• 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 $2,495 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $575

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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

2019

2020

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

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to 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. The rest of your day is free to wander through this immense church 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

Christine

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great tour leader, Alfio, and wonderful local guides. Francesca, in Rome, was an exceptional tour guide for the Coliseum, forum and Basilica San Clemente. Really enjoyed the wine tasting near Orvieto and the cooking class in Florence. Alfio took many of us to visit the Victor Emmanuel memorial one morning in Rome oduring free time - loved the views. The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel were awe inspiring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fireworks in Venice for the Feast of the Redeemer celebration were a fabulous unexpected treat."

Maria

Tampa, FL

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding! As a solo traveler, I had concerns about connecting with the group and feeling isolated. The opposite was true!! The Rick Steve's process and excellent guide - Alfio, promoted an environment that made us feel like a family. We were immersed in a cultural experience rich in history, language, music, cuisine and more. We learned, we laughed, we cried and genuinely cared for each other. The tour was rigorous at times but not one complaint. I can't say enough about it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were many "wow" moments, the guided tour of the Church of St Clements and Colosseum, stood out, largely due to the guide - Francesca who was so incredible that she made us actually FEEL what it would have been like to live in Ancient Rome. I will never forget her narrative, her language and choice of words as well as the emotions she evoked."

Rodney

Croton On Hudson, NY

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Travelled to Italy with my children, spouses and 7 grandchildren to enable them to experience their heritage and expand their exposure to other lifestyles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Mark's and the Doges palace."

Theodore

Mount Kisco, NY

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice in general. The Vatican including St. Peter's and the museum, especially the Sistine Chapel. The Rome tour of that church built on top of another church built on top of a house. The tours conducted by Antonia (Florence) and Francesca (Rome)."

Guillermo

Plano, TX

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marvelous and unforgettable tour, everything was very organized and very well prepared in advance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice definitely is a wow city"

Margarita

Plano, TX

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"when we visit Florence the tour guide Luca explains the backstreets of Florence, and the Palazzo Davanzati I love how he explain and I was transported to that time, also the cooking class."

Joan

Costa Mesa, CA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was excellent. I felt we saw everything that was important to see. Liked the extra experiences such as the winery and the cooking class. Everyone was friendly and our tour guide, Patricia, was the best. She made the trip fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each city had something special because they were so different. I thought the Vatican, Colosseum and Forum were standouts."

Margaret

Chanhassen, MN

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

we had extreme heat during our time in Italy but everyone made the best of it by getting out of the sun during mid afternoon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the cooking class and the food we prepared. Since my husband and I had seen all the sites before, part of our joy came from having our son and daughter in law see the sites for the first time. Venice was our favorite."

Julian

Winthrop, WA

Tour: 07/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotels were very nice with delicious breakfasts. Both Stephanie and the local guides were very knowledgeable. Stephanie made an extra effort to make sure guests saw things that they wanted to see that were outside the tour itinerary. The time outside the tour activities was adequate for both relaxation and provided an opportunity to see extra things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Frari church in Venice was an unexpected treasure. It wasn't on the tour but could certainly be included. Seeing Davidl and marveling at what a person can do was a high point."

Pat

Nashville, TN

Tour: 07/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Loved Stephanie our guide

Bryan

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 07/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great experience and hope to do another Rick Steves' tour soon!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of wows, but probably St. Marcos Plaza in Venice night is at the top of my list."

Anne

Huntington, NY

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we enjoyed it immensely. The group was friendly and fun to be with, a nice mix of ages from teens (including our two 18 yr old grandchildren) through geriatric (my husband and myself). It was as active as advertised. We appreciated the free time in the afternoons which gave us a chance to recover from the heat. We visited Italy several times before but felt we learned so much by travelling with a guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moments all involved seeing how much our grandchildren enjoyed the places and people we encountered; in particular, how awestruck they were by "David". Aside from the wonderful art and architecture, The cooking class, gondola ride, wine tasting, boat trip to Burano (and the surprise hailstorm!), San Clemente were among the highlights for me. Watching the world cup women's finals in the Irish Pub (with a 2nd hailstorm raging outside) was great!"

Karen

Coatesville, PA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the first time I have traveled to Europe, and I chose your tour, because I wanted to see all three cities. Our tour guide, Anna, is so special. Her knowledge is so deep that she can tell you anything you would like to know! She is worth her weight in gold, and the reason I enjoyed this tour so much. I learned more about the architecture and renaissance that I never realized. The tour guides were so great. My expectations were exceeded every day! Too many miles per day, 5-8.5!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Murano, Burano, and the other island! Loved the museums and architecture. Loved the food. Wow moment was San Clemente in Rome. Wow. Also the winery enroute to Rome from Florence. Also, loved Venice, and gondola ride! I think that Anna made the WoW moments!"

Tricia

Redlands, CA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, and I would definitely go on another one. My daughter and I went on a Go Ahead tour to Germany last summer, and it was very good. Our main guide was wonderful, but the city guides were so-so. All the hotels except for one were chain hotels not close to the city. Rick Steves was a cut above, and I could really appreciate the difference between this and last summer's tour. The hotels were close to everything and the city guides were stellar.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was walking up to the Colosseum and seeing how huge it was: 1/3 of a mile circumference! My other favorite moment was the gondola ride in Venice. Imagine our surprise when the singer and accordion player got on board with us!"

Michelle

Danville, CA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic from beginning to end. The hotel locations were amazing. So easy to explore when we had free time. All of the tours that were arranged were great as were the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was very moved by the stop at the Florence American Cemetery. It was such an unexpected extra stop."

Jacqueline

Indio, CA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th RS Tour but the first with 13-18 year old tour members, 2 of which were my grandkids. I loved seeing the reactions of my grandkids and daughter when we visited highlights of each city. We had wonderful group of people on the tour and I enjoyed talking to them as we traveled. Our guide, Anna, was exceptional and the city guides were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was the gondola ride in Venice. It was one of the things my grandkids were really looking forward to and it was awesome. Thank you Anna for arranging it."

Deb

Downingtown, PA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fabulous!!! Anna our tour guide was upbeat, fun, informative and a joy to be around for the entire tour!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in St. Marks Square at night with the lights and music and heavenly breeze!"

Richard

Huntington, NY

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well conducted. Our tour guide, Anna, always had everything in control and took a special interest in each participant. Her knowledge and grasp of Italian history was above and beyond our expectations. She made sure everyone was personally involved from the first day's Meet & Greet session to our heartfelt farewells on the last day. She did not leave any small items of each day to chance. Anna felt like a family member the entire time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was a constant awareness of how much she did for us to make this tour so special over any one we have ever taken."

Mark

University Place, WA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was outstanding. This was our families first trip to Europe. We spent our first six days in Paris and then met our tour in Venice. We planned the Paris portion on our own and enjoyed it. However, it was nice to relax when our tour started that the day(s) would be planned. The tour was a good mix of free time on our own and planned tours. Also, we had an excellent group (8 to 9 teenagers) to see the sights with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have many "wow" moments. Being my first time in Europe, the history, culture, and food of each location was a wow moment. Venice - getting lost in the alleys and the gondola ride w/music. Florence - David and our visit to local artist. Rome - Vatican, Colosseum, and the ruins."

Dave

Danville, CA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides, great pace! Just what we were looking for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Venice, with all the water and no cars."

William

Englewood, CO

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful from beginning to end. I cannot think of any aspect of the trip that did not meet or exceed expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Basicila of San Clemente. We stood outside "yet another" Italian church. This one was even less interesting looking than most of the others that we had passed by with no intention of going in to see. OUr local guide (Francesca?) was absolutely amazing. Truly one of the besst storytellers I have ever had the pleasure of hearing turned it into the most unexpected "wow" moment."

Deanna

Monterey, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a dream trip for myself and my daughter. Elena was a fabulous guide, and the various different guides that assisted in the tours in all of the cities were so thorough in their explanation of the history and knowledge of the museums and churches. We loved the first night dinners especially, and the farm stay was such a special treat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Vatican tour, but we left our hearts in Venice."

Terry

Murphy, TX

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour and it was every bit as outstanding as the Paris tour. Despite the heat wave we really enjoyed the scheduled events, the down time, the group meals and soaking up the culture. Our tour guide was above and beyond our expectations in every way, and the local guides were knowledgable and personable. All exhibited a true passion for their work. I appreciated the farm stop between Florence and Rome [INVALID] what a welcome interlude from the crowded cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The San Clemente church was really uniquely awesome, surprisingly moving. A visceral history experience, I really felt like we got a glimpse of life in the past. The local tour guide was simply superb in helping us understand and interpret the underground areas and tying it all together."

Julie

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Given that we were there during a major heat wave it made our trip a bit challenging. That said, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and felt that we got to see and experience all we had hoped to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour of the forum and colosseum in Rome was a major highlight. Our guide, Francesca, truly made it come alive for us and inspired us to think and feel in a way none of the other guides had."

Michael

Elmhurst, IL

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I really enjoyed the experience. The balance of time between the guided tour and free time was ideal and got us in to all the "must see" destinations with fantastic guides, but left each individual to see what was important to them on their own time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history of Italy was breathtaking. It's hard to narrow down to one "wow" moment, but the tour of the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel certainly stands out. It was hard at times to take everything in - the amount of history that we were trying to consume was sometimes overwhelming (but only in a good way)."

Ina

Shavano Park, TX

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very compatible group and Jamie was an excellent guide. His thorough knowledge of art and history enhanced the experience. It was my third Rick Steves' tour in Italy and nothing can beat the first "Wow" with Dave Hoerlein guiding and Fergie driving the bus (his last time to do that), but Jamie came very, very close.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It always has to be David. And many people have enhanced that experience by Fergie's suggestion to me so many years ago to take my binoculars and look at his eyes."

Helen

Elmhurst, IL

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was excellent. Everything from our guides to the hotels to the group dinners were perfect. Even thought we were in the middle of a heat wave- everyone on the tour got along great and just rolled with the weather and made the best of it. Our guide Jamie was awesome and made it easy to navigate our way through Italy'

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to mention honestly. Probably had a different wow moment in each city!"

Eric

Savannah, GA

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really wonderful experience. Fantastic guide and group. Perfect balance of group time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente--walking on AD 75 roads four layers down."

Tom

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall I would say we had a good time and enjoyed our tour. There were a few hiccups. 2 of our 3 hotels had air conditioning failures for several rooms; not good in record breaking heat. Also, there were some scheduling snafus. I called RS Tour Office 2 TIMES to confirm times of scheduled tours/activities on the itinerary. Rozanne then told us of changes when we were in Italy. I had booked other tours for our "free" time. Independent travelers need accurate info from you. Bus Wifi??

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment happened in each city. I marveled at the ancient buildings still being used in Italy. The Italians take pride in their historical structures and preserve, modify, and use them. Also, standing on the floor of the Colosseum---WOW!"

David

Grand Marais, MN

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great planning went into this tour. Local guides were extremely knowledgeable and savvy about what and when to see the sights. Pace was very reasonable, with down time to rest or get out and tour on our own. The 3 cities visited were so unique, and yet we got a good introduction to Italy. The travel days gave us a taste of rural Tuscany and the countryside. I recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Puccini's Tosca at the opera house in Rome on a free evening."

Howard

Jefferson, MA

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour overall, tempered only slightly by the excessive heat - 95 degrees and higher, 100 in Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the wine-tasting and lunch in the Umbrian countryside (plus, it was cooler there than in the cities)."

James

Edmond, OK

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall it was great. Had the right mix of people, young and old. Thank God everyone was extremely friendly. No sourpusses. It was the right mix of guided touring and time for you to explore on your own. Loved the small family owned hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "WOW" moments. That was my first time in Italy. St Mark's Square, the Statue of David and of course St Peter's Basillica."

Christine

Richland, MI

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't think I could have been happier with how the trip went. It was amazing! Any trepidation of joining a tour group was quickly dismissed as our guide struck a beautiful balance between clearly communicating expectations & agendas and showing great respect while doing so. The balance of group time vs. free time was also just right. I also very much valued how efficiently time was used in minimal wait times to visit the sites and seamless transitions, especially given high season!

Colleen

Fuquay Varina, NC

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded my expectations - especially because we were led by an amazing tour guide - Sarah. Sarah helped establish a connection with each person on the tour, as well as helped the entire tour group to connect. The pace of the tour was fantastic - loved the group activities and plenty of time for us to be on our own. Group meals took on a light and welcome air of relaxation and friendship. The local tour guides were incredible and make the tour exceptional!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide in Rome, Francesca Caruso, was a true artist. She mixed her personal passion with incredible knowledge and created 'wow' moments through out our day with her. She made me laugh, cry and think. She made history come a live in a way I had never experienced. She is a great teacher and a magnificent story teller. I can only imagine what it would be like to spend a day with her touring Rome. Francesca was truly the highlight of the tour!"

Felix

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steve's tour, and even though I knew what to expect, I was still very happy with the entire experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing "David" in Florence. I already had my expectations set pretty high by everyone who had already seen David, but the experience still blew me away. Second favorite moment was visiting the Basilica of San Clemente. It really impressed upon me the deep history of Rome."

