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Andrea Gambino

Travelling is my greatest passion – especially travels that respect the local culture and show the authentic side of a destination. I set out on my first trip at 20-years-old and haven’t stopped since. Italy is my beloved country and after working for several years in the travel industry, I co-founded my own tour operator. Now I am glad to assist you designing an Italy travel experience allowing you to embrace the hidden soul of my Bel Paese.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Where ever you want to go to Italy, local experiences, food and wine experiences."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Once you start travelling is like to throw a snow ball down a slope: it accelerate and never stops. So I started with a summer holiday in the UK for practicing my English, followed by a university semester in Sweden, then a year in Australia, then ... many other trips, till the point that I made travelling my loved profession. "

Andrea is part of the following groups: Italy Travel Agents
Sunset over Modica
Self-Drive Adventure in Sicily: Catania to Palermo - 9 Days

Get to the heart of Sicily on this 9-day road trip that explores cities, countryside, and coastlines. Venture into volcanic caves on Mount Etna, relax by the Ionian Sea in elegant Taormina, stroll the labyrinthine old town of Syracuse, and discover the Baroque highlights of the Val di Noto. After walking in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks in the Valley of Temples, your adventure draws to a close in the lively capital of Palermo.

Umbrian countryside outside of Spoleto
Self-Drive Italy: Hill Towns of Tuscany & Umbria - 8 Days

The medieval hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria take center stage on this relaxed, 8-day road trip through the Italian countryside. Starting in the ancient city-state of Cortona, you'll set out on day trips to the stunning fortified towns of Montepulciano and Arezzo, discovering a treasure trove of Renaissance art and architecture. Hop over to quieter Umbria for spectacular scenery and more magical hilltop locales, visiting historic fortresses, cathedrals, and cities from your base in beautiful Assisi.

Selfies in Positano
7 Days in Italy - 4 Family-Friendly Itineraries

Bring your whole brood abroad to experience Italy's delicious food, ancient history, and glittering coastlines with these week-long itineraries. The country has something for everyone, even your smallest party members. With a week to explore, you can set forth on scavenger hunts through Rome and Venice, take a road trip through the lakes of Northern Italy, adventure along the Amalfi Coast, or stroll with a stroller through Sorrento with these seven-day itineraries.

Sun-filled afternoon in Santorini
Two Weeks in Italy & Greece - 5 Unique Itineraries

Two weeks in Italy and Greece is enough time to get a feel for the Mediterranean culture and experience the best of what interests you, especially if you choose a focus to guide your trip: highlights, family-friendly, beaches, history, or food and wine. Although you can opt to spend more time focused on your favorite activities, each itinerary includes a well-rounded set of experiences: historic sites, bustling city markets, quiet neighborhood cafes, and sunny beaches, perfect for soaking in the sunshine.

View of the Cinque Terre Coast
Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, & Amalfi Coast - 10 Days

Spend your 10-day holiday discovering the highlights of Italy. Start off in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to the spectacular Duomo. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio before heading to the coast to explore the colorful villages and seaside cliffs of Cinque Terre. Venture down to Rome and delve into Italian history visiting the Colosseum and famed Sistine Chapel. Finish things off on the Amalfi Coast, for some well-deserved beach time. 

View of the Cinque Terre
Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, & Amalfi Coast - 14 Days

Your two-week getaway to Italy fits in cultural highlights and coastal beauty the country is famed for. Begin your adventure in Florence, admiring the art and architecture the birthplace of Florence offers before heading to Cinque Terre. Stroll through the colorful villages and admiring the coastline on a sunset cruise. From here, you'll visit Rome, where ancient history comes to life. Finish off your trip with a stay on the Amalfi Coast. Soak in the sunshine and discover the beauty of this enchanting area.

Recent trip reviews for Andrea

Great Vacation
Italy | Sep 28 - Oct 6, 2022

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Rick W.
Austin, TX | Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

I was embarrassingly uninvolved in our trip planning to Florence and Tuscany, to the point that I was only vaguely aware of the itinerary. Andrea nailed it! He chose great accommodations that included excellent outings and guides. The 2 Tuscan countryside hotels, with their gorgeous views and superb restaurants, obviously required local knowledge to choose. Thanks so much! read more

I was embarrassingly uninvolved in our trip planning to Florence and Tuscany, to the point that I was only vaguely aware of the itinerary. Andrea nailed it! He chose great accommodations that included excellent outings and guides. The 2 Tuscan countryside hotels, with their gorgeous views and superb restaurants, obviously required local knowledge to choose. Thanks so much!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Santa Maria Novella
Florence

First time through nit the greatest room. Second time was better. Wonderful breakfasts.

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1st room had 2 levels, upper level cold.
Castello La Leccia
Castellina in Chianti
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Relais Osteria Dell'Orcia
Castiglione d'Orcia

Great restaurant. Owner is an amazing, relaxed character. Restaurant superb.

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Activity Reviews
Florence private guided walk including Accademia Gallery
Florence
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Knowledgeable and personable
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Wine tasting in Tuscany countryside (1 winery)
Italy

Parking difficult. A bit of a mill. Wine was good.

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Siena guided walk - private guide
Italy

Great experience, but could have been an hour shorter.

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Cheese farm visit and tasting in Pienza area
Italy
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Pienza guided walk (private guide)
Italy
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Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

Hi Rick thank you very much for your review that is always very useful for us. I am glad you enjoyed our local knowledge that help us finding great spots in the countryside.

“Trip of a lifetime” said one of my daughters...
Italy | Aug 22 - Aug 30, 2022

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Vince C.
Pittsburgh, PA | Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

“Trip of a lifetime” said one of my daughters during our amazing vacation. A good friend of ours recommended kimkim and we were blessed with having Andrea to help us plan our first trip to Italy. For the most complicated trip we have embarked on, including the first time to Italy, Andrea was exceptional. The entire process was very smooth. His recommendations on the itinerary to start us off provided a great foundation and his desire to put together a special trip for us was apparent... read more

“Trip of a lifetime” said one of my daughters during our amazing vacation. A good friend of ours recommended kimkim and we were blessed with having Andrea to help us plan our first trip to Italy. For the most complicated trip we have embarked on, including the first time to Italy, Andrea was exceptional. The entire process was very smooth. His recommendations on the itinerary to start us off provided a great foundation and his desire to put together a special trip for us was apparent from start to finish. The attention to details was comforting. The hotels he selected were perfect for us, centrally located, enabling us to explore by foot in every city. The vouchers he supplied for transfers to and from the airport, tickets for the high-speed trains and “skip the line” tickets for key venues were very helpful to have in advance. The tours he selected were perfect. His willingness to instantly respond to random questions throughout the entire trip was a huge help as we navigated Italy. The advice and recommendations he provided from beginning to end were so helpful. We are forever grateful for having Andrea as our planning partner for our “trip of a lifetime”. Thank you from all of us.

Hotel Reviews
Palazzo Veneziano
Venice

Beautiful hotel in an excellent location.

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Hotel Il Guelfo Bianco
Florence

Beautiful hotel in the heart of Florence. Very neat place with exceptional front staff.

Authenticity & Character
Really cool place.
Location
Staff
Super helpful at all times.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Belvedere di San Leonino
Castellina in Chianti

Beautiful hotel in the countryside. Felt like we were in a different world.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Views were amazing. Location was very peaceful.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Albergo Del Senato
Rome

Beautiful hotel right next to the Pantheon. Location was exceptional. Staff was excellent. Rooms were very nice.

Authenticity & Character
Had a nice feel inside rooms and in lobby.
Location
Central location right across from Pantheon.
Staff
Everyone was always genuinely helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Wine tasting in Tuscany countryside with lunch (1 winery)
Italy

What a way to start our time in the Tuscan countryside. Location and views were amazing. Food and wine were top notch and the staff/family were all very nice and welcoming.

Off the beaten path and cicchetti experience
Venice

Great way to learn about the nooks and crannies of Venice.

Florence private guided walk including Accademia Gallery
Florence

Great way to explore Florence by foot. Really loved the city. Our guide was great.

Rome Private Guided Walk
Rome

Great way to explore Rome. Our guide was very knowledgeable.

Guides, Drivers and Staff
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - private guide
Rome
Venice and its Jewels guided tour
Venice

Truly enjoyed everything we saw. Three hours was a bit intense.

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Colosseum and Roman Forum - Private guide
Rome
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

Ciao Vince,
thanks so much for this amazing review. It was a real pleasure working with you and assisting you in planning a "trip of a life time". I am very glad you enjoyed your time in my beautiful country and any time you need assistance for travelling, you will be more than welcome to knock at the door.

Italy adventure
Italy | Sep 10 - Sep 24, 2022

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Julie C.
Natick, MA | Reviewed on Oct 02, 2022

I am satisfied and appreciate all that Kimkim put together for our trip.My experience of the guides is they expressed interesting and quality knowledge of the places we visited. They appeared enthusiastic and connected to our group.
The drivers were great, helpful and friendly including personal stories of the places we were traveling through.
The hotels we stayed were responsive accommodating our needs. Thank you read more

I am satisfied and appreciate all that Kimkim put together for our trip.My experience of the guides is they expressed interesting and quality knowledge of the places we visited. They appeared enthusiastic and connected to our group.
The drivers were great, helpful and friendly including personal stories of the places we were traveling through.
The hotels we stayed were responsive accommodating our needs. Thank you

Hotel Reviews
Ca' Pozzo Inn
Venice

The hotel was clean, good beds with helpful employees.We just had over night there.

Authenticity & Character
The ease to water taxi and restaurant.
Location
There was a restaurant close by that was excellent with a great fun loving staff.
Staff
Friendly and helpful.
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Beds
Hotel Raffaello
Roma

The hotel staff were helpful.Send me to day spa connected to a hotel so I was able to have massage, soak and do water aerobics in a pool then ate delicious meal at the hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Needed a more modern upgrade on the interior.
Location
Staff
Hotel Amalfi
Amalfi

The hotel was cozy with nice view from rooftop breakfast place. They were helpful accommodating our needs.

