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Maria Grazia Rubino

Born and raised in Southern Italy, I had the privilege to travel a lot, both in Italy and abroad. As a matter of fact, for me, travel is an all-consuming passion that started during my first trip in London. Since then, it grew more and more, especially when I had the chance to travel abroad by myself being lucky enough to meet people from all around the world. I thoroughly enjoyed tasting the local delicacies and getting to make new and fun experiences that I'd only previously dreamed of.

Of course, I want that travelers who visit my beloved country can make the same experiences and feel the same joy I felt. That is why, I enjoy planning a precise itinerary for them, so that they can live their best experience in the smoothest way possible.

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have always loved traveling and I started doing it since I was a teenager. I enjoyed the planning part and had a lot of fun organizing accurately the trip for myself and the people I traveled with, so that we could discover the hidden gems of each destination.
My love for traveling brought me to accept a job at the local InfoPoint, where I could help people exploring the beauty of my region, Calabria, and that was the perfect occasion to do what I loved the most: share the beauty of an amazing Italian region. After that, I started collaborating with Storywalking, an Italian tour operator that organizes FITs and small group tours throughout Italy. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Without any doubt, my trip to Japan a life-changing experience for me!
I decided to travel completely on my own and went to Tokyo, where I met a lot of people of my age and lived this unique experience with them. Not only I visited Tokyo, but also Kyoto, Kamakura and other Japanese cities. Moreover, I had the chance to participate in different cultural activities.
I always felt like I was visiting a futuristic city, but the amazing thing is that as soon as I turned any corner, I would found myself in front a beautiful and ancient temple. I think this is one of the most peculiar trait of this country. "

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Recent trip reviews for Maria Grazia

Maria did an outstanding job of setting up our trip of Tuscany and Cinque Terre
Italy | Apr 27 - May 6, 2024

David
David E.
Manchester, CT | Reviewed on May 08, 2024
Maria did an outstanding job of setting up our trip. The hotels were perfectly situated and comfortable. Aside from dealing with the train strike, all of our travel logistics went perfectly smoothly. We loved using Sienna and Levanto as our bases. We also loved the hotel in Florence very much. Using Levanto as our base for Cinque Terre was brilliant on her part. We absolutely loved Levanto. Our tour guides for Sienna and our hike in Cinque terre were wonderful! The cooking class in... Read more

Maria did an outstanding job of setting up our trip. The hotels were perfectly situated and comfortable. Aside from dealing with the train strike, all of our travel logistics went perfectly smoothly. We loved using Sienna and Levanto as our bases. We also loved the hotel in Florence very much. Using Levanto as our base for Cinque Terre was brilliant on her part. We absolutely loved Levanto. Our tour guides for Sienna and our hike in Cinque terre were wonderful! The cooking class in Florence was so much fun, as was the hike in Cinque Terre. Also loved the tour in Sienna and the wine tasting in Tuscany. We had an amazing time and would highly recommend Maria and KimKim to others with no hesitation.

Hotel Reviews
La Maison du Sage
Florence

Loved this hotel! Very beautiful and perfectly situated. A bit noisy at night but if you close your windows at night it was totally fine. The breakfast was fabulous! A wonderful stay!

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Location
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Siena Vip B&B
Siena

This is a small b and b that is really more like an air b and b. There is no reception and nobody to ask questions to except when you initially check in. The rooms are immaculately clean and very nicely decorated. The breakfast is extremely simple and served in your room. Nice spot away from the huge crowds. Could be noisy at night but if you close your windows overnight it is fine. A nice stay indeed.

Authenticity & Character
lovely and bright decor
Location
nicely situated away from most of the crowds. But completely walkable to everything.
Staff
No staff to speak of. I asked a question via whatsapp on the number they provided and received no response.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Perfectly clean and comfortable.
Hotel Garden
Levanto

Absolutely LOVED this hotel. Levanto is a wonderful town in general and this hotel was perfect! Clean comfortable a beautiful balcony as we stayed on the 5th floor. Breakfast was fabulous and the staff was wonderful and helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Its location and character were perfect
Location
Perfection of location!
Staff
Wonderful staff in reception, housecleaning and breakfast
Cleanliness & Comfort
Perfect
Bettoja Hotel Mediterraneo
Rome

This hotel was right by the train station. The lobby was lovely but the rooms were very outdated and paint was chipping everywhere. The shower was just about impossible to step in and out of. Thankfully we only stayed here for one night to fly out of Rome. The air conditioning did not work and the room was stuffy and warm as you could not open the windows due to noise.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
The staff seemed very nice and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
paint chipping in the rooms, bad air conditioning and the shower was too hard to climb in and out of
Activity Reviews
Cinque Terre Trekking & Train Card
Cinque Terre Trekking & Train Card
Italy

Fabulous!