Susan

Ocean View, DE

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought it was outstanding. So worth it to have the local tour guides, and the tickets pre-arranged so we could get right in without waiting more than a few minutes. Also, being able to go in special entrances, that we wouldn't have otherwise been able to do on our own. I like the group size. The hotels were better than I thought they'd be and the meals as a group were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pantheon and the Sistine Chapel."

Rebecca

Mt Pleasant, SC

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! I am recommending a Rick Steves' tour to anyone who is in good health, wants a great combination of guided sites and well-designed/large blocks of free time, want's in-depth guides, and enjoys unique/nice accomodations that are in easy access to the sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"An unexpected high was the visit to the vineyard for the wine tasting - beautiful, hospitable, delicious, relaxed, and informative. Another "beyond expectations" scheduled event was the cooking school in Florence! What fun, bonding of the group, and delicious meal!"

Cody

Cary, NC

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was amazing. Each city was full of highlights. Our guide Sara was wonderful as were the local guides. There was a good balance of pre planned activities with the group and free time to explore on our own. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments but see David up close was the best."

Tonda

Little River, SC

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was wonderful!! All of the destinations were well planned with us in mind. We got to experience all of the major attractions as well as have plenty of time on our own. The group dinners were all great with local flavors in mind. Our hotels were centrally located for ease of getting around and in great areas of the cities. The rooms were all nice and plenty big enough for what we needed. My overall experience couldn't have been any better! Thanks Rick Steves tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wow " moments to list! Seeing the Sistine Chapel was breathtaking and entering the Coliseum was awesome!"

Jason

Stroudsburg, PA

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am 50 years old and have only recently gotten excited about traveling. I discovered Rick Steves this past year when I used his London book and audio guides to plan the best trip of my life. I suddenly became very excited about traveling! I then bought a few more of his travel books in the hopes of planning a trip to Italy. At some point along the way, I decided that taking a proper Rick Steve's tour would be better, and I could not be happier with our trip to Venice, Florence, and Rome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments; perhaps I can pick one per city. In Venice, we were very lucky and happened to be there during a da Vinci exhibition at the Academia museum, which allowed us to see his rarely shown Vitruvian Man! After enjoying movies filmed at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, like Inferno and Hannibal, I was like a kid on Christmas morning as I toured it and climb the tower. I was also thrilled in Rome to see the Sistine Chapel."

Paul

Easton, MD

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the beginning through the end the tour was very well organized, and a good mix of guided touring, free time and help with local transportation and suggestions for restaurants, things to see on our own, etc. Our tour guide, Sarah, was absolutely wonderful; cheerful, organized, helpful and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking up to the Pantheon was a surreal moment for me after having read several histories of Rome. It's so well preserved, and as an example of ancient Rome it was amazing. Another wow was some of the information and insight provided by several of the local guides, particularly the last guide in Rome and the Colosseum. I would recommend more of the local specialized guides in a few places. Also, thank you for including the American cemetery stop. Unknown to many Americans visiting Europe."

Richard

Mt Pleasant, SC

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An amazing experience in every way!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence "cooking school" and San Clemente church in Rome!"

Dorothy

Smyrna, DE

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful trip. The local guides were outstanding!! At times, especially in Venice, we thought that we had too much free time and not enough tours. Partly because Venice was so difficult to navigate. My group spent a lot of wasted time getting lost. This city was still my favorite. I have only one complaint. The pace of the tour was grueling. I am 68 years old and in good physical shape. I wore walking sneakers all the time but, every walk we did on this tour was just short of running.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in San Marco square a listening to the bells ring."

Michael

Hubbard, OH

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was awesome! We enjoyed all the activities and sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing David in Florence."

Crystal

Orting, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a really fun group. Our guide Molly took care of everything. The schedule was very well planned. Just the right amount of tours to free time. The extras offered were really great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many."

Lynn

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The people we met were great. We became close to them and really enjoyed their company. Loved Venice and the magic of the city and food was delicious. Florence was ok, but loved the Tuscany countryside winery tour and appetizers and tastings. So beautiful. Liked Rome and the history of it all. The water was very clean and the bathrooms were as well. Yay! Appreciated having the guide get our tickets to the venues in advance so we didn't have to worry about that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the beauty of the Tuscany countryside and visiting with the local winery/olive oil orchard owner. Beautiful and learned a lot. Experiencing Venice with no cars or no mopeds was amazing and wonderful. The food was outstanding and making new friends that were so fun was awesome as well!"

Marolyn

Greenville, SC

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I took my daughter and 2 granddaughters on this trip as a celebration of graduations birthdays etc. I have previously been on 5 Rick Steves trips and had only run in to two teen agers, but figured that my 14 and 18 teen agers were well behaved and would fit in. We had several family groups on our trip and there were SEVEN teen agers plus one 20 year old. This group of young people immediately bonded and were so much fun to be around. On the group dinners they wanted to have their own table.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was seeing the David. I have seen it before but it was just as very overwhelming and beautiful."

Gail

Delray Beach, FL

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was so very pleased with this tour! I especially liked our guide Graeme who did an outstanding job getting us from place to place and imparting his excellent in depth knowledge. I was also extremely impressed with the local guides who so enhanced our experience and understanding. Everything was well managed and the hotels were great. Graeme went above and beyond to make us all comfortable with the tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's an almost impossible choice but two experiences stood out: the cooking class in Florence and the visit to the winery in Umbria. Both were delightful and unexpected."

Don

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide helped us orient to every city and navigate our own way! Also he was indispensable for non-Italian speakers (all of us)!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Among all the phenomenal Art we saw, St. Peter's Basilica really floored me."

Philip

Boca Raton, FL

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Travel with an experienced guide and knowledgeable local guides gives the traveler a perspective that would not be gained if traveling alone. The fact that tours were arranged at times to avoid massive crowds and delays is a real benefit. Graeme was a wonderful guide and his depth of knowledge, patience and ability to knit a group together are outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is difficult as each experience was a new WOW moment. The absolute grand scale of the places we visited in ROME was perhaps one of the bigger WOW moments. The view from the Le Velette winery was mind blowing. We want to go back!"

Lori

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Italy tour was an amazing experience! We saw so many incredible things during our stops in Venice, Florence and Rome. We loved that each day had a scheduled activity or two and still left time for us to explore on our own. Our tour guide, Elena, was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite wow moment was entering the Collesium through the same door that the gladiators did! What an amazing opportunity to look up to the stands from the floor!"

Jon

Omaha, NE

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really enjoyed the tour. Elena was delightful, although her groups tend to "stand still" a lot...we'd have preferred to keep moving more. This tour would be better if it went Rome first, Venice last. Rome is exhausting and Venice more relaxing...would be better to end in Venice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David. I didn't expect the enormity of it."

Lou

Wheeling, IL

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a amazing experience that i will never forget.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David"

Craig

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was excellent. Elena, our Rick Steves guide, and all of the local guides were wonderful. The information they provided, and their positive attitudes, greatly enhanced the experience of being in Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. In priority order, I'd say: First entering Piazza San Marco Emerging from the station to see the Grand Canal (we arrived in Venice by train) Entering the Colosseum at arena level (and visiting the Forum) Statue of David Original drawing of Vitruvian Man at the Accademia, Venice Duomo in Florence"

Amelia

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved it! I enjoyed the gelato, food and wine. I learned a lot about the history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was when I had there wine."

Kent

Fairhope, AL

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Tour content focused far to much time on religion history. Very little to no information on the specatcular architectural structures and history. painfully boring and repetitive at times. Several families went on their separate pace from the tour guides. Our trip guide was great but the individual tour guide content in Venice, Florence and Rome seem to spend time on what interested them and not what was interesting. Over all good trip but will not do the structured tour piece.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Panthion. It is truley the most remarkable structure in the world. Was not on the tour or even mentioned."

Rick

Thomasville, GA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Statue of david Cistene chapel"

Laura

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would have liked knowing well ahead of time what the plan was for each successive day...to ensure that there was time to plan or a lunch..ie perhaps pack a lunch vs trying to find a resturant with food that was suitable for someone with dietary restrictions, in an unfamiliar neighborhood, and, on the fly. Also it would have been great to have had an opportunity to see some musical performance. Other than that.... the guide,fellow travelers,and activites were wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many noteworthy moments to articulate..although the wine and food pairing at the vineyard was a favorite"

Catherine

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved Venice so much I wanted to stay for a week. I would suggest the boat trip be optional ( we bailed so we had a few hours to just browse Venice). Venice needs to be browsed, especially after the Accademia because we were closer to the less touristy parts. Our 3 hour browsing of Venice (even with a bit of rain) was my favorite part. This style of tour is perfect for those who like independent travel, but also meet others and feel connected to the area visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many, but I will go with the Sistine Chapel. Second place is the farm in Tuscany. Third is St. Mark's basilica in Venice."

Sarah

North Richland Hills, TX

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Rozanne was an excellent guide. The local guides were very, very knowledgeable and interesting as well. The time spent in each city was perfect. I really liked the way that the days were planned. Tour in the morning then free in the afternoon or vice verse. The free time allowed us to slow down and relax or just do our own thing. This tour really was ideal...the ONLY thing I could add, is that I really wished we could have spent one night at the family winery in Umbria.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Colosseum in Rome."

Stanton

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Always wanted to see some Italy and this tour was great bang for the buck

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arena floor of the Coliseum"

Martha

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is so well planned. Our guide,Rozanne was beyond wonderful...knowledgeable informative and so personable....would love to take another tour with her as guide. Timing, the local guides, the dining choices...and an awesome group of travelers made for an unforgettable trip!This was our first RS Tour but not our last!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While all the famous sights were beautiful, the surprise "wow"for me was what I was least excited about initially...the wine tasting in Umbria on the mountainside...just an unforgettable experience.The ride there is breathtaking, The hosts are such nice people. The food and wine was just fabulous. Something we never would have experienced on our own...So glad we took this tour!!!"

James

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a wonderful trip full of great history, beautiful sites, and great food. Rozanne took care of my gluten free needs wonderfully and she was great to hang out with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stopping and the vineyard/olive farm. I really wish we had gotten to stay the night there at least one night. That was an unexpected great day. I spent a couple of hours just relaxing and enjoying the scenery and we had to leave to early. Plus the food and company of the owners was excellent."

Eric

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rozanne was a delightful tour guide and the local guides added to the overall experience. We enjoyed the balance of group time and individual time to explore each city visited. This was our first Rick Steves' tour and would definitely go again. The hotels were charming and provided a nice local feel. We hit the highlights in Venice, Florence and Rome and thoroughly enjoyed our 'relaxing' stop at the winery in the beautiful Umbria countryside. Also enjoyed meeting the folks on our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to select one "wow" moment; however, it was a surprise to see the "original" sketch of the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci. Also, surprised by the Trevi Fountain. Of course being in Venice with the canals, overlooking Florence and actually standing in the Vatican was all surreal."

Roberta

Providence, RI

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a nice tour. I have never taken a tour before, although I have travelled to eighteen countries, mostly by myself. I appreciated not having to worry about transfers and booking hotels and trains.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine tasting at the farm in Umbria."

Eric

Norfolk, VA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great blend of the must sees of Venice, Florence and Rome with time to do some freelance exploring. Guide provided excellent country and city overviews on culture and day to day logistics. Hotels were exceptional - older properties located strategically to the sights. Group dinners were a real highlight and super team building events. Tough on the feet with some days stretching from 6-8 miles - not a tour for couch potatoes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow was looking over the Italian countryside from Marco's olive grove and vineyard high in the mountains. After intense urban experiences for days a brief respite just soaking up the sun, tasting wine and sampling Italian anti-pasta was just what the doctor ordered. Gracious hosts and spectacular scenery."

Lisa

Sequim, WA

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The number of people was just right, the tour guide was very good, lots and lots of walking! I loved the educational historical information. Although we had free time, it seemed while with other guides I felt rushed through some areas, lots of people so that maybe why. It was more in Rome that I felt that way. We loved being on a bus with just our group. Although in the beginning we were leery of the buddy system it allowed us to be accountable for someone and we made good friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is too hard to answer, favorite wow happened daily. In Rome it was the Vatican. In Florence it was David and cooking lunch together. In Venice it was Tortacelo Island."

Susan

Arlington, TX

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good, covered all of the interesting aspects in each city we visited. It was well balanced, gave us enough free time to do what we wanted. The group we were with were all very down-to-earth, easy to get to know and a lot of fun. The local guides were really good, seemed to know their subjects and added their own personalities along with their tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For us it was St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum."

Jeff

North Ridgeville, OH

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good. I didn't like that we had to get up early every day, but I understand that worked out well in museums and the like. I thought the tour hit all the big highlights in the cities we visited and had some nice extras such as the wine tasting and the cooking class.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's David at the Accademia in Florence. Although not part of the tour, I loved the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Maybe the best modern art I have seen."

David

Marietta, GA

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"views from Duomo, Bailica di San Marco, Vatican. Visit to winery and wine tasting,"

David

Rogers, AR

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time with Debora on our tour. The group was also nice to meet. coming from all over the US.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome's St. Peter's Basilica was show stoppingly huge. The Roman Colosseum was equally impressive especially to learn that it was built in 9 years."

