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

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Best of Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days Tour

from $2,495 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $575

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

Dates & Prices

2019

2020

    • Feb 17–Feb 26 (Mo–We)
    • $2,495 + Air

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    • Mar 13–Mar 22 (Fr–Su)
    • $2,695 + Air

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    • $2,895 + Air

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    • Apr 27–May 6 (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 • Venice's Accademia art museum • Renaissance Florence walking tour • Florence's Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David) • Uffizi Gallery • Florence backstreets walking tour • Cooking class and lunch • Palazzo Davanzati • Umbrian wine-tasting lunch • Rome orientation • Roman Forum • Colosseum • Church of San Clemente • Pantheon • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel • St. Peter's Basilica • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain…and more
  • All group transportation between Venice, Florence, and Rome
  • 9 nights' accommodations (3 nights at each hotel) in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Venice

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

Day 2: Historic Venice

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

Day 3: Venice's Accademia Gallery and Lagoon

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

Day 4: Wonders of Renaissance Florence

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

Day 5: The Backstreets of Florence

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

Day 6: The Uffizi and David

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

Day 7: Wine Tasting, Rome at Night

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

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

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

Day 9: Monuments of Ancient Rome

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

Day 10: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Judith

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall I enjoyed this trip. However, there were quite a number of issues with it. For one, this is the first escorted tour I have ever taken that did not include airport transfers. I realize that many people do arrive or depart after the scheduled tour dates, but for those that do not, airport transfers should be included. I left the tour on the designated end date and it cost be $50 euro to get to the airport. I do not consider this a "budget" tour. I have more to say, but no space.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say the cooking class was my "wow" moment."

Saeid

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a great time. We walked a lot, learned a lot, made some very special friends and in the process we made some good memeories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments in this trip, but perhaps our favorit "wow" moment was in San Peter's church."

Deborah

Lenox, MA

Tour: 10/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I have been watching Rick Steves' on TV for years and couldn't wait to visit Italy. The tour was basically explained accurately. We did see everything we expected and more. The pace of getting up so early was very tireing but to avoid lines we could see why. This running constantly to fit in everything did wear on me so this made the tour not as enjoyable as I had hoped.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride to visit the Venice Islands in the Lagoon was very enjoyable and a real pleasure."

Brian

Oak Creek, WI

Tour: 10/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great mix of tours and having time to ourselves with plenty of info on things to do and eat on our own time

Sambhab

Camden, DE

Tour: 10/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well organized and caring team. It was a pleasure field vacation. Tina must be congratulated for sincere hard work and keeping the tour punctual. I wish the entire active team good luck And success

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Multiple wows for me. Starting in Venice Saint Mark's illuminated with LED lights, David, Leonardo's painting description by tour guide in the Ufizzy gallery. Rome Colosseum and underground church in Rome showing three levels of Roman history"

Heather

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great mix of scheduled and free time. Scheduled time well-focussed on priorities. Tina's connections with locals enriched our journey.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Great stop at Orvieto winery and amazing local guide in Florence."

Teresa

Watkinsville, GA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could not have asked for a better tour, My Italy trip was everything I had hoped for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter's Basilica. It was amazing!"

Stephanie

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing! I had the absolute best time! I didn't want to leave. Julian was fantastic, his disorientation on WWII was absolutely fascinating. I could have listened all day to him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were in St. Mark's Basilica in Venice and Julian had just released us for the rest of the day but recommended hanging out on the balcony overlooking all the gold mosaic when they turned on the flood lights. Watching those flood lights come on and the walls glitter was the most incredible thing I've witnessed. Absolutely awe-inspiring."

Sue Anne

Gibsons, BC

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first tour with Rick Steves: our expectations were exceeded in every respect! The calibre of the guides and the contextual history, art, and cultural perspectives of each city they provided were without parallel. We loved the immersion in our guided segments, then being 'set free' to explore other areas of interest.The group we travelled with were compatible, yet each added a layer of 'surprise' throughout the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A combination: Venice is decaying because stringent policies prevent reparation of its buildings in a vain attempt to remain true to its (long gone) heyday. Florence has remained vital because it has revitalized its historic grandeur and envelops the visitor in a comforting pastiche of old and new graciousness. Rome is the eternal city because it continues to build up and over what went before: using the rubble of previous civilizations to build a new and vital growth."

Ron

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was done in an excellent and professional way. The guides were amazing in their knowledge and ability to communicate that knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably when I first saw David sculpture"

Maribeth

Carmel, IN

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my very high expectations! Italy has been on my 'must see' travel list for a long time. Everything about the trip was incredible, the history, the art, the tour guides, the fellow travelers, the food, the accommodations, the list is long! We have never traveled with a group before and were a bit hesitant. This tour felt more like your best friend hosting you in there home town, and enjoyed with a great group of friends. It was definitely the BEST of Italy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip! Each city was so different in its own way. I especially loved the storytelling ability of all of our guides that really brought to life the culture and history of all of our activities. I am not a huge history and art fan, yet I learned so much and got so much more out of museums and churches thanks to each of our guides. They all helped us immerse ourselves in the rich culture of Italy."

Carolyn

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time I have been on a tour. I visited Florence & Venice years ago as a college student, on the $5 day budget. I wanted to go back as an adult & enjoy proper hotels. The guides sharing all the history made the tour fascinating & brought it alive. Not speaking Italian & being handicapped gave me a feeling of being an easy target. That was resolved once I decided to do your tour. You made my traveling easy & fun by taking all the work out. I have been planning a visit once I retired!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow! moment was visiting the prison next to the Doge's palace & walking over The Bridge of Sighs. I have read historical fiction & history books & wanted to visit it for years. Perhaps a strange wow but I have been fascinated for years. The wow moment I missed was seeing the Duomo due to being unwell in Florence. My only consolation was I had been to Florence before - arriving at 3am at train station & sleeping on a bench there til I could get student rate rooms."

Danielle

Sparta, TN

Tour: 10/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! I really enjoyed having everything set up for us but also having enough free time during the day to go off on your on. And it was also such a learning tour. We learned about so many cultures and seen so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vatican Is definitely my wow moment. But everything was beautiful"

Linda

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 10/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My daughter and I had a wonderful time on our Best of Italy tour. The tour combined historical perspective as well as the opportunity to see and experience many landmarks that one hears so much about. The tour was enhanced by very knowledgable guides who provide information on art, architecture and history, sometimes with unexpected and delightful humor. Ample free time to explore "on your own" (or rest) balanced a rigorous tour schedule each day. Much walking, and the pace was fast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I got home and thought about the tour as a whole, I realized how well-organized it was, and how varied the activities were. The tour provided prompt easy access to many must-see sights. And our tour guide along with local guides provided historical perspectives that truly made the trip richer and more enjoyable."

David

Evanston, IL

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tours and tour guides. Good balance between tours and "free" time. 1 of the three group meals were excellent. Two were mediocre at best. We were a married couple and never had one queen bed while singles had queen beds at every hotel. Not sure why that was, but it was very disappointing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coliseum. Also the private vineyard and olive grower."

Bridget

Evanston, IL

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was an overall great experience. Our guide, Lisa, was wonderful. She was patient, kind, informative, etc. I felt bad - she lost her voice a few days in to the tour. Our other guides at each location stepped up and helped. I felt like we saw all the highlights in each major city. The olive/wine vineyard stop was a definite highlight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peter's Basilica was my top "wow" moment. The Vineyard was also a top "wow" moment. The group dinner in Florence was my "wow" dinner moment."

Audrey

Laguna Woods, CA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was very good and we would travel with you again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bill and I and had two moments. The gondola group in the evening with music and the group was Audrey's Bill thought St. Peters and the Sistine was his."

Debra

Pflugerville, TX

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wasn't sure what to expect, as this was my first tour. I was very pleased with the overall experience; the combinion of sights to visit, the hotels chosen for our stay, the local guides used when needed, etc. Our Rick Steves tour guide, Julian, was a fantastic host and also turned out to be a wonderful story-teller during those bus trips to the next city. I would recommend this trip to anyone seeking to immerse themselves into the art and history of three of the most important cities in Ita

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment happened at the most unlikely place for me. Though I am not a wine drinker, I was happy to have the experience of visiting a winery and learning a little about wine tasting and pairings. Upon arriving at the site, however, I was simply awestruck by the beauty of the region and the historic charm of the family's home. I can see why many people consider this area of Italy to be the most beautiful."

Richard

Dayton, OH

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd Rick Steve's tour the first being Ireland. Our overall experience was fantastic. We embraced the culture, history, and camaraderie of our group. Julian's unbelievable knowledge of history and culture,the local guides, the balance of organized tours and "on our own time" adventures was perfect. We felt sorry for the thousands of people waiting in line as we scooted through. The hotel accommodations were just right for us and the employees of those hotels very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was an "on our own" visit to St. Peter's cathedral in Rome, awakening at 5:45 to walk 2 miles to avoid crowds. Ironically, it was my wife Jill a Lutheran who felt it was important for me to see the birthplace of my Catholic faith. We returned Sunday for an outdoor Mass by Pope Francis for the canonization of 5 new saints. After the Mass, Pope Francis rode in the Pope mobile around the piazza and I was able to get a picture from 20 ft. away!"