Authenticity & Character
Cozy nice and view.
Location
Room comfort with porch to sit out.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Off the beaten path and cicchetti experience
Venice

The guide was friendly, enthusiastic and made the history interesting. I loved the cicchetti and wine at the place he took up. It was so special, so delicious. I would have loved to go there everyday to hang out.

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Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Oct 04, 2022

Thanks so much Julie for your review and for having travelled with us.
It was a pleasure having you as traveler and we hope we can assist you in the future.

Amazing visit to Italy
Italy | Sep 10 - Sep 24, 2022

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Tony F.
Concord, MO | Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Our entire experience with KimKim Travel was excellent from start to finish. Our local specialist Andrea was amazing. He was responsive to all our questions, proactive with his communication and patient with all our changes. He also went out of his way to help us with one of our group members who had some issues walking. His instructions and suggestions made each day an adventure.

We had a minor hiccup upon arrival that Andrea immediately fixed. We started our trip in Venice at the hotel... read more

Our entire experience with KimKim Travel was excellent from start to finish. Our local specialist Andrea was amazing. He was responsive to all our questions, proactive with his communication and patient with all our changes. He also went out of his way to help us with one of our group members who had some issues walking. His instructions and suggestions made each day an adventure.

We had a minor hiccup upon arrival that Andrea immediately fixed. We started our trip in Venice at the hotel Gardena. Peter, the concierge was so friendly and helpful. Our first guide was Giovanni who took us on a cicchetti tour of the city. We got to learn some local history, like the Jewish Ghetto, and to taste some local foods and wine. He brought us to a local restaurant for a dinner of pasta and seafood.

The next day we visited Murano and Burano on our own and then met Enrique at the Doge Palace and St. Mark Basilica. His passion for the history of the area and understanding of Venice made the day incredibly enjoyable. Enrique helped us find a good spot for a gondola ride and another local restaurant for dinner.

After a train ride to Rome, we checked into the Hotel Raffaello which is centrally located and convenient to everything. We met our guide Maria Paula who took us on a tour of the city highlights including the Imperial Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. She share granitas with us and helped us find a great spot for wine and appetizers.

The next day Colosseum and Roman Forum. Maria Paula is so well educated in the local history and made the day a so enjoyable and fascinating for us. She was responsive to all our requests and questions. We ended our day visiting the Jewish Ghetto and enjoying wine and food.

Our last day in Rome with Maria Paula was a visit to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. She met us at the Vatican Cafe where we had an unbelievable lunch before starting our tour. Maria Paula was so helpful to our companion who could not walk well and took her through some guide only paths to easily visit what she was able. Words cannot describe the majesty of the Vatican and Chapel. Maria Paula made it an experience we will never forget.

The next day our driver Enzo took us to Pompeii. Enzo was so gracious to our injured friend who could not tour with us. Our guide Antonio is from a family of guides and was so excited to give us a 3 hour tour of Pompeii and show us the off the main path areas and explain the unbelievable history of this historic location. Enzo then took us for the best pizza we had ever eaten before dropping us at the Amalfi coast and Hotel Amalfi. The hotel was located in the center of town.

Amalfi is a truly colorful and unique area of Italy and we highly recommend a visit. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and we had to cancel our trip to Capri. Andrea called us about the cancellation and helped us fill our day with other highlights of the area.

Ginaro then drove us to the Naples train station and then Valerio met us in Rome to take us to our yoga retreat in Tuscany. Both drivers shared information on local sites with us and were very helpful.

The next 6 days were a yoga retreat we planned on our own in Tuscany. I will say the area is worth the visit.

Our driver Luca picked us up in Tuscany to take us to Florence. Luca was such an positive, friendly personality. He pointed out all the highlights on our drive, stopped in the town where he went to school for a bathroom break and gave us a quick tour before handing us off to our guide Simona in Florence.

We only had a few hours in Florence and Simona filled them with history, art and fun. She took us to see the David, the Ponte Vecchio and recommended restaurants and her favorite gelato place.

Everyone we interacted with exceeded our expectations. They were all helpful, well educated, informative, respectful and fun. We would happily visit with any of them again and would recommend KimKim to plan your travel. We will use them again for our next trip.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Raffaello
Roma

Centrally located, safe. clean neighborhood. Helpful staff. Clean rooms.

Authenticity & Character
Nice rooms
Location
Near the sites and good restaurants.
Staff
Very friendly and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Amalfi
Amalfi

Very nice hotel in the center of town. Back way in is easier to access than off the main road. Clean and comfortable rooms, centrally located, helpful staff, great breakfast room.

Authenticity & Character
Nice design with beautiful balconies
Location
Close to everything
Staff
Helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Off the beaten path and cicchetti experience
Venice

A unique introduction to the city locations and the food. So much history to learn. All the cichetti locations were friendly and welcoming.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Giovanni was so friendly and fun, really helping us enjoy the experience
Transport
Walking through Venice is easy and the best way to see the city.
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica - private guide
Rome

Words cannot describe the beauty of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Maria Paula is so well informed and a fun guide to spend time with.
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Thank you very much Tony for your detailed review. This is very useful for us and helps us keep up with the good job.
I am very glad you enjoyed your time in Italy and we are looking forward to assisting you again in the future.

The Garnett's Italian Vacation
Italy | Sep 3 - Sep 14, 2022

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Kristie G.
Midland, TX | Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

We enjoyed touring Rome with Maria. She was very knowledgeable and interesting as she explained the history and pertinent details of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vittoriano Monument, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Vatican. The Hotel Raffaello was a beautiful and quiet hotel that was centrally located in a safe neighborhood. We enjoyed the breakfasts at the hotel and were treated well by the hotel staff. Our rooms were clean, spacious, and comfortable. The small shower was the only... read more

We enjoyed touring Rome with Maria. She was very knowledgeable and interesting as she explained the history and pertinent details of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vittoriano Monument, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Vatican. The Hotel Raffaello was a beautiful and quiet hotel that was centrally located in a safe neighborhood. We enjoyed the breakfasts at the hotel and were treated well by the hotel staff. Our rooms were clean, spacious, and comfortable. The small shower was the only challenge we encountered.
We loved our trip to the Amalfi Coast. Luigi picked us up at the Naples Train Station to drive us to Amalfi, and he is a safe driver who is kind and easy to talk to. On the way, we stopped at Pompeii for a tour with Antonio. We enjoyed him very much. He explained everything so well, but was also hilarious in doing so with lots of laughs and jokes throughout.
We arrived at La Bussola hotel in Amalfi and loved our stay here with a beautiful view of the coastline and harbor. We loved our boat trip to the island of Capri and had a wonderful captain who informed us of the various landmarks along the coast and would drive the boat up into caves and grottos so we could get a better look. The island of Capri is beautiful and our only complaint is the lines were so long with people waiting on cabs, buses, or tram tickets to get to the city center. It seemed like everyone had arrived at the island at the same time, and the accommodations for transportation were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people. We ended up just renting some beach chairs and enjoying the sea because it was such a hot day, instead of traveling to the city center. If we come back and it's possible, we'd like to have our tickets to the tram ahead of time so we don't spend hours waiting in line on the island.
Our free day on the Amalfi coast was spent enjoying the beach. We rented chairs with umbrellas and enjoyed cooling off in the water and skipping rocks.
Thank goodness for Andrea! There was a train strike on the day we were supposed to travel from Naples to Rome, and then Florence. Andrea arranged for our driver, Fabio, to pick us up at our hotel and then drive us to Rome to drop off our sons, who were flying home the next day. Fabio then drove us to Florence. He was a safe driver who did so well managing the steep and curving road leaving Amalfi, even though the roads were slippery and wet. We were really grateful that he drove us all that way, knowing he had had a long day starting from and returning to Naples.
Florence was beautiful, and we were grateful our guide, Lucia, was able to get us in to see the David sculpture at the Academia Gallery. There was some question that this might not be possible due to the strike. We walked around Florence, and she did a great job of detailing the history and landmarks of this marvelous city. The next day we rented a car and drove to Pisa and throughout the Tuscan region to see the beautiful countryside. Driving outside of Florence was easy, but it was a little nerve wracking trying to leave Florence and avoid the no-auto zones. We hope we did it right, and dont' receive a surprise ticket sometime in the future.
We took the train to Venice the next day and met our guide Natasha for our behind-the-scenes Venice tour and Cinchetti. We enjoyed this walking tour so much and Natasha was a fantastic guide teaching us about the history and interesting landmarks of Venice. We, especially loved St. Mark's Square and the view from the bell tower. The next day we cooked with Gioia in her private apartment, and made homemade Tiramisu and pasta with tomato/bell pepper sauce. It was delicious, and we enjoyed talking with Gioia and learning more about Venice and Italian culture. We took a gondola ride later in the day, and then rode the water ferry to tour Venice.
We returned to Rome by train the next day, and took a walking tour to see the famous sites once again. This time, we took the lift on the Vittoriano Monument to see the city from above. Well worth it, even though we climbed many, many steps.
Our driver picked us up the next day and took us to the airport, and we headed back to Texas.
Andrea did a wonderful job in planning our trip. He picked wonderful hotels and we really enjoyed our personal guides. We were so grateful for his personal attention before and during our trip, letting us know when schedules were altered, and arranging a car with driver for us when we couldn't use the train. Italy is a beautiful country with so much to see and do. We look forward to returning soon!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Raffaello
Roma

We enjoyed our stay at this lovely and conveniently located hotel. Our only criticism is the very small shower. The ladies that served and worked the breakfast buffet were so exceptional. They kept everything neat, tidy, and well-supplied, and were so kind and helpful each morning.

