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Portrait of Italy: From the Amalfi Coast to Venice

2024

From $4,674
total price from New York
$3,995 air & land inclusive plus $679 airline taxes and fees
Limited availability in 2024
Tour Days
16 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests
Post-Tour Extension

Overview

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this wide-ranging tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery. You’ll especially appreciate the small size of your group as you stay in unique accommodations in the Tuscan countryside and in a medieval village.

Tour Details

Portrait of Italy: From the Amalfi Coast to Venice

2024

From $4,674

total price from New York
$3,995 air & land inclusive plus $679 airline taxes and fees
Limited availability in 2024

Tour Days
16 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension
Limited availability in 2024

Tour Days
16 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Overview

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this wide-ranging tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery. You’ll especially appreciate the small size of your group as you stay in unique accommodations in the Tuscan countryside and in a medieval village.

Small Group Highlights

  • Stunning Amalfi Coast
  • Ruins at Pompeii
  • Amalfi Coast cruise
  • Rome sightseeing, including St. Peter’s Square, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Forum
  • Pastoral Umbria, the “green heart” of Italy
  • Italian cooking demonstration
  • Visit to the walled city of Assisi
  • Comprehensive Tuscany sightseeing: San Gimignano, Siena, Florence
  • Local wine tasting
  • Timeless Venice
  • Three-night stays in intimate small hotels in Tuscany, Umbria, and along the Amalfi Coast

Day-by-Day Itinerary

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Naples, Italy
Depart U.S. for Naples, Italy
2
Arrive Naples/Amalfi Coast
D
D
Arrive Naples/Amalfi Coast

After arriving in Naples this morning, we travel to the storied Amalfi Coast, a popular resort and our base for exploring Italy’s Campania region.  Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular and beautiful destinations in Italy.  We dine at our hotel tonight, as we will throughout our stay here.

After arriving in Naples this morning, we travel to the storied Amalfi Coast, a popular resort and our base for exploring Italy’s Campania region.  Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular and beautiful destinations in Italy.  We dine at our hotel tonight, as we will throughout our stay here.

3
Ravello
B
D
B
D
Ravello

This morning we experience this breathtaking coast by sea as we cruise from our hotel to Amalfi Center (weather permitting).  We pass by the Duomo (cathedral), which dominates the main piazza, and then we are free to wander as we please through Amalfi’s atmospheric waterfront or browse in the small shops that surround the square.  We have lunch on our own, then ascend to mountaintop Ravello, with its spectacular gardens and coastal views.  It’s widely agreed that, at 1,100 feet above sea level, the view from Ravello is stunning; we can see a splendid panorama of the entire Amalfi Coast from here.

This morning we experience this breathtaking coast by sea as we cruise from our hotel to Amalfi Center (weather permitting).  We pass by the Duomo (cathedral), which dominates the main piazza, and then we are free to wander as we please through Amalfi’s atmospheric waterfront or browse in the small shops that surround the square.  We have lunch on our own, then ascend to mountaintop Ravello, with its spectacular gardens and coastal views.  It’s widely agreed that, at 1,100 feet above sea level, the view from Ravello is stunning; we can see a splendid panorama of the entire Amalfi Coast from here.

4
Pompeii/Amalfi Coast/Sorrento
B
D
B
D
Pompeii/Amalfi Coast/Sorrento

Our full-­day excursion begins in Pompeii, the city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE but not excavated until 1748.  The ash from this eruption literally “froze” the town in time, leaving exquisite ruins that show us how these ancient Romans lived: vivid frescoes, a forum, and one of the largest surviving Roman amphitheaters in existence.  After a tour and lunch on our own here, we embark on a breathtaking drive along the winding Amalfi Coast road, high above the azure Mediterranean – with pauses for photos and a stop in Sorrento along the way.  This 31-mile stretch of coastline from Sorrento to Salerno has inspired movies, music, and books; indeed, it is one of the most glorious drives in Europe – or anywhere, for that matter.  We return to our hotel late afternoon.