Debra

Westfield, MA

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and I can say without hesitation that we would do another. Our hotels were better than expected as they were very accommodating as there were three in our party. The trip was well organized and Julian was very helpful with his tips of heading to St.Peter's early in the morning and other sites we could see in our free time and changing our trip to the Vatican allowed us to be there with lighter crowds, which was deeply appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel and the architecture in each of the cities was truly amazing. To be able to accomplish what they did and have it remain after all these years, is astounding. Other votes from the family were the gondola ride, Michelangelo's David, and the Colosseum. And the 6:30A.M. walk to St.Peter's Basilica was exciting and refreshing. The amazing part was that the majority of our tour group decided to take on this endeavor when it was an 'on your own' experience!"

Rich

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized, communication was great and we enjoyed getting to know the other tour guests. Our favorite tour events were the cooking class in Florence, the winery tour in Orvieto and the Rome tours of the Coliseum, Forum and Basilica St Clemente.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the unearthed old layers of Rome found under Basilica St Clemente. It provided a very clear understanding of Rome's history."

Robert

Huntington, NY

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great group of Rick Steve devotees , traveling the countryside making friends along the way. Simply imagine 25 aging hippies, getting lost on their return trip from Woodstock, wandering the back alleys of ancient cities.Everything you read in the brochures is true. If you are easily annoyed because you have to walk 4 uneven,narrow sidewalks to get from the bus to your hotel, this is not the tour for you. We all did it and and had a great time trying to keep up with Julian.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Surprisingly, the little hidden door in the old kitchen of the winery in Orvieto. Go through that door, down the stairs and into the lower depths of wine heaven. Of course that is not counting the Vatican Museum, the Academia in Venice and the Accademia Gallery of Florence."

James

Winfield, IL

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went well and according to plan. Our guide was very well versed on our entire tour. The local guides were especially exceptional. Elizabetha in Venice Antonia in Florence and Paolo in Rome deserve to be mentioned here. And a special thanks to Francesca in Rome for her very moving presentation. This was our 4th RS tour and am looking forward to the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gondola trip with our group on the Grand canal. All 3 cities were so different and so interesting."

Donald

Chesterfield, MO

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

had a great time. Venice was wonderful and Florence and Rome were exactly what we hoped for

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the winery wine tasting and lunch was terrific followed closely by the cooking class"

Kathy

Lancaster, MA

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 1st organized tour and it exceeded our expectations. Knowing it was our first trip to Italy, the popularity of these 3 cities, and the congestion of some of the major sites we tried this tour. We found visiting the major sites as a group was convenient and the agenda offered ample time to explore on our own each day. Julian, who is an exceptional storyteller, and the other wonderful local guides brought the arts, architecture, culture, and cuisine alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was magical. Of the many favorite moments, St Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel tie. Fortunately, visiting the Vatican museums on Fri PM both Julian and the local guide said the crowds were thinner than usual. Thank heavens!"

George

Lancaster, MA

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best tour ever thanks to our Guide Julian

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the Vatican for the canonization of 5 saints with the pope and Prince Charles present along with over 50,000 faithful. Will gladly plan for future trips with Rick Steve's Tours."

Richard

Wexford, PA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first international vacation and we were a bit apprehensive. We wrestled with doing it on our own but after much research, we opted for Rick Steve's and we are thrilled we did so. The tour took care of the general planning and tickets for key events, buses between cities and some of the meals. In essence, Rick Steve's created the skeleton of the trip but there was plenty of time for us to "flesh out" the rest of our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, it's hard to choose, but it would have to be Rome - specifically the Basilica. It's phenomenal that a structure like that was designed and built."

Susan

Binghamton, NY

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned out. Plenty of free time as well as structured tour time. The local tour guides in Venice, Florence and Rome were outstanding. I felt their energy and it made learning about what we were seeing that much better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many but if there was one "wow" it would be the Vatican museum and St. Peter's Basilica. Our guide was so thorough before we entered that while we were inside, we knew what to look for and what it meant."

Richard

Binghamton, NY

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great experience. The schedule of events was well coordinated and effectively balanced with free time. We were given guided tours of the artistic, religious and cultural treasures of each of the cities we visited. The tour was enhanced with visits to a working vineyard that hosted a wine tasting in central Italy and an hands-on cooking class in Florence. The tour participants interacted well and truly enjoyed each other's company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments on the trip which is why the tour was truly an exceptional experience. My first wow moment was walking into the piazza in front of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. However,viewing the Renaissance masterpieces in various museums, walking through the Sistine Chapel and seeing Michelangelo's David in Florence are also wow moments."

Marilyn

Duncan, BC

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the Tour was awesome! Our Guide, Jesse, was engaging and knowledgeable and together with another couple (who were on their 8th Rick Steve's Tour!) provided the energetic enthusiasm that captured all the tour members. From the first meeting to the Farewell Dinner, everyone participated in the adventure of discovering new places. The planning and organization of our Tour was appreciated by all. Jesse was always there to answer and address any questions or concerns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While the gondola ride at twilight was certainly special, our favourite "wow" moment had to be when we first viewed Michelangelo's "David" in the Accademia in Florence. The beauty of the marble sculpture was breathtaking. If anything, we would have appreciated another day in Florence. So much to see!"

Donna

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall tour experience was delightful. Our guide was terrific and really upheld the "Rick Steves Philosophy" of teaching Europe. We enjoyed getting to know the other members of our group from meals together to sloshing through the rain in St. Mark's Square. It was the right mix of scheduled events and free exploration. Together, the tour guides, RS tour book, and RS audio guides were essential in providing the best information for a terrific "Best of Venice, Florence and Rome in 10 days."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was entering St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in Rome. The immensity of the space was truly awe-inspiring! The art, craftsmanship and beauty were beyond compare."

Thomas

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was so well organized that I can't begin to tell everyone what a relief it was to "be taken care of" by our tour leader, Dave. We all felt "safe" in this new environment. I did this same trip on my own in 2001 (9/11/2001 in Venice!) and planning and navigating three weeks in these three cities was exhausting. I will always use Rick Steves tour groups when traveling abroad. No question!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) The gondola ride at night in Venice ( I sang "O Solo Mio" from our gondola.) 2) The water rising into Saint Mark's Square in the early afternoon. 3) The most devastating rich sinful chocolate flavor I have ever tasted in any food, a gelato in a small little street of Venice. 4) Our cooking class in Florence, what an adventure! As the cook in our home, I took this very seriously and was so impressed! 5) The "David" in the Florence. My third time to see him. 6) The "Pieta" In Rome. I cried."

Valerie

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt extremely informed, comfortable and safe throughout my entire tour! Our tour guide was extraordinarily knowledgeable, kind and helpful at every turn. We were well informed of what to expect on every outing and it helped me enjoy every experience to the fullest. The specialty site guides were just as amazing as well. I felt as though I were walking back in time with their detailed knowledge and delivery of such. The choice of hotels were also spot on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several Wow moments and it's hard to pick just one. In Venice it was the Gondola ride through the canals with our entire group that included music and a singer!!! In Florence the cooking class and shared meal in the wine cellar was Amazing!! Umbria was magical with the vineyards and olive trees. In Rome the Colosseum brought out so many feelings and emotions for the acts that took place. I could only imagine the rawness of it all. There are many many more but those are my favorites!!"

John

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our first vacation to Europe, overall was very good. Dave is a great tour guide, he was organized, knowledgeable and patient with us. Very much enjoyed the Venice, just walks along the canals and stops for wine and cichetti.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gondola ride with musician and singer was very memorable. Really enjoyed the visit to the vinyard. Vatican was very impressive, but too many people in such a small area detracted from the visits."

Michael

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour was fantastic and something I'll never forget. This was something I could have not done myself. A guided tour is the only way to go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was a WOW moment. I loved the architecture the paintings, just everything was just WOW.... Still can't get my jaw to close."

Nancy

Shorewood, IL

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall we had a great guide, great food and a great time. Enjoyed the overall experience but would not visit Venice again. Cruise ships docking and unloading hordes of passengers in Venice made the streets and sites extremely crowded. Our guide Stacy made an unscheduled stop at the WWII Florence American Cemetery. It was like going to the American Cemetery in Normandy. Well worth the visit and an honor to pay our respects. Rome, the Eternal City, did not disappoint!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments: 1) Getting to see the Sistine Chapel at 6:00pm when the lights were on. 2) Visiting the Florence American Cemetery. 3) Visiting St. Peter's and seeing Pope Francis who happened to be in residence at the time of our tour. 4) Taking the Italian cooking lesson and then enjoying the delicious results."

