Kimkim Trip Reviews for Italy

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14 amazing days in Italy
Italy | Nov 13 - Nov 26, 2023

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Subhayu S.
Madison, AL | Reviewed on Nov 26, 2023

Alessandro was the best local guide we could dream of. He was very patient with us right from the beginning to understand our desires and after numerous discussions came up with the perfect 14 day itinerary. It included the breathtaking coastline of southern Italy to the historical sites of Rome and wine country in Tuscany and Torino, all of this would not have been possible without his meticulous planning. All the car chauffeurs were were extremely courteous and informative. The hotels he booked were all very charming. Thank you Alessandro and KimKim.

Local specialist: Alessandro Bellaguardia
Alessandro
Alessandro Bellaguardia
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on Nov 27, 2023

Ciao Subhayu,
it was a great pleasure to work for the organization of your trip!
Thank you so much for choosing Italy!

A BIG HUG,

Alessandro

Love our Experience
Italy | Nov 18 - Nov 24, 2023

Kim
Kim R.
Keller, TX | Reviewed on Nov 25, 2023
We had the best time. First time traveling oversees with 6 people. 4 young adults (15-21) and 2 adults. Eirini planned a wonderful trip that was interactive and she was always quick to respond. The Skywalker app was fantastic and I was able to share the entire trip with our friends. Our tickets, instructions, and itinerary were on there. Barbara was our life saver during this journey. On one excursion, I had our family walk instead of waiting for our ride (I didn't read the entire... Read more

We had the best time. First time traveling oversees with 6 people. 4 young adults (15-21) and 2 adults. Eirini planned a wonderful trip that was interactive and she was always quick to respond. The Skywalker app was fantastic and I was able to share the entire trip with our friends. Our tickets, instructions, and itinerary were on there. Barbara was our life saver during this journey. On one excursion, I had our family walk instead of waiting for our ride (I didn't read the entire description again and forgot), Barbara called the hotel to let them know and the tour guide so they could meet us. Another hotel, we had a room key error, she called them late at night to help us get into our rooms. She followed up on all our rides, encounters and tours. Our kids would tell me to ask Barbara and the other day asked how she was doing. Her customer service and caring attitude kept me going through the hiccups. Our guides were wonderful. Manuela, Mario, and our favorite Francesca made learning a lot of fun. We did planes, trains, and automobiles and through it all we made lots of wonderful memories, lots of lessons, and a lot of beautiful experiences that we are forever grateful for. This is the second time we used Kim Kim. There will for sure be many more times. Thank you again.

Hotel Reviews
Parlamento Boutique Hotel
Rome

Love this hotel and very accommodating! It was clean and they were so helpful with us. We are grateful for them and wish we would have stayed longer.

Authenticity & Character
Lot's of character and charm.
Location
The perfect location! We were close to everything and walked to everything to eat and shop and visit some museums. 30 min walk to the colosseum.
Staff
They were very accommodating. We were exhausted and came very early. He offered us food, to leave our bags, and told us where to go. Then we left early about 5 min. before breakfast and he offered us a croissant for the road.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were great and clean. They are on the smaller side but we slept great! Our young adults (15-21) stayed in a room that fit all 4 of them. We were in another room that was perfect for us.
Rinuccini Relais
Naples

Loved staying here. It's a hidden gem in the middle of the square. We were able to walk everywhere and loved it. So much history. They were accommodating and they were able to help us get around. The rooms were nice and our Young adults (15-21) were in the rooms right next door to us.

Authenticity & Character
Love the character!
Location
The best location! You have to go through the main door/gate, then up an elevator, then get to entrance.
Staff
Absolutely Accommodating! We ran into some hiccups and they helped us through it .
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and very comfortable.
Kraft Hotel Florence
Florence

This is such a beautiful hotel. We had such a great stay and everyone was so accommodating. The rooms were perfect for us and the breakfast was their favorites.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful and comfy beds.
Location
Close to everything and easy to get around.
Staff
Everyone was so kind and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were clean and sheets were comfy and clean.
Activity Reviews
Private Walking Tour of Florence | City Highlights with David & Duomo
Private Walking Tour of Florence | City Highlights with David & Duomo
Florence

Manuela was absolutely amazing. It was personal, we learned so much and are grateful for her and her knowledge. The kids thought it was a great way to start our time in Florence.

Quality of Experience
She took her time, asked us questions, and involved us. She's very smart and knew a lot about the areas and history. Enjoyed listening and learning!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Learn how to make Pizza and Gelato
Learn how to make Pizza and Gelato
Florence

Lots of fun for the entire family. Great instructions and fun format to follow. The food, instructions, and time were perfect!

Quality of Experience
Explained everything really well. She helped when we needed help so we didn't feel left behind. There were about 12 in our group. Maybe next time have name tags so we could help learn who we were sitting next to.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We walked to location.
Transport
Naples Street Food Tour (food included)
Naples Street Food Tour (food included)
Naples

We had the best experience and Michele was so accommodating and knowledgeable. This is one of their favorite tours and we are grateful to have met him. He made it fun for all ages and great food we would have never tried without someone guiding us. The pizza was absolutely our favorite !

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hotel was less than a block away so we met him at a starting point by hotel.
Local specialist: Eirini Daouka
Eirini
Eirini Daouka
Local specialist in Greece | Replied on Nov 28, 2023
Dear Kim, thank you so much for your kind words. It was absolutely lovely assisting you, and a great pleasure to the whole Storywalking team to have made this trip come true for you and your family. It gives us great joy to know that you have enjoyed your accommodations and experiences, as we do recognize the importance of having the rights guides, drivers and hotels, to ensure an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. We do take great pride in carefully selecting our suppliers, and we... Read more

Dear Kim, thank you so much for your kind words. It was absolutely lovely assisting you, and a great pleasure to the whole Storywalking team to have made this trip come true for you and your family.

It gives us great joy to know that you have enjoyed your accommodations and experiences, as we do recognize the importance of having the rights guides, drivers and hotels, to ensure an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. We do take great pride in carefully selecting our suppliers, and we are happy to know this has made a difference in your trip. Also, thank you for letting us know of how helpful our support chat has been.

I wish you all the very best!

Arrivederci from the whole Storywalking team!

Amazing 1st Trip to Italy
Italy | Oct 19 - Oct 28, 2023

Karen
Karen P.
Delray Beach, FL | Reviewed on Nov 18, 2023
I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Giulia and her KimKim Team for arranging such an amazing trip to Italy. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Venice till the time we (regretfully) departed from Naples, we were met as promised by Giulia's tour guides & drivers. They were on time, knowlegeable, and displayed the utmost professionalism. They really made this trip special! It was all I expected and more. With familial roots in this beautiful coutry, I... Read more

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Giulia and her KimKim Team for arranging such an amazing trip to Italy. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Venice till the time we (regretfully) departed from Naples, we were met as promised by Giulia's tour guides & drivers. They were on time, knowlegeable, and displayed the utmost professionalism. They really made this trip special! It was all I expected and more. With familial roots in this beautiful coutry, I hope to return one day, and my first call will be to Giulia. Keep up the good work!!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Continental
Sorrento
Authenticity & Character
Location
Beautiful views from rooftop
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel L'Orologio Roma
Roma
Authenticity & Character
Location
Centrally located and easy access to all
Staff
Super friendly staff!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Super comfortable room, great bathroom!
Hotel Berchielli
Florence
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
HOTEL AL PONTE MOCENIGO