Our full-­day excursion begins in Pompeii, the city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE but not excavated until 1748.  The ash from this eruption literally “froze” the town in time, leaving exquisite ruins that show us how these ancient Romans lived: vivid frescoes, a forum, and one of the largest surviving Roman amphitheaters in existence.  After a tour and lunch on our own here, we embark on a breathtaking drive along the winding Amalfi Coast road, high above the azure Mediterranean – with pauses for photos and a stop in Sorrento along the way.  This 31-mile stretch of coastline from Sorrento to Salerno has inspired movies, music, and books; indeed, it is one of the most glorious drives in Europe – or anywhere, for that matter.  We return to our hotel late afternoon.

5
Amalfi Coast/Montecassino/Rome
B
B
Amalfi Coast/Montecassino/Rome

En route to Rome today, we visit the town of Montecassino, whose abbey is the mother church of the ­Benedictine order and a center of medieval art.  A German stronghold during World War II, the hilltop abbey was destroyed by Allied bombing and then rebuilt as a replica of the 17th-century original.  We tour the abbey, then continue on to the Eternal City.  We arrive at our well-located hotel mid-afternoon; our tour director will lead an informal walk of the nearby area.

En route to Rome today, we visit the town of Montecassino, whose abbey is the mother church of the ­Benedictine order and a center of medieval art.  A German stronghold during World War II, the hilltop abbey was destroyed by Allied bombing and then rebuilt as a replica of the 17th-century original.  We tour the abbey, then continue on to the Eternal City.  We arrive at our well-located hotel mid-afternoon; our tour director will lead an informal walk of the nearby area.

6
Rome
B
B
Rome

From St. Peter’s Square to the Spanish Steps and the Forum to the Trevi Fountain, Rome is filled with some of the greatest monuments, museums, and ruins in Western civilization.  This morning we tour the heart of this ancient city: the 55,000-seat Colosseum, built in 72 CE to stage gladiator spectacles, and the temples of the Forum, ancient Rome’s political and legal center.  The afternoon is free to explore on our own and the possibilities are endless: shopping along the fashionable Via Ven­eto; sipping espresso in beautiful Piazza Navona; seeing the Pantheon, the city’s best preserved ancient building; tossing a coin into Trevi Fountain; or visiting any number of renowned museums and churches.

From St. Peter’s Square to the Spanish Steps and the Forum to the Trevi Fountain, Rome is filled with some of the greatest monuments, museums, and ruins in Western civilization.  This morning we tour the heart of this ancient city: the 55,000-seat Colosseum, built in 72 CE to stage gladiator spectacles, and the temples of the Forum, ancient Rome’s political and legal center.  The afternoon is free to explore on our own and the possibilities are endless: shopping along the fashionable Via Ven­eto; sipping espresso in beautiful Piazza Navona; seeing the Pantheon, the city’s best preserved ancient building; tossing a coin into Trevi Fountain; or visiting any number of renowned museums and churches.

7
Rome
B
B
Rome

We have another morning of touring follow­ed by a free afternoon.  Today we visit the Vatican for a tour of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica and see the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums.  Highlights include Michelangelo’s Pieta in St. Peter’s, considered one of the greatest sculptures of all time; his frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, now restored to its original glory; and art-filled St. Peter’s Basilica itself, the most important church in all Chris­tendom.  The afternoon is free to experience Rome’s myriad of delights as we wish.  For solitude, the grounds of the Villa Borghese offer a brief respite from the bustle of the city.  For shopping, fabulous designer stores (and great people watching!) can be found at the famed Via Veneto or the Via del Corso.  And lovely Piazza Navona is the perfect spot to sit at a sidewalk café and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of this incredible city.

We have another morning of touring follow­ed by a free afternoon.  Today we visit the Vatican for a tour of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica and see the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums.  Highlights include Michelangelo’s Pieta in St. Peter’s, considered one of the greatest sculptures of all time; his frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, now restored to its original glory; and art-filled St. Peter’s Basilica itself, the most important church in all Chris­tendom.  The afternoon is free to experience Rome’s myriad of delights as we wish.  For solitude, the grounds of the Villa Borghese offer a brief respite from the bustle of the city.  For shopping, fabulous designer stores (and great people watching!) can be found at the famed Via Veneto or the Via del Corso.  And lovely Piazza Navona is the perfect spot to sit at a sidewalk café and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of this incredible city.