Mary

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic way to visit Italy for the first time. Great combination of structured and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but my favorite was our unexpected stop at the US Airmen cemetery near Florence. Breathtakingly beautiful place and We were able to visit the grave of my husband's uncle whose plane was shot down in WWII."

Colleen

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded all expectations. There was the perfect amount of tour time and personal time alloted. The guides, both local and through RS, were fantastic. The history (2/3 of it I've probably already forgotten!); the food; art; music; wine; etc... was all overwhelming, unimaginable, and wholy enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many WOW moments to mention, however, the one that I will remember forever is visiting Basilica San Clemente in Rome. Our local guide Francesca made us cry with her story telling and love of Rome. Touring the "underground' church and homes I could imagine myself back in Rome thousands of years ago. It is just unimaginable to be in a place with such history. I had the feeling of life all around me when we were many stories below our 2019 ground level sitting on Roman 'sofas'."

Charlene

Webster, NY

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was perfect in every way. We had a wonderful group, excellent weather, and a fabulous tour guide. Stacy is knowledgeable, fun, and caring. She made sure we saw everything and we understood everything we were seeing. She kept tabs on us, making sure we were all ok and having a good time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had always wanted to go to Venice. When I walked out of the airport and got on the water taxi to the hotel, it was a dream come true!"

Susan

Lakeville, MN

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a phenomenal experience! The cities and places visited were exactly what we wanted to see and needed to experience. In each city, we had an orientation walk and dinner to help us understand better where we were and what the expectations were. Our guides were passionate and knowledgeable, helpful and kind. This trip provided the perfect blend of organized activities and free time, while also providing support and suggestions for whatever we wanted to do. The amount of walking expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I cannot define a moment, I will say that the huge amount of history presented and the significance of the art and culture of this area continued to provide daily "wow" moments. Michelangelo's Pieta was a spiritual experience. The food was delicious wherever we went. The people were kind and helpful even when there was a language issue. San Clemente church was a complete surprise! The people on our tour were fun and interesting to get to know, which, of course made the experience special."

Cynthia

Cedar Park, TX

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 8th RS tour, and we loved it! It was so nice to have 3 nights in each of the 3 cities. I feel like I learned so much about art on this tour. We ended up getting a "bonus day" on our own until the evening, as our guide got us an evening Vatican tour. We had a great group of travelers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few: The cooking class in Florence - so much fun! And the food was delicious! The reflective visit to the American Cemetery in Florence The visit to the vineyard for the wine tasting and lunch - a nice, slower pace"

Janet

Shorewood, IL

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and well paced. Thank goodness for RS planning in terms of avoiding crowds and beating long lines...priceless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had an unexpected reaction to seeing Michelangelo's wooden crucifix at the Basilica Santo Spirito in Florence. It was simple, completed when Michelangelo was in his teens, and certainly not the most stunning piece of art seen on the tour. But for some reason it struck me as absolutely beautiful in its simplicity...just one of many WOW moments!"

Wendy

Rochester, NY

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

the tour was very busy and the pace very fast. definitely not for people with any mobility issues. the beginning time for the after-breakfast activities was 8 or 8:30, which was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the gondola ride was perfect. the evening was warm and the experience just like we read about."

Nicole

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was great. I think some members of our group didn't take the strenuous warning seriously, as they were physically challenged by the terrain and distance we walked. This did slow our group down, but overall the impact was minimal most of the time. Getting to know everyone on the trip as well as Lisa our tour guide was a nice aspect, and the overall small group size enabled this to occur easily. I envision us signing up for more tours in the coming years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure that I had a "wow" moment that I could define as my favorite--they trip as a whole was a wow moment."

Gail

Santa Monica, CA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A lot to see in a short time. We often felt rushed, but we did manage to see most things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice was EXACTLY like I had imagined it! It's the only place I've ever visited where that was true."

Sherry

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was able to experience another tour after Rick Steve's (RS) and learned the difference between excellent attentive service and just showing up. I feel that RS was interactive. I was able to appreciate food, wine, and passion for life by being immersed rather than being told about. I found Italy beautiful. It was a sensorial experience from art, music, beautiful gracious people, to colorful buildings, incredible sky, to olive groves and vineyards. I will forever have Italy in my heart!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice with a musician and singer was very nice. Barana was pretty. I would have appreciated more guidance about the restaurants. The Umbria outing was awesome. I loved Marco's passion, olive oil and wine. I enjoyed Florence the most. Dinner as a group was lovely. The museums, David was a wow moment. Rome- the last dinner together as a group was very nice."

Sara

Columbus, GA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was amazing. Our tour guide was the best and so helpful and knowledgeable. The group we were with all got along and were fun to be with. I did take Ricks advice and brought one carry-on suitcase but had to buy an extra one for the trip back! I'm not going to lie, when the tour says strenuous that is what they mean. Venice was my favorite. I loved the alleys, and the small bridges. It was fun getting lost but always found our way back. The food and accommodations were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was the cooking experience! It was fun interacting with the group and learning new dishes. I think it was my favorite meal too!"

Brenda

Katy, TX

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour! I enjoyed all the sites in all three cities. i loved going to the other island in Venice and would have loved to see Mourano as well, that may be something to do with the tour. Florence was beautiful, and of course so was Rome. I loved the cooking class and the highlight of the trip was the vineyard, so peaceful and breathtaking! it was so nice to have a relatively small group, met some wonderful people and had so much fun. we have already booked our next tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there were so many but a wow moment was definitely seeing the statue "David", that was so worth traveling to see! The vineyard was spectacular! going up to the top floor of the "mall" in Venice was breathtaking. of course all the basilicas and hidden gems like the pink marble church in Venice. all in all i loved everything about the tour! i also loved seeing the house in Florence, such a treat to see how they lived."

Joe

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Patricia our tour guide was awesome. She was very knowledgeable and funny and kind hearted. She made the trip that more special. I hope you appreciate having an employee like her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence as a whole was outstanding. It was definitely the sweet spot for me."

Christopher

Dayton, OH

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall a great experience. We arrived two days early in Venice and left two days after the tour ended in Rome. So we hexperienced traveling on our own and with the group. It was great to have someone take care of hotels, museum tickets, and getting from site to site. Patricia also helped us with booking tickets after the end of the tour and encouraged side tours (say to Pompeii).The hotels were excellent, with some fantastic. Side tours (cooking class and wine tasting) were also fantrtic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wine tasting tour was on a stunning site with a very articulate host, and a finger food feast."

Cheryl

Mt Zion, IL

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. It was my second time in these cities but I got to see things I didn't before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but seeing Michelangelo's David certainly was a highlight."

Doris

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding,awesome,fantastic, everything I wanted and so much more. Our group was composed of so many lovely and exciting people; it was like a big family and we watched out for one another and made sure everyone got to see or experience whatever was happening. We had enough free time to wander about and enjoy in our own fashion as well. So well organized with exceptional tour guides along the way. High praise to everyone. Each guide was an expert and shared their

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peter's Basilica wowed me because of the overwhelming Holy Spirit that I felt while visiting. It totally overtook me by surprise. It is a beautiful building and the Vatican was so meaningful and I had not really thought of it until those feelings struck. There were wows in each city and I remember them fondly. The David in Florence; the views in Umbria at the vineyard, and the uniqueness of Venice; another wow "Cooking Class" was a favorite - will make those recipes too."

Steven

Wakefield, MA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

exactly the trip my wife and I were looking for. We have taken a Viking cruise before but thought everyone was much older than us but the physical nature of your tour had us with people in the same age category.

Leslie

Dayton, OH

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment we met our tour guide (the amazing Patricia) and our travel companions to end of our time together, our journey was everything we could have possibly hoped for. We saw all the top sites, enjoyed wonderful food (especially gelato) and activities, had seamless travel from place to place, and enjoyed every minute of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was unexpectedly "wowed" when I first saw the statue of David. Of course I had seen pictures but nothing compared to turning the corner and seeing this timeless sculpture at the end of the room. The other "wow" experience was our time at the Le Velette vineyards. I felt like an honored guest, even though there were 25+ people on our tour."

Anthony

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Patricia was the star of the show. She made us feel welcome and like family, from the first contact. One of the best parts of each city was the overview of the city. This not only gave us the history of each city, it also made it easy to go off on our own and find what we wanted easily. The meals in each town were outstanding, and gave you a flavor of the local cuisine. Loved the restaurants chosen. Each one has its own special feel. Again Patricia's knowledge of each city showed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peter's and the Sistine Chapel. Pictures just don't do it justice. The individual guides for each city we do patient and knowledge. They gave you so much information about paitings, sculpture, life in medieval and renaissance Italy.. They made me feel like I was there in those times. Carlo,Tanya, Elizabeth, all were the best. Venice as a whole, is hard to top. Rome did it, some much to see. I would recommend this tour to anyone.As an Italy, it gave me such a sense of who and what I am."

