• 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 $2,895 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $675

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

Dates & Prices

2018

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Venice, Florence, and Rome come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 group sightseeing events • Venice backstreets walking tour • St. Mark's Square and Basilica • Venice lagoon excursion • Accademia art museum • Renaissance Florence walking tour • 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
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • 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 2018
  • 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/interrupt 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. Your afternoon is free to wander through this immense church, climb the dome if you're feeling energetic, 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

Lynda

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Denis

Vienna, VA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Akron, OH

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thayni

Sanford, FL

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tim

West Chester, PA

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ruth

Arlington, VA

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vincent

Oxnard, CA

Tour: 03/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janis

Bel Air, MD

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sue

Lombard, IL

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Portland, OR

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Portland, OR

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Cambridge, CAM

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Cambridge, CAM

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Coral Springs, FL

Tour: 03/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Middlebury, VT

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David and the Colosseum."

Maria

Bronx, NY

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frederick

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Guia

Melrose, MA

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good.Very well organized. Pleasant experience overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Geriann

Rockville, MD

Tour: 03/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marilyn

Oaklyn, NJ

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Wesley Chapel, FL

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robin

Lynchburg, VA

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Estelle

Broken Arrow, OK

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome - with special guide"

Ronald

Portland, OR

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marg

St Paul, MN

Tour: 03/09/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David."

Barney

Linwood, NJ

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ana

Apollo Beach, FL

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Lewisburg, PA

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Murrieta, CA

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Bowling Green, MO

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vanessa

Murrieta, CA

Tour: 03/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carla

Everett, WA

Tour: 02/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jacqueline

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 02/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Randy

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 11/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Xiaotong

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 11/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Sistine chapel in Vatican City."

Jeannie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 11/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Edina, MN

Tour: 11/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Erin

Fresno, CA

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ronda

Seattle, WA

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All was beautiful!"

Paige

Fayetteville, GA

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum in Rome and the Duomo in Florence."

Patricia

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and it was a great experience. I was traveling alone and found all the group members to be very nice, enthusiastic, and fun to travel with. I especially enjoyed traveling with our guide, Lisa Anderson. She kept everything running smoothly, was extremely personable, enthusiastic, friendly, patient, and she had great stories and explanations of the sites. Although I really enjoyed all the tours and group experiences, I also appreciated having a little time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many"wow" moments. There were wow moments every day of the tour. I especially enjoyed the group dinners. It was very nice and relaxing to have someone else make all the plans and food choices (which were great) and I tasted things I might not have tasted if I'd been on my own. The cooking class was a lot of fun (and eating the food was fantastic). The wine tasting stop was also another fun experience."

Laurie

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip overall was wonderful. The Florence and Rome hotels were great! The Florence hotel was perfectly situated near everything. The tour guide was bery nice! Most of the meals wer good outside of the veal dish in Rome. The hotel ina venice was awful! The bed was rock hard and looked like a cot. I was extremely disappointed for the money I paid. The noise from the bars went in until 3-4 am, each night. Rick Steves staes they are experienced and this was a very poor choice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The David, the wine tour, and the pasta class. I greatly enjoyed getting to know those on the tour. Outside of Tina who was a sour grape and grumpy!"

Kelley

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 11/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 11/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fantastic experience overall. All the reasons I wanted to book the tour in the first place for my husband's and my honeymoon proved to be true in reality -- a friendly and helpful guide, the chance to make friends with other travelers, and a well-organized tour in terms of accommodations, meals, transportation, and easy entry to various big sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm sure a lot of people say it's hard to choose one, but if I have to it's the trip to the Basilica of Saint Clemente. It had a lot to do with our guide, Francesca, because she put a lot of things about Rome into perspective using this sight as illustration. For example, the layers of the city and how it is Rome can be buried as it is and what the different types of wall construction meant. What I thought would be another visit to an old and ornate church was really a pivotal moment."

Daniel

Granbury, TX

Tour: 11/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife Julie and I were so pleased with the tour! It was very well organized, paced at the right speed, and accurately described in the literature. We enjoyed having time to ourselves in the afternoon and evening as well as the group meals and extra surprises (e.g. the trip to the American military cemetery). The food and choice of hotels were exceptional and the people in our group were friendly, intelligent, kind, and thoughtful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was watching my wife's face as we viewed the Pieta, David, and so many beautiful masterpieces of our heritage."

Samuel

Cleveland, TN

Tour: 11/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time and enjoyed all the activities and free time. Sarah did an outstanding job and we particularly liked her choice of extras. The stop at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial was really special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many "wow" moments."

Scott

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 11/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I enjoyed the tour. It was well organized, well led and had a great mix of guided expeditions as well as free time. The buses and rooms were comfortable, as expected, and the selection of food was terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best moment, for me, was the Colosseum and Roman Forum. They are frequently characters or locations in the historical fiction I read, and have always held special allure for me. Sharing that with my new wife, Christine was an unforgettable memory."

Carla

Mahwah, NJ

Tour: 11/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. The overall pace was good. Our guide, Sarah Corfield, was excellent. I learned so much about Italy and met great people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. In fact I have a "top ten" list. Among the highlights: classical concert of Interpreti Veneziani in San Vidal Church in Venice; day trip to Burano and Torcello; American cemetery near Florence; visit to Santo Spirito church and local market in Florence; seeing Michelangelo's sculptures in Florence and Rome; visit to San Clemente Basilica in Rome and other Roman ruins with our local guide."

Henry

Alhambra, CA

Tour: 11/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was outstanding. The information provided was a good planning tool for us. We like the flexibility of "own time" mixed with scheduled tour events. Our guide Sarah Corfield is wonderful, very attentive and experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We have not been to Venice, Florence and Rome, therefore, to us, the "WOW" moments all along our tour of the 3 cities."

Michael

East Fairfield, VT

Tour: 11/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Sarah, our guide was superb: kind, knowledgeable, and organized. Two areas kept my rating from being outstanding. First, the Italian guides, though expert in their field, utilized the time allotted to lecture. This may be an effective, accepted approach in European education, but as an American educator, it felt like being bombarded with information. I prefer a socratic approach. Ask questions, get input, encourage thinking. Second issue was the poor quality of the sound systems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many great works of art!"

Robin

Nevada City, CA

Tour: 11/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I am glad I took the Rick Steve's Tour for Italy, as we were pretty much virgin European travelers. Roy was excellent at teaching us things we needed to know to get around, and the advice in the RS guide book re things like using the ATM and how to use a money belt were excellent, not to mention all the planning and arrangements made for which sights to see. We could not have made a trip like that without doing it with a tour group and guide, and RS was a good choice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the cooking lesson in Florence (though I was not expecting I would), and I also loved the wine tasting stop. I enjoyed the group dinners as well. I guess all that is to say that I especially enjoyed the time that the group was together and able to talk with each other. On our own, I most enjoyed climbing the bell tower next to the Duomo and seeing the awesome views of Florence just about an hour before sunset, when the light was making everything glow in a golden color."

Carol

Culpeper, VA

Tour: 11/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

One of the best trips I've ever been on. Loved the mixture of group time and individual time. I saw so much and learned so much more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Id have to say finding myself sitting on a Roman couch under San Clememte. To see the layers of history was incredible. The cooking class and the wine tasting are a close second."

Sharon

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 11/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I participated in the 2016 Best of Rome and now the 2017 Best of Italy, both in November. The 2016 tour was "better" because the group was smaller and more manageable. We had 28 participants this year and it was just too big.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first sight of the Florence Cathedral, walking down the street to the plaza, unbelievable!"

Kerry

Nevada City, CA

Tour: 11/03/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

There is much about travelling I don't like: airplanes, hotels, being lost. Nothing Rick Steve's can do about that. If you really want to brave an international travel experience, Rick Steve's Italy tour is a good choice. The history, art and architecture you get to experience are excellent. Best part about the Rick Steve's tour was our tour guide, Roy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's David statue."

James

Medford, OR

Tour: 11/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine-tasting event at Orvieto."

Anita

Novato, CA

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Itinerary well rounded, guides superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wine tasting and tour at Le Velette."

Luann

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I have no doubt that I saw and experienced things that I could not have done without being a member of your tour. Two of the things that come to mind are a private viewing at the Academia of the David and a day spent at our guide's winery in Orvieto. And every restaurant was a meal to remember. All of these things are memories that I will cherish. This was my first tour. I don't think I would do it again but I'm sure nobody does it better than RS!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Turning the corner at the Academia and seeing David"

William

Auburn, WA

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

exceeded my my expectations. I really liked our tour guide and local guides. They all heightened the experience. we covered a lot of ground and it all went smoothly with no problems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peters Basilica was the wow moment. Incredible experience in person."

Gina

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having a knowledgeable guide and tour reservations in these world-class cities is vital and that's what you get with a Rick Steves tour in general and Cecilia in particular. This was my second RS tour and won't be my last, I hope. In my opinion, there was a perfect balance between guided activities and free time, which is great since my interests seem to be different from many of those on the tours. I enjoy the exploring the archaeology of a region, which is not a strong focus for these tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite photograph from the tour was taken on some free time from the Capitoline Museum overlooking ancient Rome. A rainbow broke through the clouds and seemed to be ending or emitting from the Colosseum."

Marilynn

Lafayette, IN

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience and we will highly recommend a Rick Steve's tour to anyone who will listen. We especially like that in addition to the organized portions of the tour, we had free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We both felt like the LeVelette Winery tour conducted by family member and our tour guide, Cecilia was a most surprisingly pleasant and informative tour. To realize that this was a part of her personal history made that extra special. And the wine was delicious! We also really enjoyed the experience of a cooking class in Florence - it was a lot of fun, educational and delicious! The chef our group worked with was very entertaining."

Danci

Roseland, NJ

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my third Rick Steve tour so I was familiar with the basic structure: lots of walking, lots of encouragement to use public transportation, lots of suggestions as to what to do with "down time." And as usual, the tour guide injected her personality into every aspect of the trip: guiding all ~30 of us with a mix of drill sergeant and mother hen, taking us to her family's vineyard (incredible treat!) and connecting us with excellent "local guides."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca, the local guide in Rome at the San Clemente church in old Rome, did an amazing job bringing personal experience, love and reverence to the "layers of old Rome.""

Lisa

Auburn, WA

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was truly a wonderful experience! Everything was so well thought out, from the itinerary, accommodations, sights visited and the quality of the guides. Cecilia was exceptional. She guided us with an easy confidence and obvious expertise, keeping us on track without being overbearing. The same was true of the local guides. I felt we were shown and encouraged to understand and embrace the best of the best the three cities had to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two wow moments. First was when Cecilia took us to her family winery. It was refreshing to get a glimpse of her lifestyle in Italy and access to something unique and away from the usual throng of tourists. Definitely an intimate, special experience! The second wow was our tour of ancient Rome with Francesca. She has a passion for Rome's history that she communicated to us in a beautiful, almost lyrical, fashion. She is a gem on your team!"

