Pat Scott

OCTOBER 2016

Laura, 

Yes the trip was fantastic---we had an amazing time!

-Hotel Plaza Lucchesi -was lovely--our room was a bit tight--but a great view of the Arno--great breakfast and great roof top bar/pool w/fantastic views.
-Florence is beautiful--love all the small streets
-Our Accademia-Best of Florence tour got our feet wet--got around the city--great sights and there was only 4 of us!!
-The private dinner was sooo good-the chef/husband team were so sweet--one of our best /dinners--warm mushroom salad/risotto/quail/home made gelto + WINE
-No problems w/the trains---great way to get around --easy -- convient--and fast.
-Siena is post card beautiful---fun to walk around and fairly easy to get around. Love getting lost in all the back roads and finding great restaurants.!
-The Hotel Athena was  great--nice large room w/a nice welcome note and bottle of wine in the room!
-San Gimignano/chianti/castle tour was extremely interesting. The driver was great--very laid back--and informative--the vineyards were -soo yummie--what a difference in the Olive Oil and aged Balasmic---nothing to compare here!
-Hotel Nazionale--again lovely large room+ great location.  Our tours were wonderful--started w/Best of Rome--nice small group and we hit all the hot spots.
-Catacomb tour was soo interesting---she did a great job and w/all the tour guides--very knowledgeable.
-Vatican City/Sistine Chapel/St.Peters is breathtaking---what can I say--my mouth was open the entire time in astonshiment
-Rome was unreal--could easily stay 1wk there---everytime you turn around, there are ruins--in one form or another--keeping you focused where you are.
-As I mentioned our room was great--very large--great location--staff wonderful and of course B'fast  great-- All of our tours were spot on---small size very informative.

Off to Capri
-WOW--is all I can say--our driver was waiting for us when we got off the train--very polite-got us to the port immediately and at his suggestion we were able to take an earlier ferry to the island!!
-Relais Maresca was sooo lovely and our room amazing--overlooking the bay--wonderful bright yellow tile--and b'fast on the top deck w/that view WOW
-We just walked all over--took the funicular and chair lift to the top--soo very beautiful and peaceful!!
-We did some retail therapy and had a fantastic dinner at Villa Brunella--the view breathtaking--thank god for the walk back!

Off to Sorrento
-Once again easy transition to the hydrofoil--taxi to Grand Hotel de LaVille--LOVELY--good size and fantastic balcony -yes w/full view of the bay!!!
-Our day tour of the Amalfi Coast w/Renato could of not been better. He is a wonderful man--very sweet and was always pointing out areas of interest--stopping for pictures etc-.Stopped and had a great lunch--at his recommendation--perfect.
-Our tour of Vesuvius and Pompeii was again amazing. We did Vesuvius in the am - due to the weather--and as we entered the area/park and changed over to the vehicles that take you up the Mt--I  like we were entering Jussasic Park!!! I will admit,the hike up to the top worked off our past 3 meals---but once up there WOW
-Our guide was a lot of fun--very informative and played great Dean Martin songs on the bus.  His lunch spot was not worth the $$--one of his "friends"--no problem--we never starved!!
-After lunch was Pompeii--again, he was very informative--even tho is was raining--didn't stop anyone!!
-Our last day,we bummed around the area--more retail therapy---sandals from Positano and Sorrento---some beautiful ceramic dishes from Sea Gull at Capri and a few other treats

Overall our trip was more than we could ever imagine---could not have done any of this w/o your help.  The hotels--transfers--train tks--recommendations and of course all the tours were everything we dreamed of --AND more.
We loved our free time--walking and getting lost in the cities---Hell we walked sooooooooooo much I lost 4.5 lbs!!!!!!--that won't last long!!
The only thing I would change would be not to book 2 wine tours back to back--loved then but phewwwwwwwwwwwww a bit too much In one day--needed a nap!!!

Thank you sooo much for all of your planning,effort and making our dream come true!!!!

Pat Scott