Italy Tour: Loretta Kozieja

The experience was amazing. Jerry Crippen was able to condense a lifetime of memories into a 9 day trip to Italy. The location of the boutique Hotel Modigliani in Rome was perfect. Every major sight was either within walking distance or right off of the underground. Your referral of Laura Polito as a tour guide definitely gave us an insiders look at “off the beaten track” Rome.

Train travel was positively the way to go. Instead of fearing for your life, you can appreciate the georgous countryside, which is abundant during the train trip to Venice.

Our stay in Venice was magical. Let youself get lost. Which isn't very hard since maps are utterly useless. Once you do your first loop you get the idea. Our Beautiful room in Venice at Corte 123 was spacious and the piazza right outside our window was stunning.

The only hitch was leaving Venice with a manual car. Being from the states, we don't drive manual cars and it was quite difficult managing the hairpin turns of the Chianti Region.

Flexibility reigned supreme! We got rid of the car in Siena and had a wonderful time touring the vineyards of Tuscany with a small tourguide with an insider's aesthetic, (not to mention 5 of the funniest Columbian women you could ever have the joy to meet!)
Dievole Vineyard was spectacular!!!! I highly reccommend a stay at this beautiful Estate. The view, the food, the wine...I could have stayed there forever. Can't wait to bring my children there and I have already referred many of my friends and family.

Our trip ended as well as it started with a train trip back to Rome. Even a short layover became an excuse to explore the lovely little town of Chiusi with some friends met on the train tracks.

Our last night in Rome reminded us that you can never have enough time in Rome. Truely Devine. Thanks so much for everything!

Loretta and Tom Kozieja