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Going way above and beyond

Fantastica Italia came highly recommended to us, but the reality of what happened on our trip showed how they really come through when it matters most. My wife and I, her sister and a couple 13-year-old granddaughters wanted a trip to Paris and southern Spain. We had given MariaLaura an idea of some specific things we wanted to see/do, but in conversation with her gave her an idea of other types of things of interest to us. The itinerary she created was a once-in-a-lifetime dream. We were thrilled. And the trip began (in Paris) exactly as planned, down to the smallest detail. We had such confidence in all that would happen during the trip. And we had contact information for every service provider. We were left simply on our own. Our granddaughters were thrilled. And then the coronavirus intervened, upending a good share of our plans. We had to make some quick changes. For example, we had a scheduled private 4-hour tour of Versailles, which closed the day before our tour. MariaLaura called and texted several times and ultimately we simply changed the tour from one of Versailles to a walking tour of the most historic sections of Paris. It was incredible. Thanks to MariaLaura we were able to make the most of our time in Paris despite the coronavirus curveball. MariaLaura was in near constant contact with us via text and cell, at all hours of the day and night. In the end we had to cancel the Spain portion of our trip, but throughout our stay MariaLaura was personally in contact with us for on-the-spot changes and to make sure we could make the best of circumstances AND make it home. The trip was always going to be awesome, and circumstances notwithstanding, our granddaughters will always treasure the experience. But it seems that the real value of a travel service is what happens if something goes awry. MariaLaura was there for us every minute, and we never lacked for confidence that all would work out well. These are the people to use for any travel needs.

Wow!!!

My recent trip to Italy was just fantastic, words can’t describe. The beauty of the Almalfi coast and the awe of the Vatican and Coliseum really made such a wonderful trip. I haven’t booked with a travel agent in years and never a trip to another country. Fantastica Italia was so on point from the booking 8 months ago to every detail in the trip. The drivers the tour guides the hotels were truly exceptional. Everything ran so smoothly and everyone involved was so friendly and showed up on time and made for such a great trip!! I will highly recommend Fantastica Italia to anyone I know booking a trip and without a doubt use them again. Would love to thank MariaLaura for her hard work and Heather for the details in the end, it was a very memorable trip!!! Thank you again:)

Our Italian Adventure

We just returned from an 18 day vacation arranged by Alice. My husband, brother and sister in law travel on annual vacations together but this was our first out of the country adventure. We stayed in Varenna, Vernazza, the Tuscany region, Positano and Rome. Her attention to detail was impeccable. She listened to us when we talked about the experiences we wanted to share and planned our trip around that. Alice arranged a bike tour around Bellagio, wine tasting/meal in a Villa, cooking class in Chianti, boat tour to Capri, Pompeii, the Vatican and Colosseum. All the transportation was handled for us between the trains, rental car in Tuscany and private drivers. This allowed us to be stress free traveling around the country. Lastly, she included restaurant recommendations that were all spot on. Thank you Alice, we had a wonderful time.

Wonderful Italian Journey

My wife and I just returned from a two week trip to Italy put together by MariaLaura and the team at Fantastica Italia. Our desires were focused on food and wine, not only were our expectations met but greatly exceeded! From the wineries to the cooking classes, everything including hotels and drivers was “perfect”. It will be with great pleasure to recommend Fantastica Italia to my friends and fellow travelers for their next trip/adventure. 😊

Simply amazing!

After several cruises with stops in Italy, we had always to wanted go back for an extended visit. So we turned to MariaLaura and her team to help us plan our trip to Italy in early September. Over a few phone conversations we pinned down what we wanted to see and do, and MariaLaura and her team put an amazing itinerary together for us. We spent three weeks on our own traveling by train and it was nothing short of spectacular. Our highlights: • We started Milan; the hotel’s location was perfect, only one block away from the Piazza del Duomo. Their breakfast was amazing. MariaLaura arranged tickets for the Last Supper. • Then it was on to Varenna. Lakefront room with incredible views. We enjoyed wandering around Lake Como for three days. We loved Varenna! Would love to go back. • Next was Bologna: we loved it! Oh, the food! Again, the hotel’s location was perfect. The highlight was the cooking class Fantastica Italia recommended. It was an incredible experience. It should be on everyone’s ‘must do’ list. We also joined a small group tour to Modena to sample Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic and amazing food. • On to Florence: small group tour of Tuscany, Siena, and San Gimignano; then a private tour of Montalcino and Montepulciano: another ‘must do’. • Lastly, Padua: Scrovegni Chapel, St. Anthony’s basilica; great location for day trips to Venice, Verona, Lake Garda. Thank you for helping us plan such an amazing trip!

Italy in June

Our trip would not have been the same without Fantastic Italia's expertise and planning! They got to know us a bit through email prior to planning our trip. Our guides/drivers/planners Antonio in Rome and Andrea in Como were simply incredible. It helps so much to have local experts to point you in the right direction for food, fun, and simply getting off the beaten path, away from the crowds. Our family of 6 loved this vacation, and we will be booking with them again.

School Trip to Greece and Italy

Just returned from a 12-day trip with 10 high school students. We all had a blast! We began in Athens for a few days, moved to Rome for a few days, and then wrapped things up in Venice. Overall, I am satisfied with the planning carried out by Fantastica Italia. There were a few hiccups in the process, such as an out-of-date location for our bike tour of Rome (address printed on the itinerary was incorrect, costing us an hour and half of our bike tour) and a mysterious event where some private transportation did not arrive to pick us up. However, on both occasions the error was compensated for (paid-for taxis on the day after the bike tour, and a reimbursement for bus tickets us bought to get us to the airport when the taxis didn't arrive.) Way to go! Considering all of the stuff that went exactly as planned, I'd call it an overall success. Students had a blast, and made some memories that will last a lifetime! Both Greece and Italy were, well, fantastic!

Review

We have just returned from a two week vacation in Crete. This is our seventh trip that was arranged by MariaLaura and her team. As has always been our experience with her, everything was perfect: the hotels, the guides, the itinerary, the rental car, everything from soup to nuts. You expect great things from her when going to Italy, and she has delivered for our three trips to Italy. But she also did great work on our trips to Spain, Portugal, France, and Croatia, and now Greece. Bravo MariaLaura! You are the best!

Tremendous experience traveling to England, France, Germany, and Italy

Having returned from our trip to Europe, we want to commend Fantastica Italia on planning a problem-free experience. Since we visited four countries over three weeks, there were plenty of details to coordinate. We were pleased with the hotels selected as all of them were in the center of the city within walking distance of many of the attractions, near restaurants and shopping. The tours recommended were all small group (or just us!) and we enjoyed them all. But probably the most impressive part was the drivers who picked us up and shuttled us around. The drivers were early, attentive to our needs, and spoke English proficiently. We loved Lorenzo who planned a special trip into a village in Sicily so my husband could further research his ancestry. He was wonderful! Also, we enjoyed Mauro, our tour guide one day in Palermo and later to Castlebuouo. His knowledge, fun personality, and patience with us (we are in our 70s and don’t walk as fast!) made the two tours most memorable. We have already recommended Fantastica Italia to family members traveling to Italy, and we would highly recommend the company to others

Wonderful experience!

