Your Own Italy Testimonials
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She advised and booked all of their apartments, trains, and tours!
Her team and her went above and beyond when their international airline (that the couple had booked themselves) lost some of their luggage. They helped track it down and made sure it was delivered to them on their travels!
As a parent of young adults travelling overseas for the first time on their own, I can’t express how relieved I felt knowing that Carmen and her company were there and so helpful and attentive to every detail!
Thank you! Jan 25, 2017
Elliot City, MD
My sister and I had an awesome time in Italy and it was all thanks to Carmen. We told her what we wanted to do, and how much we wanted to spend and she planned everything so perfectly it bordered on the fantastic.
We asked to stay in apartments in both Rome and Florence, rather than hotels and in each case the apartment was located near sites and shops and restaurants making it simplicity itself to find what we needed. We were even treated to a symphony concert at dusk on the square where our apartment was located in Florence.
Our tour guides were amazing, bringing the history of the art and architecture to life and answering our questions whether we asked about an architect or for a recommendation for a restaurant that was off the tourist track. We really appreciated how Carmen planned the tours; with plenty of free time to explore and shop on our own.
The day trip to the Cinque Terre had to be one of the trip’s highlights with our guide ensuring that we covered as much or as little of the four towns we visited as we wanted – with plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures.
Another highlight was the cooking class. Laura first took us to the market and showed us what to look for when purchasing produce. Then back to her kitchen with hands on lessons that resulted in surprisingly delicious food (surprising because we’d made it).
Carmen’s exceptional talents made this a vacation of a lifetime and we will definitely use her services when it comes time for us to visit southern Italy. Sep 17, 2017
Our vacation to Italy was a total family event and the help we received from Carmen made it absolutely fabulous. My wife, her sisters, husband arrived in Rome and we were met and taken to our apartment (not a hotel – this was a family trip). Same for Venice and Florence (all were great and held the 7 of us easily). Over the next two days our daughters came for a total of 7 adults to guide. Travel between cities was via train which Carmen and her team had arranged and worked great. Each morning we were met by our guide and we visited the museums and other sites, learning about each, the history and the key things to see. The guides were great and having the tickets already purchased, to avoid lines gave us more time to see and do things. Afternoons generally were free for us to wander around – which we did.
Some nights we ate in the apartment and others we went to restaurants (Florentine Steak is fabulous). One night we did a pairing (wine with food) and Carmen joined us (Rome) which was a pleasure and a super evening. Our daughters said that was one of the best parts of the trip.
After our daughters left us in Florence to return to the US to go back to work, the rest of us went to Tuscany for a week in a villa. Carmen worked with us to help arrange a driver to help us get to and from the villa. At each turn we knew we had “Your Own Italy” ready to help us if needed and the service she provided was just outstanding. For someone looking to plan a family trip and is looking for help to make it easy, enjoyable and a lot of fun, I highly recommend they contract Carmen and bring her onto their team. It really makes a positive difference. Our highest recommendations for the services provided and the great trip our entire family had. Oct. 2, 2017
My husband and I had the most amazing trip to Italy and it was all because of Carmen’s expertise and planning! Carmen took special note of our budget / traveling desires and coordinated every little detail of our trip so we could enjoy ourselves without worrying about where to go or how to get there. All of the private drivers, tour guides, cooking classes, boat trips and train rides were coordinated and in collaboration with one-another so that one segment to the next was seamless. If there was ever a question, we would text her and she would have an answer within minutes. Most of the time it was Carmen sending a note to us ahead of time to let us know of any delays / changes (such as rain in Capri!). For example, we were planning to go to Capri but due to rough seas Carmen sent us a note the night before and arranged a cooking class at the most beautiful family-owned farmhouse in Sorrento. It ended up being a key highlight to our trip! Simply amazing!
