All the caves in Matera were amazing!. Wine tasting and Architectural Museum were special. Overall, we loved the tour! Meals were outstanding. The itinerary ensured we saw many of the best sites in the region and many things that most of us would not see if we were planning the trip on our own. 2. We are so happy we learned about Rick Steves' Tours. Enjoyed the southern tour because it seemed like we were able to get a little closer to the local culture of southern living. Rick Steves' Best of Italy in 17 Days. Beyond expectation, beyond an experience we could have arranged on our own!". I also thought the restaurant where we ate our group dinner there was excellent. The cities we spent time in were so lovely and interesting, each with it's own unique character. Excellent guide, education, meals, and activities. 6. It was perfect! Fabulous tour guide (Nina), friendly group, fascinating places to visit, interesting hotels, great food and gorgeous scenery made it an amazing trip. Bus rides were great, I get motion sick so it means the driver was beyond skilled. It was above our expectations and we were expecting a lot! The places we saw were fabulous and the food was delicious. Holiday Sale: 50% off through 12/10/20 or while supplies last! They were incredible. Starting in Rome Caterina wove a great historical piece of Italy throughout our trip through Southern Italy ending in Naples. The mozzarella cheese was good too!". A great tour. The tour was amazing again! Suspect that he wished he retired a year earlier, "Salvatore driving. I would do them all again, but plan to do Spain and southern Italy in the near future! 425-608-4217, from $3,795 My overall experience was very good. "1. -Pompeii and Herculaneum (on our own) The organization of the travel experience was key. Activity level of "strenuous" is accurate re: walking/standing. Thank you for a life changing vacation shared with lively and fun travelers who became friends. While the Positano area is beautiful, it's now too crowded with tourists to really enjoy. The depth of insight provided and the logistical steps necessary to complete this tour is something we would not have come close to achieving on our own. Would it be possible to see more of the Mediterranean in the very south of Italy, or life in those areas? I disliked the Rodeo Drive aspect of it, but it's physical beauty was breath-taking. 1. Sleep in Matera. "There were many WOW moments. Take a boat ride to Capri, where you can then board a much smaller boat to the deservedly famous Blue Grotto. "It's hard to [INVALID] one moment. Rick Steves' 2012 South of Italy & Heart of Italy Tours: Home; South Of Italy - Overview ... Basilicata, and Campania. So different from the northern regions. ", Over all very good, but this particular tour involved too much time on the bus. The Naples opera house. WOW! We went to some great out-of-the-way places on the Gargano peninsula, the Trulli in Albertobello, the Sassi in Matera, Tenuta Vannulo, the Paestum ruins, Pompeii and of course the awesome Amalfi coast. From their high perch Going to the East coast and seeing what that side of the country looked like was the icing on the cake. The group on this tour was terrific! Tour Questions? Teresa sat with us and told us how she made some of the dishes and Luigi took my husband outside and showed him his vegetable garden. This was our 6th RS tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Most people at Mozarella farm lunch barely ate the cheese. Original Poster . The hospitality beyond expectation considering the host and hostess took 29 people into their home for a delicious dinner with homemade wine and limoncello.". I appreciated most the time for personal exploration, and eating experiences. "I loved Positano. Rick Steves book, “ Italy” is comprehensive and is written with a voice that will encourage even the most reluctant travelers the information they need to seek out the world. "The specialty guides brought each city and place alive with their excellent narratives. Our tour operator was excellent, Caterina was very knowledgeable and very warm and personable. We did the Best of Italy 17 day tour last year and I believe that in order to do South Italy justice it needs to be a 17 day tour. We were fortunate to see The Opera House at Naples, The oldest in the world. For the previous hour, we had been drenched by rain and hail, taking refuge in a tiny cafe and then a church. Love Sassi. The RS tour descriptions are spot on. This effort has given me wonderful memories of my days in Southern Italy. "Vieste and the top of Anacapri finicular ride awesome!". Very well organized. Select a region to find the Rick Steves guidebooks, Snapshot guides, and Pocket guides — and phrase books — that can help you get the most out of every day and dollar. Wonderful immersion in Southern Italy. It wasn't just the food, but the interaction with the host family. From a distance, I got to see the James Bond car.". Traffic and narrow, windy mountainous roads were partly to blame, especially from Vieste on. Early this morning we'll drive into the Campania region and tour an organic water buffalo farm that produces the prized local specialty, mozzarella di bufala. I will carry that thought with me and apply it to so many different situations because it is so true.". Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Theresa and Luigi & their family were so lovely & warm. The Trulli and Matera - seeing how people lived in these caves was amazing! we would like to have spent move time in Sorrento, Naples and Positono. 