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Chiara Donati

I was lucky enough to be born in one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Rome!
But I grew up in Tuscia, an area of the Lazio region, that allowed me to discover enchanting and unusual places near my hometown. I currently live in Perugia in the Umbria region.
I have always loved traveling and organising my itineraries both in Italy and abroad, that's why I studied and I have been working in the tourism field. Over the years, I have specialised in trips to Italy.
I love being a Travel Specialist and sharing my personal insights with travellers. I think there is no greater joy than making the people who travel under my guidance happy. Let's discover Italy together!

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"As it was for my colleague Maria Grazia, my trip to Tokyo was an unforgettable experience for me too.
It was a group trip that lasted 8 days where I joined with my younger brother. I met guys who came from all over Italy and I still keep in touch with some of them.
If I think about it, it still doesn't seem true to me that I have visited such a beautiful land, full of charm. Japan offers strong emotions, which leave an indelible mark on the soul and I couldn't understand it without setting foot there. It took a moment to fall in love with Tokyo, a big city that overwhelms you with its perfumes and the kind heart of its inhabitants. I felt like I was in another universe!
Can't wait to go back."

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Recent trip reviews for Chiara

Italy was AMAZING!!
Italy | Jun 22 - Jul 2, 2024

Cher
Cher W.
Camarillo, CA | Reviewed on Jul 04, 2024
The trip to Italy was amazing. It was stress free knowing all the logistics had already been put into place by KimKim. Chiara was terrific to work with and very dedicated to ensure all details were put in place. The transportation services used made it easy to travel between the multiple cities stress free. The hotels selected were in prime
areas in the center of town, were clean and offered everything we needed. We loved every tour we selected and the guides were all very knowledgable,...
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The trip to Italy was amazing. It was stress free knowing all the logistics had already been put into place by KimKim. Chiara was terrific to work with and very dedicated to ensure all details were put in place. The transportation services used made it easy to travel between the multiple cities stress free. The hotels selected were in prime
areas in the center of town, were clean and offered everything we needed. We loved every tour we selected and the guides were all very knowledgable, friendly and made sure we were safe at all times.

We will definitely be using KimKim for our next adventure!! Thank you for everything!!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Punta Molino
Ischia

Beautiful resort! Friendly staff, clean rooms and first class staff. We loved the breakfast buffet with ocean views!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel La Rosa dei Venti
Positano

Beautiful hotel rooms, located in a prime area of Positano.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Balestri
Florence

Great location and friendly staff!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lunetta Hotel & Spa Roma
Rome

Great hotel in the center of town.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Downhill To Florence Bike Tour
Downhill To Florence Bike Tour
Italy

Amazing bike tour in the countryside. We loved our guide and the route he selected. We stopped at a lovely Boutique Olive Oil farm for a tour and tasting. The host was knowledgeable and friendly treating us like family.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Friendly, knowledgeable, considerate
Transport
Private Walking tour Path of Gods
Private Walking tour Path of Gods
Italy

Beautiful hike along the Amalfi Coastline.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very knowledgeable, friendly and ensured our safety.
Transport
Full Day Tour Amalfi Coast with Lunch
Full Day Tour Amalfi Coast with Lunch
Positano

The full day tour along the Amalfi coast was stunning! The driver customized the tour to our wants and needs and was very knowledgeable about the area. We had a delicious lunch with beautiful ocean views. Best tour of the trip.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The driver Mossimo was friendly, knowledgeable and a great driver!!
Transport
All Rome in one day: Golf cart, Colosseum & Vatican Private guided tour
All Rome in one day: Golf cart, Colosseum & Vatican Private guided tour
Rome

Great tour of the city, making it very easy to get around to see as much as we could in one day. Absolutely loved the tour guide. He was knowledgeable, funny and a great navigator around the busy summer traffic and crowds.

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Local specialist: Chiara Donati
Chiara
Chiara Donati
Local specialist in Torre del Greco | Replied on Jul 04, 2024

Dear Cher,
Thank you so much for your review! We're thrilled to hear that your trip to Italy was amazing and stress-free. We take pride in selecting accommodations that enhance our travelers' experiences. Moreover, we're glad that you enjoyed every tour!

We look forward to helping you plan your next adventure. Thank you once again for choosing Storywalking and we can't wait to assist you with another trip!