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Transport
San Lorenzo Food Market & Tuscan Cooking Class
San Lorenzo Food Market & Tuscan Cooking Class
Florence

Absolutely loved this cooking class!!!! So so fun! We had a blast. I highly recommend!

Quality of Experience
Food
everything!
Montepulciano: Winery Tour & Tasting Experience
Montepulciano: Winery Tour & Tasting Experience
Italy

Wonderful wine tasting in a beautiful wine cellar!

Quality of Experience
Siena Guided Walking Tour
Siena Guided Walking Tour
Italy

Wonderful guided tour loved it!

Quality of Experience
Cinque Terre Trekking Adventure: Explore Italy's Coastal Wonders
Cinque Terre Trekking Adventure: Explore Italy's Coastal Wonders
Italy

This was absolutely wonderful! We enjoyed this so so much!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Maria Grazia Rubino

Italian Adventure
Italy | Apr 16 - Apr 25, 2024

Charles
Charles G.
Shallotte, NC | Reviewed on Apr 26, 2024
The KimKim team put together THE best schedule/itinerary for our recent trip to Italy. Their planning detail was amazing, and all aspects of the trip worked like clockwork. We had private drivers chauffeuring us everywhere…from airport to train stations to tours of the Amalfi Coast. Drivers were exceptionally professional. All of the tours they arranged were private or small groups (6 or fewer people), and tour guides were amazing. We’ve already begun planning a trip to Northern Italy in... Read more

The KimKim team put together THE best schedule/itinerary for our recent trip to Italy. Their planning detail was amazing, and all aspects of the trip worked like clockwork. We had private drivers chauffeuring us everywhere…from airport to train stations to tours of the Amalfi Coast. Drivers were exceptionally professional. All of the tours they arranged were private or small groups (6 or fewer people), and tour guides were amazing. We’ve already begun planning a trip to Northern Italy in 2025…and definitely looking to KimKim to again work their magic.

Maria Grazie did an amazing job in putting together the initial tour. She was so patient in addressing our many trip plan changes. Once we were in Italy, our contacts Barbara and Jessica (the owner) responded immediately to any questions that we posed via the Story Walking app. Their responsiveness and attention to detail were amazing…can’t asked for a better support team.

Activity Reviews
Driver at Disposal from Naples to Atena Lucana
Driver at Disposal from Naples to Atena Lucana
Naples

Not only was our driver Maximo skilled he was also extremely charming. He drove us to the village where my grandparents born. Once there, he also served as a de facto interpreter as our contacts in the village spoke about as much English as I do Italian…

Quality of Experience
The professionalism of the driver
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Naples to the Amalfi Coast or Amalfi Coast to Naples - Pompeii en Route
Naples to the Amalfi Coast or Amalfi Coast to Naples - Pompeii en Route
Italy

Our driver John Franco was quite skilled, and his English was perfect

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Full Day Tour Amalfi Coast: Positano, Amalfi and Ravello
Full Day Tour Amalfi Coast: Positano, Amalfi and Ravello
Italy

Our driver, Angelo, was extremely skilled, which is necessary to tackle the winding and congested route along the Amalfi coast. He also was quite a character, serenading us all along the trip. It was like being in a Venetian gondola…

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Secrets Walks of Sorrento: Street food by Locals
Secrets Walks of Sorrento: Street food by Locals
Italy

Our tour, Laura, was friendly and amazingly knowledgeable Labour all aspects of Sorrento. It was very private tour…just my wife and myself.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Highlights of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
Highlights of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
Rome

The tour was a small group tour of 6 individuals. Our tour side, Alexando, was extremely knowledgeable and provided amazing insights regarding the Vatican and Sistine Chapel

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Colosseum & Ancient Rome Tour with Roman Forum
Colosseum & Ancient Rome Tour with Roman Forum
Rome

This was, I believe, the best tour of our trip. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable of all aspects of the coliseum and Ancient Rome.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Maria Grazia Rubino

