Italian Classics


Rome, Florence, Venice

  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Rome
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Florence
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Venice
  • Private Half Day Walking Tours of Rome, Florence and Venice with an English Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Private Arrival and Departure Transfers
  • Private Car Transfer Between Cities
  • Breakfast Daily
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Benvenuto in Italia, the home of world-sculpting civilizations and Renaissance masterpieces. At Rome International Airport, your private driver will be waiting to take you to your five-star hotel. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at your own pace, exploring the Eternal City's rich blend of artistic and architectural masterpieces, classical ruins, and extravagant baroque churches and piazzas. Rome is considered Italy's treasure trove, packed with two millennia of artistic achievement. For culture-seekers and historians, this city oozes possibilities for discovery, giving tourists the opportunity to step back into time, with one foot firmly in the present. Ask your leisure travel consultant for recommendations of their favorite activities in Rome.


Rome – Half Day Walking Tour

After breakfast, your licensed English-speaking guide, will meet you at your hotel lobby. Your private tour will take you on a journey through the city, in which the power and the glory of the Great Roman Empire developed and extended. Your guide will walk you through the enchanting ruins of the Imperial era, beginning with the Piazza Venezia and its impressive monument, dedicated to King Victor Emanuel II and the Unknown Soldier. You will continue to the famous Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo, with a breathtaking view of the Roman Forum. With the remains of the Forum as a backdrop, your guide will present the history and anecdotes on the social and political life of Rome, from its origin, to the glorious days of the Great Roman Empire. Continue your tour to the magnificent Colosseum, an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome, and one of the most impressive buildings of the Imperial-era.



Spend the day, relaxing and discovering the city on your own, sipping an espresso at one of the numerous cafes or exploring more of the deep history, culture and art of Rome. Ask your travel consultant for recommendations of their personal favorite things to do in the city.


Rome, Florence

Your private driver will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and take you to Florence. Spend your afternoon and evening exploring one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, with striking buildings, formidable galleries and treasure-crammed churches, attesting to the Florentine love of display. Through the centuries, Florence has upheld its elegant appearance through its picturesque skylines, russet rooftops, and lofty domes. Taste the Florentine cuisine for dinner, after a stroll around the Duomo. Ask for suggestions from your travel consultant for the best dining experience in Florence.


Florence – Half Day Florence Walking Tour

Your licensed English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel lobby, where you will begin an enchanting walk through the city of Florence, also known as the Cradle of Renaissance. You will pass through the historical streets on your way to the Duomo complex, with Giotto's bell tower, a Baptistery with bronze doors, including the famous Porta del Paradiso, and the Cathedral with the magnificent Cupola del Brunelleschi. The highlight of your day will be a visit to the Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia Museum.



Explore Florence during your free time with recommendations from your travel consultant.


Florence, Venice

Your private driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you to Venice. Spend the remainder of your day exploring the unique character of Venice, its charmingly narrow streets, breathtaking architecture, lively San Marco square, and the magnificent Grand Canal. Ask for recommendations from your leisure travel consultant for top Venice restaurants, cafes and sites.


Venice - Half Day Venice Walking Tour

Your licensed English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your journey through the history of the remarkable city of Venice, while touring some of its most celebrated monuments, meandering through the maze of narrow passageways and alleys. Your first stop will be at San Marco square, a central landmark and gathering place. The tour guide will take you inside the Palazzo Ducale di Venezia, also known as Doge's Palace, and on to other famous highlights of this beautiful city. This private walking tour will introduce you to a modern city with an extraordinary history.



Ask your travel consultant for their personal tips of favorite activities and excursions, as you explore Venice at your own pace.

DAY 10


After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Venice Airport, to catch your departure flight.

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Located in the heart of Rome, Hotel de Russie, originally designed in the early 19th century by the great architect Giuseppe Valadier, is a timeless gem that has attracted artists, writers, celebrities, and political figures for generations. Comfortable rooms adorned with classical touches and elegant suites dressed in warm textiles wait for you to unwind after a day of exploring the treasures of the Eternal City. Experience one of Rome's finest aperitivo rituals at the Stravinskij Bar, sipping exclusively crafted cocktails under the starry skies, and amaze your palate with classic Italian delights and delicious Sunday Brunches at Le Jardin de Russie under the guidance of Michelin-Starred Chef, Fulvio Pierangelini.

