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Wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip to Italy and Paris.
You did a wonderful job putting it all together. It couldn't have been
any more perfect. All the tours were great and the hotel accommodations
were really nice! We did not have one thing go wrong. Everything went as
planned and on time.
Would like to specially mention the wine tour with Daniel which was
exceptional! We were all so impressed and loved the luncheon
arrangements and winery he had chosen.
Something we will never forget!
Thank you so very much for all your work and effort in making our trip
the best ever!
Mary Ann Kothe
North St. Paul, MN
Private Italy Tour -
Before I give you my answers , I want you to know that I am very much
impressed by your excellent customer service.
Today I called your office in Montana and left a voice message. Within
10 minutes a collogue (Larry Norton ) call me back and asking what he
can do for me as you are in Italy.
I tell him that I will send you an email and within an hour that I did
send this email you called me back from Italy.
We talk about my questions and within an hour I receive a detailed reply
from you, with various options for me to choice from.
Carlo, this is EXCELLENT SERVICE and this will definitely reflect on the
good name and reputation of ECO ITALIA.
This is the best advertising for your company you can imagine !
group Tour - October 2015
Once again, Don and have returned from a most satisfying trip with Eco
Italia. Due to the efforts of you, and of course, Daniel, it was another
stress-free journey; and we very much appreciate and thank you and him
Just want to thank you for a great trip. Everything went smooth, the
tour guides and transfer drivers were excellent and the places we
visited were spectacular. We had a great time.
Again thank you for your support.
Italy Private Tour -
I am sorry that I have taken so long to write to you. It certainly is
not because I was unhappy with our trip. The trip to Italy was
absolutely fantastic! My daughters and I had an experience that we will
never forget. I can’t tell you how special this trip was for them as
they are adults and had never been abroad. It was a wonderful experience
for the three of us to get to travel together as grown-ups too!
The whole trip went so smoothly and we did not have to worry about
anything other than having ourselves ready to meet our guides or
drivers. Choosing where we wanted to eat was one of the few decisions
that we had to make, that and what to buy!! All of the people that we
came in contact with from our driver from Rome to Sorrento, Alessandro,
our driver and guide around The Amalfi Coast, our guide at Pompeii, our
guide, Guissy, for our walking tours of Rome, the guide at the Borghese
and our wonderful guide and driver to Tuscany were just the best. They
were all helpful, knowledgable, friendly and seemed to really enjoy
sharing their country with us. I am so glad that I took family advice
and had private guides. They made the trip so worthwhile, especially
where there were large crowds, they were able to guide to all the
important places. You really do have a good crew working for you in
Again, this was so special for me and my girls. They are still telling
me thank you every time I see them and I have been getting special hugs
of gratitude. I know that the trip would not have been as successful as
it was, if I had not gotten all the wonderful planning from you. Keep up
the good work and, hopefully, my husband and I will plan a trip to
Tuscany sometime. Making the day trip up there was one of the real
highlights of our trip and our guide was fantastic!! Thank you so much
for helping us have a trip of a lifetime together.
Italy Private Tour - May 2015
We I cannot say enough good things
about Carlo and Eco Italia! The arrangements Carlo made were perfect
right down to every detail (for 3 women travelling together). He was
accommodating in every way, and the hotels, drivers and guides were
perfect for us! Carlo picked ideal locations for us to stay, which saved
a lot of time and money as we didn’t have to take taxis whenever we
wanted to go somewhere. We really got to experience Italy in all of its
splendor. I highly recommend Eco Italia for help in planning your
personal, memorable trip to Italy.
Italy Private Tour - May 2015
We were very happy with everything
about the trip, starting with the first contact with Eco Italia. I sent
the same request for a custom trip to several places and you were the
only ones who actually responded with a proposed itinerary. Everyone
else wanted me to provide details about all of the places we wanted to
go and what we wanted to see. I felt that if I had that much knowledge
of Italy, I wouldn't need a travel agency to plan the trip. I didn't
want to miss any "must see" sites just because I didn't know about them.
Although you responded with a great itinerary, we didn't make it to
every city as planned. We enjoyed Gubbio so much that we decided to
spend a second day there and skipped Cortona. The nice thing was that
your planning allowed us the flexibility to make changes even during the
trip. You were very responsive to our questions both before and during
the trip and were always available to answer our questions. The first
time we went to Italy, we did so with a typical travel agency itinerary.