Trip to Italy
Italy | Mar 7 - Mar 15, 2024

Hillary
Hillary W.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Mar 24, 2024
We loved our trip to Italy! Overall, we found Italian people to be extremely friendly and welcoming. In Rome, Charme Spagna was a lovely hotel with very helpful staff. The location is convenient and offered delicious breakfast and coffee. We enjoyed the outdoor courtyard area. The staff provided excellent restaurant recommendations and was helpful in making dinner reservations. Tania provided an excellent tour of the Vatican and Davide was extremely knowledgeable about the Colosseum and... Read more

We loved our trip to Italy! Overall, we found Italian people to be extremely friendly and welcoming. In Rome, Charme Spagna was a lovely hotel with very helpful staff. The location is convenient and offered delicious breakfast and coffee. We enjoyed the outdoor courtyard area. The staff provided excellent restaurant recommendations and was helpful in making dinner reservations. Tania provided an excellent tour of the Vatican and Davide was extremely knowledgeable about the Colosseum and Forum. Our cooking class was fun, learning to make tiramisu & fettuccine. In Florence, 7B was another lovely hotel with a convenient location near the train station. Again, excellent restaurant recommendations. We were appreciative of the staff helping make our dinner reservations and coordinating our taxis. We loved our afternoon tour with Gilda. She did a wonderful job of sharing her love of the city’s art and history. We also enjoyed our day tour of Tuscany, especially our lunch and wine tasting at Tenuta Torciana. In Venice, Carnivale Palace was another very nice hotel! They were very helpful with nearby restaurant recommendations and reservations. It was fun to learn how to row like a Venetian with Nan and the cichettas were delicious! Our visit to Murano and Burano was also very nice. I loved everything about our trip. Experiencing the Italian culture, art, landmarks, language, pasta, gelato, coffee & wine was truly special!

Hotel Reviews
Charme Spagna Boutique Hotel
Rome

Excellent location, delicious breakfast and coffee. Enjoyed the outdoor courtyard area. Appreciated the staff’s restaurant recommendations, and assistance with reservations.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
7Florence B&B
Florence

Lovely hotel, excellent breakfast options. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Appreciated their help with restaurants and taxis. Location is very convenient to train station.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Carnival Palace
Venice

Very nice hotel, excellent breakfast options and helpful staff.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Highlights of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
Highlights of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
Rome

Tania shared so much history & knowledge!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Pasta, Ravioli & Tiramisù making class in Rome
Pasta, Ravioli & Tiramisù making class in Rome
Rome

It was fun to learn to make tiramisu & fettuccine! Our teacher was kind, patient & very knowledgeable!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Florence Historic Walking Tour
Florence Historic Walking Tour
Florence

Gilda was an excellent guide! She personalized our tour for us. She is wonderful at sharing her love of Florence’s art & history.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tuscany Day Trip: San Gimignano, Siena & Monteriggioni
Tuscany Day Trip: San Gimignano, Siena & Monteriggioni
Florence

We especially enjoyed our lunch & wine tasting at Tenuta Torciano!

Quality of Experience
Food
Explore St. Mark's Basilica and The Doge's Palace
Explore St. Mark's Basilica and The Doge's Palace
Venice

Sarah was extremely knowledgeable about the history & did a great job sharing with us.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Colosseum & Ancient Rome Tour with Roman Forum
Colosseum & Ancient Rome Tour with Roman Forum
Rome

Davide was very knowledgeable about the history of these sites. We learned a lot!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Cicchetto and Gondola Experience | Row and Eat Like a Venetian
Cicchetto and Gondola Experience | Row and Eat Like a Venetian
Venice

Nan was a fun & patient teacher! The cichettos were delicious.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Maria Grazia Rubino

