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Feb 18th, 2008, 03:17 PM
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Anyone had personal experience with "In Italy" other Italian tour companies?

Hi, all. I am looking for personal recommendations of good day-tour companies in Italy.

My DH and I are planning a Naples-Amalfi Coast trip in October for our 25th anniversary and have invited my parents, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, to join us. We fly in to Rome and immediately take the train to Naples, our base for 2 nights, so that we can visit the Museo Archeological Nazionale before touring Pompeii. We plan to spend a half-day or so touring the ruins in Pompeii in transit from Naples to Sorrento. Rather than dealing with all of our luggage on the Circumvesuviana railway (not to mention having to store or check it somewhere whilst on our Pompeii visit), I am thinking of splurging on a personal day tour. I need a company that will pick us up at our hotel in Naples, drive us to Pompeii, give us a thorough and knowledgeable tour of the ruins in English, join us for a good restaurant meal in or around Pompeii, and then take us to our hotel in Sorrento. I have corresponded by email with the lodging and tour company In Italy (www.initaly.com), who say that they can provide this level of personalized service. Has anyone used In Italy for tours? What do you think of them?

Can anyone highly recommend a different touring company that would be able to meet these requirements?

In Sorrento, we will rent a car, so as to have greater flexibility in touring the Amalfi Coast. (My DH and I will be doing all the driving, letting my parents enjoy the views.) We are staying in Sorrento for 4 nights, and will probably take a day trip by ferry to Capri, as well as driving tours to Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and perhaps down to the Greek ruins at Paestum. (My father is a tremendous history buff.) We will return the car in Sorrento and take the train back to Rome, staying there another 2 nights. (DH and I spent a week in Rome in 2003, so we do not feel as though we need as much time there.) My parents are staying on a while longer (oh, to be retired!) and may move on to Tuscany and Florence before returning to the States.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts on our itinerary, and especially for feedback on "In Italy" or any other tour companies that you have dealt with personally!
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Feb 19th, 2008, 04:22 PM
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Help! Anyone out there who knows "In Italy"?
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Feb 19th, 2008, 06:55 PM
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They are a great company that has been around for years. But, why not book the service yourself and save about 20%. Try these:
www.tourofitaly.com
www.cuomonet.it

Good luck !
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Feb 19th, 2008, 08:37 PM
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I use a fellow named Giovanni
who owns a tour company called
All Roads Lead to Rome
email him at [email protected]

He and his guides are great......
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Feb 19th, 2008, 09:03 PM
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FWIW - Pompeii has their own free luggage storage at the entrance.
www.pompeiisites.org
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Feb 20th, 2008, 05:31 AM
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Thank you so much Bob, strq, and KYbourbon. Fantastic advice!
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Feb 23rd, 2008, 10:02 AM
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Hi!

I used InItaly a few years ago. I have only good things to say about them: responsive, reliable and the agriturismo I stayed at was exactly as described.
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Feb 12th, 2009, 01:08 AM
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Hi,
I went on a day tour with this agents http://www.tuscany-cooking-class.com/tours.html and I had a great trip last year.

But this company serves tours within Tuscany only. Hope it will help you, if you are planning for a trip in Tuscany.

Have a nice vacation

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Feb 12th, 2009, 05:42 AM
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For October, I would wait until I got there and just visit Pompeii from Sorrento. If it's pouring rain the day you leave Naples, you won't want to traipse around Pompeii in the rain. Pompeii is in easy 30-40 minute train ride from Sorrento with the entrance to the ruins right across the street from the train station.

In addition, most drivers are drivers, not licensed guides and usually don't go in Pompeii with the people they are driving.

I would rather travel from Naples to Sorrento (going down stairs with luggage) on the Circumvesuviana than Sorrento to Naples (going upstairs with luggage).

There are two bus options, Curreri and Marozzi, from Sorrento to Rome. Your luggage is stored under the bus so you don't have to manage it.
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