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  • 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 $2,795 per person + air

Single Supplement $675

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The Rick Steves Best of Venice, Florence & Rome tour begins with Venice's timeless St. Mark's Square and Basilica, continues 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

2023

What's Included

You'll get at least 19 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our Best of Venice, Florence & Rome tour:

  • Venice backstreets walking tour
  • Venice lagoon excursion
  • Venice's Accademia art museum
  • Gondola ride
  • Renaissance Florence walking tour
  • Florence's Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David)
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Florence backstreets walking tour
  • Cooking class and lunch
  • Santa Croce Basilica
  • Umbrian wine-tasting lunch
  • Rome orientation
  • Roman Forum
  • Colosseum
  • St Peter's-in-Chains
  • Pantheon (when available)
  • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 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 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 (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • 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.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

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.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Venice.

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. Along the way, we'll learn about the city's remarkable past and its challenging future. The afternoon and evening are free to visit the mosaic and marble-filled St. Mark's Basilica, explore the imposing Doge's Palace, take in a church concert, waltz on St. Mark's Square, or pub-crawl your way through this unique city.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Venice.

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, we'll set you free to discover Venice's other famous sights and find dinner on your own in the tangled maze of alleys and trattorias. Tonight, we'll regroup for a classic, romantic gondola ride through Venice's moonlit canals.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Boat: 1 hour. No bus. Sleep in Venice.

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. Our first stop will be at the beautiful Franciscan church of Santa Croce to admire the 13th century frescoes by Giotto and pay our respects at the tombs of some of Italy's greatest minds, including Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo. Later 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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Florence.

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 our morning explorations, 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.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Florence.

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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Florence.

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 beeline 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, splashy Trevi Fountain, and in the remarkably preserved, 2,000-year-old Pantheon (when available).

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Rome.

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.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

Day 9: Monuments of Ancient Rome

We'll spend our morning uncovering ancient Rome, starting with a tour of St. Peter-in-Chains Church (home to Michelangelo's Moses). 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, 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!

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

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

David

Tour: 10/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pieta"

Rhonda

Tour: 10/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The professionalism of tour guides being local and fluent in English was exceptional. The organized time for museums balanced well with free time to explore further what we saw. Focus on artisans and local goods of each city along special visits to vineyard, and cooking class made the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything about Venice is Wow! The vineyard, first moments in front of St. Marks, Florence sculpture, Roman ancient temples."

Doug

Tour: 10/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very much enjoyed the whole trip. Appreciated the structure of itinerary including some great activities and also having free time to explore. Our guide Dmitri, did an excellent job managing the minutiae, keeping group dynamics running smoothly and educating us about what we were seeing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say my favorite wow moment was each of the local guides. We most definitely would not have had the same takeaway of knowledge about all we saw without the clear and engaging storytelling by the local guides"

Daniel

Tour: 10/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Dimitri was organized, personable, and very knowledgeable. The events we did like wine tasting and a cooking class were things we really enjoyed and would not done if we had been on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping out of the train station in Venice and seeing the Grand Canal for the first time. And the gondola ride when we were serenaded."

Evelyn

Tour: 10/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful experience! It was sooo fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome, Florence and Venice!!"

Lauren

Tour: 10/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great way to experience Venice, Florence and Rome. We were able to see all of the important sites and museums AND beat the crowds. That's one of the best value adds of a RS tour. Great group of travelers too! And our tour guide Dimitri was fabulous. This is my third RS tour, and they just keep getting better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but seeing the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and Michelangelo's David without the crowds were my favorite WOW moments."

Pamela

Tour: 10/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well planned. Good balance of rest and touring. We’ll organized. Great accommodations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing Venice from a store balcony!"

Jeff

Tour: 10/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All in all, we saw and did everything I had hoped for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride was a wonderful surprise; some travel authors had downplayed the experience so I wasn't expecting it to be so wonderful."

Babette

Tour: 10/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved this tour. The Tour Guide, Tina, had years of experience, was very knowledgeable and her passion for Italy shone through. I particularly loved the personal aspects of side field trips that Tina knew about: Flash painting, Murano Glass bead making, Tenuta Le Velette Winery in Orvieto. I loved the ease of skipping all the lines since we were with a tour. It was a perfect combination of tours with tour guides and free time to explore in the afternoons. Loved the people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many I can't say! Being in oldest church (Assunta) on Torcello, View from the Campanile Tower in Venice, St. Mark's, Sunset in Florence, Flash painting demo, Boboli Gardens, Duomo Tour, Touching a wall from Etruscan times at winery in Orvieto, Seeing DAVID, the Sistine Chapel, Borghese Gallery Sculptures, Standing in middle of Pantheon and looking up, Seeing how big the Trevi fountain is, Being inside of Colosseum, and Eating Gelato, of course!! SoZu Gelato in Venice was the best!"

Hollis

Tour: 10/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! Our guide, the other tour members, and the hotels and restaraunts went above and beyond to ensure our comfort. It was a nice way to learn about the Italian culture in a safe and entertaining wsy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the winery in Ovietto."

Preston

Tour: 10/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved ever moment of it. My wife and I had the time of our lives. Our tour guild was amazing. She gave us the confidence to go out on our own to see sights. Being with a group made it such a more fun and enjoyable experience. We can’t wait to go on our next Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting the artist in Florence"

Kimberly

Tour: 10/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing experience! I think a lot of that is due to having Tina as a tour guide. She kept things running so smoothly, answered most of our questions before we even thought to ask them, prepared us for experiences/crowds/etc. ahead of time and empowered us to feel brave and explore each city on our own with little to no fear. We loved that we hit the highlights as a group, but had a lot of free time to explore on our own. We would 100% recommend the tour to others!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire city of Venice was incredible. The walking tour with our local guide was fascinating - especially when we learned about how Venice was built. In Florence, I did not expect to be so starstruck by David - but when we rounded the corner into the museum I quietly gasped. Seeing him up close was an incredible experience. In Rome, I felt overwhelmed (in the best way) by the amount of ancient history, art and culture there was to see. Everything in Rome was so inspiring!"

Ann

Tour: 10/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour delivered exactly what it described. I was impressed by how well the guides explained all the history, art, and architecture in each city, how they were all interwoven and how the cultures have developed , all in digestible, easy-to-understand ways- especially when so much art and architecture could be overwhelming at times! I came away with new methods of understanding and appreciation and an eagerness to continue to learn more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moments were too plentiful to choose just one. The big "wow" for me was the cumulative amount of art, architecture and culture that mankind has created over thousands of years and how so much of it remains."

Susan

Tour: 10/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, action packed. Everyone got on very well. N

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Night rides on the Grand Canal, seeing the David in person, walking the streets that I read about in high school Latin class."

Charlotte

Tour: 10/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved our guide Tina - she absolutely made the experience what it was. The tour accomplished the advertised goal of seeing the “best of” Italy. It made for a great first time in Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two wow moments! The first was the wine tasting on our way to Rome from Florence. Going into the ancient wine cellar and then learning about how to pair wine and food while in such a beautiful setting - absolutely awesome. Second moment was the pantheon! It was great to do it on my own with the Rick Steves podcast in my headphones. Such a memorable experience looking up at the dome in awe."

James

Tour: 10/17/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our leader, Tina, and our group were all caring team members, helping and sharing with eachother. Personally, I would have preferred to move a bit slower, but the parts were well planned, very interesting, and presented at a high level, as promised.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Though wine is not a hobby of mine, the family wine farm in the Umbrian hills was great for historic and tasting reasons. The cellar was first dug by Etruscan wine makers. We learned to match wines and foods."

Grace

Tour: 10/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderfully planned and executed. The hotel rooms were small but doable since we packed light as was suggested. You do need to be able to walk great distances and stay with the group. Be ready for early mornings and dinners late at night. It was wonderful to be in the city at each hotel so you could always go outside and explore. Thank you to Tina our wonderful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican was a "Wow" moment. Having watched midnight masses for so many years and then to be there to see the balcony spot where the Pope speaks to the people was amazing. There was a great sense of being in a remarkable place which cannot be duplicated in the United States."

Allison

Tour: 10/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an incredible time on the best of Italy tour. Our guide, Anja, was so welcoming and did an amazing job bringing our group together and making us all feel very comfortable with one another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our local guide in Rome, Francesca, was an incredible scholar and guide. She was very informative and reflective on our tour."

Sheila

Tour: 10/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

as expected for my 9th pic Steves tour, it was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"never can have just one wow, but certainly popping into Venice st marks square at dusk, even after several visits, is a WOW!"

Judy

Tour: 10/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding is the right word for it - everything was wonderful, the walking tours, the museum tours, our guide Anya, the local guides, the gondola ride, the cooking class, the wine tasting, the group meals, the camaraderie that built between members of the group. I loved every minute!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to choose from so many, but Michelangelo’s David is a stunning site. Side note, my appreciation of the sculpture, its’ location and the Prisoners was enhanced by the information given on the Rick Steves Audio Europe app. Thanks!"

Karen

Tour: 10/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour wa extremely well organized, our tour guide Anja was fantastic-very organized, efficient and made thing fun. Plus she was extremely knowledgeable about the cities we were in and Italy in general. Our local tour guides were very good-particularly Francesca in Rome. The friendly family-like atmosphere created among the people on the tour made the entire tour more fun and special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"learning about and viewing The Coloseum and Forum from a humanistic perspective rather than a recitation of dates and facts."

Kevin

Tour: 10/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was incredible and so well structured. There was a great balance of planned group activities with personal free time to explore. The local tour guides were top-notch and added so much insight to the experience. I loved the special activities like the gondola ride, the cooking class, the art demo, the winery - things that gave the tour a more personal feel. Our tour guide was awesome and the group size was perfect. All good things, all good things!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just seeing St. Mark's Basilica that first night, the size and beauty, along with the ambience of St. Mark's Square with the people, the outdoor restaurants, the music. It felt like the epitome of a European experience."

Ann

Tour: 10/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed myself. This was my second time touring with RS and I wanted to spend more time in the places on the tour. I was able to skip some things I saw previously and take a closer look at my favorites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice, Florence, and Rome! Who can chose, it like trying to pick a favorite child."

