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My husband and I spent time in Italy right after the New Year and Jennifer’s office assisted us with the Milan portion of our itinerary. We have used Jennifer and her team on three other trips—and every trip has been wonderful. En route to Milan we stoppped for a tasting and lunch in Franciacorta which was an enjoyable way to break up the transport. Once in Milan, our guide Fedra showed us Milan and really brought the history and nuance of this amazing city to life—we had a great time on the roof of the Duomo and later walking around the fashion district learning about the hidden courtyards behind all the luxury storefronts. Another day was spent at the extensive collections of Pinocoteca Ambrosiana and studying a full-scale fresco cartoon of Raphael’s The School of Athens and many of da Vinci’s original sketches of inventions and war machines.

Fedra’s breadth of knowledge was exceptional and she really filled in some “holes” we had with respect to Milan’s important role in Italian history, the rise of Christianity coinciding with the fall of the Roman Empire and unification. We used several of Jennifer’s restaurant suggestions and they were all lovely. Thank you to her team for another fantastic trip!

Our trip was fantastic! Everything we had hoped for and more. There were six of us: me, my husband, our three children (15, 13, 10), and my mom. We decided to make Rome our home base and take day trips and excursions from there. It was a lovely time to be in Rome because, while still busy, it was not anything like what we would have experienced in the summer months. The weather was perfectly moderate for walking around, betwee 55-60 most days. Spending so much time in Rome allowed to us to venture beyond the main tourist attractions and really get a feel for the city and its history. Jennifer and her team listened so closely to what our interests were and how we wanted to divide up the trip between time in and outside of Rome. They developed the perfect itinerary, even paying attention to timing of morning excursions so as not to start too early after a late night.

While we enjoyed all of our excursions, the ones we enjoyed most were not the main tourist attractions. Collectively, we all loved the cooking classes: one a pizza and gelato class and the other a pasta and tiramisu class. Perfect for all six of us! Our other favorite excursions were Pompeii, Villa Adriana on the way to Tivoli and our day spent in the Jewish neighborhood and former Jewish ghetto. I was extremely pleased that Jennifer’s team only works with Jewish guides in the Jewish neighborhood. I think that is a very important detail. Having all private tours made it easy to adapt tour and timing to all of our needs, which is particularly helpful with three kids/teens. The only excursion that I did not enjoy, though my family did very much, was the catacombs. I did not have a good understanding of what that would entail and found myself too claustrophobic and frightened to continue after we had started. I would have liked a more clear explanation of how deep underground we were going and how narrow the passages would be. I would have sat that one out.

Timing worked out that on our day trip to Florence we were able to attend a football match. That was wild! My husband and oldest son are HUGE sports fans. Even though the rest of us are not as much, it was still really terrific to be part of an event that is so important to European culture.

Jennifer and her team added tremendous value to the trip. We all agreed that our tour guides were a highlight of our trip. I am so grateful we used her team to arrange the tour because the guides were truly spectacular—so knowledgable, tremendously kind, and very patient with the various needs and personalities of our family. In searching online, there are so many options for tours. It would have been a total gamble as to who we ended up with had we not had Jennifer and her team. It was also helpful and comforting to have people in Italy that we knew we could contact 24 hours a day if we needed any assistance. I would happily use Jennifer’s team to plan another trip.

My wife and I had planned a trip to the French Open in Paris that we had arranged; we were stopping first in Rome for a few days. We were seeing Bruce Springsteen there but needed help planning other activities. We contacted Jennifer, who was tremendously attentive, responsive, and helpful, especially considering we were not using her for most of what we were doing. She was able to arrange two fantastic private tours: one all-day tour of Rome in a golf cart and also a multi-hour tour of Vatican City. Both tour guides and tours were fantastic. I also was looking to upgrade my Springsteen tickets and she was able to offer VIP tickets to this long sold-out event. Jennifer was also available to answer any general questions about Rome and also provided info for my Paris trip. Because of the first-class treatment she provided I am compelled to always check to see what a WOW representative can provide for other trips.

After committing to a private cruise through the Amalfi Coast, we knew we wanted to spend some time in Rome and Florence and then in Malta before our yacht departed from Valletta. Somehow, I became the default travel planner for our group of six. We had already booked hotel rooms when I became overwhelmed and contacted Wendy for help. She connected me with Jennifer for Rome and Florence and with Jason for the day-and-a-half that we had in Malta. Both experiences were exceptional and I would highly recommend Jennifer and Jason for travelers to those regions.

Jennifer and Jason were easy to work with and great at suggesting itineraries for our group of mixed interests and experiences in Italy and Malta. Some of the highlights of our time in Italy, planned by Jennifer, included our Sunset Food Tour in Florence, which was the perfect way to combat jet lag. Our guide, Leo, a lifelong resident of Florence, took us to some of his favorite places. We were able to walk around the beautiful city, eat some great food and stay awake until an appropriate bedtime hour. On our drive back to Rome from Florence, Jennifer suggested stopping in Orvieto, which we never would have done on our own. It was a charming town filled with a variety of shops and local artisans, all of whom were some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. We were only there two hours and wished that we had more time.

Once in Rome, knowing that one of our travelers is an artist, Jennifer arranged a fascinating Bernini vs. Borromini walking tour followed by a meeting with an art restorer. She took us to a small church to see a Caravaggio painting that she had restored and then back to her restoration lab where we met her colleagues who walked us through the process of rejuvenating some iconic artworks.

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