all intriguing people and definitely put forward their own world views as they gave historical context to whatever we were viewing. I found that valuable as it inevitably challenged our US centric views or understanding of history. I had hoped that we would have more exposure to local folks

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the plaza in Florence and going by a musician playing Spanish guitar with a group of high school students signing in unison to his song. It was a lovely evening, he was an accomplished musician and the signing was beautiful. This is my second trip to Venice, Florence and Rome. I have books on the art works from each of these cities, so seeing them again for me wasn't as mind blowing as the first time. Even so, there are lots of sites, works of art and areas that I haven't see"

Diana

Alameda, CA

Tour: 04/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I imagined it would be and more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class in Florence was phenomenal. The chef was brilliant, entertaining and witty - a recipe for an incredible experience. I grew up in an Italian American home and GOOD food has, and will always be a huge part of my life. However, I have never made my own pasta before - what a delicious experience - one I look forward to taking home to my family and continuing a new tradition with my two daughters."

Joanne

Hamburg, PA

Tour: 04/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Italy lived up to my every expectation and the tour took it well beyond enjoyable. The friendliness of the participants, shared dinners, bus trips, the Florence cooking class, the Le Velette winery were a true slice,or glass, of Italy. The tour's attention to organization and details was exemplary. You prepared us well for an experience of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention. Coming up on the Grand Canal was worthy of tears as was the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, a spiritual journey at the very least. The colorful houses of Burano were also a delightful eyeful."

Victoria

Sykesville, MD

Tour: 04/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Amazing! We saw so many extraordinary things and learned so much. Trip of a life time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice and the Grand Canal. No place like it on Earth! The David St. Peters The Colosseum and Forum"

David

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 04/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an incredible real-life European Art History tour that was extremely well-run and managed. Our guide, Daniela, was passionate about her job, and fulfilling the mission of travel making us, and the world a better place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to underestimate the coolness of taking a wrong turn on the way back to your hotel and encountering the Pantheon. Honorable mention to St Clement's Basilica in Rome. What an unexpected surprise! (It doesn't win as it was more than a moment..)"

Carrie

Cedar Falls, IA

Tour: 04/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first abroad trip as a couple. We were thrilled at how much we were able to see and do! We had an amazing time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW was when my very left brain analytical husband said to me after our tour of San Clemente, "That made everything else make sense!" As a right-brained creative person, it was no problem for me to understand how buildings and art from all different periods coexist today and make the cities we visited what they are. But for my husband, actually seeing how they were built literally on top of each other and hearing our guide say, "picture over here/Imagine that you are seeing, worked for him!"

Denis

Vienna, VA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Much better than I was anticipating. Really nice group of people to share wonderful experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Basilica of San Clemente - three tiered complex was amazing"

Thelma

Redmond, WA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent experience. Great introduction to three terrific destinations, and adequate time for independent exploration. The Rick Steves guidebook provides plenty of supplemental material for looking around, too. Now I know I really do need three pairs of shoes and which shirts to leave at home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was my first tour experience with Rick Steves. I came away particularly respecting the way the tour was marketed. The folks who chose this tour self-selected for a reasonable activity level. Participants came expecting to walk a lot, and we got what we expected. I took the stairs rather than the elevator, which was fine, too. I thought taking the Rome subway was a gutsy choice, but we did fine. I would absolutely do a tour with your organization again."

Alan

Atascadero, CA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a dream come true. We arrived a few days early and explored the city of Venice and fell in love with it. Overall, I would say that our guide and the other folks in our group made for a memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the narrow streets of Venice and experiencing its charm. Unlike any other city in the world. Another wow moment was seeing the Colosseum and walking through the Forum. Just unbelievable."

Kerry Ann

Huntersville, NC

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire experience was exceptional. From the directions given before the trip began, to our final good byes; there were no details overlooked. This was my first trip to Europe, and now I am afraid I won't want to go back unless it is another Rick Steves tour, we were spoiled! Marijan and the local guides made the experience very special. We would have missed so much without them. We loved the diversity of those in our group, too (ages, singles, couples...). I know you can't control that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot count how many times I said "Oh my Gosh" or "unbelievable" during the trip - But I think I said it most often in Florence."

Renée

Rocky Mount, NC

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip, an experience of a lifetime. Our guide, Marijan was organized, informative, fun and kind. I enjoyed the camaraderie of the group, everyone was friendly and wanted to learn and have a good time. Venice, Florence and Rome were all amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many wow moments, but there were 2 that took my breath away. Seeing the skyline of Florence from the overlook, Piazzale Michelangelo, was magical. Also we were able to enter the Colosseum in Rome from the same gate as the Gladiators did many centuries ago. Not all visitors are able to enter this way, so it was special."

Lynda

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As a solo traveler, I was really hoping the overall group experience would be fun and good way to travel and it was. Great group of people, all ages, and no grumps! I loved Marijan, our guide, and the way the tour was planned out with different activities gave the most bang for the buck. There were some really fun extras, like the cooking class and winery tour, that were spaced just perfectly in the trip. Overall, great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wows to list! The David , Uffizi gallery, the Coliseum and the Forum were unbelievably impressive."

Laurie

Arlington, VA

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked seeing new things--the food was very good. Beautiful museums. Loved the beautiful churches.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gondolas in a group with music. The Tuscany dinner on my birthday with the group was soooo good!"

Nancy

Akron, OH

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was more than I could have imagined. We had the time of our lives. The hotels, meals, local guides were tops. Stephanie knows her stuff, we couldn't have had a better guide. She was always available for questions and had the answers. She treated us to many extras She truly cared about the group and individuals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course David was a wow factor and the timing of our tour was great. We were a late in the day group so we had David to ourselves right before closing. Walking the streets in Florence and approaching the Duomo!! St Marks Basilica was amazing. Having a reservation at the Colosseum and passing all the people in line. Our Feast dinner in Florence was fabulous.. we had Steaks and at the time I was craving protein. The cooking class was really fun and informative."

Tim

West Chester, PA

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good tour and tour guides were very helpful and personable during the tour in Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All three cities had interesting aspects, Canals in Venice, Ufuzi/David in Florence, scenery in Italy during bus trips and Rome Ancient History"

Ruth

Arlington, VA

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I'm certainly on the edge of age and fitness to be part of the group. And my Down Syndrome daughter was below that edge for the fast pace. However, both Stephanie and Marianna worked with us as we knew the lacks to adapt by using taxis and walking ahead of the group. So, we all became more comfortable. And Stephanie I think carefully arranged for two hunks to carry our light cases over the Rialto Bridge in Venice. The vineyard experience was also a relaxed and delightful group enhancing time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class in Florence was my favorite moment and the forum in Rome was my favorite learning moment."

Michael

Sanford, FL

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Completely exceeded any expectations I had about what traveling with a tour group would be like. Will most certainly not be the last tour we take with RS. I would do this tour over again for sure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in St Peters and the Vatican was awe inspiring with the shear size and the extreme detail."

Vincent

Oxnard, CA

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thank you, as a new traveler to Italy and it being a large expense for us, I felt extremely satisfied with our tour. Our Guide Stephanie was outstanding, our local guides and assistant guide Mariana were also very good. The tour had the right balance of free time and activity. We also were given plenty of support and information to make our free time more enjoyable. Thank you and I look forward to experiencing another Rick Steve's Tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Agrotourismo experience because it was unexpected very personal and warm. I nice treat on trip to several cities."

Linda

Black Creek, BC

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th Rick Steves' tour and proved to again be a fantastic experience. From start to finish, this tour was such a pleasure to be on. A three-city tour and although we only had three days in each city, I felt we hit the high spots of each city. Great restaurants, art, shopping and left each feeling how much fun it was to enjoy with a very diverse but akin group of fellow travellers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Skipping the 2-1/2 hour line-up to get into the Coloseum.... our group was whisked into a side-door and right onto the floor with a 15-20 minute time slot escorted by our guide without crowds! Stephanie did say that this had happened only one other time that she had experienced and the arrangement was made through the office! Bravo! Kudos to your office staff for a very special experience. Once again, magic on a Rick Steves' tour."