Authenticity & Character
The decor seemed appropriate for the age and period of the building.
Location
We enjoyed that we were in walking distance to many great restaurants and sites.
Staff
Very helpful at the desk and with the breakfast buffet.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Our rooms were nice and cool with comfortable beds.
Hotel La Bussola
Amalfi

We loved the breakfast buffet with so many wonderful choices. The upstairs bar area was so comfortable and inviting. Our balcony view was spectacular.

Authenticity & Character
Location
We loved the view of the coastline and harbor and were in easy walking distance to the shops and restaurants.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Our rooms were clean, comfortable, and spacious.
Hotel Il Guelfo Bianco
Florence
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Ca' Pozzo Inn
Venice

We loved our quiet hotel in a good central location.

Authenticity & Character
Modern and neat room with plenty of space.
Location
Staff
Very kind and helpful staff.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Rome Private Guided Walk
Rome

So much detailed history. Maria was kind, professional, and thorough in her explanations.

Quality of Experience
Loved the history and beautiful architecture.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Seeing so many sights
Colosseum and Roman Forum - Private guide
Rome

Loved the amazing history of this area!

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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - private guide
Rome

We loved seeing this amazing city and country! What a beautiful and holy area! The amazing artwork and architecture were exceptional.

Quality of Experience
Wonderful tour.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Great job Maria on educating us about the Vatican!
Transport
We took a cab, and our driver was aggressive. We arrived safely after a thrilling ride!
Pompeii ruin visit with a private guide
Italy

We loved Pompeii. Amazing archeaological site! Antonio was fun and humorous as he educated us in Pompeii's history, archaeology and culture.

Quality of Experience
So cool to see this amazing city preserved throughout the centuries by volcanic ash.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Loved Antonio's sense of humor and instruction method. He does a great job!
Transport
Luigi was a kind and safe driver. Enjoyed talking to him and learning more about Italy!
Day trip to Capri Island from The Amalfi Coast - small group
Italy

This was our favorite day because we loved being on the water and the coastline is so beautiful!

Quality of Experience
Loved the water, coastline, and island. Got to see the coast up close with our captain driving the boat into some caves.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
He pointed out local landmarks and drove the boat to interesting points along the coast and island.
Transport
Loved the boat ride - safe and relaxing
Florence private guided walk including Accademia Gallery
Florence

Florence is beautiful with so many wonderful sites to see! Most things were in easy walking distance.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Lucia was easy to listen to and so informative! Great job!
Transport
Off the beaten path and cicchetti experience
Venice

Loved seeing areas of Venice that were less familiar.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Natasha was great! Very informative and interesting.
Cooking Class
Italy

Loved getting to see a local's apartment and visiting with Gioia as we cooked.

Quality of Experience
Loved getting to make Tiramisu and homemade pasta!
Food
Delicious!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Gioia is very knowledgeable and kind. Her home is lovely, and our lunch was delicious.
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Oct 05, 2022

Hello Veronica,
thank you very much for your detailed review. It is very helpful to us for keep on imporving and offering quality trips.

Three tour guides were great. Drive through r...
Italy | Aug 29 - Sep 6, 2022

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Fred T.
Sun City, AZ | Reviewed on Sep 07, 2022

Three tour guides were great. Drive through rural Italy was outstanding, Valle d'Italia. Matera very interesting as was Alberabello. Lecce was not as interesting. Old Town in Bari was very interesting as was Polignano aMere
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Three tour guides were great. Drive through rural Italy was outstanding, Valle d'Italia. Matera very interesting as was Alberabello. Lecce was not as interesting. Old Town in Bari was very interesting as was Polignano aMere
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Hotel Reviews
Ai Terrazzini
Matera

This booking was changed to La Dodici Lune. Very nice. Would recommend.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Once at location very nice.
Casale Ramunno
Ostuni
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B&B Palazzo Bernardini Suite
Lecce
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Hotel Zodiacus
Bari
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Activity Reviews
Matera Guided Walk
Italy

Guide terrific

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Alberobello self-guided exploration
Italy
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Lecce guided walk
Italy
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Bari guided walk
Italy
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Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Sep 08, 2022

Hello Fred and thank you for your feedback. Puglia is a magical area to travel.

Our trip to Italy was AMAZZZING! Thanks to A...
Italy | Jul 31 - Aug 10, 2022

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Veronica S.
Elmhurst, IL | Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Our trip to Italy was AMAZZZING! Thanks to Andrea's help, it was flawless. I will always recommend and use KimKim when I plan international trips. Every detail from hotel choices, train schedules, car pickups and the selection of tours were impeccable. Andrea checked in with us multiple times throughout our trip and it was comforting knowing that Andrea was a phone call away if we had any issues. Andrea is extremely professional as was the entire Kim Kim crew. I could not be happier... read more

Our trip to Italy was AMAZZZING! Thanks to Andrea's help, it was flawless. I will always recommend and use KimKim when I plan international trips. Every detail from hotel choices, train schedules, car pickups and the selection of tours were impeccable. Andrea checked in with us multiple times throughout our trip and it was comforting knowing that Andrea was a phone call away if we had any issues. Andrea is extremely professional as was the entire Kim Kim crew. I could not be happier with our trip and Andrea's recommendations at every level. Thanks for helping our family plan the trip of a lifetime! You are aweome!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel L'Orologio
Authenticity & Character
Location
beautiful views of the Grand Canal
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Palazzo Murat
Positano

The setting is beautiful and I loved the view of the Mediterranean from the pool. The entire staff was very helpful and Rosita was amazing! So lovely and warm!

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Degli Artisti
Rome
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Venice and its Jewels guided tour
Venice
Cicchetti guided experience
Venice

Giovanni was lovely

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Florence private guided walk including Accademia Gallery
Florence

She as an excellent guide and very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Uffizi Gallery Guided Visit (private guide)
Florence

She was a very knowledge and interesting guide with a vast knowledge of the art history. Enjoyed the tour a lot

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Day trip to Capri Island from The Amalfi Coast - small group
Italy

In retrospect, I would have preferred to have rented a more luxurious faster boat. The captain was excellent, but the boat was not very comfortable. It was a long ride, over an hour and a half, and the seats were not very comfortable. I had a better experience in Nice renting a faster and more comfortable boat. We did enjoy swimming in the grottos, but I should have selected a more comfortable boat.

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Colosseum and Roman Forum - Private guide
Rome
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica - private guide
Rome

She was an excellent guide with tremendous knowledge.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Thank you very much Veronica for your nice words. I am really glad you enjoyed your itinerary and it was a great pleasure working with you at this itinerary.

Our Italian Dream Vacation
Italy | Jul 10 - Jul 25, 2022

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George T.
Columbia, SC | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

We had a wonderful time on our Italian vacation and we would like to thank Andrea for all his help to organize this trip. It gave us comfort knowing that if a problem arose we could rely on Andrea to handle it. When unforeseen situations did pop up and caused our train to be late, he adjusted our schedule with our driver and tour guide and kept us on track.
The location of the hotels he chose made it easy for us to enjoy each location. In Rome, the Albergo del Senato room overlooking the... read more

We had a wonderful time on our Italian vacation and we would like to thank Andrea for all his help to organize this trip. It gave us comfort knowing that if a problem arose we could rely on Andrea to handle it. When unforeseen situations did pop up and caused our train to be late, he adjusted our schedule with our driver and tour guide and kept us on track.
The location of the hotels he chose made it easy for us to enjoy each location. In Rome, the Albergo del Senato room overlooking the Pantheon was more than we expected and was such a treat after a long day of travel. The location of our hotel in Amalfi was close to everything and very scenic overlooking the sea.
All the tour guides were gracious and knowledgeable and we enjoyed every one of them. We especially enjoyed our tour with Georgio in Bari.
Please consider Andrea if you are planning your dream vacation in Italy as we can assure you it will be spectacular!
This was a once in a lifetime trip for us and he made it more than we ever expected.
George & Susan Terlizzi

Hotel Review
Albergo Del Senato
Rome

The hotel is on the Piazza della Rotonda with amazing views of the Pantheon. It is situated in a historic building but with all the modern convivences. They have a full breakfast and a roof top patio/bar. It is close to all the major sites.

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Activity Review
Bari guided walk
Italy

Our guide Georgio was a joy to tour with. He seemed to know everyone and you could see he really enjoyed showing us Old Town Bari. It was the most enjoyable tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Thank you very much George&Susan. Reading your wonderful review bring us fresh energy for keep on doing a good job. I am very glad you enjoyed your Italy trip and I'll be happy to assist you in the future.

We could not have been more pleased with Andr...
Italy | Jul 1 - Jul 11, 2022

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Jim C.
Waltham, MA | Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

We could not have been more pleased with Andrea. So grateful KimKim connect us to him as our trip to Italy was a thousand times more fun, interesting, rewarding, beautiful and relaxing than had we tried to do it ourselves or had used a travel agent or tour operator from the U.S. Andrea was wonderfully communitive, a great listener, and designed the perfect trip for our family based on our conversations. Andrea pointed us to all the places we wanted to be - including parts of Italy we had... read more

We could not have been more pleased with Andrea. So grateful KimKim connect us to him as our trip to Italy was a thousand times more fun, interesting, rewarding, beautiful and relaxing than had we tried to do it ourselves or had used a travel agent or tour operator from the U.S. Andrea was wonderfully communitive, a great listener, and designed the perfect trip for our family based on our conversations. Andrea pointed us to all the places we wanted to be - including parts of Italy we had never heard of, but have become our favorites. On the ground, the tour guides were lovely, transfers perfectly execute, and the restaurant recommendations alone were worth the cost of our trip. While we were in Italy, Andrea was always a text away to answer questions and he graciously scrambled to help with a last minute request. My only regret from our trip is that we didn't get to meet and thank Andrea in person.

Hotel Review
Corte San Pietro
Matera

The hotel and team were amazing. a little, calming oasis just a few steps from the main road. Our room was pristine, we spent hours relaxing in our courtyard, the hotel team bent over backwards to get us the best meal reservations, and they mixed the best Negroni I've ever tasted.

