"This trip was the most amazing experience of my life. With never being out of the country before, my mind was full of uncertainty and ignorance with a bit of naive anxiety. But, in pure Diana Maiola fashion, her attention to detail was something I put all my trust and faith in. And the experience was nothing short of amazing and incredible. The 18-day journey into my ancestry and religion was overwhelming and forever special.
Everything ran smoothly. I wasn't used to such royal treatment. You did all the "thinking" for me. I had a sense of calmness I would never have felt without the guidance of your team. The drivers and tour guides were all very professional and friendly. I can't thank you enough of all the planning and strategy that went into making this the trip I had never experienced before and one that will last in my memory forever. You truly changed my life. My eyes and mind have opened to an understanding of what Italia is all about. The greatest culmination of culture, art, music, religion, food, vino, architecture, and history on the planet.
Viva Italia.............................................. Grazie Mille !!!!!!!!!!!!!"
-JOE F. 2015
"The recent trip to Italy arranged by your office was a truly memorable experience. The highlights were the hotels and their locations it seemed that we were transported to medieval times and yet modern accommodations throughout. I have traveled a lot in my life but nowhere no one ever came close to them. They practically waited on us hand and foot. Again thank you so much for the experience.."
"My wife and I had the time of our lives visiting Paris, Monte Carlo, Pisa, Florence, Venice, Rome, London, and lots of places in between! Diana and her fabulous team provided us with an awesome itinerary that was tailored made for us, including private tour guides, dinners, private drivers, hotels and flights. ALL arrangements were perfect without exception. Based on what we discussed with Diana on what we wanted to see and do in Europe, we reviewed a menu of fabulous suggestions and options, choosing the ones that interested us the most. It was our 30th Wedding Anniversary celebration and we loved every place we traveled to. The guides and drivers were all very knowledgeable of their city and the historical museums, cathedrals, tours, and wineries that we visited. I can't thank Diana and her team enough for the perfect celebration plans they pulled together for us. These memories will last time. Thank you for making our trip so special and care free! You OVER delivered on what was already a high expectation. You and your team are the best!!!"
~ MARK & BRENDA B.
"We had such a great time...thank you. Everything we did exceeded our expectations. We were looking forward to the luxury of having you arrange our agenda and work out all of the logistics. But what we got was so much more! Your knowledge of Italy brought us to places we would not have known to explore (the Blue Grotto, the hills of Capri, the hotel in the Vatican, San Gimignano, a family owned winery in the middle of Tuscany, and all the fine authentic out-of-the-way restaurants...I could go on!). Your staff and partners in Italy were fantastic; friendly, reliable, knowledgeable, funny and interesting. But most of all we enjoyed meeting such a delightful assortment of personalities in our small group...such a fun band of travelers.
Finally Diana, traveling with you was perfect; your attention to detail, selection of sights and accommodations, and the itinerary were all just right, each day was full but not overbearing, free time for exploration was always available. It has been our pleasure to get to know you and we look forward to our next trip with you."
~ CHRIS & JULIE W.
"Our trip was sensational, thanks in part to the assistance we got from you. The pickup at the Rome airport was effortless and the walking tour of Florence was really excellent. But the tour and tasting at the castle in Tuscany and the visit to San Gimignano was the highlight of the trip, just a fantastic experience. We also really appreciated the tipping guide and the summary of what to expect that you sent us. Thanks so much for making our family trip a big success!"
TRISH & JOEL R., 2019
"My husband and I wanted a specialized trip for just the two of us to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, and we chose the Italian Lakes area. Our trip was a dream come true for both of us. All of our drivers drove skillfully and carefully at all times. They were always attentive to our needs. Our tour guides were all very knowledgeable. They were fun and easy to be with....always concerned about our comfort. They too are proud of their Italy, its history and all its beauty. Our schedule gave us time to enjoy Italy thoroughly through all our senses and at our own pace. We chose Italian leisure over US fast pace...the best way to do a vacation. Grazie Diana for a glorious trip!"
~ CHRISTINE & SCOTT U.
"Diana you are to be complimented for your personal touch. You and your staff are amazing. From the time we had our first reception at your office, until our safe arrival home, everything ran like clockwork. What an experience of a lifetime. I hope to have the opportunity to travel with you in the future. Never did I imagine I would be visiting the beautiful country where my grandparents and Mother first lived. Our tour along the Amalfi Coast, Rome and Tuscany was wonderful! It is difficult to put into words what I liked the most because I loved it all! Each city had its own majestic draw. Each day was an adventure and an opportunity to get a real "taste" of Italy and its wonderful food and wine. Friendships were formed with the hopes of seeing each other again. What more could we ask for. Thank you again!"
~ DONNA D.
" In one word… the trip was incredible!