Maria, Hello. Marty and I got back one week ...
Italy | Feb 5 - Feb 16, 2024

Margaret
Margaret S.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024
Maria,
Hello.
Marty and I got back one week ago. Here are my/our thoughts on our trip to Sicily.
It was a little confusing picking up our car in Catania as the car rental was a little ways away from where we thought. We got to our B&B, but couldn't drive on the street because it was blocked for the final day of St Agata! Our host, Luca, took Marty to paid parking several blocks away . Luca had changed our room because of the noisy festival, I wish he hadn't, but maybe he just wanted to...
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Maria,
Hello.
Marty and I got back one week ago. Here are my/our thoughts on our trip to Sicily.
It was a little confusing picking up our car in Catania as the car rental was a little ways away from where we thought. We got to our B&B, but couldn't drive on the street because it was blocked for the final day of St Agata! Our host, Luca, took Marty to paid parking several blocks away . Luca had changed our room because of the noisy festival, I wish he hadn't, but maybe he just wanted to be nice ? Luca was a great host, we loved having the outside upper deck for breakfast and late afternoon coffee.
The next morning, Margherita, our very knowledgeable and friendly and friendly and TALKATIVE met us. After 2 and a half hours, Marty and I said our thanks and went to the garage to get the car to go to Mt Etna. This was a longer trip than we thought! When we arrived we walked around Silvestri crater in the howling wind, it is magnificent! We drove back in the later afternoon, got a bit lost, while using our GPS, arrived back into the city at rush hour and realized we had not eaten since morning! This day was too busy!
Reminders to have snacks and water for these excursions would be good.
We loved Taormina, Grace was a wonderful tour guide, we bought snacks by the Greco-Roman Theater and ate while looking out over the Ionian Sea. We enjoyed talking with Grace, she has a very good manner. Taormina is a beautiful town. and we got to enjoy it without lots of people!
We didn't go to Acireale as the drive didn't make sense and was out of our way, and we wanted to get to the fish market.
The drive to Syracusa was ok until the end when our GPS sent us around, around, around! We drove down a no driving street and asked someone for help, who was our guide, Salvatore! He had been waiting for us!There was/is no parking on the street of our B&B, so S took Marty to a paid parking spot, then they came back for an intense tour with Salvo. Salvo was very knowledgeable , but talked non stop and we were very ready to relax after hours of driving. We would have enjoyed more getting to know what the Ortegians are like as a people . Stefano, our B&B host was very friendly and we loved having great breakfasts on the upper outside deck.
The next day we walked to the Archeological ruins in Syracuse. We had a self -guided tour here and it was magical! We stayed for hours and walked back to Ortegia. We did not go to Ragusa Ilba, Modica , Scicli or Noto. We wanted to enjoy Ortegia and not rush around so much. This was right for us. Besides the driving was very stressful, and driving for us was not very fun.
Day 7- To Agrigento via Enna. Enna was very windy and no visibility, so we moved onto Agrigento. Octavio our host was very nice.
He gave us lots of pastries and packed us sandwiches for lunch. Great dinner at Nucci near the B&B.
Valley of the Temples tour with wonderful Claudio! Very knowledgeable about the different plants, trees, animals as well as temples! He grew up in Agrigento and used to visit the temples as a child many years ago. After the tour we drove to Scala Dei Turchi. It was very difficult to find , even though there were signs for it everywhere! It turns out the walk to the beach had been closed due to recent vandalism. Beautiful spot, though.
To Palermo! We did not go to Cefalu, but spent the afternoon at Mondello, very pretty, the water is so clear. We got to our B&B, but our street was for pedestrians only! Our wonderful host Dani greeted us and Marty incredibly found a free parking space very near our B&B! We did not move our car while in Palermo, as there was plenty to see in that great city. Palermo walking tour with wonderful Marilu. She was very knowledgeable, and enjoyed conversations about the people, food, politics. We had a very good time with her. The rest of our time in Palermo, we walked, walked, walked! We loved walking the Ballaro market and eating prawns at the lively Vucciria market.
Our last night in Sicily, we had a wonderful dinner at Osterio Lo Bianco. The atmosphere was just right, popular, red and white checked tablecloths, regulars, and even small dogs. Delicious green minestrone, grilled vegetables, rosemary potatoes, pasta ragu, local wine and tiramisu. Perfect!

Hotel Review
La Passeggiata di Girgenti
Agrigento

Octavio our B&B host was very nice, gave us huge breakfasts and even gave us sandwiches to take to lunch. Vey good location near the old city.

Location
Local specialist: Maria Grazia Rubino
Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on Feb 29, 2024

Dear Margaret and Martin,
Thank you for sharing your feedback about your trip to Sicily with Storywalking.
It was a pleasure assisting you and we're delighted to hear that our exceptional local guides made a significant impact on your journey.
I wish you all the best,
Maria Grazia & Storywalking Team

Sardinia is special - the KimKim team with it's extensive knowledge and expansive team of knowledgable people made the visit even better.
Italy | Dec 27 - Jan 4, 2024

Shannon
Shannon S.
Pinellas Park, FL | Reviewed on Jan 06, 2024
We've traveled many places around the US and the world and have never been to a place, like Sardinia that was more welcoming. The people were kind, helpful, generous and fun! The travel team set up everything from the car... to hotels... to private tours. And someone was always available 24/7 when we had needs or even just questions. It made life so much easier. Read more

We've traveled many places around the US and the world and have never been to a place, like Sardinia that was more welcoming. The people were kind, helpful, generous and fun!

