Our two week trip to Italy was excellent! The travel agency did an outstanding job of handling all of the arrangements. Working with our representative from the travel agency was very easy and he was able to accommodate our requests. We went to the Amalfi Coast (Positano), Pompeii, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice and Verona. We were very happy with all the private guides we had in Pompeii, Rome, Florence, and Pisa. Our guide in Rome was especially good - he is really amazing. The travel agency handled all of our transfers between locations and arranged for 1st Class/Business Class tickets on the trains. It turns out the trains really are a great way to get around Italy. I booked the roundtrip airfare separately as we got a better price booking from the U.S. side.
We enjoyed all the sites. We thought Pompeii was very interesting, especially with all the detail added by our private guide arranged through the travel agency. We also were fascinated with the Roman Forum, Coliseum and especially enjoyed the Vatican tour (again with our private guide arranged through the travel agency). Our representative from the travel agency had arranged for VIP skip-the-line tickets for us. This seemed to really save a lot of time, especially at the Coliseum and Vatican which both had long lines and we just walked-in with no wait. We also fell in love with Florence and enjoyed seeing the sites there.
We did not go to Milan but if we were to go back we would probably go there and maybe try and see Lake Como. I also would try and go in either late October or early April in order to enjoy warmer weather (we were there in December-January and it was pretty cold especially since we are from Florida). A couple of the guides told us late October is a great time to visit (less crowds and not to cold yet). In Venice I had thought it might be nice to have a room directly on the Grand Canal. However, we ended-up getting an interior room and after realizing how many noisy boats went past our hotel (at all hours of the day/night) it probably quieter to have an interior room!
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