Suzanne

Tour: 10/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have visited all 3 of these cities in the past but this time. WOW! The guides were fabulous and we got to see so much more. Truly enjoyed discovering more of Venice, Florence & Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's really hard to pick, there were so many and I've been to all of these places before. But I would have to say the guided tour of the Forum. Francesca was unbelievable! She didn't inundate us with dates and figures, rather she made me feel like a Roman. I felt like I had gone back 2,000 years in time."

Alice

Tour: 10/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and very informative! Our accommodations and group meals were wonderful and truly reflected the areas we were visiting. Our tour leader was so enthusiastic and extremely helpful when any assistance was needed. It was great to have someone who has grown up in Italy and so willing to share her culture with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many wow moments, but one that stands out is the evening we had a gondola ride because one of the couples in our group was celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary and Bea arranged to have a singer and accordion player in their gondola. All of us benefited from this treat because the other gondoliers kept us as close as possible so we could be a part of the celebration. It was definitely an evening to remember!"

Maurine

Tour: 10/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very well organized. All meeting places meals and events were perfect. We could not have asked for better people on our tour and our tour guide was amazing!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I got engaged in Venice on the last night!! I think besides that all of the meals we had together, the food, the tours were magnificent. Everything was so well organized. It might have been our tour guide Bea!! She was so knowledgeable and was always there to answer any questions."

Edward

Tour: 10/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Friendly tour guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking school and the wine sampling with food"

Linda

Tour: 10/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beatrice was an amazing tour leader. We will try to take another one of her tours! Very well organized, great guides who you could tell were passionate about their subject. Can't say enough great things about this trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel"

Gabrielle

Tour: 10/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a fabulous tour! Our tour director, Beatrice, was organized, fun, professional, and eager to share her country with us. I will be looking into more tours with her, for sure! Hotels were well located and very nice, and our activities and tour visits gave us a balanced experience. The tour guides used were excellent and brought the culture and history to life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard, as the experiences were varied and there were special moments within each. If I have to choose just one, it would be our guided tour through the colosseum and forum. The guide was a master speaker, truly. Her theme was "making connections - past to present" and it was breathtaking and moving, bringing these ancient sites to life and connecting to the present.... to us. Our group was moved to tears at the close. It was an unforgettable experience."

Cynthia

Tour: 10/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A dream come true.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My guide created an environment where we found the WOW in all moments good and not so good. Cooking class and wine tasting pretty darn WOW!!"

Karla

Tour: 10/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved every part of our tour in Italy. We especially appreciated the balance of tour time to see the highlights and free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! The first time seeing Michelangelo's David, The view of Venice from the Tedeschi terrace at sunset, and seeing the Pantheon on a Sunday late afternoon when there were very few other tourists - the quiet and space amplified the magnificence of this landmark."

Sidney

Tour: 10/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were able to see the Pantheon with almost no one else around. Even our guide was surprised. It is amazing that the Romans were able to build that dome so long ago."

Mary

Tour: 10/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our guide Bea! It wasn’t just because she was born Italian and lived in Rome - it was that she did a great job of touring us around but also was good at having us go out on our own to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many from seeing the Coleseum, the Pantheon as the sun was setting and even standing on the highest viewpoint in Venice looking over the city - also at sunset."

Scott

Tour: 10/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was extremely well organized. Hotels in all three cities were in a great location. Our tour director, Bea, was an absolute delight. She was obviously knowledgeable about the area, made sure we were prepared on a daily basis, and handled any items that arose with ease. She made herself available to answer any questions and provide suggestions for times when we were exploring on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A simple thing, but standing in St. Mark's Square in Venice on my first night in Italy with a full moon to highlight the basilica and bell tower was truly magical. I hadn't really been that excited about seeing Venice, but that moment changed my mind. Another was on our first night in Rome. Bea had managed to get us a reservation for the Pantheon. Being in this amazing place with our group and just a handful of others was so amazing!"

Nicole

Tour: 10/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'd been to Italy before, but in a rushed manner, so this tour was the perfect deeper dive. It offered a great balance of guided and free time - never feeling rushed out of a museum or venue. Each guide brought the locality alive: Venezia was simply a magical place to get lost; Firenze delivered cultural and art; and Roma was layered with history. Our ‘elastico/a’ tour-mates developed a lovely collegial spirit. Some delightful surprises were peppered in, like the Caffè Florian in Saint Mark's.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into a near-empty Pantheon at dusk was definitely a "Mamma Mia!" moment."

Jeremy

Tour: 10/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding tour. Bea was the tour director, she was energetic, informative and humorous. The group consisted of mostly people in my peer group, everyone was friendly, well behaved and cooperative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo’s David was incredible."

Timothy

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The amount of time with the group and free time was apportioned just right. The choices of which venues to tour was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Vatican and seeing Venice"

William

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tours guide Stephanie attention to detail was excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gondola ride and seeing and hearing explanations of all the art"

Fatu

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I appreciated learning so much art history and seeing three magnificent cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo’s David."

Tracee

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my “trip of a lifetime“ (my first Rick Steves Tour) and it exceeded my expectations by far! We did it all, saw it all and loved every moment. Our tour guide, Stephanie, was organized and prepared…she would go out of her way to find us other interesting and fun things to do in our free time. The local guides were top-notch, they were so knowledgeable & interesting and just the right touch of humor. We truly enjoyed everyone in our group & absolutely loved our noisy dinners with friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a “WOW” for me! While in Venezia, Stephanie found an evening concert for us of the finest Venetian Virtuosos…still in awe & still smiling; also loved our evening gondola ride surrounded by the lights of Venice, St. Mark’s Basilica & Square & our first group dinner. Loved the art, sculptures & architecture of Firenza, but people watching in the Piazza with a cappuccino & crepe was a favorite. Roma was spectacular, as is the beauty of the Sistine Chapel & history of the Colosseum."

Kim

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything we expected. We had a fantastic guide, Stephanie, who made the experience memorable; and provided opportunities to participate in additional events. We believe studying Rick’s guide book and watching his videos well prepared us for our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attending Vivaldi’s Four Season concert in Venice was an additional highlight for us. Touring St Mark’s was something to experience in person. Rome was also one of our favorites: The Vatican Museum ending with the Sistine Chapel"

Jill

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I can’t put into words how much our tour guide was. She was so knowledgeable helpful and caring. She went out of her way to assist my husband and i when my husband got Covid 19 on the tour unfortunately. She was very patient to all on the tour. Stephanie went out of her way to help all who was on the tour. She is an asset to your company

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gondola ride"

Stephanie

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My “Best of Venice, Florence and Rome” tour was amazing! Our guide Stephanie, gave each of us her personal attention while making us all feel like family. The itinerary was just right - the museums, art galleries and group activities were balanced well with our free time. Since the tour handled all of the logistical challenges of ticket buying, scheduling and getting around, I was able to experience so much more than on my own. Our local guides were impressive with their knowledge of history!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many “wow” moments to limit it to one, but a few that stand out include: the impromptu Vivaldi concert in Venice that Stephanie arranged for us to go to; the wine tasting/lunch at the beautiful family-owned winery in Orvieto, and the private boat tour to the islands of Burano and Torchello in Venice. Wonderful memories!"

David

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time to Europe. Guide was superb; as were trip venues and meals. Loved the small group size and opportunities to get to know one another while traveling. Local guides were very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride with music as the sun was setting in Venice"

Holly

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephanie was amazing and truly a pleasure . She was on top of all arrangements. She made us feel comfortable and took care of all our needs. She shared her love of Italy with us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Italy. I will definitely travel with Rick Steves again!"

Carole

Tour: 09/30/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was very good. Colleen was so great, so knowledgeable and pleasant. I really enjoyed all of our guides. It was a treat to hear from local guides! I had a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Venice was wow, Having been to Rome and Florence before, I knew what to expect. But they were wows all over again. The gondolas were really fun, especially with the musician on board."

Susan

Tour: 09/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great tour! Colleen was our guide, very personable, caring and careful with us and what we needed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the tour of the winery and the Olive Trees. Beautiful country and wonderful host!"

Mary A

Tour: 09/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous! Colleen and the Italian guides were outstanding! We are ready to sign up for more in 2023!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot pinpoint one item. I have waited for years to go to Italy and I loved every minute of it! One evening while eating outside in Florence, a gentleman came out and sang opera in the piazzo. So lovely!"

Gail

Tour: 09/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

10 days went fast! Our main guide, Colleen, was really knowledgeable, great fun, and got us into places before the crowds got overwhelming. Every choice of hotel and restaurant was great, with a special nod to the agri-tourismo farm and its charming owner (plus his pup Leo!) we stopped at for lunch and wine tasting in Umbria. Local guides were exceptional. I greatly appreciate that each day had a chunk of time to explore on our own or just take a break. Love that tips are included! We'll be back

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can I even choose?Perhaps the Vatican tour, which our local guide took us through and got us in close to see everything."

Ronald

Tour: 09/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and my first trip to Italy. Everything about it was very well organized. I honestly cannot say anything needed any improvement. Everything from Venice to Florence to Rome went so smoothly. Our guides were magnificent. If there is another trip to Europe, it will certainly be with Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A few airline issues aside, I would say the entire trip was a WOW."

Phillip

Tour: 09/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guides were knowledgeable, helpful, with great ideas for other sites to see on our own. The other travelers, were like minded and a joy to be with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the statue David in Florence and the Vatican."

David

Tour: 09/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David"

Larry

Tour: 09/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the the trip very much. This was my 2020 trip that was canceled due to Covid 19 cancellation. Looking at booking another or one or two Rick Steves trips in 2023. Just have to decide which ones and date.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the "David statue" in person after reading and seeing photos of the statue.."

Alison

Tour: 09/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour group and guide! Got to visit so many wonderful museums and sites! Enjoyed our group meals and our guide was so informative and a great resource of information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colleen (our tour guide) arranged for an opera singer and accordion musician to accompany our group on our Gondola ride at sunset. This was such a special moment for all of us.. I also enjoyed the vineyard we visited and our lunch there. Such a beautiful place and our host was so welcoming and interesting. And of course the Colosseum In Rome - absolutely spectacular!"

