A real high light of our trip to Italy - and Poland, was our trip from Rome to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. We were picked up at our hotel in an air-conditioned and very comfortable Mercedes van, by a wonderful guide who spoke 5 languages, stopped on the way to purchase the best mozzarella to share with us, and who pointed out areas of interest along our several hour journey to the Naples area (where both Amalfi and Pompeii are located - beautiful!!!!). I HIGHLY recommend this tour and wish I could remember the name of the guide/driver. His name began with an F...maybe Flavian? He is Eastern-European and very, very gentlmanly. His wife is also a guide. Very professional, well-informed, and concerned about the happiness of his clients.
Flavian, I think was his name, was our driver and guide while in transit from Rome throughout the Amalfi Coast and to Pompeii and back. He speaks five languages, is absolutely interested in his clients comfort and happiness and makes all effort to inform everyone about everything in eyes' view. The automobile used for my tour was a very comfortable Mercedez van. The several hours' long drive just whizzed by because of Flavian's charm and ability to get along with every personality. The Amalfi Coast was breathtakingly beautiful, the trip to Pompeii - guided by a renowned archaeologist (I've seen him on TV in the U.S.) - was drawdropping, especially with Mount Vesuvius in our peripheral vision. All in all this was a magnificent adventure and very well worth the cost. I highly recommend this trip as it was a highlight of our vacation to Italy.
This tour was astounding, and our guide was a delightful woman whose name I've forgotten..Marina? She is an educated woman with special interest in the Vatican. She made sure to inform each of us with as much of the countless details of this splendor as was possible. The day of our tour, there were thousands of guests and although this is a "skip the line" tour, it could not be helped that the thousands of guests at the Vatican did indeed take away from our experience. There was loudness and pushiness and shoving - not at all the fault of the tour. The Vatican guards had to do some yelling at the others for some inconsiderate behavior which also took away from the experience. I write this so the reader will have some forewarning of this also happening to their experience - again, no fault of the tour. The Vatican is the Vatican - with all of its history, both negative and mainly positive. And, the tour -especially guided by (Marina?), was spectacular. I would do this again and highly recommend that others do as well.
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