Beautiful room, and I loved the bath!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
One Day on the Amalfi Coast with driver (Amalfi, Positano, Ravello)
One Day on the Amalfi Coast with driver (Amalfi, Positano, Ravello)
Italy

Absolutely my favorite part of the trip. Our driver was kind, patient, and an excellent driver!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Vatican & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
Vatican & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
Rome
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Tuscany: San Gimignano & Volterra Day Trip with Food & Wine
Tuscany: San Gimignano & Volterra Day Trip with Food & Wine
Italy

Luciana was very vivacious, extremely knowlegable guide, great driver! This tour was one of my favorite of the trip

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Transfer by watertaxi
Private Transfer by watertaxi
Italy
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cicchetti and Wine tour
Cicchetti and Wine tour
Venice

Very warm and friendly guide

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Venice Walking Tour with guide
Venice Walking Tour with guide
Italy

Very friendly and informative guide.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Gondola ride
Gondola ride
Venice
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Meet & greet by our English-speaking assistant
Venice Airport (VCE)
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Giulia Bonati
Giulia
Giulia Bonati
Local specialist in Padova, Italy | Replied on Nov 20, 2023

Dear Karen,
I am so grateful for your kind words and glowing review!
It was a real plesure for me to work with you at your trip in my country: you were always very cooperative and kind!
I'm glad to know that you enjoyed your time together with our selected guides&drivers : we strongly believe that local trusty people make a great difference in a travel 😊!
If ever, I will be glad to plan your nextr trip to Italy!!

CIAO FROM ITALY 🇮🇹
Giulia

Trip of a lifetime to Italy
Italy | Oct 21 - Nov 16, 2023

Takaaki
Takaaki T.
Australia | Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023
Hi kimkim and Italian specialists, I would like to thank kimkim and the Italian staff.
Especially my contact Deborah, for making this four-week trip to Italy an unforgettable experience for my wife and I.
It was worth the three-year delay due to COVID19.
There were two important elements of this trip for us.
The first was to visit and enjoy the wonderful Italian art, culture and history.
Secondly, to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary through our trip to Italy.
Both of... Read more

Hi kimkim and Italian specialists,

I would like to thank kimkim and the Italian staff.
Especially my contact Deborah, for making this four-week trip to Italy an unforgettable experience for my wife and I.
It was worth the three-year delay due to COVID19.

There were two important elements of this trip for us.
The first was to visit and enjoy the wonderful Italian art, culture and history.
Secondly, to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary through our trip to Italy.

Both of these came true and our long-held dream came true.
Above all, Deborah's communication skills and understanding of our needs were outstanding.
I would like to thank her first of all. Of course, it was good that Fabio first asked us what we wanted and then made a travel plan accordingly.
In the cities where we stayed, we were able to spend one or two days visiting the main sites and museums efficiently with a small group of people and a specialised guide arranged by local specialist.
We also had a free day to go around with our guidebook. The combination of guided and free days was also good.

The certified guides Local specialist arranged for us were excellent in their explanations and expertise.
In particular, the Japanese-speaking guide was very good and we learnt a lot.
Especially Luigia in Rome, Hiromi in Florence, Vania in Venice and Haruko in Verona and Haruko in Verona was very enthusiastic and professional.

The drivers and pick-up service were also excellent, punctual and friendly.
Beatrice, our concierge in Rome, was quick to respond and fix when we called her when we were delayed at Lake Como. Beatrice in Venice was very helpful with local information, including local restaurants.
We had been warned by friends to be careful at Italian train stations because of pickpockets, but these ladies made us feel safe and secure on the train. We had nothing to worry about. Everyday was excited and fun.

We received champagne at the hotels in Rome, Milan and Venice and drink vouchers at the hotel in Florence to celebrate our wedding. Thanks to local specialist for organising this.

All hotels had their own characteristics and good points. The hotels in Rome Milan and Venezia were well located and we were able to walk to most of the main sights. The hotel in Asisi gave us outstanding quality, and fresh food in the restaurant. The Perugia hotel has history. The hotel in Florence was very comfortable with spacious and nice room. The staff at this hotel were the friendliest. We were also very happy with the hotels in Milan, Venezia and Ravenna with their excellent rooms.

We are very happy we chose kimkim ,local specialist as our travel agent.
Now we're hoping to visit Southern Italy and Sicily one day, and when we do, we'll use Kim Kim again. 
Thank to kimkim and all the Italian staff for our great trip to Italy.
Grazie
Takaaki and Ryoko

Hotel Reviews
Hotel L'Orologio

Best location friendly

Authenticity & Character
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Location
face Grand Canal. near Realt
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palazzo Bezzi
Ravenna

View is nice Room is very nice

Authenticity & Character
Location
near the sightseeing spot
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
bathroom is space and unique
Nun Assisi Relais & Spa
Assisi

Not this hotel

Local specialist: Fabio Fasone

Visited the Amalfi Coast and Sicily in Octobe...
Italy | Oct 14 - Oct 29, 2023

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Ian P.
Canada | Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023
Visited the Amalfi Coast and Sicily in October. Deborah was a delight to work with, very quick to understand what we were looking for on our trip and super responsive to many changes along the way, even last minute ones. Hotels selected were all excellent, tours well organized and transfers always on time. We especially loved Lara's enthusiastic tour of Palermo. She clearly was proud of her Sicilian home! Small touches added in celebration of an anniversary while there made it very... Read more

Visited the Amalfi Coast and Sicily in October. Deborah was a delight to work with, very quick to understand what we were looking for on our trip and super responsive to many changes along the way, even last minute ones. Hotels selected were all excellent, tours well organized and transfers always on time. We especially loved Lara's enthusiastic tour of Palermo. She clearly was proud of her Sicilian home! Small touches added in celebration of an anniversary while there made it very special.
Perhaps we could have organized some things at a lower cost, however the overall package (which we could not have duplicated without detailed prior knowledge of the regions) and stress free travel made it all worthwhile. Highly recommended.
Ian & Wendy

Local specialist: Deborah Boarolo
Deborah
Deborah Boarolo
Local specialist in Venice | Replied on Nov 16, 2023

Ciao Ian and ciao Wendy,
thank you so much for your words, they mean a lot to me, and most of all I am glad we could make your anniversary even more special!
It has been a pleasure to assist you and I am happy to hear that you had a great stress-free trip.
Hope to welcome you to Italy again, a presto!

Make unforgettable memories!
Italy | Oct 25 - Nov 2, 2023

Nyemal
Nyemal C.
Moreno Valley, CA | Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023
My husband and I used KimKim to plan our honeymoon in Italy. We had an incredible time! Everything was curated perfectly for us. Transportation was a breeze, exploring on our own was safe and easy, all of our hotels were lovely, and all of the guided activities were incredible as the guides were knowledgeable and fun. There was also a good balance between touristy activities and downtime for us to do anything else we wanted to do. Bring good shoes because there is so much to see and do within... Read more

My husband and I used KimKim to plan our honeymoon in Italy. We had an incredible time! Everything was curated perfectly for us. Transportation was a breeze, exploring on our own was safe and easy, all of our hotels were lovely, and all of the guided activities were incredible as the guides were knowledgeable and fun. There was also a good balance between touristy activities and downtime for us to do anything else we wanted to do. Bring good shoes because there is so much to see and do within walking distance. We particularly enjoyed the tour of Vatican City, the Colosseum, and the drive through Chianti and Sienna. The food tour in Florence is also a must.

