• 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

2018

2019

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Venice, Florence, and Rome come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 group sightseeing events • Venice backstreets walking tour • St. Mark's Square and Basilica • Venice lagoon excursion • Accademia art museum • Renaissance Florence walking tour • 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 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to 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

Corky

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 07/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For years I have used Rick Steves' books and travel forums as my guide for traveling. I finally decided to take a tour and was not disappointed. It was everything I hoped for and more! A perfect mixture of back street, local culture experiences and popular landmarks, museums and attractions but with the back door experience. Our tour group was an AMAZING group of people that I was happy to spend all day with, and our tour guide Trish was incredible, patient, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the Vatican museum for a night tour. The crowds were reduced and our local guide Francesca was extraordinary, so knowledgeable and took time to personally discuss the tour after."

Jim

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 07/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized and smooth travel experience. Good guide and city guides were also good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impromptu stop at a WWII memorial for US soldiers who died in Italy. Very powerful."

Sherry

Saint John, IN

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first time I used a tour group and went to Europe. It turned out to be a fantastic experience. The tour handles so many of the items hotels, tickets, meals etc that all you have to do is be on time. It makes the trip fun because it takes the worry and concern of not understanding something out of the picture. I have already and will continue to recommend Rick Steve's tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many moments in which I was left in awe. But the best moment was at San Clemente church and our local guide Francesca she brought all the sites of Roman into perspective and I walked away with a true appreciation of Rome and the magnitude of the history."

Deborah

Brentwood, TN

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations for our first trip to Italy, but this tour blew them away! I felt like we truly experienced Italy and got to think deeply about the art, the history, the philosophy, and the problems these big Italian cities face for the future. Our tour guide, Nina, was exceptional and truly made our trip special, but we were surprised by how much the local guides in each city added to our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't even begin to do this.., Staring at the duomo dumbstruck. Watching my dinner steak set on fire. San Clemente Church!!!! Our Venice gondola ride complete with singer. Running into friends (our fellow tour members) on the streets of Italy- made me feel more like a local."

Julianne

Milford, MA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the very beginning, this tour was extremely organized. Everything from the initial "paperwork", to the helpful pre-tour suggestions, meet-and-greet on afternoon one, to the guides... I was so impressed. We never felt like we didn't know what was going on, what was next, how do we do something... Our guide, Nina Bernardo was the highlight. She is so smart, funny, interesting, knowledgable, approachable, and organized. Having moments to talk with her as we walked "Nina speed" was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Naming one wow moment is hard, but if I have to choose one it would be the tour of San Clemente with Francesca. Her way of guiding us through this historic place brought it life. I felt like I really understood what life was like 2000+ years ago. She wasn't a guide, she was a master storyteller. Brilliant and magical from start to finish."

Chelsea

Royal Oak, MI

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

You guys know how to plan a trip! I sincerely appreciate the philosophy of travel and learning through the lens of history that is Rick Steves. I think there's also a great mix of group time and individual time! Italy was beautiful in landscape, buildings, and art. The foot was outstanding!!

Jim

Porter Ranch, CA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first tour of this kind but fond it was a great way to see Europe and learn extensively about the regions and history. We were tired many nights from the walking and standing but too experience Italy's historic cities, one needs to put in a good day of walking. Our main guide was very knowledgeable and all the local guides were great. Having the admissions and reservations done for us ahead of time was a real time saver. Our group size was perfect and we really got to know everyone

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine chapel was my personal must see followed by St. Peter's Basilica. However, the "David" sculpture was right up there with the Colosseum."

Eric

Royal Oak, MI

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very detailed about the history of the regions and a very good balance of group vs individual time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the old church in Rome that was on top of three previous churches / houses"

Laura

Porter Ranch, CA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guides were fantastic! We learned a lot about Italy and will definitely go back again. This was our first experience with tour guides, and wow, they are a definite must.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. Probably the Uffizi. The interiors and the art were amazing. The old church in Rome was pretty spectacular as well. Basilica De San Clementine. The history just was hard to get your head around."

Ryan

Minooka, IL

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip. My favorite things we did were visiting the Accademia Gallery in Venice, visiting the Duomo in Florence, and visiting the Vatican Museums in Rome. I really enjoyed all the meals with the tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Vatican Museums, and seeing the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel."

Ron

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Greetings: Enjoyed my third adventure with Rick Steves. I would like to offer that Susanna was a little too much on the professional side. She was fast on her feet leaving the group spread out as we made our way through the streets of Venice. Two other fellows and I took turns in the read making sure every one was accounted for. I did mention this to Susanna and she said she would slow down. That didn't really work as she continued at her normal pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"God group of folks on the tour. Wow moment was visiting wine cellar."

Angela

Avon Park, FL

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip out of the country and consequently my first Rick Steve's tour. Having read many positive reviews and watching Rick Steve's travel shows on television, I had high expectations for this tour. Well, the trip far exceeded my expectations. Susanna, our tour guide, was the consummate professional. The entire Itinerary was executed flawlessly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is impossible to narrow it down to one "wow" moment. Entering the Grand Canal on the vaporetta the morning I arrived in Venice was a spectacular sight. The splendid architecture with colorful facades and, of course, the gondolas left me speechless. In Florence, the Duomo in all its glory. Meeting David at the Uffizi museum was breathtaking. Lastly Rome, with its hidden churches/ house beneath San Clemente church, Michelangelo's Moses & Pieta were magnificent."

Judy

Chesterbrook, PA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour, and my expectations were once again exceeded. The group size was perfect. My fellow tour members shared a similar love for new experiences and cheerful demeanor (no grumps). I think most of us were sad to say our goodbyes at the tour's end. There were no surprises. The pre-tour info was thorough and well-presented. Last, but not least, our tour guide Jesse was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, I just can't narrow it down to one. The entire tour was a "wow" moment."

Lori

Lynchburg, VA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't know how my tour experience could have been more wonderful than it was. It was spectacular in every way! The food, the guides, my fellow travelers, everything was "off-the-charts" wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be impossible to pick a favorite "wow" moment. For me, there was one "wow" moment after another on this tour. Since they were all spectacular, it is impossible to choose a favorite."