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The iconic Sina Bernini Bristol is a 5* hotel with over 140 years of history. The hotel, which has been recently renovated, is considered to be one of the Eternal City’s luxury hôtellerie milestones. Strategically positioned to face the stunning Piazza Barberini, and only a few steps from Piazza di Spagna and the Trevi Fountain, it has one of the most enviable locations in the city. All redesigned rooms and suites offer a rich juxtaposition of colors – predominantly gold and red – the sinuous lines that trace out voluptuous carvings, and the mellow refinement of the materials and fabrics create an atmosphere that invites the guest to indulge in bewitching relaxation in the heart of the Eternal City.

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Baglioni Hotel Regina is located on the most exclusive street in Rome. Based in central Via Veneto, only a stone’s throw from the Villa Borghese, Piazza di Spagna, and Via Condotti, the famous fashion street. There is a magnificent selection of rooms and suites providing you with an original Italian Art Deco style. The elegance and unique styling of the place will guarantee to make your trip unforgettable. You can enjoy exceptional views from historic monuments like the Colosseum and experience the genuine feeling of “Dolce Vita”. Rediscover the harmony between your mind and body in the Baglioni Spa, featuring a fitness center, sauna, Turkish bath, and jacuzzi.

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Nestled in Rome's heart, Hotel Maalot promises an unforgettable stay. Steps away from icons like the Trevi Fountain and Via Condotti, it's a perfect base for city exploration. Its garden-inspired interiors and 5* luxury services create an intimate haven. Once home to opera composer Gaetano Donizetti, the hotel balances timeless elegance with contemporary zest. Meticulously designed rooms reflect Rome's blend of ancient ruins and Baroque charm. Unwind in spacious rooms that ensure ultimate comfort, adorned with marble details and classic touches. Indulge in delectable cuisine at the Don Pasquale Restaurant & Bar, savoring traditional flavors with a contemporary creative output. Sip on signature cocktails at the adjacent cocktail bar, with a vast rum collection, and enjoy a serene escape from the city's rush.

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Following a meticulous restoration process, the house connected to Palazzo Borghese has been rejuvenated to revive its former glory and today houses Vilon Roma. immersing visitors in an ambiance that seamlessly combines Art Deco with a modern touch, the hotel offers a unique atmosphere, achieved through a tasteful selection of furnishings. The space is adorned with creativity and sophistication, soft pastel hues, exquisite wallpapers, one-of-a-kind artworks, and elegant parquet flooring. Adelaide restaurant, under the culinary expertise of Executive Chef Gabriele Muro, invites you to relish delectable Mediterranean dishes and the authentic flavors of Italian cuisine.

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Indulge in a modern 5* haven of luxury in the heart of Rome. The meticulously renovated First Musica, nestled in the upscale Prati neighborhood along the Tiber River, offers 24 elegant rooms and spacious suites, many of which boast breathtaking views of the city through large windows that welcome the natural light. Just a short walk from St. Peter’s Basilica, it is the perfect place for travelers seeking to explore the rich culture of Rome. Enjoy panoramic vistas while savoring elevated and glamorous recipes at the onsite gourmet restaurant Alto. With its prime location and impeccable service, First Musica promises an unforgettable experience in the Eternal City.

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Housed inside the Neo-Renaissance building Lavaggi Pacelli, the hotel L’Orologio is located in the heart of the historic center of Rome. Only a few steps from the most famous attractions of the city, such as the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de Fiori, and the Jewish Ghetto, the hotel is ideal for discovering Rome and immersing yourself in the art, culture, and taste of the Eternal City. The 43 rooms and suites are designed with high-quality materials and embellished marble bathrooms.

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Experience unique luxury at Donna Camilla Savelli, a charming hotel housed within a former Baroque Monastery. Located in the tranquil Trastevere neighborhood of Rome, this retreat is the perfect place to unwind and explore the beauty of the Eternal City. Delicately decorated rooms and suites with high-quality fabrics and baroque furnishing, each exuding a unique personality, await you to relax and enjoy ultimate comfort. The hotel offers three different dining settings that promise a complete Roman culinary experience, from Renaissance-inspired menus to vegan and Celiac dishes. Discover the elegance of authentic Italian hospitality at Donna Camilla Savelli.

