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

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Best of Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days Tour

from $2,495 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $575

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

Dates & Prices

2018

2019

    • Mar 8–Mar 17 (Fr–Su)
    • $2,495 + Air

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    • Apr 29–May 8 (Mo–We)
    • $3,195 + Air

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Venice, Florence, and Rome come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 group sightseeing events • Venice backstreets walking tour • St. Mark's Square and Basilica • Venice lagoon excursion • Accademia art museum • Renaissance Florence walking tour • Florence's Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David) • Uffizi Gallery • Florence backstreets walking tour • Cooking class and lunch • Palazzo Davanzati • Umbrian wine-tasting lunch • Rome orientation • Roman Forum • Colosseum • Church of San Clemente • Pantheon • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel • St. Peter's Basilica • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain…and more
  • All group transportation between Venice, Florence, and Rome
  • 9 nights' accommodations (3 nights at each hotel) in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Venice

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

Day 2: Historic Venice

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

Day 3: Venice's Accademia Gallery and Lagoon

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

Day 4: Wonders of Renaissance Florence

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

Day 5: The Backstreets of Florence

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

Day 6: The Uffizi and David

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

Day 7: Wine Tasting, Rome at Night

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

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

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

Day 9: Monuments of Ancient Rome

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

Day 10: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate cities on your own.

Reviews

Louis

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed every aspect of the tour. Our guides were exceptional, warm, and personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we stepped into the wine cellars at the wine tour knowing that these were carved more than 2000 years ago was an especially poignant moment. The other moments were, of course being near the actual David sculpture and gazing at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel."

William

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another fantastic Rick Steves' tour. I saw more and learned more on this tour than in two previous visits for Venice, Florence and Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but the most fulfilling was being in the cities' neighborhoods."

Karen

Deforest, WI

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a phenomenal trip! Our tour guide was well organized, kept us on track and was extremely knowledgeable: we really felt like a local!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many....but for me, I think it was the cooking class. Amazing!"

Barbara

Chapel Hill, NC

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was phenomenal -this was due entirely to the expertise of our guide, Amanda, who was kind, knowledgeable, & thoughtful! Along the way she generously shared much detail & fielded answers to our many questions. Amanda's handling of the business/organizational aspects was excellent. The established rules & meeting times were clear. She repeated these so that we knew exactly what was expected. Amanda built a team spirit between the participants which added to the joy & enjoyment! Bravo!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner we shared in Florence (?) was a wowzer...we were made to feel welcomed and appreciated. Before our dinner, Amanda shared many of the cultural aspects. It was obvious that Amanda was beloved by our host and we were treated as treasured friends. Each of the courses were scrumptious and the restaurant owner went out of his way to stuff us with the most delectable pasta dish, meat, and desserts. (9 choices!)"

Billie

Corpus Christi, TX

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were able to see everything I had dreamed of seeing. Each city had it's own charm and the wine tasting experience was a great bonus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to narrow it down to one thing, but the coliseum was much grander than I had ever imagined."

John

Corpus Christi, TX

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did this trip for my wife, but I had a great time and learned a lot anyway.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The basement of the church showing what lay underneath was fascinating to me."

Megan

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely loved Italy and kudos to our guide Nina! She was so filled with knowledge about the country, the history, the culture, the language, the art and passed it on to us in a wonderful way. The museums and churches were stunning. The amount of history and art was boundless. I could spend years there exploring! I loved how the tour allowed us free time to explore based on our personal interests. You could go as hard and fast or as easy and slow as worked for you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I truly enjoyed the wine tasting lunch at Poggia Volare with Marco and Gavia. The background on his life and his agri-tourism business was fascinating. The grounds were lovely - a beautiful oasis after the hustle of the cities. The food was divine - and I loved how they paired it with the wine and explained the reasons why."

Lynda

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Italy was my second retirement reward to myself following my Paris Tour the week before. I was still overwhelmed with the Art, Incredible food, wine and constant movement from one grand experience to the next when I arrived in Venice a day early, by myself thinking that nothing could compare to that. I was wrong. The next day I was introduced to Italy or a continuation of my bucket list dream with more gelato and better coffee thrown in. Worth the walking (aka training)to see and experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The winding bus ride to a vineyard and olive grove for an authentic Tuscan luncheon experience of wine tasting, food pairing, and education from the owners. We had fresh figs unlike any that I had tasted. We were sitting at the large outdoor table overlooking a swimming pool and rolling green tree lined hills when I said to our group that "this is the Italy that I imaged"."

Pam

Germantown, TN

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour experience so I have nothing to compare it to, but it was wonderful. It was the perfect mix of seeing the major sites with a guide & still plenty of free time. Our tour guide, Nina, was top notch! We have already recommended this tour to our friends & family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one thing, but I guess it would be seeing how people live in Venice, where there are no cars & all the colorful houses. Like a scene out of a movie. Also, visiting the winery & seeing the beautiful farm was a "wow" moment."