Deanna

Sanibel, FL

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steve's tour and it was amazing. Exceedingly well planned and led by our highly recommended guide Jesse Blackwood with local experts along the way to help us experience the best of Italy in an authentic manner. Jesse was knowledgeable, passionate and well-prepared. I was trying to compare what I liked best - but then realized it was really about experiencing the unique history and characteristics of each city-- Venice, Florence and Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments- the evening gondola ride in Venice, seeing the Uffizi in Florence and the statue of David, the Vatican Museum and Coloseum in Rome (with the guidance of local expert Francesca)-- and all with an amazing family of terrific and enthusiastic travelers."

Susan

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the whole tour was so well planned. This was my fourth trip to Italy and to all of these cities. I actually felt like I had never been before...seeing new things every day. My tour family was perfect...everyone was interesting, interested and a joy to be with. We even have a Facebook page...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many WOW moments...the art, the people, the culture... so fun to have the cooking class, our winery outside of Orievto. The highlight was San Clemente, the Coliseum, and meeting Francesca for our last day in Rome. Jesse, our guide, was so personable."

Kara

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved our tour. It was the perfect balance of planned activities and free time. The highlight was having local guides who taught us so much!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Rome with Francesca (San Clement, Colosseum, Forum). It was our last full day, we were tired, and Rome was feeling busy and complex, and there was Francesca to acknowledge, teach, and guide. She was amazing, inspiring, and so knowledgeable and accessible."

Jon

Lynchburg, VA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first time traveling to Italy and we wanted to do it via a Rick Steves tour. We were blown away. The hotels, the directions, the incredible guide we had (Jesse Blackwood) and the other members of our tour group. The FOOD! Wow. What an experience. We are still processing all we saw but we keep looking at one another and saying "wow, what a great trip."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to name one. I wanted to see art. I'm an artist and art teacher so Italy's treasures were very important to me. Imagine my surprise to find Jesse a very capable guide to many pieces I'd never have seen and able to discuss art and it's nuances easily. I suppose my WOW was seeingdaVinci's unfinished "Adorazione dei Magi" from 1475 at the Academia in Florence. I've looked at his sketches for this, even use them in teaching perspective but to see this unfinished piece was a gift!"

Jessica

Burnaby, BC

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well thought out itinerary with 3 days/ample time to tour each city. Buddy idea was great which allowed us to get to know each other, and bond as a group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cooking class in Florence Francesca's tour of St Clementine Church"

Peter

Peachtree City, GA

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The high quality of the tour was due to our guide, Alfio. He was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine chapel."

Nancy

West Linn, OR

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. Great balance between group activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice - Gondola ride and singing! Florence - Statue of "The David" Special 4th of July dinner for us Cooking Academy Rome - Sistine Chapel"

Stephen

San Tan Vly, AZ

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time, I can't believe it went by so fast. We definitely got our money's worth, Rick Steve's Europe does it right. We did so many things, it really beats touring on your own. Hopping from city to city, Learning about the Renaissance and being able to see ageless wonders was truly a delight. Having everything set up for us, we never had to worry about arrangements or what was coming next. Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many things stood out, it is hard to make a choice. The winner is the wine tasting at the farm near Orvieto. What a great break from the cities and museum action. We learned about olive oil and had a pleasant lunch complimented with homemade wine. Marco, the farm owner, opened his house for us and treated us like family."

Constance

Cumberland, VA

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was well balanced, planned & free time. Crowds, heat & lines in Florence & Rome oppressive. Tania , guide in Florence was exceptional. Cooking school in Florence, Stop for lunch on farm in Umbria, a wonderful change of pace. Alfio made it all seem so easy, he was well organized, funny, patient & very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Art in Florence & architecture in Rime!"

Bruce

Spring, TX

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great Tour guide in Stephanie. She was knowledgeable, passionate, organized, and fun. Without a great tour guide the trip would not have been nearly as pleasurable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Colosseum and Forum"

Jordan

Sayville, NY

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful experience. The planning and itinerary were well done. We fully appreciated the individual time built into the schedule. The additional non traditional experiences were also very much appreciated - ie the cooking class, the winery tour and lunch and the lunch stop at Eataly in Bologna. Stephanie our guide was a wealth of information - especially regarding the nuances of each city's personality - ie mass transit, navigating individual tourist sites, restauarants etc

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each city had a "wow" moment - Venice - st marks piazza at night, Florence - the David, Rome - Vatican City. But the tour as a whole can only truly be measured by the sum of all of its individual experiences - each one special in its own right."

Nancy

Spring, TX

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our guide and the local guides. The trip was so informative, educational and fun. I can't imagine seeing these beautiful cities without a guide, I wouldn't have learned or experienced near of what we experienced with the guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into St. Mark's Basilica, walking into Piazza San Giovanni and seeing the Church and Baptistry. The buildings are so grand!"

Sanjay

Conover, NC

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We could not have been happier with our tour. The experience was phenomenal. Stephanie our main tour guide had a fantastic personality, was well informed and could balance keeping the group organized with allowing everyone to express their personality . We traveled with are two teenage children and both gave the tour 10 stars. We had a dynamic group of travelers who are very interesting and Stephanie created a sense of family as we enjoyed the experience of Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day.!!! Every day we experienced scenery, food and culture that moved us like the day before."

Georgina

Sayville, NY

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I have been on two previous RS tours - 7 days in Venice and 7 days in Florence. Both were outstanding. This time was the best because my son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters were with us. They saw Italy for the first time and it was a wonderful experience. When I first told them we wanted to take them on a Rick Steves Tour they thought "Oh No! A Tour?" I don't know what they envisioned, but they completely loved everything about it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing my granddaughters reactions to Venice. Seeing the "David". It never gets old."