Alan

Kingston, WA

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We spent 3 days prior in Venice to get comfortable with the time and to relax a little and to figure out how to's with our friends that we travels with. We also spent and extra days at the end of the tour. I think the tour was too heavy on the religion, art sides and lacking in the cultural, customs, diet, statistical information. for me personally as a engineer, I would have enjoyed some technical discussions on construction techniques, man power( slavery??) tools etc. Loved cooking class!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "wow" moments were actually not on the tour. With Debs explanations and encouragement we rented a car and drove to Norcia ( my wife's maiden name ) and then down to Naples. Norcia and Umbria were wonderful. We took a back door route to Naples so we saw more country and small towns and less city, and loved it. We visted Pompeii which was an outstanding stop, and were very happy with that tour from the RS recommended guide service."

Anita

Mt Prospect, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip. Everything was well organized and educational. The group size was great and we especially loved our guide Nina. We can't wait to take another Steve Rick's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each city had amazing sites. I can't pick one over another."

Richard

Wakefield, RI

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We liked the balance between programmed and free time. There was enough togetherness with the rest of the group, but not too much. We arrived a day early in Venice, which was good, and wished that we had taken a few days at the end to just relax. In Venice, we spent some time on our own away from the major touristic sites. After visiting the Frari church we walked through the neighborhood and hung out in the Campo Santa Margarita. It was good to see locals in their ordinary life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing David for Deb. She had been reading The Agony and Ecstasy and thus had great context and appreciation for Michaelangelo's attention to anatomy. Ric was blown away by Venice in general, and by Michaelangelo's last Pieta in Florence."

Susan

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Professional and fun are the words I use to describe everything about the tour. Initial information, booking and communication about the tour was excellent. Staff in Wash. were available to answer questions and everything was clearly presented. Hotels were well located and very comfortable. The pre-purchase of group tickets was absolutely invaluable (well worth any extra costs). Guide Nina was OUTSTANDING made things fun, very well organized & always thinking of group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine Chapel & the size of the ceiling figures. I have read & seen pictures but they did not do justice. Next was the size of the crowds. Rick had described them & again I had seen pictures but until you see them day in & out & EVERYWHERE I really didn't get it. The beautiful scenery in the towns & countryside as we drove from city to city."

Stran

Quinton, VA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great opportunities to visit the iconic sites of Italy. A lot of tourists, but that was expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A wow moment came when I first saw the site of the Circus Maximus from the Palatine Hill. I later visited Circus Maximum and could imagine the chariot races, and the crowds."

Stephen

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded all expectations. Quality hotels, perfect locations Efficient "skip the line" tours of most important sites Just the right amount of free time. Great "extra" activities (wine tasting,cooking lesson) Outstanding local and tour guides (esp. Rozanne)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Piazza San Marco (Florian's) in the evening (before the Piazza flooded!) The Sistine Chapel wasn't bad either!"

Maria

Schenectady, NY

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have never have taken a tour, just walking ones and maybe just for one thing, but never one for so long. We bonded with Rozanne, our fabulous guide tour, she guided through alll of our lives in 10 days. The tour was even better than what I had read. the restaurants, the knowledgeable tour guides in Italy, their kidness was perfect. Hotels were the best too, breakfast and locations. Cooking class and wine tasting out of this world!!! I would've never done this on my own. And all attractions!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our meals, I really don't know which was my favorite. Venice was the one I will always remember because it was our first meal, The amount of food, dishes,and wine was just top notch Ottimo, as Rozanne would say. Te Colosseaum and Froum Romano with the Vatican City were my favorite sites. This is just too hard to have one WOW moment. Cooking class!"

Lisa

Mason, MI

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized, good food at group dinners, good outings

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When it finally stopped raining!"

Joyce

Siren, WI

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very rigorous schedule, but very expedient in leading us through crowded cities and museums at good times and getting all the high points of interest with excellent guides. No way could we have have seen as much if done by ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments when first walking through each city that I can't possible name a favorite. Every city was so different and each had it's own identity with its own "wow" effect thr u architecture, paintings and street traffic."

Paulette

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed our tour. We had knowledgeable tour guides and the hotels were fine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was going through St. Peter's Square. It was so huge and beautiful."

Jean

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was fun and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment would be seeing the David. I also enjoyed the cooking class."

Mary Jo

Columbia, SC

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great balance of organized tours and free time to explore on our own. Was able to see so much more in 10 days having everything preplanned and front of the line tours with a local guide in each city. Enjoyed the cooking school in Florence. Loved the winery tour in Orvieto. Amazing art in Florence & Rome! Was a carefree vacation, just showed up and everything planned for us to tour the major sites!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Elizabetta was our local guide in Venice. She was so knowledgeable about Venice and had great enthusiasm (even in the rain). She had told us to expect aqua alta one night at 8pm, which was high tide. We did see flooding in St Mark's Square! But my WOW moment was in St Mark's Basilica, at the end of the tour, she had us end on an upper balcony in the church. It was timed for when the lights were turned on and the gold leaf mosaics "glowed" on the ceilings/walls!! WOW!!"

Raymond

Frederic, WI

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience and one that won't be forgotten for a long while. I thought the places we stayed were very accommodating and the sights and special activities (wine tasting, pasta making, etc.) were special!. It was fun traveling with the group; they were friendly and easy to be with. Rozanne made it a very personable experience; make us feel special. I would endorse this tour very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not sure I can come up with one wow moment; many of the sights and activities were special. Some of the items that come to mind include the gondola ride, the visit to the Vatican museum, the Basilica, the museums in Florence, and others."

Andrea

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A comprehensive overview of three distinctly beautiful Italian gems. The combo of our guide, Amanda, paired with exceptional local experts opened my eyes to the intricacies of Italian art and history. I will never look at Renaissance art the same again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is asking a parent to pick their favorite child. Whew! I appreciated the enormity of St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican experience...the diminutive streets of Burano...navigating the streets of Venice and finding a little mask shop...the breathtaking David and the pride in our guide as she shared her love of Rome."

Catherine Eliza

Prairieville, LA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steve's tour and I loved it! Definitely helped to have someone guide us around who knew the culture and food and a lot about the history. I felt less like a tourist. I really enjoyed the group meals we had allowed us to get to know the group better and learn/try new foods. My favorite group meals/activities were the cooking class in Florence, getting gelato, and the neighborhood orientation walks in each city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment or moments were probably the Vivaldi concert I attended in Venice with my aunt, the group meal in Florence, seeing the David statue in Florence and then the Colleseum in Rome."

Marsha

Cuba, NY

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour and it was everything I thought it would be. The guide was with you for the main sights but there was ample time on your own to feel like a seasoned traveler! Another great element was that we felt as though we hardly reached for our wallets. So much was included right down to late night gelato stops with Amanda! The local guides for each city were very professional and the planned events didn't leave you feeling like you were waiting in lines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Venice gondola ride was a top experience there. The monastery hotel in Florence allowed you to gaze out at the Duomo every night. The Colosseum definitely wowed me with its size and architectural feat. The glimpse into a past time and culture was my overall wow!"

Jean

Vernon, CT

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour packed in so many great experiences. Well worth the price. Great guides all around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was great- good balance of activities and sites. Michaelangelo's David was towards the top and I really enjoyed our host at the wine tasting."

Michael

Vernon Rockville, CT

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time to Italy and going as a family I really didn't know what to expect. I was open to new information and new adventures. You do have to keep your head on a swivel, protect your stuff and watch for "danger" (pick pockets, trip hazards, cars, carts, pushy tourists) but when traveling with a group it is easier and more relaxing when you know you have help. Our guides lead us in safe directions and we never waited for tickets or in line for entry. Very well organized and executed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everywhere I went there was a WOW. Venice at St Mark's, Florence and the work of Michelangelo, Rome and the Vatican, St Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, The Colosseum, The Pantheon. Everywhere you went history has been preserved and presented well. The local tour guides add an authentic flair to the city."

Dennis

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed having lots of free time. We feel there is a little too much information being given on museums by local guides. Would like to have our own time in the museums and go at our pace and meet up at a certain time with the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peters Basilica"

Sarah

St Petersburg, FL

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good. The guides were great along with Dave. As a single traveler I was a bit taken back when we were left at the Colosseum to make our way eventually back to the hotel. I did fine but am concerned it may be uncomfortable for another traveler as public transportation was required.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colosseum"

Joseph

Gresham, OR

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love so many things about traveling. I'm the kind of guy who wants to know what's around the bend or over the hill. I like people, mostly. I enjoyed our group of travelers. Very diverse with the same traveling drive as I have with great personalities. My spouse and I made some life time friends and I can see us getting together for more travel plans. I absolutely loved Italy. Italy makes me think of warm friends, good wine and great food! I need to see more of it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments to have a favorite. Each city was so different from the other, totally different vibes. The food, history, architecture, art and people were amazing. As an artist I have so much to draw from, so many pics and memories to keep me busy for a long time."

Jonathan

Wilmot, NH

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife Debra and I had a wonderful time on out Italy tour. We saw so much in a short time. The tour packed many positive experiences in our 10 day window. We also went early and had some extra time exploring in Venice which was terrific. I think the tour was a good mix of organized activities and free time so we all had time to explore on our own. Our tour guide, Dave, was excellent. He had a friendly easy-going way and he was also quite knowledgeable, always willing to try and help.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite moment was our stop at Marco's place (Poggio della Volara) where we had the wine-tasting and lunch prepared by his wife. Just the trip there was beautiful and it was a nice contrast with other tour activities in cities."

Janine

Media, PA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour was exactly what we expected it to be (which is a "win"), and our guide (Dave) was excellent. The cities we visited offered a the sampling of Italy we desired, and we checked major attractions off our "to do" lists. In the end, with such a finite amount of available time, we would have preferred spending less time at some attractions, or possibly having options to attending them at all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, because historical context and discovery was everywhere, but probably the understanding of how recently the Roman Forum was en-Earthed, and the discovery of multiple layers beneath St. Clementine Church in Rome were the biggest "wows.""

Elaine

Gresham, OR

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour met and exceeded all expectations we had when we chose it. As it was our first trip to Italy, we wanted some support and we wanted to just concentrate on taking in all we could and learning all we could in the "big three" cities. We were always well-informed about every aspect of the tour and all our needs were well taken care of. We love the philosophy of travel of this company and the tour held true to that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to choose one, but the group activities were wonderful and memorable. The gondola ride with music in Venice, the cooking class in Florence, the wine-tasting lunch in Umbria, and the fabulous meals with great people will live on for us."

Shelly

Victoria, BC

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Amanda who was with us for our whole experience was fantastic. She was personable, knowledgeable and understanding, as well as being just plain fun to be around. The set up of the tour with activities and free time divided through the day was brilliant. It allowed you to do things you wanted on your own as well as organized big ticket. The local guides were amazing, bringing the places they toured us through, to life with their passion. Notably Lucca in Florence and Francesca in Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Different types of experiences make it hard to choose, the Agritourismo stop was beautiful, tasty and fun. Venice, we saw the Etruscan Man by Leonarndo, only on display 3 weeks every 7 years....what luck. Francesca made Rome a real delight, with her heartfelt explanations of the history and stories in Rome. Delicious food in local restaurants, and feeling like a part of the city, not just a tourist, moving around on local transport, walking neighbourhoods made it feel like my own way of travel."

Michael

Napa, CA

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an excellent way to see these three cities. I had been looking forward to visiting these cities for years and it was very exciting to finally fulfill this dream. Being part of the tour helped to reduce the stress of international travel, ensured we got to experience the most important things, and enabled us to meet other travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Michelangelo Pieta in the Duomo Museum in Florence. I was not prepared for how powerful it was, especially knowing that he put himself into the sculpture as Nicodemus. The sculpture together with the sonnet he wrote which was on the wall, was a powerful spiritual experience. As a person of faith, this beautiful display of Michelangelo's faith was deeply moving."

Vicki

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Feel like I saw Europe's best hits...the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, the Pietà, the Roman Coloseum, the Forum, Palantine Hill, Trevi fountain, Michelangelo's David, the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, Venice canals, St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica...all the places I had been reading about, hearing about, and seeing in movies and TV. To experience them first hand was exhilarating. The tour brought the history of it all alive for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing St. Mark's Basilica and St. Peter's Basilica. St. Peter's Basilica was so moving, I cried."

Ellen

College Station, TX

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were not at all sure about the idea of a group tour but took the chance because of your philosophy of teaching people how to travel. We absolutely loved our experience and have so much more confidence. But we also loved it so much we would happily do another tour with you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had three. Stepping into St. Peters...I was Catholic for the first 58 years of my life and the magnificence of this church literally took my breath away. The Pieta had me in tears. And the statue of David. I was not prepared to even be very impressed, having seen the photo so many times. Again, I use the term magnificent. My jaw hung open as I walked through the gallery toward it and circled the statue. Pictures do not do it justice!"

