Laura and Richard’s 20th Anniversary Celebration in Italy
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Sorry it’s taken a while to get back to you, but I’m excited to share our trip with you.
It was simply perfect. Every hotel was unique and lovely. The staff was warm and welcoming. We were especially impressed with the guides…so very knowledgable and completely passionate. Our very favorite was Marco in Rome. Wow!! He was wonderful. We enjoyed and learned so much from him. And Julia, in Florence, and Christina in Venice…really, they were all great!
We had the perfect balance of organized activities and down time. The wineries we visited were so good. The people just made us feel truly welcome. Arianna at Montecchio was sweet and charming and so knowledgeable. And the second winery, Tenuta Torciano, was awesome. We met the two brothers and sister, who made us feel like family, and enjoyed their grandma’s delicious home-cooking for a late lunch. And, yes, we bought lots of wine and olive oil- how could we not?
There were so many days that we experienced something truly special. The wave of emotion I felt walking down Michael Angelo’s hall at the Academia Gallery, the Vatican and EVERYTHING about it was completely moving, the Coliseum…simply awesome. I was on sensory overload. Complete and total bliss.
I did want to tell you about our time in Amalfi. First of all, gorgeous hotel! Rich was enjoying everything, but was blown away by the Santa Caterina. That was where he finally said that you and I had done an amazing job! We also ended up hiring a driver that our friends used last year. Marina, this guy was great! He first took us to a place to buy pottery where he knew the mayor and his brother that owned the shop. Then took us to Sorrento, showed us all the beautiful sites, took us to a local fish market to buy fresh fish for our lunch. He then took us to a family owned self-sustained farm where they prepared our lunch from everything in their garden, including the fish, and of course, their own wine. These people were truly lovely. And we left hugging and kissing goodbye. My heart was bursting! And we still weren’t done. After all that he took us to Positano, which we loved. If you think you might be interested in using the driver let me know. I have his contact info and he does have his own web site.
The second day Luigi, the driver, took us to Ravello. Again he showed us all the beautiful sites, and then took us to a cameo shop where we met the owner, Giorgio. This man was incredible. I believe he said he was a fourth generation cameo maker, who also works extensively with coral. His wife and his daughter worked in the shop, and he also had a small museum of all that his family has collected through the generations. His work was simply awesome – so meticulous and precise. Again we bonded with this family, and left with full hearts. We ended the evening in Ciatara, where we had a wonderful late dinner.
Marina, I simply can’t put into words how much we (I) felt during this trip. It was amazing, really every step of the way, and I’m so glad we did it the way we did. It took me a good week to recover, but so worth it. I can’t believe its already been 3 weeks since we got home. My memories are still so fresh!