Amy

Melbourne, FL

Tour: 10/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I accompanied my mom on her first trip to Europe. This trip was perfect for her. Everything we so well planned and easy to follow. It really took all the stress out of travel. We got to see the highlights of what she wanted to and then had plenty of time to explore on our own. Our guides were outstanding and the extra experiences like wine tasting and a cooking class really put this trip over the top!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice was a magical city. I had visited it before many years ago and had a very negative view of it, but this time it was spectacular. The guides were so wonderful and informative they lead us through this confusing city and really helped us to enjoy all of it!"

Lucia

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was amazing! I saw in a short time of period a lots of historic places, churches, cities, country sites. What impressed me the most was how the trip was very well balanced and mixed between busyness, quiet-place, cities, country site, cooking classes , winery trip with a beautiful sites and place to see, time with the group, time by yourself. Also rides with the boat in a quiet and historic site, seeing the country as we took the bus between cities was beautiful.Varieties was beauty!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice it was my"wow" moment.The most beautiful, romantic, magic city I ever see! It was an emotional moment when I arrived at the Piazzale Roma and walked to the train station where I was 34 years ago, coming from a communist country and going to America with my husband and my one year son. On the way to America we stoped at the train station for a day and not being able to visit the city.My dream was to go back and visit Venice.And I did and it was amazing!"

Tim

Portage, MI

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations particularly in the areas that were above and beyond what was expected. Patti made sure that any travel need that anyone had was taken care of - special diet issues, taking people to pharmacy, helping then arrange their own excursions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"two wow moments - the wine tasting with a buffet and the cooking class."

Mary

Maryland Heights, MO

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. I felt at ease from day one. I was traveling alone for the first time and Patricia made the trip memorable. She is smart, resourceful, caring and fun. She catered to each of us as to our needs. She knew Italy! She is great with the locals and guides. Traveling with her was like being with a friend along the journey!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was St. Clemente in Rome. So reverently simple."

Sandra

The Villages, FL

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow to the tour guide and her staff! Liked the Inns for quaintness and helpfulness. Would recommend tour to anyone(two pair of sneakers as one will wear out). Will watch to check out your tours for later trips. Great.

Kimberly

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our introduction to Rome, Florence, and Venice with Rick Steves guides far exceeded the experience we would have had on our own. They lead us through the side streets, around the crowds, while teaching us about Italy and Italians, both past and present. When we thought we couldn't walk another step or take in any more culture Patricia gave us a treat, made us laugh, then marched us on to the next great adventure. Our group became a family on a vacation we will remember forever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You see the videos and pictures of all that Venice, Florence, and Rome have to experience but there is NOTHING like standing on the Rialto bridge and watching the gondola's float by...or looking out over Florence from the top of the Dome...or standing in the middle of the Forum. For me, the WOW was being there!!!"

William

Martin, GA

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a beautiful time in Italy. The tour was well organized and performed with efficiency and excellence. I now have enough culture to last a life time. The other travelers were easy to meet and befriend. Well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All events and locations brought their own moments of awe. No one moment stood out as totally unforgettable. However, the cooking class was a great change of pace mixed in the cultural parade."

Jeffrey

Mars, PA

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the combination of guided events and free time. Our guide was awesome and made things very easy with the "little things" that made the logistics of the trip so much easier. She did way more than I expected. We enjoyed meeting the other tour members and having time to ourselves. The local guides were awesome especially at Ancient Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican and Ancient Rome were the most profound moments for me. Our local guide really put the trip into perspective and I will never think of my "place in the universe" as I did before the trip. It's hard to put into words. I have always wanted to see St. Peter's and it did not disappoint."

Melissa

Portage, MI

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had amazing experiences that will last a lifetime. Our guide Patricia made even little things such as getting us pasteries, gelato, coffee, tickets in Rome to ride metro, memorable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had at least three wow moments, going for a gondola ride with musicians, the Italian cooking lesson in Florence, and having Francesca guide us in St. Clement's in Rome!"

Robert

Springfield, OH

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well structured and had an excellent balance of scheduled time and free time. Patricia was also excellent at leading the tour, and I also appreciated the way she familiarized us with the various cities and especially transportation. She also added small touches throughout the time which felt personal and gracious. This was our first time abroad, and the entire time was seamless for us. The tour in Rome that began with San Clemente seemed perfect as we were oriented in time..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I like to jog early in the morning, and on this tour, I saw many things before the cities awoke that most did not. In Venice, I ran from the hotel to St. Mark's and then along the shore, just as the sun was coming up. The views were stunning and to see the gondolas lined up against the sunrise was great. When I turned around, there was a full mist rainbow over the city. Just one moment in hundreds really. I will add that the tour of San Clemente in Rome was surprising and amazing."

Sara

Springfield, OH

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We felt there was a perfect blend of organized structure with "down" time. The hands on experiences were especially enjoyable: ie: wine tasting in Tuscany, pasta making, gondola ride with serenade. This was the best trip of our lives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing things that I had seen all of my life for the first time in person and taking in the impact that they have had to the history of our world."

Kurt

Wausau, WI

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were fantastic. The main guide particularly so. Truely no issue was too big or small for her to give it her utmost attention. Great Sencecof humor. The local guides were very knowledgeable is their areas of expertise and made an effort to explain at a level compatibily with our diverse tour members. The cooking lesson session was a great bonding experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many , but standing on the water taxi with two new friends departing Venice on the Grand Canal particularly stands out, much better way to depart than jamming the whole tour group in a larger vessel."

Bruce

The Villages, FL

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was blown away by how well organized and thorough the tour plan and itinerary was to begin with. And then the execution and personality of the actual tour rose to meet the plan. Congratulations Rick and staff, you are the real deal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was when I realized just how competent and resourceful our tour guide, Patricia, was. She is a real pro and people person. Nothing much rattles her... and the local guides she assembled were relaxed and fun and knowledgeable. We've been on other tours and you sometimes feel like you're being hustled. Not with Patsy."

Robert

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 10/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking school was fun something I never would have thought to attend on my own"

Beverly

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Even though we signed up for a vigorous tour, we successfully saw all the major highlights of Italy. It was truly stunning and we hope to go back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David by Michael Angelo was my wow moment. We saw so much art work that day, but when we walked into the room where David was exhibited, I felt that everything could not compare with David."

Judy

Fitchburg, MA

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could not have imagined a more exciting, thorough, comprehensive tour package.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Is is a tough question! I would have to say entering the Colosseum through the Stern Gate....goosebumps!"

Chris

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and we enjoyed it very much. We felt we got value and saw the highlights of cities we visited. We gained confidence to return to these cities on our own in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed the tour guide for the third day in Rome (Chuch, Coliseum, and Roman Forum). She was simply outstanding."

Linda

Halfway, OR

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an excellent experience on the tour. I was stimulated constantly by new information, new sights, new foods, new art, new ways of thinking. It was very enjoyable to experience a different culture in such a complete way. I also enjoyed the free time which allowed us to explore different cities by foot and metro. We could return to an already explored area, or could discover different areas on our own. Not worrying about the hotel rooms or transportation connections was a plus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed our last day on the tour, with Francesca. She took us to the San Clemente Church and the older layers underneath it, then to the Coliseum, where she very knowledgeably discussed what is known about what happened there, relating it back to the church we had seen earlier and to what was going on at the time. Then we walked through the Forum where she discussed what happened there and tied it all together. It made it very vivid and alive."

Gerald

Fraser, MI

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is a good mix of people, experiences, background information, cultural immersion, food, and fun. My co-travelers were a good good group of people, we saw and experienced some really interesting things, and had an experience that wouldn't be possible if I had traveled on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was the consensus by most that Venice was our favorite for overall sense of place."

Stephen

Coronado, CA

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience on this tour was excellent. It was very well organized and planned. We will definitely be doing another Rick Steve's tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was walking into the Colosseum through the "stern entrance" which is the same entrance through which the gladiators entered."

Pamela

Melba, ID

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the highlights of each city were covered, with knowledgeable guides. The "extras" were fantastic! Marijan was so good at organizing everything, being extremely helpful when anyone asked for help.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several great activities. The art demonstration was such fun and so interesting. The cooking class likewise was fun and we got to eat our lunch in a quaint wine cellar. The wine tasting as well was informative and the location was beautiful."

Jaymie

Kennett Square, PA

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip overseas and our first tour. I was very pleased with how smoothly the tour went and how well-thought out our journey was, with a great mix of experiences. It was educational and inspiring. I am glad we were able to cover so much ground and see the highlights of 3 cities. I was not prepared for how exhausting it would be! I am physically in great shape, so the walking was fine, but there is also a lot of mental exhaustion from being over-stimulated. But I have no regrets!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to choose one. Here are some wows... Our charming, intelligent guide spoke 7 languages and was an excellent leader. Fish Ravioli with Roasted Vegetables at Trattoria Alla Scala in Venice. Visiting the island of Torcello. Our room in Hotel Loggiato dei Serviti in Florence with a beautiful canopy bed and 2 windows. Meeting artist Caterina Baletti. Seeing "David" for the first time. Wine experience at Le Velette in Orvieto. Vatican Museum and Sistene Chapel."

Agatha

Tampa, FL

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves' Tour, and my husband's first. I recommended it and hoped my husband would agree that it is a great value for the historical and cultural lessons provided. Your premier guide and local guides exceeded my expectations! The transportation - bus - was seamless, and we received plenty of bus/metro tickets for getting back to hotels, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The winery lunch stop between Florence and Rome. The wine was good and food, but I was most impressed with the location and learning about wine pairing. The presentation of the host was so informative. She was also spunky and entertaining! The scenery was breathtaking, and we may have to return for a stay on the property!!"

Ann

Burlingame, CA

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the history, art and local tour guides who were experts in Art History and Archaeology. Hotel accommodations could have been nicer. Food could have been better. But overall, the historical knowledge and expertise of each area outweighed the other elements that were not as superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"FLORENCE. Our local tour guide, Angelo. Our local artisan workshop with Catarina in Florence was amazing!!! Our cooking class with Fabrizio was so fun and delicious. Keep continuing the local experience."

Dennis

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very good, a great introduction to Italy, Europe and international travel. The biggest negative was nothing you can do anything about - air travel. The tour was even better than we had hoped for, the guide was outstanding, the hotels were fine, the pace was doable if tiring, and the agenda of things to do and see was well thought out, very interesting and enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to do with the overall food culture in Italy - every case of eating and drinking was elevated above what we were used to, which is the Seattle area and the Western US. Their was a great deal of care and pride in providing food, drink and a service experience that was great - and in many cases, exceptional. Specific occasions at the Trattori de Primo in Burano, the cooking class in Florence, the Le Vette winery in Umbria, and the Lancelot Hotel in Rome provided wonderful experiences."

Marikae

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the people, sights, sounds, and tastes of Italy. Marijan, though not Italian, seemed delighted to be showing us around and having us experience this remarkable part of the world. The tour made traveling easy and stress-free, and Marijan guided, answered questions and made recommendations when we were on our own. We appreciated all the pre-planning tips that made it easy to prepare and pack. We'll recommend RS tours to others and hopefully go again ourselves!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1.Tour: Wine tasting in Umbria. Made me want to return to Italy to Tuscany for the small town tour. Our hostess was gracious, informative and hospitable. Food and wine were delicious, grounds and view amazing. 2. On our own: lunch in Burano at a Trattoria where we were treated like royalty by the family and given an outstanding meal with extras. When our tour group went to Burano, we ate there again and they not only remembered us, but made sure we met the whole family! Italian hospitality."