All the best & Arrivederci!
Chiara

Guides made the trip come alive !
Italy | Sep 8 - Sep 22, 2023

John
John C.
New Orleans, LA | Reviewed on Sep 24, 2023
Our Travel Specialist- Chiara did a great job understanding our plan needs and then creating a plan than covered many needs before and after our cruise from Ravenna to our Milan departure. Driver-specifically Stefano was excellent in meeting and welcoming us to Bologna and then being our driver for Parmesan Reggiano dairy and full day touring to Milan … he was on time and very professional with his driving. Hotels — all were excellent and met our needs very well for being close to... Read more

Our Travel Specialist- Chiara did a great job understanding our plan needs and then creating a plan than covered many needs before and after our cruise from Ravenna to our Milan departure.

Driver-specifically Stefano was excellent in meeting and welcoming us to Bologna and then being our driver for Parmesan Reggiano dairy and full day touring to Milan … he was on time and very professional with his driving.

Hotels — all were excellent and met our needs very well for being close to city centers, 3-4 stars and clean. We especially enjoyed the Bologna Hotel Metropolitan for the balcony/terrace on our room and then the rooftop lounge was wonderful evening spot. Milan Hotel De Spadari was outstanding for service and proximity to all of the key areas of Milan.

Guides— in Ravenna our guide Sylvia was very knowledgeable and comfortable to be with and was helpful about good restaurants in area.
Bologna- our walking food tour guide Mattea was great to walk us through the city area and provide explanations about food and traditions. We appreciated his concern about Gluten Free for Mary and providing options.
Parmesan Reggiano-Franseca was excellent in explaining and answering our questions about cheese making.
Modena Balsamic Vinegar-Magadelena did a wonderful job explaining and her best work was tasting/sampling Balsamic Vinegars.
Milan - Lara was our best guide because of her true passion for the history and helping us understand what and why are seeing the items. She was a genuine person that asked us questions and was enthusiastic along with being engaging.

We enjoyed our work with Storytelling and appreciated the daily check in’s. At first I was apprehensive not to have phone #’s for drivers and guides….but I let go of that concern after I saw how “on time” and drivers/guides show up where and when they were supposed to be!! Big point for us! We hope to use Kim Kim in the future for planning! Thank you!

Hotel Reviews
Palazzo Bezzi
Ravenna
Authenticity & Character
Clean
Location
Close to City Center
Staff
Helpful with restaurants and reservations
Cleanliness & Comfort
Metropolitan Hotel Bologna
Bologna

Excellent location, excellent balcony and great breakfast. Best of all was the Rooftop lounge and service

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Very helpful upon checkin
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean bathroom area
Hotel Spadari Al Duomo
Milan

Loved the decor and location. Great hotel close to the city center

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Helpful front desk
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Bologna Walking Tour - Food & Wine
Bologna Walking Tour - Food & Wine
Bologna

The food and wine tour in Bologna was fantastic. It was great to have those personal experiences and see everything firsthand. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Parmigiano Reggiano cheese tasting tour (private)
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese tasting tour (private)
Italy

The cheese tasting tour was very cool. It was great to be part of it and see all the processes. I really enjoyed it.

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Local specialist: Chiara Donati
Chiara
Chiara Donati
Local specialist in Torre del Greco | Replied on Sep 25, 2023

Dear John,
We're delighted by your positive feedback on your recent travel experience with us! Your kind words about Stefano, the hotels, and our guides are greatly appreciated. We're so happy that you had such a memorable journey. At Storywalking, we take pride in crafting tailored travel experiences, and we're pleased to have met your expectations. Your trust in us means a lot, and we hope to have the pleasure of assisting you with your future travel plans.

Warm regards and until the next time! :)
Chiara

Most Amazing Adventures Through Italy
Italy | Jun 2 - Jun 11, 2023

Julie
Julie G.
Lake Butler, FL | Reviewed on Jun 18, 2023
Where do I start?! A million thank-you's to Chiara for an absolutely unforgettable trip to Italy. This was our son's graduation gift - his choice for us to travel through Italy. I worked with KimKim for our trip to Costa Rica last summer - and was very eager to see what would come about when I inquired about a trip through Italy. Chiara did an amazing job for us. She listened to my desires, was eager to swap things around, add and omit certain activities/excursions/change... Read more

Where do I start?! A million thank-you's to Chiara for an absolutely unforgettable trip to Italy. This was our son's graduation gift - his choice for us to travel through Italy. I worked with KimKim for our trip to Costa Rica last summer - and was very eager to see what would come about when I inquired about a trip through Italy.