We saw a lot of things but it was not at all flexible and it was
We hope to return to Italy to
tour another region in the future and will definitely contact you to
plan our next trip. Thank you for providing our family with such a
Italy Private Tour - May 2014
Hello Carlo and Larry,
I just wanted to let you know that we had the most spectacular trip. Everything was perfect! We had drivers and tickets etc all at the time that we needed. The guides were fantastic! The food was excellent and the hotels were great. Rome was very hot- and one of the air conditioning units in one of the rooms was not functioning well- luckily it was not the parents – so the kids had to suffer, I asked the person the day we arrived to check it – he seemed to think it was ok. I think he was just filling in for the owners. None the less we would highly recommend Eco Italia and have to all who want to see Italy – see you in Sicily next year.
Thanks for all your help.
Italy Private Tour - May 2014
Just wanted pen a note to you.
Got back into town late last night after the 2 week trip to Italy and Switzerland.
The arrangements including the hotels and the guides were excellent.
Except for the confusion at Venice railway station and the transport to the hotel
in the rain storm, all the other arrangements went well without any hitches.
I would like to thank you for making the arrangements and would galdly recommend your sevices.
Arun and Sarada Penukonda.
Arun & Sarada Penukonda
Italy Private Tour - August 2014
Hi Larry and Carlo,
I want to let you know that I loved everything about the trip other than the accident and the Calatrava bridge!
The transfers all worked so well and the drivers were great! We, and especially Rosanne, have a warm spot in our heart for Pietro. The guides were all very good. Our favorite was Guido.
The Hotel Ca du Gigante worked well for us.
We loved Villa Casanova di Pescille! I did not notice that the bed was hard. I did notice though that 3 of the 4 places we stayed had 2 twins put together to make the king size bed. It didn't bother us too much, and I've seen that before, but not quite as frequently....
I am so pleased with everything though, and thank you soooooo much for all you did to make it a very memorable trip. Helping us with getting the wheelchair and crutches was instrumental in making those last couple of days go smoothly, so Rosanne could enjoy it too.
I would highly recommend your services to anyone going to Italy!!!!
Italy Private Tour - May 2014
Thanks so much for the response and resolution. I apologize for the drama and appreciate the customer service. Please know that we truly appreciate all you did for us and had an incredible trip!
Ciao for now,
Agoura Hills , CA
Italy Private Tour - June 2014
"Many thanks for all the work and planning you put into our family's trip to Italy this summer. We had a fabulous time! The villa was outstanding - larger and more recently re-decorated than advertised. The cottage, for example, had one queen and two singles allowing us to sleep 4.
Because it was larger than we expected and because my sister's family had to cancel, we squeezed everyone into the one villa and cottage for the 3 nights that everybody was there. Bernardo was helpful, the women serving breakfast every morning and cleaning every day were fabulous. The wheelchair was there as promised. The chef and server for the dinners at the villa were accommodating - even the first night when an additional 6 people showed up without warning an hour before dinner!
Italy Private Tour - August 2013
"Carlo, we are greatly enjoying our trip to Italy. You have done a great job placing us in great places and the hotels have been fantastico! In Camogli now. Hotel de Dogi is very nice with great patio balcony. We love being off the beaten path a bit."
Italy Private Tour - October 2013
"We wanted to say thank you for organizing such a wonderful and memorable trip to Italy.
The Hotel Bellevue was magnificent and the view of Mount Vesuvius from our balcony was breathtaking.
Gaetano was the perfect driver and guide for our trip along the Amalfi coast.
Vincenzo's tour of Pompei was also incredible.
We loved Florence and your restaurant recommendations were perfect.
Our hotel in Rome(Albergo del Sole) was made more amazing by being able to walk out the front door and have the Pantheion staring us in the face.
Guissy was an amazing guide and was just loaded with enthusiasm and information of all the historic and religious sites we visited.
We will recommend you enthusiastically to anyone who asks about our trip and we look forward to having you plan our return to Italy in the not too distant future.
Thank you agais."
William and Ana Sachs
Italy Private Tour - October 2012
- this is from Bruce and Gerrie Jeske. We took a tour of
Italy using your services, in the middle of May. I had not
left North America since 1972 and was a bit apprehensive
undertaking international travel. Our tour of Italy was
simply excellent. We had a most enjoyable time learning
about the history and culture that has become modern
Italy. To no small extent this was due to the travel
arrangements you provided. Transportation was spot on. The
guides really put what we were seeing into context and
gave us a much deeper understanding and appreciation. This
allowed us to better enjoy the free time we had in the
afternoons and evenings. Our trip expanded our world view
and we have many fond memories. Well done, thanks."
and Gerrie Jeske
Fort Wayne , MT
Italy Private Tour - May 2011
wanted you to know that you planned the perfect trip and
everything was flawless.
the hotels were just what we wanted. They were all
delightfully small, friendly and quiet.
guide, driver and transfer persons were on time and very
helpful--we were so grateful
get off the plane or the trains and see a friendly face
holding a card with our name on it.
special favorites were Daniel in Florence,he
thoughtfully brought a his car, bought train tickets for
biking with us and actually sprinted to Pisa ticket
booth to insure Amanda's place in line.
