The Italian Dream
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- Follow the steps of amazing Michelangelo and Giotto
- Lunch in Tuscan restaurant and indulge in Tuscan wine
- Discover Bologna’s impressive historical city center
- Visit the stunning Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua
- Tour St. Peters’ Basilica and the Sistine Chapel
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- ChristineWritten on October 7, 20184.5 - ExcellentWe were lucky to have Clara as our guide; she was very knowledgeable and personable and Paolo our bus driver also did a great job. Optional tours were also worth doing. We covered a lot of area in a short time.Show detailed ratings
- CPCHANDRAKANTWritten on October 7, 20183.0 - AverageHotels standard poor. Food for vegeterian hardly available. Guide and transport was excellent. Average tour,Show detailed ratings
- CPChristineWritten on October 6, 20184.5 - ExcellentThis was a wonderful trip! We saw a lot of interesting places in a short amount of time. Clara did a great job guiding us and went out of her way to make sure everyone was ok. Our bus driver Paolo also did an excellent job!Show detailed ratings
- AAnonymousWritten on October 1, 20185.0 - Excellenttest testimonial pleaseShow detailed ratings
- JjamiepetrizzoWritten on October 1, 20183.0 - Averageskybuddy (which we learned was really Carranni Tours) through Italy. Before we left NY I called Skybuddy to find out how they would be able to find us in the Rome Airport. They laughed and said "don't worry. We'll find you. We've never lost anyone!" But when we got there, hundreds of people behind ropes were holding up either the name of the tour or the people's names they had come to pick up. Nothing. We searched and searched and after an hour, quite by accident, found another couple who were also frantically searching. Together we sought out a total of 14 of us who were frantic and despondent and unable to figure out what to do. Finally we found an Italian phone number and figured out how to call it (even that was difficult). They seemed surprised as though they had no idea that there were people at the airport and said they'd send someone. an hour later and 2 1/2 hours after our arrival they showed up and refused to tell us anything, pretending not to speak English. Our tour guide, Lucy, was impossible to understand. She also did not have nearly the information that a tour guide should have to inform us of the towns we were there to see. After awhile we turned off the headsets because it was so frustrating trying to make out what she was telling us. Everyone was asking each other "what did she say?" The meals: Breakfasts were included always and they were fine. Every other lunch and dinner was included and they were all inedible. Or in other words the cheapest possible meal that the tour operator could pay for. Meat or chicken that could not be chewed at all. There was no choice as to what you ate. It always started with pasta with almost no sauce or anything on it. the vegetable was always fried potato wedges and the dessert was always flan as it was just boiled thickened sweetened milk. We quickly learned to eat elsewhere when we could even though we had paid for this. It's hard to envision bad food in Italy but this was awful. Someone on the tour said to us "I had no idea that Italian food was so bad." I told them that Italian food is some of the best in the world. This was just not a good example. The hotels were OK. Not what we're used to but barely acceptable. They were on the outskirts of the city and difficult to get to but the only time that mattered was when we were left in Venice to get back to it after the morning tour. It was a job to try to return to it. We had to take water taxis and buses and figure out how to pay for them and maneuver our way back. That happened twice. I thought tours were specifically for people that did not want to have to do that. I would strongly recommend that you find a tour operator who cared and not a PR person who writes responses that SOUND like they care. There must be tours where the food is edible and the hotels a better quality and the tour operator helpful. As part of our tour there was another guide who was designated for the spanish speaking group. He spoke much better English and seemed quite knowledgable. All in all, if food is important to you, this is not the tour company you want to go with.Show detailed ratings
- KCKimWritten on September 17, 20184.0 - GoodWe were unfortually late the first day scolded like children for being 7 minutes late tour was rushed in am but lots of free time, the venice by night extra was waste of time. The last day carlos tild us the met the redt of group at hotel we met at first day to go to the vatican tour meessio hotel were tlld to get off the bus not on list and to take a cab to the guide location talk k phone , we someone who insisted the bus was over booked and we were supposed to pick at our hotel. We made everyone waste over 30 fighting with tbe driver i refused to leave the bus. This was a bad end to our tour.Show detailed ratings