Meghan

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was amazing from the guide to the people. Having the ability to walk around with a person explaining what I was actually looking at or the history of a place was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"DAVID"

Kellie

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was outstanding in so many ways. Our tour guide Patricia certainly enhanced the overall experience with her cheerful attitude and wealth of knowledge. I felt there was a nice balance of touring and free time throughout the 10 day tour. We stopped at a vineyard on our way from Florence to Rome, what a nice touch! We have never been to Europe before and having everything coordinated through a tour enabled us to see so much more and removed the stress factor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to pick just one wow moment. We really enjoyed the beauty of Florence and seeing David was our favorites. In Rome, witnessing the beauty of the Sistine Chapel was very special."

Richard

Katy, TX

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful experience with Rick Steves' Tours. Rick's website and travel tips made our first overseas venture a fun and entertaining experience. One of the best parts of our experience was our wonderful guide. We absolutely loved her and she could not do enough to accommodate everyone in our group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very difficult to point out any one wow moment. But my wife and I loved our stop at the Vineyard for the wine tasting. We loved getting off the beaten path and enjoyed the stunning scenery, buildings and history of this beautiful estate."

John

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was wonderful more than I expected. Our guide, Patricia, was so helpful, funny and resourceful. She's wonderful. The ability to have guides at the historic sites helped tremendously. Great hotels, fun meals and the perfect mix of "structure" and "free time".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice. It is an amazing city and so much to explore."

Frank

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've traveled quite a lot over the last few years including several trips to Europe and I wasn't sure the Rick Steves tour was going to be right for me. I was very happily surprised. The tour was great. It was exactly as advertised. Our tour guide Patricia was wonderful. She went above and beyond to insure I had a great trip. There was just the right combination of group activities and free time my wife and I could spend exploring on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment started the moment I arrived in Venice. It is a wonderful city and I enjoyed spending time there more then any other place we visited on this trip."

Bonnie

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We found this tour to be so much more than sightseeing and having logistics taken care of. Because of the special connections with the guides, the people and places we visited, and the experiences arranged for us, it was a life-changing experience. We will never see the world in quite the same way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite must be a gondola ride celebrating our marriage in Venice 30 years ago. While she never admitted to it, we're pretty sure our guide, Sarah, arranged for a wonderful accordion player and a beautiful female opera singer to ride along with us, playing Italian music and singing all the way around. My husband and I will remember it for the rest of our lives. However a very close second was the amazing Tuscan family-style dinner in Florence. It may have been the best meal of my life."

Jane

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We like the way Rick Steves tours are structured. The selections of this tour suited us perfectly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure I had a "wow" moment. San Clemente church was a surprise to me and I enjoyed it very much. Very much enjoyed the stop at the Umbria farm."

Michael

Northport, NY

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Heart is Italy Tour was well designed to give the traveler the maximum experience in 10 days with enough unique stops along the way to recharge from riggers of site seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history of Venice and Ancient Rome."

Halimeh

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The sites and tour guides outstanding, Elena is outstanding, exceptional and awesome, I enjoyed all the tours and sites. But all of the accommodations were less than average , locations were good .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed all of the sites and tour guides very knowledgeable"

Karen

Grants Pass, OR

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun group of people to tour with. All guides were excellent. The hotels were fine. Hotel Guerrato and Silla were my favorites. Plenty of time to see what interested us on and off formal tour plan.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine tasting experience in Orvieto."

Taek

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was about what I expected from Rick Steve's tour and I highly recommend it. Enjoyed walking tour and free time to explore around. All the guides were first rate and hotels were very convenient with great locations. Having Elena as our guide really put our tour group in good atmosphere. I recommend this tour. I will use Rick Steve's tour again in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Especially Venice and Rome. Knowing city landscape through walking and able to navigate these cities were my wow moments."

Charles

Mobile, AL

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent in every way. The 10 day tour was long enough but not too long. Our guide made the trip relaxed and comfortable from day 1. I like that each day there were things we did as a group yet we also had plenty of free time to explore on your own or rest up in your hotel. Each of our hotels were located near the things we wanted to see. We learned so much about each city and there were many things to see we had not expected. A favorite day was the winery visit in Umbria.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had "wow" moments. "David" was much more impressive than I ever ever expected. We happened to find a theater where a musical performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons was presented. This find made a favorite memory from Venice."

Paul

Grants Pass, OR

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd Rick Steve's Tour. It did not disappoint. In fact it elevated my expectations. The quality of the experienced is dictated by the quality and experience of the guide. Elena was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the moon over the Grand Canal in Venice from the vaporetto on our arrival."

LouAnn

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Elena was simply the best. Very fun and attentive to our needs. Our local guides were also excellent! Enjoyed all the incredible sights. Love having all the arrangements made for us, so we can just relax and enjoy. Love the split of time between group activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments! The Coliseum, the Forum. Perhaps the most inspiring moment was seeing the statue of David. I stared at him for at least half an hour. The whole Uffizi museum was incredible. Venice as a whole was a wow."

Ramona

Mobile, AL

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful. We have traveled with other companies but none can compete wit Rick Steves tours. I especially loved the free time to make our own discoveries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's David!"

Debra

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Elena is fantastic, she's funny, caring, inclusive, and always cheerful. Because the group is small, and the guides are local, we had experiences we couldn't get on our own. We rarely waited in line, even at the most popular places There is so much free time, I was able to explore the things I was interested in, and had enough time to relax and get to know local life. These are some of the best memories of the trip! I'm already planning my next trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many.... I especially enjoyed our visit to a winery that has been in the same family for 7 generations. The villa is a thousand years old. We stepped into the little chapel and one of our tour members sang the most beautiful song, simply amazing."

Brian

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyable overall. An outstanding guide plus a compatible group of people. Things I wasn't particularly interested in (e.g., a Venice gondola ride arranged by our guide and a cooking class in Florence) turned out to be great fun. Got to go many places I had for a long time wanted to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in the footsteps of Cicero, Julius Caesar, and Virgil on the Via Sacra into the Roman Forum. I've been interested in ancient Rome ever since taking four years of Latin in high school. That part of the tour let me reconnect with that history."

Deirdre

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I are sooo glad we chose the Rick Steve's tour! It was a lovely experience from start to finish. Elena was the total package; well-informed, fun, punctual, accessible, and adaptable. The tour gave us plenty of structured as well as free time. The size of the group was perfect. Hope to join another Rick Steve's tour. Only question ... which one to choose?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wonderful moments and difficult to say."

Melvin

Centerville, UT

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a magical trip. We loved the art, rich history and food. The tour was extremely well organized, allowing us to explore more amazing sites than we could have on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's sculpture of David"

Doug

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the beginning very well organized and informative: The Rick Steves organization, philosophy and mission Information about the content of the trip Instructions, limitations and cautions What to and not to expect Detail of what the trip was to be

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Preparing the group dinner."

Charles

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves tour and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Elena was our guide and she was extraordinary. Even after she got run over by the scooter in Florence she still soldiered on. Elena is funny, bright and very knowledgeable. Again the tour was the right mix of group time and free time. The other members of our tour were all wonderful people and everyone got along great. I really enjoyed our time in Italy and meeting some of the natives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We visited a winery that had been in the same family for 150 years and had a 1/3 of a mile long wine cellar that was started by the Etruscans and expanded by every group thereafter. It had a 17th century chapel and while in the chapel one of our group members used the wonderful acoustics to sing a hymn in the chapel. It was deeply moving to be in that place with one of our folks spontaneously being inspired to sing. Didn't hurt that she has a marvelous voice."

Dwight

Eureka, IL

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much wonder to take in a short time. Art history became relevant and alive. Pictures in books became real and personal. Loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the surprise that I hadn't expected was, after being knocked out by the Sistine Chapel experience, I spotted a most beautiful wooden cherub face in the cathedral organ. No stone unturned, so to say."

Agnes

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was very well planned and we enjoyed all of the sights and other planned excursions. Our guide, Margaret Cassidy, made the experience more special with her attention detail and the little, unexpected things she for all of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but I think that it was the moment we got on the water taxi and headed into Venice. What a special and wonderful place Venice is."

Melissa

Nashville, TN

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WE enjoyed the tour very much. We like the way it was organized, and we loved the cities and points of interest emphasized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every museum we walked into - probably the biggest wow was the Vatican Museum."

Ellen

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. The tour was well run, the leaders were knowledgeable, and the atmosphere was both fun and appropriate.

Aaron

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first experience with a guided tour. We were hesitant at first because we previously traveled in Europe on our own and enjoyed ourselves. We should not have been concerned. The tour was awesome- a great mix of guided tour time and time to explore on our own. Having the room reservations and travel logistics handled was great- it made travel in a new country SO much easier. Our guide Margaret was simply outstanding (more below)!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of the 3 cities, Venice surprised us the most. It is truly unlike anything else- we did not appreciate it fully until we saw it for ourselves. Seeing an entire city operating on the water is a real cultural disconnect from Colorado! Others told us and we agree that the city is itself a museum. Amazing. Also, our visit to the US Cemetery at Florence was a very nice extra stop. We have relatives who served in WW-2 and have visited the cemeteries at Normandy. We liked this very much."