Eirini was our local specialist and made sure every part of our trip went smoothly. Thank you for making this a trip of a lifetime for us.

Local specialist: Eirini Daouka
Eirini
Eirini Daouka
Local specialist in Greece | Replied on Nov 15, 2023
Dear Nyemal, I really appreciate your kind words, thank you! We are delighted to hear that you've had a wonderful time during your honeymoon in Italy. It gives us the greatest joy to be able to provide travelers with beautiful memories that last for a lifetime, even more so in such special occasions. As a boutique tour operator, we take pride in carefully selecting our local suppliers and expert guides, to ensure the best experience. An overall stress free and comfortable trip is on the... Read more

Dear Nyemal,

I really appreciate your kind words, thank you!

We are delighted to hear that you've had a wonderful time during your honeymoon in Italy. It gives us the greatest joy to be able to provide travelers with beautiful memories that last for a lifetime, even more so in such special occasions. As a boutique tour operator, we take pride in carefully selecting our local suppliers and expert guides, to ensure the best experience. An overall stress free and comfortable trip is on the very top of our priority list, so we are happy to know that everything run smoothly.

On behalf of the whole Storywalking team, I wish you and Deng all the very best!
We look forward to welcoming you back to Italy in the future, arrivederci!

24 Hours of Splendid Communication
Italy | Oct 23 - Nov 5, 2023

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Victoria J.
Sudbury, MA | Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023
Superb - that was our experience with Chris and Maria Grazia of the Italy team.  Upon first reaching out to KimKim we were immediately connected to Chris.  He understood our hopes and preferences and compiled extraordinary hotel accommodations in four cities.  Along with Maria Grazia, he set up the right-fit tour guides and transportation for us.  Maria Grazia supplied daily detailed information with names and connections.  Midway through our two week Italy stay, we switched plans and Maria... Read more

Superb - that was our experience with Chris and Maria Grazia of the Italy team.  Upon first reaching out to KimKim we were immediately connected to Chris.  He understood our hopes and preferences and compiled extraordinary hotel accommodations in four cities.  Along with Maria Grazia, he set up the right-fit tour guides and transportation for us.  Maria Grazia supplied daily detailed information with names and connections.  Midway through our two week Italy stay, we switched plans and Maria Grazia fully understood and reacted quickly to make other plans for us. Chris suggested an online meeting before we left our Boston home to review our specialized itinerary  which proved extremely worthwhile and allowed us to make a face-to-face connection.  Thanks to the Whatsapp application we had both Chris and Maria Graze in our pockets 24 hrs. per day.  We did have some off-hours communication that both Chris and Maria Graze accepted helpfully and graciously - they both possess a great sense of humor.  We could not more strongly recommend KimKim and the extraordinary Chris and Maria Grazia.

Local specialist: Chris Gravas
Chris
Chris Gravas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Replied on Nov 14, 2023

Dear Vikki & Bob,
Thank you so very much for your kind words and your 5* review, much appreciated!
It has been a pleasure working with you planning this amazing trip to Italy, and also during your journey. Maria & myself are both very grateful for your flexibility during your trip and also your overall appreciation of our services. I will surely share this wonderful feedback with her, she will be very happy!
Should you wish to arrange your next adventure in Greece, you know where to find me :)
Wishing you all the best and happy holidays ahead!
Warm regards,
Chris

Our Italy trip
Italy | Oct 12 - Oct 28, 2023

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Shane P.
Mission Viejo, CA | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

We enjoyed and appreciated the KimKim business model as a whole. It was nice to have local specialist help you plan the itinerary and I liked that you could book some things on your own such as hotels etc. Pricing for their service seemed a bit high but we did enjoy saving some personal planning and booking time. We covered Rome, Puglia, back up to Florence and Cinque Terre for 17 days so lots of miles. The trip went well as planned. Melanie was very responsive and a true pleasure to work with and a great attitude.

Local specialist: Melanie Rapuano
Melanie
Melanie Rapuano
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on Nov 11, 2023

Hi Shane,
thank you so much for your review. It was a pleasure for me to help during your trip and I'm pleased you had a lovely time. I'm sure it'll take a few weeks to recover.
Again thank you for booking with us and we look forward to your next trip to Italy!
Melanie

Our 9 Days on Sicily
Italy | Oct 30 - Nov 7, 2023

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Mark B.
Australia | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023
The experience organising the trip with Maria Grazia was excellent from start to finish. Beginning with the planning of the itinerary itself and going though several iterations before landing on the final version. We then had to change our dates quite late, which was taken care of very smoothly. Each of the three hotels were excellent, really well located and met our expectations completely. The organised trips were all very good. For Palermo, we would like to mention Salvatore (Street... Read more

The experience organising the trip with Maria Grazia was excellent from start to finish. Beginning with the planning of the itinerary itself and going though several iterations before landing on the final version. We then had to change our dates quite late, which was taken care of very smoothly.

Each of the three hotels were excellent, really well located and met our expectations completely. The organised trips were all very good. For Palermo, we would like to mention Salvatore (Street Food Tour) and Marilu (Private Walking Tour). They were both highly knowledgable and very engaging.

In Catania the Street Food Cooking class with Paola at Tacchi e Sapori Factory was excellent. We did have some problems finding the exact location, and the "tinyurl" link was the most accurate, although we had to manually retype that into our browser to make it work.

In Taormina, the Walking Tour with Gracie was again excellent - great knowledge of the complex history of the area, and also really flexible with the tour itself.

We did make a change to the car hire by one day, which Barbara dealt with really well, the App was a great communication tool.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Taodomus
Taormina

Very central in the town, and just a 5 minute walk from a modern and secure car park. Great rooftop terrace for breakfast and sundowner drinks. The breakfast was wonderful with a big range on offer.

Authenticity & Character
Traditional hotel from the outside, but contemporary once inside.
Location
Very central. Great views of Mt Etna and the town itself.
Staff
Very helpful and attentive throughout our stay
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
Catania

Very central. Great breakfast and amazing rooftop terrace with views of Mt Etna and the city.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Very helpful staff, particularly for organising additional tours
Cleanliness & Comfort
B&B In Centro Palermo
Palermo

Very centrally located, modern and clean. Very friendly and helpful staff, particularly with our late check in. If using a hire car, it would be worth contacting the hotel ahead of time to get the exact address for parking and hotel access, given it's location on a pedestrian only street.

Authenticity & Character
Modern and clean, good sized rooms. Inside a very secure office block
Location
Very central
Staff
Very friendly and accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Taormina Highlights Walking Tour
Taormina Highlights Walking Tour
Italy

Please see earlier comments in Summary

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Catania Street Food Cooking Class
Catania Street Food Cooking Class
Catania

Please see earlier comments in Summary

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
We had some problems finding the location - please see earlier comments
Palermo Street Food Tour
Palermo Street Food Tour
Palermo

Please see earlier comments in summary

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Palermo Private Walking Tour
Palermo Private Walking Tour
Palermo

Please see previous comments in summary

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Maria Grazia Rubino
Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on Nov 10, 2023
Dear Mark,
Thank you for your kind words regarding your travel experience with us.
It was an absolute pleasure to assist you in organizing your trip, and it's wonderful to know our top local guides left a lasting impression on your journey. At Storywalking, we take great pride in curating a team of top-notch guides who are not only knowledgeable, but also passionate about providing an enriching and memorable experience for our travelers.
We're also glad to know that our communication app...
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Dear Mark,
Thank you for your kind words regarding your travel experience with us.
It was an absolute pleasure to assist you in organizing your trip, and it's wonderful to know our top local guides left a lasting impression on your journey. At Storywalking, we take great pride in curating a team of top-notch guides who are not only knowledgeable, but also passionate about providing an enriching and memorable experience for our travelers.
We're also glad to know that our communication app proved to be a valuable tool for staying connected throughout your trip.
We look forward to the possibility of being part of your future travel adventures.
Best regards,
Maria Grazia & Storywalking Team

Thank you Fabio!!!
Italy | Jun 25 - Jul 3, 2023

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Laurianna C.
Springfield, PA | Reviewed on Nov 08, 2023

Fabio did an amazing job with planning our trip to Rome, Florence, and Naples. He made everything seamless, and was available to help very quickly via chat/email. We had the most time as a family of 6, and we are forever grateful to Fabio for helping us make the best memories.

