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Marianne Lopez

I was born in France from a half Spanish family so was used to traveling for my very first age between France and Spain. I learned to love discovering new places and learning different habits and languages. After living in Ireland and Spain, I dropped my luggage in Sicily 12 years ago and started working in making people discover Sicily and Italy.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Sicily, Amalfi Coast, Naples, Apulia, Rome, Venice, Tuscany
Wine experience, Self-drive tours, active trips, Classics"

How did you get involved in travel?

"My first experience was being a tour leader for trekking tours on Aeolian Islands and Etna. After 4 years leading groups around Italian countryside and volcanoes, I started planning trips for people who want to visit Italy, and know it from inside."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The first time I saw Rome and Venice and the impression that a lifetime would be enough to see all the wonders they hold."

Featured trips & expertise

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Italian Highlights from Rome to Cinque Terre - 8 Days

From artistic Florence to the famously beautiful National Park of Cinque Terre, this week-long highlights tour will give you a taste of some of the best that sunny, charming Italy has to offer. Explore Rome's ancient monuments, soak in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, and visit vineyards, food shops, and incredible restaurants along the way.

Recent trip reviews for Marianne

Spectacular self-drive tour around sicily - 14-day itinerary, Italy - Nov 4 - Nov 7, 2018

Traveler: Jo R. - Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

I'm very grateful to Marianne and Carmello and the kimkim team behind them for their patience with my very specific interests and their continuing effort to find matches. Minori, on the Amalfi coast, was just the right size, the Hotel Lucia was simple and impeccable, local bus service to other coastal cities was as promised and their transfer arrangements spot on. I'm an experienced solo traveler but new to this part of Italy and wanted a little local insight beyond what's on the internet. I'll use kimkim again and recommend it to others.

Spectacular self-drive tour around sicily - 14-day itinerary, Italy - Oct 16 - Oct 30, 2018

Traveler: alex p. - Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

All guides were very good.
We did not go much on Ragusa, this was part due to long trip after previous days journey, plus when we got there we had to search for information office, get town map etc. Maybe KimKim could provide this sort of info within welcoming pack, details of sites where not staying at hotel. Also checking of recommendations the week before would be advisable, the soap museum was closed and also website said booking required for visit. Yes we could of looked on website... read more

All guides were very good.
We did not go much on Ragusa, this was part due to long trip after previous days journey, plus when we got there we had to search for information office, get town map etc. Maybe KimKim could provide this sort of info within welcoming pack, details of sites where not staying at hotel. Also checking of recommendations the week before would be advisable, the soap museum was closed and also website said booking required for visit. Yes we could of looked on website before we left but also KimKim should not be recommending visits without suppling this sort of info.
Response by KimKim staff , mainly Marianne, mainly on WhatsApp, was very good, when we needed her she was usually there ,if not replied within minutes rather than hours.
Hotel at Palermo is very tired and lacking facilities we had become used to, ie safe in the room, basic toiletries, and fridge. Also it needs to be noted that hotels parking arrangement not available 13.00-21.00 on sundays. Resulted in us spending all of Sunday afternoon at hotel rather than exploring the city.

Richard

Trip to italy, Italy - Oct 1 - Oct 12, 2018

Traveler: Richard C. - Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

My wife and I just returned from a 12 day (Sept 30-Oct 12) road trip around the island of Sicily. We worked with Marianne to book our car, places to stay and visit, and local guides. I started to work with Marianne back in early 2018 and she delivered on all counts.

The itinerary for each day provided us many interesting things to do, as well as plenty of time for us to explore this beautiful island. All accommodations were very comfortable and inviting. There were a few in which we would... read more

My wife and I just returned from a 12 day (Sept 30-Oct 12) road trip around the island of Sicily. We worked with Marianne to book our car, places to stay and visit, and local guides. I started to work with Marianne back in early 2018 and she delivered on all counts.

The itinerary for each day provided us many interesting things to do, as well as plenty of time for us to explore this beautiful island. All accommodations were very comfortable and inviting. There were a few in which we would gladly return without hesitation. Our local tour guides were excellent! We were with guides at the Vally of Temples, Villa d'Casele, Syracuse, and Palermo. It was great having our own guide, not like the oters in groups, 30-40, following one person. Our guides also knew of ways to bypass long lines, a great thing at the Valley f the Temples.