8
Rome/Orvieto
B
D
B
D
Rome/Orvieto

Leaving Rome, we travel north through a pastoral landscape of gentle agricultural land bounded by mountain wilderness and dotted with traditional villages and medieval hill towns.  This is Umbria, known as the “green heart of Italy.”  Mid-afternoon we reach Orvieto, perched high on a plateau above a vineyard-clad plain.  After we check in at our hotel in the heart of the city’s medieval quarter, our tour director leads us on an informal walking tour.  Tonight we attend a cooking demonstration followed by dinner at a local farmhouse.

Leaving Rome, we travel north through a pastoral landscape of gentle agricultural land bounded by mountain wilderness and dotted with traditional villages and medieval hill towns.  This is Umbria, known as the “green heart of Italy.”  Mid-afternoon we reach Orvieto, perched high on a plateau above a vineyard-clad plain.  After we check in at our hotel in the heart of the city’s medieval quarter, our tour director leads us on an informal walking tour.  Tonight we attend a cooking demonstration followed by dinner at a local farmhouse.

9
Orvieto
B
B
Orvieto

This morning we embark on a guided walking tour of this dramatically set city.  We visit the medieval Duomo, featuring a chapel with frescoes by Fra Angelico and Luca Signorelli’s masterpiece The Last Judgment.  Next we explore the formerly secret passages of Parco delle Grotte, a labyrinth of underground caves used since Etruscan times.  Then the remainder of the day is free for independent exploration in this city known for its classic Orvieto white wine and its ceramics tradition dating back to the early medieval era.  Today we can sample Orvieto’s Umbrian cuisine with lunch and dinner on our own.

This morning we embark on a guided walking tour of this dramatically set city.  We visit the medieval Duomo, featuring a chapel with frescoes by Fra Angelico and Luca Signorelli’s masterpiece The Last Judgment.  Next we explore the formerly secret passages of Parco delle Grotte, a labyrinth of underground caves used since Etruscan times.  Then the remainder of the day is free for independent exploration in this city known for its classic Orvieto white wine and its ceramics tradition dating back to the early medieval era.  Today we can sample Orvieto’s Umbrian cuisine with lunch and dinner on our own.

10
Orvieto/Assisi
B
B
Orvieto/Assisi

Today’s excursion is to Assisi, considered a gem of an Umbrian town and where Saint Francis was born in 1182.  Though the town itself is stunning with its inviting plazas, abundant flowers, buildings of white marble, and pervasive medieval air, the highlight of our day is a tour of the famed Basilica of St. Francis, which has been fully restored after an earthquake caused serious damage to the upper church in 1997.  The church is the burial place of St. Francis and features the priceless Life of St. Francis frescoes by Giotto, depicting stories of the saint’s life and deeds.  We also visit the Basilica of St. Clare, displaying perhaps the world’s most famous crucifix: the San Damiano Cross.  There’s time on our own to stroll the fountain-splashed piazzas and to enjoy lo­cal specialties for lunch. Dinner tonight is on our own.

Today’s excursion is to Assisi, considered a gem of an Umbrian town and where Saint Francis was born in 1182.  Though the town itself is stunning with its inviting plazas, abundant flowers, buildings of white marble, and pervasive medieval air, the highlight of our day is a tour of the famed Basilica of St. Francis, which has been fully restored after an earthquake caused serious damage to the upper church in 1997.  The church is the burial place of St. Francis and features the priceless Life of St. Francis frescoes by Giotto, depicting stories of the saint’s life and deeds.  We also visit the Basilica of St. Clare, displaying perhaps the world’s most famous crucifix: the San Damiano Cross.  There’s time on our own to stroll the fountain-splashed piazzas and to enjoy lo­cal specialties for lunch. Dinner tonight is on our own.

11
Orvieto/Siena/Tuscany
B
D
B
D
Orvieto/Siena/Tuscany

Continuing our journey, today we visit walled Siena, whose ochre-colored buildings and ancient ramparts evoke the city’s medieval past. Fan-shaped Piazza del Campo is one of Europe’s greatest public squares and its Duomo is one of Italy’s finest. We set out on a guided walking tour that includes an inside visit to the Duomo, which houses masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello, and then have free time for lunch on our own and to explore as we wish.