Local specialist: Fabio Ilardi
Fabio
Fabio Ilardi
Local specialist in Como, Italy | Replied on Nov 08, 2023

Buongiorno Laurianna,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. I’m thrilled to hear about your fantastic experience during your trip to Rome, Florence, and Naples. It was a pleasure planning your family's journey, and I'm delighted that everything went smoothly, allowing you to create cherished memories together. I am looking forward to assisting you on your next Italian adventure. Wish you and your family all the best! :)
Arrivederci,
Fabio

Great travel experience.
Italy | Oct 9 - Nov 5, 2023

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Mary Jane H.
Santa Barbara, CA | Reviewed on Nov 07, 2023
Everything went so smoothly. From the initial planning stage, we enjoyed working with Sonia and collaborating together to get the perfect month long trip to Italy. Sonia was always very responsive to my emails and had great suggestions for the flow of the trip and our accommodations. One of the highlights Sonia arranged was a private cooking class in Tuscany. Throughout our trip, we had excellent help/guides: 1) Our private concierge, Barbara, was outstanding. She met us in Milan... Read more

Everything went so smoothly. From the initial planning stage, we enjoyed working with Sonia and collaborating together to get the perfect month long trip to Italy. Sonia was always very responsive to my emails and had great suggestions for the flow of the trip and our accommodations. One of the highlights Sonia arranged was a private cooking class in Tuscany. Throughout our trip, we had excellent help/guides: 1) Our private concierge, Barbara, was outstanding. She met us in Milan and helped secure our rental car and then checked in with us periodically to confirm our arrangements. She was very responsive to any requests we had. 2) In Venice, we were met by (another) Barbara who helped us get to/from our hotel. It really allowed us to enjoy the whole experience. 3) We had a 4 hour private tour in Venice with Silvia and she was fabulous. She was so knowledgeable and fun to be with. 4) We had a 4 hour private tour in Florence with Simona and she, too, was fabulous. She gave us a great overall view of Florence and its history (including art) which really added to our stay.
This is the second time we have worked with KimKim (first time in Norway) and, although we are independent travelers, their expertise and attention to detail allows you to fully experience your trip without having to worry about all the details such as transfers, rental car arrangements, and tours. We highly recommend their services.

Hotel Reviews
Grand Hotel Cavour
Florence

You cannot beat the location of this hotel, right in the heart of Florence. Our room was on the smaller side but was modern, clean and comfortable. Unfortunately it rained so we couldn't enjoy the rooftop terrace. Breakfast was very nice.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Antica Corte Pallavicina
Polesine Parmense

A wonderful place in the countryside outside of Parma.

Authenticity & Character
A wonderfully restored castle. There were two restaurants to eat at with amazing food.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Corte di Gabriela
Venice

An intimate, charming hotel in a great location in Venice.

Authenticity & Character
Location
It was close to everything we wanted to see, but in a side alley so it was quiet.
Staff
Wonderful breakfasts!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Forestis Dolomites
Bressanone BZ

An amazing place to stay in the Dolomites. Great service, great food and the location is unbeatable.

Authenticity & Character
It was very elegant in a simple, refined way. The spa was beautiful and the swimming pool was great.
Location
The view of the Dolomites.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private guided tour of the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries (4 hours)
Private guided tour of the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries (4 hours)
Florence

Our guided tour with Simona was the best way to get introduced to Florence. She was so knowledgeable about Florence and gave us a great overview of the city's history. And her knowledge of art and art history were amazing. We could never have learned so much by ourselves as we did in 4 hours with Simona. She secured reservations to the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery so it made it a breeze to visit both. We were very impressed with Simona and the personalized guided tour that she gave us.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide, Simona, was the best.
Private transfer from Rental Car office at Florence airport to hotel
Florence

Our driver, Maurilio, showed up early so we didn't have any wait time. He was courteous, friendly and gave us information as he drove us into Florence.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private cooking class at Podere il Casale in Pienza (self-drive)
Private cooking class at Podere il Casale in Pienza (self-drive)
Italy

This was one of the highlights of our trip. The Podere il Casale is a beautiful farm in the Tuscan countryside and Sandra, one of the owners, was our cooking instructor. Her hospitality was incredible and we had so much fun together. The food was delicious and the ingredients were farm fresh. In addition to the food we prepared during the class, we tasted the cheese they make on the farm and sampled their freshly pressed olive oil along with their homemade bread. We enjoyed this great lunch while sitting on the lovely terrace overlooking the rolling hills of Tuscany. It was one of the best meals of our entire trip and such a wonderful experience.

Quality of Experience
Sandra really showed us the essence of Italian country cooking.
Food
Everything!
Venice Gondola Ride
Venice Gondola Ride
Venice

I wouldn't say this was a highlight as it felt a little touristy. But then, when in Venice ..... it was interesting to get to see all the buildings in the canals so the sightseeing did make it a worthwhile experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We arrived early and they were able to accommodate us without us waiting.
Transport
Gondola was beautiful.
Venice walking tour
Venice walking tour
Italy

Our guide, Silvia, was outstanding. She was so knowledgeable and fun to be with. She made all the reservations for our visit to San Marco basilica and Dogo's Palace so we skipped the lines. And she showed us some hidden treasures throughout the city. It was a great way to get to know Venice so that we could explore on our own the remaining days.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Sonia Vanzin
Sonia
Sonia Vanzin
Local specialist in Venice | Replied on Nov 07, 2023

Grazie mille Mary Jane for your detailed review. It was a pleasure planning your trip and hope to welcome you back to Italy soon.

Overall an excellent trip.
Italy | Oct 17 - Oct 31, 2023

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M. Elizabeth R.
Morganton, NC | Reviewed on Nov 07, 2023
Overall an excellent trip. Hotels were excellent - except for the Sheraton at Mahlpensa. The room was beat up and furniture did not match. The Siena tour was fabulous - guide Kathleen was great. All the wine tastings were fantastic, especially Alfieri. We would not recommend the luncheon after the wine tasting. The truffles were tasteless and the rest of the food unremarkable. The Hazelnut farm was somewhat interesting but the location is hard to get to. The country roads... Read more

Overall an excellent trip.

Hotels were excellent - except for the Sheraton at Mahlpensa. The room was beat up and furniture did not match.

The Siena tour was fabulous - guide Kathleen was great.

All the wine tastings were fantastic, especially Alfieri.

We would not recommend the luncheon after the wine tasting. The truffles were tasteless and the rest of the food unremarkable.

