This was a beautiful tour. I am very happy I received the opportunity to be able to attend this trip. Italy truly was a dream. However, I would not recommend this to a friend. After getting a feel of the country, I would advise if you are going to be spending money this kind of money for a tour to go by yourself. I don't think I was able to experience the Italian culture as much as I could of if I went alone. The group I was traveling with was accompanied by another group. The others group had the most people so it was a majority rule most of the time. We weren't able to make as many excursions as we wanted to due to the difficulty of the other group. The dinners we had were mostly at the hotel which didn't have as much authenticity as it should of. For certain religious sites and the Vatican it is required to cover knees and shoulders. I was informed of the shoulders part, but having to cover your knees was completely left out. Overall, this was an exceptional tour, but I wouldn't do it again.
traveler13 / Student traveler Lewisburg, West Virginia / Posted on July 26, 2017
The overall experience was unforgettable! Pictures do not do justice to everything Italy has to offer. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Our bus driver was great!!! I enjoyed visiting the various sites, however, I would have liked to learn more about the cities and surrounding areas. The tours of the cathedrals were beautiful however, not everyone is Catholic and I think a broader view of what Italy has to offer would have been better.
lt1234 / Adult traveler Flomaton, AL / Posted on July 25, 2017
This was an amazing trip and would have cost you twice as much to do this trip on our own! So the 2 day extension to Sorrento and Capri as it was well worth it...do all the extras! It was a fabulous tour!
Jlutz / Group leader Kansas City, MO / Posted on July 23, 2017
Wonderful time in Italy
We just returned from the 10 day Bell' Italia tour with EF. I will say it was a trip of a lifetime. It was my and my son's first time to Italy and was everything I imagined and more. EF does a wonderful job coordinating all the details. Our tour director and bus driver were fabulous! I can't say enough good about them. They added fun, excitement, and important information to every day of our trip. It was a treat to travel with a company that took care of every detail. All we had to do was sit back and enjoy (unless we were walking...average 6-7 miles per day). The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 was due to a couple of the hotels. We stayed at 5 hotels in 10 days, 3 of them were fine but 2 of them were quite run down and seemed to have difficulty accommodating our group of 62 people. Also, a couple of our dinners were served at the hotel and they were definitely the least memorable meals and two dinners took 2 hours to serve. I would like to suggest to EF that a little more direction on money exchange would have been helpful. I got euro's from my bank before the trip but my son did not. He brought cash to exchange upon arrival which we read we would be able to do. There was no specific designated time to do that in Italy. Our tour director pointed him to a cash exchange place when we stopped in Verona. He went in by himself because it was so crowded. He went in with $145 but came out with 88 euros. There was a 19% service charge as well as a 5% fee. There were many others in our group who needed to exchange money as well and that seemed to be more of an issue than it should have been for the first couple days. I would advise people to bring euro's from home to make it much easier or plan to get euros from the local bank ATM machines in Italy (being careful of the Euronet machines with a high service fee). Other than a couple hotels/dinners and money exchange, the trip was as wonderful as we hoped it would be. Italy is beautiful, with rich history and amazing architecture. I would highly recommend adding on the extra days for Pompeii and Capri which were actually my favorite stops of the trip. Be prepared if you go in July. It was 90-95 degrees every day and there were huge crowds of people. It is just good to know to expect hot and crowded conditions. Thank you EF for an amazing experience it Italy!
Bellagirl / Adult traveler Saginaw, MI / Posted on July 22, 2017
Grand Italian Experience
I had done no research on our trip or what we might be seeing and doing. Every day was a well organized adventure, surpassing the events of the previous day. So beautiful! Great tour guides and planning. Can't believe I went on a trip like this. It will always be remembered. My only complaints were that I would have liked to have access to a detailed itinerary, instead of the the basic one on the EF website and the bathrooms in the hotels (specifically the showers) were very small.
extra / Adult traveler Fort Wayne, Indiana / Posted on July 22, 2017
Overall, my child had a wonderful and educational experience. She learned a lot from the tour guide and saw many incredible sites. The only negative thing would be the location of the hotels. They were very nice, but located very far away from the cities. Although their awesome tour guide made the long bus rides as fun as possible, staying so far away eats up valuable touring time. Other than that, she had a great experience and would go back tomorrow!
/ Student traveler Winston-Salem, NC / Posted on July 21, 2017
Rode on the bus 2-3 hours a day two times a day
Food was terrible
Over paid! not worth as much as we paid
We needed more free time
Greatfunny / Student traveler Lexington, NC / Posted on July 21, 2017
Pretty good, all in all
Our tour director was amazing, and our local guides were really good. We saw a lot of fascinating places and learned about them. The company really is safety-oriented. Over all, it was a good experience. But the tour was no bargain. The first hotel we stayed at was an absolute dump, and the other two were only marginally acceptable. We were told all the hotels would have air conditioning, then none of them did. The food included in the tour was pretty bad.
aeiou / Adult traveler Huntersville, NC / Posted on July 20, 2017
My group leader was so cool and fun and helped us make sure we saw all that we were wanting to see. He made us feel welcome and he made my trip very enjoyable.
Aflower / Student traveler Davidson, North Carolina / Posted on July 20, 2017
My son came back so excited! The tour guide was great, bus drivers awesome, and overall trip was educational and fun. Thanks!
Clemson / Parent Cornelius, NC / Posted on July 20, 2017