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  • 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 $2,995 per person + air

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

Dates & Prices

2022

2023

What's Included

You'll get at least 20 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our Best of Venice, Florence & Rome tour:

  • Venice backstreets walking tour
  • St. Mark's Basilica (when available)
  • Venice lagoon excursion
  • Venice's Accademia art museum
  • Gondola ride
  • Renaissance Florence walking tour
  • Florence's Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David)
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Florence backstreets walking tour
  • Cooking class and lunch
  • Bargello Museum
  • Umbrian wine-tasting lunch
  • Rome orientation
  • Roman Forum
  • Colosseum
  • Church of San Clemente
  • Pantheon (when available)
  • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 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 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 (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2022
  • 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.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

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.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Venice.

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 (when available). Along the way, we'll learn about the city's remarkable past and its challenging future. The afternoon and evening are free to explore the imposing Doge's Palace, take in a church concert, waltz on St. Mark's Square, or pub-crawl your way through this unique city.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Venice.

Day 3: Venice's Accademia Gallery and Lagoon

This morning we'll have our first real brush with the Renaissance — Venetian style — with a tour of the Accademia's treasure trove of great Venetian art, starring Titian, Veronese, Bellini, Tintoretto…and every shade of color imaginable. Then it's all aboard for a cruise into Venice's lagoon on our private boat. We'll visit your guide's favorite island, where you'll have free time to explore and enjoy lunch on your own. After returning, we'll set you free to discover Venice's other famous sights and find dinner on your own in the tangled maze of alleys and trattorias. Tonight, we'll regroup for a classic, romantic gondola ride through Venice's moonlit canals.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Boat: 1 hour. No bus. Sleep in Venice.

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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Florence.

Day 5: The Backstreets of Florence

A local scholar will join us this morning as we take a walking tour of the backstreets of Florence, with some fascinating peeks into Roman, medieval, and 19th-century Florentine life along the way. After exploring the highlights of the Bargello Museum, we'll continue our tour across the river, where we'll create today's tasty lunch during a fun and informative cooking class. Your afternoon will be free to see more of the city's museums.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Florence.

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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Florence.

Day 7: Wine Tasting, Rome at Night

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

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Rome.

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.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

Day 9: Monuments of Ancient Rome

We'll spend our morning uncovering ancient Rome, starting with a tour of multi-layered San Clemente — a 12th-century church sitting atop a fourth-century basilica and a previous Roman temple. Then we'll tour and hear vivid tales of the larger-than-life Colosseum and the birthplace of ancient Rome: the Forum. You'll be free this afternoon to wander through the nearby Palatine ruins, visit St. Peter-in-Chains Church (home to Michelangelo's Moses), or climb to the top of the Victor Emmanuel Monument to enjoy a panoramic city view. Tonight we'll feast together at our farewell dinner, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Salute!

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

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

Deborah

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a good combination of activity and free time. The others in our group got along well. The highlights were the nighttime gondola ride with music and the cooking class.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night gondola ride with music and spending time as the last group in to see David enabling us to spend extra time without crowds."

Brian

Tour: 08/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen was an impressive guide and our sites were well chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pasta making in Florence"

Timothy

Tour: 08/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have always been deeply-researched and tightly-scheduled independent travelers, but the unpredictability of covid cancellations made us consider joining a tour to handle the logistics. When we discovered that Rick has a no grumpy policy, we knew we had found our provider! The balance between group and individual tour time was perfect for us. We simply could not have joined a better group of enthusiastic, interesting and adaptable tour members and guides, courtesy of RS, with whom to travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It took us almost 24 hours to reach Venice where our Rick Steves tour began. The morning that we floated up on our alilaguna boat from the airport, we were greeted with absolute silence (no vehicular traffic allowed) and magical shimmering scenery unfolding before us along the Grand Canal. It was very hard for our travel-weary brains to actually grasp that this was not Disney World or Las Vegas – this was the absolute real thing and it was simply breathtaking! THIS is why we travel!"

Mary

Tour: 08/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were blessed with wonderful guides who helped bring meaning to the spectacular sights in the three cities our tour covered. Our hotels were conveniently located and varied in style, making each location all the more interesting. The mix of scheduled and free time seemed perfect for us as we were able to spend extra time in some places of particular interest to us. We came away with fond memories of a beautiful country with intriguing histories, a country that beckons return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don’t know how to narrow down to one. Could it be the view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge in Venice, the David in Florence, or the Sistine Chapel in Rome? I am still processing the thought of the great potential of humankind to create and do good works. Perhaps my “Wow” is remembering this during today’s uncertain times."

Maria

Tour: 08/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's my first time to join the RSE Tour and it exceeded my expectations. It was an experience of a lifetime! The tour was well-organized. I enjoyed every single activity, specifically the wine tasting, cooking class and group dinner in each city. I gained a lot of information from the Tour Team and the local guides. The Tour Team (Helen, Fotios, Mariella) was amazing! Throughout the tour, I felt that I was in good hands. I am looking forward to joining another RSE Tour soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was overwhelmed with the massiveness of the St. Peter's Basilica."

Allan

Tour: 08/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a great time on the journey. It was much more physically demanding that I expected, but I was able to survive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine Chapel"

Bruce

Tour: 08/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overall. Great guide, tour guides, food, hotels and our travel companions were terrific. I was warned about the walking many times and that also was just fine. I brought good shoes and prepared. I even walked more on my own than when guided. Ferdy was the best and always prepared us for what was to come. Cannot say enough about the great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two. First was our cooking class. Prepared an Italian meal from scratch. How many can say they made their own pasta meal in italy? We cut, measured, chopped, kneaded, rolled and fried, fried, am talking the entire process from kneading the dough, flattening to cutting into strips. Tiramisu was great when I make it :) the second was the side trip to a farm. Marco was such a great host. He told us all about his grape and olive operations. It was very memorable."

Elizabeth

Tour: 08/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! Exceeded our expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved getting "lost" in the alleyways of Venice. It was so nice to have time to wander - we learned so much on our walking tours about the history, art & culture that we didn't feel the need to spend our free scheduling an additional activity, We wandered, explored, ate cicchetti and just soaked up Venice!"

Julie

Tour: 08/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was amazing and organized. We saw things we wouldn’t have seen on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Italy we went to a family run winery. It was so amazing and the people were so welcoming. The food and wine were amazing too, I loved it."

Randy

Tour: 08/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour director, excellent informative guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coliseum in Rome. You could feel the history standing in that place ??"

Hector

Tour: 08/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour experience. Our guide, ( Ferdi M. Andiamo Ferdi!!!) was great. Can’t say enough about everything he did to make this tour a memorable experience. We had a great group of people and our local guides were so knowledgeable about each site we visited. I have to mention our local guide in Florence, Antonia Macartney, a great intellectual with a sense of humor. Our host at the winery, Marco, who welcomed us like family. The hotels, bus driver, sites and the food were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting three great cities makes this a tough choice but my wife and I agreed that it was sitting in the Piazza of San Marco in Venice. We had dessert at Caffe Lavena after dinner and had a wonderful time. The live music, the view of the Basilica of San Marco and all the people enjoying the evening was really cool. Also, arriving on the boat to the Rialto bridge was special. Couldn’t believe we arrived!"

Norman

Tour: 07/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good. Our tour guide in Rome, Paulo, was an outstanding guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ancient ruins in Rome and Vatican City were the highlights of the tour."

Bridget

Tour: 07/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour guide, Cecelia, who made everyone feel included, from preteen to post retirement ages

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Winery tour"

Mary

Tour: 07/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour itself was fantastic, unfortunately the heat zapped our energy and we were not as active as we would have liked to be

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When CiCi our guide revealed the "secret owner " of the winery we visited"

Jeremy

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this was a fantastic tour experience. The content focused on history, art, and culture. This is exactly what we wanted and expected from a Rick Steves tour. All logistical aspects were worry free and well managed. As with any travel experience, not everything went according to script, but our guide quickly and efficiently handled all changes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting "lost" in the streets of Venice. What a wonderful adventure that brought us to a number of unexpected delights."