Continuing our journey, today we visit walled Siena, whose ochre-colored buildings and ancient ramparts evoke the city’s medieval past. Fan-shaped Piazza del Campo is one of Europe’s greatest public squares and its Duomo is one of Italy’s finest. We set out on a guided walking tour that includes an inside visit to the Duomo, which houses masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello, and then have free time for lunch on our own and to explore as we wish.

12
Florence
B
D
B
D
Florence

A living monument to the Renaiss­ance, Florence is the crown jewel of Tuscany.  We discover this splendid city on a full-day excursion that includes a morning walking tour.  Then we visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michel­an­ge­lo’s sublime David, as well as his pieces for the papal tombs; and the revered Duomo, with its stupendous dome by Brunelleschi.  This afternoon is free to enjoy Florence as we wish.  Tonight we enjoy dinner together at our hotel.

Please note: If you plan to visit the Uffizi Gallery during your free time, we highly recommend that you reserve your tickets as far in advance as possible for 1:30 p.m. on the date we visit Florence.  This very popular museum often is sold out and it may not be possible to obtain tickets on site that afternoon.  You can reserve tickets online; see the museum’s website for details: www.uffizi.it/en/the-uffizi.

A living monument to the Renaiss­ance, Florence is the crown jewel of Tuscany.  We discover this splendid city on a full-day excursion that includes a morning walking tour.  Then we visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michel­an­ge­lo’s sublime David, as well as his pieces for the papal tombs; and the revered Duomo, with its stupendous dome by Brunelleschi.  This afternoon is free to enjoy Florence as we wish.  Tonight we enjoy dinner together at our hotel.

Please note: If you plan to visit the Uffizi Gallery during your free time, we highly recommend that you reserve your tickets as far in advance as possible for 1:30 p.m. on the date we visit Florence.  This very popular museum often is sold out and it may not be possible to obtain tickets on site that afternoon.  You can reserve tickets online; see the museum’s website for details: www.uffizi.it/en/the-uffizi.

13
San Gimignano
B
D
B
D
San Gimignano

We encounter classic Tuscany today as we visit the hill town of San Gimignano, known for the 13 watchtowers that have left its skyline virtually unchanged since medieval times.  Later we visit a local winery and enjoy a tasting served with the appropriate hors d’oeuvres.  This region is best known for the Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a white wine made from grapes grown around Tuscany, and for the most well-known of all Italian wines, Chianti.  Mid-afternoon we return to our lodgings, where we have time to relax before tonight’s dinner at a local restaurant.

We encounter classic Tuscany today as we visit the hill town of San Gimignano, known for the 13 watchtowers that have left its skyline virtually unchanged since medieval times.  Later we visit a local winery and enjoy a tasting served with the appropriate hors d’oeuvres.  This region is best known for the Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a white wine made from grapes grown around Tuscany, and for the most well-known of all Italian wines, Chianti.  Mid-afternoon we return to our lodgings, where we have time to relax before tonight’s dinner at a local restaurant.

14
Tuscany/Venice
B
B
Tuscany/Venice

Leaving Tuscany today, we travel through the Veneto region to Venice, city of drama, doges, canals, and Canaletto.  We arrive early this afternoon; the remainder of the day is free to explore this wondrous city on our own.  Venice (and its surrounding lagoon) rank as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most atmospheric destinations.

Leaving Tuscany today, we travel through the Veneto region to Venice, city of drama, doges, canals, and Canaletto.  We arrive early this afternoon; the remainder of the day is free to explore this wondrous city on our own.  Venice (and its surrounding lagoon) rank as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most atmospheric destinations.

15
Venice
B
D
B
D
Venice

This morning’s guided walking tour reveals a host of Venetian delights, such as: Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square), with its fantastic Basilica; the romantic Bridge of Sighs; and the Rialto district, with its bustling market.  Our afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this timeless city as we wish, and the options are endless.  Venice is an eminently walkable city, filled with cafes and shops to explore and laced with its trademark canals.  Take a water taxi or gondola ride, enjoy some gelato after a lunch of Venetian seafood dishes, and revel in simply wandering around this world-class floating city.  This evening we gather at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner to bid “arrivederci” to Italy and to our fellow travelers.