1/0. Our first tour and it was fantastic! a number of us skipped the boat ride in Vieste for example. "I loved Matera! At the time we decided to try a tour of Rome, Florence and Venice with Rick Steves'. The view was spectacular, and then we actually stayed in a lovely hotel in the caves. Nine people are from the same family and 3 of us are named Cindy! It was wonderful. I think of Pompei and the spa time swimming in a cave in Matera. What Makes Rick Steves Stand Out? Naples and Nearby - Audio Europe: Italy by Rick Steves Audio Europe published on 2013-10-01T21:26:17Z Guides from southern Italy chat with Rick about the attractions of energetic Naples and its nearby coastal and island resorts. Our group bonded well and we had a great time together. This was our first RS Tour and we were not disappointed. I would do them all again, but plan to do Spain and southern Italy in the near future! But we went to places I would have never dreamed of on my own. I had set very high expectations for this trip. This was our second Rick Steves' Tour. Just absolutely amazing! Museums and ruins. Vieste stood out; a tourist town, certainly, but with a calm beauty in it's narrow lanes and sea views. Francesca has a unique ability to convey how each work is evocative of powerful human values and how those values are found in and expressed by people in different eras and civilizations. She was really accessible to us for all our needs. This was, as usual for the Rick Steves tours, an excellent experience. The people were friendly and we really enjoyed learning about Southern Italy. A great travel experience that allowed me to "time travel" from the Neolithic Era in Matera to the present day, crazy life style in Naples. I truly felt like I was a member of a big wonderful Italian family. Vieste and the incredible views from our hotel (Hotel Seggio). Andrea was such a wonderful guide, the family dinner, Pompeii, Matera was stunning. Our tour guide Caterina was so very informative and helpful in so many ways. Was a fantastic tour throughout. Release date: 14 January … Southern Italy is a much more vibrant place than I had imagined. It was nice not to have to worry about all the details and I was impressed with all the details! Favorite parts for me were the Pompeii site and the Pompeii exhibits at the archaeological museum in Naples, and the old city of Matera.". We had plenty of free time to explore on our own. Sleep in Rome. Great itinerary. "The visit to Matera was my "wow" moment. ", "For me, it was the visit to Pompeii. Rick Steves' 2012 South of Italy & Heart of Italy Tours: Home; South Of Italy - Overview ... Basilicata, and Campania. However I had never taken a tour before so didn't know just what to expect. "I can practically pick a Wow from each stay: The Capitoline Hill museum in Rome with a fantastic local guide. The Pantheon. "Just being in South Italy. A real joy! "Positano and the bus route getting there!". the Veiled Christ â astounding craftsmanship, rivaling the Pieta We had opportunities to enjoy experiences not common for most travelers. Also we had several food demonstrations and a meal with an Italian family. In this travel class, Rick Steves explains how Italy intensifies as you plunge deeper â from the urban jungle of Naples (birthplace of pizza) to the ancient ruins at Pompeii to the stunning scenery of the Amalfi Coast. A slow start because it assumed that people had already seen Rome (true). Thank you for such a great tour of southern Italy! The dinner in the home of Theresa and Luigi and their family...and more", "Oh my goodness, so many to chose from. It was not ONE FAVOIRITE THING.... just an amazing trip throughout.". All was terrific, save for one day of heavy rain in Vieste. Poppies everywhere! We enjoyed the other members of the tour group a great deal. On the flight home I watched Ben Hur since the guide had said parts of the movie were filmed there.". recommendations! I have talked to others who have traveled extensively in Italy and no one had heard of it.". Scotland European Cruising 101 Really enjoyed this tour filled with so many wonderful activities. I felt very taken care of with my food allergies when we ate, and felt comfortable the whole way through (on the bus, at the hotels, etc). The hotels were friendly. Eating dinner with Luigi's family and how friendly they were to us.". Plus lots of free time to explore on your own. This was my first Rick Steve's tour and only my second tour ever. See more ideas about Rick steves, Rick steves travel, Travel. Our tour guide was excellent and shared so much knowledge with us. Each regione offering a vastly different experience and exposure to the Southern Italian culture. For me the stop least important was Positano. And the private party we hosted in our room with a view in Positano! Tour mates were wonderful; a very friendly and inclusive group of people. Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Weather unusually cool and rainy. In Rome, Francesca opened my eyes to what a museum experience should be and why we are often disappointed or confused by what we see. Related travel information and message boards on www.ricksteves.com. It was very physical - lots of walking and steps. an eye opener when contemplating the evolution of MAN KIND. It was really special and if you aren't on a RS tour you won't get it. Separately - a side excursion to Capri should be on the list, blue grotto or not.". This afternoon, we'll take an orientation walk through town on our way to watch the creation of an Italian culinary masterpiece — gelato. Great group of tour members and fabulous Susanna as our guide! Iceland A visual and sensory overload! Visiting Matera was amazing. Other "wows": Matera and the cave hotel; Pompeii; the dinner Teresa and Gigino served in Sorrento.". We learned a lot, walked a lot and covered many miles in our spacious bus, by trains, planes and our feet! This evening, watch — or better yet join — the ritual passeggiata of strolling locals in this authentic, untouristed part of Italy. Spectacular. "Standing on the edge of the "new city" of Matera and suddenly viewing ancient Matera. The things we saw and the information we learned will last a lifetime. 