We worked with Fantastica Italia to plan 2 weeks in Italy and one week in Greece. I am thrilled with our trip! They spent time with us to tailor our itinerary to what we like. Once we got there, everything went perfectly. I loved the boutique hotels and excursions. Great suggestions on restaurants and bars. They also gave us information on tipping and travel. We had never been to Europe and were a little intimidated. Now we feel confident to travel anywhere. I can't say enough about how pleased we are with this company!

Dream trip to France

MariaLaura and her team at Fantastica Italia did it again! They planned a second trip for us, this time to France. Her team, once again, selected and organized another unforgettable 2 week trip to Paris, Normandy, Avignon, Arle, Nice and Chamonix. They selected the perfect hotels (with Michelin starred restaurants and breathtaking views) and tours that made the trip outstanding. As with any 2 week trip, there were some errors and complications, and MariaLaura's team responded quickly and made sure we were happy with the changes.

Trip of a Lifetime

MariaLaura planned an amazing trip-of-a lifetime for my family (myself, husband, daughter, son & daughter-in-law)! The details of our 12-day itinerary were perfect! You could not go wrong. MariaLaura gave us phone numbers (along with hers) to contact a representative for everything she had for us booked in case it was needed. MariaLaura is very knowledgeable with the areas in Italy and was able to give us suggestions from the most delicious gelato at San Crispino in Rome to great restaurants and point them out on the maps she gave us. The apartment in Rome was beautiful and centrally located (near the American Embassy) that made walking to most places very doable. This was the first overseas trip for my daughter who was traveling alone and the concierge people in Rome made her feel safe ~ meeting her at the airport and staying with her until the apartment was available! Cannot say enough about concierge Antonio Barbieri who was only a phone call away to help in any way. Our stay in the mountainous region of Chianti in a medeval town was beautiful. A local, wine tasting tour & lunch at the Verrazzano Vineyards was wonderful. It was to consist of the tour and a "light lunch" which included 4 bottles of wine at our table, an antipasto and pasta meal, a sample of 10 yr. old balsamic vinegar, Vin Santo and biscotti for dessert and Grappa. The guided tours in Pompeii/Positano, Florence's Uffizi, Galleria Accademia & Rome's Sistine Chapel, Colosseo were small and personal and the guides were very knowledgeable (and not having to wait in line was a bonus). We attended a Trastervere food stroll around Campo dei Fiore that lasted about 4.5 hours. We walked to different areas sampling cheeses, a salumeria, wines, fried baccala (which brought back memories to Christmas Eve with my Mom) and then sat down to a delicious pasta dinner at a local restaurant! We will definitely use MariaLaura and Fantastic Italia in the future without hesitation. MariaLaura ~ grazie tanto e alla prossima volta!!!

Wonderful Anniversary Trip

We just returned from a wonderful 12 day trip to Italy with two other couples celebrating our wedding anniversaries. This is my fifth time traveling to Italy with Fantastica Italia handling all the planning and arrangements. We traveled to Rome, Florence and Sorrento and as always the trip was wonderful. Perfect hotels, easy and well planned travel arrangements and outstanding guides and tours. MariaLaura and her staff always go above and beyond in making sure that the vacation is stress free, interesting and fun!

Anniversary in Italy with Bocelli

We booked our trip through Fantasticaitalia, with MariaLaura, and we could not have found a better person to do this for us. It was our 35th wedding anniversary, along with my wife's birthday, we booked a Bocelli concert (only one performed in Lajatico per year), and we asked MariaLaura to book our vacation around the concert. She started out asking us our interests and what we wanted to see, a couple weeks later she came back with an itinerary that started in Rome for 6 days, followed by Siena / Tuscany for 3 days with some amazing wine tours, followed up by our concert and stay in Casina Terme, near Lajatico for 2 days, then on to Florence for 3 days, followed up by our last city Monterosa al Mare in Cinque Terra. Every city MariaLaura set up what we refer to as Docents, highly educated tour guides, all tours were private tours. Every Docent was highly educated in Italian History and Art and we were able to ask our questions over a 3 hour period with each of these guides. After A LOT of walking in every city, we ended our vacation in Monterosa al Mare, no tours planned, all the time here was on our own, and it was the perfect way to end our Italian paradise. We could have not asked for a better vacation, it was beyond what we thought it was going to be. Everything MariaLaura planned was on time, everyone showed up as they were supposed to do, every suggestion she gave us was spot on. I highly recommend MariaLaura and her team, absolutely Fantastica!!

Thank you!!

Many thanks to Alice for her help in arranging some wonderful tours and experiences during our ten-day trip to Rome, Positano and Capri. The benefits of working with Alice and Fantastica Italia were in evidence throughout. The tours of sites in Rome were excellent, and the boat trip Alice arranged for us in Positano was outstanding. It was comforting to know that the person arranging these activities KNEW that they were outstanding, rather than booking them ourselves online and then HOPING they were good when we got to Italy. To me, that is the biggest benefit of using Alice and Fantastica Italia. They know who the good providers are and they make the entire process very easy. We will be heading to Italy again and will certainly be seeking assistance from Alice and Fantastica Italia in advance of that trip.

Italian Honeymoon!

Fantastica Italia made an unforgettable honeymoon for my now wife and I! This was the first time either of us had travelled outside of the states so we were a little hesitant to go. However, the travel agent we had, Alice, was remarkable! She eased our nerves and was able to answer any and all questions we had. She helped us narrow down an itinerary structured around things we wanted to do along with helping us think outside the box and give us ideas to live more like the locals. We had plenty of time to explore on our own along with taking a spectacular wine excursion, a private cooking class, and of course being able to see many different sights, such as the Vatican! Alice was able to include three different cities, Rome, Florence, and Venice for our 8 day trip and not at one point did we feel rushed to get from one city to the next. She allowed us plenty of leisure time to adventure on our own. My only regret is that we were not able to stay longer! Everything was perfect and more than I could have imagined. A huge thanks to Fantastica Italia and Alice for creating the best honeymoon we could have asked for! We will be sure to travel with them again, and hopefully soon!

Thank you

What a spectacular trip! MariaLaura listened and fulfilled every item on my wish list and truly made my trip to Puglia an adventure I will never forget. Her detailed itinerary made travel beyond easy. The hotels, transfers, flights and excursions were all perfect. I have already and will continue to recommend Fantastica Italia to all my friends, family and colleagues.

