Generally I travel making it up as I go but I contacted "We Love Italy Tours" looking for a prepackaged tour as I only had a limited amount of time (14 days) to take my daughter during her University break and didn’t want to waste any time. Unfortunately it was off season for their prepackaged tours (which looked fantastic). However, Barbara offered to customise a self guided package for us that had all the transport, accommodation and a selection of tours prearranged. After asking our preferences, she put together some scenarios from which we could select. At all stages the communication was great and the process seamless. We went and we loved it.
The timing of the trip was great, leaving adequate rest time and breaks, and the accommodation and tours chosen for us were perfect. Everyone from the hotel staff to the tour guides were unbelievably pleasant and helpful. The suggestions for dining and extra places to see were also excellent - I would suggest always taking this advice! Thank you so much for making this experience so great for myself and my daughter.
Andrew, Kamerunga QLD
We were looking at some holidays in Italy but didn’t know where to start with the planning. What we knew for sure was that we didn’t want to get on board of a packed bus rushing from city to city and that it would have been difficult to find the right dates. We contacted We Love Italy –Tours as they were promoting hassle free organized custom tours.
They immediately got back to us to better understand our needs and since that moment they have been fabulous as they recommended the places to stay, did all the bookings for the transports and transfers between the cities, booked the hotels, and the different type of activities for us to experience the places and the culture.
The tour was packed with half day or full day organized excursions, guided visits to museums and places of interest, food and wine experiences and the hotels were above expectation for the cost of the package.
30 days before departure we received an envelope with all the transport tickets, hotels and activity vouchers and a very detailed day by day itinerary.
We had fun and really enjoyed our holidays as our only worry was to pack our suitcases!
Maria and Mark, North Sydney - NSW
I love Barbara’s tours, I’ve been on two and I raved about it so much my husband insisted on coming on the next one.
You can be guaranteed to see and do things not on the regular tourist trail and have experiences you can’t organise yourself.
Barbara is very knowledgeable on many subjects and an enthusiastic tour leader, but brings in the services of an expert as required.
The accommodation was fabulous in both quality and location, and it was wonderful not to have to move hotel every couple of days. Her choice of restaurants and the menus she selects in consultation with the owner reflected the local specialities.
I’m really looking forward to my next tour with Barbara.
Denise & Mark, Manly - NSW
Where do I begin to describe Barbara’s tour of Tuscany and Umbria when she led us through a myriad of exciting and interesting places with the knowledge that only experience can bring. She took us to places inaccessible to the general public steeped in history, to restaurants with cuisine quite different from the norm and to accommodation that was out of the ordinary and very splendid, to bathing in thermal baths in the middle of the night and wine tastings overlooking the beautiful country side. An unforgettable visit was to a museum and workshop of hand woven artistic textiles using authentic Umbrian and Italian medieval and renaissance designs created on 18th and 19th century wooden looms. An unforgettable viaggio.
Wendy, Waverley - NSW
Barbara's in-depth knowledge and meticulous planning made the tours (Liguria and Piedmont, 2013 and Tuscany and Umbria, 2016) I took with her two of the most enjoyable travel experiences I have had. I felt immersed in the Italian culture, was stimulated by the visits to museums, galleries and places of interest, relaxed in the knowledge that everything was taken care of and filled to the brim with fantastic food and wine. Barbara's friendly and helpful nature made her a great travelling companion. This could be said also for the other tour participants. I would highly recommend Barbara's tours to take advantage of Barbara's cultural knowledge and understanding, and to enjoy the good life in Italy.
Sally, Carlingford - NSW
I travelled with Barbara in September 2016 to Tuscany and Umbria. It was well organized and Barbara's knowledge of history and art makes for a very interesting trip. The hotels we stayed in were exceptional.
I really enjoyed our stay at Laticastelli and the wine tasting.
I look forward to travelling with Barbara again to see more of this beautiful country.
Diana, Beacon Hill - NSW
My tour to Liguria and Piedmont with Barbara was a great experience. Everything was well planned and organised. I liked that the tour had the right balance of art, activities and gourmet experiences so as to please everyone’s taste and especially my passion for good local dishes and wine. Barbara’s knowledge of art and history and her passion for traditions and food make her a fantastic tour leader and table companion.
Barbara makes you immediately comfortable as she eases your relationship with all the other travellers on board and quickly solves for you the little problems that can arise during the tour. She always wants to makes sure the group is travelling in joy and harmony.
Maree, Leichhardt - NSW
Having always traveled independently to Italy and elsewhere in the world many times we booked a tour with Barbara. The tour covered Genoa and the Piemonte region.
From the moment we met a the Grand Hotel Savoia in Genoa, which was our base accommodation and Barbara’s choice for the 13 day tour for the group, we didn’t worry about anything. We were taken on this wonderful journey of history, art, and local restaurants that only a knowledgeable tour guide would know. We experienced Barbara’s amazing historical and art knowledge and visited museums and castle which we would not have seen on our own. We visited and stayed in a beautiful Medieval village.
We could go on and on we just want to say it was an unforgettable and enjoyable tour. We look forward to our next unique escapade with Barbara!
Ivonne and Elie, Darling Point - NSW
I was fortunate to tour with Barbara in 2015 as one of a few non Italian speakers, together with some very accomplished speakers. It was an exceptional experience & given that I’m an extremely well-traveled individual, who has endured any number of trips, I don’t praise easily. The basic organizational requirements were faultless with easy & punctual hotel & transport occurring seamlessly. Equally impressive was the great feeling of individual attention I received even in the group situation.
It was however the very interesting daily programs & the out of the blue experiences that were wonderful. A comprehensive knowledge of Italy, the language & its people Barbara made every moment interesting, informative & a huge amount of fun. At the same time the pace was relaxed with plenty of opportunities to explore alone or grab a nice rest. The food was just magnificent & the fellow travelers I shared it with friendly, helpful & intent on thoroughly enjoying themselves. I’m so excited to see the new travel locations I know I will be planning to go again.
David, Sydney - NSW