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Best of Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days Tour

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

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24 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 20 group sightseeing events • Venice backstreets walking tour • St. Mark's Square and Basilica • Venice lagoon excursion • Venice's Accademia art museum • Gondola ride • Renaissance Florence walking tour • Florence's Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David) • Uffizi Gallery • Florence backstreets walking tour • Cooking class and lunch • Bargello Museum • Umbrian wine-tasting lunch • Rome orientation • Roman Forum • Colosseum • Church of San Clemente • Pantheon • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel • St. Peter's Basilica • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain…and more
  • All group transportation between Venice, Florence, and Rome
  • 9 nights' accommodations (3 nights at each hotel) in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2021
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

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, 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, we'll set you free to discover Venice's other famous sights and find dinner on your own in the tangled maze of alleys and trattorias. Tonight, we'll regroup for a classic, romantic gondola ride through Venice's moonlit canals. 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 highlights of the Bargello Museum, 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 beeline for Rome, where we'll take a neighborhood orientation walk on our way to tonight's dinner together. We'll end our day as any good Roman would — with a stroll through the historic heart of the city, lacing together the classy Piazza Navona, splashy Trevi Fountain, and the remarkably preserved, 2,000-year-old Pantheon. Sleep in Rome (3 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: moderate.

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

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

Day 9: Monuments of Ancient Rome

We'll spend our morning uncovering ancient Rome, starting with a tour of multi-layered San Clemente — a 12th-century church sitting atop a fourth-century basilica and a previous Roman temple. Then we'll tour and hear vivid tales of the larger-than-life Colosseum and the birthplace of ancient Rome: the Forum. You'll be free this afternoon to wander through the nearby Palatine ruins, visit 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

Tom

Narberth, PA

Tour: 02/17/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were thrilled to see Venice, Florence and Rome with Lisa as our guide. She took great care of us and filled our days with wonderful and amazing experiences. She was very organized and our excursions were always on time which we really appreciated. At the same time Lisa gave us a personal view of Italy through her own stories about becoming an "Italian" herself which enriched our whole experience. We've been to Europe several times and this was definitely our best trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was climbing up the top of Duomo in Florence. I've wanted to climb up there for years to see how Brunelleschi figured out how to build such a huge unsupported dome. That was a really a thrill for me."

Dawn

Ventura, CA

Tour: 02/17/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group on this tour was friendly & fun. The sights we saw and experiences we had were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was Venice. The whole city looks like a movie set and was beautiful."

Gerald

Millsboro, DE

Tour: 02/17/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible feeling of being a part of the culture because of Lisa's personal way of intertwining us all into every facet of what we were experiencing. Each hotel gave us a "living" connection with not only the past but with what the present is also. We experienced the energetic personalities of the other guides, all of which were excellent, happy and thoroughly knowledgeable of their respective locales. Very complete enjoyment of our trip because of Lisa and all of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice with the canals, bridges and general ease of living. Rome with the buildings, roads, art and immensity of everything they accomplished."

Rande

Flemington, NJ

Tour: 02/17/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great tour guide in Lisa. Because she grew up in the US and has lived in Italy for many years, she was able to see Italy through our eyes. She understood what we needed to see and know about Italy. The trip was strenuous, we expected that. There was a lot of walking, particularly in Venice and Florence. There was free time though, most afternoons, for those of us who needed to slow down and take a break from the busy schedule. The tour was intense, but we saw all of the must sees.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The winery stop in Ovierto. The great group dinners. The uniqueness of Venice"

Anthony

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 02/17/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an incredible, unforgettable experience on my first Rick Steves tour. Lisa, our guide, was a perfect mix of fun, knowledgeable, accommodating and understanding of each person's personality, what they wanted to see, if they needed any help, etc. Along with Lisa, the local guides were knowledgeable and made things I would not have normally found interesting, interesting. Italy may have been the perfect spot for my first tour, as there are so many unbelievable attractions and restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum is hard to beat. Just walking down the street and watching it get larger and larger as you get closer was unforgettable. As a sports fan, that is kind of the ultimate stadium, a 2,000-year-old sports house."