Nedra

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience. Knowledgeable guides make such an impact. It was great to learn so much while enjoying beautiful art and architecture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David"

Austin

Coventry, RI

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all we expected, both personally and what RS Tours promised. We've never travelled on a tour before, so really have nothing to compare it to, but I'm pretty sure there wouldn't be anything much better for the money. Being able to get into the unbelievably crowded sites with minimal wait time and hassle was priceless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list. Each day brought something that was wowing. Since it's likely this was our one and only time that we'll get to Italy, our intent was to see as many of the main attractions as we could and the tour delivered. The stop at the vineyard on the way to Rome was an unexpected treat. I was thinking it would be just a pull off on the side of the highway, not a ride through the countryside to a beautiful villa and excellent wine and hors d'oeuvres."

Gary

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All new to me. Brilliant. Steves guide was superb, local guides at locations were superb. The group was awesome, self-[INVALID]ed, as someone put it. Community oriented, inquisitive, sensitive to others. The group meals were a blast, full of laughs. Hotel situations were always friendly, helpful, service-oriented; centrally located for access and reasonable quiet. 100% satisfied. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Surprisingly moved by the Pieta within St. Peter's. The tour put us inside early and the Pieta was reasonably uncrowded. Moved me to tears, unexpectedly. Generally, the opulence of ancient and Renaissance times wowed me, unfailingly."

Virginia

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this tour. It had just the right amount of planned activities and free time to explore on your own. Plus having our group that was small enough to get to know everyone fairly quickly, we shared plans and ideas. I also loved that when we went to museums and churches that had a lot of tourists, that we were able to walk right up to the front because our guide had already procured our tickets.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Starting in Venice was so unique. All of the sudden I am away from my everyday life and job in the hustle bustle of a very automobile centric city and on an island thousands of years old with cobblestone streets and the staying right up the alley fro the vegetable and fish market. Not a car in sight. The other "Wow" was driving through the beautiful countryside in Tuscany and Umbria on the way from Florence to Rome and stopping at the winery. Such a treat."

Donald

Wichita, KS

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. The tour took me to the sights I wanted to see, and activities like the cooking class and wine tasting were very pleasant diversions from touring. I also very much appreciated the free periods, which gave me some time to kick back and do some casual wandering around the streets. At my advanced age, I find my stamina has diminished, and I can handle a limited amount of formal touring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This one was very pronounced for me. Standing in front of the "Pieta" in St Peter's, I was practically overwhelmed by the human pathos Michelangelo managed to carve out of a marble block. There were many, slightly lesser, "wow" moments--that one stands out."

Michael

Byron Center, MI

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am writing also for my wife Peggy. We had an outstanding trip. Our guide Trish + other local guides were outstanding in: helping us plan + ensuring all details were taken care of at each location; providing understanding of each site visited; caring for the needs of each person on the tour. Visiting Venice, Florence and Rome was simply one highlight after another. People ask: what was your favorite place visited. Every one was. We love the approaching of connecting with local people + culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every place"

Charles

Clemmons, NC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Entire tour was well planned out. The expertise of many years of running tours is evident in Rick Steve's tours. Guide was knowledgeable friendly and helpful. Tour group was friendly and supportive. Enjoyed the balance of time as a group and time alone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping into St Peter's basilica was amazing."

Barbara

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I just keep thinking about all the beautiful sites, fun times, great people and the total smoothness of the trip! There were no hitches and all the lodging and food was amazing! I can't stop thinking about it and smile!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moments were the cooking class, it was so much fun and provided group building among the tour members! The cooking instructors were great, patient and fun! The dishes turned out to be very tasty as well and we have used the recipies since we've been home! And the winery tour and tasting in Orvieta! So interesting and so informative and tasty! The hostess was remarkable and fun!"

Mary

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and my first Rick Steves tour. It was a wonderful introduction to Italy and I was very pleased with the tour agendas, the tour guide, Trish (who was amazing!) and my fellow tour-mates. It was a fun, enlightening and sometimes exhausting whirlwind of a trip. I was well prepared due to all of the advance materials provided, but was delighted to be under the care of our very able tour guide. We did, however, enjoy our free time and even getting lost once or twice!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, there were a few men who really wowed the trip. #1 - Rick Steves and meeting him at our Florence hotel was such a treat and then he was so gracious to gave our group a quick tour of the Florence market area. #2 - Leonardo Da Vinci and his Vitruvian Man sketch was a real thrill when we were lucky to be at the Accademia in Florence when it was recently on display - a once-in-a-lifetime event! #3 - And then there was DAVID by Michelangelo - Need I say more?!"

Kathleen

Rothschild, WI

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My second RS tour and this was another amazing experience! Our guide Trish was absolutely superb! She had us knit quickly into a fun family of travelers. Her knowledge and joyful attitude were exceptional. The local experts were outstanding and so very enthusiastic about what they were sharing. This type of personal commitment makes all the difference on a tour and with a Rick Steves group this is what you are sure to get. Every aspect of this tour was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick just one but perhaps it was Venice itself. I am a bit of an art and history buff and the whole city just breathed history. Seeing it in person, the art where it was meant to be, the canals, the buildings were breathtaking. Wandering the streets at 6am was like stepping into a time machine. The churches with artwork by some of the greatest masters were stunning. Cruising up and down the grand canal was amazing. Venice is so very walkable and every corner held a delight."

John

Huntsville, TX

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this was an outstanding tour except for some logistical issues with the bus driver on the Venice to Florence leg and the "guinea pig" group dinner experience at the Pizza restaurant in Rome. One table had to ask repeatedly for wine to be served and was only offered non-meat pizza. We should not have been subjected to this experience. Most tour members were quick and grateful to leave the tight confines of this establishment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Pantheon in Rome."

Sherry

Olympia, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved it! Our guide, Trish , is full of knowledge, was very organized, friendly, fun and caring. She took care of us very well. We felt like kids on vacation with mom! No worries for us, just follow along! Thank you Trish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved seeing The David. We loved our gondola ride. We loved the winery tour and lunch and tasting, we loved our group meals. We loved everything. I can't honestly pick one WOW moment."

Joan

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been to Europe 20 times since 1998, but this is the most fun I've had on a European trip in the past 15 years. Our guide Trish was excellent, the tour was well planned and managed expertly, and overall I had a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two: the cooking class in Florence was the highlight of the trip. It was so much fun, and since we've been home we've made those recipes several times. The second "wow" was stopping at the winery in Orvieta. It was so much fun tasting the different types of wine and foods, and we learned so much about wine."

Francis

Olympia, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought everything was top notch.; From the organization through the tours and group activities. I particularly enjoyed the cooking class and the stop at the winery as it allowed us to get to know our fellow travelers better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but time spent together on activities such as cooking and gondola rides were particularly memorable. I also enjoyed meeting Rick Steves. It was a surprise and lots of fun."

Carol

Renville, MN

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome trip with an experience guide and featured guides in each city that not only provided you with the history, it made me feel like I was in that time period.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour ended May 5 and I cannot pick my favorite "wow" moment. It could be that I never thought it would have been such a positive experience. I enjoyed everything (except for the veal on the last night)."

Nicholas

Boston, MA

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience start to finish, with plenty of flexibility. Quality hotels, excellent food, interesting outings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Statue of David. Much bigger and more detailed than photos indicate."

David

Medford, OR

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We found the Ricks Steves tour to be exactly what was advertised. It certainly meet our expectations and we found it to be a good overall value.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "wow" moment for the trip site wise was the David in Florence. Our 'wow' moment for the tour and Rick Steves portion was a great dinner in Florence with the people that the restaurant that eying. Seeing Rick Steves in our Florence hotel was pretty cool too"

Gene

The Dalles, OR

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. I saw many amazing sights and have some great memories. So glad that I made the decision to go on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick a particular moment, but seeing the Sistine Chapel was amazing and inspiring."

Karen

Pottstown, PA

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the three day in Venice and then moving on to Florence. I could have stayed longer in Florence. I wasn't quite finished in this lovely town. It wasn't anything about the tour but so many sights to take in. Rome was lovely. I liked how the hotels/breakfasts got fancier as the tour progressed. by the end of the trip I really grew to like an appreciate our group of individuals. I liked having free time to explore on my own and the structured time with the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the local tour guides in Florence and Rome. I appreciated their passionate speaking and bringing me into their art forms. I was able to feel and understand the art and the culture/history."

Jacqueline

Darwin, MN

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Ferdi, did an excellent job in helping us thoroughly enjoy our first trip to Italy. He took wonderful care of everyone, ensuring that we all had a good time. This was our first Rick Steve's tour and it has changed how I will travel in the future. We could not have asked for more with our first travel group experience. I will definitely consider a Rick Steve's tour for future travel adventures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel was my favorite "wow" moment. It was incredible to view the paintings and to stand in such an important place."

Melissa

Springdale, AR

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nice to have the important details and "must-sees" arranged for us. We felt the tour was pretty well organized, the travel between cities relatively easy, the group meals well planned (and flexible), the hotels for the most part comfortable. As new travelers those were the things we took comfort in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Carcera Mamertino. It had been on my list, but I didn't think there would be time to see it. Since our tour schedule changed for Rome, it freed up a morning and we found ourselves accidentally standing at its door as we wandered around. It was the most powerful experience we had in all of Italy. Or maybe it was the Michelangelo Crucifix at Santo Spirito in Florence (with guide Angelo). Both were truly powerful."

Christine

Newmarket, NH

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My family loved this tour. I had worried a bit beforehand about the amount of walking since I sometimes have foot, back issues. But, having chosen just the right sandals, I managed very well. In fact, my family added to the daily total of miles, usually 10-12 each day. So much to see! Our impressions were that this tour was well managed with very experienced, well informed and engaging guides, well planned and organized. The mix of group activities and individual time was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! if there is any regret, it is that there is no way possible to take in everything. I was overwhelmed with history, beauty surrounding us. I might say, though, my wow moment might have been when Rick Steves himself walked into our Florence hotel welcome reception! LOL Unexpected moments can often be the most memorable."

Christopher

Newmarket, NH

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have only done one other sponsored tour (Princess Alaskan cruise and land tour), so I have few comparisons. The RS VFR tour however has set a high bar. The advertised tour characteristics were delivered, but it was more than that. We felt that the tour leaders and guides wanted to draw us into the culture and history of the places, and encouraged us to take part, not just to look at stuff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lot's of unique moments, but a legitimate wow was entering this one long gallery in the Vatican museum where the ceiling was lighted to highlight the art on the ceiling. All you could see was a golden canopy embedded with artwork extending to infinity. I watched the expression on the face of one of my tour companions as she entered the room. Her jaw literally dropped."

Joseph

Grove City, OH

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything we hope for was accomplished and much, much more. We don't believe we missed anything in all three locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say it was the winery we went to. The wow was the breath taking view from the mountain top the winery sat on. The information given by the 7th generation owner on how to taste wine and drink with certain foods was educational. Also the wine cellar was very impressive."

Karen

Poway, CA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was my very first time outside of North America and the longest vacation I have ever taken as an adult. I chose this tour primarily because Venice was a bucket-list item for me, but each one of the cities was amazing in its own way. I really can't choose a favorite! I was the only person in the group who was traveling alone, but everyone was really warm and friendly. I can't wait to take another tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Venice was breathtaking. We were in St Mark's when they lit up the inside (apparently only done for an hour a day) and that was really special. Loved seeing Santo Spirito in Florence, the winery near Orvieto and the Trevi fountain and all the of the ruins in Rome. It is hard to pick just one "wow" moment, because there were so many."

Sheila

Mc Farland, WI

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Love the tour experience of everything being set for us, yet having free time. Love meeting the new people in our group and shared meals together. Learn more from guides in history and seeing at the same time than just reading about places and events. Relating them together works for my learning style.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to look 360 anywhere in Rome and see history everywhere!"

James

Dover Foxcroft, ME

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding. Everything worked as scheduled and Marion (not sure on spelling) was fabulous. He treated us as if it was his first visit to all the special sites. His enthusiasm never waned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1.Saint Maria del Fiores church in Florence.. It staggered me."

Bernard

Glastonbury, CT

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful introduction to the world of Rick Steves. Every thing was as advertised. Events happened on time. It was great bypassing long lines at popular destinations. The group was very nice - enthusiastic travelers who were active and engaged. Our meals that were included were great. It is clear that the proprietors have a good relationship with Rick and the guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking onto the arena level of the Colosseum through the gladiator entrance was unbelievable and so special! But there were so many similar moments (descending into the 1st century AD down the stairs at St. Clemente, for example)."

Andrea

Glastonbury, CT

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was very well organized and included all the "important "sights to see in these major Italian cities. We went with another couple but that is not necessary since the group was very friendly. We loved our guide Marijan and most of the local guides were excellent. Also enjoyed the stop at the winery and the cooking lesson. The hotels were all unique and not from a cookie cutter at all. The format of a walking tour together the first night and a group dinner was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Venice! Its so unique with all of the bridges, canals, no cars, platforms on the sidewalks for use when it floods etc. We also loved the gondola ride in the evening. We happened to be in the boat with the singer and accordian player which made it even more special."

Maisha

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my third Rick Steve's tour and it was as good as the others! Great people, wonderful guides, good food, all the sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Running into Rick Steve's on the street outside the coliseum. Entering the coliseum the way gladiators did-on the main floor. The Doge palace in Venice, the David...on and on."

