Kimkim Trip Reviews for Italy

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From the initial planning to the actual holid...
Italy | Apr 20 - May 18, 2024

Michael
Michael W.
Australia | Reviewed on May 22, 2024

From the initial planning to the actual holiday I cannot fault the effort put into our trip. Alec was a pleasure to deal with and organized our trip extremely well offering recommendations and advise throughout. Everything went to plan without one hitch. Hotel chosen were excellent, transportation great and excursions fantastic.

Local specialist: Alec Bean
Alec
Alec Bean
Local specialist in Athens | Replied on May 22, 2024

Hi Michael, thank you very much for your kind words it was my pleasure to arrange this once in a lifetime trip for you and Anne. I am very happy to hear that you both had such a great time in Italy and Greece and that you created wonderful memories together.

Thanks again
Alec

Perfect honeymoon
Italy | May 11 - May 20, 2024

Charlotte
Charlotte S.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on May 21, 2024
Perfect honeymoon planned by Kimkim. The planning process was smooth and they took all of our wants and needs into consideration. We had an unplanned trip to Florence due to a rental car problem and they were able to give us a plan and restaurant recommendations for this new city within 30 minutes. Can’t wait for our next trip with kimkim. Read more

Perfect honeymoon planned by Kimkim. The planning process was smooth and they took all of our wants and needs into consideration. We had an unplanned trip to Florence due to a rental car problem and they were able to give us a plan and restaurant recommendations for this new city within 30 minutes. Can’t wait for our next trip with kimkim.

Hotel Reviews
Abruzzi Hotel Rome
Rome

Good location in the heart of Rome. It felt like we could get anywhere within 10-15 minutes walking.

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Palazzo delle Grazie
Sorrento

The staff was so helpful and friendly! Rooms had a coast feel with beautiful tiles. The locations is great but, because it’s on a busier alley, there are always street lights on and noise from pedestrians. Still would highly recommend.

Authenticity & Character
Location
15 minute walk to the water or any restaurant.
Staff
Most accommodating staff of our trip. We had a 5:15 am check out and they made us a to go box for breakfast with assorted pastries.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Villa Sabolini Tuscany
Colle di Val d'Elsa

Beautiful villa in Tuscany. Such a relaxing ambiance with rolling hills surrounding. The pool was a nice amenity. Breakfast was amazing! Would definitely recommend having your own vehicle.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful rooms with amazing views.
Location
Within an hour of anything you want to do in Tuscany.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Local transfer in Rome
Rome
Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour
Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour
Rome

Educational and fun tour! Our guide was able to get us through long lines which would have eaten up some of the tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
We walked from the hotel but it was an easy walk.
Car Rental Pick-up
Italy

First car had a mechanical issue but was able to contact the company next day and arrange for vehicle exchange in Florence.

Tuscany E-Bike Tour
Tuscany E-Bike Tour
Italy

Very fun and gratifying trip around the small villages of Tuscany outside of Chianti. Very educational and scenic with a little bit of exercise. The e-bikes made this 3 hour 16 mile tour easy!

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Chianti Winery Tour & Tasting with Lunch
Chianti Winery Tour & Tasting with Lunch
Italy

Cool winery that was established in the 1400s. I felt like the wine tasting was very informative and I left feeling like I knew much more about wine than before. The associated restaurant was also great.

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Car Rental Drop-off
Italy

The car drop off was in the middle of Florence. It was a little unclear that there are two different locations within the city. One was the office and one was the drop off point.

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Useful Information
Italy
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Private Pompeii Tour & Mount Vesuvius visit with lunch and wine tasting
Private Pompeii Tour & Mount Vesuvius visit with lunch and wine tasting
Pompeii

Amazing day filled with education, great wine, and great food. Pompeii was so fascinating with so much history within the soil. The winery had the most breathtaking view of our whole trip. The wine was organic and the food was great. Climbing Mount Vesuvius was a little tough but worth it.

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Amalfi Coast Boat Tour From Sorrento
Amalfi Coast Boat Tour From Sorrento
Sorrento

We loved that this wasn’t a large group tour on a boat. We were with only six other people. Unfortunately, the weather was not great for this boat day, but we had breaks in the rain and we’re still able to see all the sites and even swim.

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Capri Island & Grottos Boat Tour from Sorrento
Capri Island & Grottos Boat Tour from Sorrento
Sorrento

Beautiful and relaxing trip around the island of Capri with four hours to explore the island. We had fun on the chairlift up to the top of the island. Highly recommend walking down the hill to the port from the city center rather than taking the bus as the walk was short and peaceful and took us through some picturesque villas. The boat tour took us around and in all the caves and sights of the coast. The blue grotto was expensive ($18 per person plus a suggested $10/ person tip) but in our opinion something that you should experience once.

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Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We had a wonderful time during our trip. The ...
Italy | May 10 - May 18, 2024

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Jeff G.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on May 20, 2024
We had a wonderful time during our trip. The boutique hotels (and attached restaurants) were excellent. We particularly enjoyed our guides in Assisi (Ms. Cinzia) and Rome (Ms. Simona). Weather was perfect all week, except for one rainy afternoon in Gubbio. Italians were all very friendly during our trip. We enjoyed the food and wine during our trip. Your representatives were on-time and helpful. We were disappointed in Arezzo as it was Sunday, as the shops were closed, and churches had... Read more

We had a wonderful time during our trip. The boutique hotels (and attached restaurants) were excellent. We particularly enjoyed our guides in Assisi (Ms. Cinzia) and Rome (Ms. Simona). Weather was perfect all week, except for one rainy afternoon in Gubbio. Italians were all very friendly during our trip. We enjoyed the food and wine during our trip. Your representatives were on-time and helpful.

We were disappointed in Arezzo as it was Sunday, as the shops were closed, and churches had morning mass. We did not make it to Cortona.

GPS was amazing, could not have driven the routes without it, although a few times, it directed us in one way city centers! It was also a little confusing on where to drop the car off at the Rome train station.

In retrospect, we should have stayed in Rome one additional day as there is so much to see.

Thank you again.

Activity Review
 Private Colosseum, Forum Tour & Palatine hill
Private Colosseum, Forum Tour & Palatine hill
Rome

Excellent Guide.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Caterina Belvedere

This is the 2nd trip that we've used KimKim a...
Italy | May 4 - May 17, 2024

R
Rena D.
Minnetonka, MN | Reviewed on May 19, 2024
This is the 2nd trip that we've used KimKim and we had a great experience both times. Our travel agent Melanie was great; responsive, professional, perfect English and very upbeat and fun to work with. When she didn't have first hand experience of a location, she spoke with her colleagues and provided us with suggestions. The reason for a 4 start vs 5 star is more related to the virtual nature of planning a trip online vs in person. There are just some inherent challenges of not working... Read more

This is the 2nd trip that we've used KimKim and we had a great experience both times. Our travel agent Melanie was great; responsive, professional, perfect English and very upbeat and fun to work with. When she didn't have first hand experience of a location, she spoke with her colleagues and provided us with suggestions. The reason for a 4 start vs 5 star is more related to the virtual nature of planning a trip online vs in person. There are just some inherent challenges of not working live with someone, but that is not reflective of KimKim as a service or Melanie. As a busy, full time working person, it is a great solution and I plan to use for a 3rd time.