2. Just to walk through and experience the Naples Archaeological Museum and realize that it was all found in Pompeii.". All these were my favorites and not particularly in that order. Then, armed with the confidence and Neapolitan street smarts you've learned from your guide, your afternoon is free for making your own discoveries. Although the weather didn't always cooperate,the tour was an amazing experience. Good people, amazing sights, great guides and terrific food. the water buffalo farm? I've been all over Italy, but with the exception of Rome, and I'd never been to southern Italy. 5. Good guide: sometimes too heavy on lengthy dissertations on history, who married whom and how many offspring. I was so happy not to have to plan and think about what was next. Pompei "Definitely the grottos in Vieste. I was impressed with the conversion from Italian to English in a second. See RS book for these recos". Dinner with Luigi and family at their home was a special treat. Great mix of interesting historical spots, natural beauty and good fun. Dinner in the home in Sorrento. We had been warned to be very careful and cautious in this particular city, but Martina set us at ease and just advised us of the areas that were safe to go and areas to stay away from. I had been to Italy several times with friends but experiencing this tour was absolutely wonderful.The buddy system is brilliant.I very much enjoyed sharing meals with the others on the tour,we happened to have a great group of people who became like family by the end of the tour. "The automatic milking machine for the water buffalo!". This tour was incredible! That said, it was different, but the sights and places we wouldn't have seen on our own, not to mention our lively, enthusiastic guide Nina & delightful fellow travelers, made for 2 fantastic weeks in Southern IT! With the help of some friendly trip consultants at the Rick Steves office in Edmonds, WA, I selected two tours that optimized my time in Italy. Very nice hotels and excellent food. The visits to the significant classical sites were well led by the local guides. I totally enjoyed the coastal respites and the Greek influences emphasis. The seaside beauty and charm of Vieste on the Adriatic. Rick Steves, Writer: Rick Steves' Europe. "I have several ... Sassi District in Matera, Path of the Gods in Positano, Pompeii, and Capri.". Amazing what they could do. What a history it has, and such a future. Nina did a wonderful job navigating twists and turns. I always enjoy a Rick Steves tour and this tour was no different. Grottos via boat in Vieste There was a nice balance of planned activity and time on our own. Unforgettable!". "It's been a month...and besides the jets flying overhead at the Capitoline Museum on 6/2/19, I have to go with the family dinner in Sorrento as my highlight of the trip. "The hotel choices were some of our "wow moments. Vieste coast was breathtaking. "As usual it's difficult, if not impossible, to narrow it down to only one "wow" moment. The South Italy tour was great going from Rome to Amalifi coast and seeing all the history between Rome and Naples. Home-cooked meal in Sorrento delicious and plentiful! The optional visit to and boat ride around Capri gorgeous! My boyfriend and I had spent two weeks prior to the tour in Greece and two weeks after in Florence. We'd take the tour again but opt out of museum visits - which we loved this time around. Disappointed the it was not well done ie walking through Pompeii was an incomplete because we did not see the actual people in the museum as I had imagined we would. We also made some new great friends over the excellent breakfasts and group dinners. The "culture" of Southern Italy - living more in the moment, for the experiences of "the now" not worrying so much, "dipende". Really excellent tour for fit and adventurous travelers from start to finish - lots of walking and stairs! Had a truly wonderful conversation with all 3.". You should make sure potential travelers know this. Bus: 4 hours. "Matera was a magical city for me. "There were many wow moments - Matera and its caves - unbelievable! There were so many places and things I was able to see that I would have never thought of on my own. The other event was our dinner in Sorrento with a local family-->wonderful.". The regions that are generally considered to be in Southern Italy are: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, Puglia, and the two islands of Sardinia and Sicily. Boat: 1½ hours. Plus...she is always very nicely dressed :) Also, Positano. Felt safe traveling in our area of our Rome Hotel, got to experience an Italy holiday while visiting Victor Emmanual Museum with a fly over and bands playing. In an ancient city, the wonderful "wow"moment was that vibrant present.". If you are considering a tour, buy your ticket today! In Naples, Pina revealed the psychology of the art. We don't think anything rivals the art, history and beauty of Italy! We saw amazing sights throughout the south of Italy and learned so much history. ""Wouldn't you agree that knowledge without passion is just information?" Gorgeous free afternoon to