Necia

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into St. Peters and the Sistine Chapel"

Patricia

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I cannot say enough about Marijan He is the consummate guide Nothing ruffles him He is always generous and warm to members He is a leader that leads with charm. His knowledge of the area and the history were wonderful He genuinely likes people and it showed every day If you could extend this tour by 2 days and include one agritourismo stay between Florence and Rome, this tour would be perfection. The guides throughout were outstanding. Their knowledge is unparalleled. Wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our pasta making class was so fun! The chefs were so good The food delicious and the setting for the meal was such a surprise!"

Steve

Kennett Square, PA

Tour: 10/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful blend of group tour and individual time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not one moment but the collective trip was outstanding."

Cathy

Mobile, AL

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very well organized. We chose Rick Steves' because of a good mix of group touring and free time. We found this to be true. I appreciate that suggestions were given of sights to visit during our free time. Out time was packed with places to visit and I appreciate that our time wasn't wasted and group time was full of activities. The local guides were an excellent bonus. Not having a background in art history I greatly appreciate this expertise that led to a better enjoyment of art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter's Basilica was an experience for my mind and spirit."

Andrew

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We started the tour with high expectations-- and the tour exceeded those expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The museums were amazing--the art was overwhelming but it was almost those random moments that provided surprise WOW moments....walking back to the hotel after dinner in Florence and hearing 3 street musicians play Vivaldi, the evening at St Marks in Venice dancing to the music and enjoying the evening energy. Burrano! So many WOW moments."

Andrea

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I usually enjoy planning and executing travel myself. However, this year, we took a chance on a tour, and I'm so glad we did. Our tour was exactly what I was hoping for. There were plenty of "must see" destinations with line skipping, easy transfers, and very happily, numerous specialized guides who really shared interesting approaches to experiencing the art and architecture of Italy. The amount of free time added a great bonus. We had a lovely time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments...Venice shrouded in fog, viewing David's face from the side and trying to picture what moment is stunningly depicted, and Francesca's tour."

Gay

Westerville, OH

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Worth every penny. Our Rick Steves tour guide Rainer was unbelievably great. His knowledge of Rome and the magnificent Architecture was outstanding. We felt extremely care for and safe throughout each day. The unexpected moments were the individual local guides and their expertise in the museums/Vatican and Churches and roman ruins. The ease of having a guide to skip the long lines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Clemente Church ! The ruins below ground and walking to see the Coliseum so close. That local guide was the best. She made us tear up several times. Her calm voice and her descriptions of pass civilizations was outstanding."

Bruce

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful time on the Best of Venice, Florence & Rome tour. The experience exceeded our expectations. Just about every detail of the tour is first-rate & well organized. Our guide, Rainer is the best! Everyone in our tour was friendly and I enjoyed our time together. Before the tour, I had little interest in art. I now have a greater appreciation & awareness because of what was learned & experienced during the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My top 'wow' moments are arriving by boat and seeing picturesque Venice for the first time, viewing the magnificent David, and the impressive Sistine Chapel Ceiling."

Pamela

Mount Pleasant, SC

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic! I loved everywhere we went, our main tour guide, Rhyner was great and the private tour guides in each city were knowlegable and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering Florence - it was beautiful! I was not sure what to expect, but loved it."

Janna

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this was amazing. It was my first time and by the end of the first meeting I was relieved with how prepared and organized every day was and how well we were instructed by Julian on where to be, what to expect..etc. Julian is an amazing story teller as as each of our local guides; they really helped weave everything together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There's not just 1!! I had my breath taken away and wow'ed with St Mark's, Uffizi palace, the statue of David, the Birth of Venus, the Sistine Chapel. Add to that that we were usually the earliest group and had the least amount of wait at any location we were touring."

Michael

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife initially loved the idea of going on a tour and I was skeptical. I've seen my friend's videos and pictures of being rushed and hurried like a conveyor belt through cities and attractions so that you could see 200 million things in two weeks. I don't enjoy that type of experience whatsoever, but I'm blown away by this tour. We had a lot of free time to explore wherever we wanted to go and that made this trip definitely one to remember and our guide, Julian, was superb. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count, and will take time in going through our pictures and seeing what sticks out the most. One of the "wow" moments for me was seeing the original David in Florence. I've seen quite a few copies over the years but seeing the original was great. Another "wow" or "wth" moment was traffic in Rome. It just hinted at a suggestion of rules or guidelines, but I felt at home walking like this quickly."

Dennis

Wimberley, TX

Tour: 10/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The VFR10 tour hit the highlights of art and culture in the cities visited, while leaving time for un-guided side trips. I highly recommend this tour for people wanting to see the Italian Renaissance cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment was seeing the ruins of ancient Rome. Our city guide painted a vibrant word-picture of what this seat of empire looked like 2,000 years ago."

Radd

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well run and organized. Group a little large at 24, 10 - 15 would be better. Great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David in Florence"

Marla

Upland, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our 2nd RS Tour. a large group(28).Our local guides at every phase were fabulous and almost made up for some of the failings with our tour leader.A lot to pack-in & we walked about 8-10 miles a day.(some self-inflicted) Hotels were centrally located. We thought that the timing of our tour would have meant fewer crowds- week 42 is when schools are out & travelling.add that to guide book

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide in Rome, Francesca, was the highlight of our Rome portion of the tour. She moved me to tears with her description of the tombstone epitaph written by a husband about his wife and her stories to bring the ruins & history to life. Her knowledge of the layering of history as we walked though the ages brought the culture with vivid imagery and knew of our other experiences to add to the overall past tour experiences."

Stephen

Lexington, KY

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the time spent at Marco's farm very much as well as the gondola trip in Venice. Greatly enjoyed the company of the other travelers."

Ilona

Glenhaven, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's wooden crucifix in Florence, which he carved at the age of 18. Very moving and an unexpected joy"

Daniel

Upland, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Other tour members were all great - friendly, cooperative and like minded - wanting to actively participate in all activities, either via the tour or on their own. Cities, hotels, meals (except for one in Florence) were wonderful. The differential that did not make this tour outstanding was the tour guide. Jesse was adequate, but appeared at times to be "phoning it in." Being that he had just finished the identical tour just before starting ours may have been part of the problem.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Marks in Venice."

Donna

Plymouth, MA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and it won't be our last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit with Francesca at the Colesseum."

Debbie

Keller, TX

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steve's Experience is amazing. The Best of Venice, Florence and Rome Tour was the perfect amount of days that included many of my favorite things: art, architecture, culture, food, unique experiences and so much history. The tour group enhanced the trip - people from all walks of life, contributing their own world experiences. Our tour guide's knowledge of literature and history was impressive. The trip enhanced my perceptive of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments: seeing Botticelli's Birth of Venus in person, seeing Michelangelo's David and the Trevi Fountain."

Anne

Lexington, KY

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We had a good time however, we thought the schedule was too heavy in the mornings with too much free time the remainder of the day and evening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boar trip in Venice was very nice. The company of the other travelers enhanced our trip."

Robert

Safety Harbor, FL

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip we had been looking forward to taking since a Mediterranean cruise in 2012 where we got to spend 4-6 hours in each of these cities. Not enough! Being able to spend three nights in each place and experiencing them after the crowds had gone back to their cruise ships gave us a sense of really getting to know the true character of each city.The food was great, Jesse was great, accommodations were great, and we had the best group so far (our 3rd RS tour) to share it all with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. The cooking class was amazing. So much fun and we learned a lot. Bought the pasta maker attachments for our Kitchenaide when we got home. Santa Croce was a wow for me. Being a retired science teacher and seeing the tomb of Galileo was incredible. So many important people in our history buried there. The stop at the Winery was also a favorite. In fact, we took a vote, Rick, and decided you should add one more night to the tour so we could stay over."

Donald

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

from donald and judy hill: the best trip of our life. We so appreciate Jesse. What a great person and guide. We greatly appreciate his information within the context of history. Sometimes we take for granted traveling 5,000 miles in a plane in 10 hours. Venice----outstanding walks and instruction. St. Marco's square---wow. Florence---our favorite: great leadership by Jesse. Cathedral of St. Mary of the flower, dome, and tower---awesome. Flash art was a blast. Rome---awesome

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice[INVALID]-Frari church in Venice; We were able to spend a lot of time and pray there. the Rick Steve's audible tour part is awesome. Recommend highly making our own lunch in Florence. So much fun. Tuscan lunch with Marco. Rome[INVALID][INVALID]the guide there was unbelievable. Coliseum and Forum. all the dinners with group were so much fun Watching my wife's eyes light up and laughing with other tour members. Her telling me how much she enjoyed the trip."

Patricia

Hockessin, DE

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a first trip abroad there can be no comparison. The pre trip information and suggestions were most helpful. Our guide,Stephanie made us feel very comfortable as a group very early on in the trip, and gave us great insight into the culture, language, and getting around. We became comfortable travelers in a very short time. By far the tour of Italy was remarkable and breathtaking. Only downfall was having to leave Rome after just three days. Already miss Stephanie and the whole group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every place had a wow moment: Venice - the Doge's Palace at 930 pm with only 9 visitors, it was a private tour! Florence - the Duomo bells chiming, maybe the private group session at the artist studio, or possibly the cooking class! Rome - every sight was a wow, from the Vatican to the Forum to metro rides."

Fred

Newark, DE

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. The RSG scheduled tours of all the "must see" sites in each city. Often, we got there at times when the crowds were small. We still had time to site see and enjoy the cities on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum and the Ruins were awesome, so were the Florentine Steaks"

David

Hockessin, DE

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being our first visit aboard, we absolutely enjoyed the entire experience and look forward to our next adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We experienced a vast number of "wow" moments from our first dinner in Venice at Rosa Rosa with great friends, exploring the markets in Florence, an exceptional wine experience in the Tuscan region, and visualizing ancient Rome in the Forum."

Colleen

Newark, DE

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time. Tour guides were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the winery overlooking vineyards. So beautiful! Pictures did not come close."

Harris

Fitchburg, MA

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Venice to Rome the tour and its guide (Stephanie) were outstanding. Her knowledge and her personality, the in and outs, the little tips all resulted in a fantastic experience. Hotels were centrally located and made for easy navigation of city streets. Your Guide was very helpful and was our Compass Rose

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class and our wine tour were fantastic. It was a change from the traditional historic site seeing. I think it brought the group closer together and developed a stronger bond. (well done)"

Howard

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a tremendous overall experience, learning about italy while working with our guide Stephanie and a great group of other people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class in Florence wSAs tops, with a bonding with fellow tour participants while making our own lunch. And to learn how easy pasta is to make form scratch."