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Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Thank you very much Jim for your kind words and great review. I wish I could meet you as well, but I was in a different part of the country. If you come back to Italy. there will be a second chance to meet in front of glass of good Italian wine.
Thank you again and all the best.

Great trip in Italy
Italy | Jun 23 - Jul 7, 2022

David
David H.
Canada | Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

Everything was very well planned for us. We did a lot in a small amount of time. We enjoyed the different locations each one having a different vibe and things to offer. The guides were very good, Maria- Paula in Rome, Santi at the Vatican, Simona in Florence, Antonio in Pompeii. Each guide was different in their approach and added to the experience. All the private transfers were very good and relaxing and the drivers were very skilled. Thanks to Andrea for a great itinerary. We especially... read more

Everything was very well planned for us. We did a lot in a small amount of time. We enjoyed the different locations each one having a different vibe and things to offer. The guides were very good, Maria- Paula in Rome, Santi at the Vatican, Simona in Florence, Antonio in Pompeii. Each guide was different in their approach and added to the experience. All the private transfers were very good and relaxing and the drivers were very skilled. Thanks to Andrea for a great itinerary. We especially enjoyed the hospitality of Manuela at the hotel Villa Della Palme, she really looked after us. We would definitely recommend KimKim to friends and family.

Hotel Review
Hotel Villa delle Palme
Positano

Small hotel however excellent service. Well located and fantastic views.

Authenticity & Character
Manuela, the main desk manager, was very attentive and helped make the trip that more memorable.
Location
Staff
In addition to Manuela, the supporting staff were great
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

Thanks so much David for your review and for travelling with us.
Since we are travelers, we take travelling in serious consideration and we are glad you liked the trip we designed together with you.

AMAZING ITALY TRIP!
Italy | Jun 20 - Jun 28, 2022

Alicia
Alicia B.
Lansdale, PA | Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Words cannot express how grateful we are to Andrea for planning this wonderful trip for my husband & I. We had been talking about going to Italy for years. Andrea planned everything that I asked for. All of the tours that he planned for us were first class. The tour guides were so knowledgeable and we learned so much. The private cars that Andrea provided for us were all luxury cars and the drivers were are very helpful and gave us useful tips. The hotels were very nice and one even... read more

Words cannot express how grateful we are to Andrea for planning this wonderful trip for my husband & I. We had been talking about going to Italy for years. Andrea planned everything that I asked for. All of the tours that he planned for us were first class. The tour guides were so knowledgeable and we learned so much. The private cars that Andrea provided for us were all luxury cars and the drivers were are very helpful and gave us useful tips. The hotels were very nice and one even gave us a free upgrade. I think the best thing about Andrea was that he was available by text during the trip. He responded immediately if I had a question or was confused about something. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Andrea for making our dream Italy trip come true!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Raffaello
Roma

Wonderful hotel! Friendly staff

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Floridiana
Amalfi

Beautiful Hotel, great location!

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

Thank you very much for such a wonderful review!
I am so glad you enjoyed the trip I designed for you and being a traveler myself, I always do my best for designing trips that can be enjoyable and run smoothly.
It was a great pleasure working with you.

Andrea at KimKim was wonderful to work with i...
Italy | Jun 5 - Jun 12, 2022

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Marsha H.
Lehigh Acres, FL | Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

Andrea at KimKim was wonderful to work with in planning and during the trip. I appreciated how quickly he responded to my text questions.
The hotels chosen were perfect for us all with very accommodating staff: Porto Roco in Monterossa, the Belvedere in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, and the perfect location of the Pendini in Florence.
Our one suggestion would be to advise travelers in Cinque Terre who aren’t familiar with train travel, to just hop on the train when it stops and not... read more

Andrea at KimKim was wonderful to work with in planning and during the trip. I appreciated how quickly he responded to my text questions.
The hotels chosen were perfect for us all with very accommodating staff: Porto Roco in Monterossa, the Belvedere in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, and the perfect location of the Pendini in Florence.
Our one suggestion would be to advise travelers in Cinque Terre who aren’t familiar with train travel, to just hop on the train when it stops and not worry about the “assigned seat” listed on the ticket. Trying to get through the crowd to our assigned car, we missed the train. The train stops for a very short time!!
I highly recommend KimKim. Andrea planned a wonderful vacation for us. Thank you!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Porto Roca
Monterosso

It is a long climb uphill to this hotel but it was worth it! It’s a beautiful view from their location. If necessary, Manny was available for rides up the hill, and Ruth in Reception was friendly and quick to help.

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Belvedere di San Leonino
Castellina in Chianti

We were so pleased with The Belvedere’s location. It could be described as idyllic: peaceful and picturesque. We often sat outside just enjoying the view of the countryside. In our rental car, we explored several small towns in the area. We had dinners served at the Belvedere and they were excellent.

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Hotel Pendini
Florence
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

Thank you very much for your useful and nice feedback. Knowing how we can keep on improving for offering a better and better service and knowing that our travelers are happy, makes our job even more pleasant.

Fabulous Mother/Daughter trip to Italy!
Italy | May 20 - May 31, 2022

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Christine S.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Our 12-day mother/daughter trip to Italy in May was AMAZING and it was all because of Andrea, our travel specialist from kimkim! We went to Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Castellina in Chianti and Amalfi! Andrea listened to what we wanted and planned everything down to the last detail perfectly! From a laid-back walking tour in Rome to a fantastic cooking class and lunch on an organic farm/winery in Tuscany - it was like he read our minds! The hotels he chose were perfect for us and it was... read more

Our 12-day mother/daughter trip to Italy in May was AMAZING and it was all because of Andrea, our travel specialist from kimkim! We went to Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Castellina in Chianti and Amalfi! Andrea listened to what we wanted and planned everything down to the last detail perfectly! From a laid-back walking tour in Rome to a fantastic cooking class and lunch on an organic farm/winery in Tuscany - it was like he read our minds! The hotels he chose were perfect for us and it was so great to have all the days planned out, the private cars arranged, and the train tickets purchased in advance! I never would have been able to plan that all myself! He went above and beyond and even called me as we arrived in Italy to make sure we found our driver at the airport and gave me restaurant recommendations throughout the trip! It was so personalized - we couldn't have had a better experience! I highly recommend kimkim (and Andrea!) to anyone looking for a great travel experience!

Hotel Review
Hotel Colle Etrusco Salivolpi
Castellina in Chianti

Beautiful, charming hotel in a scenic atmosphere that can not be beat! We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast outside on the lawn (and a cappuccino made just for me!) every morning. Only a short walk to the charming center of historic Castellina. Staff was so helpful and friendly and room was lovely and comfortable!

Location
Beautiful location, walking distance to town
Staff
Helpful and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Comfortable bed, lovely room
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Jun 18, 2022

Thank you very much Christine!
I am so glad you enjoyed your trip and it was a great pleasure arranging a trip for you and your daughter. All the best!

Andrea was so helpful every step of the way. ...
Italy | May 15 - May 27, 2022

Paula
Paula B.
Aurora, IL | Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Andrea was so helpful every step of the way. He planned what was truly a dream vacation for us. He took the time to understand the type of trip we were looking for and gave us great tips along the way. When our train travel was disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances he responded quickly and helped us find an alternate way to our next stop, and since our travel delay resulted in us missing one of our planned activities he came up with alternatives for us. Nothing can replace a local’s... read more

Andrea was so helpful every step of the way. He planned what was truly a dream vacation for us. He took the time to understand the type of trip we were looking for and gave us great tips along the way. When our train travel was disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances he responded quickly and helped us find an alternate way to our next stop, and since our travel delay resulted in us missing one of our planned activities he came up with alternatives for us. Nothing can replace a local’s knowledge and wisdom and I highly recommend trusting Andrea with your trip if you’re coming to Italy!

Hotel Review
La Casa dei Treni Affittacamere
La Spezia

We had a fantastic stay here. The hosts are husband and wife who grew up in the area so they gave great recommendations. The room was clean and decorated beautifully. The hosts could not have been nicer and more welcoming. Definitely stay here!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Super friendly and helpful!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Thank you very much Paula! I was very glad looking after your trip and I am happy you had a great time in my beloved country. A presto! (= see you soon)

So glad we found Andrea and kimkim!
Italy | May 15 - May 27, 2022

Jeremy
Jeremy D.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

My wife, Paula, and I knew we wanted to go to Italy for our first big post-Covid trip but had no idea where to begin. A Google search led us to kimkim, which led us to Andrea. I can't imagine planning this trip any other way. Andrea was so helpful in taking the time to get to know us and figure out what we would enjoy. He had answers to all of our questions and put together an itinerary that we were really excited for. Every detail was taken care of - hotels, train tickets, tour vouchers,... read more

My wife, Paula, and I knew we wanted to go to Italy for our first big post-Covid trip but had no idea where to begin. A Google search led us to kimkim, which led us to Andrea. I can't imagine planning this trip any other way. Andrea was so helpful in taking the time to get to know us and figure out what we would enjoy. He had answers to all of our questions and put together an itinerary that we were really excited for. Every detail was taken care of - hotels, train tickets, tour vouchers, private transfers - all of which were delivered to us in a beautiful PDF document that became our bible. The only thing we had to do was take care of the plane tickets and show up.

Not only was everything planned for us, but we received some much needed help on our trip in real time. Ready to take the train from Cinque Terre to Venice, we arrived to the train station to a fire and all trains were delayed. With a tour of Venice waiting for us upon arrival, Andrea put together a plan B and C in no less than 15 minutes to get us where we needed to go. The trains started running again in due time but we would have been clueless if we needed to figure something out on our own.

We had the trip of a lifetime thanks to kimkim and Andrea. We will definitely come back to kimkim for our next trip.

Hotel Reviews
La Casa dei Treni Affittacamere
La Spezia

This was our favorite hotel! The rooms were nicely decorated, fresh and modern. The owners were so nice and gave us great tips for Cinque Terre.

