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Avventure Bellissime

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Cinque Terre Semi-Private Day Trip from Florence

Preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cinque Terre and its soaring sea cliffs and picturesque villages are one of the highlights of the Italian Riviera. On this small-group tour, visit three Cinque Terre villages—Manarola, Vernazza, and Corniglia; take a scenic cruise along the coast; and sample the region’s fine wines and delicious cuisine (own expense).
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Jennifer R wrote a review Aug 2021
Atlanta, Georgia23 contributions10 helpful votes
This was a terrific tour. Alessandro was our guide. And he was terrific! He was knowledgeable and fun. Siena was really interesting. We stopped by a winery for lunch. Then we headed to San Gimignano. And last stop was Pisa. This was a fun tour! Next time I head to Italy, I will see what other tours these guys provide. It was a great experience!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from Relax101553, Manager at Avventure Bellissime
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guests, Thank you for providing your 5-star feedback about the Tuscany tour. We are very happy you had a terrific experience and a fun day exploring the wonderful landscapes of Tuscany. Thank you for joining and we hope to welcome you on our tours again in the future! Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Manager @ Avventure Bellissime
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Albert d wrote a review Mar 2021
Pompano Beach, Florida10 contributions
For our honeymoon in July 2017, we purchased the "Semi-Private 12-Day Magic of Italy Vacation Package" that let us savor the best of Italy, including the history and art of the big three (Rome/Vatican City, Florence & Venice), while combining that with two-night stays in Sorrento on the stunning Amalfi Coast and in the classic Tuscan hill town of Siena. In addition to that, we selected stop-overs in Pompeii (Day 4), a private half-day Brunello tour where we got to visit, drink and eat at the famous Montalcino winery (Day 7), a private half-day tour to Pisa where we climbed to the top of the Leaning Tower (Day 8). We also did some unscripted side trips -- first to Naples and later to Burano. All in all, we got to get a very nice and casual taste of Italia, which was equal parts activities/sight-seeing/touring and shopping/leisure/resting. The people who helped put our trip together understood that we'd be strapped for cash after paying for our wedding, so they were very good about working within our budget. Usually to get to see that much of Italy in the summer time, it'd easily be more than $12,000, but we did this entire trip for about half that amount -- and I'm so thankful to them for making that happen for us! Additionally, I guess they informed everybody that it was our honeymoon, because every time we arrived at a new hotel, there was either a bottle of champagne, a fruit bowl or a letter congratulating us on our marriage, which was so very cool and unexpected of them. What happened with us is that once we settled on a price and signed our contract, a week before we were set to fly out to Rome, they e-mailed us all the vouchers. On each voucher, it said a time and place to meet up with our driver/tour guide (usually right in our hotel lobby or near the activity that we'd be doing that day), and almost as if like clockwork, we'd go down at the time they said with our voucher in hand, and the driver/tour guide would be standing right there holding a sign with our names on it. Every time they picked us up, if they were driving us, they'd show up in these black luxury Mercedes-Benz SUVs, and they would literally know the history of everything we passed, telling us all of it as we drove to keep us entertained throughout the rides. We'd ask them random questions, and they seemingly knew the answers to all of them -- it was rather impressive. Though they all spoke English perfectly, I did my best to speak to them in Italian, if only to practice what I'd learned in school years before, and 95% of the time, they understood me well enough. When they didn't, I'd fall back on English or Spanish and that would clear it right up. Nevertheless, they were always so kind to my wife and I. One driver even went so far as to personally call a great restaurant in Sorrento and set it all up for us so that we could have what seemed like a 7-course meal essentially for free (even though I did leave about a 50-euro tip because I would have felt bad not paying anything after the waiters were all so nice and accommodating with us). One driver even stopped to buy us "the best Italian ice in all of Italy." Just for the record, they never expect tips in Italy, but I still always gave them one because it just feels wrong to me to get a service for nothing. And lastly, the hotels that Avventure Bellissime picked out for us (mostly five-star hotels, but we had one four-star hotel within the five we stayed at), were all very well located, super nice looking and central to all our activities -- we stayed one tiny walking bridge away from Piazza San Marco in Venice, on a cliff-side hotel overlooking the ocean in Sorrento, in a Tuscan castle overlooking a beautiful garden in Siena, right next to the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella in Florence (where we'd have people with great voices singing love songs on the street at night for tips), and the only-four star hotel we stayed at was the Diplomat in Rome, which was just a short walk from most everything we wanted to do while there. All these years later, my wife still talks about how awesome and amazing that trip was, so I would definitely recommend this company to anybody considering using them. Thank you all again for making that special occasion that much grander for us, and I wish we never had to take that beautiful boat ride from the Grand Canal in Venice to Marco Polo Airport to head back home because your country is just so beautifully amazing. Grazie!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from AvvBell, Manager at Avventure Bellissime