- VVinceMaioneWritten on September 17, 20183.5 - GoodWhile the overall experience was pleasant, I need to mention a few things to know when considering this tour. Great that you get to see a lot of amazing cities, sites, and food. What they don't mention is that you're left with very little free time. Count on waking up most mornings at 5am. The hotels are 2 stars at best, too warm, too cold, too damp, water pressure and temps, old, very cramped elevators. A lot of walking so bring extra comfortable shoes. In 12 days walked over 110km!! Also, spending 2500km or more than a full day on buses. Overall, people, including drivers, are not rude, but don't smile, and don't like tourists, except for your money. Also count on bringing extra cash as most places charge to use the toilets, as well as sitting down in restaurants. Smoking and dogs are allowed in most outdoor eating areas. Graffiti everywhere, made me feel like I was in a poor area, but no one bothered us, except for beggars, gypsies, and street vendors. Just avoid any contact or talking to them. Also keep your money and passports in your underwear with close watch at all times. Most places have great food, but trick is to veer away from prime tourist areas and attractions if you want the best food and best prices. We walked away from an outdoor restaurant after seeing the food they brought, looked like processed and frozen from a box, but walked a couple of blocks and found the best food ever! If something doesn't appear right, question it or walk away. Most of the country feels 3rd world, but beautiful at the same time. What I didn't appreciate is all the time 'wasted' after a tour spot and being herded like sheep into one of the tour operator's favorite spot so they capitalize on sales and commission. I already paid a lot of money for the package so didn't appreciate having to go thru live infomercials to get me to buy something I didn't want. While overall there was a lot to see, I don't think I would ever go on another tour again, anywhere. Next time I'll stick to one destination and relax and enjoy.Show detailed ratings
- GVGiaWritten on September 15, 20184.0 - GoodOverall great introduction to Italy. Well worth the money spent. I do think the restaurant at Pompeii could have been better. I was seated at a table alone, and the service was very poor. I also did not like the "forced" recommendations on the tour ("everyone is going to lunch here so you should too.") The fact that the optional excursions can only be paid for in cash needs to be said up front. The Academia museum was way overpriced--30 euros is too much for the tiny museum, when 12.50 is the normal admission price.Show detailed ratings
- SSabahKundakciWritten on September 9, 20185.0 - ExcellentThis trip was absolutely wonderful. I enjoyed every minute of it. Our tour guide Patricia Musacchio was especially lovely. She gave us thorough explanations regarding the visited locations. In terms of transportation our driver(Paulo I believe) was also very nice. I really appreciated the attitudes of both these people, they sure helped make this experience especially wonderful. Thank you again Patrizia, you have an exquisite personality. Best regards, Kundakci family.Show detailed ratings
- GGuylaineGuyWritten on September 8, 20184.0 - GoodI had the pleasure of making the trip "Un rêve à l’Italienne" last November. I only have positive compliments to make about the places visited, the organization of the trip in general, the hotels chosen and the friendly guide Patrizia Musacchio who has met all our expectations. I had a real crush on Italy and can not wait to go back. I was dazzled by Rome, Florence and Venice, of course, but I loved seeing Assisi, Siena, Pisa, Padua and Bologna. The magnificent view of Montepulciano is the icing on the cake. Thank you again for this fabulous tripShow detailed ratings
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Day 1: Rome
Start point Rome Garden Hotel, Via Nomentana, 28, 00161 Roma RM, Italy
- Day 2: Rome - Assisi - Siena - Florence
- Day 3: Florence
- Day 4: Florence - Bologna - Padova - Venice
- Day 5: Venice
- Day 6: Venice - Montepulciano (Tuscany wine region) - Rome
- Day 7: Rome
Day 8: Rome
End point Rome Garden Hotel, Via Nomentana, 28, 00161 Roma RM, Italy
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AccommodationRated Good by past passengers
Rome - Rome Garden 3* hotel (or similar)
Address: Via Nomentana, 28, 00161 Roma RM, Italy
Florence - Mediterraneo 4 *hotel (or similar)
Address: Lungarno del Tempio, 44, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy
Venice (Mestre) - Delfino 4 *hotel (or similar)
Address: Corso del Popolo, 211, 30172 Venezia VE, Italy
*Please note exact accommodation and details are re-confirmed at time of booking and subject to change up to 6 weeks prior to departure
GuideRated Excellent by past passengers
MealsRated Good by past passengers
TransportRated Excellent by past passengers
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What are the optional excursions?
The optional excursion for this tour is:
Trip to Pisa. Prices: Adult: EUR 49 (approx) / person. Child 4 to 12 years old: EUR 24.50 (approx) / person. 0 to 3 years old: Free
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When and where does the tour start?
Day 1 of the tour is an arrivals day, so you can arrive at any time. Airport transfers are included, which will take you to the Rome Garden Hotel.
Be aware that the meeting hotel is subject to change until your final documents are released.
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- Rome (Italy)
- 130 km
- Assisi (Italy)
- 108 km
- Siena (Italy)
- 51 km
- Florence (Italy)
- 80 km
- Bologna (Italy)
- 110 km
- Padova (Italy)
- 34 km
- Venice (Italy)
- 265 km
- Montepulciano (Italy)
- 145 km
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