Amazing Trip to Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre and Milan - Apr 19 - Apr 28, 2022

Traveler: Martha M. - Local specialist: Monica Pellizzari

We were extremely pleased with the overall experience we had with KimKim. Our local specialist, Monica took our ideas and provided us an itinerary that was specific to us. She offered excellent ideas and options and promptly answered any questions we had.
Alessia, our overall coordinator was excellent. From the first time we met her we felt a connection with her. She was warm, welcoming, so very knowledgeable and a joy to be with. Her command of the English language was comforting and... read more

We were extremely pleased with the overall experience we had with KimKim. Our local specialist, Monica took our ideas and provided us an itinerary that was specific to us. She offered excellent ideas and options and promptly answered any questions we had.
Alessia, our overall coordinator was excellent. From the first time we met her we felt a connection with her. She was warm, welcoming, so very knowledgeable and a joy to be with. Her command of the English language was comforting and just made everything easy. Alessia was precise in her coordination of our activities. She arranged every appointment with guides, drivers, etc. so that everything ran smoothly. She provided an updated itinerary every night for the next day.
In Venice, in addition to Alessia, Sylvia provided a guided tour to St Mark’s Cathedral and Doge’s Palace. She was knowledgeable, informative and cordial. We especially enjoyed the uniqueness of Venice. For the next several days, Simone was our driver. He was friendly, helpful and his good English was appreciated. Simona, our city guide in Florence did an excellent job of informing us of the depth of history, culture and arts in Florence. We were especially amazed that the church of Santa Croce was the burial place of so many famous Italians and there is a statute in there that may have inspired the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. Our day in the Tuscan countryside was my favorite. The stop in Sienna was fun and the wine tasting and lunch at Casa Emma in San Donato was a fitting celebration for 50 years of marriage. Our guide in Pisa, Vincenzo, was also knowledgeable and friendly. We were surprised at actually how much the leaning tower is actually leaning and what has been done to stabilize it. Our last few days were spent in the amazing Cinque Terre. Chiara was our guide of the five lands. Again, she was pleasant, knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy the day with us. We were disappointed that because of the weather we couldn’t enjoy the lands from the boat, but Chiara adjusted the schedule so that we still had a fun day. Two other drivers took us to Milan and then to the airport. They were both prompt and did an excellent job of delivering us to our designated places. Of everything, the planning and attention to detail was evident to us and very much appreciated.

Hotel Review

Santa Croce Boutique Hotel

Venezia

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Hotel Review

The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff at Santa Croce Boutiques Hotel was above and beyond our expectations. The room was clean and convenient to surrounding areas.

Cleanliness & Comfort

Staff

The friendliness of the staff and their desire to meet our every need.
Authenticity & Character

Location

Activity Review

Full-Day Private Excursion to Siena & Chianti Wine Region

Florence

Overall Rating
Activity Review

We enjoyed seeing the countryside. The lunch and wine tasting in the beautiful surroundings was a memory we won’t forget.

Food

Transport

Guides, drivers and staff

Quality of Experience

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Monica Pellizzari, local specialist, responded to this review:

Ciao Martha,

thank you for your wonderful review.
I am so happy that we've been able to make you feel "at home", always surrounded by not only professional but also passionate people. This is the "extra" that we always try to add to our tailor-made trips. It was a pleasure planning together your trip Martha, and I am delighted you'll have beautiful memories of Italy. Thank you very much for sharing your feedback. It's telling us that we're going in the right direction.

I wish you all the best and I'm looking forward to welcoming you again.
Ciao!
Monica