Responded 7 Apr 2021
Dear Albert, Thank you so much for taking your time to share your feedback about your Italian vacation - what a beautiful and honest review! It's truly very kind of you to provide your comments in these challenging times for the tourism industry. I am very happy the trip was a great success and that you still keep mentioning it three years later. Traveling is about special moments and beautiful memories and it's certainly very rewarding for everyone involved with your trip that your honeymoon was such a memorable experience for you and that you remember it all so perfectly. I have already forwarded your feedback to our drivers, guides and hotel managers - your comments about their professionalism, knowledge and language skills are very much appreciated! It was a pleasure welcoming you to our beautiful country and we are always at your disposal if you would like to visit Italy again to celebrate your anniversary. Thank you for choosing Avventure Bellissime! Kindest regards, Aleksandra Sales Dept
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Eboni H wrote a review Dec 2019
Charlotte, North Carolina6 contributions7 helpful votes
The tour was very intimate. There were four persons total for the tour and leaving from central Florence took about 2 hours. We made it to three cities. Two by car and one by a short train. You can also take the train directly from Florence. Since we were there during the off season the towns were pretty much shutdown. I can see, though, that during the high season it can get crazy since the streets are pretty narrow. For the first stop, Manarola, we just took photos....granted the views were beautiful. It would have been nice to do all five towns since most of the shops were closed and there wasn't much to do other than sit and eat at the second stop in Vernazza. We ended up going to Gianni's and had a great white fish meal. We actually left town three, Corniglia, early since there wasn't much left to do. Keep in mind the season that you are traveling so that you can get the most out of your tour.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from AvvBell, Manager at Avventure Bellissime
Responded 11 Dec 2019
Dear Client Thank you for your feedback. I understand that overall the tour was fabulous and you enjoyed exploring the stunning area of Cinque Terre on our small group tour. The itinerary has been optimized to feature the most interesting of the villages considering also the distance from Florence and the various ages of our participants. The are can be pretty busy and crowded and peak season months of tourism - now in lower season you can enjoy exploring the locations without the crowds. Local businesses may sometimes be open seasonally or opt for taking a holiday at some time during the less busy season but this is not something we have control over. From what I can see you had a nice time on our tour - thank you for joining! Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Dept
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John C wrote a review Nov 2019
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
Yaris was fantastic. So well organised and a pleasure to spend a day (11 November 2019) with. I drove through Tuscany but would not drive the Cinque Terre. So hilly and incredibly narrow roads, even by Italian standards. It was a pleasure to be driven by Yaris in a small group and simply enjoy the incredible scenery and Yaris's knowledge of the region. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from AvvBell, Manager at Avventure Bellissime
Responded 29 Nov 2019
Dear John Thank you so much for your positive feedback about your tour with Yaris - I have forwarded your comments to him and I am sure he will be grateful for your appreciation. I am happy the scenery and the tour were fantastic and enjoyable. Thank you for joining our day trip! Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Dept
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Annette E wrote a review Nov 2019
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Antonella took us on a discovery walk around a beautiful city. Why were the statues unfinished at the entry to the gallery where David stands? Which of the statues in the town hall square are genuine originals? Antonella can tell you this and many more interesting facts. Throughly enjoyable and interesting tour.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from AvvBell, Manager at Avventure Bellissime
Responded 18 Nov 2019
Dear Annette Thank you for your 5-star review. I am sure Antonella will be thankful for your comments. Thank you for appreciating her knowledge and efforts, I am happy the tour was informative and entertaining. Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Dept
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