This morning’s guided walking tour reveals a host of Venetian delights, such as: Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square), with its fantastic Basilica; the romantic Bridge of Sighs; and the Rialto district, with its bustling market.  Our afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this timeless city as we wish, and the options are endless.  Venice is an eminently walkable city, filled with cafes and shops to explore and laced with its trademark canals.  Take a water taxi or gondola ride, enjoy some gelato after a lunch of Venetian seafood dishes, and revel in simply wandering around this world-class floating city.  This evening we gather at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner to bid “arrivederci” to Italy and to our fellow travelers.

16
Depart for U.S.
B
B
Depart for U.S.

We depart early this morning for our connecting flights to the U.S.

We depart early this morning for our connecting flights to the U.S.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 14 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class and First Class hotels
  • 22 meals: 14 breakfasts, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all ­entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next ­Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Mar Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct Nov
Amalfi Coast 57 63 72 79 84 79 70 63
Rome 59 66 74 82 86 79 71 61
Venice 53 62 70 76 81 75 65 53

Average Temperature (°F )

  Mar Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct Nov
Amalfi Coast 57 63 72 79 84 79 70 63
Rome 59 66 74 82 86 79 71 61
Venice 53 62 70 76 81 75 65 53

Dates & Prices

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Post-Tour Extension

Venice – On Your Own

3 days, 2 nights
From
$395
+ $325 Single Supplement

Venice – On Your Own

3 days, 2 nights
From
$395
+ $325 Single Supplement

Enjoy time on your own in this most timeless of cities.

Post-Tour Extension Price Includes

  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Carnival Palace Hotel (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport

Accommodations

Tour Directors

Francine di Tommaso

"Professional, very knowledgeable, and a wonderful sense of humor...Can’t express enough how great she was as our tour director."

Michael Plumer
Wilmington, NC

Elizabeth Cirio

“Elizabeth was amazing. Her knowledge of Italy and her enthusiastic love of every place we visited was wonderful.”

Marcia Coyle & Thomas Szydlowski
Nantucket, MA

Anna Gandolfi

“We cannot possibly imagine that you could have a better tour director in your entire system in any category! The very highest praise to Anna. Do not lose her!”

Dr. & Mrs. John Graceffa
Hollis, NH

Andrea Fiorillo

“Andrea exceeded expectations in every possible area—we felt he went above and beyond what a tour director generally does."

Anne & Jeffrey Abend
Rockville, MD

Leandro Marandola

“Leandro is the ultimate tour director, probably world champion! Great personality, very humorous, great storyteller, great on details, very thorough and considerate.”

Eric & Joanne Sailer
Lyme Center, NH

Lisa Careless

“Is there a higher rating than "Excellent"?  Lisa was magnificent!  She went above and beyond by arranging special extra sites significant to our particular group.”

Jayne & David Bernanke
Mount Pleasant, SC

Fabrizio Ruffa

“Fabrizio was excellent. He was very knowledgeable, personable, and he attended to all of our needs. He was great.”

Catherine Botta
Springfield, PA

Mauro Tonelli

“Mauro was amazing! He was always very professional, but also very personable. Enjoyed his singing on the bus and incredible knowledge about everything Italian.”

Melinda Parker
Crestview, FL

Zoran Antonić

“Zoran did a fantastic job.  He worked hard to make sure everyone was having a great time. He made us all feel like family.  He really helped us see more of Italy than we ever could have expected.”

Margaret Lee & Wayne Morrison
Vienna, VA

Lara Mocellin

“Lara is the perfect tour director.  She is darling, knowledgeable, intelligent, funny, energetic, tireless, caring, and every other positive adjective.”

Elizabeth Whitesell
Phoenix, AZ

Sara Basile

“Sara is the best tour guide we have had, including guides from other tour companies.”

Jeffrey & Janet Messing
Easton, MD

Gabriel Castillo

“This was our 7th Odysseys tour and we would rate Gabe at the top of our list.”

Allan Bauer
Hackensack, NJ

Franco Carola

“Dr. Franco was the absolute best. His mission was to make this the best experience and show the heart of his country. He was a tremendous asset to the trip.”

John Blackwell
Apex, NC

Valentina Dell’Orto

“Valentina was superb, one of best we have had and that's a lot of trips outside Odysseys.”

