Our goal is to provide the highest quality of service, to create the most unique packages and impress our customers every step of the way. Our customers love what we do and their testimonials prove it! No matter if it was a short trip, romantic Italian honeymoon or a complicated multi-country tour; we have been able to accomplish amazing things!
Starting with the driver that picked us up at the airport. He was fabulous. We had a bit of a language barrier but we managed to have a great conversation with him and he went out of his way to take us to a wonderful outlook of Rome, where he took pictures of my daughters and I. Unexpected, but much appreciated.
Our guides Francesca (Antiquities) and Simone (Vatican) were fantastic as well. I’m sure it’s their job to do so, but we felt like they really wanted our experience to be special, and it was. Francesca delivered our rail tickets to us which turned out to be for 2nd class not the 1st class on our itinerary. We managed to get seats together so not a problem. We wanted to cab back to our hotel and she insisted on walking us to where we could hail a cab and got us safely in the cab before she left us. She went way beyond what I would have expected.
Our driver was on time to take us to the rail station and was personable and professional.
Thank you again for a great addition to our trip.
We can’t tell you how much we enjoyed our trip and what a wonderful job you did on putting everything together. We ate, drank, and laughed our way from Venezia to Firenze, Sienna to Roma, to Napoli, Pompeii and back to Roma! What a great trip!!!
Vin & Vicki
The kids had a great time. The drive was fine. Thank goodness for the GPS! Favorites were the Colosseum and the Forum and Cinque Terra.
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 in-depth 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 traveler as our leader, was quaint and family-like, and just so much fun. I HIGHLY recommend Italy4Real!!!!
You laid everything out perfectly for us…For that I am so thankful. I cannot wait to go back. Venice was our favorite, and Lido was perfect for a down day!! The beaches were beautiful and the “town” was great! It is definitely on my list for our next trip.
-Donna and Family
I highly recommend using Italy4Real. We have worked with them twice on two trips to Italy. Not only did they provide excellent recommendations, but we were so happy the first time, we worked with them again for our second trip of which we just took in May this year. Their recommendations are outstanding. They are extremely familiar with tours, guides, hotels, best travel spots, trains, etc…. In each case, we never had an issue. All guides showed up on time and had a very warm, knowledgeable personality. So much so, we asked for the same guide again on our 2nd trip!!!!
“I just planned a foodie tour to northern Italy with the help of Rem. Rem is the owner of Italy 4 Real. It started as a self-guided trip and ended with Rem coming with us. There were 8 of us, all women for 9 days. Rem made us all happy from the minute we stepped foot out of baggage. The van, hotels, restaurants, tours were exactly what I was looking to achieve for my friends. They enjoyed great sites, with a very relaxed schedule. With our own guide and van most of our time was ours. We woke up at reasonable times, had breakfast and coffee at leisure, and would meet in the lobby at the time we decided. There were some tours we needed to be at a special time but they were decided by us. I wanted my friends to experience the people, culture, food, wine, and atmosphere of Italy. This trip did exactly that and so much more. We all came home loving everything about Italy. Rem was part of our group, like a friend we knew forever. He is truly a talented person to achieve this for 8 women, 9 days, no complaints. WOW!!!!!! I will use his services many more times.” –
We loved every minute of it. The guides you arranged for (especially in Pompeii and Herculaneum) were excellent and very knowledgeable. We ate too much, drank too much wine, and spent too much money and gained 5 pounds apiece! But we loved Italy. Paul loved driving with the Italian drivers and is having trouble slowing down now – although we were lost almost every day. We took 620 pictures and through editing I was able to get them down to 480. There is no way to cut them further and that is considering that most museums and some churches do not allow pictures! Thank you so much for arranging everything for us. Paul says he loved Sorrento the most.
-Sincerely, Kathleen and Paul Helbling
I tried planning my Italian vacation on my own, and encountered all kinds of challenges–no hotel availability, language barrier, time differences, and general confusion about picking the best places to stay and what to see. In short, a lot of added stress in my already-hectic life. I gave up and called Deborah at Italy4Real, and she, Rem, and their amazing team jumped in immediately, taking the sketchy beginnings of my itinerary and working their magic!
This company does a great job of finding out about you and your ideal trip, and turning it into reality. They booked us at fantastic hotels (proprietors made us feel like family) and gave great dining recommendations. And when I mentioned I love to cook, they even enrolled us in an amazing private cooking class, not to mention booking a personalized dinner at the villa where we stayed–both experiences I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
Take a vacation from planning your vacation and call these guys. I’m now a customer for life!