Your attention to detail was amazing which made each day an enjoyable experience because we didn’t have to make any arrangements and plan for each day. We simply followed the itinerary you provided and were very pleased how everything fell right into place. The private drivers, tour guides, hotels, pre-arranged menus and the baptism and wedding arrangements met and most importantly, exceeded our expectations. I’ve referred Italian Tours by Diana to many and I’m sure you’ll be hearing from some of them in the near future.Thank you all for a trip we will never forget! AWESOME!"
RON Y. 2019
"We wanted to thank you very much for the job you did on organizing our trip to Italy. Everyone had a wonderful time! We have so many great memories! The accommodations were comfortable and well located. We especially enjoyed the elegance of our hotel in Lake Maggiore and the quaint Hotel in San Gimignano. The tour guides were all very knowledgeable and friendly. The cooking class and wine tastings in Tuscany were fun and memorable. The drivers were friendly and accommodating. Thank you again for all your help. We look forward to planning another trip with you!"
~ CLAUDIA, DELIA & JAN
"We cannot thank you enough for the amazing custom tour you planned for our recent trip to Italy this past June. Everything went perfectly. Because of your incredible attention to detail in planning the trip and your continued contact throughout the tour, we were able to travel the country with ease and peace of mind. That made the trip so enjoyable for us and our four children. Our family has incredible memories of the trip. Every stop was perfectly orchestrated and filled with interesting things to see, do and eat! Your knowledge and suggestions relating to the destinations we visited were totally accurate and complete. The hotels you chose were centrally located with kind and friendly staff. The private tour guides were incredibly knowledgeable and of the highest quality. We were able to enjoy the private tours while still being given time to explore on our own. Our children continually say they wish we were still in Italy. We can’t really chose a favorite spot or site because they all had so many amazing things to offer, but your way of getting us through the country (and countryside)could not have been more ideal. It was truly the trip of a lifetime for our family. We are just sad it is over! Thanks for the time and care you put into making this a lovely event in our lives."
~ THE SULLIVAN FAMILY
"For years friends and family members have been urging me to fulfill my dream of visiting Italy. Even my father who had been stationed in Italy during World War II, and had always spoken lovingly about Italy, urged me to visit someday in his place. When I was referred to Italian Tours by Diana six months ago, I visited her office mostly out of curiosity. But after meeting and talking with Diana, it seemed that the upcoming "Genuine Italy Tour" was pretty much what I had in mind. Being single, the last spot left seemed to beckon me. What good fortune all of this was for me! I experienced absolutely nothing that I would change, except to have stayed longer. Diana had pre-planned every conceivable detail, but also included well-timed "down-time" for personal exploration and shopping. Diana was a friend to all of us, going out of her way to assist each of us no matter what the question or problem. Her staff, beginning with the energetic and charming Francesca, and including the site tour guides and even the drivers, were all wonderful. One would be hard pressed to find anyone to remotely compare with Diana's love of Italy, respect for and personal attention to her guests. I will always cherish the experiences and memories of my trip with Diana and my fellow travelers, so much so that I am considering returning to Italy someday, (soon)."
~ GREG H.
" I simply cannot put into words how much we enjoyed the trip you planned for us to visit and explore Italy, but I will try my best. From the moment we first spoke I knew that you were the agent for me. I could sense your professionalism and your love and knowledge of Italy. I felt like royalty, especially when we were dining in Rome and the waiter came over with phone in hand and said I had a call. The German tourists next to us looked over as if to say "who are these people". It was one of the highlights of our trip that made me laugh. When we said goodbye to the wait staff without paying and simply left a tip, the Germans almost fell off their chair in confusion trying to figure out our status. All in all it was just a perfect vacation and my family and I are so pleased with the service that we received from your company. I will certainly use your services again and recommend you to my family and friends. THANK YOU for making our trip of a lifetime so beautiful and memorable."
~ NANCY, STEVE & SAMANTHA V.
"Italian Tours & Travel by Diana planned an amazing trip for us that we will cherish a lifetime. They were very accommodating by always making sure that we were comfortable at all times. They were very knowledgeable of every city we traveled through Italy and Sicily including the history, the everyday life and the most wonderful restaurants in each town. Diana gathered information on our relatives in Caltagirone and planned a meeting at the court house to retrieve our family documents as well as a trip to the Caltagirone Cemetery. They went out of their way to make our trip was very memorable for us. We are very grateful for, we could never have done this on our own. Our days were filled with adventure, fine wine and food that you cannot imagine. I can honestly say that we enjoyed every minute of this trip, every restaurant, hotel and tours were all done beautifully."
~ RICHARD AND KATHLEEN B.
"ITBD has done it again--you made our trip easeful and one that we'll all remember for a long time. Your attention to detail and consistent good choices of accommodations, guides and drivers is deeply appreciated. We're already thinking about our trip next year and working with you again. A big bravo to all of you at ITBD. We love working with you and what you make happen for us. Fino a prossimo anno, con profondo apprezzamento."