Absolutely a Fabulous trip

Thank you MariaLaura for organizing an exceptional & memorable Anniversary trip to Prague, Lake Como, Bellagio, Soave, Alligrini, Verona & Venice! Every detail was perfect! We loved our drivers & our guides were exceptional too! They all made our trip so much more enjoyable!

Perfect Adventure

We recently returned from my first trip in Italy. Our travel agent arranged the trip through Fantastica and it was perfect! They put together an amazing 17 days for my daughter and I along with a dear family friend.  We visited Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, Sorrento and wonderful day trips near each of these locations. Their advice for structuring our days flawless. Our time in each location was perfect to see the most important sites as well as relax and enjoy Italy!  Each of our hotels were perfect, from the beautiful rooms to locations near the important sites. Each of our personal tour guides and drivers were amazing – keeping us on time and so knowledgeable and passionate about their cities and tours. The fabulous packet of vouchers, maps and local information meant there was absolutely no stress for us.  We’ll certainly be in touch for our return to Italy! 

Very Helpful!

We have just returned from a two-week trip to the Dalmation coast in Croatia and to Milan and Lake Iseo in Italy. MariaLaura arranged everything and it was all perfect. We had two splendid guides in Croatia and one in Milan. All of our accommodations were first-rate, from a large hotel in the center of Milan to an 8-room 500-year old hotel inside the walls at Dubrovnik, and all had great locations.  Her suggestions for activities during the day and for restaurants at night were very helpful.  We could not be more pleased with MariaLaura and her team.

Italian dream vacation

Our dream vacation for 2 weeks to Venice, Florence, Positano and Rome was amazing thanks to Alice and Fantastica Italia! Our hotels were great and located close to everything we wanted. Our itinerary was a perfect mix of planned tours and free time. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable. Our drivers and transfers were always on time and very helpful. Alice listened to all of our needs and wants and always responded quickly to our emails. She gave us tips and advice that were invaluable and helped us achieve everything we wanted within our budget too. We can’t say enough how much we enjoyed our trip to Italy!! Thanks to Fantastica Italia for customizing our Italian dream vacation!!

I would absolutely book again with Fantastica Italia

We just returned from our second trip to Italy and again let Fantastica Italia take care of all the arrangements. This time I worked with Heather who put together an amazing 9 days for my group of six. We visited Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, Ischia and Rome. Our hotels were beautiful and as before, our drivers and guides were wonderful. It was a perfect trip, even the weather cooperated (not sure how Heather managed that...lol). I would absolutely book again with Fantastica and have recommended them to a few friends who admired the photos I posted on FB. Grazie!

Spot on

Thank you Alice and Fantastica Italia for helping us make our first trip to Italy such a wonderful and unforgettable experience. We are a family of five with teenagers, and you were able to put together a perfect itinerary to include something for everyone. You listened to our request to balance history, art and local culture. The small group guided tours you scheduled for us in Rome, Florence and Milan were an ideal way to be introduced to the cities and the guides we had were such fun and passionate people. Your advice for structuring our days was spot on. It got our kids up and out all together, but we were also able to have enough flex time that we didn't feel rushed or stressed. The hotels you found met our budget and all of our needs. The unique apartment room in Florence was perfect to have our family all stay together with enough personal space for everyone for four nights...we loved it. The cooking class was fun and unique. Travel was all arranged perfectly and made for smooth transitions between cities. Thanks for your guidance and recommendations. We would not hesitate to highly recommend your services.

LOVED this trip and already thinking about our next trip!

Thank you for organizing the most perfect trip to Italy that we could have experienced!!! From the first day to the last, we loved, loved, LOVED every part of our trip. We were especially impressed by all of our tour guides and drivers, who were always waiting for us and so well-informed; and by Barbara in Rome and Ingrid in Florence, who fed us so well! Our hotels were charming in every location, and so well-placed to allow us to see all we could in each place. My only complaint in each location was that we didn’t have nearly enough time to see and experience everything we wanted—I’m already dreaming about our next trip. And, of course, we will contact you to create our next magical adventure!

Diane & Rick Bentley

Huntington Beach, CA

Worry free trip

MariaLaura was wonderful in helping me plan my trip with my Goddaughter. It was our first time in Italy and we got a trip of our lifetime. Other than the usually sightseeing, we especially love the food tour in Bologna, cooking class in Tuscany and dinner with a local in Rome. Thank you for a wonderful trip!

Amazing trip

We had an amazing trip to Italy with the help of Alice at Fantastica Italia. Everything she arranged for us went like clockwork. We had never traveled to Europe and she was very patient. She made great suggestions and tailored our trip to our budget and the activities that we like to do.

I really can't choose the "most enjoyable" part of our trip because I enjoyed it all! The tour guides were amazing. They were so knowledgeable and the hotels were perfect for our needs in each city we traveled to. Alice gave us suggestions for our free time and those suggestions made a huge difference in seeing things off the beaten path, which I loved. Some of the highlights of our trip: Venice City tour and view from the Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, city tour of Florence and Michelangelo Piazzale where you can see a city view of Florence, the coliseum in Verona, day trip to Cinque Terre with lunch and wine (this was especially good because we tried food that we wouldn't normally have ordered), Positano boat ride and hiking, plus awesome hotel where we had a sea view and could fall asleep to the water crashing on the rocks, Pompeii! And last but not least, Rome and the major tourist sights plus walking through Trastevere!

Portugal custom made

As Bill Livingston said we have greatly enjoyed our trips arranged by MariaLaura with Fantastica Italia.  One favorite place was in Nazare Portugal.  The Quinta das Rosas.  It overlooked the bay at Nazare and was run by grandmother Ann, and her daughter Ann and grand-daughter Ann were visiting from Canada and helping.   She had peacocks and gardens and all in all a beautiful and fun setting.   We had a rental car difficulty too and she persevered in finding the right garage to correct that.  Breakfasts were bountiful and she recommended the family restaurant Raymond's for a delightful evening meal.