Howard

Milan, NH

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow! The whole tour was a WOW moment! I wasn't really excited about going to the wine tasting event, having been to a few in the states (Boring) but it was amazing. The explanation and talk by Marco was enthralling!!! Gavia's presentation of tasty delicacies was a most amazing treat. I have to say that ALL of our guides were very careful to steer clear of political landmines. After all, we were on vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"OH my, that is tough!! I would say it was the Colosseum and Forum Walk. Ilaria was a wonderful guide."

Patricia

Milan, NH

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was nothing short of wonderful. All three cities have their own histories and personalities so each was exciting in its own way. I enjoyed our time as a group and appreciated our time to do as we pleased. The accommodations were comfortable as were the buses between cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the sunset at the top of the Duomo Dome."

Joann

Middletown, NJ

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour ever and I was a bit skeptical because we had always traveled on our own but I am 100% converted. Your Rick Steves tour exceed all of my expectations. The overall experience was just wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was disembarking from the bus ride onto the agricuturisma working vineyard and olive tree farm. I felt like I had stepped back in time to my parents countryside town outside of Matera. I could have stayed on Marco's farm for a week, it was that relaxing. Our hosts could not have been more gracious; the food and wine was divine. I was able to practice my Italian with Marco (as well as with our bus driver Georgio). The whole afternoon was heavenly."

Catherine

Ossining, NY

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was excellent, if a little exhausting. I was not prepared for the crowds at most of the sights (especially Florence and Rome) and how much effort it takes just to be in them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most of our time in Venice. A leisurely time in the Doge's Palace. Marvelous seafood in quiet squares."

Robert

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Italy. Margaret was very nice and patient with our group. I thought there was a good balance of structured tour with the group and free time on our own. Being able to zip to the front of line was a great benefit. Margaret would give us our scheduled meet time in advance so that we could plan our free time. We also got along with everyone on the tour and no one was late for our departures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boy that's a tough one. Each city had their bright spots. If I had to pick one it may have been the David sculpture in Florence."

George

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I planned this trip for our 25th wedding anniversary. The trip could not have been better. It was the perfect balance of guided group events and free time to explore on our own. The guides provided expert information on some of the greatest historical sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one moment from the trip but I have to say the trip to the winery in Umbria was one of the quintessential Italian experiences. I want to go back!"

Teresa

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time on our tour! It was the perfect balance of seeing the amazing art and architecture of Italy while being exposed to its rich history and culture. The tour keeps you on the move but we always felt we had time to go explore on our own as well. We thoroughly enjoyed our guide Margaret and the other members of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We especially enjoyed the wine tasting lunch with Marco at his family-run winery!"

Robert

Ossining, NY

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very happy with the overall tour experience especially Margaret's management, leadership , enthusiasm and good sense. The operation of the tour from initial sale to this email bespeak an organization with wise and capable leadership.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being led through Venice on the first night and realizing we were in good hands"

Jennifer

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did this Rick Steves Tour 10 years ago with my mom and this time did it with my husband. I didn't feel like I was on the same tour at all even though I was back in Venice, Florence, and Rome! I got to see highlights a second time (David, Uffizi, Coloseum, Sistine Chapel) while other sights (private boat to Burano & Torcello, San Clemente, cooking class, Marco's winery) were new this tour. The cities themselves had changed some too of course. Fun group of travelers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome in 2.5 days 10 years ago was overwhelming! This time I fell in love with Rome!"

Debbie

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect tour! This was our second trip with Rick Steve's and it exceeded expectations. Our guide Margaret was amazing and knowledgeable patient, organized and fun. Our travel group was very compatible. Looking forward to our next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed the cooking class in Florence and, of course, seeing the David."

James

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a great time. We learned a good deal. Walked a lot. Ate well. Acquired experiences that we will share for the rest of our life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment was thinking about the future while walking in the Roman Forum. If such a powerful society can end up in ruins, so can our current society in the US. A very sobering thought, but powerful. If you want a positive "wow", it was the Pieta."

Greggory

St Louis, MO

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Amanda our guide was incredible. We met a lot of new friends. The mix of organized and free time was just right for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Orvieto wine tour and tasting AND st clements vertical history book in Rome"

Cecilia

Wheeling, WV

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was very enjoyable. I met wonderful people and learned so many things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so very many it is hard to single out just one. I really like the wine tasting trip. Cecilia was an excellent source of knowledge and has great wines !"