Bridget

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was a perfect introduction to Italy, I loved all our reservations, tickets and tour guides lined up and ready to go. Guides were extremely knowledgeable. Accommodations were safe and clean and in great locations (although Rome hotel was more out of the way than the others). I do wish we had been told not to convert money from ATM (unnecessary charge) prior to arriving.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the Duomo in Florence, seeing the Sistine Chapel in Rome."

Jennifer

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, this was a great tour. It was aggressive, but that is fine by me. We saw and did so many things in the short two weeks. Our guide, Brad, was wonderful. He stepped in at that last minute because our scheduled guide was sick. Nothing seemed to fluster him. He encouraged us to ask questions and help get reservations or tickets, for our free time. I would highly recommend a Rick Steve's tour to anyone who likes to hit the ground running to see and do as much as you can.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine experience. It was more than I expected. It said wine tasting on the agenda, but it was much more than a tasting. We got to tour the grounds, the wine cellar was beyond words! Then, she talked to us about the wine and told us what it would pair best with and why. There were so many wow moments but this is at the top."

Berta

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We’re very satisfied with the tour. The hotels were very nice, clean and the locations were convenient to the places we went to see. Our tour guide is outstanding. He communicated very well with our group. He kept us informed of the site seeing events, places to visit during our free time and recommend restaurants to eat. The local guides were very good and we were given excellent information on the sites, museums we visited. The transportation from one city to the next was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basillica."

Melissa

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful!! It was a family trip with our two teenagers and it was absolutely amazing !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Marcos in Florence ! Cooking Class as well so much fun"

Lawrence

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely amazing !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wine tasting at Marco's !"

Carol

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed being part of a group of strangers more than I thought I would. I thought the local guides from each city were engaging, well informed, and I felt they helped narrow down the most important things to see. The amount of time in each of the 3 cities was just right, and having all the travel arrangements between locations was amazing and stress free. I am looking forward to my next Rick Steves Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought I was prepared to see Ancient Rome, but there was so much MORE and so spread out, I had no idea how vast the archeological diggings really were - so much more than just the coliseum"

Cynthia

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gondola ride in Venice"

Debbie

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional tour guides, just the right amount of scheduled vs. free time, wonderful hotel rooms/locations... a wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Marco's olive farm visit, with wine tasting paired with food prepared by his wife, and a view of Tuscany... felt like it was such a privilege to be invited in to this intimate setting."

Sean

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized tour. Excellent local guides, in addition to the superb work by "Sarah" who led the team from the beginning. We will participate in more Rick Steve's trips in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A couple. My youngest son arriving after midnight in Venice by private water taxi after missing a flight, and sunset over the Arno river/ponte Vecchio as I walked back to the hotel from downtown Florence."

Chloe

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I met great people, I learned alot and I loved our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the patheon."

Erika

Tour: 07/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the places and tour guides were amazing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence"

Michael

Tour: 07/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Italy was wonderful and our guide, Ferdi, really helped make the trip excellent. All the other tour members were very nice and great company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in and seeing Michelangelo's David!"

Aaron

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Colleen was a spectacular guide and made us all feel like we were apart of the community.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our long meal in Florence I had such a great time in!"

Olivia

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was extremely educational and interesting. It was amazing to learn about Italy from the locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment from the tour was the cooking class we took in Florence. It was amazing to have the interactions with the Italian cooks and with my other tour members."

Katherine

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Discovering the contemporary art contrasted with the works in the Venice museums"

Elena

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour with RS and I could not have been more impressed. I appreciated the balance between scheduled group activities and the opportunities to explore on our own. Patricia and Bea provided a variety of options during our free time. They paid such great attention to the details of our personalities that even in a large group it felt personal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many WOW moments to pick just one, but walking into the Sistine Chapel and walking out into the Coliseum were 2 moments that left me speechless."

Sandy

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! Minus the heat, it was a perfect trip. Patricia has a keen knowledge of the areas we visited and her delivery and attention to detail were fantastic. I felt like I was traveling with a friend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many... but the first day of the tour was special because I turned 60 and I was in Venice for the first time and celebrating my birthday. Patricia had the group sing to me at dinner and I felt like it was a dream come."

John

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour for the same reasons I loved my first Rick Steve's Tour, the perfect balance of structure and free time, the skip-the-line access, and the amazing tour guides and local guides. Just in case there may not be a specific question about guides later in this survey, I want to say that our tour guide, Patricia, was such a joy. She was so funny and helpful. She really went above and beyond the call of duty to help us and make sure we had a great time on the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are two "wow" moments that stand out for me, our evening stroll on our first night in Rome and our tour through the Roman Forum and Coliseum. I'll never forget turning a corner and seeing the Trevi Fountain and then the Pantheon come into view, all lit up at night. It was breathtaking. I'll never forget standing on the "floor" of the Coliseum, feeling united to the glory of a gladiator and the suffering of Christians killed their for their faith."

Emily

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

our tour guide Patricia's ability to foresee any potential problems and her attention to detail made this an unbelievable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence was amazing!"

Rebecca

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was a good mix of getting our bearings, learning about art, culture and history, and simply fun (often delicious) experiences.

Scott

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful … weather was extremely hot but tour leader made lots of adjustments to make it work with the heat .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David"

Jill

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Our guide Patricia was very helpful & tried hard to make our experience the best possible. It was unseasonably hot in Italy while we were there, so the tour needed to be better revised to reflect that reality & take care of the tour. The Venice hotel was perfectly located. The winery visited was very run down, and needs to be changed. The Florence hotel was too far away from the center of town and this caused many to skip tour days. The Rome hotel was in a great location with a great breakfast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our gondola ride was so fun and so special. The music just added to the great experience. Loved Burano! Wish we could have spent more time there."

Sharon

Tour: 06/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had the best tour director (Helen) and guides that anybody could ask for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say my wife and I have been to Italy five times and enjoyed the winery tour and cookies class"

Traci

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was dubious about taking a group tour. I usually use Rick Steves books to plan my own travels, but I wondered what it would be like to not have to handle my own logistics and reservations, etc. Every part of our tour was FANTASTIC and I would take another tour in a heartbeat. I loved my whole experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because I plan my own trips, I had so much respect for Ann and RSE handling all of the logistics! We learned that we got the early Vatican tour and Coliseum tour because RSE employees were up at midnight to ensure we had the optimal times. WOW! That was so great. This is a well-oiled machine, and the tour runs so smoothly."

Michael

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic from start to finish. A great blend of activities and free time. As advertised, and yes, you will walk. Your leader Ann was fabulous as were the local guides in the different cities. I appreciated their passion and willingness to go above and beyond.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick just one. Gondola ride in Venice, Cooking Class and lunch, Wine Tasting at fabulous winery, Vatican and the many new friendships made during the tour."

Tracy

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly enjoyed the entire tour. This was my first time traveling with a tour group. I would highly recommend it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many great moments. For me seeing the Coliseum was my favorite wow moment. We went early in the day, right when it opened. It wasn’t even crowded."

Rebecca

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was very positive and is one I would do again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have so many moments I felt were “wow” moments. One that stands out is our cooking class in Florence."

Mary

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

where to start? i traveled with my grandson who is 14. for me, the most important thing was that he had a memorable experience and felt welcomed. he did indeed! our tour could not have been better. our hotels were comfortable and close to the main attractions, but not too close, the guides were organized, personable, knowledgeable and beyond kind to my grandson. when he tested positive for covid on the last day, our guide and the main office helped us with everything we needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"can i have two? our fabulous guide found a tower for my grandson to climb so he could see florence from high above the city. the second? our cooking class turned out a delicious meal!"