Lindsey

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fabulous time on my tour! The tour guides were phenomenal. I am a history teacher, so having knowledgeable guides was important to me. I even got he card of one, who is going to help me with my ancient Rome curriculum. :) The food and wine were great! I loved the wine tasting and cooking class.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite part of the tour was the Ancient Roman Forum and the guide we had there. She really transported the group back to 1st century with her stories and perspective. IT was fabulous. Seeing the David was pretty spectacular. I actually said "Wow" as I rounded the corner and first set eyes on him. I was overwhelmed by St. Peter's and teared up in the basilica."

Karthika

Waterloo, ON

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being on the Best of Venice, Florence and Rome tour has been an experience of a lifetime which exceeded my expectations. The history, culture, atmosphere, people and cuisine have enriched and humbled me. I arrived as a tourist and left as a traveller.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments from the tour. If I had to pick one, it would be the moment I saw the Grand Canal for the very first time in Venice from my water taxi. It was surreal. After dreaming about Italy for many years, I couldn't believe I was finally here taking in all of Venice's glory."

Susan

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

On a scale of 1 to 10 I give it a 10+! The tour is well balanced in personal time to do our own exploring and guided experiences. Our tour guide, Lisa, practically personalized the trip for each member of the group. She helped us understand the culture of Italy, she helped us try to be travelers instead of tourists and her knowledge of the venues we visited is extremely impressive. The tour included what I believe to be the most important sites. It was the trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Entering the coliseum and our amazing local tour guide Francesca is a day I'll never forget. The David. The Sistine Chapel. The food. Venice. Florence. I'm still processing it all."

Elena

Smithsburg, MD

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip has been one of my all time favorites. Italy is incredible, but the people I met and the experiences I went through were life changing. I will never forget it for those reasons.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last dinner of the trip - we were all as a group, kids sitting with each other, having the time of our life. we all knew we were about to say goodbye so everyone was focused on making the last moments count. telling stories and reliving moments together brought 28 strangers to become fanily."

Kristin

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing trip! It was a perfect blend of organized tour time and free time to either relax a bit or see more. We saw and learned so much more than we would have if we had done this trip on our own. Our guide, Lisa Anderson, was incredible, and all of our local guides were wonderful. This was our teens' first trip to Europe and they had a great time. We learned so much and felt comfortable and taken care of during the entire trip. I would not have changed a thing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a "wow" moment, how do I narrow it down? Venice was amazing. The gondola ride and the boat ride to Burano were very fun. Florence...wow. On our way from Florence to Rome, the stop for lunch at the wine/olive oil farm, Poggio Della Volara, in the Umbrian countryside was absolutely lovely and a nice break from all the walking and museums; a nice way to recharge. In Rome, our tour of the Colosseum and ruins was a highlight, especially because of our guide Francesca."

Cynthia

Williston, FL

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Rome the church where we took a tour of the ruins under the church."

Gerald

Ocala, FL

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have always liked to choose what I did when I visited other countries. Lisa and the Rick Steves has proven that the only way to experience other countries and experience other cultures is with a Rick Steves tour, preferably with Lisa Anderson as your Guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Venice and Florence, but would have to say Rome was my WOW moment. The stop at Marco's olive farm and vineyard were very informative and a welcome break from the pace of the tour."

Robert

College Station, TX

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time, it was more than what we expected. Very well planned. Great tour guides who really help us to understand the history and the art. It made the trip very interesting. It was fun. Sarah was a fantastic guide. She really made the trip enjoyable. I would recommend the Rick Steve tour as the best way to see Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Sistine chapel."

Laura

Roswell, GA

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Italy, and it exceeded all expectations. Although we were hesitant to go with a tour group, I am so happy we did. Our guide Sarah was absolutely delightful and did a fabulous job helping us become independent travelers, providing resources and keeping everything running smoothly. Everyone in our travel group got along really well, making the group travel time and shared meals very enjoyable. We also appreciated the mix of scheduled events and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list, but I really loved the local guides, especially Francesca, who was with us at San Clemente and the Colliseum and shared her knowledge, experience and feelings about history and culture in such a meaningful way. Also the views from all the places we climbed up!"

Colleen

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thank you for saving me the time and preparation of a trip to Italy. The cost of your trip - buying entrance tickets, getting into museums/venues at less crowded times, transportation between locations, breakfasts provided in hotels for quick early morning starts, the dinners, our Rick Steve's guide (yea Sara), our local guides, and dinners in each location, plus a stop at Orvieto winery - was such a good deal financially too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to express. Walking in the Colosseum, seeing the Sistine Chapel, walking in historic Florence (anywhere) incredible, walking Venice"

Marshall

Midland, TX

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time traveling overseas for the first time. The tour was well orchestrated and the schedule was "just right".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was walking out into the colosseum and trying to appreciate the structure while also acknowledging what the place was built for. Quite sobering."

Anthony

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip that had a completely organized itinerary, and with a guide, and my impression of this tour is summed by AWESOME! The only responsibility I had was to be present at designated times and the rest was skillfully managed by Sarah. The entire experience was top notch, from the excursions to the immediate effort to create a cohesive traveling group, the planned dinners and of special note was the knowledge of every one of the guides who made each experience so much more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After our guide finished she said and now you're on your own and around the corner is the Statue of David. Wow, seeing this statue is overwhelming and I couldn't leave it for an hour. Second for me was probably the cooking class, complete with an executive chef who was funny and demanding (with pounding of his wooden spoon) just like I watch on cooking shows...what a riot!"

Peter

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an excellent balance between very high quality structured time with outstanding guides and free time with lots of interesting suggestion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many and they were so different that I would not like to single one out. The Sistene chapel, the cooking class and lunch, St Mark's square at 6.00 am..."

Kim

La Crescenta, CA

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's David! After the build-up by the guide, we turned the corner and saw David at the other end of the hallway and the emotions let loose. I've seen photographs all my life. Somehow, seeing it in person is a whole different matter."

