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Monica's Italian Adventure

Updated: May 13, 2019


Rome - The Colosseum

Monica is one of our wonderful clients who enjoyed a two-week long adventure to Italy last year!


Her itinerary included exciting destinations like Venice, Florence, Pisa, Sorrento, and Rome. This is a trip she had been wanting to go on for a long time, and she's already looking forward to going back again. We had a chance to talk with Monica about her trip and this is some of what she had to say...


Q: What was one of the highlights of your trip?

A: Riding from the Venice airport to the island of Venice was magical. Being in a boat coasting across the water was a great and exciting start to our trip.

Venice - Water Taxi

Q: Do you have any tips for those wanting to book a trip to Italy?

A: Two weeks isn't enough! There are a lot of great museums in Italy, but also be sure to wander around and go off the beaten path to enjoy the atmosphere and wonderful places that may not be popular tourist spots.


Definitely get skip the line passes for the major attractions you want to see. They worked beautifully for us.


June was a good month to go. We took our trip from the middle to the end of June, so the weather was nice and warm, but not obnoxious.


•Rome - If you're interested in the Vatican, be sure to check your dates with their schedule. We couldn't get in to St. Peter's Basilica because of an event going on.

•Venice - Listen to the hotel's concierge. The best thing to do is get lost in Venice. But figuring out the water bus schedule can be tricky. It's helpful to speak with someone who's used it before to help figure out scheduling.


Vatican City - St. Peter's Basilica

Q: What were some of your favorite things from your trip?

A: Our favorite hotel was Art Hotel Gran Paradiso in Sorrento. We stayed there for four days.


The restaurant I enjoyed the most was called Le Cappelle Medicee. The restaurant's in Florence and our greeter was amazing. She helped us choose wine and offered us complimentary appetizers of breads, cheeses, and sauces. She even shared some interesting sites in the city. We ate there our first night in Florence and also went back for dinner on our final night there and enjoyed a little bit of everything, from pasta to steak.


The best gnocchi we had was at a place called Salza in Pisa.


Pisa - Leaning Tower of Pisa

Q: How was your experience using Chima Travel for your trip?

A: Booking with Chima Travel was great. I'd recommend it to anyone. I didn't know what to expect going on an international trip, but Brian made everything go smoothly and even separated everything out for us per trip / city. It took a lot of stress off of us knowing everything was taken care of and figured out in advance.




We had so much fun talking with Monica about her trip and are looking forward to planning her next one! If you'd like us to feature your Chima Travel story on our blog, please reach out. We'd love to hear from you and share your story!


We absolutely love creating unforgettable experiences for our clients. If you're looking to book your next great adventure, please call, email, or stop by. We'd love to see you!





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