Italian Honeymoon with Peace of Mind

We were so fortunate to stumble upon Fantastica Italia at the Scottsdale Italian Festival two years ago. This was before we were engaged and as soon as we began a planning our wedding, my fiance began planning our honeymoon. Alice was so great to work with from the beginning. She communicated frequently and always answered all of our questions. We knew we wanted to go to Italy for our honeymoon, but didn't know exactly what region we wanted to visit. Alice asked a lot of questions to help us narrow our focus. Having all of the planning done for us was great. She sent us an itinerary and we were able to look through all of the details and then let her know of any changes. I accidentally made a mistake in booking our flights, she was able to adjust our schedule accordingly. We of course had major travel delay's, lost luggage, which in turn we missed our scheduled train to Naples. Alice was readily available to contact Antonio who was in Rome waiting for us. He went as far as to purchase new train tickets for us and take us to the pharmacy to pick up some essential items since we had no luggage. He even walked us to the correct platform for our train. This was just the beginning of the excellent service we had the entire trip. We loved all of the hotels that Alice booked for us, each had an amazing breakfast and staff. Our hotel in Positano looked over the bay and had a stunning view of the town. All of our bookings and daily activities were very easy to find and we just presented our vouchers which made our trip relaxing. All of the drivers were wonderful and so personal. We were able to have such great conversations about the area, food and the people during our drives. Our trip consisted of Positano, Chianti region and Rome. We enjoyed all of the regions we visited and each was unique. Renting a car in the Chianti region allowed us to explore a vast part of the region, driving to Siena and surrounding area one day after our wine tasting and lunch. Our cooking class with Mama Laura was one of our highlights, we had a such an enjoyable day with her and meeting her son and new daughter in law. We have tried about four of the recipes since we have been home and just received our shipment of the Chianti and Rose from her families winery. Such a pleasant surprise and go back to visit their winery in a heartbeat. Our time in Rome was packed but we truly enjoyed all of the excursions that Alice set up for us. The tours were great, as there was never more than 6 people in our group. Our first tour, which was the first evening when we go to Rome was a walking tour with gelato, which helped orient us to the area. Our hotel was amazing, it looked right over the Pantheon!!  The guides were amazing and so informative, Rome is so rich in history and every corner you turn to there is something to learn. Having the guided tour of the Vatican, Colosseum and Jewish quarter were so great. We truly had a trip of a lifetime and a honeymoon that seemed only possible in our dreams. Alice took the time to get to know us and planned the trip of a lifetime for us. Our next trip we will definitely use Fantastica Italia!

Honeymoon with views, hiking, wine and history

WE LOVED OUR TRIP! Thank you so incredibly much for all of your help and guidance. Only regret of the trip was not staying an additional 2 days--but we had no idea and we know now for future trips. Also, I wasn't sure what we spent on each individual pieces so trying to figure out what to tip for each activity was hard, I know we over tipped but we thoroughly enjoyed our experience and didn't care. In the future, I would probably request a tip guide for each activity. BEST thing about our trip: Having a travel agent---I WOULD NOT HAVE managed without our itinerary and the help from you.Timmy loved Cinque Terre best while I had a hard time choosing between CT and the Tuscan wine region.In Cinque Terre the hotel was PERFECT, great location, helpful staff, nice free breakfast and we would recommend to anyone. The room was a good nice with modern bathroom features. We loved the hiking experience. I would recommend a private guide for all those on their first trip, we both agreed next time we would do it alone but were happy to have her with us on the first go around. The winery tour was very fun and we bought a few bottles of his wine to bring home. We had amazing dinners and drinks in Cinque Terre and enjoyed the beach one day.  Downfall: getting there---the train stations are not "English" friendly. We missed our train because our flight was delayed, luckily our driver was super nice and he went into the train station with us and helped us buy our train ticket and did his best to explain the system to us. We made it and all was well.  In Tuscany, the hotel was super unique and I am happy we had that experience. I would recommend the hotel, however, we both felt like a hotel in Castellina may be more appropriate for our needs on our next visit. Getting the rental car was super easy, and Timmy really enjoyed driving throughout Tuscany. We visited Castellina, Sienna, San G(spelling?) and LOVED all three areas. We also went to over 15 wineries throughout our three days there. Most did not have a tasting fee and offered light snacks and NONE required any appointments with very friendly staff. We loved the Chianti wine, and the Rose was DELICIOUS. The wine was much cheaper than what we had experienced in Napa and very good (wine at dinner was also quite cheap compared to what we are used to in the states). OUR MOST FAVORITE EXPERIENCE was the cooking class! What an amazing time we had with Madame Laura in the market and then back at her families winery where we prepared and ate the meal of a lifetime. I would recommend this event to anyone and would feel sorry for anyone who decided to skip this. We also did a full on winery tour with a lunch following. This was very fun and we enjoyed eating lunch with people from various countries and speaking to them. This is something we are happy we did but would not do it again only because of the time it took and how much fun we had exploring the region and finding random wineries. In Florence, we returned the car and went SHOPPING :). What amazing shopping we had! Although we spent our fair share we enjoyed Venchi (sp?) gelato and the day. We tried some restaurants recommend through Rick Steves & Fantastica (very much recommend the Rick Steves Florence guidebook). Our final meal was at 4 Leoni. THIS IS A MUST. We had reservations which are required and loved our time. The 3-hour personal tour was amazing. She catered it to our needs and it was nice being the only ones embarking on this experience together vs a big group. We very much enjoyed Florence and the rich history present here. In the future we would add a day to Cinque Terre, a day to wine country and pick a new city (we experienced what we wanted in Florence and would like to try a different city next time). Thank you for everything! We truly had the BEST honeymoon and cannot wait to visit Europe again! We hope to use your services again in the future for perhaps a trip to Ireland/London.

Luxury adventure in Amalfi Coast, Sicily and Malta

We just returned from a 15 day trip to Positano, Cefalu, Taormina and Malta. MariaLaura and her team arranged everything, and did so to perfection.  The guides and drivers were first rate, the hotels were very nice, and the food was to die for.  We could not be happier.  This was our fifth trip arranged by MariaLaura (Italy, France, Spain and Portugal), and she never disappoints.

Spring Small group tour to Rome and Amalfi Coast

MariaLaura with Fantastica Italia was the most knowledgable, sociable, enthusiastic tour guide for our recent vacation to Rome and Amalfi coast, May 2017. She couldn't have planned a better visit to Italy. She made my dream of going to Italy better than I ever thought it could be. From planning every little detail on where to stay and what to see and where to eat, she made it all a fantastic adventure! She is very professional and at the same time shows you a fun, full sense of what Italy is all about. We hade the time of our lives! Thank you very much MariaLaura, you went above and beyond to help make our trip the best!I would highly recommend Her and Fantastica Italia!✈️

Total peace of mind on 25th wedding anniversary trip

We tried other travel agencies to help us plan our 25th wedding anniversary trip to Italy but they were charging a fortune.  We tried to book it ourselves but realized that wasn't easily done and didn't want to risk it.  We finally found Fantastica Italia, and from there, everything was easy.  They managed to stuff everything we wanted into our 13-day trip, stay within our budget, and organized things so flawlessly that we never had to stress over any aspect of the trip.  What are we doing today? Check the next voucher in line in the packet.  What should we do for dinner tonight? Check the recommendations organized by restaurant type and cost.  What do we do when we get off the train?  Find the guy with our name on his sign and follow him to his car.  Every day was well balanced with small group, skip-the-line or private tours and downtime to explore on our own.  Thank you Heather and all the folks at Fantastica Italia for making this a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Fantastic Trip!!