Marco in Amalfi took such good care of us and was a such
a careful driver that I actually
on those switch-back roads.
favorite hotel if we had to pick one was the Floridiana
mostly because the 2 ladies there
so nice and friendly.
needed that day off in Amalfi--should have planned 2
in Venice, Pina in Pompeii, Valentina in Pompeii and
Giusy in Rome were amazing with their knowledge and
consideration of our wishes."
Ocean City, MD
Italy Private Tour - July 2011
"We had private travel transfers and private tour
guides in each city. This
made our trip hassle-free and a real understanding of
every place we visited. We used Carlo Odevaine of ECO ITALIA LLC to plan
our trip. He
was our "Easy Button".
Italy Private Tour - May 2010
"This letter of thanks is about 2 weeks overdue. Thank you so much for planning our family vacation to Florence and Rome, August 8-16. We had a fantastic time--including our three kids (22, 19, and 11). Our hotels, the Monna Lisa in Florence and the Guilio Cesare in Rome, were just wonderful, as were our tour guides--Tanya in Florence, Daniel in Tuscany, and Antonio and Mun in Rome. We saw the sites in the morning, and had afternoons free to rest, relax, or explore more on our own. And several of the restaurants you recommended were terrific.
Please feel free to use our names for any references you might need. If we are ever fortunate enough to return to Italy, we will ask Ecoitalia to plan our trip again. Thank you so
Deborah Miller & Kenneth Jackson
Great Falls, VA
Italy Private Tour - August 2009
Just getting back to you after our trip. Everything went very well. No glitches or problems along the way. All reservations were in place and there were no surprises.
The guides were very good and we enjoyed the hotels. The Hotel Farnese was particularly nice and the entire staff treated us extremely well. The only thing I have a hard time with is the tiny elevator but that is my problem because I am a bit claustrophobic.
Thanks for everything. We really enjoy being in Italy. We will certainly recommend you to anyone considering a visit to Italy.
Italy Private Tour - October 2009
know Caitlin already told you that we had a wonderful trip
and thanked you for all your help, but I wanted to write
myself and second it. The hotels were great -
location, accommodations, knowledgeable and helpful staff,
and breakfasts. The guides were just what we needed.
We enjoyed our private tours, and the small group tours
were so small that they felt like private tours. We will
recommend you highly to any friends who are considering a
trip to Italy. Every time we saw people getting off
a tour bus or 50 people following a guide holding a giant
flower, we were so glad that we decided to forego
Trafalgar and go with Ecoitalia! Hopefully we'll be
able to do another trip through you in the future."
Italy Private Tour - September 2008
Carlo-- Our family trip was a huge success. Thank you for
your careful planning. We loved the little buses, and the
drivers were very accommodating and friendly. I was happy
with the hotels, and our guides were excellent.
(especially Fernanda in Florence and Thomas in Rome.) My
grandchildren had an especially great time in Cinque Terre
jumping into the sea from the cliffs. It was certainly a
trip we will all never forget. Thank you again, and best
regards from all eleven of us. Nancy"
Italy Private Tour - August 2008
your tour was fabulous! My wife and I, who recently
married, decided to go to Italy for our honeymoon. My
wife's associate recommended your services and I am so
glad we followed up. Your people were waiting for us as
planned in Venice and the group tour provided us with so
much of the city's history. Our favorite was Florence
where we had a walking tour with Tonya who had an
extensive knowledge of art history. Wine tasting through
the Chianti region and the hills of Tuscany with Daniel
was the absolute highlight of our trip. He is welcome at
our house anytime he visits the states. Our train bookings
through the countryside were beautiful, and our hotel
accommodations were very comfortable. Margharita was a
perfect hostess as we drove all over Rome exploring all of
the art and treasures. Well done! When we return, Donna
and I will be looking for your help again as there is no
other way to travel abroad without this personal approach.
Bueno Serra Donna and Bill Chamberlain Highlands, NJ
and Bill Chamberlain
Italy Private Tour - October 2007
returned from our trip to Italy. Can't say enough about
the reliability of the people you lined up for our
transfers and the quality of our tour guides. We were
charmed and learned immensely from "Antonio" in
Florence and now have a love for Florence we never had
before. He's so proud of his City! We loved him. We also
are still finding it hard to believe we got
"Nando", with his impeccable credentials and
experience and heritage at the Roman forum...what a treat.