Jennie

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in Italy. We enjoyed the Venice, Florence, and Rome Tour very much. The food was delicious, the tour guide (Ann Long) was very knowledgeable about local culture and customs, the hotel staff was hospitable everywhere we stayed, and our whole group interacted like a family. Ann went the extra mile to ensure that we were enjoying ourselves and she taught us some Italian phrases along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not only did Ann, our guide, arrange for us to have a Gondola Ride, but she also arranged for a vocalist and an accordion player to accompany us on our journey through the canals. This was so romantic! I also enjoyed Le Velette wine tasting. This was educational and I enjoyed learning about the art of tasting wine and how to pair it with certain foods."

Patrick

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing that I actually enjoyed being on a tour!! But in all seriousness, seeing the Grand Canal in Venice for the first time was a highlight. Seeing the coliseum later in the evening, without crowds. And that wine tasting outside orvieto was pretty "wow" as well."

Judith

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were a little worried going into this experience that we just weren't tour group people. We came away feeling that this small tour group enhanced our overall experience in Italy and would definately do this again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride was very special and so was the wine tasting. We also enjoyed the dinners together which surprised us both. When we got to tour the colliseum and forum it was so special to have our favorite guide from your videos right there telling us all about it."

Carolyn

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations for the tour, but the tour honestly exceeded them. I was blown away by the whole experience from beginning to end. Every aspect of the tour was so thoughtfully considered and planned with terrific guides who were so incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the museum or sights they were sharing with us. Their insights and perspective zeroed in on the key history, ideas or aspects so that we could truly appreciate what we were experiencing. Loved every moment!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not one "wow", but many! The gondola rides with music and singing, the winery visit in Tuscany, the cooking class in Florence, were over the top spectacular. Walking through the Sistine Chapel and the entries into the Coliseum that the gladiators once walked gave me goose bumps and still does. Ann Long was absolutely, positively amazing-- she thought of everything, had a great sense of humor, kept us on time and on schedule, and went the extra mile over and over."

Maryann

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both Ann, our guide, and this tour were nothing short of amazing. Every detail was carefully curated to deliver an authentic, informative, heart-connected, unique experience. This is the way to experience another culture with genuine passion. Our guide and the local guides, who were astonishing, were able to distill the essence of these amazing, overwhelming cities into an experience that made me fall in love with each city, with Italy. This was much more than a vacation. It was transformative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. Honestly, each local guide provided a wow experience. Their passion and knowledge was contagious in a wonderful way:) The art was revealed with expert delight. The gondola ride in Venice with musicians was beyond, beyond. The wine tasting in Tuscany was beautiful and authentic, just delightful. We had so much fun cooking together! I will never forget the first moment in the Colosseum as our expert guide brought us back in time, effectively multiplying the magnitude of Rome."

Rachael

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved meeting our guide Anna, and the idea of seeing Italy with an art professor as our guide sounded magical. We were sad for Anna that she was so ill and unable to continue the tour with us. I know the Rick Steves group did what they could to make sure our group was supported, but three guides made it feel a little disjointed. The hotels, sites, dinners, and local guides were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheer size and scope of St. Peter's Basilica."

Michael

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. Our guid was interactive and fantastic. We loved all of the local guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colosseum"

Denise

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Ufizzi Gallery. The vineyard, wine tasting in Umbria"

Schawn

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Denise and I enjoyed the trip. Our only issue was that many stairs. 65 flights I. One day was difficult. Knowing now we would plan a day or two at the beach in the middle would have made the trip even more pleasurable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That would be hard to say. The size of the Vatican and the walk through of Rome was amazing. We lived Venice and that “leaky coldron hotel right next to the Realto Bridges was fantastic. Florence was amazing. You might consider the Pitti Palace or the gardens on the hill. We were overwhelmed with the art and churches."

Bradford

Tour: 06/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the initial orientation meeting with our guide, Dave Stringer, to the farewell dinner with fellow travelers, my long-anticipated RS tour to Venice, Florence, and Rome well exceeded my expectations. While the itinerary was demanding (as advertised), the blend of planned touring with free time for personal interests provided a wonderful balance. Visiting major sites in each city, coupled with a few impromptu activities, highlights my "dream come true" travel experience. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter's Basilica in Rome was nothing short of awe-inspiring. From Michaelangelo's Pieta and Dome, to the Papal Altar, to the immense grandeur of Christendom's major cathedral, these moments of "sightseeing" were transformed into a deeply personal experience."

Jennifer

Tour: 06/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group and David was an excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at the Uffizi museum at closing and seeing David without a crowd at his feet."

Darlene

Tour: 06/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a wonderful time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the stop at the winery"

Danielle

Tour: 06/03/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

On the plus side, the tour was very well organized to allow us to see all the major sights in a short period of time. We got to nearly everything before the crowds. On the negative side, it was grueling, with way too much time wasted walking, and the tour leader grossly underestimated distances--2 blocks was 20 minutes, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stopping for the wine class in Orvieto"

Ron

Tour: 06/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the tour lived up to what I expected. A very good introduction to three Italian cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had no "wow" moment."

Robin

Tour: 06/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the inside grandeur of St. Peter’s basilica"

Tim

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed meeting the people in our group and touring Italy. Tour guide was excellent and very informative. The stops on our tour covered the historic sites that I wanted to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Forum and Colosseum in Rome."

Christine

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was nice to travel again, and this was my first organized "tour" as I usually travel fully independently. I wasn't sure this was my "style" of travel and now I know. It was OK. Despite representing these tours as "small groups" I found it really stressful with nearly 30 of us shuffling along behind a guide through crowded, hectic, congested streets. It was like herding cats.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pantheon. It was a bucket list item!"

Linda

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

our guide was very good,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the cooking class and the wine tasting at the farm."

Katelyn

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were able to pack in so much over ten days. I felt that I was able to appreciate every city that we visited even though we only spent a couple of days in each one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice gondola ride accompanied by a singer and accordion player"

Steven

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lisa was wonderful. I thought all the cities were very planned and exciting

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican"

Amanda

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the balance of tour activities and free time that allowed me to explore on my own. The guides were wonderful and greatly added to the experience. But the best part of the tour was the friendships that we made along the way. These friendships greatly enriched our tour experience. Yes, you can save money by traveling without a group like this, but it would never be the same or as enjoyable. My son and I stayed an extra day for a day trip, and it wasn’t as enjoyable without our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stop in Umbria at a family owned winery was incredible. Being a farm girl, I felt right at home. Another wow moment was seeing the colosseum in person. Just amazing to reflect on the significance of that building and being there to experience it."

Jonathan

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

If your looking for a relaxing stroll through Italy this tour is not it. But if you want to immerse yourself in Italy; its culture, its people, its art, its history and its beautiful landscapes then this is a fantastic tour. Every day was action packed. Our host Lisa did an amazing job and truly loves what she does. She was well organized, kept the group on schedule, answered our multitude of questions and was delightful to be around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was standing in the Uffizi gallery in front of Leonardo Da Vinci's "Adoration of the Magi" listening to our local guide Antonia describe with great passion every aspect of the paining, the artist, the history, and the restoration (which she was able to witness). It was like I was sitting in a Renaissance Art History class learning from a professor, only I was really there. Wow!"

Maria

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized. Our guide, Helen, was awesome and we had a great bunch of people in our group. The local guides were very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finally seeing "David" in Florence and our boat rides to Burano and Murano in Venice."

Armond

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Helen was so wonderful and the group of people were great. The activities and sightseeing were also great and well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice with the singer singing great Italian songs."

Sheila

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The amount of time we spent in each city was good. We felt like we got to see the highlights and make a list for things we would want to come back to and see more in depth. The local tour guides were amazing and really made a difference in my understanding of each city or museum we visited. I’ve never learned so much in a museum as I did in Venice with our local guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride with the musicians! We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary on this trip and I felt like it was a very special and romantic moment to be in the gondola with the musicians singing to us!"

Kelley

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour, especially our guide (Helen) and the local guides in each city. There was a good mix of group activities and solo time. Everything was well organized from registration for the tour to catching my train at the end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stop for wine tasting in Umbria at an Agri tourism farm. The host (Marco) was outstanding. It was beautiful and relaxing. Loved it."