Fantastica Italia planned our 3 week trip to Italy in Sept 2016. It was a trip of a lifetime!  All the travel arrangements they made were fabulous.  We stayed in 6 different hotels and they were all 1st Class.We traveled from Rome to Ischia, Capri, Sorrento, Positano. The drivers they planned for us were unbelievable, so nice, helpful & always there waiting for us to take us were we needed to go. Antonio in Rome was always on top of our itinerary . He literally walked us thru the train station and made sure we got to the right train.  Jack the driver gave us a tour of the Amalfi Coast, that was wonderful.  We saw towns that we never would have seen and he told us so much history of the areas. We worked with Alice she was great. We told her were we wanted to go  and she and the Fantastica Italia staff made those dreams come true. A very organized trip everything went so smoothly no problems along the way, just an amazing trip that we will never forget.I would have Fantastica Italia plan any trip. It will truly be a"trip of a lifetime".

Honeymoon of our dreams!

Where to even begin?! I guess at the beginning - from the moment we even considered Fantastica Italia for our travel agency, they went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and involved. We got to have a say in every step of the process and be as involved as we wanted. They put up with me changing my mind about three different times! And they were so nice about working with out budget. We never felt pressured to spend more than we wanted.At least I THOUGHT we had helped plan everything. Turns out there are a TON of little details that I never knew existed until I realized that Fantastica Italia had already taken care of them all!We felt so pampered and taken care of. They really think of and take care of everything! Including car transfers and guides so we didn't get lost in the train station! The cooking class in Rome is a must! As well as all of the guided tours.The hotels were always perfect. Perfect location, perfect level of comfort, perfect staffing. We were always right in the middle of the best sights but always in a great, safe part of town. The helpful tips and suggestions they give you in the travel packet are worth reading and I basically lived off of them. I can't say enough how much we loved our trip, it was so perfect in every way! Fantastica Italia has spoiled me, I'll never try to book my own vacation ever again! Thank you so much for making our honeymoon the trip of a lifetime!

Fantastica More Than Fantastic

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Rome and Florence. Our travel agent arranged the trip through Fantastica. We will never take a future trip to Italy with anyone else! Weeks before the trip, we received a thick personalized binder with every aspect of our trip laid out, details about each flight, transfers with where we would be picked up, tours with maps as to where we would meet, and info about the cities, restaurants, and so much more. I wish we could show a picture of this incredible document that was a personal playbook for every aspect of the trip.The itinerary came off flawlessly. Everything from the flights, to the transfers, to the hotels, to the tours, was perfect!! Everyone was exactly where they should be when they were supposed to meet us. We particularly loved Antonio in Rome who ushered us to the hectic Termini train station in Rome and made it all seem easy. We were forced us to relax and just enjoy the precision of a finely trained team whose goal was to provide the most perfect vacation imaginable. I could gladly be a salesperson for Fantastica. We have traveled many times but this feels like the grand triumph of all. Thanks you MariaLaura. We hope to get to know you better times in the future.

Incredible customer service!

Just returned from a 10 day whirlwind trip to Paris and then on to Venice, Rome, Verona and Pompeii.  It was my daughter's 50th birthday gift and we both had a wonderful time even with the somewhat fast pace.  The trip was planned perfectly for the places we wanted to tour and all the guides were very knowledgeable and personable.  We did a few off the beaten path things like the food tour in Rome that gave us wonderful insight into the Jewish Quarter history.  Hotels in Paris, Venice and Rome were all nice but the L'Orologio in Venice was very special with it's view of the Grand Canal and the modern decor.  Alice and MariaLaura were great to work with and when we did have a little hiccup at CDG, MariaLaura responded in record time with a 'fix' even though it was the middle of the night in the states.  I couldn't be more satisfied with the way everything was designed for our ease.  Would highly recommend Fantastica Italia for anyone planning a trip to Italy.

The best and only way to experience Europe is with Fantastica Italia!

Heather was great to work with.  Her professionalism was top notch along with her knowledge of Europe.  It was our first trip to Europe and Heather briefed us with helpful hints and advice,  Once we arrived in Europe, we experienced outstanding service every step of the way.  The transportation and personalized service exceeded our expectations.  The tours Heather recommended were facilitated by academics in their field, which I very much appreciated.  We loved our first trip to Europe and cannot wait to return.  The best and only way to experience Europe is with Fantastica Italia!  I highly recommend working with Heather, she is super!  We will plan our next trip to Europe with Fantastica Italia!

Great Group Trip!

We used Fantastica Italia for an August/September trip to Italy.  We started up north in Bellagio and made our way to Venice, Bologna, Cinque Terra, Positano.  Our trip consisted of 5 hotels, 4 trains, 2 rental car pick ups, 6 excursions and 5 private transfers-all went without a hitch!  We worked with Alice and team for the better part of a year to get this trip set up to our specifications and budget.  Their inclusion of the Italian GPS and Cell phone as part of the travel package was very helpful!!!  They did such an excellent job and were always there to answer questions and make changes as needed while planning our trip.  Their suggestions on hotels and excursions were perfect and now that the trip is finished it has moved up to the top of our list as favorite trips!  We highly recommend Fantastica Italia for your next trip to Italy!!!!

Group trip

We found Fantastica Italia by chance from an online search for travel agents experienced with Italy.  We worked with their team for upwards of a year planning our 4 weeks trip.It turned out to be a trip of a lifetime and one of the best vacations ever.  Their attention to detail was outstanding, from transfers at airports or rail stations to choosing wonderful hotels and recommending excursions and restaurants.  The itinerary was well planned and every last detail came off without a hitch.We even encountered a transfer agent who knew MariaLaura personally and spoke very highly of the company.They put together the best vacation we've had and to anyone who is considering a dream trip to Italy, we highly recommend Fantastica Italia.Ciao!    

Dream anniversary trip!

We had talked and dreamed for years about a trip to Italy for our 20th wedding anniversary.  We worked with Alice and she was so nice and knowledgeable, making suggestions to round out the places we already knew we wanted to visit.  We visited 4 cities in two weeks and it was amazing.  Everything we hoped it would be.  We received our travel package a couple weeks before the trip and it was so organized and informative.  The trip went so smoothly - every transfer, flight, taxi, tour - all we had to worry about was where to eat and what wine to order!  And there were suggestions for those, as well! The Italian GPS was extremely helpful as we drove from Venice to Tuscany.  Thank you, Fantastica Italia for making our dream trip a reality!

Wonderful honeymoon

Our honeymoon to Rome and Positano was wonderful! Thank you so much for all of your help putting the trip together. Everything was flawless, and we were able to relax and enjoy the vacation because we knew all of the logistics were in place by you.  The trains, the drivers, the cooking class, the hotels - all were fantastic!Thanks again! We can't wait to plan another trip through Fantastica Italia in the future!