Andrea

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Venice, Florence, and Rome 10 days tour was an amazing trip for my first time to Europe. The trip itinerary was well organized with recommended sites and activities to do during our free afternoons.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since we arrived in Italy at night, my favorite "wow" moment was simply seeing Venice in the morning from our hotel room. It's so hard to choose just one favorite moment as every day was a "wow" day. Turning the corner in the Accademia Gallery and seeing Michalengelo's David at the end of the hallway was probably at the top of my list. I could have spent days in the Galileo museum!"

Alfred

Queen Creek, AZ

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Saw all that I wanted to and a lot more. On the go a majority of the time and covered a lot of ground. Learned a lot about the culture, history and important facts of all areas we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"THE Colosseum, THE David, THE Sistine Chapel, Vatican City. Other major fun things were the country winery between Florence and Rome and the old church with it's two lower levels on the way to the Colosseum."

Karla

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Venice, Florence, Rome... what could be better. I so appreciate all of the pre work that takes place in advance. Tickets in advance and local tour guides made the experience so much less stressful and more meaningful. Every detail taken care of perfectly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What can be more of a Wow than turning the corner and seeing David. What a handsome man he is??"

Rich

Wheeling, WV

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was hesitant about going with a large group which I thought 28 people would be a large group but I was surprised it was really great and we met a lot of really nice people. The tours that we took were fantastic got to see a lot of the main attractions in Venice Florence and Rome. Using local guys was fantastic since they were able to give us their experience in the certain cities are attractions that we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think just experiencing the three cities and the difference is in them. Also how old it was I mean I always knew that a lot of the buildings and stuff in Rome and Florence Venice were old but it's just amazing how well kept some of them are for being that old. I really love the wine stop on the way from Florence to Rome Cecilia had a beautiful place and it was good to learn a lot about Wine and Food. The cooking class was also a highlight for me."

Dana

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having been to Italy twice before, I wasn't sure that I could see or learn anything new. Boy, was I surprised! Our guide, Amanda, was a wealth of knowledge about all three cities and the history surrounding them. I was also impressed with how she managed to get 28 people around the cities so effortlessly and in such a manner as to see so many sights while doing it. We had a wonderful group and hope to see some of them this January at the RS reunion weekend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was probably on the last night when I realized I was going to have to leave my "friends" the next day. I didn't expect to make such good friends in such a short time! Wow #2 came when my husband said he wanted to do the RS Spain trip because our guide Amanda also leads those!"

Natalie

Macomb, MI

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was absolutely wonderful. This was our first trip to Europe. We loved that all our sightseeing was preplanned. Amanda did a terrific job sharing her knowledge of Italy with all. In each city, we also had local guides escorting us through important areas. The experience with each was amazing. It helped us understand so much about what we were seeing and experiencing. Everyone in our group was so friendly, and we had so much fun at all the group activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOWS--can't choose one. Loved the cooking class in Florence: so much fun! And the food we made was great! Seeing the David in Person. Rounding the corner in Rome and seeing the Pantheon for the first time. The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapels. Memories that I will cherish forever."

Virginia

Brookfield, WI

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip to Italy was excellent. Our guide Ranier, was knowledgeable, experienced, helpful and professional. Our tour was nicely balanced with group activities and leisure time. The write up of how strenuous this trip was is quite accurate. We walked a lot and stood listening to our guides giving us good historical background about what we were seeing. Our group was exceptional. People were friendly and sensitive to others. We formed some great friendships.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really hard to choose one wow moment as the whole trip was so wonderful. I was amazed at the beautiful architecture in each of the cities we visited. The original art that is just everywhere in Florence was astounding. I loved Venice and found it just charming. Rome has so much history which surrounds one on all sides as well as underneath your feet and seeing the splendor of the Vatican was something that is hard to take in. Just too difficult to choose on WOW moment. Loved it all."

Angelina

Ft Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Never having been abroad, I didn't know what to expect. I compared tour groups and the Rick Steves' tours just felt like the best fit for my sister and myself! All details were covered from the airport to the hotel, down to the last detail in directions. And coming in a day early was a great suggestion! Our group was very diverse, but right from the beginning we all hit it off! Rainer was an excellent guide and was so knowledgeable about Italy & places to recommend to eat and visit while there!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"But I'd have to say that my personal WOW moment was when Rainer arranged for the group to take an optional gondola ride. There we were, cruising the smaller canals, when our gondolas turned the corner into a narrow canal with the acoustics just perfect as our lead gondolier broke into "O Solo Mio"! An epic moment for this Italian girl that brought me to tears!"

Kathren

Scappoose, OR

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our tour. Our guide, Rainer was great. Our hotels were great. It was so wonderful to show up and have all the little details taken care of. The only thing I would suggest is when you send out the itinerary, that you include the name of the island that we would visit in Venice. We arrived a couple of days early and wanted to visit an island but didn't want to double up so we passed. That would be good information to have available. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! I would have to say the Colosseum in Rome. Wow!"

