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Italy 4 Real Tour Group

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Italy 4 Real Tour Group

Has anyone ever used to the tour/travel group "Italy 4 Real"? They offer guided tours as well as self-guided itineraries. I was considering booking a trip with them and am wondering if anyone has had experience with them and can provide some feedback on their services. Thanks for your help!

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Yes I have! You will not be disappointed. I recently returned from a self-guided trip to Italy and France and had an amazing time! A friend of mine recommended their services with glowing recommendations (they participated in their luxury tour last year, I believe) and highly recommended the company to me when I started to plan my long-awaited excursion to Europe. I was so overwhlemed with the planning that I was serioulsy ready to forget the whole thing. Ugh. Thank goodness my travel specialist turned out to not only be a wonderful communicator but a phone friend. It really seemed like they were traveling with me! Service is number one with this company. I look forward to making my future travel needs and will definitnely recommend Italy 4 Real to my family and friends.

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Thank you for your reply! It's hard to know sometimes with companies you find on-line. I too was feeling overwhelmed when planning our trip and Italy 4 Real seemed like the best option. Thanks again!

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Yes, I have! I had a FANTASTIC time with them! I went on the 13 day primo tour, and Rem, the co-owner of the company led the tour. Yuki, an associate of the company, got me signed up, kept me posted on any info, found me great airfare, and kept in touch. The tour, itself, was wonderful! Probably the best trip I've ever taken. We saw fantastic sights, ate delicious meals, stayed in wonderful hotels, travelled by private coach-bus with a friendly driver. Rem provided indepth info on every place we went, and on a personal level. I met a wonderful and small group of people that I travelled with for those 13 days. And, we became a family. The whole experience, being on a small tour, and with an experience Italian traveller as our leader, was quaint and family-like, and just so much fun. I HIGHLY recommend Italy 4 Real!!!!

A.

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Wow. Alrightly then. OK, um...just joined TA but not the first time I've been on the site reading reviews and tips about traveling. Enjoyed my experience with the company. Enjoyed my trip.

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Hi folks, I'm a fairly new subscriber to TripAdvisor but I've been using the site for a long time. It's good to be skeptical about reviews, but I'm a real person :) who isn't affiliated with the company at all.

In 2005 my family of four (including two teenagers) used Italy 4 Real to plan a trip to Tuscany. This was not one of their tours, so I can't speak to that. However, Rem Malloy was very helpful in personally planning our vacation, asking each of us what we would like to see and do and making recommendations. He booked our lodgings in Tuscany (Parco Fiorito) and Rome (an apartment on the south side of the city, can't remember the name right now). Parco Fiorito is an agriturismo near Cortona, and is a beautiful base camp to explore Tuscany. The apartment in Rome was inexpensive (our main requirement) and was clean and roomy for our family, but turned out to be too far from the central district for our liking.

Rem helped with so much stuff. He arranged a guide for us in Rome, who was great. He suggested specific sights for us to see, such as San Leo fortress (which my teenage son really loved, especially the dungeon). He gave us lots of tips to help us enjoy our stay.

All I can say is that Rem is a good guy and really knows Italy. I recommend him.

Cheers,

Armen

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Armen, we also stayed at Parco Fiorito in 2005. This was our first time using Italy 4 Real. What a great place! We went back in 2008 to visit the owners and they had completely remodeled adding a fabulous SPA. Although sad to say the horse passed away. We missed feeding it carrots every day. We are going to stay there again this September. Looking forward to it!

Anyway, this is the first time I have posted a review on TripAdvisor. Although I have used it for research, I never felt the need nor had the time to post anything. I have been giving my personal recommendations on Italy 4 Real through private emails since 2005. I recently noticed these posts and thought I would give my first review on this site. Nothing suspicious, just facts about our experience using these services.

So yes, we have used Italy 4 Real two fabulous times and currently working on our third in September. I wouldn’t take a trip to Italy without using Italy 4 Real. We first used them in 2005. This was our first trip to Italy. We wanted to see everything in a very short three week period. They completely customized a trip for us that enabled us to see the high points without sacrificing fun and relaxation. We did not know what to expect, but everything from the travel by boat, train, rental car, subway, limo service and bus, to the hotels, to guided tours, from Venice to Cinque Terra, to Cortona, to Sorrento and Capri and then back to Rome, went off without one single issue. As a matter of fact, everything was better than what we expected. We were a bit leery when we were given our packet of vouchers after paying them a pretty good sum. Because it was our first time we thought “what if these places don’t accept these vouchers”. We knew everything was going to be okay as soon as we landed in Venice. They had someone waiting for us at the airport to take us by private water taxi to our hotel. On the way she provided us with basically an orientation that really put us at ease. The hotel people greeted us and a fax was waiting from Deborah @ Italy 4 Real welcoming us to Venice. From there on out we just had a blast. All the guided tours we took were conducted by professional, knowledgeable, and fun people. We asked for a private guide in Rome. This guy was fabulous. He studies world history and knew every little tidbit of history throughout Rome. At one point we had people from other tours trying to listen to what Maximo was explaining to us. Well worth it!

It would be impossible to list all the details of our trips; we went to so many places and loved them all. The unique service that Italy 4 Real offers us is that they have local knowledge and they are wonderful people. Between Rem and Deborah it seems like they are always over there exploring or providing tours. They personally check out the accommodations and have local contacts that can help us out if something goes wrong. Whatever crazy idea we have, Italy 4 Real can and have accommodated.

Anyway, we are currently planning our third trip with Italy 4 Real coming up in September. I’m sure we have enough knowledge and experience to book our own trips by now, but we continue to use Italy 4 Real for the security, knowledge, professionalism, creative ideas and suggestions, and the contacts they have in Italy. These are priceless and cannot be substituted by just anyone. We have yet to work out all of the details of our current trip, but I’m looking forward to whatever surprises Italy 4 Real will have for us.

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Who the heck are you to question my post!? You have alot of nerve! I meant every word of what I said!