Thank you so much for each and every detail along the way.
No surprises, no mix-ups. We will reccomend your company
to all (and have) Thanks again."
Italy Private Tour - June 2007
back from the most marvelous trip to Italy. You
really arranged a great trip for us. Everyone was on
time at all of our stops and the guides were very
knowledgeable. I wanted to especially rave about our
guide in Rome. His name is Nando and is a retired
professor. His connection was through a woman named
Pricilla. This man of 80 years knew so much and
shared his knowledge freely with us. We could have
spent a week with him. It was like taking a college
course in religious art and ancient Roman history. Our
favorite was the hotel in Sorrento. The balcony
was amazing. We loved the view from our hotel in
Cinque Terre as well. The sumptious Venitian hotel
was a wonderful surprise too. We will be telling our
friends about your services when they inquire about their
own trip to Italy.
you again for a near perfect trip."
Italy Private Tour - May 2007
"second honeymoon" for our 25th anniversary was
everything we ever dreamed of and more. The itinerary you
assembled for us was just the cross section of Italy's
flavor that we had hoped to experience. My husband
couldn't believe he saw the works of art he had only read
about. The guides from Context Travel in Rome were
exceptionally good. All our hotels were fabulous
especially the villa in Siena. It was a great break from
the hustle and bustle of the cities to retreat there. We
had a scrumptious meal every night. We also got to see a
practice run of the Palio on the morning of July 2nd. In
Florence, our walking tour guide was able to coordinate
reservations for a table at the Rivoir in the piazza by
cannot thank you enough and will be sure to recommend you
to everyone we know. We passed your contact info to all
the guides and to many travelers we met.
Italy Private Tour - June 2007
On behalf of Myself, Barbara, Seth and Rebecca, I must
thank you for the wonderful arrangements that you made for
us while traveling in Rome and to the Port prior to
boarding our ship.
All of the drivers Marco, Joe, Mauritzio were the best.
Our guide for the Vatican, Fernando Ponti was perhaps one
of the best tour guide experiences that I have ever been
He came to our hotel the day before to introduce
himself and was willing to wait on the line for the
Vatican an hour prior to us joining him in
Our half day at the Vatican was so informative and
eventhough we experienced terrible rain in the afternoon
"Nando" was willing to lead us and we were
willing to follow through ancient Rome.
Fernando Ponti is a National Treasure.
Again our thanks and best wishes for continued success in
Italy Private Tour - September 2006
Scott Kanter's father and traveling companion.
want to re-iterate Scott's coments to you in his e-mail
have never been on a guided tour (and I've been on many)
and perfect and this one. I (we) could not have asked for
changed. Your personel were just perfect in all respects.
(we) will most certainly use you and your company
Italy Private Tour - September 2006
you for helping to arrange for such a wonderful family
vacation this last month. The chauffeur, van, local guide
and hotel met with our complete satisfaction. When we
think about our recent vacation experience, all are in
agreement that we would like to do it again. Finally,
thank you for attending to the smallest of details, such
as desired itinerary, travel times, etcetera, so that
there were no unpleasant surprises. We hope to travel with
Italy Private Tour - July 2006
"Hello Mr. Odevaine,
I was able to experience the
country and culture from my specific requests. The trip was
short and I knew the itinerary was somewhat busy, yet we
were able to accomplish this comfortably by having half days
at our leisure without feeling rushed or spending too much time in a
car. The trip went without a glitch and the effecency, logistics and
planning of a custom trip as ours deserves much credit. The
chauffeur and car were excellent. I will certainly ask for
your assistance on our next trip to Italy..."
Washington DC, USA
Italy Private Tour - April 2006
I can’t begin to thank you for
the wonderful trip you helped Kevin put together to celebrate
our 30th Wedding Anniversary.
Everything was first rate.
The Hotels were magnificent, especially Hotel Bellevue
Serene in Sorrento. They were all wonderfully located close to
many of the things we wanted to see, especially in Rome and
Florence. The transportation and private guides you arranged
were all professional, knowledgeable and very pleasant.
They added significantly to the enjoyment of
The Hotel Valadier in Rome was only
one block from Piazza del Popola and only a few blocks from
the Spanish Steps. We
were actually able to walk to all of our favorite spots from
the hotel: Piazza Novanna, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain
to name a few. Meanwhile
the hotel was beautiful and the accommodations terrific.