Marian

West Chester, PA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was so well organized and tour guide Rainer arranged for special experiences on the tour such as a gondola and seeing crowd we'd museums in the evening, being able to attend Mass at the Vatican, climbing the Duomo dome, which made everything more meaningful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Michelangelo crucifix in aflorence."

Cecilia Emery

Dedham, MA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being part of a group, not having to wait in lines. Having wonderful local guides that shared so much information with us. Everyone in the group was pleasant and very open to meeting everyone. No one was late. Everyone could keep us with the place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many WOW moments to mention. Arriving in Venice, seeing St. Marks Square, and staying next to the Opera House Going to the Island of Murano on our own. In Florence walking the Ponte Vecchio, seeing Brunelleschi's Dome, and standing near David. Going to the Leather factory and buying items. In Rome going to the Vatican."

Carolyn

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience was incredible. Our tour family bonded and I loved that we looked after each other. I really appreciated that everything was handled and I could really relax and enjoy the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments. The first one was the stop in Umbria and meeting Marco. I loved the farm, the passion that Marco and his wife have their land, and just loved being. My next WOW was Francesca and our tour of Ancient. She had me in tears."

Donald

Dousman, WI

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time. Well sized group, excellent tour guide & local guides, good food, free time interspersed made this a memorable event. The special visits (Agritourismo farm & learn to cook), were particularly good social events. Have conveyed this to others already. Would do again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although it was clearly fantastic to view in person, the many historical sights in our tour, my most memorable event was the cooking school in Florence. Making this meal, with all our new travel friends, under the guidance of our congenial chef Fabrizio was a kick!"

Mark

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was outstanding. Hotel choices, all the guides, tours and other group activities. We will be back for another RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide organizing a night time gondola ride with music. Cooking school. Side trip for wine tasting. Gladiator entrance to the colosseum. Private boat tour in Venice."

Louisa

Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fabulous. I loved having three days in each city to explore, learn some of their history, and to see some of the historical sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice: St. Marks square Florence: the David Rome: the Sistine Chapel"

Pamela

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time to Italy. I thought the tour provided a wonderful overview of the 3 cities we visited. Great balance between planned and unplanned activity. Loved the local guides and thought this enhanced the experience in museums, especially.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My two favorite experiences were the cooking class and the winery stop. I was wowed by them both. I think the biggest take away, though, was how much I enjoyed the people on the tour. This was a great group and it was easy to travel with them all. Seeing David in person, was also a wow moment, as well as the Sistine Chapel."

Mary Ann

Silverton, OR

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have learned the best way to see the sights of a major city is with the tour! This was our third RS tour! We were actually in Europe for 6 weeks and scheduled this time into our adventure. It was great to walk past the long lines of "no ticket" people, in the sun, and have Margaret and her guest guides give us the information! We walked into the Colosseum, Gladiator entrance and WOW! We handled Ireland, Milan, Varenna, Naples, Hamburg and Stockholm ourselves, with your help of course!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the great masters work in the art galleries, Churches and museums! All of it!"

Cynthia

Farmington Hills, MI

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Margaret was an awesome tour guide! She made everything so enjoyable. The hotels we stayed in were very unique and interesting. Had a difficult time finding the Venice hotel we stayed in and the directions to that location could have been better. (even the local police couldn't help us find it!). Be prepared for very, very small showers! Definitely not what we are used to in the US. :) Margaret took us on a winery tour on our way to Rome that was breathtakingly beautiful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick just one!"

Christopher

Farmington Hills, MI

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall we were very pleased.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Venice for the first time. The Colosseum was great as well."

Tiffany

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! I appreciated starting with the smaller city, Venice and working up to Florence and then Rome! I'm also grateful the RS tours advertises "No Grumps" and how you have to be active and able to walk and climb stairs with luggage. Our group was so fun! We all really bonded and enjoyed each other. Everyone could keep up and was gung-ho to try new things. The cooking class in Florence was a blast! I'm not a good cook and don't really like to cook, but that was a highlight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stopping at the winery on our way to Rome. Cecilia was so gracious to welcome us to her ancient home and wine cellar. She presented a lovely wine tasting lunch in her dining room that was as informative of her culture as it was tasty. The views from her yard were spectacular. This is where I really received an understanding of Tuscan culture and family life."

Karen

Burke, VA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the second RS tour for my husband and myself. We had high expectations for this Italy tour since we had such a great time last year on our Spain tour. The Italy tour met our high expectations. Our tour guide, Margaret, was very knowledgeable and passionate about the country. The group was very friendly and made the trip very interesting and enjoyable. The pace and activity level of the tour was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed so many of the sites and activities. As for a favorite "wow" moment, we agree that it was seeing Michelangelo's David. In addition, the trip through the Colosseum was remarkable. The gondola ride was wonderful. The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica were also great. We also really enjoyed the San Clemente Chapel."

