THE SPLENDOUR’S OF ITALY’S GLORIOUS SOUTH
Here’s your chance to discover Apulia’s stunning natural beauty with its incredibly diverse landscape with rolling hills and valleys swathed in grapevines, medieval gems, marvel at its wondrous baroque monuments and historical sites. A land where ancient peoples left their traces in innumerable monuments interspersed throughout its territory. A land of rich culinary traditions bordered by two seas, The Ionian & Adriatic Sea with the longest coastline in the Italian peninsula. Visit Matera, one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in history dating back to the Palaeolithic period. The most unique city in the world was the setting for Mel Gibson’s Passion of Christ movie. Its ancient neighbourhoods, known as SASSI, are a series of grottoes carved out of limestone, teetering on the edge of a ravine where people lived nearly 7000 years ago. From here we cross over into the region of Campania arriving in the lovely coastal town of Sorrento, The Amalfi Coast with the beautiful picturesque seaside villages of Positano, Amalfi & Ravello, the Region of Tuscany ending our journey in the Eternal City of Rome.
Let me paint you a world of Italy you’ll return to in your memories forever.
Fare Buon Viaggio,
President, DaVinci Custom Travel & Tours
A personal thank you for organizing the Toscana tour for my parents and our group last week. I think you converted some of the skeptics in the group who were not accustomed to having a trip organized with an itinerary and guides.
Perhaps the best compliment that I can give is that I can attest to the authenticity of the experiences from my time studying and living in Italy. After learning the language and then studying in Milan for 5 months, this was the 6th or 7th time that I have now been to Italy, and it captured the spirit and rituals of what I have come to enjoy so much of the different regions and flavors of the country; this trip was similar to the experiences I have had when staying with Italian friends when they took me to places they would really only know.
Thanks again for a memorable experience!
I am so sorry it has taken me so long to tell you what a wonderful trip you planned for my family.
The tour guides and drivers you chose were the very best! We loved them all. We especially liked Alessandro Capanna, our drive and guide when we went to Avigliano. He was always so pleasant and accommodating.
We were so delighted with everything! We even ran into a couple from Bath, Ohio and the Querceto Winery. They were attending a cooking class at the winery. Thank you so much for all the work you put into the planning and arranging of our trip.
Thanks again Peter and if I ever decide to go back to Italy, you will be the first person I call.
My sister and I would like to thank you for organizing our trip to Italy. It was a trip that we we will remember for the rest of our lives. The custom itinerary you created for us perfectly fit our needs and interests. Our trip began in Rome where we had two half day private tours of the Vatican and the ancient city. Our tour guide made us feel like we were walking around the city with a friend who new all the secrets of this amazing place. In the evening, we went to the restaurants you suggested and we weren’t disappointed. They weren’t the tourists traps where one would usually go, but authentic family restaurants where much pride was taken in the food they served.
Our next adventure was Florence, where you had already made our train reservations and arranged for a private driver to the hotel. Not having to worry about all these details allowed us time to enjoy the sights and relax because we knew you had taken care of everything! We saw all the sights with our private tour guide, walked around and shopped on our own, and went to dinner at Trattoria Mamma Gina. We were welcomed with open arms by our waiter, Principio, who you recommended.
We spent the rest of our stay at the Querceto di Castellina Wine Estate. Our day began with a knock on our door where we were greeted by Puja who brought us a basket filled with coffee, cheese, fruit, and warm baked goods. A day was spent with Laura, the owner of the estate, who gave us a private cooking class. She customized a menu to our tastes and provided us with recipes so we could recreate the meal when we returned home.
Another highlight of our trip was our afternoon spent at the Goretti Wine Estate in Perugia, where you arranged a light lunch and wine tasting with Sara. We had to pack a separate suitcase on the way home to carry all the wine, honey, and balsamic vinegar we purchased. While we were there, the wine pumps which looked like gasoline pumps were open and the locals came to fill their empty jugs with wine. Only in Italy! The best part of the afternoon was spent talking with Sara and her Nonna, who truly made us feel welcome.
Peter, we can’t thank you enough for the wonderful trip you arranged for us. The memories you created for us will be with us for the rest of our lives.
We finally got our sea legs back after our trip and I wanted to take some time to write to you to let you know how much we loved the trip you planned for us.
I was so happy I had an opportunity to talk to you while we were at the Goretti winery. By the way, Sarah was wonderful and of course, Nonna was adorable. So proud and well she should be. Their products are fabulous!!! I think we’re going to have to put an addition on our house toaccommodate all the wine, cheese, honey, etc. that we had sent home!!!!
From start to finish, our trip was absolutely perfect! The drivers and the guides were so knowledgeable and friendly.as a matter of fact, we almost adopted a few of them into our family!!! We especially appreciated their flexibility because as you well know, there is so much to see and do and there were some days, we just couldn’t do it all (although we managed to do most of it!!!) All the hotels and restaurants exceeded our expectations.I think our group favorite was the Hotel Bellevue Syrene. That was really special!! Looking out over the Mediterranean from our balcony every day was an image we’ll never forget!! Our day on the boat, as I told you, was a dream. The weather was perfect and going to Capri and Anacapri was so special! Guilia, our guide in Sorrento, was fabulous. We honestly almost took her home!!!