Kathryn

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am so glad we joined this wonderful busy tour. Reading about and seeing pictures of the treasures in the cities is one thing, but nothing like standing in front of them and having them described to us. I am so impressed with how the local guides brought art to life and placed it in a historical context. It is one thing to stand in front of a piece of art and admire it’s beauty, but totally another to have someone describe the context of how it was made, when it was made and all of

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to chose, but seeing Michelangelo's David was special."

Thomas

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was so great in many aspects. Lisa, the tour guide, was absolutely fabulous. I cannot say enough good things about her, she was tremendous. I loved each of our hotels (Guerrato, Silla and Ludovisi). They were different and special in their own ways. I thought 3 days in each city was about the right amount of time. The cooking class was lots of fun and we will definitely try the recipes at home. I also really enjoyed the wine tasting in Orvieto; Alessandro was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peters Basilica in Rome"

Jose G

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Italy"

Marisol

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful experience going on a group tour. No hiccups with our tour guide. It was a great group of 26. Lisa, our tour guide was always very attentive and making sure we were having a great time. Very knowledgeable and resourceful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner together as a group was wonderful. My wow moment was confirming I did not have to worry about anything. Tour very well planned out in regards to activities and timing."

Connie

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had interesting group experiences every day, with plenty of time to wander by ourselves. I loved dining at outdoor restaurants watching the people go by. All three cities were very walkable from the major sites back to our hotel. We had a great group of tour members and enjoyed the group dinners!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacular view of Venice at sunset from the top of the dept store building, gliding through the canals serenaded by local musicians, the view of Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo while we sipped aperol spritzes in the afternoon."

Kurt

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I must say that this tour coming on the heels of the Village’s of Italy tour proved to be physically exhausting. I was surprised to find that many of the venues we visited were very crowded, a lot of pent up demand I guess. The tour was everything I had hoped for and our group got along very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the sculpture of David which surprised me as I am not an art conisur."

Chelsea

Tour: 09/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm so glad I did not try to do this trip myself, having most things taken care of really helped my stress level. Our guide was so valuable, I will remember all of their extra tidbits about each place forever. We have always been solo budget travelers, but now this tour really changed my mind. I think we will be doing more tours in the future to hard to navigate places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our local guides' talk inside the Collesium gave me goosebumps multiple times. Her passion and knowledge about Rome were the best part of visiting Rome. Also seeing Tuscany for the first time, I thought it would look just like California where I'm from, but it enchanted me with it's light and beauty."

Dewitt

Tour: 09/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just incredible, I tell everyone that has asked me about the trip and say that you really should put a trip like this on your list. Rhianne was an amazing tour guide, keeping the group together and organized. She was so knowledgeable, friendly and patient with all of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That’s a good question, so many. I guess seeing the ruins of ancient Rome and the Colosseum, simply because of the history of the place. It gives my the chills when I’m telling friends and family about it."

Maureen

Tour: 09/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Appreciated getting to now these big cities in Itialy. However the tour group size was a bit large for me. I would preferr the low 20s.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to Francesca guide us at the Coliseum and Forum"

Mary

Tour: 09/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

High quality guides, friendly people and comfortable hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing new things - in this case, the islands of Burano and Torcello."

Tom

Tour: 09/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great trip. Went by so quickly. Rhianne did a great job of explaining things like the Rome subway and bus, things that aren’t obvious until you’ve done it once.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice was new to me and exceeded my expectations. I loved the bronze horses at st. Marks— not part of the tour but the directions led me to get tickets"

John

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guides were very knowledgeable, helpful and over all delightful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed the entire tour , difficult to pick a wow moment, the entire tour was a wow experience"

Peter

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall great experience. Guide, Tina, excellent with more than 20 years of experience. She was a wealth of information and gave great advice regarding restaurants, things to do on free days, and schedule for each day (posted at hotel reception area). Hotels, provided meals and local guides in each city excellent. Daily breakfast was excellent in each city with multiple choices. Each city with unique experience and logical progression from Venice to Florence to Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Amazing history of churches, art, sculptures in each city. Wow moments included visual impact of Michelangelo’s David and Pieta, Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, Rape of Proserpina and David."

Dale

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, centrally located hotels, and great group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A special treat to go atop the German warehouse in Venice to overlook the city. The gondola ride, and walking into the colosseum."

David

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed getting a taste of each city on the tour. Our guide, Tina, was wonderful! She shared her love of Italy with us. Each of the local tour guides were excellent. I especially enjoyed the information on the artwork. It helped a novice like me appreciate each work. Part of what I liked about the tour was that there were experiences that I would not have had if I had been on my own. Things like the cooking class and the lunch at a vineyard in Umbria. Overall, a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City."

Lisa

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had friends recommend your tours and we were not disappointed. The website gave excellent information and described the activity level to a T. The accommodations were in great locations and comfortable. The experience was amazing. We had enough group time and time on our own to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment came in Rome. Standing at the Vatican City wall waiting to enter I had to pinch myself to believe I was actually standing in the place I had seen on television and in the movies. The entire Vatican experience was breathtaking."

Barbara

Tour: 09/16/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was everything I expected and more. Accommodations were lovely and well positioned in each city we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were three: The tour of the Grand Canal in Venice by boat; the winery in Orvieto and the cooking class in Florence."

Janet

Tour: 09/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour of Venice,Florence, and Rome. What really made the trip great was our Rick Steves guide, Beatrice R. She modeled the Rick Steve’s attitude of being open and excited about travel along with something new, “elastico”, being adaptable to changes in plans and places. I was very interested in seeing the art and architecture in these three cities and was not disappointed. Buy tickets to the Borghese Museum in Rome- a must see. Will return to Italy with any tour led by Beatrice!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Pantheon was fabulous- incredible historic building, 2,000 years old and still incredibly intact. I was impressed with the Roman engineering as well as the architecture. Wow Romans!"

Joe Ann

Tour: 09/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful trip. I feel like I really got a feel for how to maneuver in Florence and Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"perhaps the cooking lesson or the wine tasting not sure"

Jane

Tour: 09/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was wonderful! The best part was our tour guide, Beatrice. She is surely the gold standard for all others. I would do another tour with her any time. Bea is so personable, caring, and just plain delightful. She struck the perfect balance between watching over us and turning us loose on our own. Her recommendations for our free time significantly enhanced out tour experience. She is truly an asset to the Rick Steves organization. I hope to travel with her again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was Venice. Such a unique and romantic place. We did indeed get lost on our first night there, so had the quintessential experience. I couldn't imagine a city with waterways and without cars. It's an incredible experience."

Paul

Tour: 09/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoy this RS tour, our tour director was outstanding and very knowledgeable being a resident of Rome and Florence. The city guides showed their knowledge and love of the art. I really the cooking lunch class and wine tour plus the format where there were a lot of half days on your own..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice, Florence and Rome each had it wow moments, from art, architecture to food"

Angelika

Tour: 09/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived in Venice I knew that the tour would be a success. We were the last to arrive due to the water taxi strike that started the moment we had placed our luggage unto the boat, it was all smooth sailing from that moment on. Bea, our leader was full of energy, knowledgeable and what I loved was, that she shared her life story. Every bus ride, every hotel, every sightseeing tour was selected well and executed very smoothly. The people, the wine, the beauty, we loved it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private viewing of Venice from a department store rooftop. The sun was low and light just perfect, I will never forget that moment. David, the masterpiece of the Renaissance, captivated and overwhelmed me, it’s symbol of strength and beauty one can’t forget. Every dinner alone, or with the group were wow moments, experiencing new dishes, finding common ground with total strangers were all wow moments."

Kristy

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As the tour progressed we became more and more impressed with the value of the “product.” For instance the value of the knowledgeable local guides was a surprise. The accommodations were an important part of the experience and we thought they were excellent choices.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first glimpse of the canals of Venice and watching it function as a city. Seeing Michelangelo’s work."

Lizabeth

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour guides were wonderful. It was a very active tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo’s David! Also all of Venice! The nighttime gondola ride was so peaceful and lovely."

John

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David"

Kelly

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good. We saw all of the most famous sights with very little waiting in line. The other group members were friendly and happy to be on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the winery, cooking class and St Peter’s Basilica most of all. The group dinners were also one of my favorites."

Roberta

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went smoothly… from finding our first hotel when we were on our own in Venice. Instructions were perfect. Every dinner, gathering and tours were on time every time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Turning a corner and seeing the coliseum for the first time!"

Patricia

Tour: 09/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour hit all the high spots in the three cities! The choices that the Rick Steves tour made of sites to see gave us an experience of many best known places. I greatly appreciated the planning that gave us easy entrance into the sites, which was nearly worth the price of the tour for convenience! The tour was advertised appropriately in terms of challenge; it was physically challenging, but just what I expected. The tour guide was caring, attentive, and informative. Great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don’t know how to choose just one “wow” moment out of so many! I guess I would say my first glimpse of the inside of St. Peter’s Basilica was a major “wow!” I had grown up hearing about the Basilica, never imagining that I would one day stand within it. Powerful moment! David, The Pieta, Moses and the Sistine Chapel all compete for top “wow” moment, as well."

Lisa

Tour: 09/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It definitely exceeded my expectations. This was our first trip to Italy and I could not have asked for a better experience. I would highly recommend a Rick Steves tour. No stress, well organized and a good balance of group activities amd time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Celebrating my 60th birthday on a gondola ride!!!!"

Victoria

Tour: 09/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized and was a great way to sample Italy's great cities. We enjoyed the balance of activities: it was nice to mix the visits to museums and historical sites with the cooking class, farm visit, and gondola ride.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were multiple "expected" breathtaking moments: seeing David, the Uffizi, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and the Forum in person was as awe-inspiring as I'd hoped. What I didn't anticipate was the magic of the gondola ride (with accompanying musicians, no less) or how much we'd enjoy our visit to the Umbrian farm, where we had a delightful lunch and wine tasting."

