We had the BEST time in Sicily – and were hugely impressed with everything about our tour.  The itinerary was excellent, and the pace of the tour was perfect. We also thought the small group nature of the tour was ideal. We were generally impressed with the hotels chosen (our favourites were the smaller hotels in Ragusa and Taormina), and the meals included on the tour were excellent. But – best of all, was our tour guide, Aldo. He has a genuine love of Sicily, and his enthusiasm was infectious. Aldo ensured everything ran very smoothly, and was very efficient. We would love to do another Amber Road tour and I will be keeping an eye on your website.  I would also have no hesitation in recommending Amber Road Tours to any friends who are considering a trip to Italy.

I have settled back home in Australia and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed my Amber Road tour of Sicily in May. I appreciated your prompt replies to a few queries I had prior to the trip, and found the whole organisation of the tour to be outstanding. Amber Road Tours was recommended by a friend, and I can see why. The hotels were carefully selected, and of a high standard. I really enjoyed being part of a small tour group so we were able to get to know one another. For me, our guide Aldo was actually the highlight of the tour with his enthusiasm, warmth and knowledge. He made each one of us feel special.  I enjoyed visiting this historic, interesting part of the world, and particularly enjoyed visiting the amazing Roman Villa, and travelling up to majestic Mt Etna.

The Sicily tour was really a wonderful tour, combining history and archeology. The people whom I shared the trip, were really very nice.  And Aldo, was really a wonderful guide, knowledgeable, good humor, very very helpful, a very complete person to lead a group.  Let me tell you, I really loved this trip.  Thanks and hope to see you all in the future.

It was a wonderful trip with lots to see & do, plenty of time to rest if we felt like. It was great exercise & I feel so much fitter. Our tour leader, ,Aldo the Incredible, is a great ambassador for Italy. He did not hide the difficulties but he did show us that there is much to love. The tour guides were fluent & informative, as keen to learn from us as to teach. Our companions were from all over the world & we got on very well together.

We enjoyed our time in Sicily with Amber Road Tours immensely, it was a truly memorable holiday for all the right reasons. We are amazed at just how much we learnt about Sicily’s history past and present and look forward to returning one day. You can be assured that your staff and all the selected hotels and the local expert guides performed their tasks admirably. Our fellow travellers were lovely people and we were not surprised to learn that some were repeat Amber Tour clients. We believe that we were fortuitous in having Aldo as our Tour Guide. He is such a charming, knowledgeable and gifted individual. He took such great care of us all. We can only say nice things about the holiday you provided for us and we will definitely google Amber Tours again when we are next in the market for an Italian holiday.

Just returned from 12 days with Luca and Tiziano in Tuscany and Umbria! My second trip with Amber Road!!! Our tour was FABULOUS!!! A great group of people, and a tour manager and driver that were EXCEPTIONAL!!!!! I just can’t say enough good things about both of them. A couple of true gems!!!!! Thanks for finding them and sharing them with us!!!!!!!!

We would like to thank Luca and Tiziano for the best holiday of a lifetime. There is nothing Amber Road could improve on. As a guide Luca is the best we have ever had and we have had a few. He did not bore us with too much detail but his commentary and recommendations were excellent and his personality made us feel very welcome and important. We could not fault anything with the accommodation, the food was fantastic and just what we were hoping for, the places we saw and visited were magnificent. Tiziano was a capable and experienced driver, we felt extremely safe whilst in his driving care. He also made the trip, as his sense of humor was unsurpassed.

Once again, I have pleasure in writing to thank Amber Road for another wonderful, superbly organised tour. Luigi, the Tour Manager, was terrific – we felt very lucky to have him leading us around the beautiful island of Sicily. He has a kind, warm and expressive personality and his knowledge and love of Sicily was excellent. He kept us informed about all that we were seeing en route to the various sites on our itinerary and his passion for the food and wine of Sicily was inspiring. He kept our convivial group of Australians, Canadians and Americans both happy and well-organised. What a pity though that we heard so little of his obviously good singing voice! The hotels were again well-chosen. The sites and towns chosen by your company to visit were all interesting and exciting, and our knowledge of Sicily has increased enormously. The local guides were all quite different people, but each shared with us their enthusiasm and understanding of “their” area. Marco, our driver, was not only a pleasant man, but also an amazing driver; how he managed the large bus through the narrow streets was breath-taking to watch. Congratulations to you for yet another great tour which will bring many happy memories. We look forward to joining you again, perhaps in Slovenia or Spain.