Chiara did an amazing job for us. She listened to my desires, was eager to swap things around, add and omit certain activities/excursions/change accommodations to suit us. She focused on the location of our accommodations for my family, timing of excursions, and took care of all transport from getting off the airplane until 11 days later when getting back on the airplane. I LOVE these trips through KimKim - I do not have to lift a finger while traveling. I don't have to worry about the timing of anything - it is all done for me. We are a very well-travelled family, but on these in-depth trips, it is so nice to have a local expert of the country do the foot work for me. Chiara always responded quickly when planning.

One other thing I loved about working with Chiara and her team, is the App they provided me with just prior to our departure for Italy. It had all our itinerary/tickets/information on it, day by day, and it even had a chat/message feature that I used a few times to get in touch with someone when I had a question. They always responded immediately. I was also provided with a personal phone number to use 24/7 in case we needed anything. It was so reassuring that we had support if need be.

All of our tours and excursions were second to none. Private walking/historical tours of Venice, a private boat tour/excursion around the Venice Harbour and to Murano as well as a gorgeous gondola ride in the evening. In Florence we were given information of the many museums and churches to tour, walks and sights to see. Once in Sorrento, we had the most amazing private boat tour to Capri, spending the day visiting the island and boating the gorgeous waters. Once in Rome, we started with a Vespa Side Car Tour of the entire city, stopping off at the major sights, we had a private tour of the Colosseum as well as the Vatican. And again, in between, private transport (all were amazing and incredibly professional) and trains, made this a trip of a lifetime!!

I with I could personally thank Chiara and give her a big hug. I can plan a trip, but having someone who is a local and knows the country, the cities, the intricacies, makes all the difference. It was fun seeing our trip come together in the beginning, and now that it is over, I am filled with overwhelming gratitude to Chiara. I could not have done this without her. So, thank you.

In closing, I am incredibly excited to plan my next trip through KimKim. I tell all my family and friends about KimKim - I am hooked!! Will be a customer for life!! Thank you <3

Hotel Reviews
Locanda Leon Bianco on the Grand Canal
Venice

This is such a historical hotel - incredibly small (most in Venice are). The only reason I took one star away is because the reception (front desk) does not open until 8:00 a.m., as well as the breakfast - the first seating is at 8:00 a.m. Other than that, it is a quirky, gorgeous European hotel with an amazing location!!! My favorite was when the hotel manager was awaiting our arrival from the water taxi from the airport at their "pier"!! Great personal service!

Authenticity & Character
It's history - next to the oldest building in Venice.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
We had an incredibly large room for a family of 4!!
Hotel Orto De' Medici
Florence
Authenticity & Character
Michelangelo learned to paint and sculpt in the courtyard of this hotel!! Beautiful, well kept, stunning architecture.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palazzo Guardati Hotel Sorrento
Sorrento

The location is the best part of this hotel. It is directly city-center. It is quick - you have to roll your luggage through a small alley between restaurants to get to it (what a memory!) - but that is part of the charm. The hotel itself is beautiful - the bathroom was amazing, but the rooms could be painted/decorated more of a Mediterranean style and this would work so much better than the harsh gold paint and very antique furnishings inside the rooms. As well, that picture of the pool you see is very deceiving - it really is the size of a hot tub - probably holds 6 people sitting. So I wouldn't go there for the pool, however, the rooftop / veranda with sun loungers is wonderful, amazing service for cocktails in the evening, and the most amazing views of Mount Vesuvius.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms could/should be updated with brighter, more modern, Mediterranean style decor/furnishings.
Monti Palace Hotel Rome
Rome

This was a beautiful hotel - much like most small European hotels, you see only the doorway from the street view, and then it opens up on the inside. The staff were incredibly attentive. The breakfast was superb - unfortunately due to early morning excursions/flights, we missed 2 of the 3 we were scheduled to have. Our room was incredibly modern, absolutely amazing bathrooms. Though it was loud - you could hear the noise in the streets at night - but that is Rome!! As far as location - Rome is so spread out - so this was a great location to the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain (a bit of a walk) and the Pantheon. However, anything is walkable if you are willing. Wonderful restaurants nearby. Just a bit far from the Spanish Steps/Borghese Gardens.