Local specialist: Melanie Rapuano
Melanie
Melanie Rapuano
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on May 21, 2024

Hi Rena,

thank you so much for your review and for your kind words!
I try my best to make travelers feel as though they are sat right in front of me, but I know exactly what you mean, a personal touch goes a long way.

I am really pleased I helped you both make some memories here in Italy and I look forward to your next trip to Italy!

Ciao e a presto!
Melanie

Northern Italy is Awesome
Italy | May 2 - May 10, 2024

Patrick
Patrick B.
Sacramento, CA | Reviewed on May 19, 2024
I don't have all the notes, but all of our travels inside Italy were great. The drivers were friendly, the cars were clean, and they all had great advice. Venice was my favorite for food, Verona was my favorite for wine and just walking around (and seeing a Serie A match!), and Florence was great for experiencing a larger city. It was good to have WhatsApp, as we were easily able to communicate with Melanie, drivers, and lots of restaurants. Read more

I don't have all the notes, but all of our travels inside Italy were great. The drivers were friendly, the cars were clean, and they all had great advice. Venice was my favorite for food, Verona was my favorite for wine and just walking around (and seeing a Serie A match!), and Florence was great for experiencing a larger city.

It was good to have WhatsApp, as we were easily able to communicate with Melanie, drivers, and lots of restaurants.

Activity Reviews
Walking tour to discover the best of Venice with "Cicchetti " experience
Walking tour to discover the best of Venice with "Cicchetti " experience
Venice

We got so much detailed history about Venice on this trip, it was fascinating.

Quality of Experience
The food and history.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was so authentic and personable. We talked about a very wide variety of topics and we never felt like we were being lectured to from a script.
Local Cooking Class in Florence
Local Cooking Class in Florence
Florence

I absolutely loved this experience. I was nervous going in, but it's amazing what you can do with the right ingredients and just a little guidance. I was amazed at the quality of food we were able to make in just a short amount of time. I would absolutely recommend this to anybody visiting Florence!

Quality of Experience
The food ended up being delicious and I wasn't sure I could do it. Getting to drink wine while we finished the meal was also great.
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our chef was funny, knowledgable, and incredibly helpful.
Amarone Wine Tour
Amarone Wine Tour
Verona

I'm a big fan of wine tasting tours and we got very lucky to have a really fun group of couples along for the ride. Our guide was entertaining and knowledgeable and kept the tour moving without rushing us.

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Local specialist: Melanie Rapuano
Melanie
Melanie Rapuano
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on May 20, 2024

Hi Pat and Kat,
thank you so much for your review and I'm so pleased you had a lovely time! Wow didn't realize you made it to a football match too (definitely an added bonus).

Thanks again for booking with me :)

I look forward to your next Italian trip!

A presto,
Melanie

Worth Every Penny!
Italy | Mar 31 - Apr 14, 2024

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Ashley S.
Chandler, AZ | Reviewed on May 19, 2024
Worth Every Penny! We had never used a service like this before and weren't quite sure how it would all come together, but it was incredible! Every step from the planning stages with Irene our main contact to the drivers, hotels and tour guides throughout our trip, was seamless and perfectly thought out. We loved the variety in the places we explored and the experiences we had. For my type A personality one of the most amazing pieces was having all of the transportation organized, tickets in... Read more

Worth Every Penny! We had never used a service like this before and weren't quite sure how it would all come together, but it was incredible! Every step from the planning stages with Irene our main contact to the drivers, hotels and tour guides throughout our trip, was seamless and perfectly thought out. We loved the variety in the places we explored and the experiences we had. For my type A personality one of the most amazing pieces was having all of the transportation organized, tickets in hand and every driver where they were supposed to be right when they were supposed to be there - it truly allowed me, and my husband, to just enjoy the experience.

We traveled through some of the northern coast, then to Rome and Florence with our final days of our incredible 15 day trip on the Amalfi Coast. The entire team that supported us throughout the journey were great. Some weather issues resulted in adjusted plans, and the support team was in constant communication with changes or adjustments and provided great recommendations on other options. All of our tour guides were incredibly knowledgeable, insightful, and FUN!

We would absolutely recommend using KimKim - our experience with them was wonderful!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Palazzo Vannoni
Levanto

We LOVED Levanto and this hotel was in the perfect spot in town Very walkable to the train station. The team at the hotel was lovely and helped with restaurants and reservations and were very kind and helpful with recommendations on how to explore the area in the time that we had free.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful frescoed ceilings and large spacious room.
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Hotel Orto De' Medici
Florence

This hotel was beautiful!!! The garden space was so peaceful while the location is in a busy area but still felt quiet and secluded. Beautiful views from our spacious room. The staff was very nice and the laundry service was quick and efficient.

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Trevi Beau Boutique Hotel Rome
Rome

This hotel was quite the experience! You are literally steps away from the Trevi Fountain and the entrance is in the corner of a restaurant patio --- so very unique! This was probably in the smallest room and the busiest location of all of our spots that we stayed but while you were in the hotel room, it was very quiet and you had everything you needed with beautiful charm in the room. The shower was confusing to figure out how to work at first, but overall it was a pleasant stay.

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Grand Hotel De La Ville
Sorrento

This place was AMAZING! The rooftop pool/bar area was beautiful, even though the bar service was only open until 6 p.m. The views were fabulous from our terrace. It was also in a more bustly area and an easy walk. This one felt the least "Italian" of all of our spots, but the staff was lovely and the first floor garden area with happy hour was a nice feature to get some relaxation after a long day exploring. It was a quick walk to the central area and Sorrento overall was a good central spot to explore the Amalfit.

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Activity Reviews
Chianti Wine & Olive Oil Tour from Florence
Chianti Wine & Olive Oil Tour from Florence
Florence

We lucked out with having no one else registered for our tour at the same time so we had our guide and the tours all to ourselves...and it was fabulous! Our driver was wonderful and we had a great time sharing stories and learning about the region. Would highly recommend!

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Cinque Terre Welcome Tour
Cinque Terre Welcome Tour
Italy

Our guide was so great! She was thoughtful and had great history and knowledge of the area and was so kind in answering all of our questions and sharing her love of the area as well.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
The train was so easy to hop on and off, and taking it for the first time with the guide was helpful and she gave us some tips on what/how to navigate easily.
Private Pompeii Tour
Private Pompeii Tour
Pompeii

We had a wonderful tour guide but it was a quick 30,000 view of Pompeii. There was just not enough time to see it all --- which was fine for us. He gave a great overview and we definitely left feeling like we saw enough to get the idea without spending hours upon hours walking around. Our guide was insightful and interesting.