Shawn

York, PA

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic!!! First of all Sarah was an incredible guide. Her positive personality, joy of travel and enthusiasm through the entire trip was infectious. She is the reason we will return to do more Rick Steve trips. We tell all of our friends that time is money when you travel and having a great guide, excellent local guides and access to places many cannot go it worth it! Now that we have the lay of the land in Venice, Florence and Rome, we can certainly return on our own and feel prepared!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wow moment were all the little moments we observed of the locals in each town we visited. We enjoyed getting away from the tourist areas and experiencing the community as much as we could as a local. The real wow of these tours is how quickly the group comes together and enjoys their company during the trip. Credit to that must go to Sarah."

Amy

Midland, TX

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. It was easy and all the guides were great. Loved the mix of planned events and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The final day in Rome was the best. The guide that day made the history come alive"

Jean

Longboat Key, FL

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved every minute, every experience."

Mark

Roswell, GA

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and it exceeded my expectations. The entire tour was very well organized and Sarah is a delightful person and outstanding guide. All the local guides we're great and in particular Francesca, in Rome, is an exceptional guide. I also thought we had a very good group of people and enjoyed the group dinners.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed all activities and sights on the tour so it is had to pick one wow moment. If I have to pick one wow moment, I guess I would choose St. Peter's Basilica or Francesca's guided tour of the San Clemente church."

Geraldine

Cranford, NJ

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There is so much to tell! I did a trip report for friends and family. I would love to send it to you as I think it is outstanding. I am a published writer and therefore I believe it could be used to your advantage! Please let me know how I can send it. Sarah our tour guide was ....well....what can I say? She was a tour guide and a comforting mother. She was never too tired to answer questions or help. We all loved her and loved all the special interest guides she brought to each site.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I want to tell you it was seeing "David" but then that would sell the Coliseum short or St. Mark's square or the beautiful gondolas. The whole trip was a Wow for me...let's face it!"

Paula

Corpus Christi, TX

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fabulous tour that I highly recommend! Sarah, our guide, was wonderful, and I really like the Rick Steves way. Spending 3 nights in each city was just right, and the balance of guided time and free time was perfect. I love the introductory overview walk in each place as it helped me feel ready and better prepared to explore during free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The AMAZING Francesca, our storyteller guide in Rome for a church (Basilica di San Clemente) with excavated older churches underneath, the Colosseum and Forum! She opened our minds and hearts to travel through layers of time and understand so much about the people, the culture, the weavings of art, history, religion, money, and so much more! My mind has a new window of seeing and understanding because of Francesca."

Ralph

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been to Venice, Florence and Rome before but this tour showed me much that I had missed. It was great spending 3 nights in each city because it gave you a chance to see what was happening when you had free time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several Wow moments: 1. Arriving in Venice by water bus 2. Seeing David 3. Seeing and hearing about the Colosseum by the local guide."

Steven Paul

Corpus Christi, TX

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

When planning this trip, my primary criteria was to identify a tour which did not simply schedule sites to view and buses/trains to catch. I was greatly pleased with the thorough planning and professional, insightful tour facilitator and the quality of the local guides. In addition, the daily pace allowed for reasonable time for individual preferences. Thank you for allowing us to be travelers and not simply tourists. We are already considering our next RS trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The final day in Roma with our local guide was simply incredible! Her effective "storytelling" enabled us to "be there/then" and to see the Colosseum and Forum in all their glory!"

Camille

Campbell Hall, NY

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was amazing. My husband and I were pleased with the time spent with the group and the "free time". It was planned so well. We always had something to look forward to. We thought it was clever to stop at a winery and the American Cemetery on the way to our other destinations. It broke up the time spent on the bus. Sarah is such a positive fun-loving human being with a great sense of humor. We were so lucky to have her as our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a very difficult question to answer because I had many wow moments. A wow moment for me was seeing Venice for the first time. The vast varieties of alley ways, backstreets, waterways and canals was truly such an incredible experience. I loved being a witness to everyday life and culture in Venice. It sounds so simple, but I was intrigued with this magical place."

Pamela

College Station, TX

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The local guides were excellent. They were very knowledgeable. I especially liked Francesca in Rome. She was so passionate and helped us to see life in the day of the Colosseum from the people's perspective. Another thing about the tour was the free time we had to explore or rest. I'm looking forward to another Rick Steve's Tour. We loved our guide Sarah from the UK. We would like to be on tour with her again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca's explanation of the way life was in ancient Rome. And visiting St. Clemente's church because Francesca brought that time period alive for us."

Barbara

Viroqua, WI

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great experience, especially for our first trip. Susannah was superb, as were each of the local guides. The tour was very well organized, with good pacing and a nice mix of organized and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente was a great experience and wonderful to do before the Colesseum and Roman Forum. The farm tour for wine and olive oil tasting was also special, especially nice to get out of the cities and into the countryside."

Wayne

Vacaville, CA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. Tours are well organized. Everyone on the tour were great traveling companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Colosseum"

Irma

Porter Ranch, CA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 10 day trip to Italy was a dream-come-true travel experience! The tour was well planned and filled with many wonderful site visits led by experienced guides who really magnified the pleasure of the visit. They really helped me get so much more out of the extraordinary sights that I saw and experienced than I could have ever on my own or traveling with a group of larger size. I'm definitely planning a return trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was stepping into San Clemente in Rome and then descending below ground level and finding chambers and ruins from the past that belonged to a church that predated the current church. Even more amazing the descent continued to reveal a home below that! It was like walking through a time machine peeling back the layers time. This site visit perfectly set the scene for what came next, the amazing walk through the Colosseum and Roman Forum!"

Victor

Porter Ranch, CA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! Susanna was an excellent tour guide! She keep things moving and went out of her way to accommodate various group members interests and needs. The guides that were provided for the various locations were also excellent and very informative. I only wish we had more time to listen and learn from them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every location had wow moments. I will say that beginning in Venice, moving to Florence, and ending in Rome provided an overall historical continuity which helped to understand and illuminate the history we were moving through."