Robert

Tour: 09/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A fun tour, and the guide was great. Nice pace and balance of scheduled vs free time. Venice, Florence and Rome were all awesome. Travel on the bus was easy and pleasant. Great for learning about art and art history across the three cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but the two that stood out were (1) the Colosseum and Roman Forum tour where the guide was fantastic and the sights and history unbelievable, and (2) the Vatican tour, especially St Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel."

Lyle

Tour: 09/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was great. Great guide, great people, great experiences. Having someone to work out the logistics for your trip and having local guides give you perspective and history was fantastic

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine tasting in Umbria. The farm is fantastic. Great views, great hosts and some lovable pups to boot."

Deanna

Tour: 09/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Details were planned VERY well. Tour guide knew JUST what to do & who to call when the train kicked ALL passengers off, including our Tour Group, because the Train Employees decided to go out on strike, abandoning all their passengers plus the Tour Group far away from our destination! The Tour Guide was outstanding! The "events" were great! The meals were great! Our Tour Guides company was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Santa Croce Basilicain Florence; the amazing families who are either buried, entombed or have cenotaphs, monuments, alters, plaques &/or memorials there. Michelangelo, Galileo, Cosimo de Medici I, Florence Nightingale, Leonardo da Vinci, Dante, Chiberti, Machiavelli, Buonarroti,Napolean's wife & daughter, and more, plus oddly enough Mussolini. Then there's the art and scupltures done by all the well knowns as well. Wow!"

Andy

Tour: 09/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely and completely Fantastic!! Every aspect, host, accommodations, guides and food...nothing lacked.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Venice and the floor of the Coliseum in Rome"

Mary

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guides were amazing at each stop. Jaimie was also excellent. I am celiac and the tour went above and beyond to accommodate my dietary requirements.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved everything about Venice. Florence was an amazing art experience an Rome left me wanting to explore more."

Greg

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jamie was an excellent guide overall - on tour and off.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Colloseum"

Ruby

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. We had a wonderful experience and will absolutely be booking another Rick Steves' tour in the future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine tasting event"

Joseph

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

wonderful guide Jamie, and the museum guides were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guided tours of the museums"

Bart

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded all expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Venice. No cars"

Deborah

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a good combination of activity and free time. The others in our group got along well. The highlights were the nighttime gondola ride with music and the cooking class.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night gondola ride with music and spending time as the last group in to see David enabling us to spend extra time without crowds."

Timothy

Tour: 08/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have always been deeply-researched and tightly-scheduled independent travelers, but the unpredictability of covid cancellations made us consider joining a tour to handle the logistics. When we discovered that Rick has a no grumpy policy, we knew we had found our provider! The balance between group and individual tour time was perfect for us. We simply could not have joined a better group of enthusiastic, interesting and adaptable tour members and guides, courtesy of RS, with whom to travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It took us almost 24 hours to reach Venice where our Rick Steves tour began. The morning that we floated up on our alilaguna boat from the airport, we were greeted with absolute silence (no vehicular traffic allowed) and magical shimmering scenery unfolding before us along the Grand Canal. It was very hard for our travel-weary brains to actually grasp that this was not Disney World or Las Vegas – this was the absolute real thing and it was simply breathtaking! THIS is why we travel!"

Mary

Tour: 08/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were blessed with wonderful guides who helped bring meaning to the spectacular sights in the three cities our tour covered. Our hotels were conveniently located and varied in style, making each location all the more interesting. The mix of scheduled and free time seemed perfect for us as we were able to spend extra time in some places of particular interest to us. We came away with fond memories of a beautiful country with intriguing histories, a country that beckons return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don’t know how to narrow down to one. Could it be the view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge in Venice, the David in Florence, or the Sistine Chapel in Rome? I am still processing the thought of the great potential of humankind to create and do good works. Perhaps my “Wow” is remembering this during today’s uncertain times."

Brian

Tour: 08/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen was an impressive guide and our sites were well chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pasta making in Florence"

Allan

Tour: 08/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a great time on the journey. It was much more physically demanding that I expected, but I was able to survive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine Chapel"

Becky

Tour: 08/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My sister and I did this tour together because neither of us wanted to have to plan anything. The tour was a great combination of planned activities with the group as well as free time to explore on your own. Definitely recommend and would do again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to experience 3 very different cities and seeing the uniqueness and beauty of each of them."

Maria

Tour: 08/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's my first time to join the RSE Tour and it exceeded my expectations. It was an experience of a lifetime! The tour was well-organized. I enjoyed every single activity, specifically the wine tasting, cooking class and group dinner in each city. I gained a lot of information from the Tour Team and the local guides. The Tour Team (Helen, Fotios, Mariella) was amazing! Throughout the tour, I felt that I was in good hands. I am looking forward to joining another RSE Tour soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was overwhelmed with the massiveness of the St. Peter's Basilica."

Randy

Tour: 08/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour director, excellent informative guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coliseum in Rome. You could feel the history standing in that place ??"

Laura

Tour: 08/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour guides attention to details. Loved all the sites visited. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and polite.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colliseum ."

Julie

Tour: 08/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was amazing and organized. We saw things we wouldn’t have seen on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Italy we went to a family run winery. It was so amazing and the people were so welcoming. The food and wine were amazing too, I loved it."

Hector

Tour: 08/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour experience. Our guide, ( Ferdi M. Andiamo Ferdi!!!) was great. Can’t say enough about everything he did to make this tour a memorable experience. We had a great group of people and our local guides were so knowledgeable about each site we visited. I have to mention our local guide in Florence, Antonia Macartney, a great intellectual with a sense of humor. Our host at the winery, Marco, who welcomed us like family. The hotels, bus driver, sites and the food were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting three great cities makes this a tough choice but my wife and I agreed that it was sitting in the Piazza of San Marco in Venice. We had dessert at Caffe Lavena after dinner and had a wonderful time. The live music, the view of the Basilica of San Marco and all the people enjoying the evening was really cool. Also, arriving on the boat to the Rialto bridge was special. Couldn’t believe we arrived!"

Bruce

Tour: 08/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overall. Great guide, tour guides, food, hotels and our travel companions were terrific. I was warned about the walking many times and that also was just fine. I brought good shoes and prepared. I even walked more on my own than when guided. Ferdy was the best and always prepared us for what was to come. Cannot say enough about the great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two. First was our cooking class. Prepared an Italian meal from scratch. How many can say they made their own pasta meal in italy? We cut, measured, chopped, kneaded, rolled and fried, fried, am talking the entire process from kneading the dough, flattening to cutting into strips. Tiramisu was great when I make it :) the second was the side trip to a farm. Marco was such a great host. He told us all about his grape and olive operations. It was very memorable."

Elizabeth

Tour: 08/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! Exceeded our expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved getting "lost" in the alleyways of Venice. It was so nice to have time to wander - we learned so much on our walking tours about the history, art & culture that we didn't feel the need to spend our free scheduling an additional activity, We wandered, explored, ate cicchetti and just soaked up Venice!"

Mary

Tour: 07/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour itself was fantastic, unfortunately the heat zapped our energy and we were not as active as we would have liked to be

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When CiCi our guide revealed the "secret owner " of the winery we visited"

Norman

Tour: 07/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good. Our tour guide in Rome, Paulo, was an outstanding guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ancient ruins in Rome and Vatican City were the highlights of the tour."

Bridget

Tour: 07/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour guide, Cecelia, who made everyone feel included, from preteen to post retirement ages

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Winery tour"

Bridget

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was a perfect introduction to Italy, I loved all our reservations, tickets and tour guides lined up and ready to go. Guides were extremely knowledgeable. Accommodations were safe and clean and in great locations (although Rome hotel was more out of the way than the others). I do wish we had been told not to convert money from ATM (unnecessary charge) prior to arriving.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the Duomo in Florence, seeing the Sistine Chapel in Rome."

Berta

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We’re very satisfied with the tour. The hotels were very nice, clean and the locations were convenient to the places we went to see. Our tour guide is outstanding. He communicated very well with our group. He kept us informed of the site seeing events, places to visit during our free time and recommend restaurants to eat. The local guides were very good and we were given excellent information on the sites, museums we visited. The transportation from one city to the next was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basillica."

Jeremy

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this was a fantastic tour experience. The content focused on history, art, and culture. This is exactly what we wanted and expected from a Rick Steves tour. All logistical aspects were worry free and well managed. As with any travel experience, not everything went according to script, but our guide quickly and efficiently handled all changes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting "lost" in the streets of Venice. What a wonderful adventure that brought us to a number of unexpected delights."

Jennifer

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, this was a great tour. It was aggressive, but that is fine by me. We saw and did so many things in the short two weeks. Our guide, Brad, was wonderful. He stepped in at that last minute because our scheduled guide was sick. Nothing seemed to fluster him. He encouraged us to ask questions and help get reservations or tickets, for our free time. I would highly recommend a Rick Steve's tour to anyone who likes to hit the ground running to see and do as much as you can.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine experience. It was more than I expected. It said wine tasting on the agenda, but it was much more than a tasting. We got to tour the grounds, the wine cellar was beyond words! Then, she talked to us about the wine and told us what it would pair best with and why. There were so many wow moments but this is at the top."

Debbie

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional tour guides, just the right amount of scheduled vs. free time, wonderful hotel rooms/locations... a wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Marco's olive farm visit, with wine tasting paired with food prepared by his wife, and a view of Tuscany... felt like it was such a privilege to be invited in to this intimate setting."

Melissa

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful!! It was a family trip with our two teenagers and it was absolutely amazing !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Marcos in Florence ! Cooking Class as well so much fun"

Sean

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized tour. Excellent local guides, in addition to the superb work by "Sarah" who led the team from the beginning. We will participate in more Rick Steve's trips in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A couple. My youngest son arriving after midnight in Venice by private water taxi after missing a flight, and sunset over the Arno river/ponte Vecchio as I walked back to the hotel from downtown Florence."

Lawrence

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely amazing !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wine tasting at Marco's !"