Michael

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Helen was wonderful and she made us feel special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having my son and his girlfriend were the best part of our trip."

Thomas

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name. My first look at the grand canal, the massive columns at St Peter’s square, the brilliant cathedral in Florence. Any many more."

Allan

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was excellent. Helen was outstanding. Testing positive for Covid on Friday in Rome effectively ended the tour for me and prevented me from experiencing the Rome portion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say Venice. You must be fit to experience Venice and, fortunately, I am. Historically and aesthetically Venice is similar to Florence but MUCH harder to navigate. The history of both is magnificent, especially for someone who has never traveled to Europe."

Donald

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Helen was great. Knowledgeable, with lots of good stories and background on the places we were visiting. Plus she handled the unexpected positive Covid cases in the group quickly and kindly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had our anniversary during the trip and Helen got us a beautiful water color print from Florence from “Uncle Rick” and the group. It was just so thoughtful and unexpected and a great memory from a lovely trip."

Sheila

Tour: 05/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything about our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the back streets tour in each city. We knew we would see all the highlights, but that was unexpected and appreciated."

Joan

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful time. Our guide, Sarah, was professional, energetic, charming and really cared for us. The entire activity, accommodations, foods, sight seeing, travel between cities, and free time, etc. were all very well planned and executed. If we had a day away from the city and just relax in a countryside, that will have been great. Overall, we had a wonderful experience. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beside visiting beautiful cities with such rich history and tasting great foods, time spent with our group was great. We got to know them a little and greatly engaged the company."

Marc

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First of all, our guide Sarah was amazing! It was our honeymoon and she went out of her way to make it a little extra special for us. The tour itself was great other than some of the hotels. I know Europe hotels are small to begin with but the beds were very unfomfortable and we also had some issues with the air conditioning in some of the hotles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Coliseum in Rome."

Marianne

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall a fantastic trip. We had a marvelous tour guide and everything was organized, on time and just as it was promised to be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rounding the corner in the Accademia in Florence and seeing Michelangelo's David. Despite having seen the statue in dozens of photos and videos it was a powerful moment."

Charles

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a very good tour experience. Great tour members and very passionate tour leader

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having lunch at Marco's winery."

Rob

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything about our tour -- starting with our guide Sarah Shortreed! She had the perfect combination of enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, and good humor. We just knew that we were in such good hands as we discovered the wonders of Italy! We felt that the schedule was well balanced - with expert guides leading us through key sights and then enough free time to either catch our breath or explore on our own. We'll definitely schedule another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments! All of them centering on the realization that we were "IN" incredibly historic sites -- not visiting a museum."

Steve

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Margaret was terrific and we met some very nice people in our group. The tour guides in Venice, Florence and Rome were outstanding. Really enjoyed the winery and cooking school visits. I only had one concern. While our hotel in Venice was good, my wife and I thought it was too far removed from most of the attractions visited. We will definitely enjoy doing more Rick Steves tours in future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love Venice. And the Roman forum seemed to be about 20 times the size and scope that it was when we last visited Rome in the mid-1970’s."

Heather

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip! It was everything we hoped for, and the group we traveled with made it even more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely Florence, when we turned the corner and looked up at the Duomo and realized just how big it actually is. That, and the welcome dinner in Florence with the Florentine Steak. It was outstanding."

Steven

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved all three accommodations. Margaret was a WONDERFUL guide. Venice was my favorite, followed closely by Rome. Great balance between planned guides and free time. Great camaraderie within the group made everything so enjoyable. Only grievance was the Rome hotel's front desk assuring us that two hours was enough time at the airport for our return flight. Definitely should have been three, but actually, we should have known better anyway. Rick Steves gave us a trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the streets of Venice (especially at night)."

Jacob

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was absolutely amazing. Margot was incredible. Everything the tour did was fun. Good amount of free time: Loved the group meals. Amazing local guides. Loved the surprises too. Just outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had a ton of wow moments. However, I think the one that hit me most was simple. The day we saw the Pantheon in Rome. I’ve read so much preparing for this trip. Particularly the Roman Empire. I almost got emotional seeing it. It was so big, old, and beautiful That was just one of many moments that stood out."

Clark

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great - wonderful group we were with - SO much fun activities with our group such as our cooking class and wine testing and delicious meals - an awesome mix of being with our tour guides and also having time on our own

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but probably the DOGE in Venice and experiencing that for the first time was amazing"

Ellen

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this tour! Our guide, Margaret, took great care to plan each outing. Each of the local guides was very knowledgeable and passionate about their city. Francesca’s presentations of the Forum and Coliseum were superb. She had been our guide on a previous tour of Rome in 2005!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sights from both inside the cupola of St. Peter’s (looking down upon the inside of the Basilica) and the outer viewing area surrounding the top of the cupola were amazing! We were able to look down upon Vatican City, the Tiber River and Rome."

Melinda

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was so well managed that I could fully enjoy my trip with concern about what was next on the agenda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it is hard to pick the favorite. I loved our stop at the winery where we were so welcomed and had an amazing tutorial on pairing wine with food. I was amazed at every turn where my unique dietary needs were taken care of without me asking."

Jeff

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip leader, great local guides and a perfect mix of free time and tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a "wow" moment. Everything kept getting better."

Betty

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized and our guides were fantastic. Helen, our tour leader from Rick Steves, was knowledgeable, approachable, and fun to be around. Walking is the daily routine in Italy so wear comfortable shoes. We found the Italian people friendly and helpful. Take a snack with you if you generally eat early. Many of the restaurants open at 7:00 pm. My friend and I would order different items and share. I recommend you try cuttlefish. It was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments on the trip. Venice and the grand canal, Florence and the Ufizzi Museum and the beauty hills and umbrella pines of Tuscany. But the greatest wow was walking around the corner and seeing the Coliseum in Rome not to mention the grandiose fountains."

Donna

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved our wonderful, upbeat guide Helen! She was the best! Tour was well organized and took so much pressure off us as first time visitors to Italy. Enjoyed the balance of group activities and free time to explore. Hotels were well chosen, local guides were very good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo’s David in Florence, followed by rounding the corner and there’s the Colosseum rising in front of me in Rome."

Lisa

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the perfect trip for us...3 days at each city with a lot of time to enjoy the city...the cities are so different it made the 10 days fly by...each city had its own unique character & beautiful sites. Our group was fantastic, we got along really well and travelled as a group quite smoothly. The Italians were so gracious & welcoming...after two years sitting at home looking at pictures...nothing beats the real thing! And a huge thank you to our tour leader Helen. Simply the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My sister told me, "you will never have a bad meal in Italy"...she was so wrong...I've never had such amazing food, wine & gelato...all served with joy...and did I mention the gelato...yes, we have it at home, but it just isn't the same if you aren't eating it along the Arno River in Florence. Best wow, yep, it was the people & the food."

Edward

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our experience was excellent. Helen, our tour guide, was very knowledgable, friendly and went out of her way to help us with the scheduled tours and provide information for the time we spent on our own. The tour was well organized and everything went as scheduled. Our only disappointment was our local guide in Florence. His delivery was monotonous/rambling. His '1 minute' was always '15 minutes'.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour of Venice was great and we learned a lot of historic facts in Rome that has encouraged us to do some further research on Rome."

Jamie

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well organized. Good balance of tour group time vs. free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter’s Basilica."

Julia

Tour: 05/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish our tour guide, Nina, was there to help us feel comfortable in each city we visited. The planned tours with guides were wonderful. They really made the history come alive. Our accommodations were all in great locations, convenient for sightseeing. The transferring to the buses was made as easy as possible and this was really appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cooking our own meal in Florence was really a fun experience."

Ken

Tour: 05/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I’ve visited Venice, Florence and Rome in the past either on my own or on trips with my cycling club, but experiencing them on a Rick Steves trip was a whole other thing. It was so much richer. Just fantastic, every bit of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Venice again. Sheesh, what a place."