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Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour
Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour
Rome

We ended up having this as a private tour as well, because the other registered people never showed so it was a bonus! Because it was just the three of us, we were able to navigate through the crowds pretty easy and we had special access to areas where we would not have had if we went alone without a guide. Our guide had so much interesting information and detail and these special glasses that helpful you see what it was like back in its full glory, which was VERY COOL.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Pizza and Gelato Making Class in Florence
Pizza and Gelato Making Class in Florence
Florence

We had such a great time at this experience! The chef and team were funny and engaging, for people of all ages, and the food turned out SO GREAT!

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Rome Food Tour
Rome Food Tour
Rome

OH MY GOODNESS this was one of our FAVORITE tours and tour guides --- she was SO FUN! Full of really interesting information and excitement for the community and the food was awesome. She introduced us to things we would have never tried or experienced on our own and we had a blast with her!

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Food
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Amalfi Coast Boat Tour From Sorrento
Amalfi Coast Boat Tour From Sorrento
Sorrento

This was the ABSOLUTE perfect way to end our trip! Because of a weather issue earlier in, we were actually able to expand this to a full day and OH BOY it was worth it! Our boat driver/tour guide was AWESOME --- he had really interesting information to share about all of the sites and was fun and engaging, while also giving us time to simply enjoy the beautiful scenery and our last day.

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Private Amalfi Coast Driving Tour
Private Amalfi Coast Driving Tour
Italy

We LOVED our driver!!! He was so genuine and interesting and took us to some out of the buzz places and locations for views that we never would have found on our own. He was right where he said he would be when we stopped to explore and really made us feel welcome and comfortable. We enjoyed our time with him!

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Afternoon Florence Highlights Walking Tour (Semi-private)
Afternoon Florence Highlights Walking Tour (Semi-private)
Florence

So glad we did a small group, which ended up being only 6 total people. There were a LOT of tours with very large groups and our guide and our small group were able to navigate through the sites and streets quickly and easily. Our guide was really interesting and had so much intricate knowledge of the history and art it was incredible! We loved it!

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Local specialist: Irene Lappa

A Trip Plan “Masterpiece”
Italy | May 5 - May 16, 2024

Troy
Troy J.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on May 17, 2024
Caterina created a “Masterpiece” of an Italy trip plan for us. Recognizing that everyone has different interests and ways to travel, my wife and I commented several times throughout our vacation that we were amazed how well Caterina understood our interests and likes/dislikes of tour types, hotels, etc. Each hotel that we stayed at had the perfect amenities, room design and location for each stage of our trip. The details of the Trip Plan from length of stay at each location and the... Read more

Caterina created a “Masterpiece” of an Italy trip plan for us. Recognizing that everyone has different interests and ways to travel, my wife and I commented several times throughout our vacation that we were amazed how well Caterina understood our interests and likes/dislikes of tour types, hotels, etc. Each hotel that we stayed at had the perfect amenities, room design and location for each stage of our trip.

The details of the Trip Plan from length of stay at each location and the type/timing of our tours could not have hit the mark any better. The size of the tours (small groups or private) seemed as if she knew what would fit us better than even we would have done if we booked ourselves.

The local concierges and assistants that KimKim stitched together made intra-city and inter-city transport logistics run so smoothly it removed all stress in a usually stressful activity.

All the tour guides were top notch, especially our Rome guides for the Colosseum (Dennis) and Golf Cart (Valentina). Our private guide for Pompeii (sorry I lost her name) was a former Pompeii archaeologist and now a professor of archaeology was incredible. The winery tour and dinner was an experience of a lifetime!

Also, KimKim’s website platform is a breeze to plan and communicate with Travel Specialists. The format for tracking text communications and reviewing trip plan details was a valuable resource for us.

As stated at the start of the review, and in the spirit of all the amazing art we saw during our trip, Caterina created a Masterpiece of an Italy Trip Plan that fit us perfectly.

Thanks so much for an amazing experience,
Troy & Beth Jandrasitz

Hotel Reviews
47 Boutique Hotel
Rome

Great location, nice room. We enjoyed the roof top bar/restaurant for a drink and views.

Authenticity & Character
Location
It was centrally located for us to walk to key areas including Colosseum, Vatican City, and Trestavere. We like walking so while it wasn’t next to any of these areas, its location allowed for doable walks.
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Villa Maria Pia
praiano

Nice hotel. They provided a balcony upgrade at no charge. Dock is nice, but stairs can be tricky to negotiate. The stairs going to street level are equally tricky. Breakfast area was very nice. Room was nice, if slightly small. The tub/shower access was a bit tricky as well - we were ok with it but some individuals with slight mobility issues would have a challenge.

Authenticity & Character
Can’t think of many hotels with a dock like theirs. Ceramic decor was beautiful.
Location
Bus stop right by hotel is a big plus.
Staff
Helpful with local transport. When my wife and I decided to have a picnic dinner on our balcony, the restaurant worked provided a wine bottle opener and glasses
Cleanliness & Comfort
Air handler mini split was difficult to get room temp correct. Awareness of the unit’s fan was slightly bothersome, but not a showstopper either.
Palazzo Castri 1874
Florence

Nice room and view of courtyard. Bed was comfortable. The overnight Front desk reception worker (Raniero) went out of his way yo assist me when a need some minor medical assistance - he was great!

Authenticity & Character
Nice room and bathroom. Very upscale feel to it. Breakfast was very good.
Location
Decent location (could have been a bit closer to town center), but the main issue was significant road construction currently occurring.
Staff
See comment on front desk worker (Raniero) above
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Splendid Venice - Starhotel
Venice

Concierge was helpful in changing our room when it was confirmed that the room A/C thermostat was not operating. A front desk worker first appeared to question our need to change rooms, but the concierge stopped it immediately and said we needed a room change, it was resolved with an impressive room upgrade.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Just seemed perfectly located for us.
Staff
See comment above
Cleanliness & Comfort
5 stars of the first room’s thermostat was operational
Activity Reviews
Small group tour of Colosseum with Arena access, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
Small group tour of Colosseum with Arena access, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
Rome

Dennis (tour guide) was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Timing of the tour = just right; size of group = just right

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
No transportion needed to get to Colosseum. It is a walking tour
Small group tour of Rome highlights by Golf Cart (6 people - 3 hours)
Small group tour of Rome highlights by Golf Cart (6 people - 3 hours)
Rome

Valentina was great. She took us off the beaten path for a portion of the tour which was nice. Golf cart was comfortable. We are both very mobile but this tour would seem perfect for individuals with mobility issues. One thing that would have been nice is if we could have toured closer to bottom of Spanish Steps, The cart took us past the top of the steps, but that is not the classic view.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Golf cart was comfortable
Admission tickets - Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - skip the line
Admission tickets - Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - skip the line
Rome

We felt the museum and Sistine Chapel is overcrowded with people and the artwork just jammed onto any wall space. Flow seemed disorganized. The skip the line tickets worked fine and it is critical to get these to avoid long wait. Even the skip the line was a bit disorganized.