Lindsay

Ballwin, MO

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed everything we did and the hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've waiting all my life to see the art in Florence, but seeing David was my "wow" moment."

Mark

Strongsville, OH

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were energized throughout our entire trip and did not want it to end. The experience exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There could not be only one "wow" moment between Venice, Florence, and Rome. Each area had its own history, beauty, restaurants, and local flare. But if I had to choose my favorite, it was St Clements in Rome where our guide led us through ancient structures buried underneath the church and explained that there is an ancient city under a large part of the city of Rome."

Rayma

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled quite a bit, always arranging our own itinerary and accommodations in the past. This was our first group tour experience. We chose to join a tour because of the complicated reservations necessary for many of the sights and sites we wanted to experience in the 3 cities in Italy encompassed by the tour. We appreciated the excellent locations of the accommodations in each city. We loved the "extras", including evening gondola ride. Julian, our guide, enriched our travels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the vineyards, olive groves and working farm/villa outside of Orvieto. Such a wonderful wine/food pairing and tasting experience. Loved exploring the Etruscan-originated cellars below the beautiful stone main house."

Steve

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beyond Outstanding. Julian was the best

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice"

Bryan

Mcdonough, GA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour, and our experience here was just as wonderful as the first one. I love the mixture of popular (many tourists, but you really need to see them) and not so touristy sites we get to visit. The emphasis on "live like a local" comes through clearly. The tour is not just about seeing things, but experiencing things, as a tourist and as a local would experience them. I also like the mixture of formal tour time and free time, and not traveling every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the best example of a "wow" moment was our visit to the church of San Clemente in Rome. It is a 12th century church built on top of a 4th century Roman basilica, which was built on top of a 1st century neighborhood that includes a small street, a Roman temple, and other buildings and rooms. Walking down through those layers to a street and floors that were walked on by Romans 2000 years ago was mind blowing."

Oswald

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

#1 Our main tour guide for this trip Julian was a great host and guide. His introductions to Venice, Florence and Rome set the stage for a great time in these three cities. #2 The local guides in each cities gave us a love for these places that we will carry with us always. A tremendous depth of knowledge of their areas and a personal love for being there. #3 The wine tasting we did was one of the best food and wine parings I have ever been to. A fascinating setting and host.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Julian had a family emergency and had to leave with 2 days left in the tour, the transition to a new host who completed our journey, was extremely impressive. The depth of this organization and it's compassion for their staff, showed me why I am so happy to use their products and to have been a part of this tour. The people we met were also all game to connect and help each other. We're sharing photos now."

Shawn

Orland Park, IL

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved Italy! My husband and I were happy to follow the leader and not only see so many beautiful sites but to learn so much history along the way. Our guide was excellent; he was so knowledgeable in every subject. We were delayed a day due to a flight cancellation ( nightmare) and Julian was kind enough to meet us when we arrived and gave us a private tour of the streets of Venice. The accommodations were very nice and had great locations. See #2

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My greatest wow was taking a gondola ride in Venice while there was an orange, full moon."

Julie

Mcdonough, GA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Best of Italy Tour was exactly as described in the description. We were treated to sights, sounds, and activities that are truly Italian. Yes, we were visitors, but it felt like we were given an authentic "snapshot" of the location by a guide who truly loves the cities we visited, and wanted us to experience them in the best possible way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one thing- my top 3 would include the cooking class (tons of fun),the Sistine Chapel (incredibly moving), and the gondola ride (so romantic)"

Robert

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Memorable:I am today still reflecting back even today on experiencing Italy,the tour group moments of those historical places of interests, the restaurants/food, and how special it became of the tour group people becoming tour group "friends."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Doge's Palace. Four hundred years of Architecture, Art, Government, the Nobles, judges, jurys, and executioners - "a must experience..." WOW!"

Toni

Columbus, TX

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had been referred to Rick Steves Tours by a friend. The tour far exceeded my expectations, even after I had heard such wonderful reports by my friend. The accommodations were quite nice (Florence outstanding), breakfasts great. fantastic tour guides, and best of all: the architecture, history, art and culture of Italy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Sistine Chapel!"

Cynthia

North Olmsted, OH

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed all three cities and main highlights/tours. We liked the opportunity for us to explore on our own with the available free time. The cooking class and wine tasting events were fun and added another special element of the Italian culture. Our guide, Roxanne, treated us like family. She made certain that we had our personal needs met. The itinerary was well organized; highly experienced tour guides and tickets purchased for us provided less stress and more time to our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a 'wow' moment at each of our cities. The guided tour through the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. The statue of David and the lagoon of Venice."

Anthony

Washington, DC

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Knowledgeable tour guides; primary guide, Rozanne, was affable, smart, engaging and kept all aspects of the tour on time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the winery and the wine-pairing. St. Clement's Church was a hidden gem."