The Hazelnut farm was somewhat interesting but the location is hard to get to.

The country roads with many sharp turns were challenging. They etracted from our experience, but the travel agent had nothing to do with that.

The rental car was excellent.

The only request we would have is more guidance on how to reach parking in the various towns.. especially when the towns are crowded.

Hotel Review
Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel
Ferno

Hotel is convenient and was helpful in providing a picnic breakfast for our early flight. However, the room was rather beat up -- the "wood look" was pealing off the floor, and the desk chair had been replaced by one from a conference room.

Local specialist: Arianna Zampieri
Arianna
Arianna Zampieri
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on Nov 09, 2023

Ciao Elizabeth, thank you very much.
I'm very pleased to hear that you had an overall excellent traveling experience! We recognize the significance of having the right guide for each location, trusted local representatives and thorough coordination, to ensure you can experience the authentic essence of our beautiful country. Also, we are dedicated to being effective problem solvers so we are implementing new information to ease the driving process, for an even smoother and enjoyable trip!
Arrivederci, and see you soon in Italy!
Arianna & the Storywalking Team

Honeymoon Trip
Italy | Oct 10 - Oct 30, 2023

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Allison M.
Canada | Reviewed on Nov 07, 2023
Maria was excellent to work with - she helped us to plan an amazing 3 week honeymoon to Italy! She and the team at Storywalking were friendly, organized and easy to reach. All of our scheduled activities were fantastic and we were able to optimize our time together instead of waiting in lineups for attractions and tours. We have many special memories from our travels. Thanks again for everything!! Read more

Maria was excellent to work with - she helped us to plan an amazing 3 week honeymoon to Italy! She and the team at Storywalking were friendly, organized and easy to reach. All of our scheduled activities were fantastic and we were able to optimize our time together instead of waiting in lineups for attractions and tours. We have many special memories from our travels. Thanks again for everything!!

Activity Reviews
Typical Dining Experience with Aperitivo & Cooking Demo
Typical Dining Experience with Aperitivo & Cooking Demo
Rome

Roberta and her daughter were so welcoming to us and the food was amazing! We are very glad that we were able to join them in their home for this experience.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Gnocchi cooking class in the heart of Verona
Gnocchi cooking class in the heart of Verona
Verona

Aurora and Francesca were great to work with!! They were very friendly and ensured that we had a great meal and learning experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Naples Street Food Tour (food included)
Naples Street Food Tour (food included)
Naples

This was excellent!! Not only was the food amazing, but our guide, Alessandro, was very knowledgeable and fun. It was a highlight of our trip!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Maria Grazia Rubino
Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on Nov 07, 2023

Dear Allison,
Thank you for sharing your travel experience with our Storywalking team!
Creating special memories for our travelers is at the heart of what we do. We're delighted to know that you have cherished moments from your travels in Italy, as we always strive to ensure that your travel planning process is seamless and stress-free.
If you ever decide to embark on another adventure in Italy, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Warm regards,
Maria Grazia & Storywalking Team

The entire trip was the best vacation my fami...
Italy | Oct 15 - Oct 28, 2023

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Wes S.
the Bahamas | Reviewed on Nov 06, 2023
The entire trip was the best vacation my family has ever been on. The WhatsApp group really help us with last minute questions. Read more

The entire trip was the best vacation my family has ever been on. The WhatsApp group really help us with last minute questions.

Hotel Reviews
Liassidi Palace
VENEZIA

the view was not good from the room. Also, there was no A/C which should have been ok if the weather was different, but it was still very warm every day which made the room hot at night. We were told to open the windows, but the mosquitos were so bad that we had to sleep with the sheets over our face to prevent.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Castello di Gargonza
Arezzo

I highly suggest staying here.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bettoja Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio
Rome
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Grand Hotel Europa Palace
Sorrento

The hotel is in walking distance of everything. The entire staff was excellent. The view from the room was magical.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
AMALFI AND POSITANO DISCOVERY BOAT TOUR - SEMI PRIVATE (max 12)
AMALFI AND POSITANO DISCOVERY BOAT TOUR - SEMI PRIVATE (max 12)
Sorrento
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Venice Walking Tour
Private Venice Walking Tour
Venice
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day At leisure in your castel
Day At leisure in your castel
Arezzo
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
PRIORITY ACCESS TO DOGE'S PALACE TICKETS
PRIORITY ACCESS TO DOGE'S PALACE TICKETS
Venice
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
MURANO, BURANO AND TORCELLO EXCURSION
MURANO, BURANO AND TORCELLO EXCURSION
Venice
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Gondola Ride
Private Gondola Ride
Venice
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Pompeii  Excavations Tour
Pompeii Excavations Tour
Italy
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day at leisure in Sorrento
Day at leisure in Sorrento
Sorrento
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private tour of Colosseum, Roman Forums and Palatine Hill
Private tour of Colosseum, Roman Forums and Palatine Hill
Rome

The tour guide was very knowledgably and made it the best of all of our tours

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peters Basilica
Private tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peters Basilica
Rome
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Rome Walking Tour
Rome Walking Tour
Rome

He had a great since of humor and made the tour very fun.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
DISCOVER CHRISTIAN CATACOMBS AND ANCIENT BASILICAS
DISCOVER CHRISTIAN CATACOMBS AND ANCIENT BASILICAS
Rome
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Rome - 2h Gladiator School
Rome - 2h Gladiator School
Rome
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Cecilia Ventura

The best trip to Italy!!
Italy | Oct 16 - Oct 29, 2023

Clayton
Clayton W.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Nov 05, 2023
Arianna did a great job understanding what we wanted in our trip to Italy and we saw and did so many things while we were there, from truffle hunting to dinner with a cesarine. During the trip, Jessica and Barbara from Storywalking made sure we where we needed to be when we needed to be there. Having drivers to take us to from the hotels to the train station was a real convenience. The drivers were always there right on time. Even the rental car (we drove around for part of the trip) was... Read more

Arianna did a great job understanding what we wanted in our trip to Italy and we saw and did so many things while we were there, from truffle hunting to dinner with a cesarine. During the trip, Jessica and Barbara from Storywalking made sure we where we needed to be when we needed to be there. Having drivers to take us to from the hotels to the train station was a real convenience. The drivers were always there right on time. Even the rental car (we drove around for part of the trip) was easy and convenient. There were five of us on this trip and I think we all agreed that using KimKim made the trip special - getting us to places we would never had known we wanted to be.

We used KimKim earlier on a trip to Norway and found the same type of thing - easy, convenient, and finding unique places and activities that we would have never found on our own.

Anytime we go to a new country (or back to countries we've already been to), KimKim will be our first call.

Thanks Arianna, Jessica, and Barbara !!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Metropolitan
Bologna

Very nice - right in the middle of everything. Rooftop bar with great views. Modern and old at the same time.