Carol

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed being part of a group of strangers more than I thought I would. I thought the local guides from each city were engaging, well informed, and I felt they helped narrow down the most important things to see. The amount of time in each of the 3 cities was just right, and having all the travel arrangements between locations was amazing and stress free. I am looking forward to my next Rick Steves Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought I was prepared to see Ancient Rome, but there was so much MORE and so spread out, I had no idea how vast the archeological diggings really were - so much more than just the coliseum"

Chloe

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I met great people, I learned alot and I loved our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the patheon."

Cynthia

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gondola ride in Venice"

Erika

Tour: 07/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the places and tour guides were amazing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence"

Michael

Tour: 07/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Italy was wonderful and our guide, Ferdi, really helped make the trip excellent. All the other tour members were very nice and great company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in and seeing Michelangelo's David!"

Katherine

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Discovering the contemporary art contrasted with the works in the Venice museums"

Olivia

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was extremely educational and interesting. It was amazing to learn about Italy from the locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment from the tour was the cooking class we took in Florence. It was amazing to have the interactions with the Italian cooks and with my other tour members."

Aaron

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Colleen was a spectacular guide and made us all feel like we were apart of the community.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our long meal in Florence I had such a great time in!"

John

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour for the same reasons I loved my first Rick Steve's Tour, the perfect balance of structure and free time, the skip-the-line access, and the amazing tour guides and local guides. Just in case there may not be a specific question about guides later in this survey, I want to say that our tour guide, Patricia, was such a joy. She was so funny and helpful. She really went above and beyond the call of duty to help us and make sure we had a great time on the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are two "wow" moments that stand out for me, our evening stroll on our first night in Rome and our tour through the Roman Forum and Coliseum. I'll never forget turning a corner and seeing the Trevi Fountain and then the Pantheon come into view, all lit up at night. It was breathtaking. I'll never forget standing on the "floor" of the Coliseum, feeling united to the glory of a gladiator and the suffering of Christians killed their for their faith."

Rebecca

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was a good mix of getting our bearings, learning about art, culture and history, and simply fun (often delicious) experiences.

Sandy

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! Minus the heat, it was a perfect trip. Patricia has a keen knowledge of the areas we visited and her delivery and attention to detail were fantastic. I felt like I was traveling with a friend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many... but the first day of the tour was special because I turned 60 and I was in Venice for the first time and celebrating my birthday. Patricia had the group sing to me at dinner and I felt like it was a dream come."

Scott

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful … weather was extremely hot but tour leader made lots of adjustments to make it work with the heat .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David"

Jill

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Our guide Patricia was very helpful & tried hard to make our experience the best possible. It was unseasonably hot in Italy while we were there, so the tour needed to be better revised to reflect that reality & take care of the tour. The Venice hotel was perfectly located. The winery visited was very run down, and needs to be changed. The Florence hotel was too far away from the center of town and this caused many to skip tour days. The Rome hotel was in a great location with a great breakfast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our gondola ride was so fun and so special. The music just added to the great experience. Loved Burano! Wish we could have spent more time there."

Emily

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

our tour guide Patricia's ability to foresee any potential problems and her attention to detail made this an unbelievable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence was amazing!"

Elena

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour with RS and I could not have been more impressed. I appreciated the balance between scheduled group activities and the opportunities to explore on our own. Patricia and Bea provided a variety of options during our free time. They paid such great attention to the details of our personalities that even in a large group it felt personal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many WOW moments to pick just one, but walking into the Sistine Chapel and walking out into the Coliseum were 2 moments that left me speechless."

Sharon

Tour: 06/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had the best tour director (Helen) and guides that anybody could ask for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say my wife and I have been to Italy five times and enjoyed the winery tour and cookies class"

Carolyn

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations for the tour, but the tour honestly exceeded them. I was blown away by the whole experience from beginning to end. Every aspect of the tour was so thoughtfully considered and planned with terrific guides who were so incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the museum or sights they were sharing with us. Their insights and perspective zeroed in on the key history, ideas or aspects so that we could truly appreciate what we were experiencing. Loved every moment!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not one "wow", but many! The gondola rides with music and singing, the winery visit in Tuscany, the cooking class in Florence, were over the top spectacular. Walking through the Sistine Chapel and the entries into the Coliseum that the gladiators once walked gave me goose bumps and still does. Ann Long was absolutely, positively amazing-- she thought of everything, had a great sense of humor, kept us on time and on schedule, and went the extra mile over and over."

Patrick

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing that I actually enjoyed being on a tour!! But in all seriousness, seeing the Grand Canal in Venice for the first time was a highlight. Seeing the coliseum later in the evening, without crowds. And that wine tasting outside orvieto was pretty "wow" as well."

Judith

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were a little worried going into this experience that we just weren't tour group people. We came away feeling that this small tour group enhanced our overall experience in Italy and would definately do this again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride was very special and so was the wine tasting. We also enjoyed the dinners together which surprised us both. When we got to tour the colliseum and forum it was so special to have our favorite guide from your videos right there telling us all about it."

Mary

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

where to start? i traveled with my grandson who is 14. for me, the most important thing was that he had a memorable experience and felt welcomed. he did indeed! our tour could not have been better. our hotels were comfortable and close to the main attractions, but not too close, the guides were organized, personable, knowledgeable and beyond kind to my grandson. when he tested positive for covid on the last day, our guide and the main office helped us with everything we needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"can i have two? our fabulous guide found a tower for my grandson to climb so he could see florence from high above the city. the second? our cooking class turned out a delicious meal!"

Jennie

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in Italy. We enjoyed the Venice, Florence, and Rome Tour very much. The food was delicious, the tour guide (Ann Long) was very knowledgeable about local culture and customs, the hotel staff was hospitable everywhere we stayed, and our whole group interacted like a family. Ann went the extra mile to ensure that we were enjoying ourselves and she taught us some Italian phrases along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not only did Ann, our guide, arrange for us to have a Gondola Ride, but she also arranged for a vocalist and an accordion player to accompany us on our journey through the canals. This was so romantic! I also enjoyed Le Velette wine tasting. This was educational and I enjoyed learning about the art of tasting wine and how to pair it with certain foods."

Tracy

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly enjoyed the entire tour. This was my first time traveling with a tour group. I would highly recommend it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many great moments. For me seeing the Coliseum was my favorite wow moment. We went early in the day, right when it opened. It wasn’t even crowded."

Michael

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic from start to finish. A great blend of activities and free time. As advertised, and yes, you will walk. Your leader Ann was fabulous as were the local guides in the different cities. I appreciated their passion and willingness to go above and beyond.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick just one. Gondola ride in Venice, Cooking Class and lunch, Wine Tasting at fabulous winery, Vatican and the many new friendships made during the tour."

Maryann

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both Ann, our guide, and this tour were nothing short of amazing. Every detail was carefully curated to deliver an authentic, informative, heart-connected, unique experience. This is the way to experience another culture with genuine passion. Our guide and the local guides, who were astonishing, were able to distill the essence of these amazing, overwhelming cities into an experience that made me fall in love with each city, with Italy. This was much more than a vacation. It was transformative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. Honestly, each local guide provided a wow experience. Their passion and knowledge was contagious in a wonderful way:) The art was revealed with expert delight. The gondola ride in Venice with musicians was beyond, beyond. The wine tasting in Tuscany was beautiful and authentic, just delightful. We had so much fun cooking together! I will never forget the first moment in the Colosseum as our expert guide brought us back in time, effectively multiplying the magnitude of Rome."

Traci

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was dubious about taking a group tour. I usually use Rick Steves books to plan my own travels, but I wondered what it would be like to not have to handle my own logistics and reservations, etc. Every part of our tour was FANTASTIC and I would take another tour in a heartbeat. I loved my whole experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because I plan my own trips, I had so much respect for Ann and RSE handling all of the logistics! We learned that we got the early Vatican tour and Coliseum tour because RSE employees were up at midnight to ensure we had the optimal times. WOW! That was so great. This is a well-oiled machine, and the tour runs so smoothly."

Rebecca

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was very positive and is one I would do again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have so many moments I felt were “wow” moments. One that stands out is our cooking class in Florence."

Rachael

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved meeting our guide Anna, and the idea of seeing Italy with an art professor as our guide sounded magical. We were sad for Anna that she was so ill and unable to continue the tour with us. I know the Rick Steves group did what they could to make sure our group was supported, but three guides made it feel a little disjointed. The hotels, sites, dinners, and local guides were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheer size and scope of St. Peter's Basilica."

Denise

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Ufizzi Gallery. The vineyard, wine tasting in Umbria"

Michael

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. Our guid was interactive and fantastic. We loved all of the local guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colosseum"

Schawn

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Denise and I enjoyed the trip. Our only issue was that many stairs. 65 flights I. One day was difficult. Knowing now we would plan a day or two at the beach in the middle would have made the trip even more pleasurable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That would be hard to say. The size of the Vatican and the walk through of Rome was amazing. We lived Venice and that “leaky coldron hotel right next to the Realto Bridges was fantastic. Florence was amazing. You might consider the Pitti Palace or the gardens on the hill. We were overwhelmed with the art and churches."

Danielle

Tour: 06/03/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

On the plus side, the tour was very well organized to allow us to see all the major sights in a short period of time. We got to nearly everything before the crowds. On the negative side, it was grueling, with way too much time wasted walking, and the tour leader grossly underestimated distances--2 blocks was 20 minutes, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stopping for the wine class in Orvieto"

Jennifer

Tour: 06/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group and David was an excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at the Uffizi museum at closing and seeing David without a crowd at his feet."

Ron

Tour: 06/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the tour lived up to what I expected. A very good introduction to three Italian cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had no "wow" moment."

Bradford

Tour: 06/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the initial orientation meeting with our guide, Dave Stringer, to the farewell dinner with fellow travelers, my long-anticipated RS tour to Venice, Florence, and Rome well exceeded my expectations. While the itinerary was demanding (as advertised), the blend of planned touring with free time for personal interests provided a wonderful balance. Visiting major sites in each city, coupled with a few impromptu activities, highlights my "dream come true" travel experience. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter's Basilica in Rome was nothing short of awe-inspiring. From Michaelangelo's Pieta and Dome, to the Papal Altar, to the immense grandeur of Christendom's major cathedral, these moments of "sightseeing" were transformed into a deeply personal experience."