Stephen & Kathleen Curran
Gastonia, NC

Mara Tiburzi

“Mara was above excellent! Her personality, sincerity, and knowledge were wonderful.”

Suzy Riggins & Tommy Acken
Cape Coral, FL

Esmeralda Perronne

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Eva Matosevic

“Eva was amazing! Knowledgeable, fun, spirited, personable, always available, and patient. I think she is terrific. She did everything to make the journey a fun and memorable experience for each one of us.”

Nancy Bruchbacher
Powhatan, VA

Pier Luigi Castagnetti

“If we ever return to Italy, we would want Luigi for our tour director again…He was absolutely marvelous!”

John & Judith Schneider
Grand Rapids, MI

Arianna Mura

"While I am sure that Odysseys Unlimited has a wonderful team of guides, I am confident that none are better than Arianna…her knowledge of the history and culture of Italy is superb."

Richard & Sandra Cross
Livingston, AL

Igor Ribic

“Igor was exceptionally cooperative, intuitive, diplomatic, knowledgeable, entertaining, and he exhibited outstanding communication and people skills. He’s a major asset to Odysseys.”

Diane Sarti
New Hope, PA

Chiara Campanile

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Katia Girotto

“Katia is the best tour guide we have ever had. Her knowledge of Italy is astounding and her ability to get along with the disparate members of the group impressive.”

Jean & David Forman
Carlisle, MA

Anna Scrocca

“Anna is a national treasure – knowledgeable, fun, and great at ‘reading’ the group. She went above and beyond every day.”

Paul Luczak & Kathryn Challenger
Seattle, WA

Dania Mastacchini

“We enjoyed spending time with Dania. She was thoughtful, knowledgeable, and always positive. She has the perfect temperament for a tour leader.”

Rekha & Craig Arness
McLean, VA

Ingrid Jerebica

“Ingrid is absolutely wonderful – as a tour guide and as a person. She is very knowledgeable and has a way of sharing things that will be remembered.”

Donna & Keith Kirkendoll
Fort Worth, TX

Giulia Tamarri

"Giulia was terrific and did make our tour outstanding. The whole group just loved her and she was a big part of the quality of the tour."

Frank & Pat Payton
Georgetown, TX

Marina Caruso

We were so lucky to have Marina Caruso; she is one of the best tour directors I have ever had. A real gem—helpful, caring, and ready to go the extra mile.”

Eileen Sutter
Yonkers, NY

Tour Directors

Lisa Careless

“Is there a higher rating than "Excellent"?  Lisa was magnificent!  She went above and beyond by arranging special extra sites significant to our particular group.”

Jayne & David Bernanke
Mount Pleasant, SC

Lara Mocellin

“Lara is the perfect tour director.  She is darling, knowledgeable, intelligent, funny, energetic, tireless, caring, and every other positive adjective.”

Elizabeth Whitesell
Phoenix, AZ

Pier Luigi Castagnetti

“If we ever return to Italy, we would want Luigi for our tour director again…He was absolutely marvelous!”

John & Judith Schneider
Grand Rapids, MI

Valentina Dell’Orto

“Valentina was superb, one of best we have had and that's a lot of trips outside Odysseys.”

Stephen & Kathleen Curran
Gastonia, NC

Dania Mastacchini

“We enjoyed spending time with Dania. She was thoughtful, knowledgeable, and always positive. She has the perfect temperament for a tour leader.”

Rekha & Craig Arness
McLean, VA

Gabriel Castillo

“This was our 7th Odysseys tour and we would rate Gabe at the top of our list.”

Allan Bauer
Hackensack, NJ

Ingrid Jerebica

“Ingrid is absolutely wonderful – as a tour guide and as a person. She is very knowledgeable and has a way of sharing things that will be remembered.”

Donna & Keith Kirkendoll
Fort Worth, TX

Mara Tiburzi

“Mara was above excellent! Her personality, sincerity, and knowledge were wonderful.”

Suzy Riggins & Tommy Acken
Cape Coral, FL

Marina Caruso

We were so lucky to have Marina Caruso; she is one of the best tour directors I have ever had. A real gem—helpful, caring, and ready to go the extra mile.”

