Italy Tour: Don and Cathy Metz

Wow, I don’t know where to begin. It was truly a trip to remember. I did survive driving...of course got lost several times but found our way with the help of the Garmin and our hosts! I’m asked repeatedly, “What was your favorite part”? I loved every part equally. Thanks to your planning we saw so much of the country. We were non-stop, however; but we would not have changed anything. When we go back, we will spend more time in certain areas.

All the inns were exceptional. However, our least favorite was the one in Venice. The courtyard was a little unkept. We stayed in the Garden Room that had a kitchen in it. It just was not the ambience and quality of the other inns. I cannot say enough about our other accommodations. The inn in Rome was absolutely perfect. When we first arrived at the door, we were a little unsure, but once inside…WOW. After we FINALLY found the B&B near Todi, it perhaps became our favorite of the trip. We spent the day in Assis while there. Dievole was quite a treat. Our wine tasting there was co-hosted by a very well known Tuscan author, Dario. He was very charming and was an additional bonus. We spent some time in Siena. Florence was a wealth of knowledge and the hotel was 5 star….excellent service. Our guide was fantastic. We went to Pisa from there and had lunch in Lerici. We got quite adventurous with our map and Garmin. From there we tried to find the B&B at Lake Garda. Rafael had to finally come and have us follow him. We visited the castle at Sirmone. His selections for our dinners were incredible. He was very gracious and left us coffee and cookies the morning we left, as we were leaving early for Venice. Venice was a place we are definitely glad we went, but was our least favorite. A day trip would have been enough. We spent one day on Murano. Venice was just too busy and perhaps we were tiring from our two weeks of travel. Our host Larry was most helpful and met us at our water taxi to help us find our way.

Again, we want to thank you for a great trip. We could have never planned it on our own. Hopefully, we will contact you for future travel. I won’t be as apprehensive after experiencing driving in Italy.

Cathryn Metz