Lyn

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 02/17/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour went way beyond our greatest expectations. So happy we chose Rick Steves as our first tour. We are already looking for our next adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Basilica of San Clemente - Rome. 2000 years of history. Surface level is dated from the 4th century then you descend into the 1st century. There is nothing quite like touching history."

Tom

Galveston, TX

Tour: 12/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

nice balance between time on my own and on tours dinners could not have been better.

Donald

Doha, DA

Tour: 12/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour because the focus was on art, architecture and history. The [INVALID]ion of sites was very good and exposed the traveler to the best venues while also creating enough free to allow individuals to pursue their own interests. I used my time to see other museums. The group of people were great and everyone got along very well and had fun. In addition the group diners were great and so was the cooking class and wine tasting. This exposed us to other aspects of the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is kind of a silly question since a tour of Italy provides many great moments. I will use this box to point out that while I am Canadian I am a resident of Doha Qatar not "DA". I also asked to go by Don."

Dina

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 12/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall experience was wonderful- we saw everything we hoped to and it was all easy and very well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice boat rides - gondola as well as trip to Burano and Torcell Island. We liked the quietness, the beauty of the water, the outdoor feeling of "living on the water.""

Monica

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 12/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saw all the highlights of Venice, Florence and Rome! Nothing was overlooked.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wine Tasting in Tuscany/Florence at a centuries old winery. Lots of history in the underground cellar that was dug by monks. Tree roots grew through the ceiling which was very cool."

Melinda

Gibsonton, FL

Tour: 12/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. I booked for 2 reasons: 1) Because my son and I always watched the Rick Steves PBS episodes & loved the way he presents the places he visits. 2) I was a little afraid to tour Europe solely on our own. The level of enjoyment we experienced with Rick Steves' program has me wanting to book another tour ASAP.(I would choose cities we'd not covered with RS Tours before.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Venice that very first moment! Surreal beauty in a place I'd always dreamt of visiting... and Venice felt so comfortable after the first walking tour!"

Lorna

Denver, CO

Tour: 11/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

wonderful guides: art historians,architectural, archeological and local color. interesting dinner choices nice assortment of 'attractions" I know you pride yourself on quirky hotels, but I could have used a few sanitary upgrades.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome: from the church of St. Clements to the collosium David in Florence Sistene chapel"

Jonathan

Binghamton, NY

Tour: 11/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The "very good" rating by no means indicates dissatisfaction, just a personal belief that there is always room for improvement. The tour did as advertised and more. Our tour guide, Patricia, was outstanding, as were the additional guides at specific sites. They made it possible to begin to absorb the significance and history of what we were seeing. The group was great, everyone seemed to get along and have fun together. The meals together were a blast. The buddy system is a very good idea.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several "wow" moments: winery stop between Florence and Rome; managing the flooding in Venice (we got there 2 nights early and saw more flooding on those days); climbing the Duomo in Florence; listening to excellent street music near the Duomo; walking through the Forum; Church of San Clemente and related history lesson; meals with the group."

Sandra

Chino Hills, CA

Tour: 11/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every moment of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every moment was a "wow" moment. Two highlights for me were the cooking class and wine tasting in the Toscana region. They were fantastico!"

Julie

Richmond, VA

Tour: 11/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As I expected, it was a wonderful introduction to three great cities, and a good mix of art, history, culture, food, and just plain fun. It was my first time in Italy, and I hope will not be my last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't stop thinking about the stunning creation that is the Sistine Chapel, and the immense world that is St. Peter's. Walking on the ancient lanes of the Forum was pretty great too."

Casey

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 11/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was Patricia and she was absolutely incredible!! She was so fun, and was always looking out for all of us, as well as giving suggestions on local places to visit and explore. She made our experience even more memorable. We have never been to Italy before, and this tour was a great experience. I'm glad that it's not a hop on/hop off bus tour and that you can actually walk around and explore the cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Church in stone with Francesca and seeing the 2000+ streets of Rome underground. That was so so neat and she gave such interesting information! I highly recommend her as well!!!"

Tim

Ooltewah, TN

Tour: 11/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I are new to traveling with a tour and I don't know if it was good luck but this was the best trip we've ever had. The main tour guide was wonderful and the local ones were very knowledgeable which made the whole trip exciting and fun. I would definitely do it again. Thanks to Patricia who made the whole trip worth it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments but if I had to pick one, I would say that the cooking class and wine tasting were the best."