Bravissima Fantastica Italia

Toured Southern Italy / Puglia region last month with MariaLaura as our guide. Our group of 20+ Americans enjoyed outstanding accommodations, group meals and day trips. Due to Fantastica Italia's attention to every detail, our trip was well-organized and enjoyable. I would highly recommend their travel services for any group or individual! Brava!!!

Fantastica Italia turned a skeptic into a believer!

I was a little hesitant to use a travel agency I found online and knew nothing about but decided to give it a try and happy I did....they were amazing! Fantastica was so thorough and friendly from the start.  I had several phone calls with them going over what we wanted for our trip.  The trip was 3 of us friends headed to Italy for 8 days.  We chose to go to Positano and Rome.  Fantastica gave us several options and ideas of things to do, we narrowed it down to fit what we wanted, and could not have been happier with the outcome.  Fantastica booked our hotels, car services, trains and tours.  We did 2 boat tours in Positano along the Amalfi coast and to Capri which were picturesque and the tour guides/captains of the boat were great, very personable and knowledgeable.   When in Rome, we did Vatican and a must do VIP tour of the Coliseum.  We also went out to Tuscany for a day of wine and food.  Again, the tour agencies they chose for us were top notch with great guides, who really love what they do and talking about their country.  The food in Italy, I miss it!  I will definitely use this company again and recommend them.  Everything came off without a hitch. 

2 week tour of Cinque Terra, Almalfi Coast & Rome

It was our first time in Italy, but we wanted a specialized itinerary.  4 days in Cinque Terra, 6 days on the Almalfi Coast, and 4 days in Rome.  No rushing, every other day off to do/plan our own activities.  Heather not only planned and arranged day trips to Portifino, Capri, Pompeii, Herculaneum, several in Rome, and others but she suggested things we might want to do on our own.  All tours were either private or at most small group.  All of the tour guides were extremely pleasant but more importantly exceptionally knowledgeable.  Excellent accommodations were suggested and arranged for us by Fantastica Italia.  The company was fairly close to our Arizona home so were able to pick up our paperwork and meet in person the entire staff.  All were very friendly,up beat, knowledgeable and responsive.We would definitely recommend Fantastica Italia to anyone interest in a very special Italian vacation!Betty & Wayne B.Gold Canyon, AZ  

An Unforgettable Trip

We had never used an agency to help us with our vacations before, so we were a little cautious in doing so this time, but after our first meeting with Lavinia our worries were over. She listened to where we wanted to go, how we like to travel and what expectations we had for the trip. With in a week she sent us a preliminary itinerary to go over first before we made any commitment. This included accommodations,car service, train schedules and day tours. Everything looked wonderful, better than expected and on target for our budget, so we went for it and we are so glad we did. Before we left we were given a packet with all the daily details of our vacation, train tickets, vouchers for the drivers & hotels, maps, travel notes, an Italian language book, emergency numbers and emails in case of any mishaps during our trip.  We went to 3 different locations Sorrento, Cosenza and Rome. All the drivers were prompt, professional and personable. The hotel in Sorrento was one we probably would have chosen ourselves, it was perfect for us. All the hotels were located in great locations, which made walking to nearby sites, cafes & restaurants safe and easy. After Sorrento, we wanted to go to a couple of areas outside of Cosenza, some very small towns my grandfather had shown me years ago where his family was from. We hesitantly mentioned this area to Lavinia uncertain arrangements could be made because of the distance & location, but sure enough she made it happen. We had a wonderful driver take us through the amazing countryside of Calabria. We stopped at both villages that my grandfather had on the map. It was so incredible to have been able to walk the streets of these beautiful historic towns. We will not forget that special day and we can not thank Fantastica Italia enough for making it happen. We headed back to Rome finishing up our vacation without any issues. We took a few trains during our trip. The train stations in Italy can be a little daunting, but having the tickets ahead of time and information provided by Fantastica about the trains made us feel very prepared and more secure. We worked with Lavinia, but the agency seems to work as a team everyone being helpful and available for questions. We liked the fact that Lavinia didn't push extra costly excursions and tours. Being from Italy she gave us  wonderful suggestions and information and allowed us to either book ahead with them or go it alone. They really stand by their motto "A trip built around you" We would use Fantastica Italia again and recommend them to any future travelers.Karen & MichaelPhoenix, AZ

Italian Honeymoon

Our trip to Italy was absolutely fabulous.  Fantastica Italia (FI) did a wonderful job.  The planning process was the best.  They offered us recommendations, incorporated our ideas and created a personalized itinerary that suited us perfectly.  When the original price was a bit over our budget, they scaled it down to help achieve our dream honeymoon.  They even booked our flights, trains, and private transfers for us, which was a huge weight lifted off our shoulders.  Not worrying about how to get to places just made this trip all the better.  All the people involved for the private transfers were friendly and top notch.  Our first stop was Venice.  The selected hotel was amazing, with a great breakfast, service, room, and location.  Next on this whirlwind honeymoon was Florence.  FI booked two tours for us, Best of Florence and a Tuscany Excursion with wine tasting.  Both were incredible.  Ended up purchasing bottles of wine that we just fell in love with.  The guides for each tour were very knowledgeable and friendly.  Made us feel very welcome.  The next stop on our trip was Positano.  This was one of the most picturesque and tranquil spots we have ever had the pleasure of staying.  The hotel was in the best location and our private terrace provided a breathtaking view of the shore and city.  FI scheduled a boat tour to the island of Capri including close views of the grottos, the Faraglioni rocks, and boating through the love tunnel.  The tour ended with a few hours exploring Capri.  Additionally, we were even lucky enough to witness a filming for a scene of “Sense8”.  During our trip to Rome and our ending point for this incredible honeymoon, we had a nice layover in Pompeii with an great private guide.  Much larger than we knew, would require days to fully explore, our guide hit the key spots in this historic city and all without worrying about more than just us.  Finally, we got to Rome.  There, FI booked two tours for us; Ancient Rome, including the Colosseum and the Vatican. Both tours were small and had VIP access.  We were able to go to the lower and upper levels of the Colosseum and got into the Vatican before most of the crowds.  And beating the crowds in the Vatican was key.  Made for a much better experience to enjoy the artwork of Michelangelo and Raphael.  All in all, our honeymoon included all the spots we wanted visit and much more.  Additionally, we did have one hiccup during our trip.  We contacted FI as soon as we could and they handled the situation wonderfully and worked extra hard to ensure we were cared for.  We would definitely recommend Fantastica Italia and will be considering them for any future trips to Italy or elsewhere in Europe.

Excellent trip!