Quality of Experience
Not sure how to reduce crowds. Better signage of tour flow in the museum would help
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Train Rome/Naples with transfers and 2h guided tour in Pompeii
Train Rome/Naples with transfers and 2h guided tour in Pompeii
Italy

Transfer to train was a breeze. Pick up in Naples as well. Pompeii tour was unexpectedly incredible due to an amazing tour guide.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Small group tour of Capri by boat (7 hours - max 12-14 pp)
Small group tour of Capri by boat (7 hours - max 12-14 pp)
Italy

Tour around Capri was beautiful. Time spent on island was just right.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Expertise of boater was impressive with ability to back into various coves for close views.
Florence and Accademia City Tour
Florence and Accademia City Tour
Italy

Amazing tour of art at the Accademia. We found this museum much better organized that Vatican Museum.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about Renaissance Art and Architecture. General questions about more “touristy” things did not seem to interest her - when asked about locations of operating wine windows she said there weren’t any. Later we found out there was and actually enjoyed that unique experience.
Transport
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Admission tickets - Uffizi Gallery - skip the line
Admission tickets - Uffizi Gallery - skip the line
Florence

Amazing museum!

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Best of Siena and San Gimignano tour from Florence with dinner
Best of Siena and San Gimignano tour from Florence with dinner
Italy

Winery tour made the trip. The winery property was beautiful and the dinner was a great experience. This tour was the best highlight of many highlights of the vacation

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Entrance fees to doge's palace and Saint Mark's basilica
Entrance fees to doge's palace and Saint Mark's basilica
Venice

The tickets for self guided tour was perfect timing for us as we were beginning to hit our limit on museums. So perfect timing to enjoy this an an abbreviated short tour time.

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"Bacari" local street food tour
"Bacari" local street food tour
Italy

Beatrice made this tour fun and interesting. She has excellent knowledge of Venice.

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Venice Gondola Ride
Venice Gondola Ride
Venice

A must do. The gondolier however had no interaction with us at all.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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ACTV 1 day Transport VENEZIA DAILY PASS
ACTV 1 day Transport VENEZIA DAILY PASS
Venice

Nice tour of the Grand Canal - worth the 45 mins to see the city from the Grand Canal

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Can be crowded as people use this to transport themselves to hotels, etc.
Local specialist: Caterina Belvedere

Amazing trip with history and wonderful memories.
Italy | May 1 - May 14, 2024

Martin
Martin K.
Maple Grove, MN | Reviewed on May 16, 2024
Our driver for our stay in Florence was Daniel and he was extremely helpful and professional. Our first guide was Mike in Florence and it was a walking tour. He was extremely knowledgeable and personable, and spoke very fluent English. There was a misunderstanding about how long the tour was and we didn't get to see the original David, but our Kimkim representative Melanie was able to get us booked for the next day. Unfortunately the audio was so poor that we couldn't understand what was... Read more

Our driver for our stay in Florence was Daniel and he was extremely helpful and professional. Our first guide was Mike in Florence and it was a walking tour. He was extremely knowledgeable and personable, and spoke very fluent English. There was a misunderstanding about how long the tour was and we didn't get to see the original David, but our Kimkim representative Melanie was able to get us booked for the next day. Unfortunately the audio was so poor that we couldn't understand what was being said. Charlotta was our group guide for the Chianti wine and olive tour and and she was amazing and spoke very good English, and this was a highlight of our stay in Tuscany. In Rome our guide to Vatican and Sistine chapel was Rich and he's lived in Italy for 26 years and has advanced degrees in theology and art history, his insights and knowledge about the art made the tour so interesting. We had a small group of 6 with Samona at the Colosseum and the Forum and she was very very knowledgeable and wonderful. She spoke very good English and was very good at timing the tour and found us places to sit down to take a break. We had private driver Marco and a private tour of Tivoli gardens with Katharina and we wouldn't have understood or appreciated the site without her information. Another highlight of our trip was the enogasgronomic/food tour in Sorento with Tamara, she was so connected with all of the places that we visited and she showed us amazing places that we wouldn't have known about. Out final tour was of Pompeii and Vesuvius with Theresa aka mother Theresa. It was a small group and she was so fun funny and knowledgeable.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Orto De' Medici
Florence

It's an elegant boutique hotel in a great location. Very clean and comfortable and the staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfast buffet was very expansive with many great food choices. The room was the largest of the 3 hotels that we stayed in and it was clean, quiet and comfortable. Within easy walking distance to many restaurants and a historic piazza that includes Michaelangelos' David.

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So welcoming, friendly and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Barocco
Rome

A lovely small hotel in a great location within walking distance to many restaurants and historic sights including the Spanish steps, the Colosseum, the Vatican and the sistine chapel and much more. The breakfast was excellent and Stefan made sure that you were well taken care of. The room and the hotel was clean and quiet.

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Hotel Florida 3* Sorrento
Sorrento

The staff were very helpful and welcoming but walking to Piazza Tasso and the many restaurants was at least a 20 minute walk, sometimes with no sidewalk. The room was adequate with a nice small balcony. Our room was on the first floor that was next to a walkway and another hotels parking area where cars and motorcycles were coming and going starting early in the morning. The breakfast buffet was very good and had many food choices. The bar and pool area was a nice place to relax in.

Location
There is only one restaurant within a few minutes walk. We had the hotel call us a cab once and we were charged 20 euro for a little over a mile ride to Piazza Tasso.
Staff
The daytime staff was very helpful but the early morning and evening staff were less than welcoming
Cleanliness & Comfort
It's proximity to the parking area for the hotel next door was a disappointment and it didn't have the same feel of the other 2 boutique hotel's that we stayed in
Activity Reviews
Day trip San Gimignano and Winery Visit
Day trip San Gimignano and Winery Visit
Florence

Quaint small town and a nice wine tasting

Guides, Drivers and Staff
Daniel was our private driver and he was very fun to spend time
Chianti Wine & Olive Oil Tour
Chianti Wine & Olive Oil Tour
Italy

Wonderful ride in a very comfortable small tour bus to the Chianti wine region and the beautiful Tuscan countryside. This was a highlight of our trip to Italy.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Florence Walking Tour
Florence Walking Tour
Florence
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Colosseo and Roman forums adventure
Colosseo and Roman forums adventure
Rome
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our tour guide was perfect
Tivoli Day trip and Castelli Romani
Tivoli Day trip and Castelli Romani
Italy

Having a private tour with Katerina gave us so much information and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with her

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
The Ruins of Pompeii & Winery on the Vesuvius
The Ruins of Pompeii & Winery on the Vesuvius
Italy

Theresa aka mother Theresa was so funny and knowledgeable

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guisepe was so engaging to talk with and very enjoyable to spend time with
Dinner at family Home Restaurant
Dinner at family Home Restaurant
Rome

This was changed to a cooking class that was with the owner and head chef Paulo at Trattoria Amici. We made tiramisu and pasta that we ate at the outside restaurant.