Diane

Unionville, CT

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marijan was so knowledgeable about all the cities we traveled to, we couldn't have asked for a better guide. He was so friendly and made all our excursions fun and very enjoyable. All the sights we visited and the restaurants Marijan picked for us were just perfect. It was a true Italian experience with wonderful local guides as well adding their knowledge to our trip. The cooking lesson in Florence was fabulous and the wine experience at Le Velette vineyards was a highlight of the triip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments but the gondola ride arranged by Marijan was exceptional. An accordion player and singer were in our boat and serenaded us all. What a treat. Seeing the statue David was another wow moment, it was magnificent."

Nancy

Dayton, TN

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour with an interesting and interested group of travelers! Marijan is an incredible tour leader with so many outstanding qualities. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and accommodating. Even though I had been to Venice, Florence and Rome before, this trip was better than I ever expected, thanks in large part to Marijan and the local guides. I learned so much and enjoyed every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Venice via a water taxi to the hotel's water door! Pretty amazing. Everything about Venice, including a gondola through tiny waterways. The day trip to Burano and Torcello was wonderful, too. Then there was Florence...WOW... then there was Rome...WOW... Oh, and wine tasting in Orvieto...WOW.... sooo many WOWs!"

Barbara

Dover Foxcroft, ME

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip went beyond my expectations. The little extras provided by Marijan were unexpected and me feel like he was enjoying the trip as much as we were. He arranged a gondola ride for those in the group who were interested. We visited a local artists studio in Florence and were treated to a wonderful afternoon. Marijan's scope of knowledge was amazing and added to the overall knowledge and joy of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments to mention. The first was arriving in Venice via water taxi. Wow! Rialto bridge, The Grand Canal, the churches and cathedrals - WOW! And that's just Venice. Florence was amazing - David! Wow! And Rome - Wow."

Tatyana

Southampton, PA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. I joined this tour as a solo traveler and was made to feel incredible welcome by the wonderful people in our group (all of them). The tour was very organized. It went like clock work. Even though their was a tight schedule, we never felt rushed and had plenty of time to explore on our own. Great tour and amazing tour guide and local guides. A wonderful experience from beginning to the end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No particular "wow"! Everyday everything we saw and heard was "wow" for me. No exception."

James

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Francesca walked us down the path into an ancient Roman ruin site, all I could say was, "wow." And she reflexively responded, "thank you." She is so knowlegable and proud of her city that she delights when she is able to evoke awe from a visitor."

Beverly

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was Rick Steve's tour #6 for me. This was a great tour with a very supportive, lively, and friendly group of people led by an amazing guide Tina.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to choose one from each city - the gondola ride in Venice, David in Florence, and Francesca's tour of the Roman ruins."

Kavitha

Johnstown, PA

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Italy and it was a memorable experience,would have liked to have an extra 1 or 2 days at Rome. Our tour guide was excellent,Tina made it a a point to include everyone and answer everyone's questions.Alessandra,Angelo and Francesca were excellent local guides,with so much knowledge. Thank you all for making this trip ,so wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was so many "Wow" movements.Seeing Michaelangelo's David,in Florence and waking around him again and again. Will never forget his David's face and eyes."

Robert

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip exceeded my expectations in every aspect, including accommodations, our guide's leadership, experience and knowledge, dining and ancillary activities and our supplemental guide's speciality areas of expertise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" momentum was possibly our tour of the lower levels of the Basilica San Clemente in Rome. Our tour guide Francesca, really helped me to understand the significance of standing in spaces that dated back almost 2,000 years ago."

Steven

Cicero, NY

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This experience was beyond what we imagined it would be. Our tour guide Tina was fabulous, the tour guide in each city, Venice, Florence and Rome were tremendous and added expert insight that made our tour out only interesting but a living history lesson. Our tour itself made fast friends which enhanced our trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel an St Clementine Church"

Walter

Augusta, GA

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In a word fantastic. Beginning with our guide. Well informed. Friendly. Punctual. She was a pleasure to be with. Our group was fun from the start. I think that my wife and I ate at least one meal at the table with each other traveler. The guides at the different venues were the best. Loaded with personality and information. Far from a simple listing of facts and dates they made each of our tours an event. There was nothing in our ten day adventure that I would have changed.

Kathleen

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"too many to list. The entire tour was wonderful"

Rosella

St George, KS

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Out trip to Italy was more than I could have ever imagined. Our fellow travelers were so much fun and our guide Tina made every experience memorable and rewarding. Like a fine tuned clock, not a minute wasted and options given for off time was deeply appreciated. I still can't believe how smoothly the whole trip went, not a single glitch. It was perfecto because of Tina?? We are planning another RS tour ??????

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many....Venezia so beautiful, Florence and David took my breath away, but seeing Vatican City will stay with me forever."

Richard

Saint George, KS

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful, fun, eye opening and can't wait for the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice at night."

Maribeth

Madison, WI

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Rick Steves tour experience absolutely exceeded our expectations in many ways. Our tour guide, Tina, was out of this world! Our accommodations were wonderful. Being right in the midst of all of the action in the 3 cities we visited was so helpful. The breakfasts were wonderful. The local tour guides were all fabulous. Angelo in Florence and Francesca in Rome were my favorites! I have been recommending a Rick Steves tour to all of my friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was visiting the argritourism farm and doing the wine tasting and eating the delicious food prepared by Marco's wife. The setting was so serene and beautiful. The wine was delicious and Marco's presentation was great. The countryside was breathtaking as we traveled from the highway to the farm."

James

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour experience! We had a chance to immerse ourselves in the local culture and see many of the most important historical sites and artistic treasures of each city. I found the pace demanding, but we had plenty of free time to rest when necessary. My legs got a good workout from all the walking (15000-20000 steps per day!). The art scholars and historians who came with us to different museums and sites were outstanding! I felt so enriched by their contributions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will never forget my awe upon seeing Michelangelo's David in person. I had seen pictures of it my whole life, but standing in its presence was a revelation. An absolute masterpiece! And the Duomo in Florence blew me away!"

Gloria

Medina, MN

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour enough that I would consider signing up for another tour. I am thankful our tour leader did not hold up a flag or umbrella. Susanna was punctual, professional and I appreciated her input. Good mix of activities. Might suggest people bring a side purse or bag. Vs. a backpack as museums made us check even a small backpack so I did not have appropriate bag for stuff I needed for some of the days. Would like to see a little more interactive dialog during giving of info .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the info shared by guides including the historical framework ."

Elise

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour runs like a well oiled machine.

Kristie

Owens Cross Roads, AL

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our Venice, Florence and Rome tour. Can't say enough about Susanna our tour guide, she really brought Italy to life for us and was a joy to get to know and did an excellent job with our group. All the local guides were outstanding as well, having them with us really enriched our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to narrow it down to just one but the wine tasting and lunch in Umbria was a special experience."

Larry

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the localguides and Susanna did a great job. Directions always clear. Would have liked the hotel in Venice to be of better quality, ie.-the night a fight awoke us at 2am. Expected the tour group to be a bit smaller, we were 28. Seemed that about half the group became ill during our tour, including us. Very unfortunate as it did decrease some of our site visiting but certainly not a Rick StevesTour problem. Find it interesting that tour is denoted as a 10 day tour when it's really 8 1/2.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wows- Venice- just loved it. The second was the church (sorry, can't recall the name) we visited prior to visiting the Colosseum in Rome. Amazing history."

Christine

Broomall, PA

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful experience and one I truly enjoyed. My friend and I visited these same three cities as 17-yr olds on a high school trip. This trip took us back 40+ years later. We saw the places we remembered and appreciated them with much greater maturity. Italy was filled with school groups while we were there this time and we couldn't help but think back to a time when it was us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All three cities provided many wow moments, each in a different way - the lights shining on the water at night in Venice, the magnificence of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and the absolutely awe inspiring artwork everywhere you turn in Rome."

Christine

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! From the accommodations to Susanna and the local guides to the fellow group members. It will be one of our most memorable trips ever. The itinerary was perfect planned. We started out with the casual, simple lifestyle of Venice, then moved to a slightly busier Florence the wrapping up with the fast-paced, noisy but vibrant Rome. Taking this trip on our own without the benefit of the guides would have resulted in so many missed historical opportunities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Coliseum Between Susanna and our local guide, they explained why the events that were conducted in the coliseum were held, the political sense at the time, the exposure of these events and the effect on the local Romans."

Emily

Novato, CA

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Susanna was the best! This tour was an absolutely amazing experience. My husband and I saved money, airline miles, and vacation time for over seven years to visit Italy, and we could not have asked for a better experience. Susanna is a fantastic guide, and she made us feel immediately comfortable and excited to learn about and experience Italy. I also am grateful to have learned how to travel, from packing light to keeping yourself safe to being a polite tourist! I loved every minute of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I went to Italy to see all of the things, such as the Vatican, the Colosseum, and so on. And while all of those things were wonderful, my biggest wow moments came during the more cultural experiences. I was nervous about the social interaction of a tour group, but one of my favorite things was the group dinners. My favorite wow moment was the cooking class (which I didn't even want to do). We had a blast and were amazed with ourselves and our end product! It was fun, educational, and empowering."

Noreen

Staten Island, NY

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was awsome, tour guides were very informative, and coutteous

Favorite "WOW" moment

"loved the hotels were central located.have to say loved the cities, venice was my favourite."

Dan

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 03/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tour very much. We like Mr. Kriskovic ( tour guide). He is very knowledgeable and friendly and easy to talk to and get along well. We learned and understood more about Italian cultures and people. We would like to join Rick Steves tours again in a near future. Thank you

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the dinner in Florence and get caught in the rain."

Rose

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Tour: 03/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a marvelous trip/experience. Time was balanced nicely with scheduled activities along with enough free time to pursue individual interests. The scheduled activities being pre booked were more enjoyable without waiting in lines. Scheduled meals were excellent and restaurants chosen added to experience of each city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moment is a hard decision between - -The morning view of Venice along the canal, -Entering the Colosseum through the entrance of the gladiators, -Michelangelo's David"

Samuel

Dallas, TX

Tour: 03/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour and it was very enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The winery tour was a nice touch."

Arnetta

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 03/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative. Fun. Excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour groups cooking class."

Robert

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First time traveling so still getting over shock. Would do again but probably aim at smaller Italian cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's Pieta. Though the Borghese gallery came close."

Joyce

Waterloo, IA

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was great! Our guide, Karen, was very helpful and couldn't have been more enjoyable. Preferential treatment everywhere we went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially loved our wine tasting outdoor lunch at a wine and olive farm. It was a needed peaceful and countryside break between Florence and Rome."

Joseph

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First experience with Rick Steve's and in Italy and it was wonderful. Our guide Karin was wonderful. Exceeded our expectations. We are 72 and it was exhausting for us. Lots of walking and stairs. We saw everything we expected to see and the guides were very detailed and wonderful. All hotels were very good. All connections worked well. No complaints.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican was fantastic. Tours and guides were very good. Amazing site."

Greg

Yuma, AZ

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was invited to go on this tour with my Daughter and Son-in-Law. They are experienced travelers. I am not so much. I did the solo room thing at extra expense, but it was worth it. Overall, I was as prepared and informed in advance as Rick Steves could get me from; information, guides, accommodations, packing my stuff, sites, transportation, food, scheduling appointments and tickets to events, etc. I can't imagine any Europe tour being better than this one!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice, Florence and Rome all had equally exceptional and unique qualities. The whole thing was great."

James

Plano, TX

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time with a tour group and it more than met our expectations. The group dynamic was comfortable, we made friends that we will continue to see stateside. Gelato Having the expert local guides take you through the various sites and museums significantly increased our understanding and enjoyment. Amatriciana The balance of structured group activity and free time felt just right. Gelato The hotels fit the feel of the tour perfectly. Karin was spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca's tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum was spectacular. All of the guides did a good job of making the sites relatable and helped bring what you were looking at to life. Francesca was several cuts above."

Robert

Harrisonburg, VA

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved our "Best of Venice, Florence and Rome" tour and loved our guide, Karin. The tour was nicely structured with three nights in each city and there was certainly plenty to do with our free time. Karin was terrific in helping us prioritize our free time and in finding out of the way shopping. Loved our cooking class in Florence and our time on a wine/olive oil farm in Tuscany. (Wish the farmer was prepared to ship olive oil to the states!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment came at the end of our tour in Rome when our guide emphasized that the this history of Italy was our history. She made it all very personal and meaningful."

Kirsten

Chelmsford, MA

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time traveling to Europe and first time on a tour. It was a wonderful experience! It was great staying at hotels which were close to city centers so we walked just about everywhere! I loved having all the details taken care of -tickets to museums,tours,transportation between cities all arranged for us. Local tour guides were amazing-so knowledgeable. I enjoyed having free time as well to explore each city. Highly recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of "wow" moments but the tour of the Colosseum and Forum definitely was very impressive and one of the top events of the tour!"

Peter

Silverdale, WA

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding!! What a great experience!! thanks to Ann's for her caring, compassionate and guidance she provided to all of us during our stay in Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was great!!"

Janet

Amesbury, MA

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been waiting 20 years to see Italy! As an art history teacher, the museums were a highlight for me as well as experiencing the sense of place in which the creation of these amazing works took place. It was like a dream come true.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel....except for the hundreds of other people. I really wanted to just stare at it and contemplate in silence which is really not possible. but it was still the high point for me."