The private guide in Rome, Nando Ponti, was the best! He actually grew up around the ruins
before they were excavated and played in the area during the
unearthing of the ruins. He was 80 years old but extremely
knowledgable and hard to keep up with.
The next day he took us on a private tour of the
Vatican and even though we’d been there three times before,
we learned so much and saw things that we’d never been
exposed to before. Your choice for our guide here was
When we moved on to Sorrento, the
Hotel Belevue Serene was wonderful! The view of the bay was
awesome as soon as you entered the hotel grounds.
Also walking distance to the shopping and tourist areas
of Sorrento. But when we got to our room I was totally
floored. It was a duplex of sorts with the bed in a loft, but
what really amazed me was the view from our balcony. We were
about 300-400 feet up overlooking the bay. Truly Magnificent;
again, perfect hotel, perfect location.
Our private guide and driver was
fantastic. Paolo was extremely helpful getting me to my
dialysis session in Pompeii, and spoke very good English.
Our private guide in Pompeii again
was very knowledgeable and showed us things we hadn’t seen
in two other visits.
The Villa Scacchiapiere in Sienna
was typically Tuscan and the view from our private patio over
the Tuscan landscape was beautiful. The Villa was magnificent
and the restaurant at the Villa was so good, we ate there
every night of our stay.
Our private guide in Sienna was a very
proud person who lived there her whole life. She showed us a
very personal side of Sienna, especially the twice annual
horse race. Again, as a native she was a perfect choice to
show us Sienna through her eyes as a proud Siennese.
We spent my Birthday touring the Tuscan
Countryside and small villages with another ideal guide,
Daniele. He took us off the beaten path during our 10 hour day
through many Tuscan villages and a magnificent Abbey.
In Florence the Hotel Monna Lisa was
walking distance from all of the sights we wanted to see, the
Duomo, Sante Croce and Piazza del Signoria, as well as being a
very beautiful hotel.
Back in Rome for our last night in
Italy we stayed right in the Piazza in front of the Pantheon
at a beautiful hotel, Albergo del Sole Al Pantheon. You
couldn’t imagine a nicer hotel or a better location. From
the steps of Al Pantheon, you could take perfect pictures of
the piazza and the Pantheon.
All in all, this was the Trip of a
Lifetime and I truly appreciate all of the work you did to
make it as fantastic as it was. You choice of Hotels, Guides,
and Drivers were magnificent, Thank you.
I can go on and on about how wonderfully
you planned everything. You arranged everything around my
dialysis sessions and obviously you kept in mind my health
problems and limitations. It could not have been more custom
tailored to our wants and needs.
You are truly a Master at your Craft.
Kevin and Carol Ann Ruscio
Bayville, New Jersey
Italy Private Tour - September 2005
We are safely home from our
was all brilliant and we had a great time, seeing at last
all the wonderful sights and sites we have long waited for. The
organisation was faultless, hotels all 4 star, except for
one very good 3-star for one night, food good, wine was
included (not scheduled in your information!) which was a
Our guide/courier, Silvana,
was absolutely brilliant – very helpful, kind,
knowledgeable, patient, expert at her job, and on top of all
this she spoke very clear Italian, which meant that we could
understand about 80% of what she said, despite only trying
to pick up some of the language those few weeks before.
The taxi was waiting at the airport and a cold supper
waiting for us in our room.
Sadly the royal chapel at
was closed for the day, but we saw other interesting things,
and have already decided to go back to
for a long weekend in order to see this and the
archaeological museum one day – not to speak of the
Please forward our remarks of appreciation about Silvana
to the tour operator.
We are going to write her a personal letter as well.
Once again, thanks very much for putting up with all
our myriad queries (some of which were caused by the firm
closing the English speaking tour!)
We can thoroughly recommend your services and this
One day we would like to tour southern
– i.e. south of
wonder if the same firm does such a tour?
All the best, and thanks again
and Liz, and Jill Tait as well."
Escorted Tour SCT6 Palermo - October 2005
There are not enough words to
express how wonderful the vacation that you arranged for us
turned out. It was not a small task to get 24 people
together and organized in the first place. With your
help, the chauffer and driver we had could
not have been any better. The chauffer Salvatore was not
only knowledgeable about the history of his island, but
exhibited extraordinary people skills so that 24 different
personalities had a great vacation. That is something I
will never forget. He showed us with pride of his
culture what it is to be a Sicilian.
Our accommodations on the bus was
great. He ended up bringing the larger coach. It
was new and clean and operated beautifully . The drivers
name was Giuseppe. He joined us at our dinner table in
the evenings. We had so much fun.
