Welcome to Ciao Tours - Your Window on Italy
Unique, Personalized, Independent Tours of Italy
Over the past 18 years Ciao Tours has built a reputation as a boutique Tour Operator specializing solely in Italy.
“Do what you know how to do, and do it well!”
This team of Canadian and Italian women has been together for many years because Italy, and Canada, is where we live and raise our families.
We have succeeded in Italy by building relationships based on trust and dedication, which in turn makes our clients experience in Italy the very best!
We pride ourselves on knowing the family ran wineries and Agritourisms intimately and are eager to show our clients the warm and friendly hospitality they have to offer.
I personally invite you to Italy to become part of our family.
The highest compliment you can give Ciao Tours is to recommend us to your friends, family & business associates.
"I nostri clienti sono sempre parte della nostra grande famiglia…grazie!”
Hi Arlene We had the best time ever! The Castle was the bomb…. I will get something posted asap
Thank you so much! We LOVE Ciao Tours.
The trip was fantastic and both Ron and I returned with wonderful memories – here a quick synopsis of our trip.
Rome:I think I can speak for Ron when I say that we fell in love with Rome – it is a lovely city and very easy to get around.
The tours to both the Coliseum and the Vatican were great. Thomas (our tour guide) was very patient with our questions and stopping for photos, etc. When we finished at the Vatican – Ron and I walked back to our hotel which was a very enjoyable walk along the Tiber River. We managed to take in La Traviotta and The Three Tenors (St. Paul’s Within the Wall), Opera Highlights (Basilica di San Vitale) and then the opera Nabucco at the Terme di Caracalla which was definitely a highlight as they used the ruins as a part of the set. The Rose Garden Palace was a lovely hotel and quite close to everything. The Crypts & Catacomb tour was nice but it felt rushed and probably something that we could have done on our own as it would have allowed more time – we actually went off on our own after the final portion rather than stay on the bus.Other highlights were, of course, Trevi Fountain which has been refurbished – unfortunately, the Spanish Steps were being cleaned, etc. but we did manage to see the area. Piazza Navona was lovely as I’m a huge fan of the Dan Brown books/movies J
Sienna:The wine-tasting tours was great – especially Andrea, the wine guy. The gentleman that provided the first wine tasting when we arrived was lovely and we actually went back to the restaurant across from his shop for dinner on the second night. They were all very informative and the bus trip to the different wineries was very scenic. Lisa, I believe, provided a afternoon tour when we first arrived which was great but we felt that after she showed us the town there wasn’t much else to see.
Florence: Quick opportunity – would have been nice to have more time. Ron and I both enjoyed the high-speed trains – 300 km/hour – wow. Being a lover of speed I think I could certainly enjoy driving the highways of Italy and could imagine driving my Volvo C70 along the Amalfi Coast. Bernardo, I believe was our guide, he was very informative and a delight. As mentioned more time in Florence would have been nice as we really didn’t get to see anything else in the Academia Gallery except David which, of course, was spectacular.
Sorrento: Fabulous – the boat tour to the Isle of Capri was a highlight – Alfonso, the boat owner, provided a lovely experience as well as the group was enjoyable. As a group we opted not to do the wait for the Blue Grotto but instead enjoyed two dips in the Mediterranean as well as enjoyed the Green and White grottoes. If any customers ask – the walk from the boat drop off to the top where the bus would take you is only 2900 steps (both ways) – a relaxing climb and provides lovely scenic views.Our hotel was located away from the main part of Sorrento which meant that we didn’t get to explore the area as much as we would like – didn’t feel like walking after spending each day doing a tour. The hotel had a lovely view from both our room and restaurant area. We found another restaurant not too far away which we visited for supper. Great food and lovely walk to cap off the evening. Tour of the Amalfi coast (Positamo, Amalfi and Ravallo) was lovely but did seem rushed – the scenery was lovely and our guide managed to slot in a boat tour along the coast line. Ravallo peaked our curiosity as it appears to hold a yearlong music festival. The noise from the crickets was a lovely reminder why perhaps Carlo Collodi decided on a cricket when writing Pinocchio J
Naples/Pompeii:Would have liked more time in Pompeii as I feel that we just scratched the surface – as indicated less time in Sienna may have allowed more time in Pompeii. Our guide for that day was very informative as well as our driver Emiliano.
Food: overall the food was wonderful. Enjoyed a taste of limoncello as well as grappa. While in Rome every night was capped off with lemon gelato.
Definitely would return to Rome and the Amalfi Coast – next time Milan and Venice.
Thank you for arranging everything and Ciao Tours was very accommodating and did an excellent job in making our first trip to Italy enjoyable and memorable.
Ciao Arlene, Romina, e Didi!
Simao a Bari, stanchi e Sani! Abbiamo restituito la machina, e quests sera andiamo fare la pizza con Silvia!
Vi ringraziamo tanto tanto per il nostro bel viaggio.
Okay, enough of that!
We want to thank you Arlene first of all….and Romina and Didi! You did a great job on our trip.
Right from the beginning we had confidence in all of you. You proved us right. We really have no complaints whatsoever. Everything was so well planned and our itinerary booklet was fabulous!
The hotels were excellent ( except for room 136 at Taormina!)
Your guides were fabulous! They were on time, accommodating, intelligent, and very interesting and helpful.
We are now in our room at le Nazioni with a marvellous view of old Bari and the ocean! What more do we need.
Arlene, would recommend your Ciao Tours to anyone at all, really. And I’m happy to be travelling with your help and your teams’ help again next spring.
Ciao for now, and again, GRAZIE TANTO!
Hi Arlene, sorry we haven’t replied yet!
We have done a lot of travel around the world, but this was hands-down the best trip we’ve had in our lives.
To be honest, at first, I was a little hesitant about having private drivers, private tours, and everything organized by a third-party, we have never done that before.
I have to say, it was worth every penny and more. There were no headaches or worries, no concerns about getting ripped off for getting lost.
The itinerary, duration of stay, areas visited, tours, accommodations, everything was perfect. We really don’t have any constructive criticisms, everything was so organized and clear.
We have been spoiled for all future travel! We have already highly recommended your service to close friends and family, and will continue to do so. Grazie mille!!!