Quality of Experience
Food
Enogastronomic experience -  taste the real life of South with a good glass of Limoncello
Enogastronomic experience - taste the real life of South with a good glass of Limoncello
Sorrento

Tamara was a wonderful guide for this tour

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
Rome
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Melanie Rapuano
Melanie
Melanie Rapuano
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on May 17, 2024

Hi Martin and Barbara,

thank you once again for booking your trip to Italy with me. It was a pleasure from start to finish and thank you for being so understanding when we had some last minute changes!

I'm so pleased I helped make some lovely memories to take home.

I look forward to helping with your next trip to Italy!

All the best,
Melanie

The itinerary allowed me to visit three regio...
Italy | May 3 - May 5, 2024

D
Donna V.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on May 17, 2024

The itinerary allowed me to visit three regions Rome Venice and Florence all fantastic. Overall the hotels were very nice with the exception’s of Venice where hotel access was past a fish vendor and our final day in Rome where the lodging was well below average.

Local specialist: Elena Del Vecchio

Trip of a lifetime!
Italy | May 4 - May 14, 2024

Nina
Nina C.
West Hollywood, CA | Reviewed on May 17, 2024
This was an absolute trip of a lifetime. I will be recommending Kim Kim to all of my friends! Marta was amazing to plan with and every single excursion was flawlessly executed. Marta & her team were extremely accessible during our trip, which was so helpful when we had questions. Marta's help in planning allowed us to have a stress-free trip! The accommodations were fantastic as well, we loved every hotel. Highlights included the farm tour in Tuscany and lunch on the saffron farm, the... Read more

This was an absolute trip of a lifetime. I will be recommending Kim Kim to all of my friends! Marta was amazing to plan with and every single excursion was flawlessly executed. Marta & her team were extremely accessible during our trip, which was so helpful when we had questions. Marta's help in planning allowed us to have a stress-free trip! The accommodations were fantastic as well, we loved every hotel.

Highlights included the farm tour in Tuscany and lunch on the saffron farm, the suggested visit to Orvieto which was the most magical town, and the Capri boat day!! I'll be dreaming about this trip forever. Cannot wait to plan our next adventure with Kim Kim!

Local specialist: Marta Toso
Marta
Marta Toso
Local specialist in Venice, Italy | Replied on May 18, 2024

Cara Nina,
thank you for your review, it is wonderful to read your words!
I am happy to have helped create these beautiful memories in your life. Planning the trip with you was a nice and pleasant experience.
I wish you many exciting trips like this one!
All the best,
Marta

Northern Italy: Venice, Milan, Florence, Cinque Terra
Italy | May 1 - May 13, 2024

Anita
Anita T.
East Brainerd, TN | Reviewed on May 15, 2024
We had a wonderful trip with great trip planning supported by KimKim team. We visited Venice, Milan, Florence and Cinque Terra, we stayed in Levanto. We visited all the village by train. The local guides did an excellent job as well. Read more

We had a wonderful trip with great trip planning supported by KimKim team. We visited Venice, Milan, Florence and Cinque Terra, we stayed in Levanto. We visited all the village by train.

The local guides did an excellent job as well.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Casa Verardo Residenza d'Epoca
Venice

Great location, staff was amazing!

Hotel Il Guelfo Bianco
Florence

Great location! Staff was excellent!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Park Hotel Argento
Levanto

Great staff! Spa staff was excellent, picturesque setting. If you arrive by train, call the hotel for the shuttle service

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Milano Castello
Milan

Modern design with great bathroom space, lovely garden for drinks, central location

Activity Reviews
Guided Walking Tour of Venice
Guided Walking Tour of Venice
Venice

The guide was excellent. She was a native and provided great insights into the City's history as well as local culture. She went above and beyond to help us secure tickets to tour St Mark's Basilica.

Walking food tour of Milano
Walking food tour of Milano
Milan

A great way to experience a more "local" experience. The guide provided informative historical information while we walked and the food experience was very good.

Boat tour excursion around the Lake
Boat tour excursion around the Lake
Italy

Excellent.

Tuscan Traditional Cooking Class
Tuscan Traditional Cooking Class
Italy

This was a great hand's on experience followed by a delicious meal that the class prepared.

Local specialist: Vincenzo Granato

The spaces in between
Italy | May 2 - May 10, 2024

Kat
Kat B.
Rosemont, CA | Reviewed on May 14, 2024
We did three cities in Italy in just over a week with at least one structured guided tour in each stop. All of our tours were informative and interesting to us. I think our Venice tour surprised me the most. I enjoyed Venice but after walking around and sampling foods with our guide, I really appreciated how much of a low-key place Venice really is and our guide Gianni was accommodating and so easy to interact with. As our specialist, Melanie, did a fantastic job keeping in touch as... Read more

We did three cities in Italy in just over a week with at least one structured guided tour in each stop. All of our tours were informative and interesting to us. I think our Venice tour surprised me the most. I enjoyed Venice but after walking around and sampling foods with our guide, I really appreciated how much of a low-key place Venice really is and our guide Gianni was accommodating and so easy to interact with.

As our specialist, Melanie, did a fantastic job keeping in touch as needed and also helping to make adjustments on the fly as plans can and will change. During our planning I hadn't thought too hard on what I call the spaces in between - getting to and from public transportation to our hotel and where to meet our guides. Melanie had all of that taken care of it made a world of difference in how relaxed I could be to enjoy the sites, sounds, and experiences without worrying about logistics and our next steps. We were able to BE in Italy and not just whirl winding from one thing to the next. I would absolutely do something like this again and if we make it to Italy again, hopefully Melanie can sort us out then too.

Hotel Review
Hotel Olimpia
Venice

The staff were lovely. We felt so welcomed. We had a mini-suite which was awesome for keeping luggage out of our way and a space we could move without feeling too cramped in smaller rooms (which is understandable in such an old city with limited expansion options). I LOVED the exterior shutters as a great insulator against noise and light as we came to terms with jet lag. The hotel's location was great for us. It's on a quiet canal, just off some busier streets and areas so we didn't feel like we were in the thick of things, but everything was accessible.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The cleanliness was great. The shower is a little small if you're bigger or taller, but not unreasonable.
Activity Reviews
Walking tour to discover the best of Venice with "Cicchetti " experience
Walking tour to discover the best of Venice with "Cicchetti " experience
Venice

Our guide asked us what we had seen already, which I appreciated. He was able to make some adjustments on the fly and get us out the busier, touristy areas to see more of the quiet side streets and canals, but still lots of historical information and a chance to sample some local fare. It felt more of a behind the scenes tour and a more intimate sharing of Venice.

Quality of Experience
Our tour was a conversation, not just a lecture.
Amarone Wine Tour
Amarone Wine Tour
Verona

Our driver/guide was so welcoming and kind. He did a great job of herding all 8 of us to two different wineries and letting us get to know each other. He was upfront with what he knew and what he didn't and was happy to try and get the information if possible. I felt appreciated.