Mel

Tour: 05/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was intense and wonderful and everything I could have expected it to be. We got a greet orientation to Venice, Florence and Rome with our great guide Nina and then the amazing guides to the museums. Francesca in Rome was especially memorable in making the Coliseum and the ruins near the Forum come alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several. Being serenaded in the Gondola ride in Venice by an Opera singer and musician hired by the tour! My husband and I were given the prime spot in the Gondola, because the trip was our anniversary vacation. Seeing the Pantheon in Rome and the statue of David in Florence. The stop at the farm between Florence and Rome where we had a wonderful wine testing and all got a chance to Olay with the farmer's dog, was a nice break from the intensity of the trip."

Julia

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip is definitely a very active one! Our guide, Lisa Smith, was very helpful and always available. She checked with all of us to see if we needed anything during the tour. We saw everything we had wanted to see and more! The tour made museum visits, especially during Covid, a non-issue. I don’t know how we would have maneuvered seeing all those museums on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Pantheon and David!"

Lawrence

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled wit RST a couple of years ago. Same great experience. Highly recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not really one. When you visit Venice, Florence and Rome there is no way to rank the Wow moments."

John

Tour: 05/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved it

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Ruins"

Daniel

Tour: 05/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. The free time and structured events enhanced my experience allowing me to explore in depth or just allow the flavor of the country to wash over me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The intimacy of Venice, the richness of the culture in Florence, and the overwhelming history of Rome contributed to not a wow moment but a wow trip."

Matthew

Tour: 05/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group cameraderie was special. Our guides were all very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the frescoes at the Vatican"

Bela S

Tour: 05/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great pleasure to become personally acquainted with so many historical landmarks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Cistine Chapel"

Robert

Tour: 05/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour so we didn’t know what to expect. The tour was amazing. We learned so much history, the guide was top notch and the food!!! We enjoyed every minute and plan on doing another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s hard to pick just one. Venice was our favorite!"

Teresa

Tour: 05/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good value

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of family winery with wine cellars dating back to the Eutruscans"

Martha

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour WAS as advertised. That is a rare thing today’s world. Our tour guide, (Margaret Cassidy), and the tour company policies WERE more generous to us, (the clients), than was to be expected. Here is the BIG question……..If we had this whole experience to do over, would we? ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY……YES!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On the whole, my wife and I have ‘been there, done that’. A ‘wow’ moment indicates something that takes your breath. What truly impressed us MOST was the CONSISTENCY of the entire tour. It made me say and think……..WOW, these people are professionals and know how to consistently provide quality experiences for each individual in the tour group. This provides us the opportunity to RELAX and enjoy what we see and relationships formed with others. Wow, you cannot buy that!"

Joey

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing, a vacation for the ages

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peter’s Basillica"

Sean

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Venice was the best but overall good. Impacted by some Covid restrictions so some of the key areas were not able to be visited (Bourghese for example). For a highly active tour, it was a bit light.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter’s Basilica"

Martin

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent time, Guides were very knowledgeable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican"

Sandra

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The cities were amazing, and all the guides thoughtful and very knowledgeable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence. Seeing artwork in rough draft as well as finished product. Went to the Bargello and saw a small/practice version of Perseus with medusa‘s head. Stepped out and walked a few blocks, and saw the finished statue. There were lots of connections between the different pieces of art. Michelangelo studying the Belvedere torso, Brunelleschi studying the Parthenon. It was amazing to see all the connections, and learning the stories behind so many of the pieces."

Susan

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was amazing. Marijan was wonderful, the local guides were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Florence; the Roman forum -- way more than I was expecting with a guide that was amazing"

Connie

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Rome coluseum"

Judy

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The guides were wonderful. Events and dinners and extra special touches were truly a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter’s Basilica was breathtaking as well as St. Mark’s square in Venice."

Sally

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and it exceeded my expectations! Traveling as a single I never felt "alone". Everyone was warm and welcoming and always made me feel included and welcome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were just so many to narrow down, but the big "wow" was seeing the Colosseum and Vatican in Rome. Our tour guide was outstanding and she evoked deep emotion in you while providing the history and facts. I was in awe to be there knowing who stood before me in this exact place 2000 years prior."

Caroline

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into and experiencing St. Peter’s in Rome"

Juan

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide - Lisa Smith - was excellent! She did a marvelous job! She kept our group well informed of the daily activities & provided us with ideas for additional places to visit during our free time. We were very impressed with all of our tour guides throughout the trip but their was one that stood out the most - Francesca in Rome! She was the best hands down! They were all great but she just added a special element. Great job!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to narrow it down to one "wow" moment! It was all "wow" to us! If I must list one, it would be walking into St. Peter's Basilica! It was more than a moment, it was a feeling of awe!"

Kenneth

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Crammed a lot of great stuff in 10 days. Last minute tour director fill in did not miss a beat. Great selection of dining and "nibbles", super informative about locations in all cities. Local guides provided wonderful color and historical context.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping out onto the floor of the Colosseum has been a bucket list item for years. What a rush!"

Debbie

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

VERY well organized, inclusive of all major sites in each city. There was a good amount of free time with suggestions of what to do. It was so nice to have all hotels, transp, sites all scheduled - left us free to enjoy all that was offered without having to worry about logistics. Loves it!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow' was the Coliseum and the ruins of the Forum in Rome."

Gail

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip to Venice, Florence and Rome was everything I hoped for and more! I was convinced early on in the trip that this is the way I want to travel Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several "wow" moments...Taking in the architecture and streets of Venice, viewing how the light falls on the water in the canals - I can see why artists have flocked there. Every scene is a picture waiting to be painted. In Florence, we hiked up to the Piazza Michelangelo at sunset and were mesmerized by the beauty of the city in the setting sun. We enjoyed wine and nibbles together. In the Umbrian hills, at a vineyard and centuries-old homestead, we had a magnificent view of Orvieto!"

Jeff

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour was outstanding. Lisa did a great job of organizing everything and making changes to adapt to the group. It was our first Rick Steve's tour and it won't be our last. Already planning the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We probably had multiple "Wow" moments on this trip. From the gondola ride in Venice, the hike to the top of Brunelleschi's Dome to the ruins in Rome, it was a great trip.."

Greg

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Venice, Florence and Rome tour is a wonderful experience. Its mix of activities and free time is just right. Our guide and the local guides are top-notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing Florence from the top of the Duomo is amazing."

Qun

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

Worst of the 12 RS tours I have taken. I took this exact same tour in 2009 as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Forum mostly because our amazing guide Francesca."

Aaron

Tour: 04/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Tour Guide: Patricia was fantastic. She made the whole trip awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Historic place. Had a great time"

Dan

Tour: 04/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides and hotels. Very convenient to have the organization done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter’s cathedral ."

Patricia

Tour: 04/22/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Patricia was great and extremely helpful-reason rating good and not adequate. Several events and local guides good. Stress and cost associated w/Covid test requirement unnecessary and mean spirited given YOU dropped it effective May 1. Really BAD welcome dinner in Venice. Poor travel advice from Rick Steves re: packing and day packs (not allowed in majority of sites). Museum visits not laid out for effective use of time especially in Florence. Not inclined to take another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Poggio della Volara (agria tourism stop). I would actually book for a stay. Hosts wonderful & explained operation and work involved in farming (my formal training is agricultural finance). Meal was wonderful, wine food pairing really worked. Dog was super cute and friendly. Second was in Tavola cooking academy in Florence mainly because we were the group of six in the kitchen w/the Chef and could tell the difference in dishes prepared under his supervision vs other chef who had bulk of group."

Gail

Tour: 04/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my best travel experience, ever. I've traveled quite a bit, but never on a tour. I learned so much. The local guides were so knowledgeable and wanting all of us to share their enthusiasm. Patricia was perfect. She somehow managed to keep us together and on track for whatever we were to experience. She was warm and cared about all of us. She was also very knowledgeable and gave great advice about what we might do with our free time. Our group got on great with each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice, all of it. From the water taxi's, going out to visit some islands, the gondola ride, the architecture and intentially getting lost walking around."