As you know, I was very
nervous making arrangements with people that we did not know
for our family group. Your arrangements have far
exceeded our expectations in every way. I cannot find
enough words to tell you how happy we are with the
arrangements you made.
I am planning to put together a
picture of the bus, guide, and driver and email it to you once
we get everything organized.
I would highly recommend the
Mendola family (guitano as well) as a way for travelers
to Sicily to get a real feeling of what it is to be Sicilian.
I will be in touch in the future.
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you for
Italy Private Tour - August 2005
"Carlo. We had a wonderful trip
thanks to your wonderful and careful planning! Thank you. If we
go back to Italy we will certainly contact you again for help in
planning it! ...
Thanks for everything.
Our driver, Daniel was terrific.
Plus our Rome driver was great too=Monti.
We also liked Simone, our Vatican
guide. VERY, VERY knowledgeable and professional. Good choice.
Italy Private Tour - July 2005
I am writing to thank you for the wonderful job you did in
planning and organizing our trip to Italy....You can be assured
that I have and will continue to recommend your services to anyone
interested in traveling to Italy
Italy Private Tour - April 2005
Thank you for your expert planning of our excursion through Italy.
This custom-designed tour of Rome, Capri, Florence and Venice was
perfectly suited for my mother, my sister and myself. We never dreamed
that we could see so much of Italy with such style and comfort. It
was a complex itinerary including private chauffeurs, boats,
and trains, yet everything went very smoothly and we felt that we
truly got the most out of each stop.
The hotels were all in superb locations, with easy access to all
sights and activities of the cities. In addition, each hotel
had excellent services and gorgeous accommodations. The
Hotel Monna Lisa in Florence was particularly amazing-just like
stepping back in time, yet with all the modern amenities.
We will always remember the spectacular views on Capri and the
Amalfi coast; the fascinating ruins of Pompeii, the romantic
waterways and artisans of Venice, all of the splendid sights and
contrasts of ancient and modern Rome, and much more.
I can't wait to go back-and you'll be the first to know when!"
Italy Private Tour - September 2004
Cheryl and I had a fantastic time, which we attribute to your planning
and advice. We have (and will continue to) recommend you to
those of our fiends/colleagues who wish to visit Italy, and we thank
you for your guidance."
East Longmeadow, MA
Italy Private Tour - July 2004
"Carlo did a terrific job helping the
four of us plan an independent trip to Sicily and southern Italy.
His experience, expertise and attention to detail provided us
with exactly the trip we wanted. He's a pro."
J. and M. Brand, and E. and B. Rotman
Niskayuna, New York
Italy Private Tour - April 2004
John and I have been home from Italy a
little over a week now, and we are ready to go back! What a
wonderful time we had.
We were met at the airport by a very nice
man who took us to our hotel. This was a very nice service that
you arranged for us. Thank you so much.
Our tour was great. The people were
wonderful, the food was good, our guides and bus driver were great.
We had one English speaking guide and our bus driver spoke English
also. Our other guide, Maria did not speak English, but she was
fun and friendly and we both made ourselves pretty communicable
despite the language barrier. There were only a few other
English speaking people, one from Spain, two from Germany, and a
few of the Italians spoke some English, so it was a little hard
making conversation and getting to know them. However, they were
all very nice and friendly people and made us feel welcome.
Our English speaking guide, Marianna, had
only been working for our tour operator for two weeks before we got
there. She was the nicest young lady. Her English was very
good and she was so attentive to our every need. The English
speaking guides they had for us at the different places we visited
were also very wonderful. Very nice people and very, very
All the hotels that we stayed at were
very good. I especially liked the Jolly Hotels. The food
and service was also good. I liked all the
local restaurants we went to at the different places we were visiting.
They were very good and they all had their own specialty which was
very nice (the one in Paestum was especially good).
I would highly recommend this tour to any
of our family and friends. This was an experience of a lifetime
for us that we will never forget! Thank you so much, Carlo, for
all of your help and kindness in arranging every detail for
us. I hope we can have you arrange another trip to your
wonderful home land in the near future.
Escorted Tour SCT15 - April 2004
I would like to thank you and Eco Italia for your generous support at
the Big Travel Treasures Event on Feb 19, 2004 for the "100 Women
In Hedge Funds" to benefit Rush University Medical Center.
The trips you secured from your travel partners to be auctioned were a
big hit. I can only say that it is because of you that the evening was a
You have a unique business, offering trips to Italy that is personalized
for the individual clients. You are extremely talented and you really
care about your clients, their needs and expectations with the Travel
Partners that you recommend.