Thayni

Sanford, FL

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing experience! Absolutely the best way to travel in Europe. I had my reservations about doing a tour for our honeymoon...but those quickly disappeared. From the very first day to the last the experience was first class! Our tour guide was absolutely amazing. The group dynamics could not have been better! An experience I will never forget for sure! I have traveled to Europe several times, and I wish I had traveled with Rick Steves from the very beginning. Highly recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment from the tour was the city of Venice. I fell in love with the place! So gorgeous and historic. Everything about it was so unique. From the food to the architecture, to the history of it all. This city absolutely amazed me. There is no place like it in the world."

Christine

Coral Springs, FL

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Donald, was fun and informative, encouraging and delightful. The cities were spectacular and Donald made sure we saw the highlights and more. The food was not only delicious but each dining experience was unique. We had plenty of free time, but not too much. Our fellow travelers were just right

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the museum and there was David! Or maybe when the gondolier started to sing Volare and encouraged us to join in! Or it could have stepping into the coliseum! This question is too hard!"

Susan

Cambridge, CAM

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the orientation meeting to the final breakfast, our tour experience was wonderful. Our guide, Donald, was helpful and knowledgeable and so warm and friendly. All the details were worked out for us to make our tour a stress free experience. My husband and I enjoyed everything about the trip and would take another Rick Steves tour without hesitation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride with musicians arranged by our guide."

Thomas

Portland, OR

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour. The combination of sights, e.g. Sistine Chapel, stature of David, Botticelli's Birth of Venus, The Colosseum, The Grand Canal; activities, e.g., cooking class, gondola ride, wine tasting; and meeting our wonderful guide Donald and virtually all other 26 people on our tour made this one of the best vacations in my 73 years of life!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is an extremely difficult question: standing in the colosseum and realizing it was completed in 71 AD ..?. taking a vaporetto from the airport to our hotel in Venice... ? walking in the caves under a winery near Rome ...? group dinner with musicians . . . ? If only one, our "In Tavola" cooking class with Nicchio in Florence. All I can say is "Mom-a Mia"."

Cynthia

Portland, OR

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never done a tour before so we were a bit concerned about being in a group. BUT our people were so amazing and fun! Everyone got along really well and totally meshed and bonded . We enjoyed group time way more than free time and that was a happy surprise. When we did have free time, we almost always connected with someone from the tour, and it was not always the same people. It was also a great experience being with different age groups.....my buddy was a teenager,and I am a senior!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"REALLY? Just one? Venice is just awesome...canals....no vehicles! Water taxi from airport to hotel! Fantastic food in each city. WINE. Favorite fun activity would have to be the cooking class and the wonderful meal we were able to cook under our chef's guidance!"

William

Cambridge, CAM

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an amazing experience. We enjoyed every aspect of it. Everything went off without a hitch. Fortunately, the weather cooperated. And all the preparation made for us fell into place with perfect coordination. It was certainly one of the best travel experiences of my life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Sistine chapel and the gondolier ride organized by Donald."

Jim

Bel Air, MD

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an amazing experience for my wife and me. Our first time to Italy and it did not disappoint. The three cities we visited, Venice, Florence and Rome were so wonderful and different in their own special way. Our tour guide Donald was fantastic and so helpful during the whole trip. The three hotels we stayed in were nice and the food all along the way was outstanding. Luckily we had great weather with the exception of one morning but that just seemed to add to experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was seeing Michelangelo's David up close and personal. Also Venice as a whole was one wow moment in itself. Navigating the island's little alleyways and small streets with no motorized traffic was quite the pleasure and fun."

Sue

Lombard, IL

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Expected a great trip and the program delivered beyond expectations. Just a wonderful and memorable experience overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Truly impossible to to choose one. I was constantly being educated on the art, history and culture yet I had plenty of time to slow down and let the experience sink in and truly enjoy."

Janis

Bel Air, MD

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves tour, but the first that involved 3 different locations. It was a wonderful experience. Donald, our Rick Steves tour guide, performed his job very well. We loved the itinerary. It was quite varied, including a fun cooking class and the most delightful wine tasting ever! Each of our local guides were top notch . The gondola ride and the musicians that accompanied us made for an unforgettable evening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the interior of St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice and particularly the 4 horses! The view from the cathedral was awesome. We were fortunate to be there when the interior lights went on, so we could truly appreciate the golden glow of the mosaics."

Frederick

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't usually get up early and so the schedule was a big help to me. Left to my own devices would have been a disaster. I really appreciated the guides at all the museums. They made the experience more rich. All the reservations and tickets were taken care of. I'm very pleased with the experience I had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine ceiling, Basilica di St. Clemente, David, two other things made a big impact on me that were not on the schedule was the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice and the church with The Ecstasy of St. Teresa."

Linda

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved it all. The tour guides were fabulous, Ann was fabulous and the sites were amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David and the Colosseum."

David

Middlebury, VT

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, very positive, with good leadership, excellent local guides, and a congenial group of people. As a first-time visitor to the three cities, I could never have seen or experienced as much on my own, so the guided tour was helpful. My assigned roommate worked out well, giving me someone to hang out with during free time. I did find Rome a bit overwhelming, especially the crowds at the Vatican. "Extras" like the cooking class and wine-tasting were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice, in all its decrepit splendor, and the boat trip out to Burano and Torcello."

Geriann

Rockville, MD

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far exceeded our expectations! It was everything that was promised, and much much more. Ann was a wonderful Guide, and she was prepared at every turn, and the perfect personality to guide a group on the adventure of their lives. I think the message and upfront information provided on a Rick Steves tour attracts the kind of people looking for the same types of things from their travel. We can honestly say we loved every single group member with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the coliseum through the gladiator entrance and seeing Michelangelo's Pieta in St Peters Basilica."

Guia

Melrose, MA

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good.Very well organized. Pleasant experience overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint Peter's Basilica and seeing Michelangelo's frescoes and sculptures"

Maria

Bronx, NY

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the tour. The tour guide and the guides that she chose for the cities we where in were very informative and fun to talk to. The people in the group were all very nice and not one person was rude or mean

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I had a few but I would say the Florence was the most impressive wow moment for me"

Karen

Wesley Chapel, FL

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very special for me as my husband and I brought our 17 year old grandson.This was our grandson's first time out of the country. He loved it! Everyone on the tour was very welcoming to him. Our Tour guide, Martin, was patient with him and would spend extra time showing him things and explaining things to him. We had a medical issue and Martin resolved it quickly, which we really appreciated. Our accommodations were great even with three people in the room!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the cooking class. Cooking and eating with friends was so much fun. Food and wine with friends; you can't beat that!"

Marg

St Paul, MN

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was wonderful to see treasures of Italy, to hit the highlights with guides and speedy admission. Liked the 3 city format, though would have been pleased with an additional day in each. Disappointing not to have interaction with daily life and actual people of Italy. Felt like a tourist with a check list. Especially compared to Road Scholar trips, this was a major disappointment even though in hindsight I realize I should have expected it. Makes for a weak intercultural experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David."

Ronald

Portland, OR

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another trip of a lifetime, this is my third RSE tour. Martin our guide was awesome, such patience and local knowledge. He took such good care of us, he knew all the good eating places that was outside of the tourist areas, being amongst the locals made the trip more special. We had an awesome group of travelers. The accommodations were right in the heart of where all the action was, perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I opted to take the gondola ride with the group. The ride itself was so special, but Martin had arranged for musicians and a singer, I was so taken by this experience it brought on tears!! Touring the foreum, our guide was so passionate as she explained what we were looking at with before drawings to set the mood. I could see it as it was, that was really unforgettable."