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Antico Albergo del Sole al Pantheon is situated in a historic building that traces its origins to 1467 and stands as one of Rome's most ancient hotels. Its extensive history has welcomed numerous artists, authors, famous personalities, and even members of royalty over the centuries. After a recent renovation, the hotel skillfully blends a sophisticated aesthetic with modern design elements, all the while preserving numerous historical features. The establishment boasts 27 distinctively designed rooms, ensuring that each guest enjoys a one-of-a-kind experience steeped in history.

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Surrounded by lush trees and terraced gardens with views down to Florence, Villa San Michele is recognized as one of the country’s finest small boutique hotels. The hotel offers sumptuous privacy within Florence’s countryside while remaining in close proximity to the vibrant city. The bright rooms and spacious suites are uniquely decorated in neutral shades accented with warm pastels. Adorned with custom-made furniture, parchment lampshades, and elegant upholstery perfectly complements its atmosphere. Complete your experience with delectable meals of traditional Tuscan cuisine and contemporary touches at Ristorante San Michele, while soaking in panoramic vistas of the romantic city of Florence.

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Located in the historic center, Baglioni Relais Santa Croce is a noble 18th-century Palazzo, the only Relais & Châteaux charming property in Florence. Rooms and suites are decorated with attention to every detail and a few modern touches, always with care and respect for the existing structure resulting in a seamless balance of comfort and wonder. This majestic place offers the largest Suite in Florence, the Santa Croce Royal Suite: 260 square meters of discreet intimacy, with an elegant bathroom featuring a Jacuzzi and Turkish bath. Meanwhile, Enoteca Pinchiorri, one of Italy’s most famed gastronomic establishments invites you to indulge in three Michelin-starred flavors.

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Step into the realm of Sina Villa Medici, Autograph Collection, and embark on a world-class journey in the heart of Florence. Enjoy an unforgettable stay within the walls of a meticulously restored 19th-century Palazzo. The hotel introduces a unique fusion of contemporary luxury and timeless allure that captures the essence of the past. Soak in enchanting views of the Florence skyline and indulge in the legendary elegance of Harry's Bar Florence, which now graces the garden. Immerse yourself in the iconic atmosphere where signature flavors await. Sina Villa Medici’s ideal location allows you to explore treasures like Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery, while its sophisticated event spaces, state-of-the-art wellness facilities, and sparkling garden pool elevate every moment of your stay.

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Located beside the Duomo, Hotel Savoy is the perfect place to soak up the Florentine atmosphere. Jazzy fabrics and typically bright colors that jump out against white paintwork and a pale marble floor create a unique design with the signature of Laudomia Pucci and Olga Polizzi. The hotel showcases a classic Tuscan feel adorned with gorgeous Italian fabrics, locally crafted cabinets, and custom-made soft furnishings in the spacious rooms and suites that welcome you with a chic yet homely and soothing ambiance. Restaurant Irene celebrates traditional Italian cuisine, honoring the local production, while Irene Bar awaits you to savor creative cocktails.

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Hotel Brunelleschi tells the story of its home city through various styles, combining ancient Rome with the pomp and splendor of the 19th century, with an added touch of sophisticated interiors designed to satisfy contemporary tastes. Located in the heart of Florence, this luxurious hotel offers 96 spacious, elegant rooms with romantic views of the city. Appreciate the unforgettable experience of relaxation with views of Via de' Calzaiuoli, the beautiful Piazzetta del Giglio, and Brunelleschi's magnificent dome from the luxury of your room inside the stunning circular structure of a Byzantine tower. Experience the warmth of Italian hospitality with a stay at Hotel Brunelleschi.

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Elevate your Florentine vacation with a stay at Hotel L'Orologio, a charming 4* establishment that graces Florence's historic heart. Overlooking the enchanting Santa Maria Novella Square and situated mere moments from iconic landmarks, the hotel is the perfect base for travelers seeking to explore the cultural heritage of the city, Elegance with a thematic twist inspired by haute horlogerie adorns each floor, paying tribute to the prestigious watchmakers Rolex, Vacheron-Constantin, and Patek Philippe. Rooms exude sophistication, featuring fine materials, marble baths, and whimsical details. Enjoy your breakfast-soaking stunning Basilica vistas from an authentic Renaissance loggia on the fourth floor, sip your favorite drink at the lounge bar, and enjoy impeccable service at Hotel L'Orologio Firenze.