Authenticity & Character
Location
You can't get any closer to everything than this. Wish we had more time here.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Vannucci
CittĂ  della Pieve (PG)

Wow, this is a luxury hotel right where you want to be in Citta della Pieve. We only had one night here and wish we had more. Grounds were beautiful with easy parking.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Perfect for walking around town - near restaurants and sights to see.
Staff
Staff was very friendly and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Agriturismo Il Cerreto
Pomarance

Prior to Agriturismo Il Cerreto, we were in the hear of the cities. Now we're out in the country. What a wonderful change. Did a tour of the farm and then to San Giimignano - this is a very special place. Il Cerreto was a bit hard to find (we were driving on our own at this point in the trip), but worth it. A very unique experience. Once again, there was a set of steps to walk up to get to our rooms.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful grounds. Wish we had another day here.
Location
A bit out of the way, but it is a working farm.
Staff
Very friendly and helpful. We knew rudimentary Italian and they knew rudimentary English, so communication was a fun problem to solve.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Davanzati
Florence

Hotel Davanzali was great!! Staff was super friendly and helpful. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Breakfast and happy hour every day. Th only negative was you had to walk up a flight of stairs to get to the lobby. Some in our group were a bit out of shape, so they had a bit of trouble with this. That said, I'd stay here again next time I'm in Florence.

Authenticity & Character
We really enjoyed this hotel - happy hour every evening before going out to dinner.
Location
So close to everything !!
Staff
Staff was the best - Leonardo
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything was great - only negative for comfort was that you had to walk up a flight of stairs to get to the lobby.
Hotel Marina
Monterosso al Mare

Small boutique hotel right in the middle of things. Can't get a car all the way there (narrow roads), but the walk isn't far. Near great restaurants, bars, and paths.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lancaster Hotel
Milan

Lancaster Hotel was very nice with a few quirks. The keys were like heavy Christmas ornaments that you had to leave with the front desk anytime you left the hotel. Staff was great and friendly. Breakfast included everyday. The only negative is that the location is a bit far to places you want to see such as the Duomo.

Authenticity & Character
Great old building. Some of the bathrooms were "unique".
Location
Not much to improve - location was ok, but a long walk to sites, especially in the rain.
Staff
Very friendly staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private Cooking Experience at Local's Homes
Private Cooking Experience at Local's Homes
Italy

Went to the home of the cesarine, Christina Rossi. Met her husband and daughter and the cooked our dinner with Christina's guidance and supervision. This was a lot of fun and great conversations and moments to practice our Italian.

Quality of Experience
What made this a quality experience was the personal touch. Felt like we got to know Christina and vice versa.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Christina is obviously knowledgeable, but also comfortable with herself and us, which made for a great evening.
Transport
We walked the 4 minutes from our hotel. KimKim always had us in great locations.
Wine Tasting & Cooking class with Lunch in Montalcino
Wine Tasting & Cooking class with Lunch in Montalcino
Italy

A bit out of the way, but worth it. Took a tour of the castle and winery. Follow that up with a private chef for a cooking class to make bruschetta, tagliatelle Bolognese, a second main dish that I can't remember the name of, tiramisu and then eating everything al fresco overlooking the vineyards with th wine produced onsite. A really nice experience.

Quality of Experience
Made for an enjoyable day
Food
Freshly made by us with coaching by the chef. Fun and delicious.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Staff, especially the chef, was friendly and fun.
Transport
We drove ourselves.
Florence in a Day | Semi-Private (Wed, Fri & Sun)
Florence in a Day | Semi-Private (Wed, Fri & Sun)
Florence

This was an amazing day. A long walk but worth it. Our guide was just the best. Very knowledgable and open to all questions. You see so much in a day its can be overwhelming in the best possible way.

Quality of Experience
David, Uffizi, Duomo - so much. Was great.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guide was very knowledgable, answered all questions. The best.
Transport
Easy walk from the hotel - KimKim got us in the best hotel locations.
Wine tour from Florence: discover vineyards, olive groves, cellars and wineries
Wine tour from Florence: discover vineyards, olive groves, cellars and wineries
Florence

This place was a true experience - in a great way. Grounds are beautiful and KimKim added truffle hunting to this experience. Truffle hunting was one of the highlights of the trip. After truffle hunting we had wine tasting and lunch - everything was top notch. Food was wonderful - especially the lasagna. Wines were great - we ordered several bottles and they ship home for no additional charge.

Quality of Experience
This was our favorite activity - and we had lots of good one's.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Family owners really take care of you. Learning about and truffle hunting was the best.
Transport
We drove ourselves - since my wife was driving, I better give this a 5 star review
Florence Traditional Food tour
Florence Traditional Food tour
Florence

Easy to find the guide from the hotel. He was personable, knowledgable, and took us to places we have never known to go to. Food was delicious. Great insights into traditional Florentine food.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guide knew what he was talking about and took us to great places.
Transport
Easy walk from the hotel and this was a walking tour.
Wine Experience
Wine Experience
Italy

This was not really worth the effort. Because of the rain, we didn't get to walk the vinyards. Staff was nice, but this was at a restaurant and not really setup for a wine tasting. They poured the wine, but no real insight given. Almost seemed like they were doing the minimum needed to meet their obligation.

Quality of Experience
Looking forward to this, but did not meet even minimum expectations.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Staff at the restaurant was nice, but no information or insights into the wine we tased.
Transport
We walked and this was the best part of the experience. Its very steep to get there and we needed that after our drive to Cinque Terra.
Cinque Terre Trekking & Train Card
Cinque Terre Trekking & Train Card
Italy

Well it rained the whole tie we were I Cinque Terra. Weather happens. So we didn't really get to walk the trails. We did use the train - easy walk from the hotel. Lots of restaurants and shops.

Quality of Experience
A four only because of the weather. Otherwise a five.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Friendly and knowledgeable. The drivers were always there on time.
Transport
Cinque Terra trains are easy and each town has a unique character.
Milan Last Supper Tour with City Highlights & Duomo (outside)
Milan Last Supper Tour with City Highlights & Duomo (outside)
Milan

Very crowded, but worth it. The location to meet our guide was just a few blocks from the hotel. Our guide took us through the skip the line and the museum was amazing.

Quality of Experience
This was our first experience in Italy and it exceeded expectations.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very knowledgable and friendly.
Transport
We walked and it was a great!! Things to see everywhere.
Local specialist: Arianna Zampieri
Arianna
Arianna Zampieri
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on Nov 06, 2023

Dear Clay,
Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful and detailed feedback! At Storywalking, as a boutique tour operator, we always strive to provide the best possible travel experience, and it's incredibly rewarding to know that our efforts have made a difference during your trip, not only meeting but exceeding your expectations!
Should you decide to embark on another adventure in Italy, please don't hesitate to reach out to me and my team, the Storywalking crew will be surely happy to have you all again! See you soon!

Amazing trip
Italy | Oct 15 - Oct 28, 2023

Karla
Karla C.
Billings, MT | Reviewed on Nov 04, 2023
Our trip to Italy proved to be almost trouble free. Kikkim set us up with drivers and guides throughout our trip and not having to worry about how to get somewhere was wonderful. We had a little glitch when we first arrived when we flew into one airport and Kimkim driver was waiting for us at another airport. A quick call to Maria's team was made and another driver at our airport was quickly found. Problem solvers were readily available and they always took care of things quickly. Our... Read more

Our trip to Italy proved to be almost trouble free. Kikkim set us up with drivers and guides throughout our trip and not having to worry about how to get somewhere was wonderful. We had a little glitch when we first arrived when we flew into one airport and Kimkim driver was waiting for us at another airport. A quick call to Maria's team was made and another driver at our airport was quickly found. Problem solvers were readily available and they always took care of things quickly. Our biggest mess up was of our own doing. We were unaware that more then one train company operated at the train stations and on the same tracks. We ran to a train that was loading on our specific site , got on it, and miles down the track we were told we were on another company train. That cost us $50 for another ticket and a fine of$50 for being on the train without a ticket. If we would have paid attention to the train number that wouldn't have happened. Our train was a few minutes late and I think the train we boarded was late leaving the boarding spot.