The Sicily tour from which we have just returned was masterfully planned – the sequence of places, hotels, points of interest, restaurants for group dinners, local guides, felt exactly right, and we’d like to thank you. We also appreciated the balance between organized and free time. This tour really lived up to the description, and that is rare nowadays. We’ve done quite a lot of travelling, and found Amber Road Tours the highest-quality travel organization we’ve dealt with. We felt in good hands. Luigi, our tour manager, is a gem – he was extremely well-informed and an exceptionally nice person. He went above and beyond all normal expectations to ensure that each of us was happy and able to find the particular points of interest in each town that we wanted to see. Every stage of the tour worked perfectly. We would be delighted to go on a future Amber Road tour with Luigi as tour manager.

We toured with Amber Road in 2010 and were very happy and having the wish to see Sicily, we booked with you again. The tour was exceptional, we were very pleased and the guides were great. The excellent bus provided lots of room and was ably and smoothly driven by Marco. The hotel accommodation also was very good. We were very fortunate having Aldo show us his beloved Sicily. He was so informative, friendly and nothing seemed to be too much bother. He treated each and everyone of us as his special guest. Over the years we have taken many tours, which we have always enjoyed, but without doubt this tour was the best.

Thank you again for the opportunity of really seeing the wonders of ancient and present day Sicily.


We enjoyed our time in Sicily very much, in fact, I have been raving about it to the point of being boring. I had been to Palermo before, thought it wonderful, and had no idea how fabulous the rest of the country was. Your guide Mariaelena was so very nice, helpful, friendly and a pleasure to be around… congratulations.

We have just returned our third wonderful holiday with Amber Roads Tours – such a variety of interesting, well-chosen places. We were kept interested and busy while having a good balance of free time and without being rushed. The hotels were all unique and memorable for their different character and atmosphere. Staying in a cave hotel for two nights in Matera was certainly very different. The local guides were good and our tour manager, Anna, was beyond excellent. We are experienced travelers but it would not have been possible for us see so much, certainly with such ease, had we not been on the tour.
The best endorsement is that two other couples on this tour had been on previous Amber Road Tours which we had also done and other friends of ours enjoyed an Amber Road tour earlier this year on our recommendation. We are looking forward to our next Amber Road adventure.

It was very nice meeting you at our last dinner in Pistoia. What a great trip that was. Every part was well planned and lived up to the description and expectations.  Lynn and I both had a wonderful time. Mario was a terrific guide, entertaining as well as informed, quietly taking care of all and every eventuality. Thank you.

We didn’t want to wait to tell you what a wonderful time we had and what a quality organization Amber Road Tours is. As with most of our tour mates, we found you through research on the internet and were very pleased with the hotels, restaurants, area tour guides, and towns visited. We could never have done it all on our own. We will plan future trips to other parts of Italy and Europe and hope that Amber Road will continue to be our tour company and guide. But as well as things were organized by Amber Roads, it was Mariaelena who truly gave us the taste and feel of each area and Italy as a whole. From the moment we met her she was warm, and passionate and real. Not once did we feel that this was a job for her; it was her passion, and she shared it with each one of us.
We would also like to let you know that Alessandro, our bus driver, was the best we have ever seen. He was always pleasant and respectful to all (to the point that several were trying to set him up with their nieces, etc!).
Thank you for a wonderful experience. We look forward to many more.

We very much enjoyed our holiday with you. Your selection of hotels was excellent, especially the charming Villa Maria in Ravello. Your Tour Manager Luca was a lucky combination of efficient organization, well informed knowledge of the areas visited and entertaining humour… at times he was hilarious. All the guides were of high quality with Giampaolo in his individualistic style complementing Luca’s humour.
All transfers were executed with military precision. The party, composed of English, German, American & New Zealanders displayed remarkable conviviality and kindred spirit considering its diversity. Jonathan, you have assembled a handpicked tour which was a perfect experience in a part of Italy which was relatively unknown to us and which we wanted to know more of. We would not hesitate to recommend Amber to others.