It was a great pleasure to work with you and I will include you in other
events that will help promote Eco Italia and you travel partners in
wanted to write to you to tell you how much my sister and I enjoyed our
trip to Italy. We especially were impressed at how fast you were
able to put our trip together.
favorite part of the trip was our stay in Monterosso and the Cinque
Terre. We did hike to all five villages. Along the way we
enjoyed olive groves, citrus trees, and of course the sea.
guides in Florence were very knowledgeable and friendly. We loved
our day excursion to the Tuscany countryside. Sienna was beautiful
and we were blessed with bright blue skies.
tour of Florence with our guide was impressive. She knew so much
art history, and made the town come alive. We really enjoyed
having our own guide, just for the two of us.
day was flexible, and we stayed in places as long as we wanted to.
thanks for planning such a fun vacation for my sister and I."
Italy Private Tour October,
Eco Italia planned our trip to Italy. We especially enjoyed the
knowledgeable guides through the art museums of Florence and the ancient
ruins of Rome. Carlo knew exactly what we wanted even when we didn't
would recommend anyone traveling to Italy to let Eco Italia do the
It was a trip of a lifetime. "
and Mark Hulsey
Italy Private Tour September,
did an outstanding job for us, all details were worked out well
before we left USA.
We were in Italy and the hotel had lost our reservations. We called
Carlo and problem was solved !!
Accommodations were as described and all people dealing with Carlo were
very friendly and helpful.
Carlo's tips on where to go, what to see, best times of day to look,
what foods were safe and even instructions on where not to drive were
100% correct. We will use Carlo again!! "
Charles M. Deschamps
Italy Private Tour June,
We had been referred to Carlo by a friend, who told us not to go to Italy
without taking advantage of his excellent services. We were not
disappointed. Having lived most of his life in Italy, Carlo has many
wonderful connections and knows of hotels and restaurants that you will
not find in guide books. All of our accommodations were clean, quiet
and well located. We were especially fond of our personal tour
guides in Florence and Rome. Both were very knowledgeable,
personable and spoke perfect English. We can't wait to go back
and will, of course, call on Carlo to assist us with our travel
Italy Private Tour March,
I was referred to Carlo through a mutual acquaintance. My wife and I
wanted to honeymoon in Tuscany and so badly wanted to avoid the tourist
traps. We're both seasoned travelers and internet savvy, but this
needed to be the trip of trips, within our budget, of course. We
sought the kind of Italian vacation experience that could best be
provided by, well, an Italian who listened closely enough to is to
understand what we were looking for, and who knew Italy well enough to
be able to find it for us. Carlo discussed with us our transportation
preferences, travel dislikes, things we really wanted to see, budget,
trip length, options we wanted to have, and many other expectations and
areas of confidence and lack thereof. We commissioned him with slight
trepidation because were completely unfamiliar with his work, and we
were not personally developing (i.e. controlling) our honeymoon
planning. We pretty much didn't trust any one to honor our interests.
Carlo's listening skills really came through for us; our trip was
indeed customized for us
We could not have been more pleased with Carlo's work. Taking into
account our probable condition after crossing 9 time zones, he planned
for us to drive not too far to the PERFECT first night honeymoon
experience. Wow. Camogli is barely mentioned in the tour guides, and
the place we stayed in was somewhat difficult to find, but we woke up
on the first morning of our honeymoon with the Mediterranean Sea
greeting us. It was pricey, but Carlo knew that on our first night we
wanted special and romantic, not necessarily inexpensive. It was still
a good value, we thought.
The rest of the trip was spent lazily exploring Tuscan hill towns, from
a very special base. Carlo arranged for us to stay in an elegant,
rustic, comfortable agriturismo B&B, which was on a real olive
with a hilltop view that allowed Pienza and Sienna, an Again, spot on
with our needs.
Could we have planned our own Tuscan honeymoon? Sure, and we might have
even felt in control our trip planning in an unfamiliar country where
we don't speak the language. But our trip was better than I could have
thought possible, and the memories of our little of-the-beaten-path
vacation will warm us for a lifetime. Isn't that really the reason you
go on vacation? "
Italy Private Tour September,
I just wanted you to know
how much our family enjoyed our trip to Italy! It would definitely not have been the same without your help, time,
we discussed, our family did not want to have a standard bus tour of
Italy. We wanted to
experience the country, the people, the great restaurants, and the sights,
and we wanted the flexibility to do it at our own pace. Your help with our itinerary, as well as your recommended
places to stay and visit made our trip a great success, and a most special
particularly enjoyed staying at the Castle you recommended in Tuscany, as
well as visiting the adjacent lake and countryside. Your helpful suggestions with the rest of our trip, from driving to
language, from Florence to Rome, were incredibly helpful and useful!