The reservations worked out great. When I passed the lines going into the coliseum that were probably 2 blocks long we were very grateful we had that reservation. We also saw how important it was to have drivers pick us up at our hotels when we tried to hail a cab on our own in Rome and no one would stop. All our guides were outstanding . When one of our tours had to be cancelled due to weather conditions Kimkim came up with a great alternative and a wonderful driver to drive us down the Amalfi Coast.

My favorite place to see was not on the regular tourist list of must sees. We reserved a hotel in Verenzo (a small city near Verona) In the old section of Verenzo there is a theater called the Olympica. It is the oldest indoor theater in Italy and it was built in the mid 1500's. It has an amazing permanent back scene. If you like theater you will want to see this. No crowds in this city. Our guide to the Rome Coliseum was so well informed as was the guide in Pompeii

The reason I give the overall planning experience only an average rating is because I would have liked an idea what each part of our trip was going to cost rather then throwing out a dollar amount we were willing to pay and not knowing if we were spending our money wisely.

Hotel Review
Atelier Inès Arts & Suites
Napoli

Quirky but lovely. We got a tour of the sculpture workshop, and enjoyed a comfortable room. The hotel was in the heart of the city!

Authenticity & Character
Villa with artistic sculptures and a lovely garde/patio area.
Location
Staff
Very friendly and helpful!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spotless. Bathroom was amazing.
Activity Reviews
 Cooking class at farm
Cooking class at farm
Italy

The chef was delightful and patient with us. We were surprised to have made such a delicious meal!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Colosseum Tour | Ancient Rome With Exclusive Arena Access
Colosseum Tour | Ancient Rome With Exclusive Arena Access
Rome

Our tour guide was a hiustory teacher who made the ruins come to life.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Lake Maggiore Tour from Milan with its Borromeo's Islands
Lake Maggiore Tour from Milan with its Borromeo's Islands
Milan

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and delightful. Isola Bella was amazing and beeautiful. Our guide was an expert in naming the plants!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Maria Grazia Rubino
Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on Nov 07, 2023
Dear Karla,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on your trip to Italy arranged by our Storywalking team!
We're glad that our team was able to quickly resolve the little glitch on the day of your arrival, and ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel. We are dedicated to being effective problem solvers also thanks to our support chat, and your acknowledgment means a lot to us.
We also take great pride in selecting the best guides and local drivers to enhance our travelers'...
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Dear Karla,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on your trip to Italy arranged by our Storywalking team!
We're glad that our team was able to quickly resolve the little glitch on the day of your arrival, and ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel. We are dedicated to being effective problem solvers also thanks to our support chat, and your acknowledgment means a lot to us.
We also take great pride in selecting the best guides and local drivers to enhance our travelers' exploration of Italy.
We're here for you whenever you decide to embark on your next Italian journey, and we look forward to assisting you in the future.
Best regards,
Maria Grazia

A First for Us and Fulfillment of our Dream Trip!
Italy | Oct 25 - Oct 31, 2023

Jim
Jim M.
Miami, FL | Reviewed on Nov 02, 2023
Thank you all so much! This has been a dream trip come true and we couldn’t have made it or enjoyed it half as much without your experienced guidance, planning, and support of our specific interests in this beautiful country! From the car rental, to first rate accommodations in Tuscany at a working vineyard/resort; a cooking class with a professional chef; tours in Florence at the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia (The David is an amazing must see!); a walking tour of the best sights, local food... Read more

Thank you all so much! This has been a dream trip come true and we couldn’t have made it or enjoyed it half as much without your experienced guidance, planning, and support of our specific interests in this beautiful country! From the car rental, to first rate accommodations in Tuscany at a working vineyard/resort; a cooking class with a professional chef; tours in Florence at the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia (The David is an amazing must see!); a walking tour of the best sights, local food and wine restaurants (all of them a WOW!), the Kimkim company, through Maria, arranged the top tour guides—local, professional experts whose passion and insight made each tour personally engaging (each spoke to us not at us) which ultimately gave us both an added appreciation for their subject and them as people with whom we enjoyed spending quality time!
Each aspect of our trip was communicated and documented well in advance. This was our first trip to Florence and Tuscany so we had lots of questions. So Maria arranged (2) Zoom meetings with us and she completely and confidently answered all our questions. She also sent us restaurant suggestions and Google maps to assist us with our self guided side trips through Tuscany.
However, once a trip begins there are always factors and circumstances that need attention— sometimes immediately! Our trip was no exception! Several details needed some slight unexpected modification, and the Kimkim team and resources were able to communicate, and accommodate our needs in and on time. These people and this company are the real deal and both my wife and I give them our highest recommendation. We will use them again for sure! Don’t miss out on the very best this team has to offer (because they are the best)!

Hotel Review
Podere Brizio
Montalcino

A first rate working farm and resort! After arriving in Florence (a 12 hour flight from Miami, connection in Lisbon), and a 2 hour transfer to Podere Brizio in Montalcino, our host Vito provided a welcome spread of local wine, cheese and prosciutto. Then, after a tour of the beautiful facility and amazing hilltop view, we were invited to relax in the resort spa, steam room, and sauna. We certainly began our vacation in a relaxing way! Dinner at the resort was another first rate experience with a delicious farm to table dinner!

Authenticity & Character
The view and flavors were even more than we had imagined.
Location
Off the beaten path but worth the effort to get there!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
All we needed to do was relax! Let them serve you as Italians!
Local specialist: Maria Grazia Rubino
Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on Nov 12, 2023

Dear Jim,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with our Storywalking team!
Our commitment to thorough communication and meticulous planning is at the core of our service, and we're delighted that you found our guidance, planning, and support essential in making your dream trip come true. We always aim to arrange our top guides, accommodations and give our travelers our best suggestions so that they can enjoy the authentic side of Italy.
I wish you and Ann the best!

Maria Grazia

Great Trip
Italy | Oct 19 - Oct 28, 2023

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Fredric E.
West Chester, PA | Reviewed on Nov 02, 2023
From the start of planning our trip to Italy through our return home, both Kimkim and our specialist, Guilia were amazingly helpful and friendly with great results. The trip planning was adjusted to meet our specific needs and budget. Once we arrived in Italy, we were met by our guide. Throughout our trip, we had scheduled dates and times for guides and drivers. Everyone was where they were supposed to be, on time. They were all very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. In a few... Read more

From the start of planning our trip to Italy through our return home, both Kimkim and our specialist, Guilia were amazingly helpful and friendly with great results. The trip planning was adjusted to meet our specific needs and budget.

Once we arrived in Italy, we were met by our guide. Throughout our trip, we had scheduled dates and times for guides and drivers. Everyone was where they were supposed to be, on time. They were all very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. In a few instances, due to weather conditions and in one case an unforeseen train delay, Kimkim was easily accessible and made changes as needed to support us.

The hotels were all well located and very nice. The staffs at all hotels were friendly.

We were very happy with the services provided by Kimkim and feel we got good value for what we paid. Next time we travel, we will use Kimkim and hopefully Guilia. We give them a 5 star review.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Continental
Sorrento

Great hotel with a great location overlooking the Adriatic Sea high on the cliffs of Sorrento. Great breakfast, excellent staff.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel L'Orologio Roma
Roma

Great staff. Centrally located. Easy to get around. Beautiful rooms and hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Berchielli
Florence

Great location. Friendly, helpful staff. Very nice hotel. Our room was nice, the view, non-existent, unless you like looking at a wall.

