Veni, Vidi, Vici
We came, we saw, we conquered. Perhaps not in the way of Caesar, but we did, nonetheless. It was sad saying goodbye to everyone, but exciting too as everyone left with a different plan. Bill & Becky were on their way to Venice. Barbra was heading to another Rick Steves tour! Tracy & Matthew on their way back to Germany. Christine & Bob were off to Tuscany. And some were headed home with a suitcase full of souvenirs and a lifetime of memories.
Rick Steves is very protective of each tour members privacy, and as such the guides are not allowed to pass out emails etc, but we were encouraged to make our own connections. I offered to set up a private Facebook group where we could all connect and share photos and stories once we returned home. And it's been SO wonderful to keep in touch with these friends and continue to relive our time together in Italy. How about a reunion tour?! (ohmygosh that would be awesome! when can we go?!?!)
Our Facebook group page!
Your travel experience is all about what you make it. What made this Rick Steves tour so outstanding was how each piece of the puzzle came together to make the overall tapestry of our experience spectacularly perfect. It wasn't just the food, or the people, or the history, or the culture, or the art, or the tour guides. While the tour might look "cookie cutter" on paper, it was the meticulous blending of all these elements that morphed it into a one-of-a-kind experience that was explicitly unique to us.
THIS is the true Rick Steves tour adventure.
Grazie mille, Sarah, Amanda, Rick.
You made our inagural trip to Italy perfect in every way. Ciao, amici.
As for us, we took the high-speed train back to Rome for an early flight out the next day. We stayed at the FCO Airport Hilton for ease in getting to the airport in the morning. This was our first "big box" hotel since arriving in Italy and it made my heart break a little. But the convenience was worth it and we set out for the airport early the next morning.
With full, happy hearts and a lifetime of memories, we arrived safely home to Florida... dreaming about returning to Italy for our next adventure.
On a Rick Steves tour, of course.
Thank you, friends...grazie, amici...for joining us on this journey.
Love, Michaela & Antonio