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Best of Italy Tour: October 2021 - My wife and I chose David's Best of Italy tour (September-October 2021) for our first visit to Italy. We could not have chosen better!
The variety of destinations made every day fresh and exciting. For example a day in Rome, featuring the awesome Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica, was followed by a day that introduced us to the natural beauty and small-town charm of Monterosso in the Cinque Terre.
David's relationships with local guides and families were another advantage of traveling with him. We will never forget wine tasting in the midst of gorgeous Tuscan countryside at the del Duca family's Podere Marcampo -- and dining on delicious
Pappardelle al Cinghiale (wild boar) and delectable steak at the same family's Ristorante del Duca in Volterra.
At every city or town, there was a nice balance between time with David (as he oriented and educated us), and time on our own. He knows where the good restaurants are, too! Also, our hotels and albergos were well-chosen -- comfortable, and convenient to the places we wanted to visit.
We will definitely travel with David again! The Amalfi Coast and Islands look intriguing.
It's hard to believe that a year ago today, we left for Italy. We had been planning this first trip to Italy for 3 years and everything was great. David and Charlotte made it interesting and challenging. We were there when the 2nd heat wave hit Italy. We accepted the challenge and hiked the trail from Monterosso to Vernazza in 2 hours and 20 minutes.
The private guides that David had for us in Volterra and Florence made us appreciate the history and art more than you can imagine.
The food was wonderful. Our favorite meal was at David and Charlotte's favorite restaurant on the last night in Volterra. They served basil bread, which was out of this world. (I still want that recipe!) They served the lightest pasta out of all the cities we ate at. David had everything arranged from transportation, (including his driving of the rental van and car), B&Bs and the group meals. There was never a bad meal, even at new locations he tried us "guinea pigs" out on.
Our group was small, 6, and just the perfect size to get to know the other couple, Leslie and Steve, and willing to try anything different.
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip with David and Charlotte and recommend to anyone going to Europe to book with David McGuffin. You'll be glad you did.
CUSTOM DESIGNED ITALY TOUR: I have traveled with David on previous occasions in a group setting and this was our first experience having him curate a personalized trip for us to travel solo.
We gained so much more out of having David organize the details than if I would have tackled it on my own. Touring cities with personal local guides was a treat! I came away from this trip learning so much about the Etruscan culture, Tuscan cooking, Brunello wine, and Roman history that just could not be replicated through reading a book or listening to audio guides. David also solved for my main travel stress point which is how am I going to get from place to place?! He organized airport transfers, rail tickets, dinner reservations as needed, etc ensuring that we focused on enjoying our trip versus stressing about the logistics of it. The experience was a true collaboration between my initial framework I had researched on my own and his expertise and execution.
He played a critical role in how perfect this vacation was! It was the perfect blend of luxury and local culture. Thank you, David!!
Larry and I have shared with so many friends about our trip and with each, we have given you all the credit for such a fantastic trip. Your small group size and attention to detail made our experience so special. We loved having our hotel, selection of places to eat, tours with guides, and transportation planned out. All we had to do was enjoy it.
Our group was very compatible and soon felt like good friends. David, you are so knowledgeable, informative and fun to travel with. We need to do another trip when Charlotte can join us.
Our Best of Italy tour was outstanding. We were immersed in the local culture and experienced a broad cross section of the regions from Rome northward. Our guide was very knowledgeable and encouraged us to enjoy what each region has to offer, and to get a taste of their unique qualities. Where we had a local guide at a major attraction, they provided incredible insight into what caused the building or artwork to be created, and their cultural significance then and today. We had flexibility to adjust our activities to suit the interests and the capabilities of the tour members. Our accommodations were in the center of the area we were visiting, so we could easily explore on our own during our free time, which was ample. Group meals were at restaurants where David personally knew the proprietor, and we were treated as special guests. Travelers who wish to avoid certain types of food should let David’s team know that in advance, as the menu may be preplanned. We would have preferred to choose from a selection. Being in a small group was never more appreciated than when we saw large packs of visitors with earbuds following a guide with a flag. Something we never had to do. Overall a great experience. Highly recommended, especially for first time visitors to Italy. We arrived early and stayed late to expand our trip and avoid jetlag, which David’s team also arranged for us.