Estelle

Broken Arrow, OK

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome - with special guide"

Robin

Lynchburg, VA

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was awesome! Loved every minute. Learned so much and saw so many beautiful things. Tour members were fun, intelligent, and interesting. Tour leader was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You cannot spend 10 days in Italy and have only one 'wow' moment. The wine tasting in Umbria was wonderful, the villa was gorgeous, and the vistas were amazing. Seeing the cross by Michalangelo in the Complesso di Santo Spirito in Florence was an emotional experience. Venice was such a different world."

Marilyn

Oaklyn, NJ

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great balance between structured activities and free time. Tour guides were very knowledgable and accommodating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing Italy personally rather than through books and movies and other media."

Elizabeth

Lewisburg, PA

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've taken many Rick Steves tours, and they just keep getting better. Brilliant combination of three amazing cities, our lovely, approachable guide, Nina, and a more mixed age distribution than usual, with several parents and their adult children, made this a wonderful tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't break the tie between our sunset gondola ride in Venice with live musicians (cliche, I know, but so much fun) and our cooking class in Florence, where we made (and ate!) our own bruschetta, pasta, chicken, and tiramisu. Wine-tasting in an Umbrian family vineyard built over Etruscan ruins was a close third."

Vanessa

Murrieta, CA

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best vacation I have ever been on. There was the perfect balance between the must sees and our own time to explore each city!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the Coloseum was the most surreal moment."

Ana

Apollo Beach, FL

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Visiting Italy was my number one and only item in my bucket list, so I decided to go on a Rick Steves tour because I was sure it wouldn't disappoint and it was the best decision. Amazing doesn't even begin to describe my experience. Everyday was a perfect day in spite of rain or cold weather. I love going during March because it's not crowded and I like the temperature outside. The places I visited, the food, the activities planned for us, the free time to explore on our own. Everything GREAT!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every place we visited had a "wow" moment for me. The beautiful city of Venice, the colorful houses of Burano, tiny and historic Torcello. The Duomo and Michelangelo's David in Florence. The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Colosseum and Roman Forum."

Cynthia

Bowling Green, MO

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice was great to experience just being there. Seeing St. Peter's Basilica and the Sisteen Chapel."

Barney

Linwood, NJ

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every minute of every day was wonderful: educational, interesting, beautiful, warm, engaging, fun. My daughter and I saw and experienced things we never would have on our own. Nina brought Italy from outside of us to within. I really felt as though I'd begun to have a deeper understanding of what it is to be a Venetian, a Florentine, a Roman. And, we really had a lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. The visit to the vineyard in Ovieto. The gondola tour in the silence and fog of Venice in the winter, then, accordion and arias. Dinners with our group: Too much wine and too much fun. The little bar I found in Venice that I went to for three nights, and met 3 members of the Austrian Ladies volleyball team and finished off the bourbon in the place. Art work so sublime. The shower in our room in Rome that was assigned to me after an Italian tailor measured me at check in."

Lisa

Murrieta, CA

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour which went beyond my expectations! Nina was amazing and she is brilliant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many wow moments. But if you pin me down...My wow moment was our last day. It stated with the wonderful Francesca at The Basilica di San Clemente and then the Colosseum ending at the Forum in tears....enough said. When can I do this again!?"

Margaret

Springfield, IL

Tour: 02/12/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and the people on the tour with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was standing in front of the Pantheon at dusk. there was this beautiful Maxfield Parish sky and a street musician playing stairway to heaven, it was so surreal, wow."

Jacqueline

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 02/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can not put into words how simply wonderful our tour experience was. From the moment it started at our introduction meeting, to the very last dinner together in Rome it was non stop amazement. Not only was it fun and exciting, but such a unique learning experience. Our tour guide Nina Dierckx could not have been better. I learned so much from her. She was so remarkable, she taught us Italian phrases on the bus as we were traveling and never seem to tire of all of our "dumb" questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had so many WOW moments it is hard to say, but if I had to pick just one I guess I would have to say the Vatican. I am Catholic so it meant even more to me. Especially the Sistine Chapel where my husband and I received a blessing from the priest for our 45th wedding anniversary. But there were many WOW moments on our tour."

Carla

Everett, WA

Tour: 02/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful group and amazing guides. The quality of this experience was amazing and Nina is an absolute gem. Our group was so much fun. We were actually shocked at how many wonderful people were off on an adventure in February (our favorite time to travel)! We felt that this tour was expertly planned with just the right amount of time in each city. We felt that we could not have duplicated this experience elsewhere--it was that good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments on this particular tour of Italy. It is so beautiful and rich in art and history that I can honestly say we found something breathtaking every day. My absolute favorites were exploring Venice during Carnival, the Uffizi in Florence, and wine tasting in Rome was unforgettable."

Xiaotong

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 11/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it is better than I expected and it built up my confidence to travel by myself in Europe in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Sistine chapel in Vatican City."

Jeannie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 11/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been to all three cities before but never with a guide. What a difference a personable and knowledgeable guide makes! I learned so much from Stacy as well as the local guides about the history as well as current cultural practices of Italians from different regions of Italy. The clearly stated mission and values of Rick Steves travel helped to assemble a diverse and interesting group of people who had shared expectations for traveling together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finally I was able, with the local guide's previewing explanations, to look at the Sistine Chapel ceiling and walls with greater understanding of what was represented and how they were created."

Randy

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 11/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had fun! Staci employed the RST method many times. Not good at the rating thing so I will just say I had fun and will share that with others.

Carol

Edina, MN

Tour: 11/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Stacy was fantastic. She brought an artistic element to the history presented. The first walk and acclimating to each city was great for future free time. The buddy system works! All the tour guides were local and passionate about their city, culture, history and art. The most difficult thing was standing still on marble floors or cobble stone for 20-30 minute listening to guides presentations. It was helpful to move about while listening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride accompanied with music in Venice was amazing! We were on our honeymoon and this was the first night with the tour group. Wow! What a start."

Ronda

Seattle, WA

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great Italian experience! It was nice to have experts in the cities as well as the museums. We also enjoyed our own time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All was beautiful!"

Laurie

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip overall was wonderful. The Florence and Rome hotels were great! The Florence hotel was perfectly situated near everything. The tour guide was bery nice! Most of the meals wer good outside of the veal dish in Rome. The hotel ina venice was awful! The bed was rock hard and looked like a cot. I was extremely disappointed for the money I paid. The noise from the bars went in until 3-4 am, each night. Rick Steves staes they are experienced and this was a very poor choice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The David, the wine tour, and the pasta class. I greatly enjoyed getting to know those on the tour. Outside of Tina who was a sour grape and grumpy!"

Patricia

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and it was a great experience. I was traveling alone and found all the group members to be very nice, enthusiastic, and fun to travel with. I especially enjoyed traveling with our guide, Lisa Anderson. She kept everything running smoothly, was extremely personable, enthusiastic, friendly, patient, and she had great stories and explanations of the sites. Although I really enjoyed all the tours and group experiences, I also appreciated having a little time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many"wow" moments. There were wow moments every day of the tour. I especially enjoyed the group dinners. It was very nice and relaxing to have someone else make all the plans and food choices (which were great) and I tasted things I might not have tasted if I'd been on my own. The cooking class was a lot of fun (and eating the food was fantastic). The wine tasting stop was also another fun experience."

Kelley

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was a little iffy about joining a tour group. In most cases, I don't like doing things in groups and being constrained by someone else's schedule, but after our experience with Rick Steves Tours, I can't imagine touring without a group! I was a great balance of group activities and free time. In fact, we stayed for a couple of extra days and missed not having someone to explain the significance of sites or the ability to ask someone knowledgeable questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to name so I'm going to name the most unexpected thing from the tour. I expected to see a lot of historic and iconic sites but I didn't expect to make friends with people on the tour and happily share these experiences with them."

Erin

Fresno, CA

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our Guide Lisa. She was Awesome! Venice was magical. I will be back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Venice! I really enjoyed Burano and getting lost in Venice I loved the cooking class in Florence and the wine tasting on the way to Rome."