Joan

Eureka, IL

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beyond my highest expectations!! Being 72 yrs old I was thrilled to be able to walk every where and the guides were all outstanding! They were knowledgeable and friendly to our curiosity ! They had an authentic desire to connect us to this amazing art and architecture and culture .we had such fun, and genuine new friends experiences --made it so enjoyable and gave us energy to keep trying new travel experiences! Margaret gave us such confidence-you've got to pay her more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Florence,after great drinks on patio and walk across Arno river Our group turned the corner to the Great Duomo-- could only stand in the presence-speechless"

Mark

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It begins with the meet and greet at the Hotel on the first day. This was not our first Rick Steves Tour so we knew how things were going to be laid out in the meeting, but the enthusiasm and instant friendliness of the entire group started this tour off on the most positive direction possible. The group dinner that night, was such a fun time, I'm sure a few local heads turned in our direction. What a way to begin a ten day dream trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome was magnificent, Our local guides was so passionate about their city, it made you look at the area quite differently."

Richard

Melrose, MA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The sights of Venice were amazing. No other place like it. My wife & I have been to Italy several times, Florence most of all. This tour still showed us things we had not seen there. Even in Rome there was something new to discover by staying in a local hotel in a different part of town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most amazing thing was the meal we created in Florence at In Tavola! It was a great joint experience with a delicious outcome."

Sean

Morrisville, NC

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jamie did a wonderful job. Very knowledgeable and engaging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class was a lot more fun than I expected to be. Roman baths, Sistine chapel, entering the collosseum on the ground level."

Risa

Fountain, CO

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband researched our trip for months until he found what we hoped would be the right fit for us. This tour more than exceeded our expectations! Jamie, our tour guide was engaging, friendly, informative, educational. Our tour group was great, the experience was phenomenal, the local tour guides were fun and knew so much that they happily shared with us. The balance between what was planned by the tour and the time you are given to explore on your own was just right.Planning 2020 tours now!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is going to be tough because there were so many. But my husband and I were very impressed on how everything was so well coordinated, between the sites, the hotel accommodations,the meals, the travel between cities. Rick Steve's Tours knows how to do it right!"

Donna

Burlington, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour pretty much followed the outline so we knew what to spect on any given day. The walking was not exaggerated and we are daily walkers which helped immensely. Definitely beneficial to be part of a tour and get into the museums easier and with knowledgeable people. We were fortunate to meet some really great travelers in our group and overall there were few issues.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure it's possible to pick just one moment as each city had so much art, history, and architecture that were beyond impressive. Venice was probably my personal favorite city but the history of Rome can't be denied either."

Maritza

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing experience!!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All wellfare dinners Umbria Bus trips to Florence and Rome Water taxi in Venice Cooking classes"

Pat

Deerwood, MN

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and busy. We had local tours, with knowledgeable guides, early in the day and in the evenings when attractions were less crowded. There was plenty of personal time to visit places we found interesting. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice was much larger than I had thought and I found it completely charming. Not one motor vehicle around due to the numerous channels and narrow streets. The Duomo in Florence was beautiful. We enjoyed or cooking class and the meal we created. This was a great chance for us travelers to get to know each other better. Then the trip to the vineyard on our way to Rome was another highlight. I learned a lot about olive oil and wine. Our hosts were terrific The Vatican was my favorite in Rome"

Britta

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our group and we're very impressed with the high quality information from our guides. It was more detailed and historical than my art history classes in college.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Coliseum was a fantastic experience...we felt like kids, again...much younger than the archeticture."

Kathy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am so pleased with the Rick Steve's tours in every way--the hotels are wonderful, the guides are absolutely the best, breakfast and dinners amazing and the attention to detail is spot on. It was organized to the "T", we got to experience so much more than if we had gone by ourselves, I feel it saved us money. This is my second tour with Rick Steve's and I would highly recommend it to anyone, in fact, I have! Thank you for making our vacation so rewarding, and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh my, this is a tough question to answer! Loved Venice; the beauty, the age, the amazing winding streets. San Clemente, the old church in Rome that went down 4 levels because of flooding over time. It was just amazing to us that we would be able to see the original ground floor."

Vicki

Martinez, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour interesting fun and informative

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cooking class and wine tasting"

Susan

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful and so was the group. My husband and I enjoyed the cultural events. Sarah was an incredible guide as were the local guides. They provided great insights to the life and times and people of the sights we were seeing. We came away with new appreciation for American institutions and the heritage we have from these peoples. We wonder how will we be remembered? It was really insightful to live a history that goes back thousands of years. Great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Duoma in Florence was breathtaking--truly an amazing architectural feat and the Roman Forum and Colosseum truly inspired this history major who loved Greek and Roman history. It was fascinating to watch the religious changes that occurred over the centuries in both doctrine and art."

Victoria

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing! I was sorry to see it come to an end, but it was nice to sleep in my own bed. Many years ago, in college, my minor was in Renaissance Art History. Visiting Venice, Florence and Rome was a dream come true. I was speechless standing in front of Michelangelo's David or Botticelli's Birth of Venus. This was not just a crawl through Art and History! This tour opened my eyes to the culture of Italy and to the people who call Italy home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments! My favorite wow moment was making pasta with my new group of friends."

Dennis

Huron, SD

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The organization was well-done. Movement between locations was smooth, check-ins were quick, tours were well organized and very informational. Tour leaders were excellent. This being our first "group" tour, we were pleased with the service offered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe that sunset in Florence at the top of the Campanile was my favorite. We arrived (on our own, after a day of RS touring!) about 8p, were able to go to top without waiting, and had only a very small group of others at the top. Beautiful views of Florence with an almost full moon and beautiful sunset colors. Pretty much the perfect end to a great set of 2 1/2 days at our first stop, Florence."

Susan

Surprise, AZ

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations and we got more than we expected. The hotels were centrally located, the meals were great and our group was friendly, curious and pleasant to be with. My husband and I were a little concerned about "touring" with 26 other people but it was a very nice experience. We also wondered about 1/2 day scheduled activities. The tours were so rich in information and engaging that we were happy to have time to ourselves to go off and roam on our own or take a nap.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No real "wow" moments - in a good way. The tour was so well planned and executed that every aspect was great."

Jim

Port Orchard, WA

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour experience met my exceptions 100%. Elena was 60-70 % of the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It seemed that each city visited the the tour experts specific the the city had a favorite and special place to them. In Venice at the Academia Gallery all the Artist of the Renaissance were all in the gallery a the same time which was usual. In Florence Angelo shared a special Michael Angelo wood crucifixion that was nothing short of spectacle. In Rome the Wine testing tour and the visit to San Clemente Church."

Albert

Ft Myers, FL

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Planned out perfectly

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Forum and the Coliseum"

Manuela

Greenbelt, MD

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth tour, and as in the past, it was beyond my expectations. Extremely well organized, varied, fun and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falling in love with Venice and the view of St. Mark's square from the top of St. Mark's Basilica. Michelangelo's David in Florence, that fantastic welcome dinner in Florence, the cooking class in Florence, the view of Orvietto from the vineyard of the wine tasting on the way to Rome. In Rome I was thrilled to pray in St. Peter's, wander around Castle St. Angelo on my own, and of course the Vatican. So many wonderful moments."

Coyya

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, and because of Elena, it will not be my last. She was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class and visiting the winery with Cecilia. Both were wonderful. These were things that I probably would not be able to do on my own or with another company. I was very pleased with both, and would love to do them again."

Carrie

Lakeville, MN

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the level of organization and knowledge that Elena afforded us and appreciated her humor, good spirits and ability to connect to everyone that was in our group. She showed a great deal of flexibility within the framework that she had and made our experience all that much better. Thank you

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments and hard to pick out one. Of note, the tour by Francesca was a show stopper and I would love to spend more time with her"

Karen

Needham, MA

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a fantastic trip! We were celebrating our 25th Anniversary and Elena made our trip so incredibly special. She organized a special 25th Anniversary event as part of the tour and we were able to celebrate with all of our new friends in the group. The thoughtfulness brought me to tears! The timing of 3 days/city was perfect, the pace was appropriate (strenuous as expected!), the hotels were in great locations, the food was great and tours were extremely informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the Italian Cooking class! Cooking is not my forte and is actually way out of my comfort zone. I would not have "signed up" for a cooking class but since it was included in the tour I participated. I'm so glad I did! The class was informative, fun (not at all stressful for us who don't cook) and yummy. I enjoyed the class and the food we learned to make. I understand now that "food is love" for Italians. I enjoyed sharing our meals with our fellow travelers. So much fun!!"

