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

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Best of Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days Tour

from $2,495 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $575

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

Dates & Prices

2019

2020

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Venice, Florence, and Rome come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 group sightseeing events • Venice backstreets walking tour • St. Mark's Square and Basilica • Venice lagoon excursion • Venice's Accademia art museum • Renaissance Florence walking tour • Florence's Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David) • Uffizi Gallery • Florence backstreets walking tour • Cooking class and lunch • Palazzo Davanzati • Umbrian wine-tasting lunch • Rome orientation • Roman Forum • Colosseum • Church of San Clemente • Pantheon • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel • St. Peter's Basilica • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain…and more
  • All group transportation between Venice, Florence, and Rome
  • 9 nights' accommodations (3 nights at each hotel) in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Venice

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

Day 2: Historic Venice

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

Day 3: Venice's Accademia Gallery and Lagoon

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

Day 4: Wonders of Renaissance Florence

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

Day 5: The Backstreets of Florence

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

Day 6: The Uffizi and David

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

Day 7: Wine Tasting, Rome at Night

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

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

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

Day 9: Monuments of Ancient Rome

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

Day 10: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Jeff

North Ridgeville, OH

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Arlington, TX

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Marietta, GA

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marsha

Cuba, NY

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Vernon Rockville, CT

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sarah

St Petersburg, FL

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colosseum"

Elaine

Gresham, OR

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour met and exceeded all expectations we had when we chose it. As it was our first trip to Italy, we wanted some support and we wanted to just concentrate on taking in all we could and learning all we could in the "big three" cities. We were always well-informed about every aspect of the tour and all our needs were well taken care of. We love the philosophy of travel of this company and the tour held true to that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to choose one, but the group activities were wonderful and memorable. The gondola ride with music in Venice, the cooking class in Florence, the wine-tasting lunch in Umbria, and the fabulous meals with great people will live on for us."

Donald

Wichita, KS

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. The tour took me to the sights I wanted to see, and activities like the cooking class and wine tasting were very pleasant diversions from touring. I also very much appreciated the free periods, which gave me some time to kick back and do some casual wandering around the streets. At my advanced age, I find my stamina has diminished, and I can handle a limited amount of formal touring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This one was very pronounced for me. Standing in front of the "Pieta" in St Peter's, I was practically overwhelmed by the human pathos Michelangelo managed to carve out of a marble block. There were many, slightly lesser, "wow" moments--that one stands out."

Austin

Coventry, RI

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all we expected, both personally and what RS Tours promised. We've never travelled on a tour before, so really have nothing to compare it to, but I'm pretty sure there wouldn't be anything much better for the money. Being able to get into the unbelievably crowded sites with minimal wait time and hassle was priceless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list. Each day brought something that was wowing. Since it's likely this was our one and only time that we'll get to Italy, our intent was to see as many of the main attractions as we could and the tour delivered. The stop at the vineyard on the way to Rome was an unexpected treat. I was thinking it would be just a pull off on the side of the highway, not a ride through the countryside to a beautiful villa and excellent wine and hors d'oeuvres."

Ellen

College Station, TX

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were not at all sure about the idea of a group tour but took the chance because of your philosophy of teaching people how to travel. We absolutely loved our experience and have so much more confidence. But we also loved it so much we would happily do another tour with you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had three. Stepping into St. Peters...I was Catholic for the first 58 years of my life and the magnificence of this church literally took my breath away. The Pieta had me in tears. And the statue of David. I was not prepared to even be very impressed, having seen the photo so many times. Again, I use the term magnificent. My jaw hung open as I walked through the gallery toward it and circled the statue. Pictures do not do it justice!"

Gary

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All new to me. Brilliant. Steves guide was superb, local guides at locations were superb. The group was awesome, self-[INVALID]ed, as someone put it. Community oriented, inquisitive, sensitive to others. The group meals were a blast, full of laughs. Hotel situations were always friendly, helpful, service-oriented; centrally located for access and reasonable quiet. 100% satisfied. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Surprisingly moved by the Pieta within St. Peter's. The tour put us inside early and the Pieta was reasonably uncrowded. Moved me to tears, unexpectedly. Generally, the opulence of ancient and Renaissance times wowed me, unfailingly."

Michael

Napa, CA

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an excellent way to see these three cities. I had been looking forward to visiting these cities for years and it was very exciting to finally fulfill this dream. Being part of the tour helped to reduce the stress of international travel, ensured we got to experience the most important things, and enabled us to meet other travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Michelangelo Pieta in the Duomo Museum in Florence. I was not prepared for how powerful it was, especially knowing that he put himself into the sculpture as Nicodemus. The sculpture together with the sonnet he wrote which was on the wall, was a powerful spiritual experience. As a person of faith, this beautiful display of Michelangelo's faith was deeply moving."

Vicki

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Feel like I saw Europe's best hits...the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, the Pietà, the Roman Coloseum, the Forum, Palantine Hill, Trevi fountain, Michelangelo's David, the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, Venice canals, St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica...all the places I had been reading about, hearing about, and seeing in movies and TV. To experience them first hand was exhilarating. The tour brought the history of it all alive for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing St. Mark's Basilica and St. Peter's Basilica. St. Peter's Basilica was so moving, I cried."

Nedra

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience. Knowledgeable guides make such an impact. It was great to learn so much while enjoying beautiful art and architecture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David"

Kathleen

Rothschild, WI

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My second RS tour and this was another amazing experience! Our guide Trish was absolutely superb! She had us knit quickly into a fun family of travelers. Her knowledge and joyful attitude were exceptional. The local experts were outstanding and so very enthusiastic about what they were sharing. This type of personal commitment makes all the difference on a tour and with a Rick Steves group this is what you are sure to get. Every aspect of this tour was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick just one but perhaps it was Venice itself. I am a bit of an art and history buff and the whole city just breathed history. Seeing it in person, the art where it was meant to be, the canals, the buildings were breathtaking. Wandering the streets at 6am was like stepping into a time machine. The churches with artwork by some of the greatest masters were stunning. Cruising up and down the grand canal was amazing. Venice is so very walkable and every corner held a delight."

Charles

Clemmons, NC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Entire tour was well planned out. The expertise of many years of running tours is evident in Rick Steve's tours. Guide was knowledgeable friendly and helpful. Tour group was friendly and supportive. Enjoyed the balance of time as a group and time alone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping into St Peter's basilica was amazing."

John

Huntsville, TX

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this was an outstanding tour except for some logistical issues with the bus driver on the Venice to Florence leg and the "guinea pig" group dinner experience at the Pizza restaurant in Rome. One table had to ask repeatedly for wine to be served and was only offered non-meat pizza. We should not have been subjected to this experience. Most tour members were quick and grateful to leave the tight confines of this establishment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Pantheon in Rome."

Joan

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been to Europe 20 times since 1998, but this is the most fun I've had on a European trip in the past 15 years. Our guide Trish was excellent, the tour was well planned and managed expertly, and overall I had a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two: the cooking class in Florence was the highlight of the trip. It was so much fun, and since we've been home we've made those recipes several times. The second "wow" was stopping at the winery in Orvieta. It was so much fun tasting the different types of wine and foods, and we learned so much about wine."

Mary

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and my first Rick Steves tour. It was a wonderful introduction to Italy and I was very pleased with the tour agendas, the tour guide, Trish (who was amazing!) and my fellow tour-mates. It was a fun, enlightening and sometimes exhausting whirlwind of a trip. I was well prepared due to all of the advance materials provided, but was delighted to be under the care of our very able tour guide. We did, however, enjoy our free time and even getting lost once or twice!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, there were a few men who really wowed the trip. #1 - Rick Steves and meeting him at our Florence hotel was such a treat and then he was so gracious to gave our group a quick tour of the Florence market area. #2 - Leonardo Da Vinci and his Vitruvian Man sketch was a real thrill when we were lucky to be at the Accademia in Florence when it was recently on display - a once-in-a-lifetime event! #3 - And then there was DAVID by Michelangelo - Need I say more?!"

Sherry

Olympia, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved it! Our guide, Trish , is full of knowledge, was very organized, friendly, fun and caring. She took care of us very well. We felt like kids on vacation with mom! No worries for us, just follow along! Thank you Trish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved seeing The David. We loved our gondola ride. We loved the winery tour and lunch and tasting, we loved our group meals. We loved everything. I can't honestly pick one WOW moment."

Francis

Olympia, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought everything was top notch.; From the organization through the tours and group activities. I particularly enjoyed the cooking class and the stop at the winery as it allowed us to get to know our fellow travelers better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but time spent together on activities such as cooking and gondola rides were particularly memorable. I also enjoyed meeting Rick Steves. It was a surprise and lots of fun."

Melissa

Springdale, AR

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nice to have the important details and "must-sees" arranged for us. We felt the tour was pretty well organized, the travel between cities relatively easy, the group meals well planned (and flexible), the hotels for the most part comfortable. As new travelers those were the things we took comfort in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Carcera Mamertino. It had been on my list, but I didn't think there would be time to see it. Since our tour schedule changed for Rome, it freed up a morning and we found ourselves accidentally standing at its door as we wandered around. It was the most powerful experience we had in all of Italy. Or maybe it was the Michelangelo Crucifix at Santo Spirito in Florence (with guide Angelo). Both were truly powerful."

Gene

The Dalles, OR

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. I saw many amazing sights and have some great memories. So glad that I made the decision to go on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick a particular moment, but seeing the Sistine Chapel was amazing and inspiring."

Christopher

Newmarket, NH

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have only done one other sponsored tour (Princess Alaskan cruise and land tour), so I have few comparisons. The RS VFR tour however has set a high bar. The advertised tour characteristics were delivered, but it was more than that. We felt that the tour leaders and guides wanted to draw us into the culture and history of the places, and encouraged us to take part, not just to look at stuff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lot's of unique moments, but a legitimate wow was entering this one long gallery in the Vatican museum where the ceiling was lighted to highlight the art on the ceiling. All you could see was a golden canopy embedded with artwork extending to infinity. I watched the expression on the face of one of my tour companions as she entered the room. Her jaw literally dropped."

Karen

Pottstown, PA

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the three day in Venice and then moving on to Florence. I could have stayed longer in Florence. I wasn't quite finished in this lovely town. It wasn't anything about the tour but so many sights to take in. Rome was lovely. I liked how the hotels/breakfasts got fancier as the tour progressed. by the end of the trip I really grew to like an appreciate our group of individuals. I liked having free time to explore on my own and the structured time with the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the local tour guides in Florence and Rome. I appreciated their passionate speaking and bringing me into their art forms. I was able to feel and understand the art and the culture/history."

Christine

Newmarket, NH

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My family loved this tour. I had worried a bit beforehand about the amount of walking since I sometimes have foot, back issues. But, having chosen just the right sandals, I managed very well. In fact, my family added to the daily total of miles, usually 10-12 each day. So much to see! Our impressions were that this tour was well managed with very experienced, well informed and engaging guides, well planned and organized. The mix of group activities and individual time was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! if there is any regret, it is that there is no way possible to take in everything. I was overwhelmed with history, beauty surrounding us. I might say, though, my wow moment might have been when Rick Steves himself walked into our Florence hotel welcome reception! LOL Unexpected moments can often be the most memorable."

Nicholas

Boston, MA

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience start to finish, with plenty of flexibility. Quality hotels, excellent food, interesting outings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Statue of David. Much bigger and more detailed than photos indicate."

Jacqueline

Darwin, MN

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Ferdi, did an excellent job in helping us thoroughly enjoy our first trip to Italy. He took wonderful care of everyone, ensuring that we all had a good time. This was our first Rick Steve's tour and it has changed how I will travel in the future. We could not have asked for more with our first travel group experience. I will definitely consider a Rick Steve's tour for future travel adventures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel was my favorite "wow" moment. It was incredible to view the paintings and to stand in such an important place."

Karen

Poway, CA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was my very first time outside of North America and the longest vacation I have ever taken as an adult. I chose this tour primarily because Venice was a bucket-list item for me, but each one of the cities was amazing in its own way. I really can't choose a favorite! I was the only person in the group who was traveling alone, but everyone was really warm and friendly. I can't wait to take another tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Venice was breathtaking. We were in St Mark's when they lit up the inside (apparently only done for an hour a day) and that was really special. Loved seeing Santo Spirito in Florence, the winery near Orvieto and the Trevi fountain and all the of the ruins in Rome. It is hard to pick just one "wow" moment, because there were so many."

Sheila

Mc Farland, WI

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Love the tour experience of everything being set for us, yet having free time. Love meeting the new people in our group and shared meals together. Learn more from guides in history and seeing at the same time than just reading about places and events. Relating them together works for my learning style.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to look 360 anywhere in Rome and see history everywhere!"

Joseph

Grove City, OH

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything we hope for was accomplished and much, much more. We don't believe we missed anything in all three locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say it was the winery we went to. The wow was the breath taking view from the mountain top the winery sat on. The information given by the 7th generation owner on how to taste wine and drink with certain foods was educational. Also the wine cellar was very impressive."

Tatyana

Southampton, PA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. I joined this tour as a solo traveler and was made to feel incredible welcome by the wonderful people in our group (all of them). The tour was very organized. It went like clock work. Even though their was a tight schedule, we never felt rushed and had plenty of time to explore on our own. Great tour and amazing tour guide and local guides. A wonderful experience from beginning to the end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No particular "wow"! Everyday everything we saw and heard was "wow" for me. No exception."

Andrea

Glastonbury, CT

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was very well organized and included all the "important "sights to see in these major Italian cities. We went with another couple but that is not necessary since the group was very friendly. We loved our guide Marijan and most of the local guides were excellent. Also enjoyed the stop at the winery and the cooking lesson. The hotels were all unique and not from a cookie cutter at all. The format of a walking tour together the first night and a group dinner was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Venice! Its so unique with all of the bridges, canals, no cars, platforms on the sidewalks for use when it floods etc. We also loved the gondola ride in the evening. We happened to be in the boat with the singer and accordian player which made it even more special."