Paige

Fayetteville, GA

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum in Rome and the Duomo in Florence."

Samuel

Cleveland, TN

Tour: 11/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time and enjoyed all the activities and free time. Sarah did an outstanding job and we particularly liked her choice of extras. The stop at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial was really special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many "wow" moments."

Michael

East Fairfield, VT

Tour: 11/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Sarah, our guide was superb: kind, knowledgeable, and organized. Two areas kept my rating from being outstanding. First, the Italian guides, though expert in their field, utilized the time allotted to lecture. This may be an effective, accepted approach in European education, but as an American educator, it felt like being bombarded with information. I prefer a socratic approach. Ask questions, get input, encourage thinking. Second issue was the poor quality of the sound systems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many great works of art!"

Christine

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 11/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fantastic experience overall. All the reasons I wanted to book the tour in the first place for my husband's and my honeymoon proved to be true in reality -- a friendly and helpful guide, the chance to make friends with other travelers, and a well-organized tour in terms of accommodations, meals, transportation, and easy entry to various big sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm sure a lot of people say it's hard to choose one, but if I have to it's the trip to the Basilica of Saint Clemente. It had a lot to do with our guide, Francesca, because she put a lot of things about Rome into perspective using this sight as illustration. For example, the layers of the city and how it is Rome can be buried as it is and what the different types of wall construction meant. What I thought would be another visit to an old and ornate church was really a pivotal moment."

Henry

Alhambra, CA

Tour: 11/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was outstanding. The information provided was a good planning tool for us. We like the flexibility of "own time" mixed with scheduled tour events. Our guide Sarah Corfield is wonderful, very attentive and experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We have not been to Venice, Florence and Rome, therefore, to us, the "WOW" moments all along our tour of the 3 cities."

Daniel

Granbury, TX

Tour: 11/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife Julie and I were so pleased with the tour! It was very well organized, paced at the right speed, and accurately described in the literature. We enjoyed having time to ourselves in the afternoon and evening as well as the group meals and extra surprises (e.g. the trip to the American military cemetery). The food and choice of hotels were exceptional and the people in our group were friendly, intelligent, kind, and thoughtful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was watching my wife's face as we viewed the Pieta, David, and so many beautiful masterpieces of our heritage."

Scott

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 11/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I enjoyed the tour. It was well organized, well led and had a great mix of guided expeditions as well as free time. The buses and rooms were comfortable, as expected, and the selection of food was terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best moment, for me, was the Colosseum and Roman Forum. They are frequently characters or locations in the historical fiction I read, and have always held special allure for me. Sharing that with my new wife, Christine was an unforgettable memory."

Carla

Mahwah, NJ

Tour: 11/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. The overall pace was good. Our guide, Sarah Corfield, was excellent. I learned so much about Italy and met great people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. In fact I have a "top ten" list. Among the highlights: classical concert of Interpreti Veneziani in San Vidal Church in Venice; day trip to Burano and Torcello; American cemetery near Florence; visit to Santo Spirito church and local market in Florence; seeing Michelangelo's sculptures in Florence and Rome; visit to San Clemente Basilica in Rome and other Roman ruins with our local guide."

Carol

Culpeper, VA

Tour: 11/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

One of the best trips I've ever been on. Loved the mixture of group time and individual time. I saw so much and learned so much more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Id have to say finding myself sitting on a Roman couch under San Clememte. To see the layers of history was incredible. The cooking class and the wine tasting are a close second."

Kerry

Nevada City, CA

Tour: 11/03/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

There is much about travelling I don't like: airplanes, hotels, being lost. Nothing Rick Steve's can do about that. If you really want to brave an international travel experience, Rick Steve's Italy tour is a good choice. The history, art and architecture you get to experience are excellent. Best part about the Rick Steve's tour was our tour guide, Roy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's David statue."

Sharon

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 11/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I participated in the 2016 Best of Rome and now the 2017 Best of Italy, both in November. The 2016 tour was "better" because the group was smaller and more manageable. We had 28 participants this year and it was just too big.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first sight of the Florence Cathedral, walking down the street to the plaza, unbelievable!"

James

Medford, OR

Tour: 11/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine-tasting event at Orvieto."

Robin

Nevada City, CA

Tour: 11/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I am glad I took the Rick Steve's Tour for Italy, as we were pretty much virgin European travelers. Roy was excellent at teaching us things we needed to know to get around, and the advice in the RS guide book re things like using the ATM and how to use a money belt were excellent, not to mention all the planning and arrangements made for which sights to see. We could not have made a trip like that without doing it with a tour group and guide, and RS was a good choice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the cooking lesson in Florence (though I was not expecting I would), and I also loved the wine tasting stop. I enjoyed the group dinners as well. I guess all that is to say that I especially enjoyed the time that the group was together and able to talk with each other. On our own, I most enjoyed climbing the bell tower next to the Duomo and seeing the awesome views of Florence just about an hour before sunset, when the light was making everything glow in a golden color."

Danci

Roseland, NJ

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my third Rick Steve tour so I was familiar with the basic structure: lots of walking, lots of encouragement to use public transportation, lots of suggestions as to what to do with "down time." And as usual, the tour guide injected her personality into every aspect of the trip: guiding all ~30 of us with a mix of drill sergeant and mother hen, taking us to her family's vineyard (incredible treat!) and connecting us with excellent "local guides."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca, the local guide in Rome at the San Clemente church in old Rome, did an amazing job bringing personal experience, love and reverence to the "layers of old Rome.""

Luann

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I have no doubt that I saw and experienced things that I could not have done without being a member of your tour. Two of the things that come to mind are a private viewing at the Academia of the David and a day spent at our guide's winery in Orvieto. And every restaurant was a meal to remember. All of these things are memories that I will cherish. This was my first tour. I don't think I would do it again but I'm sure nobody does it better than RS!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Turning the corner at the Academia and seeing David"

Marilynn

Lafayette, IN

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience and we will highly recommend a Rick Steve's tour to anyone who will listen. We especially like that in addition to the organized portions of the tour, we had free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We both felt like the LeVelette Winery tour conducted by family member and our tour guide, Cecilia was a most surprisingly pleasant and informative tour. To realize that this was a part of her personal history made that extra special. And the wine was delicious! We also really enjoyed the experience of a cooking class in Florence - it was a lot of fun, educational and delicious! The chef our group worked with was very entertaining."

William

Auburn, WA

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

exceeded my my expectations. I really liked our tour guide and local guides. They all heightened the experience. we covered a lot of ground and it all went smoothly with no problems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peters Basilica was the wow moment. Incredible experience in person."

Anita

Novato, CA

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Itinerary well rounded, guides superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wine tasting and tour at Le Velette."

Amy

Melbourne, FL

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I accompanied my mom on her first trip to Europe. This trip was perfect for her. Everything we so well planned and easy to follow. It really took all the stress out of travel. We got to see the highlights of what she wanted to and then had plenty of time to explore on our own. Our guides were outstanding and the extra experiences like wine tasting and a cooking class really put this trip over the top!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice was a magical city. I had visited it before many years ago and had a very negative view of it, but this time it was spectacular. The guides were so wonderful and informative they lead us through this confusing city and really helped us to enjoy all of it!"

Gina

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having a knowledgeable guide and tour reservations in these world-class cities is vital and that's what you get with a Rick Steves tour in general and Cecilia in particular. This was my second RS tour and won't be my last, I hope. In my opinion, there was a perfect balance between guided activities and free time, which is great since my interests seem to be different from many of those on the tours. I enjoy the exploring the archaeology of a region, which is not a strong focus for these tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite photograph from the tour was taken on some free time from the Capitoline Museum overlooking ancient Rome. A rainbow broke through the clouds and seemed to be ending or emitting from the Colosseum."