Frank

Ames, IA

Tour: 11/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Patricia was a wonderful guide and exceptionally helpful. The value in this tour is in: (1) The highly educated and skilled local guides who provide a deep understanding of the history and culture of the place and of the art or architecture that would not be had by visiting on one's own; and (2) the well planned, timed, and orchestrated visits to museums and other places of interest where there is no time lost to waiting in lines or ticket-buying or other problems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two "wow" moments: One was standing on the floor of the Collosseum and in the middle of the Forum as our wonderful guide, Franseca, painted an oral picture of scenes from across the centuries. Another was the simple pleasure of the company and the meal we made with our new friends at our Italian cooking class in Florence."

Bruce

Carmel, IN

Tour: 11/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The high tides in Venice were quite amazing! The lessons in Italian history, the Renaissance, and the contrasts between North and South made me feel I had really gotten a sense of Italy. I know it was only a quick skim of the high points, but I loved the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring in Venice during Acqua Alta was quite the experience! We felt part of a historic time there. All went very well during the very high tides. However, when we first heard about the record (187 cm) tide, the day before we were scheduled to depart, we were freaked out! We called the Hotel, and they said come on, that they could provide boots. It would have been better if you had contacted us to give some help with the situation."

Theresa

Richmond, BC

Tour: 11/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was quite worried about our arrival in Venice as I heard just the night before about the terrible flood. I was surprised to see the sun shining and the city dry and full of life. With the rubber boots that the hotel provided, and a bit of an education about the tides that come and go each day we had an unforgettable vacation and a greater understanding of the life of the robust, persevering Venetians.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had wow moments daily when I saw buildings that were over a thousand years old and stayed in hotels that were built in 13th century. Fantastic. We also enjoyed our tour group very much. We've been on 4 Rick Steves tours and have only experienced friendly and open minded people that are up for a bit of adventure on each tour."

John

Richmond, BC

Tour: 11/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We arrived at the start of the second highest flood in Venice history. Our guide had to make many adjustments and did so seamlessly. Some events were cancelled (hard to view a church or island under water), others added. Our overall experience in Venice was first rate. To see the resilience of the people of Venice was an amazing experience. Rome and Florence were all we expected from a RS tour - and more. Our guide was knowledgeable on Italian history and culture. Very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While there were many, to me the best moments were during the well prepped for free time in each city. Rainer spent the time to make us comfortable in our explorations, helped with great suggestions and directions, and set us free. I also thought the local guides were brilliant. The cooking lesson in Florence was fun and interesting and the wine drinking at the winery was educational."

Cecelia

Carmel, IN

Tour: 11/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Venice, Florence, and Rome are each filled to the brim with charm, art, architecture, incredible cuisine, shopping, and unique neighborhoods to explore. The tour provides balance between structured group activities and time to explore independently. Spending 3 nights in each city gave us time to understand each city's unique offerings, as well as it's historical significance. We traveled in November. Yes, it rained, but the payoff was easy access to view art and historical sites that we visited

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day was a gem, but entering the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence and seeing Michelangelo's David was sublime. Our November tour meant that our visit was off-season. That evening, we were the only tour group in the museum. I took a whole series for photographs from all angles. It was one of those moments when I thought, "Wow! How many people have the opportunity to be in the presence of this spellbinding statue without feeling crowded or rushed?""

Thomas

Madison, WI

Tour: 11/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was amazing. Sure, the weather was not perfect but our Guide, Stephanie, was always taking that into consideration and had many options for our group that helped make the trip special. We learned so much about the culture and history of Italy. Skipping long lines, dining with locals, having local guides, and eating and drinking Italian food never gets old!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite wow moment was visiting an amazing winery in the hills of Tuscany, it was awesome! The local winery sat in the hills and had a picturesque view, combine that with a wine tasting and you have an amazing experience you'll never forget!"