James

Dover Foxcroft, ME

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding. Everything worked as scheduled and Marion (not sure on spelling) was fabulous. He treated us as if it was his first visit to all the special sites. His enthusiasm never waned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1.Saint Maria del Fiores church in Florence.. It staggered me."

Nancy

Dayton, TN

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour with an interesting and interested group of travelers! Marijan is an incredible tour leader with so many outstanding qualities. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and accommodating. Even though I had been to Venice, Florence and Rome before, this trip was better than I ever expected, thanks in large part to Marijan and the local guides. I learned so much and enjoyed every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Venice via a water taxi to the hotel's water door! Pretty amazing. Everything about Venice, including a gondola through tiny waterways. The day trip to Burano and Torcello was wonderful, too. Then there was Florence...WOW... then there was Rome...WOW... Oh, and wine tasting in Orvieto...WOW.... sooo many WOWs!"

Maisha

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my third Rick Steve's tour and it was as good as the others! Great people, wonderful guides, good food, all the sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Running into Rick Steve's on the street outside the coliseum. Entering the coliseum the way gladiators did-on the main floor. The Doge palace in Venice, the David...on and on."

Diane

Unionville, CT

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marijan was so knowledgeable about all the cities we traveled to, we couldn't have asked for a better guide. He was so friendly and made all our excursions fun and very enjoyable. All the sights we visited and the restaurants Marijan picked for us were just perfect. It was a true Italian experience with wonderful local guides as well adding their knowledge to our trip. The cooking lesson in Florence was fabulous and the wine experience at Le Velette vineyards was a highlight of the triip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments but the gondola ride arranged by Marijan was exceptional. An accordion player and singer were in our boat and serenaded us all. What a treat. Seeing the statue David was another wow moment, it was magnificent."

Barbara

Dover Foxcroft, ME

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip went beyond my expectations. The little extras provided by Marijan were unexpected and me feel like he was enjoying the trip as much as we were. He arranged a gondola ride for those in the group who were interested. We visited a local artists studio in Florence and were treated to a wonderful afternoon. Marijan's scope of knowledge was amazing and added to the overall knowledge and joy of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments to mention. The first was arriving in Venice via water taxi. Wow! Rialto bridge, The Grand Canal, the churches and cathedrals - WOW! And that's just Venice. Florence was amazing - David! Wow! And Rome - Wow."

James

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Francesca walked us down the path into an ancient Roman ruin site, all I could say was, "wow." And she reflexively responded, "thank you." She is so knowlegable and proud of her city that she delights when she is able to evoke awe from a visitor."

Richard

Saint George, KS

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful, fun, eye opening and can't wait for the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice at night."

Walter

Augusta, GA

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In a word fantastic. Beginning with our guide. Well informed. Friendly. Punctual. She was a pleasure to be with. Our group was fun from the start. I think that my wife and I ate at least one meal at the table with each other traveler. The guides at the different venues were the best. Loaded with personality and information. Far from a simple listing of facts and dates they made each of our tours an event. There was nothing in our ten day adventure that I would have changed.

Robert

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip exceeded my expectations in every aspect, including accommodations, our guide's leadership, experience and knowledge, dining and ancillary activities and our supplemental guide's speciality areas of expertise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" momentum was possibly our tour of the lower levels of the Basilica San Clemente in Rome. Our tour guide Francesca, really helped me to understand the significance of standing in spaces that dated back almost 2,000 years ago."

Kathleen

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"too many to list. The entire tour was wonderful"

Rosella

St George, KS

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Out trip to Italy was more than I could have ever imagined. Our fellow travelers were so much fun and our guide Tina made every experience memorable and rewarding. Like a fine tuned clock, not a minute wasted and options given for off time was deeply appreciated. I still can't believe how smoothly the whole trip went, not a single glitch. It was perfecto because of Tina?? We are planning another RS tour ??????

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many....Venezia so beautiful, Florence and David took my breath away, but seeing Vatican City will stay with me forever."

Maribeth

Madison, WI

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Rick Steves tour experience absolutely exceeded our expectations in many ways. Our tour guide, Tina, was out of this world! Our accommodations were wonderful. Being right in the midst of all of the action in the 3 cities we visited was so helpful. The breakfasts were wonderful. The local tour guides were all fabulous. Angelo in Florence and Francesca in Rome were my favorites! I have been recommending a Rick Steves tour to all of my friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was visiting the argritourism farm and doing the wine tasting and eating the delicious food prepared by Marco's wife. The setting was so serene and beautiful. The wine was delicious and Marco's presentation was great. The countryside was breathtaking as we traveled from the highway to the farm."

Steven

Cicero, NY

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This experience was beyond what we imagined it would be. Our tour guide Tina was fabulous, the tour guide in each city, Venice, Florence and Rome were tremendous and added expert insight that made our tour out only interesting but a living history lesson. Our tour itself made fast friends which enhanced our trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel an St Clementine Church"

Beverly

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was Rick Steve's tour #6 for me. This was a great tour with a very supportive, lively, and friendly group of people led by an amazing guide Tina.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to choose one from each city - the gondola ride in Venice, David in Florence, and Francesca's tour of the Roman ruins."

Kavitha

Johnstown, PA

Tour: 04/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Italy and it was a memorable experience,would have liked to have an extra 1 or 2 days at Rome. Our tour guide was excellent,Tina made it a a point to include everyone and answer everyone's questions.Alessandra,Angelo and Francesca were excellent local guides,with so much knowledge. Thank you all for making this trip ,so wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was so many "Wow" movements.Seeing Michaelangelo's David,in Florence and waking around him again and again. Will never forget his David's face and eyes."

Gloria

Medina, MN

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour enough that I would consider signing up for another tour. I am thankful our tour leader did not hold up a flag or umbrella. Susanna was punctual, professional and I appreciated her input. Good mix of activities. Might suggest people bring a side purse or bag. Vs. a backpack as museums made us check even a small backpack so I did not have appropriate bag for stuff I needed for some of the days. Would like to see a little more interactive dialog during giving of info .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the info shared by guides including the historical framework ."

Larry

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the localguides and Susanna did a great job. Directions always clear. Would have liked the hotel in Venice to be of better quality, ie.-the night a fight awoke us at 2am. Expected the tour group to be a bit smaller, we were 28. Seemed that about half the group became ill during our tour, including us. Very unfortunate as it did decrease some of our site visiting but certainly not a Rick StevesTour problem. Find it interesting that tour is denoted as a 10 day tour when it's really 8 1/2.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wows- Venice- just loved it. The second was the church (sorry, can't recall the name) we visited prior to visiting the Colosseum in Rome. Amazing history."

Christine

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! From the accommodations to Susanna and the local guides to the fellow group members. It will be one of our most memorable trips ever. The itinerary was perfect planned. We started out with the casual, simple lifestyle of Venice, then moved to a slightly busier Florence the wrapping up with the fast-paced, noisy but vibrant Rome. Taking this trip on our own without the benefit of the guides would have resulted in so many missed historical opportunities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Coliseum Between Susanna and our local guide, they explained why the events that were conducted in the coliseum were held, the political sense at the time, the exposure of these events and the effect on the local Romans."

Noreen

Staten Island, NY

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was awsome, tour guides were very informative, and coutteous

Favorite "WOW" moment

"loved the hotels were central located.have to say loved the cities, venice was my favourite."

James

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour experience! We had a chance to immerse ourselves in the local culture and see many of the most important historical sites and artistic treasures of each city. I found the pace demanding, but we had plenty of free time to rest when necessary. My legs got a good workout from all the walking (15000-20000 steps per day!). The art scholars and historians who came with us to different museums and sites were outstanding! I felt so enriched by their contributions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will never forget my awe upon seeing Michelangelo's David in person. I had seen pictures of it my whole life, but standing in its presence was a revelation. An absolute masterpiece! And the Duomo in Florence blew me away!"

Kristie

Owens Cross Roads, AL

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our Venice, Florence and Rome tour. Can't say enough about Susanna our tour guide, she really brought Italy to life for us and was a joy to get to know and did an excellent job with our group. All the local guides were outstanding as well, having them with us really enriched our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to narrow it down to just one but the wine tasting and lunch in Umbria was a special experience."

Elise

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour runs like a well oiled machine.

Emily

Novato, CA

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Susanna was the best! This tour was an absolutely amazing experience. My husband and I saved money, airline miles, and vacation time for over seven years to visit Italy, and we could not have asked for a better experience. Susanna is a fantastic guide, and she made us feel immediately comfortable and excited to learn about and experience Italy. I also am grateful to have learned how to travel, from packing light to keeping yourself safe to being a polite tourist! I loved every minute of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I went to Italy to see all of the things, such as the Vatican, the Colosseum, and so on. And while all of those things were wonderful, my biggest wow moments came during the more cultural experiences. I was nervous about the social interaction of a tour group, but one of my favorite things was the group dinners. My favorite wow moment was the cooking class (which I didn't even want to do). We had a blast and were amazed with ourselves and our end product! It was fun, educational, and empowering."

Christine

Broomall, PA

Tour: 04/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful experience and one I truly enjoyed. My friend and I visited these same three cities as 17-yr olds on a high school trip. This trip took us back 40+ years later. We saw the places we remembered and appreciated them with much greater maturity. Italy was filled with school groups while we were there this time and we couldn't help but think back to a time when it was us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All three cities provided many wow moments, each in a different way - the lights shining on the water at night in Venice, the magnificence of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and the absolutely awe inspiring artwork everywhere you turn in Rome."

Dan

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 03/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tour very much. We like Mr. Kriskovic ( tour guide). He is very knowledgeable and friendly and easy to talk to and get along well. We learned and understood more about Italian cultures and people. We would like to join Rick Steves tours again in a near future. Thank you

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the dinner in Florence and get caught in the rain."

Rose

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Tour: 03/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a marvelous trip/experience. Time was balanced nicely with scheduled activities along with enough free time to pursue individual interests. The scheduled activities being pre booked were more enjoyable without waiting in lines. Scheduled meals were excellent and restaurants chosen added to experience of each city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moment is a hard decision between - -The morning view of Venice along the canal, -Entering the Colosseum through the entrance of the gladiators, -Michelangelo's David"

Samuel

Dallas, TX

Tour: 03/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour and it was very enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The winery tour was a nice touch."

Arnetta

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 03/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative. Fun. Excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour groups cooking class."

Robert

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First time traveling so still getting over shock. Would do again but probably aim at smaller Italian cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's Pieta. Though the Borghese gallery came close."

James

Plano, TX

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time with a tour group and it more than met our expectations. The group dynamic was comfortable, we made friends that we will continue to see stateside. Gelato Having the expert local guides take you through the various sites and museums significantly increased our understanding and enjoyment. Amatriciana The balance of structured group activity and free time felt just right. Gelato The hotels fit the feel of the tour perfectly. Karin was spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca's tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum was spectacular. All of the guides did a good job of making the sites relatable and helped bring what you were looking at to life. Francesca was several cuts above."

Joseph

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First experience with Rick Steve's and in Italy and it was wonderful. Our guide Karin was wonderful. Exceeded our expectations. We are 72 and it was exhausting for us. Lots of walking and stairs. We saw everything we expected to see and the guides were very detailed and wonderful. All hotels were very good. All connections worked well. No complaints.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican was fantastic. Tours and guides were very good. Amazing site."

Robert

Harrisonburg, VA

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved our "Best of Venice, Florence and Rome" tour and loved our guide, Karin. The tour was nicely structured with three nights in each city and there was certainly plenty to do with our free time. Karin was terrific in helping us prioritize our free time and in finding out of the way shopping. Loved our cooking class in Florence and our time on a wine/olive oil farm in Tuscany. (Wish the farmer was prepared to ship olive oil to the states!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment came at the end of our tour in Rome when our guide emphasized that the this history of Italy was our history. She made it all very personal and meaningful."

Greg

Yuma, AZ

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was invited to go on this tour with my Daughter and Son-in-Law. They are experienced travelers. I am not so much. I did the solo room thing at extra expense, but it was worth it. Overall, I was as prepared and informed in advance as Rick Steves could get me from; information, guides, accommodations, packing my stuff, sites, transportation, food, scheduling appointments and tickets to events, etc. I can't imagine any Europe tour being better than this one!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice, Florence and Rome all had equally exceptional and unique qualities. The whole thing was great."

Joyce

Waterloo, IA

Tour: 03/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was great! Our guide, Karen, was very helpful and couldn't have been more enjoyable. Preferential treatment everywhere we went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially loved our wine tasting outdoor lunch at a wine and olive farm. It was a needed peaceful and countryside break between Florence and Rome."

Kirsten

Chelmsford, MA

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time traveling to Europe and first time on a tour. It was a wonderful experience! It was great staying at hotels which were close to city centers so we walked just about everywhere! I loved having all the details taken care of -tickets to museums,tours,transportation between cities all arranged for us. Local tour guides were amazing-so knowledgeable. I enjoyed having free time as well to explore each city. Highly recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of "wow" moments but the tour of the Colosseum and Forum definitely was very impressive and one of the top events of the tour!"

Marilyn

Portland, OR

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour and we will be back for another. Hotels and food provided were excellent. (I gained weight and am now dieting.) Had plenty of time to see the sights we wanted to check on our own. Ann Long was terrific at keeping us moving at a good pace and ensuring we had what we needed. The step on guides were top-notch., especially Francesca in Rome and Alaria in Vatican City.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wine tasting on the way to Rome. The setting, the wine the food and the hospitality were worthy of a couple Michelin stars."

