Katie and her family visited Rome, Tivoli, Pompei, Orvieto and Tuscany with Italy à la CARte in April and May 2017.
“Our family spent three weeks based in Rome. Over that time Marco accommodated the plans and interests of the different age groups — from 6 months to 16 years, four couples plus grandparents. He is extremely patient, enthusiastic and flexible. This means the trip was relaxing and fun for all the participants.His assistance was immeasurable. He translated for us everywhere we went. Both his Italian and English are impeccable. In addition, his versatility with technology allowed us to have communication always available via his loaner cell phones and a hotspot for internet coverage. This way, if we got lost or were ready for pick up, he could easily locate us. He is a safe driver arriving on time or calling if traffic delays. Marco is not your usual tour guide clocking in his 6 hours. The day trips outside of Rome could take 10-12 hours. He always made sure we had everything we needed…like purchasing night lights and renting a keyboard. Because he grew up in Italy, he has a deep background knowledge and familiarity with certain places and how they have changed over time. For tours of specific historic sites such as Ostia Antica and the Vatican, he found us superb tour guides.In short, you would be well served to experience Italy with Marco.”
Kokila with Jami & Jack traveled with Italy à la CARte in May 2016 and visited Lake Garda, Venice, Verona, Bologna (Food & Ferrari Tour) and Cinque Terre.
“I love Italy. I loved it better with Italy à la CARte. If you are looking for personal attention, great flexibility, and total comfort while exploring this amazing country, contact Marco! Oh, and did I mention the surprise breakfasts, on-the-go language lessons, vista points only locals know, great choice of places to stay, and bargain shopping? Thank you for a wonderful trip, Marco!”
“One of the reasons that we enjoyed our Italy trip so much was that we had engaged the services of Marco Palermo, a native Italian, who made all of our accommodations, provided professional tour guides at major sites AND did all the driving! If you want to see Italy, this is the way to go! Marco lives here in Charlotte and we learned of him through a neighbor. He tailored the trip stops to just what we wanted to see and took us to places that we didn’t know to ask for.”
John & Tandy
“I traveled to Italy with Marco, and it stands as one of the most unforgettable trips of my life.
Marco makes everything about your trip easy and fun. I never opened a map unless I wanted to. I never got lost. I didn’t have to worry about not speaking the language. There was no tour schedule to adhere to or public transportation to figure out. And best of all, because we were traveling by car, we were on our own schedule with opportunities to take daily trips around Rome to towns like Nemi, Frascati, Castel Gandolfo and Lido di Ostia that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. The San Gimignano, Tuscany trip was memorable. Driving around Tuscany was an incredible experience and thanks to Marco, I was able to see amazing places in that wonderful region. Marco takes great joy in showing guests around his home country, and takes wonderful care of you. He made sure I saw all the places that I wanted to see, and shared many that I never would have found on my own.
From seeing the lights of Rome sparkling from Gianicolo to the beauty of Florence and the green Tuscan hills to watching the sun set over the Eternal City from the top of Castel Sant Angelo on our last night in Rome, traveling with Marco was a dream come true. I can’t wait to go back again!”
Kelly, Tom and his daughter Catie traveled to Rome with Italy à la CARte in December 2015.
“I highly recommend hiring Marco to help you get the most out of your visit to Italy. He picked us up at the airport and delivered us to the doorstep of a amazing apartment in Trastevere, took us on an amazing day trip right outside of Rome (to the Pope’s ‘summer palace’ and Nemi PLUS a visit to the ancient Aqueducts –where he played as a young boy!). Really great day. He even made sure we got to the airport on our departure day. When we go back, he and his company will be our choice”
I don’t know how you do it. The trip was incredible. We packed a lot in for sure but everyone got a really good taste of some of the best of Italy. You did an unbelievable job herding all of us around the countryside. It was a great way to see more of the beautiful landscape and experience some of the real Italy.
Thanks again for guiding us through a wonderful experience. Let’s get together for dinner when you get back to Charlotte. Maybe some good old Carolina BBQ”
Jackson, Jami, Jack, Hanna & Coco traveled to Sardinia with Italy à la CARte in July 2016.