Cheryl

Eugene, OR

Tour: 11/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! Stephanie was a great guide and more than that, a host, through these enchanting cities. Each city had its own flavor that was fun to experience sometimes just by casually walking the streets. I appreciated the fact that we stayed three nights in each location. It gave us to settle in to each hotel a little and overall made it more restful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. The magnificence of St. Mark's Basicilica, standing in front of the Pantheon at nighttime. We had a nice room in Florence presenting a nice view and when we opened the window, some operatic music floated through the air. Then the experience of watching an artist at work and having the opportunity to work with her to create a painting of my own."

Louis

Peabody, MA

Tour: 11/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great and was a wonderful itinerary for a first trip to Italy. Stephanie our tour guide was wonderful and did a great job of keeping us informed and on schedule. She truly knew the country and its history and also provided some great info and tips for our free time. She made everyone feel welcome

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As far as the sites and activities there were too many to narrow it down, the biggest surprise for me was how many friends we made on the tour. I thought my wife and I and our two children (ages 24 and 25) would stick to ourselves for the 10 days, not the case at all. We even spent some of our free time with our new friends."

Paul

Happy Valley, OR

Tour: 11/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an excellent experience. Stephanie did a wonderful job of organizing everything!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many!! The David. The Vatican. Venice (on a sunny day!)"

Miranda

Madison, WI

Tour: 11/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour with a magnificent guide. We saw so much more than expected thanks to Stephanie. We loved her!

Walter

Vero Beach, FL

Tour: 11/01/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The elements of the tour, followed closely if not literally, the tour description described in the Rick Steves (RS) promotional material. Substitutions to the stated agenda were at times necessary and appropriate. That said, there is always an opportunity to improve. Hotels: The Venice and the Florence hotels did not meet my expectations. Both were cramped and did not meet the standards of furnishing and electronic access as the we have experienced with other tour companies (VBT).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire Venice experience."

Susan

Peabody, MA

Tour: 11/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my family's first tour experience and it exceeded our expectations. We saw tourist highlights as well as hidden gems. Our tour guide, Stephanie, did an outstanding job with our diverse group; making sure each person was comfortable and offering alternate options for those looking for something different to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many 'wow' moments. Venice was an absolute favorite. The tour guides Elisabetta & Corrine were outstanding. I loved visiting Burrano. The winery, cooking class and art studio were highlights too."

Anne

Monterey, CA

Tour: 10/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a marvelous time in Venice, Florence and Roma thanks to our wonderful guide Patricia. She I always made sure our needs and concerns were met with her personal touch! Bellisima

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Upon arrival to Venice and being in a "picturesque " city! People, art, food, architecture, canals...were breathtaking! Am still having beautiful flashbacks??"

Kedre

Wichita, KS

Tour: 10/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Patricia was exceptional as were the local guides! The members of our group got along well, looked out for each other, and there were no complainers or "me first" types - really a lovely group. We appreciated that it was small so that we could all know each other by name. The group meals were very delicious and enjoyable, and people could join in the group activities or consult with Patricia and the hotel staff if they wanted to venture-out on their own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Patricia acquired tickets so my husband and I could have a seat in St Peters square for a Papal mass on Wednesday morning. We are not Catholic, but it was a remarkable experience to be within 30 feet of The Pope and to share in the service with thousands of people from all over the world - we had toured the Vatican museums and St Peter's two days before."

Margaret

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was beyond any expectations I thought about visiting Italy. Most impressive was the focus on local sites with their culture and history Our tour guide was professional,knowledgeable, and very supportive of all our needs. I learned much about the cities and origins. The recommendations given to us concerning food,places to visit and how to get there were complete and personal.I am visually disable . The in depth descriptions of art made me feel as though I was actually seeing the work.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Umbria and the olive tasting."

Janice

Winter Springs, FL

Tour: 10/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip experience was excellent in all ways: the itinerary, was a perfect balance of museum, walking the cities, guided/free time. I am always impressed on a RS tour with the outstanding attention to being prepared but then being able to adjust with unknowns; for example of the planned, the ticketed sites always go without a hitch - tour guides (local and RS)are well coordinated and make it look easy. For the unexpected, had a bit of heavy rain on some occasion and our leader got us taxis.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Its difficult to pick one "wow" moment, but the stop in Umbria at the olive grove/ vineyard for lunch was fabulous. The hosts, Marco and his wife were absolutely charming, gracious, and provided an exceptional lunch and wine exploration experience. The ambience and beauty of the Umbria vista from the house was something I will always remember. Also, a "shout out" for their dog, whom everyone seemed to love."