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Boasting stunning views over the River Arno, the Balestri Hotel promises an unforgettable experience. Nestled in the Santa Croce area, the hotel is conveniently close to the Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery. The hotel, housed in a charming period building, retains its original architectural allure while the Art Deco-style touches exude a sense of nostalgia. Well-appointed rooms and comfortable suites are elegantly decorated with meticulous attention to detail that ensures your ultimate comfort. Relax at the rooftop terrace while soaking in breathtaking vistas of the city’s monuments and indulge in authentic Florentine hospitality with a stay at Balestri Hotel.

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Indulge in luxurious hospitality at NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa, Italy's oldest hotel. This historic establishment showcases a 13th-century tower, meticulously preserved frescoes, antique furnishings, and a stunning stained-glass ceiling in the lobby. Located in the heart of Florence, mere moments from the iconic Duomo and Uffizi Gallery, this hotel effortlessly marries antiquity with contemporary elegance. Unwind in spacious rooms exuding sophistication, dressed in ivory cream with vibrant red accents, and savor Tuscan delights at the Porta Rossa Bistrot. Whether you seek proximity to Florence's treasures or a cozy haven, NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa promises a memorable stay.

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An oasis of serenity awaits you in one of the most prominent locations in Venice Cipriani. Hotel Cipriani is an elegant 5* resort that boasts stunning views of Venice Lagoon and the Doge's Palace. The hotel features modern facilities, including an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court surrounded by lush gardens, dining options for every taste, and a luxurious wellness center offering the signature "Casanova" treatment. Exquisite antiques and local artifacts decorate the common areas, while spacious rooms and suites dressed in classical design ensure a comfortable stay. Indulge in delectable Venetian cuisine at the Michelin-starred restaurant Oro, savor fresh seafood at the renovated terrace of Il Porticciolo, or sip your favorite cocktail by the sparkling pool in the intimate atmosphere of Bar Gabbiano. Experience the romantic atmosphere of Venice at Hotel Cipriani.

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Enjoy a magical Venetian holiday with a stay at the Baglioni Hotel. As one of the best 5* hotels in Venice, the hotel, after its recent renovation, highlights the incredible beauty of romantic style and classical architectural lines. Offering a wide range of rooms and suites, the hotel can satisfy even the most demanding guests. With gorgeous panoramic views of the Venetian lagoon and the Royal Gardens, the rooms are decorated with the traditional Venetian style, luxurious fabrics, antique furnishings, and elegant details. A relaxing haven waits to pamper you at the Baglioni Spa with rejuvenating treatments in a state-of-the-art environment, while the Canova Restaurant promises to awaken your culinary sensations with a fresh menu designed by Michelin-starred Chef Claudio Sadler. Indulge in authentic luxury at Baglioni Hotel.

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In the heart of Venice, the Sina Centurion Palace offers 5* luxury services in antique surroundings featuring a contemporary design. The iconic Genovese Palace boasts eloquently appointed rooms and suites with playful decorations that combine warm colors, modern designs, and classical touches that create a unique atmosphere. The award-winning Antinoo’s Lounge & Restaurant offers different settings to match your mood as you savor contemporary Venetian flavors. With its prime location and private dock, whether you arrive at the hotel in a water taxi or come on foot, you won’t be disappointed!

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Declared a National Monument, this historical 15th-century Palace still preserves the untouched grandeur of the original Residence. A suggestive romantic ambiance envelops you as you step into the frescoed decorated ballroom and ascend the majestic marble staircase. The hotel’s 42 spacious rooms and suites with a marble bathroom honor the rich history and still maintain the classical Venetian style. Luxurious furnishings, delicate fabrics, and elegant contemporary touches provide a cozy feel that ensures a comfortable stay. Dining at the Grand Canal waterside restaurant is a culinary journey throughout the traditional Venetian cuisine. Savor an exquisite selection of fine Italian wines or try an innovative cocktail at the intimate L’ Incontro Bar. The award-winning Ca’Segredo awaits you to offer a pure experience of impeccable Italian hospitality.

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Discover the heart of Venice in Ca’ di Dio, a Venetian sanctuary that harmonizes history with modern luxury. The newly renovated palace has had its roots deep in the city's heritage since 1272. Its convenient location at the entrance to the Arsenale district, home to the renowned Art Biennale, is the ideal base for exploring Venice's cultural wonders. The Italian essence permeates every corner, from jewel-bright Murano glass lamps to fine local fabrics and marble-clad bathrooms in spacious rooms and suites. VERO Restaurant offers lagoon views and inspired dishes, while Essentia Restaurant's courtyard invites you to al fresco dining. Enjoy a gondola ride from Ca’ di Dio and unveil Venice's timeless beauty.