enjoy the town & hotel beach. Tommaso must have learned how to be a guide in Heaven! - concert for tour group in Naples Release date: 14 January 2019. Our experience was, I would say, superlative in every way: Our tour guide, Ann, the itinerary, the smaller towns with very little time in Rome, the city orientation walks, the local tour guides, the awesome scenery, wonderful meals planned mostly by Ann, the home dinner in Sorrento with Luigi and Theresa,sleeping in the cave room on my birthday, the people on the tour were lovely travel companions and happy and cooperative! Wonderful lodgings, good and bountiful food. I came away with incredible knowledge and appreciation for Italy and the many wonders we saw. quickly and mostly avoided smaller groups. We saw about 10+ grottos, with a better experience than the Blue grotto(not included in Capri). The schedule, balance between group/travel/free time was just right. "Staying in a hotel cave in Matera was so cool. There are some for which “Southern Italy” also covers parts of Lazio– the parts that were once in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, one of the city-states that existed prior to Italian unification. That made the experience less than enjoyable and were glad to get back to Positano, a gorgeous little town. "There were many highlights, including Francesca's tour of the Capitoline museum (I shall never look at art again in the same way after learning her four Cs), the tour of the Adriatic coast in Viesta, MATERA and staying in a cave, the sunlit beauty of Positano, the spectacular history of Paestum, the Veiled Christ in Naples...just so much to absorb and learn and see! My fourth RS tour was the most intense cultural and historical tour yet. It exceeded my expectations in every way. We'll gather at our Rome hotel at 4 p.m. for a "Welcome to Italy" group meeting. Each regione offering a vastly different experience and exposure to the Southern … we wanted to see. "Views from Anacapri Villa San Michele. Our Rick Steves' guide, though relatively new to this tour, was fully prepared and amazingly knowledgeable about all aspects of the region and the tour. I enjoyed our time in Rome with the guided Capitoline museum was great as was the Jewish Ghetto tour. Incredible and amazing!". She gelled the team together well and we quickly all became good friends. Getting out in the less inhabited and less hectic parts of Italy was particularly enjoyable. The veritable Europe expert, Rick Steves, takes you off the beaten path to discover local hidden gems in countries and regions, interwoven with fascinating history and cultural attractions. In brief, we didn't enjoy it as much as our first RS tour (Greece 2017). Sleep in Vieste. The staying in a hotel 2 nights in each town was great. Part of that "travel daze" is the mixed emotions a place like Napoli generates. We didn't know much about this town prior to the tour. The group gelled What a unique and fascinating city. It was great. Rick Steves Map Of Italy has a variety pictures that joined to locate out the most recent pictures of Rick Steves Map Of Italy here, and also you can acquire the pictures through our best rick steves map of italy collection.Rick Steves Map Of Italy pictures in here are posted and uploaded by secretmuseum.net for your rick steves map of italy images collection. Lisa is amazing! The rest of your evening is free to explore more of this spectacular cliffside setting. "Paestum was an unexpected joy for me to visit. The best, I guess was the meal with the family in Sorrento.". "The Naples National Archeological Museum, number one for education. The variety of mixing culture, food and museums was a perfect balance. In fact, in the Cinque Terre (Monterosso), I complimented the chef of a small restaurant and mentioned that Rick Steve's Italy book had led me to her restaurant and that it was the best meal I'd had in Italy. - well organized tour guide (Nina), The RS provided water tour in Vieste was awesome - a key highlight. Vieste's tiny town delights and scenery. All hotels were of a good standard, clean and welcoming. Tour of Pompei and the history from a local guide. This was our second tour with Rick Steves' group and we knew to expect a high energy experience. I don't think the Museo Capodimonte was a worthwhile use of such precious time. Something of interest morning, noon and night. Capitoline tour and Francesca. Hadrian's Villa, so much to imagine, so much effort, so Ozymandiasesque The laid back vibes, views, and history were incredible. We simply love Italy! Need more She is amazing. Am looking for a good itinerary. By the last day I had an understanding of the importance of Italian (Roman, Etruscan, Modern) culture to civilization. . Hadrian's Villa Not only did he have to navigate unknown roads after the World War II bomb Was discovered but then had to deal with a detour due to the rock fall on the Amalfi coast road. With this book, you’ll trace Italian culture from Rome’s Colosseum … The local guides were all great! Today we'll take a boat cruise along the craggy Gargano Coast, marveling at the picture-perfect coves, hidden grottos, and unusual rock formations that make this coastline unforgettable. Select a region to find the Rick Steves guidebooks, Snapshot guides, and Pocket guides â and phrase books â that can help you get the most out of every day and dollar. Tour locations were well chosen, each offering a different aspect of life in Southern Italy. In particular, we could have skipped Naples. Overall experience: Outstanding! The hospitality and food was beyond amazing. 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