Patrick

Oak Forest, IL

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our "dream' trip of a lifetime and it exceeded our expectations.The 3 cities that we visited were magnificent homes to Italian history and culture, all of which was greatly enhanced by the knowledge and passion of our outstanding guides.The tour itinerary was well thought out and had a good balance between planned group excursions and also free time for us to explore these cities on our own. The hotels were comfortable and charming, and their staffs very gracious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As charming as Venice was, and as magnificent as the churches, basilicas, and museums certainly were, the overwhelming view of the countryside in Umbria as the morning fog lifted at the winery was spectacular."

William

New Paltz, NY

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

3 days in each city is just enough to get a feel for the place and learn what else there is to explore in a return trip. This was a congenial group of folks, and Nina graciously helped us come together as a group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the fog lifted and we could see the hill town of Orvieto in the distance, from the winery we were visiting. (That visit to the winery was a delight.)"

Judith

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

Chattaroy, WA

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Having been to all 3 cities on a previous tour, I wanted to explore more in depth. I was not disappointed, had a wonderful guide in Nina., as well as very knowledgeable, entertaining local guides. I enjoyed the Umbrian winery visit, where we learned about the proper pairing of wines and foods. I would definitely recommend a gondola ride, ours was lovely, even if I didn't get to share it with my husband! I know that we are all saddened by the tragedy that is Venice right now.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though I have experienced the Vatican and Sistine Chapel on a previous tour, it still amazes me! The art, the wealth, the beauty, the (not so perfect) history surrounding the Roman Catholic Church overwhelms someone who grew up attending Catholic school and Church."

Maria

Oak Forest, IL

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and we both were excited, my husband a bit more anxious than I about everything. I can say, it was a wonderful experience. Not only the fact that we saw the beautiful country, but Nina and all the tour guides made it what is was. Our tour group was an eclectic blend of people that also added so much to our tour. We couldn't have asked for anything better, except maybe better feet to see it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Personally, I loved Venice. The charm was overwhelming to me. Just the fact that it is so different from the states with cars, trucks and every form of transportation you can imagine. The calming waters just made me feel like I was in another world."

Barbara

Boise, ID

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed Nina and my co-travelers! They made the trip more memorable! It was so nice to spend time with my lovely sister Teresa and meeting so many new friends! I enjoyed the Gondola ride in Venice. There is so much history in every place we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Favorite moment was going to St. Clement's Church in Rome! Here you could actually experience the layers of Rome! Our local guide was excellent and it was a true surprise to visit this church!"

Susanna

Novato, CA

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 2nd RS Tour did not disappoint! We did not have time to research much before arriving, but the expert tour guides provided pertinent background every step of the way. Loved all the walking! 8 miles/day on most days! Lovely group of people to journey with; much better accommodations than I would have arranged had I planned this on my own; a very rich "menu" of sights and experiences; and free time to wander. Loved being there in October with fewer crowds and mid-70's weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"3 highlights: the relaxing, delicious and informative Umbrian winery wine-pairing lunch on the way to Rome; comparing a Florence Michelangelo wooden crucifix carved at age 17 to a Pieta he carved at age 80; and going down through the centuries to see 3 different levels of a church at St. Clemente in Rome. Those experiences provided a foundation to appreciate what we were seeing throughout our tour - and all 3 were away from big crowds!"

Leonard

Little Egg Harbor, NJ

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stacy was an excellent tour guide as were all the local guides. Everything we saw and experienced was outstanding I especially enjoyed the stop in Umbria for lunch at Marco's home and the stop at the WWII cemetery on the way to Florence. All the members on the trip were great, a real diversed group of individuals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of Florence on the way into the city,San Clemente Church and the Sistine Chapel."

Saeid

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kelly

North Bend, WA

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent tour family, and our guide Stacy was fantastic. She gave us wonderful insights to local customs and food and culture. We walked a TON but got so see so many fantastic sights!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think St. Peters Basilica as well as walking around the corner in Florence to see the Duomo."