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Location
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Activity Reviews
Murano Island Excursion
Murano Island Excursion
Venice

I didn't realize we would have the boat to ourselves for 3 hours!! Amazing. Nicolette was wonderful - super cool and informative! Loved her. Though - didn't love the hard sell of the man who brought us on the tour of the Glass Factory - we just wanted to look and he wanted to sell!!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Evening Gondola Ride Venice & City Stroll
Private Evening Gondola Ride Venice & City Stroll
Venice

This was a wonderful insight into the city of Venice. It's one thing to go to a city, but to understand the city and see its intricacies is another thing. We love history and learning, and this was a wonderful, leisurely walking tour onto a private gondola ride!!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Exclusive Capri Boat Tour and Blue Grotto by Sorrento
Exclusive Capri Boat Tour and Blue Grotto by Sorrento
Italy

Loved it - a must do!! Small groups (don't do those huge boats with dozens of people) only 8 people on our gorgeous boat, lunch, Capri, swimming, drinks, pictures, information, so much fun!!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Vespa Sidecar Tour in Rome
Vespa Sidecar Tour in Rome
Rome

Best "welcome to Rome" tour ever. They touched on everything - we saw everything, stopped, learned so much history we otherwise wouldn't have. Rome came to life for us after this tour. Amazing and so much fun!!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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The Best of Colosseum & Ancient Rome With Exclusive Arena Access
The Best of Colosseum & Ancient Rome With Exclusive Arena Access
Rome

Our tour guide was amazing - though I don't think you need the VR experience. We really didn't use it. But I absolutely recommend Liv Tours for a private tour of the Colosseum - NO BIG GROUP TOURS. Private is the way to go - you will get a much better history and understanding of everything - there is so much to learn!!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Vatican, Sistine Chapel & Saint Peter's Basilica
Vatican, Sistine Chapel & Saint Peter's Basilica
Rome

An absolute must when visiting the Vatican. We probably wouldn't have even gotten in without a tour/private tour (so many tourists), also, she gave meaning to the how/why/art/history of the Vatican, museum, it's rooms, the Sistine Chapel. Had we just gone in, we wouldn't have understood the intricacies of the art.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Chiara Donati
Chiara
Chiara Donati
Local specialist in Torre del Greco | Replied on Jun 19, 2023

Dear Julie, working on this trip for your family has been a great pleasure. Thank you so much for taking time in reviewing your experience. I'm glad to know that your trip to Italy was unforgettable and that you had wonderful time. I will be more than happy to help you plan your next trip to Italy :)
I wish all the best and until the next time.

Amazing Honeymoon
Italy | May 20 - Jun 3, 2023

R
Ryan S.
Forest Hills, MI | Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023
Was such a great trip thanks KimKim Read more

Was such a great trip thanks KimKim

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Corallo
Sorrento
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Locanda Leon Bianco on the Grand Canal
Venice
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private Walking tour Path of Gods
Private Walking tour Path of Gods
Italy
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Caldera Catamaran Cruise
Private Caldera Catamaran Cruise
Santorini
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Chiara Donati
Chiara
Chiara Donati
Local specialist in Torre del Greco | Replied on Jun 14, 2023

Dear Ryan, I'd like to thank you for this review you left me! Knowing that you had a memorable trip fills me with joy. I truly hope to help you again plan another trip!
I wish you and Courtney all the best. Arrivederci!

From Italy to Greece - A honeymoon dream come true
Italy | May 20 - Jun 3, 2023

Courtney
Courtney S.
Kalamazoo, MI | Reviewed on Jun 06, 2023
When you are booking your honeymoon you want everything to be incredible and so it's nerve wracking on deciding who to book with and then thinking through the details of it all. We were blown away by the Kim Kim team and specifically our coordinator, Chiara. Our trip was absolute heaven on Earth and it was possible because of Chiara and the team. We were kept up to speed with the details through the entire planning portion and then we even got an app to use so we could get detailed... Read more

When you are booking your honeymoon you want everything to be incredible and so it's nerve wracking on deciding who to book with and then thinking through the details of it all. We were blown away by the Kim Kim team and specifically our coordinator, Chiara. Our trip was absolute heaven on Earth and it was possible because of Chiara and the team. We were kept up to speed with the details through the entire planning portion and then we even got an app to use so we could get detailed information, contact information for drivers, trip itineraries etc. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Venice everything was taken care of for us. We had drivers everywhere we wanted to go, we never had an issue with a tour, a hotel booking, a flight transfer NOTHING. It allowed us to really be able to take in the experience and not stress and it felt incredible. We booked from Venice to Positano, went on tours, winery trips, boat rides, etc. Then we travelled off to Sorrento and the Isle of Capri. From there we took a flight to Santorini to end our last days of our trip. I couldn't say enough good things about this company and the way that we were treated. I highly recommend.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Corallo
Sorrento

