I was lucky enough to be part of this fall’s Amber Road Amalfi/Apulia tour and my New Year’s resolution was to send my thoughts about the tour to you. I have only positives things to say about it. Luca is a wonderful tour guide: very responsive and helpful and good natured. He’s a gem. The local guides were also good. I especially enjoyed Giampaolo who had a really charming way of imparting his extensive knowledge of the places he guided. The hotels and the food were all first rate. The smallness of the group was also a big plus. We got to know everyone easily, getting around seemed so simple and it allowed us to stay in some really wonderful small hotels. And we were taken to a number of places that I would love to return to: Matera, Lecce, Ostuni, Trani. I guess I could go on and on, but I want you to know that I have already recommended Amber Roads to a two different people who are contemplating travel to Italy. And I’d like to also thank you, Jonathan, for recommending Santa Maria in Trastevere as a place to stay in Rome at the start of our trip. What a great place! Thanks so much.
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You have arranged a very nice tour. The hotels were great, especially the locations right in the center of the old parts of town. I like the way the tour was conducted—Luca provide a short orientation tour, then we had time to explore the towns, followed by the official tour guide. Again, thanks for a wonderful tour.
I want to thank you for the great tour. I liked everything about it. The places we visited, the hotels we stayed in, the restaurants we ate in all were what I hoped they would be. If I were to pick my favorite places on the tour, they would be Matera and Ostuni. I did not want to leave either. The tour manager Luca is great at his job. He handles all types of personalities very well, is enthusiastic and has a great sense of humor. The local guides were all an asset to the tour. I particularly liked Giampaolo whom we saw repeatedly (Trani, Otranto, Alberobello). Again, thank you for the great tour.
I loved the tour, an opportunity to see quite a different part of Italy. You guys do such a great job. It was great to have Luca once again as our tour guide. He interacts so well with clients even when we try to teach him some of the Australian vernacular!!!
I loved Ravello, a lovely hotel with gorgeous views and opportunities to visit Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo in our free time. I was trying to pinpoint which place I enjoyed the most – amazing Matera, Trani and its Norman cathedral, Gallipoli, Ostuni and all the side trips. They are all so different which adds to the magic of the tour. You have the right formula for showing us the “other” Italy. Ciao…
We have such fond memories of our trip and want to thank you again for making it so wonderful. The cities were great, the food was wonderful and the wine was even better. As usual, Luca was the perfect tour guide. You have really spoiled us with the past two trips to Italy — now we can never be satisfied with another tour guide!!
Thank you for another wonderful tour in Italy. This was so very different from other regions and other experiences. The Amalfi coast is so beautiful! And Puglia and Basilicata! The people were so unassuming and quietly gracious. The ancient towns so lacking in recognition and so far removed from “globalization”. The customs so ingrained in the people and the culture so rich in tradition. It was so nice to see a part of Italy lacking in the hustle/bustle, high fashion pressure and still taking siestas without fail. I like the fact that we got to dip our toes in three different seas. Our accommodations were, as always, just great. Of course, Luca did his usual excellent job of taking care of us and endlessly correcting our Italian. Jean Paul, our city guide, with his flailing arm gestures, his pacing back and forth and his vast knowledge of the history and politics of the area will never be forgotten. You two do such a great job of putting these tours together.
On the road again amid the rolling hills of olive trees, grapes, wheat, plums, lemons, oranges, and olive trees punctuated by olive trees and did I mention the olives? I have difficulty believing there are enough people in the world to harvest them all… We sailed into the City of Matera, one of the more interesting places in Italy. This town has a large canyon in the center of the city called the Sassi, and people had been living in caves carved in the soft limestone sides of this canyon for many centuries… We enjoyed it all! Many thanks to Jonathan and Sonya for the planning and execution.
It was another fabulous Amber Road tour & we really enjoyed it. We were so lucky with the weather – only rain on that one day in Matera. Thank goodness for Luca & all the assistance he gave us. He really is a star & we appreciated (again) how he goes the extra mile for everyone. Nothing ever seems to be too much trouble & he manages to make everything “fun”. The group on the tour were lovely people & we all got on very well. It seems to be the norm with Amber Road Tours. They are something special. We especially liked the hotel in Ravello (what views from our room!) & we hope to go back there one day. We look forward to another Amber Road Tour in the future & look forward to seeing you again. Thank you for a happy, interesting, well-planned holiday.
Thank you for making it possible for us to tour this region in such style, comfort, and with great companions. We have returned to Canada with about 500 photographs of our trip, and they make us want do it all again! The Castel Del Monte got my imagination going and we particularly enjoyed Ostuni and Ravello! Keep up the good work!
What a great trip this was. Ravello was beautiful! Apulia was interesting, different and charming. Choices of hotels and restaurants were excellent. Thank you for making the trip to Ravello. It was wonderful seeing you and Sonya. Luca was very knowledgeable and charming. Looking forward to trip number four with your company.
Having had a marvelous tour with you in Tuscany in ’05 we were excited to see that you were offering Southern Italy on a new tour, we were not disappointed. It was a perfect balance of sightseeing and relaxation, each and every location was chosen with care and offered something different and interesting. From the moment you met us in Rome to the last ride from the hotel in Ostuni every detail was taken care of we never had to worry about a thing. We were spoiled from the first day, when we arrived at Villa Maria in Ravello and saw the spectacular view and the beautiful accommodations we knew we were right in choosing Amber Road Tours again. The group was small, we couldn’t have asked for a nicer group of travelling companions, we shared many a glass of vino together, the rooftop of Palazzo Mosco Inn in Gallipoli was a perfect setting for pre dinner cocktails! We had some wonderful dinners, always beautifully cooked and presented as only the Italians know how. We loved especially the Amalfi coast and when Mr. Palumbo gave us an impromptu tour of his latest venture, the villa of Gore Vidal, we were just blown away by it, that this busy gentleman would take time out of his day to entertain and show our little group around his beautiful properties was just incredible, he is right, he does have the most beautiful view in Ravello. Thank you all so much for a wonderful memorable holiday – we tell everybody about you. Grazie e arrivederci!
We cannot begin to thank the two of you and express our deepest gratitude for all the time and effort you and Sonya put into making our tour so enjoyable. Neither of us could ever imagine a trip that could exceed the previous tour we took with you to Tuscany, but we both feel the Amalfi experience was superior in so many ways. Your personal touches were everywhere, from hotel room selections, to entre recommendations, superb vintages, and of course, tour guide Luca – a treasure no one can forget. In reviewing the 700 or so photos we took during the tour, including those taken during the unexpected private tour of the villa of Gore Vidal in Ravello, the superlatives which so aptly describe this tour are endless, as will be our memories of this trip.
I wanted to say thank you for organising yet another great tour [Southern Italy]. I had a wonderful time meeting old friends and making new ones on this tour, and seeing the gorgeous landscapes and towns that the South has to offer. The scenery was very different to what I was expecting but it was truely gorgeous and I’m so glad I chose to do this tour. I’ve never gone back to the same tour company twice, but am glad that I did with Amber Road Tours this year! My favourite place was definitely Matera…for its sheer ruggedness and culture – I would definitely like to go back there one day…and Ravello is a town which is unmatched in beauty and prettiness and cannot be faulted. Luca was a wonderful tour manager who was very knowledgeable, fun, light hearted, patient and professional and provided great advice for our activities outside of the group interaction and was wonderful in assisting with information for trains, and recommendations and advice for plans after the tour. Thank you again.