Quality of Experience
I just felt appreciated and not just a tourist.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Conversation, not just lectures.
Transport
It was actually nice to drive outside the city for a bit and the van was comfortable and clean.
Local specialist: Melanie Rapuano
Melanie
Melanie Rapuano
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on May 14, 2024

Hi Kat and Pat,

a big huge thank you for booking with me and for trusting me to make this not just a holiday but a trip to experience Italy! I still remember you saying I'd love to see Venice but not all the tourists, so I'm really pleased you enjoyed Venice and discovered a more ''secret'' side which is exactly what you wanted!

It really has been lovely planning this trip and working together to make it just right, I can't believe it's over already!!!

I look forward to planning your next trip to Italy.
A presto,

Melanie

The Most Amazing Trip across Italy!
Italy | Apr 26 - May 12, 2024

John
John S.
Shaw, DC | Reviewed on May 14, 2024
Just returned from the Most Amazing Trip across Italy! Sonia, John and I want to Thank You for putting such an Amazing trip together for us! Your communication and responsiveness are Outstanding! We are totally exhausted but are both smiling from the inside out! Barbara, our boots on the ground concierge, was fabulous! Each hotel was perfectly located and each had something special to offer! The drivers were punctual and courteous. And the tours, and their guides were Amazing! Our... Read more

Just returned from the Most Amazing Trip across Italy!

Sonia, John and I want to Thank You for putting such an Amazing trip together for us! Your communication and responsiveness are Outstanding! We are totally exhausted but are both smiling from the inside out! Barbara, our boots on the ground concierge, was fabulous! Each hotel was perfectly located and each had something special to offer! The drivers were punctual and courteous. And the tours, and their guides were Amazing! Our guide in Radda in Chianti, Francesco, was awesome! He rolled with the punches and made our day! It was great that he was also our traveling companions driver for their wine tour the following day. Also, it was great having the same driver for almost all events in Sorrento! Luigi helped make our entire visit to the area very special! We want you to know that the day we spent at the lemon farm/pizza making place was so worth it! The family run business, the people and the cheese! Bellissimo!
And, although I really had no desire to visit Rome, John did, and so it was…. For this I am grateful! What a spectacular place! Our city guide, Marina, was lovely! She has a true passion for her city! And our colosseum guide, Dennis, was equally as passionate for the history he shared with us! He actually made the gruesomeness of the history kind of fun! If thats possible 🙃… We highly recommend them both!

Glad to be home, but so happy to have shared a little bit of your beautiful country! Thank you for all of your time and effort! And especially your patience! We wish you well and will definitely recommend your services without hesitation!

Best and Warm Regards,
Barbara and John Salisbury
Salem, NY, USA

Local specialist: Sonia Vanzin
Sonia
Sonia Vanzin
Local specialist in Venice | Replied on May 14, 2024

Dear Barbara and John, a huge thank you for travelling with us. Planning your trip and being an active part of creating good memories was a pleasure. I wish you all the best and hope to welcome you back to Italy again very soon!

Second trip with Kimkim, another great experience!
Italy | Apr 27 - May 3, 2024

Drew
Drew M.
Spartanburg, SC | Reviewed on May 11, 2024
This is our second trip with Kimkim and after a wonderful trip to Ireland last summer, they did not disappoint this time around as we headed to Italy, it was wonderful once again!
The planning ahead of the trip was very detailed and took a couple of meetings, but our specialist listened very closely to what we had in mind and put together a wonderful itinerary.
In terms of execution of our plan, the travel team was extremely thorough and conscientious and engaged, easy to contact and their...
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This is our second trip with Kimkim and after a wonderful trip to Ireland last summer, they did not disappoint this time around as we headed to Italy, it was wonderful once again!
The planning ahead of the trip was very detailed and took a couple of meetings, but our specialist listened very closely to what we had in mind and put together a wonderful itinerary.
In terms of execution of our plan, the travel team was extremely thorough and conscientious and engaged, easy to contact and their attention to detail was so impressive.
During our trip, we had to change plans because of weather, but our travel team as well as our local guide were on top of it and very flexible. We were able to adjust our plans to the weather with some wonderful alternative activities.
Another great experience with Kimkim and their local specialists and we plan to use them again !

Local specialist: Eirini Sadek

Perfect planning for this Italian paradise.
Italy | Apr 20 - Apr 30, 2024

Ruth
Ruth M.
Glenwood Springs, CO | Reviewed on May 11, 2024
We had the most amazing time - all carefully and thoughtfullyborchestrated by Erini. Even when we had a question about transportation, that texts to Jessica were always answered quickly. Thank you! Our guide, Anna, in Cortina was perfect. She gets rave reviews from us. We wished we had a second day with her, but her father passed away. So very sad - please send our condolences. Our second guide was a friend of Anna, and took us to the most beautiful hiking spot - a breathtaking waterfall -... Read more

We had the most amazing time - all carefully and thoughtfullyborchestrated by Erini. Even when we had a question about transportation, that texts to Jessica were always answered quickly. Thank you! Our guide, Anna, in Cortina was perfect. She gets rave reviews from us. We wished we had a second day with her, but her father passed away. So very sad - please send our condolences. Our second guide was a friend of Anna, and took us to the most beautiful hiking spot - a breathtaking waterfall - and then on to a locals spit for lunch. Loved the interaction with the working men who came there for lunch. We highly recommend it, but can’t remember the name, sorry.
Our guide, Marta, in Santa Margherita, was also very attentive to us, and we hiked up an ancient trail down into Portofino area, where we caught a boat back. The little ‘mill restaurant with all organic and home grown products’ was a highlight along that trail. We tried almost everything on the menu - delicious.
The Cinque Terre was everything we had been told and more. We did manage to snag a sunset boat tour two nights - one private and one with a group. I do love time on the water.
Our accommodations were literally perfect, except for the last room booked for Lauren in Milan. Our hotels were all lovely. Our favorite was the Hotel de Len in Cortina. All of the hotel booked for Julie and I were amazing - all different, but similar in their attentiveness to guests.
The cooking classes were over the top - literally! We actually snuck in an additional class of making ravioli (or causinza) in Cortina. So fun! The pesto experience and location were fabulous! The home cooking class was so very comfortable and delicious. Such a ‘home’ feel. Loved it!
Since we are hikers, the trails were some of our favorite times, and of course the wine. ❤️
Great trip - hope this helps.

Local specialist: Eirini Daouka
Eirini
Eirini Daouka
Local specialist in Greece | Replied on May 15, 2024

Dear Ruth, Thank you so much for your positive review. It gives us great joy to know how much you enjoyed the selected experiences, hotels and local guides. We are proud to collaborate with such passionate professionals and we will inform them about your kind words!
The whole Storywalking team wishes you all the very best!
We look forward to welcoming you back to Italy in the future, arrivederci!

