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Hello Carlo,
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 - October 2016


Hello Carlo,

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 !


Alfred Goossen


Syria, VA

Sicily small group Tour - October 2015


Dear Carlo,

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 for that.


Sandy Youngdahl


New Brighton, MN

Italy Private Tour 2015

Ciao Carlo,

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.

Enrique Hugues


Miami, FL

Italy Private Tour - October 2015


Dear Carlo,
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 Italy!

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.

Kathleen Chapman


Durham, NC
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.


Brenda Boles


Sacramento, CA

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 exhausting....

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 wonderful trip.


Michelle DeStefano


Harrisburg, PA

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.

Best Regards, 

Lisa Witt 



Lisa Witt


Ojai, CA

Italy Private Tour - May 2014


 Dear Carlo:

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.

With Regards,

Arun and Sarada Penukonda.



Arun & Sarada Penukonda


Fort Mayers, FL

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!!!!



Dolly Lehman

Oconomowoc , WI

Italy Private Tour - May 2014



"Hi Carlo,
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,



Lisa Williams


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! ..."



Sue Robotti



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."



Brent Campbell


Missoula , MT

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


Little Silver , NJ

Italy Private Tour - October 2012



"Carlo - 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."



Bruce and Gerrie Jeske


Fort Wayne , MT

Italy Private Tour - May 2011


"Hi Carlo,

I wanted you to know that you planned the perfect trip and everything was flawless.

All the hotels were just what we wanted. They were all delightfully small, friendly and quiet.
Every guide, driver and transfer persons were on time and very helpful--we were so grateful
to get off the plane or the trains and see a friendly face holding a card with our name on it.
Our special favorites were Daniel in Florence,he thoughtfully brought a his car, bought train tickets for us,  
went biking with us and actually sprinted to Pisa ticket booth to insure Amanda's place in line.
And Marco in Amalfi took such good care of us and was a such a careful driver that I actually 
relaxed on those switch-back roads.
Our favorite hotel if we had to pick one was the Floridiana mostly because the 2 ladies  there
were so nice and friendly.
We needed that day off in Amalfi--should have planned 2 days off. 
Guido in Venice, Pina in Pompeii, Valentina in Pompeii and Giusy in Rome were amazing with their knowledge and consideration of our wishes."



Janice Davis


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".



Fran Talbot


Harvey, LA

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 much."



Deborah Miller & Kenneth Jackson


Great Falls, VA

Italy Private Tour - August 2009



"Hi Carlo:
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.
best regards,"


Keith Jura, CA


Italy Private Tour - October 2009



"I 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."


Alice Caitlin , NY


Italy Private Tour - September 2008



"Dear 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"


Nancy Lifschultz, CT


Italy Private Tour - August 2008



"Carlo, 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 October 2007."


Donna and Bill Chamberlain


 Highlands, NJ

Italy Private Tour - October 2007



"Just 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."


Rhonda Sharp


Italy Private Tour - June 2007




We're 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.

Thank you again for a near perfect trip."


Laurie Fass


Austin, TX

Italy Private Tour - May 2007




Our "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 the Uffizzi....

We 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.



Carol & Bill Power


Beach Hevan Park, NJ 

Italy Private Tour - June 2007



"Carlo ,

    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 through.

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 spotty rain.

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 your business."


Bruce I. Trattler


North Brunswick, NJ 

Italy Private Tour - September 2006



"Hi Carlo:,    

I'm Scott Kanter's father and traveling companion.

I want to re-iterate Scott's coments to you in his e-mail this morning.

I have never been on a guided tour (and I've been on many) as wonderful,

great and perfect and this one. I (we) could not have asked for anything to

be changed. Your personel were just perfect in all respects.

I (we) will most certainly use you and your company again."


Scott and Jerry Kanter,


Coral Spring, FL

Italy Private Tour - September 2006



"Mr. Carlo Odevaine,

    Thank 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 you again!"


Robert Barone,


Irvine, CA

Italy Private Tour - July 2006


"Hello Mr. Odevaine,

Thanks to your efforts,

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 accommodations, guides, chauffeur and car were excellent. I will certainly ask for your assistance on our next trip to Italy..."


Jon Grigsby,


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  our trip.

 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 masterful.

 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.

 Thank you,"

Kevin and Carol Ann Ruscio


Bayville, New Jersey 

Italy Private Tour - September 2005




"Hello Carlo

 We are safely home from our Sicily trip.   It 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 nice surprise.