Robin

Tour: 06/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the inside grandeur of St. Peter’s basilica"

Darlene

Tour: 06/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a wonderful time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the stop at the winery"

Christine

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was nice to travel again, and this was my first organized "tour" as I usually travel fully independently. I wasn't sure this was my "style" of travel and now I know. It was OK. Despite representing these tours as "small groups" I found it really stressful with nearly 30 of us shuffling along behind a guide through crowded, hectic, congested streets. It was like herding cats.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pantheon. It was a bucket list item!"

Tim

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed meeting the people in our group and touring Italy. Tour guide was excellent and very informative. The stops on our tour covered the historic sites that I wanted to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Forum and Colosseum in Rome."

Amanda

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the balance of tour activities and free time that allowed me to explore on my own. The guides were wonderful and greatly added to the experience. But the best part of the tour was the friendships that we made along the way. These friendships greatly enriched our tour experience. Yes, you can save money by traveling without a group like this, but it would never be the same or as enjoyable. My son and I stayed an extra day for a day trip, and it wasn’t as enjoyable without our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stop in Umbria at a family owned winery was incredible. Being a farm girl, I felt right at home. Another wow moment was seeing the colosseum in person. Just amazing to reflect on the significance of that building and being there to experience it."

Katelyn

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were able to pack in so much over ten days. I felt that I was able to appreciate every city that we visited even though we only spent a couple of days in each one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice gondola ride accompanied by a singer and accordion player"

Linda

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

our guide was very good,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the cooking class and the wine tasting at the farm."

Jonathan

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

If your looking for a relaxing stroll through Italy this tour is not it. But if you want to immerse yourself in Italy; its culture, its people, its art, its history and its beautiful landscapes then this is a fantastic tour. Every day was action packed. Our host Lisa did an amazing job and truly loves what she does. She was well organized, kept the group on schedule, answered our multitude of questions and was delightful to be around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was standing in the Uffizi gallery in front of Leonardo Da Vinci's "Adoration of the Magi" listening to our local guide Antonia describe with great passion every aspect of the paining, the artist, the history, and the restoration (which she was able to witness). It was like I was sitting in a Renaissance Art History class learning from a professor, only I was really there. Wow!"

Steven

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lisa was wonderful. I thought all the cities were very planned and exciting

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican"

Thomas

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name. My first look at the grand canal, the massive columns at St Peter’s square, the brilliant cathedral in Florence. Any many more."

Donald

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Helen was great. Knowledgeable, with lots of good stories and background on the places we were visiting. Plus she handled the unexpected positive Covid cases in the group quickly and kindly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had our anniversary during the trip and Helen got us a beautiful water color print from Florence from “Uncle Rick” and the group. It was just so thoughtful and unexpected and a great memory from a lovely trip."

Sheila

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The amount of time we spent in each city was good. We felt like we got to see the highlights and make a list for things we would want to come back to and see more in depth. The local tour guides were amazing and really made a difference in my understanding of each city or museum we visited. I’ve never learned so much in a museum as I did in Venice with our local guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride with the musicians! We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary on this trip and I felt like it was a very special and romantic moment to be in the gondola with the musicians singing to us!"

Michael

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Helen was wonderful and she made us feel special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having my son and his girlfriend were the best part of our trip."

Kelley

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour, especially our guide (Helen) and the local guides in each city. There was a good mix of group activities and solo time. Everything was well organized from registration for the tour to catching my train at the end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stop for wine tasting in Umbria at an Agri tourism farm. The host (Marco) was outstanding. It was beautiful and relaxing. Loved it."

Maria

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized. Our guide, Helen, was awesome and we had a great bunch of people in our group. The local guides were very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finally seeing "David" in Florence and our boat rides to Burano and Murano in Venice."

Allan

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was excellent. Helen was outstanding. Testing positive for Covid on Friday in Rome effectively ended the tour for me and prevented me from experiencing the Rome portion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say Venice. You must be fit to experience Venice and, fortunately, I am. Historically and aesthetically Venice is similar to Florence but MUCH harder to navigate. The history of both is magnificent, especially for someone who has never traveled to Europe."

Sheila

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything about our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the back streets tour in each city. We knew we would see all the highlights, but that was unexpected and appreciated."

Armond

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Helen was so wonderful and the group of people were great. The activities and sightseeing were also great and well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice with the singer singing great Italian songs."

Marianne

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall a fantastic trip. We had a marvelous tour guide and everything was organized, on time and just as it was promised to be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rounding the corner in the Accademia in Florence and seeing Michelangelo's David. Despite having seen the statue in dozens of photos and videos it was a powerful moment."

Rob

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything about our tour -- starting with our guide Sarah Shortreed! She had the perfect combination of enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, and good humor. We just knew that we were in such good hands as we discovered the wonders of Italy! We felt that the schedule was well balanced - with expert guides leading us through key sights and then enough free time to either catch our breath or explore on our own. We'll definitely schedule another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments! All of them centering on the realization that we were "IN" incredibly historic sites -- not visiting a museum."

Joan

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful time. Our guide, Sarah, was professional, energetic, charming and really cared for us. The entire activity, accommodations, foods, sight seeing, travel between cities, and free time, etc. were all very well planned and executed. If we had a day away from the city and just relax in a countryside, that will have been great. Overall, we had a wonderful experience. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beside visiting beautiful cities with such rich history and tasting great foods, time spent with our group was great. We got to know them a little and greatly engaged the company."

Charles

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a very good tour experience. Great tour members and very passionate tour leader

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having lunch at Marco's winery."

Marc

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First of all, our guide Sarah was amazing! It was our honeymoon and she went out of her way to make it a little extra special for us. The tour itself was great other than some of the hotels. I know Europe hotels are small to begin with but the beds were very unfomfortable and we also had some issues with the air conditioning in some of the hotles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Coliseum in Rome."

Ellen

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this tour! Our guide, Margaret, took great care to plan each outing. Each of the local guides was very knowledgeable and passionate about their city. Francesca’s presentations of the Forum and Coliseum were superb. She had been our guide on a previous tour of Rome in 2005!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sights from both inside the cupola of St. Peter’s (looking down upon the inside of the Basilica) and the outer viewing area surrounding the top of the cupola were amazing! We were able to look down upon Vatican City, the Tiber River and Rome."

Heather

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip! It was everything we hoped for, and the group we traveled with made it even more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely Florence, when we turned the corner and looked up at the Duomo and realized just how big it actually is. That, and the welcome dinner in Florence with the Florentine Steak. It was outstanding."

Steven

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved all three accommodations. Margaret was a WONDERFUL guide. Venice was my favorite, followed closely by Rome. Great balance between planned guides and free time. Great camaraderie within the group made everything so enjoyable. Only grievance was the Rome hotel's front desk assuring us that two hours was enough time at the airport for our return flight. Definitely should have been three, but actually, we should have known better anyway. Rick Steves gave us a trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the streets of Venice (especially at night)."

Clark

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great - wonderful group we were with - SO much fun activities with our group such as our cooking class and wine testing and delicious meals - an awesome mix of being with our tour guides and also having time on our own

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but probably the DOGE in Venice and experiencing that for the first time was amazing"

Steve

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Margaret was terrific and we met some very nice people in our group. The tour guides in Venice, Florence and Rome were outstanding. Really enjoyed the winery and cooking school visits. I only had one concern. While our hotel in Venice was good, my wife and I thought it was too far removed from most of the attractions visited. We will definitely enjoy doing more Rick Steves tours in future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love Venice. And the Roman forum seemed to be about 20 times the size and scope that it was when we last visited Rome in the mid-1970’s."

Jacob

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was absolutely amazing. Margot was incredible. Everything the tour did was fun. Good amount of free time: Loved the group meals. Amazing local guides. Loved the surprises too. Just outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had a ton of wow moments. However, I think the one that hit me most was simple. The day we saw the Pantheon in Rome. I’ve read so much preparing for this trip. Particularly the Roman Empire. I almost got emotional seeing it. It was so big, old, and beautiful That was just one of many moments that stood out."

Jeff

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip leader, great local guides and a perfect mix of free time and tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a "wow" moment. Everything kept getting better."

Betty

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized and our guides were fantastic. Helen, our tour leader from Rick Steves, was knowledgeable, approachable, and fun to be around. Walking is the daily routine in Italy so wear comfortable shoes. We found the Italian people friendly and helpful. Take a snack with you if you generally eat early. Many of the restaurants open at 7:00 pm. My friend and I would order different items and share. I recommend you try cuttlefish. It was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments on the trip. Venice and the grand canal, Florence and the Ufizzi Museum and the beauty hills and umbrella pines of Tuscany. But the greatest wow was walking around the corner and seeing the Coliseum in Rome not to mention the grandiose fountains."

Jamie

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well organized. Good balance of tour group time vs. free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter’s Basilica."

Lisa

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the perfect trip for us...3 days at each city with a lot of time to enjoy the city...the cities are so different it made the 10 days fly by...each city had its own unique character & beautiful sites. Our group was fantastic, we got along really well and travelled as a group quite smoothly. The Italians were so gracious & welcoming...after two years sitting at home looking at pictures...nothing beats the real thing! And a huge thank you to our tour leader Helen. Simply the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My sister told me, "you will never have a bad meal in Italy"...she was so wrong...I've never had such amazing food, wine & gelato...all served with joy...and did I mention the gelato...yes, we have it at home, but it just isn't the same if you aren't eating it along the Arno River in Florence. Best wow, yep, it was the people & the food."

Melinda

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was so well managed that I could fully enjoy my trip with concern about what was next on the agenda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it is hard to pick the favorite. I loved our stop at the winery where we were so welcomed and had an amazing tutorial on pairing wine with food. I was amazed at every turn where my unique dietary needs were taken care of without me asking."