During the trip, Marianne was always just a text message away, but we didn't need much from her, since the trip was well planned in advance.

Overall, an excellent experience/vacation/trip! Our first time using KimKim, and not our last I'm sure.

Richard & Brigette

lilia

Italy highlights (10 days), Italy - Aug 28 - Sep 9, 2018

Traveler: lilia s. - Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

Marianne was great! Thanks to her, my mom and I got to enjoy Italy stress free. She was really patient, answering all my questions. She was thoughtful offering suggestions and options for tours and hotels. Marianne while in Italy checked on us, making us feel taking care of.
Thank you Marianne!

Marianne Lopez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lilia,
Thanks for your review.
I'm truly glad you and your mom enjoyed your trip in Northern Italy.
We love to hear that our travelers had a wonderful time!

Italy in september, Italy - Sep 13 - Sep 22, 2018

Traveler: Lynn Z. - Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

This was the first time we have ever planned,booked and paid for a trip totally on the internet. We are older travellers and were a bit hesitant about "faceless" booking, but we are happy to say everything worked out wonderfully. We started planning our trip to Italy with local specialist ,Georgia who put together a fantastic package and was completed by Marianne, with a few changes that we decided to make. All in all, every detail worked out great with no problems with any of the... read more

This was the first time we have ever planned,booked and paid for a trip totally on the internet. We are older travellers and were a bit hesitant about "faceless" booking, but we are happy to say everything worked out wonderfully. We started planning our trip to Italy with local specialist ,Georgia who put together a fantastic package and was completed by Marianne, with a few changes that we decided to make. All in all, every detail worked out great with no problems with any of the arrangements. What we really liked was being able to plan exactly what we wanted to see and to have the ability to have days to ourselves such as we did in Amalfi for 3days.

HOTELS...... We asked for 3star hotels and were very pleased with all of them. They all were in prime locations for walking to all the sights. Particularly lovely was the Hotel Culture in Napoli, Il Piccolino Giardino in Taormina and the Via Della Giudecca in Syracuse, Sicily.
DRIVERS......Every driver was waiting for us at each airport to take us to our hotel.also punctual were the drivers between cities. Every car was a Mercedes!
TOURS......we had 2 tour guides, both very knowledgeable and approachable. Ludevicia for Napoli and Pompei was exceptional and Eva in Syracuse was very personable. The boat trip around Ortega Island was really fun. The cooking class at Porto Messina restaurant was a great day too.

We would not hesitate to use KimKim again for future travels. The cost was very fair for the quality of trip we experienced. Such a good idea to be able to plan with an agent who actually lives in the area you want to visit and also have the backing of the KimKim company throughout the process.

Marianne Lopez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Lynn,
It's been a real pleasure to plan your trip with you and we are truly glad you had a great experience.
Marianne

John

Sicily trip, Italy - Jun 9 - Jun 26, 2018

Traveler: John H. - Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

We had a wonderful 14 days in Sicily with an extension of 2 nights in Lipari and 2 additional nights in Rome. Marianne was very helpful, especially when we altered our Mt Etna excursion and she then added an additional dinner to our trip. The only recommendation my husband and I were to make is if you plan to drive to Syracuse's part of the City called Ortygia, it should be mentioned that you need to 1st park your car in longterm parking and then take a taxi to the hotel as only residents' cars are allowed.

Marianne Lopez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for your comments.
It's been a pleasure to help you before your trip and during your holidays on our beautiful island (and Rome).

Walking tour in tuscany or piedmont, Italy - Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2018

Traveler: Ashutosh C. - Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

Marianne did a great job of arranging our walking trip on the Francigena way from San Miniato to Siena. The hotel arrangements were great, the bag pickup was flawless and the taxis she arranged that allowed us to cut down each day to a reasonable 10-12 miles a day of walking were aways on time. Working with her was well worth the money.

Marianne Lopez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for sharing your comments.
Following the Francigena way is a great way to discover the splendid region of Tuscany and we are really glad you enjoyed your "pilgrimage".

Richard

Road trip around the scenic sicilian coast - 15 days , Italy - Apr 15 - May 1, 2018

Traveler: Richard N. - Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

An excellent trip. Choice of guides and destinations inside Sicily was excellent. Accomodation excellent except for two nights in Cefalu where the accommodation was too basic and better suited to backpackers.

Marianne Lopez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your feedback. We are really happy that you loved our island and that you had a great trip.
Marianne