Gary

Tour: 04/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is very enjoyable. Learned a lot of history through art. Fellow tourists in the group are very pleasant. The tour guide is specially knowledgeable and entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I saw the original Michelangelo's Statue of David."

Thomas

Tour: 04/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was reluctant to take a tour versus sightseeing on my own. Our guide, Patricia, was wonderful and the local experts incredible, bringing art and history to life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. Going around a corner and seeing the ruins of where Julius Caesar was murdered. Our local expert putting the carnage of the Coliseum in perspective. But the most unexpected gift was the detour to Marco's Poggio della Volara in Umbria. When I saw that stop on the itinerary I rolled my eyes and thought it would be a poor use of our limited time. Our first return trip to Italy will include spending more time there."

Suzy

Tour: 04/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel enriched and intellectually satisfied by gaining a peek into the history/context around Venice and Florence beyond just visiting the famous tourist hotspots. I have a much better grasp for the Renaissance history, art, personnel. It is fascinating. I had little knowledge about Byzantine time before the trip. Now Byzantine, Renaissance, Old Roman time stood up 3D rather than words in history books; a better appreciation for effort of human Sapiens in pushing forward civilization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mosaics on the dome of San Marco Basilica."

Michael

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first vacation with a 'tour' and I can honestly say it won't be our last. Sarah, our guide was amazing. She was so passionate about the culture and went out of her way to help everyone on the tour. The itinerary was well thought out and planned and we felt safe at all times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite 'wow'? How about all of it? If I had to pick, it would be sitting in the gondola in the middle of the Grand Canal of Venice, with 7 other Gondolas filled with other tour members and one gondola operator sung for us."

Gregory

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second tour and it met my met my expectations in a Covid-19 world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was entering the Roman Colosseum at ground level. The weather was perfect and the arena looked great."

Elizabeth

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had great time on our tour of Italy. The cities we visited had so much to offer, and we were able to see most of the things we wanted to see either during the tour or on our free time. I thought our tour guide was especially wonderful, full of knowledge and extremely helpful and personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed touring the Colosseum with the incredible surprise of touring the ground floor!"

Michael

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled to abroad before but this was our first ever tour group. Sarah S. was amazing. Well organized with good mix of personal time and the option of going on outings or not. Group dynamics for our tour were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sights and guides were great but when Sarah, our Rick Steves guide, remembered that this was our 50th anniversary trip and took the time to present us with a card signed by all of the tour along with a small gift it was a treasured surprise indeed."

Brenda

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far exceeded my expectations. Sarah our tour manager was fun, very helpful and made our trip very special. Thank you Sarah.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cooking a four course meal with a Chef in Florence."

John

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful trip with my daughter after a two year postponement

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing her experience Italy for the first time"

Sheree

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"22 years ago we took a cruise that had a stop were we went to Florence. The day of that tour the museums were closed so I missed the “real” David. After 22 years I finally have seen the real David! I just about cried"

Nancy

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sarah was the absolute best. She made the whole experience such a treat and allowed us to understand and see the most out of our trip while making it feel just like a vacation. The sights, food and people were amazing during each step of our 10 day trip, every location had something new and special to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The real WOW moment for me was going to the top of the Dome. It was such a beautiful experience, seeing everything from above really allows you to understand and take in life. The gondola ride was another amazing experience, sunset is a perfect time to go."

Patricia

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I like the balance of the tour. Allowing us time for our own exploring as well as making sure we see the highlights of the location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coliseum and ruins in Rome. Michaelangelo's David."

David

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Knowledgeable, passionate and fun leader, Tina was a joy to tour with through Venice, Florence and Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed many things, however, I really like strolling in Venice at night when it was pretty much empty of tourists and you could just take in the beauty and uniqueness of the city."

Jacob

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful start to finish. Tina was a fantastic guide -- personable, helpful, knowledgeable, amazing. Our tour group was amazing with so many incredible people. There were so many great sights, informative guides, and wonderful memories. From Venice to Burano to Florence to the agriturismo to Rome there were so many great things. I really enjoyed the entire thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's so hard to pick just one "wow" moment. I would probably go with walking to the Pantheon in Rome... Totally speechless."

Mary

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was a wonderful tour of the great cities of Italy. My first international trip in the "Covid World" went very smoothly and was lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the Colosseum in Rome was amazing. It reminded me of visiting the pyramids in Egypt. The history is breathtaking. it was such a beautiful day and the crowds were not that bad."

Sarah

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour had the perfect blend of free and structured time. The orientation walks and transportation "how to" were incredibly helpful. Tina made the tour that extra I don't believe you get from other tours. She interlaced her passion for being a guide with history, tidbits from her life, helpful hints from how to use public transportation, other places to visit, & places to eat; She had beautiful conversations w/local merchants, &special & unique experiences added each day. My fav:cooking class!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pantheon at night. First off, stunningly beautiful. Second, the thought of when it was built, how it was built, and then imagining the number of people who have walked where I walked is mind-boggling. However, let's be truthful, Italy is full of WOW! Every day, I was wowed by art masterpieces, incredible architecture, friendly people, and even everyday life (in Rome especially)."

Kellie

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful. I saw all the sights I wanted to see and more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around the corner in Rome and seeing the Pantheon for the first time."

David

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a truly fantastic experience. I have never been on a guided tour before, and this shattered my expectations in a profoundly positive fashion. It's been a childhood dream of mine to visit Italy, and I can sincerely say there's no way I would have gotten any where near as much out of a trip across Europe without having been part of the Rick Steves tour. It was educational, informative, and very fun. Tina was incredible; she's an absolute expert at what she does. Just tremendous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My experience in Florence overall has to take the cake. In specific for me, though, I have never been more moved by a painting in my entire life than I was by Maestro Della Madonna Straus's Christ as the Man of Sorrows with the Symbols of the Passion. I saw it just by chance by going upstairs after seeing a real Stradivarius violin and the statue of David (both of which were unbelievable, to be clear) at the Galleria dell'Accademia, where it blindsided me and actually brought me to tears."

Daron

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is by far the best tour I have ever been on. Our expectations were not only met but exceeded. We really enjoyed having access to the culture of the places we visited and meeting the people who shared their lives with us along the way. This tour had it all, art, history, architecture, amazing food, extraordinary tour guide and bonus surprises along the way. We can’t wait for our next tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably getting to see the extraordinary view from atop the Benneton’s family building overlooking the grand canal and Rialto bridge."

Susan

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved seeing the history of Italy come to life. Our tour guide, Tina, was very friendly and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peters Basilica"

Lori

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, variety of activities/sites, fun and educational. Plus plenty of time "on our own" to explore outside of the group setting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum and Roman Forum"

Kenyon

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our principal tour guide, Tina, was fantastic. She was kind, warm, enthusiastic, and took personal interest in each and every tourist to make sure that we had a wonderful experience and felt safe and comfortable. She made our entire trip seamless, easy, and fun, without any hassles. Through her and the additional guides in each of the 3 cities we saw, heard, and learned a lot about the culture, art, and history of Italy. Angelo in Florence and Paulo in Rome were especially outstanding guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved visiting the beautiful island of Burano near Venice, and we also enjoyed the warm hospitality shown to us during our visit to the vineyard/olive tree farm between Florence and Rome where we tasted typical Italian foods and wines. St. Peter's Basilica, the Pantheon, and the Colosseum were incredibly impressive."

Christopher

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the most exceptional guide on our tour. Tina is as passionate about travel as Rick Steves, she was simply amazing. We have traveled in Europe on river boat cruises and enjoyed them but this trip took travel to a whole new level. We plan to book another Rick Steves tour next year!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We have a fantastic wine tasting stop ant an agriturismo e route to Rome. Great setting, great hosts, great food and wine. This off the usual tourist trail was the perfect was to experience Italy."

