Ana & John Souza

Hi Roberta,

We have been home from Italy for over a week now, and I didn't want to let another day go by without saying  THANK YOU!  You would not believe how many times during our trip we stopped to toast you and give you thanks for your wonderful planning.  To say that it was a success and we enjoyed it is an understatement.  We loved it!  Starting with the wonderful drivers and tour guides, the well located hotels, the great points of interest.....we enjoyed all of it.

Some highlights:

*  Baglio Dona Franca = after the hussle, bustle of busy Palermo, this B & B was an oasis of calm and tranquility in the middle of a vinyard overlooking the sea.  How perfect was that!  We are sure that you planned it that way.  We didn't want to leave!

* The Gambino Winery tour and lunch =  You know that we live minutes from the Napa Valley, and we have taken many tours over the years, all enjoyable.  This one was one for the books.  The tour itself was informative and attentive, but the LUNCH!!!....we will all try to reproduce the wonderful food for our families, I'm sure.  We came away impressed, very full, and again, saying "Roberta did it again!"

* Taormina = What a gem!  We had no idea what to expect.  Both the Hotel Isabella and the charming mideaval town won our hearts.  Thank you!

* Positano = THE JEWEL ON THE CROWN,   Il Covo Dei Saraceni was a fabulous way to enjoy our stay in this most picturesque and beautiful little town.  Again, we didn't want to leave.

It would take a book to tell you how much we enjoyed each person we dealt with and each tour.  Know that we are telling all our friends about you. The only thing we might have changed (our fault for trying to save money) would be a higher category hotel in Sorrento, but we loved the location, and the people were very warm and accommodating.  Also, you may want to know that the hotel Domus Areae must be undergoing some change, or something.  It was a very charming setting, but several things didn't work (the phones, the in-room safes), and when I asked for ice I was told that there wasn't any in the hotel, but if I really neede some they would send someone to the sister hotel to get it.  Needless to say, I declined.  In the grand scheme, none of this was a problem, but I thought you might like to know for future planning. Again, Roberta, thank you for the thoughtful plan you put together for us.  We felt pampered and well cared for the entire time, and we know that we saw the best of Sicily and the Amalfi Coast, which was our primary goal.  Good Job!!!

All our best,

Ana and John Souza, USA