~~I traveled alone on a custom-designed trip to Florence, Venice, and Varenna on Lake Como in Italy and to Switzerland on the Bernina Express. I gave a list of initial sites to see, and the agent at this travel company gave some suggestions, one of which was Lake Como. I was very happy that I added it in. All of the lodgings, tours, vouchers for sites, and train tickets were correctly set up and worked out well. The pace was good, leaving me some time to work in other sites or to rest. All the lodgings were within walking distance of the major attractions which was great. It was a trip that had a lot of walking.
AS my trip was somewhat diverse, I cannot say what was best. However, the art was amazing Florence, the opera was delightful in Venice, and the scenery was beautiful and peaceful at Lake Como and in Switzerland. I am glad that I did the trip in the order that I did and left the natural beauty for last.
I had 1 1/2 days in Venice. I think one day would have been enough to see San Marco cathedral, the Doge's Palace, the opera, and take a ride up the Grand Canal. I went to Venice because I have always heard about it, but I was a little disappointed. It was so crowded and commercialized.
I had a guide for the villas on Lake Como. She was knowledgeable and interesting, but I probably could have gotten a ferry schedule and done it by myself. She also somewhat ripped me off at lunch, ordering food for me that she thought I should try, but that I did not ask for, and then having it put on my check.
TRAVEL COMPANY COMMENTS:
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experiences in Italy and Switzerland.
We're glad that you enjoyed the trip and that you decided to visit Lake Como which as you know, is magically beautiful. We’re happy that the accommodations, transfers and tours were memorable. Experiencing the art in Florence and the opera in Venice are moments that stay with you and we’re so glad you were able to include these in your journey. We’re glad you found the guide in Lake Como knowledgeable and interesting however we’re sorry about her confusion with the lunch bill. We’re also sorry that you found Venice on a day that was so busy. Venice is one of Italy’s most popular destinations and we truly wished you could have experienced the city on a less crowded day. Thank you for your patience and understanding with the trip planning and again for taking the time to let us know about your experience. These comments are very valuable to us as we use them to refine and improve our service and we hope to plan your next visit to Italy.
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