Ann

Little Egg Harbor, NJ

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! Our guide Stacy was wonderful. She kept us on schedule and is so knowledgeable. Ilove the special things you add to the tours like our stop in Umbria for a wine tasting or being serenaded on the gondola ride to get a real fell for the culture. The hotels were all great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to Umbria was beautiful and the American & Italian WWII cemetery was very emotional and definitely worth the stop. Of course St. Marks's Square,the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel are breath taking.I loved Venice! Like no where else in the world, it's magical!"

Linda

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved all the cities and covered all the great places and then some

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David"

Margaret

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the first tour that I've been on in decades and it was the best decision I've made traveling in a long time. Stacy was an outstanding ambassador for both Italy and Rick Steves. The local guides were all great and the opportunity to have group meals that were local meals that highlighted the food of the region helped guide us to look for certain foods while in the region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the Sistine Chapel. The reason is because I was there in 1985 before it was cleaned and the vivid colors now were mind boggling. I wish I'd pulled out my 1985 pictures before the trip, but showing them to my travel partners when I returned was eye opening."

Michael

North Bellmore, NY

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Elizabeta! In Venice. She was fantastic! Her knowledge she imparted was just awesome. I really enjoyed hearing all the details and back ground stories about Venice. I learned so much that day."

Sam

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had been wanting to go to Italy for a long time. After researching, we decided on Rick Steves' Best of Venice, Florence, and Rome tour, and boy we are glad we did. We had a fantastic experience. Our group was great, and we became friends quickly. The art, history, architecture and food were amazing. Stacy and our local guides were excellent and helped us really get to know the history and culture of these special cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was when we stopped at the vineyard and olive grove in Umbria. Marco and his wife welcomed us and provided a delicious light lunch and great wine from his vineyard. This relaxing stop among rows of grapes and olive trees was just what we needed after the busy cities we had visited. Marco was very informative about how his delicious olive oil is made. We even bought a can of his extra virgin olive oil to bring home."

Deborah

Lenox, MA

Tour: 10/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Howard

Lake City, CO

Tour: 10/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We visited so many wonderful places. Overall, it was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine tasting venue was amazing and the event itself was memorable. A second place wow was the cooking class. Both were wonderful memories."

Roxanne

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 10/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing time!! We loved Martin, our main guide, the local guides, the ease of getting everywhere, the itinerary, and our group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several "Wow" moments!! Marco Polo's house, St. Marks Basilica, seeing the statue of David, the Uffizi, and The Vatican with the Sistine Chapel."

Julie

Lake City, CO

Tour: 10/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A woman on our tour said (because of the guide) she would never attend another RS tour. I told her about our approachable, positive, kind RS 2017 Paris guide He acted like the professor who has tenure & doesn't have to care or be kind because he's so valued by the organization He was passionate about the pubs This is our expensive vacation. He doesn't need to keep going for laughs at other people's expense. If he was too ill to do his job he should have gotten a replacement.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Passionate, informative, kind, Roman guide Francesca Michelangelo's David the history we experienced, the art, Burano early mornings with nearly empty streets picturesque countryside wine tasting setting, beautiful lunch, interesting guide old woman in Roman asking my husband to help her open her shop discovering Cornetteria Caffetteria Bar Bistrot on our own in Rome"

Brian

Oak Creek, WI

Tour: 10/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Heather

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Benson, MN

Tour: 10/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything that we had hoped for and more. For us it was the perfect blend of stuctured tours and free time. We got to see all of the sites that each city had to offer and still have plenty of time to explore on our own. The organization of the entire tour was the best I have ever seen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several to choose from but I think that my favorite "wow" moment was my first looks at Venice. It is such a unique city that it left a real impression on me. I am particularly aware of that now, a month later, when I read about the severe flooding that is taking place there. The weather during our stay could not have been better and now I really see how lucky we were."

Terri

Bemidji, MN

Tour: 10/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic and exceeded my expectations. I didn't expect the depth of cultural, artistic and historical education we received from our excellent tour guides, and I was so delighted that the focus of the tour was on art history and architecture. But I also enjoyed the lunch at the winery and the cooking class. Overall an excellent tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many wows to pick just one. Venice and St. Mark's was stunningly beautiful; The tour guide in Florence was outstanding in his presentations; the Uffizi gallery; David, the Gallerie dell Accademia; and the Colosseum and Forum were stand outs."