Authenticity & Character
The rooms were so cute
Location
Hotel was a short walk to the train station and close to the town square
Staff
They told us exactly how to see Cinque Terre and it was perfect
Cleanliness & Comfort
Donna Margherita Rome Suite & Rooms
Rome

This is a very fine hotel. It was one of the few (if only) that had a lift, which was nice. The rooms seem to be old but adequate. It has everything you need.

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Hotel Floridiana
Amalfi

Great location on the main stretch of Amalfi.

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Ca' Pozzo Inn
Venice

Nice hotel with an art theme. The location was great, right near two restaurants we wanted to go to and not too far from the train station.

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Hotel Camilla
Florence

The hotel seemed fresh and recently remodeled. Great staff and had everything you need.

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Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Dear Jeremy,
thank you very much for your wonderful. It was a pleasure looking after the trip of Paula and you and I am very glad you love it!
Looking forward to assisting you again for an Italian trip.

Great communication. Cosmic Coordination.
Italy | May 20 - Jun 5, 2022

Stephen
Stephen P.
Australia | Reviewed on Jun 09, 2022

Great communication throughout. Cosmic and effective planning with the mainstay of our trip coordinator at my end (my partner), although I was kept in the loop all along. KimKim appeared to have access to a a troupe of excellent drivers with great quality luxury vehicles - this appeared more impressive at the beginning of our journey however. Would not hesitate to use these guys again or recommend to others. read more

Great communication throughout. Cosmic and effective planning with the mainstay of our trip coordinator at my end (my partner), although I was kept in the loop all along. KimKim appeared to have access to a a troupe of excellent drivers with great quality luxury vehicles - this appeared more impressive at the beginning of our journey however. Would not hesitate to use these guys again or recommend to others.

Hotel Reviews
Aquadulci Hotel
Domus de Maria

Amazing hotel, great service from staff. An ideal location to recharge oneself. Simple, clean and modern, room. Pristine pool and lovely beach nearby. Access to a vehicle a must if one wishes to explore all the delights this wonderful island no doubt holds.

Tips for future travelers

Expect families and couples and a quiet experience. Check with the hotel no large groups are staying during your tenure.

Authenticity & Character
Approach and passion of staff in taking a genuine passion fir caring for guests.
Location
Beach vicinity and locals using the beach also.
Staff
There enthusiasm, attentiveness and patience when dealing with guests.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Modern, clean room. Great shower and maid service. Clean well laid out infinity pool. Modern restaurant.
Corso Boutique Luxury Rooms
Rome

Amazing designed rooms. Opulent design, ideal for a couples getaway.

Tips for future travelers

Expect an unconventional hotel experience in the heart of an old building in an ancient city.

Authenticity & Character
Fixtures and fittings would benefit from higher quality, approach perhaps.
Location
Central location to many if Rome’s attractions.
Staff
Assistance with restaurant booking. Communication, openness, enthusiasm to please and seemingly go the extra mile.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean, glamorous spaces. Comfortable, large bed. Access to power sockets could be improved.
Hotel Colle Etrusco Salivolpi
Castellina in Chianti

Iff the beaten track in the Tuscany region. Authentic, old, comfortable cottage or traditional style hideaway.

Tips for future travelers

The location of our room was above the breakfast garden which could be noisey for later risers.

Authenticity & Character
Authentic building. Do not come here for a luxury high end experience, rather, visit to experience the region and rest, feed, relax more like a local might.
Location
Its in Tuscany! And the village nearby for those without car access
Staff
Friendly and welcoming. Some more attention to check out details would have been helpful in our own visit, but this was a reflection of warm and friendly attitude, not ineptitude.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nice hotel. But our particularly room was located in earshot to breakfast garden area which was a minor irritation.
Podere Brizio
Montalcino

Fantastic vista over the Tuscan vineyard from the external fine dining area. Wonderful food. Very helpful staff. Spa on site. A retreat of sorts.

Tips for future travelers

Call ahead if you expect to be checking in late in order that a meal might be arranged. Alternatively eat prior to arrival. Meal times here are relatively restricted, but the food is ih so worth it.

Authenticity & Character
Staff attitude and helpfulness. Character of the property, history of the property and of our room therein.
Location
The view. Access to Tuscan villages so long as one has a vehicle or driver. Stunning vista over this establishments vineyard.
Staff
Went the extra mile to ensure we could fain access to food outside of mealtimes.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Character of our room
Hotel Il Guelfo Bianco
Florence

Ideal location from which to explore Florence. Not too far from central transport links for those coming out of the region and or the airport etc.

Activity Review
Explore Rome by Vespa - with driver
Rome

Take in all the sights of Rome in an amazing journey in an exciting yet safe, unconventional manner. You and your partner might feel like a star as you are whisked around the City at the hands of a humorous, knowledgeable, local.

Quality of Experience
Amount of sights taken in. Integration with the buzzing City. Opportunity to take photos. Live commentary and safety of the ride.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sense of humour, authenticity, knowledge.
Transport
New, bright and vivid vespa. Stole the show on the streets.
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Jun 09, 2022

Thanks a lot Steve for your review!
It was great to coordinate both with you and your partner and I enjoyed designing your trip, that took you exploring some of my favorite parts of Italy.

I'll be glad to assist you anytime you will travel back to Italy.
All the best.

Florence, Tuscany, Chianti, Rome and Sardinia honeymoon x
Italy | May 20 - Jun 5, 2022

Sara
Sara D.
Australia | Reviewed on Jun 07, 2022

Ciao Andrea,
Stephen and I would like to thank you so very much for all that you did in, not only the planning, but also all the amazing support and attention you provided during our trip!! We had the most wonderful and memorable time in Italy!!
We especially loved the walking tour in Florence with Florinda and in Siena with Alessia. They were both so knowledgeable, passionate and attentive. And Luca in Rome, the vesper tour was the best!!
The winery in Chianti was so beautiful!!
Also,... read more

Ciao Andrea,
Stephen and I would like to thank you so very much for all that you did in, not only the planning, but also all the amazing support and attention you provided during our trip!! We had the most wonderful and memorable time in Italy!!
We especially loved the walking tour in Florence with Florinda and in Siena with Alessia. They were both so knowledgeable, passionate and attentive. And Luca in Rome, the vesper tour was the best!!
The winery in Chianti was so beautiful!!
Also, all the transfers and hotel bookings were spot on!
Thank you thank you thank you!!
Gracie mielle!!
Stephen and Sara

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Il Guelfo Bianco
Florence

Lovely hotel in a central location. The room was great, quite spacious and very comfortable. The stairs from level 4 to 5 were a challenge with our luggage, but we managed. Otherwise all good. The staff were lovely.

Tips for future travelers

It’s in a pedestrianised area, so getting a taxi to take you to the front door is challenging.

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Podere Brizio
Montalcino

This hotel is gorgeous and just superb!

Tips for future travelers

You need a car. It’s a bit isolated.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Colle Etrusco Salivolpi
Castellina in Chianti

Very pretty location and charming facade of the buildings. The room was a bit small and situated above the breakfast kitchen. The staff were really nice and helpful and the town was nice.

Tips for future travelers

Book the higher end room.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Corso Boutique Luxury Rooms
Rome

Super gorgeous hotel! A hidden gem in the heart of the city. Luxurious and funky. The staff were wonderful! Friendly, kind and super helpful.

Tips for future travelers

Be aware that it’s in a pedestrianised area. However, I think taxis are allowed to drop off and pick up, even if they are reluctant. Check with the lovely staff for local restaurant recommendations, they are happy to book for you.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
So kind and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Aquadulci Hotel
Domus de Maria

Superb hotel only metres from an amazing beach!! The staff are so attentive and take care of your every need. Its so tranquil, comfortable and relaxing.

Tips for future travelers

Unless you’re happy to stay put and relax at the beach or by the pool, you would benefit from having a car to go exploring.

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Activity Reviews
Florence guided stroll with Accademia visit (small group)
Florence

Florinda, our guide was so passionate, knowledgeable and intelligent. We really enjoyed all the stories and having an up close experience around Florence.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Siena guided walk - private guide
Italy

Alessia was very passionate and informative. We really enjoyed her stories and the fact it was a private tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Montepulciano wine tasting
Italy

We were slightly late as we weren’t sure where to meet after we were dropped off by our driver. The staff were accommodating and we were able to do the tasting first, followed by a tour of the cellar, so it all worked out.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our driver was really nice and stopped off for some photos of picturesque places.
Transport
Pienza time at your leisure
Italy

Beautiful town, so picturesque and lovely.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Wine tasting in Tuscany countryside (1 winery)
Italy

Beautiful organic boutique winery. Gorgeous surroundings and lovely staff and tour. The wine is delicious!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Explore Rome by Vespa - with driver
Rome

Luca is an absolute legend!! His knowledge and dry sense of humour is such a treat. You feel completely safe with him and we had such fun!!! Highly recommend!!

Quality of Experience
Luca is the best and he bought us yummy gelato
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Really safe and fun
Transport
As above
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Jun 08, 2022

Cari Sara and Steven, grazie mille for your words and review.
I am so glad you enjoy your trip to Italy and it was a great pleasure designing this trip for you.

Any time you want to explore my "bel paese", I'll be happy to assist you.

Mother/Daughter trip to Italy
Italy | May 29 - Jun 4, 2022

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Catherine C.
Katy, TX | Reviewed on Jun 05, 2022

We had an amazing vacation in Rome and Florence. All of our activities were perfect for us and very well done. Andrea was fantastic to work with every step of the way, and really customized the vacation for us. He even watched our flights arrive (we were meeting in Rome) and when my flight was late helped with arrangements in real time. I can't say enough good things! read more

We had an amazing vacation in Rome and Florence. All of our activities were perfect for us and very well done. Andrea was fantastic to work with every step of the way, and really customized the vacation for us. He even watched our flights arrive (we were meeting in Rome) and when my flight was late helped with arrangements in real time. I can't say enough good things!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Garibaldi Blu
Florence

The location of this hotel was great, as we walked everywhere in Florence. It was clean, well decorated and our room was spacious. The employees were kind and friendly. Two reasons I gave four stars: we struggled with the temperature in our room (it was very hot outside and we had trouble cooling off) and the internet was not reliable at all.