Janet

Amesbury, MA

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been waiting 20 years to see Italy! As an art history teacher, the museums were a highlight for me as well as experiencing the sense of place in which the creation of these amazing works took place. It was like a dream come true.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel....except for the hundreds of other people. I really wanted to just stare at it and contemplate in silence which is really not possible. but it was still the high point for me."

Peter

Silverdale, WA

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding!! What a great experience!! thanks to Ann's for her caring, compassionate and guidance she provided to all of us during our stay in Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was great!!"

Melissa

Richmond, TX

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the ease and security of being on this tour. It was nice to have the highlights of each city already planned out for you. There was also plenty of time everyday to spend on your own, doing what you choose. Our guide was amazing and very knowledgeable as were each of the local guides from each city. The hotels were all fabulous and the planned meals/restaurants were amazing. We enjoyed all the group activities and our group bonded well as d we all enjoyed getting to know each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything we saw and did was a wow moment!! But I most enjoyed seeing the Duomo in Florence. It's an amazing piece of architecture, as is the Baptistry and the doors/Gates of Paradise (the originals are in the Duomo museum and were so beautiful) Seeing Michelangelo's David was also amazing. My husband enjoyed the Coliseum in Rome."

Valerie

Port Orange, FL

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. Really enjoyed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice overall. Much brighter, cleaner. Busy, walkable city. Boat trip to Burano and Torcella."

Sandra

Deridder, LA

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

All the tour sites were amazing. The tour was well planned and very detailed and the ease of getting into the different venues were easy. The planning of having the tickets bought before we got there and watching the events of the day to change a schedule to better fit the tour was amazing. Mrs. Anna was very well informed and organized. She helped us plan extras and gave plenty of information to fill our free time. One day we had a very hard to understand.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved the age of Rome. My wow moment happened over and over with each bit of information that they shared and the history and age of the ruins."

John

Deridder, LA

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my wife and I's first Rick Steves tour. It was our first time to Europe. We had an amazing time in Italy. The motels were local authentic Italy experience with really good breakfasts. Our tour guide Anna was wonderful. She helped us experience Italy in a very fun and unique way. My wife and I enjoyed the smaller group experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine tasting in Umbria with its views, tour, and overall experience was amazing."

Leslie

Brookhaven, GA

Tour: 03/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All aspects of the tour exceeded my expectations! Of course, all three cities were fabulous. But, our guide, Ann, was outstanding also. She created a positive, fun, and safe experience for all of us. I had a great experience as a solo traveler. It was easy and fun to get to know the other tour members. But, there was also plenty of time to do my own thing and recharge for the next group outing. I will definitely book more European tours through Rick Steves' Tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but I think the Coliseum and Vatican Museums were tops overall. I was enchanted by St Mark's in Venice, enamored by the Uffizi in Florence, and amazed by St Clements in Rome. My favorite time with a "local" was at the winery in Umbria. It was all overwhelming in a good way. I definitely see why people return to Italy again and again - there is so much to see, absorb, learn, and experience."

Sherri

Wildwood, MO

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fourth RS tour. We had visited Venice, Florence and Rome for a couple days each on a previous tour. We decided to take this tour to be able to delve deeper into each city - and the tour was perfect for that. As always, there was a nice balance between group activities and free time. Once again I was blown away by how much I learned from the local guides, particularly in the museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 2 hours spent with Elizabetta in the Accademia in Venice was the best 2 hours I have ever spent in a museum. I could have listened to her all day. Prior to the tour we read a book about Brunelleschi's dome and its construction, so climbing it at sunset was a highlight. Also really enjoyed the stunning golden mosaics in the church on Torcello."

Richard

South Hero, VT

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first trip with a tour group. This specific trip had been recommended by my brother-in-law who traveled to Italy on the March Rick Steves' trip last year. I greatly appreciated all the logistical arrangements and orientation to each city and to the outstanding museums by the respective local guides. I found that having other people with whom to visit and share life experiences enhanced travel. The hotels were strategically located in central areas facilitating exploring on foot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were many spectacular experiences, my favorite was seeing the many canals and architecturally beautiful buildings from many different perspectives - from sidewalks, bridges, vaporetti and from tower observation points on both sides of the Grand Canal."

Susan

Erin, ON

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First I need to mention Martin, he made our first trip to Europe, in fact our first Tour ever, memorable. When I think of any location we went to, I hear Martin telling us the history and any other fact he could think of. We met a wonderful Group of new friends on this vacation, and even if we never see them again, they are a large part of our memories of Italy. We very much appreciated how the Tour was setup so we saw the most important Paintings or locations, not everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David. Awesome and amazing! I came to Italy to see the Colleseum, and would've loved to have spent all day there, but very much appreciated the full day of seeing and learning about many of the ruins and paintings. But other than all of the above, the first glimpse of the inside of the Sistine Chapel was awe inspiring and had to pinch myself that I was actually there. The Tour of the Winery was memorable and the 3 bottle of Tuscany wine made it home safe!"

Bruce

Cranbrook, BC

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was R.S.tour #3 for us, and my favourite. Everything came together and "clicked". My wife gave a detailed analysis,so i will keep it brief.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wandering the backstreets of Venice."

Kathryn

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was everything we had hoped for and more. It was a great mix of history, architecture, art, food, and culture, as well as a perfect (for us) balance of time with the group and time to explore on our own. Our primary guide, Martin, as well as the city guides, were knowledgeable and personable. And, of course, Italy was awesome. (Answering for Kathryn Doi and James Gold)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments for both of us, but we will choose one each. For Jim, it was seeing the ancient temple dedicated to Mithras at the San Clemente church in Rome, evidence of pre-Christian beliefs. For Kathryn, it was seeing the "Botticelli Primavera" and "Birth of Venus" paintings in Florence; the paintings were breathtaking in person and the allegories told a story that could be contemplated endlessly."

Carolyne

Cranbrook, BC

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow! The tour was well-planned with a nice balance of activities and personal time. The other tour members were all friendly and welcoming. The meals that were provided were excellent and the guides were outstanding. This was definitely a tour that I would recommend to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of "Wow" moments, some of them planned and some of them serendipitous. Seeing the statue of David for the first time was definitely a moving experience. My first ride on a water taxi in Venice was delightful. And people-watchng throughout Italy was a never-ending source of pleasure. What a lovely country!"

Hugh

Ashburn, VA

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an exceptional, outstanding tour with plenty of structured activities and just enough free, roaming time to our own devices and imagination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I realized wow we were really doing this tour when we arrived late in Italy due to an air controller strike and had to negotiate our way to our hotel through customs, the bus and the vaporetta taxi to the waterstop and to the hotel over the Rialto bridge in the darkness arriving at just before midnight. The directions given by the Steves tour group before we left the US was perfect."

Jennifer

Chicago, IL

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an amazing time. I appreciate the tour even more now that I reflect at home. Very strenuous but I needed the exercise!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Didn't register that Venice has no cars or bikes until we left."

Freda

Evansville, IN

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour and it exceeded our expectation! Our guide was outstanding. Daniela was experienced, familiar with Italy, and knowledgeable about the history and local customs. She provided really useful advice for the free time as well as the group activities. Hotels were in central locations with friendly staff. The local guides in each city (sometimes two for our group) were also excellent and provided that local touch that made each city a unique experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence -- so much history and yet a living/breathing city."

Steven

Enumclaw, WA

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The 'Strenuous Activity Level" should be taken seriously. I had difficulty keeping up with group on evening city orientation strolls. Seemed more like a forced march. Both overall guide and local tour guides extremely knowledgeable. Loved the overall cultural experience more than museum tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding our hotel the first night in Venice at midnight (or later) after 20 hours of plane flights and airport layovers when city was completely deserted, shop windows shuttered with graffiti, litter from evening celebrations in streets, vague directions, and not being familiar with street (alley) signage. Wondered what 3rd rate slum tour we'd gotten ourselves into. Then seeing vibrant crowded city the next morning when shops opened, streets full of people, GREAT COFFEE. It all made sense."

Janet

Seattle, WA

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm really not good at surveys. critiquing things. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not applicable. There were way too many "wow" moments to choose."

Maureen

Kemptville, NS

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellently executed. Daniela is priceless, an expert and knowledge tour leader. The local guides were also excellent. I have traveled with three other tour companies and find The Rick Steves tour a cut above the rest. Can't say enough about how wonderful the trip was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice and the Grand Canal view for the first time."

David

Tyler, TX

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, excellent tour host in Daniela, excellent hotels-transportation-accommodations, safe and secure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine Chapel, vatican Museums, St Peters Basilica"

Janet

Plain City, OH

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent, excellent, excellent ! I have always wanted to stay in Venice for a few days. Years ago I was part of a tour that did the "day tripper", slam bam visit to Venice and I felt cheated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing to the Palatine overlooking the Forum. Awesome."

Ken

Plain City, OH

Tour: 03/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was very well run. I never felt rushed at any location, never leaving a location or a city wishing we had spent more time there. The amount of time spent at each location was perfect, and I really liked the mix of structured and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was in Florence, in the Accademia Gallery, when I saw Michelangelo's David for the first time. I had heard of it and seen pictures of it for many years, but seeing it with my own eyes, seeing its size and beauty, was stunning."

Morris

Columbus, OH

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had such a great time! Each city (Venice, Florence and Rome) brought something so unique to our trip. Traveling and getting around was seamless. Our fellow travelers in the group were all such a joy to get to know. The level of professionalism was second to none. I would consider traveling with Rick Steve's again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As we walked to St. Marks Square in Venice a heavy fog had engulfed the square. It was Venice Carnival. People were walking in period costumes and being festive. We chose to dress up and experience this magical celebration through the mask like the Venitians did long ago. So glad we did. It was a magical experience."

Spencer

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I took this Rick Steves' tour with my husband and my parents. We all had an amazing experience that I know we'll cherish for the future to come. I had been to Europe before, but my husband had not. We were all amazed about the amount of history and culture packed into the small streets of Italy. Basically, history built upon history built upon history. It's one thing to read about but once you arrive and take it all in, it's breathtaking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The moment we climbed down into the bowels of San Clemente al Laterano to see how 3 churches had been built in the same spot, one upon the other, was an amazing "wow" moment for me. Realizing that individual places all through Rome and the rest of Italy have more history and story than the entire country we came from!"

Mary

Forest Park, IL

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our hotel in Florence! We had a beautiful view of the Duomo!"

Susan

Nokomis, FL

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was the perfect mix of activity to rest time. The guides were extremely knowledgeable but not boring. Nina is a gem!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Rome at night with all the lights. Being able to touch a column or brick that had been touched by people living over 1000 years ago."

William

West Valley City, UT

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour experience. I have toured a few times on my own with Rick Steves books had a blast. But it was nice to sit back and let the professionals take care of all the tours and hotel accommodations, and they nailed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the whole tour turned out to be a wow. But what really stood out was the extra things that were planned that I would have never done on my own."

Sandy

Tampa, FL

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was overwhelming with so many sights to see and so much information to take in during such a short time. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and was quick to share her life-long passion with tour group members. The size (25) of the tour was just right and allowed everyone to get to know one another and share the joys of our travels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was really surprised by the vastness of the Rome colliseum and also of the view from Palantine hill of the overall Roman complex."

Mark

West Covina, CA

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was life changing and amazing, words cannot describe how happy we were on this incredible 10 day journey. My wife, my son and I found this trip to be such a great vacation. Nina was outstanding and we cannot say enough about her passion and care of our tour group. She was always on time, clear and provided incredible facts and stories in every location. She is a jewel for your team, priceless!! We are recommending this trip to everyone we know and that its such a life changing trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"our WOW moment was being in Rome and the David sculpture, the passion and depth of emotion in that piece of art, you cannot help but get emotional when just admiring it from both up close and far."

Christopher

West Covina, CA

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Don't ever let Nina go. She made the entire experience, point blank.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The David ??"

Diane

Tempe, AZ

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. I didn't realize how close I would feel at the end to my fellow travelers or how much I would miss them when we all went home. It's been two weeks and I still think of Italy and miss it and want to go back. I would recommend an RS tour to anyone! I also lost a couple pounds due to all the walking, so that was splendid!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the inside of St Mark's Church - all that gold and detail -- wow!! I was amazing. Venice was so...crazy and I got lost so many times, but the history of that place is insane!"

Javier

Pembroke Pines, FL

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time going to Italy. I was a bit nervous as I was a solo travel at just 18 years old, but Rick Steve's tours helped to take care of the heavy work for me by making reservations and taking care of our hotels and dinners so that I could see the best of Venice, Florence, and Rome. My tour guide Nina was amazing as an American Expat who has been living in Italy for 22 years she is very knowledgable about Italy and it's culture and I would definitely recommend her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments on this tour but it is hard to pick exactly one. If I had to I would definitely pick the Colosseum in Rome. For years ever since I was a child I had dreamed of seeing the Colosseum and walking into the place where Gladiators would fight and to marvel at the amazing architecture of the Colosseum. When I was first saw it I said to myself "Wow! It looks so much bigger in person!" The Colosseum was my first Seven Wonder of the World."

Elizabeth

Beavercreek, OH

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour. It was extremely interesting, well organized, and fun. All of our guides were exceptional both in their knowledge and clarity. I really enjoyed the people on our tour as they added a lot to the experience. I felt like we were given a wonderful overview of our cities in Italy as well as the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very hard to pin down just one. I think for me, as an artist myself, I loved meeting the Italian Mosaic artist in Florence. It was so unexpected to be able to see the studio and the work in progress. I cried. I was amazed at the David museum as well. As many times as I have seen images, there is nothing like seeing it in person. I also cried. The Church with the different levels of history in Rome was absolutely fascinating."

