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Hi Gemma

Thanks for everything, we loved every minute of the trip. It’s hard being back at work (!!).

I believe Mum has replied, and we all agree with her feedback. Below are my thoughts regarding the other places …

– Navona Palace, Rome … Nice spacious apartment, helpful staff, great location.

– Positano Hotel … I can’t fault it! Greg & I thoroughly enjoyed our stay – helpful, friendly staff, great location & views, comfortable room. It was definitely a highlight of our trip.

Naples Hotel… Great location, friendly staff. We had a few minor issues: the wifi never worked – I asked / let staff know 3 times but neither of us could connect to wifi over the 3 days (other guests has issues too). Not really a drama, but it meant I couldn’t access Dropbox …and when I asked reception for directions to Bourbon tunnels they mistakenly gave us directions to Spaccanapoli (we didn’t realize until we got back to Rome and I looked at your map!!).

But we loved the Spaccanapoli tunnels & theatre so it wasn’t so bad – very fascinating! We stayed in room 106 “Van Gogh” …while the 4-post bed looked fabulous, it was actually the hardest, most uncomfortable bed we’ve ever slept on! No biggie but we certainly noticed a big difference after our stay in Positano!

– We really enjoyed the walking tour in Spaccanapoli, Napoli with Antonio

– All transfers were great, very comfortable, helpful drivers- Sarah was so helpful. She rescheduled our Path of the Gods walk due to rain, which was really helpful. We loved the walk … And it was a glorious day. The fattoria at the end was amazing – delicious food and great views.

Rome Hotel …helpful staff, very comfortable rooms, nice being so close to the Colosseum!

Thanks again for your help! Cheers Eliza

Hello Gemma,
Many thanks for organizing us such a wonderful Italy experience. Everything went smoothly, and exceeded our expectations. Tivoli good but rushed. Vatican good, great getting into Sistine before the crowds, bought a book so I could get it clear in my head! Car worked out well, as did Tuscany.

Cinque Terre excellent, the hotel was good with good breakfasts, but noisy. Girls managed to get their room changed. Most of the noise was from a group of Germans who thundered their way back from dinner each night, and we didn’t hear it but girls said the staff getting breakfast ready were noisy. Hey it is Italy and they are gregarious and loud. Howard and I completed Monterosso to Vernazza walk, girls went on to Corniglia. Took ferry to Porto Vernere, a real find and not too many tourists. Manarola our favourite CT town.

Loved Bellagio, the hotel superb, wonderful lake view. It changed colours all the time! Milan great, your Passion for Italy hotel the best, staff could not do enough for us. Enjoyed Last Supper, and La Scala, as there was a show on we didn’t see the auditorium, but they gave us tickets for the next day and we went back at 9am and pretty much had the museum and auditorium to ourselves. On the recommendation of a girl in a shoe shop we took a taxi to the canal area and had a great dinner of pizza and pasta.

Loved Venice, walked lots, crossed lots of canals, went to Burano, Murano, Torcello. Helen and I did a tour of La Fenice and even sat in on some brass guys rehearsing, special. Venice hotel – excellent owner very attentive. Howard and my room overlooked Campo de Leon, bit noisy as there were some restaurants there, but all quiet about 10pm.

Train trips all went well, most were somewhat “retardo” but as we didn’t have connections it did not worry us. That’s Italy. We did lots of walking, Helen’s fitbit recorded us at 18km sometimes! Thanks again, best wishes from Howard and Jan Bale, Brisbane, Australia

April 2016 Howard and Jan Bale, Brisbane, Australia
A wonderful seven week opera trip in Italy, organised and orchestrated by the knowledgeable and ever helpful Gemma!
Ifor and Catherine, Brisbane, Australia
Gemma’s suggested itinerary and careful planning resulted in a wonderful, month long holiday in Italy with no hassles. There were many highlights. One of the best was the week we spent in Umbria. We loved the history and the art and met some very interesting people.
John and Chris, Newcastle, Australia
Our trip went without a hitch, no dramas at any point. The accommodation Gemma booked, was exactly as she had described and each place we stayed in was clean and friendly.
Karen and Sarah Hislop, Ipswich, Australia
Our accommodation was wonderful. The connection with the apartment contact in each situation was easy and smooth. The apartments were in great locations and clean. Passion for Italy did a great job for us!
Chris and Family, Sydney
It was GREAT! It was MARVELOUS!! It was a BLAST!!! Thank you sooo much for your time and effort that made our vacation a memorable experience. With endless requests coming from our big family and you tried to accommodate all of them, definitely it was everyone dream-come-true holiday.  Everything was so neatly and carefully organized, and all fit our needs and requirements and standards. I can not thank you enough and I always feel blessed remembering when I decided to choosing you as our organizer for the trip. Truthfully, you have made our vacation beautiful and memorable.
Amelia, Jakarta, Indonesia

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