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Jeffrey Boeck

De Pere, Wisconsin Travel Agent
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Jeffrey Boeck

Jeffrey Boeck

De Pere, Wisconsin Travel Agent
An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Myrtle Beach, SC
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Multiple Visits to Italy.

I have had the great opportunity to visit Italy twice; in 2003 and 2005.

In January of 2003, I went on a tour with my school for 9 days, we stayed in Sorrento, Florence, and Rome. During our stay in Sorrento, we visited Pompeii, Positano and Naples. On our way to Florence, we took a day trip to Orvieto and descended the Well of St. Patrick. While we stayed in Florence, we visited the Duomo, Accademia dell'Arte which houses Michelangelo's David, the church of Santa Croce, Siena and San Gimingnano. During our stay in Rome, we visited the Colosseum, the Forum, the Vatican and the Spanish Steps. We also were able to find time to discover Rome on our own time, too! It inspired my parents to look forward to their 25th wedding anniversary and also inspired my mother to open her own coffee shop.

In February of 2005, I returned to Italy with my parents for their 25th Wedding Anniversary. This time around, we decided to travel independent of a tour. We stayed for a week in Florence renting out an apartment in the Oltrarno. While we were there, we took a train from the Santa Maria Novella station to Poggibonsi and took a bus up to San Gimignano. We also roamed Florence as much as possible, visiting little shops and the Mercato di San Lorenzo. On our final Sunday there, my parents visited the town of Rovigo to secure a ceramics shipment to sell in our cafe, while I stayed back in Florence to attend a TIM Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and AC Parma, which featured no fewer than 6 future FIFA World Cup participants. We also took time out to visit the Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens; and enjoyed a gigantic gelato in the Piazza Signorina.

We discovered that taking the Eurostar throughout Italy was a great idea. So train travel was our primary source of travel throughout the country. We next stayed at a in Santa Maria degli Angelli, in a hotel that was a converted 5th Century Farmhouse. We took a day trip up to Assisi and spent time enjoying the frescoes in the Basilica of St. Francis and also saw the remains of the great Saint.

After a three day stay in Santa Maria, we traveled by rail down to Ravello by way of a bus ride from Salerno. It was a fantastic way to wrap up our 3 week stay. We rented an apartment that overlooked the Gulf of Salerno and the town of Maiori. We did a good bit of discovering while we were in the area. We were able to take a day trip to Sorrento and enjoy some wonderful lemon inspired cuisine. On another day, my mother and I decided to hike down to the town of Minori, which was beautiful, but we decided given how far down we walked, a bus back up to our apartment was a really good idea. Given that it was February, many restaurants were closed, so we learned how to cook in our apartment and use simple ingredients, and it was amazing.

I have done both the tour group route and the independent route, I believe I can offer insight to provide the best trip to suit your interests.

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