Sally

La Porte, IN

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great! Each city was amazing and unique in their own way. I liked Venice's old world charm, Florence's art world and all of the ancient church in Rome. (We did extra exploring of the early church in Rome through the direction of our guides (Francesca and Susanna.). That was really great and they were so helpful! I also really liked the visit to Figa (Eatily) on the way to Florence. After so much "old" world in Venice is was great to see a little of modern Italy at it's best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two wow moments on the tour. The first was in Venice when my husband and I arrange to see The Musica A Palazzo production of La Traviata. We learned about this opportunity through one of the Rick Steve's video and made reservations. It came early in the trip and Susanna was very helpful in making sure we knew how to get to the Palazzo., The second wow was San Clemente. As a pastor, I have a special interest in churches. it was stunning to see a church in three centuries!"

Keith

Lino Lakes, MN

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an outstanding time. Our leader was fantastic and the various locations and activities we were able to do provided an excellent experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the Colosseum. The day was perfect and learning about the architecture and history was extremely interesting."

Sharon

Lino Lakes, MN

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first "Rick Steves" tour and we loved it! The pace, the accommodations, the sites - they were all perfect. One aspect of the tour we appreciated were the guides. Whether it was Suzanna, who led us throughout the tour, or the individual guides, they were so passionate about their subject, it was contagious. They knew their subject matter inside and out and we were caught up in the storytelling. Each day brought new and varied information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I could not name one favorite - Each day held it's own wonder and unique activities. I loved each day!"

Louisa

Chesapeake, VA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing experience. Susanna was amazing and was more than helpful, accommodating, and friendly. From the beginning, she set the proper expectations and tried to make sure all of our needs were met. I loved everything about the tour- from the variety of excursions that were included, the ease of travel, the even schedule of planned activities versus free time, the group dinners, and the hotel selections. I couldn't have asked for a more pleasant experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed so many items, but I really enjoyed the wine tasting excursion outside of Florence. The location , food, host and hostess were amazing. I also loved the fact that April, our host, shared his experience with us."

Hesamodin

Trenton, MO

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a very good tour. Very good and knowledgeable tour guide.

Angel

Orlando, FL

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' Tour. The tour exceeded any and all expectations that we had, prior to starting our tour. The tour group size of 26 participants (as compared to other online tour groups listed as 40 particpants plus)ensured that we felt as if we were traveling with family instead of a "tour". This feeling was created on day one in our initial group meeting with our tour manager, Ferdi Menghi. Ferdi was friendly, extremely knowledgable, caring and organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments on this tour. From going to St. Marks Square and the gondola ride in Venice, to seeing Michael Angelo's David in Florence, to visiting a vineyard in the country, to visiting the ancient ruins of the Roman Empire and Vatican City, to the cooking class in Florence. The qroup dinners in each city organized by Ferdi were also "wow" moments for us, as we all enjoyed each others company as "family" and not tour members. This was all the result of Ferdi's outstanding planning."

Chen

Carmel, IN

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I like my tour very much. Our guide Ferdi is well organized, and very knowledgeable. He provided us with extra convenience by having a 3 beds for our last hotel so that we don't have to move to another room by the end of the tour for another night of staying! All of our local guides are very knowledgeable, and kept us very engaged for the whole time! I will definitely join another Rick Steves tour in the future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride was my "wow" moment. I had one by my own 2 days earlier, but without the singer. The wonderful music made a huge difference, made the ride so special!"

Briana

Fayetteville, GA

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it. Ferdi was great and always available to all of us. Took care of everyone. Would do a trip with him again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. Loved cooking class, gondola with music, wine and olive oil experience. Ferdi made everything easy and recommended the best food. Great guide!"

Shelley Ann

Littleton, CO

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Bellisimo! This was our first trip to Europe; going to Italy was the trip of a life time. Ferdi was a strong yet fun leader-we all became friends. What a great group of people. Loved the local hotels, food, and the college-level tours were so interesting and I learned so much! Having both Ferdi and the local guides was great! Never had a bad meal! Miss the vino and the cappuccinos!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing that we FINALLY made it to Europe. That we CAN travel overseas (not. just Canada and Mexico). That the Europe I have been studying my entire life really exists! There is no substitute for seeing the Coliseum and the Vatican in person!"

Sarah

Lexington, KY

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was wonderful! It was so well planned and thought out. There was something for everyone - art, monuments, history, backstreets tours, cooking, winery visit, shopping, and plenty of free time to explore or rest. We never could have seen and done all we did in 10 days if we were on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the lovely art and the stories told through painting and sculpture. I would not have understood much of it without the local guides and Ferdi giving background information. I would have just strolled through museums and thought, "this is pretty." I would have missed out so much. I loved the cooking class and winery visit, especially with the story the owner told of starting his olive trees and grapes. The setting was beautiful and so different from the cities."

Kurt

Ithaca, NY

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful combination of history, culture, art, architecture, and great food. We met some wonderful people on our tour and everyone bonded as a group for the 10 days we spent in Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moments were visiting the farm for a wine tasting, the Vatican museum, and the gondola ride in Venice."

Carol

Ithaca, NY

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful trip! We packed a lot of sightseeing into 10 days. The itinerary was well thought out - each day we had a group activity (or more) as well as free time. It was a nice balance to have some dinners on our own. Ferdi, our guide was fantastic and always available for questions and recommendations and our travel group was amazing. Would definitely recommend a Rick Steve's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but I would have to say St. Mark's Square and Basilica because if you've never been to Italy you just can't imagine how beautiful these buildings are and how talented the architects and artists were so many years ago. Also enjoyed the gondola ride and the cooking class!"

Rachel

Trenton, MO

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. The schedule was full, but we still had plenty of free time to explore on our own. Our guide, Ferdi, was great. Was full of information and I enjoyed his personality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many beautiful ancient pieces of art!"

Tammy

Fitchburg, WI

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't express enough how tremendous our tour guide, Amanda, was during our tour. She went above and beyond in so many instances. Amanda helped us obtain a reservation to Galleria Borghese, when we thought it was going to be impossible to get one. She also took us her favorite vintage store in Rome, which was so cool. Our group was filled with so many terrific people. We really enjoyed getting to know them. This was our second consecutive Rick Steves tour to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved walking around Florence. It was so spectacular. I don't think I can pinpoint one wow moment. There were so many."