Tammie

Eagle, ID

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned with a good mix of group touring and free time touring. The local guides we all very knowable and educated us on more that names and dates. The hotels locations were perfect and helped us to experience the local community and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday we had a WOW moment, Venice- canals, the Doge's Palace at night with almost no one there, Florence – out the window of our monastery hotel The Duomo, Rome- the Pantheon at dusk. Our bucket list WOW, for me the Sistine Chapel and my wife "The" David."

Nancy

Fitchburg, MA

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly was wowed by all that we were able to do, the knowledge of local and group guides, the location of the hotels , the fun that was part of it, the terrific group dynamics, and the fabulous weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"...this is really difficult to select, but I loved the cooking class and the trip to the winery at Orvieto."

Katherine

Conway, AR

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The only word I have is Amazing. Just Amazing. I worried about nothing and felt like I was in Italy with family. Stephanie and her local guides are above notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class. The local artist we meet those are my top two."

Kate

Troy, MI

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was truly a trip of a lifetime and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute! The tour was a great balance between group activities and free time. I found the art to be particularly inspiring, all brought to life by Stephanie and all of our excellent local guides (Elizabetta, Juliana, Paolo, and Francesca). The hotels were comfortable and in great locations. Stephanie was such an amazing guide, always making sure we were comfortable and confident navigating the cities. I had a wonderful time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's David is something that I'll never forget. The more I looked at it, the more amazed I was. It is beyond comprehension how someone could create something so powerful yet so subtle. Botticelli's Primavera and Birth of Venus at the Uffizi were "wows" of color and beauty after seeing rooms upon rooms of pre-Renaissance religious paintings (which are interesting in their own right, but these two paintings are truly marvelous to behold). If you love art, you must go on this tour!"

Michael

Richland, WA

Tour: 10/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephanie was wonderful, she seemed to really care about the group. There was a good mix of planned touring and free time. I wish the group was smaller-28 is very cumbersome As a chef, I felt the restaurants chosen for group dinners were rather poor. The food served at these locations was mediocre.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first full view of the Duomo."

Alan

New Britain, PA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I didn't like not being able to get WIFI outside the hotels, and even inside the hotels it was spotty. I did like walking extensively throughout the cities to see numerous museums and churches after the tours ended for the morning or later. The tour's fellow travelers were great and Amanda was wonderful. Each of the local tour guides were perfect. We learned a lot and felt it was a worthwhile trip, with a lot of fun activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. the Big Sites, like the Vatican and the Colluseum; 2. the fact that we as a group were ushered into the front of lines that otherwise were three hours long for these places; 3. the other amazing buildings, churches, and museums that were NOT on the main tourists travels, like San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome, which we spent 90 minutes in, because we had time to ourselves; 4. the offbeat places, like the botanical gardens; 5. enjoying the legends, art, mosaics, and sculpures of Italy."

Gay

Slidell, LA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a great mixture of education, immersion and relaxation. We hit all the big "must see" spots, learned enough to really appreciate what we were seeing, and had enough time to rest or explore our "neighborhood" on our own. I loved that we were hoteled in the heart of these wonderful cities for a few days. Our guide was very helpful, informative, efficient, and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count! Really. I was continually awed and amazed."

Joe

Slidell, LA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience was that the tour was run very professionally and in a very organized manner. With clearly a virtually unlimited amount of things to do and see, I felt like we saw what we needed to with the time we had. I could've never designed a trip to accomplish this on my own. Amanda, our guide, was truly a pleasure. She was extremely considerate and took care of us better than I could've ever expected. The local guides that medt us along the way were also extremely good at what they do

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a tough one. When it comes to food, clearly the food class was the biggest for me. When it to comes to museums I would have to say St. Peter's Basilica. Romanticism, I would say the gondola ride. And then there is spirituality, Michael Angelo's sculptures - Wow."

Gary

Gold River, CA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

very happy with the tour and with our tour guide amanda i was glad that it was an energetic tour with a lot of walking. thats what i like. i liked staying in the "hearts" of the cities we toured

Tom

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! Although we've used Rick's guidance through his many books over the years, this was our first Rick Steves' guided tour. Venice, Florence and Rome are huge tourists centers, so it's a challenge to get through the crowds, see the sights and comprehend them. Especially appreciated the pacing - nice balance of must-see sights and on-your-own touring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the cooking class. It was fun and a nice break. Chopping, slicing, dicing and rolling our own pasta was just the cure for the mega tourist museum scene."

Beth

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was more than I could have imagined! This was my first trip to Italy and I am so glad I went on a Rick Steves Tour. There was no way in the world that we could have experienced and learned so much history going by ourselves. The tour was a great mix of group togetherness and off on your own time. I really liked that aspect. I loved the restaurants we went to both on group time and recommendations from our fabulous guide Amanda, on our own time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is a hard one--I think when I was most wowed was at the Vatican Museum--so much art, it was almost overwhelming"

Carol

Franklin Park, IL

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was much more than I ever expected! The restaurants & hotel accommodations were first class, and the little perks from Amanda gave it that personal touch. We enjoyed the time we had on our own to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Forum and Colliseum were absolutely incredible! I also loved the singing gondola ride, but to understand how Venice works as a city was amazing!"

Frances

Doylestown, PA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amanda was excellent - like a mother hen caring for her middle and older aged travellers. She was extremely knowledgable about Italian history and in the rare instance she did not have an answer for a question, she found the correct answer immediately. The two "activities" we had were so much fun - the winetasting ou Orvieto and the the cookinng class in Florence. Our local guides made the history and art come alive. There was just enough free time for our own explorations to visit more museums

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many Wow moments but the two I loved the most were walking up Giotto's campanile and viewing David in the Accademia both in Florence"

Naomi

River Falls, WI

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a "bucket list" tour for me and was all that I'd hoped it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wonderful sights, but the "wow" one for me was standing in the Sistine Chapel looking up at the magnificent work of Michelangelo."

Joelle

Saint Augustine, FL

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

1st timer on Rick Steve: outstanding guide and good group but too regimented for me. Why not give us 1 or 2 free morning(s) and have PM visits instead so we could have leisurely breakfast? Too much museum time: LOVED the guided walks in cities but disliked museums in spite of outstanding local guides. I would give people option to follow guide or have their individual listening device if they prefer so they can go at their rhythm, and meet at a fixed in advance time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmm..... I could have stayed in Venice the whole time - but my fav' moments were probably the Orvietto winery and the cooking school"

Cynthia

Iowa Falls, IA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful trip! I've wanted to visit Italy for many years and this tour was not a disappointment. I appreciated the structure: an overview of the city, a morning tour through some of the three-star sites, free afternoon and evening time to personalize our visit, lots of suggestions for on-our-own time, and a chance to get to know the other travelers and regional food at the group meals. And an outstanding tour guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many "wow" moments. Each time I saw in real life the pieces of art that I'd pondered over in books for many years, it was a "wow" moment. They all looked so much more beautiful in person than on paper. The gorgeous mosaics in St. Marks, the beautiful Donatello David, the Birthing of Venus, the Pieta, the doors of the Baptistery, Michelangelo's David, the Sistine Chapel were breathtaking. I loved seeing the Italian countryside as we moved from Venice to Florence and Florence to Rome."

Madonna

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour, from the speedboat into Venice to the Trevi fountain, and everything in between. Thanks for a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the godola's all together on the Grand canal with music playing, a full moon overhead and a Italian song floating over the water. It was magical."

Jim

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since we have been home, people have asked us "how was your trip?" We can truly answer that it was fantastic! Being first time travelers to Italy and on a Rick Steves Tour, we have great memories of Venice, Florence and Rome. The hotels were pretty good especially the Hotel Silla in Florence. For the most part, our group members were very friendly and easy to get to know. Julian was a terrific guide with a wealth of knowledge throughout the entire trip! His stories on the bus were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several "wow" moments during the trip. Having a live experience at the Vatican was all I hoped it would be! Also, I really wanted to exper- ience Trajan's Tower in Ancient Rome along with the adjoining market. Seeing it at night and also during the day was fantastic!"

Linda

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Italy was everything and more than expected! This is in thanks to our wonderful tour guide who was soo knowledgeable bringing history to life. The artwork was fabulous and I still can't get over that all the ceilings are painted/sculpted works of art. Hotels were in the heart of the cities, food delicious and good combination of planned events and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Venice the canals, in Florence Pitti Palace and the artwork, in Rome of course the Vatican especially St Peter's Basillica and Sistene Chapel."

Robyn

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It surpassed all my expectations. Julian was a wonderful tour guide. He made sure we were informed on everything we needed to know. He was very informative and knowledgeable on all the things we saw. I knew if I needed anything he was there for us. He truly made our trip perfect. I

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say Venice. Everyone should go there."

Michael

Slidell, LA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great guide (Julian) and a great group of fellow travelers (including my main squeeze). As a first-time tourist to Europe, I didn't know what to expect. However, our tour surpassed everything I hoped it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I wasn't sure about it beforehand, but my favorite experience during our tour was the cooking class in Florence. We had a lot of fun with our little group and prepared (and enjoyed) a fantastic meal."

Gene

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A true learning experience was had. Expectations were met and on occasion exceeded. To see and experience places that were only read about in the past was very enlightening. A great visit!! I learned quite a bit about Venice, Florence and Rome that I have previously only read about or viewed on TV documentaries

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Tenuta Le Velette winery was very nice. What a peaceful place to visit. Outstanding scenery, a 2,500 year history lesson by the current owner in 20 minutes and the tasting of good wine and associated food for a nice lunch. The tour of the Roman Coliseum and the Roman Ruins was unbelievable. The visit to St. Paul's Cathedral in person was great. Per suggestion in the guide book, a speed boat ride from the Venice airport to the hotel was fun and a great idea."

Dolores

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a high energy tour that was just fabulous. Venice, there are not enough words to explain the magic. The twisting streets, the bridges, the water, the architecture and of course the history. Florence, more history, the Duomo, the Baptristry, the art, the cooking lessons, what more could you want. Then, Rome. The center of it all, it is a walking city, full of history and romance, the Vatican, the fountains and more content than you could ever want. I loved it all! When can I go back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Approaching Venice on our speedboat. I couldn't believe I was finally there, and then suddenly to be entering the Grand Canal and to see the amazing beauty. I was mesmerized beyond words, you could not wipe the grin off my face. Loved it!"

Mary

Slidell, LA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a great time on our trip. It was everything we could have dreamed of. Our group was fun and our guide was very prepared and knowledgeable. Everything went flawlessly

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole thing! It was so full it is hard to pick out one thing. I loved the history, the art,"

Dwight

Brentwood, TN

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour. Learned a great deal about Italy and it's cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved all of the meals provided by the tour. Wonderful restaurants and dining experience"

Kay

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the local guides who were engaging and passionate about their respective cities. I would never have been able to appreciate what I was seeing without them. I also appreciated the unique experiences that I believe only a guided tour could provide, like the serenaded gondola ride thru Venice, and the in-depth winery experience in the Umbria province. Jesse got us up early to enjoy the sights before they became too crowded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many - the serenaded gondola, the breathtaking vineyard, ancient Rome and the Pantheon top the list."