Valerie

Port Orange, FL

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. Really enjoyed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice overall. Much brighter, cleaner. Busy, walkable city. Boat trip to Burano and Torcella."

Marilyn

Portland, OR

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour and we will be back for another. Hotels and food provided were excellent. (I gained weight and am now dieting.) Had plenty of time to see the sights we wanted to check on our own. Ann Long was terrific at keeping us moving at a good pace and ensuring we had what we needed. The step on guides were top-notch., especially Francesca in Rome and Alaria in Vatican City.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wine tasting on the way to Rome. The setting, the wine the food and the hospitality were worthy of a couple Michelin stars."

Leslie

Brookhaven, GA

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All aspects of the tour exceeded my expectations! Of course, all three cities were fabulous. But, our guide, Ann, was outstanding also. She created a positive, fun, and safe experience for all of us. I had a great experience as a solo traveler. It was easy and fun to get to know the other tour members. But, there was also plenty of time to do my own thing and recharge for the next group outing. I will definitely book more European tours through Rick Steves' Tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but I think the Coliseum and Vatican Museums were tops overall. I was enchanted by St Mark's in Venice, enamored by the Uffizi in Florence, and amazed by St Clements in Rome. My favorite time with a "local" was at the winery in Umbria. It was all overwhelming in a good way. I definitely see why people return to Italy again and again - there is so much to see, absorb, learn, and experience."

John

Deridder, LA

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my wife and I's first Rick Steves tour. It was our first time to Europe. We had an amazing time in Italy. The motels were local authentic Italy experience with really good breakfasts. Our tour guide Anna was wonderful. She helped us experience Italy in a very fun and unique way. My wife and I enjoyed the smaller group experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine tasting in Umbria with its views, tour, and overall experience was amazing."

Melissa

Richmond, TX

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the ease and security of being on this tour. It was nice to have the highlights of each city already planned out for you. There was also plenty of time everyday to spend on your own, doing what you choose. Our guide was amazing and very knowledgeable as were each of the local guides from each city. The hotels were all fabulous and the planned meals/restaurants were amazing. We enjoyed all the group activities and our group bonded well as d we all enjoyed getting to know each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything we saw and did was a wow moment!! But I most enjoyed seeing the Duomo in Florence. It's an amazing piece of architecture, as is the Baptistry and the doors/Gates of Paradise (the originals are in the Duomo museum and were so beautiful) Seeing Michelangelo's David was also amazing. My husband enjoyed the Coliseum in Rome."

Sandra

Deridder, LA

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

All the tour sites were amazing. The tour was well planned and very detailed and the ease of getting into the different venues were easy. The planning of having the tickets bought before we got there and watching the events of the day to change a schedule to better fit the tour was amazing. Mrs. Anna was very well informed and organized. She helped us plan extras and gave plenty of information to fill our free time. One day we had a very hard to understand.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved the age of Rome. My wow moment happened over and over with each bit of information that they shared and the history and age of the ruins."

Richard

South Hero, VT

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first trip with a tour group. This specific trip had been recommended by my brother-in-law who traveled to Italy on the March Rick Steves' trip last year. I greatly appreciated all the logistical arrangements and orientation to each city and to the outstanding museums by the respective local guides. I found that having other people with whom to visit and share life experiences enhanced travel. The hotels were strategically located in central areas facilitating exploring on foot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were many spectacular experiences, my favorite was seeing the many canals and architecturally beautiful buildings from many different perspectives - from sidewalks, bridges, vaporetti and from tower observation points on both sides of the Grand Canal."

Carolyne

Cranbrook, BC

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow! The tour was well-planned with a nice balance of activities and personal time. The other tour members were all friendly and welcoming. The meals that were provided were excellent and the guides were outstanding. This was definitely a tour that I would recommend to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of "Wow" moments, some of them planned and some of them serendipitous. Seeing the statue of David for the first time was definitely a moving experience. My first ride on a water taxi in Venice was delightful. And people-watchng throughout Italy was a never-ending source of pleasure. What a lovely country!"

Susan

Erin, ON

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First I need to mention Martin, he made our first trip to Europe, in fact our first Tour ever, memorable. When I think of any location we went to, I hear Martin telling us the history and any other fact he could think of. We met a wonderful Group of new friends on this vacation, and even if we never see them again, they are a large part of our memories of Italy. We very much appreciated how the Tour was setup so we saw the most important Paintings or locations, not everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David. Awesome and amazing! I came to Italy to see the Colleseum, and would've loved to have spent all day there, but very much appreciated the full day of seeing and learning about many of the ruins and paintings. But other than all of the above, the first glimpse of the inside of the Sistine Chapel was awe inspiring and had to pinch myself that I was actually there. The Tour of the Winery was memorable and the 3 bottle of Tuscany wine made it home safe!"

Bruce

Cranbrook, BC

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was R.S.tour #3 for us, and my favourite. Everything came together and "clicked". My wife gave a detailed analysis,so i will keep it brief.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wandering the backstreets of Venice."

Kathryn

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was everything we had hoped for and more. It was a great mix of history, architecture, art, food, and culture, as well as a perfect (for us) balance of time with the group and time to explore on our own. Our primary guide, Martin, as well as the city guides, were knowledgeable and personable. And, of course, Italy was awesome. (Answering for Kathryn Doi and James Gold)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments for both of us, but we will choose one each. For Jim, it was seeing the ancient temple dedicated to Mithras at the San Clemente church in Rome, evidence of pre-Christian beliefs. For Kathryn, it was seeing the "Botticelli Primavera" and "Birth of Venus" paintings in Florence; the paintings were breathtaking in person and the allegories told a story that could be contemplated endlessly."

Sherri

Wildwood, MO

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fourth RS tour. We had visited Venice, Florence and Rome for a couple days each on a previous tour. We decided to take this tour to be able to delve deeper into each city - and the tour was perfect for that. As always, there was a nice balance between group activities and free time. Once again I was blown away by how much I learned from the local guides, particularly in the museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 2 hours spent with Elizabetta in the Accademia in Venice was the best 2 hours I have ever spent in a museum. I could have listened to her all day. Prior to the tour we read a book about Brunelleschi's dome and its construction, so climbing it at sunset was a highlight. Also really enjoyed the stunning golden mosaics in the church on Torcello."

Steven

Enumclaw, WA

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The 'Strenuous Activity Level" should be taken seriously. I had difficulty keeping up with group on evening city orientation strolls. Seemed more like a forced march. Both overall guide and local tour guides extremely knowledgeable. Loved the overall cultural experience more than museum tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding our hotel the first night in Venice at midnight (or later) after 20 hours of plane flights and airport layovers when city was completely deserted, shop windows shuttered with graffiti, litter from evening celebrations in streets, vague directions, and not being familiar with street (alley) signage. Wondered what 3rd rate slum tour we'd gotten ourselves into. Then seeing vibrant crowded city the next morning when shops opened, streets full of people, GREAT COFFEE. It all made sense."

Maureen

Kemptville, NS

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellently executed. Daniela is priceless, an expert and knowledge tour leader. The local guides were also excellent. I have traveled with three other tour companies and find The Rick Steves tour a cut above the rest. Can't say enough about how wonderful the trip was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice and the Grand Canal view for the first time."

Freda

Evansville, IN

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour and it exceeded our expectation! Our guide was outstanding. Daniela was experienced, familiar with Italy, and knowledgeable about the history and local customs. She provided really useful advice for the free time as well as the group activities. Hotels were in central locations with friendly staff. The local guides in each city (sometimes two for our group) were also excellent and provided that local touch that made each city a unique experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence -- so much history and yet a living/breathing city."

Hugh

Ashburn, VA

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an exceptional, outstanding tour with plenty of structured activities and just enough free, roaming time to our own devices and imagination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I realized wow we were really doing this tour when we arrived late in Italy due to an air controller strike and had to negotiate our way to our hotel through customs, the bus and the vaporetta taxi to the waterstop and to the hotel over the Rialto bridge in the darkness arriving at just before midnight. The directions given by the Steves tour group before we left the US was perfect."

Janet

Seattle, WA

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm really not good at surveys. critiquing things. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not applicable. There were way too many "wow" moments to choose."

David

Tyler, TX

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, excellent tour host in Daniela, excellent hotels-transportation-accommodations, safe and secure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine Chapel, vatican Museums, St Peters Basilica"

Jennifer

Chicago, IL

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an amazing time. I appreciate the tour even more now that I reflect at home. Very strenuous but I needed the exercise!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Didn't register that Venice has no cars or bikes until we left."

Janet

Plain City, OH

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent, excellent, excellent ! I have always wanted to stay in Venice for a few days. Years ago I was part of a tour that did the "day tripper", slam bam visit to Venice and I felt cheated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing to the Palatine overlooking the Forum. Awesome."

Ken

Plain City, OH

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was very well run. I never felt rushed at any location, never leaving a location or a city wishing we had spent more time there. The amount of time spent at each location was perfect, and I really liked the mix of structured and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was in Florence, in the Accademia Gallery, when I saw Michelangelo's David for the first time. I had heard of it and seen pictures of it for many years, but seeing it with my own eyes, seeing its size and beauty, was stunning."

Michael

Nokomis, FL

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, tour was as advertised and seen on numerous TV episodes. No surprises, very good value for the money, a lot shoe-horned into a relatively short time with free time left over for more of what was most interesting. Very disappointed in two related areas: lines at museums (this was a key reason in selecting a tour as opposed to going on our own, and the Ancient Rome portion in particular was more line than tour-- it's your job to help bypass these, despite Italian government idiocy)...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "art wows" made it one largish wow. A moment that seemed to encapsulate both Italy and the Rick Steves approach was a museum on a square in Venice that turned out to be a hospital, and our tour guide's local hospital, at that. Living history, indeed. Modern mosaic master visit was very impressive, and the preponderance of interactions with local residents was positive, clearly due to their previous experiences with Steves Tours and friendly relations with tour and local guides."

Morris

Columbus, OH

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had such a great time! Each city (Venice, Florence and Rome) brought something so unique to our trip. Traveling and getting around was seamless. Our fellow travelers in the group were all such a joy to get to know. The level of professionalism was second to none. I would consider traveling with Rick Steve's again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As we walked to St. Marks Square in Venice a heavy fog had engulfed the square. It was Venice Carnival. People were walking in period costumes and being festive. We chose to dress up and experience this magical celebration through the mask like the Venitians did long ago. So glad we did. It was a magical experience."

Christopher

West Covina, CA

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Don't ever let Nina go. She made the entire experience, point blank.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The David ??"

Spencer

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I took this Rick Steves' tour with my husband and my parents. We all had an amazing experience that I know we'll cherish for the future to come. I had been to Europe before, but my husband had not. We were all amazed about the amount of history and culture packed into the small streets of Italy. Basically, history built upon history built upon history. It's one thing to read about but once you arrive and take it all in, it's breathtaking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The moment we climbed down into the bowels of San Clemente al Laterano to see how 3 churches had been built in the same spot, one upon the other, was an amazing "wow" moment for me. Realizing that individual places all through Rome and the rest of Italy have more history and story than the entire country we came from!"

Steven

Beavercreek, OH

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing trip that I enjoyed very much. I'm just now going back through all my pictures and videos and am in awe about how much we did. Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Moving my eyes forward only inches away from 15th and 16th century paintings and seeing the brush strokes and fine details. Similarly, moving in close and seeing the chisel marks on unfinished marble sculptures. It's almost like the artists were just taking a break. You don't see that in books. I also loved the craftpersons in the small shops... the sisters that build gondolas, and the small shop creating mosaics. The lunch on the hillside at the winery / olive farm was memorable!"

Susan

Nokomis, FL

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was the perfect mix of activity to rest time. The guides were extremely knowledgeable but not boring. Nina is a gem!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Rome at night with all the lights. Being able to touch a column or brick that had been touched by people living over 1000 years ago."

Elizabeth

Beavercreek, OH

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour. It was extremely interesting, well organized, and fun. All of our guides were exceptional both in their knowledge and clarity. I really enjoyed the people on our tour as they added a lot to the experience. I felt like we were given a wonderful overview of our cities in Italy as well as the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very hard to pin down just one. I think for me, as an artist myself, I loved meeting the Italian Mosaic artist in Florence. It was so unexpected to be able to see the studio and the work in progress. I cried. I was amazed at the David museum as well. As many times as I have seen images, there is nothing like seeing it in person. I also cried. The Church with the different levels of history in Rome was absolutely fascinating."

Javier

Pembroke Pines, FL

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time going to Italy. I was a bit nervous as I was a solo travel at just 18 years old, but Rick Steve's tours helped to take care of the heavy work for me by making reservations and taking care of our hotels and dinners so that I could see the best of Venice, Florence, and Rome. My tour guide Nina was amazing as an American Expat who has been living in Italy for 22 years she is very knowledgable about Italy and it's culture and I would definitely recommend her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments on this tour but it is hard to pick exactly one. If I had to I would definitely pick the Colosseum in Rome. For years ever since I was a child I had dreamed of seeing the Colosseum and walking into the place where Gladiators would fight and to marvel at the amazing architecture of the Colosseum. When I was first saw it I said to myself "Wow! It looks so much bigger in person!" The Colosseum was my first Seven Wonder of the World."

