April 5 - April 14, 2017
Reflections of Italy Tour
Our group had a wonderful tour of Italy. But the good things started even before
we stepped on the plane.
Collette provided limo service from Morgantown to Pittsburgh and WVU Parking allowed
us to leave our cars in the garage at Mountaineer Station.
As retirees, the Office of Global Affairs was able to cover us under the International
SOS agreement which meant that we had emergency help (including evacuation) at our fingertips at no cost
Our flight to and from was perfect. No delays, no rough weather, no lost luggage,
no strikes in Italy.
The weather in Italy was prefect all week - no rain and lots of warm days and nights.
Our tour manager, Daniel, was amazing. He added special stops to our tour (like Trevi Fountain) and
rearranged visits when we got cancelled out because of Easter preparations.
We didn't miss a thing and saw lots more than was in the brochure - like Trevi, the Pantheon, a tour inside a monastery, and the overlook in Florence (see photo below).
Our driver, Antonio, was gifted. He navigated through tiny streets packed with
tiny cars and scooters (like the Twizy - one seat up front and a baby seat in the back). And he drove up switchbacks to mountaintop towns and the monastery - which was really tricky when another car started down the same switchback.
Our traveling companions, the retirees and others on the tour, were convivial, inclusive, open
to new friends and experiences, and fun. Always ready for a good time. They helped make the trip amazing!