Italy Trip
Italy | May 2 - May 9, 2024

T
Thomas h.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on May 10, 2024
Entire trip was planned to the last detail. Would recommend and use again. They made everything easy to understand and very stress free. Thank you Read more

Entire trip was planned to the last detail. Would recommend and use again. They made everything easy to understand and very stress free. Thank you

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Heureka
Venice
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tenuta CorteDomina
Radda in Chianti
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Orto De' Medici
Florence
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Martis Palace Hotel Rome
Rome
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Classic Chianti with Lunch
Classic Chianti with Lunch
Italy
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Driver at disposal in Tuscany
Driver at disposal in Tuscany
Italy
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
The Tuscan Cooking Class
The Tuscan Cooking Class
Italy
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Eirini Daouka
Eirini
Eirini Daouka
Local specialist in Greece | Replied on May 13, 2024

Dear Thomas, Thank you very much for this positive review! It gives us great joy to know that you enjoyed this trip. Providing a smooth and stress free experience is a top priority for our team, so that you can only focus on having a great time!
Should you decide to embark on another adventure in Italy, please don't hesitate to reach out. On behalf of the whole Storywalking Team, we will be happy to assist you! Arrivederci!

Valeria was extremely helpful and flexible. ...
Italy | Apr 13 - Apr 22, 2024

Sheri
Sheri M.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on May 10, 2024
Valeria was extremely helpful and flexible. When planning, you don't know what you don't know so we had to make several changes to our initial itinerary. Val was great working with us, our schedule, and budget. I have already recommended her to several friends. Read more

Valeria was extremely helpful and flexible. When planning, you don't know what you don't know so we had to make several changes to our initial itinerary. Val was great working with us, our schedule, and budget. I have already recommended her to several friends.

Hotel Reviews
Ai Reali Hotel Venice
Venice

The rooms are fantastic and the hotel staff goes above and beyond. Would absolutely stay again.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Located within a few minutes walk to everything.
Staff
Front desk team, breakfast servers and bartender were all extremely attentive.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Balestri
Florence

Located within a few minutes walk of everything, the rooms were open and breezy with great views. This hotel was goofy and made us smile; seriously, the owner apparently likes the Disney character "Goofy" and there are several statues throughout the hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Valeria Arcangeli
Valeria
Valeria Arcangeli
Local specialist in Rome | Replied on May 13, 2024

Hi Sheri,
Hope this message find you well.

It brings me immense joy to express my gratitude to you for allowing me the privilege of planning your unforgettable vacation.
Your satisfaction and happiness are the ultimate rewards for me and all the team.
Your kind words and glowing feedback reassure us that we were successful in our mission to exceed your expectations.

Once again, thank you for choosing us.
We are deeply grateful for your trust, and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you again in the future.

Ciao Valeria

Off the beaten path in Italy
Italy | Apr 20 - Apr 30, 2024

Lauren
Lauren S.
Flagami, FL | Reviewed on May 10, 2024
So our time in Cortina d’ Empezzo was magical! This was the best part of my experience! It snowed for 3 days in the Dolomites, and we had an absolute blast winter hiking in a stunningly beautiful mountain environment. Our guide Anna was so delightful and experienced. We hiked to Tre Cime with her, which was amazing! It was full on winter, and we needed crampons for this hike, which Anna provided. She was a terrific guide!
The Hotel de Len in Cortina was fabulous! My room was beautiful...
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So our time in Cortina d’ Empezzo was magical! This was the best part of my experience! It snowed for 3 days in the Dolomites, and we had an absolute blast winter hiking in a stunningly beautiful mountain environment. Our guide Anna was so delightful and experienced. We hiked to Tre Cime with her, which was amazing! It was full on winter, and we needed crampons for this hike, which Anna provided. She was a terrific guide!
The Hotel de Len in Cortina was fabulous! My room was beautiful and comfortable, and I loved the hot tea and cookies delivered to the room in the late afternoon. Chef Andrea was fantastic! He is highly creative and very personable. We loved our private ravioli cooking class with him. It was great fun. The staff at Hotel de Len were so personable and accommodating. (the 2 Francisco’s, Vita, Beatrice, Andrea, Gigi,)and the whole gang made our stay very special indeed. Great food and comfortable surroundings. Felt like family there. Also loved Fabio our guide on the second day of hiking. Fabio was kind enough to sit in for Anna whose father died the night of our hike to Tre Cime. So sad for Anna and her family, and for all of us who grew so fond of her. Fabio was really great too! He is an experienced and knowledgeable mountain guide. He is kind and respectful, and he took us to a beautiful mountain waterfall and then to a great local spot for lunch. Loved our time with Fabio too. He is a very fun guide who knows the Dolomites and the area around Cortina.
Santa Margarita Liguria was wonderful! We enjoyed our hotel and this beautiful small city by the sea. Excellent dining.
We did a wonderful hike to Portofino on a completely quiet trail with our guide Marta. Marta was very knowledgeable and personable, and super fun to spend the day with! We learned so much about the history of the area, lifestyle, plants, food etc…. We all loved Marta!
Life in Cinqua Terra was truly amazing. We hiked every day, one day with our guide Maura who we also enjoyed SO much! She taught us everything about foraging for edible plants as we hiked the trail from Manorolo to Corniglia, and then to Vernazza. Amazing day of photography and great food. The Pesto Experience at Nussin Dorma in Manorolo was wonderful! Highly recommend! Learning to make pesto the old Italian Ligurian way was great fun! The lunch and wine was out of this world.
Our time in Monterosso was amazing as well. I loved our little bed and breakfast high up and away from the hustle and bustle of city. Il Parco. It was clean and the breakfasts were terrific. The owner Marta was very accommodating. It is important to spend time on the sea when in this beautiful place. Just seeing the 5 villages of Cinqua Terra from the sea was an amazing experience. This should not be missed when in the area.
Last day was in Milano. Beautiful city. Need to go back and spend more time shopping!
Thanks for providing truly amazing people as guides , who will take you off the beaten path to places you would never see on your own. Loved the trip and love Italy.🇮🇹
Lauren

Hotel Review
HOTEL de LEN
Cortina d'Ampezzo BL

Loved my stay. Great staff. Great chef. Just a lovely experience!!

Authenticity & Character
Everyone is so welcoming and kind and accommodating. It has a cozy relaxing vibe with great food! Healthy restful vibe.
Location
Cortina is a beautiful village in a valley surrounded by the most majestic Dolomite peaks. It’s beautiful!
Staff
Well I can’t even begin to tell you how accommodating and wonderful the staff is at Hotel d Len. They make you feel like family.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Comfy beds and super clean bathrooms.
Local specialist: Eirini Daouka
Eirini
Eirini Daouka
Local specialist in Greece | Replied on May 15, 2024

Dear Lauren, Thank you for taking the time to share your detailed feedback about your experience traveling to Italy with us. It was a pleasure assisting you and a great joy to know how your local guides people that you met have had such a positive impact on your overall experience!
Should you decide to embark on another adventure in Italy, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
Best wishes from the whole Storywalking team.
See you soon! Arrivederci!