Jana

Tour: 04/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. Saw all the highlights of each city. Plus some unexpected bonuses like the Umbria countryside wine tasting. A wonderful 9 days!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride and visit to Burano"

Dianne Heather

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, it was an excellent tour and I am glad that I chose the tour. I didn't give the tour an outstanding rating because I sometimes experienced the tour as being so full of activities that I didn't have any time to savour the special or meaningful moments of the tour until long after an event. I sometimes felt quite rushed. One good thing is that I now know that my current tour style is that, I want to see a lot more of a lot less, so that I have time to "savour the moment".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the night time gondola ride in Venice. Taking a gondola ride is considered to be a "must do" while one is in Venice. I thought of it as being a rather overly touristy thing. I was wrong. Experiencing the canals and the ride as dusk turned to night and seeing how the buildings and bridges are lighted at night all while surrounded by the water is an experience that I will remember with pleasure for a long time."

Debbie

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled independently, but after COVID, we thought a tour would be a good way to ease back into travel. Our guide, Jamie was great and very organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening gondola ride was outstanding. Seeing Venice, its lights and architecture, and even its "elegant decay" from the water was an unforgettable experience."

James

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour of any kind. I loved the mix of planned and free time on my own as well as the size of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It wasn't so much a moment as all the times I felt I was experiencing and connecting to something historically significant through the narration of our guides."

Thomas

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was an amazing experience to see all the history of italy. our guide was amazing and other people on the tour were also amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"seeing all the history and amazing pieces of art, sculpture and architecture."

Pam

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great way to visit the three cities that I wanted to see. There was a good balance of tour time to free time to do as we liked with good suggestions on what to see. The tour book was very helpful. The hotels in Florence and Rome were great but not centrally located to the places we visited. The hotel in Venice left a lot to be desired even though it was in the middle of Venice. The food for breakfast was very limited compared to the other two hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice."

Ella

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This trip gave me the opportunity to see most of the sights on my bucket list and also provided plenty of other experiences that were unexpectedly fun (gondola ride, trip to the olive grove and wine tasting, Italian cooking class). I had confidence in our knowledgable guide. The other tour members were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Burano. I enjoyed strolling among the brightly painted houses. There was a laid back vibe that was so pleasant."

Richard

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

New places, new friends, new adventures! Paired this tour with 11 days on our own in Italy and are very happy with the result. The tour brought us to do things that we probably wouldn't have done on our own: e.g.: musical gondola ride at night, cuttlefish in ink, wine tasting and the cooking school. The orientation walks and guided walks were outstanding as was Jamie. We also really liked the other tour group members. A wonderful experience providing lifetime memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Simply navigating the cities and interacting with the people of Italy. Really enjoyed the art museums and the mixing in of the other tour events (mentioned above) made it extraordinary."

Bonnie

Tour: 04/01/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Dimitri was outstanding. He did an amazing job. He kept us on track and responded to and anticipated all our needs very well. Accommodations and transfers were really good, and met all of our needs. Hotel staff was welcoming and accommodating at all sites. Our bus driver was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the statue of David in Florence was great. Climbing to the top of Giotto’s tower in Florence was really fun. Venice overall was a “wow’ experience, because of its uniqueness. The trip out to the island in Venice (Verano?) was really worthwhile and fun"

Sandra

Tour: 04/01/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first tour and, overall, it was very good. Our tour guide, Dimitri, was outstanding. The pace in the evening could’ve been a little slower. The restaurants that Dimitri chose were perfect. All the people that were in our group that we traveled with were so much fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sing David and the Piota were outstanding."

Loewen

Tour: 04/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loewen and I had a wonderful time and Dimitri was a fantastic guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No doubt it’s the David."

Sara

Tour: 04/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The goal of this trip was to enjoy Gelato in Italy as I made my 60th trip around the sun, while taking in the magic of Venice, the beauty of Florence and the history of Rome, but most importantly introducing my husband, who recently acquired a passport, to the thrills of traveling internationally. It was even better than I had imagined. Knowing my goals, a friend advised we check out a Rick Steves trip, and I am so glad she did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding in a gondola through the canals of Venice. I didn't expect to have the impact on me that it did, but that experience reached up and grabbed me. It was pure joy!"

Melanie

Tour: 04/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice was mind blowing!"

James

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations and everyone was exceeded! Well done!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the art treasures I had studied but never had a chance to see, brought me to tears."

Scott

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of my most memorable and inspiring trips ever! The whole itinerary and, Daniela, our Rick Steves guide, were AMAZING! I can’t imagine how much work is done behind the scenes to make each RST a trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to choose a singular “wow” moment is almost impossible. It seems like every time you turn your head, something else makes you say “wow”. The art, the food, the sights, the people, the new friends…all amazing! The thing that stands out to me is the pure joy, relief, happiness of everyone on the tour because we were able to travel again!"

Katelynn

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment from our tour was when our guide Daniela took us to a second century basilica on the island of torcello while we were staying in Venice. It was at the end of a long highly active day and I wasn’t really expecting anything special from the looks of the building from the outside, but as soon as we walked I was overcome with the sense of the building. We had a beautiful explanation of the mosaics and features of the church and it overall was a surprising amazing side trip."

Susan

Tour: 03/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very nformed, personable guide who helped to keep us all safe from COVID. Great cities with so many wonderful sites. Good balance of planned tours and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the coliseum. I have traveled quite a bit, but Rome was so fascinating because of the length and breadth of history."

Rachel

Tour: 03/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our house Sara was patient, knowledgeable, fun, just the right mix. Our expert guides were outstanding too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many dinners out with the entire group"

Michael

Tour: 03/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first experience traveling with a tour group. The itinerary had us in each city for three nights. The mornings were spent with local tour guides seeing the must see sights and the afternoons were free for us to explore on our own. This schedule worked very well and we never felt that we were missing anything or we were too scheduled. The group size of 18 persons allowed us to get to know everyone and the group dinners were delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice with the local singer was wonderful"

Michael

Tour: 03/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I very much appreciate the "style" of the tour; starting the day out early-ish with a hearty breakfast and an activity, learning how the public transportation works, some language lessons and reminders about local customs and polite behavior, free time most every day, the meals together introducing and celebrating, the private group transportation between sites, the VOX capability, the local guides and the Rick Steves guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the cooking (and eating) extravaganza with Fabrisio. I am barely functional in the kitchen and I learned how Great Italian food is made. I may never use these skills and I will remember the fun I had kneading and mixing and chopping and laughing AND eating and drinking good local wine as well. I've probably never eaten fresh pasta until this trip and I really appreciate it. My second WOW is how awesome Michelangelo was. And the progression of art 12th cent to now"

Kathleen

Tour: 03/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the active tour, breadth of sites and being challenged to use public transportation. Yes, scary at first, but so useful and less feeling of "privileged" American. The Italians make it work all the time, so can I!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of the Colosseum and Forum! Pictures don't give you a feel for the size, and how close people sat to the action. Info about gladiators not fighting to death, but as athletes, made so much sense. Sorry Hollywood!"

Crystal

Tour: 03/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lisa was our tour guide, she was amazing. She was caring, helpful, and knowledgeable. We stayed on track as a group. She had us doing creative meals, and fun activities with local artisans.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many "wow" moments. Best pizza Farini Venezia!!! Enjoyed Burano. Uffizi -- admired Michelangelo's DAVID!! The Colosseum in Rome!!!"

Heather

Tour: 03/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and knew the ins and outs of the cities amazingly well. The local expertise guides made history, art and architecture come alive! There was a good balance of scheduled time and activities and time to explore on our home.

Ellen

Tour: 03/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the tour, it was exactly what I had hoped. I loved that we had our own guide and guides that were specific to sites we toured. It helped us get the most out of each setting. We also had plenty of free time with suggestions for things to see and do. There were opportunities such as private wine tastings and cooking classes that we would not have arranged for ourselves. All hotels had great locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When in Florence and we turned the corner to see the Duomo, Giotto's Tower and the Baptistry. I just felt like I was standing in a history book. There is nothing like seeing those things in person. I was also surprised at the emotion I felt at seeing works by Botticelli. The Uffizi was top on my list of things to see but seeing those works in person was like rediscovering images I have looked at my whole life."