Mary

Savannah, GA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such fun!! We loved every bit of it. Amanda was a wonderful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going out on the roof of St. Mark's and watching the bell of the clock tower being struck 12:00 noon by the mechanical figure."

Julie

Gibsonia, PA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We love the fact that we learn on these tours. The tour guide, the local guides, and the various activities that we participated in all deepen our understanding of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every city has its own "Wow" moment. In Venice, I loved sitting in St. Marks Square and enjoying a drink while listening to the competing bands. In Florence, I think seeing the David was the highlight, while the Roman Forum topped my experience in Rome. Of course visiting the beautiful winery in Orvieto was yet one more "Wow" on a great trip."

Donald

La Mirada, CA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. I really liked the "program" that gave us time to do things on our own. That was very special to me and my wife. Enjoyed the folks on the tour and got a chance to really connect with almost each one. I liked the "buddy system".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was taking the walk from our hotel up to the Piazza Michelangelo and walking out to see the panorama view of Florence. The tour book used the word "stunning". Breathtaking is another appropriate word. It gave me a better appreciation of things I had seen in Florence."

Lora

Savannah, GA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful, the people were great and we will have mememories for a lifetime. The itenerary was well balanced and ensured that the priority sites were included.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course,seeing the David in person was the biggest wow, but we really enjoyed the church of Saint Clemente with the layers of antiquity revealed."

Rori

Gibsonia, PA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was truly amazing. Nothing is as exciting as getting immersed in another culture and seeing some of the most famous and beautiful sights this world has to offer. Through the tour we really did cover the all the highlights with some added more personal cultural experiences along the way. It was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment of the tour had to be the Colosseum. You can see pictures and read about how vast and amazing the Colosseum is but nothing really compares to the real thing. I was wowed by how extremely large and beautiful it was and visiting made it seem only more unbelievable that something like that was built so long ago and has survived so much. Stepping inside such an ancient building really helps put history into perspective and is something everyone should experience."

Tyler

Sw Ranches, FL

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Carmel, IN

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I felt like the chosen group activities covered the highlights in each city, which I appreciated, and also included things I would not have known to explore on my own, which was an added bonus. Importantly, there was an appropriate balance between group activities and free time. I think it is important to have the free time to decompress from the group events and to discover things on one's own.

Tina

Libertyville, IL

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It met and exceeded our expectation for the trip. Great guides, the highlights of each city, and the pace was right for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class and trip to the winery were unexpected pluses. My family was wowed by the art and the cathedrals, and loved the gandola ride."

Lisa

Livermore, CA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience. This is a not to miss way to see a lot of a country in a short time without the stress of having to arrange everything personally. Amanda was a wonderful tour group leader and the local guides were all extremely informative and interesting. In addition, the group was more diverse than I expected and it was especially nice to have the young people along.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Michelangelo's David in person."

Karen

Southwest Ranches, FL

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dianna

Little Rock, AR

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it exceeded our expectation! Everything was planned so well and ran very smoothly. A group of 25 seemed to be a bit large, but it was never a problem. Our guide Margaret was just great!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gosh there were so many, but probably the best was our cooking class. It was so much fun and so delish!"

Linda

Oklahoma City, OK

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had previously been to Venice, Florence and Rome with my husband 25 years ago. I remembered how I fell in love with Italy and knew I'd return. This was the second time I went on this VRF RS tour in the past four years. I was just as impressed with the whole tour (Margaret and local guides) as I was the first time. Each time I took a different child and let them see Italy firsthand. I would highly recommend anyone who wants to get the most out of their trip book a Rick Steve's tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching my 16 year old daughter enjoy every minute of the experience! She just finished a European History class this past year and knew so much of what we got to see and the history behind it. Since I had already been to Italy twice, and had done the tour 4 years ago with her brother, I let her set the pace of our free time and she knew exactly what she wanted to do. It was a wonderful experience for us both. She enjoyed interacting and visiting with fellow tour members and adored Margaret!"

Maria

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall tour was an enjoyable experience providing an opportunity to see and learn the history involved in some of the most notable venues of each city with knowledgeable tour guides. Hotel locations were excellent although some aspects of the accommodations were less desirable. Transportation between cities and within cities was smooth and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure that this qualifies in the way that this question intends, but one big "wow" that was recurring throughout involves the amount of money, time, and resources that religious figures put into the adornment of buildings. It served their ego and political power more than any other need. What could be done to truly help humanity if those resources were used differently. I have less respect for clergy and many Popes."

Charles

Wylie, TX

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip with Rick Steves' tours and I didn't really know what to expect. The experience was fantastic and blew away all my expectations. The entire trip was perfectly planned and all the best qualities of the location were highlighted by our knowledgable tour guide. It was simply a great trip! I plan to do more trips with Rick Steves's tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As we started our last day of the tour in Rome, our tour guide not only gave us interesting facts and specifics of the sights but also brought to life the culture of ancient times in an imaginative narrative that painted a detailed picture why the people of the past lived they way they did. It was mind blowing the connection made between the past and present through the eyes on a educated guide."

Mark

Naples, FL

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this was just an excellent tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The BEST, was Francesca's tour of the Church of San Clemente, the Colliseum and the Forum. She was so captivating, evocative and compelling in her discourse and persona. Frrancesca (sp?) did not just regurgitate dates and facts, she wove a story of three millenia of history. Kudos to her and to you for hiring such a wonderful guide to explain in a few hours the magnificence of Roman history/society/architecture and humanity in such a personal and accessible manner."

Deanna

Olathe, KS

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was excellent. Our group was a nice number (25). Nice mixture of people. We felt like we were traveling with a group of good friends. Our guide, Margaret, was excellent! She took care of everything so well and did a lot of extra things that made a big difference. Travel in between cities was very comfortable and easy. The time was well balanced with having some down time to have a choice about other things we wanted to do. Margaret gave good suggestions about possible things we could do

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the dinners we ate together. The restaurants we ate at were delicious! I loved it when Margaret arranged a gondola ride in Venice for us. We had music and singing. I loved the last day in Rome where we toured a small church, then went to the Coliseum and walk through the forum. Our local guide was so informative and really brought to life the history of things."

