Mary Walsh

April 2023

Our trip to Rome and Palermo, Sicily arranged through Cultural Italy with the help of Pia Accardo was fantastic. From the very start, working with Pia was a delight. She listened to our goals and worked with us to craft a vacation suited to our needs and desires and not simply a cookie-cutter tour. At every step, we were taken care of with drivers waiting for us at the airport and excellent tour guides. When one of our guides had a family emergency and could not guide us as planned, Pia jumped in and found excellent replacements. Among the highlights were learning about the Pantheon from Simone, walking the Apian Way with Luca, and experiencing Bernini’s artistry in the Borghese Gallery with Luca (different guide, same name).  Similar to Rome, in Palermo we had an excellent driver who doubled as a guide. Of particular note were the great accommodations Pia found for us in the heart of both cities. The hotel in Rome was lovely with friendly & helpful staff & the B and B in Palermo was unique, comfortable, and nicely appointed. By the end of the trip, our only disappointment was that we did not have the opportunity to meet Pia in person and thank her for crafting a beautiful and memorable vacation for us.


Mary Walsh

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