Stephanie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have never been out of the country before and was really nervous. I had no idea what what I was getting into. This tour exceeded all of my expectations. Rozanne was wonderful and I loved the mix of guiding us and letting us do our own thing every day. Rozanne educated us so we felt comfortable exploring on our own understanding how things worked. I highly recommend this to anyone (even if you have traveled) and I am already looking forward to another Rick Steves' tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing David was incredible. I had no idea the history behind him or how large he was - he was so tall!"

John

Columbus, TX

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was truly outstanding. It was much more than what I had expected. There were 27 of us on the tour, plus an exceptional tour guide. I would highly recommend this Rick Steves tour to anyone who wants to see, feel and taste Italy. I loved it so much that I want to go back on the same tour in a couple of years to relive the experience. Next year we want to take a Rick Steves tour to Ireland or Greece.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, many "wow" moments on the Rick Steves Italy tour. The one that captured my soul was seeing Michelangelo's David in Florence."

Rose Marie

Washington, DC

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been on a guided tour I was somewhat apprehensive, however the 10 days were better than I could have imagined. Well planed, interesting , I would recommend the experience to any one traveling to Europe. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, on top of all the details and a true pleasure to be with. Roxanne definitely made the experience special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW moment, I was having such a good time each day was a WOW moment. Every experience was so well planned I was going from one to the other, museums, walks, churches, food, with great expectations and not disappointed."

Lisa

Ventura, CA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I traveled with my 20 year old son and we had a wonderful time. We learned so much about art and Italian history. It was such a luxury not to have to worry about all the details of the trip such as buying tickets, transportation, hotel reservations etc...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess my biggest wow moment was seeing the David. We also enjoyed the cooking class, the chef was so funny and engaging he made the lessons so much fun and to be able to eat our food after was great. However, it would of been nice if we were served our food only. It seemed like they just put the food on the table for everybody regardless of who made it. I know we got our own tiramisu because we put our initials in the top."

Hrair

Bothell, WA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour was well organized and the tour guides were well informed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner event in Florence."

Ryan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first time traveling abroad (don't count Vancouver and Victoria B.C. or Mexico). Could not have asked for a better experience. The tour was well planned out and entertaining. I learned so much about how to travel as well as a ton about Italy, art, wine, food...a long list.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's David was without question the highlight of my trip. I never knew the history behind this specific work, or the history behind how important it was for an artist to take on this subject."

Sue

Manassas, VA

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything in Venice. The food was AMAZING everywhere. So freah! And David in Florence!"

Barry

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, both my wife Janet and I thought that Stacy was outstanding! She took very good care of us individually and as a group of 27 or 28 overall. I know that everyone we talked with in our tour group was exceptionally pleased with how she led us, educated us, and took care of any individual problems we might have had. I had a temporary physical issue, but there is a character limit, so I won't describe it here. She took good care of me, however.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Rome and seeing and hearing about St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum, because previously in my PR/Communications career I worked in sports as a writer and publicist. Janet loved Venice the most because of the art offerings there."

Janet

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything as promised, even more! Tour guides were all outstanding, especially Stacy, who was able to guide and support a mix of folks aged 19 to mid-70s. The best meal on the tour was at her husband's restaurant in Venice, although all the food was good and the hotels clean, comfortable, and located in the heart of each city. I really enjoyed that many of the afternoons were free, to explore special interests or to recover from the August heat. This tour was an exceptional value!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several - I fell in love with Venice, the canals, the way every time you round a corner there's something new and beautiful, every moment was special. Definitely need to return. The wine-tasting in Tuscany. The gorgeous view of Orvieto, the charming farmhouse, the whole experience was lovely! And on a free afternoon in Rome I went to the Spanish Steps where there is a small museum devoted to Keats, Shelley and Byron. I got to be in the room where Keats died and saw the view from his window."

Hollis

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought it was terrific. There was a very good balance of planned activities and free time. The hotels were fun. My Hotel in Florence never gave we toilet paper, but worked out an arrangement with the garden hose that was provided. I especially appreciated the quality of the guides- particularly our guide for Vactican City, St Peters, Sistine Chapel, etc. She was phenomenal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last judgement painting in the Sistine Chapel."

Maria

Cerritos, CA

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had the best time on this tour! Our tour guide Stacy made us all feel so special and treated everyone like family, she's perfect for this job! The tour had so much variety with all the museum visits, cooking class and wine tasting. The hotels were very cozy and the daily breakfasts they offered were scrumptious. The art experts on all three cities were excellent and I learned so much I didn't want it to end. Highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves art and adventure,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moments were seeing Venice for the first time, so unique,Florence's the Duomo , and Rome's The Colosseum, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Also will never forget the St Clements Basilica in Rome it was just amazing!"