Randall

Olathe, KS

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Clifton Park, NY

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome! It was a great balance of planned activity and free time to explore on our own. The accommodations were authentic, interesting and comfortable. Our tour guide Margaret was knowledgeable, helpful with suggestions for downtime, and kept the whole group together for a stress free experience. The city/venue specific tour guides were excellent and gave us the context and color to bring museums/sites alive as only possible with local experts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many moments! Venice: The side trip on the Gondola "flotilla" was magical. The live orchestras trading sets in St. Mark's square, our local guide Elizabeth. Florence: Artwork, the David, cooking class, group meals Rome: Colosseum/Forum history, Vatican art/paintings tour guides, Trevi fountain at night"

Michael

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Chris

Madison, MS

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Samantha

Jericho, VT

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an amazing time on this tour. This was my first trip abroad, and as a history, art and food lover, I had a great time. I was able to see some of my favorite works of art, Botticelli's Primavera, for example, and soak in the feeling of being surrounded by the reality of being in Italy, both in modern times, and in their past, which is so integrated into everyday life, which coming from the US, was both intriguing and refreshing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite "wow" moments from the tour was stopping off in Tuscany at Marco and Gaia's farm. Not only was the landscape absolutely breathtaking, but it allowed a moment to stop and catch our breath between all of the days of packed sight-seeing and navigating the crowded cities. Additionally, our hosts were incredibly kind and well-prepared for our group. The meal was incredible, from wine to olives to the olive oil to the pizza and boar, everything they offered was so delicious!"

Jean

Jericho, VT

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've never been to Italy before. This tour included most of the "must sees" and had free time built in to do other things. Stacy was a super guide and I enjoyed the knowledge and enthusiasm of the other local guides. I loved the trip and would recommend it to anyone who hasn't been to Italy. Downside, I wasn't prepared for all the crowds and vendors. It's very overwhelming when you're not used to the city. The Sistine Chapel was so crowded and we had a hard time re-grouping; hard to enjoy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I want to say the day in Rome with San Clemente Basilica and the Roman ruins as far as what I came to see, but I really, really loved our stop at Marco's farm on the trip from Florence to Rome. He and his wife were so welcoming, the countryside so beautiful, and the food and wine were so delicious!"

Bob

Raymond, MS

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. It was our 5th RS tour and ranks among the best. Not least responsible was our wonderful tour guide, Stacy, who was truly outstanding. Needless to say, there was plenty to see and we were only able to hit the highlights. Our group was diverse but all had some type of common interest to enable the group become cohesive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice gondolas with musician and singer. How could it get better?"

Cody

Fletcher, NC

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! Our guide always seemed to be one step ahead and did a great job managing the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stop in Umbria at the olive farm and vineyard. Marco was an excellent host and it made a nice break from the large city."

Jean

Raymond, MS

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves tour so we have a good basis for comparison, and we think this was the busiest and most historically significant tour so far. Our guide Stacy Gibboni was the most outstanding of the all excellent guides we have had. We also consider the other tour members to be the best traveling companions we have had the pleasure of meeting. We enjoyed having seven teens and early twenties members traveling with parents giving us a new perspective on European travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments in the historical and beautiful cities of Venice, Florence, and Rome. Seeing the Sistine Chapel was something we have always wanted to do, and our thirty minutes in it were worth the trip despite the crowds. Most of our group went on the optional gondola ride, and by luck we and our daughter (who selected this Rick Steves tour) and son-in-law were in the lead gondola with a guitarist, wonderful operatic singer, and a delightful gondolier. Unforgettable!"

Karen

Glen Rock, NJ

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am the person who plans our family vacations with months of research, reservations for sites and hotels etc. with elaborate itineraries. I was skeptical booking this tour not sure if your tour would meet up to my standards. I was pleasantly surprised and so impressed with this tour,it exceeded my expectations. We look forward to touring with you again!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all wonderful ,every day was a new experience."

Dominic

Chadds Ford, PA

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Tour was fantastic. Being parents with 3 young adult Children accompany us helped us tremendously to organize our first Italy trip. Having been on several previously self planned EU trips this allowed us to focus on the experience and take it all in. We've always founds Rick's guide material excellent but having an expert guide lead us to many great experiences and have us engage it as deeply as we wanted to was fabulous. We particularly enjoyed the use of highly qualified local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After arriving in Rome, taking that first city walk in late afternoon, we walked narrow streets towards the Parthenon. At first we could only see a slice of it looking down the narrow street but you could see it's ancient rough exterior was different. Then we entered the plaza in front of it's gloriuos column facade. We entered it to gaze up at the oculus and were amazed at the sun light cast an elliptical spot of light on the dome curving vault, by this 2,000 years old house of gods and now God"

Mary Jo

Burns, OR

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 10th RS tour and it lived up to my expectations. It is a strenuous tour, as advertised, with lots of walking. The unseasonably high temps caused many of us to get tired, requiring a rest mid-day. Can't be helped, of course! The tour is a good combination of organized city tours and plenty of free time to explore on our own. All 3 cities have so much to see and do!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had a 'wow' moment--- San Marcos Square at twilight, gondola ride complete with accordionist and singer, wine tasting at Marcos' home, the Colosseum, the Duomo in Florence. Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's. the cooking school, David!"

Laura

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved my Rick Steves' Tour experience! My husband and I have traveled extensively on our own and this was our first tour. I appreciated the extensive knowledge and skill of our tour guide, the quality of accommodations, and the camaraderie of traveling with other people. The tour was extremely well organized and I valued the easy entrances we were given at high traveled places like The Vatican, Colosseum,museums, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many! Loved the canal ride in Venice, seeing the David in Florence, and the map room of the Vatican!! Really enjoyed the cooking class in Florence and the lunch at the winery!"

James

Redington Beach, FL

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Columbus, OH

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Keller, TX

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Embria Olive oil & winery"

River

Newport, OR

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patrice

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kendra

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love the island of Burano!"