Michael

Nokomis, FL

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, tour was as advertised and seen on numerous TV episodes. No surprises, very good value for the money, a lot shoe-horned into a relatively short time with free time left over for more of what was most interesting. Very disappointed in two related areas: lines at museums (this was a key reason in selecting a tour as opposed to going on our own, and the Ancient Rome portion in particular was more line than tour-- it's your job to help bypass these, despite Italian government idiocy)...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "art wows" made it one largish wow. A moment that seemed to encapsulate both Italy and the Rick Steves approach was a museum on a square in Venice that turned out to be a hospital, and our tour guide's local hospital, at that. Living history, indeed. Modern mosaic master visit was very impressive, and the preponderance of interactions with local residents was positive, clearly due to their previous experiences with Steves Tours and friendly relations with tour and local guides."

Steven

Beavercreek, OH

Tour: 03/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing trip that I enjoyed very much. I'm just now going back through all my pictures and videos and am in awe about how much we did. Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Moving my eyes forward only inches away from 15th and 16th century paintings and seeing the brush strokes and fine details. Similarly, moving in close and seeing the chisel marks on unfinished marble sculptures. It's almost like the artists were just taking a break. You don't see that in books. I also loved the craftpersons in the small shops... the sisters that build gondolas, and the small shop creating mosaics. The lunch on the hillside at the winery / olive farm was memorable!"

Harold

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 02/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steeves tour and it turned out just like the others. We had a spectacular time even though we picked up colds in Venice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of them, but walking in on "School of Athens" at the Vatican was right up there."

Kenneth

Lexington, VA

Tour: 02/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ten stars!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many of these: Michelangelo's David The Sistine Chapel The wine experience at Orvieto The cooking class in Florence The gondola ride in Venice And two things we did on the day before we met up with the group in Venice: A performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons in a church A visit to the Peggy Guggenheim collection"

William

Holland, MI

Tour: 02/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have for years planned our European trips, using RS guidebooks. But going to Venice, Florence, and Rome with all of the art, history, and museums, we thought it best to go on a 'real' RS tour. We were thrilled with our decision. The trip exceeded our highest expectations in every regard from accommodations to dining, from guide to tours, from sites to experiences. It was top-shelf.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention, but one of the 'wow' moments was walking to the top of Brunelleschi's Duomo in Florence. Part way up, you come to a glassed-in cat-walk, high above the sanctuary floor, giving a stunning view of the sanctuary below and Brunelleschi's dome above (how did he ever accomplish this in the 1400s). Finishing the climb, there was breath-taking view of Florence at the top of the dome."

Jon

Golden, CO

Tour: 02/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. No surprises. Everything was "as advertised" so we were very pleased.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite "wow" moment was a gondola ride in Venice. It was my wife's birthday and our guide, Tina, set up a gondola with a singer. Awesome!"

Patti

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 02/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was great (except for coming down with a cold). We chose February for Italy to avoid the crowds. The weather was fine (nippy, but it was winter after all), and the lines were short. This was our fourth Rick Steves tour, and the thing that I noticed this time was how well-curated it was. Our overall guide, Tina, was fantastic, as were all of the local guides. But the local guides brought a sense of structure to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unexpectedly walking into the pope's apartments and seeing Raphael's School of Athens. I was speechless."

Allbert

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Tour: 02/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience my family and I had was one in which we will remember for a life time. Our tour guild,Tina was the reason we had such a wonderful time. Her knowledge of the history to her tips on local good eats,gave us the feel of being like one of the locals. During our tour,there were two birthdays and my son asking his girlfriend for her hand in marriage,Tina went out of her way to celebrate each event in unforgettable ways. Tina at the end had 28 strangers feel like family. Kudos to her!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to just point to one,but if I must, are time in Rome and having Illary(sp) give our tour of the Vatican and the Roman ruins was excellent."

Harry

Atherton, CA

Tour: 02/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned and perfectly executed. Tour Guide is a reflection of your tours. Tina is fantastic and makes the tour very personable! She planned mine and a fellow traveler's birthday celebrations during the tour. Hotels were perfectly located and convenient to many of the sights and local stores and restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was birthday celebration at lunch and the Gondola ride with the serenade music was out of this world. Tina was so thoughtful to include the musicians on the Gondola ride."

Jessica

Dallas, TX

Tour: 11/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was more than I could have ever expected it to be. I am a fairly confident traveler and the tour and learning the Rick Steves' way helped me become even more so. I am admittedly a hotel snob (Diamond with Hilton) and I found the hotels to be perfectly located, comfortable, charming and staffed with excellent people. The bus was excellent - I loved that it had WiFi which allowed me to catch up on some items from home that needed attention. All of the local guides were exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a question that people have asked me since I returned home, and to be very honest, I cannot narrow it down to just one "wow" moment. There were many moments for me - the Trevi Fountain, David, a gondola ride in Venice - getting lost in Venice. The Basilica of San Clemente was probably the biggest surprise. Falling in love with Italy is probably the biggest wow moment. And knowing that I will be back very soon."

Christopher

Highland Village, TX

Tour: 11/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour. The pacing was perfect, the guidance was outstanding. My true only issues stemmed from a few tour members. Venice was simply a beautiful city with unique and wonderful surrounding islands that just enhanced how interesting the history is of Venice to me. Florence was a city I thought I would enjoy a great deal more than I truly did. Rome was just a home away from home for me. Top to bottom I LOVED Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say being guided through Basilica di San Clemente, The Colosseum, and The Forum by Francesca was my wow moment. For someone that has studied ancient Rome most of my life she was able to show me and teach me things I did not know. I almost cried walking into The Colosseum because I was just overwhelmed by the moment and feel. I was able to close my eyes and hear the noises of the crowds echoing through the centuries."

John

Long Lake, NY

Tour: 11/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves' "boot camp" approach got us up every morning at 6am, on the road by 7:30 and into a grand locale, most often a museum or church, before 8:30AM. Strenuous and wearing but getting-into-shape inducing, we saw and learned more than I could have imagined. I had thought of myself as well-versed in the Renaissance, but the outstanding guides enlisted by Sarah and the Rick Steves organization, added a very thick layer to my level of knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "David" -- stunning and breathtaking and surpassing by far my expectations. To add, enjoyed immensely the stop at the Umbrian vineyard -- our mentor and the winetasting lunch became part of the beauty of our surroundings; and our dinner together our first night in Rome -- the singing and the food were great fun."

Michele

Stroudsburg, PA

Tour: 11/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip abroad, and Italy has always been on my wishlist for travel destinations. I'm so glad I took the leap and ventured on this unforgettable trip. I was uncertain of this type of touring which was listed as 'strenuous', this is a vacation. But I was pleasantly surprised, after acclimating to standing out in the cold/damp conditions for long stretches. I would definitely do additional tours with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to list 'a' wow moment; I had several. The culmination of architecture, artwork and scenery makes it impossible to claim; I had many wow moments; a trip of a lifetime."

Judi

Plano, TX

Tour: 11/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The chance to visit Italy again with my love, on this same tour, was even better than the first time - and I had no idea it could be better! Every detail is considered and cared for, making the experience one of being fully present - nothing to worry about or figure out, except for what you want to do on your own time and where to eat, and eat, and eat!! We made the most of every moment, even when happily exhausted we had to stop at just one more pub for one last glass of wine!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Burano, seeing the colorful rows of homes and businesses along the canals, the simplicity of the island with it's equally beautiful and impressive architecture made me smile all day. AND visiting Harry's Bar in Venice, enjoying the original bellini was a really special moment, such a fun afternoon!"

Diane

Long Lake, NY

Tour: 11/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour of each city was more than I expected. It was more than a tour, it was an enriching experience. It filled my senses with sights and sounds and tastes I had never experienced before. We had a wonderful cooperative and friendly group, a generous group leader, and exceptionably knowledgeable Italian tour guides. I am still processing all that I experienced on this trip, emotionally and intellectually.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michaelangelo's David in the Florence's Athenee Museum was one of many wow moments. I felt in the presence of Michaelangelo himself. The ability to get so close to this masterpiece and walk around him at 360 degrees was a magical moment I will never forget."

Constance

Wayne, PA

Tour: 11/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a very fine time on this, my first guided tour. Great cities, great art, great weather -- and what seemed a pretty much flawless tour, logistically. Thinking back, I liked our "first nights" the best -- walking tours to acquaint us with each city, then good food and wine at dinner. I give all credit to Karin and also want to applaud my tour mates for their affability, patience and good humor. Thanksgiving at home has nothing on spritzes in Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We happened to be near Trajan's Column in Rome at sunset and looked up to see thousands of starlings swirling and then dropping to roost in the tall umbrella pines. The streetlights were on and there was a violinist playing. Very special and I have it on video."

Michael

Kingsville, ON

Tour: 11/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves tour and again we enjoyed ourselves immensely. The organization of the tour was excellent and we felt the group bonded well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had been to both Venice and Rome before - certainly revisiting all the sites was wonderful and the architecture dating back so many years is amazing. My "wow" moment was really a "wow" experience - I loved the cooking class we had in Florence. It was fun, entertaining, and got different members of the group working together. And the meal afterwards was delicious. This was a great thing to do with the group. The trip to the winery in Oliveto was really enjoyable as well."

Steven

Hollywood, MD

Tour: 11/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw a lot in a short period of time. Really, it takes a while for it all to sink in. I enjoyed the walking and the pace of events. The free time was about right. The local guides made things come alive in a way that guidebooks and recordings cannot. Karin was most accommodating and informative - and a good shepherd for her flock. Now I completely understand Rick Steves' remark in his shows about needing more time to take it in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I completely enjoyed the tours of the 3 cities. But for me, the view of Orvieto from the winery stop. That is the moment I realized that what I would really like to do is go on another tour of the smaller towns and villages in Italy. Seeing it from afar makes you want to head over for a look. Then, I realized that there is a whole country out there that we were buzzing by as we toured Venice, Florence, and Rome. Personally, I am much more comfortable in the countryside than in the cities."

Macson

Crest Hill, IL

Tour: 11/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Went well

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Karin and the local guides picked all the best sights for us and I liked that we could stay in the days' museums if we wanted."

Monica

Irving, TX

Tour: 11/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an excellent balance of guided tours and time to explore on our own. The organization of our tour guide and the history and insights from the local guides clearly made this trip so very worthwhile for us. I had made long lists for each city of sites that I had hoped to see. Of course, I wasn't able to see everything on the lists, but we came close. On the flip side, however, we saw unexpected sites and experiences that were exciting surprises due to the expertise of our guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't answer this question because there were so many. The first was approaching Marco Polo Airport and seeing from the sky that Venice is indeed shaped like a fish! From then on it was a series of "wow" moments and experiences. Admittedly, I had spent two months studying the Rick Steves guidebooks and my art history books so that I could extract the most from the trip."

Linda

Kingsville, ON

Tour: 11/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Still appreciate the balance of planned and free time. Gave us time to explore more or rest as needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""wows" are difficult to express. Walking into churches and being amazed at all the wonderful art every where. It was lovely to find myself in Venice for a second time. i very much enjoyed see all the layers of Rome under the church of San Clemente."

Jill

Dallas, TX

Tour: 11/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip! It was just enough organized group time along with free time. The group meals were excellent. The winery that we visited was a nice stop in between Florence and Rome. We had a cooking class which was great fun as was the visit to a local artist and her studio. The weather cooperated for the most part. Karin is a terrific guide! This was my first Rick Steves trip and it won't be my last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente church, Colosseum, Burano, Sistine Chapel, Palatine ruins, Duomo.....there are too many things to list!"

Michelle

Altamonte Springs, FL

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Schedule was great in starting with breakfast at the hotel then walking to museums, churches and nearby piazzas with occasional rests to get a coffee and restroom break. Buddy check system was helpful and expedient. Most afternoons one is free to dream, explore and discover on their own. Group dinners together were lovely. This is an active tour with a lot of walking, come prepared with the right shoes and mindset.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved visiting the very special winery in Orvieto. The hills, landscape and buildings were beautiful in driving through Orvieto to get to Tenuta Le Velette - our bus driver, Antonio did a great job maneuvering the winding roads. They spoiled us with delicious wines, tarts, cheeses, meats and desserts. We even got to visit the wine cellar, our host was charming!"

Charles

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick Steve's tour. Did not know what to expect. Lisa went above and beyond. I was most impressed that she had enthusiasm for someone who has done this many times before. Very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment. Probably the quieter times when on our own visited the gardens in Florence and Rome."

Krista

Slippery Rock, PA

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour with Lisa Anderson, Orin Dubrow and our local guides exceeded my expectations in the best ways; educational, beautiful and fun! And as my first trip out of the USA, Lisa and Orin made me feel confident to venture out on my own during free time. It was a great balance between structure and free time! I highly recommend the Rick Steves tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the Italian culture with Lisa Anderson, Orin Dubrow, the local guides and the people I met had the greatest impact on me. I recognized something so unexpectedly familiar, an influence from my childhood, as a first generation Italian-American, that I didn't realize until now. I feel a need to know and travel more!"

Christine

Morton Grove, IL

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My daughter and I thought we would share great experiences together on a tour like this...we had a memorable and wonderful trip together! No time for much relaxing though...very rigorous...But we saw and experienced as much of Italy as we could in the time we had. I couldn't have hoped for a better guide than Lisa(Orin as well)...they were just great. We were exhausted, but so glad we signed up!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the wine tasting and lunch near Orvietto...and a good rest day for me(much needed!)"