Beautiful Sicily
Italy | Apr 22 - May 2, 2024

Jean
Jean F.
Storrs, CT | Reviewed on May 09, 2024
We had a wonderful time in Sicily. Our driver was great always making sure we got where we needed to be. The guides where excellent. The guide for Valley of the Temples was a forensic archeologist who had actually worked on the site at one time. He was truley informative. The chef for our cooking lesson was wonderful learning about shopping the market and techniques for preparing the seafood selected. We just had a fantastic vacation. Read more

We had a wonderful time in Sicily. Our driver was great always making sure we got where we needed to be. The guides where excellent. The guide for Valley of the Temples was a forensic archeologist who had actually worked on the site at one time. He was truley informative. The chef for our cooking lesson was wonderful learning about shopping the market and techniques for preparing the seafood selected. We just had a fantastic vacation.

Activity Reviews
Palermo and its street food walking tour
Palermo and its street food walking tour
Palermo

The guide who grew up in Palermo shared a lot of information about the history around the markets. He really helped us to understand the value to the neighborhood, the family run stalls and feel the vibrant street food experience.

Guides, Drivers and Staff
Driver always got us exactly where we needed to be including coordination with our guides. He helped to make our experience seamless when we were traveling.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Driver always got us exactly where we needed to be including coordination with our guides. He helped to make our experience seamless when we were traveling.
Transport
Transport
Private transfer from Palermo to Syracuse with stop at Valle dei Templi
Private transfer from Palermo to Syracuse with stop at Valle dei Templi
Italy

Our driver was great.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day Trip to the Valle dei Templi
Day Trip to the Valle dei Templi
Italy

Very informative. The guide was excellent.

Quality of Experience
Cooking Class and Ortygia Market
Cooking Class and Ortygia Market
Italy

We loved the chef. She was very informative about the market, local products and buying techniques. Our lesson was a lot of fun and delicious.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guided Tour of Syracuse
Guided Tour of Syracuse
Syracuse

The guide was good and very knowledgeable regarding Syracusa.

Boat Tour around Ortigia
Boat Tour around Ortigia
Syracuse

We loved our boat tour going through the caves and around Ortigia Island. IT was great getting to see the island from the water.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Wine Tasting in Mount Etna
Wine Tasting in Mount Etna
Italy

Wonderful. We had a fantastic experience at the vineyard. The wines were grest and the sommelier was very knowledgeable about the vineyard and wines. The food served was fresh, delicious and complemented the wines.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Vincenzo Granato

Amazing trip executed by an amazing team!
Italy | Apr 25 - May 8, 2024

Colette
Colette G.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on May 09, 2024
Barbara was fantastic! From beginning to end our trip was seamless. She really understood the assignment and delivered. Our excursions were amazing. The hotels were beautiful and centrally located to all sites. Rafaella and Daniella(Italian team) we're also fantastic. They communicated with us daily regarding pick up times, drivers, excursion, directions etc. Also, they were extremely quick to respond to any questions we had. The ground transportation team in each city(Amalfi, Rome & Naples)... Read more

Barbara was fantastic! From beginning to end our trip was seamless. She really understood the assignment and delivered. Our excursions were amazing. The hotels were beautiful and centrally located to all sites. Rafaella and Daniella(Italian team) we're also fantastic. They communicated with us daily regarding pick up times, drivers, excursion, directions etc. Also, they were extremely quick to respond to any questions we had. The ground transportation team in each city(Amalfi, Rome & Naples) were extremely professional and punctual. Can't say enough about how wonderful this Italian getaway was for us!!

Hotel Reviews
Kolbe Hotel Rome
Rome

This was a beautiful hotel. The staff was exceptional. Centrally located so you can walk to most sites. Note- This is a former Franciscan monestary that has a beautiful garden and 100 year old olive trees. It also backs on to Paletine Hill and steps from circus maximus.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Grand Hotel Oriente
Naples

Well appointed hotel in the heart of Naples. Steps from tons of historical sites and shopping. Breakfast was awesome.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Lemon Tour and Cooking Class
Lemon Tour and Cooking Class
Italy

What a great experience! This is a 6th generation family run lemon grove. Wear running shoes because you'll be walking up hills and uneven terrain during your tour. The cooking class was awesome. This is a must do in Amalfi.

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Capri Island shared boat tour
Capri Island shared boat tour
Italy

Amazing boat day to Capri. We had not one but two Fabio's manning the boat. There were 12 of us and it was comfortable. They provided us with some history about the coast and Capri as we sailed. We even sailed thru the arch of Faraglioni. We had roughly 4 hours to roam Capri before sailing back to Amalfi. We were offered refreshments during the boat ride as well.

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Golf cart Tour of Rome
Golf cart Tour of Rome
Rome

This was a highlight of our trip in Rome. We had a 3hr private tour with Lorenzo. He was an amazing guide. He showed us so many landmarks and corners of the city we wouldn't have seen on our own. He was extremely knowledgeable about Roman history and navigating the city.

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Lorenzo made the excursion exciting and educational.
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Amalfi Coast shared boat tour
Amalfi Coast shared boat tour
Italy

This was a magical day! There were 12 of us on the boat. We cruised along the coastline, while our boat captain shared his knowledge and history about the coast. We stopped at a few grottos, went under the famous Fiordo di Furore bridge. We stopped in the town of Amalfi for 3 hours to shop and have lunch. There are also several opportunities to stop and jump in the ocean for a swim. Highly recommend this trip. Best way to see the coastline.

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Wine tasting and lunch in Amalfi Coast
Wine tasting and lunch in Amalfi Coast
Amalfi

This was a beautiful winery perched up high on the coast. Very welcoming staff. Had a great and brief tour of the facility and caves. The lunch pairing was fantastic with a beautiful views of the ocean.

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Dinner at a local winery on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius
Dinner at a local winery on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius
Naples

This was a fantastic experience. We had a private tour of the vineyard which was very informative. The food and wine parings were amazing! We ended up having a case shipped back to the US (have flat shipping rate to US). The views are spectacular from this vineyard.

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Vatican City and Sistina Chapel semi-private tour
Vatican City and Sistina Chapel semi-private tour
Italy

This is a must see on your itinerary. Bring your patience pants. There are so many people....it's a small price to pay to see so much history.

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Colosseum & Roman Forum semi-private tour
Colosseum & Roman Forum semi-private tour
Rome

Wow! Loved this experience. Even though is rained on our excursion it was worth it. Had an informative guide.

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Pompeii archeological tour
Pompeii archeological tour
Italy

This is an absolute must do tour. We had a private tour with Antonio. He has been giving tours of Pompeii for 30+ years. This place is huge so don't think you'll see everything in 3hrs. It would take weeks to see it all. Antonio had a wealth of knowledge about Pompeii and its history.

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Antonio was amazing! I would go back to see him to show us other parts of Pompeii we didn't see.
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Local specialist: Barbara Rebella
Barbara
Barbara Rebella
Local specialist in Kirkland WA | Replied on May 09, 2024

Dear Colette and Lance.
From all of us at, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kind words and detailed review.
We are so proud and glad you had the opportunity to experience such beautiful places in our beloved Italy!!!
We hope there will be the chance to work with you again in the future! Such a lovely couple!
Best wishes
Arrivederci!
Barbara