 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 Palermo was closed for the day, but we saw other interesting things, and have already decided to go back to Palermo for a long weekend in order to see this and the archaeological museum one day – not to speak of the botanical garden.

 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 particular tour.    One day we would like to tour southern Italy – i.e. south of Naples .   I wonder if the same firm does such a tour?

 All the best, and thanks again

 Caryll and Liz, and Jill Tait as well."



Classic Escorted Tour SCT6 Palermo - October 2005



"Caro Carlo,
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 everything!!!

Jane Wit


Fort Gratiot, Michigan 

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.

Take care,"

Monica Laflin

Carlsbad, California 

Italy Private Tour - July 2005



"Dear Carlo,
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

Very truly yours,"

Dennis and Angela Lind

Missoula, Montana 

Italy Private Tour - April 2005



"Dear Carlo,
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!"

Karen Nimrouzi

Chicago, Illinois 

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."


Jim Sheils 


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






"Dear Carlo,         
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 knowledgeable.  
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.

Joyce and John Dickey


Blacksburg, VA

Classic Escorted Tour SCT15 - April 2004



"Hi Carlo,

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 huge success.

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 Chicago.

Thanks Again"

Joel Langer

Travel Treasures

Chicago, February 2004



"Hi Carlo:

I 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. 

Our 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. 


Our 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.

 Our 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.

Our day was flexible, and we stayed in places as long as we wanted to.


Again, thanks for planning such a fun vacation for my sister and I."

Violaine Rice


Madison, NJ

Italy Private Tour October, 2003



" Eco Italia planned our trip to Italy.  We especially enjoyed the private,
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 !  We
would recommend anyone traveling to Italy to let Eco Italia do the planning,
  It was a trip of a lifetime. "


Audrey and Mark Hulsey


Missoula, MT

Italy Private Tour September, 2003



" Carlo 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


Missoula, MT

Italy Private Tour June, 2003



" 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 plans."

Bridget Fuglei


Missoula, MT

Italy Private Tour March, 2003



" 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 orchard,
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? "


Preston Davis


Portland, Oregon

Italy Private Tour September, 2002




" Hi, Carlo,

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, and advice.

As 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 memory.

We 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.

Thanks again for all your assistance! "


Paul Eichwald


Missoula, MT

Italy Private Tour July, 2002




" 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 terrific.

Carlos 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.

We would utilize Carlos' services again if we were to return to Italy -- and we hope that we will be able to do so. "


Tom and Ann Boone


Missoula, MT

Italy Private Tour May, 2001




" Dear Carlo,

I am writing to thank you for the great vacation you implemented for us while we were in Italy. I

knew that using the services of Eco-Italia, our family had a guarantee that our time in Italy would

be well spent since you, as a native of the land of the Etruscans and Romans, were our guide.

The actual experience exceeded all of our expectations. The selections of hotels were superb,

which achieved a balance between great places and value. An example, amongst others, was the

Hotel in Bagno Vignoni with its Etruscan hot springs, and the great breakfasts

[yes, I still remember the delicious morning coffee, yogurt & plums, and tasty pastries].


The excellence in your service was over and above the call of duty and I am grateful that you

organized –in a very timely manner I may add- all of the Internet connections that I had

requested of you so my “connectivity” was never lost, even in the more remote locations such as

Cinque Terra. Your involvement as a native of Italy added a friendly dimension simply not

possible under the environment of an impersonal larger tour, and it gave us the knowledge of the

important details that we would have missed, had we made the tour by ourselves alone.

Our daughter’s 16th birthday in Siena will be well remembered by all of us as we celebrated and

received the special hospitality thanks to your presence at the restaurant; finally, the theatre

evening & 7 course dinner for my wife and I at the Enoteca was indeed a superb experience.


Without hesitation, I recommend the use of your services to anyone who is considering a

vacation in Italy; not only will they get a native to guide them through this beautiful and

interesting land, but in addition, they will be well cared for since your attention to detail will give

them the extra value that converts a mere vacation in Italy into “Living an Italian Experience”.

The sad part was the realization that our “Italian Experience” had to come to an end.

Con i migliori saluti. "


Roberto Alvarez


Stevensville, MT

Italy Private Tour March, 2001




" Ciao Carlo!

 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. 

 Carlo is 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.

 I can 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!

 Sincerely "


Barbara Wickens


Bellevue, WA

Customized trip to Italia September 1999 & October 2001


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