Lisa

Auburn, WA

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was truly a wonderful experience! Everything was so well thought out, from the itinerary, accommodations, sights visited and the quality of the guides. Cecilia was exceptional. She guided us with an easy confidence and obvious expertise, keeping us on track without being overbearing. The same was true of the local guides. I felt we were shown and encouraged to understand and embrace the best of the best the three cities had to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two wow moments. First was when Cecilia took us to her family winery. It was refreshing to get a glimpse of her lifestyle in Italy and access to something unique and away from the usual throng of tourists. Definitely an intimate, special experience! The second wow was our tour of ancient Rome with Francesca. She has a passion for Rome's history that she communicated to us in a beautiful, almost lyrical, fashion. She is a gem on your team!"

Kurt

Wausau, WI

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were fantastic. The main guide particularly so. Truely no issue was too big or small for her to give it her utmost attention. Great Sencecof humor. The local guides were very knowledgeable is their areas of expertise and made an effort to explain at a level compatibily with our diverse tour members. The cooking lesson session was a great bonding experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many , but standing on the water taxi with two new friends departing Venice on the Grand Canal particularly stands out, much better way to depart than jamming the whole tour group in a larger vessel."

Robert

Springfield, OH

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well structured and had an excellent balance of scheduled time and free time. Patricia was also excellent at leading the tour, and I also appreciated the way she familiarized us with the various cities and especially transportation. She also added small touches throughout the time which felt personal and gracious. This was our first time abroad, and the entire time was seamless for us. The tour in Rome that began with San Clemente seemed perfect as we were oriented in time..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I like to jog early in the morning, and on this tour, I saw many things before the cities awoke that most did not. In Venice, I ran from the hotel to St. Mark's and then along the shore, just as the sun was coming up. The views were stunning and to see the gondolas lined up against the sunrise was great. When I turned around, there was a full mist rainbow over the city. Just one moment in hundreds really. I will add that the tour of San Clemente in Rome was surprising and amazing."

Jeffrey

Mars, PA

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the combination of guided events and free time. Our guide was awesome and made things very easy with the "little things" that made the logistics of the trip so much easier. She did way more than I expected. We enjoyed meeting the other tour members and having time to ourselves. The local guides were awesome especially at Ancient Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican and Ancient Rome were the most profound moments for me. Our local guide really put the trip into perspective and I will never think of my "place in the universe" as I did before the trip. It's hard to put into words. I have always wanted to see St. Peter's and it did not disappoint."

Melissa

Portage, MI

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had amazing experiences that will last a lifetime. Our guide Patricia made even little things such as getting us pasteries, gelato, coffee, tickets in Rome to ride metro, memorable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had at least three wow moments, going for a gondola ride with musicians, the Italian cooking lesson in Florence, and having Francesca guide us in St. Clement's in Rome!"

Sandra

The Villages, FL

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow to the tour guide and her staff! Liked the Inns for quaintness and helpfulness. Would recommend tour to anyone(two pair of sneakers as one will wear out). Will watch to check out your tours for later trips. Great.

Robert

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking school was fun something I never would have thought to attend on my own"

William

Martin, GA

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a beautiful time in Italy. The tour was well organized and performed with efficiency and excellence. I now have enough culture to last a life time. The other travelers were easy to meet and befriend. Well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All events and locations brought their own moments of awe. No one moment stood out as totally unforgettable. However, the cooking class was a great change of pace mixed in the cultural parade."

Sara

Springfield, OH

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We felt there was a perfect blend of organized structure with "down" time. The hands on experiences were especially enjoyable: ie: wine tasting in Tuscany, pasta making, gondola ride with serenade. This was the best trip of our lives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing things that I had seen all of my life for the first time in person and taking in the impact that they have had to the history of our world."

Kimberly

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our introduction to Rome, Florence, and Venice with Rick Steves guides far exceeded the experience we would have had on our own. They lead us through the side streets, around the crowds, while teaching us about Italy and Italians, both past and present. When we thought we couldn't walk another step or take in any more culture Patricia gave us a treat, made us laugh, then marched us on to the next great adventure. Our group became a family on a vacation we will remember forever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You see the videos and pictures of all that Venice, Florence, and Rome have to experience but there is NOTHING like standing on the Rialto bridge and watching the gondola's float by...or looking out over Florence from the top of the Dome...or standing in the middle of the Forum. For me, the WOW was being there!!!"

Bruce

The Villages, FL

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was blown away by how well organized and thorough the tour plan and itinerary was to begin with. And then the execution and personality of the actual tour rose to meet the plan. Congratulations Rick and staff, you are the real deal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was when I realized just how competent and resourceful our tour guide, Patricia, was. She is a real pro and people person. Nothing much rattles her... and the local guides she assembled were relaxed and fun and knowledgeable. We've been on other tours and you sometimes feel like you're being hustled. Not with Patsy."

Tim

Portage, MI

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations particularly in the areas that were above and beyond what was expected. Patti made sure that any travel need that anyone had was taken care of - special diet issues, taking people to pharmacy, helping then arrange their own excursions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"two wow moments - the wine tasting with a buffet and the cooking class."

Lucia

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was amazing! I saw in a short time of period a lots of historic places, churches, cities, country sites. What impressed me the most was how the trip was very well balanced and mixed between busyness, quiet-place, cities, country site, cooking classes , winery trip with a beautiful sites and place to see, time with the group, time by yourself. Also rides with the boat in a quiet and historic site, seeing the country as we took the bus between cities was beautiful.Varieties was beauty!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice it was my"wow" moment.The most beautiful, romantic, magic city I ever see! It was an emotional moment when I arrived at the Piazzale Roma and walked to the train station where I was 34 years ago, coming from a communist country and going to America with my husband and my one year son. On the way to America we stoped at the train station for a day and not being able to visit the city.My dream was to go back and visit Venice.And I did and it was amazing!"

Mary

Maryland Heights, MO

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. I felt at ease from day one. I was traveling alone for the first time and Patricia made the trip memorable. She is smart, resourceful, caring and fun. She catered to each of us as to our needs. She knew Italy! She is great with the locals and guides. Traveling with her was like being with a friend along the journey!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was St. Clemente in Rome. So reverently simple."

Chris

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and we enjoyed it very much. We felt we got value and saw the highlights of cities we visited. We gained confidence to return to these cities on our own in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed the tour guide for the third day in Rome (Chuch, Coliseum, and Roman Forum). She was simply outstanding."

Gerald

Fraser, MI

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is a good mix of people, experiences, background information, cultural immersion, food, and fun. My co-travelers were a good good group of people, we saw and experienced some really interesting things, and had an experience that wouldn't be possible if I had traveled on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was the consensus by most that Venice was our favorite for overall sense of place."

Beverly

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Even though we signed up for a vigorous tour, we successfully saw all the major highlights of Italy. It was truly stunning and we hope to go back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David by Michael Angelo was my wow moment. We saw so much art work that day, but when we walked into the room where David was exhibited, I felt that everything could not compare with David."

Linda

Halfway, OR

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an excellent experience on the tour. I was stimulated constantly by new information, new sights, new foods, new art, new ways of thinking. It was very enjoyable to experience a different culture in such a complete way. I also enjoyed the free time which allowed us to explore different cities by foot and metro. We could return to an already explored area, or could discover different areas on our own. Not worrying about the hotel rooms or transportation connections was a plus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed our last day on the tour, with Francesca. She took us to the San Clemente Church and the older layers underneath it, then to the Coliseum, where she very knowledgeably discussed what is known about what happened there, relating it back to the church we had seen earlier and to what was going on at the time. Then we walked through the Forum where she discussed what happened there and tied it all together. It made it very vivid and alive."

Judy

Fitchburg, MA

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could not have imagined a more exciting, thorough, comprehensive tour package.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Is is a tough question! I would have to say entering the Colosseum through the Stern Gate....goosebumps!"

Stephen

Coronado, CA

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience on this tour was excellent. It was very well organized and planned. We will definitely be doing another Rick Steve's tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was walking into the Colosseum through the "stern entrance" which is the same entrance through which the gladiators entered."