This hotel is gorgeous and has a beautiful view of the Caldera. The staff were so nice, the room was incredibly spacious and nice. Word of caution the spa pool is not a hot tub, but we went in anyway :)

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Locanda Leon Bianco on the Grand Canal
Venice

Great hotel located in a great location in the city. The staff was super nice and helpful and they make you the nicest breakfast every morning. Highly recommend.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Venice Walking Tour with St. Marks Basilica and Gondola Ride
Venice Walking Tour with St. Marks Basilica and Gondola Ride
Italy

We had Nicoletta as our guide and she was amazing. It was a private tour, just the two of us and she gave us all the secrets of the city and took us through paths and Campos that we didn't know existed. It was an incredible day and to end it with our own gondola ride was just a dream :)

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Full Day Tour Amalfi Coast with Wine Tasting & Lunch
Full Day Tour Amalfi Coast with Wine Tasting & Lunch
Positano

Great tour - lots of driving but worth it to see Amalfi and especially Ravello. Francesco was amazing, so nice and helpful and even bought us a lemon as a parting gift! Ravello is a MUST to see the villa's and the wine tasting was just the most incredible views and great experience where they prepare a food pairing lunch with their wines.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Walking tour Path of Gods
Private Walking tour Path of Gods
Italy

This walk is not for those afraid of heights, but if you can stomach it the views are the most breathtaking and best views of the island. Also we were not aware that we had our own private guide so make sure to bring cash to tip!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Caldera Catamaran Cruise
Private Caldera Catamaran Cruise
Santorini

Most incredible thing I’ve ever done With the nicest crew. It was a literal dream come true

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Chiara Donati
Chiara
Chiara Donati
Local specialist in Torre del Greco | Replied on Aug 03, 2023

Dear Courtney, thank you for your time in writing this wonderful review! I'm so happy to know that that this experience has met your expectations and that you enjoyed your honeymoon. If, in the future, you decide to come back I will be more than happy to help you plan your next adventure :)
All the best and arrivederci!

First time using a travel agency
Italy | May 7 - May 19, 2023

Christopher Paul
Christopher Paul T.
Parkchester, NY | Reviewed on Jun 02, 2023
First time using a travel agency or company like this but was very impressed and would use again on my
next big trip. Every detail was laid out and the app was extremely useful. Everyone we worked with was very professional. Chiara and her team were great anytime we had a question they immediately answered. Using this company allowed us to enjoy our trip and not worry about anything else.
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First time using a travel agency or company like this but was very impressed and would use again on my
next big trip. Every detail was laid out and the app was extremely useful. Everyone we worked with was very professional. Chiara and her team were great anytime we had a question they immediately answered. Using this company allowed us to enjoy our trip and not worry about anything else.

Activity Reviews
Private boat tour: Pearls of Lake Como
Private boat tour: Pearls of Lake Como
Italy

Must do in Como!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cinque Terre Villages and Vineyards
Cinque Terre Villages and Vineyards
Cinque Terre

Incredible guide so much knowledge an amazing views

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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Wine tour from Florence: discover vineyards, olive groves, cellars and wineries
Wine tour from Florence: discover vineyards, olive groves, cellars and wineries
Florence
Local specialist: Chiara Donati
Chiara
Chiara Donati
Local specialist in Torre del Greco | Replied on Jun 02, 2023

Dear Christopher, I'm so glad to know that you and Alexandra had a great time visiting Italy thanks to our team. Also, thank you for sharing these beautiful photos :)
It's been a pleasure helping you planning this trip and I'm truly hope to work again with you in the future.
I wish you the best!