The travel team set up everything from the car... to hotels... to private tours. And someone was always available 24/7 when we had needs or even just questions. It made life so much easier.

Hotel Reviews
Palazzo Doglio
Cagliari

The hotel itself was gorgeous! It was surround by a beautiful courtyard with 5 nice restaurants. Every member of the staff was kind and helpful. The snacks and drinks in the "American Bar" were super.

Authenticity & Character
Location
We arrived quickly from the hotel and were able to unload our bags right at the entrance and the park underneath the hotel. Easy!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms are large with small balconies that have a great view. The bed and linens are superb and the oversized soaking bathtub was unexpected, but well-loved.
Hotel Carlos V
Alghero
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Albergo Diffuso Corte Fiorita
Bosa
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Guided Tour of Nora
Guided Tour of Nora
Cagliari

The guide was so knowledgable - very patient with all of our questions - and flexilble to adjust the tour to our desires. We learned so much!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
We loved having our own vehicle, but had to get used to finding locations that are not always simple to get to.
Private Food Tour in Cagliari
Private Food Tour in Cagliari
Cagliari

The guide (Rafa) was so kind and so much fun! Sheknew the area and all of the history of the buildings, etc. She communicated well with us (in English) and with the restaraunt staff at each location. She had already made plans for meals and accompanying drinks in advance. This was a super way to see parts of the city at night, while enjoying the people and food/drink.

Quality of Experience
Winery and Cellars Visit & Wine Tasting
Winery and Cellars Visit & Wine Tasting
Italy

We LOVED this tour. The scenery was beautiful. The drive to get their was gorgeous. Plus, add sheep being herded right before us... geese running a squawking along the way... Our host was a real delight, but the specialties of this particulare winery (including the clay pots) are exceptional. Don't skip this because you've done a wine tour before. We had as well - and this was special.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The guide was sweet, smart, well-spoken and actually very excited to share the history of this vineyard and winery, as well as the history of wine-making in general.
Private Guided Tour of Cagliari
Private Guided Tour of Cagliari
Cagliari

Once again, our guide Rafa has more knowledge than we had taken in from books or Google. She was excited and willing to do everything and answer any questions. We never felt rushed, but spent a lot of time with our mouths open in awe of the history and beauty.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Nuragic Sanctuary of Santa Vittoria - Self-guided (with audioguide)
Nuragic Sanctuary of Santa Vittoria - Self-guided (with audioguide)
Italy

We missed this tour (head-colds)

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Light and Surprise at the End of the Tunnel
Light and Surprise at the End of the Tunnel
Cagliari

We missed this tour (slept-in due to jet lag)

Guided visit to the Sounding Stone Museum
Guided visit to the Sounding Stone Museum
Oristano

We missed this tour (messed up driving directions) - our fault.

Guided Visits of Archaeological Sites and Wine Tasting
Guided Visits of Archaeological Sites and Wine Tasting
Oristano

We missed this tour.

Local specialist: Maria Grazia Rubino
Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on Jan 09, 2024

Dear Shannon,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful 5-star review! We are thrilled to hear that our Storywalking team played a significant role in ensuring your trip was seamless and enjoyable, and that you found our guides exceptional. We strive to meticulously choose the finest local guides for our travelers, ensuring a level of expertise and friendliness that enhances your exploration.
We look forward to welcoming you back on another adventure in the future.

Maria Grazia & Storywalking Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Reviews
B&B In Centro Palermo
Palermo

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

Authenticity & Character
Modern and clean, good sized rooms. Inside a very secure office block
Location
Very central
Staff
Very friendly and accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
Catania

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

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Very helpful staff, particularly for organising additional tours
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Taodomus
Taormina

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

Authenticity & Character
Traditional hotel from the outside, but contemporary once inside.
Location
Very central. Great views of Mt Etna and the town itself.
Staff
Very helpful and attentive throughout our stay
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Palermo Private Walking Tour
Palermo Private Walking Tour
Palermo

Please see previous comments in summary

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Palermo Street Food Tour
Palermo Street Food Tour
Palermo