Emily

Shorewood, WI

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been to Europe before I was a little intimidated by everything there was to see. So it was so nice to have all our lodging taken care of as well as all the most popular attractions planned out for us. But we still had plenty of time to go out and explore on our own. It was the perfect mix. And our tour guide Lisa was so great. She was very kind and knowledgable. She always had suggestions for what to do in our free time, and wanted us to experience the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite wow moment was seeing the statue of David by Michelangelo. It was something you've seen in pictures everywhere, and Lisa really built up the suspense beforehand. She had nice talks with us about the history of the artwork and the artist. So to finally see the masterpiece in person, towering over you, was really amazing."

Michael

San Jose, CA

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour. Very well organized and a truly nice experience. The time in each location worked well, everything flowed smoothly without a hitch. We have been in each location before and this time it was a really good experience as we learned so much more. Our tour group was made up of a very nice mix of folks. It was wise for the Steves people to provide a head's up that this would be a vigorous tour. We did walk a lot of miles and climb a lot of steps -

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps one thing that does stand out was attending the cooking class in Florence. Extremely enjoyable and a nice experience. Also enjoyed the visit to the winery."

Richard

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a great time on our tour. The experience was well organized and thoughtfully planned out. We hit all of the best sights to see and got a great amount of information that was not only educational, but also about the culture and day to day living for Italians. Loved our tour guide and the local tour guides as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the Gladiators' Tunnel entrance at the Colosseum and getting to stand on the Arena was amazing. The perspective we had was unique and special and it was so cool to be able to do that."

Gregg

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Everything! I have never been on a "tour" (always have made my own arrangements, etc.) so I was a little concerned that I would find an "organized" tour too constrictive. Not at all! In fact, I found myself wishing I had done one of the Rick Steves tours before as I no doubt missed a lot when relying on my own knowledge of what and where I visited. From the very beginning everything was seamless - no wasted time but no rushing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure I can limit it to one. How about a "WOW" for each city? Venice: first getting on the Vaporetto and slowly motoring our way to our stop. What an experience - of course I knew there were canals, but to actually experience them is another story. Florence: walking at night and experiencing the grandeur of the Duomo and Baptistry; and the David...pictures DO NOT tell all! Rome: the Vatican and watching a Papal Mass on the jumbo trons and been blessed by Pope Francis from the window"

Marty

Minnetonka, MN

Tour: 11/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a joint evaluation from Marty and LuAnn. The Best of Venice, Florence and Rome tour went well beyond our expectations as our first time group tour. If there is a better tour guide than Lisa (with Orin assisting)we would be surprised. The tour hit all the major tourist sites at all three cities as advertised. The three hotels were all in the heart of the key areas of each city and they were all clean and comfortable. We virtually never waited in line anywhere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We arrived in Venice by train after a one-day side tour of the Proseco region with Oriana Balliana. Walking out of the train station in Venice and seeing the Grand Canal for the first time was a definite "Wow" moment. Beautiful buildings on the canal with every type of boat criss-crossing in front of us. And we were able to take a short vaporetto (bus boat) trip down the Grand Canal to our first hotel which was about 100 yards from the Rialto Mercato boat stop."

Melissa

Beverly Hills, MI

Tour: 11/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A friend recommended the Best of VFR tour, and we knew it was going to be a good time. Our experience on the tour far exceeded our expectations in every way, and we can't wait to come back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved every minute of Venice and Florence, but Rome blew my mind. Local guide Francesca Caruso helped me connect to Rome on an emotional level, and her storytelling drew my into the details of Roman life."

John

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 11/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful experience on our recent RSE trip to Italy. It was our first experience with an organized tour group so we weren't sure what to expect. And we weren't disappointed! There was a nice balance between scheduled activities and free time to explore on your own. It was a nice benefit to have certain activities pre-planned and prepaid for us such as the special group Colosseum tour in Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment occurred while visiting the Roman Forum. While walking on the same path that Julius Caesar walked some 2000 plus years ago, I couldn't help but wonder how such a developed society could decline and then eventually be pillaged by invading forces. It made me appreciate what our current civilized society has accomplished. I am now concerned that the same destructive forces could occur again destroying the knowledge and scientific breakthroughs that we now take for granted."

Lawrence

Auburn, CA

Tour: 11/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nice balance of scheduled/guided outings and free time to do what we desired.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the statue of David."

Helen

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 11/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rainer was our guide, and he is quite amazing. He knows so much, plus he makes outings fun. The local guides added a lot to the outings. Honestly, Elizaveta bombarded me with a lot of facts in too short a period of time, but she was amusing to watch. The rest were all amazing. The final thing I want to comment on is the nice balance between group time and free time. Not experienced with tours, I now realize this balance is actually very important to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The four horses in St. Marks Cathedral. Powerful, powerful."

Judith

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 11/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have previously visited Europe on our own. This was our first European trip with a tour group. We wanted to go with the best - Rick Steves Europe - and we were not disappointed. While we read and studied about the three locations we would be visiting, we learned so much more while on the trip - which greatly enhanced the travel experience. Italy is an amazing country!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick just one moment - there were so many - especially the ancient historical sites! The visit to the winery was a highlight - the beautiful country side, the location, history of the buildings, and the beautiful chapel. So calm and peaceful!!"

John

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 11/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience. Proper balance of guided tour and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pin down a particular. It was all GREAT. Winery experience was best of I were pushed."

Karen

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 11/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed our guide, Rainer and all of the local guides. I got so much more out of the tours of the museums because of their knowledge and enthusiasm. I also loved the winery tasting and lunch as well as the cooking class. Both were a nice break from the intense museums and were so much fun! I was impressed also with Rainer's ability to adapt to the aqua alta issues we encountered in Venice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well it is hard to top the Sistine Chapel, but the gondola ride was pretty fabulous."

Robert

North Wales, PA

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour experience, which we never could have done ourselves. When we travel in the US we usually plan the vacation ourselves but since this was much less familiar we decided to try a tour company. One of my friends was on a Rick Steves tour and recommended it and my wife follows and buys the Rick Steves books and TV shows, so we tried this tour. The tour guide, Patricia, was a great tour guide, and had to overcome some nasty weather and a few twists and turns, but did a great job

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice was really great as we got a singer who was outstanding. We probably couldn't have done that on our own. Also, we had a singer in a restaurant in Rome, which was also a highlight. Getting into the attractions without waiting in line was a big plus, and although we might have been able to do some of that by going to a local guide, I think we were better off with Rick Steves."

Chris

Springboro, OH

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Patricia, our tour guide, did a fantastic job of making our first Rick Steves tour a great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WOW moment was when we realized interacting with other members made the trip even more fantastic! Everyone was friendly and there for the same reason we were!"

Karla

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first RS tour experience was so positive it essentially left me wanting more. I was truly sad to leave Italy and new friends. I am already planning my next tour for 2019 and hoping to bring my daughter along for a college graduation gift! Every aspect of the Venice/Florence/Rome trip was well organized, fun and educational. It was really rewarding to be among the interesting tour members as well as benefit from the high level of professionalism of the guides---all first rate! THANK YOU!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is an impossible question for me, personally, to answer, so I will give a brief overview list of "best of best" of an ALL BEST trip: 1. Boat Ride to outer Islands in the Venice Lagoon 2. Circling the DAVID statue in Florence, which cannot be described with human words... 3. Sunset panorama view of Rome on top of Victor Emmanuel Monument...Perfetto! 4. Our DELICIOUS cooking lesson in Florence(Ciao, Fabrizio!) 5. Our stop at Le Velette winery--spectacular! 6. ALL. OUR. GUIDES. WOW!"

Maria

Santa Maria, CA

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour! All major attractions covered. Tour runs like a well oiled machine. I definitely got what I paid for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I went to Italy mainly to see the Statue of David, and it was everything I hoped it would be. St. Mark's Basilica was also stunning. I had not expected to be so taken by the first moment inside the Basilica! It is such a moving experience to be in such places."

Jerry

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything I expected and then some. Well managed agenda for the entire 10 day trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was turning the corner and seeing David. To me, it is unbelievable the talent fo Michaelangelo. The Sistine Chapel ceiling was another "Wow" moment, again the talent of Michaelangelo. Another "wow" moment was Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester. I was extremely fascinated by the hand writing and "brain power" of da Vinci."

Roger

Arcadia, CA

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our first tour five years ago and it's safe to say our second tour was every bit as enjoyable as the first! Weather was an issue from the first day but Patricia was well-prepared and put everyone at ease with her experience and sense of humor. We really liked how this tour only had 2 long bus rides and more time in the major cities. The group meals were excellent, lodging was good, and the local guides were exceptional. We had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's David was my "wow" moment and the experience would not have been the same without the excellent background and context from the guides."

Sokmoua

Aloha, OR

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have dreams of visiting Italy one day, when I watched Rick Steves shows. Didn't think it would come true, but it has. What an experienced it was. There are so much to see, do, peoples and places. Thanks to my niece Joanna's, she make my dream come true. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moments are: St. Mark's Square and the roof top view in Venice. Climb the magnificent cathedral dome and cooking class in Florence. Walk into Basilica S. Pietro, Musei Vatican's, Colosseo in Rome and many more. I would not be able to experiences all of these, if it wasn't Rick Steves tour. I would definitely recommend to my families and friends."

Lucille

North Wales, PA

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Rick Steves tour of Venice, Florence and Rome. This was our first group tour and we were surprisingly pleased with the whole experience. Our tour guide, Patricia,was wonderful. She kept us informed and entertained the entire trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many WOW moments on this tour. Each city has its own personality and highlights but the most magical moment was the gondola ride Patricia arranged with a fabulous singer and a musician; his beautiful voice echoing off the narrow streets of Venice just as the lights began to turn on. A great memory."

Alegra

Folsom, CA

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great immersive experience. It was physically exhilarating, mentally enriching and so much fun! It reignited a desire and confidence for international travel. The tour exceeded all expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my "wow" moment was when I realized all we had visited, who we met and all the skills I gained or revived to travel abroad, again."

Christina

Greenland, NH

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour experience was great! It was my husband and my first Rick Steves' tour and we were not sure how we would like it. We loved it. Our tour group was awesome and our tour guide Patricia made the tour so fun, informative and easy!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had many WOW moments! All the spectacular views, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Vineyard in Ovieto, Cooking school, David, Uffizi etc..."

Annette

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was very well organized. We saw the best art, sculptures, frescos, churches, etc., in the world! The Tuscany wine tasting ,cooking class, gondola rides, water taxi to Burano, etc., was a perfect break from all the museums and churches. Our brains needed it. The 'free' afternoons were good too. Very good balance! The walking was intense some days but our group tackled the feat...no complaining among us. My husband even lost weight despite all the delicious food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michaelangelo's David and the Sistine Chapel... The hit of our trip!"

Alan

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide - made the experience. Enjoyed the local guides at each site - very informative. Headsets were wonderful idea. Hotels were adequate with possible exception of Venice where was really bare bones. Having time to explore by ourselves was good. Visit to winery was wonderful and buses were modern and comfortable. Three days at each site was just enough. Overall, a better experience than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Winery. Coliseum. Churches."

David

Folsom, CA

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience and our expectations were exceeded on a daily basis. Our guide, Patricia, enhanced our tour beyond measure. She's a very good historian, exceedingly funny, a fast thinker and great problem solver, an she seemed to care deeply about everyone in th group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first night on the tour was in Venice, the day of the epic flood. Our guide, Patricia, was able to re-book the entire group into an alternate restaurant the cause our original restaurant was flooded. She turned what could have been a disastrous evening into a big party. That set the tone for the entire tour"

Carol

Hamilton, ON

Tour: 10/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing time in Italy! Everything was so well organized. The transitions from activity to activity were smooth and seamless for us. Our Tour Guide possesed endless energy, humour and positivity. The accommodations were great and located walking distance to all the main sites. Lovely,full breakfast buffets with outstanding Italian coffee specialties!All of the group dinners were in wonderful local establishments and simply delicious. Behind the lines access to sites is great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private boat tour to the islands of Barano and Torcello! Barano is the most beautiful and colorful place I have ever seen yet it is a local community and not just a tourist stop. The lace making is so incredible! Amazing seafood - just loved it!"

Ronald

Watervliet, NY

Tour: 10/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour experience was priceless and it was all due to one person, our guide Tina Hiti! Despite the constant barrage of foul weather phenomena Tina was able to keep our group on schedule and smiling about the amount of water we had to deal with! She gave us an Italian experience we will not soon forget. Our group was full of happy, motivated people who just wanted to get out and see Italy despite the weather, we had a wonderful time and will continue to use Rick Steves for our European travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the Balcony of St. Marks watching the seawater start bubbling up through the drains and knowing how high the water would eventually get, and at the same time realizing that this is just a way of life the Venetians have adapted to over the years..."

Randall

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 10/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized and run trip. Our guide Tina was outstanding in her knowledge and attention to detail. We are grateful to her and the behind the scenes work to pull off a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the Duomo. An amazing architectural accomplishment that has now stood 600 years."

Jerome

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 10/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I typically do not respond to surveys, but some people performed at such a high level that they deserve the recognition.

Michael

San Antonio, FL

Tour: 10/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Having spent 28 years in the Navy, "touring" per se has been in my blood. Aside from that as a record industry executive, I have toured many countries and cities that I would have not had the chance to do so. All that said, this was my first RS tour and it goes to say that it was an "adventure" all to itself. The people I met both inside the tour group and as part of the hosts were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Besides the statue of David, the cooking class with Fabrizio. Besides fun, we all learned something and the food was perfect. Fantastic Orvieto wine experience. (asked my wife if she'd like to move there...) And last but not least - Catarina Balletti (amazing)."