.Fantastic Trip!
Italy | May 17 - May 30, 2023

Lillian
Lillian Y.
Carrollton, TX | Reviewed on May 31, 2023
Never having used the services of KimKim/Storywalking, I must say I had a little skepticism since all was developed through emails and no real “fave to face” conversation. Well, I’m here to say that this was perhaps one of the BEST planned trips I have ever taken! Everything went like clockwork. From the planning of Chiara, who listened to what I wanted in a trip, to Jessica and Barbara assisting us during the journey…they were all superb! Easily accessible for questions and able to adjust... Read more

Never having used the services of KimKim/Storywalking, I must say I had a little skepticism since all was developed through emails and no real “fave to face” conversation. Well, I’m here to say that this was perhaps one of the BEST planned trips I have ever taken! Everything went like clockwork. From the planning of Chiara, who listened to what I wanted in a trip, to Jessica and Barbara assisting us during the journey…they were all superb! Easily accessible for questions and able to adjust and assist exactly as requested. We certainly were able to experience a true taste of NW Italy and Chianti. All the excursions, drivers, train tickets, car rental all were perfect! We could not have asked for better execution during a trip. I think our favorite spots were the Royal Victorian Hotel in Varenna and the Hotel Belvedere in Chianti. Not to say the Buranco
BnB in Monterosso was not great, just a different experience. We really enjoyed visiting with Mary, one of the winery/BnB owners and the food and wine were fantastic.
I would definitely use KimKim/Storywalking again!! Many thanks to all of you who assisted in planning this trip, especially Chiara, with a perfect 10 for this trip!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Royal Victoria

Beautiful hotel and location in Varenna, Lake Como!!

Authenticity & Character
Really felt special at this hotel.
Location
Accessibility to village and ferries.
Staff
Very attentive !!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nothing was missed or left to chance.
Hotel Nazionale
Desenzano del Garda

Good location for visiting the main areas of Desanzano. Close to restaurants and ferries which were both within a 8 minute walk from hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Very stale hotel. Felt like the hotel was more for your groups than individuals.
Location
A little off the beaten path but close enough to what we needed.
Staff
Not very friendly towards Americans.
Cleanliness & Comfort
All was good, except for the view overlooking the Audi dealership.
Belvedere di San Leonino
Castellina in Chianti

Love, love, love this hotel!! The views were spectacular!! Very authentic country farm/winery hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Felt like we were part of the area. Very authentic!!
Location
Easy to get anywhere you wanted to go in Tuscany.
Staff
Very attentive!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean!!
Agriturismo Buranco
Monterosso al Mare

Sort of hard to get to but worth the effort! Outstanding views and location!!

Authenticity & Character
We stayed in Casa Blanca one of only 4apartments in this winery/BnB.
Location
Easy walk into Monterosso and train station and ferries, shops and restaurants.
Staff
Outstanding care!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Could use a little updating in the apartment with regards to AC/ceiling fans.. but… overall was great.
Lancaster Hotel
Milan

Great location if you want to spend the day visiting the Cathedral.

Authenticity & Character
Very Milanese!!
Location
Other than proximity to Cathedral, might be a little too distant for other sights.
Staff
Attentive.
Cleanliness & Comfort
No complaints!!
Activity Reviews
In the footsteps of Leonardo Da Vinci - Last Supper- Skip the Line Guided Tour
In the footsteps of Leonardo Da Vinci - Last Supper- Skip the Line Guided Tour
Milan

So glad we had a tour! Amazing guide and tour.

Quality of Experience
Our guide was great.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Attentiveness!!
Transport
On time!!
Varenna and Bellagio Tour
Varenna and Bellagio Tour
Italy

So beautiful! Our guide was very knowledgeable and attentive to our questions.

Quality of Experience
Enjoyed learning more about the history of the Melzi family.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
All great!
Transport
Took the ferry and enjoyed all.
Sirmione Walking and Boat Tour & Scaliger Castle
Sirmione Walking and Boat Tour & Scaliger Castle
Italy

Wow!! Great tour!! Beautiful surroundings and so interesting.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Truffle hunting with lunch and tasting
Truffle hunting with lunch and tasting
Italy

Very interesting! Great winery!

Quality of Experience
So much good food and wine!!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Marengo, our truffle guide was great along with his truffle hunting dogs. Great learning experience.
Transport
We drive our rental car. Very easy.
Cinque Terre Trekking & Train Card
Cinque Terre Trekking & Train Card
Italy

So easy to view all 5 villages!!