Kenneth

Davenport, IA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Particularly enjoyed the centrally located hotels. The provided dinners were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite thing was the wine tasting and snacks in Tuscany,"

Christopher

Brecksville, OH

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed my first Rick's Steves tour! I think the general schedule of arrive in new city, get intro tour to said city, and then group dinner worked well. Our guide Julian made the trip pretty spectacular. I'm general though, I don't think Rick Steves tours are for me as I like to explore cities on my own and discover my own hidden gems. Overall though I'd recommend the trip to most people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Uffizi gallery truly wowed me. The works of Boticelli and Da Vinci are even more spectacular in person than I could have imagined. Definitely a must see when visiting Eutope"

Wendy

Olympia, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first visit to Italy and I enjoyed the tour a lot. The group was great and Julian kept us entertained with interesting historical stories about Italy. We went at the end of August to accommodate our daughter's schedule. Knowing that it would be hot, we were still blown away by the heat and humidity. On the plus side, it kept the crowds down in the Coliseum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's David. Immense. Incredible detail."

Bob

Matthews, NC

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Learned a lot about the history and art of these cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cooking Class in Florence."

Lynn

Matthews, NC

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing. I feel that I got most of the highlights of Venice, Florence and Rome included in this tour with plenty of free time to explore and see the things that were not included.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's David was amazing!"

James

Shawnee, KS

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Our guide, Danelia, was fantastic. She was knowledgeable, courteous, approachable, & fun to be with. My problem with the tour was that it turned into mainly an art museums tour. The guides went into way to much detail on the paintings. If you are a art history enthusiasts then this was your tour. If you are a history buff, like me, you were disappointed. As an example we spent every little time at the Colesium, which was tops on my list to see. We did not get to walk completely around it

Favorite "WOW" moment

"(Continued from above due to 500 character limit) on the inside. We did not get to the floor(?) level or to any of the gift shops inside. I think the reason was that the local tour guide had to hurry & get to the Vatican for her next tour. Very disappointing. Way to much emphasis on art history as opposed to just history. My advice is to cut 1 day from Venice & 1 day from Florence & add those 2 days to Rome. The hotel in Rome was bad. Mold in the shower, staff constantly turning off the"

Randy

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love history and art, but my time at home is limited. For me RSE provided a fantastic experience that was rich in ideas that I will be returning to for sometime. I also enjoy unstructured time to wander, so the tour provided a great combination of a focused activity and free time to explore. There were some activities that I wouldn't ordinarily sign up for, but that is part of the beauty - going places and doing things that I would normally pass by. All of them were great. Thanks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A gondola ride through the canals of Venice on a warm summer evening as the sun set, with a singer and guitar player, was magic."

Richard

Bellingham, MA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Italy, and your incredible tour did not disappoint us in any way! Your choices-- from guides to venues, from hotels to restaurants, from side excursions to every last detail-- were fantastico!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it was the evening Venice gondola ride--a very quiet but beautiful "wow"!"

Ronald

Blackstone, MA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Daniela was an excellent tour guide. She is a credit to the organization. The whole experience was outstanding. Just the right mix of guided tours and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There where many unbelievable moments in all 3 cities. If I had to pick one it would be the tour of first century Rome streets and homes under an ancient church in Rome. That I did not expect."

Marcela

Litchfield Park, AZ

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I love to travel, but we had never done a tour before because we felt it might be too constraining. Only after researching Rick Steves' tours did we decide to give it a try. It was the perfect blend of guided tour and free time. It was stress free; no waiting in lines to get into museums, and no figuring out how to get from city to city. Our hotels were perfectly located, making it easy to explore everything by foot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire 10-day trip was one "Wow Moment" after the other. Arriving at the airport only to take a taxi to Venice, was surreal. Goodbye streets, Hello canals! It was like cruising onto a movie set, complete with gondolas, arched bridges, & gorgeous buildings. The cooking class in Florence was a real treat. Stopping for a wine-tasting lunch at a private vineyard in Umbria was breathtakingly beautiful. And walking through ancient ruins in Rome was an absolute dream. Wow! Wow! Wow!"

Susan

Bellingham, MA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

AMAZING! The experience was everything I hoped it would be. Every detail was in place and Daniela, our guide, expertly lead us through the details to fully immerse in Italy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments, but I would have to say my very favorite waas rounding the corner in Florence to the Duomo unfolding in front of us, just amazing! The sheer size was just unbelievable, like nothing I had ever seen before."

Judy

Chehalis, WA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was FABULOUS!!! Every part of it. From the instructions that took us to our hotel in Venice -- we are directionally challenged and we walked right up to the door without making one wrong turn -- to our farewell dinner on our last night in Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day I had "wow" moments! The wine tasting and lunch on our way from Florence to Rome was very high on my list of favorites. The boat trip to the island of Burano, Michlangelo's David was spectacular as were his other sculputurs, the Palazzo Davanzati , St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museum - all of the ancient history, art and architecture. The group dinners, the amazing food and the amazing people who provided/served us the food.Our GROUP-such nice people. All of them! Random thoughts."

Joe

Brush Prairie, WA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip with Rick and our first time to Italy. I loved it, can't wait to return and visit other areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice, amazing, Florence, outstanding, Rome, wow. I have wanted to see the Colosseum since I learned about it 50 years ago."

Robert

Middletown, DE

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good schedule - some of the meals were not that great - overall good tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum and St Peters"

Cecilia

Oak Grove, MO

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience ! Great guide and a great group to travel with. It was very hot and I appreciated the tours short waiting times in lines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to say! Too many "wow" moments. Rome was my favorite city. Loved seeing the colosseum, pantheon Trevi Fountain and the Vatican. St. Peter's with the Pieta plus the Sistine Chapel. David, the canals of Venice were were other wonders! I enjoyed seeing the countryside and the vineyards and olive ttrees! I even liked going to cooking school!"

Francis

Glendale, CA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome first time Europe and Rick Steves trip. Would surely want to have another Rick Steves trip. Must see sights were included as well interesting out of the usual trips. Informative guides and very organized trips. Superb group breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ample time for self-tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit/lunch to an Umbria winery and olive ranch. Great outdoor trip, something beyond the usual itinerary. Very entertaining and hospitable owner/host. On our own we took a boat to Lido beach in Venice. Awesome warm water."

Mary

Brush Prairie, WA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a great time getting "lost" in 3 cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Mark's, Venice"

Madonna

Glendale, CA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing, wonderful, I love it! This was my and my husband's first time to go on a tour. This tour really covered the best of those cities, and also gave us an experience that I believe we wouldn't have made had we done the tour on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was seeing the Florence Cathedral as if a phantom. I didnt see it coming when we were walking along the busy street, and all of sudden it just appeared before my eyes as if in slow motion, looming like a mountain, and that just made me say "Wooow!""

Janice

Kennesaw, GA

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've watched Rick Steve Europe on PBS for years and had high expectations for the tour. Not only did the tour meet my expectations but exceeded my expectations. The pre-tour planning was amazing and the actual trip, sightseeing and accommodations were all excellent. I'll definitely travel with Rick Steves Tours again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments it's hard to narrow it down to just one. If I could name two "wow" moments they would be the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's David."

Emil

Millsboro, DE

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was far more than I had hoped. The locations of the hotels were spot on, right in the hub of the cities. Patricia Fannon Avolio was absolutely fantastic, her vast knowledge was very impressive. We had a terrific group that got along some times like old friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice - WOW, Florence - Wow, Rome - WOW"

Svetlana

Bloomington, MN

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Patricia was amazing, knowledgeable and fun. I've seen everything I wanted to see in Italy and beyond. We had very packed schedule and yet there was plenty of time to explore cities on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting an olive farm in Umbria was a wow moment. What a beautiful place! We had amazing lunch and relaxed under the sun."

Jamie

Brownsville, TX

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. The guidance provided for pre-trip planning and packing was, in hindsight, spot-on. Our guide, Patricia, absolutely made the trip. She was well prepared for anything and everything that came our way. Patricia provided great suggestions for free time and made sure everyone on the tour was comfortable venturing out on their own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the vineyard in Orvietto. The owner was so personable and welcoming I almost felt like I was visiting the home of a friend."

Tuanh

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though the tour is packed with activities and information, I never felt rushed or being herded through the busy museums and churches. The balance of group activities and free time is just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the panoramic view of Rome skyline on top of the St Angelo castle. Seeing the panoramic view of Florence skyline across the Arno river at the Piazzale Michaelangelo at sunset."

James

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As was recommended in the Rick Steves book, (as well as by our friends who enjoyed this same tour 2 years ago) Karen and I arrived in Venice 2 days early. In doing so we were able to see and do many things in Venice that would not have been possible in the 3 night format. I highly recommend anyone taking this tour to consider doing the same. I enjoyed Venice more than the other cities we went to. It was fun doing as Rick suggested in just getting lost in the city. No cars, no bicycles!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to provide a favorite "wow" moment. Watching the fish market in Venice come to life each morning. St. Peter's Basilica, which I can not think of a great enough word to properly describe. The San Clemente Church, built on a church, on another church, on a housing unit. Going down to the housing unit and seeing running water and a sewer system, that was a "wow" factor! The winery tour, with a great group of fellow tour members. Plus more moments your character limits prohibit."