Robert

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wasn't sure whether I'd like being on a tour, but this one exceeded my expectations. I appreciated skipping the line at very busy museums, the local guides who helped set the context for what we were seeing, our fellow tour mates who were easy-going and fun, the reasonable Rick Steves' style hotels (especially in Venice), and finally, the meals which were good to excellent and served with very good wines. Rick Steve' travel philosophy was clearly reflected in every aspect of this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The winery tour and tasting at Tenuta Le Velette on the way to Rome. Cecilia, owner of the winery, was an incredible guide who seemed to love describing its history beginning many centuries ago in Etruscan and then Roman times, showing us the buildings and underground tunnels, and then describing the excellent food and wine pairings served in a large dining room."

Daniel

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine tasting in Tuscany"

Pamela

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I highly recommend taking this tour!! We really enjoyed our group members and the guide. We had a nice mix of group time and individual time. We saw everything we wanted and needed to see while in Venice, Florence and Rome.

Catherine

Cumberland, RI

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had the best guided trip on this VFR Rick Steves tour. Each day was so well planned to give the max free and strucured time. Our personal guide and the private guides were excellent, so eager to share and personalize their knowledge. I just loved learning from them. All the activities esp museums and the times when we entered were really outstanding. The shared meals gave us good insight into the food culture of each city. The tour was organized to give the best experience possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the island of Torcello resonated for me. I could imagine how the first Venetians lived and worshipped. Sitting in the small chapel was quite moving. In Florence my early morning visit to Piazza Michaelangelo was very serene. Watching the beautiful city awaken was very lovely. As I listened to every guide, I became more and more proud to be Italian!"

Judy

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the trip. The guide was outstanding, our fellow travelers were all delightful and helpful. The sites the tour took us to struck a nice balance The local guides were knowledgeable and fun to be with. I felt we made good use of our free time; we had pre-planned most activities using the Rick Steves Italy book. On our own, we went to the Borghese, the Doge's Palace, and Castel Sant Angelo, some which Jesse our guide suggested.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moments were seeing the magnificent art (David, The Pieta) that these three cities had to offer. Fun times: cooking class, wine tasting trip. Jesse our guide showed an interest in all of us on the tour, engaging us in conversations about our experiences."

Heidi

Wimberley, TX

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing experience! I couldn't have asked for a better group of travelers, now friends and family! Jesse was so wonderful and we are blessed to have had this experience. I learned so very much and am still processing the experience. Thank you for such a well planned and enjoyable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I felt like the whole was a WOW moment. I am particularly impressed with the singing gondola ride, the amazing meal that had riboleta and puffs of heaven gnocci, the painting of Mary's presentation to the temple, the wine tour, the cooking class fun and learning how to make pasta, the meal Jesse put together for us to experience the amazing fresh foods that might be new to us, the back streets walk through Venice when Elizabetta had the amazing memory of her mom in a unique moment..."

Casandra

Port Lavaca, TX

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing and I am recommending it to friends. Well organized and guides were very educated and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The winery and the tasting...the view was breathtaking!"

Diane

Burlington, WA

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice was the highlight of my trip. It was so amazing that it seemed like the highlight of my life. However, I was completely overwhelmed when I stepped into St Mark's Square for the first time. I stood staring at the beauty before me. It seemed unbelievable and transcendent to absorb."

Janet

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was wonderful. Venice, Florence and Rome are beautiful cities. Our tours covered all the highlights. The guides were both informative and fun. Everyone on the tour was enjoyable company. We indulged in some outstanding meals. The hotels were nice and conveniently located. The bus rides between cities were smooth, easy, and had free wireless internet available!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always a difficult question to answer, since there are so many wonderful sites and experiences to choose. Since Venice is such an beautiful city and my favorite of the three, my #1 Wow: Riding the vaporetto (either evening or daylight trip) on the Grand Canal in Venice."

Sara

Mundelein, IL

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my husband's and my first Rick Steves' tour, and it really exceeded our expectations. We wanted guidance for touring the "big three" in Italy, and this tour was definitely the right decision. We enjoyed the family-run hotels, and being in the heart of the city near the sights we wanted to see. We also learned a lot about public transportation and finding our way when we got a bit lost on our own. The combination of sights, group meals and free time worked well for our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David at the Accademia in Florence: Our group went in the evening and stayed until closing. At one point, my husband and I were the only ones in the room with the sculpture. That was special!"

Kathleen

Amherst, NY

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The destinations, hotel locations and museum tours were outstanding. Really enjoyed the pace of the activities and the free time. It was well-thought out by your team.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say that our cooking class in Florence was fabulous and then dining in the cellar was such fun. Lots of laughs and delicious food. Our trip to the winery in Umbria was another delight. Viewing David, the Pieta and the Colosseum was awe inspiring. Our hotel was located dear the Spanish Steps and we spent an extra day in Rome. We walked up the steps and heard two opera singers performing in the alley Sunday night. Goosebumps!!"

Christie

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really enjoyed my fellow travelers. Liked the combination of group time, tours and meals with independent time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"winery visit cooking class group dinner in Florence guide at Coliseum"

Christine

Cumberland, RI

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful experience! I visited Italy years ago and can say I"saw" Italy. This time I experienced the country. I learned so much from each guide,each sharing their knowledge and insights. The tour got you to all the big sights with no waiting and allowed lots of free time to discover each city for yourself. The shared events were special too, especially the cooking class and the winery visit. We were very lucky with the make-up of our group members. Everyone enjoyed mingling and sharing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because I had travelled to Italy before I didn't have a chance to be awed by Venice's canals or by the majesty of St. Peter's but instead my pleasures were small. Learning the fish market in Venice is housed in the oldest building was special. The view of Orvieto from the bus was special.The Vatican Museum at night was memorable."

Stephen

Olney, MD

Tour: 09/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our first Rick Steve's trip. Well planned and executed. Enough that we will seriously consider another RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments to choose from but one that stuck out was the cooking experience in Florence."

Marc

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. I'm not the most outgoing guy and I was concerned about being in a group of people that I had never met before (other than my wife), but I have to say that I very much enjoyed getting to know the people on the tour. Everyone was so easy to get along with and they all had very positive attitudes throughout.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that it is hard to pick one moment. Seeing David in Florence was very cool. The Sistine Chapel (although uncomfortably crowded) was also amazing. St Peters, the Colosseum and Pantheon too."

Mari

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everyday was fabulous! I went to Italy to turn 60. (I highly recommend this - the best way to celebrate.) But I came away with a great appreciation for history. To me, history was dusty, no connection. Our leader, Graeme, made it a point to give us knowledge before our visits to the sites/areas so we would fully understand what we were experiencing. And he did it in a way that made it interesting and relatable. I can now say that history is not dusty ... and is very alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two tingly moments... well, three if you count starring at Michelangelo's statute of David for 30 minutes. The first was in a church in Rome under which archaeologists had found 4 'layers' of history with the oldest being dated to a Roman street in 400 AD. We were able to walk that street and enter a home from that period - the aqueduct was still providing water to it! The second was at the Forum. Standing on a slab of marble, it hit me that I could be standing where Caesar had walked."

Kelly

Stoughton, MA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very happy with my tour experience. It exceeded my expectations. Every place I would have wanted to visit was included on this trip. It highlighted all of the main attractions as well as exploring hidden gems that I would not have otherwise visited if I had gone without the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all incredible. It would be too difficult to pick one wow moment."

George

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. Graeme kept us informed, engaged and caffeinated. I'm sure there are other great tour guides in your organization but I cannot imagine that anyone could have been more perfect for our group and our trip. He taught us so much about Italian art and history and made it all so fascinating. Our tour group was a fantastic mix of great people. No "grumps" or "Debbie Downers" in the bunch. I don't know how y'all screen your customers so well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing and hearing Graeme talk about the Caravaggio paintings at the chiesa s. Luigi dei Francesi"

Christian

Marana, AZ

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a great trip! I enjoyed the tour guide as well as all of the local guides as well. I would definitely recommend Rick Steves tours to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was probably the Coliseum and forum in Rome. Also seeing Venice and all of its canals and waterways as well as some of the surrounding islands."

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide was very good. He was polite, spoke well, and kept the group interested. The tour destinations were for the most part enjoyable, although the boat excursion in Venice was a bit lack luster. The cooking trip in Florence was a hoot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oddly, I liked the cooking school I didn't expect to enjoy it, but I did."

Ruth

Marana, AZ

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing tour. Loved all the the guides which made the trip incredibly entertaining and informative. I have a whole new appreciation for the history and art of these amazing cities.

Daniel

Exeter, NH

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour and tour guide. Great location of hotels and the local city guides were also great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the St. Clemente Church in Rome was such a surprise and inspirational experience"

Rebecca

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and it exceeded our expectations in all ways. It provided a great balance between guided and pre-planned activities and free time to explore the great cities of Italy on our own. The ten days flew by.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Perhaps the best was a group Italian Tuscany dinner. Great food, great service and great new friends."

Mike

Springfield, MO

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe, first group tour. first Rick Steves tour. Really had no idea what to expect. Well, this tour was just perfect. We had a blast! A great group of people, great guide, great food & wine. Couldn;t be happier with our choice. Would love to return to Italy and other countries with Rick. We learned so much and also feel like we could travel on our own after this. Hope to travel again soon. Thanks for a unforgetable trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many. Stepping off the boat in Venice into another time. St. Mark's basilica Was breathtaking & when the lights came up it took on a whole different level. Truly a spirtual experence. The other goosebumps moment was walking into the Pantheon. Incredible! Just incredible!"

Robert

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour of history, art, architecture and culture. Hotels, food and free time where all excellent. Our guide, Ben, was fabulous as where the local guides at each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To many to pick one. St. Marc's Basilica, the David, the Coliseum and on and on."

Gabriela

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I was very happy with the tour my husband and I were able to join in our quest to travel to Italy. I really enjoyed that the trip was inclusive of different areas that make up Italy. What I mean by this is that I felt we were able to get a little taste of everything. We toured the urban cities, but still were able to visit small islands like Burano or visit something different like the countryside. Going to the Winery was a fun experience. Overall, we left with only positives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was when I tried the two pasta dishes during our first dinner in Rome. I was blown away by the amazing taste of the pasta. The small senior who cooked the pasta was amazing; still very active and very friendly."

Bruce

Goodyear, AZ

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Italy and it was grand! We were overwhelmed by all the great art and historical sites. Everywhere you turned there was something interesting to explore. Ten days will give you a taste, a good taste, but there is so much more to see. Will definitely return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had to be the tour of the collesseum with our most excellent tour guide Francesca, she really brought it to life - 2000 years ago. St. Mark's Basilica was amazing too."

Ruby

Mahtomedi, MN

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my very first tour and I was most interested in learning if this could meet all or most of my expectations for an outstanding trip! I can honestly say, it exceeded all my expectations. Ben Cameron was an excellent tour guide. He was organized, punctual, and very knowledgeable about all aspects of our tour. I very much appreciated his arranging with local guides to share their knowledge and experiences. All were outstanding and it gave me a greater appreciation for what we were seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one but for me, seeing Michelangelo's David. I don't think I will ever forget it! All of the history that was shared with us and then seeing this most impressive piece of art was unbelievable!"