Carole

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 10/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding tour which did an excellent job of melding art, history, food, and urban/countryside! Tina was a fabulous guide who made all of us feel comfortable. She was excellent at problem-solving on the spot (e.g. when we were on the front end of flooding in Venice) and moved our gondola rides to the day before so we were not disappointed. She provided extra surprises along the way on our walking tours as well. The art/history scholar tour guides were all outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough question. Probably going into the Colosseum was the one moment, but also being in Venice as it began to flood was an historic moment which helped me (and all of us) truly understand what it is to be Venetician. Finally the vistas from the Umbrian visit took my breath away."

Deborah

Flower Mound, TX

Tour: 10/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful- exactly what I had hoped. A great mix of organized tours and plenty of free time. Our tour guide was like the most knowledgeable, helpful friend possible. We quickly fell in love with Tina . I can't imagine anyone providing a better travel experience. We had an "adventure tour" - thanks to a lot of water:) Everyone rolled with the punches and made so many great memories together. Even during our free times we tended to join one another for meals, etc. Highly recommend!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in St Peters Basilica and hearing the Italian choir sing in English during mass. One of my favorite worship songs. An almost surreal experience. Seeing "David" was so special. So many experiences were dreams come true."

Elisabeth

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 10/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a positive experience as noted in comments below. Excellent trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rooftop view of Venice on the first night of tour."

Larry

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 10/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a fourtieth wedding anniversary gift to ourselves and we had an absolutely wonderful time! We enjoyed everything about it including the itinerary, our guide Tina Hiti, our fellow tour members, the little daily surprises, our hotels, the restaurants, our local guides, and just the right amount of free time. We can't pick just one outstanding aspect or moment and there was not one thing that we thought was a let down. We can't wait for our next tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough one. For me, being a history and architecture buff, I was blown away by the moment I walked into and looked up at the domes at St. Peter's Basilica and the Pantheon. For Carole, it was entering the Colosseum through the gladiator's tunnel, looking up at the entire spectacle, and thinking what it must have felt like 2,000 years ago. What a special treat our tour coordinators arranged for us!!!"

Ruan

Lubbock, TX

Tour: 10/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Italy was more wonderful than I ever imagined. We loved Venice with the grandeur of St. Mark's, charming neighborhoods, fabulous bridges, and the canals. Florence impressed us with the fabulous art in so many forms, sculpture, paintings, churches, and the David. Cooking Class, Winery Tour, and Rome! The fountains, the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel! Tina, our guide, was knowledgeable, caring, and arranged everything perfectly in spite of some rain! Plenty of time for sights, food and rest!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Venice's Grand Canal and the little neighborhood canals with charming bridges scattered throughout this beautiful city with stunning architecture was better than anything we saw in the movies!"

Linda

Farmington, MN

Tour: 10/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tina was delightful. She sparkles! Tina made the tour the best that it could possibly be despite all the rain and the flooding in Venice. She is a ray of sunshine. The other tour guides were passionate about what they did. Everything I did and I saw just took my breath away.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The experiences - the art studio, the wine experience, and the meal preparation with the chef."

Charles

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There were a few problems going on that we didn't even know about as Stacy and the local guides worked out in the background. There was a one day strike in Florence but they worked our tour around so we still went to every planned place but maybe at a different time or day. Stacy did a splendid job and the local guides she worked with were very knowledgeable. She added a stop at a military cemetery on the way from Florence to Rome and that was a great thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the inside of the coliseum at the ground level and looking up to see all the people up in the top of the stands."

Brenda

Friendswood, TX

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We have used Rick Steves guide books for years for traveling on our own. This tour was an awesome experience. It was our first Rick Steves tour and we were so impressed with the way the tour was organized, allowing us to have the benefit of a group tour with an outstanding guide and local experts, while also allowing us to have enough time to wander around and explore on our own. It was the perfect introduction to Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first night of our tour in Venice, our guide changed the itinerary due to concern about the weather, and took us for gondolier rides. We had a singer and guitar player and it was a full moon. It was magical, and a great way to start the tour!"

Ormond

Durango, CO

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized tour. Team building was a good start, getting to know each others name and a little bit about each person important start. Buddy system worked well to keep track of each other. The choice of places, museums, etc. we visited was well thought out and efficient. Having some rest periods each day was important, too, and also time for our own exploring. Hotel accommodations comfortable and their breakfast was well done for all three hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine Chapel was a highlight as well as Michelangelo's David Sculpture. All three towns, Venice, Florence and Rome had spectacular art and architecture. It was well presented by Stacy, our tour guide."

Patricia

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first visit to Europe and I was impressed how smoothly everything went on the group tour. From the moment we arrived at the hotel until being dropped off at the airport our guide set the expectations, provided insights on the tour events while being available for any questions. The tour was a nice blend of the sites, group activities and free time to stroll off to see other venues. It was a wonderful first trip to Europe and had a great time in Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a couple - arriving in Venice via the water taxi as the city is so different than anything I have experienced. It was beautiful and an awesome site. The 2nd was walking into the collosseum in Rome as we got to walk in from the alley of death. It was amazing to see and take in the history of a place that had such importance so many years ago."

Julia

Columbus, OH

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For a first time traveler, any other travel will have to go a long way to beat this experience. Perhaps this was kismet, but our traveling companions were a marvel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We caught a procession in Florence. Just a glimpse of something that's happened over and over again(minus people snapping selfies). My daughter and I attended a delightful performance of I Musici Veneziano. A French family sat in the two rows ahead of us, parents, aunt, and four stair-stepped daughters. The opera singers played to the children in the audience, much to their enchantment. The next day in Burano, we rounded a corner and there was the same French family. How sweet!"

Judith

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

how do I begin? Stacy, Wonderful leader. Even thing ran smoothly and the weather was perfect, we were so blessed, the rain gods were with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the coliseum among many others"

Erika

Columbus, OH

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was so much fun! The group really did become a family, watching out for each other and poking fun at one another, (speaking as the baby of the group). I really liked the balance of tour time to ensure that we saw the must see exhibits early before the crowds AND free time to explore on our own. Stacy really made it a priority to ensure that everyone felt included and on track so that we could pack as much into the short amount of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride the first night in Venice really made the entire trip and set the tone. I couldn't imagine doing it the last day and thought it was the perfect introductory to Venice and Italy."

Camille

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Oh man...what to say. From my first steps in Venice to my last in Rome, the trip was beyond expectations. Between the beauty of the sights and the superb guidance of Stacy, I was able to live the experience I was looking for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That one is easy...Being rained on through the oculus at the Pantheon."

Cheryl

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and Stacy as our guide. It was just the right amount of time spent as a group and free time to go out and see things on our own. Having a travel buddy is a really good idea to ensure our group stayed together. I would highly recommend this tour of three fabulous Italian cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Venice and leaving the airport via water taxi. Then later after joining up with our tour group going out for a gondola ride and being serenaded."

Bonnie

Maple Grove, MN

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first guided tour and it was great. From the guide, to the hotels, to the group, and the venues it all exceeded my expectations. I appreciated the insights the tour guide provided both at the venues and as we walked the streets. The local guides were excellent too. I am sure I learned more than I would have on my own and covered alot more territory. I appreciated the variety of events including the winery and the cooking school. I liked the balance of free time & group time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably David."

Richard

Lacey, WA

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I arrived in Venice several days before the tour started, and stayed in Rome several days after it ended, enabling me to see more sights and experience the cities at my own pace. This is easier for a retiree, but I'd recommend it for anyone who can take the time. I have taken several other guided trips overseas, as well as a good deal of independent travel. You do a better job and offer a better value than any other guided tour I've taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably two: (1) Rounding a corner to see the Duomo of Florence looming in front of me, and (2) Walking into Rome's Colosseum "onstage" at ground level (which made me want to make a speech!)."

Mary

Lexington, KY

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of the trip. The tour itself was incredible, but I must say, the very best part was meeting our wonderful fellow travelers of like-minded people. ... Big props to Stacy for the great job she did of leading us, educating us, and making the trip go smoothly. We'll definitely do Rick Steves tours again in the future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, no you don't. I couldn't possibly narrow down to one a trip filled from start to finish with "wow" moments."

Elizabeth

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 10/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was obvious the trip was well planned and came off with precision. Everything went as I anticipated. Not used to large tour groups, I was a bit concerned about having 24 or 25 different people to interact with. However, everyone was very pleasant, cooperative, and interesting when engaged in conversation. It was nice to have a mixed age group and most all were able to keep up the pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having been to all 3 cities before I cannot say I had a " wow" moment but I saw and learned things I hadn't known about previously, which is the reason I enjoy traveling. The trip to the small island off the tip of Venice was a treat. The visit to the olive farm and vineyard was quite enjoyable and nice to interact with Italians."

John

Lemont, IL

Tour: 10/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

tours and sites were great. dinners were set up very well. Hotels were disappointing as there wasn't any communal lobby space to sit and talk at 2 of the three hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence was fantastic."

Frederick

Willmar, MN

Tour: 10/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We are fairly experienced travelers. We signed up for our first group so as to be sure to see 'the sights', without long lines, etc. It met that goal. An additional, unexpected benefit for me was the wonderful guides we had at Vatican and Uffizi (Paolo and, I think, Marco), who added tremendously to the experience in their discussions of the Renaissance and what we were seeing. Give them a raise. I also greatly enjoyed the afternoon with Marco at his Olive/Grape farm in Umbria.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Explanations of art in Uffizi and Vatican and how they characterized the Renaissance, what the Renaissance meant at the time and what this art means to us today. Their passion for the subjects was wonderful."

Dana

New York, NY

Tour: 10/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour, or any tour for that matter, and I was so pleasantly surprised! I did not know what to expect and was so happy with the experience. The tour guide and local guides were amazing as were the itineraries and most of the accommodations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many to count! My top two "wow" moments would have to be the trip we took to Orvieto to Cecilia's winery and the tour of ancient Rome. Both were truly great experiences! Our local guide in ancient Rome had such passion for her city that it was contagious. Loved seeing the excavations under San Clemente church."

Joseph

Fountain Valley, CA

Tour: 10/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide. Great local guides. Group got along very well. Lots of interesting and wondrous sights and tons of insights and information about the cities and the artwork.

Peggy

Elmhurst, IL

Tour: 10/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I do not believe I can capture all my thoughts and feelings about the trip in 500 characters :-) I can say it was exemplary from start to finish. I have wanted to see Italy for 50 years (no joke) and I am so very grateful I chose RS Tours for this first experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are SO many! The first is my first sight of St Mark's square in the evening; the second was the Uffizi; third was the Colosseum; fourth was the David sculpture; fifth was sunset in Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo; sixth was the view from the top of St Peter's Basilica; seventh was the interior of St Mark's Basilica(especially the four horses sculptures); eighth was the Pieta. I could go on....."

Charles

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 10/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent overall experience. The Rick Steves' Organization (RSO) chose a great itinerary of places of interest, hotels and restaurants for a ten (10) day excursion. The tour was also a very good mix of structured events and free time so that there was some decompression in between the sights. The group was a very good mix of couples and individuals with varied background. I think that 25 to 28 person is a good group size for this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Florence at the Michelangelo Park, watching the sunset and listening to a guitarist playing music, very nice."

John

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 10/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our first trip of this type and to Europe. Tour was well organized. The information on history, culture and art was all excellent. We began the days early and the pace was brisk. Brisk to the point that when the organized part of tour day was over a break was in order. We squeezed a lot in every day. The benefit is that the tour was as comprehensive as possible seeing a cross section of pertinent sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe the information from the guides was crucial to the benefit of our trip. St. Peter's Cathedral was exquisite. In Venice, St. Marks Cathedral and Doge's Palace were highlights. Gondola ride was fun. Walking tours with narration of history and culture was important to value of trip. In Florence again walking tours with focus on history and culture were valuable. The renowned sculpture was impressive. In Rome it was a balance of seeing the Vatican and Ancient Rome. Both were impressive."

Deborah

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves Tour and we are planning another next year. We enjoy the system you use for your tours, such as staying in small hotels and time for our own interests, and have found your guide books to be the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch at Caffe Florian in St. Mark's Square in Venice, looking out at the Basilica and listening to the orchestras playing. I love those bronze horses. I also enjoyed the archaelogical dig site at St Clement's Church in Rome. I was impressed at how they were able to clearly show how Rome builds on top of its past."

Laura

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 10/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour and I've already recommended it to several friends and family members. I was pleased with the hotel accommodations, the group meals, and the local tours. All guides were fantastic, professional, and added incredible insight to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Boticelli room in the Uffizi and seeing those beautiful paintings that I had only seen in textbooks from school."

Kathleen

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I chose this Venice,Florence & Rome tour as I wanted the benefit of a fully guided Rick Steves' tour for these cities. It did not disappoint! All of these cities with the history, art,ancient architecture,culture were fantastic. What made it so much more, was the exceptional care and information given by our wonderful guide Marijan Kriskovic, and also the local guides from each city. I really enjoyed the wine tasting we were treated to in Umbria, on our excursion to Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are really too many "wow" moments on this tour. I really enjoyed finally getting to tour The Doge's Palace and cross the Bridge of Sighs. My first trip to Venice, many years ago,the Doge's Palace was closed due to damage from flooding. I was so upset as it was what I really wanted to see. SO glad,our RS tour wasn't affected by flooding that Venice experienced just a week after we left! Florence was my favorite city.Beautiful! The Uffizi,Santa Croce,David,& BEST food!"

Harold

Dunwoody, GA

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really liked the way you programmed seeing the major sites as a group, and then leaving a good bit of free time for us to do/see things on our own. Local guides were fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing again after 40-some years the Basilica of S. Giovanni in Laterano (done on our own)."