Jaymie

Kennett Square, PA

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip overseas and our first tour. I was very pleased with how smoothly the tour went and how well-thought out our journey was, with a great mix of experiences. It was educational and inspiring. I am glad we were able to cover so much ground and see the highlights of 3 cities. I was not prepared for how exhausting it would be! I am physically in great shape, so the walking was fine, but there is also a lot of mental exhaustion from being over-stimulated. But I have no regrets!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to choose one. Here are some wows... Our charming, intelligent guide spoke 7 languages and was an excellent leader. Fish Ravioli with Roasted Vegetables at Trattoria Alla Scala in Venice. Visiting the island of Torcello. Our room in Hotel Loggiato dei Serviti in Florence with a beautiful canopy bed and 2 windows. Meeting artist Caterina Baletti. Seeing "David" for the first time. Wine experience at Le Velette in Orvieto. Vatican Museum and Sistene Chapel."

Ann

Burlingame, CA

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the history, art and local tour guides who were experts in Art History and Archaeology. Hotel accommodations could have been nicer. Food could have been better. But overall, the historical knowledge and expertise of each area outweighed the other elements that were not as superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"FLORENCE. Our local tour guide, Angelo. Our local artisan workshop with Catarina in Florence was amazing!!! Our cooking class with Fabrizio was so fun and delicious. Keep continuing the local experience."

Agatha

Tampa, FL

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves' Tour, and my husband's first. I recommended it and hoped my husband would agree that it is a great value for the historical and cultural lessons provided. Your premier guide and local guides exceeded my expectations! The transportation - bus - was seamless, and we received plenty of bus/metro tickets for getting back to hotels, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The winery lunch stop between Florence and Rome. The wine was good and food, but I was most impressed with the location and learning about wine pairing. The presentation of the host was so informative. She was also spunky and entertaining! The scenery was breathtaking, and we may have to return for a stay on the property!!"

Steve

Kennett Square, PA

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful blend of group tour and individual time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not one moment but the collective trip was outstanding."

Pamela

Melba, ID

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the highlights of each city were covered, with knowledgeable guides. The "extras" were fantastic! Marijan was so good at organizing everything, being extremely helpful when anyone asked for help.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several great activities. The art demonstration was such fun and so interesting. The cooking class likewise was fun and we got to eat our lunch in a quaint wine cellar. The wine tasting as well was informative and the location was beautiful."

Patricia

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I cannot say enough about Marijan He is the consummate guide Nothing ruffles him He is always generous and warm to members He is a leader that leads with charm. His knowledge of the area and the history were wonderful He genuinely likes people and it showed every day If you could extend this tour by 2 days and include one agritourismo stay between Florence and Rome, this tour would be perfection. The guides throughout were outstanding. Their knowledge is unparalleled. Wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our pasta making class was so fun! The chefs were so good The food delicious and the setting for the meal was such a surprise!"

Marikae

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the people, sights, sounds, and tastes of Italy. Marijan, though not Italian, seemed delighted to be showing us around and having us experience this remarkable part of the world. The tour made traveling easy and stress-free, and Marijan guided, answered questions and made recommendations when we were on our own. We appreciated all the pre-planning tips that made it easy to prepare and pack. We'll recommend RS tours to others and hopefully go again ourselves!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1.Tour: Wine tasting in Umbria. Made me want to return to Italy to Tuscany for the small town tour. Our hostess was gracious, informative and hospitable. Food and wine were delicious, grounds and view amazing. 2. On our own: lunch in Burano at a Trattoria where we were treated like royalty by the family and given an outstanding meal with extras. When our tour group went to Burano, we ate there again and they not only remembered us, but made sure we met the whole family! Italian hospitality."

Necia

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into St. Peters and the Sistine Chapel"

Dennis

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very good, a great introduction to Italy, Europe and international travel. The biggest negative was nothing you can do anything about - air travel. The tour was even better than we had hoped for, the guide was outstanding, the hotels were fine, the pace was doable if tiring, and the agenda of things to do and see was well thought out, very interesting and enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to do with the overall food culture in Italy - every case of eating and drinking was elevated above what we were used to, which is the Seattle area and the Western US. Their was a great deal of care and pride in providing food, drink and a service experience that was great - and in many cases, exceptional. Specific occasions at the Trattori de Primo in Burano, the cooking class in Florence, the Le Vette winery in Umbria, and the Lancelot Hotel in Rome provided wonderful experiences."

Bruce

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful time on the Best of Venice, Florence & Rome tour. The experience exceeded our expectations. Just about every detail of the tour is first-rate & well organized. Our guide, Rainer is the best! Everyone in our tour was friendly and I enjoyed our time together. Before the tour, I had little interest in art. I now have a greater appreciation & awareness because of what was learned & experienced during the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My top 'wow' moments are arriving by boat and seeing picturesque Venice for the first time, viewing the magnificent David, and the impressive Sistine Chapel Ceiling."

Andrew

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We started the tour with high expectations-- and the tour exceeded those expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The museums were amazing--the art was overwhelming but it was almost those random moments that provided surprise WOW moments....walking back to the hotel after dinner in Florence and hearing 3 street musicians play Vivaldi, the evening at St Marks in Venice dancing to the music and enjoying the evening energy. Burrano! So many WOW moments."

Pamela

Mount Pleasant, SC

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic! I loved everywhere we went, our main tour guide, Rhyner was great and the private tour guides in each city were knowlegable and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering Florence - it was beautiful! I was not sure what to expect, but loved it."

Andrea

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I usually enjoy planning and executing travel myself. However, this year, we took a chance on a tour, and I'm so glad we did. Our tour was exactly what I was hoping for. There were plenty of "must see" destinations with line skipping, easy transfers, and very happily, numerous specialized guides who really shared interesting approaches to experiencing the art and architecture of Italy. The amount of free time added a great bonus. We had a lovely time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments...Venice shrouded in fog, viewing David's face from the side and trying to picture what moment is stunningly depicted, and Francesca's tour."

Cathy

Mobile, AL

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very well organized. We chose Rick Steves' because of a good mix of group touring and free time. We found this to be true. I appreciate that suggestions were given of sights to visit during our free time. Out time was packed with places to visit and I appreciate that our time wasn't wasted and group time was full of activities. The local guides were an excellent bonus. Not having a background in art history I greatly appreciate this expertise that led to a better enjoyment of art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter's Basilica was an experience for my mind and spirit."

Gay

Westerville, OH

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Worth every penny. Our Rick Steves tour guide Rainer was unbelievably great. His knowledge of Rome and the magnificent Architecture was outstanding. We felt extremely care for and safe throughout each day. The unexpected moments were the individual local guides and their expertise in the museums/Vatican and Churches and roman ruins. The ease of having a guide to skip the long lines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Clemente Church ! The ruins below ground and walking to see the Coliseum so close. That local guide was the best. She made us tear up several times. Her calm voice and her descriptions of pass civilizations was outstanding."

Janna

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this was amazing. It was my first time and by the end of the first meeting I was relieved with how prepared and organized every day was and how well we were instructed by Julian on where to be, what to expect..etc. Julian is an amazing story teller as as each of our local guides; they really helped weave everything together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There's not just 1!! I had my breath taken away and wow'ed with St Mark's, Uffizi palace, the statue of David, the Birth of Venus, the Sistine Chapel. Add to that that we were usually the earliest group and had the least amount of wait at any location we were touring."

Michael

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife initially loved the idea of going on a tour and I was skeptical. I've seen my friend's videos and pictures of being rushed and hurried like a conveyor belt through cities and attractions so that you could see 200 million things in two weeks. I don't enjoy that type of experience whatsoever, but I'm blown away by this tour. We had a lot of free time to explore wherever we wanted to go and that made this trip definitely one to remember and our guide, Julian, was superb. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count, and will take time in going through our pictures and seeing what sticks out the most. One of the "wow" moments for me was seeing the original David in Florence. I've seen quite a few copies over the years but seeing the original was great. Another "wow" or "wth" moment was traffic in Rome. It just hinted at a suggestion of rules or guidelines, but I felt at home walking like this quickly."