~BOB A. 2019
"I could spend whole days (and I have!) talking about my Italian Tours by Diana experiences. On the very first night of our first "Trip of a Lifetime" vacation to Italy with Diana, my wife and I knew on the spot, that we had to commit to another trip the very next year. The rest of that first visit proved to us over and over that Diana's tours are dollar for dollar, the best way to not only enjoy a vacation, but to travel abroad, period. I guess if I had to keep it brief, I'd say that we haven't ever gone on a trip with Diana, when we haven't Slept in a Palace, Dined in a Castle, Eaten like a King each day, and Tasted the exquisite Wines of Montalcino or Barolo (or both!) right at the vineyard! Across two trips, we've had personally guided tours of over 19 major cities. We've seen Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Brunelleschi; Venice, Rome, the Cinque Terre, Pompeii and so much more that it couldn't possible be described here. Diana took such good care of our whole group at all times, that we truly felt at home in all of Italy. Our Third trip will be next year, and I know from the last two, that this vacation will truly be The Trip of a Lifetime!"
~ STEVEN K.
"We can’t thank you enough for arranging such an awesome trip. Italy was a trip of a lifetime and having Italian Tours by Diana arrange our trip made it even more magical. Florence was special; the art, food, vino and shopping were great. Tuscany was breathtaking. That balcony view will forever be etched in our memories. Rome was everything we expected and more. Our guides and drivers were prompt, engaging and knowledgeable. Go figure. You did a great job picking them for us. To this day, instead of saying cheese when photos are taken, we borrow Stefano’s affable, energetic shout of “Chianti.”
LINDA & JOHN F., ROB & JAMAL H., KIM & JOE V. 2019
"We loved how every detail was planned. Our wonderful guide and driver took us to many sights and was so very careful with my husband who had a broken collarbone and hand with a cast. He suggested great restaurants and also some great markets. So many great memories."
~JANICE I., 2019
"A recent trip to Italy with Diana was one I will always remember fondly. The small group allowed us flexibility to stop at points of interest. Because Diana has a good working relationship with the tour guides and restaurant owners we were treated like family - the highest compliment in Italy. Accommodations were excellent."
~ MAUREEN M., 2006
"Our vacation to Italy with Italian Tours by Diana was truly everything we hoped for and more. Diana's love and passion for the country is expressed in her attention to details so that all you have to do is enjoy yourself. We felt like part of her family and at every hotel or restaurant we went to, the staff knew that Diana had high standards for how her group was to be treated. A romantic at heart, Diana has a sincere concern that each member of the tour is happy with the itinerary and this is discussed individually and at group meetings. As we look back at all the beautiful, historic, and stunning places we experienced (often with an expert guide), it was organized so well we never felt rushed or over scheduled ! Our favorite memory is when Diana chartered three boats to take the group along the coast of italy to the island of Capri. Along the way we had lunch on the boat, swam in the Mediterranean Sea, visited the Blue Grotto, and toured the island. This trip by far exceeded our expectations and we are ready to plan our next "Trip of a Lifetime" with Diana."
~TONY & DIANE D.
"We wanted to take the time to write to you about the fantastic time we had in Italy. You made the entire process carefree for us due to your professionalism and knowledge. Our friends listen with envy as we describe the places we visited, hotels we stayed at, and the restaurants we experienced. We know that our lifelong memories would not have been possible without you and your company, Italian Tours by Diana.. Your ability to seamlessly guide us through Italy made it feel like we were just a group of friends enjoying the days instead of being "on a tour". We are forever grateful for making Italy our best trip ever, but most of all, your friendship."
~ MARIE S, & MIKE C,
"We had a wonderful time! All of your restaurant recommendations were excellent! Our favorite stay was in San Gimignano. So relaxing and peaceful, just as you described. Both tour guides were excellent. Kind, polite, and extremely knowledgeable in their fields. Nothing but high praise for both of them. We have been, and will continue to recommend your agency to friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Thank you again for helping us with our trip of a lifetime."
~GEORGE & PATTY K., 2013
"You planned the most wonderful trip for us. It was pure heaven. Thank YOU so much for making our anniversary trip so special. We tell people it was pure perfection. Every detail."
~ SUE & ED L.
This is a top rated company. If I could give them 10 stars I would. Nancy and the rest of the staff were very efficient and thorough. I will definitely use Tours and Travel by Diana for any future trips to Europe. I don't believe that there was one time when I ran into any problems with anything that they had set up or reserved for my wife and myself. They made it probably the best vacation that we have ever taken and without hesitation will use them in the future. Everything was exceptional. From the view from our room to the tours that we took to the restaurants we ate at, everything was outstanding.
~GEORGE Z., 2019