Mary

New York, NY

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was really wonderful. We were thrilled that we were able to bypass lines, and see incredible things in Italy. Our hotels were lovely, we were well-taken of and the whole experience was exactly what we'd hoped for and more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The free terrazza at sunset in Venice was spectacular. I've never experienced anything like it. It was like magic."

Beth

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotels were interesting places to stay and very convenient for walking or public transportation. Our guide,Nina, made sure everyone knew what to expect. She gave very good overviews of each city. One surprise was how great the other families were on the tour. We had several older teenagers who were just great. The local guides were all good and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a guide in Rome named Franchesca. She made Rome come alive. What a wonderful speaker with great understanding of her city. I felt like I understood Rome. Like Rome was a part of me. I want to go back to Rome."

Mike

Belle Isle, FL

Tour: 08/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. Nina, our guide was great and made sure we got the "must see" locations done as well as explained the history behind much of what we were looking at. Same for the specialty guides. We also enjoyed the free time - it seemed to fall in just the right spots so we could investigate further.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the colosseum, especially walking towards it and seeing the scale of it in the distance, growing larger as we approached. But, I have to give equal billing to St. Dominic's. The story and the level's of building were very dramatic."

Susan

Belle Isle, FL

Tour: 08/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved our tour of Venice, Florence and Rome. This was our first trip to Italy and I'm so glad we booked this tour with Rick Steves. Our guide, Nina was very knowledgable and really made the trip fun. We could not have asked for a nicer group of fellow travelers. If you want to get the most out of your trip to Italy, I would highly recommend this tour. Exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few. Loved exploring the streets of Venice and the boat trip to Torcello and Burano. It was wonderful to see the David, the Pieta and the Sistine Chapel."

Giovanna

Oak Ridge, NJ

Tour: 08/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The attention to detail and the camaraderie of the group (from teens through senior citizens) made this a most memorable tour. It was our very first tour and we can't imagine being able to cover so much ground and history if we had attempted to do it on our own. It truly exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything of course was so spectacular! We would have to list so many, but for our family we agreed that the cooking class/lunch in Florence, the wine-tasting with Marco in Umbria, and San Clemente Church in Rome were special experiences."

Albert

Fredericksburg, VA

Tour: 08/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Would have been nice to have a guide service from the airport. However, we did make the trip to the hotel with only minor problems. We liked the tour organization and the selection of places to see. We liked the visit to the vineyard / olive oil farm as well as the historic sites. It gave us a better idea of real Italian life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the visit to St Clemente Basilica in Rome where we got to see the progression from an 1100AD building to a 400AD building to a 100AD structure. It was the best example of a "city built on a city" that I have ever seen. My second "wow" was going into random churches in Rome and seeing breathtaking art. (example: San Giacomo church one block from our Rome hotel) For my wife, it was seeing the real David sculpture in Florence followed by the Grand Canal experience in Venice."

Judy

Huntingtown, MD

Tour: 08/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the tour from the start in Venice until we departed on the plane in Rome. Especially enjoyed the excellent tour guides with their knowledge for the subject matter and the interesting historical facts and stories they related on their part of the tour. The tour guides were passionate and enthusiastic about Italy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not have a favorite moment, but I was thrilled with the diverse itinerary which included a visit to a working farm, and a cooking class. The group dinners were extraordinary... good food and fun!"

Sarah

Washington, PA

Tour: 08/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime. 3 cities in 10 days! There is no way we could have done this trip by ourselves. Rick's tour guides were top notch and the trip went flawless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence!! Venice was an experience. Rome was great, but crowded. Florence and the wine country tour and the cooking lesson took the cake!"

Lauren

Pottstown, PA

Tour: 08/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We looked into a few tours of Italy, but we are so glad we chose Rick Steves! We had an amazing time, especially in Venice. We loved wandering around the old streets and getting lost[INVALID] but it was still beautiful, and every time we went somewhere we would discover something else beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one... but I would have to say St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. St. Mark's was such a beautiful church! As soon as we went inside the sanctuary, I was in awe of, and inspired by how beautiful it was."

Nancy

Ballston Spa, NY

Tour: 08/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the whole trip, especially hearing about Italian culture and tips from Ann, the diverse and friendly group, and the amazing history, artwork, and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David, the gondola ride, the Sistine chapel, the vineyard and wine tasting How could I pick just one?"

Corky

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 07/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 07/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julianne

Milford, MA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sherry

Saint John, IN

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Brentwood, TN

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ron

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Porter Ranch, CA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ryan

Minooka, IL

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Angela

Avon Park, FL

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laura

Porter Ranch, CA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eric

Royal Oak, MI

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Chelsea

Royal Oak, MI

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Kara

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jessica

Burnaby, BC

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jon

Lynchburg, VA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lori

Lynchburg, VA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deanna

Sanibel, FL

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judy

Chesterbrook, PA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Constance

Cumberland, VA

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Art in Florence & architecture in Rime!"