We have just returned from Sicily and we wanted to thank Amber Road for another fantastic trip. On the flight back we looked though our Sicily guidebook and our Amber Road itinerary to remind ourselves of all the great things we had seen and done during our tour. Our guide book lists all the important things to see in Sicily – there was very little that we did not cover on our tour. The Hotels were good, the local guides were excellent, the included meals were held in a diverse range of restaurants – and all were very good, and the organization throughout the tour was flawless! Our driver, Alessandro, was superb and our tour manager, Mariaelena made our trip very special with her incredible passion and warmth, local knowledge, insights into the Italian way of life, and terrific sense of humour. We hope to join you again soon for another Amber Road tour. Grazie mille.

Thank you for the planning of a great tour in the Tuscany region. There were many highlights, the olive tasting walk being one, and the accommodations very good. Glad the number of people was no larger and beside the fact I thought I was going on a “walking tour” I found enough exercise!. I would recommend your tours.

Thanks again for a wonderful tour.  We really enjoyed Northern Italy, especially our tour group and Laura, our delightful guide. Thanks too for toasting our anniversary celebration.  Can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 50th!

We are now settled at home in Australia and looking back with delight at our tour with you in September. As I mentioned to you when we met over dinner in Spoleto, we could not have been more pleased with our trip. The itinerary was so carefully planned, the accommodation so varied and comfortable and the guide so excellent that I am sure that the entire group left with nothing but favorable memories of the whole experience. Mario could not have been more helpful or genuinely concerned that everyone derive the most possible out of the experiences available on the trip. Many thanks for everything that you and Amber Road have done to ensure we had a wonderful experience.

Cora and I really loved our latest tour with Amber Road. The itinerary was varied, informative and interesting. The accommodation was excellent as were the provided meals. We’d put Laura up with Mariaelena and Luca as tour managers and there is no higher praise than that! The guides were all knowledgeable and friendly. The provision of maps was a very welcome inclusion to the information provided. Finally, we had a very compatible group of fellow travelers. All in all a great experience! Thank you for providing us with three wonderful experiences over the past three years.

When our friends picked us up at the Montreal airport on our return from Italy we talked non-stop about the memorable experience with Amber Road Tours, the organization of the tour itself, our tour manager Mario and our driver Tiziano, the fabulous food, the hotels, the sights, the local tour guides, the congeniality of our fellow travelers. We will certainly recommend Amber Road Tours to anyone wishing to have an authentic and carefree Tuscany/Umbria experience. Again, many thanks to Jonathan and Sonya and your great team for making this 40th wedding anniversary trip so wonderful. The other event that made our tour special was hearing the wild boar in the forest of San Momme. All the best and hope to travel with you again,

I just wanted to send you a quick note and let you know how much we enjoyed our week in Tuscany with Amber Road Tours.  From the moment I send you my first inquiry into the trip, you and your office handled my every question and concern in such a prompt manner, that I felt reassured that I’d made the right decision, but still had a little apprehension that I should not have booked a trip based on something I read on the internet.  That all changed when we landed and met our incredible tour manager, Mariaelena. I feel confident that I can speak for the rest of our group in saying that each of us adored her.  We also felt honored that you and Sonya would drive two hours to have dinner with us – what a treat! The itinerary was the perfect mix of guided tour and free time.  Our bus driver was nothing short of exceptional.  All the special touches that went into planning our adventure did not go unnoticed.  Thank you for all that you and your staff did to make our vacation truly remarkable.

I want to thank you for our recent Tuscany/Umbria tour. It was everything that we had expected, and more. The highlight of our tour was certainly Mario and Tiziano. They are a wonderful addition to your tour, and were delightful companions to have along during our travels. We thoroughly enjoyed them both, and they are quite entertaining for the guests. Thanks again for a wonderful tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and won’t hesitate to recommend it to our friends. Aloha,

It’s back to the real world and I can’t tell you how much I miss Italy.  More accurately, I miss the special world that was created for us during the two week tour. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change a thing. My compliments to Mario and Tiziano – not only are they very professional, knowledgeable and intuitive, but they are great company and more than double the entertainment when they’re together.
Thanks for organizing the best vacation ever.

Words are inadequate to express what a wonderful vacation we had with you. Our tour manager Luca was gracious and pleasant. He was knowledgeable and helpful at all times. The hotels were unique and the food first class and delicious. The local tour guides knew the history and background of all the sites we visited. I have raved to our friends contemplating a trip to Italy to see your website. I do hope they take our recommendation as they will not be disappointed.