Chris

Chino Hills, CA

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wanted to visit and have an introduction to the "big three" cities in Italy and this tour certainly accomplished that! Our tour leader (Marijan) was superb, the group members were pleasant, and even the weather cooperated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh my...hard to pick just one! Thoroughly enjoyed the first journey on the Grand Canal in Venice, then walking over the Rialto Bridge. While the Uffizi in Florence was terrific, the Galileo Museum was fascinating. Francesca, our amazing tour guide in Rome, brought new insights into understanding ancient Rome in a way that was unique and she provided a major mind shift in being able to take more of a perspective of a Roman so many centuries ago."

George

Melville, NY

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A once-in-a-lifetime experience. So much shoehorned into a ten-day itinerary but thoroughly enjoyable. Wonderful guides, places, food. People should know this tour is VERY walking-intensive and some older travelers struggled. I STRONGLY suggest to those of you with no fitness program to TRAIN beforehand by walking an hour a day. I'M NOT KIDDING! We averaged 22,000 steps a day and on the days we were on the bus we still did 12-13,000. We ate like kings and I still lost 8 lbs!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"- Santa Maria Assunta church, Torcello - 1,000 y/o frescoes and mosaics - Colosseum and forum area. - St. Marks Basilica and Doge's Palace, Venice - Statue of David in Florence - The Vatican and of course Sistine Chapel - Basilica di St. Clemente, Rome: A 15th century church built on an 8th century church built on an old Roman house. The best thing about these places were the wonderful guides who brought each place to life for us."

Lanessa

Dublin, NH

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I'm not a fan of traveling in large groups of people, especially those who are not used to traveling and who are mostly older than I am. However, it was still fun and interesting, and the people were nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class was terrific! It was practical and easy, and the food was delicious!"

Jennifer

Louisville, KY

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! The tour was fast-paced and filled with information. We enjoyed exploring each city with our guide and group. We felt like we got to see everything we wanted and more. We loved having time on our own to explore the cities, and we felt like we were equipped to do so due to our wonderful guide Marijan.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was during our walking tour of the Coliseum and of the Forum when our local guide explained how the Romans built all of the things they did as they did not have a good understanding of the afterlife and simply wanted to ensure that they were remembered. Our guide read us a gravestone inscription from a roadside grave marker and it was so simple and so beautiful[INVALID]it just made things click into place and gave history a whole different spin for me."

Holli

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable. Great mix of tour time and free time. Very informative and fun. We were tired towards the end but I think thats a good thing. We saw everything we wanted to see but most importantly we learned so much while seeing sites. The guides made everything so easy. One of my favorite parts was actually the drive from town to town on the bus... in particular stopping for wine tasting between Florence and Rome. The farm was incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the tour guide in Rome, who walked us through St. Clement basilica, the colosseum and the forum. She was amazing in her tone and knowledge - had us so engaged and had most of us in tears during the last part of our visit at St. Clements Basilica. Wow. I never thought I'd ever feel so connected to someone living 2000 years ago."

Terri

Melville, NY

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing and well organized. I especially loved the little side trips like the cooking class and vineyard. Marijan, our guide, was so helpful and amiable. His little treats and stories and a good sense of humor made the trip even more memorable. The local tour guides were wonderful and each gave a unique perspective and were excellent in conveying the connection of the past to the present and most importantly to the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. Everytime I thought I experienced the highlight of the trip another site or experience would amaze me. Some of my favorite moments Venice: The basilica on Torcello, Rialto market, Aperol Spritz and cicchetti, the top of the Campanile (Bell Tower), lighting of St. Mark Basilica. Florence: Luca, Palazza Davanzati, cooking school, David, Giglio Rosso. Rome: Marco, Poggio Della Valara, wild boar sausage, Trattoria Der Pallaro, MariaLauer?, Francesca, San Clemente, the Forum"

Mark

Bozeman, MT

Tour: 10/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Julian is a class act. He comes across a little stuffy at first, but over the course of 10 days he really loosens up and is a lot of fun. A wealth of information with great stories. He made the trip for us. On balance the food was pretty good, particularly last night in Florence and Rome. The ancillary tour guides were outstanding and the color they provided made the trip. Very passionate about their cities. We really enjoyed the wine tasting and the cooking school. Just a lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Rome and the Forum."

Russell

Wakefield, RI

Tour: 10/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guides. Exceptional food. Very impressed with whole experience. Hotels helpful and restful. Not a bad thing to say about it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food, restaurants, cafes, wine tour and cooking class. Great fun."

John

Yakima, WA

Tour: 10/12/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well organized and informative. Plenty of time to experience the surrounding areas on your free time. Nice to travel with others who have also researched the other places of interest. Received good suggestions on what to bring when traveling to a foreign country, such as clothing, money belts, chargers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My personal favorite moment was the gondola men singing happy birthday to me! On the Grand canal at night. That was over the top!"

David

Washington, DC

Tour: 10/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent

Anne

Ballwin, MO

Tour: 10/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better than we ever dreamed! On our plane ride home, I was happily re-living each day...and wondering where our next Rick Steves walking tour should be! From Julian, to the city guides...all were more, better than I had expected! The hotels were a bonus in that they were so well located in each of our cities. The bus rides were entertaining...Julian's stories..music...roadside stops...and of course, the views, were outstanding..a living postcard!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have been thinking about my many "wow" moments, since we returned 2 weeks ago. But, I do believe my most favorite "wow" was the afternoon in Venice on the Grand Canal..and the stories by Julian...the 2 islands that we stopped at...visiting the first Catholic Church built in 400 AD...in Venice...Torcello... I was totally overwhelmed by the artistic and structural beauty of this first church..."

Kathleen

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was impressed by the local tour scholars in all 3 cities and the fast access to the best sights in each city. The people in our group were gregarious and adventurous. The bus rides were comfortable and very pleasant. 2 of the three hotels were very good and the breakfast food was great at all of them. We were able to see the most "important sights"and yet get a taste for the people and the culture of each city we visited. Jamie was fun guide and very personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most fun I had was the Florence cooking class and being able to enjoy the food we prepared but a close second was the wonderful winery visit and how welcoming the people there were to our group."

Tammy

Boise, ID

Tour: 10/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This trip was planned for my son's 30th birthday. We really did not do much planning and decided to let the tour drive our trip. Each day was a different experience yet provided enough structure that we quickly became comfortable in our surroundings and enjoyed exploring in our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Venice. Rome and Florence introduced us to the wonderful history and art of Italy, but Venice was an experience for the soul."

Linda

Montgomery, OH

Tour: 10/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations. Each city had its special charm. Accommodations were great, especially in Venice and Florence. Food was outstanding. Jamie did a great job of choosing restaurants for our meals as a group. Jamie was a wonderful guide! He was knowledgeable, fun-loving, and just a great all-around person to travel with. Our group was pretty diverse and came from all over the country and Canada. We very quickly became friends; lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to choose but one was arriving in Venice. It was more than I expected; so unique, charming. I felt like a European resident while there. Loved all the little alleys and squares. The overall feel of this city was a "wow" for me. A second "wow" would be seeing the Coliseum in person. It is huge! And our guide really brought it to life for us; not just ruins. I have always wanted to see it and it did not disappoint."

Alice

Fairfax Station, VA

Tour: 10/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire experience exceeded my expectations. The tour was an excellent combination of group time and individual time. Having the tour guide and the local guides immeasurably increased the value of the tour - saved us a lot of time in planning and provided enrichment so that the sites visited were more meaningful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the statue of David and other sites in Florence that I had studied so many years ago"

Mark

Fairfax Station, VA

Tour: 10/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was excellent - the value of having it planned by experts was worth the additional cost than had we planned it ourselves. The value of the tour guides. We had never been on a group tour before and had some trepidation, but the group was full or wonderful people, we had a nice balance of group and alone time. The tour and whole trip was fabulous and exceeded our expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Venice - the gondola ride - there is no place like Venice, so it was really a wonderful, special experience"

Warren

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The hotels, transportation throughout, local guides (3 of 4) were outstanding! Our guide, Jamie, was very good. His personality was fun and engaging, especially in small groups and when with him one on one. Two of the 4 dinner meals were poor, in Florence and Rome. The cooking class and the trip to the vineyard exceptional and are noteworthy. The location of the hotels were outstanding. And, thanks for the perfect weather!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The awareness that the state of Venice really did not participate in the Feudal System, was not really beholden to the Vatican and was driven by trade / capitalism. So different than anywhere else in Europe. Also, the physical isolation of Venice that helped preserve the buildings and allowed it to thrive for so long. The cooking class and the trip to the vineyard exceptionally noteworthy, as mentioned. The tour guide for Rome was exceptional in making us aware of how Rome was "forgotten"."

James

West Chester, PA

Tour: 10/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was a little apprehensive before the trip because I had never taken an organized tour before. Happily, I was very pleased with this tour which exceeded my expectations. I learned a great deal from my guides. I found my trip companions to be interesting and easy to get to know. I felt the tour was both engaging and refreshing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several while moments. However, the tour of San Clemente church in Rome was the top well moment for me."

Nancy

Shelton, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Seeing all the highlights of the tour was amazing! Our hotels & the included breakfasts were very nice & the staff at the hotels were very professional & helpful. Everyone of the local guides were exceptional! The provided bus from Venice to Florence & also Florence to Rome were quite comfortable with adequate stops along our route. Our Guide was personable, easy to talk to & enjoyable to be with. Dave helped one of the tour members change her plans when her father unexpectedly passed away!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David & the unfinished sculptures by Michaelangelo and the Bridge of Sighs were my "Wow" moments."

Pollyana

Hayward, CA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Love that the tour provided a combination of sights and experiences (cooking class, gondola ride, wine pairing lesson, multi-course dinners). Love the tour guides that gave context to what we were seeing and helped us maneuver through the crowds and lines. Love the ease of the transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The San Clemente Church and Forum tour with Francesca was moving and sparked imagination. 2. The gondola ride at night with the singer and accordionist felt like a magical Disneyesque experience. 3. Learning to make your own pasta and cook a complete Italian dinner, followed by a meal in the cellar. 4. Dave treating us to gelato and educating us on what constitutes a good gelato. 6. The wine pairing lesson at the beautiful country winery."

Joe

Durham, NC

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was Incredible. Very organized and allowed the whole experience to be very stress free.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the statue of David!!"

Charles

Shelton, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour content was great, included the popular sites as well as additional sites that are not as well publicized. Dave was outstanding, extremely helpful and very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice. It was an "extra" that I recommend be added as part of the tour."

Marc

Yuba, CA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole experience was outstanding. David did an Awesome job and really made the entire tour a pleasure to be part of. I also thought all of the guides were outstanding, with a weath of knowledge between them. I thought all the hotels were great, and very accommodating, and in great locations. We will definitely recommend Dave and Rick Steve for a great tour and experience. Regards Marc Kimball

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was definitely the David statue it was spetacular."

Eric

Tahuya, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Truly amazing! It made me realize what I don't know about the struggles and triumphs that have impacted civilization over the last three thousand years. Yes, I realize 3000 years involves pre-Roman culture, but the Romans didn't "invent" everything themselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the new "floor" (reconstructed deck) of the coliseum and trying to comprehend the engineering/construction challenges of building this facility. There were no cranes as we know them, 3-D modeling to determine interferences/fit, no laser alignment tools, hydraulic jacks, and obviously no structural steel yet look at what they produced and it's still standing even though parts of it were "robbed" to construct other facilities!"

Susan

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and went as advertised and scheduled. The hotels were all comfortable and very well located. The guides were all excellent; knowledgeable, organized, easy to understand, engaging. Our tour companions were friendly & interesting and added to a very positive experience. The itinerary was effective to see most of the best known sites in each city. There was a lot of free time for additional exploration; sometimes it was hard to decide how to best use that time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each city had "wow" moments when we visited well known attractions: especially the canals and gondola ride in Venice; Michelangelo's David in Florence; and the Pietà, Sistine Chapel and Coliseum in Rome. An unexpected "wow" was a free evening in Rome that included a stroll up the Spanish Steps just before sunset, many gorgeous sunset views from Villa Borghese gardens, and wine at a rooftop cafe with a full view of the nightlife on the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna. It was magical!"

Agatha Lynn

Port Allen, LA

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides, the hotels, the food, the tours were all Outstanding! I have not a single complaint. It was all as described in the literature as presented by Rick Steve's before we left. There was a warning of hotels do not provide soap, shampoo and things that American Hotels supply, but I did not experience that at all. The only change I would notate is that Italian hotels do not supply was wash cloths and public restrooms do not always have toilet paper. Wonderful Trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The street view and the taste of the pizza and wine."

Kristie

Fernandina Beach, FL

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our expectations. All the guides, activities, hotels, and meals were terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment for me was the group dinner in Florence. Not only was the food & wine delicious & plentiful, the camaraderie of our group & leader made it feel as if we were dining with longtime friends. Another Wow moment in Rome was Saturday morning tour & service at San Clemente church. The local guide was excellent and the sights & sounds & smells of the different layers of the church made it seem like history come to life. Incredibly unexpected!"

SUSANNE

Gardnerville, NV

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was one of the best trips I've taken to Europe and I have been there at least seven times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of the tour was the day we had Francesca take us on the Colosseum tour. She was amazing! She brought those old ruins to life for me. By the end of her time with us,I was so moved, I was a bit tearful. Whatever she is being paid by Rick Steves, it's not enough."

Carol

Hanover, PA

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment the LED lights came on in St. Marks at the end of our tour, the first day, I knew everything was planned perfectly. I don't think I'll travel Europe again without Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many wow moments I can't pick a favorite. I have to go back to the planning of the trip, just when I thought things couldn't get better something better happened."