Peter

Peachtree City, GA

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine chapel."

Stephen

San Tan Vly, AZ

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

West Linn, OR

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jordan

Sayville, NY

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Spring, TX

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bruce

Spring, TX

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Colosseum and Forum"

Sanjay

Conover, NC

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Georgina

Sayville, NY

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lindsey

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristin

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karthika

Waterloo, ON

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Williston, FL

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gerald

Ocala, FL

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elena

Smithsburg, MD

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ralph

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Amy

Midland, TX

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paula

Corpus Christi, TX

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pamela

College Station, TX

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Camille

Campbell Hall, NY

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Roswell, GA

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shawn

York, PA

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peter

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laura

Roswell, GA

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Colleen

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kim

La Crescenta, CA

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jean

Longboat Key, FL

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved every minute, every experience."

Anthony

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

College Station, TX

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Sistine chapel."

Marshall

Midland, TX

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Geraldine

Cranford, NJ

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven Paul

Corpus Christi, TX

Tour: 06/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Victor

Porter Ranch, CA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sally

La Porte, IN

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Keith

Lino Lakes, MN

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wayne

Vacaville, CA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Colosseum"

Sharon

Lino Lakes, MN

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Irma

Porter Ranch, CA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Viroqua, WI

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Louisa

Chesapeake, VA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kurt

Ithaca, NY

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Angel

Orlando, FL

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shelley Ann

Littleton, CO

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sarah

Lexington, KY

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rachel

Trenton, MO

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many beautiful ancient pieces of art!"

Chen

Carmel, IN

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Ithaca, NY

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Briana

Fayetteville, GA

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Hesamodin

Trenton, MO

Tour: 06/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Rori

Gibsonia, PA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Carmel, IN

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Mary

Savannah, GA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tina

Libertyville, IL

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julie

Gibsonia, PA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tyler

Sw Ranches, FL

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Southwest Ranches, FL

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tammy

Fitchburg, WI

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

La Mirada, CA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lora

Savannah, GA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Livermore, CA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Randall

Olathe, KS

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Naples, FL

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this was just an excellent tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deanna

Olathe, KS

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Oklahoma City, OK

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Clifton Park, NY

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Wylie, TX

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dianna

Little Rock, AR

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maria

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 06/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jean

Jericho, VT

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cody

Fletcher, NC

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jean

Raymond, MS

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Samantha

Jericho, VT

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bob

Raymond, MS

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Chris

Madison, MS

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dominic

Chadds Ford, PA

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Redington Beach, FL

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laura

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Glen Rock, NJ

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Jo

Burns, OR

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

River

Newport, OR

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patrice

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeff

Keller, TX

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Columbus, OH

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Keller, TX

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Embria Olive oil & winery"

Kendra

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love the island of Burano!"

Charles

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Allie

Madison, WI

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Fargo, ND

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

West Roxbury, MA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Don

Statesboro, GA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was a "wow"!"

Michael

Fargo, ND

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Denise

Yonkers, NY

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carole

Statesboro, GA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

West Roxbury, MA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jack

Woodbridge, VA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maureen

Woodbridge, VA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kara

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jack

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Valerie

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Prospect Heights, IL

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Milford Center, OH

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gary

Plano, TX

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Carson City, NV

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eric

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alan

Lafayette, CO

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jack

Deland, FL

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patty

Lafayette, CO

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Deland, FL

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Theresa

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristen

Plano, TX

Tour: 05/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janice

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Edwards, CO

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laurie

West Chester, PA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

West Chester, PA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best vacation we have taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Colloseum."

Gary

West Chester, PA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Priscilla

Stouffville, ON

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeff

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Cranberry Township, PA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brenda

Cordova, TN

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alex

Lihue, HI

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marvin

Martinez, CA

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Lihue, HI

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lizette

Big Bear Lake, CA

Tour: 05/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Louann

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rebecca

Burnsville, MN

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anuradha

Tampa, FL

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lucy

Walnut, CA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Warren

Burnsville, MN

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Hutchinson, MN

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sherryl

Caledonia, MI

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Caledonia, MI

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dolores

Lakewood Ranch, FL

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The vatican, sistine chapel, and David."

Jean

Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gary

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathryn

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dennis

Pegram, TN

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Could not have been better

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The colloseium"

Maryellen

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Voorheesville, NY

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Louisville, KY

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kerry

Brighton, MI

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Catherine

Ballwin, MO

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Brighton, MI

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Taryn

Arnold, MD

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lora

Columbia, MD

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charlane

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Ballwin, MO

Tour: 04/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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