Authenticity & Character
Location
walking distance of all we wanted to do
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Parlamento Boutique Hotel
Rome

This hotel is very small, which was nice. Our room was small as well, but had good storage and we loved that we could cool down the room as it was very hot in Rome. The room was clean and modern. I would advise giving very clear instructions on how to find the hotel (look for the panel and ring up to the room, follow signs to the elevator) - we arrived when the street was very crowded and it was so hard to find what to do. Staff was helpful when we had questions.

Activity Review
Winery and Tuscany day including San Gimignano and Chianti wine
Italy

We ended up being the only ones on the tour - Felipe was great, so personable and a great host. I appreciated that there was not a hard sell to buy wines.

Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Jun 05, 2022

Thank you very much Catherine for your wonderful words and feedback.
It was a real pleasure having you on board and I am glad you enjoyed your time in my beloved country!
A presto (= see you soon).

A Perfect Trip
Italy | May 21 - May 29, 2022

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Mary Ellen B.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on Jun 03, 2022

Everything was perfect. No issues no stress, no no confusion . We just showed up and everything was in place. Our tour guides were all pleasant and knowledgeable. Lucia,(?) in Naples and Michaela in Rome were outstanding I can’t thank you enough for an amazing time with no stress or grief read more

Everything was perfect. No issues no stress, no no confusion . We just showed up and everything was in place. Our tour guides were all pleasant and knowledgeable. Lucia,(?) in Naples and Michaela in Rome were outstanding I can’t thank you enough for an amazing time with no stress or grief

Hotel Reviews
Palazzo Alabardieri
Naples
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Hotel La Bougainville
Positano

The staff at the hotel was absolutely amazing. Super helpful super friendly. The hotel itself was a little bit dirty.

Authenticity & Character
The balcony on the room had a wonderful view and the overall style of the room felt very much like the beach
Location
Love you
Staff
Very friendly very courteous very helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Our bed was actually two beds pushed together made as one bed so that was uncomfortable. The carpeting in the hallway Leading to our room was stained and dirty.
Hotel Alexandra
Rome
Authenticity & Character
The hotel had a very antique almost Gothic feel to it
Location
Staff
The staff was very courteous and helpful very professional and accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
Just little things like the door knobs not functioning correctly doors not closing correctly the air conditioner kept cutting out
Activity Reviews
Naples guided walk
Italy
Quality of Experience
We were given a very local authentic insight into the area and the history of the area
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was very friendly very fun very knowledgeable
Transport
Pompeii ruin visit with a private guide
Italy
Quality of Experience
Touring Pompeii was like walking back in time to a moment frozen forever.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our tour guide was very thorough in her detail of the sites. She had a quick wit and knew how to navigate the crowds assertively but politely she made sure we had the maximum experience
Transport
Day trip to Capri Island from The Amalfi Coast - small group
Italy
Quality of Experience
The views and the small group tour
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Rome Private Guided Walk
Rome
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was fun and super knowledgeable
Transport
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica - private guide
Rome
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Colosseum and Roman Forum - Private guide
Rome
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Jun 04, 2022

Thank you very much Mary Hellen for your kind words. Knowing you appreciate our work gives us happiness and energy for continuing creating great trips. It was very good to have you on board.

Andrea and KIM KIM are the best! BRAVO!
Italy | May 21 - May 29, 2022

Christopher
Christopher B.
Perth Amboy, NJ | Reviewed on May 30, 2022

Before I go any further Andrea is the best planner, travel agent and person we have ever worked with, he is the best! bravo Andrea, bravo.

Our trip was perfection, from landing to departing. Well planned, drivers on time, guides on time and educated at each destination where Pompeii, Naples or Rome...we can away from each guided tour with so much knowledge!

Our hotels were perfecto, thank you Andrea...all in City centers, all with easy to access transportation. Hotel staff in all three... read more

Before I go any further Andrea is the best planner, travel agent and person we have ever worked with, he is the best! bravo Andrea, bravo.

Our trip was perfection, from landing to departing. Well planned, drivers on time, guides on time and educated at each destination where Pompeii, Naples or Rome...we can away from each guided tour with so much knowledge!

Our hotels were perfecto, thank you Andrea...all in City centers, all with easy to access transportation. Hotel staff in all three hotels, Naples, Positano and Rome were very nice.

Andrea planned our vacation out to the max, we left it in his hands and he did a great job. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND KIM KIM and our Agent ANDREA. Anyone one I know thinking about Italy...use this service.

BRAVO!

Hotel Reviews
Palazzo Alabardieri
Naples

Right in city center, staff were excellent. Loved the experience.

Tips for future travelers

Not at this time.

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Hotel La Bougainville
Positano

THE VIEWS!

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Alexandra
Rome

Great staff, small but perfect...

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Staff
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Activity Reviews
Naples guided walk
Italy
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Pompeii ruin visit with a private guide
Italy

unreal experience

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Day trip to Capri Island from The Amalfi Coast - small group
Italy

The BEST!!!!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Rome Private Guided Walk
Rome

Amazing!!!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica - private guide
Rome

AMAZING

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Colosseum and Roman Forum - Private guide
Rome

Great!

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Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on May 30, 2022

Thank you so much Christopher for your very nice words!
We love travelling and being travelers ourselves we take trips seriously. Meaning trips need to be well planned and lot of fun! It was a pleasure working with you and we will be happy to assist you anytime you want to travel.
Grazie e a presto!

Thank you Andrea!!
Italy | May 7 - May 15, 2022

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Maddie H.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on May 16, 2022

We LOVED our trip to Italy planned by Andrea! Our travel was seamless and well thought out, and our activities were perfectly aligned with our requests. Andrea was so helpful and responsive to our endless questions, and we really appreciated how quickly he replied. Our favorite things had to be the wonderful Podere Brizio in Tuscany, or the wine tasting near San Gimignano. They were such peaceful and lovely places.

We absolutely recommend Andrea and any (or all) of the places we went in... read more

We LOVED our trip to Italy planned by Andrea! Our travel was seamless and well thought out, and our activities were perfectly aligned with our requests. Andrea was so helpful and responsive to our endless questions, and we really appreciated how quickly he replied. Our favorite things had to be the wonderful Podere Brizio in Tuscany, or the wine tasting near San Gimignano. They were such peaceful and lovely places.

We absolutely recommend Andrea and any (or all) of the places we went in Italy!

Hotel Review
Podere Brizio
Montalcino

Podere Brizio is a peaceful and wonderful place to stay near Montalcino. We loved everything about it and can't recommend it enough.

Tips for future travelers

No, just enjoy!

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Activity Review
Wine tasting in Tuscany countryside (1 winery)
Italy
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Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Thank you very much Maddie! We are extremely happy you a had a great time in Italy.
We love travelling and we love hunting for unique places that we can share with travelers from around the world.
All the best and ... a presto.

12 Days in Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome)
Italy | Apr 17 - Apr 28, 2022

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Alec R.
Roswell, GA | Reviewed on Apr 29, 2022

Wow! Where to begin. I just got back from a 12-day trip to Italy with two other friends that was planned through kimkim. I discovered the site while looking at premade itineraries and decided to go ahead and plan a customized itinerary with a local specialist. I was then set up with Andrea, our local specialist through kimkim. He created the most perfect trip I could have ever asked for. Every request we had was answered, he went through extra effort to change things along the way so that we... read more

Wow! Where to begin. I just got back from a 12-day trip to Italy with two other friends that was planned through kimkim. I discovered the site while looking at premade itineraries and decided to go ahead and plan a customized itinerary with a local specialist. I was then set up with Andrea, our local specialist through kimkim. He created the most perfect trip I could have ever asked for. Every request we had was answered, he went through extra effort to change things along the way so that we had the perfect itinerary ready to go. He was able to customize different types of tours (Small group vs private group), different classes of train travel, and various transportation options. Each thing he planned for us went so smoothly. Traveling internationally can be intimidating at times when trying to plan certain aspects; but with kimkim and Andrea, it was seamless. Not only was he incredibly responsive during the planning of the trip, but once we arrived, Andrea was always there to answer my questions and concerns through texting and calling. Anything that arose, such as wanting to book extra tours or booking covid tests to get back to America or confirming tour guides' names, Andrea was there to help in an incredibly timely manner. Some of our highlights were all of our guided tours of museums such as the Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery, Vatican city, and our private wine tour through Tuscany. Each of our tour guides was incredibly kind and educated in their respective field of expertise. Our wine tour guide Fillipo was a Sommelier, our Rome city stroll guide Ferdinando was a Ph.D. in Archeology, and all of our art guides were masters or Ph.D.s in Art history. Each one was superb. I often saw many other tourists in large groups of 15+ with microphones and earpieces and they were booked at the same price as some of our tours. Without a doubt, our tours were more personal and better. I could go on for many more paragraphs about how great of a trip this was, how easy it was to book and create my perfect itinerary, and how helpful my local specialist Andrea was, but I will save your eyes! I was unfamiliar with kimkim before this trip, but because of their and Andreas' incredible work and help, I will be booking all my future trips with the company. Do not hesitate to book with them; you will be missing out if you don't!

Activity Review
Winery and Tuscany day including San Gimignano and Chianti wine
Italy

What an amazing day we had in Tuscany. Our day began with meeting our guide Filippo. We booked it as a small group trip (up to 8 people) but lucked out by being just the three of us and Filippo. He took us first to San Gimignano to have a short time to explore this incredible piece of history. Next, we traveled to two vineyards and were given amazing tours at each. The tasting, the private four-course lunch, and the tours were incredible. Not only were the guides at each vineyard kind and informed, but Fillipo always had more to add to make our experience better. He is a sommelier, training for his level 3 exam, and it showed. He knew so much about tasting and making wine and was able to impart great knowledge to each of us. It was an incredible day and I would highly recommend it.