Sambhab

Camden, DE

Tour: 10/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ron

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably when I first saw David sculpture"

Maribeth

Carmel, IN

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

Watkinsville, GA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sue Anne

Gibsons, BC

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephanie

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 10/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Danielle

Sparta, TN

Tour: 10/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Audrey

Laguna Woods, CA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bridget

Evanston, IL

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Evanston, IL

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Lancaster, MA

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debra

Pflugerville, TX

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed every day! Arrived 3 days early and was very glad to hand off the logistics to Julian. Easy to follow his instructions and appreciated all the insider tips that made the trip efficient.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel."

James

Winfield, IL

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Chesterfield, MO

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rich

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Dayton, OH

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debra

Westfield, MA

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

George

Lancaster, MA

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best tour ever thanks to our Guide Julian

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Huntington, NY

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Binghamton, NY

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Wexford, PA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Binghamton, NY

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marilyn

Duncan, BC

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carl

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled to Venice, Florence and Rome before. Often with Rick Steves Tours. The history, the cuisine, the people, the churches, the vistas, the countryside have so much to offer those who want to enjoy and soak up the culture. You can never spend too much time in Italy. Just when you think you have seen so much, you are surprised by how much you haven't. We will travel back again (hopefully many times)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a warm, cloudless Autumn day. We had just left Le Velette Winery and the Bus was winding thru the hills outside of Orvieto. Jesse was playing Andreas Bocellis' "Time to Say Goodbye" on the Bus intercom. Memories of a wonderful trip and great group of travel companions was etched into our minds."

David

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding! From start to finish the tour intertwined the fine arts with interactions with locals. Exceptional organization and communication skills carried out by our guide Dave clearly demonstrated the preparation that took place prior to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Vatican statuary up close -- especially the Pieta and the collection of Greek amphorae."

Thomas

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Valerie

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience from beginning to end! The Venice-Florence-Rome tour offers a wide variety of experiences that makes it appealing to both the art and architecture lovers as well as those interested in regional cooking, interacting with locals, learning about farming and wineries, etc. The other plus is having a lot of independent time almost every day of the tour to explore on your own or to rest up for the next tour activity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were standing on the upper balcony of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice looking at the magnificent domes and listening to our local guide. Suddenly, the choir began rehearsing and we just stood there listening quietly to a truly heavenly sound. We all had goosebumps and our guide said this was truly a special moment."

John

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Colleen

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Lakeville, MN

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wendy

Rochester, NY

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Cedar Park, TX

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Shorewood, IL

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Shorewood, IL

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charlene

Webster, NY

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frances

La Canada Flintridge, CA

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice people to travel with, everyone helping everyone, relaxed, nice hotel, liked our tour girl, Stacy, she is fun, able to make split second decision, able to guide all of us through the crowd, and we all different people!! so happy there is no flood in Venice. So appreciated that we got in last in the Vatican museum, less crowd, able to see more. Thank you for the wonderful planning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"loved the evening at the St Mark square, relaxed with the music and food, I can stay there all night! David's stature is striking in person, saw the picture many times, just not the same in the museum, different feeling when I saw the real deal."

Sherry

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sara

Columbus, GA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gail

Santa Monica, CA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nicole

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cheryl

Mt Zion, IL

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Doris

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frank

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leslie

Dayton, OH

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anthony

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kellie

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Katy, TX

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christopher

Dayton, OH

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Meghan

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"DAVID"

John

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brenda

Katy, TX

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joe

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Wakefield, MA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Bonnie

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Northport, NY

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history of Venice and Ancient Rome."

Jane

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ramona

Mobile, AL

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's David!"

Debra

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brian

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Grants Pass, OR

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine tasting experience in Orvieto."

LouAnn

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Taek

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Grants Pass, OR

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Halimeh

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Doug

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Preparing the group dinner."