From my first contact with MariaLaura Boldini Creal of Fantastica Italia a comfort level was achieved.  MariaLaura listened to my needs for a customized trip for my family of 6 traveling to meet and stay with our granddaughter who was in studying Florence.  She made our flight arrangements, found comfortable accommodations for seven in of Florence, set up a wine tour in the beautiful Chianti region and a rail trip to Venice with a personal guide, as well as drivers to and from Milan on our arrival at Malpensa airport and departure from Milano where she arranged for us to stay at a hotel located in the heart of Milano close to the Duomo and Galleria.  Our driver in Tuscany, who took us to the winery and from Florence to Milano for our departure, was an exceptional driver and person that impressed everyone in our party.  She spoke excellent English and made the long trips interesting and fun.  The  guide MariaLaura provided in Venice was also terrific.  She gave us a comprehensive and enlightening tour of Venice including areas we would never have found on our own.  We started planning this trip in October of 2015 and during the five months before our trip which took place in March 2016 MariaLaura was attentive to detail and always got back to me with answers to my many questions.  All our travel documents arrived on schedule and she provided maps, useful information on gratuities, weather, currency etc.  In addition she found affordable travel insurance that gave us peace of mind.  Needless to say I would highly recommend MariaLaura and Fantastica Italia.

Wonderful Honeymoon!

Planning our honeymoon seemed like a daunting task along with the many other activities associated with planning a wedding.  Thankfully, after finding Fantastica Italia and our travel agent, Lavinia, all my worries were quickly put to rest.  We soon had a detailed itinerary after an initial consultation phone call to discuss the cities/regions we wanted to visit (Rome, Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre) for our 14 day trip along with the basic activities we wanted to do.  After a couple minor changes, our trip was booked and the planning was done!  Just before our trip, Lavinia reviewed the detailed itinerary with us and provided all the required documents in a very well organized professional package, which included tons of useful guides, maps, and even a pocket dictionary.

Once we arrived in Italy we were absolutely amazed and thankful for the attention to detail that was put into planning our trip. In situations where we might have been overwhelmed, a driver was there to meet us to ensure our safe arrival at our hotel.  As for the hotels, they were all beautiful and unique with helpful English speaking concierge service.  There was something truly memorable at each city.  There were the beautiful coastal views in Cinque Terre and the amazing Tuscan wine country outside of Florence.  Then there was Venice, which as a whole was one of the most unique places my wife or I had ever seen.  In Rome, the Colleseum and many other ancient Roman ruins were truly awe inspiring, pictures just do not do them justice.  The service, local knowledge, and attention to detail provided by Fantastica Italia are unmatched.  I am truly thankful for their service and will be recommending them to everyone!

SIMPLY BRILLIANT!

I don’t even know where to start with this one… In two words SIMPLY BRILLIANT! Now for a little more detail: My wife and I wanted to experience Italy from South to North in a little over 13 days with an emphasis on good food, wine and architecture. After a preliminary conversation with the folks at our Italy travel agency and a detailed e-mail of our likes and preferences, our agency began the painstaking job of developing a customized vacation package.   We ultimately settled on the following destinations: Rome – Naples – Positano – Florence – Tuscany – Venice.   Our travel consultant and her incredible team at our travel agency far exceeded our expectations with the travel package they put together for us. Not only was the travel package entirely customized for our budget, tastes and preferences, there was an incredible amount of detail and thought put into the itinerary. Fine details down to selecting rooms with the best views, providing a local GPS, providing an local cellphone, to co-coordinating water taxi times, for example, made it a very enjoyable and smooth trip even though we covered so much ground in a relatively short time frame. Moreover, our agency’s local contacts were easily accessible, incredibly pleasant and very knowledgeable.  I highly recommend the services of this travel agency. This was a truly unique and memorable experience. A special thank you to our travel consultant for putting together such a gem for my wife and I.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

The entire trip really exceeded our expectations. The Pompeii, Amalfi coast tour were wonderful! Having all tours being small group really made a difference. We very much enjoyed the half day tours and having the other half to relax and recover. All the transfers worked exactly as planned. In all, the trip was absolutely wonderful, and again exceeded our expectations. It wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable without your expert help. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

…totally beyond words and we can’t thank you enough.

The trip and package you put together for us, was a gift beyond our expectations…totally beyond words and we can’t thank you enough.
I want to tip you…it’s the very least we can do to express our thanks…please don’t say thanks but know thanks; blah blah blah. I will send you an electronic check from us to you and all I need from you is a mailing address…it will be payable to you. From both of us….thanks so much.  No one could have done  it better for us than you. In my opinion, no one should have any doubts in dealing with this company about the quality and costs in planning any trip that you get to design. The beauty of this trip was that we got to design it for those things that interested us… in baseball vernacular, you all hit a Grand Slam in making it happen.

Most relaxing, enjoyable honeymoon we could have dreamed of...

We cannot say enough good about Fantastica Italia. My husband and I booked a ten day trip through Italy and it was the most relaxing, enjoyable honeymoon we could have dreamed of. Fantastica Italia anticipated everything, covered every bump, and was with us the entire time to make sure we had an incredible trip. When our plane was delayed, Maria Laura was already watching it’s status and had rearranged our transportation when we called. Three days before one of our tours, she had it rescheduled because they anticipated a delay in the original tour. The team we worked with, from our first phone call until we landed back in the United States was efficient, courteous, and incredibly on top of making sure we were having the time of our life. We have since screamed their name from the top of every building, telling anyone who would listen what an amazing company we worked with.

.We highly recommend Fantastica Italia!

Fantastica Italia planned an amazing honeymoon for us!  It was so much more than we had expected.  From Venezia to Florence to Tuscany to Roma. We wish we could have stayed longer!  The hotels they choose were amazing and the personal tour guides were knowledgeable, funny, and spoke amazing English! The winery’s we went to were also private experiences and I’m spoiled for all others.We highly recommend Fantastica Italia! 

Just relax and let them do the work, you enjoy the trip.

Fantastica Italia did a great job setting up the trip. Without their guidance we would not have seen half of the sites in either Paris or Rome. Plus they worked with their airline consolidator to find a great price on British Airways business class out of Phoenix, saved thousands and on a 11 hour flight a lay flat bed is a big difference. Would not hesitate to either use them again or recommend Fantastica Italia to my closest friends or family. Believe me you could never, in a thousand hours, come close to planning the trip like they did. Just relax and let them do the work, you enjoy the trip.

trip of a lifetime!

Ryan and I had the trip of a lifetime, we had so much fun. Only one small issue at the Metropolitan in Bologna, the first room they brought us too was a queen not 2 twins but that wasn’t the issue, the bath & shower  didn’t have any door or curtain. They changed the room immediately. Everyone was real nice. Ryan like that room the best because it was so modern. I really like the rooms in Rome and Florence. Driving the Fiari was a real kick. I took 1000 pictures, everything was so amazing. Thanks

Unforgettable!!