Of course, one of the highlights of our trip was the opportunity to see our daughter, Olivia, in Florence. She has become a part of the Italian culture and is loving her experience so much. Listening to her speak the language and watching her living the day to day life so comfortably was a true gift for us. Between Olivia and Lucia, we got to experience the very best of Florence. What a city!!! We definitely helped the economy, as five of us bought leather jackets!!!
Our days in Tuscany were priceless and probably our favorite area that we visited in Italy. I think our mouths were open in awe the whole time. The views were truly breathtaking and the food. Mamma Mia!!!! There were times we felt like we wanted them to pour the olive oil in our water glasses we loved it so much!!! Our experience cooking with Laura and then having lunch and wine afterward was amazing! Once again, your choices for our itinerary based on our wants and needs was right on!!!
Going to all those Medieval towns built on hilltops was so special. Each one was so charming and unique! Paola, our driver, was wonderful. Patient and flexible and interesting. We loved getting to know her!
John was especially looking forward to Rome because of his love of history. When we first got there, it seemed so big by comparison. But as we walked around and got familiar with the city, we once again felt at home. Our hotel was so perfect. Right near the Pantheon. It was so wonderful listening to the violin, accordion, and guitar players right outside of our window every evening! Seeing the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Forum, the Trevi Fountain, etc. It was amazing!!!
Peter, we cannot thank you enough for planning our trip of a lifetime! Every single part of our trip was planned perfectly. The hotels, the restaurants, the museums, the wineries. You knew just the right places and things we wanted to see and experience and it made our trip so effortless. No hassles. And if there was ever a small glitch, your drivers and guides knew just how to handle it. You have a wonderful network of people working for you and you can be proud of the team you have put together.
Our lifelong dream of traveling to Italy has been fulfilled thanks to you and the memories will forever be etched in our minds and hearts!!
It has been such a pleasure working with you and getting to know you!
Really Pete, the trip was magical and we thank you so much
I can’t wait to go back and will most certainly use your services!!
I want to thank you, from the bottom of all our hearts, for the wonderful trip to Italy. It was everything we’d hoped for and more. The guides were fabulous and incredibly knowledgeable. Please make a note of our guide in Rome, Elisabetta Interdonato, as she really made the tour come alive for us. (Also, I had broken my foot prior to leaving, and she kindly interceded in every way to make it easier for me to avoid standing in lines and walking up and down stairs.)
We are still in awe of everything we saw and did. John commented the other day that he had expected to enjoy the trip but it was wo much more than he could have imagined. Annie has thanked us profusely for treating her to the best vacation she has ever had. The sights, the amazing food, the hotels – the worry-free travel – all made for an amazing journey. We still can’t believe we were there and talk about our next trip!
Thank you ever so much,
On Thanksgiving Day I found myself making a list of all the people that I am thankful to God for and your name was right there on top. You have been so kind to me in arranging two great trips to Rome over the past few years.. Many Thanks!! Be assured of my prayers for you!
God bless you and love you!
Thanks for the attention to detail. We really value your knowledge , experience, insight and most importantly your professionalism. We are all looking forward to an amazing experience of Italy!
We are back in the US . All I can say is Wow ! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for such an amazing trip . We loved it all !!
Rome – the hotel was just perfect . Great location . Our room was superb ! Our guide Alessandra – was our favorite . She was truly amazing ! We loved her ❤. Florence – The Hotel Portrait was one of the best hotel we have ever stayed at . It was beautiful . The special pizza cooking class and gelato making was beyond yummy . Our daughter Olivia had a blast . We learned so much .The chef was so perfect for us also .
Venice – Amazing also. Our guide was so knowledgeable . She was great with Olivia . It was really nice . We loved the Venetian mask making class that you set up for us. O My God!!. We had them shipped , we purchased a couple more too . Can’t wait to wear them ! The restaurants you reserved for us were great. The train was fun. We Loved everything about this memorable trip that you set up for us. I really want to thank you for everything .We can’t wait to plan our next trip to Italy !!!
We loved our vacation SO SO much. I sent back the feedback form the other day, but I just couldn’t wait to tell you how amazing our trip was… Italy was truly a very magical place. We especially loved Rome, Siena, and Florence. Everyone we met was so kind, friendly and so informative. Everything we did was interesting and enjoyable. And the FOOD and WINE!!! I think you should put together a “Back to the US Survival Guide” for those of us (who I bet is everyone) that go through pasta and Vino Rosso withdrawal upon returning home from the trip!!!! Our vacation was essentially perfect. Thank you so so much again for EVERYTHING!!
The verdict is in, and you were clearly our favorite. You exceeded all of our expectations, and we were happy to give you a glowing endorsement on trip advisor.We felt as though we vacationed with our personal friends.You folks including ALL of your staff were just wonderful. My mother and father-in-law cannot stop talking about your hotel. We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful experience. We will certainly be back and hope to enjoy your new champagne bar soon.
From our experienced guides to our private drivers, DaVinci’s attention to detail is phenomenal! They are very attentive to the wants and needs of the group the program is being customized for, including the spectacular Villa Sunset located in the heart of Tuscany. The cooking class with Chef Claudio was over the top!
The memories that our group experienced will last a lifetime. If we could have only shared our experiences with Pope Francis, this trip would have been complete!