It makes such a difference to have someone familiar with the
country acting as your guide, providing knowledgeable information. Good information is often what makes the difference in having
a pleasant trip or experience.
again for all your assistance!
Italy Private Tour July,
With our children both being married and neither having their own
children, my wife and I decided to have a family trip to Italy, as we had
enjoyed our visits there so much. We utilized the services of Carlo
at Ecoitalia because we had heard that he had great ideas about and
connections in Italy. We had a two week family vacation that was
found us great hotels within our price range. They were centrally
located in the major cities and all were to our liking. He also opened up
Umbria to us and arranged for us to stay in a renovated nunnery that had a
delightful rural setting. Carlos also arranged train trips and tours
of museums. Without the help of Carlos, our seeing the Uffizi Museum
and the statute of David in Florence would not have been possible because
of the crowds. His suggestions for restaurants were always good.
would utilize Carlos' services again if we were to return to Italy -- and
we hope that we will be able to do so. "
and Ann Boone
Italy Private Tour May, 2001
am writing to thank you for the great vacation you implemented for us
while we were in Italy. I
that using the services of Eco-Italia, our family had a guarantee that our
time in Italy would
well spent since you, as a native of the land of the Etruscans and Romans,
were our guide.
actual experience exceeded all of our expectations. The selections of
hotels were superb,
achieved a balance between great places and value. An example, amongst
others, was the
in Bagno Vignoni with its Etruscan hot springs, and the great breakfasts
I still remember the delicious morning coffee, yogurt & plums, and
excellence in your service was over and above the call of duty and I am
grateful that you
–in a very timely manner I may add- all of the Internet connections that
of you so my “connectivity” was never lost, even in the more remote
locations such as
Terra. Your involvement as a native of Italy added a friendly dimension
under the environment of an impersonal larger tour, and it gave us the
knowledge of the
details that we would have missed, had we made the tour by ourselves
daughter’s 16th birthday in Siena will be well remembered by all of us
as we celebrated and
the special hospitality thanks to your presence at the restaurant;
finally, the theatre
& 7 course dinner for my wife and I at the Enoteca was indeed a superb
hesitation, I recommend the use of your services to anyone who is
in Italy; not only will they get a native to guide them through this
land, but in addition, they will be well cared for since your attention to
detail will give
the extra value that converts a mere vacation in Italy into “Living an
sad part was the realization that our “Italian Experience” had to come
to an end.
i migliori saluti. "
Italy Private Tour March, 2001
I first met Carlo
on the streets of Roma in 1999. Actually our small group escorted
trip had been prearranged and impeccably planned for months ahead of our
arrival, but I had personally never met Carlo until I arrived in Bella
Roma. Several of us arrived ahead of the tour to take in a few extra
days in Milano & Firenze before meeting up with the rest of the group
in Roma. Carlo graciously arranged our separate hotel accommodations
and gave us information and help in museum/gallery bookings, as well as
arranging our rail transport to Roma. It was so nice to not have to
worry about anything! Carlo adds his personal touch as a native
Italian and is conscientious about your “travel happiness”. He
even changed our hotel in Roma just before we arrived as he felt the
original selection wasn’t quite up to his standards. I was truly
impressed by his service.
knowledgeable on all areas of Italia and let us be flexible and customized
our small group tour to fit our desires. Our trip covered Roma, the
Apulia (Puglia) region and the Amalfi Coast/Pompeii. Every part of
the trip had a different flavor, and because we were a small group we were
able to explore Italia more like natives instead of tourists. Carlo
was a marvelous guide and we had a wonderful experience, making new
friends and sharing memories we all treasured.
whole-heartedly recommend using Eco-Italia to plan all your trips to
Italia, because once you go you’ll long to go back again as I did!
For my second trip (in October 2001) I traveled with just my Mom on an
independent tour. The two of us felt completely safe and once more
our trip arrangements and accommodations set up by Carlo worked out great.
For this trip I opted to take in an encore and savor the Eternal City and
then go north to also take in Assisi, Orvieto, Lucca & Pisa. Our
trip ended much too soon along the beautiful Cinque Terre and the Italian
Riviera towns. It was absolutely fabulous! Another trip I
won’t forget. Thanks, Carlo, for all your help in making my
Italian dreams come true!
to Italia September 1999 & October 2001