Please see earlier comments in summary

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

Please see earlier comments in Summary

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
We had some problems finding the location - please see earlier comments
Taormina Highlights Walking Tour
Taormina Highlights Walking Tour
Italy

Please see earlier comments in Summary

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

Honeymoon Trip
Italy | Oct 10 - Oct 30, 2023

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

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

Activity Reviews
Naples Street Food Tour (food included)
Naples Street Food Tour (food included)
Naples

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

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

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

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Typical Dining Experience with Aperitivo & Cooking Demo
Typical Dining Experience with Aperitivo & Cooking Demo
Rome

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

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

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

Amazing trip
Italy | Oct 15 - Oct 28, 2023

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Review
Atelier Inès Arts & Suites
Napoli

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

Authenticity & Character
Villa with artistic sculptures and a lovely garde/patio area.
Location
Staff
Very friendly and helpful!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spotless. Bathroom was amazing.
Activity Reviews
Lake Maggiore Tour from Milan with its Borromeo's Islands
Lake Maggiore Tour from Milan with its Borromeo's Islands
Milan

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

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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 a hiustory teacher who made the ruins come to life.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
 Cooking class at farm
Cooking class at farm
Italy

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Review
Podere Brizio
Montalcino

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

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

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

Maria Grazia

Our Trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coast
Italy | Oct 9 - Oct 16, 2023

M
Marie N.
South Old Bridge, NJ | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023
Dear Maria
I can honestly say that Italy is an amazing place to visit. The three guided tours, the first in Sorrento and the second and third in Rome, were so interesting and I can't say enough about the guides you assigned to us. Our 8-hr Amalfi Coast/Positano tour was so beautiful and our guide explained everything to us and helped us understand the history of this awesome countryside. Not to mention he entertained us with his singing and his colorful personality.
In Rome, our... Read more

Dear Maria
I can honestly say that Italy is an amazing place to visit. The three guided tours, the first in Sorrento and the second and third in Rome, were so interesting and I can't say enough about the guides you assigned to us. Our 8-hr Amalfi Coast/Positano tour was so beautiful and our guide explained everything to us and helped us understand the history of this awesome countryside. Not to mention he entertained us with his singing and his colorful personality.

In Rome, our experience with Laura who explained the history of the ancient Colosseum in such a passionate way was amazing. She related facts to us that amazed us and we came away from the Colosseum with a better understanding of life back then. All this despite the fact that she was feeling poorly and we hope she has recovered.

And of course our tour with Tiziana (not sure of the spelling) of the Vatican and St. Peters was truly magical and inspirational. Her knowledge of the history and her manner of imparting all this amazing history was so appreciated.
All in all, this trip created memories that will be with us for a long time to come.

Our only issue was that I wished you would have suggested flying one way to Naples to see the Amalfi coast and Positano and then go to Rome and leave to come home from Rome. While it would have involved two one-way flights, it would have been less tiresome, especially the first leg of the trip when we arrived in Rome and were then brought to the train station (which was very crowded and confusing), and then the so-called "high speed" ride to Sorrento which was one hour late in leaving and was anything but high speed.

I am sure Lori and Lisa will agree that we created memories that will last a lifetime. Perhaps our next trip will include more of Italy. I want to thank you for your suggestions and for helping make our trip so beautiful.

Local specialist: Maria Grazia Rubino
Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on Oct 27, 2023
Dear Marie,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your travel experience you had with my Storywalking team.
We're delighted to hear that you had an amazing experience, and we truly appreciate your kind words.
We are thrilled to know that you enjoyed your tours in both Rome and Sorrento and that our guides were able to provide you with valuable insights into the history and culture of these remarkable places.
Your input is invaluable in helping us improve our services, and we will...
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Dear Marie,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your travel experience you had with my Storywalking team.
We're delighted to hear that you had an amazing experience, and we truly appreciate your kind words.
We are thrilled to know that you enjoyed your tours in both Rome and Sorrento and that our guides were able to provide you with valuable insights into the history and culture of these remarkable places.
Your input is invaluable in helping us improve our services, and we will certainly consider your suggestion for future travelers.
Creating lasting memories for our clients is always our goal, and we're thrilled to hear that your trip to Italy left a deep and lasting impression on you. It would be our pleasure to assist you in planning your next adventure in Italy, and we look forward to helping you create even more unforgettable experiences.
I wish you all the best,
Maria Grazia