Cheryl

Hope, ID

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a marvelous time. We loved the set up of the trip with information about the area, an orientation walk and, as well as our own guide, Ben, local guides who lived in the area who were able to really help us understand what we were looking at! After our 4-5 hours with the guides we had the rest of the day, and often the evening,to explore on our own. Transportation was seamless and our hotels were good, with good breakfasts at all 3 hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially liked the visit to a local farm on the way to Rome. It felt like we had truly done something off the beaten path. Our farmer, Marco, had a number of acres of olive trees and grape vines that he had planted within the last 20 years. He was passionate about what he was doing and shared that passion-and lots of wine and food. It was a great afternoon."

Terry

Wenonah, NJ

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been on a group tour before and the Rick Steves approach was everything I had hoped it would be. My concern traveling as a single person with mostly couples disappeared within hours as every single member could not have been more welcoming and enjoyable. You are absolutely correct when you say that your tours attract a certain kind of traveller. The guides, hotels, historical references and information, restaurants, and even the bus rides between cities, all terrific!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Countless wow's but I have to say The David. The scale and setting blew me away. Probably the most beautiful and impressive thing I have ever seen."

Vicky

Springfield, MO

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing! We didn't know what to expect in th beginning, as we have never done this sort of thing. The sightseeing, the food, getting to know the others in our group, all was an amazing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many of these, it's hard to choose! I would have to say St Marks Square and Cathedral was the top door me! I also very munched enjoyed the cooking class and visiting the winery/vineyard."

Ian

Hope, ID

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First tour and Ben was the perfiect introduction to the tour experience. The tour was the perfect blend of time with local guides and with Ben and the free time made the whole experience seamless and very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class in Florence"

Melynda

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Above and beyond expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine Chapel Ceiling--it was spiritual; cooking class in Florence; afternoon at Poggio della Volara"

Susan

Fallbrook, CA

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

wonderful, better than I had ever imagined it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"meeting my cousin tiziano in Florence ."

Patricia

Orlando, FL

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the entire tour. Our guide, Ben, was amazing and our group really enjoyed each other. The cities and schedule was arranged perfectly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The lunch at the olive and vineyard was great !!Ben"

Linda

Punta Gorda, FL

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour. Good balance of activities and free time. Italy was absolutely awesome. Feel like we experienced everything we could have hoped for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The water taxi out to the Islands of Venice and the overall fascination of the vehicle-free Venice. Also, loved the miles and miles of walking and stair climbing. Never missed my usual workouts!"

Michael

Appleton, WI

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time from minute one till we left the hotel the last day. I loved the organization of the tour. It was a perfect mix of organized time and free time for us to explore. Similarly, the mix of group meals and free time to try a restaurant and order from a menu was great. There were a number of guide lead tours in each city and then free time for us to explore what else we'd like to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not certain that I can list only one "wow" moment from the tour but if I had to I can narrow it to two things, seeing Michelangelo's David at the Academia in Florence and se the Coliseum in Rome. Having said that, truly we felt like it was one 10 day "wow" moment."

Cyndy

Salinas, CA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

IT WAS EVERYTHING I EXPECTED AND BETTER THAN I COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED. WE HAD JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF TOUR TIME VERSUS FREE TIME.I WILL 100% JOIN ANOTHER RICK STEVE'S TOUR WHEN I TRAVEL ABROAD. WE HAD A MAGICAL TIME.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"ST MARKS - VENICE FLORENCE - WINERY VISIT PATHEON (SPELLING?) - ROME EXCAVATION OF THREE CHURCH BUILT ONE ON TOP OF OTHER - ROME - I HAD TEARS"

Mickie

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

At 78 and 79 both with bad knees and one with Neuropathy, we were not prepared to go down steps without some difficulty and having to take one step at a time, try to find a hand rail and dodge people at the same time it became quite a challenge , then to have to hustle to keep up with the group, again while dodging some more people, we were quite worn out at the end of the day. Being able to witness the amazing sites and architecture was worth the struggle to see them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The one to top all my "wow" moments has to be the Collseum. Pictures don't do it justice. There were so many massive structures, but the with the Coliseum you could actually see how much building materials it took to construct, let alone how they ever did it moving massive stone as they did."

Steven

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well planned and paced. Three days in each city was perfect. Stephanie was the best. All the guides were excellent. The best tour I've ever taken!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The layers of building in Rome"

Pamela

Peoria, IL

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized and ran smoothly. The tour guide (Stephanie) was exceptionally friendly and anticipated our every need. I enjoyed that Stephanie really encouraged us to immerse ourselves in the culture and helped us with things ranging from learning the language to navigating through a coffee bar.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked Florence a lot more than I anticipated. I don't feel like someone who appreciates art as much as others, but the guided tours really helped me understand the paintings and appreciate the masterpieces."

Linda

Appleton, WI

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first time in Italy and these 3 cities provided such a wonderful exposure. I found Venice unique in that we never had to deal with motorbikes/cars. Florence and Rome offered unforgettable art work and rich in history. Rome truly is the lasagna city, city built upon city built upon city. Obviously the Vatican, the Colosseum, and the Forum. Stephanie was such a knowledgeable guide, as were the individual ones we had in the different cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome was the wow moment for me on this tour, so rich in history, the architecture, the Vatican, art work, just breathtaking. Our guide Franceska did a phenomenal job putting a human touch to the ruins of Roman, her literary analogies very interesting."

Lynn

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Stephanie was wonderful and put a lot of effort into making special moments for us. All of the local guides were impressive. The hotel in Venice was lacking (breakfast not very good and hotel staff not very friendly). The bus trips were well -planned for stops and the wine tour near Orvieto was magnificent! The Vatican was over- crowded and not very enjoyable. Paulo spent too much time talking about photos of the Cistine Chapel. It was just too long. The tour was almost outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David. Stephanie set it up perfectly."

Robert

Burien, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was just as expected. I was very pleased that we made it to all the sights and more. With the exception of one hotel, the lodging, meals, transportation and especially our tour guide were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I saw the Coloseum it was a shocking moment for me. "It really does exist", which is what I said to myself. Sounds silly, but that is the moment that opened my eyes to the enormity of this past empire."

Dawn

Clare, MI

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I were intending on experiencing Italy on our own. Then we decided it might be better for us to go on a tour. The Rick Steve's Tour wasn't our first choice but I'm sure glad we were too late to get on the tour we originally chose! We were more than satisfied with our experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"while visiting the ancient ruins of Rome, the tour guide made me feel what it would be like a Roman back in time. She touched my heart by her telling us some of her personal experiences along with the history."

Barbara

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although I've been on several other tours, I didn't realize that staying in just 3 major cities would be more exhausting than traveling from place to place. However the tour guide, Graeme was fabulous and flexible. The group I traveled with was one of the best--everyone wanted to have a good time and were welcoming and helpful. Great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments? Let me see: Venice! Florence! Rome! However, probably standing in the Colosseum. Our tour guide (can't remember name) was one of the best guides I've every had."

Stephanie

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable providing us with the history of the areas were visiting, answers to never ending questions, and giving helpful suggestions of things to do in our free time. Everyone we traveled with was fun to be around and the local guides provided great insight and local flavor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was do many it is hard to name one. I would have to say taking the water taxi to your Venice hotel and traveling the canals and realizing "I am really here"... it was great!"

Kay

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. It was my first time in Venice, Florence, and Rome, and I am very glad I chose to experience Italy as part of a Rick Steves' tour. The restaurants that were included in the tour we exceptional and the food was a great choice. It gave us a taste of Italy. I enjoyed all the areas visited and appreciated the local tour guides provided. They were able to provide a very personal experience and knowledge of the areas visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that I can't choose just one."

Nancy

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My trip was wonderful! We saw so much amazing art and architecture! Our guide was absolutely wonderful! We had a very nice friendly group of fellow travelers that made it fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick out one special moment. I think St Mark,s Basilica in Venice was one of the top. It was so beautiful and being there when it was lit up was amazing! I also really enjoyed the cooking school in Florence....it was fun, informative and very delicious!"

David

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time. Really liked our tour guide. The local guides were excellant with knowledge of history and society.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum in Rome."

Leonard

Lutherville Timonium, MD

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience, Graeme was top notch, very knowledgeable and had a great demeanor with all the group. As with my previous RS tour, the tour guide really makes the trip. I highly recommend Graeme.

Monique

Eastsound, WA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was incredible. All the details were thought of. Our guide was perfect. We had enough space to experience Italy the way my son & I would have wanted alone, and we had the luxury of someone holding our hands through the small things that come with being in another country. I really appreciated the accommodations, the travel arrangements, the sights & local guides, and the communal meals we had together. It was perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The colluseum for sure. Our guide that day really walked us through the history of all that we were about to take in that day. Our Rick Steve's guide was very attentive to the group and at the same time it was nice to have time solo with my son. It was definitely the most magnumus part of our trip."

Nell

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I felt that the tour exceeded our expectations. Graeme and the local guides were superb. They were not only knowledgeable but passionate about their subjects. The guiding truly was the highlight for us. We were also impressed by the quality of the hotels (appreciated the central locations!) and group meals. We liked the "structure" of the tour, with the orientation walk and group meal upon arrival at each new location, which allowed us to "get our bearings."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel! Really appreciated Graeme's effort to get us an evening appointment."

Christine

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our guide and the sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Mark's Basilica when it was lit up."

Nancy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end everything was wonderful. This is my third Rick Steve's tour and I think it was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of them - I could never pick just one. Everyday was the best and I could not figure out how the next day could get better - and then that day was the best."

Carolyn

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was absolutely outstanding! Our tour director, Graeme, was excellent with knowledge and personality. Definitely a trip to remember and share. I enjoyed every minute of our tour. Each day was filled with such interesting, fun and exciting new experiences!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing water canals in Venice and climbing the 463 steps up the Duomo to experience a breath taking view of the city!"

Janet

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first guided Rick Steves tour having only done one My Way tour previously. It was great! The advantages of the guided tour were having a very knowledgeable and fun tour guide, having tickets included in the price, getting into museums as a group avoiding longer lines, having all hotels and transportation included and having some meals as a group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michaelangelo's The David!"

Michael

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was fantastic and the addition of the local guides was really insightful. Excellent tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the lights came on inside of St. Marks Bacilica. The golden glow of the mosaics almost left me speechless. Not sure I have seen anything so beautiful in my life..."

Don

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Italy, so we were not only eager to get a sound grounding in three spectacular new-to-us cities, but also somewhat daunted by Italy's "too-muchness," to borrow novelist Eleanor Clark's phrase. We appreciated the blend of group organization and individual freedom, and especially the caliber of guides throughout. Having basic logistics taken care of (hotels, tickets to major sites and inter-city travel) was a relief, and left more time and energy for the main journeying.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You mean besides the 37 gelatos I consumed over 10 days? OK, I'll try. Perhaps catching a first glimpse of the Colosseum, beyond the traffic jam in the foreground. Perhaps the reflection off one of Venice's canals, and the realization that these really ARE its "streets." Perhaps Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, or Bruneleschi's dome, or, yes, the Sistene Chapel, or the "history layer" of San Clemente church, or Bellini, Titian and Tintoretto at the Venetian Accademia. OK, I failed."