Jeff

Keller, TX

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Allie

Madison, WI

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour! It was my first time traveling in a tour group and with a guide, and now I'm convinced this is the best way to get a real understanding of the place you're visiting. The depth of knowledge of Italian culture and history that my guide displayed were breathtaking and eye-opening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last night of the tour, we visited the Trevi Fountain, and all the art and political history I learned on the tour came together for me right there in front of the fountain. Listening to people laughing and throwing coins in the water, I understood how Italy is such an eternal place and people will keep visiting it forever. I'll never forget that moment."

Karen

Fargo, ND

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I brought our two daughters, ages 19 and 21, on the tour with us. The ten day tour was extremely enjoyable for all four of us. Graham was very informative and organized making every moment a positive learning experience. The tour provided a very nice variety of activities. We appreciated the expert advice and suggestions along the way. The restaurant selection was really excellent too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to select one, but, I will try my best! Going to Marco's vineyard in Tuscany was an amazing experience. His place is spectacular along with the entire experience. We are sure to be back there for a longer stay! The cooking class was also a really neat experience. We are foodies and love to cook together as a family so we especially loved learning new recipes, techniques, and such. Lastly, the whole Venice experience was amazing along with the Gondola ride that Graham arranged"

Denise

Yonkers, NY

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Fargo, ND

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jack

Woodbridge, VA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Graeme was very knowledgeable and insightful concerning the history (political, social, cultural and architectural) of Venice, Florence and Rome. He was able to put a personal touch and promote understanding as to why a certain place was important, or why an event came about. He also added some creative moments, such as playing Andrea Bocelli over the bus loudspeaker as we were approaching the Umbria region! Just so much memorable fun, he really made the places we visited come alive!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband and I both loved the tour that went below the Irish Church in Rome...walking down to see 2 previous civilizations!"

Maureen

Woodbridge, VA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Don

Statesboro, GA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was a "wow"!"

Kathleen

West Roxbury, MA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carole

Statesboro, GA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

West Roxbury, MA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Prospect Heights, IL

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Valerie

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jack

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kara

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Theresa

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristen

Plano, TX

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jack

Deland, FL

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eric

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alan

Lafayette, CO

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Carson City, NV

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patty

Lafayette, CO

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Milford Center, OH

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gary

Plano, TX

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Deland, FL

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janice

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Cranberry Township, PA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laurie

West Chester, PA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

West Chester, PA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best vacation we have taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Colloseum."

Priscilla

Stouffville, ON

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeff

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Edwards, CO

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gary

West Chester, PA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alex

Lihue, HI

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marvin

Martinez, CA

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Lihue, HI

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brenda

Cordova, TN

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lizette

Big Bear Lake, CA

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anuradha

Tampa, FL

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rebecca

Burnsville, MN

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Hutchinson, MN

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Louann

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Warren

Burnsville, MN

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lucy

Walnut, CA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Caledonia, MI

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sherryl

Caledonia, MI

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jean

Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dolores

Lakewood Ranch, FL

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The vatican, sistine chapel, and David."

Gary

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Taryn

Arnold, MD

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maryellen

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Louisville, KY

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dennis

Pegram, TN

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Could not have been better

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The colloseium"

Catherine

Ballwin, MO

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kerry

Brighton, MI

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Brighton, MI

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lora

Columbia, MD

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dean

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Ballwin, MO

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charlane

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Voorheesville, NY

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathryn

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Voorheesville, NY

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Tigard, OR

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Amy

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Walter

Henrico, VA

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

Louisville, KY

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katherine

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Meredith

Henrico, VA

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tamara

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kenneth

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katherine

Henrico, VA

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joni

Duvall, WA

Tour: 04/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Albert

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 04/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine chapel"

Mary

Schererville, IN

Tour: 04/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Saint Albans, VT

Tour: 04/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ed Lewis

Spring Hill, TN

Tour: 04/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Chilton, WI

Tour: 04/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to choose."

Samuel

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 04/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Casey

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Tour: 04/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Springfield, PA

Tour: 04/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View of Florence from the Piazza Michelangelo"

Carrie

Cedar Falls, IA

Tour: 04/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 04/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charlotte

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 04/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diana

Alameda, CA

Tour: 04/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joanne

Hamburg, PA

Tour: 04/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Victoria

Sykesville, MD

Tour: 04/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynda

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thelma

Redmond, WA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Renée

Rocky Mount, NC

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kerry Ann

Huntersville, NC

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Denis

Vienna, VA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alan

Atascadero, CA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ruth

Arlington, VA

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tim

West Chester, PA

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Akron, OH

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vincent

Oxnard, CA

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Black Creek, BC

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thayni

Sanford, FL

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Sanford, FL

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laurie

Arlington, VA

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janis

Bel Air, MD

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Portland, OR

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Cambridge, CAM

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sue

Lombard, IL

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Portland, OR

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Cambridge, CAM

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Coral Springs, FL

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Bel Air, MD

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maria

Bronx, NY

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Guia

Melrose, MA

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good.Very well organized. Pleasant experience overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David and the Colosseum."

Geriann

Rockville, MD

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frederick

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Middlebury, VT

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marilyn

Oaklyn, NJ

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robin

Lynchburg, VA

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Estelle

Broken Arrow, OK

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome - with special guide"

Karen

Wesley Chapel, FL

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ronald

Portland, OR

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marg

St Paul, MN

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David."

Lisa

Murrieta, CA

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vanessa

Murrieta, CA

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ana

Apollo Beach, FL

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Lewisburg, PA

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Bowling Green, MO

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barney

Linwood, NJ

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jacqueline

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 02/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carla

Everett, WA

Tour: 02/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margaret

Springfield, IL

Tour: 02/12/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeannie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 11/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Edina, MN

Tour: 11/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Randy

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 11/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Xiaotong

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 11/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Sistine chapel in Vatican City."

Kelley

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ronda

Seattle, WA

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All was beautiful!"

Erin

Fresno, CA

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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.