Wine Experience in Cinque Terre
Wine Experience in Cinque Terre
Italy

Unfortunately we did not participate in the event as we were exhausted. Sorry to miss this,

Local specialist: Chiara Donati
Chiara
Chiara Donati
Local specialist in Torre del Greco | Replied on May 31, 2023

Dear Lillian, thank you from the bottom of my heart for leaving this wonderful review!
I'm happy to know enjoyed Northern Lakes, Chianti & Cinque Terre. It's been a pleasure helping you plan your travel and assisting you here in Italy.
I look forward to helping you to organize another trip to Italy very soon then! :)
All the best and Arrivederci!

Our trip to Italy was amazing!
Italy | Apr 20 - Apr 29, 2023

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Rylee G.
Alhambra, AZ | Reviewed on May 07, 2023

Our trip to Italy was amazing! The tours setup by Chiara were great. All the tour guides knew a lot of information and the small groups were perfect. It was so nice to not be in a huge tour group. We had a great mix of scheduled tours and time to explore the cities ourselves. It was also easy to reach Storywalking when we were late for one of our tours. The hotels Chiara picked were beautiful as well! Overall it was a great trip, and having someone knowledgeable plan it made it less stressful and I could just enjoy it!

Local specialist: Chiara Donati
Chiara
Chiara Donati
Local specialist in Torre del Greco | Replied on May 08, 2023

Dear Rylee, thank you so much for taking the time to write this beautiful review!
I am glad to know that everything went great and that you enjoyed all the activities planned and the accommodation selected.
All the best, and until the next time in Italy :) Arrivederci!

Italy 2023
Italy | Apr 11 - Apr 18, 2023

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Robin K.
Chanhassen, MN | Reviewed on Apr 27, 2023
Chiara did a great job understanding what we wanted from the trip and help set it up to match the interests of our party. The guides we had all along the trip were great and very knowledgeable. They were able to gauge the specific interests of our group and play more to them. We didn't have a single bad tour or guide. Really appreciate the small group setting. We had one small issue with flights arriving and she was quickly able to accommodate handling transfer for the group that got... Read more

Chiara did a great job understanding what we wanted from the trip and help set it up to match the interests of our party. The guides we had all along the trip were great and very knowledgeable. They were able to gauge the specific interests of our group and play more to them. We didn't have a single bad tour or guide. Really appreciate the small group setting. We had one small issue with flights arriving and she was quickly able to accommodate handling transfer for the group that got delayed.

Hotel Reviews
Lancaster Hotel
Milan

The location of the hotel was great. It is just a little tired and needs some refreshing.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Easy to walk to many of the historical sights and shopping. Lots of restaurants and cafes nearby.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The hotel is a bit tired and needs some updating.
Hotel Orto De' Medici
Florence

The hotel is in a great location and the staff were very helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Dei Mellini
Rome

The location was super and the staff were very helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Easy walking distance to everything you needed - shopping, the Colliseum, Vatican City and restaurants.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Colosseum Tour with Underground, Arena & Gladiator Gate with Roman Forum
Colosseum Tour with Underground, Arena & Gladiator Gate with Roman Forum
Rome

The guide we had was very knowledgeable and did a great job of understanding our specific interests and could easily adapt her focus to our interests. Also was very good about giving restaurant suggestions and other must see things in the City.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Tuscany Vespa Tours
Tuscany Vespa Tours
Florence

We absolutely loved this tour. The company was great and did a great job making sure that everyone was competent in driving. The scenery was amazing and it was a great way to tour the Tuscany area.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Vatican, Sistine Chapel & Saint Peter's Basilica
Vatican, Sistine Chapel & Saint Peter's Basilica
Rome

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and again, adapted the tour to our specific interests. Being able to do this first thing in the morning ahead of the crowds is a must.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Lake Como and Bellagio – Full Day Trip from Milan with Cruise
Lake Como and Bellagio – Full Day Trip from Milan with Cruise
Italy

This is a must do tour. Getting a full tour of Lake Como is amazing and a great way is via boat.

Quality of Experience
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Local specialist: Chiara Donati
Chiara
Chiara Donati
Local specialist in Torre del Greco | Replied on Apr 28, 2023

Hi Robin, thank you for leaving such a great review!
It has been a pleasure to help you planning your trip to Italy, and I hope to work again with you in the future if you plan to visit my beautiful country again :)
I wish you and your family all the best!