This was truly an amazing trip all created for us by Fantastica Italia. They listened to our needs and created a trip that was unforgettable. Their attention to detail was impeccable and all we had to do was show up and enjoy the beauty of this amazing country. Every hotel, guide, tour, transfer was smooth and flawless. Thank you, Gracie mille!

First trip to Europe!!

My son and I experienced the perfect vacation on our first trip to Europe.  Fantastica Italia customized the perfect itinerary and arranged every detail with an organized packet containing every ticket, transfer, or point of contact I would need for our trip. Coming from a person who is used to planning every detail, the agency couldn’t have been more thorough.  Our English speaking assistant, took care of all of the details while abroad.  She was efficient, friendly, knowledgeable, and even placed us on our car on the train, as we were preparing to head to out to to the next destination on our vacation.  We were able to relax and enjoy ourselves, feeling secure about having left the details in good hands.  We will be using Fantastica Italia again, and I plan to share my experience with all of my family and friends.There was a person holding a sign with our name on it at each leg of the trip.  I didn’t have to arrange transportation or touch a bag at any transfer.  Our driver was always there, right at baggage claim or customs and took it from there.  My son and traveled like royals.  We can’t go back to the old way-lol!

greatest trip ever!!

This is the greatest trip ever. We are in Venice and everything has been wonderful. Thank you so much.

Dream trip!

My husband and I recently returned from our “dream trip” to Italy. I have Parkinson”s Disease, and although I get around pretty well, I don’t have the stamina to walk with a group for several hours at a time. So, we decided that, to see what we wanted to in the most comfortable way we would require a custom planned trip for only us. MariaLaura Boldini Creal of Fantastica Italia in Phoenix expertly provided that for us. We talked at length about where we wanted to go, how long we wanted to stay, what type oh hotels, special trips and excursions and my abilities and limitations. The result of all this was ambitious, but perfectly planned itinerary. Everything was arranged, transportation to Italy, transportation between destinations, car or train, guides while we were there, admission to museum and attractions, restaurants and tour suggestions at each destination – just about all you could possibly want including a contact number from Fantastica Italia you could call at any time. The hotels were beautiful. The guides were efficient, very knowledgeable, friendly and polite. They knew their city or particular attraction and were a wealth of information. Despite our ambitious itinerary, there was ample time on our own for just relaxing or wandering around. I would highly recommend Fantastica Italia to use for planning and booking your trip to Italy. They actually listen to you and will help you arrange a trip to meet your needs and desires.

High School Graduation gift!

As a high school graduation gift, I took my daughter to Italy. I didn’t have the time to organize the trip myself so I turned to Maria Laura at Fantastica Italia and it was the best, and last, decision I had to make about our trip. Maria Laura planned out the perfect itinerary for a mother-daughter trip through Italy that included a private tour of Pompei, vespa tour through Tuscany and a cooking class in Bologna. All of the drivers, guides, hotels used were excellent and made this the trip of a lifetime. I loved how Maria Laura organized all of our paperwork and how detailed our itinerary was. I highly recommend Fantastica Italia to anyone planning a trip to Italy. It was truly a remarkable trip. Thank you!

Epic vacation that we will never forget!!!

Thank you Fantastica Italia for the trip of a life time! My husband and I spent 3 glorious weeks in Italy this fall and thanks to Fantastica Italia it proved to be an Epic vacation that we will never forget. Fantastica Italia provided top notch hotels, tours, car rental, train tickets – even restaurant guides and information about each city we visited. I would recommend Fantastic Italia to anyone who wants to travel to Italy!!

we couldn’t have been happier!

Thank you Fantastica Italia for the amazing trip you planned for my husband and I.  We didn’t know what to expect since we had never been to Italy but were so thankful we used you as our travel agent. You took the worry and the stress out of planning our vacation and completely surpassed what we could have imagined. From the amazing hotels in the best areas to our transportation we couldn’t have been happier! We look forward to booking more trips in the future.

So Wonderful!!!

Our travel agent arranged private tours in Rome and Barcelona through Fantastica Italia before and after our 12-day cruise (with my 82 year old mother and 11 year old son). I can’t express enough how pleased I am that she did! The personal service by the drivers that picked us up and the knowledge and patience each guide took with us (Stefania, Antonio, and our guide in Pompeii) to share historic details of their country made the trip so much richer than we could have imagined. Stefania took personal care to engage my son during our Vatican tour, and spoke to him frequently by name. It was wonderful having the private tour for our situation and I’m so glad my travel agent Teresa recommended Fantastica Italia!

Such a wonderful experience!!

I just wanted to write to you to thank you and your staff for providing such a wonderful experience for my husband and I during our stay in Rome.What a thrill it was for us to walk off the plane in Rome and be greeted by a driver with such a professional and courteous disposition. Never being in Rome before this nor experiencing Roman drivers (smile), he made us feel very comfortable.Our stay in Rome could not have been better, the choice of hotels was perfect.We were very touched by the presence of the owner of the car service showing up at the hotel to wait with us until the driver arrived to take us to the port. The driver for the ride to the port also showed the same level of professionalism we had come to know from our first ride.All in all, we could not be happier. Please extend a big ‘grazie mille’ to everyone in your company for a great and memorable experience!

The trip was wonderful!

MariaLaura  —  The trip was wonderful.  We had never been to Spain, and thoroughly enjoyed it (including the very nice accommodations that you arranged for us).  The guides were knowledgeable and friendly, the weather was great, and the food was delicious.  I think we’ll be in touch with you in a few months to arrange another European trip.

Phenomenal honeymoon that we will never forget!!

Planning our honeymoon with MariaLaura at Fantastica Italia was such an enjoyable experience! She designed a phenomenal honeymoon that we will never forget, making sure we stopped at some of the most beautiful spots in Italia. We met in person and she went over every little detail with us over lunch, so we knew exactly what our trip would entail. She provided us with detailed guides to each region we visited that included tipping info, places to visit, and restaurants. All this coming from an Italian who knows the area was invaluable! We were also given an Italian cell phone, which we used when our train was delayed in Sicily to contact our driver. When 1 problem came up at the end of our trip, she quickly helped us rearrange our plans and made sure we were comfortable with the changes, by calling our hotel room. Her services couldn’t be more amazing for your trip abroad!

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As a travel agent I have used Fantastica Italia for my clients for several years with great results. It was finally my turn to experience the services of this great company. My husband and I enjoyed a great week in Italy visiting our son studying in Rome, driving in Tuscany and finishing in Florence. Each of our properties were unique and authentic with personal service that made all the difference in stays. We really appreciated the use of the Italian cell phone and GPS! I highly recommend Fantastica Italia!