Rebecca

Tour: 03/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very busy tour- in a good way. We really were able to cover the important highlights of each city and still have time for special extras like the gondola ride in Venice

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class in Florence, Eating Bistecca alla fioentina and choosing from over 6 desserts afterwards, visiting the Tuscan winery, watching Mateo make glass beads in Venice and later meeting his mom and brother in the family shop"

Scott

Tour: 03/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. Hotels were charming and unpretentious. Guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Pacing was great; just enough guided time and plenty of time left for ourselves. Tour group was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing The David"

Janice

Tour: 03/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great fun, well organized, and our time was used efficiently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing David in Florence was my favorite wow moment!"

Diana

Tour: 03/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall we had a terrific time. The walking did me in for sure and on 2 separate days I had to bow out of the planned tours, so if you have trouble with your feet, either walking or standing, please select another tour. Other than that, it was terrific and I blame this on myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice was amazing and by far, my favorite part of our trip. The fact that there are no cars on the island allows the streets to be somewhat like a maze. Meaning, you can be walking down a very narrow street and all of a sudden another street appears and if you walk down that street, you get to see a whole other set of shops, cafes, vendors, piazzas, etc."

Michael

Tour: 03/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was wonderful and helpful. In each city we also had local guides that were outstanding as well. So for the whole trip we were comfortable with our lodging, food and travel, and we saw and learned a lot too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We visited Venice, Florence and Rome Italy. All were great but Venice was different from any city I had ever been in, by a lot, in a good way."

Steve

Tour: 03/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lisa Anderson was absolutely incredible. She strived to make sure each of us had a wonderful experience, was very knowledgeable and offered many tips and pointers to make the trip more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found everything about Venice "wow". I found it to be a gem that I never expected."

Chhaya

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was fantastic! Very well organized, our guide Nina was well informed and made the experience fun and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our definite 'wow' moment was the Le Velette winery tour and tasting. It is an experience we would not have had if we were traveling alone. The winery was beautiful and a welcome respite from the busy cities."

Jonathan

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible experience. Our host guide Nina and the multiple local guides who worked with us were outstanding. Nina worked incredibly hard to make sure our group’s experience was consistently excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose just one. Our visit to the 500 year old winery was a standout. Walking through the basement / wine cellar at the winery and getting the food / wine pairing education was delightful."

Felice

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first group tour and of course first Rick Steves' Tour . Our tour guide Nina was great. I felt confident in her hands. Everything was organized, her suggestions were excellent and everything seemed to go smoothly. From tickets and entry into sightseeing venues, timing, local guides, transportation and group meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Venice and taking the Vaporetti to the hotel. My first view of Venice traveling along the Grand Canal, the beautiful palaces, homes, buildings, boats along the canal. Once I checked in to the Pensione Guerrato. rested, I boarded the vaporetti again at dusk to Saint Marks. At dusk the Canal is magical and Saint Marks at night was really an experience. My first view of Venice is my "wow" moment."

Barb

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour with a good mix of museums, food, and culture from Venice, Florence and Rome. Nina, our tour guide, was energetic and so much fun. The tour group was a good mix of people and we really enjoyed being one of the first groups back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the view from the Rialto Bridge on the first night of the tour in Venice overlooking the Grand Canal. Almost surreal with the colors of sunset reflecting on the water and the lights from the boats."

Jan

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Venice, Florence, and Rome could not have been better. Our tour guide (Nina) and the local guides chosen all were top notch and had a wealth of knowledge which they shared. The tour had ample free time that allowed us to visit more sites in the visited cities. We found the citizens of Italy friendly and willing to offer directions should any be needed. Although I was prepared to use a little Italian, it was really never needed. We will be back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was extremely impressed with Nina who was our guide on the Venice, Florence, and Rome tour. Due to covid restrictions some of the planned group tours were not possible. She and the extended RS team quickly came up with other activities. I never felt like I missed out on anything."

Susan

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nina is a fantastic guide. Great sense of humor and she made my trip to a Italy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride with Italian singer riding along with us."

Kirsti

Tour: 02/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was just wonderful! I had never been on any guided tour in Europe although have traveled extensively there and would highly recommend the Rick Steve's tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but I have to say probably the gondola tour in Venice."

Nicole

Tour: 02/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed with the variety of activities, personalized information and educational components of the tour. Our guide, Donald was especially great. We also loved how active the tour was, we feel like we really experienced each city the way it was built to be experienced by walking through the streets and utilizing public transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The winery in Orvieto, walking through the underground cellar and learning about the family run business. Walking the grounds of the family property and enjoying the wine tasting. Every meal we had with the group was also very impressive and fun."

Kyle

Tour: 02/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing. Great group of people and our guide Donald was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Forum blew me away. Also had a great time at the Tuscan winery."

Xanic

Tour: 02/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great! Donald was a great guide and the group of people we had on this journey was outstanding! I am so glad we were one of the first groups to venture out and get reconnected with Italy and Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Florence from the hill as we descended into the city and arriving into Venice, it was a wonderful first experience and look."

Mike

Tour: 02/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Donald, was great. Knowledgeable, helpful, entertaining. Saw the prime highlights in each city. Local guides filled us with information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter's Basilica"

Robin

Tour: 02/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an amazing time on the tour. It was everything I needed to fulfill the dream of going to Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Turning the corner to see Il Duomo in Florence. I was excited to see it but did not expect to have such a visceral reaction. I cried."

Anthony

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 02/17/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lyn

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 02/17/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gerald

Millsboro, DE

Tour: 02/17/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dawn

Ventura, CA

Tour: 02/17/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rande

Flemington, NJ

Tour: 02/17/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Narberth, PA

Tour: 02/17/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Monica

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 12/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dina

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 12/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Galveston, TX

Tour: 12/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Melinda

Gibsonton, FL

Tour: 12/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Doha, DA

Tour: 12/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lorna

Denver, CO

Tour: 11/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Casey

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 11/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jonathan

Binghamton, NY

Tour: 11/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tim

Ooltewah, TN

Tour: 11/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Chino Hills, CA

Tour: 11/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every moment of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julie

Richmond, VA

Tour: 11/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frank

Ames, IA

Tour: 11/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cecelia

Carmel, IN

Tour: 11/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Richmond, BC

Tour: 11/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Theresa

Richmond, BC

Tour: 11/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bruce

Carmel, IN

Tour: 11/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Madison, WI

Tour: 11/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Happy Valley, OR

Tour: 11/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cheryl

Eugene, OR

Tour: 11/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Walter

Vero Beach, FL

Tour: 11/01/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire Venice experience."

Miranda

Madison, WI

Tour: 11/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Susan

Peabody, MA

Tour: 11/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Louis

Peabody, MA

Tour: 11/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anne

Monterey, CA

Tour: 10/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kedre

Wichita, KS

Tour: 10/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janice

Winter Springs, FL

Tour: 10/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margaret

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Umbria and the olive tasting."

Maria

Oak Forest, IL

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

Chattaroy, WA

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

New Paltz, NY

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Boise, ID

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susanna

Novato, CA

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patrick

Oak Forest, IL

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judith

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 10/22/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kelly

North Bend, WA

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

North Bellmore, NY

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margaret

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Little Egg Harbor, NJ

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David"

Leonard

Little Egg Harbor, NJ

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sam

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Saeid

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julie

Lake City, CO

Tour: 10/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Howard

Lake City, CO

Tour: 10/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roxanne

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 10/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Lenox, MA

Tour: 10/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brian

Oak Creek, WI

Tour: 10/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Heather

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Terri

Bemidji, MN

Tour: 10/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Benson, MN

Tour: 10/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sambhab

Camden, DE

Tour: 10/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephanie

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maribeth

Carmel, IN

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

Watkinsville, GA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ron

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably when I first saw David sculpture"

When To Go & Weather

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

Italy / Venice

Venice Weather


Italy / Florence

Florence Weather


Italy / Rome

Rome Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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