Mountain View, CA
We have just returned from an amazing vacation and are already planning our next adventure. Every detail of our trip was planned with personal regard to our trip expectations. Even a side trip to visit relatives in a small town in the Lakes region was not a problem for our travel expert, Deborah de Maio. From the quaint hotels to the unique dining experiences and knowledgeable tour guides, our trip was extraordinary. If you want to see the real Italy , You must use Italy 4 Real”
– The Nardi’s
“The hotels were beautiful and situated right in the heart of the city. We couldn’t have been happier. The sites were beyond description. I get goose bumps just thinking about them let alone talking about them. Our tours were very insightful and the guides very professional. I can’t thank you enough for making a dream of mine come true. I hope I can go back someday.”
Thank you again”
Italy 4 Real made sure that we had wonderful accommodations, delightful sites to see, and the type of individual attention to our needs only a small company can provide. I would be thrilled to go on another Italy 4 Real’s tour.”
– Julie I.
“I felt very safe and comfortable…..the tour hosts were always a phone call away and there to accommodate any requests. The people I traveled with were so much fun and several have turned into lasting friendships. It was truly the trip of a lifetime!!!”
– Kim C.
And here’s the great news for you – Italy4Real can plan your trip, too! You don’t have to live in Seattle to use their services. You coordinate your air travel with them, and when you land in Italy, they pick you up and handle the rest. We traveled with six of our friends, so we had our own “private” group with a tour customized to our wants and needs. But you don’t have to have your own group to go. Italy4Real leads several tours a year, and you can sign up for any of them (I think they still have two openings for a trip in the spring and one next fall).
Rem (the owner of the company and our tour guide) has spent 15 years leading tours there, and lived in Italy for a year prior to starting his business. That means he’s staid in the hotels so he knows whether or not they provide good accommodations. He’s eaten at the restaurants so he knows if the food is good. He’s visited the sites and can tell you what’s worth seeing and what’s not.
He’s experienced it all, so he knows the little secrets and tips you would never find by searching the internet. For example, the day we went to the Vatican, the line to get in was about 90 to 120 minutes long. But Rem had prearranged a timed-entry for us, so we walked in almost as soon as we got there. I can’t tell you how many times he saved us from waiting in long lines (and wasting precious vacation time).
Italy4Real gives attention to the smallest details so your trip is all it can be (like don’t buy your leather in that store – go around the corner to this store where they sell the same thing for 20% less). They understand what a tourist wants to see and experience while in Italy, and they deliver. With their expertise, Italy feels just as romantic as it looks in the movies. Enjoying an evening drink at a café in the town square of San Gimignano while a three-piece band plays music across the way and the sun sets on the Tuscan hills – what more do you want? It was like being transported into a scene from “Under the Tuscan Sun.” (Plus, we got to drive a Ferrari in Italy – how cool is that?)
If you want to know more, just ask – I’ll tell you all I know. Or visit their web site – they’ve got great information and several videos on YouTube.
Joel, Bothell, WA
Tours, hotels, guides and restaurants have all been flawless. Each hotel arrival we were greeted by a fax waiting in our room welcoming us. We always felt like they were one step ahead of us making sure we were being taken care of.
They have great people in Italy in case something does go wrong. You’re never alone. Deborah and Rem have really great guides and tours, all super people. They also have the unique ability to arrange special events if you want. For example, I wanted to have dinner with a family in Italy just once. Well, Deborah arranged a dinner in The hills of Florence with a family that put on a dinner like no other. The Mama was a wine expert and we had many wines throughout the night. Before we left she gave us a fabulous bottle of Brunello. It was a once in a lifetime dinner.
We’ve always traveled by ourselves. But Italy4real had everything arranged. We have not been on a group tour but would bet my eye teeth that they’re wonderful too. Rem is a great host and knows how to keep things fun.
So that’s it. Good luck and if you choose Italy4Real to do your trip, it will be nothing less than amazing.
My husband and I wanted our first trip to Europe to be special as we were celebrating our 30th Anniversary. Deborah and her staff meticulously planned out each day and provided enough time to actually absorb and enjoy what we were seeing or doing. She did all the research work for us and delivered the best life experience we have ever had without dealing with mass crowds along with zip-on-through-no-line wait for major “must-see” tourist spots.
Deborah who is from Italy even informed us of lesser known (almost secret) historical sites that most tourists have no idea exist. They do the research for you and personally, pre-check the lodging. They truly want you to have a fantastic personal experience. We never felt alone even though it was just my husband and I traveling and provided us with knowledgeable professional personal on-time guides per our request. Italy4Real exceeded our expectations for every aspect of our trip. We’re currently planning our next trip to Italy once again with Italy4real. This company is truly as good as it gets!