David

Hanover, PA

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marijan, our tour guide, quickly acclimated us to our tour. With all 27 of the tour participants getting along- bonding we were off to an amazing ten days. For me, the highlight stood out as any day with a guide. History, a deeper understanding of culture, etc. added so much more to our experience. At the same time the centrally located hotels, Marijan's recommendations, group meals, etc. created a fuller experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Never having been to Italy, I thought Rome would rate last in our city visits. Francesca, our guide for the Roman Forum, created an eye opening, revelatory morning. "Old Rome" was brought to life. In addition, All of our guides added a depth of experience that surpassed simply seeing sites."

Suon

Burke, VA

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I expected and more. The description in Rick Steve's brochure very accurately stated what to expect. There was no exaggeration of what was offered. In fact, the tour was even better than I expected. I appreciated the excellence of all the tour's guides. Both our guide who was with us throughout the tour and the local guides were phenomenal. They were knowledgeable, passionate about their subjects and very personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to name one favorite "wow". I loved that we had a chance to take the gondola ride with a singer and musicians in Venice. I enjoyed our Italian cooking class in Florence. Our visit to the winery was wonderful. The trip to Vatican City was very successful and informative - a truly awesome experience made possible by our local guide Marta."

Jess

Burke, VA

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

See comments from my wife Suon from Burke.

John

Gardnerville, NV

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was wonderful. Not having to organize tickets for museums and sites made the vacation a vacation. It was much more carefree being on a tour that takes care of most all the planning for you. I found it fun and rewarding keeping the luggage to a carryon only. I did see people (not in our group) dragging luggage up over steps in Venice and was glad to be much more mobile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David. The details in his hands and the way the knee was carved with all the musculature. His size 17 feet tall. Turning into the grand canal on our first boat ride into Venice even though I was very tired from traveling was a wow moment also."

Pierina

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw all the major sites in each location, as well as having a few serendipitous experiences. The tour was a good mix of group time and our own free time, and I appreciated the small size of the group. I would have liked one more day in Florence, but in general, I thought the overall plan was perfect. We stayed a few extra days in Rome on our own, and we were happy we were able to do that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I knew I would love Florence, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Rome. It is such a modern, vibrant city, and there are art and historical wonders seemingly around every corner. The foundational guidance of the tour guides helped me appreciate what I did and saw on our free time."

Wendy

Leesburg, VA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt that we used every minute we were in Italy to full advantage. The tour was well-planned to make good use of time. When we had free time, our guide was there to recommend places to eat and shop. We were able to prioritize the art we wanted to see to get the most in. We were very pleased with the tour selections. Waiting time was kept to a minimum, so we spent our time looking, not waiting. That was great! We got to see a balanced combination of the major tour sites for art plus t

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo, Michelangelo, Michelangelo! My first favorite was Michelangelo's Pieta in the Duomo Museum in Florence. We got our tickets for this on our own ahead of the tour because we knew we wanted to see the art displayed there. Then we went on to see his David, his Prisoner's, and one of his Pietas. We got to see his paintings in the Sistine Chapel and The Last Judgement. (Amazing!) I appreciated the 30 minutes we were able to spend in the Chapel. I understand from other visitors t"

Delia Anne

El Cerrito, CA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second trip to Italy, but my first to these three cities. It was outstanding for me. The commentary and observations by our RS guide was rich and thoughtfully presented. The local guides in all three cities were excellent--not only knowledgeable but passionate about the sites and their country. I think there was a good balance between guided tour time and free time. .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the church of St. Clemente in Rome with its layers of history. Francesca, our guide , did a great job of inspiring us to see that we are part of this history and this treasure is something we can learn from and cherish. Our nations are intertwined because of our shared origins and history. Italy (as well as the US) are not isolated nations but we are inextricably linked because of history. The architecture, the art, the language we are related to it all & have grown in understanding."

Robert

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well organised, well paced. Martin did an exceptional job on the tour as well as suggestions for things to see and do during free time. The group size was ideal and there quickly was a chemistry among the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Before the tour wondering the streets of Venice exploring on my own finding Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari During the tour The Winery tour overlooking Orvieto - What a view, priceless After the tour Ostia Antica a walk through history and no crowds"

Barry

El Cerrito, CA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end we appreciated clear, timely flow of information. Rick Steves Tour selected excellent sites to visit in Venice, Florence, and Rome. The RS Guide was excellent--knowledgable and personable. The supplementary guides in all three cities were also excellent. The guide in Rome, Francesca, was superb. Hotels chosen were right in the center of the areas of interest. The Rome hotel was near the Vatican. I would have preferred a hotel on the other side of the Tiber.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Basilica Di S. Clemente was extraordinarily enlightening. We saw first-hand the history of Rome, layer upon layer, basilica upon church upon house upon early structure."

Daniel

Westlake, OH

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a marvelous experience. The tour was well planned from Martin's insights and humor, the fantastic meals we enjoyed and the accommodations provided. Italy in October is beautiful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. Too numerous really but I will try. The Sistine Chapel was incredible. St. Mark's in Venice was humbling. St. Peter's in Rome left me breathless. The Coliseum and Forum left me with the sense that I was in the center of Western Civilization watching history unfold over more than 2000 years. The Duomo in Florence was imposing up close and from the vantage point of Michaelangelo's gardens. The tour of the Tuscany vineyard and the tasting was down the list but very nice as well."

James

Leesburg, VA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves tours are the best, and this tour of Venice, Florence, and Rome was great! We love that there is plenty of free time built into the schedule for exploring on our own, while the formal tour covers all the essential, "must-see" experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just about everything in Florence: seeing the Duomo for the first time (it's so big!), Ghiberti's doors, Michelangelo's David, and the Medici Chapels were our favorites."

Grace

Auburndale, MA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time on a tour and I am definitely signing up for another Rick Steve tour. I enjoyed the ease of moving to various locations and not struggling to find the hotel and various sites. I enjoyed the evening walk when settling into a new place and getting oriented with the map.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard for me to say I had one favorite "wow" moment as each day became my new favorite "wow" moment."

Charlene

Tinley Park, IL

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved our guide, Julian. He was personable and was a wealth of knowledge. Most of the guides were easy to understand and seemed to loved what they do. I loved the hotel we stayed at in Florence. All of the hotels were so close to the action, I was pleased. Most of the people on the tour with me were wonderful and had a sense of adventure and willingness to let me, a solo traveler, tag along with them on our time alone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Laying eyes on the Pantheon for the first time. I've always been fascinated with Roman history and have studied the Pantheon but never seen it in person. It was as amazing as I thought it would be."

Nicole

Glastonbury, CT

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was absolutely amazing! A bucket list trip for me. My husband and I decided to spend 2 weeks in Italy. We wanted to incorporate a formal itinerary with time on our own. We decided to add time on either end of the trip. 10 days with a group was perfect. Julian our tour guide was a wealth of information! He answered questions, told stories and provided great backdrops to what we were seeing. What I did not expect was to have other guides for specific sites. How wonderful!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments, I can not limit this response to just one. Was it the Ufizzi, the Vatican, the Academia, the Roman Forum? Or was it the lunch in Umbria on a vineyard, with a tour member singing opera (in Italian) to us? Every city, and stop had it's own "wow" moment. That is the beautiful thing about this country, and our tour."

Deborah

Springfield, MA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first tour and overall I was very pleased with the tour´s combination of hotels, meals, sites visited, and size of group.There was a good balance between guided tours, generally in the mornings, and free time in the afternoon and evenings. I strongly advise reading as much information as possible,such as the Rick Steve´s or other guides his downloads, before the trip. Our guide did assume some baseline knowledge of the area which we often did not have.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several WOW moments: Standing in the middle of any number of the magnificent cathedrals and being in awe at the genius of the art and engineering done so long ago. Photos just do not do justice to these places. The wine tasting lunch in Umbria with Marco and his wife was superb. It was a fun informative afternoon with excellent wine and food. The Vatican is of course an absolute treasury of beauty."

Teresa

Southington, CT

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great, our guide was very knowledgeable. It exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments but one that was just perfection was the Family owned farm on our way to Rome. We were there to have lunch. In our group we had an opera singer and she picked this time to sing an Italian song, so there we were having a delicious lunch with a tasting of Italian wines at this beautiful Italian vineyard, just perfect."

Anne

Palisade, CO

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we were a little worried about the size of the group (27). We didn't need to be; people were interesting and all worked together as a group. We moved around efficiently and saw a ton of things. I would not have wanted to try these cities on my own, given it was high season and the crowds were intimidating. I really appreciated that the tour guide had the tricks and tips for enjoying the popular sites as the best times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the art in Florence way more than I expected to. I totally loved the "lasagna" layers of history and archaeology in Rome. My husband and I really enjoyed the city Orientation Walks, getting our bearings, learning how to navigate. These orientation walks gave us a great deal of comfort to head off and explore on our own."

Joanne

Fleetwood, PA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wanted to show my "over 40" son the wonder of Italy while I could still keep up with the group and enjoy it myself. Although my son has never been one to be overwhelmed by art, our guide was most helpful in giving us the whole experience. While on our own, we managed to lose our way in every city but enjoyed the wandering. We hit the highlights and had many surprises as well. So happy to be with a multi-age and interest group. Hotels and restaurants were ideal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"church of St. Clement with centuries of history...like a layer cake. As usual, Venice takes your breath away."

Stuart

Glastonbury, CT

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was absolutely wonderful. The location of the hotels was perfect, and truly important for making the most of the tour. The tour was the perfect balance of group led activities (mostly in the morning), and free time in the afternoon- when we could explore, sit with a glass of wine, rest, or visit more museums. The RS group experience appeared to be a factor in getting us access to sites in a timely manner, and to have us in the right place at the right time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting lost in Venice, and wandering around but not being lost at all. Narrow alleys and small bridges, and gondolas.... it is a magical place."

Michele

Sebastian, FL

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great balance of group activities and free time. Our guide gave us the knowledge we needed to navigate the cities independently and enjoy time on our own. The time in each city was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going out and watching the cities waking up each morning before breakfast."

Stephen

Valencia, CA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We can't say enough great things about this tour and our guide. I came in questioning the "free time" that was scheduled in each city but quickly understood how important it was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After being blown away by the Basilica Di San Clemente we walked a few hundred steps and rounded a corner to reveal the Colosseum.I will never forget that moment."

Patrick

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and I was so impressed with the quality of the tour guides. I could not have imagined learning so much in such a short time to maximize the experience. The provided dinners were amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride out into the lagoon of Venice and seeing the smaller islands. A nice escape from the city!"

Marlene

Webster, NY

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved Jamie as our tour guide. He was the perfect mix of fun and discipline There was a good amount of time to ourselves I enjoyed all of our tour guides at various locations This was our first Rick Steve's tour. It was a bit more hectic than i thought it would be but we loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch at the winery in Umbria"

David

West Henrietta, NY

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour lived up to its activity rating on the web site and brochure. It was truly a challenge ... but with great rewards! The architectural highlights, art collections and natural locations of three incredible cities were included with lots of background information to absorb and to put into the context of Italy's history. The wide range of sites and experiences far outpaces those of similar tours. In my opinion, there's no better option if you want to really 'feel' the cities we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of St. Mark's Basilica and it's museum was particularly impressive. I was hoping that it would be included with the tour, but wasn't sure based on the description in the itinerary. It was incredible that we were there when the flood lights illuminated the gold mosaic walls and domes of the church. Also being able to see, and be close to, the famous quartet of horses that have experienced so much history was a thrill. I only wish that photography was permitted."

Kimberly

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I were celebrating our 30th anniversary and a trip to Italy had been on our bucket-list. What a wonderful country for such a celebration! We were able to see the sights we'd dreamed of...and still have a desire return someday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thoroughly enjoyed the Italian cooking class in Florence. I didn't know that I could make homemade pasta! What a fun learning and bonding experience."

Johana

Stockton, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first international travel and I was amazed and thrilled with the experience. The accommodations were in interesting areas and the group and guide we travels with were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was "wow" from beginning to end for me..."

Marc

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the overall experience. I liked doing this as a group as we got to know several people in our group fairly well. I also would not be comfortable traveling in a foreign country without a guide, so the structure of this type of a tour was great. I thought the planned activities were quite fun and interesting and I liked the balance between planned activities vs free time to do our own thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know if I had one particular "wow" moment, but there were several highlights for me. The first was seeing the Grand Canal in Venice the first time. Even though I've seen pictures in books and on TV, there is nothing like experiencing it in person. Also just walking though the city with the narrow streets was exciting. Same thing in Florence, just experiencing the narrow streets. Perhaps my best wow moment was seeing the Coliseum up close. Quite amazing."

Ellen

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved my tour! I responded very well to the schedule and enjoyed every aspect of the tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was wowed by the food and wine and loved our cooking class! I am making pasta and bruschetta at home every night now!"

Rebecca

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, Rick steve's Tours exceed my expectations. The hotels were wonderfully located and the tour excursions hit all of the highlights. I always end the tour with a smile and start the countdown to the next one. Reid was an excellent tour guide. His knowledge of the history of the cities enriched the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved it all. Touring San Clemente was one of many wow moments. I really felt the history of the region when we traveled through time in the three levels of the church."

Elise

Merritt Island, FL

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

John and I loved Italy. We had such a great time and and meet such nice people.Loved Venice, not enough time in Florence, and couldn't get enough of Rome. Glad we got to Venice early because we met up with a great couple that got us on the right track early. Florence-there was just not enough time. Got there late and left early. Rome was just enough, so easy to navigate because of where we stayed and the Metro.Also stayed an extra day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wow moment was seeing and experiencing Venice for the first time. A small bookstore in Venice was our photographic find. The Gondola ride and our local tour guide were so much fun The Vatican,the Sistine chapel and the Basilica in Rome David in Florence and climbing to the top of the Bell Tower."

Karen

Deforest, WI

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Louis

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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