Curtis

Tampa, FL

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding experience from start to finish. It had the right mix of fun and interesting history. Nina Bernardo is a great tour guide. She has superior knowledge of Italy and is very organized and personable. she was key to our trip. My wife, daughter and I all had a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The family-run winery visit in the hills of Umbria was fantastic - it was interesting, educational and had beautiful views. We loved it.l"

Maria

Highland Beach, FL

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 3rd Rick Steves tour and it was fabulous. I have been to all 3 cities before (only Rome with a previous Rick Steves tour) and on this tour, I learned more and saw more than I had before. The attention to detail and teaching experience made the trip like a living history lesson with FEELING!! I plan to do this particular tour with my daughter for her 50th birthday. It was an intensely physical tour but with nothing but JOY!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was perhaps my favorite picture. I captured the full moonrise from the Ponte Vecchio bridge looking toward Piazzele Michelangelo. Gorgeous. I was also wowed by my husband making paste in our cooking class. Seriously a WOW!"

Rita

Toronto, ON

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the tour was very well organized. I liked the mix of tour time and free time. I went on the tour with my 16 year old daughter and we were able to do all of the things we planned on doing during the free time portion of the tour. The tour guides in each city were amazing. They really knew a lot about the subject matter, the history, the museum etc. My daughter said she liked the tour 'way more than she tought she would'.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I walked into St. Peter's basilica. I have seen the inside of many basilica's and churches but that one really blew me away. I liked the fact that we went really early in the morning before the crowds. I also liked exploring the basilica on my own w/o a guide. The Cupola was also amazing. The view of Rome was outstanding and it was such a gorgeous days."

Karen

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour experience. Normally we like to "do our own thing", so we were a bit apprehensive. However, there was nothing to worry about in the least. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable so we learned things we would not have had we been on our own. Plus there was plenty of "your own time" provided anyway, so we got the best of both worlds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pin point just one. The one thing that was on my bucket list and had to do, was visit the colosseum in Rome. That was really amazing to see. But...I was a bit disappointed that we were only there a fairly short time. I really wanted to be able to go down into the area where the gladiators and animals were kept. We were not able to do that because of the extensive restoration work that is being done. I know you could go down to a lower level than we were at because I saw people down there"

Jamie

Royal Oak, MI

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband and I had so many WOW moments, its hard to pick just one. We really enjoyed the Gondola in Venice, the Wine tasting at Le Velette and going down into the cellar that was dug out by the Etruscans, and our 1st glimpse of the Colosseum, but the one WOW moment we both keep coming back to was our tour of the Basilica DI S. Clemente, the history there was amazing and something that we would have never seen if we hadn't been on a Rick Steves tour!"

Edgar

Boca Raton, FL

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour experience was more than what I expected. My wife and I joined a tour in 2012, and we had individual day tours in Rome and Naples.This was our second time in Italy and we felt we got so much more this time in Roman art and history because we spent a lot longer time going around places,and the tour guides were excellent. I think the length of the tour is just right. More than 10 days would be difficult for someone because the tour involved quite a bit of walking in the sun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was struck by the lasagna (as the local tour guide described) built on the San Clemente Basilica in Rome. It was fascinating to see how we can time travel from 1100AD to 4AD and to 1AD by going downstairs."

Deborah

Oxford, PA

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing - everything we hoped for and more. It provided the perfect balance of structured and free time. I can't imagine how we would have navigated Italy on our own but now that we have had the Rick Steve's experience, we may be able to do so!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to just chose one. I traveled with my husband and 2 adult children and we each had a "wow" moment in evert Italian city we visited. Florence was probably our favorite city but St. Peter's just blew us away. The four us all attended Mass while visiting which will be a priceless memory."

Cristhian

Neptune, NJ

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour experience was absolutely great. Starting with the tour guide Sarah by guiding us through each city and really introducing us to Italy. Between the book and Sarah on the spot suggestions I really felt like I did not miss out at all. Every city offered a different experience and the "travel hacks" from the book like going places of high volume early really helped. This tour included a variety of experience that were all pleasurable as well as memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was walking through Venice on our first day and listening to the history of the city. Sarah and the tour guide Elizabetta gave a great introduction to the city and I fell in love with Venice."

Julie

Oglesby, IL

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time on a Rick Steve's tour...won't be my last! The organization, coordination and attention to detail was outstanding on this tour. I felt like it was a perfect balance between group tour time and on our own exploration. As first time European tourists, we were intimidated by the whole idea of planning a trip on our own so we chose Rick Steve's. After this trip, I feel confident that I could navigate a city or two on my own (using Rick's books as a reference, of course).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several moments that weren't on the official itinerary stand out: San Spirito church seeing the crucifix carved by a young Michaelangelo; tasting REAL gelato for the first time; navigating the cities on our own and discovering wonderful family-run restaurants, meeting native Italians on the bus who were very willing to help us navigate their city; feeling like we absorbed a bit of the local culture by getting lost in Venice (as Rick recommended)!"

Mitchell

Edgerton, MO

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was not expecting such a great blend of free time and structured time. The local tour guides were all amazing and gave great insight. I liked that Rome was last in that the entire trip lead up to, what seemed like, the most spectacular historic sights of the trip. However, having the fast paced city and heat of Rome at the end of the trip made it slightly more challenging to get as much as we could out of the city. Starting in Rome could negatively effect the entire trip though. Not just Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the Basilica di San Clemente. I really enjoyed actually getting to see the concept that Rome is built on top of ancient Roman ruins. I could be told this, but it would never have the same impact on me as visibly see it like we did under this Basilica. This was an extremely impressive sight to see."

Kimberly

Penfield, NY

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! Tour guide Sarah was awesome- best personality to make our experience a memorable family event. This was a mother -daughter trip. We had never done a tour before and this exceeded our expectations. Sarah went out of her way to give us thoughtful recommendations to our questions that really made the most of our trip. We appreciated the close proximity of our hotels to the center of town and made the most of our time. We would never been able to see as much if we didn't do a tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not one moment. It was all amazing, being with my daughter was special. Sarah was very clever, while in Rome, exiting the subway at night and coming out to see the Coliseum all lite up was incredible, looking down the street from our hotel square and seeing the Duomo and in the Sistine Chapel & turning back to see the Last Judgement. Kudos to our tour guide Sarah for expertly coordinating all this, making things seemless and just so darn pleasant. Tour guide Sarah would be a 'wow' factor."

Ryan

Meriden, CT

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this tour was amazing! From the moment we stepped off the plane to the moment we said goodbye, every part of the trip was absolutely perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing all of the ancient relics. Just being around things that were 2000+ years old was amazing."

Gabrielle

Oxford, PA

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time to Europe and I could not have asked for a better experience. The places we went to were unbelievable and I could tell were hand picked to not only help us understand where we were and the history behind it but also always had something special attached to it. Everything was very well thought out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David :)"

Peter

Wayne, NJ

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Sarah was amazing, entertaining and more importantly very informative and provide us with the right amount of practical advice. The local guides were excellent. They guided us to exactly what we needed to see and laid the foundation for next steps to do on our own. The pace and itinerary was perfect. We saw, we ate, we drank, we rested. We enjoyed! The hotels were clean, friendly and well positioned. Extra warning about the Venice vaporetto-no kiosk by RS hotel!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can you not be wowed by the Grand Canal coming from the airport in Venice! How can you not be wowed by the charm of Florence and the David! How can you not be wowed by the Sistine Chapel/St. Peter's! Winery in Tuscany and the stop by the American military cemetery was thought provoking and surreal."

Donna

Edgerton, MO

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All of our tour guides were professional, knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed the mix of guided time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michaelangelo's Jesus on the cross. The guides perspective was awe-inspiring....a real wow moment."

Michael

Los Altos Hills, CA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time of taking and end to end "planned travel" experience. It was the right choice for Italy and right choice to go with Rick Steves. I didn't have high expectations, but was very pleasantly surprised by the entire experience. The pace, local guides, experience of everyone involved was excellent. Stacy was phenomenal! I was extremely impressed with her ability to connect with all parties in the group and ensure we were all getting what we wanted out of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Connecting the dots of the history of human evolution. Not 1 Wow moment but the weaving together of everything we did."

Daniel

Los Altos Hills, CA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both Stacy and Alfredo were absolutely wonderful. They made the educational and cultural experience memorable. The group of people were great to be with too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome and the Colosseum. There were a number of "wow" moments."

Robert

Schererville, IN

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent from meeting my travelling companions thru our farewell meal. Stacy and Alfredo were exceptional guides and shared their wealth of knowledge of art, music, local and national Italian history.The free time and tour activities were balanced nicely, allowing adequate time to explore other sites not on the itinerary. Venice, Florence, and Rome were each unique in their own right, and the continuity of Italian history bound the cities together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's David! at the Accademia. Absolutely phenomenal detail in this masterpiece. I could spend several weeks in Florence and only glimpse the magnificient treasures here. Secondly, the antiquity of architecture in Venice, Florence, and Rome. To walk on a road that was laid in 1 AD, and visit the ruins of Rome was awe inspiring. The Pantheon, Vatican City, the Spanish stairs, Trevi fountain, Colloseum, and Roman Forum were also superb sites."