Desley

El Granada, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been watching Rick Steves on PBS for years, so this was my first experience on one of your tours, as was the rest of the group. Nina was a great guide, the group all really got along well and I had a blast. The week prior I was in the Amalfi coast and I thought that would be the highlight of my trip, but it really wasn't, it was this tour. The camaraderie with the group was totally unexpected and as a single traveler I was welcomed by others to join them on their daily jaunts/dinner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I LOVED Venice. I had arrived a few days early but still could have spent longer there. Personally when I walked into St. Mark's square and saw the Basilica, it was just so beautiful, I could have cried. I have wanted to go to Venice all my life and finally I was there. I also loved the cooking class in Florence as well as the wine tasting in Umbria...both fantastic. I, however was not wowed by the Vatican, and I should have been, but it was way too crowded, but still glad that I went."

Patricia

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was magical for me. The sites we saw and learned about were just fantastic. The group melded like old friends and I can't say enough wonderful things about Nina. She was so personable and knowledgeable. I think she made the history we learned come alive in each city. The added guides were fantastic, loved their jobs and gave us their all on each tour. Nina made us laugh and feel so comfortable. We had a person injured and she handled the upheaval without batting an eye.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola at sunset with music, The Coleseum!"

Muriel

Toronto, ON

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This Rick Steves' "Best of Venice, Florence & Rome" tour was a wonderful introduction to Italy for my husband Nigel and me. There were so many wonderful experiences, from St. Mark's Basilica in Venice to the Uffizi in Florence to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and many more in between, so that I would highly recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At our hotel in Venice, meeting our wonderful guide Nina and fellow travellers, and knowing that this was going to be one fun trip together!"

David

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was outstanding , and our local guides were extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer all of our questions. Our accommodations were well located, comfy and sufficient, and provided us with excellent breakfasts to start each day. I believe we had a good balance of cultural history, art appreciation, free time and fun activities. There was no lost time in our schedule. Every day was filled, often leaving us tired but not exhausted and able to recuperate by the following morning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour of the coliseum and the forum in Rome was shocking. I was blown away by the size and the grandeur of the buildings. And also the vastness of the total complex. Seeing it in person was much more impressive than watching a tv documentary."

Georgette

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I just loved this tour. Everything exceeded our expectations. We saw so much and learned about what we want to cover next time. Everything went quite smoothly, well organized, easy check ins at hotels, local orientation had us navigating the streets right away.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to pick a favorite? One of the most unexpected for me was the gold mosaics of San Marco, Venice. I had previously not been too excited by icons and mosaics, thinking them flat and unexpressive. But seeing them in situ, where they were designed to be, with the changing light, was an intensely moving experience."

Mary

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the tour I wanted. The sites (and sights) covered, the smooth arrangements, the helpful background information that made the experiences more understandable and richer. Many times, as Nina directed us into a line for a museum or church and handed each of us our ticket, my husband and I said, "Can you imagine if we'd had to figure all this out ourselves and make these arrangements?" The tour was a good balance of planned and unplanned time. Our tour group companions were amiable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many Wow moments. The city museums and churches were all Wows, especially St. Clements in Rome. But I really loved the stop at Tenute le Vallette--Cecilia's talk was lovely and informative, but most especially the wine tasting and food laid out in that lovely room."

Ron

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized with our schedules and expectations were clearly communicated to us. Our tour guide Nina was wonderful. I would go on another tour with her as our guide anytime. She was kind, yet humorous and very knowledgeable. All arranged meals and transportation was seamless and very convenient for all of us in the group. I'd highly recommend this 10 days of Italy tour to anyone interested in visiting and learning the history of this beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the first time we arrived at Saint Mark's Square in Venice and was awestruck by the sight and history. Secondly our tour of the old winery and visiting the underground cellars was really nice."

Heidi

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved most everything about this tour, even the few times it rained did not make a difference. I do not ordinarily go for "organized fun" but this tour was the perfect way to experience Italy for the 1st time. I saw and learned so many things I would not have on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from but a really special time was visiting San Clemente Basilica in Rome, I was truly blown away by it and would never have known about it or visited it."

Stephen

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

OMG! I had my doubts about the monetary cost of this trip. It turned out to be worth it! Rick Steves is a great way to explore areas you have never been.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first glimpse of David at the Academmia as I turned the corner. The lighting and sight made my heart flutter."

Torivio

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the Italy tour was exceptional and very informative. Our tour guide Nina was very well versed on Italy and its many wonders. Venice, Florence and Rome were great introductions to Italy. The Vatican was the only down side but with too many tourists it was bound to be expected. Many of us felt rushed and wanted a bit more time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"DAVID"

Susan

Cleveland, OH

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was traveling by myself and our group was friendly and I really bonded with the other folks on the tour. We all followed the basic Rick Steves guidelines especially NO GRUMPS! It was a bit like tourist bootcamp but I had worked out to get in shape for all the walking. I loved the use of public transit. Our guide was tops!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a wow moment for me!"

Kenneth

Tigard, OR

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, in fact my first trip overseas.The Rick Steves tour format was the perfect way to introduce me to enjoying Italy. Our guide Nina was organized,knowledgable,funny, and always ready to assist you on a pearsonal level. None of the 28 tour travelers had been on a Rick Steves tour before we all had great time together! I had a terrific experiance getting to know all my fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, in Venice I loved the Academia museum the works of Titan,and exploring the streets of the local food and wine shops. In Florence, I loved the cooking class and lunch we had and gazing on Botticellis'The Birth of Venus and the statue of David by Michelangelo. In Rome, The Colosseum was a fantastic moment for me Just to walk along touching the structure ,feeling that connection with the history of that building."

Carol Lynn

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each day of the tour brought remarkable experiences, eye-opening insights, great fun, incredible food, and excellent, ideally located lodgings. Our wonderful guide Nina and the local guides challenged us to see more deeply, understanding both history and it's impact on life and culture today. Along the way we enjoyed great conversations and many moments of shared hilarity with our welcoming and helpful fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What keeps coming back to mind is our incredible experience with local guide Tanya in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. She transformed "looking at art" into truly seeing it, connecting with the painting, the artist and the times so that the work of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo and so many others truly came alive for us. Even when the tour ended, Tanya was more than willing to walk with us through the Caravaggio paintings, enlivening them for us as well. A very special treat!"

Joseph

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great introduction to Italy. Nina and our other guides were major contributors to the success of the tour. Italy itself was the object and the primary success factor. We very much appreciated Nina's lessons in Italian history, culture, language, and customs. She put the tour and our experiences into a unified context. She was also witty and great fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel. Period."

Sharon

Lake City, FL

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nina was an excellent guide. She helped me and my husband personally by suggesting taxis and elevators because we both had unexpected leg and hip pain due to injury and tendonitis.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The San Clements Church and going underground three levels was exciting to me."

Mary

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I injured my knee the very first day and was unable to walk. Our tour guide, Nina, was an absolute gem in helping me obtain crutches and wheelchair assistance as needed. The trip involves strenuous walking, so I was not able to do everything, but with Nina's care and attention, I got to enjoy many of the trip's features. The tour itself is wonderful, hitting all the "must-see" museums and adding great experiences like a cooking class in Florence and a wine tasting on the way to Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to pick just one! I'd have to say it was the Vatican. Even though there is a veritable ocean of people constantly flowing through it, just seeing it for myself connected me to all the history there. Of course it is beautiful, and awe-inspiring, but it is also a brick and mortar connection to a religious link going back over a thousand years."

Laurie

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our tour very much and enjoyed getting to know the people on our tour. The events that were planned were very informative, fun, and unique. We were hesitant of joining a tour and spending so much time with people we did not know. After spending a short time on our tour, we realized what a great group of people we had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first night on the tour in Venice, our wonderful guide who lived in Venice, offered to set up gondola rides in the early evening for anyone on our tour who was interested. The cost was was far less than if we would have paid if we set up this optional event on our own because another couple rode with us. There was a great male singer who serenaded us throughout our ride, and it was a magical moment since both my husband and I were determined to experience a gondola ride."

Cathlyn

Saint Augustine, FL

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband, Michael and I enjoyed this fabulous tour of Venice, Florence and Rome. The group was amazing- such wonderful people. Stacy was intelligent, smart, funny and flexible. The tour guides were all wonderfully informed and could communicate easily. The hotels were pleasant, clean & breakfasts were more than ample. It was the perfect complement of tour and free time. Loved getting into museums with groups.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many 'wow' moments. Santa Croce church in Venice - seeing Michelangelo's grave site moved me to unexpected tears. My husband loved the wine tasting in Umbria. I was beyond thrilled with the art in Florence & history of Rome. Getting into the Vatican Museums at night, was especially spectacular. Stacy got our group into St. Peters' the 1st night in Rome incl a fabulous march through Rome, Hadrian's resting place, outside of Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Presidential Palace."

David

Plattsburgh, NY

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The statue of David"

Marilyn

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed our tour director Stacy and the local guides added another dimension and interesting facts to the program. Stacy was very aware of everyone's needs and accommodated with ease. We enjoyed meeting others in the group and forming some great relationships. I liked the number (28 I think) in our group - it made everything manageable. We enjoyed the amount of free time we had to do our own thing as well as the organized activities and meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed many things - especially the winery and olive orchard visit. I also enjoyed the cooking class, the Vatican and some of the many museums and churches we visited"

Phyllis

Elkins, NH

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stacy our tour guide was amazing! She brought all three cities to life. The tour was a great mix of scheduled and free time with some surprise....a very emotional stop at the Florence US Cemetery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were wow moments every day, but my favorite was the Michelangelo Crucifix at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Santo Spirito in Florence and our trip to Torcello Island."

James

Ballwin, MO

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All aspects of the tour, from pre-planning through execution on the last morning were handled very well. During the planning stage I contacted the tour office three times with questions, and each time I received a prompt and correct answer. Tour hotels were large enough to be comfortable yet intimate enough to provide a personal feeling and to give insight into how the locals lived.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had been to all three featured cities previously. Had that not been the case, just entering the cities and realizing I was there would have been my "wow" moments. Given that, my "wow" moment was the wonderful farm house lunch in Umbria as the bus made its way from Florence to Rome. The host provided information about his olive orchards and grape vineyards in a very personal way to show his connection to the land. This was followed by a wine tasting and a delicious buffet lunch."

Susan

Plattsburgh, NY

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the trip! It was just as I hoped. The time dedicated by Stacey, tour guide was information packed and the time on our own allowed us to explore at our leisure. The places we went and the things we saw were priceless. Loved the visit to the American Veteran cemetry was an unexpected but moving addition to the trip. I was so moved by the splendor of this site. In this time where ppl seem to have no idea about what it means to be an American, this visit reinforced that belief. loved it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite was the cemetry, next cooking class, and visit to farm because they were all so unexpected. All the tour guides were informative and made learning fun!"