Dennis

Wimberley, TX

Tour: 10/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The VFR10 tour hit the highlights of art and culture in the cities visited, while leaving time for un-guided side trips. I highly recommend this tour for people wanting to see the Italian Renaissance cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment was seeing the ruins of ancient Rome. Our city guide painted a vibrant word-picture of what this seat of empire looked like 2,000 years ago."

Daniel

Upland, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Other tour members were all great - friendly, cooperative and like minded - wanting to actively participate in all activities, either via the tour or on their own. Cities, hotels, meals (except for one in Florence) were wonderful. The differential that did not make this tour outstanding was the tour guide. Jesse was adequate, but appeared at times to be "phoning it in." Being that he had just finished the identical tour just before starting ours may have been part of the problem.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Marks in Venice."

Radd

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well run and organized. Group a little large at 24, 10 - 15 would be better. Great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David in Florence"

Marla

Upland, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our 2nd RS Tour. a large group(28).Our local guides at every phase were fabulous and almost made up for some of the failings with our tour leader.A lot to pack-in & we walked about 8-10 miles a day.(some self-inflicted) Hotels were centrally located. We thought that the timing of our tour would have meant fewer crowds- week 42 is when schools are out & travelling.add that to guide book

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide in Rome, Francesca, was the highlight of our Rome portion of the tour. She moved me to tears with her description of the tombstone epitaph written by a husband about his wife and her stories to bring the ruins & history to life. Her knowledge of the layering of history as we walked though the ages brought the culture with vivid imagery and knew of our other experiences to add to the overall past tour experiences."

Ilona

Glenhaven, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's wooden crucifix in Florence, which he carved at the age of 18. Very moving and an unexpected joy"

Donald

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

from donald and judy hill: the best trip of our life. We so appreciate Jesse. What a great person and guide. We greatly appreciate his information within the context of history. Sometimes we take for granted traveling 5,000 miles in a plane in 10 hours. Venice----outstanding walks and instruction. St. Marco's square---wow. Florence---our favorite: great leadership by Jesse. Cathedral of St. Mary of the flower, dome, and tower---awesome. Flash art was a blast. Rome---awesome

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice[INVALID]-Frari church in Venice; We were able to spend a lot of time and pray there. the Rick Steve's audible tour part is awesome. Recommend highly making our own lunch in Florence. So much fun. Tuscan lunch with Marco. Rome[INVALID][INVALID]the guide there was unbelievable. Coliseum and Forum. all the dinners with group were so much fun Watching my wife's eyes light up and laughing with other tour members. Her telling me how much she enjoyed the trip."

Stephen

Lexington, KY

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the time spent at Marco's farm very much as well as the gondola trip in Venice. Greatly enjoyed the company of the other travelers."

Anne

Lexington, KY

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We had a good time however, we thought the schedule was too heavy in the mornings with too much free time the remainder of the day and evening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boar trip in Venice was very nice. The company of the other travelers enhanced our trip."

Donna

Plymouth, MA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and it won't be our last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit with Francesca at the Colesseum."

Debbie

Keller, TX

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steve's Experience is amazing. The Best of Venice, Florence and Rome Tour was the perfect amount of days that included many of my favorite things: art, architecture, culture, food, unique experiences and so much history. The tour group enhanced the trip - people from all walks of life, contributing their own world experiences. Our tour guide's knowledge of literature and history was impressive. The trip enhanced my perceptive of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments: seeing Botticelli's Birth of Venus in person, seeing Michelangelo's David and the Trevi Fountain."

Robert

Safety Harbor, FL

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip we had been looking forward to taking since a Mediterranean cruise in 2012 where we got to spend 4-6 hours in each of these cities. Not enough! Being able to spend three nights in each place and experiencing them after the crowds had gone back to their cruise ships gave us a sense of really getting to know the true character of each city.The food was great, Jesse was great, accommodations were great, and we had the best group so far (our 3rd RS tour) to share it all with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. The cooking class was amazing. So much fun and we learned a lot. Bought the pasta maker attachments for our Kitchenaide when we got home. Santa Croce was a wow for me. Being a retired science teacher and seeing the tomb of Galileo was incredible. So many important people in our history buried there. The stop at the Winery was also a favorite. In fact, we took a vote, Rick, and decided you should add one more night to the tour so we could stay over."

Nancy

Fitchburg, MA

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly was wowed by all that we were able to do, the knowledge of local and group guides, the location of the hotels , the fun that was part of it, the terrific group dynamics, and the fabulous weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"...this is really difficult to select, but I loved the cooking class and the trip to the winery at Orvieto."

Michael

Richland, WA

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephanie was wonderful, she seemed to really care about the group. There was a good mix of planned touring and free time. I wish the group was smaller-28 is very cumbersome As a chef, I felt the restaurants chosen for group dinners were rather poor. The food served at these locations was mediocre.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first full view of the Duomo."

Tammie

Eagle, ID

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned with a good mix of group touring and free time touring. The local guides we all very knowable and educated us on more that names and dates. The hotels locations were perfect and helped us to experience the local community and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday we had a WOW moment, Venice- canals, the Doge's Palace at night with almost no one there, Florence – out the window of our monastery hotel The Duomo, Rome- the Pantheon at dusk. Our bucket list WOW, for me the Sistine Chapel and my wife "The" David."

Fred

Newark, DE

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. The RSG scheduled tours of all the "must see" sites in each city. Often, we got there at times when the crowds were small. We still had time to site see and enjoy the cities on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum and the Ruins were awesome, so were the Florentine Steaks"

Colleen

Newark, DE

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time. Tour guides were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the winery overlooking vineyards. So beautiful! Pictures did not come close."

Howard

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a tremendous overall experience, learning about italy while working with our guide Stephanie and a great group of other people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class in Florence wSAs tops, with a bonding with fellow tour participants while making our own lunch. And to learn how easy pasta is to make form scratch."

Patricia

Hockessin, DE

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a first trip abroad there can be no comparison. The pre trip information and suggestions were most helpful. Our guide,Stephanie made us feel very comfortable as a group very early on in the trip, and gave us great insight into the culture, language, and getting around. We became comfortable travelers in a very short time. By far the tour of Italy was remarkable and breathtaking. Only downfall was having to leave Rome after just three days. Already miss Stephanie and the whole group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every place had a wow moment: Venice - the Doge's Palace at 930 pm with only 9 visitors, it was a private tour! Florence - the Duomo bells chiming, maybe the private group session at the artist studio, or possibly the cooking class! Rome - every sight was a wow, from the Vatican to the Forum to metro rides."

Kate

Troy, MI

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was truly a trip of a lifetime and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute! The tour was a great balance between group activities and free time. I found the art to be particularly inspiring, all brought to life by Stephanie and all of our excellent local guides (Elizabetta, Juliana, Paolo, and Francesca). The hotels were comfortable and in great locations. Stephanie was such an amazing guide, always making sure we were comfortable and confident navigating the cities. I had a wonderful time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's David is something that I'll never forget. The more I looked at it, the more amazed I was. It is beyond comprehension how someone could create something so powerful yet so subtle. Botticelli's Primavera and Birth of Venus at the Uffizi were "wows" of color and beauty after seeing rooms upon rooms of pre-Renaissance religious paintings (which are interesting in their own right, but these two paintings are truly marvelous to behold). If you love art, you must go on this tour!"

David

Hockessin, DE

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being our first visit aboard, we absolutely enjoyed the entire experience and look forward to our next adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We experienced a vast number of "wow" moments from our first dinner in Venice at Rosa Rosa with great friends, exploring the markets in Florence, an exceptional wine experience in the Tuscan region, and visualizing ancient Rome in the Forum."