Mary

Forest Park, IL

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our hotel in Florence! We had a beautiful view of the Duomo!"

Diane

Tempe, AZ

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. I didn't realize how close I would feel at the end to my fellow travelers or how much I would miss them when we all went home. It's been two weeks and I still think of Italy and miss it and want to go back. I would recommend an RS tour to anyone! I also lost a couple pounds due to all the walking, so that was splendid!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the inside of St Mark's Church - all that gold and detail -- wow!! I was amazing. Venice was so...crazy and I got lost so many times, but the history of that place is insane!"

Mark

West Covina, CA

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was life changing and amazing, words cannot describe how happy we were on this incredible 10 day journey. My wife, my son and I found this trip to be such a great vacation. Nina was outstanding and we cannot say enough about her passion and care of our tour group. She was always on time, clear and provided incredible facts and stories in every location. She is a jewel for your team, priceless!! We are recommending this trip to everyone we know and that its such a life changing trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"our WOW moment was being in Rome and the David sculpture, the passion and depth of emotion in that piece of art, you cannot help but get emotional when just admiring it from both up close and far."

William

West Valley City, UT

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour experience. I have toured a few times on my own with Rick Steves books had a blast. But it was nice to sit back and let the professionals take care of all the tours and hotel accommodations, and they nailed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the whole tour turned out to be a wow. But what really stood out was the extra things that were planned that I would have never done on my own."

Sandy

Tampa, FL

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was overwhelming with so many sights to see and so much information to take in during such a short time. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and was quick to share her life-long passion with tour group members. The size (25) of the tour was just right and allowed everyone to get to know one another and share the joys of our travels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was really surprised by the vastness of the Rome colliseum and also of the view from Palantine hill of the overall Roman complex."

Kenneth

Lexington, VA

Tour: 02/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ten stars!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many of these: Michelangelo's David The Sistine Chapel The wine experience at Orvieto The cooking class in Florence The gondola ride in Venice And two things we did on the day before we met up with the group in Venice: A performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons in a church A visit to the Peggy Guggenheim collection"

William

Holland, MI

Tour: 02/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have for years planned our European trips, using RS guidebooks. But going to Venice, Florence, and Rome with all of the art, history, and museums, we thought it best to go on a 'real' RS tour. We were thrilled with our decision. The trip exceeded our highest expectations in every regard from accommodations to dining, from guide to tours, from sites to experiences. It was top-shelf.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention, but one of the 'wow' moments was walking to the top of Brunelleschi's Duomo in Florence. Part way up, you come to a glassed-in cat-walk, high above the sanctuary floor, giving a stunning view of the sanctuary below and Brunelleschi's dome above (how did he ever accomplish this in the 1400s). Finishing the climb, there was breath-taking view of Florence at the top of the dome."

Jon

Golden, CO

Tour: 02/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. No surprises. Everything was "as advertised" so we were very pleased.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite "wow" moment was a gondola ride in Venice. It was my wife's birthday and our guide, Tina, set up a gondola with a singer. Awesome!"

Patti

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 02/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was great (except for coming down with a cold). We chose February for Italy to avoid the crowds. The weather was fine (nippy, but it was winter after all), and the lines were short. This was our fourth Rick Steves tour, and the thing that I noticed this time was how well-curated it was. Our overall guide, Tina, was fantastic, as were all of the local guides. But the local guides brought a sense of structure to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unexpectedly walking into the pope's apartments and seeing Raphael's School of Athens. I was speechless."

Allbert

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Tour: 02/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience my family and I had was one in which we will remember for a life time. Our tour guild,Tina was the reason we had such a wonderful time. Her knowledge of the history to her tips on local good eats,gave us the feel of being like one of the locals. During our tour,there were two birthdays and my son asking his girlfriend for her hand in marriage,Tina went out of her way to celebrate each event in unforgettable ways. Tina at the end had 28 strangers feel like family. Kudos to her!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to just point to one,but if I must, are time in Rome and having Illary(sp) give our tour of the Vatican and the Roman ruins was excellent."

Harry

Atherton, CA

Tour: 02/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned and perfectly executed. Tour Guide is a reflection of your tours. Tina is fantastic and makes the tour very personable! She planned mine and a fellow traveler's birthday celebrations during the tour. Hotels were perfectly located and convenient to many of the sights and local stores and restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was birthday celebration at lunch and the Gondola ride with the serenade music was out of this world. Tina was so thoughtful to include the musicians on the Gondola ride."

Harold

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 02/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steeves tour and it turned out just like the others. We had a spectacular time even though we picked up colds in Venice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of them, but walking in on "School of Athens" at the Vatican was right up there."

Diane

Long Lake, NY

Tour: 11/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour of each city was more than I expected. It was more than a tour, it was an enriching experience. It filled my senses with sights and sounds and tastes I had never experienced before. We had a wonderful cooperative and friendly group, a generous group leader, and exceptionably knowledgeable Italian tour guides. I am still processing all that I experienced on this trip, emotionally and intellectually.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michaelangelo's David in the Florence's Athenee Museum was one of many wow moments. I felt in the presence of Michaelangelo himself. The ability to get so close to this masterpiece and walk around him at 360 degrees was a magical moment I will never forget."

Christopher

Highland Village, TX

Tour: 11/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour. The pacing was perfect, the guidance was outstanding. My true only issues stemmed from a few tour members. Venice was simply a beautiful city with unique and wonderful surrounding islands that just enhanced how interesting the history is of Venice to me. Florence was a city I thought I would enjoy a great deal more than I truly did. Rome was just a home away from home for me. Top to bottom I LOVED Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say being guided through Basilica di San Clemente, The Colosseum, and The Forum by Francesca was my wow moment. For someone that has studied ancient Rome most of my life she was able to show me and teach me things I did not know. I almost cried walking into The Colosseum because I was just overwhelmed by the moment and feel. I was able to close my eyes and hear the noises of the crowds echoing through the centuries."

Judi

Plano, TX

Tour: 11/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The chance to visit Italy again with my love, on this same tour, was even better than the first time - and I had no idea it could be better! Every detail is considered and cared for, making the experience one of being fully present - nothing to worry about or figure out, except for what you want to do on your own time and where to eat, and eat, and eat!! We made the most of every moment, even when happily exhausted we had to stop at just one more pub for one last glass of wine!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Burano, seeing the colorful rows of homes and businesses along the canals, the simplicity of the island with it's equally beautiful and impressive architecture made me smile all day. AND visiting Harry's Bar in Venice, enjoying the original bellini was a really special moment, such a fun afternoon!"

Jessica

Dallas, TX

Tour: 11/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was more than I could have ever expected it to be. I am a fairly confident traveler and the tour and learning the Rick Steves' way helped me become even more so. I am admittedly a hotel snob (Diamond with Hilton) and I found the hotels to be perfectly located, comfortable, charming and staffed with excellent people. The bus was excellent - I loved that it had WiFi which allowed me to catch up on some items from home that needed attention. All of the local guides were exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a question that people have asked me since I returned home, and to be very honest, I cannot narrow it down to just one "wow" moment. There were many moments for me - the Trevi Fountain, David, a gondola ride in Venice - getting lost in Venice. The Basilica of San Clemente was probably the biggest surprise. Falling in love with Italy is probably the biggest wow moment. And knowing that I will be back very soon."

John

Long Lake, NY

Tour: 11/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves' "boot camp" approach got us up every morning at 6am, on the road by 7:30 and into a grand locale, most often a museum or church, before 8:30AM. Strenuous and wearing but getting-into-shape inducing, we saw and learned more than I could have imagined. I had thought of myself as well-versed in the Renaissance, but the outstanding guides enlisted by Sarah and the Rick Steves organization, added a very thick layer to my level of knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "David" -- stunning and breathtaking and surpassing by far my expectations. To add, enjoyed immensely the stop at the Umbrian vineyard -- our mentor and the winetasting lunch became part of the beauty of our surroundings; and our dinner together our first night in Rome -- the singing and the food were great fun."

Michele

Stroudsburg, PA

Tour: 11/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip abroad, and Italy has always been on my wishlist for travel destinations. I'm so glad I took the leap and ventured on this unforgettable trip. I was uncertain of this type of touring which was listed as 'strenuous', this is a vacation. But I was pleasantly surprised, after acclimating to standing out in the cold/damp conditions for long stretches. I would definitely do additional tours with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to list 'a' wow moment; I had several. The culmination of architecture, artwork and scenery makes it impossible to claim; I had many wow moments; a trip of a lifetime."

Jill

Dallas, TX

Tour: 11/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip! It was just enough organized group time along with free time. The group meals were excellent. The winery that we visited was a nice stop in between Florence and Rome. We had a cooking class which was great fun as was the visit to a local artist and her studio. The weather cooperated for the most part. Karin is a terrific guide! This was my first Rick Steves trip and it won't be my last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente church, Colosseum, Burano, Sistine Chapel, Palatine ruins, Duomo.....there are too many things to list!"

Constance

Wayne, PA

Tour: 11/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a very fine time on this, my first guided tour. Great cities, great art, great weather -- and what seemed a pretty much flawless tour, logistically. Thinking back, I liked our "first nights" the best -- walking tours to acquaint us with each city, then good food and wine at dinner. I give all credit to Karin and also want to applaud my tour mates for their affability, patience and good humor. Thanksgiving at home has nothing on spritzes in Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We happened to be near Trajan's Column in Rome at sunset and looked up to see thousands of starlings swirling and then dropping to roost in the tall umbrella pines. The streetlights were on and there was a violinist playing. Very special and I have it on video."

Macson

Crest Hill, IL

Tour: 11/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Went well

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Karin and the local guides picked all the best sights for us and I liked that we could stay in the days' museums if we wanted."

Steven

Hollywood, MD

Tour: 11/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw a lot in a short period of time. Really, it takes a while for it all to sink in. I enjoyed the walking and the pace of events. The free time was about right. The local guides made things come alive in a way that guidebooks and recordings cannot. Karin was most accommodating and informative - and a good shepherd for her flock. Now I completely understand Rick Steves' remark in his shows about needing more time to take it in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I completely enjoyed the tours of the 3 cities. But for me, the view of Orvieto from the winery stop. That is the moment I realized that what I would really like to do is go on another tour of the smaller towns and villages in Italy. Seeing it from afar makes you want to head over for a look. Then, I realized that there is a whole country out there that we were buzzing by as we toured Venice, Florence, and Rome. Personally, I am much more comfortable in the countryside than in the cities."

Monica

Irving, TX

Tour: 11/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an excellent balance of guided tours and time to explore on our own. The organization of our tour guide and the history and insights from the local guides clearly made this trip so very worthwhile for us. I had made long lists for each city of sites that I had hoped to see. Of course, I wasn't able to see everything on the lists, but we came close. On the flip side, however, we saw unexpected sites and experiences that were exciting surprises due to the expertise of our guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't answer this question because there were so many. The first was approaching Marco Polo Airport and seeing from the sky that Venice is indeed shaped like a fish! From then on it was a series of "wow" moments and experiences. Admittedly, I had spent two months studying the Rick Steves guidebooks and my art history books so that I could extract the most from the trip."

Linda

Kingsville, ON

Tour: 11/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Still appreciate the balance of planned and free time. Gave us time to explore more or rest as needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""wows" are difficult to express. Walking into churches and being amazed at all the wonderful art every where. It was lovely to find myself in Venice for a second time. i very much enjoyed see all the layers of Rome under the church of San Clemente."

Michael

Kingsville, ON

Tour: 11/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves tour and again we enjoyed ourselves immensely. The organization of the tour was excellent and we felt the group bonded well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had been to both Venice and Rome before - certainly revisiting all the sites was wonderful and the architecture dating back so many years is amazing. My "wow" moment was really a "wow" experience - I loved the cooking class we had in Florence. It was fun, entertaining, and got different members of the group working together. And the meal afterwards was delicious. This was a great thing to do with the group. The trip to the winery in Oliveto was really enjoyable as well."

Emily

Shorewood, WI

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been to Europe before I was a little intimidated by everything there was to see. So it was so nice to have all our lodging taken care of as well as all the most popular attractions planned out for us. But we still had plenty of time to go out and explore on our own. It was the perfect mix. And our tour guide Lisa was so great. She was very kind and knowledgable. She always had suggestions for what to do in our free time, and wanted us to experience the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite wow moment was seeing the statue of David by Michelangelo. It was something you've seen in pictures everywhere, and Lisa really built up the suspense beforehand. She had nice talks with us about the history of the artwork and the artist. So to finally see the masterpiece in person, towering over you, was really amazing."

Krista

Slippery Rock, PA

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour with Lisa Anderson, Orin Dubrow and our local guides exceeded my expectations in the best ways; educational, beautiful and fun! And as my first trip out of the USA, Lisa and Orin made me feel confident to venture out on my own during free time. It was a great balance between structure and free time! I highly recommend the Rick Steves tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the Italian culture with Lisa Anderson, Orin Dubrow, the local guides and the people I met had the greatest impact on me. I recognized something so unexpectedly familiar, an influence from my childhood, as a first generation Italian-American, that I didn't realize until now. I feel a need to know and travel more!"