It was the trip of a lifetime and we cannot wait to work with Carmen and Your Own Italy again! Oct 5, 2017
Basking Ridge, NJ
Is there something higher than 5? Carmen was our trip planner. She was nothing short of amazing! I had my wedding in Italy and had several guests planning trips in and around Italy. Carmen was able to keep track of all my guests and their trips with ease at the same time she was coordinating our 2 week stent without a single glitch. We love packing our trips with activities and usually get in trouble booking things too close to each other or too much time between activities and become bored, not with Carmen everything was so evenly spaced out to make it from one place to the other without feeling either rushed or bored.
I had 40 guests at our wedding and over half of them used Carmen foe their trip planning. Before and after our wedding, our guests raved about Carmen! We loved hearing how she was able to make the impossible possible or how she was able to track down lost cell phones on trains or lost passports left in hotel rooms, or fix things in a moments notice. I dont know how she did it. Simply phenomenal!
I was so impressed with her response time, her professionalism and most of all for her incredible sense of organization. She is not just an amazing trip planner who made my and my husband’s trip so special but also an amazing person to top it all. We loved talking to her and always felt like she had our backs everywhere we went. We felt like her family or best friends even though we had never met.
Every hotel, train ride, every restaurant we went to was so over the top beautiful with the nicest service and people that knew Carmen personally. We felt like we were traveling with a best friend that knew everyone and was introducing us to Italy one place/person at a time. We loved taking her suggestions and developed a sense of trust with her knowing that if we just listened to what she said, we knew it would be great. We had the time of our lives and without her I could not have imagined trying to plan my entire trip so perfectly.
International travel can be daunting especially for novice travelers. She made us feel like Italian pros. We had a 2 week long trip in Italy, and had the time of our lives. We would have not enjoyed our time near as much without her. If you are going to Italy, Carmen is just as essential to your trip as the euro. Even if you are an experienced traveler you should let her plan for you. You may see Italy a whole new way. Our memories could have been great but because of her they were incredible. Sounds cliche but the only way I can describe it is TRIP OF A LIFETIME! Will never go to Italy without her again. Carmen you are worth your weight in gold! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are forever indebted to you. We look forward to our next trip to Italy! June 28, 2017
San Francisco, CA
Carmen was invaluable in helping plan our honeymoon to Italy across Florence, the Tuscan countryside, and Rome. The Uffizi tour in Florence and Vatican evening museum tour in Rome were amazing experiences. The friendly and knowledgeable guides she selected helped us get the most out of our visit in navigating and learning about such rich and dense environments.
Most importantly, Carmen’s help and feedback was based on our specific needs and goals which in our case varied depending on place and time, a huge advantage over other “one-size-fits-all” sources. She helped us find a perfect balance and variety from day-to-day while still maximizing our sight-seeing goals, and even helped with advice on different neighborhoods/towns and booking accommodations.
Overall, I highly recommend reaching out to Carmen and taking advantage of her services for personalized assistance to help maximize whatever kind of trip you are planning. July 17, 2017
San Francisco, CA
Santa Clara, CA
Can’t say enough about Your Own Italy! On short notice, they created an outstanding personalized tour of Rome, Florence and Venice with custom-made stop overs in Tuscany, Assisi, and Padua. As a return traveler to Italy, Your Own Italy tailored our trip with great tour guides to take us on specialized tours focused on our preferences. Your Own Italy planned and executed a tremendous vacation experience for our family of eight with beautiful apartments and taking care of every minute detail from the moment we arrived.
From a personalized tour of St. Peter’s (where we saw the Pope speak) and the catacombs in Rome, to an enjoyable tour of Tuscany wine country and seeing the finest art in Florence, to riding on the romantic gondolas in Venice and seeing the islands of Murano and Burano, we did it all in one week! This impossible task was only made possible by the detailed planning and expertise of the Your Own Italy team with excellent chauffeurs and tour guides who created a wonderful experience where everyone had a great time.
The fantastic lunch and dinner plans including dinner with Carmen provided the perfect touch all for a reasonable price compared to other package tour offerings. They get our highest recommendation to make your dream vacation come true!
Josè and Soledad D.
West Chester, PA