Joanne & Adam, Australia - Vacation: Italian Classics & Amalfi Coast
Hello Faye,

Wow what can I say, we had the best holiday in Italy, the experience was amazing, the service was outstanding, the hotels were beautiful, the transfers were luxury plus and every driver was informative, helpful and courteous. The Hotel staff in every place we stayed were warm and welcoming and made us feel very special. We could not fault any part of our journey! Everything went off without a hitch and the timing between transfers to airports and train stations was extremely well planned.

Rome was our first stop and arriving at the Marriott Grand Hotel Flora we stepped into our beautiful room with a balcony over the city and champagne waiting for us! We spent 3 days immersed in the glorious history of the ancient city with the help of our lovely guide.

Then to Siena, the medieval city in Tuscany where spectacular views greeted us from our room at Hotel Athena. We fell in love with this city and walked the cobbled stoned streets, dined in the Piazza, shared wine and Typical Tuscan cuisine and felt a real connection with the past. Next stop Venice and our transfer was very enjoyable with both the private car, first class train and then the water taxi to our hotel all perfectly timed.

Venice was something else! Our Hotel the Palazzo Sant Angelo on the grande canal was lovely very quaint and typically Venetian, the breakfasts were delicious and staff were very helpful. we loved exploring Venice with our guide and discovered the mysteries of the Venetians and were in awe at the wealth, art and lifestyles of the past.

A 6 am start and a 45 minute water taxi to the Venice airport in the pouring rain did not dampen our spirits for our flight to Naples, thanks to our guide who accompanied us through the airport to our departure gate. On arrival we were wished away by private transfer in a very flash black Limo to the Ancient city of Pompeii and a private tour by Mario who was an expert in everything Pompeii. We were captured and swept away to another time and another place, it was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Then, stepping into our waiting limo in front of the madding crowds and driven to our Hotel in Sorrento was the icing on the cake.

We absolutely loved Sorrento, its spirit, its lively characters, its friendly locals, its lemons and limoncello, its music, the local seafood spaghetti, the flowers and the view!!! The Hotel Tramontano is stunning and the view is breathtaking to say the least. The restaurant has the most spectacular position and lovely food. The gardens are joyful and calming, we truly immersed ourselves in the village atmosphere.

After 4 wonderful days in Sorrento we were met by our driver and whisked the short hour drive to picturesque Positano and the story book Palazzo Murat Hotel in the middle of this enchanting town. It was like walking into a secret garden and disappearing into another world. Positano was our resting place we spent five days exploring the quaint little town, we hired a boat for the day and explored the rugged coast line visiting the smaller towns along the Amalfi Coast, we walked the ancient paths and wondered at the mountainous terrain and the old homes seemingly hanging on to the cliff faces. We were sad to leave but excited to see our final city Florence.

Travelling via the first class speedy train was very comfortable and spacious and we arrived in Florence approximately 2.5 hours after departing Naples. The driver met us and delivered us to our last hotel, the Villa Medici and our private room with large balcony and 180 degree view of the ancient town. Our trip was not complete without attending the Motorcycle GP in Mugello on the Sunday that was a real adventure but totally worth it! Walking the streets of Florence with our guide was like a real life history lesson and viewing "David" at the Accademia Gallery was breathtaking and evoked many emotions in both of us. It was a spiritual journey. Having the luxury in a private tour guide was the only way to go and we didn't line up for anything!

Adam and I truly believe that booking this tour through you Faye and Travelive was the best decision we have ever made and we look forward to planing our next adventure possibly to Greece in the coming future. We had an absolute blast and it was the trip we dreamed of thanks to you.

Kindest regards and many thanks

Joanne & Adam
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