Hello Filomena & Kelly,
The trip to Torino/Cinque Terre/Portofino with Ciao Amici was phenomenal! What beautiful regions and cultures you introduced and shared. The trip was well organized and the perfect balance of tours, free time, shared meals, and rest. I enjoyed residing in Torino for the first half of the trip, and then Santa Margherita. The hotels were outstanding and the variation between city and coast felt like we were on two trips in one.
Torino was a special city. I enjoyed the history, architecture, food, and specialties of the region. Our guide was terrific! The trips outside the heart of the city to the wonderful wineries were amazing as well. I particularly loved the rolling hills, hike, and wine at “Vigna dei Pastelli”. It was a special day to be accompanied by the mayor! I can’t say enough about the food we enjoyed. Lunches at Osteria Campamac and the Cantine Marchesi di Barolo were delectable.
I tend to hold paces near the water closest to my heart. The second half of our trip to the Cinque Terre region along the Ligurian Sea was a gem. I soaked up the breathtaking beauty of the landscape and fishing villages, It is hard to say there was a highlight, as each day was filled with such abundant beauty and adventure. But I suppose snorkeling to find the underwater “Christ of the Abyss” followed by the 4×4 eco tour to the pesto making class would be icing on the cake!
This trip was so special. Thank you so much for all the work you do to make it so.
ps. I must say I also had such a wonderful time with the incredible group of people we traveled with, including your family Filomena! Such kind, friendly, intelligent, loving hearts among everyone