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With an ideal location overlooking the Grand Canal, Monaco & Grand Canal promises a beautiful Venetian panorama. Unwind in beautifully decorated spacious rooms adorned with a blend of classical and rustic Venetian touches, offering views of some of the most famous landmarks of the city. Exquisite fabrics, artistic murrhines, mesmerizing mosaics, regal chandeliers, and bathrooms lavishly decorated with high-quality Italian marble create a majestic atmosphere of luxury and elegance. Indulge in traditional flavors brought to the 21st century at the romantic terrace of the Ristorante Grand Canal. Delve into the Venetian romance with an unforgettable stay at Monaco & and Grand Canal.

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In the heart of Venice, conveniently located next to the Grand Canal and only a short walk from Rialto Bridge, Hotel L’Orologio Venezia is an elegant 4* establishment perfect for a relaxing vacation. Minimal design, clean lines, and modern amenities ensure unparalleled comfort while offering stunning views of the Grand Canal. Should you prefer the privacy and coziness of the homey feeling, L'O Venezia Flat also boasts a variety of apartments decorated in romantic Venetian style. Experience the city vibes in the intimate L'O Bar, offering a broad selection of drinks and savor delectable Venetian recipes that honor the local production. Indulge in the magic of Venice with a stay at Hotel L’Orologio Venezia.

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Renowned for its warm hospitality and friendly staff, Palazzo Sant’Angelo is a favorite destination for travelers in Venice. Its prime location on the Grand Canal and close to the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco offers the option to arrive at their most exclusive private pier of the canal via gondola. This charming boutique luxury hotel allows you to unwind in stylishly decorated rooms while embracing the oil-painting-like views of the City of Canals through your windows. Palazzo Sant'Angelo is the perfect base, whether you are seeking a relaxing vacation or adventurous cultural exploration.

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3 Nights Dubrovnik Extension

Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic, or Kings Landing as it is known to Game of Thrones aficionados, is one of the must-see destinations in Croatia. Extend your trip with a 3-night stay in this magnificent walled city. Surrounded by scenict medieval City Walls, this former capital of the mighty sea-faring Republic of Ragusa will fill your days and nights with a myriad of landmarks, aristocratic palaces, majestic Baroque churches, fortresses, contemporary wine bars, top-notch restaurants, and, of course, plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun and relax by the azure Adriatic Sea. Visit Ston for a memorable oyster-tasting experience, taste the wines of Peljesac, or hop over to Montenegro for a day and explore the stunning landscape and history of Kotor Bay.

3 Nights Paris Extension

Continue your European adventure with a memorable 3-day extension in Paris. The "City of Lights," is a timeless destination with its iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral, and an abundance of art, history, and culture. You can stroll along the charming streets and canals by the Seine, savor delectable French cuisine in cozy bistros, and indulge in world-class shopping on the Champs-Élysées. In three days, you'll immerse yourself in the essence of Paris, from its rich heritage to its contemporary allure, making it a must-visit destination for an unforgettable getaway.

3 Nights Athens Extension

Get a taste of history, culture and cuisine when you head off to Athens, the birthplace of democracy. Spend three nights at one of our top luxury hotels, with magnificent views of the Acropolis. Enjoy a full- day tour of the historical highlights around the city, including the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the ancient Agora, the neoclassical buildings of Plaka, the changing of the guards at the Parliament building, Lycabettus Hill, and more. Your three nights/four-day extension includes roundtrip airfare from Cairo to Athens, private transfers, hotel accommodations, private tours, and local assistance.

Kim & David in Italy - Travelive Reviews

Kim & David, USA

Planning our 40th anniversary to Italy seemed like a daunting task until we contacted Nico.

The itinerary he planned for us made us feel like royalty.

Accommodation was exceptional and our trip to Venice, Tuscany and Rome had a seamless flow thanks to his detailed knowledgeable planning.

We have nothing but positive things to say about our trip.