Denise

Stoneham, MA

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was wonderful. This was due in large part to our tour guide Stacy. She gave us so much information, not just about the sites we were seeing, but about the inner workings of Italy and the towns we visited. The pace of the tour was good. There was enough free time so that we could explore on our own. The local tour guides were outstanding. I learned so much about the artwork and the history of the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one but I think the one I loved the most was the wine tasting. The vineyard and Tuscany were breathtakingly beautiful and lunch was fantastic!"

Carrie

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Phenomenal! Loved the tour guide, the group, the activities, it was a trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each city had a "Wow" moment. Even our traveling days were eventful, spending time on 9/11 at the American Cemetery, wine tasting in Umbria, to attending mass at St Peter's Basilica and receiving a blessing from the Pope in St. Peter's square. I cannot say enough. Thank you"

Thomas

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Impressed by overall tour guide and local guides were outstanding as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum in Rome was an eye opener."

Kevin

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Really enjoyed Stacy and the local flavour the city specific guides added to the tour. As a first time "tour person", I was very sceptical. But Stacy kept things on track and made the trip fun. The group we had, I can only hope is typical of all Rick Steves tours as they were a great bunch of people. Everyone got along well and it was like we were traveling with a group of friends we had known for years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking lesson in Florence was my overall favourite moment of the tour. It was so much fun. Otherwise just the things we saw that were explained with so much knowledge from the local guides was beyond my expectations"

Helen

Butler, PA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 10-day Italy vacation was glorious in every way. The tour was well-planned out. Everything was organized. Time management was important to keep the schedule on track. The group members quickly learned this. Information and planning we received from the Rick Steves Guide Book gave us practical advice and once in Italy we felt well-prepared for our vacation. Beginning with the choice of directions to get from the airport to our hotel. The directions were very specific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment, for me, was seeing the finger prints and hand prints of DaVinci uncovered by the art restoration of one of his paintings. While for my husband his "wow" moment was the luncheon at the wine vineyard and olive grower."

Marilyn

Placerville, CA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the best vacation of our life! Our guide Ferdi was the best and all the others were great too . Ferdi made us feel like family. The cooking class in Florence was so much fun and the chefs made it such a fun time too . We hope to go back and do it again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite and biggest "wow" moment was when we were on our beautiful wooden water taxi coming in to Venice and going through the canals to our hotel. That was definitely a "WOW"! Loved it all!"

Shauna

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was the first tour for either my husband or me. My first impression is that we got a great value for our money. I had been to Italy twice before and had experienced standing in line at the Uffizi and the Vatican. This time, we went to the head of the line, saving hours of our valuable time. Our guide, Ferdi, was extremely knowledgeable, polite and helpful. He was a great asset to the tour. I also enjoyed the other members of our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it was seeing the Trevi fountain after restoration. In my prior trips it looked soiled and rundown."

Marilyn

Grapeview, WA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was our first time and met all of our needs and expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Umbrian wine house and day there."

William

Murray, KY

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was wonderful, a combination of group touring and individual on your own experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican tour was what I wanted to experience most and it was very special.The Sistine Chapel and St. Peters are two places that are must see. The Vatican museum is not bad!"

Linda

Lake Forest, IL

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. I felt it was a good mix of touring/group events and free time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's David and the Sistine Chapel were exciting moments for me."

Gordon

Grapeview, WA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative, educational, entertaining, not ever to not be remembered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to even put down one!"

Julie

Woodland Hills, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a very cohesive group of individuals who all "gelled" as a working group. We shared common interests and enthusiam. I loved seeing all the many facets of each of the three cities, and enjoyed all the walking that we did to get around the cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved each of our group dinners in each city, a chance for all of us to slow down and bond and share together. I loved our gondola ride and the all we all shared going back amidst the dark quiet streets of Venice. Loved the wine tasting afternoon and the cooking class in Florence. This is a very busy tour with so much history and information to take in each day, that these "easy and more relaxed times" were much needed and loved."

Danny

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Rozanne, was awesome. She was very accommodating and bent over backwards to meet everyone's needs. The knowledge not only Rozanne had, but the local guides also, enhanced our travel experience. The places we went and experience were amazing. Part of our tour included taking a cooking class in Florence and visiting a winery on the way to Rome, they were both special treats.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it is hard to just pick one. I would have to say seeing the David in Florence brought tears to my eyes. I had heard about the David from others for years, but to be in the presence of this wonderful work of art was opening and awe inspiring. My wife and I were celebrating our honeymoon, so taking a gondola ride with our group and having the musicians in our boat was also a wow moment. Rozanne arranged for us to be in that boat."

Anita

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was nervous about travelling "with all those people" But once we all met, it was so easy! One of the best factors in our Tour Package was our guide, Rozanne, had our backs at every moment. Before we could even think of what we needed to know, she informed us about it.She was kind, compassionate, incredibly knowledgeable, and extremely attentive to all of our individual needs and desires. I'm very good at "editing", and I honestly can't think of how I would edit this trip to make it any better

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband & I were on a one-year delayed honeymoon. Our guide Rozanne knew that, and when our group took our gondola ride in Venice, she arranged for us to be in the boat with the musicians, and it was a truly magical experience, gliding through the canals in the dark with a full moon and full-throated, fabulous singer serenading us in Italian. Belissimo!"

Lynne

Nashville, TN

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent. It was so nice that all the hotels were booked for us as well as all of the tours. It was very organized and I can't say enough about our tour guide Rozanne Stringer. She was exceptional. I was a little concerned about touring with people I did not know but, everyone got along well and looked after each other. It was also a physically active tour which I did not mind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to say because there were so many "wow" moments. I would say the gondola ride in Venice, David in Florence and the Sistine Chapel in Rome."

James

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed Italy so much that I was sad to leave to go back to the daily grind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Forum in Rome"

Jill

Beverly, OH

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best trip I have ever taken! Everything was pre-planned and we were on schedule each day. We had down time to do whatever we wanted to do as well. Our guide was the best and always kept us safe and made sure we were all taken care of. Personally, she made sure I was always eating gluten free as requested. Our group became a close, happy family immediately and there were many laughs and tears on our last night together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do you pick one? The opera singer and accordion player on the gondola ride in Venice, the incredible guides at each museum, the couple in our group that got engaged at Trevi Fountain, the relaxing bus rides, the quaint hotels, the FOOD, the Sistine Chapel, the Venice Film Festival, it was all fantastic!!!"

Allison

Clifton Park, NY

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I wasn't too impressed with the tour. I felt like the tour guide only focused on art and architecture. I was really interested in hearing about the historic and political significance throughout Italy, but that part never came. I also felt like the hotels and restaurants we went to were really disappointing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I appreciated the free time most"

Tom

Nashville, TN

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an outstanding success. The integration of art, history, culture, food, people was masterful. There was a great balance of structured tours with free time to explore Venice, Florence and Rome on our own. The local tour guides were terrific--informative, skilled and knowledgable. The cooking class and wine tasting added a local and personal dimension to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A tough question. But the proposal of one tour member to his girlfriend at the Trevi fountain was probably the "wow" on the tour; the overall wow was St. Peter's Basilica and Michelangelo's David...works that, for me, suggested the hand of the Divine was at work."

Janet

Mcconnelsville, OH

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time in Italy and it could not have been better. Our tour guide Rozanne was Awesome and we had a wonderful group of people in our tour group. The hotels was amazing and all of the sites we went to was wonderful. I would highly recommend this to everyone. I look forward to doing it again in a different country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments on this tour. Each city had there own "wow" moment."

Edgar

Golden, CO

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I hoped it would be. Friendly outgoing group willing to come together share in an experience, an outstanding host, and extremely knowledgeable guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's David."

Susan

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first experience joining a tour group and I was very impressed that Rick Steves' Tours accommodates solo travelers. My roommate was delightful & we explored the sites, shops, restaurants, and overall culture in each place we visited. Three days in each city offered the perfect balance between group tour time and the opportunity to enjoy the cities by ourselves. The variety of local guides and their story telling enhanced the overall experience. I will definitely return to Italy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two Favorites: 1) In Florence, the time spent in the Cooking School was so much fun and then to enjoy the meal we cooked/created was a bonus! 2) The time spent in the countryside (on the way from Florence to Rome) was absolutely wonderful. The hosts prepared an amazing meal paired with wine tasting and the explanation about their olive oil family business was fabulous."

Colin

Royal Oak, MI

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was a great and the only sensible way for me to see Italy, with a great mix of structured itinerary time and unstructured personal time. Martin was entertaining and everyone in the tour group was great to travel with. The cooking class in Florence and the winery tour were great offshoots from the rest of the tour and turned out to be one of the most entertaining parts of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel was every bit the amazing, historical work of genius to see in person and it was hyped to be. I especially liked the tour guide's pre-story to describe the history behind it."

Michael

Schoharie, NY

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have to say that the "group travel" experience was better than we had expected. Maybe we were just lucky to have a group that seemed respectful of each other and that were game to take on small challenges and enjoyed being together. I was concerned after doing all our past traveling as a couple that we would not have enough privacy, or would be annoyed with a few group members and it might negatively effect the tour. None of that happened. Our guide Martin worked to keep things light and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a hard one to answer, even if it were the favorite "wow" moment by city. As impressed as we were by Florence and Rome, I think it was Venice that made us go "wow". It's a city that logically and physically should not exist! It's as if people with way too much money went mad and created a fantastic waterway city of infinitely crossing alleys, streets, and canals. Although there is crumbling and it probably should have sunken away already, it still has a mystical patina of timeless beauty."

Melanie

Bridgewater, CT

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good - a feast for the senses. Much had to be packed into it for people to feel like they're getting good value for their dollar, & it certainly was! The pace was strenuous for me & sometimes even grueling, but I didn't want to miss a minute. The heat could be draining & I was very grateful for the many clean drinking fountains & gelattos! The crowds were exhausting, & the stone streets require real care when picking out footwear to bring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How could it be anything but David? He took my breath away. We have all seen dozens of pictures of him in our lifetimes, but to be there in his space, experienced in 3D, was jaw-dropping & emotional. Other wows: having a 'room with a view' in our Florence hotel, with the Duomo dome visible only a couple of blocks away & lit up at night! Or the peace & beauty of our wine-tasting luncheon in Tuscany. Or the superb guitar busker outside the Duomo. Many wow moments, but David was the crowning jewel"

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Pre-Tour Planning

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about Italy: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews, and articles, plus recommended books and movies.

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. About one month prior to the tour departure, we'll email you directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as the complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Transportation

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members arrange to fly into Venice and out of Rome ("multicity" on flight-booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Italy. Both Venice and Rome are major transportation hubs, making additional travel before or after your tour quite easy.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines.

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425/608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Venice before your tour begins, use the Rick Steves Italy guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of Italian, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Venice that we do not do as a group: Campanile di San Marco (bell tower), Dalmatian School chapel, Jewish Ghetto and Museum, Santa Maria della Salute and San Giorgio Maggiore churches, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the island of Murano.

Packing

For more advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick's packing tips.

Special packing note: We use an audioguide system for many of our sightseeing and museum tours. If you wear a hearing aid, we strongly recommend bringing headphones that go over your ears to allow you to fully enjoy these tours.