Donna

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved our wonderful, upbeat guide Helen! She was the best! Tour was well organized and took so much pressure off us as first time visitors to Italy. Enjoyed the balance of group activities and free time to explore. Hotels were well chosen, local guides were very good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo’s David in Florence, followed by rounding the corner and there’s the Colosseum rising in front of me in Rome."

Edward

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our experience was excellent. Helen, our tour guide, was very knowledgable, friendly and went out of her way to help us with the scheduled tours and provide information for the time we spent on our own. The tour was well organized and everything went as scheduled. Our only disappointment was our local guide in Florence. His delivery was monotonous/rambling. His '1 minute' was always '15 minutes'.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour of Venice was great and we learned a lot of historic facts in Rome that has encouraged us to do some further research on Rome."

Mel

Tour: 05/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was intense and wonderful and everything I could have expected it to be. We got a greet orientation to Venice, Florence and Rome with our great guide Nina and then the amazing guides to the museums. Francesca in Rome was especially memorable in making the Coliseum and the ruins near the Forum come alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several. Being serenaded in the Gondola ride in Venice by an Opera singer and musician hired by the tour! My husband and I were given the prime spot in the Gondola, because the trip was our anniversary vacation. Seeing the Pantheon in Rome and the statue of David in Florence. The stop at the farm between Florence and Rome where we had a wonderful wine testing and all got a chance to Olay with the farmer's dog, was a nice break from the intensity of the trip."

Ken

Tour: 05/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I’ve visited Venice, Florence and Rome in the past either on my own or on trips with my cycling club, but experiencing them on a Rick Steves trip was a whole other thing. It was so much richer. Just fantastic, every bit of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Venice again. Sheesh, what a place."

Julia

Tour: 05/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish our tour guide, Nina, was there to help us feel comfortable in each city we visited. The planned tours with guides were wonderful. They really made the history come alive. Our accommodations were all in great locations, convenient for sightseeing. The transferring to the buses was made as easy as possible and this was really appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cooking our own meal in Florence was really a fun experience."

Lawrence

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled wit RST a couple of years ago. Same great experience. Highly recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not really one. When you visit Venice, Florence and Rome there is no way to rank the Wow moments."

Julia

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip is definitely a very active one! Our guide, Lisa Smith, was very helpful and always available. She checked with all of us to see if we needed anything during the tour. We saw everything we had wanted to see and more! The tour made museum visits, especially during Covid, a non-issue. I don’t know how we would have maneuvered seeing all those museums on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Pantheon and David!"

Daniel

Tour: 05/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. The free time and structured events enhanced my experience allowing me to explore in depth or just allow the flavor of the country to wash over me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The intimacy of Venice, the richness of the culture in Florence, and the overwhelming history of Rome contributed to not a wow moment but a wow trip."

Matthew

Tour: 05/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group cameraderie was special. Our guides were all very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the frescoes at the Vatican"

John

Tour: 05/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved it

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Ruins"

Teresa

Tour: 05/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good value

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of family winery with wine cellars dating back to the Eutruscans"

Robert

Tour: 05/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour so we didn’t know what to expect. The tour was amazing. We learned so much history, the guide was top notch and the food!!! We enjoyed every minute and plan on doing another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s hard to pick just one. Venice was our favorite!"

Bela S

Tour: 05/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great pleasure to become personally acquainted with so many historical landmarks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Cistine Chapel"

Martha

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour WAS as advertised. That is a rare thing today’s world. Our tour guide, (Margaret Cassidy), and the tour company policies WERE more generous to us, (the clients), than was to be expected. Here is the BIG question……..If we had this whole experience to do over, would we? ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY……YES!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On the whole, my wife and I have ‘been there, done that’. A ‘wow’ moment indicates something that takes your breath. What truly impressed us MOST was the CONSISTENCY of the entire tour. It made me say and think……..WOW, these people are professionals and know how to consistently provide quality experiences for each individual in the tour group. This provides us the opportunity to RELAX and enjoy what we see and relationships formed with others. Wow, you cannot buy that!"

Caroline

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into and experiencing St. Peter’s in Rome"

Sally

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and it exceeded my expectations! Traveling as a single I never felt "alone". Everyone was warm and welcoming and always made me feel included and welcome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were just so many to narrow down, but the big "wow" was seeing the Colosseum and Vatican in Rome. Our tour guide was outstanding and she evoked deep emotion in you while providing the history and facts. I was in awe to be there knowing who stood before me in this exact place 2000 years prior."

Martin

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent time, Guides were very knowledgeable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican"

Sean

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Venice was the best but overall good. Impacted by some Covid restrictions so some of the key areas were not able to be visited (Bourghese for example). For a highly active tour, it was a bit light.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter’s Basilica"

Judy

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The guides were wonderful. Events and dinners and extra special touches were truly a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter’s Basilica was breathtaking as well as St. Mark’s square in Venice."

Sandra

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The cities were amazing, and all the guides thoughtful and very knowledgeable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence. Seeing artwork in rough draft as well as finished product. Went to the Bargello and saw a small/practice version of Perseus with medusa‘s head. Stepped out and walked a few blocks, and saw the finished statue. There were lots of connections between the different pieces of art. Michelangelo studying the Belvedere torso, Brunelleschi studying the Parthenon. It was amazing to see all the connections, and learning the stories behind so many of the pieces."

Connie

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Rome coluseum"

Susan

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was amazing. Marijan was wonderful, the local guides were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Florence; the Roman forum -- way more than I was expecting with a guide that was amazing"

Joey

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing, a vacation for the ages

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peter’s Basillica"

Debbie

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

VERY well organized, inclusive of all major sites in each city. There was a good amount of free time with suggestions of what to do. It was so nice to have all hotels, transp, sites all scheduled - left us free to enjoy all that was offered without having to worry about logistics. Loves it!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow' was the Coliseum and the ruins of the Forum in Rome."

Juan

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide - Lisa Smith - was excellent! She did a marvelous job! She kept our group well informed of the daily activities & provided us with ideas for additional places to visit during our free time. We were very impressed with all of our tour guides throughout the trip but their was one that stood out the most - Francesca in Rome! She was the best hands down! They were all great but she just added a special element. Great job!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to narrow it down to one "wow" moment! It was all "wow" to us! If I must list one, it would be walking into St. Peter's Basilica! It was more than a moment, it was a feeling of awe!"

Kenneth

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Crammed a lot of great stuff in 10 days. Last minute tour director fill in did not miss a beat. Great selection of dining and "nibbles", super informative about locations in all cities. Local guides provided wonderful color and historical context.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping out onto the floor of the Colosseum has been a bucket list item for years. What a rush!"

Gail

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip to Venice, Florence and Rome was everything I hoped for and more! I was convinced early on in the trip that this is the way I want to travel Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several "wow" moments...Taking in the architecture and streets of Venice, viewing how the light falls on the water in the canals - I can see why artists have flocked there. Every scene is a picture waiting to be painted. In Florence, we hiked up to the Piazza Michelangelo at sunset and were mesmerized by the beauty of the city in the setting sun. We enjoyed wine and nibbles together. In the Umbrian hills, at a vineyard and centuries-old homestead, we had a magnificent view of Orvieto!"

Qun

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

Worst of the 12 RS tours I have taken. I took this exact same tour in 2009 as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Forum mostly because our amazing guide Francesca."

Greg

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Venice, Florence and Rome tour is a wonderful experience. Its mix of activities and free time is just right. Our guide and the local guides are top-notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing Florence from the top of the Duomo is amazing."

Jeff

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour was outstanding. Lisa did a great job of organizing everything and making changes to adapt to the group. It was our first Rick Steve's tour and it won't be our last. Already planning the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We probably had multiple "Wow" moments on this trip. From the gondola ride in Venice, the hike to the top of Brunelleschi's Dome to the ruins in Rome, it was a great trip.."

Gary

Tour: 04/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is very enjoyable. Learned a lot of history through art. Fellow tourists in the group are very pleasant. The tour guide is specially knowledgeable and entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I saw the original Michelangelo's Statue of David."

Suzy

Tour: 04/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel enriched and intellectually satisfied by gaining a peek into the history/context around Venice and Florence beyond just visiting the famous tourist hotspots. I have a much better grasp for the Renaissance history, art, personnel. It is fascinating. I had little knowledge about Byzantine time before the trip. Now Byzantine, Renaissance, Old Roman time stood up 3D rather than words in history books; a better appreciation for effort of human Sapiens in pushing forward civilization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mosaics on the dome of San Marco Basilica."

Dan

Tour: 04/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides and hotels. Very convenient to have the organization done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter’s cathedral ."

Aaron

Tour: 04/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Tour Guide: Patricia was fantastic. She made the whole trip awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Historic place. Had a great time"

Thomas

Tour: 04/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was reluctant to take a tour versus sightseeing on my own. Our guide, Patricia, was wonderful and the local experts incredible, bringing art and history to life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. Going around a corner and seeing the ruins of where Julius Caesar was murdered. Our local expert putting the carnage of the Coliseum in perspective. But the most unexpected gift was the detour to Marco's Poggio della Volara in Umbria. When I saw that stop on the itinerary I rolled my eyes and thought it would be a poor use of our limited time. Our first return trip to Italy will include spending more time there."

Gail

Tour: 04/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my best travel experience, ever. I've traveled quite a bit, but never on a tour. I learned so much. The local guides were so knowledgeable and wanting all of us to share their enthusiasm. Patricia was perfect. She somehow managed to keep us together and on track for whatever we were to experience. She was warm and cared about all of us. She was also very knowledgeable and gave great advice about what we might do with our free time. Our group got on great with each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice, all of it. From the water taxi's, going out to visit some islands, the gondola ride, the architecture and intentially getting lost walking around."

Patricia

Tour: 04/22/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Patricia was great and extremely helpful-reason rating good and not adequate. Several events and local guides good. Stress and cost associated w/Covid test requirement unnecessary and mean spirited given YOU dropped it effective May 1. Really BAD welcome dinner in Venice. Poor travel advice from Rick Steves re: packing and day packs (not allowed in majority of sites). Museum visits not laid out for effective use of time especially in Florence. Not inclined to take another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Poggio della Volara (agria tourism stop). I would actually book for a stay. Hosts wonderful & explained operation and work involved in farming (my formal training is agricultural finance). Meal was wonderful, wine food pairing really worked. Dog was super cute and friendly. Second was in Tavola cooking academy in Florence mainly because we were the group of six in the kitchen w/the Chef and could tell the difference in dishes prepared under his supervision vs other chef who had bulk of group."