Joanne

Schererville, IN

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was exactly what my 3rd generation family of 7 needed. All decisions made & tickets purchased for us! Loved back streets of Venice & the personal boat ride. Appreciated free time. My family went to Lido Beach to swim in the Adriatic & cool off! The Uffizi and David were incredible in Florence along with the Colosseum & Vatican in Rome.The side trip for wine tasting was wonderful as was the cooking class. What we made was delicious! Incredible art and history everywhere!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing Italy with my family was a constant "wow" moment! Enjoyed my Rick Steves family as well! Unique group of travelers."

Theodore

Mount Kisco, NY

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rodney

Croton On Hudson, NY

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maria

Tampa, FL

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Guillermo

Plano, TX

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice definitely is a wow city"

Teresa

Roseburg, OR

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I expected and more. I was blown away by how much general history and art history our guides know. They were so adept at how to get around and how to get make arrangements for events and visits, that our trip was pretty much seamless. On top of that, we had such a nice group of people on our trip, that it was thoroughly enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter's Basilica was the real "wow" moment for me. It's hard to describe the size of it until you walk inside. It's so beautiful and so awe inspiring that it's hard to describe."

June

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Patricia was a wonderful and knowledgeable tour guide. It was a very hot summer but Patrica made us all feel comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although spending time with our group was fun, my husband and I had more fun just sitting on the steps of the Rialto Market, having a picnic dinner and watching the boat traffic. Our hotel was conveniently located in Venice and offered us plenty of opportunity to explore."

Nancy

Westford, MA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I agreed to this tour so that we could easily get entrance to major sites in the 3 cities. My goals were met. The local guides were very knowledgeable, providing details which we would have not learned otherwise. I would have appreciated a slower pace since the temperatures were so high during July. However, I understand that deadlines needed to be met and we did the best we could.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The real "wow" moments had nothing to do with the tour. However, I was very pleased that our guide in the Vatican museum let me and my sister go on our own to see the Raphael Rooms (my favorites). I never tire looking at these masterpieces. Unfortunately, the Sistine Chapel was disappointing since the tourists crowding the room totally lacked reverence for that sacred place. Fortunately, I have been there when "you could have heard a pin drop" and I was able to channel that experience."

Joan

Costa Mesa, CA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margarita

Plano, TX

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margaret

Chanhassen, MN

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ian

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Easy, insightful, just and overall great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I just really enjoyed eating at great restaurants with my tour group."

Pat

Nashville, TN

Tour: 07/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Loved Stephanie our guide

Bryan

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 07/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lysandra

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 07/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was amazing and far exceeded my expectations. I was a little worried about the tour being too much of a cattle call and not allowing us to really experience Italy in authentic ways. The tour was such a great balance of quality structured activities and freedom to explore on our own. I really appreciated the structure of doing to orientation walks the first day in a new place so that we felt confident to get around in our new surroundings and be able to easily navigate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't choose just one moment. The entire trip was amazing."

Julian

Winthrop, WA

Tour: 07/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deb

Downingtown, PA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Coatesville, PA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dave

Danville, CA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michelle

Danville, CA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Huntington, NY

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jacqueline

Indio, CA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

University Place, WA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandy

West Chester, PA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was all I hoped it would be and a bit more. There was a very nice balance of sight seeing and free time to explore on our own. The hotels were clean and the personnel were very accommodating. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and humorous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've tried to identify one moment so many times but to no avail, there were so many! The gondola ride, sitting in St. Mark's Square drinking Bellinis and listening to the 5 piece Italian band, the Vatican, experiencing an authentic cooking class, and the winery."

Anne

Huntington, NY

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tricia

Redlands, CA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Terry

Murphy, TX

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deanna

Monterey, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Englewood, CO

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Olga

Lake Charles, LA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was great! Lots of history, culture and beauty in those three cities. Could not believe that I actually was walking streets and seeing landmarks that before I could only see on TV or pictures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All well known places we visited as a group and in private. The most unusual and surprising for me was Venice. Did not know much about its history before it became a part of Italy."

Julie

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Helen

Elmhurst, IL

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ina

Shavano Park, TX

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eric

Savannah, GA

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Elmhurst, IL

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Howard

Jefferson, MA

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Edmond, OK

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Richland, MI

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Patricia

Grand Marais, MN

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was initially concerned about being with a large group but being with the the group was so enjoyable that it added to the experience. Out guide, Anya, was the best! She was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable as well as very clear about what to expect. I really enjoyed all the different tours we took and the expertise of the local guides. The only real challenge for me was the heat. The mid 90's is rare where I live. Also, going to the front of the tour waiting lines was wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many it's really difficult to pick just one! The stop we made for lunch with the olive farmer was wonderful but so was the tour in Rome of the church that went down two stories to an ancient Roman Street! But then there is Sam Marco in Venice! I could go on and on!"

David

Grand Marais, MN

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Colleen

Fuquay Varina, NC

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Mt Pleasant, SC

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An amazing experience in every way!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dorothy

Smyrna, DE

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Ocean View, DE

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pantheon and the Sistine Chapel."

Jason

Stroudsburg, PA

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Easton, MD

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tonda

Little River, SC

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Felix

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cody

Cary, NC

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rebecca

Mt Pleasant, SC

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Hubbard, OH

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing David in Florence."

Crystal

Orting, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many."

Marolyn

Greenville, SC

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynn

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janice

Victorville, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I loved the tour. We picked this particular tour because there was a nice mix of scheduled and free time. My travel partner and I saw wonderful sites and met a lot of nice people. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. It was a very hot time of year, but that was factored in with our outdoor walks being for the most part during a cooler time of day. I was disappointed that we had so little time at the Sistine Chapel and the Pantheon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the statue of David. I also really enjoyed some of the events such as lunch at the family winery and the flash art demonstration. Venice was my favorite city. I also enjoyed the cooking class and I don't even like to cook!"

Don

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Philip

Boca Raton, FL

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gail

Delray Beach, FL

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lori

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kent

Fairhope, AL

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jon

Omaha, NE

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Amelia

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rick

Thomasville, GA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Statue of david Cistene chapel"

Lou

Wheeling, IL

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a amazing experience that i will never forget.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David"

Craig

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laura

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Centerport, NY

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful experience because it took care of all the details that we'd rather not have to worry about while giving us a first class experience of Italy. Our guides gave us some in-depth knowledge of three historic cities in Italy while also allowing us to explore these places on our own. We were also fortunate to have a lovely group of people to travel with. The group experience enhanced the trip. Moreover, we never waited on line for anything!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We went for a special gondola ride in Venice. A guitar player and a tenor went with us. The tenor sang some Italian/opera arias and his voice reverberated off the walls of the buildings as we wound our way through the canals. We went on a wine tasting tour in the hills of Umbria at Le Velette. We made homemade pasta in a cooking class in Florence. Fun! Our local guide in Rome saved us from waiting in line for the Colosseum by getting us access through a special gate."

Roberta

Providence, RI

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine tasting at the farm in Umbria."

Catherine

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sarah

North Richland Hills, TX

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Colosseum in Rome."

Stanton

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arena floor of the Coliseum"

Eric

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Martha

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eric

Norfolk, VA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Rogers, AR

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alan

Kingston, WA

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Sequim, WA

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Marietta, GA

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeff

North Ridgeville, OH

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Arlington, TX

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stran

Quinton, VA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anita

Mt Prospect, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Wakefield, RI

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joyce

Siren, WI

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paulette

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jean

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was fun and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Jo

Columbia, SC

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Raymond

Frederic, WI

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maria

Schenectady, NY

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Mason, MI

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized, good food at group dinners, good outings

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When it finally stopped raining!"

Jean

Vernon, CT

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Catherine Eliza

Prairieville, LA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Andrea

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marsha

Cuba, NY

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Vernon Rockville, CT

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karly

Sherwood, OR

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience! Everything was totally organized so that we just had to show up. Our guide, Julian was a phenomenal wealth of information, vast travel experience, plus a sense of humor all of which he generously shared. Our fellow tour members were fun to share experiences with. The cooking lesson in Florence was a highlight as well as the stop at an Olive and Grape farm in Umbria. Owner Marco shared his vast experience & knowledge of Italian Olive oil & wine. Highly recommend!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nichelangelo's David in Florence. I had seen David 45 years ago as a recently graduated college student. I was wowed by David then. I wondered if I would feel the same all these years later. I did! Truly amazing!"

Dennis

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peters Basilica"

Sarah

St Petersburg, FL

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colosseum"

Joseph

Gresham, OR

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jonathan

Wilmot, NH

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janine

Media, PA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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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 the Itinerary section of your online customer account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour in the Documents section of your customer account.

Flights

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

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

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