Richard

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a great time on our tour. The experience was well organized and thoughtfully planned out. We hit all of the best sights to see and got a great amount of information that was not only educational, but also about the culture and day to day living for Italians. Loved our tour guide and the local tour guides as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the Gladiators' Tunnel entrance at the Colosseum and getting to stand on the Arena was amazing. The perspective we had was unique and special and it was so cool to be able to do that."

Michael

San Jose, CA

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour. Very well organized and a truly nice experience. The time in each location worked well, everything flowed smoothly without a hitch. We have been in each location before and this time it was a really good experience as we learned so much more. Our tour group was made up of a very nice mix of folks. It was wise for the Steves people to provide a head's up that this would be a vigorous tour. We did walk a lot of miles and climb a lot of steps -

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps one thing that does stand out was attending the cooking class in Florence. Extremely enjoyable and a nice experience. Also enjoyed the visit to the winery."

Gregg

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Everything! I have never been on a "tour" (always have made my own arrangements, etc.) so I was a little concerned that I would find an "organized" tour too constrictive. Not at all! In fact, I found myself wishing I had done one of the Rick Steves tours before as I no doubt missed a lot when relying on my own knowledge of what and where I visited. From the very beginning everything was seamless - no wasted time but no rushing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure I can limit it to one. How about a "WOW" for each city? Venice: first getting on the Vaporetto and slowly motoring our way to our stop. What an experience - of course I knew there were canals, but to actually experience them is another story. Florence: walking at night and experiencing the grandeur of the Duomo and Baptistry; and the David...pictures DO NOT tell all! Rome: the Vatican and watching a Papal Mass on the jumbo trons and been blessed by Pope Francis from the window"

Marty

Minnetonka, MN

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a joint evaluation from Marty and LuAnn. The Best of Venice, Florence and Rome tour went well beyond our expectations as our first time group tour. If there is a better tour guide than Lisa (with Orin assisting)we would be surprised. The tour hit all the major tourist sites at all three cities as advertised. The three hotels were all in the heart of the key areas of each city and they were all clean and comfortable. We virtually never waited in line anywhere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We arrived in Venice by train after a one-day side tour of the Proseco region with Oriana Balliana. Walking out of the train station in Venice and seeing the Grand Canal for the first time was a definite "Wow" moment. Beautiful buildings on the canal with every type of boat criss-crossing in front of us. And we were able to take a short vaporetto (bus boat) trip down the Grand Canal to our first hotel which was about 100 yards from the Rialto Mercato boat stop."

Christine

Morton Grove, IL

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My daughter and I thought we would share great experiences together on a tour like this...we had a memorable and wonderful trip together! No time for much relaxing though...very rigorous...But we saw and experienced as much of Italy as we could in the time we had. I couldn't have hoped for a better guide than Lisa(Orin as well)...they were just great. We were exhausted, but so glad we signed up!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the wine tasting and lunch near Orvietto...and a good rest day for me(much needed!)"

Charles

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick Steve's tour. Did not know what to expect. Lisa went above and beyond. I was most impressed that she had enthusiasm for someone who has done this many times before. Very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment. Probably the quieter times when on our own visited the gardens in Florence and Rome."

Michelle

Altamonte Springs, FL

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Schedule was great in starting with breakfast at the hotel then walking to museums, churches and nearby piazzas with occasional rests to get a coffee and restroom break. Buddy check system was helpful and expedient. Most afternoons one is free to dream, explore and discover on their own. Group dinners together were lovely. This is an active tour with a lot of walking, come prepared with the right shoes and mindset.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved visiting the very special winery in Orvieto. The hills, landscape and buildings were beautiful in driving through Orvieto to get to Tenuta Le Velette - our bus driver, Antonio did a great job maneuvering the winding roads. They spoiled us with delicious wines, tarts, cheeses, meats and desserts. We even got to visit the wine cellar, our host was charming!"

Melissa

Beverly Hills, MI

Tour: 11/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A friend recommended the Best of VFR tour, and we knew it was going to be a good time. Our experience on the tour far exceeded our expectations in every way, and we can't wait to come back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved every minute of Venice and Florence, but Rome blew my mind. Local guide Francesca Caruso helped me connect to Rome on an emotional level, and her storytelling drew my into the details of Roman life."

Karen

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 11/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed our guide, Rainer and all of the local guides. I got so much more out of the tours of the museums because of their knowledge and enthusiasm. I also loved the winery tasting and lunch as well as the cooking class. Both were a nice break from the intense museums and were so much fun! I was impressed also with Rainer's ability to adapt to the aqua alta issues we encountered in Venice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well it is hard to top the Sistine Chapel, but the gondola ride was pretty fabulous."

Lawrence

Auburn, CA

Tour: 11/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nice balance of scheduled/guided outings and free time to do what we desired.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the statue of David."

Helen

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 11/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rainer was our guide, and he is quite amazing. He knows so much, plus he makes outings fun. The local guides added a lot to the outings. Honestly, Elizaveta bombarded me with a lot of facts in too short a period of time, but she was amusing to watch. The rest were all amazing. The final thing I want to comment on is the nice balance between group time and free time. Not experienced with tours, I now realize this balance is actually very important to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The four horses in St. Marks Cathedral. Powerful, powerful."

Judith

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 11/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have previously visited Europe on our own. This was our first European trip with a tour group. We wanted to go with the best - Rick Steves Europe - and we were not disappointed. While we read and studied about the three locations we would be visiting, we learned so much more while on the trip - which greatly enhanced the travel experience. Italy is an amazing country!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick just one moment - there were so many - especially the ancient historical sites! The visit to the winery was a highlight - the beautiful country side, the location, history of the buildings, and the beautiful chapel. So calm and peaceful!!"

John

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 11/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful experience on our recent RSE trip to Italy. It was our first experience with an organized tour group so we weren't sure what to expect. And we weren't disappointed! There was a nice balance between scheduled activities and free time to explore on your own. It was a nice benefit to have certain activities pre-planned and prepaid for us such as the special group Colosseum tour in Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment occurred while visiting the Roman Forum. While walking on the same path that Julius Caesar walked some 2000 plus years ago, I couldn't help but wonder how such a developed society could decline and then eventually be pillaged by invading forces. It made me appreciate what our current civilized society has accomplished. I am now concerned that the same destructive forces could occur again destroying the knowledge and scientific breakthroughs that we now take for granted."

John

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 11/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience. Proper balance of guided tour and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pin down a particular. It was all GREAT. Winery experience was best of I were pushed."

Annette

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was very well organized. We saw the best art, sculptures, frescos, churches, etc., in the world! The Tuscany wine tasting ,cooking class, gondola rides, water taxi to Burano, etc., was a perfect break from all the museums and churches. Our brains needed it. The 'free' afternoons were good too. Very good balance! The walking was intense some days but our group tackled the feat...no complaining among us. My husband even lost weight despite all the delicious food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michaelangelo's David and the Sistine Chapel... The hit of our trip!"

Sokmoua

Aloha, OR

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have dreams of visiting Italy one day, when I watched Rick Steves shows. Didn't think it would come true, but it has. What an experienced it was. There are so much to see, do, peoples and places. Thanks to my niece Joanna's, she make my dream come true. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moments are: St. Mark's Square and the roof top view in Venice. Climb the magnificent cathedral dome and cooking class in Florence. Walk into Basilica S. Pietro, Musei Vatican's, Colosseo in Rome and many more. I would not be able to experiences all of these, if it wasn't Rick Steves tour. I would definitely recommend to my families and friends."

Chris

Springboro, OH

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Patricia, our tour guide, did a fantastic job of making our first Rick Steves tour a great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WOW moment was when we realized interacting with other members made the trip even more fantastic! Everyone was friendly and there for the same reason we were!"

Maria

Santa Maria, CA

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour! All major attractions covered. Tour runs like a well oiled machine. I definitely got what I paid for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I went to Italy mainly to see the Statue of David, and it was everything I hoped it would be. St. Mark's Basilica was also stunning. I had not expected to be so taken by the first moment inside the Basilica! It is such a moving experience to be in such places."

Carol

Hamilton, ON

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing time in Italy! Everything was so well organized. The transitions from activity to activity were smooth and seamless for us. Our Tour Guide possesed endless energy, humour and positivity. The accommodations were great and located walking distance to all the main sites. Lovely,full breakfast buffets with outstanding Italian coffee specialties!All of the group dinners were in wonderful local establishments and simply delicious. Behind the lines access to sites is great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private boat tour to the islands of Barano and Torcello! Barano is the most beautiful and colorful place I have ever seen yet it is a local community and not just a tourist stop. The lace making is so incredible! Amazing seafood - just loved it!"

Christina

Greenland, NH

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour experience was great! It was my husband and my first Rick Steves' tour and we were not sure how we would like it. We loved it. Our tour group was awesome and our tour guide Patricia made the tour so fun, informative and easy!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had many WOW moments! All the spectacular views, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Vineyard in Ovieto, Cooking school, David, Uffizi etc..."

Jerry

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything I expected and then some. Well managed agenda for the entire 10 day trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was turning the corner and seeing David. To me, it is unbelievable the talent fo Michaelangelo. The Sistine Chapel ceiling was another "Wow" moment, again the talent of Michaelangelo. Another "wow" moment was Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester. I was extremely fascinated by the hand writing and "brain power" of da Vinci."

Alan

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide - made the experience. Enjoyed the local guides at each site - very informative. Headsets were wonderful idea. Hotels were adequate with possible exception of Venice where was really bare bones. Having time to explore by ourselves was good. Visit to winery was wonderful and buses were modern and comfortable. Three days at each site was just enough. Overall, a better experience than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Winery. Coliseum. Churches."

David

Folsom, CA

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience and our expectations were exceeded on a daily basis. Our guide, Patricia, enhanced our tour beyond measure. She's a very good historian, exceedingly funny, a fast thinker and great problem solver, an she seemed to care deeply about everyone in th group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first night on the tour was in Venice, the day of the epic flood. Our guide, Patricia, was able to re-book the entire group into an alternate restaurant the cause our original restaurant was flooded. She turned what could have been a disastrous evening into a big party. That set the tone for the entire tour"

Alegra

Folsom, CA

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great immersive experience. It was physically exhilarating, mentally enriching and so much fun! It reignited a desire and confidence for international travel. The tour exceeded all expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my "wow" moment was when I realized all we had visited, who we met and all the skills I gained or revived to travel abroad, again."

Karla

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first RS tour experience was so positive it essentially left me wanting more. I was truly sad to leave Italy and new friends. I am already planning my next tour for 2019 and hoping to bring my daughter along for a college graduation gift! Every aspect of the Venice/Florence/Rome trip was well organized, fun and educational. It was really rewarding to be among the interesting tour members as well as benefit from the high level of professionalism of the guides---all first rate! THANK YOU!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is an impossible question for me, personally, to answer, so I will give a brief overview list of "best of best" of an ALL BEST trip: 1. Boat Ride to outer Islands in the Venice Lagoon 2. Circling the DAVID statue in Florence, which cannot be described with human words... 3. Sunset panorama view of Rome on top of Victor Emmanuel Monument...Perfetto! 4. Our DELICIOUS cooking lesson in Florence(Ciao, Fabrizio!) 5. Our stop at Le Velette winery--spectacular! 6. ALL. OUR. GUIDES. WOW!"

Robert

North Wales, PA

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour experience, which we never could have done ourselves. When we travel in the US we usually plan the vacation ourselves but since this was much less familiar we decided to try a tour company. One of my friends was on a Rick Steves tour and recommended it and my wife follows and buys the Rick Steves books and TV shows, so we tried this tour. The tour guide, Patricia, was a great tour guide, and had to overcome some nasty weather and a few twists and turns, but did a great job

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice was really great as we got a singer who was outstanding. We probably couldn't have done that on our own. Also, we had a singer in a restaurant in Rome, which was also a highlight. Getting into the attractions without waiting in line was a big plus, and although we might have been able to do some of that by going to a local guide, I think we were better off with Rick Steves."

Roger

Arcadia, CA

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our first tour five years ago and it's safe to say our second tour was every bit as enjoyable as the first! Weather was an issue from the first day but Patricia was well-prepared and put everyone at ease with her experience and sense of humor. We really liked how this tour only had 2 long bus rides and more time in the major cities. The group meals were excellent, lodging was good, and the local guides were exceptional. We had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's David was my "wow" moment and the experience would not have been the same without the excellent background and context from the guides."

Lucille

North Wales, PA

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Rick Steves tour of Venice, Florence and Rome. This was our first group tour and we were surprisingly pleased with the whole experience. Our tour guide, Patricia,was wonderful. She kept us informed and entertained the entire trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many WOW moments on this tour. Each city has its own personality and highlights but the most magical moment was the gondola ride Patricia arranged with a fabulous singer and a musician; his beautiful voice echoing off the narrow streets of Venice just as the lights began to turn on. A great memory."

Elisabeth

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 10/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a positive experience as noted in comments below. Excellent trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rooftop view of Venice on the first night of tour."

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Florence Weather


Italy / Rome

Rome Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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