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Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Apr 30, 2022

Hi Alec, it was a pleasure having you as traveler and thank you very much for your kind words.
We took special care in choosing guides, drivers and in designing trips that are well balanced and fully enjoyable. I am very glad you had good time and looking forward to assisting you with your next trip.

Wonderful "first" International Trip to Sicily
Italy | Mar 20 - Apr 2, 2022

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Karen R.
Castle Rock, CO | Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

This was my first international trip and it couldn't have been more memorable! Our travel director, Andrea Gambino was wonderful! He was available for 3 zoom calls prior to departure. He was so easy to contact when we were in Sicily traveling from one city to the next. He chose delightful hotels and everything was paid up front and so there were no hidden fees upon check-out. The drivers, Marco and Antonio, were great. I felt like we got to know them and their families and asked them to... read more

This was my first international trip and it couldn't have been more memorable! Our travel director, Andrea Gambino was wonderful! He was available for 3 zoom calls prior to departure. He was so easy to contact when we were in Sicily traveling from one city to the next. He chose delightful hotels and everything was paid up front and so there were no hidden fees upon check-out. The drivers, Marco and Antonio, were great. I felt like we got to know them and their families and asked them to join us for a meal if possible. They were dressed so professionally and even had bottled water, umbrellas, and sweets for us in the car. They were very knowledgeable and conversed freely with us about the places we were visiting. The hotels Andrea picked were perfect. I especially liked the hotel in Taormina - Hotel Casa Adele; and the Baglio San Nicola farm hotel near Agrigento. Both were family owned and were so unique and friendly. We got to know the families that owned these hotels and therefore got to know more about the Sicilian people. the tour guides were Alessandro Rustico, Lilly Galetta and Maria. Alessandro and Maria had doctorates in Archeology. All three were wonderful tour guides - I feel like I could stay for several hours more with them to learn many interesting facts about Sicily. They were so friendly and passionate about what they were teaching us. Andrea gave us restaurant suggestions and the ones we chose on his list were close to our hotels and had delicious, authentic Sicilian dishes that were not "tourist traps". I could go on and on about how "perfect" this trip was as arranged by Andrea and kimkim. I would choose this travel agency and Andrea for every trip I take in the future if possible.

Hotel Review
Hotel Casa Adele
Taormina

This was a wonderful - family owned hotel- in Taormina. I will always come back to stay here when I am in Taormina. The owner was so friendly and gave us personal service at all times. He recommended restaurants and answered all questions. The rooms were very clean and beautiful. This was an amazing hotel - perfect location for sight seeing around Taormina.

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Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Thank you very much for your wonderful words! We do our best so that a trip can be a unique experience, that you will enjoy again and again with the good memories you take back home.

Clueless Travelers had the trip of a lifetime!
Italy | Apr 3 - Apr 10, 2022

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Rob F.
Lansdale, PA | Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

When we decided to visit Italy we knew we would need help and guidance. We have never traveled to Europe and we were visiting our daughter studying abroad in Rome. We really just stumbled upon KimKim. However Andrea, who runs KimKim for Italy, was excellent. He was responsive, experienced, and helped us plan everything. We relied heavily on his experience and expertise. By doing this, we were rewarded immensely.
Andrea got to know us and once he knew we were “clueless”, he put together the... read more

When we decided to visit Italy we knew we would need help and guidance. We have never traveled to Europe and we were visiting our daughter studying abroad in Rome. We really just stumbled upon KimKim. However Andrea, who runs KimKim for Italy, was excellent. He was responsive, experienced, and helped us plan everything. We relied heavily on his experience and expertise. By doing this, we were rewarded immensely.
Andrea got to know us and once he knew we were “clueless”, he put together the most detailed trip and took care of everything!
Everyday was planned out from hotels, to drivers, to guides, restaurants, plus travel tips basically everything we never thought of. Andrea took care of everything.
Each day besides arrival day had basically a half day plan or guide. We went from Rome to Naples to Florence and back to Rome. All within 8 days. Everything was planned out - hotels, drivers, trains, taxis etc. The transfer between cities was flawless. Andrea’s drivers were always on time and provided first class service! They were extraordinary. The hotels were each one - everything we wanted. All different and memorable. The staff at each hotel was very attentive and the breakfast at each was excellent.

However for us the best experience we had was with the guides! We really didn’t understand what that experience would be like. My wife and I always like the educational aspect and these guides were fantastic. We had the same guide in Rome for two tours - she was so sweet and knowledgeable. We liked her very much. Our guide in Naples was just as charming and knowledgeable. She really made a difference in us getting to know Naples and the people of that city. Again she was excellent. Then we went to Pompeii and that was a highlight of our trip - we were transported into a Roman village. We did not expect Pompeii to have the effect it did on us. Our tour guide brought that Roman village alive. She was amazing. In Florence it was the same experience. Our guide showed up early and she gave us a wonderful tour of Florence and the David statue. She was special in that she gave us so much history around the city Florence. We really didn’t know that much about Florence so it was very memorable.

So what more can I say. The execution of Andrea’s plan was flawless. The people were extraordinary. The trip was amazing and it’s something we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
Thank you Andrea and thank you KimKim!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Alexandra
Rome

Perfect location! Very attentive staff! The accommodations were very European.

Authenticity & Character
Very European
Location
Perfect Location
Staff
Very attentive
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Piazza Bellini & Apartments
Naples

Very modern hotel! We liked the setup and the atmosphere. Excellent breakfast

Authenticity & Character
Style and service
Location
Good location we had everything we need within walking distance
Staff
Good staff very attentive
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and liked the vibe
Hotel Il Guelfo Bianco
Florence

Great hotel! The hotel really expressed the city of Florence. Excellent service staff! Very attentive and helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Hotel expressed the city of Florence
Location
Perfect location
Staff
Excellent staff very attentive
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beautiful rooms
Activity Reviews
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica - private guide
Rome

Our guide was excellent. She was so very knowledgeable and friendly. They was an almost immediate connection. She brought the history surrounding the Vatican alive. She was patient and allowed us to move at our own pace. Wonderful experience and you could tell she was a wonderful person!

Quality of Experience
The knowledge shared
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Excellent guide very friendly and a lovely oerson
Transport
Naples guided walk
Italy

Our guide was excellent. She was very friendly and was so proud of Naples. She lived in Naples her entire life. She showed us places and Naples life that I believe kk one on their own could experience. She really brought Naples to life for us. What an excellent guide.

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Wine tasting in Tuscany countryside (1 winery)
Italy

Great experience, wonderful service, beautiful environment. It was a fantastic day. The wine was excellent and I look forward to drinking the bottles I purchased very soon.

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Naples guided walk
Italy

Our guide was excellent. She was very friendly and was so proud of Naples. She lived in Naples her entire life. She showed us places and Naples life that I believe kk one on their own could experience. She really brought Naples to life for us. What an excellent guide.

Quality of Experience
Excellent tour a side of Naples rarely seen
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Pompeii ruin visit with a private guide
Italy

Our guide brought the Roman village of 0 Pompeii alive! She was excellent and this was an experience to remember.

Quality of Experience
Brought Pompeii alive!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Florence private guided walk including Accademia Gallery
Florence

Our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable! We learned so much about the history of Florence. The guided tour and the history was very memorable. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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Colosseum and Roman Forum - Private guide
Rome

We were blessed to have this tour guide twice! Another excellent experience. She knows EVERYTHING about the Colosseum and Roman Forum. We learned so much and she again was very patient and friendly. We really did enjoy her company.

Quality of Experience
Wonderful tour guide
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Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Rob you cannot even imagine how happy I was readying your review. I do appreciate all the kind words and the feedback you shared. This is job and passion for me. I am a traveler as well and I know how much each traveler dream about his trip and that a trip can be a life time memory.
Any time you want, I will be happy to welcome you again in my beautiful country.

Take this trip before you see the more famous parts of Italy.
Italy | Mar 23 - Apr 1, 2022

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Joan W.
East Wareham, MA | Reviewed on Apr 11, 2022

Our guides in Matera, Alberobello and Lecce were excellent. Enthusiastic and well informed about the history and other more mundane things we showed interest in.
We loved Matera, Bari, Alberobello and Lecce and we were very happy with our hotels. The stay at the masseria was particularly notable for the wonderful food.

Andrea did a great job helping us plan this trip. He had to endure our frequent changes and our last minute decision to take the tour despite Covid warnings. We managed... read more

Our guides in Matera, Alberobello and Lecce were excellent. Enthusiastic and well informed about the history and other more mundane things we showed interest in.
We loved Matera, Bari, Alberobello and Lecce and we were very happy with our hotels. The stay at the masseria was particularly notable for the wonderful food.

Andrea did a great job helping us plan this trip. He had to endure our frequent changes and our last minute decision to take the tour despite Covid warnings. We managed to get through from Sicily and Puglia without getting sick. It was a most memorable experience.

Hotel Review
Ai Terrazzini
Matera

The site of this hotel was perfect. The view from the windows and the terrace outside our room added to the magic of this amazing town.

Authenticity & Character
The rooms set in the old caves.
Location
The views.
Staff
Friendly, helpful service.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Matera Guided Walk
Italy

A very knowledgeable guide who made occasional stops to talk to us as our older group wound our way up the hills. He also pointed out trips in the town that we should do on our own.

Quality of Experience
The amazing history and the rehabilitation of the town.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Apr 11, 2022

Thank you very much Joan, very glad you enjoyed your trip and the Puglia experience.

Trip to Sicily - Spring 2022
Italy | Mar 20 - Apr 2, 2022

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Sarah W.
Jackson, WY | Reviewed on Apr 08, 2022

My mom and I had an amazing time in Sicily! Our trip planner, Andrea, was outstanding. We were definitely in good hands. He was there every step of the way in case we had any troubles or questions at all. Every one of his hotel, restaurant, etc. suggestions were superb. We would have had a lot less enjoyable trip without him.

