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Portrait of Italy: What’s Your Best Memory?

July 19th, 2011 by

What will be your best, long-lasting memory about the trip?”

Portrait of Italy, April 30-May 16, 2011

That’s what we asked returning travelers from our late-April Portrait of Italy tour: a 17-day excursion that roamed up and down the boot from Venice to Amalfi, with stops in Rome, Naples, Florence and more. That’s a lot of ground to cover in a short time, but our group was game. And more than a few highlights came to mind afterward:

“Gazing over the peaceful Tuscan countryside in the cool of the morning from the patio of Villa Lecchi. Of course seeing David and the Sistine Chapel were anticipated highlights, and the enjoyable walk through Pompeii with Nicola’s subtly amusing narration was an unexpected delight.”

“The beautiful little villages of Umbria and Tuscany and seeing them both with new UW friends.”

“Seeing the Michelangelo sculptures and frescos that we read about before the trip, as well as the warm and welcoming feeling we got from the Italian people.”

“Our tour guide, Mauro. Great personality, wonderful sense of humor. (He) took great care of everyone. …We learned a lot of history and many new Italian words. Does he lead other tours?”

“Seeing the Pieta at St. Peter’s.”

“Villa Lecchi.  This was so lovely and peaceful; my favorite place on the trip. The best memory would be the people on the tour, and all they brought to the group.”

“For John it was seeing the Colosseum. For Judy, the view from Villa Lecchi with the umbrella pines and poppies in the fields.”

If Italy sounds like your cup of tea, we’ve got other great tours coming up: Chianti & Italian Riviera; Flavors of Northern Italy; Southern Italy & Sicily; and Italian Reflections.

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