Well informed guides, fruit & wine in our room and beautiful hotels & villas made us appreciate

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Lisa, Steve, Sandra, & Thomas, USA

Dear Mina,

Just wanted to let you know that we have arrived back home from what was perhaps the best adventure of our lives so far! We had an outstanding visit to Italy, Rome, Florence and Venice. ! I am speaking on behalf of Steve and Sandra Norton as well. The four of us were most impressed with your services and felt very fortunate indeed to have such wonderful guides, a very special shout out to Fredericka. Fredericka was our guide to the Vatican and she was absolutely delightful and well informed. All the guides were superb and each had a special slant to the subject matter that they presented.

Our drivers to and from were of utmost professionalism, always on time, if not early! Our Discover Tuscany tour was perhaps our favorite as we ended up at the Casanova farm for a most delightful lunch and education on balsamic Vinegar.

Without hesitation I would recommend your services for anyone traveling to Italy or anywhere you go for that matter. We enjoyed every minute of our tour and will remember it always!

Attached are a few photos of our time Italy. The last photo of the bunch is in Venice where we had front row seats to the George Clooney wedding watch! We did indeed see George Clooney twice in his boat parade which made our Venice visit even more special.

Thank you again,


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Molly & Brendan, USA

Hi Mina,

I hope you are doing well!

I just wanted to write you a note and say thank you for everything you did to help us with our trip to Italy!

The trip was absolutely amazing and perfect and was the best 10 days of my life so far! Everything went off without a hitch, the rooms were amazing, all of the drivers and tour guides were great and we had the time of our lives!And Brendan proposed in Rome on the Spanish Steps which made it even more amazing and memorable.

So thank you so much again, you and your team are amazing and we hope to work with you again in the future. You never know, maybe we will be taking our honeymoon to Greece and will need your services again :)

Thanks again and I hope you have a great Monday!


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Nancy & Charlie in Italy - Travelive Reviews

Nancy & Charlie, USA

Dear Faye,

Where do we begin? There is so much to tell you. First off we must thank you and your group for a flawless and amazing trip. Everything that you arranged went off without a hitch, from the time we arrived at the airport in Rome to saying our goodbyes at the Venice airport.

Let’s begin with our hotel rooms in Rome, Florence and Venice…loved all the choices of hotels… they were top notch, in the middle of the action…or not too far from it, the staff was pleasant and most accommodating, rooms were beautifully decorated and of course very comfortable.

Our limo drivers/guides Giovanni and Francesco were fabulous. Giovanni had a great rapport, especially with my husband, as they were both retired police officers. Both drivers made us feel so comfortable, and even stopping and pointing out many historical and interesting sites along our drive. They were patient and never rushed us. Loved them!

Next would like to talk about our guides in Rome, Florence and Venice in that order.

In Rome, we had a beautiful young woman named Federica; she was very knowledgeable in Roman history. Our tour through The Coliseum, Vatican City, and the Sistine Chapel were filled with interesting facts and even great little tid-bits of trivia that we will always remember.

In the beautiful city of Florence we met our guide Elvio… I want to say that if all my teachers were as passionate and interesting as Elvio I would still be attending school (and I am in my 60′s). The excitement in his voice, especially while explaining the story of ‘The David’, it drew us in totally. He is a ‘Master’ at his craft’. Just can’t say enough about him.

Our last guide Ivan, whom we met in Venice, asked us if we would rather go off the beaten path and actually see where the locals go (ergo the photo of the fish market), we jumped at the chance and said yes. He took us through side allies, across bridges and found ourselves in the midst of the local markets. He stopped to discuss the history of the wells in the center of the little squares (quite interesting). Also, slipped into a few churches and he described the amazing frescoes, and mosaics inside and outside the churches.

We even went through a children’s book museum (I think that’s what it was as its hard to remember it all…even though I took notes.) Ivan pointed out a little restaurant that he said we should go to after our tour of Doges Palace.

He had purchased tickets for us so we didn’t have to wait on line. Of course we took him up on that. So after the Palace tour we sat with a glass of ‘Vino’ overlooking the Grand Canal… what can I say, it was breathtaking! But my favorite story of Venice was ‘The Bridge of Sighs’. Every site was more interesting than the last.

Venice is an amazing ancient city. Every corner is filled with exciting history. We loved it all. Faye thanks for also arranging the perfect weather we had, sun every day.

This was a trip we will be talking about for a long time. Thanks again Faye for all you did. We will be looking forward to our next trip with you. See photos below.

Warm regards,

Nancy & Charlie

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