Trip of a Lifetime
Italy | Dec 22 - Dec 30, 2022

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Lauren C.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2023
We are so glad we made our trip arrangements through kimkim! While we had some ideas about where to go and what to do while in Italy, we had no idea where to begin. Chiara from Storywalker filled in all the details - and it worked out beautifully! The hotels were lovely, the drivers who got us to and from our planes, trains and hotels were always courteous and on time and the tours could not have been better. (Many thanks to Luciana who guided us through the Vatican, Suzanna through the... Read more

We are so glad we made our trip arrangements through kimkim! While we had some ideas about where to go and what to do while in Italy, we had no idea where to begin. Chiara from Storywalker filled in all the details - and it worked out beautifully! The hotels were lovely, the drivers who got us to and from our planes, trains and hotels were always courteous and on time and the tours could not have been better. (Many thanks to Luciana who guided us through the Vatican, Suzanna through the Colosseum and Roman Forum, Marta to the Appian Way and the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, Catia in Assisi, Tommaso to the Tuscan countryside and Sylvia through the museums of Florence!) Chiara responded to every message and request I sent during the planning phase and, along with her teammate Jessica, were available and responsive while we were in Italy.
Our days in Rome, Assisi and Florence were the perfect blend of history, faith, art and natural beauty we had hoped for. We would not hesitate to work with kimkim again.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Dei Mellini
Rome

Perfect location, clean and comfortable, excellent breakfast, friendly and helpful service.

Authenticity & Character
Quaint but not too small. Quiet street with residences and small businesses.
Location
Walking distance to the Vatican and other historical sites (Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, etc.)
Staff
Helpful and friendly - answered all of our touristy questions with a smile.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Slept great, felt safe.
Il Palazzo
Assisi

Great location near the Basilica of San Francesco. Clean room, delicious breakfast, friendly and helpful staff.

Authenticity & Character
Modern accommodations in a historic building. Loved the view from our room!
Location
About halfway between the main square and the Basilica. Quiet, even during the busy Christmas season.
Staff
So friendly and helpful!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Roomy bathroom, comfy bed - great place to rest!
Hotel Berchielli
Florence

Terrific location away from the Christmas crowd. Beautiful view. Clean and comfortable with a helpful staff.

Authenticity & Character
Lovely accessible community patio, great view, modern conveniences in a historic location.
Location
Within walking distance to the Duomo, Uffizi and Academia. Set on the Arno River with a beautiful view of the bridges.
Staff
Friendly and helpful. Breakfast staff made sure we had everything we wanted.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable!
Activity Reviews
Highlights of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
Highlights of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
Rome

Very crowded at Christmas time, but our guide Luciana did a beautiful job and kept us moving.

Quality of Experience
As lifelong Catholic, the Vatican has been on our bucket list for years. So much beauty, and such a great education. Our tour ended just in time for us to participate in 5:00 Mass.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Luciana was a pro! The museum could have been overwhelming but she showed us the highlights and answered our questions.
Guided Visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Guided Visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Rome

An amazing walk through history with an exceptional guide.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Suzanna met us right on time in the planned location. She was so knowledgeable and personable! We very much enjoyed our time with her and learned so much!
San Callisto and walk through the Appian Way
San Callisto and walk through the Appian Way
Rome

This came about because of a last minute scheduling change, and was a real bonus! Interesting history and beautiful site.

Quality of Experience
A wonderful learning experience.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Marta taught us so much we did not know about the Appian Way and history of Rome. She gave us the important background information before we joined the guide for the Catacomb tour.
Free afternoon in Assisi
Free afternoon in Assisi
Assisi

We loved exploring Assisi. What a beautiful, spiritual place. We did not expect the crowd, but it was wonderful seeing people enjoying the Christmas displays.

Quality of Experience
Loved the character and spirituality of this charming place!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.
Transport
Train from Rome to Assisi. Easy and restful. So glad to have been driven up into Assisi!
Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica with Giotto frescos
Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica with Giotto frescos
Italy

Catia met us on time in the designated location. She taught us so much about Assisi and the region, and showed us the beautiful sites. Although she could not go into the Basilica with us due to the Christmas holiday, she prepared us well. She even gave us recommendations on other places to see in the area.

Quality of Experience
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Local specialist: Chiara Donati
Chiara
Chiara Donati
Local specialist in Torre del Greco | Replied on Jan 10, 2023

Dear Lauren, thank you very much for taking time in reviewing us and your experience.
It was a great pleasure to assist you with your trip through Rome, Assisi and Florence! Thank you again and Arrivederci!