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HOTEL AL PONTE MOCENIGO

Nice hotel and big rooms. It was a bit awkward having to walk up and down steps to go from the lobby to our room with luggage, but that seems to be a reflection of Venice. Breakfasts were delicious and service very nice.

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Location
Hard to find our way around
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Giulia Bonati
Giulia
Giulia Bonati
Local specialist in Padova, Italy | Replied on Nov 03, 2023

Dear Fredric,

How nice reading your review! Thank you so much!!
I am really glad you had an amazing time here in Italy (this is always our purpose!!) visiting Venice, Rome and Sorrento.
I am also happy that our services met your expectations and that you enjoyed our driver services, hotel choices and guided tours.

It was a pleasure planning your trip. Thank you again for traveling with us, and I am looking forward to welcoming you again to our beautiful country!
I wish you all the best!!
Ciao!
Giulia

Great 1st-time Italy vacation
Italy | Sep 28 - Oct 12, 2023

Daniel
Daniel L.
Livingston, NJ | Reviewed on Nov 01, 2023
Kim Kim made it easy to crystallize our vacation plans and implement them. The lodgings they chose for us all exceeded expectations. Giulia did a great job arranging the details. She always responded quickly, and she always incorporated the changes we wanted. The tours and tour guides she picked for us were all first-rate. We especially appreciated her flexibility for us in Rome, when our visit coincided with very high hotel prices. We would recommend Kimkim to anyone, and especially... Read more

Kim Kim made it easy to crystallize our vacation plans and implement them. The lodgings they chose for us all exceeded expectations. Giulia did a great job arranging the details. She always responded quickly, and she always incorporated the changes we wanted. The tours and tour guides she picked for us were all first-rate. We especially appreciated her flexibility for us in Rome, when our visit coincided with very high hotel prices.

We would recommend Kimkim to anyone, and especially Giulia for anyone traveling to Italy. We had an amazing 2 weeks thanks to Kimkim.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Santa Chiara
Venice

The location, super close to the bus & train terminals, was perfect for us. It was more clean, modern and spacious than we expected, too. Staff was great too.

Authenticity & Character
Not charming, old and authentic, but we were fine with it
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Staff
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Il Parco

Simply a beautifully-kept and located place. A very convenient shuttle helped us up and down the hill. Very nice swimming pool too. The numerous, annoying flies (outside, NOT inside) weren’t their fault!

Authenticity & Character
Great landscaping
Location
Terrific views
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Berchielli
Florence

Great location, respectful and efficient hotel staff, with very comfortable accommodations. They charge a heckuva lot for laundry, but they all probably do that! I recommend to all.

Authenticity & Character
Welcoming decor, everything was clean, lots of great things nearby
Location
Very close to Ponte Vecchio
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Tuscany: Leonardo da Vinci, Oil & Wine discovery tour
Tuscany: Leonardo da Vinci, Oil & Wine discovery tour
Italy

A bit too much time spent sitting and eating, but the da Vinci museum and winery were terrific

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Vatican & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
Vatican & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
Rome

Big crowds, but our guide was really knowledgable

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Logistics of meeting place were confusing and inaccurate. We almost missed the tour
Pasta & TiramisĂš Cooking Class
Pasta & TiramisĂš Cooking Class
Rome

Very fun, nice to meet others this way

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guided Visit to the Colosseum & Roman Forum
Guided Visit to the Colosseum & Roman Forum
Rome

Excellent knowledgeable guide

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Giulia Bonati
Giulia
Giulia Bonati
Local specialist in Padova, Italy | Replied on Nov 03, 2023

Dear Anthony,

I wish to thank you for this great review, it makes my heart warm ! I love reading about your satisfaction in your first trip to Italy, and certainly not the last 😊 !
Knowing that you appreciated the selected accommodations, tours and flexibility, makes me very happy.
I will look forward to welcome you back once again!
Ciao !
Giulia

Great company!
Italy | Oct 17 - Oct 26, 2023

Tammy
Tammy N.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2023
Can’t say enough good things about this company…they made our honeymoon vacation in Italy, seamless and stress free. Emi, our consultant from Rome, created a wonderful itinerary for us with great tours and accommodations, car service when needed and a timeline that kept us entertained but not overwhelmed. The couple of hiccups during the trip ( a train strike and mapping error) were handled quickly and easily. We will certainly be using this service again again and highly recommend it to... Read more

Can’t say enough good things about this company…they made our honeymoon vacation in Italy, seamless and stress free. Emi, our consultant from Rome, created a wonderful itinerary for us with great tours and accommodations, car service when needed and a timeline that kept us entertained but not overwhelmed. The couple of hiccups during the trip ( a train strike and mapping error) were handled quickly and easily. We will certainly be using this service again again and highly recommend it to others!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Nord Nuova Roma
Rome
Authenticity & Character
Location
Close enough to the train station to walk there. Also easy walking distance to many attractions.
Staff
Very helpful but not the most approachable
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean, very comfortable and lots of little niceties thrown in
Hotel Ca' d'Oro
Venice

Great little hotel off the beaten path. Very clean and comfortable. Unfortunately we were only there for one night and had to leave early so didn’t get to take in the breakfast

Authenticity & Character
Location
Off the beaten path so was nice and quiet. Just over 20 minute walk to the train station
Staff
Very helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Cosimo de' Medici
Florence

Great little hidden away gem!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Super close to the train station and very convenient to many attractions
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Pillows were very firm otherwise everything else was great
Unconventional Hotel Sorrento 3* Sant'Agnello
Sant'Agnello

Wonderful little hotel tucked away from the main hustle and bustle. Clean, nice view from our balcony, wonderful breakfast and very helpful and friendly staff.

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Activity Reviews
Tuscan Cooking class and S.Lorenzo Market
Tuscan Cooking class and S.Lorenzo Market
Florence

So much fun!! A must do!!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Stefano and Thomas were awesome. Wonderful teachers and made the whole experience so much fun!
Chianti colors and flavors: Tuscan countryside with wine tastings
Chianti colors and flavors: Tuscan countryside with wine tastings
Florence

Amazing!! This is a must do, even for a non wine drinker! Lol

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide, Antonia ( I believe), was terrific! So informative, understandable and friendly
Transport
Accademia Gallery Tour
Accademia Gallery Tour
Florence

This was an interesting tour but sometimes difficult to hear or follow with all the information. Nice to see but not a must

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Amalfi Coast experience from Sorrento
Amalfi Coast experience from Sorrento
Sorrento

This area is a must see. Our guide was very informative. Wish we had more time in Amalfi

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Transport
Day at leisure in Sorrento
Day at leisure in Sorrento
Sorrento

Wonderful to have a day to wander and explore the area

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Local specialist: Emi Carletti
Emi
Emi Carletti
Local specialist in Rome | Replied on Nov 16, 2023

Thank you for choosing to book your trip with us! Planning your journey has been an absolute pleasure, and ensuring everything went seamlessly has been our goal. We deeply appreciate your kind review – it means the world to us!
We take pride in curating hidden gems for our travelers, ensuring an authentically Italian experience. Our aim is to unveil the lesser-known treasures that capture the true essence of Italy, creating unforgettable memories for our explorers.
Looking foeward to plan a new trip for you!! :)
Emi