Andrea arranged the most phenomenal guides on this trip. Lilly showed us around Catania, Taormina, and Ortigia. She's so knowledgeable and incredibly friendly. Also... read more

My mom and I had an amazing time in Sicily! Our trip planner, Andrea, was outstanding. We were definitely in good hands. He was there every step of the way in case we had any troubles or questions at all. Every one of his hotel, restaurant, etc. suggestions were superb. We would have had a lot less enjoyable trip without him.

Andrea arranged the most phenomenal guides on this trip. Lilly showed us around Catania, Taormina, and Ortigia. She's so knowledgeable and incredibly friendly. Also Alessandro was our guide in Siracusa, Noto, and Ragusa. He knows his history! It was like having a college professor taking you around Sicily. We learned so much from him. Lorenzo led us through The Valley of the Temples. His presentation was so inspiring. Maria did a great job as well in Selinunte. She's got so much knowledge as well. I was honestly so impressed by how knowledgeable all of our guides were as well as how incredibly kind and hospitable. I would highly recommend them to anyone who wishes to learn more about the culture and history of Sicily.

Overall this was an outstanding trip that we will never forget.

Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Apr 08, 2022

Thank you very much Sarah for your comment and review. I do love my job and I do try the experiences I offer: reading your words it was like enjoying them for a second time.

It is very important to me that our travelers appreciate the passion and the care we all put in creating special Italian travel experiences.

A wonderful experience in Puglia
Italy | Mar 23 - Apr 1, 2022

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Nancy J.
Fairhaven, MA | Reviewed on Apr 04, 2022

Andrea was wonderful and patient to work with during these turbulent times. Always responsive and flexible regarding our requests and changes. Our drivers were great except for the one from Ostuni to Lecce who needs to have a hands free visable phone so not to take his eyes off the road. In comparison to our OAT trip in Sicily prior to Puglia the Puglia guides were very knowledgable, but seemed less “into it”/passionate. Overall we were very happy with the trip and really enjoyed Puglia. ... read more

Andrea was wonderful and patient to work with during these turbulent times. Always responsive and flexible regarding our requests and changes. Our drivers were great except for the one from Ostuni to Lecce who needs to have a hands free visable phone so not to take his eyes off the road. In comparison to our OAT trip in Sicily prior to Puglia the Puglia guides were very knowledgable, but seemed less “into it”/passionate. Overall we were very happy with the trip and really enjoyed Puglia. No reservation about making recommendation for kim kim , Puglia,and especially Andrea.

Hotel Review
Boutique Hotel Palazzo Calo'
Bari

Wonderful location, wish there had been a typical breakfast but breakfast room not open. They left breakfast items in the room (kitchenette) Be aware that our bed was in loft accessed by a flight of stairs- could be an issue for some. No English tv station

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Activity Reviews
Matera Guided Walk
Italy
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Matera Guided Walk
Italy
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Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Apr 04, 2022

Thank you very much Nancy for the feedback and for you nice words. We will take it into great consideration in order to keep on improving our quality service.

Italy Dream Trip
Italy | Mar 19 - Mar 25, 2022

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Rebecca B.
Fort Pierce, FL | Reviewed on Apr 01, 2022

Simply amazing! Our trip was everything I wished And More. Since I started designing the trip with Andrea he got a quick idea of what I was looking for and given that there were so many possibilities he helped me narrow down ideas and design an amazing experience specially that would cater to our seven and thirteen year old kids.
Even before departing Andrea took care of us and made sure we were set to enter Italy. Once we arrived at the airport in Rome, Mateo received us and took us to our... read more

Simply amazing! Our trip was everything I wished And More. Since I started designing the trip with Andrea he got a quick idea of what I was looking for and given that there were so many possibilities he helped me narrow down ideas and design an amazing experience specially that would cater to our seven and thirteen year old kids.
Even before departing Andrea took care of us and made sure we were set to enter Italy. Once we arrived at the airport in Rome, Mateo received us and took us to our hotel everything went on smoothly and every guide we encountered was incredible. Kiara in Rome was the best Roman guide we could have ever asked for! Then our amazing cooking class in Tuscany was my dream come true. The cooking experience in such an amazing place was a life-changing experience for me and my children.
Lucia in Florence and Enrico y Venice we also great. We enjoyed every detail they had with us specially the scavenger hunt in Venice which was a very different way of learning and touring the city. The hotels we were booked in we’re extremely good and complied with everything I requested I would definitely stay in those places again and recommend them. I wish Andrea could be our travel designer for all our trips!!
Looking forward to our return to Italy❤️❤️

Hotel Review
Lh Royal Suites
Rome
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Activity Review
Rome Private Golf Cart tour
Rome

Chiara was amazing and pleasing! Amazing guide

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Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Apr 01, 2022

Hi Rebecca,
thank you very much! Travelling is my passion and sharing my local knowledge with you it is what I love! So glad you enjoyed the trip I created and the unique experiences I selected.
It was a great pleasure working with you.

Andrea

No detail too small and really goes the extra mile
Italy | Mar 18 - Mar 23, 2022

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ANGELA W.
Germany | Reviewed on Apr 01, 2022

Andrea was a pleasure to deal with , no detail was left out and the clients wishes were all taken into account each step of the way.
I would not hesitate to recommend anyone to deal with Andrea no request is too small and he really goes the extra mile for your clients.
I look forward to working with Andrea again in the near future

Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Apr 01, 2022

Hi Angie,
thank you very much for your nice words. As traveler myself, I do know how important is to look after details and travel plans.

Looking forward to working with you soon.
Andrea

Custom trip to Sicily by Andrea
Italy | Feb 27 - Mar 8, 2022

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Andrea B.
Canada | Reviewed on Mar 10, 2022

Andrea put together a great personalized trip for us to Sicily. We strongly recommend his services. We were very happy with the locations and activities he picked for us and the time he allotted for each location. His advice and suggestions were exactly what we needed and he was always available and very responsive to any challenges or questions along the way. The local guides he selected were fantastic and the accommodations were outstanding. He jumped in quickly to solve COVID... read more

Andrea put together a great personalized trip for us to Sicily. We strongly recommend his services. We were very happy with the locations and activities he picked for us and the time he allotted for each location. His advice and suggestions were exactly what we needed and he was always available and very responsive to any challenges or questions along the way. The local guides he selected were fantastic and the accommodations were outstanding. He jumped in quickly to solve COVID testing issues for us and was consistently looking for ways to aid our trip while we were in Sicily.

Hotel Reviews
Asmundo di Gisira
Catania

Wonderful welcoming staff. Glorious location. Room was amazing and breakfast fantastic.

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Villa La Lumia B&B Suites & Apartments
Agrigento

Loved the location and views. We recommend taking in the family meal here. The room was fantastic and unique.

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Activity Reviews
Temple valley guided visit
Italy

Lorenzo was wonderful. He is local and really did an amazing job of recreating an image of 460 BC Sicily. We strongly recommend him as a guide.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Lorenzo is amazing.
Cooking Class
Italy

Daniella provided a very special experience for us. She welcomed us to her Baglio (17th century fortified farm house) like family. We had a great time learning about and preparing and eating Sicilian food. WE STRONGLY recommend this experience.

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Daniella really is fantastic. The whole experience was fantastic.
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Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Mar 13, 2022

Thank you very much Andrea for your nice words. I am a traveler myself and I know how is important to have a trip well planned and exciting. I am so glad you enjoyed the trip I designed for you and you could experience the best Sicily has to offer.

What a God send Andrea was ! We had never t...
Italy | Oct 6 - Oct 15, 2021

Michael
Michael B.
Portland, OR | Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

What a God send Andrea was ! We had never taken a trip to Europe before when we decided to just do it ! Once we purchased our plane tickets we realized we had no idea where to start next and how to get the most out of only 12 days. That is when we turned to Andrea for help. Within 2 days he had a perfect itinerary set up for us flying into Rome and from there to the Amalfi Coast-Florence and then Venice.
Andrea took care of everything! He purchased our passes to all the private... read more

What a God send Andrea was ! We had never taken a trip to Europe before when we decided to just do it ! Once we purchased our plane tickets we realized we had no idea where to start next and how to get the most out of only 12 days. That is when we turned to Andrea for help. Within 2 days he had a perfect itinerary set up for us flying into Rome and from there to the Amalfi Coast-Florence and then Venice.
Andrea took care of everything! He purchased our passes to all the private tours, booked our first class train tickets and arranged private first class private transportation to and from all destinations ( not once was a driver late) as well as top notch hotels.. He even recommended which restaurants to try as he had personally tried them himself. The truly amazing factor was Andrea himself. He literally messaged us daily to notify us of recommendations and to ensure all was going well
We highly recommend his services to you ! He made our trip a complete success

Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

Michael, I thank you so much for your very kind words. I am a traveler myself and I know how important is that when you are visiting a foreign country all trip run as smooth as possible and it is a lot of fun. To me travelling it is not only putting a flag on a map, but it is experiencing the destination and we try to assist our guest with this.
Hope to see you soon here.

Andrea was great through the entire planning ...
Italy | Sep 3 - Sep 8, 2021

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Liz M.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Andrea was great through the entire planning process to the completion of the trip. I will def use him again for my next trip to Italy. The guides and drivers were top notch, the recommended restaurants and activities allowed us to have a wonderful Vacation.

Thank you, Andrea!! You're the best!

Local specialist: Andrea Gambino
Andrea
Andrea Gambino
Local specialist in Turin, Italy | Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Thank you very much Liz for your nice words. For us it is extremely important to provide an outstanding service: we are travelers and travel lovers so we do understand how important and valuable every single part of a trip is.
It is not just about seeing a place, but we believe it is important to have a full enjoyable experience.
We are looking forward to assisting you soon for your next trip to Italy.
All the best.
Andrea