Harris

Fitchburg, MA

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Venice to Rome the tour and its guide (Stephanie) were outstanding. Her knowledge and her personality, the in and outs, the little tips all resulted in a fantastic experience. Hotels were centrally located and made for easy navigation of city streets. Your Guide was very helpful and was our Compass Rose

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class and our wine tour were fantastic. It was a change from the traditional historic site seeing. I think it brought the group closer together and developed a stronger bond. (well done)"

Katherine

Conway, AR

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The only word I have is Amazing. Just Amazing. I worried about nothing and felt like I was in Italy with family. Stephanie and her local guides are above notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class. The local artist we meet those are my top two."

Frances

Doylestown, PA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amanda was excellent - like a mother hen caring for her middle and older aged travellers. She was extremely knowledgable about Italian history and in the rare instance she did not have an answer for a question, she found the correct answer immediately. The two "activities" we had were so much fun - the winetasting ou Orvieto and the the cookinng class in Florence. Our local guides made the history and art come alive. There was just enough free time for our own explorations to visit more museums

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many Wow moments but the two I loved the most were walking up Giotto's campanile and viewing David in the Accademia both in Florence"

Tom

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! Although we've used Rick's guidance through his many books over the years, this was our first Rick Steves' guided tour. Venice, Florence and Rome are huge tourists centers, so it's a challenge to get through the crowds, see the sights and comprehend them. Especially appreciated the pacing - nice balance of must-see sights and on-your-own touring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the cooking class. It was fun and a nice break. Chopping, slicing, dicing and rolling our own pasta was just the cure for the mega tourist museum scene."

Naomi

River Falls, WI

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a "bucket list" tour for me and was all that I'd hoped it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wonderful sights, but the "wow" one for me was standing in the Sistine Chapel looking up at the magnificent work of Michelangelo."

Carol

Franklin Park, IL

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was much more than I ever expected! The restaurants & hotel accommodations were first class, and the little perks from Amanda gave it that personal touch. We enjoyed the time we had on our own to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Forum and Colliseum were absolutely incredible! I also loved the singing gondola ride, but to understand how Venice works as a city was amazing!"

Beth

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was more than I could have imagined! This was my first trip to Italy and I am so glad I went on a Rick Steves Tour. There was no way in the world that we could have experienced and learned so much history going by ourselves. The tour was a great mix of group togetherness and off on your own time. I really liked that aspect. I loved the restaurants we went to both on group time and recommendations from our fabulous guide Amanda, on our own time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is a hard one--I think when I was most wowed was at the Vatican Museum--so much art, it was almost overwhelming"

Gay

Slidell, LA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a great mixture of education, immersion and relaxation. We hit all the big "must see" spots, learned enough to really appreciate what we were seeing, and had enough time to rest or explore our "neighborhood" on our own. I loved that we were hoteled in the heart of these wonderful cities for a few days. Our guide was very helpful, informative, efficient, and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count! Really. I was continually awed and amazed."

Alan

New Britain, PA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I didn't like not being able to get WIFI outside the hotels, and even inside the hotels it was spotty. I did like walking extensively throughout the cities to see numerous museums and churches after the tours ended for the morning or later. The tour's fellow travelers were great and Amanda was wonderful. Each of the local tour guides were perfect. We learned a lot and felt it was a worthwhile trip, with a lot of fun activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. the Big Sites, like the Vatican and the Colluseum; 2. the fact that we as a group were ushered into the front of lines that otherwise were three hours long for these places; 3. the other amazing buildings, churches, and museums that were NOT on the main tourists travels, like San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome, which we spent 90 minutes in, because we had time to ourselves; 4. the offbeat places, like the botanical gardens; 5. enjoying the legends, art, mosaics, and sculpures of Italy."

Gary

Gold River, CA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

very happy with the tour and with our tour guide amanda i was glad that it was an energetic tour with a lot of walking. thats what i like. i liked staying in the "hearts" of the cities we toured

Joe

Slidell, LA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience was that the tour was run very professionally and in a very organized manner. With clearly a virtually unlimited amount of things to do and see, I felt like we saw what we needed to with the time we had. I could've never designed a trip to accomplish this on my own. Amanda, our guide, was truly a pleasure. She was extremely considerate and took care of us better than I could've ever expected. The local guides that medt us along the way were also extremely good at what they do

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a tough one. When it comes to food, clearly the food class was the biggest for me. When it to comes to museums I would have to say St. Peter's Basilica. Romanticism, I would say the gondola ride. And then there is spirituality, Michael Angelo's sculptures - Wow."

Linda

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Italy was everything and more than expected! This is in thanks to our wonderful tour guide who was soo knowledgeable bringing history to life. The artwork was fabulous and I still can't get over that all the ceilings are painted/sculpted works of art. Hotels were in the heart of the cities, food delicious and good combination of planned events and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Venice the canals, in Florence Pitti Palace and the artwork, in Rome of course the Vatican especially St Peter's Basillica and Sistene Chapel."

Dwight

Brentwood, TN

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour. Learned a great deal about Italy and it's cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved all of the meals provided by the tour. Wonderful restaurants and dining experience"

Jim

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since we have been home, people have asked us "how was your trip?" We can truly answer that it was fantastic! Being first time travelers to Italy and on a Rick Steves Tour, we have great memories of Venice, Florence and Rome. The hotels were pretty good especially the Hotel Silla in Florence. For the most part, our group members were very friendly and easy to get to know. Julian was a terrific guide with a wealth of knowledge throughout the entire trip! His stories on the bus were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several "wow" moments during the trip. Having a live experience at the Vatican was all I hoped it would be! Also, I really wanted to exper- ience Trajan's Tower in Ancient Rome along with the adjoining market. Seeing it at night and also during the day was fantastic!"

Gene

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A true learning experience was had. Expectations were met and on occasion exceeded. To see and experience places that were only read about in the past was very enlightening. A great visit!! I learned quite a bit about Venice, Florence and Rome that I have previously only read about or viewed on TV documentaries

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Tenuta Le Velette winery was very nice. What a peaceful place to visit. Outstanding scenery, a 2,500 year history lesson by the current owner in 20 minutes and the tasting of good wine and associated food for a nice lunch. The tour of the Roman Coliseum and the Roman Ruins was unbelievable. The visit to St. Paul's Cathedral in person was great. Per suggestion in the guide book, a speed boat ride from the Venice airport to the hotel was fun and a great idea."

Joelle

Saint Augustine, FL

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

1st timer on Rick Steve: outstanding guide and good group but too regimented for me. Why not give us 1 or 2 free morning(s) and have PM visits instead so we could have leisurely breakfast? Too much museum time: LOVED the guided walks in cities but disliked museums in spite of outstanding local guides. I would give people option to follow guide or have their individual listening device if they prefer so they can go at their rhythm, and meet at a fixed in advance time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmm..... I could have stayed in Venice the whole time - but my fav' moments were probably the Orvietto winery and the cooking school"

Mary

Slidell, LA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a great time on our trip. It was everything we could have dreamed of. Our group was fun and our guide was very prepared and knowledgeable. Everything went flawlessly

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole thing! It was so full it is hard to pick out one thing. I loved the history, the art,"

Michael

Slidell, LA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great guide (Julian) and a great group of fellow travelers (including my main squeeze). As a first-time tourist to Europe, I didn't know what to expect. However, our tour surpassed everything I hoped it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I wasn't sure about it beforehand, but my favorite experience during our tour was the cooking class in Florence. We had a lot of fun with our little group and prepared (and enjoyed) a fantastic meal."

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Pre-Tour Planning

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

Trip Resources

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

Tour Hotels

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

Transportation

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

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members arrange to fly into Venice and out of Rome ("multicity" on flight-booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Italy. Both Venice and Rome are major transportation hubs, making additional travel before or after your tour quite easy.

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

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

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

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

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Venice that we do not do as a group: Campanile di San Marco (bell tower), Dalmatian School chapel, Jewish Ghetto and Museum, Santa Maria della Salute and San Giorgio Maggiore churches, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the island of Murano.

Packing

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

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