Deirdre

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Mobile, AL

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Melvin

Centerville, UT

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's sculpture of David"

Ellen

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Melissa

Nashville, TN

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Aaron

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

Eureka, IL

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dwight

Eureka, IL

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Agnes

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Burlington, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Melrose, MA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sean

Morrisville, NC

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jamie did a wonderful job. Very knowledgeable and engaging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Risa

Fountain, CO

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maritza

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing experience!!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pat

Deerwood, MN

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Britta

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vicki

Martinez, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour interesting fun and informative

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cooking class and wine tasting"

Susan

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Victoria

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dennis

Huron, SD

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Surprise, AZ

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kevin

Lincoln, RI

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall,the trip exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be taking another Rick Steve's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each city on the tour had outstanding moments. Elena was great at keeping the group organized and on plan. The side trip to Orveito on the trip to Florence to Rome was also a great extra. Local guides at each site with outstanding."

Christine

Lincoln, RI

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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Coyya

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Port Orchard, WA

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Albert

Ft Myers, FL

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Planned out perfectly

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Forum and the Coliseum"

Manuela

Greenbelt, MD

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carrie

Lakeville, MN

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Needham, MA

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kenneth

Davenport, IA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christopher

Brecksville, OH

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wendy

Olympia, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bob

Matthews, NC

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cooking Class in Florence."

Lynn

Matthews, NC

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's David was amazing!"

Joe

Brush Prairie, WA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Madonna

Glendale, CA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Francis

Glendale, CA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Brush Prairie, WA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Mark's, Venice"

Robert

Middletown, DE

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum and St Peters"

Ronald

Blackstone, MA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marcela

Litchfield Park, AZ

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Bellingham, MA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Bellingham, MA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cecilia

Oak Grove, MO

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judy

Chehalis, WA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Shawnee, KS

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Randy

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janice

Kennesaw, GA

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Emil

Millsboro, DE

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jamie

Brownsville, TX

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Svetlana

Bloomington, MN

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rita

Toronto, ON

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jamie

Royal Oak, MI

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edgar

Boca Raton, FL

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Curtis

Tampa, FL

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maria

Highland Beach, FL

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tuanh

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julie

Oglesby, IL

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cristhian

Neptune, NJ

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Edgerton, MO

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Oxford, PA

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mitchell

Edgerton, MO

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kimberly

Penfield, NY

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ryan

Meriden, CT

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gabrielle

Oxford, PA

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David :)"

Peter

Wayne, NJ

Tour: 08/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Los Altos Hills, CA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Los Altos Hills, CA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Schererville, IN

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joanne

Schererville, IN

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rodney

Croton On Hudson, NY

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maria

Tampa, FL

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Theodore

Mount Kisco, NY

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

Costa Mesa, CA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ian

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Easy, insightful, just and overall great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margaret

Chanhassen, MN

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

June

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

Roseburg, OR

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Westford, MA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margarita

Plano, TX

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Guillermo

Plano, TX

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice definitely is a wow city"

Pat

Nashville, TN

Tour: 07/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Loved Stephanie our guide

Julian

Winthrop, WA

Tour: 07/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bryan

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 07/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lysandra

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 07/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dave

Danville, CA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michelle

Danville, CA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

University Place, WA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deb

Downingtown, PA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tricia

Redlands, CA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandy

West Chester, PA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Huntington, NY

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jacqueline

Indio, CA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anne

Huntington, NY

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Coatesville, PA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Olga

Lake Charles, LA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Terry

Murphy, TX

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deanna

Monterey, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Englewood, CO

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ina

Shavano Park, TX

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eric

Savannah, GA

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Elmhurst, IL

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Helen

Elmhurst, IL

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julie

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Grand Marais, MN

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Grand Marais, MN

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Howard

Jefferson, MA

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Edmond, OK

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Richland, MI

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Colleen

Fuquay Varina, NC

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rebecca

Mt Pleasant, SC

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Mt Pleasant, SC

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An amazing experience in every way!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dorothy

Smyrna, DE

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Ocean View, DE

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pantheon and the Sistine Chapel."

Jason

Stroudsburg, PA

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

When To Go & Weather

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

Italy / Venice

Venice Weather


Italy / Florence

Florence Weather


Italy / Rome

Rome Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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