Eileen Sutter
Yonkers, NY

Elizabeth Cirio

“Elizabeth was amazing. Her knowledge of Italy and her enthusiastic love of every place we visited was wonderful.”

Marcia Coyle & Thomas Szydlowski
Nantucket, MA

Anna Scrocca

“Anna is a national treasure – knowledgeable, fun, and great at ‘reading’ the group. She went above and beyond every day.”

Paul Luczak & Kathryn Challenger
Seattle, WA

Fabrizio Ruffa

“Fabrizio was excellent. He was very knowledgeable, personable, and he attended to all of our needs. He was great.”

Catherine Botta
Springfield, PA

Anna Gandolfi

“We cannot possibly imagine that you could have a better tour director in your entire system in any category! The very highest praise to Anna. Do not lose her!”

Dr. & Mrs. John Graceffa
Hollis, NH

Giulia Tamarri

"Giulia was terrific and did make our tour outstanding. The whole group just loved her and she was a big part of the quality of the tour."

Frank & Pat Payton
Georgetown, TX

Sara Basile

“Sara is the best tour guide we have had, including guides from other tour companies.”

Jeffrey & Janet Messing
Easton, MD

Leandro Marandola

“Leandro is the ultimate tour director, probably world champion! Great personality, very humorous, great storyteller, great on details, very thorough and considerate.”

Eric & Joanne Sailer
Lyme Center, NH

Andrea Fiorillo

“Andrea exceeded expectations in every possible area—we felt he went above and beyond what a tour director generally does."

Anne & Jeffrey Abend
Rockville, MD

Zoran Antonić

“Zoran did a fantastic job.  He worked hard to make sure everyone was having a great time. He made us all feel like family.  He really helped us see more of Italy than we ever could have expected.”

Margaret Lee & Wayne Morrison
Vienna, VA

Francine di Tommaso

"Professional, very knowledgeable, and a wonderful sense of humor...Can’t express enough how great she was as our tour director."

Michael Plumer
Wilmington, NC

Mauro Tonelli

“Mauro was amazing! He was always very professional, but also very personable. Enjoyed his singing on the bus and incredible knowledge about everything Italian.”

Melinda Parker
Crestview, FL

Katia Girotto

“Katia is the best tour guide we have ever had. Her knowledge of Italy is astounding and her ability to get along with the disparate members of the group impressive.”

Jean & David Forman
Carlisle, MA

Chiara Campanile

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Eva Matosevic

“Eva was amazing! Knowledgeable, fun, spirited, personable, always available, and patient. I think she is terrific. She did everything to make the journey a fun and memorable experience for each one of us.”

Nancy Bruchbacher
Powhatan, VA

Igor Ribic

“Igor was exceptionally cooperative, intuitive, diplomatic, knowledgeable, entertaining, and he exhibited outstanding communication and people skills. He’s a major asset to Odysseys.”

Diane Sarti
New Hope, PA

Arianna Mura

"While I am sure that Odysseys Unlimited has a wonderful team of guides, I am confident that none are better than Arianna…her knowledge of the history and culture of Italy is superb."

Richard & Sandra Cross
Livingston, AL

Esmeralda Perronne

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Franco Carola

“Dr. Franco was the absolute best. His mission was to make this the best experience and show the heart of his country. He was a tremendous asset to the trip.”

John Blackwell
Apex, NC

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I don’t think I have enough words to tell you what a great trip this was. The planning is tight and effective, and I would travel with you again in a heartbeat!
Kristin Kerr
Webster, NY
Thanks for an enjoyable trip that I will never forget…memories made for a lifetime.
Teresa McCracken
Weatherford, TX
This tour far exceeded any expectations we had. The beauty of the country, the spectacular churches, the artwork…It truly could not have been better!
Sharon & John Dusek
Lakewood, WA
I don’t think I have enough words to tell you what a great trip this was. The planning is tight and effective, and I would travel with you again in a heartbeat!
Kristin Kerr
Webster, NY
Thanks for an enjoyable trip that I will never forget…memories made for a lifetime.
Teresa McCracken
Weatherford, TX
This tour far exceeded any expectations we had. The beauty of the country, the spectacular churches, the artwork…It truly could not have been better!
Sharon & John Dusek
Lakewood, WA
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