Sheree

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"22 years ago we took a cruise that had a stop were we went to Florence. The day of that tour the museums were closed so I missed the “real” David. After 22 years I finally have seen the real David! I just about cried"

Brenda

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far exceeded my expectations. Sarah our tour manager was fun, very helpful and made our trip very special. Thank you Sarah.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cooking a four course meal with a Chef in Florence."

Michael

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled to abroad before but this was our first ever tour group. Sarah S. was amazing. Well organized with good mix of personal time and the option of going on outings or not. Group dynamics for our tour were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sights and guides were great but when Sarah, our Rick Steves guide, remembered that this was our 50th anniversary trip and took the time to present us with a card signed by all of the tour along with a small gift it was a treasured surprise indeed."

Elizabeth

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had great time on our tour of Italy. The cities we visited had so much to offer, and we were able to see most of the things we wanted to see either during the tour or on our free time. I thought our tour guide was especially wonderful, full of knowledge and extremely helpful and personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed touring the Colosseum with the incredible surprise of touring the ground floor!"

Gregory

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second tour and it met my met my expectations in a Covid-19 world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was entering the Roman Colosseum at ground level. The weather was perfect and the arena looked great."

Michael

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first vacation with a 'tour' and I can honestly say it won't be our last. Sarah, our guide was amazing. She was so passionate about the culture and went out of her way to help everyone on the tour. The itinerary was well thought out and planned and we felt safe at all times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite 'wow'? How about all of it? If I had to pick, it would be sitting in the gondola in the middle of the Grand Canal of Venice, with 7 other Gondolas filled with other tour members and one gondola operator sung for us."

John

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful trip with my daughter after a two year postponement

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing her experience Italy for the first time"

Nancy

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sarah was the absolute best. She made the whole experience such a treat and allowed us to understand and see the most out of our trip while making it feel just like a vacation. The sights, food and people were amazing during each step of our 10 day trip, every location had something new and special to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The real WOW moment for me was going to the top of the Dome. It was such a beautiful experience, seeing everything from above really allows you to understand and take in life. The gondola ride was another amazing experience, sunset is a perfect time to go."

Patricia

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I like the balance of the tour. Allowing us time for our own exploring as well as making sure we see the highlights of the location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coliseum and ruins in Rome. Michaelangelo's David."

David

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Knowledgeable, passionate and fun leader, Tina was a joy to tour with through Venice, Florence and Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed many things, however, I really like strolling in Venice at night when it was pretty much empty of tourists and you could just take in the beauty and uniqueness of the city."

Christopher

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the most exceptional guide on our tour. Tina is as passionate about travel as Rick Steves, she was simply amazing. We have traveled in Europe on river boat cruises and enjoyed them but this trip took travel to a whole new level. We plan to book another Rick Steves tour next year!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We have a fantastic wine tasting stop ant an agriturismo e route to Rome. Great setting, great hosts, great food and wine. This off the usual tourist trail was the perfect was to experience Italy."

Mary

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was a wonderful tour of the great cities of Italy. My first international trip in the "Covid World" went very smoothly and was lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the Colosseum in Rome was amazing. It reminded me of visiting the pyramids in Egypt. The history is breathtaking. it was such a beautiful day and the crowds were not that bad."

Jana

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. Saw all the highlights of each city. Plus some unexpected bonuses like the Umbria countryside wine tasting. A wonderful 9 days!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride and visit to Burano"

Sarah

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour had the perfect blend of free and structured time. The orientation walks and transportation "how to" were incredibly helpful. Tina made the tour that extra I don't believe you get from other tours. She interlaced her passion for being a guide with history, tidbits from her life, helpful hints from how to use public transportation, other places to visit, & places to eat; She had beautiful conversations w/local merchants, &special & unique experiences added each day. My fav:cooking class!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pantheon at night. First off, stunningly beautiful. Second, the thought of when it was built, how it was built, and then imagining the number of people who have walked where I walked is mind-boggling. However, let's be truthful, Italy is full of WOW! Every day, I was wowed by art masterpieces, incredible architecture, friendly people, and even everyday life (in Rome especially)."

Kellie

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful. I saw all the sights I wanted to see and more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around the corner in Rome and seeing the Pantheon for the first time."

Jacob

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful start to finish. Tina was a fantastic guide -- personable, helpful, knowledgeable, amazing. Our tour group was amazing with so many incredible people. There were so many great sights, informative guides, and wonderful memories. From Venice to Burano to Florence to the agriturismo to Rome there were so many great things. I really enjoyed the entire thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's so hard to pick just one "wow" moment. I would probably go with walking to the Pantheon in Rome... Totally speechless."

Kenyon

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our principal tour guide, Tina, was fantastic. She was kind, warm, enthusiastic, and took personal interest in each and every tourist to make sure that we had a wonderful experience and felt safe and comfortable. She made our entire trip seamless, easy, and fun, without any hassles. Through her and the additional guides in each of the 3 cities we saw, heard, and learned a lot about the culture, art, and history of Italy. Angelo in Florence and Paulo in Rome were especially outstanding guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved visiting the beautiful island of Burano near Venice, and we also enjoyed the warm hospitality shown to us during our visit to the vineyard/olive tree farm between Florence and Rome where we tasted typical Italian foods and wines. St. Peter's Basilica, the Pantheon, and the Colosseum were incredibly impressive."

Susan

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved seeing the history of Italy come to life. Our tour guide, Tina, was very friendly and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peters Basilica"

Daron

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is by far the best tour I have ever been on. Our expectations were not only met but exceeded. We really enjoyed having access to the culture of the places we visited and meeting the people who shared their lives with us along the way. This tour had it all, art, history, architecture, amazing food, extraordinary tour guide and bonus surprises along the way. We can’t wait for our next tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably getting to see the extraordinary view from atop the Benneton’s family building overlooking the grand canal and Rialto bridge."

Lori

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, variety of activities/sites, fun and educational. Plus plenty of time "on our own" to explore outside of the group setting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum and Roman Forum"

David

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a truly fantastic experience. I have never been on a guided tour before, and this shattered my expectations in a profoundly positive fashion. It's been a childhood dream of mine to visit Italy, and I can sincerely say there's no way I would have gotten any where near as much out of a trip across Europe without having been part of the Rick Steves tour. It was educational, informative, and very fun. Tina was incredible; she's an absolute expert at what she does. Just tremendous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My experience in Florence overall has to take the cake. In specific for me, though, I have never been more moved by a painting in my entire life than I was by Maestro Della Madonna Straus's Christ as the Man of Sorrows with the Symbols of the Passion. I saw it just by chance by going upstairs after seeing a real Stradivarius violin and the statue of David (both of which were unbelievable, to be clear) at the Galleria dell'Accademia, where it blindsided me and actually brought me to tears."

Ella

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This trip gave me the opportunity to see most of the sights on my bucket list and also provided plenty of other experiences that were unexpectedly fun (gondola ride, trip to the olive grove and wine tasting, Italian cooking class). I had confidence in our knowledgable guide. The other tour members were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Burano. I enjoyed strolling among the brightly painted houses. There was a laid back vibe that was so pleasant."

Dianne Heather

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, it was an excellent tour and I am glad that I chose the tour. I didn't give the tour an outstanding rating because I sometimes experienced the tour as being so full of activities that I didn't have any time to savour the special or meaningful moments of the tour until long after an event. I sometimes felt quite rushed. One good thing is that I now know that my current tour style is that, I want to see a lot more of a lot less, so that I have time to "savour the moment".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the night time gondola ride in Venice. Taking a gondola ride is considered to be a "must do" while one is in Venice. I thought of it as being a rather overly touristy thing. I was wrong. Experiencing the canals and the ride as dusk turned to night and seeing how the buildings and bridges are lighted at night all while surrounded by the water is an experience that I will remember with pleasure for a long time."

Pam

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great way to visit the three cities that I wanted to see. There was a good balance of tour time to free time to do as we liked with good suggestions on what to see. The tour book was very helpful. The hotels in Florence and Rome were great but not centrally located to the places we visited. The hotel in Venice left a lot to be desired even though it was in the middle of Venice. The food for breakfast was very limited compared to the other two hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice."

James

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour of any kind. I loved the mix of planned and free time on my own as well as the size of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It wasn't so much a moment as all the times I felt I was experiencing and connecting to something historically significant through the narration of our guides."

Debbie

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled independently, but after COVID, we thought a tour would be a good way to ease back into travel. Our guide, Jamie was great and very organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening gondola ride was outstanding. Seeing Venice, its lights and architecture, and even its "elegant decay" from the water was an unforgettable experience."

Richard

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

New places, new friends, new adventures! Paired this tour with 11 days on our own in Italy and are very happy with the result. The tour brought us to do things that we probably wouldn't have done on our own: e.g.: musical gondola ride at night, cuttlefish in ink, wine tasting and the cooking school. The orientation walks and guided walks were outstanding as was Jamie. We also really liked the other tour group members. A wonderful experience providing lifetime memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Simply navigating the cities and interacting with the people of Italy. Really enjoyed the art museums and the mixing in of the other tour events (mentioned above) made it extraordinary."

Thomas

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was an amazing experience to see all the history of italy. our guide was amazing and other people on the tour were also amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"seeing all the history and amazing pieces of art, sculpture and architecture."

When To Go & Weather

Italy's three greatest cities are a delight to visit any time of year. However, the months of April, May, September, and October are best for combining the convenience of peak season with the most pleasant weather. Visiting between November and March offers the benefit of missing out on the sweat, stress, and crowds of the tourist season, along with cool and crisp weather.

Italy / Venice

Venice Weather


Italy / Florence

Florence Weather


Italy / Rome

Rome Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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